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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing is to open this year's London Film Festival
The Imitation Game is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, 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 stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, TV’s Sherlock) as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley (Atonement) as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top notch cast including Matthew Goode (A Single Man), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV’s Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV’s Downton Abbey »
Say When (being released in the Us under its original title Laggies) is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on 10th October. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’S Sister; Hump Day; Touchy Feely), Say When received its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It stars Keira Knightley (Begin Again; Atonement; A Dangerous Method), Chloe Grace Moretz (If Stay; Kick-ass; Kick-ass 2) and Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back; Moon; Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind).
Megan (Knightley) is 28 going on 14. Whilst her oldest friends are settling down and starting families, Megan prefers to be the bridesmaid to the bride, the godmother to the actual mother. When her boyfriend Anthony proposes to her, Megan runs away from grown up life for a while and hides out with her new friend, high school student Annika (Moretz). There follows a week of reliving the ups and downs of teenage life, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Update: Two very different trailers, one for the U.K. and one for the U.S., have been released, and I’ve included both below.
One of the films I’m most excited to see this fall is The Imitation Game, a dramatic thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a British cryptographer who helped crack Nazi codes during World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality, then a crime. The subject matter is obviously fascinating, and Cumberbatch is a highly talented actor, so all signs indicate that The Imitation Game may arrive as one of the year’s best films. Now, a teaser trailer has been revealed by Studiocanal, giving us our first real look at the tense historical thriller.
As the trailer shows, Turing’s main challenge is deciphering the German Enigma code, considered by many to be unbreakable. To this end, he enlists the help of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Set in post-war England, the story sees a retired Holmes (Ian McKellen) troubled by both his diminishing mental faculties and the devastation he witnessed on a recent trip to Japan. The great detective attempts to solve the case that forced him into retirement.
Already announced are Laura Linney as Holmes' housekeeper Mrs. Munro and Hiroyuki Sanada as Umezaki. Joining them are Hattie Morahan ("The Bletchley Circle," "Outnumbered"), Roger Allam ("V for Vendetta," "The Thick of It"), Phil Davis ("Whitechapel," "Vera Drake"), Frances de la Tour ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "The History Boys"), Patrick Kennedy ("Boardwalk Empire," "Atonement"), and newcomer Milo Parker ("Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails") who will play Mrs. Munro's son.
Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the »
- Garth Franklin
The movie, which will shoot for seven weeks on location in London and on the south coast of England, also stars Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.
Additional cast announced Thursday includes Hattie Morahan (“The Golden Compass,” “The Bank Job”), Patrick Kennedy (“War Horse,” “Atonement”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin”), Roger Allam (“Tamara Drewe,” “The Book Thief”), Phil Davis (“Vera Drake,” “Notes on a Scandal”), Frances de la Tour (“The History Boys,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), and Milo Parker (“Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails”), who plays Mrs. Munro’s son.
- Leo Barraclough
Some television shows feel like they're going to be smash hits before anyone's seen a frame of footage; usually because of the writers working on it, the network's reputation with its genre, or the popularity of the actors involved.
Other programmes even feel like they're simply too big to fail; such as HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Walking Dead, which also benefit from having rich source material to mine and a ready-made, evangelical audience.
But what about the TV shows that felt like bad ideas before they'd aired - or even during their debut season - yet managed to overcome widespread uncertainties and grow into well-regarded programmes it's hard to imagine we were ever unsure about?
Let's take a look at some recent examples of popular TV shows that didn't initially feel like they'd work, but proved the doubters wrong...
Expectation: A modernisation of a literary character »
With Disney’s Maleficent a certified box office hit, it looks like audiences are still eager to see their favorite fairy tales come to life in a darker, grittier fashion than the animated musicals of years past. The Mouse House too has an Alice in Wonderland sequel on the way, and for its part, Sony has been developing Pan, its Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement).
That film has been making its way through development, with Levi Miller set to play the title character and Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman as Hook and Blackbeard, respectively. However, fans who are anxiously awaiting the film’s summer 2015 release date now have their first look at one of ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
In the latest entry of an increasingly popular trend, actor Hugh Jackman has taken to social media to send out a behind-the-scenes image from his next film, Pan. The shot gives us our first look at how his character, the pirate Blackbeard, will look in this latest big screen take on Peter Pan.
It's a markedly different look than he had while hosting Sunday night's Tony Awards.
Mario-f. Robles Down by 24 in your own building. A sea of fans in white shirts, silent, with their arms crossed. Looking at down 3-1 in series. #Awkward about 2 hours ago »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Earlier this year, it was reported that Hugh Jackman will play Blackbeard in Warner Bros' upcoming big-budget "Peter Pan" prequel, called "Pan." And now, the actor has unveiled the first photo of what he'll look like in the film. Check it out below. "Pan" tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan. The new movie is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and co-stars Amanda Seyfried as Mary, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook. It's set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Hugh Jackman has taken to his Instagram to reveal his new bald, bearded look for his upcoming role as the villainous pirate Blackbeard in director Joe Wright’s (Atonement) live-action Peter Pan original tale Pan…
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, with Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now) set to play the boy who never grew up alongside a cast that also includes Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions), Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Charles (Mystery Road), Taejoo Na (The Kick), Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall), Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.
- Gary Collinson
You know who looked crazy dapper at the Tonys on Sunday? Hugh Jackman. He rocked slicked back hair and a full beard with a tux, and made it look sensational. But as you can see from the shot he shared above, his thick head of hair has been sacrificed for his upcoming role in Pan. Hugh Jackman shared this image on his Instagram, giving us all a first look at his Blackbeard--as in the character he plays in Pan, not his literal black beard. Here's a handy before and after his Pan transformation: Warner Bros. is producing Pan, a gritty re-imagining of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. This family-friendly adventure will be angling for the same audiences that made Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent such formidable hits, but earning this commercial pic some prestige is director Joe Wright. Best-known for bringing to life dense novels like Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and »
Besides having the trademark mutton chops and hair as Wolverine in all of the X-Men films, Hugh Jackman doesn't usually have to drastically change the style of his hair, both on his head and on his face. Les Miserables required a drastic transformation, but otherwise, he's mostly looked like himself. Now Jackman has shown off a new bald and bearded look as the villain Blackbeard in Pan, the new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic fantasy adventure from director Joe Wright. Jackman had a full head of hair at the Tony awards last weekend, but now he has a clean-shaven head. Or maybe it's a really good bald cap. Look! Here's a first look at Hugh Jackman's look in Joe Wright's Pan from the actor's Instagram: Pan is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina, Hanna) and written by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). Based on J.M. Barrie's classic, »
- Ethan Anderton
While I’ve been underwhelmed by a lot of the recent live-action adaptations of beloved fairy tales, I’m really looking forward to Warner Bros. upcoming Peter Pan redo. Tentatively titled Pan, the pic has an inventive and ambitious director in Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) and an eclectic cast that includes Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Garret Hedlund as Hook. You may have noticed Jackman growing his beard out recently to play the pirate Blackbeard, and now that his duties as host of the Tony Awards are over, he’s diving head-first into the character. Earlier today, the actor shared an image of himself in the makeup chair for Pan, complete with a shaved head and beard in the process of being darkened. He previously told us that the only problem with Pan was that he was growing a “black and white beard” instead of a black beard, »
- Adam Chitwood
Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) is a filmmaker I'll follow for the rest of his days, as he's absolutely won me over with his artistic eye, respect for film scores (and how they work within a movie), as well as his superb casting choices. When Pan was first announced, we waited for the usual casting news (Peter Pan, Hook, etc) and were a little caught off-guard when Blackbeard was mentioned as the main antagonist of this flick. While Javier Bardem was first approached to take »
- Sean Wist
A hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre novel, Filth is a fascinating puzzle of a movie – one without much of a solution, it seems. It involves the depraved machinations and inner torment of a Scots police detective, played by James McAvoy, as he seeks a promotion, plots against his colleagues, attempts to solve a murder case, tries to win back his family, and makes his way through mountains of drugs and sex. How much of what he’s seeing and experiencing is real, the movie leaves up to us. There’s no hand-holding here. Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.The electricity comes mostly from McAvoy himself, finally living up to the promise of parts like those he played in Atonement and The Last King of Scotland. Here’s a movie star whom we’ve all suspected could do a lot more. »
- Bilge Ebiri
If you consider James McAvoy to be a heartthrob, get ready to have your heart broken. In Jon S. Baird's extremely dark comedy "Filth," based on a novel by "Trainspotting" writer Irvine Welsh, the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Atonement" star plays Bruce Robertson, a detective you don't want to cross. When he's not doing his job (which is barely ever), Robertson beds minors, does every drug imaginable, and partakes in some seriously kinky sex with women who can stomach the guy. The role marks a huge leap for the Scottish actor in a direction his fans probably never saw coming. Robertson is as unleashed as characters come, and McAvoy doesn't hold back in bringing Welsh's grotesque creation to the screen. You have to see it to believe it. Indiewire spoke with the actor about the career-redefining performance. "Filth" opens May 30 in select theaters and is currently available to view on video-on-demand platforms. »
- Nigel M Smith
Cumberbitches, cover your eyes. You won’t like what you’re about to read.
According to Radio Times, Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed at Monday’s Hay Festival that the BBC wasn’t always happy with his casting choices. Specifically: They didn’t think David Tennant was a sexy enough Casanova, and shockingly, they thought the same of Cumberbatch, who apparently lacked a certain sex appeal.
“They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier’,” Moffat said. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, »
- Samantha Highfill
I imagine that, like many moviegoers this summer, you might be excited to see Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." And you should be. It's a pretty great installment of a franchise that has seen its ups and downs, and at its center, actors Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy make for a brilliant combination. But, uh — pssst! — McAvoy has another movie coming out this summer, and it features his most electrifying, committed and passionate work as an actor to date. That movie is called "Filth," and it's sitting there waiting to be watched via video-on-demand services if you're eager to see it now. It'll make its way to theaters a week after "X-Men" if you prefer the big screen, but however you manage to view it, you're going to be met with a creative and daring burst from director Jon S. Baird (adapting a novel by »
- Kristopher Tapley
The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Steven Spielberg is hands down one of my favorite directors of all time. The guy has a magical way of telling his stories through film. The director is known for a lot of things, he has a lot of signature shots that he uses in his films, but the long take isn't one of them. There are some filmmakers that are known for long takes such as Joe Wright (Atonement) and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity). Now, Spielberg does have long takes in a lot of his films, but they are unnoticed because his long takes don't really ever go over 5-minutes in length. When he does direct a long take though he makes it count, and they are always brilliantly executed, and they help drive the story forward. Tony Zhou put together this fantastic video essay on these long shots by Spielberg that is a must watch for any fan and aspiring filmmaker. »
- Joey Paur
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