Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
The comedian wrote in an article for a British magazine that organisers had asked him "to consider a third year" as host of the show, despite causing outrage with his jokes at last month's (Jan11) bash.
His comments prompted Philip Berk, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which oversees the Globes, to dispel the reports, saying, "There is no truth to this rumour. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."
Gervais has now opened up about his remarks, revealing he had in fact spoken to an executive at TV network NBC but not bosses at the HFPA, who would have an overriding say in the presenting gig.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, "At no point did I talk to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I'm absolutely sure they don't want me back."
Meanwhile, he also took to his online blog to explain the latest round of reports, writing, "The TV show organisers said they were happy with everything and asked me to not rule out a third gig. However, it is not entirely up to them. The Hollywood Foreign Press and various other committees need to meet and agree. I have no idea if they want me back again. It depends whether they care about fifty delicate egos in the room or the 200 million people watching at home who want a laugh.
"Also, even if they did want me back, at the moment I'm pretty sure I shouldn't do it. But I'll tell you this. If they do invite me back and I accept, I'm going to pull exactly the same s**t again or even worse."
Philip Berk, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which oversees the annual ceremony and telecast, disapproved of the Brit's barbed jibes, labeling Gervais' behaviour "totally unacceptable", but the defiant star has refused to apologise for his jokes.
However, in an article written for Britain's Heat magazine this week (begs31Jan11), the comedian claims he's been asked to return to host the event for a third time in 2012.
He wrote, "The ratings went up again, and the organisers asked me to consider a third year. (But) I don't think I should. I don't know what I could do better. I certainly couldn't get more press for them, that's for sure."
But Berk has challenged Gervais over the comments.
He says, "There is no truth to this rumour. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."
After advising celebrities like Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, the Jonas Brothers and Sir Paul McCartney, the Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors boss has turned his attentions to the awards circuit.
Before handing out prizes at Sunday's (17Jan10) Globes, celebrity presenters will pass through Bordewick's creation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, says, "It's only fitting that the celebrities be pampered with luxurious and glamorous accommodations before they venture on stage to present a Golden Globe before multi-millions of viewers in 160 countries worldwide."
The presenters include Amy Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Cher, Cameron Diaz, Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford and McCartney.
Bordewick tells WENN, "I wanted the Presenters Lounge to combine the glamorous luxury of Hollywood's Golden Age with the glitter of today's top stars."
Furnishings in the room will include vintage Lalique pieces shipped from France and valued at $800,000 (GBP500,000), furniture from Moura Starr and hand-embroidered black and white silk drapes.
There will also be art masterpieces on loan from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Yehoshua Kovarsky Family Trust, and bronze sculptures by famed sculptor Gilad Ben-Atzi.
Anthony Hopkins will be presented with the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony next year.
The Welsh actor, who has been nominated six times without winning a Golden Globe, is best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs and has been gracing cinema screens for almost 40 years.
Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, describes the 67-year-old as arguably the greatest living actor.
He adds, "It's a choice I am particularly proud of. It's an honor to us as well as to him."
Recent recipients of the Cecil B DeMille Award include Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford and Al Pacino.
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Golden Globe bosses have moved next year's award ceremony from
its long-term Sunday date to Monday in order to avoid competition from the new
series of Desperate Housewives.
NBC decided to move the star-studded ceremony to Monday, Jan. 16, after losing 7.5 million viewers to the hit drama on rival channel ABC earlier this year.
An NBC spokeswoman confirms, "This move will further showcase the Golden
Globes and give audiences a better opportunity to watch all the night's glamour
without facing Sunday night's intense competition."
Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), who
organize the Globes, says, "We continue to have the second-highest ratings of
any awards show on TV, and our concentration is on producing the best show
At this year's awards, the show was named best comedy series, while star Teri Hatcher picked up best actress in a comedy series for her performance as single mother Susan Mayer.
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