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The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment have announced a March 31st Blu-ray release for The Imitation Game, which won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at last weekend’s ceremony.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (Begin Again), who were both nominated for Oscars for their performances here, star alongside Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and the film is directed by Morten Tyldum.
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During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. Instead, they arrested Turing on charges of “gross indecency,” an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, »
- Scott J. Davis
Ever since the death of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner last spring, “you have everybody going in every direction at one time and things are coming unglued,” says Robert King. And there could be even more upheaval as the show returns this Sunday (9/8c on CBS) for the first of the season’s final 10 episodes.
TVLine caught up with the Kings to dish »
It's been long in the works, but ITV has now confirmed that it's ordered a pilot for a revival of The Saint.
Set to go into production in 2016, this new take from writers Ed Whitmore (Arthur & George) and Chris Lunt (Prey) promises to bring Simon Templar - a roguish Robin Hood for the modern day - to a whole new audience.
But who could possibly follow in the esteemed footsteps of Sir Roger Moore (and Ian Ogilvy... and, erm, Val Kilmer) in bringing Leslie Charteris's gentleman thief to life? Digital Spy has picked out 12 potentials.
1. James Norton
Last year, Norton delivered two spectacularly disparate performances - as reprehensible Tommy Lee Royce on BBC One's Happy Valley and as 'sexy vicar' Sidney Chambers on ITV's Grantchester. Take a little of Royce's edginess, add a dash of Chambers's charm and you might just have yourself the perfect Saint.
2. Matthew Goode »
To celebrate the upcoming release of the brilliant The Imitation Game on Blu-ray and DVD this 9th March, we’ve got one stunning Steelbook and two Blu-rays to giveaway to some lucky winners!
It’s definitely one of the finest films of 2014 and now you can own one – which was beloved by critics and audiences alike – as it arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital platforms on 9th March 2015, courtesy of Studiocanal.
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, The Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers, endorsed by Churchill himself, at Britain’s top-secret Government Code & Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the darkest days of World War II.
Starring the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, Academy, Keira Knightley as his confidante and equal, Joan Clarke, and featuring supporting turns from Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance, »
- Dan Bullock
The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 22nd at 7pm Eastern time. Here is our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself.
There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.
That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. We’ve compiled the following brief summaries, interesting facts, and critical reviews for all these films and people. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Just when you thought Edith Crawley’s luck couldn’t get any worse… enter the Nazis.
Downton Abbey‘s very own Meg Griffin on Sunday learned that, as previously suspected, Michael Gregson had been killed by members of Hitler’s growing regime, leaving poor little Marigold fatherless after all. So she did what any woman who just inherited a publishing company from her deceased baby daddy would do: She hauled ass to the nearby farm, revealed to the kindly woman that the child she’d been caring for is actually hers, then snatched the »
Oscar contender “The Imitation Game” picked up a trophy over the weekend, winning the Ally for Equality Award from Human Rights Campaign.
Harvey Weinstein, director Morten Tyldum, actor Matthew Goode and producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky were on hand to receive the award at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Jan. 31. (The movie’s lead actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, was in London filming “Sherlock.”)
Joel Grey presented the honor.
“Imitation Game” goes into the Oscar ceremony with eight nominations under its belt, including best picture.
- Gordon Cox
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
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. Police have »
- 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
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