My Fun Gary Oldman Interview for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," He Gave Me the Best Quote Ever! 


I was nervous to meet Gary Oldman, I did not know how he would be in person, or gosh, how he would react to me HA! But to my surprise, he was funny, and was ready to play along. So we played, but we also ruminated on the excellent of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Oldman gave a wonderfully subdued performance as George Smiley, the principal spy looking for a mole. It is fitting that he’s being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

And Oldman gave me the best quote ever when I asked him how he was, he said, “I’m much better for seeing you!” Yay!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How happy he was that the producers went to him “first” to offer the role of Smiley. Normally, the actor said, he was the second or third choice, but this time around, he was the first!
*** How did he make sure that his take on the famous George Smiley character would be different from performances by other actors who have played the role before?
*** Did he put on some pounds to play the character?



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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Colin Firth Talks About “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 


It was a blessing meeting Colin Firth, finally! I was supposed to meet him for “Mamma Mia!” but my plane was delayed. And so, by sheer force of will, I finally was able to meet the Academy Award-winning actor for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and I was so glad! He was down-to-earth, humble, and smart in person. In the film, he plays the mysterious Bill Haydon, and you will not forget his character’s comeuppance.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to working in the movie?
*** “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s” appeal, it’s a big blockbuster in the U.K.
*** The film’s cerebral quality that can be quite entertaining
*** Working with Director Tomas Alfredson
*** His character’s heartbreaking moment



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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Director Tomas Alfredson Talks About “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 


It was an honor meeting director Tomas Alfredson! I love “Let the Right One In,” the original Swedish version (okay, I enjoyed the American remake “Let Me In” by Matt Reeves too). But Alfredson is a master of mood and atmosphere and drama, and he brings his skills in his first English film, the gripping spy thriller, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What interested him in doing the film?
*** How did he make sure that his adaptation is different than the popular BBC version?
*** His experience in making his first English movie
*** This is the first of the Karla trilogy, are we going to see the last two?



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks About “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 


Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Peter Guillam in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” a young MI-6 agent who helps the principal spy, Smiley (Gary Oldman). Cumberbatch is excellent in the film, brooding and brutal.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** His interest in working for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
*** Working with Director Tomas Alfredson
*** How he researched the role of Peter Guillam – he went to Africa!



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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97 Scores Compete for Oscar Glory! "Drive" is Missing! 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards.

According to the Academy, to be eligible, "the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible."

If you read the second part of the eligibility requirement, that's probably the reason why Cliff Martinez's "Drive" score was not eligible because it was diluted by the use of tracked themes, the retro-'80s synth pop. Gosh darn it, it was soooo good! And I was rooting for the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart drummer to score a nomination!

Oh well, at least "Hanna" by the Chemical Brothers is still eligible! And I love that one too!

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24th. That's when we'll find out which of the 97 eligible scores will be the final nominees.

And of course, winners will be announced live for the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

"The Adjustment Bureau," Thomas Newman, composer
"The Adventures of Tintin," John Williams, composer
"African Cats," Nicholas Hooper, composer
"Albert Nobbs," Brian Byrne, composer
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
"Anonymous," Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers
"Another Earth," Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers
"Answers to Nothing," Craig Richey, composer
"Arthur Christmas," Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
"The Artist," Ludovic Bource, composer
"@urFRENZ," Lisbeth Scott, composer
"Atlas Shrugged Part 1," Elia Cmiral, composer
"Battle: Los Angeles," Brian Tyler, composer
"Beastly," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"The Big Year," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"Captain America: The First Avenger," Alan Silvestri, composer
"Cars 2," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Cedar Rapids," Christophe Beck, composer
"Conan the Barbarian," Tyler Bates, composer
"The Conspirator," Mark Isham, composer
"Contagion," Cliff Martinez, composer
"Coriolanus," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"DAM999," Ousepachan, composer
"The Darkest Hour," Tyler Bates, composer
"The Debt," Thomas Newman, composer
"Dolphin Tale," Mark Isham, composer
"Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
"Dream House," John Debney, composer
"The Eagle," Atli Orvarsson, composer
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"Fast Five," Brian Tyler, composer
"The First Grader," Alex Heffes, composer
"The Flowers of War," Qigang Chen, composer
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
"The Greatest Miracle," Mark McKenzie, composer
"Green Lantern," James Newton Howard, composer
"Hanna," Tom Rowlands, composer
"Happy Feet Two," John Powell, composer
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Help," Thomas Newman, composer
"Hop," Christopher Lennertz, composer
"Hugo," Howard Shore, composer
"I Don’t Know How She Does It," Aaron Zigman, composer
"The Ides of March," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"Immortals," Trevor Morris, composer
"In Search of God," Rupam Sarmah, composer
"In the Land of Blood and Honey," Gabriel Yared, composer
"In Time," Craig Armstrong, composer
"Insidious," Joseph Bishara, composer
"The Iron Lady," Thomas Newman, composer
"J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood, composer
"Jane Eyre," Dario Marianelli, composer
"The Lady," Eric Serra, composer
"Like Crazy," Dustin O’Halloran, composer
"Margaret," Nico Muhly, composer
"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Mr. Popper’s Penguins," Rolfe Kent, composer
"Moneyball," Mychael Danna, composer
"Monte Carlo," Michael Giacchino, composer
"New Year’s Eve," John Debney, composer
"Norman," Andrew Bird, composer
"One Day," Rachel Portman, composer
"Puss in Boots," Henry Jackman, composer
"Rampart," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer
"Real Steel," Danny Elfman, composer
"Rebirth," Philip Glass, composer
"Red Riding Hood," Alex Heffes and Brian Reitzell, composers
"Restless," Danny Elfman, composer
"Rio," John Powell, composer
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Patrick Doyle, composer
"The Rite," Alex Heffes, composer
"The Rum Diary," Christopher Young, composer
"Sanctum," David Hirschfelder, composer
"Sarah’s Key," Max Richter, composer
"Senna," Antonio Pinto, composer
"Shame," Harry Escott, composer
"The Skin I Live In," Alberto Iglesias, composer
"The Smurfs," Heitor Pereira, composer
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," Rachel Portman, composer
"Super 8," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Take Shelter," David Wingo, composer
"The Thing," Marco Beltrami, composer
"Thor," Patrick Doyle, composer
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Alberto Iglesias, composer
"Tower Heist," Christophe Beck, composer
"W.E.," Abel Korzeniowski, composer
"War Horse," John Williams, composer
"Warrior," Mark Isham, composer
"Water for Elephants," James Newton Howard, composer
"The Way," Tyler Bates, composer
"We Bought a Zoo," Jon Thor Birgisson, composer
"We Need to Talk about Kevin," Jonny Greenwood, composer
"Win Win," Lyle Workman, composer
"Winnie the Pooh," Henry Jackman, composer
"X-Men: First Class," Henry Jackman, composer
"Young Adult," Rolfe Kent, composer
"Your Highness," Steve Jablonsky, composer

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