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George Clooney gets the gang (Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray) back together for the greatest of capers – protecting works of art from the Nazis. Based loosely on Robert Edsel's book about the real life Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives programme, the trailer suggests the director/star has gone all Boys' Own on this one. Funny old gang of recruits mind – we can buy Clooney and Damon as rogues on a mission, but Murray and Goodman look more Dad's Army than Dirty Dozen. 1 January
Gillian Flynn's best-seller gets a big-screen adaptation. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a struggling journalist implicated in the disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike), who went missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. »
Benedict Cumberbatch has made a glorious career playing infinitely intelligent characters, whether they be a deductive detective on BBC’s Sherlock, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate or manipulative villains in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Oh, and he also played Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh. So, when filmmakers were looking for an actor to convincingly portray the brilliant scientific genius Alan Turing for The Imitation Game, the choice was clear.
In honour of Turing’s posthumous pardon from the Queen on Tuesday, Black Bear Pictures released the first photo of Cumberbatch as the enigmatic codebreaker via Twitter. In the picture (above), the British actor is standing in front of a complex code-breaking machine. This contraption is likely the Bombe, which deciphered encoded German messages during World War II. Beyond his technical expertise, Turing also invented a machine that many consider »
- Jordan Adler
The first official picture of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing has been released.
The actor will play computer scientist Turing in new biopic The Imitation Game, which will be released in 2014.
The pioneer of modern-day computing is credited with cracking the German Enigma Code during World War II, but was later convicted for 'indecency' as a homosexual.
He was also 'chemically castrated' because of his sexuality, before committing suicide in 1954.
However, Turing was granted a posthumous pardon on Tuesday (December 24) after years of campaigning.
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Today we have the first photo from Benedict Cumberbatch's "The Imitation Game," based on the life of Alan Turing, one of the pioneers of modern-day computing. Check out the photo below. Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on. "The Imitation Game" co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. It has yet to get a Us release date. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
After years of erudite movie mob bosses and Camus-quoting killers, Woody Harrelson has singlehandedly revived the good, old-fashioned thug
In the very first scene in the harrowing new film Out of the Furnace, Woody Harrelson swings opens the car door, tumbles out of the driver's seat and pukes his guts out. He then forces his gabby consort to swallow whole what appears to be a revolting hot dog, beats senseless a well-meaning but overmatched Sir Galahad who unwisely comes to her rescue, and spends the rest of the movie doing violent, horrible things, many of which result in other people's deaths. Not once does he say anything witty or incisive or clever, much less pithy. Not once does he say anything that could be construed as ironic. Not once does he engage his Jurassic associates in lighthearted banter. No, in Out of the Furnace, Harrelson plays a good, old-fashioned thug. »
- Joe Queenan
A first look at the "Sherlock" star as logician and mathematician Alan Turing in the movie "The Imitation Game" has premiered on the film's Twitter page. It's no coincidence that this picture was posted on Dec. 24, a very momentous day in Turing's posthumous history.
In 1952, Turing was criminally convicted of homosexuality. Instead of going to prison, he was treated with female hormones, and died two years later of what many believe was a suicidal dose of cyanide poisoning. Now almost 50 years later, Queen Elizabeth has pardoned Turing of the charge.
"In honor of today's Royal Pardon, please find the first still released from the upcoming film, The Imitation Game," the tweet reads.
The first official image from Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) as mathematician and logician Alan Turing, is now available. The image debuted on the day that Turing received a posthumous pardon from none other than Queen Elizabeth II for his 1952 conviction of homosexuality. Credited with cracking the German Enigma code during World War II which subsequently shortened the length of the conflict, Turing was then convicted on charges of "gross indecency", and sentenced to chemical castration. He committed suicide two years later at the age of 41. The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard. Hit the jump to check out the full image. The first official image from The Imitation Game can be found below (via Twitter): The Imitation Game @tigmovie In honor of today's Royal Pardon, please find »
- Dave Trumbore
Black Bear Pictures has released the first official photo from The Imitation Game, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing, who helped Great Britain crack Germany's Enigma Code during the war. Despite loyal service to his country, Alan Turing was charged with the "crime" of "homosexuality" by the British government in 1952, and given the choice of prison time or an experimental chemical castration. He chose castration, resulting in his loss of security clearance. Two years later, he died after eating an apple laced with cyanide. The photo was released in honor of Alan Turing's official Royal Pardon that was issued posthumously on Christmas Eve, 61 years after his death. Take a look at Benedict Cumberbatch in character as Alan Turing from director Morten Tyldum's biopic.
In honor of today's Royal Pardon, please find the first still released from the upcoming film, The Imitation Game. »
In honor of Alan Turing’s historic Royal Pardon on Tuesday, Black Bear Pictures has released the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game.” Showing his personal enthusiasm for the project, producer Teddy Schwarzman sent the still himself as an early Christmas gift rather than a PR firm. Also Read: ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Preview: How Benedict Cumberbatch Has Spent His Time While Presumed Dead (Video) Cumberbatch stars as codebreaker and mathematician Turing, who was prosecuted for being homosexual and eventually committed suicide via cyanide poisoning. Keira Knightley co-stars alongside Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance. Morten Tyldum »
- Jeff Sneider
The movie's official Twitter account posted the photo of Cumberbatch, looking frazzled and sweaty in suspenders, in front of what appears to be the computer that broke the famous Enigma code used by Germany during World War II.
Turing, who went to help develop computers at the University of Manchester after the war, was convicted in 1952 of gross indecency after engaging in homosexual relations. He was hormonally castrated and lost his job. Two years later, Turing committed suicide by ingesting cyanide.
Over 60 years after his conviction, Turing given the highly rare and unusual pardon by the queen.
- Kelly Woo
Although there's just days left until BBC premiere of the third season of "Sherlock" on New Year's Day, 2013 has one surprise left for fans of Benedict Cumberbatch. The first official photo from his next big screen project, The Imitation Game has been released and you can check it out below! You can also browse our collection of previously posted on-set photos in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page. The drama, a biopic of Alan Turing, also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. One of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes, Turing was the pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and »
With 2013 drawing to a close, it's time to look ahead to the next 12 months and see what big-screen treats are in store for movie fans. Expect new instalments of your favourite blockbuster franchises alongside classy dramas with their eyes on awards season.
Released: May 30
Why you should see it: Disney's re-telling of Sleeping Beauty brings Angelina Jolie back to the big screen as the 'Mistress of All Evil', while Elle Fanning takes on the role of Princess Aurora. Expect some lavish spectacle and a potential scenery-chewing performance from Angelina.
Released: December 12
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Justice League: War, and more....
After debuting the first trailer earlier this month, Sony gave Spidey fans an early Christmas present this past week, releasing a second trailer and new poster for the upcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both are pretty familiar - the shot of Andrew Garfield's wall-crawler is exactly the same as the one from the first banner, while we've already seen much of the footage in the 'bonus' trailer; however, personally I thought the latest trailer was an improvement, although the CGI Spidey swinging around the city still looks like it's come straight out of »
- Gary Collinson
You know how it seemed that all of the Batman Vs Superman villain rumors were focused on actors who were already bald like Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, and Terry O'Quinn? Well, add a new name to the potential Lex Luthor villain casting mix and this guy has a full head of hair. Variety reports that Warner Bros is very interested in getting Joaquin Phoenix on board Batman Vs Superman as the villain. Sources are saying that the unnamed role they want him for is Lex Luthor, but neither the »
- Alex Maidy
Raffael Dickreuter - Green Lantern - Previs & Postvis Showreel from raffael dickreuter on Vimeo. In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite force of protectors for peace and justice has existed for centuries. They are the Green Lantern Corps. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the Corps' newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Bringing the popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, Green Lantern also stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett* and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins**. Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, »
Another week begins as the year winds down to a close. Here are a few stories of interest that happened over the weekend that we didn't cover. 1 - AMC has canceled its new original series Low Winter Sun after one season. The Ernest Dickerson-directed series (he directed 2 episodes, including the pilot) starred Mark Strong, and Lennie James, with Ruben Santiago Hudson and Erika Alexander in supporting roles. It might be one of those shows that finds a larger audience when it's streaming on Netflix #Bingewatching. The series - based on the U.K. effort of the same name - averaged a modest 1.194 million viewers during its »
- Natasha Greeves
Sean Ellis's Metro Manila, based on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, was the big winner of the night, picking up Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.
This evening in London the winners of the 2013 British Independent Film Awards were announced and we were on hand to interview the great and good as they arrived to one of the highlights of the British film year.
Once again it was a major showcase for the wealth of emerging talent in this country with some of the year’s best films getting a shout-out in the awards. Each year the British Independent scene grows stronger and there is a greater spotlight shone on it each year, these awards are an indication of that strength.
Stefan Pape was our man on the red carpet and you can find his interviews below. More interviews will be added throughout the night.
- Jon Lyus
AMC’s Low Winter Sun, also known as AMC’s ‘Please-Please-Just-Keep-Watching-Even-Though-Breaking-Bad-is-Ending,’ has been canceled in its infancy after just one season. Based on the British mini-series of the same name, the show starred Mark Strong and Lennie James. Although it was given what is arguably AMC’s most valuable time slot, the series failed to garner any of that sweet post-Breaking Bad traction. Petering down to about 630,000 viewers for its season finale, Low Winter Sun seemed pretty likely to get axed, in retrospect.
Similarly, Low Winter Sun yielded lukewarm critical reception too. Metacritic shows a “mixed” score of 59 and the Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus is pretty harsh as well: “Mark Strong makes for a compelling lead, but Low Winter Sun is too serious for its own good, sagging under the weight of its bleak, brooding tone.”
So, all smug Breaking Bad elitism aside – it seems that AMC really has »
- Jon Highsmith
Premiering to 2.51 million total viewers, the show quickly shed its audience left and right, to the point that a timeslot change meant the series closed out with just 630,000 total viewers. [Source: THR]
ITV have released a trailer for this year's two-hour Christmas special for "Downton Abbey". In this episode, the Crawleys are relocated to their London residence at the height of the social season.
Fox has shuffled its schedule so that the first season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" will be a two hour event on Monday January 20th.
The move replaces the planned season premiere of "The Following" which now goes to air a week later on January 27th.
'Hollow' goes on a break after tomorrow night's tenth episode. »
- Garth Franklin
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