Summit has set an April 17, 2015 release date for Child 44, the thriller from Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House) starring Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a Russian secret police officer in 1950s Stalinist Russia who’s framed for treason and sent to a remote outpost, where he uncovers a series of mysterious murders tied to a government conspiracy. Swedish thesps turned Hollywood stars Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman also star along with Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel. Script is adapted by Richard Price from the novel by Tom Rob Smith. The Scott Free and Worldview Entertainment pic is produced by Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Greg Shapiro.
DeadlineNow Morning Report: Oldman Apologizes On ‘Kimmel’, Online Vs TV Ads, USA Advances In World Cup (Video)
“Words have meaning and they carry weight. And they carry on long after you’ve said them,” Gary Oldman told Jimmy Kimmel on the ABC late-night talker tonight. “I don’t condone or excuse the words that I used in any context. I just basically shouldn’t have used them, but I did and I have injured and wounded a great many people.” Addressing the uproar over his comments in a new Playboy interview, the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes star went on to say: ““I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration, and I am an a-hole. I am 56. I should know better. I extend my apology and my love and best wishes to my fan base.” Here’s a clip of the interview:
I took the photograph that leads this column a little over a year ago, when my summer vacation was turned upside down by a revolution called Taksim Square. It sits near my desk and caught my eye when I was thinking today about the force of nature that is Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, someone I deeply admire even though he hasn’t always been a friend of open discourse. He managed to stir the pot on both sides of the continent in recent days.
My wife and I had come to Istanbul for R&R after a trip she takes each spring with college students, mostly non-Jewish, along with Holocaust survivors, to experience firsthand sites of mass murder, torture, violence, starvation and cremation in Germany and Poland.
But it turned out to be the weekend that Taksim Square erupted in alternating waves of tear-gas suffused violence and placard-wielding protest as students, workers, shop keepers and just-folks joined ranks against the increasingly right-leaning government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and, specifically, his plan to bulldoze one of the last green spaces in the crowded city and put up a shopping mall. Propped against a young woman camping out among the hundreds was her sign, carefully lettered in Turkish and English: Ifade Ozcurlugum Icin Buradayim: I Am Here for My Freedom of Expression.
Writing about Taksim Square, like the other human rights stories I covered during eight years at Bloomberg News, was a humbling counterpoint to my work as a critic and reporter of art forms in which love, loss, risk, sacrifice, even death are generally metaphors and the greatest thing at stake is the cost of a ticket. In Taksim Square I encountered people willing to risk everything for their freedom of expression.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Gary Oldman has sent an explanation to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Weisenthal Center, in response to the ADL’s charge he propagated anti-Semitic stereotypes in his Playboy Interview. He’s the response:
Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:
I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.
I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.
I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace–Gary Oldman.
EARLIER: As one who has been fortunate enough to have done a couple dozen Playboy Interviews of stars and directors, I reflexively cringed this morning as I watch the knee-jerk condemnations of Gary Oldman because of excerpts from a Playboy Interview he did to promote Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Today, I’ve got my younger staffers wondering and speculating if Fox will stifle Oldman (who is more quiet and thoughtful than the characters he plays onscreen) from promoting the movie. I laugh and only partly because he’s the only internationally recognizable actor in the movie, unless Fox wants to unleash a phalanx of actors dressed in ape costumes for Kimmel, Fallon and Conan.
EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One Television has teamed with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski‘s Flying Studio to develop and produce The Diabolic, a serialized horror drama series. Daniel Kay (Timber Falls) will write the pilot script based on his spec that got the attention of eOne brass. The Diabolic centers on a broken but brilliant exorcist who falls in love with a single mother with a young son possessed by an ancient entity with diabolic intentions that not only threaten the boy, but the very fate of mankind. Oldman and Urbanski will produce with Josh Weinstock. This marks Oldman and Urbanski’s first foray into TV producing; in features the duo produced the Oscar-nominated The Contender, which co-starred Oldman. As an actor, Oscar and Emmy-nominated Oldman is best known for his roles in The Dark Night and Harry Potter movie franchises. John Morayniss, CEO eOne Television; Michael Rosenberg, eOne EVP U.S. Scripted Television; and Becca Tesarfreund, eOne Manager, Scripted Formats and Co-Productions, will oversee the project for eOne TV, which will handle worldwide distribution for the series. Flying Studio and Kay are repped by APA; Kay is managed by New Wave.
Here’s the first trailer for Fox‘s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the sequel to its hit 2011 franchise reboot that bows on July 11, 2014. Andy Serkis is back as top primate Caesar, with Gary Oldman aboard to lead the human survivors of a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. The humans reach a fragile peace with the genetically evolved apes, but it’s short-lived as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. The Matt Reeves-directed sequel also stars Jason Clarke, Judy Greer, Keri Russell and Kodi-Smit McPhee. Check out the chilling tease below:
‘12 Years A Slave’ Leads London Critics’ Circle Nominations; Gary Oldman To Receive Excellence In Film Honor
British helmer Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave grabbed nine nominations today for the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. They include Film of the Year, director and screenwriter, along with acting mentions for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o. Next up with five nods is Stephen Frears’ Philomena which received nominations in the film, British acting and screenplay races. Also scoring multiple nominations are Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Jon S. Baird’s Filth – which just won lead James McAvoy a British Independent Film Award – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. There are 10 movies vyinig for Film of the Year. Although American Hustle and Captain Phillips are not in that field, each picked up three nominations. Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks is a double nominee with nods for lead in that film and as supporting in Saving Mr Banks. The Critics’ Circle also had love for Blue Is The Warmest Color with mentions in the overall film category as well as foreign language. Star Adèle Exarchopoulos is nominated in the lead actress race. (Last year, the group gave its top film and actress prizes to Michael Haneke’s French-language Amour.) The Critics’ Circle also said today that Gary Oldman will receive the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film at the prize ceremony on February 2nd. Here’s the full list of nominees:
FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street
EXCLUSIVE: Gary Oldman is joining Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel to Fox‘s successful ape reboot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke and Kodi-Smit McPhee have already been set. I’m told that Oldman will play Dreyfus, leader of the human resistance after the apes have taken power. Fox has set the film for release on May 23, 2014.
Oldman most recently starred in The Dark Knight Rises, and next stars in the Robocop remake for MGM. He’s repped by Douglas Urbanski and APA.
Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon is joining the cast of Paranoia, the Robert Luketic-directed adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, with IM Global controlling international distribution territories and Relativity Media releasing in the U.S. He’ll play the role of Meechum. Already set are Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Amber Heard. McMahon was last seen in Red. He’s repped by WME and ROAR. In Paranoia, a boss blackmails his young employee to spy on a rival company. Alexandra Milchan of Emjag Prods., Scott Lambert of Film 360 and Deepak Nayar are producing. IM Global and Reliance are financing the film.
‘Paranoia’ Hangs Heavy Over Cannes; IM Global Making Offshore Deals, Relativity Media Taking U.S. On Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth Thriller
EXCLUSIVE: The Robert Luketic-directed thriller Paranoia has emerged as an early hot sales title at Cannes. Relativity Media is negotiating for U.S. distribution rights, and IM Global’s Stuart Ford closing deals in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Canada and Latin America. That clears the way for a summer production starts on the adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, with Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth starring, and Lucas Till and Richard Dreyfuss also expected to be part of the cast.
Luketic, who helmed 21 and Legally Blonde, will direct the Jason Dean Hall- and Barry Levy-scripted thriller about a boss who blackmails one of his young employees to spy on a rival company. So far, IM Global has set deals with Momentum in the UK, Gaumont for France, Studio Canal for Germany, Aurum for Spain, Alliance for Canada and Sun for Latin America. Other territories are expected to close during the Cannes Film Festival.
The film will be produced by Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Depak Nayar, with IM Global’s Ford and Gaumont’s Christophe Riandee executive producing. The film starts production this summer for a 2013 release.
Related: Relativity Acquires ‘Paranoia’
EXCLUSIVE: In a hot package fast coming together to start production this summer, Robert Luketic will direct Paranoia, a corporate espionage thriller that is set in the world of dueling telecom giants. The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth is set to play the lead, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are in advanced negotiations to join him.
The film, an adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, is being fully financed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global, and the most recent script draft is by Jason Hall. Barry Levy (Vantage Point) wrote the initial version. The film’s being produced by Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Film 360′s Scott Lambert and Gaumont. Hemsworth’s repped by WME and ROAR, Ford by UTA and Oldman by Douglas Management Group and APA.
BREAKING: Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star in Motor City, the Albert Hughes-directed drama for Dark Castle. Gyllenhaal, who most recently completed the David Ayer-directed drama End of Watch, will play an ex-Army Ranger named John Miller who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, he is going after the man who framed him and stole his true love. Oscar-nominated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy star Gary Oldman plays the villain and Amber Heard is the female lead. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce for Dark Castle with Ethan Erwin and Douglas Urbanski exec producing. Warner Bros will distribute, as the studio did with Dark Castle’s hit Unknown. The film will begin shooting late spring in Berlin. Gyllenhaal is repped by WME.
From his first appearance on the world stage as the tragic Sid Vicious in Sid And Nancy, Gary Oldman has established himself as an elusive, hard-to-predict character actor. He’s been villainous — Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, Carnegie in The Book Of Eli or Korshunov in Air Force One — and he’s been heroic, like Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series and Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Often known for his showy acting, Oldman tones it way down for the more ambiguous George Smiley in this year’s awards contender Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Although Tinker Tailor has yet to make much of an impact this awards season, it has turned into a hit in England and a sizable success so far in limited release in the U.S., where it has grossed over $4 million since opening December 16. It will expand to 800 screens on Friday. Oldman is receiving the International Star award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday and will receive a three-day retrospective of his films beginning Monday at the Arclight in Hollywood. Surprisingly, he has never been nominated for an Oscar. Focus Features, which provided Deadline with an exclusive clip of Oldman (see below), is releasing Tinker Tailor in the U.S. and is obviously hoping to change that, backing Oldman with an extensive campaign that has included many Q&A appearances from the star himself. I spoke with him at one of those, and here are some highlights of that conversation that recently appeared in an issue of AwardsLine.
Playing Against Type:
You’re at the mercy of the imagination of the people out there who are casting you; they see you and you do get into a little bit of a groove and you get typecast. I applaud people like Christopher Nolan and Tomas Alfredson for seeing something else there. It was a great opportunity to play a character like this. I think it was [legendary acting teacher Sanford] Meisner who said, “An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.”
Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2011) — The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Gary Oldman with the International Star Award. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Brad Pitt, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, and the film Young Adult. The Festival runs January 5-16.
“Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, as the embodiment of John le Carré’s classic spymaster George Smiley, he combines cunning, pathos, and cold determination when he is brought out of retirement to ferret out a double agent during the Cold War. To this consummate talent who consistently challenges audiences to anticipate the unexpected when he performs, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2012 International Star Award to Gary Oldman.”
The Tree Of Life took honors for best picture and best director Terrence Malick when the San Franscisco Film Critics Circle announced their awards for 2011 on Sunday. Two actors who’ve generated a lot of buzz but have been largely overlooked, Gary Oldman and Tilda Swinton, were honored for best actor and actress in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and We Need To Talk About Kevin. Full list of winners follows:
Best Picture: The Tree of Life
Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Adapted Screenplay: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Foreign Language Film: Certified Copy
Best Documentary: Tabloid
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema: The Mill And The Cross
Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community: National Film Preservation Foundation — Since 1997, the San Francisco-based nonprofit’s fundraising and grant-giving programs have supported the restoration and preservation of hundreds of rare U.S. films. Led by director Annette Melville and assistant director Jeff Lambert, the NFPF makes this cinematic legacy available to the public through its “Treasures” DVD box sets, including the 2011 release “The West, 1898-1938.”
‘Tis the season. Studios and distributors are pulling out all the stops to bring attention to their big awards contenders. The drumbeat has been so loud since Thanksgiving that it’s not uncommon to be invited to 4 or 5 sceenings, parties, events, and Q&As in a single night. I get the feeling everyone is pushing a lot harder this year than ever before because of relaxed pre-nomination Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rules and the feeling that the race is wide open. And with ballots due by Sunday for LA Film Critics, Critics Choice, and Golden Globe awards, AFI Top 10, and others, the crush was heavy this week.
Witness Focus Features’ push for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Gary Oldman and cast including Colin Firth and key crew have been in town doing one screening after another to packed Industry crowds for the likes of SAG, BAFTA, DGA guild awards. A post-premiere party Tuesday night drew swarms of Academy members while Oldman and company held court. A Sunday cocktail party attended by Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson was attended by members of the Los Angeles Film Critics, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and guild members just in time to get exposed to these potential nominees before casting their ballots.
The Tinker Tailor contingent is pretty thrilled about their own reviews and current 86% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes plus the industry reaction. At a KCET/American Cinematheque post-screening Q&A Saturday, Oldman was presented with a career achievement Lumiere award. The actor is known …
Kristen Stewart is in advanced talks for the female lead Kei in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s epic Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel. Twitchfilm reported midday Tuesday that Stewart had been offered the part. She would join Garrett Hedlund, who has the male lead Keneda. Gary Oldman will play the Colonel. Akira has been a high priority for Warner Bros ever since the studio acquired it with Legendary Pictures two years ago from manga publisher Kodansha. The intention has been to make two films, each covering three books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988. Stewart Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.