Interview: Mark Strong lets the LOW WINTER SUN set

Mark Strong as Frank Agnew in LOW WINTER SUN - Season 1 | ©2013 AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

American television frequently remakes series that originated on British television: ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE OFFICE are two of the more successful examples. The crime drama LOW WINTER SUN, set and shot in Detroit, is a remake of the 2006 series of the same name that was set in Edinburgh, Scotland. What makes LOW WINTER SUN unusual is that Mark Strong, who starred in the first version, is recreating his role as Frank Agnew for AMC’s edition, which is airing its first ten-episode season Sunday nights at 10 PM. Frank a police detective who is coerced by a colleague, […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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CD Review: TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY soundtrack | ©2011 Silva Screen Records

Having dealt with political subterfuge in “Che” and his Oscar-nominated score for “The Constant Gardener,” Spaniard Alberto Iglesias gets to take on Britain’s spy agency of The Circus for the second major adaptation of John Le Carre’s classic novel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. But whether Iglesias was dealing with Latin rhythms or African percussion on his previous ventures into subterfuge, the composer’s work has always been distinguished by how simultaneously cerebral and melodically entrancing it’s been. That talent is taken to a whole new, subtle level here for what might be the calmest, action-less and near-geriatric spy movie of all […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging […]Read On »

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