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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. 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.
So how’s the festival been for you guys?
Allen Leech: It’s been great, yeah, it’s been lovely. »
- Sam Woolf
Gregg Alexander is a free agent who makes the music he wants to make. The affable singer/songwriter whose New Radicals existed briefly between 1997 and 1999, turning up the hit "You Get What You Give," co-penned and produced the songs for John Carney's terrific summer musical film "Begin Again." Keira Knightley headlines as a bright folk chanteuse — rocked by a breakup with her cocky, more successful pop star ex (Adam Levine) — who drifts into the sights of an alcoholic indie music exec (Mark Ruffalo), who spies more than just coffee shop-lite talent in the young Gretta. The film's standout track is "Lost Stars," which is headed for the Best Original Song Oscar nomination and has popped up at various award shows throughout the season, including a rare performance at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Alexander, meanwhile, is on the award circuit and back in the spotlight after New Radicals disbanded 15 years ago. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
On this week's special edition of Week We Love, Will Marfuggi is here to give you the latest entertainment scoop, as well as a sneak peek at the newest trends! Get ready to see Taylor Swift as you've never seen her before with her "Blank Space" music video, which gets cut as a horror movie! Then, prepare yourself for a movie treat in Benedict Cumberbatch's latest movie The Imitation Game, where he plays a mathematician in Germany during WWII—also starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Good! If you're feeling brave during the upcoming holiday feast, try making a Thanksgiving bucket! Cook all your traditional dishes separately, then layer them into a three gallon container »
After months of speculation, Rachel McAdams has landed the hotly tipped role of Sheriff Ani Bezzerides on the second season of True Detective. McAdams, best known for her starring roles in The Notebook and Mean Girls, joins previously announced stars Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch on author Nic Pizzolatto's HBO drama series. McAdams' character is described, per a press release, as a no-nonsense "Venture County Sheriff's detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with the system she serves," and whose troubled upbringing is to blame for her gambling and drinking problem. »
Like those generated by the distant, thundering footfalls of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the ripples being made by early publicity for the fourth Jurassic Park film are growing in size. We have slowly progressed from still images being shared on social media, through tiny snippets, to this first official footage from Jurassic World – before the full trailer is finally revealed, on Thursday.
The journey of Jurassic World to the big screen has been a long and tortuous one – it having been in development for over ten years. A sizeable list of directors and writers have come and gone, while names reportedly under consideration for casting have included Keira Knightley, Jeremy Piven, Emmy Rossum, David Boreanaz, John Krasinski and Josh Brolin, in addition to the involvement of original stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough having been rumoured at various points. The lengthy process sadly saw the passing of »
- Sarah Myles
We really shouldn't be having this conversation. It's just too soon. Isn't it? When Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for "The Iron Lady," the collective media mindset was that the acting icon had finally joined the three-timer club and any other nominations from that point on would be icing on the cake. A fourth Oscar win? Considering how many times she'd been overlooked since winning no. 2 for "Sophie's Choice" in 1982, it just didn't seem realistic that it would happen anytime soon or at all. Even after landing another Best Actress nod for "August: Osage County," the concept of Streep conceivably winning another statue just didn't register. That is, until now. To say that Streep is the standout in Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" is somewhat of an understatement. Chris Pine does steal almost every scene he's in as the Prince (more on that in a moment), but »
- Gregory Ellwood
Prior to a professional acting career, Miller worked as a photographic model for Coca-Cola, Italian Vogue and appeared in the 2003 Pirelli Calendar.
Signing with Pepe Jeans London, she was featured in their ad campaign March 2006 and continues to design a fashion line for them today.
February 2009, Miller became the 'ambassador' for the fragrance Boss Orange women's perfume.
In 2004 Miller had a supporting role in the remake of "Alfie".
This was followed by the female lead in "Casanova".
In 2008 Miller she co-starred with Keira Knightley »
- Michael Stevens
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
Thwaites is being considered to take on the role of British soldier Henry, a character described by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the sequel's male leads.
Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are expected to reprise their roles as the eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl's mutinous captain Hector Barbossa, respectively. Javier Bardem is in talks to play a new villain. »
A fresh face has been added to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which is now over a decade old believe it or not. A couple of weeks ago, we got word that a number of young actors were in the running to join Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the coveted new role of Henry, a British soldier. The shortlist included The Fault in Our Stars standout Ansel Elgort, The Giver star Brenton Thwaites and others, but now it appears that the victor has been selected: Thwaites. The 25-year-old Australian actor had two high-profile roles this year with Maleficent and the dystopian adaptation The Giver, in addition to the sci-fi indie The Signal, and now he’s in talks to join one of the most popular franchises around. More after the jump. The Wrap reports that Thwaites is currently in negotiations to join the cast »
- Adam Chitwood
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
Did Gwyneth Paltrow really insult Martha Stewart? - Us Weekly Harry Styles and Taylor Swift hang out in La - Et Mind-blowing documentaries to stream on Netflix - Huffington Post Beyoncé wasn't Solange's bridesmaid - Ok! Charlie Hunnam says he's been stuck in an awkward phase - People One Direction snags a big award - Hollywood Reporter Roselyn Sanchez shows a ton of skin - TooFab Keira Knightley's latest gets rave reviews - Rotten Tomatoes Guess who got kicked off Facebook? - Wonderwall 4 actors who do their own stunts - Moviepilot »
Benedict Cumberbatch is featured on the cover of Time, Jon Hamm will guest star in the final season of Parks and Recreation, TV networks opt out of airing President Obama‘s speech and more in Last Lap.
Benedict Cumberbatch makes the cover of Time‘s “Genius Issue.” As he should have. [@Time] Jon Hamm will guest star in Parks and Recreation as Ed, a National Parks employee with all of the looks and none of the brains. [EW] President Obama will speak about the country’s immigration system tonight, but ABC, NBC, and CBS will not be airing it due to ratings. And Shondaland. [CNN] Angelina Jolie tells Du Jour magazine that she is “absolutely” quitting the acting world. [Vanity Fair] Keira Knightley thinks that Cumberbatch’s fans are artistic, terrifying, and lovely. John Cameron Mitchell will star in Hedwig, the Tony-award-winning Broadway production he co-wrote. [EW] Matt Damon‘s bromance with Ben Affleck continues as »
- Taylor Ferber
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
Last night on Late Night With Seth Myers, Keira Knightley showed up to discuss the shadowy cult that monitors her activities at all times. We're talking, of course, about the group formerly known as Cumberbitches, who will rain down great fire in the comments section of any article on the internet that displeases them. "It's terrifying," she told Myers, before catching herself. "I mean, they're lovely. I'm terrified saying they're terrifying, because they might come after me." She added that the Cumber-collective was very artistic, but we knew that already. »
- Nate Jones
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" comes out this weekend, so naturally Jimmy Fallon sent one of his "Tonight Show" writers to the streets of New York City to see if people noticed him mispronounce the movie's name. Who knew it's actually "The Humping Stains" that's opens this weekend?!
Padma Lakshmi stopped by "The Tonight Show" to give Jimmy some tips about hosting a Thanksgiving party. Her expert wisdom includes soaking your turkey in buttermilk, and immersing the legs and thighs. Sounds like a day at the spa.
- Mehera Bonner
Wildlike will screen at 5:00pm Saturday, November 22nd at the Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here. Frank Hall Green will be in attendance to answer questions about his film
In writer-director Frank Hall Green’s Wildlike, Mackenzie (Ella Purnell of “Malificent”), a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her desperate and struggling mother to live with her uncle (Bruce Geraghty of “The Hurt Locker”) in Juneau, Alaska. Although her uncle initially seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship takes an uncomfortably sinister turn, and Mackenzie is forced to run away. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie instead ends up going ever deeper into the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a backpacker, the loner Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood of »
- Tom Stockman
J.Law was her typical sarcastic self, revealing, “It takes about four-and-a-half hours and hundreds of dollars in professionals. I have like a whole pit crew that put their blood, sweat and tears into making me look like this.”
But Keira had some really simple, common sense advice that everyone can use, “Make sure you keep your skin clean and [drink] lots of water.”
Beauty expert Kate De Ponte shared another star secret with Et – use a really good anti-aging product. She says, “I'm always looking for anti-aging products that really work. This new Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum is packed with powerful ingredients that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just four weeks.”
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Ruth Wilson is a potential Golden Globes contender for her performance as a married woman who becomes involved with a married man (Dominic West) in Showtime's "The Affair," but even though the actress has been nominated before – for the TV miniseries "Jane Eyre" in 2007 – she never got to attend the event. She explained in our recent video chat, "It was the writers' strike, so I had to watch the results on the news, which was a bit disappointing." -Break- Golden Globes: Top 10 Most Shocking Upsets Ever But she came to Los Angeles anyway, "just in case," and she remembers the city being a virtual ghost town after the cancellation of the Globes. "It was funny, L.A. was empty because everyone decided to leave," she said. "The only people left were Brits who had been nominated, so there was all the 'Atonement' lot, like James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, »
Weinstein Company’s fest favorite “The Imitation Game” preemed at the Ziegfeld Monday to what turned into a clear night, which, according to producer Teddy Schwarzman, was unusual because it has rained at several of their major screenings including the Toronto Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.
“This movie has won more film festivals than any film in my history,” Harvey Weinstein told the crowd in his introduction of the film based on the life and accomplishments of British mathematician Alan Turing.
Weinstein said he was most pleased that the tech aud at a Silicon Valley screening held by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg were impressed by the mathematical accuracy of Turing’s work, who is now celebrated as the founding father of the computer.
“You know I’d heard rave reviews but when they walked out and said, ‘You know, you guys got the math right’ — I mean, God, »
- Alexa Harrison
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