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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ and the Insidious Effects of Explainer Culture

18 September 2017 7:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are movies that require explanation. I would begrudge no one for Googling around to try and find out who knew what and when in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I myself had to do some research to try and understand what was going on in Atomic Blonde. Whenever a new Marvel movie ends with a single shot that makes the rest of the crowd cheer, I have to turn to the person next to me and ask them what it meant. Without a doubt, there are films that have objective facts or truths that may escape a casual viewers ken, or even the eye of someone desperately trying to get everything straight.

That being said, the cottage industry of “explained” articles and videos has been having a rather insidious effect on film dialogue. Perhaps it started earlier than this, but it may have reached its sinister apotheosis with the release »

- Brian Roan

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Mark Strong: ‘I’ve seen people I know become very famous. It’s nothing I would recommend’

17 September 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Kingsman actor on not playing the fame game, the hit-and-run joy of character acting and his punk-rock past

Mark Strong is one of the UK’s most successful cinema character actors, with almost 60 film credits in 25 years, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty and the Kingsman series. On stage, he won the 2015 Olivier award for best actor for his role in A View from the Bridge. An only child, Strong was born in London and brought up by his Austrian mother, who worked as an au pair. His Italian father left when he was baby. He lives in north London with his wife, the producer Liza Marshall, and two sons.

You studied constitutional law at Munich University. You could now be an anonymous functionary in the German legal system. What made you want to become an actor?

I had fantasies of being a European lawyer, but I »

- Interview by Andrew Anthony

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With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

12 September 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Two British movies; two endings that feature the same iconic Winston Churchill speech. Which one will dominate the Oscar conversation?

Not to be left out of the Oscar campaign opportunities at the Toronto International Film Festival, Christopher Nolan capitalized on a chance to project his summer blockbuster “Dunkirk” at the world’s original IMAX, Toronto’s restored Cinesphere.  Afterward, he said the movie never looked so good — it was one of 35 70 mm IMAX prints. From my perspective, it was sublime, clear, crisp, and even more emotional than the first time I saw it at Universal CityWalk (one of Nolan’s favorite 70 mm IMAX venues, along with the Metreon in San Francisco and Lincoln Square in New York).

Over tea at an afterparty, Nolan asked: “And how is ‘Darkest Hour’?”

The films are complementary: one is an immersive, almost-silent action epic that brilliantly toys with three disjunctive time frames. (During the »

- Anne Thompson

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With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

12 September 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two British movies; two endings that feature the same iconic Winston Churchill speech. Which one will dominate the Oscar conversation?

Not to be left out of the Oscar campaign opportunities at the Toronto International Film Festival, Christopher Nolan capitalized on a chance to project his summer blockbuster “Dunkirk” at the world’s original IMAX, Toronto’s restored Cinesphere.  Afterward, he said the movie never looked so good — it was one of 35 70 mm IMAX prints. From my perspective, it was sublime, clear, crisp, and even more emotional than the first time I saw it at Universal CityWalk (one of Nolan’s favorite 70 mm IMAX venues, along with the Metreon in San Francisco and Lincoln Square in New York).

Over tea at an afterparty, Nolan asked: “And how is ‘Darkest Hour’?”

The films are complementary: one is an immersive, almost-silent action epic that brilliantly toys with three disjunctive time frames. (During the »

- Anne Thompson

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More Taunting on These New ‘The Snowman’ Posters

5 September 2017 12:13 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

In addition to the new trailer for The Snowman, here are two more posters that warn of the first snowfall. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One InTinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. In the […] »

- Brad Miska

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Gary Oldman to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Mary’

5 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gary Oldman is starring in the independent supernatural thriller “Mary” with Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One producing and co-financing.

Shooting will begin later this month in Alabama with Michael Goi directing from Anthony Jaswinski’s screenplay. The story focuses on a family that buys an old ship at auction and discovers the ship’s secrets once they are out on the isolated open waters.

Tucker Tooley, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lumpkin are producing. Greg Renker and Jason Barhydt will executive produce with Douglas Urbanski, Oldman’s longtime producing partner.

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Telluride: Gary Oldman Arrives as Instant Best Actor Frontrunner in ‘Darkest Hour

Oldman will be seen next as Winston Churchill in Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” directed by Joe Wright. The World War II drama premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Sept. 1 and generated awards season buzz. It opens in the U.S. on Nov. 22.

Oldman received an Academy Award nomination for the 2011 adaptation »

- Dave McNary

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Lose Your Head Over Another Chilling ‘The Snowman’ Trailer

5 September 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

A snowman isn’t complete without its head, and that’s exactly what this killer is doing with his victims in the new trailer for The Snowman. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One InTinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based […] »

- Brad Miska

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New International Trailer for Thriller 'The Snowman' with Fassbender

5 September 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"He was watching us the whole time..." Universal UK has debuted a new international trailer for the serial killer thriller The Snowman, adapted from Jo Nesbø's bestselling novel, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). We've already seen one intense trailer for this, but this one is a bit better with some cleaner footage of the Norwegian landscapes/cityscapes. Michael Fassbender stars as a detective who investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter. He begins to believe there's a serial killer on the lose who may start killing again soon if he can't stop him first. The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, and J.K. Simmons. This was filmed entirely on location in Norway in the cities of Oslo and Bergen and the area of Rjukan. This really looks like it might be great, I'm »

- Alex Billington

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Michael Fassbender Tracks Down a Killer in New Trailer for Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’

5 September 2017 5:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After Let the Right One In led to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson could have easily continued down a trajectory that saw him take on more prestigious awards season fare. Thankfully, he seems to be defiantly bypassing that entirely with The Snowman, which looks to be a shlocky, rancorous crime drama, I noted in our fall preview. Starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson as their characters uncover clues leading them to a serial killer, hopefully Alfredson’s distinctive formal style is on full display for this grim-looking procedural.

Ahead of a release next month, a new international trailer has landed for the thriller. Also starring Chloë Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, James D’Arcy, and Toby Jones, this one seems to be skipping the fall festival circuit entirely, but nonetheless I’m still looking forward to whatever Alfredson has in store. Check out the trailer below, along with a new poster. »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Snowman’ Trailer: Michael Fassbender Solves Wintery Crimes

5 September 2017 4:11 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After the underwhelming and, frankly weird, first trailer for “The Snowman,” Universal has dropped another promo to get you hooked. It has been way too long since Tomas Alfredson’s last film, 2011’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” so anticipation is quite high for his newest feature. The film, starring Michael Fassbender as detective Harry Hole and Rebecca Ferguson as Katrine Brass, follows the two as they track down a serial killer.

Continue reading ‘The Snowman’ Trailer: Michael Fassbender Solves Wintery Crimes at The Playlist. »

- Christian Gallichio

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Studiocanal Restructuring Hands International Roles to U.K. Execs

4 September 2017 2:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Studiocanal executives in the U.K. have been handed wider international roles as part of a restructuring at the European studio.

Hugh Spearing becomes head of global marketing following the rejig, Suzanne Noble is upped to head of global film publicity, and Simon Bobin is elevated to Svp, sales.

Spearing helmed the marketing department of Studiocanal, formerly Optimum Releasing, for 10 years, overseeing campaigns for titles including “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Rush,” and “Paddington,” before then becoming head of creative marketing. He will now lead a central Studiocanal marketing team and work between the London and Paris offices.

Noble will work alongside Spearing and run the global film publicity team from London, having been head of U.K. publicity since 2009. Prior to that she was at The Weinstein Company and Icon.

In his new role as Svp, global film distribution, Bobin will be based in Studiocanal’s Paris head office and oversee the company’s dating strategy »

- Stewart Clarke

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

2 September 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride Oscar Watch: Gary Oldman a Sure Bet for ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’ Mixed

2 September 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s what we’ve learned after one day at the Telluride Film Festival, which draws folks from all over the world to indulge in a Labor Day Weekend ritual of film gorging. Before boarding the Delta charter plane from Lax to Montrose, Colorado, the new Academy president, cinematographer John Bailey, admitted he hasn’t seen Telluride co-director Tom Luddy, or director Paul Schrader, since Schrader’s 1985 film “Mishima.” Schrader’s rigorously elegant “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke in his update of Robert Bresson’s “Diary of a Country Priest,” is looking for a buyer, and distributors are eager to check it out here.

At the high-altitude opening day patron’s brunch, Rebecca Miller cheered on her “Maggie’s Plan” star Greta Gerwig, who is making her directorial debut with “Lady Bird.” Miller is at Telluride with a documentary about her father, playwright Arthur Miller.

After the brunch, so many »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride: Gary Oldman Arrives as Instant Best Actor Frontrunner in ‘Darkest Hour’

2 September 2017 12:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For actor Gary Oldman, an Oscar nomination was elusive for many years. An Oscar win, however, could be around the corner.

The chameleonic star had dazzled for decades in an endless string of films — “Sid and Nancy,” “State of Grace,” “True Romance,” “Leon: The Professional,” “The Contender,” “Hannibal,” etc. — until 2011, when his work was finally recognized by the Motion Picture Academy. It wasn’t one of his trademark Baroque performances that got the call, but rather, his icy cool portrait of a British intelligence operative in Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” The man has nothing if not range, and that range now extends to Sir Winston Churchill, about as larger-than-life as it gets.

In Joe Wright’s World War II drama “Darkest Hour,” which unspooled at the Telluride Film Festival Friday, Oldman’s showcase might be his finest hour. He digs into the towering role with uncanny resolve, fearless under gobs of makeup, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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BBC Commissions New Drama Series From ‘Wolf Hall’ Writer, ‘Victoria’ Producer

18 August 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One, the pubcaster announced Friday.

“The Three,” based on a trilogy of novels by Sarah Lotz and described as an international conspiracy thriller with a supernatural edge, has been adapted by Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for his screenplay for the 2011 adaptation of John Le Carre’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and was Emmy-nominated for 2015’s “Wolf Hall.”

Executive produced by Kate Sinclair and George Faber of The Forge, “The Three” sees a crash investigator with the NTSB in Washington under pressure to find out what caused four plane crashes in four different countries all on the same day. At the center of the mystery are three children who each miraculously survived one of the crashes while rumors circulate of a fourth child survivor.

Straughan said the story “looks at how fear and paranoia can affect society on a global level, while interrogating the effects of trauma on ordinary lives.” »

- Robert Mitchell

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BBC Commissions New Dramas From ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Scribe & ‘Poldark’ Producer

18 August 2017 5:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One. The Three, based on a trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz, is adapted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan. It's described as a multi-stranded, international thriller with a supernatural twist and sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, with three children left as survivors. Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore… »

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BBC Unveils New Dramas From Writers of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' And 'Ripper Street' (Exclusive)

18 August 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The BBC has announced two major eight-part dramas for its flagship BBC One channel. 

The Three, based on the trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz, is set to be adapted by BAFTA and Golden Globe winning writer Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Wolf Hall, The Snowman) and is billed as a multi-stranded, international thriller with a supernatural twist.

When four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, three children survive, with rumors of a fourth. A no-nonsense investigator is sent from Washington to find out the causes, but her dogged determination to get at the truth is obstructed »

- Alex Ritman

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Foreign ‘The Snowman’ Poster Spills Blood on the Snow

15 August 2017 9:58 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One InTinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. In the film, “When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on […] »

- Brad Miska

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Fantasia 2017 – ‘The Villainess’

9 August 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Warning: You are not prepared for what this movie delivers. I watched The Villainess about a week after I saw Atomic Blonde — which was also part of Fantasia 2017 — and the two have a lot of similarities. On the surface level alone, they’re both about awesome, extremely dangerous women who are working for a shadowy organization, and both movies contain lengthy, seemingly one-take action sequences which are the highlight of the film. In fact, The Villainess has three of those action sequences. But the similarities pretty much end there as Atomic Blonde’s Cold War espionage is more akin to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, whereas The Villainess shares a lot of DNA (including one identical scene) with La Femme Nikita. So while Luc Besson was off making a bloated, sci-fi epic, Byung-gil Jung (Confession of Murder) was reworking the flick that put him on the map in the first place. »

- Mike Hassler

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'Atomic Blonde' Review: Charlize Theron Literally Kicks Ass in 1980s Spy Thriller

26 July 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Nobody does the spy thing better than Charlize Theron – and unlike 007, she does it in heels. Director David Leitch, a former stuntman who co-directed John Wick, makes sure his dynamite star stays untamed and is up for anything. Based on the graphic novel series The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart and Steven Perkins, Atomic Blonde is set in 1989, during the thawing of the Cold War and the last days of the Berlin Wall. This allows Leitch to combine brutal, no-holds-barred action with angsty shades of vintage spy-vs-spy espionage »

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