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Tom Jones

Tom Jones

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1963 / 1:66 / 128 Min. / Street Date February 27, 2018

Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith

Cinematography by Walter Lassally

Screenplay by Tony Richardson, John Osborne

Music by John Addison

Edited by Antony Gibbs

Produced by Tony Richardson

Directed by Tony Richardson

Yorkshire native Tony Richardson, lauded for a string of melodramas set in grayer than gray factory towns, took an abrupt left turn with Tom Jones, an 18th century period piece steeped in the vibrant New Wave sensibilities of the 60’s. Starring Albert Finney as the randy hero, Richardson’s sunny holiday is as far from the mills of Derbyshire as Buckingham Palace.

Based on Henry Fielding’s mock epic, Richardson and co-writer John Osborne took a Cliff’s Notes approach to Fielding’s picaresque narrative, whittling Tom’s journey down to a two hour jaunt set in motion by Irish actor Micheál Mac Liammóir’s wry narration.
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Greatest Romantic Scenes In Movies

Filmgoers still want some romance up on the big screen in the local cinemas. As is evident in this weekend’s box office, Fifty Shades Freed, the last film in the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy, pushed the franchise over the $1 billion mark globally with a number one debut bringing in $98.1 million in overseas and $38.8 million in North America for a combined worldwide total of $136.9 million.

Need a film to watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?

While this genre isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying the emotional impact of these scenes that make them noteworthy. If you’re still searching for that special movie, here’s a sampling of scenes from romantic films.

Nothing says enduring love better than the story of Braveheart and the Scot who gave his body and soul to his country and woman he loved. William gives Muron the thistle she
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Gary Oldman films: 15 greatest movies, ranked worst to best, include ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Sid and Nancy,’ ‘JFK,’ ‘Dracula’

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Gary Oldman films: 15 greatest movies, ranked worst to best, include ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Sid and Nancy,’ ‘JFK,’ ‘Dracula’
Gary Oldman might finally win his first career Oscar in March for his role as Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.” Surprisingly it’s only his second Oscar nomination after his first for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 2012, also as Best Actor. Where does his latest movie rank among his greatest of all time in our photo gallery (view above)?

Despite his long and very successful film career Oldman hasn’t been recognized very often by awards groups. He received one Emmy nomination (for a guest appearance on “Friends” of all things) but has never even been nominated for a Golden Globe. Back in his native country of England, the BAFTAs have nominated him twice before this year as an actor (for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Prick up Your Ears”) and awarded him two trophies for a film he directed called “Nil by Mouth” (he won for the
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Gary Oldman movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Gary Oldman movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Gary Oldman might finally win his first career Oscar in March for his role as Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.” Surprisingly it’s only his second Oscar nomination after his first for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 2012, also as Best Actor. Where does his latest movie rank among his greatest of all time in our photo gallery (view above)?

Despite his long and very successful film career Oldman hasn’t been recognized very often by awards groups. He received one Emmy nomination (for a guest appearance on “Friends” of all things) but has never even been nominated for a Golden Globe. Back in his native country of England, the BAFTAs have nominated him twice before this year as an actor (for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Prick up Your Ears”) and awarded him two trophies for a film he directed called “Nil by Mouth” (he won for the
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?

Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?
Everything this awards season has been going Gary Oldman’s way. He’s already won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” And he is currently the overwhelming favorite to win the SAG Award. But are we overly confident he’ll win? No Brit has won for playing the famous prime minister. Check out our gallery above of all the actors who’ve brought Churchill to the small and big screens.

Playing Churchill has proven to be a great way to win an Emmy as Albert Finney (“The Gathering Storm,” 2002), Brendan Gleeson (“Into the Storm,” 2009) and John Lithgow (“The Crown,” 2017) all won in a span of 15 years for their interpretations of the iconic figure. But ironically only an American — Lithgow — also won a SAG Award.

For Finney, who had already won an Emmy and Golden Globe, it was a matter of timing.
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The underrated film acting performances of 2017

Mark Harrison Jan 2, 2018

Gemma Arterton, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Carla Gugino are amongst our pick of the underrated acting work of 2017...

This review contains spoilers for Paddington 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, Split, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War For The Planet Of The Apes.

2017 was a great year for film, and a tremendous one for genre films in particular. As you can probably tell from the composition of our writers' top films of the year list, there was no shortage of interesting, unique or just plain great films tailored to genre fans of all stripes in the last twelve months.

However, even as Hollywood spends the first two months of each year patting themselves on the back, this kind of film rarely translates into awards, at least outside of the technical categories. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape Of Water, which doesn't hit UK cinemas until February, should be this year's breakthrough film,
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Gary Oldman: will Churchill prove to be his finest hour? | The Observer profile

The dazzling British actor, often mentioned in the same breath as Daniel Day-Lewis, is tipped for a Golden Globe for his role as a national saviour, a long journey from playing punks and skinheads

The 1980s was a dazzling era for young, explosive British actors and two of the brightest fireworks in the box were Gary Oldman and Daniel Day-Lewis. They followed parallel trajectories: a 1960s childhood in south-east London, acclaimed stage work in the 1970s and on in the next decade to screen performances that gave homegrown cinema its equivalents to Method heavyweights such as Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, as well as successors to angry young men such as Albert Finney and Malcolm McDowell. (McDowell’s confrontational performance in The Raging Moon inspired Oldman to become an actor.)

They will compete next month in a Brit-off at the Golden Globes for the best actor prize, with the
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Why Winston Churchill Continues To Fascinate

Neil Calloway looks at why Britain’s wartime leader is rarely off our screens…

It’s a great pub quiz question; which character has been played by Brendan Gleeson, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Brian Cox and Christian Slater?

The answer is, of course, Winston Churchill. I normally roll my eyes when I go to a preview screening of something and a member of the public asks a question, it almost inevitably being both pretentious and with little bearing on what we’ve just seen, but last year, after a screening of the TV drama Churchill’s Secret, someone asked if Winston Churchill was becoming a modern Hamlet; the role that every actor wants to play at some point. There’s some truth to that assertion.

Now, with the upcoming release of Darkest Hour, we can add Gary Oldman to the list of those who have played Britain’s wartime leader.
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Gary Oldman Got ‘Serious Nicotine Poisoning’ By Smoking 400 Cigars To Play Winston Churchill In ‘Darkest Hour’

Sir Winston Churchill has been portrayed by numerous actors over the years, ranging from Albert Finney’s portrayal of the British Prime Minister in HBO’s “The Gathering Storm” to John Lithgow’s Emmy-winning portrayal in Netflix series “The Crown”. The most recent actor to play Churchill is Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour”, yet Oldman can lay claim […]
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Interview, Audio: Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Chicago – Gary Oldman has been generating memorable film portrayals since he broke through in the 1980s. From Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”) to Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) to Jim Gordon (Dark Knight Series), Oldman is a consummate actor. That is expressed in his latest role, as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

The title refers to one of the most challenging moments of Churchill’s career. Newly minted as Britain’s prime minister in 1940, he faces the onslaught of Adolf Hitler’s attack on his homeland, including the surrounding of the British troops at Dunkirk. Gary Oldman embodies the pugnacious bulldog that characterized Churchill at the height of his power, including the soaring rhetoric that strengthened the morale of the British people.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour

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Oldman was born in London, studied acting with the Young People’s Theatre and made his professional
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Dan Stevens: 'Dickens could be bleak, but also very silly'

He’s got debts, writer’s block, and a child on the way; a new film tells how Charles Dickens beat the odds to write everyone’s favourite Christmas story. Its star Dan Stevens reveals how he brought the writer to life

In the pecking order of Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol is second only to the baby Jesus. Even if you’ve never read it, or had it read to you, you know about that flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption during one long dark night of the soul.

Bill Murray, Albert Finney, Michael Caine and Alastair Sim have all played Scrooge in one of the endless film remakes and reboots there have been over the years. Now comes the story behind the story, The Man Who Invented Christmas: a heavily fictionalised biopic with Dan Stevens playing Charles Dickens, bashing out A Christmas Carol in six weeks
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‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Dan Stevens & Christopher Plummer Turn Scrooge Origin Tale Into A Holiday Treat

‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Dan Stevens & Christopher Plummer Turn Scrooge Origin Tale Into A Holiday Treat
I can’t even begin to recount the endless number of film, TV and stage projects that have tried to bring Charles Dickens’ immortal yuletide classic A Christmas Carol to life. From Alastair Sim’s textbook portrayal to the likes of Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Albert Finney, the Muppets and even Mr. Magoo, you might think you’ve seen it all, but now along comes a complete original and a breath of fresh air to the saga of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past…
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Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book

Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book
Ponder the last half-century of American comedy without talents like Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and countless others, and it’s not a lot of laughs. Most of the aforementioned funny folks may have endured and thrived without Budd Friedman’s Improv Clubs in New York and Los Angeles, but those stand-up stages were so essential to the launching and developing of so many careers it’s impossible to overestimate their impact on our culture. Friedman’s New York roots led him to open his first Improv Club in mid-town Manhattan in the early 1960s. In his recently published tome “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up” (BenBella Books, $18.87), co-written with Tripp Whetsell, Friedman and associates reminisce about Friedman’s impact and The Improv’s role in “inventing” American stand-up
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‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018

‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018
The Criterion Collection will be paying its respects to the late Jonathan Demme and George A. Romero in February 2018 by finally making “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Night of the Living Dead” members of its prestigious library. The two horror classics are joining famous titles from Kon Ichikawa, Satyajit Ray, and Tony Richardson as February additions to the Criterion Collection.

Read More:The Criterion Collection Announces January 2018 Titles, Including ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake

Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of “The Silence of the Lambs,” which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring Demme, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas. “Night of the Living Dead” will also be released in 4K, with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature.
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Murder On The Orient Express – Review

Judi Dench, left, and Olivia Colman star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Photo Credit: Nicola Dove; Tm & © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

Murder On The Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery, offers a certain amount of lavish period style and mystery fun but does not measure up to the 1974 version, directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring an all-star cast. Branagh’s film also has a star-packed cast and Branagh, who plays detective Hercule Poirot as well as directs, sports an astonishing two-stage mustache that might be worth the ticket price alone.

Based on the famous Agatha Christie mystery featuring her Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the 1974 film version had an all-star cast with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam,

Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins,
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Review: Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express' is Old-Fashioned and Stiflingly Stodgy

First published in 1934, Agatha Christie's novel, Murder on the Orient Express, is considered one of the most suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever written. The book, which concerns the murder of a wealthy businessman aboard a luxury train, features one of Christie's most famous & long-lived characters, detective Hercule Poirot. The Belgian sleuth with a magnificent mustache has appeared in more than 30 novels and 50 short stories and has been portrayed on radio, in film, and on TV by various actors, including Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina, Orson Welles, and David Suchet. Now, 83 years after its debut, Murder on the Orient Express receives another lavish, star-studded film adaptation, this time by actor-turned-director Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), who also stars. If you haven't read Christie's novel or seen one of its many previous adaptations, Orient Express begins in 1930s Istanbul with Poirot (Branagh) meeting up with his old friend,
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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Rule Over ‘Daddy’s Home 2,’ ‘Orient Express’

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to Rule Over ‘Daddy’s Home 2,’ ‘Orient Express’
Thor: Ragnarok” will maintain North American box office supremacy this weekend amid openings of Fox’s detective story “Murder on the Orient Express” and Paramount’s family comedy “Daddy’s Home 2.”

The third Thor movie should take in at least $50 million at 4,080 locations in its second weekend. The Disney-Marvel tentpole opened with $122.7 million last weekend in the fourth-biggest launch of 2017, then added $8.2 million Monday and $10.8 million on Tuesday.

Both new entries are pegged to launch moderately in the $25 million range, with estimates on each ranging as low as $19 million for “Orient Express” and as high as $32 million for “Daddy’s Home 2.” Combined, “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Daddy’s Home 2” should equal about what “Thor: Ragnarok” will gross.

“Murder” is opening on 3,350 screens, with reviews that have trended fairly positively with a 63% Rotten Tomatoes score. Kenneth Branagh directed and stars as Hercule Poirot in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery with a star-laden cast including
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Murder on The Orient Express Review: The Best Mustache Movie of 2017

Murder on The Orient Express Review: The Best Mustache Movie of 2017
Agatha Christie's classic Murder on the Orient Express is lavishly remade with an all-star cast by British auteur Kenneth Branagh. The film, which I was lucky enough to see in 70Mm, looks absolutely gorgeous. Branagh, who also stars as the mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot, has a keen eye for detail. His camera placement on the train, wide angle shots of the scenery, and editing work are tremendous. The mystery isn't on par with the 1974 film, but serviceable enough to be entertaining.

Murder on the Orient Express opens in 1934 at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot once again awes with his legendary investigative skill. Refined, exacting, and over-worked, Poirot is desperate for a sabbatical. His quest for respite is delivered by a philandering old friend, Bouc (Tom Bateman). Return to London in sumptuous luxury via train on the Orient Express. Bouc's uncle has put him in charge of the railway.
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