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The Imitation Game is celebrating crossing the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office following its win for best adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards. Directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore, the independent historical drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the cryptologist who helped break Germany's Enigma code during World War II before being prosecuted by the British government for being gay. Imitation Game, produced by Black Bear Pictures and Bristol Automotive, has earned roughly $115 million internationally, where FilmNation is handling the movie. The film, released in the U.S. by The Weinstein Co.,
- Pamela McClintock
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are finally getting their romantic honeymoon. The newlyweds popped up in Bora Bora last week after originally having to postpone their getaway because of the Oscars. Benedict and Sophie relaxed on a small boat that took them from the airport to their private overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons and wasted no time changing into their suits to soak up the sun - Sophie, who is currently pregnant with the couple's first child, bared her baby bump in a bikini and got some help from Benedict when it came to putting sunscreen on her back. Later, she sunbathed while her fiancé went snorkeling in the gorgeous ocean. Sophie and Benedict tied the knot over Valentine's Day weekend in a small ceremony held on England's Isle of Wight. They made their newlywed debut in a casual outing across the pond days later and showed sweet postwedding »
The news broke last night and, whilst it has yet to be officially confirmed, the amount it’s being reported on makes it seem more like the “rumour” that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Doctor Strange – which took months for Marvel to give the nod to – than, say, all of that nonsense that’s been spread about the new Star Wars. The new Spider-Man movie have found itself a director and writer.
That man is Drew Goddard, a veteran TV writer who made his feature film debut with the horror trope-skewering The Cabin In The Woods a couple of years ago. It’s an interesting choice following an interesting turn of events, which has involved Sony apparently ditching their only recently-rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man franchise in favour of starting afresh, co-producing with Marvel Studios.
Which, amongst other things, means that Peter Parker will now be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Tom Baker
Prince William wasted no time inviting President Xi Jinping to visit Britain, extending the offer on the first morning of his four-day visit to China. During a sit-down with the Chinese leader on Monday, the royal handed Xi an official invitation from his grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Prince William's meeting with the president at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing marks the first high-profile visit to the Chinese mainland by a senior British royal in almost three decades - and the beginning of the Year of Cultural Exchange between the U.K. and China. In the past, the »
- Sarah O'Meara
High school students can get free tickets to “The Imitation Game” thanks to a partnership between the Oscar-winning film’s distributor, the Weinstein Company, and AMC Theatres.
The promotion is nationwide across 180 theaters. It lasts for one day only — Friday, March 6. The film has an educational component in that it centers on mathematician Alan Turing, the head of the research team that cracked the Nazis’ Enigma code during World War II. Despite his contribution to the Allied war effort, Turing was chemically castrated for homosexual activity. Research Turing did on the so-called Turing machine, a theoretical simulation of a computer algorithm, is considered to be an early precursor to modern computers.
Because of the film’s subject matter, AMC is reaching out to high school computer classes, math and science teams and Lgbt clubs. The free high school screenings of the film will include a special taped introductory message from writer Graham Moore, »
- Brent Lang
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Lucifer, Powers and more…
We’ll start this edition of The Week in Spandex off with 2015’s first – and easily most-anticipated – superhero movie of the year Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this week saw Marvel debuting a couple of new theatrical posters for the follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, which confirmed that Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) will both feature in the credits-bursting cast list, and Danny Elfman will also supply “additional music”. It’s also kicked off a series of new character posters which so far includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) [see here], The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
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
Christina Aguilera became a viral hit this week thanks to her spot-on impression of Britney Spears (she also does a fantastic Samantha from Sex and the City, by the way). That said, Christina isn't the only star with a talent for impersonations - Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Spacey, and Matt Damon have all showed off their skills in the past. Take a look at all the best impressions of celebrities, by celebrities. Source: NBC »
Having got its feathers all in a flutter with names coming and going from The Crow remake, Deadline reveals that they may have finally landed on a potential lead. Following the departure of Luke Evans who was set to take the role, the trade reveals that Boardwalk Empire star, Jack Huston could be next on the list.
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but the studio are in talks with Huston for the project that will be an adaptation of the James O’Barr graphic novel. Corin Hardy is already down to direct, joining shortly before Evans ditched the picture, with cameras set to start later this year.
Adapted in 1994 and starring Brandon Lee, the story follows Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge his girlfriend’s murder and his own. Unable to stop what is already dead, the criminals are forced to face Eric and his supernatural powers, »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
In the letter, Cumberbatch apologized for missing her funeral because he was “filming the show she loved.”
“It was absolutely unbelievable,” her father, Mark Shepherd, told People. “We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy.”
Eve Shepherd was born premature and underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy when she was three months old, her family told the Warrington Guardian. According to her father, Cumberbatch had previously sent Eve a signed picture, “wishing her well and saying that he want to meet her.”
The letter to Shepherd’s family was read at her funeral service on Monday, and said the following:
“I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. »
- Seth Kelley
While Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was unable to attend the funeral of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, a huge fan of the BBC show, he still honored her in front of her loved ones before she was laid to rest. The British actor sent her parents, Mark and Jane, a letter of condolence. It was read at the memorial service at a church in England tthis week, the U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail reported. "I send my deepest sympathies to Eve's family," the outlets quoted the letter as saying. "To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely »
After hearing about the death of a young Sherlock fan, Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, apologizing for missing her funeral because he was "filming the show she loved." "It was absolutely unbelievable," her father Mark Shepherd, 47, tells People of receiving the letter. "We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy. "For him to have spent time to write to us and to comfort us in such a very difficult time is incredible," he says. "We knew that he was a lovely man before, but to spend time when he was »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
Ever wonder what Hollywood stars are whispering to each other in between poses on the red carpet? According to Jimmy Fallon, it’s a lot of hilarious nonsense. The “Tonight Show” host did his version of “Bad Lip Reading” by filling in whispers between Chris Pratt and wife Anna Farris, “American Sniper” star Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood, Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter, as well as Eddie Redmayne and Jared Leto. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals “You know what I could really go for? A hot pocket,” Leto says in Fallon’s “Celebrity Whispers” segment that aired on Wednesday night. »
- Greg Gilman
If you were wondering what Benedict Cumberbatch told his wife on the Oscar red carpet, you're not alone. Wednesday's Tonight Show featured a segment of "Celebrity Whispers," with Jimmy Fallon guessing what famous people said during video clips in which their comments weren't mic'd. Read more Oscars 2015 "In Memoriam": Who Got Snubbed "You know what I could really go for? A Hot Pocket," Jared Leto supposedly told Eddie Redmayne at the Hollywood Film Awards. Meanwhile, Cumberbatch proved his affinity for a certain infectious pop tune. See more 10 of Benedict Cumberbatch's Most Memorable Roles Watch the full video below.
- Ryan Gajewski
Benedict Cumberbatch has paid tribute to a young 'Sherlock' fan that has passed away. The 38-year-old star - who plays the infamous detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC One series - sent an open letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, who died after suffering breathing problems earlier this month. In a letter read to the packed church, he wrote: ''I send my deepest sympathies to Eve's family. ''To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. ''God rest her soul. »
Benedict Cumberbatch attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards last week in a bold white tuxedo . Cumberbatch was definitely channeling old Hollywood in the suit. The Sherlock star was accompanied by his new and visibly pregnant wife, Sophie Hunter. Hunter also made a splash on the carpet, in a daring Lanvin red one-shoulder dress that featured […]
- Kelly Mena
Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced plans to bring The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in March. The Imitation Game Digital HD release date falls on March 20, 2015, while the Blu-ray and DVD release date comes 11 days later on March 31.
In The Imitation Game, which received a total of eight Academy Award nominations, Cumberbatch stars as renowned mathematician Alan Turing who was recruited by the British military to help decrypt Germany's World War II Enigma machine. Turing would later be arrested for charges of “gross indecency” due to his homosexuality, considered a crime at that time in the United Kingdom, while those who arrested him had no idea that he was essentially the father of modern computing.
Anchor Bay is releasing The Imitation Game with an exclusive Blu-ray "Q&A Highlights" bonus feature. Other extras shared with DVD include a Making Of featurette, »
When Kevin Spacey stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in November, he and Jimmy Fallon went back and forth with celebrity impressions, and Kevin's hilarious takes on people like Bill Clinton and Christopher Walken were more than a little impressive. For each turn, they generated a celebrity name and a Halloween-themed topic to talk about while imitating that celebrity. Jimmy, of course, had some awesome impressions up his sleeve, too, channeling stars like Michael Caine and Dr. Phil. Check out Kevin's incredible celebrity impressions, above, and then watch Christina Aguilera's spot-on Britney Spears impression before checking out even more must-see viral videos! Related: It's Hard to Pick a Favorite When It Comes to Benedict Cumberbatch's Celebrity Impressions Hidden Talents: Watch Celebrities Do Impressions of Other Celebrities Alright, Alright, Alright: 7 Celebrities Doing Their Best Matthew McConaughey Impressions You Really Have to Hear Adam Levine's Michael Jackson »
Benedict Cumberbatch is nothing short of a phenomenon. The Internet is obsessed with him, women (and men) go gaga every time they see him, and BBC series "Sherlock" has birthed more fangirls and fanboys than any series in recent memory.
So why is the world so enamored by Benedict Cumberbatch? In a word: charm. The Brit sports charisma, a self-deprecating style, and a wit unmatched by anyone... except for maybe Tom Hiddleston. Or Robert Downey Jr. Or... I digress.
Here, then, are 19 times Cumberbatch cast his spell on everyone. »
- Tim Hayne
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