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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »

- Scott Foundas

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‘Imitation Game’ Demands Oscar’s Attention (Analysis)

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge.

A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders. And the film, direction and screenplay are clearly in the Fyc category.

The big challenge to both mainstream audiences and awards voters: selling it. Based on Andrew Hodges’ biography on Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the Nazi’s code, “Imitation Game” demands that the audience work to keep up. When awards voters have a stack of DVDs and invitations to screenings, they’ll need a lot of buzz to lure them to a film about a WWII-era »

- Tim Gray

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See 1920′s Jennifer Lawrence in new image from Serena

28 August 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new image from Susanne Bier’s Depression-era drama Serena has been released, featuring Jennifer Lawrence on horseback as the title character, Serena Pemberton.

Lawrence co-leads the film along with her American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The film hits UK cinemas on October 24, but still lacks a release date in the United States. The film went through an extensive 18-month editing process, and has failed to pick up a Us distributor. That means that despite a great cast and meaty dramatic material, Serena likely won’t have a chance to pick up any Academy Award nominations this fall, and may someday quietly get a direct-to-home video release in the States.

Directed by Susanne Bier (director of the 2010 Oscar winner Best Foreign Film, In A Better World), Serena stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Toby Jones »

- James Garcia

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Protagonist adds head of sales, Us presence

28 August 2014 5:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a Us presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Vaisman joins as head of production and acquisitions, Us.

As part of the shuffle, Dave Bishop has moved from his existing sales position to the newly created role of head of worldwide acquisitions; Emily Gotto has been promoted to acquisitions executive; George Hamilton to sales coordinator; and Hashim Alsaraf has been hired as deliveries manager.

Saal comes to Protagonist from Studiocanal’s Paris base where she was svp, international sales, handling territories including the Us and Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Latin America and Spain.

She joined Studiocanal in 2010 as vp, international sales, and while at the company worked on the sale of films such as The Gunman, Non-Stop and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. She previously worked at Kinology when the company started operations in 2008 and »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Win Prizes To Celebrate The Release Of ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ – In UK Cinemas September 5th

27 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong (in cinemas September 5th), we are offering 3 of you the chance to win a copy of the Before I go to Sleep novel, the official poster and The Others and The Talented Mr. Ripley on DVD.

Based on the International Best-Selling Novel by S. J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is a tense psychological thriller starring Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Academy Award® Winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). After a traumatic accident, Christine Lucas (Kidman) wakes up every day without being able to remember the day before. With the fear of living each day with no memory, she attempts to piece together the events of her past, uncovering terrifying truths that force her to question everyone around her, »

- Dan Bullock

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Watch the First Stunning Slow-Mo Clip from Undercover Cop Thriller ‘Hyena’

26 August 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Writer-director Gerard Johnson’s sophomore feature, starring Peter Ferdinando as a corrupt London cop, is set to screen at Tiff next month, and the first stunning clip from the film has been released. According to THR, the pic owes a heavy debt to Gaspar Noe in one violent encounter; meanwhile Michael Mann and Nicolas Winding Refn duly pop up elsewhere in the palette. Tiff programmer Colin Geddes says director Johnson gives us a worthy UK cousin to Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant and The Guardian calls it an ambitiously scaled police-corruption thriller. Watch the clip below. The film also stars Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey), Neil Maskell (Wild Bill), Elisa Lasowski (Somers Town) and Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations). Watch the clip below. Enjoy!

The post Watch the First Stunning Slow-Mo Clip from Undercover Cop Thriller ‘Hyena’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Ricky

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'Frank' (2014) Movie Review

22 August 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I guess I can accept the the official plot synopsis description of Frank, calling it "wildly quirky", but I absolutely cannot find the subsequent "comedy" added to that description within this film's short running time. I also see where the film wants to question the clash of popularity and eccentricity, the question of whether or not something can be appreciated by the masses as a curiosity alone or must it conform to general norms, thus losing its soul, before it can be wholly acceptedc However, I'd just rather read that last sentence and discuss it than watch a bunch of people make nonsense music and bad decisions, which is pretty much all Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was to me. Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank could first and foremost be looked at as a loving tribute to the »

- Brad Brevet

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Sandra Bullock Confirmed to Star in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis

21 August 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last December, we reported that Sandra Bullock was in early talks to star in the political comedy Our Brand Is Crisis.  The story is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name from Rachel Boynton, and revolves around the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia to help elect Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada as president.  According to Variety, Bullock has now signed on to star with David Gordon Green set to direct.  Bullock, who will also serve as an executive producer, agreed to lead the project after meeting with Green "who has been in the mix for the directing job for some time," and "the actress was convinced to join the project on the strength of his vision."  George Clooney and Grant Heslov are still executive producing from a script by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Bullock is also attached to star in Tate Taylor's Tupperware Unsealed, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Karpen launches Bleecker Street

13 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The former co-ceo of Focus Features Andrew Karpen has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-Hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.

Bleecker Street will hit Toronto scouting for content and has closed an output deal with Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures, whose slate includes Trumbo directed by Jay Roach starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning.

Karpen aims to release three to five films in 2015 and will expand in the years ahead.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the work of great filmmakers into the marketplace and I couldn’t be more excited to be launching this new company in New York City,” said Karpen, who will serve as CEO.

“Bleecker Street will be well positioned to distribute films on a platform or national basis, whatever best suits each title.”

The ShivHans Pictures titles include Viggo Mortensen drama Captain Fantastic directed by Matt Ross, as well as Danny Collins directed by Dan Fogelman starring »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Andrew Karpen launches Bleecker Street

13 August 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The former co-ceo of Focus Features has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.

Bleecker Street will hit Toronto scouting for content and has closed an output deal with Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures, whose slate includes Trumbo directed by Jay Roach starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning.

Karpen aims to release three to five films in 2015 and will expand in the years ahead.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the work of great filmmakers into the marketplace and I couldn’t be more excited to be launching this new company in New York City,” said Karpen, who will serve as CEO.

“Bleecker Street will be well positioned to distribute films on a platform or national basis, whatever best suits each title.”

The ShivHans Pictures titles include Viggo Mortensen drama Captain Fantastic directed by Matt Ross, as well as Danny Collins directed by Dan Fogelman starring Al Pacino »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ex-Focus Co-ceo Andrew Karpen Launches Bleecker Street

13 August 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: A new major independent film distributor has emerged, just in time for Toronto. Andrew Karpen, the longtime co-ceo of Focus Features, has unveiled Bleecker Street, a New York-based distribution company that has backing from 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.

Karpen has long been a well regarded part of the independent film strata, but he left Focus last March. That was the final piece of a restructuring by Universal Pictures that began in October with the exit of CEO James Schamus, and saw the closing of the Focus Gotham office when the pieces of Peter Schlessel’s FilmDistrict were combined with Focus. Schlessel took the reins of that company and kept some key Focus executives like Jeb Brody, who has been running point on the label’s biggest film Fifty Shades Of Grey. Schlessel wanted to keep Karpen, but after initially running FilmDistrict with key execs Bob and Jeanne Berney on the opposite coast, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Nosferatu In Love wins La Shorts Fest

5 August 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mark Strong stars for his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan in the darkly comic slice of life.

Meanwhile Josh Tanner’s The Landing was named best foreign film, Eric Kissack’s The Gunfighter won best comedy and Andrej Gontcharov claimed best drama for Berlin Troika.

Ned McNeilage’s Showfolk won best documentary, Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story earned best animation, Roman Kaelin claimed best experimental honours for Wrapped and Bouha Kazmi took best music video for The Ramona Flowers ‘Tokyo’.

The screenplay competition prize went to Kevin Walsh for Grocery Day.

The festival ran from July 24-31 and presented 233 films from 17 countries. ScreenDaily Us editor Jeremy Kay was among the jurors.

 

 

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: A Most Wanted Man

1 August 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael Cusumano here to check in with my weekly review.

Anton Corbijn’s film of John le Carré's A Most Wanted Man builds to a single moment where the main character, Günther Bachmann, head of a modern day German counter-terrorism spy ring, comes face to face with a devastating realization. Corbijn fixes the camera on him and lets the moment hang there wordlessly. You can practically see the ramifications shake the character to the core of who he is and what he believed about his place in the world

To let the whole movie live or die on a single moment like that is a high risk/high reward gambit. The fact that Gunther is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman should give you a clue as to why the filmmaker was confident his lead actor could drive it home with the power it required. After Hoffman’s heartbreaking death »

- Michael C.

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Trailer: The Imitation Game

27 July 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

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 »

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ features a superb Hoffman performance

26 July 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Most Wanted Man

Written for the screen by Andrew Bovell

Directed by Anton Corbijn

USA/UK/Germany, 2014

Throughout the beginning of Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, it is hard to ignore that there are only a handful of upcoming performances left from Philip Seymour Hoffman in this world. The actor’s untimely death earlier this year left a hole in the world of cinema, one that will not be filled anytime soon. Hoffman was a character actor who managed to become an A-lister, without ever losing his chameleon-like ability to channel whatever or whomever he wanted.

Günther Bachmann is more down-to-earth than other prototypical spy genre leading men, likely to flash a quick grin after a disparaging comment rather than take down an army of terrorists single-handedly. As Bachmann, Hoffman affects a German accent and an unwillingness to look anyone in the eye. Whether this gesture is »

- Colin Biggs

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A Most Wanted Man Review

25 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my A Most Wanted Man review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The film opens in limited release this weekend.] The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés.  The best entries are ones that take the foundation of the genre and expand upon it or put a new spin on the material.  Director Anton Corbijn’s latest film, A Most Wanted Man, is a solid and sharply smart entry into the spy genre that manages to explore dark characters and difficult topics while foregoing the typical action-heavy formula, sidestepping audience expectations in the process.  This is not a film that takes shortcuts just to make its audience happy, and though the final results may not delve as deep into some of its themes as one would expect, A Most Wanted Man still manages to be an involving, tense, and slow-burn thriller.  Read my full review after the jump. Based on the novel of the same name by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John le Carre, »

- Adam Chitwood

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A Most Wanted Man – The Review

24 July 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John LeCarre’s A Most Wanted Man has the author’s usual trademarks: unique characters conveyed with shades of gray, an intricate and creative plot, and an appreciation for the complexities of international politics. The last LeCarre film adaption Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine cloak-and-dagger plot, required the viewer to maneuver a dense story through many twists and knots. A Most Wanted Man is more straightforward, yet no less engrossing and it’s anchored by a powerful performance from Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his last role.

The setting is Hamburg Germany – where some of the 9-11 hijackers had planned their attacks. Here’s where Issa Dobrygin (Grigori Dobrygin), a young, sickly, frightened Muslim from Chechnya (or is he?) washes up on shore seeking refuge after escaping from Russia. He enlists the help of mother and son Muslim émigrés from Turkey who, in turn »

- Tom Stockman

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Review: Spy Tale 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams And More

23 July 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut. Gunther and his small covert crew of operatives are tasked with keeping tabs on Muslims in Germany after, as a title card informs us, »

- Cory Everett

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Rachel McAdams Gets Trippy With This Awesome Red Carpet Dress

22 July 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rachel McAdams went to the 'A Most Wanted Man' premiere in this astoundingly colorful dress.

Rachel McAdams was at the red carpet New York premiere of her new film A Most Wanted Man and she blew our minds with this multi-colored fractal patterned Zuhair Murad dress that could not have looked more incredible and looked right at home at the Museum Of Modern Art where the screening was held.

Reds, blues, and greens of every shade diving and dipping in wild, trippy patterns made the gorgeous star stand out among her co-stars.

Check out how astounding this dress looks from simply every angle.

The film, which was one of the last completed films by acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman before his passing, is a British espionage thriller based on a book by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John le Carre. In the film, McAdams plays Annabel Richter, a young human rights lawyer who gets in »

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The Imitation Game to open 58th BFI London Film Festival, new trailer released

21 July 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This afternoon, the BFI has announced the opening film for the 58th London Film Festival. The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), will have is European premiere on Wednesday October 8th, as well as have simultaneous screenings at the same time across the UK. A first trailer for the film has also been released, which you can view below…

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (SherlockStar Trek Into Darkness), Keira Knightley (Begin Again, Laggies), Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

The BFI website press release said:

The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express®, is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Imitation Game, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, »

- Scott Davis

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