<i>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</i>: How Gary Oldman Suited Up as George Smiley

Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson trades the vampires of his breakout film Let the Right One In for the business-suited bloodsuckers of the British secret service in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a new feature film adaptation of John le Carré's seminal spy novel, previously adapted into a famous BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness. Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley, a forcibly retired MI-6 agent brought back into the fold to ferret out a mole in the upper echelon of the organization. But who could it be? The dapper Bill Haydon (Colin Firth)? The excitable Percy Alleline (Toby Jones)? Or possibly even George himself? Alfredson, Oldman and Firth passed through New York recently and talked about the movie's various twists and turns and the legacy of le Carré's book.

Spy Games

by Angel Cohn April 29, 2008 1:49 pm
Spy Games Our Brilliant But Cancelled blogger was raving about I Spy and how it was such a groundbreaking show. I had never personally seen an episode, so I figured I'd give it a whirl, what's the harm right? Well, I don't think it is going to win me over as a fan, despite the fact that Robert Culp looks surprisingly good without his shirt on. It is fun to watch Archie Bunker as an evildoer with an accent torturing and brainwashing our hero, but the overly dramatic and weird score is giving me a headache. Wait, am I being the one tortured here? I'm sure my kid some day will say the same thing about my love of Alias with its sexy and pounding electronic beats. Anyway, I'm sure there may be a good show hidden somewhere in there... feel free to try for yourself if you can handle the pain.

TAGS: hulu, I Spy

Modern Family: Please, No Photos

by Angel Cohn February 6, 2014 10:21 am
<I>Modern Family</I>: Please, No Photos

This wasn't the worst episode of this show -- we've seen how truly awful it can get -- but the utter pointlessness of this outing was hard to top. Also, it was so forgettable that I watched "iSpy" last night, and this morning when I woke up, I could hardly remember any of the details so I had to watch it again. It didn't improve on repeat viewing. At all.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, February 25, 2013

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Today's TWoP News: Monday, February 25, 2013

Breaking Amish Part 2: Breaking Amisher.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 20, 2013 4:45 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The sinking of Smash continues.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 24, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Insert your own "King of the World" joke here.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

by Ethan Alter October 25, 2011 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

So a '70s New York cop and a British spy walk into a bar...

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