8 items from 2015
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area -- without a filming permit -- and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. »
- Zac Gille
The cast of "The Imitation Game" boasts names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, and Allen Leech, and judging by their recent nominations, they may want to prepare a speech or two. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Cumberbatch, who plays the lead role of Alan Turing in the film, was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and Knightley was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her portryal of Joan Clarke. Based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma," the film is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Turing, one of World War II's greatest unsung heroes, and what some call the father of computer engineering. In "The Imitation Game" Turing leads »
The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.
In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:
Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).
What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).
Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
A Twitter-friendly review of The Imitation Game would simply read: “Genius plays genius.”
That first genius would be English acting prodigy Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays real-life mathematical mastermind and war hero Alan Turing in the critically acclaimed drama.
Taking on genius roles is nothing new for the 38-year-old actor — he’s played Stephen Hawking, Vincent Van Gogh and he continues to astound as fictional smarty-pants Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC show "Sherlock."
Credit Cumberbatch’s oddly handsome looks — set off by those angular blue-green eyes — soothing voice and magnetic screen presence for drawing us into his performances, making us lean in just a little bit more to decipher the meaning behind a raised eyebrow or pained look.
Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), The Imitation Game recounts Alan Turing’s accomplishments during World War II; chiefly his creation of a computing machine that he and a team of »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Benedict Cumberbatch has dedicated an award to his Imitation Game character Alan Turing.
While accepting the award for ensemble performance in a film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cumberbatch described Turing as a "war hero" and a "gay icon".
He said: "Alan Turing was a war hero, he was a gay icon and he was - and is - the father of modern computing science.
"He's a man who died tragically early due to a government that he helped free from fascism by his work in in the second world war cracking the Enigma Code, rewarding him for his nature for quietly confessing to who he was - as a gay man in a time of intolerance in the '50s.
"He knew when he said that he was a gay man that he would face prosecution, he knew there would be a choice between two years in »
Though it's never been hit in the ratings, CBS has been renewing The Good Wife year after year. Will this be the season when the show's luck runs out or will it be the biggest year yet? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? We shall see.
On The Good Wife, attorney and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) continues to face new challenges and opportunities in both her personal and professional lives. The series also stars Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier, and Matthew Goode.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »
A-list stars and filmmakers turned out Saturday evening on a cold, clear desert night to celebrate the Palm Springs Film Festival honorees at what’s unofficially become the launch of the awards season.
Though Robert Downey Jr. and Brad Pitt were presenters, not honorees, they helped add glamour to an evening packed full of warm anecdotes told by longtime collaborators. Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton and Shirley MacLaine were among other big names at the awards ceremony, hosted by Mary Hart, which recognizes a cross-section of films in the Oscar conversation.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner told the Convention Center audience that 10 of last year’s 11 honorees ended up with Academy Award nominations. The annual gala is regularly scheduled a week after the first round of Oscar ballots are sent to voters.
One of the lively moments of the night came when Pitt encouraged the audience to sing »
- Pat Saperstein
8 items from 2015
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