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The Imitation Game review round-up: Cumberbatch tipped for awards glory

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Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last night (August 29).

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the historical drama as pioneering mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, whose code-breaking work at Bletchley Park proved vital for the Allies in World War II.

Digital Spy rounds up the critical reactions to Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley's highly-anticipated film.

Todd McCarthy - The Hollywood Reporter

"Benedict Cumberbatch is cornering the market on playing exceptionally brilliant problem solvers, first on television with his dazzling portrayal of a modern Sherlock Holmes and now on the big screen in a superb performance as Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code and helped win World War II.

"Engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic, The Imitation Game is overly reluctant to dive into the nitty gritty of how the man who's often called the father of artificial intelligence accomplished what he did, »


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10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball

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A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.

With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.

1. Eight Men Out (1988)

John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.

Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »


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See Ben Feldman unravel dark secret in As Above, So Below preview

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The dark secret of the notorious Paris catacombs is unravelled in the trailer for As Above, So Below.

Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks portray explorers leading an expedition to a secret locked chamber below the streets of Paris.

The duo manage to find their way into the world's oldest mass grave, but are at the mercy of supernatural creatures.

As Above, So Below has been produced by Legendary Pictures, with John Erick Dowdle aboard as a filmmaker.

Dowdle has previously directed the horror hits Quarantine and Devil.

As Above, So Below is now playing in the Us and the UK. »


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Community's Dan Harmon hits the road in Harmontown documentary teaser

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The new trailer for the documentary Harmontown takes viewers on the road with Community's Dan Harmon.

This doc chronicles Harmon bringing his Los Angeles-based podcast on a live tour several months after he was famously fired from Community in 2012.

Filmmaker Neil Berkeley followed Harmon, his girlfriend Erin McGathy, the show's 'comptroller' Jeff Davis and resident Dungeons & Dragons expert Spencer Crittenden on a tour of the Us.

Harmon was subsequently re-hired as the showrunner of Community after finishing the live tour, and will oversee the programme's move to Yahoo Screen for season six.

Harmontown contains interviews about Harmon's triumphs and eccentricities from friends and co-workers including Sarah Silverman, Joel McHale, Jack Black and Gillian Jacobs.

The documentary – which was screened at the SXSW Film Festival – will receive a limited theatrical release and debut on VOD on October 3. »


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Will Forte offers MacGruber 2 update: "I'm very excited"

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Will Forte has revealed that development on MacGruber 2 is moving along swiftly.

The actor officially confirmed that a sequel was in the works in 2013, following years of uncertainty over whether he would reprise his action hero character again.

Speaking to Collider, Forte said that writer-director Jorma Taccone is hard at work on MacGruber 2's storyline.

"Jorma just sent an outline for MacGruber 2," he said. "We had worked together on something and I had fleshed out the first act of MacGruber 2. He took that and went nuts on the rest of it."

The actor continued: "I'm very excited because I feel like at some point, if somebody will let us do it, then we'll do it. But it's out of our hands. But we're writing it for sure."

The original MacGruber film centred on the kooky special operations agent and his assistants (Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe) racing to stop a plot »


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Watch James Franco ride in a tank in new trailer for The Interview

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James Franco rides in a tank in the brand new trailer for The Interview.

Franco and Seth Rogen star in The Interview as a television host and his producer, who are sent to North Korea undercover to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

The duo are shown in the trailer being briefed by a CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan) about "the most dangerous country on earth", where the people are said to believe that their leader talks to dolphins and does not defecate.

The Interview has attracted considerable controversy in North Korea. That country's government has promised "merciless" retaliation if the film is actually released.

Columbia Pictures recently confirmed that The Interview is being edited to remove certain scenes that could be seen as offensive to North Koreans.

Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg will release The Interview on Christmas Day (December 25) in the Us and on January 30, 2015 in the UK. »


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Foxcatcher: Steve Carell has disturbing Olympic dream in new teaser

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A new trailer for the sports drama Foxcatcher has debuted.

Steve Carell toplines the stark biographical drama as real-life Olympic wrestling coach John Eleuthère du Pont, whose quest to deliver a gold medal for the Us team drove him to dangerous extremes.

Foxcatcher explores the bizarre relationship between du Pont and his protégé Mark Schultz, played in the film by Channing Tatum.

Mark Ruffalo also plays former Olympic champion Dave Schultz, who raises questions about his brother Mark's relationship with du Pont.

Channing Tatum's Foxcatcher confirmed for BFI London Film Festival

Bennett Miller's movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with the filmmaker earning the Best Director Award.

Foxcatcher opens on November 14 in the Us and on January 9, 2015 in the UK. »


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Madhur Mittal interview: 'Jon Hamm is one of the best co-stars I've had'

29 August 2014 10:02 AM, PDT

Mad Men's Jon Hamm stars in Disney baseball drama Million Dollar Arm, based on the true story of a sports agent who staged a reality TV show to find baseball talent in India.

The movie sees Jb Bernstein (Hamm) discover Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku Singh (Suraj Sharma), after 40,000 contestants audition with their transferable cricket skills.

Million Dollar Arm review: Jon Hamm in warm, witty baseball drama

Best known for playing the role of Salim Malik in the Danny Boyle hit Slumdog Millionaire, Mittal is a fast-bowling cricket player in the Walt Disney project.

Director Craig Gillespie helmed the project, which was filmed in Mumbai and Atlanta in 2013.

In an interview with Digital Spy, producer Mark Ciardi described the origins of the story.

"I knew Jb well before I was involved in the film," he explained. "I ran into him in 2007 at a function, asked him what he was doing. »


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Brad Pitt debuts Angelina Jolie wedding ring at new movie Fury photocall

29 August 2014 5:41 AM, PDT

Brad Pitt has debuted his wedding ring following his low-key wedding with long-term partner Angelina Jolie in France last weekend.

The 50-year-old actor, who became engaged to the 39-year-old actress in 2012, sported a gold band as he attended a photocall for upcoming war drama Fury at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset yesterday (August 28).

He was joined by co-stars Jon Bernthal and Logan Lerman, and the film's writer and director - End of Watch's David Ayer.

The movie takes place at the tail end of World War II, with Pitt playing battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy.

He takes a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines as the Allies make their final push against Nazi Germany.

Shia Labeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jason Isaacs, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal also feature in the supporting cast.

It was recently revealed that Fury has been chosen as the closing »


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Frozen producer: 'It's too early to talk about sequel'

29 August 2014 5:02 AM, PDT

Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho has said that it is "too early" to talk about a sequel to the popular Disney film.

He told TVGuide.com that the proposed Broadway production of Frozen is currently the priority.

He said: "Certainly you can't go on the internet without that question coming up. Right now, it's too early for us to talk anything about that.

"What we have talked about is a Broadway show, which is under development. There's no specific timeline for that. Jen [Lee] will be involved in that, Chris [Buck] will be involved.

"It'll get produced from our theatrical unit. That's the next logical step for the project."

A special documentary, The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic, will air on ABC on Tuesday (September 2), and Del Vecho has promised that it will give fans the chance to hear "from the filmmakers themselves".

He promised that the documentary will »


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Channing Tatum's Foxcatcher confirmed for BFI London Film Festival

29 August 2014 4:37 AM, PDT

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell's drama Foxcatcher has been added to the lineup for this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The Bennett Miller-directed film will hold its UK premiere on Thursday, October 16 as the festival's gala screening. Miller, Carell and Sienna Miller will walk the red carpet at Odeon Leicester Square for the event.

Foxcatcher is based on the true story of eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and his relationship with two champion wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo).

"I'm thrilled that Foxcatcher will be playing the Lff and I'm thrilled to be attending," said director Miller. "I suspect Britons will have a special relationship with this film."

BFI London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart added that Foxcatcher was one of 2014's "most powerful and important films".

Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game will open the BFI London Film Festival on »


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Negative Amazing Spider-Man reviews 'have not hurt Marvel Comics'

29 August 2014 3:32 AM, PDT

Marvel Comics has insisted that the poor reception of recent Spider-Man films has not hurt its sales.

Senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort has said that comic sales have not been impacted by Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 3 or the Amazing Spider-Man films.

He also added that the films' perceived lack of success was relative.

"No, the performance of the films hasn't had any negative effect on the sales of the comics," Brevoort wrote on his Tumblr Formspring.

"And apart from that, all of those films did business - just not as much business as the folks making them might have liked in some cases."

The Amazing Spider-Man was criticised for rebooting the franchise so soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy. Marc Webb's second instalment was critically panned.

Watch the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below: »


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Watch The Wizard of Oz's 75th anniversary IMAX UK release trailer

29 August 2014 3:17 AM, PDT

The Wizard of Oz has unveiled a new trailer ahead of its return to UK cinemas with a 3D IMAX release next month.

The Hollywood classic, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for its fresh run on the big screen.

The film, which was re-released in the Us last autumn in IMAX format, will be back in the UK from September 12 courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Wizard of Oz won two Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Song ('Over the Rainbow') and Best Original Score, and was nominated in a further four categories including Best Picture, where it lost out to Gone with the Wind.

The original film was based on L Frank Baum's fantasy novel and launched its star Judy Garland to international fame.

Disney revisited Baum's story in 2013 with Oz the Great and Powerful, a loose prequel »


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Once Upon a Time will stay true to Frozen, says film's producer

29 August 2014 2:54 AM, PDT

Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho has spoken about the film's characters appearing on Once Upon a Time.

The versions of Anna and Elsa that appear in ABC's television series will be "staying true" to their film counterparts, Del Vecho told TV Guide.

"We met with the directors and the writers, not to talk about what they were going to do, but to talk about the characters and who they were - things they do or don't do," he revealed.

Del Vecho insisted that any Frozen characters who feature on Once will "remain who they are", even as they are adapted for live-action.

"They all have developed personalities, and we don't want [the writers on the show] to create situations that we feel [the characters] wouldn't get into," he said.

"It's really about understanding who the characters are and staying true to that."

Frozen characters set to appear in the fantasy series include Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Elsa (Georgina Haig »


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Watch Uku the volcano sing in Disney Pixar's first Lava clip

29 August 2014 2:45 AM, PDT

Disney Pixar has revealed a first clip from Lava.

The video shows Uku - the lead character from director James Ford Murphy's short - engaged in a lonely song.

The living volcano's face was made from a compilation of the film's voice actor/singer Kuana Torres Kahele, Honeymooners star Jackie Gleeson and the bulldog in Chuck Jones's animated classic Feed the Kitty.

"We struggled with it a lot," Murphy told Yahoo. "But I feel like, once we were able to embrace the limitations of it, it unlocked all sorts of possibilities.

"I love that about animation: You can really make a mountain come alive. You can't do that in another medium."

The seven-minute short Lava will screen ahead of Pixar's feature Inside Out in summer 2015. »


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Joaquin Phoenix in final Doctor Strange talks

29 August 2014 2:31 AM, PDT

Joaquin Phoenix is reported to be in final talks for Doctor Strange.

Marvel Studios is expected to officially announce the casting of its Sorcerer Supreme shortly, according to Collider.

The Master star was reported to be in line for the movie at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Scott Derrickson is directing the comic book adaptation, which centres around the proud-surgeon-turned-mystical-protector.

Marvel is reported to be moving away from origin films and launching directly into the story of Doctor Stephen Strange in the movie.

Jon Hamm dismissed rumours that he would star in the film in a recent interview with Digital Spy, while Jack Huston, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch were also linked to the part.

Her star Phoenix will next be seen in Inherent Vice.

Marvel is yet to announce which of its earmarked release dates will be put aside for Doctor Strange. »


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Watch the new trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

29 August 2014 2:14 AM, PDT

Shaun the Sheep The Movie has unveiled a new teaser trailer.

The film, based on Aardman's popular stop-motion kids' TV series, marks the studio's first big screen outing since their 2012 hit The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

The storyline will see Shaun and his flock travel to the big city in the movie in order to rescue the farmer, after their trouble-making results in him leaving the farm.

Justin Fletcher is reprising his role as Shaun in the Aardman project, while John Sparkes voices Bitzer. The television version of Shaun the Sheep premiered on Cbbc in the UK back in March 2007.

Shaun the Sheep opens in UK cinemas on February 6, 2015. »


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If I Stay review: Chloë Grace Moretz can't decide to stay or go

29 August 2014 1:01 AM, PDT

Director: Rj Cutler; Screenwriter: Shauna Cross; Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Liana Liberatro; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 12A

What would you choose: heaven, or heaven on earth? The big decision Mia Hall is faced with during an out-of-body experience is almost academic. Chloë Grace Moretz has an effortless look of anguish that makes this sluggish adaptation of Gayle Forman's best-selling novel a little more watchable than it deserves to be, but with a picture of teenage life seemingly plucked from the pages of Mizz, it really makes little difference whether Mia stays on this mortal coil, or goes.

Forman started out writing for teen magazines and that experience translates into a very glossy picture of youth. Apart from her model looks, Mia is a musical prodigy with achingly hip, easy-going parents (Mireille Enos of The Killing remake plays mum) and a devoted »


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Watch Jeff Bridges as legendary knight in Seventh Son trailer

28 August 2014 4:59 PM, PDT

Jeff Bridges trains Ben Barnes to become a great warrior in the trailer for Seventh Son.

The upcoming fantasy film centers on Tom Ward (Barnes) – the mythical seventh son of the seventh son – being coached to fulfil his destiny by the wizened Spook (Bridges).

Julianne Moore shows off her evil side in first Seventh Son images

The duo's journey sees them battle magic creatures all in hopes of Tom living up to his potential as the greatest knight of all.

Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington have roles in Seventh Son, which is loosely based on the novel The Spook's Apprentice.

Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son after receiving international acclaim for Mongol and Nomad.

Seventh Son opens on February 6, 2015 in the Us and the UK. »


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Star Wars Episode 7 resumes filming after Harrison Ford injury hiatus

28 August 2014 2:50 PM, PDT

Star Wars Episode VII has resumed filming once again, following a recent hiatus while star Harrison Ford recovered from a leg injury.

The production shut down for two weeks earlier this month to accommodate Ford, who underwent successful leg surgery after suffering an accident on the film set.

Director Jj Abrams has now picked up filming at Pinewood Studios in the UK, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The break has not delayed the release date for Star Wars Episode VII, which is due to open on December 18, 2015 in the Us and the UK.

Star Wars Episode VII will feature original trilogy stars Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew reprising their roles.

New additions to the franchise include Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Max von Sydow and Daisy Ridley.

The seventh feature film will be followed by an undisclosed spinoff »


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