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Interview: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and the cast of The Imitation Game

20 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

 

After premiering to rave reviews at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, not to mention snagging the People's Choice Award at the former, Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game is finally making its way to theatres around the world.

The film tells the important and almost criminally unsung story of mathematician and computing pioneer Alan Turing, his role in breaking the "unbreakable" Nazi Enigma code, which Winston Churchill credited with shortening the Second World War by at least two years, and ultimately his persecution by the British government for his homosexuality post-war.

Last week the Best Picture favourite made history of its own, setting a UK record for the second best British film opening of the year and second biggest opening of all time for distributor Studio Canal, falling just short of the top spot held by 2011's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »

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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Writer to Tackle 'Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation

19 November 2014 4:36 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Straughan, the writer who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, has been tapped to adapt Donna Tartt's popular novel The Goldfinch, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Nina Jacobson's Color Force is producing the adaptation, which is set up at Warner Bros. with RatPac also producing and financing. Goldfinch centers on a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a museum bombing, steals a painting ("The Goldfinch," painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654) and then spends his adulthood trying to unravel its mystery. Along the way, he gets adopted by a

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The Drop review

18 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?

It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.

Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.

When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »

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U.K. Box Office: ‘Imitation Game’ Has Year’s Second-Biggest Opening for British Film

18 November 2014 4:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The quintessentially British duo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley made a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful bid to knock the all-American team of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway from the top of the U.K. box office this weekend. The Imitation Game still managed to score the second-biggest opening weekend for any U.K. movie so far this year behind The Inbetweeners 2, taking $4.2 million from 459 locations. The film also became second-biggest opening ever in Britain for StudioCanal, just behind 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (also starring Cumberbatch, although in a smaller role). 

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Tech Support: 'Budapest,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Exodus' highlight Best Production Design

13 November 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »

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Win ‘The Imitation Game’ Exclusive Merchandise!

12 November 2014 2:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Charles Dance is out in UK cinemas on November 14th and to celebrate, we are giving you the chance to win official merchandise which includes the below prizes:

The Imitation Game poster Biography – Alan Turing: The Enigma The Imitation Game: Official soundtrack DVD – The Two Faces of January DVD – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Imitation Game is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (credited with cracking the German Enigma code and pioneer of modern-day computing) 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.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s outstanding performance as Alan Turing explores the greatness of the code-breaker and mathematics genius, »

- Dan Bullock

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Alison Owen & Debra Hayward’s Monumental Crafting ‘How To Build A Girl’

11 November 2014 3:48 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Monumental Pictures, the film and TV production shingle hung by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward in September, has acquired screen rights to How To Build A Girl, the bestseller written by Caitlin Moran. The fourth book by broadcaster, TV critic and Times columnist Moran was published in the UK by Ebury Press in July and by Harper Collins in the U.S. in September. It has sold over half a million copies and charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: a fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer who moves to London and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family. The producers call the Morrigan character “one of the great female literary icons” on a par with Elizabeth Bennett and Bridget Jones.

The UK’s Film4, now led by newly-installed chief David Kosse, is backing development of the project which »

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Ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Redmayne is about to explode

6 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

An actor or actress can be on the periphery of stardom for what seems like an eternity before the right role comes along at the right time and transforms his or her career. Do you know how many times you probably saw Michael Fassbender on screen before he technically broke out four years ago? Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch had been a working actor for almost a decade before he finally got Hollywood's attention after "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Sherlock" (2011)? Enter the latest star on the verge of global recognition: Eddie Redmayne.   Ironically a good friend of Cumberbatch's, the London native has been a fixture in front of moviegoers since he earned his big break starring alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd" (2006). And, he’s actually worked pretty consistently since, starting with "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007), starring as Kristen Stewart’s »

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Stockholm Fest: Helmer Mikael Marcimain Talks Film

4 November 2014 7:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After helming critically acclaimed Swedish miniseries including “How Soon Is Now” and “The Laser Man,” Mikael Marcimain made his debut feature with “Call Girl,” winning the debut prize in Toronto in 2012 and 11 Swedish Guldbagge nominations, and also stirring controversy in Sweden for its unflattering depiction of the political establishment. Now Marcimain is back with “Gentlemen,” a period piece that opens the Stockholm Film Festival.  The pic, about a young writer telling the story of the mysterious Morgan brothers, premiered in Toronto’s Special Presentation.

How would you describe “Gentlemen?”

Gentlemen” is a genre-mixing tale, a proclamation of love to cinema, and to the untruthful joy of narration. Film noir, the French New Wave, Robert Altman and Ettore Scola have been some of my sources of inspiration.

Gentlemen” is a classic in Swedish literature. The writer Klas Ostergren also wrote the script. Can you describe your working relationship?

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'Interstellar' (2014) Movie Review

4 November 2014 11:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Interstellar is big. It's ambitious and it's personal. Director and co-writer Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) has taken a film centered on a world-saving space expedition to another galaxy, and turned it into a story of humanity and a father's love for his children (though, mostly just his daughter). Thinking back on all that happened in the span of the film's exhaustive 169-minute running time many highs come to mind -- epic highs as the universe bends, giant waves fill the screen and frozen clouds contribute to an icy, alien landscape. But for as epic as these highs may feel, the film doesn't necessarily offer the same returns once the final scene fades to black. The survival of the human race is at stake in Interstellar and I can't say I ever really felt that as much as I was marveling at moments in the narrative that seemed to »

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Composers Add Layer of Drama to Oscar Hopefuls

4 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Trent Reznor

Gone Girl” (Fox)

“Disarming” was the watchword for Trent Reznor as he scored “Gone Girl.” The music often lies about what’s really happening, much like the film’s central couple — before the truth eventually erupts like a violent geyser.

The Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails frontman and his regular collaborator Atticus Ross approached the film with the same unorthodox method as their previous collaborations with director David Fincher, splashing up “swatches” of conceptually divined colors they then painted into place.

The canvas for this tale of murder and suspicion beneath the facade of a happy suburban marriage called for a corresponding musical facade — taking inspiration from the inauthentic Muzak found in clinical settings.

“That translated into something that felt disarming, that felt like a saccharine-sweet false presentation of ‘everything’s going to be Ok,’ with an undercurrent of ‘everything’s definitely not Ok,’ ” Reznor says.

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Tom Hiddleston & Hugh Laurie to star in AMC miniseries The Night Manager

31 October 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Loki vs Dr. House? Sounds fantastic to me. THR is reporting Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie will star in an upcoming six or eight-part miniseries for AMC. Called The Night Manager, the drama will be based on the 1993 John le Carré (A Most Wanted Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) novel of the same name. AMC is developing the miniseries with the BBC, and it'll be written by Hanna scribe David Farr. No word on what Hiddleston and Laurie's roles will be on the miniseries, but they will likely be »

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AMC Wins Bidding War For The Night Manager

30 October 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The name John le Carre is synonymous with espionage literature that translates well to screens both big and small. From Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to The Constant Gardener, his work creates well-received drama without exception. Such a reputation explains why the adaptation of his 1993 novel The Night Manager has been such a sought-after project – one which has ultimately landed at AMC.

The production, rumoured to be taking the form of a six or eight-part miniseries, was developed by the BBC, and will be a co-production between the BBC, AMC and Ink Factory. Writer David Farr (Spooks, Hanna) is handling the adaptation, which will be the latest in AMC’s move to re-focus its schedule on scripted originals.

The story centres on lead character Jonathan Pine, a British soldier who has undertaken a change of career to become a hotel night auditor. In this new role, he meets a woman with »

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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Creative

28 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ike Barinholtz, 37

Actor-writer-producer

He plays daffy on “The Mindy Project,” but Barinholtz is a master of multitasking. He writes and produces on “Project,” recurs on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” and FX’s “The League” and lends his voice on Hulu’s “The Awesomes.” But his recent resume doesn’t end there; the rangy Chicagoan has roles lined up in “The Nest” and “Angry Birds,” and got a thrill out of appearing in “Neighbors” this year because he got to be “in a movie with Zac Efron after being mistaken for him for so many years.” On the set, Barinholtz says he witnesses great leadership every day.

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Kenya Barris, 40

Writer-creator-showrunner-producer

Barris sold numerous pilots over the years, but they never went to series. With ABC’s “Black-ish,” he decided to throw off the filters and create his most honest and autobiographical work, and he was rewarded with his biggest success. »

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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Creative

28 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ike Barinholtz, 37

Actor-writer-producer

He plays daffy on “The Mindy Project,” but Barinholtz is a master of multitasking. He writes and produces on “Project,” recurs on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” and FX’s “The League” and lends his voice on Hulu’s “The Awesomes.” But his recent resume doesn’t end there; the rangy Chicagoan has roles lined up in “The Nest” and “Angry Birds,” and got a thrill out of appearing in “Neighbors” this year because he got to be “in a movie with Zac Efron after being mistaken for him for so many years.” On the set, Barinholtz says he witnesses great leadership every day.

Adam Amengual for Variety

Kenya Barris, 40

Writer-creator-showrunner-producer

Barris sold numerous pilots over the years, but they never went to series. With ABC’s “Black-ish,” he decided to throw off the filters and create his most honest and autobiographical work, and he was rewarded with his biggest success. »

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Imitation Game’ to Launch Camerimage

27 October 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.

The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”

The cinematographer on “The Imitation Game,” which is helmed by Morten Tyldum, is Oscar Faura, whose credits include “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible.”

“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.

Other crew include costume designer Albert Wolsky (“All That Jazz, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

23 October 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »

- Gerard Kennedy

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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – Serena (2014)

15 October 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Serena, 2014.

Directed by Susanne Bier.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Ana Ularu and Sean Harris.

Synopsis:

Newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton plan to start a timber empire in North Carolina in the late 1920s. Powerful and unrelenting, Serena earns the fear and respect of the working men in her husband’s command. Yet their unstoppable hurricane of a love faces a storm when Serena attempts to convince George to eliminate everyone who stands in their way—including George’s illegitimate son, Jacob.

Filmed in 2012 in the forests of the Czech Republic, Serena is an epic story of love and loss, framed by beautiful tall trees and fog set in the Us of the late 1920s. George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper, American Hustle) is a privileged man who uses his family’s fortune to build a timber empire. He’s a man’s man through and through, »

- Kat Kourbeti

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Our Brand Is Crisis begins shoot

13 October 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Gordon Green has commenced production on the documentary adaptation starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. Separately, Lionsgate has begun shooting on The Choice.

The film centres on a group of Us consultants who hire a notorious political advisor to secure the re-election of an unpopular Bolivian president. Peter Straughan of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy fame wrote the screenplay.

The cast includes Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gómez Berríos and Joaquim de Almeida.

Rachel Boynton’s documentary Our Brand Is Crisis came out in 2005.

Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov produce and the executive producers are Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and Stuart Besser.

Participant Media is a co-financier on the film with Warner Bros, who will distribute.

Principal photography has begun on Nicholas Sparks Productions’ The Choice. Lionsgate will distribute. Ross Katz directs and the cast includes Benjamin Walker, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Participant Joins Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand is Crisis’

13 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media has come on as a co-financier with Warner Bros. on “Our Brand is Crisis.”

Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s  adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a  maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.

The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).

The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.

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- Dave McNary

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