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Gary Oldman retrospective planned for ArcLight Hollywood – Awards Alley

28 December 2011 7:49 AM, PST | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell Gary Oldman has been receiving some of the finest reviews of his career for playing retired spy George Smiley in Tomas Alfredsson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” … and when you think about the performances Oldman has turned in over the years, that’s saying a mouthful.

So, it’s appropriate that the ArcLight Hollywood will honor Oldman’s legendary contributions to film history with a 6-movie retrospective early next year. Oldman even plans on being at the ArcLight on Wednesday, Jan. 11, following a showing of Focus Features’ “Tinker, Tailor” for a special Q-and-a hosted by Matt Holzman of Kcrw’s “Matt’s Movies.”

More information, from a release:

Focus is co-hosting the free-admission 3-night series with radio station Kcrw (, 89.9-fm in Los Angeles. Matt Holzman, host of Kcrw’s Matt’s Movies screening series, will conduct the live Q&A with Mr. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Gary Oldman Film Retrospective in Hollywood, CA

27 December 2011 2:28 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Star Gary Oldman Receiving 6-film Retrospective In Hollywood;

The ContenderDraculaJFKPrick Up Your EarsSid And Nancy Also Screen In Free 3-night Series Co-hosted By Kcrw;

Gary Oldman To Participate In Live Q&A On January 11th

Celebrating 25 years of one actor.s unforgettable screen performances, the ArcLight Hollywood ( will host a 6-film retrospective of movies starring Gary Oldman. Regarded as one of the foremost actors of his generation, Mr. Oldman will be at the ArcLight in person on Wednesday, January 11th following a showing of Focus Features. critically applauded Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, in which he stars as tenacious spy George Smiley . the latest in a career full of iconic characterizations.

Focus is co-hosting the free-admission 3-night series with radio station Kcrw (, 89.9-fm in Los Angeles. Matt Holzman, host of Kcrw’s Matt’s Movies screening series, »

- Melissa Howland

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Los Angeles Readers: Focus Features Hosting 6-Film Gary Oldman Retrospective at ArcLight Hollywood

27 December 2011 2:22 PM, PST | | See recent news »

One of the greatest (and versatile) actors actors today is receiving a much-deserved retrospective. Focus Features is hosting a three-night series honoring the work of Gary Oldman with screenings of The Contender, Dracula, JFK, Prick Up Your Ears, and Sid and Nancy, culminating in a showing of this year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The Tinker Tailor screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the actor, hosted by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oldman’s a great talent and I’m immensely jealous of those able to attend. I'd love to see what Oldman has to say not only about his work in Sid and Nancy and JFK, but other films like The Fifth Element and True Romance. The first screening will be held on Monday, January 9th at the ArcLight Hollywood, with the other screenings set to follow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP through OldmanRSVP. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Gary Oldman to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

16 December 2011 7:02 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Gary Oldman gave a subdued but memorable performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." He may not have gotten love from the Golden Globe folks nor the Screen Actors Guild, but he's being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival where he is set to receive the International Star Award. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work. The Awards Gala will be Saturday, January 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, yup, my hood!

I will be posting my interview with Oldman for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" very soon, hang tight! For now, here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2011) . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Gary Oldman with the International Star Award. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical »

- Manny

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‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ interview with actor Gary Oldman

15 December 2011 3:44 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

With memorable roles in movies like The Professional, JFK, and even Air Force One, Gary Oldman has gained a reputation as the villain (who usually) screams a lot. This stereotype of his legacy is now retorted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, in which Oldman plays George Smiley, a quiet ex-spy who is assigned to find a mole within the British secret service. In the film, directed by Tomas Alfredson, Oldman plays opposite the likes of Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, John Hurt, and more.

I sat down with the magnetic Gary Oldman in a roundtable interview to discuss the way he gets into character, why he won’t run anymore, and how Christopher Nolan helped guide him towards his latest acting direction. For very good measure, Oldman also threw in an impersonation of Al Pacino.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens in Chicago on December 16.

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- Nick Allen

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The outstanding independent films of 2011

13 December 2011 1:29 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

It is impossible to argue against the fact that 2011, though not terribly good for Hollywood, was a particularly smashing year for smaller, specialty films. "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Midnight in Paris" - Woody's biggest hit to date -- "Tree of Life," "Shame," "Melancholia," "The Artist" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" are just some of the standout films that were released this year.

"This is going to be one of those movie years like 1939 and 1968. It'll take about 20 years, and people will look back and realize all of the little quiet revolutions that changed everything," Patton Oswalt, a cineaste and the star of Young Adult, told the Village Voice. "If you look at movies like 'Bellflower,' 'Septien,' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' this was the first year that people really started going: 'Fuck it, I'm going to shoot a film. I don't know what I'm »


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Interview: Gary Oldman Finds Career Role in ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

13 December 2011 8:52 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Gary Oldman is a living legend. He’s just as fascinating in person as one would hope after seeing him dominate his craft in films like “Sid and Nancy,” “JFK,” “The Professional,” “True Romance,” “The Fifth Element,” “Hannibal,” “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight,” and much more. With topics varying from his desire to play more restrained roles at this point in his career to Al Pacino’s typecasting to why he considers himself like Mr. Potato Head, the only regret one would have after speaking to Mr. Oldman is that it can’t happen every week.

Arguably his career-best performance lands on Friday in Chicago when Oldman brings “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” to the big screen. In the film, he plays George Smiley, a retired British agent brought back in when it’s learned that there may be a mole at the highest levels of his former organization. Oldman sat down with HollywoodChicago. »

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Being George Smiley: Gary Oldman takes on the role of a lifetime

13 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It's not so unusual that an actor steps into a role first made famous by someone else, especially when it comes to literary adaptations that date back some 30 years. But filling the shoes of Obi-Wan Kenobe, aka Alec Guinness, is an altogether different beast.

If anyone's up for the challenge, though, it's venerable British actor Gary Oldman, who has given audiences everyone from a fatalistic punk rock icon (Sid & Nancy) to a Geisha-style vampire (Dracula) to a notorious assassin (JFK) and has so seamlessly disappeared into these roles that you'd be forgiven if you're not entirely sure what he actually looks like.

Dialing way back to play George Smiley, the taciturn spy at the heart of espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Oldman is again almost unrecognizable in oversized spectacles and silver-streaked hair, with little scenery-chewing to be had.

But, Oldman reveals over the phone from New York, inhabiting a »

- Andrea Miller

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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Bob Richardson Goes Blue for Hugo in 3-D

9 December 2011 8:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 3-D journey on "Hugo" for Oscar-winning cinematographer Bob Richardson ("The Aviator, " "JFK"), once he got over the growing pains and realized that the digital technology wouldn't hinder his craft,  was to confidently embrace it. His director Martin Scorsese was new to this too--he had to suddenly switch gears from prepping Endo's "Silence," in which Jesuit missionaries sent to 17th century Japan endure tremendous persecution, to landing in a 1931 Paris train station with children, dogs, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Scorsese brought his usual crew right along with him. Yet for Richardson, "Hugo" presented a particular »

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Neal Brennan talks about his influences, writing race-sensitive material and the state of contemporary comedy

30 November 2011 9:50 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

Comedians are literally paid to say provocative things, but typically even their most shocking material has been massaged down for maximum digestibility. But after two and a half seasons working on one of the most incisive and incendiary comedy shows in the last decade, "The Chappelle Show," Neal Brennan is bold even by normal standards of button-pushing. Even when he was offering his email address, whose slightly older portal I observed that we share, his response was, "yeah, fuck everybody!" Of course, that was at the end of a long interview in which he'd already offered quite a few observations and opinions some readers - much less colleagues - might find objectionable.

In this epic conversation with IFC, Brennan held nothing back as he discussed his comedic upbringing, his background as a writer and performer of race-sensitive (and let's face it, sometimes insensitive) material, the state of contemporary comedy, and »


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Gary Oldman "Waited Thirty Years" for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Role; Sequel in the Works?

22 November 2011 2:52 PM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Actor Gary Oldman has played a variety of memorable roles over his long career, varying from darker, conflicted characters like Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK and the titular vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula, to more heroic characters like Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies and Commissioner Gordon in the recent Batman movies. It's Oldman's latest role, however — that of semi-retired British intelligence agent George Smiley in the upcoming thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — that could be the actor's favorite.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Oldman revealed that he has been "waiting 30 years to play" Smiley, who comes out of retirement to uncover a Soviet mole that has infiltrated British intelligence. Oldman notes that what he liked most about the character was the contrast the part gave his career.

In the past I’ve been asked to play these characters who, you know, jump around a bit, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Watch New Errol Morris JFK Short Doc The Umbrella Man

22 November 2011 2:31 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Things have been rather quiet on the JFK assassination conspiracy front in recent years - but it isn't hard to remember when Oliver Stone stirred things up a full two decades ago with his seminal film JFK. Though many have cried foul on Stone's tendency to play fast and loose with the facts, no one can deny the way it propelled the subject of the government conspiracy into the American psyche. Famed documentarian Errol Morris (TheThin Blue Line, The Fog of War) is raising the issue once again with a six and a half minute short focusing on one mysterious character who was in Dallas that day. The fascinating short may soon become part of a documentary feature or series - but for now »

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John F. Kennedy assassination: A pop culture guide

22 November 2011 1:36 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

On Nov. 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding through Dallas' Dealey Plaza as his wife, Jacqueline, sat by his side. The country has been trying to piece together exactly what happened, and mourn the event, ever since.

The assassination had a big impact not just on the country, but on authors, filmmakers and writers who have been inspired by the tragedy to make art (and, yes, some of it humorous) based on the event and the repercussions it had for Americans. Below, we list a sampling of some of our favorite Kennedy-related pop culture references:

"JFK": Oliver Stone's 1991 take on what really happened starring Kevin Costner as a dogged New Orleans district attorney who uncovers a multi-layered conspiracy to kill the president.

"JFK: Reckless Youth": How could we possibly refuse a young ("Can't Buy Me Love" era) Patrick Dempsey as a young John F. Kennedy? »


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Watch: Powerful Errol Morris Short 'The Umbrella Man' Investigates The Mysterious JFK Assassination Figure

22 November 2011 12:42 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Give Errol Morris any topic (the more obscure and bizarre the better), and he'll likely dazzle you with what he can come up with. And as a testament to his powers of narrative force, all the famed documentarian needs is about six minutes to let his latest short, an endeavor for New York Times where he frequently writes, to say more about the JFK assassination than Oliver Stone did in his own three hour movie (which is a still great watch). »

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Watch Gary Oldman Discuss “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

22 November 2011 11:05 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

At the Gotham Awards next Monday night, Ifp is honoring actor Gary Oldman with a career tribute. Oldman’s thirty-year acting career has included memorable performances in Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Oliver Stone’s JFK, and, more recently, the Batman and Harry Potter franchises. Oldman’s latest is Tailor, Tinker, Soldier Spy, an adaptation of the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carre.

In this interview from, Oldman discusses working with costars Colin Firth, John Hurt, and Tom Hardy.

And check out this clip from the film, in which the head of the British foreign intelligence (Hurt) briefs an agent (Mark Strong) on a new mission involving Oldman’s character.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens in the Us on December 9th. Here’s the official trailer.

Be sure to tune in to see Oldman receive his tribute at the Gotham Awards on November 28th. »

- Dan Schoenbrun

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Revisit the JFK Assassination with a New Errol Morris Short

22 November 2011 7:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 48 years ago today in Dallas, Texas, prompting what would become the biggest single market in conspiracy theories until 9/11. Many of them came bundled in such staggeringly ambitious work as Oliver Stone's JFK, Don DeLillo's Libra, and Josiah "Tink" Thompson's exhaustive Zapruder film study Six Seconds in Dallas -- the latter of which filmmaker and Movieline favorite Errol Morris reconnects with today for an intriguing new short exploring the legend of that fateful day's "Umbrella Man." »

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Watch this new Errol Morris short film about the JFK assassination

22 November 2011 7:30 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Oliver Stone's epic film JFK wasn't really a film about the actual conspiracy theories surrounding the President's assassination. It was a film about obsession. It's about what happens when someone starts getting too deep into a certain subject, and can no longer see anything but. Spotting new things over the same ten seconds of film — that guy waving, the positioning of the Secret Service, the direction the wind was blowing the trees — makes you start filling in blanks that aren't there and forming your own narrative, however sinister that may be. One of the open canvasses that people have always been able to project onto is the so-called "Umbrella Man" from the Zapruder film. Amidst all of this chaos and commotion (and absolutely zero chance of rain) there stands a lone man with an umbrella. Given a visually-striking image like that, and [...] »

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Quentin Tarantino Finds Editor and Cinematographer for ‘Django Unchained’

16 November 2011 7:52 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In the grand scheme of things, no longer being able to work on Quentin Tarantino‘s movies is only a miniscule part of Sally Menke‘s tragic passing. And, sure, it’s unfortunate that one of his film’s most vital components will no longer be present, but one should also remember that Tarantino more or less played as big a part in crafting his own work once production wound down; whatever editor he hires next has a big task ahead of them, but there’s still someone to help guide them along.

According to TheQuentinTarantinoArchives (via Collider), Fred Raskin will get the editor credit for Tarantino‘s upcoming western, while Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds director of photography Robert Richardson will be back. If you’ve seen the latter’s work — which also includes Shutter Island, JFK, Bringing Out the Dead, and The Aviator — you already know he’s great. »

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Nine Directors in Need of a Career 'Pick Me Up'

10 November 2011 10:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After recently watching Trespass on Blu-ray, The Ward on Netflix Instant and catching J. Edgar on its early rollout, I began to notice a trend of legendary and/or highly touted filmmakers who have tailed off in recent years. So I began thinking of other helmers that have fallen onto similar hard times and came up with a list of nine who, in my opinion, have lost their fastball. It's important to note that while it's difficult to evaluate all of these directors on an equal scale, all of these names were selected based on one basic criteria: their recent output has failed to live up to their once impressive past. Outside the nine below, there were a few I others I considered. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Cameron Crowe, but ultimately I didn't think their declines were as steep as those I chose to profile, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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'Almost like sex': Showtime debuts Billy Joel's Shea Stadium closing concerts

9 November 2011 10:41 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Billy Joel didn't connect his career to baseball until Shea Stadium was shuttered.

The former home of the New York Mets closed in 2008, but before it did, the Bronx-born and Long Island-raised music icon was enlisted to perform the final two concerts staged there. A lasting result is the 2010 documentary movie "The Last Play at Shea," a combined profile of the Mets and six-time Grammy winner Joel that has its Showtime premiere Friday (Nov. 11), underscored by numerous classics from Joel's 40-year catalog.

"It had never occurred to me that there was such a parallel," Joel tells Zap2it of his own arc and that of the Mets, whose combined histories made the Shea shows such major events for everyone present. "What I recognized and appreciated, right off the bat, was that the audience was a great deal of what was going on. The Shea crowd was sort of all the »


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