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With the year coming to a close, it seems like a great new movie hits theaters every weekend, and The Weinstein Company continues that trend on November 28th with The Imitation Game. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution. The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller. During my exclusive video interview with Morten Tyldum, he talked about trying to be historically accurate, filming in real places, if he had many deleted scenes, balancing fact versus fiction, what he learned from friends and family screenings, what sequences he worked on »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley sparkle in this tremendous telling of the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computer-science pioneer whose work broke Germany’s Enigma code during World War II but who later was hounded into suicide by the English government because he was gay.
As I say in my video review, this is easily one of the year’s best films, and I’m particularly impressed by the work of Cumberbatch and Knightley. The film also stars Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Goode.
Morten Tyldum directs, in his first English-language film, from a script by Graham Moore, based on Alan Hodges’ biography of Turing. Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman are producers. The Weinstein Company is handling U.S. distribution.
After a long string of almost weekly film festival screenings – including Toronto, Telluride and London – the film finally debuts in theaters Friday.
Will you see the film? »
- Pete Hammond
As we move into awards season, 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for films and no doubt there will be some year-end surprise contenders. One of my personal favorites is The Imitation Game, directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, about British mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is credited with cracking the unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Opening November 28th, the film’s intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man offers a fresh take on the biopic genre and features an impressive cast that includes Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong. At the Below The Line press day, we sat down with Producers Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Production Designer Maria Djukovic, Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, and Music Supervisor Lindsay Fellows who discussed the development process with screenwriter Graham Moore, the challenge of bringing Turing’s story to the screen, »
- Sheila Roberts
The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country. »
- Brian Brooks
Cracking the Code: Tyldum’s English Debut Delivers Thrills
Although mathematician Alan Turing OBE was responsible for creating a machine capable of solving the unsolvable Nazi enigma code, and in turn saving millions of lives during WW2, his importance is oft unrecognized in history books due to his arrest for ‘indecency’ (the charge given to homosexual behavior) and the secrecy of his work. Sixty years after his death, he has been granted a royal pardon, and now with the release of The Imitation Game, his vital contribution can be celebrated. Morten Tyldum makes an impressive English-language debut with a code-cracking wartime thriller with a starry, punchy line-up of British acting talent.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing, who is summoned to Britain’s code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, to lead a team in finding a way to decipher Nazi communication. As they say, there are 159 billion combinations for each code received daily, »
- Flossie Topping
Opening in wide release this week, The Imitation Game is set to be one of the big awards contenders of 2014. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the father of computer science who helped the Allies crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma machine during World War II.
Winning a warm critical reception (including our own recommendation) and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Imitation Game set itself apart with a lively and ensemble take on the biopic genre.
A couple of months back, we caught up with two of the film’s co-stars, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech, during the festival, and had an energetic discussion about the film, their secret to surviving press tours, Matthew’s least favorite nickname, and how to maintain composure when working opposite Keira Knightley.
Check it out below, and enjoy!
So how’s the festival been for you guys? »
- Sam Woolf
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.
11/24 update: You can see the latest night's ratings »
The Imitation Game, 2014.
Directed by Morten Tylbum.
The true story of mathematician Alan Turing and his time spent at Bletchley Park developing a machine to crack the enigma code.
The treatment of Alan Turing by the British Government is a stain on our history and Morten Tylburn’s English language debut is a fitting biopic for the great man. Starting in a police interrogation room in 1951 and flashing back through Alan’s childhood and his time at Bletchley Park developing the first computer; The Imitation Game is a multi-layered and thrilling biopic to watch.
Underlying the entire film is the fact that Alan Turing was homosexual and those going into the film not knowing this will enjoy how his sexuality comes to life through the different time periods. The film transitions easily between the events »
- Helen Murdoch
The Imitation Game is not just an opportunity for people to try to taste Benedict Cumberbatch at premieres — it is also a biopic of Alan Turing, the man who helped Britain break Germany's Enigma code during World War II before being persecuted for his homosexuality. Cumberbatch plays Turing, and he's joined by a long list of recognizable British faces, including Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, and Keira Knightley, who plays Turing's close friend Joan Clarke. In this exclusive clip from the film, Cumberbatch and Leech discuss the possibility of Turing coming out of the closet to Joan, and the harsh consequences he might face for doing so. The Imitation Game is out November 28. »
- Nate Jones
After premiering to rave reviews at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, not to mention snagging the People's Choice Award at the former, Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game is finally making its way to theatres around the world.
The film tells the important and almost criminally unsung story of mathematician and computing pioneer Alan Turing, his role in breaking the "unbreakable" Nazi Enigma code, which Winston Churchill credited with shortening the Second World War by at least two years, and ultimately his persecution by the British government for his homosexuality post-war.
Last week the Best Picture favourite made history of its own, setting a UK record for the second best British film opening of the year and second biggest opening of all time for distributor Studio Canal, falling just short of the top spot held by 2011's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »
- Emma Badame
Often biopics, even loosely based ones, can be dull, stiff, and uninteresting.
Not so with "The Imitation Game," director Morten Tyldum's story about the life of Alan Turing. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing as a character is fascinating to watch. The supporting cast, which features Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife") and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey"), is an essential part of keeping the film in semi-jovial territory.
Moviefone Canada spoke with Leech, Goode and Tyldum at the Toronto Film Festival, where they chatted about the gravity of a movie like this, how historically accurate their characters are, and of course, what it's like working with Cumberbatch.
(Watch video interviews, above.) »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Pinewood Pictures, the production arm of U.K.-based Pinewood Studios, has struck a slate deal with 20th Century Fox, in which Fox will distribute Pinewood titles in the U.K. A key title from the upcoming lineup is Spooks: The Greater Good, the full-length feature based on the long-running BBC TV spy series developed by Kudos, part of the Shine group. The film, due for domestic release May 8, stars Game of Thrones star Kit Harington alongside Spooks regular Peter Firth. Pressure, starring Matthew Goode, Danny Huston and Joe Cole and directed by Ron Scalpello, is also
- Alex Ritman
Pinewood Pictures, which finances and distributes the film and TV investments of the Pinewood Studios Group, has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox, which will see films on its distribution slate booked into cinemas by the studio.
Pinewood Pictures’ head of distribution, Gemma Spector, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Fox’s world-class sales team who I know will achieve the best possible distribution for Pinewood Pictures’ films.”
Cameron Saunders, managing director, U.K. theatrical at 20th Century Fox, said: “We’re delighted to build upon our position as the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.
Pinewood Pictures, which finance and distribute the media investments of the Pinewood Studios Group, announced today that it has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox, that will see films on its distribution slate booked into cinemas by the studio.
Pinewood Pictures is part of the Pinewood Studios group.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Matthew McConaughey‘s family helps him celebrate his new Hollywood honor, David Spade brings back his awkward facial hair while shooting Joe Dirt 2, skateboard pro Tony Hawk makes history and more First Dibs.
Matthew McConaughey’s beautiful family stole the show yesterday while the actor was presented with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [Yahoo!] David Spade gives us a peak of his signature transformation while shooting the Joe Dirt sequel.
Day 1. Lets get this shit started! #imjoedirt #whatscrappenin.
A photo posted by David Spade (@davidspade) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:05am Pst
Tony Hawk rides the world’s first real hoverboard. [Ride] Jennifer Lawrence looked angelic at the Hunger Games: Mockinjgay Part 1 premiere in La last night. [E!] Charles Manson and his fiancé Afton Burton aka Star got a marriage license. [CNN] Demi Moore, Ryan Murphy and Kathy Bates helped Jessica Lange celebrate winning the 9th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence »
- Taylor Ferber
Kristen Bell debuts a new Christmas song “Text Me Merry Christmas” in the video above. Watch out, Mariah. [Ryan Seacrest] Orange Is the New Black‘s Diane Guerrero writes about her parents being deported when she was 14. [La Times] On-air host Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit for a year as a sexism experimentation. [The Age] Why build a snowman when you can build a meth lab? You’ll see in this Frozen and Breaking Bad mashup. New images have been released of The Peanuts Movie, due next year. [USA Today] The Imitation Game stars Matthew Goode and Allen Leech tell Big Morning Buzz Live that they love playing enemies with their friend and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »
- Taylor Ferber
Another trailer has been released for the amazing-looking World War II code breaking thriller, The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film as the brilliant mathematician, logician, cryptologist, and computer scientist Alan Turing. The actor looks like he gives an amazing performance, but he's good in everything he does.
The film is based on the true story of Turing as he led "the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal."
- Joey Paur
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
The Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for the upcoming Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard.
In "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.
"The Imitation Game" is set for a limited release on November 28, 2014.
Have a look the new trailer below.
- Kellvin Chavez
The Weinstein Company has released a new The Imitation Game trailer for director Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) critically acclaimed Alan Turing biopic. The World War II drama features an absolutely terrific lead performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, a genius mathematician who worked to crack the Enigma Code—the code the Nazis were using to transmit messages back and forth—and bring an end to the war. The film is really more about Turing than it is the war (he was later convicted of the “crime” of homosexuality and sentenced to chemical castrastion), but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film as a sort of spy thriller. It’s a really good movie that also features a swell Keira Knightley performance and one of the best scores of the year thanks to composer Alexandre Desplat. Check out the new The Imitation Game trailer after the jump, click here to read Matt’s review, »
- Adam Chitwood
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