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A new clip has arrived online from The Imitation Game, in which Benedict Cumberbatch faces down the immense challenge posed by the Enigma code. Cumberbatch plays famed cryptologist Alan Turing in the new film, with this latest clip showing his briefing from Charles Dance's Commander Denniston. Denniston is convinced the code is uncrackable, but as Turing confidently puts it, "let me try, and we'll know for sure…" Take a look at the new clip, below… Cumberbatch might be making headlines for his recent casting in...
- George Wales
We may have Doctor Strange on the brain right now courtesy of Marvel’s big day yesterday, but let’s not forget, Benedict Cumberbatch could be on his way to his very first Academy Award nomination as well. He leads the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award winning film, The Imitation Game, as Alan Turing, a British cryptologist determined to solve the most difficult problem in the world, the German Enigma Code. Even though Charles Dance’s Commander Denniston thinks breaking the Enigma Code is impossible, Turing isn’t fazed by the challenge in the least. In fact, he refuses to dub the task unbreakable just yet. He insists, “Let me try, and we'll know for sure." Hit the jump to see what happens when Turing is first given the opportunity to try to crack the code in the new The Imitation Game clip. The Weinstein Company is giving the »
- Perri Nemiroff
Benedict Cumberbatch is calm and collected in a new clip from the upcoming drama The Imitation Game. In the scene, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) gets a visit from a British commander (Charles Dance), who needs Turing's help to crack the Enigma code and win World War II for the Allies. Read more Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Doctor Strange' Casting Sets Twitter Ablaze Turing is not the least bit fazed when told that the mission is "impossible," as he fires back with: "Let me try, and we'll know for sure." Quite the bold statement. Director Morten Tyldum's film has picked up
- Ryan Gajewski
Syfy knows they messed up. Now they have a plan to win you back. The cable network’s top executives won’t say this in such blunt language, but they acknowledge that somewhere along the line, the network missed an opportunity to have more great scripted dramas. It happened sometime after the name change from Sci Fi Channel to Syfy and the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica—the acclaimed series that was once mentioned by critics alongside titles like Mad Men and The Sopranos as representing TV's top-tier of storytelling. Once the weary Battlestar crew decided to settle on Earth in the show’s 2009 series finale, »
- James Hibberd
Following on from the news that Benedict Cumberbatch has secured the role of the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, a first clip from Cumberbatch’s latest film – and awards hopeful – The Imitation Game has arrived online, and you can check it out below…
See Also: Read our review of The Imitation Game here
The Imitation Game is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on. »
- Gary Collinson
2014 appears to be a year that's going to test my idea of what it means for a film to be the "best" of the year. The Imitation Game, in my estimation, is certainly one of the best the year has had to offer, but it's by no means to the level of Birdman or Boyhood, though to compare those two is futile. Of course, with the Oscars around the corner the idea of what makes something the "best" will get a whole new definition, something some outlets are making painfully obvious on the heels of mixed reviews for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. That being said, in my review of The Imitation Game I called it a "conventionally told story without the convention". Make no mistake, this is a biopic, but it's a biopic with subtlety and nuance. It will probably find detractors as the Oscar race heats up saying it's »
- Brad Brevet
Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t always a super hero or a super villain (for the former, see Marvel’s casting announcement today, for the latter see the last “Star Trek” film). In fact, most of the time he's just a great actor in character dramas; it’s what he excels at. And while it’s only teased slightly in this clip, one of the more interesting elements of “The Imitation Game” is just how awkward, grating and difficult Cumberbatch is as the real-life unsung war hero and innovator Alan Turing. A brilliant mathematician, Turing is also —at least in the movie— so socially maladroit as to register on the Asperger’s spectrum. That’s genius for you. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Mark Strong and as featured in this clip former “Game Of Thrones” star Charles Dance, “The Imitation Game” centers on the efforts of cryptologists, »
- Edward Davis
Game of Thrones star Charles Dance has landed himself a new role, playing a character that sounds like he may be a little bit more of a peaceful politician than Tywin Lannister ever was. Dance will star in Syfy’s alien invasion miniseries Childhood’s End, filling the key role of Karallen, the ambassador of the Overlords who first makes contact with our earth-born protgonist Ricky Stormgren. In Childhood’s End, the mysterious, alien Overlords peacefully invade Earth, but (as someone who has not yet read the novel that the series is based upon), I wonder how long this peace will last, as this situation sounds very similar to what happened with the Observers on Fringe (and we all know what happened with them). According to TVLine, Dance will be playing a much warmer and welcoming character in Childhood’s End, as “Karellen’s reassuring words and technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, »
- Chris King
While we wait to hear more about whether or not Charles Dance will appear in the upcoming fifth season of "Game of Thrones," we do know one place we will be able to find him in 2015 – Syfy. The cable network announced today the Dance has been cast in the upcoming miniseries "Childhood's End." The actor who appeared on "Game of Thrones" as Tywin Lannister will be taking on the lead role in "Childhood's End" of an alien Overlord named Karellen. Karellen is the ambassador for the Overlords here on Earth. Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, "Childhood's End" is about these alien Overlords who have come to Earth with, allegedly, benevolent desires. However, when they refuse to show themselves over a number of decades, some decide that despite their offering a number of new technologies, perhaps the aliens' intentions aren't so good-natured. Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original »
- Josh Lasser
At long last, Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal sci-fi opus Childhood’s End is coming to television, courtesy of Syfy, which plans to air an ambitious, six-hour miniseries adaptation. And recently, the network announced that it has landed an actor better known for his fantasty work to take on one of the starring roles – Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.
The acclaimed actor, whose performance as scheming political player Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones has earned him rapturous praise over the course of four seasons, will play Karellen, the ambassador for an alien race called the Overlords. When Karellen first arrives on Earth, making contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren (still uncast), his coming marks the beginning of a peaceful alien invasion that ends all war and begins an age of total peace. As the years pass, human identity and culture begin to disappear, making many realize the cost of such utopia. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords ambassador who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren.
Karellen’s reassuring words and technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, triggering decades of seeming utopia (albeit at the cost of human identity and culture). Yet his refusal to reveal his physical appearance — and insistence on dealing only through Ricky — cause some people to question his intentions. »
Do you m miss Lord Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones?Fret not, as Syfy and Universal Cable Productions today announced that Emmy nominee Charles Dance, famously of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” plus “Phantom of the Opera,” “Jewel in the Crown” and “Bleak House,” has secured the role of the alien Overlord “Karellen” in the upcoming six-hour miniseries Childhood’s End.Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, Childhood’s End will premiere on Syfy in 2015. Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s […] »
- April Neale
Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones") has scored one of the lead roles in Syfy’s six-hour miniseries "Childhood’s End." Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords' ambassador in the project which begins shooting next month in Australia.
The story focuses on what happens after the arrival of mysterious alien Overlords which begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule - at the cost of human identity and culture. [Source: Variety]
Lyndsy Fonseca ("Nikita," "Kick-Ass") has joined the cast of ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" limited series in the role of Angie Martinelli. Martinelli is an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York who befriends Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Forget the political warfare of the Seven Kingdoms: “Game of Thrones” actor Charles Dance will soon be staging an alien invasion, as Variety has confirmed he will be one of the leads in Syfy’s “Childhood’s End.”
The six-hour miniseries, which is an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel “Childhood’s End,” focuses on what happens after the alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. While their arrival is seen as a peaceful one, it also begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule — at the cost of human identity and culture. As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords’ ambassador.
The project, which is being adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”) and directed by Nick Hurran (“Sherlock: His Last Vow”), will begin filming next month in Australia and will premiere on Syfy next year. It »
- Whitney Friedlander
Jim Parsons is breathing new life into a (relatively young) holiday classic: The Big Bang Theory star will voice Buddy the Elf — yes, Will Ferrell’s character from 2003’s Elf — in a new holiday special for NBC.
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Premiering Dec. 16 at 8/7c, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas retells the story of Buddy’s journey to New York City, combining aspects of both the original film and the Broadway stage production.
Charles Dance is going from fantasy to sci-fi. The Game of Thrones actor has landed one of the starring roles in Syfy’s ambitious miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic Childhood’s End, EW has exclusively learned. The six-hour miniseries follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Dance plays Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren (not yet cast). We're told that "Karellen’s comforting words and »
- James Hibberd
CD Projekt Red unveiled the intro cinematic for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt — the third and final chapter in the studio’s genre-defining RPG series — during today’s 32nd Annual Golden Joystick Awards. (Incidentally, the threequel also picked up the Most Wanted gong during the ceremony.)
Getting back to the recently-released footage, though, the opening cinematic has been titled “the Trial,” and provides us with an early indication of the core plot of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. Essentially, Geralt of Rivia — our returning, monster-hunting protagonist — must venture into the wilderness in order to find his wayward love, Yennefer of Vengerberg.
Here’s an official rundown of that trailer from the studio itself.
“Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, ‘The Trail’ Opening Cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt’s long lost love, »
- Michael Briers
The Imitation Game (2014) Film Review from the 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival, a movie directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Beard, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Goodman Hill, James Northcote, Victoria Wicks, Lee Asquith-Coe, and Ancuta Brehban. The Imitation Game kicked off the London Film Festival [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: The Imitation Game: A Strong Probe into Turing [Lff 2014] »
- Subhan Ghani
The new video, released exclusively through Digital Spy, shows Turing attending a job interview with Commander Denniston (Charles Dance} for a position at Bletchley Park.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film centres on Turing's pioneering work on the Enigma code during World War II, and the subsequent prosecution he faced for his homosexuality.
Cumberbatch's performance is being widely tipped as a frontrunner for this year's Best Actor Oscar.
Benedict Cumberbatch: 'I would fight to the death against persecution'
The Imitation Game is released on November 14 in the UK, and opens on November 21 in the Us. »
James Hibberd debunks eight misconceptions and rumors about the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Spoilers Ahead about some of those rumors. For the season debuting this spring, the characters of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will not be appearing. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) did indeed die in the fourth season finale, so if he is on screen it might be in a flashback or as a corpse. An Iron Islands subplot from the book "A Feast of Crows" will not be featured. Author George R.R. Martin has lobbied for 13 episodes per season, but producers are adamant that 10 hours are more than enough. Entertainment Weekly -Break- Showtime finally announces a replacement for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in their anticipated comedy series "Happyish." Oscar-nominated writer and actor Steve Coogan will now star as a Brisish expatriate whose world is thrown off track when a young new boss is hired. »
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