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The award season may be over, but the Golden Trailers are coming up, which seems oddly appropriate for awards given to the best movie trailers (even though trailers actually now come first).  Actually the Golden Trailers, which "recognize the creative people who make movie trailers, and the best examples of their unique art, in a gala award show," also celebrate key art and other film marketing. We are thrilled that again Focus Features is notably recognized with seven nominations. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY picked up four nods: Best Drama Trailer (Mark Woollen & Associates); Best Thriller Trailer (Empire Design); Best Drama Poster (Ignition Print); and Best Independent Poster (Ignition Print). ONE DAY garnered two nominations: Best Romance Trailer (Empire Design); Best Romance TV Spot (Kinetic Trailers). And our Africa First collection got a nom as well: Best Foreign TV Spot (Big Science Film Inc.). Congratulations to all for such great work.

Gary Oldman chats with NY TIMES
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In Melena Ryzik's "A Word With ... Gary Oldman," the Oscar-nominated star of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY talks about his career and life. It's a fun interview that dives into Oldman skill in playing bad guys and his desire to do some comedy. At one point, he defines the character of George Smiley in relationship to his more high-octane characters in terms of music.

There was something about  George. He did wonders for my blood pressure. [In my] career playing characters who - they burn from the first bar, they're like rock 'n' roll, and to me George is jazz. You slowly work to the solo.

AFI Q&A with Gary Oldman
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On February 16, Gary Oldman talked with the AFI about TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY and why the role of George Smiley was the perfect part at the perfect time. See the clip here.

David Bordwell unlocks TINKER, TAILOR stagecraft
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In his post, "TINKER TAILOR once more: Tradecraft," film scholar David Bordwell has dug deep into the structure and style of John le Carré and the narrative strategies deployed in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY - both novel and film - to highlight some fascinating connections between storytelling and spying. It becomes clear that TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's enigmatic structure is in perfect sync with the complicated hunt for a mole that is at the story's center. At one point, Bordwell analyzes in depth the scene in which Peter Guillam attempts to steal a file from the Circus, and how what we see only tells us part of the story. The other part is conveyed by what we hear, but don't right away connect ...

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In the Daily Beast, Lorenza Muñoz sits down with TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar nominees Gary Oldman and Pater Straughan to talk about the film. The screenwriter and the actor dissect five key scenes from the film: (1) George Smiley telling Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch); (2) Smiley finding Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) at his house; (3) Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) confessing all to Smiley; (4) Smiley with the hilarious Connie Sachs (Kathy Burke); (5) Smiley with Toby Esterhase (David Dencik) on the airfield. Fascinating stuff. For the Esterhase scene, Oldman comments:

It was something ridiculous like a 2,000-millimeter lens. We are on the airfield and they were miles and miles away. The crew looked like ants from where we were standing. The lens crushes all the depth of field. The plane stopped a good hundred meters from where we are standing but it looks like it is going to decapitate us. And Esterhase is all panicked. It worked rather well. I think David forgot his line.

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The now famed spectacles that Gary Oldman wore as George Smiley TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY can now be yours -- if you win the auction. The glasses have been donated for a charity auction through the Variety Foundation and its "CharityBuzz" page. The auction will begin imminently at www.CharityBuzz.com, and closes on Monday, February 27th. The glasses, which were fundamental for Oldman building his characterization of George Smiley, were found by the actor while in California, after a long search by director Tomas Alfredson and costume designer Jacqueline Durran for just the right pair.

For full details, see the press release.

FOCUS Takes Home Three BAFTAs
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The 2012 Orange British Academy Awards (aka the BAFTAs) were handed out on Sunday 12 February at London's Royal Opera House. And Focus Features took home 3 BAFTAs. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY won Outstanding British Film (with prizes going to Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan). See the videos of the Award being received here. And BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan (who are also nominated for an Academy Award in the same category). Continuing his winning streak, Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his performance in Mike Mills' BEGINNERS. See the complete list of winners here.

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TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Co-Screenwriter Peter Straughan joins Larry Mantle of KPCC to talk about the travails and triumphs of adapting John le Carré's classic spy novel. On the KPCC site, there's a podcast of the radio show with Mr. Straughan talking about the complexity of adapting the complicated spy yarn and le Carré's enthusiasm for the project, as well as the tragedy of losing his wife and co-screenwriter, Bridget O'Connor, to cancer right before the film went into production. Great stuff.

Gary Oldman in LA TImes Mag
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In "Spy Work," a profile/interview of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman in LA, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Eric Estrin talks with the actor about his life and work. With photographs by Andrew Macpherson. The piece starts with an amazing story about how Oldman was beaten up by real punks on the set of Sid & Nancy, and then moves forward in time to Oldham wrestling with himself over taking the role of George Smiley in TINKER, especially after Alec Guinness had made the character  so famous. Oldman recalls, "That stopped me from committing to the project immediately. I had to slay the dragon in my head for about a month before I said yes." Lucky for us, the the part of him who wanted the role won.

Gary Oldman on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"
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The funny NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" recently invited TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman to join in. In the "Not My Job" section, where they ask celebrities to answer question about subjects they know nothing about, Mr. Oldman was asked three questions about the shiny, happy singing group Up With People. Test your knowledge, and then listen to the whole show at the "Wait, Wait" site. Here is one of the questions from host Peter Sagal:

The first Up With People concert at Mackinaw Island had a very unexpected act. Was it, A: Glenn Close, the actress, singing her own composition "The Happy Song." B: the young Vincent Furnier, soon to be known as Alice Cooper? Or C: the two year old Michael Stipe of REM mumbling happy birthday?

Gary Oldman’s David Poland Video
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Cinema pundit David Poland delivers TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman in a very rich and expansive video as part of his DP/30 series. Oldman ranges about working, his career, public expectations and why TINKER, TAILOR was such a good movie. As one comment put it, "I could listen to this man talk for hours."

Gary Oldman reads "Jersey Shore" on Kimmel

In case you doubt the dramatic power of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman, you need only see his tour de force reading of the "Jersey Shore" episode recap on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Snooki has never sounded so intriguing. You can see the whole show on Jimmy Kimmel's site.

Gary Oldman Retrospective in San Francisco
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Just like in New York, San Francisco is celebrating Gary Oldman recent Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing George Smiley in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY with a six-film retrospective.  Oldman already earned a San Francisco Critics Circle's award for Best Actor for TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, and the Circle also voted its Best Adapted Screenplay award to the film's screenwriters Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, who have also just been Academy Award-nominated. San Francisco's KQED-FM (www.kqed.org), at 88.5-FM, is hosting the retrospective, which runs 3 nights from February 6th through 8th, and will take place at Landmark's Bridge Theatre (www.landmarktheatres.com), located at 3010 Geary Boulevard.

The retrospective kicks off on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 PM with Sid & Nancy (1986), Oldman's breakout role as Sid Vicious, the real-life bassist of the Sex Pistols, followed at 9:00 PM by JFK (1991), with Gary Oldman playing another notorious historical figure, Lee Harvey Oswald. On Tuesday, February 7, you can catch Mr. Oldman in the political drama The Contender (2000) at 6:00 PM, followed at 9:00 PM by Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) with Mr. Oldman suited up as the legendary vampire. And then on Wednesday, February 8, see Gary Oldman playing the rowdy and randy playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) at 6:30 PM, followed by a special screening of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER,SPY at 9:00 PM. Best of all, the screenings are free.

To get tickets, RSVP via email to OldmanRSVP@gmail.com and in your email, include your full name, the name of the film(s) you want to see, and the number of people attending in total with you. For the complete press release, click here.

New York City Gary Oldman Retrospective
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It's hard to imagine that Gary Oldman recent Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing George Smiley in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY was his first ever, especially considering his 26 years of amazing performances. To celebrate one of our great actors, New York's WNYC Radio (www.wnyc.org) is hosting a free retrospective of six iconic Gary Oldman films from February 6 - 8, 2012 at Landmark Theaters' Sunshine Cinema (www.landmarktheatres.com). The theater is located at 143 East Houston Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. To reserve tickets and get full calendar info, go to www.OldmanRSVP.com.

The retrospective kicks off on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 PM with Sid & Nancy (1986), Oldman's breakout role as Sid Vicious, the real-life bassist of the punk group The Sex Pistols, followed at 9:00 PM by JFK (1991), with Gary Oldman playing another notorious historical figure, Lee Harvey Oswald. On Tuesday, February 7, you can catch Mr. Oldman in the political drama The Contender (2000) at 6:00 PM, followed at 9:00 PM by Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) with Mr. Oldman suited up as the legendary vampire. And then on Wednesday, February 8, see Gary Oldman playing the rowdy and randy playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) at 5:00 PM, followed by a special screening of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY at 7:30 PM with Mr. Oldman on hand for a Q&A afterwards. Best of all, the screenings are free. For the complete press release, click here.

OSCAR Noms for TINKER, BEGINNERS & JANE EYRE
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The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced this morning with nominations going out to TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, BEGINNERS, and JANE EYRE.

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY received three Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role for Gary Oldman; Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan; Music (Original Score) for Alberto Iglesias. Hard to imagine but this is Mr. Oldman's first Oscar nomination. Mr. Oldman commented, "This afternoon in Berlin I have learned that I was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor. You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today, it is extremely humbling, gratifying, and delightful to have your work recognized by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing." You can follow Mr. Oldman's remarkable career in our People in Film: Gary Oldman.  Sadly Bridget O'Connor died before the film was finished. Screenwriter Peter Straughan notes, "I'm stunned and thrilled to hear about the nomination. I wish more than anything in the world that my wife Bridget O'Connor -- who wrote this adaptation with me -- could be here to enjoy this moment. She would be so happy and so proud. I'm going to go and meet my daughter now and tell her how clever her mother was!." Alberto Iglesias responded to his nominations by saying, "This is, I must say, music to my ears. My thanks to the AMPAS members, for it is an honor to be nominated amidst such company - and I'm so happy that several of my TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY colleagues were also nominated." Mr. Iglesias has been nominated twice before: in 2006 for THE CONSTANT GARDENER, and in 2008 for The Kite Runner.

After having just won a Golden Globe Award, Christopher Plummer was nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of a man coming out later in life in Mike Mills' BEGINNERS. Mr. Plummer  expressed, "It’s a shot in the arm for a young kid of 82 to receive an Academy Award nomination this morning.  My gratitude to Writer/Director Michael Mills, The Academy and to everyone involved with BEGINNERS." Mr. Plummer was nominated once before, in 2010 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. You can learn more about Mr. Plummer's amazing career in our People in Film: Christopher Plummer.

For JANE EYRE, Michael O'Connor received an Oscar for Costume Design for his sumptuous and detailed work creating the wardrobe for Cary Fukunaga's period adaptation. Mr. O'Connor has responded, "I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted to be nominated for my work on Jane Eyre." Mr. O'Connor won an Oscar in 2008 for Costume Design for his work on The Duchess.

Gary Oldman & Christopher Plummer in W's Best Performances
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W Magazine posted their piece on "Best Performances" from 2011, and, quite rightly, they have both TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SAILOR's Gary Oldman and BEGINNER's Christopher Plummer on the list. There's a lovely slide show with images -- photographs by Mario Sorrenti, Styled by Edward Enninful --  of both Mr. Oldman (see above) and Christopher Plummer. There's also a Q&A by Lynn Hirschberg with Gary Oldman in which the star talks about how he got back to being English after having lived in LA for so long: "I've not really lost my accent completely, but it is now a cross-pollination. It came back quickly. The weather of England is in me--I will never lose those clouds and gray skies." 

TINKER TAILOR Colin Firth on ELLEN

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY star Colin Firth joined Ellen DeGeneres on "Ellen" on January 18, 2012 to talk about how his co-star Gary Oldman is an acting hero, and why he should he get an Oscar.

11 TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Noms at BAFTA
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The BAFTAs (the awards for British Academy of Film and Television Arts) just announced their final nominations and TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY has 11 nominations...

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The BAFTA Longlist comes from the first round of voting for The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. This year, several Focus Films scored high on the Longlist. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY scored really big, with 16 nominations...

Salon Decodes TTSS
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In Salon, Richard Rayner's excellent guide "Everything you need to know about TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY" provides a great background read to acquaint yoursel...