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Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.
- Jenni Miller
In The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a British mathematician who worked to break the Nazi Enigma code in World War II. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum, also stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.
Tiff’s People’s Choice Award is commonly used as an indicator of the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. 12 Years A Slave, which Cumberbatch also appeared in, won the award last year before taking home the Best Picture Oscar, and other winners include The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.
The Imitation Game screened at Tiff, inspiring glowing reviews and earning buzz for its lead actor Cumberbatch, who appears to be an early favorite for a Best Actor nominee.
“Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma – tellingly »
The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and was later ruined for being outed as a homosexual, was voted the favorite film by audiences at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game leaped into the Oscar race and was warmly embraced by audiences, who named it the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It will open in theaters on Nov. 21.
- Jeff Labrecque
Compared to Tiff 2013 where the focus was mainly on mainstream releases, I made the decision to mix things up about by also covering movies that I would not get a chance to see out of the festival circuit such as A Girl at My Door and Phoenix. The other ambition was to expand the number of interviews with the visiting filmmakers and actors but that required getting access to the publicist information ahead of time rather than the day before the festivities. With the help of the Tiff publicity department I was able to get a list of contact names as well a heads up when the press and industry schedule was available online. Added by some luck in finding a press release for Good Kill online which listed a PR contact and a good relationship with another PR firm, I was able to watch some key films and conduct »
- Trevor Hogg
The Imitation Game leads this year's winners at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch won the People's Choice Award, which was announced at the Festival's annual awards brunch on Sunday (September 14).
Other winners at this year's awards include Beats of the Antonov and What We Do in the Shadows.
The full list of this year's Toronto International Film Festival winners is as follows:
People's Choice Award For Documentary - Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka
The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, "The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award won last year by "12 Years a Slave," and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." (Other Tiff audience winners such as "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Precious" go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.) Very British "The Imitation Game" is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley (indiewire interview here) and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21. Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact »
- Anne Thompson
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Ausiello: Booth and Brennan are going incognito again, and the setting for their covert mission sounds Lol hilarious. “They are going to be undercover at a crossword puzzle tournament,” reveals exec producer Stephen Nathan, who hints that they will be taking on new aliases this time around. “That remains to be seen, »
The Imitation Game, 2014
Directed by Morten Tyldum.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
A break and enter to the house of an eccentric Cambridge Mathematics professor whose off-handed and demeaning manner about the crime raises the suspicions of a 1950s British police detective; he goes about conducting an investigation expecting to uncover some treasonable activities but instead uncovers something else.
The man called into question is Alan Turing who was bullied at private school but was befriended and mentored by a classmate during the 1920s. A similar relationship develops for Turing in the 1940s with the sole female member of the Bletchley Park code breaking team. The period biopic shifts seamlessly between the three different decades, and an image develops of Alan Turing as »
- Trevor Hogg
To say Benedict Cumberbatch is passionate about Alan Turing's life and legacy is like saying that Romeo was fond of Juliet. Though technically accurate, it doesn't quite capture the full picture. To hear the talented thesp's enthusiasm as he relays his reasons for taking on the role of the pioneering British figure is a bit like eavesdropping on the composition of a well-thought out love letter. Full of passion, empathy and more information than even the most researched biographer, Cumberbatch wants to do his part to make sure this unsung hero gets the recognition he deserves.
We talked to the in-demand actor at the end of a very long day of press prior to The Imitation Game's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Despite the late hour and a full-day of Q&As behind him, Cumberbatch was eager to talk about the complex life of Turing. From his »
- Emma Badame
In The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays famed British mathematician Alan Turing, a genius of logic and father of computer science, who helped shorten WWII by two years by building the first super computer and cracking the Enigma message code used by the Nazis. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film is a lush period piece which shows simultaneous glimpses of Turing at three very pivotal points in his life: his childhood romance with boarding school mate Christopher, his time during the war working on a top-secret project to crack the Enigma code for the British army, and his "gross indecency" arrest later in life for being homosexual.
The film has many of the trappings of the historical drama - sumptuous cinematography, a dense echoing soundtrack, pristine sets and costume design. »
In September 1933, General George S. Patton told the Calvary Journal, “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.” Mathematician Alan Turning proved Patton’s statement was only half true when it came to World War II. It was won by men and a machine. Turing and his team used a computer to decipher the Germans’ “Enigma” code, which turned the tide of the war and was one of the key contributions to the Allies’ victory. Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is a compelling look at a man treated inhumanely and the creation of his machine that helped saved humanity from evil. The film isn’t hard to crack, but led by Benedict Cumberbatch’s outstanding performance and Tyldum’s strong direction, it’s a compelling tale of secrets, lies, and sacrifice. In 1951, there’s been a break-in at Alan Turing’s (Cumberbatch) home, but nothing has been stolen, »
- Matt Goldberg
Earlier this week, CBS released a new promo trailer for its upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife following the recent and well deserved Emmy win by Julianna Marguiles for best lead actress in a drama. After an explosively emotional season end, the promo shows Alicia as she faces new political prospects, power struggles between firm partners and marital stress.
Along with reoccurring cast of characters such as Matthew Goode and Michael J. Fox, this new season will be introducing some fresh faces to The Good Wife roster such as Connie Nielson, Taye Diggs, Steven Pasquale and David Hyde Pierce.
The minute promo can be seen below and the new season airs on Sundays beginning Sept. 21st 9pm Est.
The post ‘The Good Wife’ gets promo trailer for its sixth season appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for showing some of the best films each year. Some of my personal favorite films have come out of Tiff, including Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
Trying to narrow down a list of films I am most excited to see from this year’s Tiff is a difficult process. After all, there are 393 films being shown. Based on plot summaries, entertaining trailers and actors I admire, I’ve managed to pick 10 films I am hoping to catch once they are publicly released.
The Judge // Tiff Premiere: Sept. 4
Dir. David Dobkin
The film follows Hank (Downey), a Chicago lawyer, who returns to his small, Indiana town in the wake of his mother’s death to find his estranged father (Duvall) accused of murder. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Scott Frank wrote some of the best films of the past 20 years. His work on Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Minority Report is nothing short of fantastic. After plenty of experience as a screenwriter Frank finally got behind the camera in 2007 with The Lookout. His snowy neo-noir was a hit with critics, but didn’t perform quite as well at the box office. That’s a shame, because it’s an exceptional dramatic thriller, boasting outstanding performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, and Jeff Daniels. You also couldn’t ask for a more rewarding script: it takes its time for quiet moments, and yet moves at an exceedingly fast clip; everything set up has a satisfying payoff; and Frank’s original story plays with archetypes. The friendly cop could’ve been a bumbling moron with a gun, but when he’s in a shootout, he’s portrayed as a genuinely competent enforcer. Frank »
- Jack Giroux
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
The full lineup for this year's BFI London Film Festival was announced this morning (September 3), and as ever comprised an impressive cross-section of the biggest hits from Sundance, Cannes and Venice, spread across the festival's main competition entries and themed strands.
Digital Spy runs down 14 of the movies you need to catch if you're in the Big Smoke for this year's festival.
Following strong reviews at its Telluride world premiere last weekend, this intelligently crafted biopic of pioneering codebreaker Alan Turing is one of the year's first surefire Oscar frontrunners, with Benedict Cumberbatch's lead performance singled out for particular praise.
Cumberbatch stars as the brilliant but socially awkward Turing, whose groundbreaking work in computer science and cryptanalysis proved crucial during World War II, before his homosexuality led to his prosecution and apparent suicide in the 1950s. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode co-star, with Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directing. »
The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.
Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as ‘young lady.’
The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, »
- Nemo Kim
Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.
The original crime novel, first published in 2002, was set in Victorian London and centred on young women who are petty thieves (fingersmiths). Park’s adaptation will be set in Korea during the time of Japanese rule.
The film’s Korean title phonetically reads “Agashi”, meaning ‘young lady’ or ‘miss’. The English title has yet to be decided.
He has intermittently made shorts including A Rose Reborn, which will screen in the upcoming Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle section, but today’s »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
Deadline’s Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film’s producers Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Nora Grossman, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum.
The film, being distributed by The Weinstein Company, tells the painfully true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician and logician whose work helped crack the German military’s Enigma code during WWII.
After the war, however, the British government pressured Turing into chemical castration, hounding him into suicide, because he was gay. In 2009, Queen Elizabeth II issued a pardon and Prime Minister Gordon Brown officially apologized on behalf of the British government for wronging Turing.
- The Deadline Team
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