PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Mockumentary Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong

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Want to see Benedict Cumberbatch perfect his wolf bark, Ken Jeong perform as a Navy Seal instead of a baby seal and John Malkovich get into octopus form?  It’s all in the brand new Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary that DreamWorks Animation debuted and just like the large majority of the promotional material released for the film thus far, it’s pretty amusing and well worth a watch.

In the upcoming film, Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Patrick Stuart) have to stop an old acquaintance from taking over the world, Malkovich’s Dr. Octavius Brine, aka Dave the Octopus.  But the penguins can’t do it alone so they team up with a spy organization lead by Cumberbatch’s Agent Classified called the North Wind.  Hit the jump to check out that Penguins of Madagascar mockumentary and keep an eye out for the full feature, which is due in theaters in 3D on November 26th.

Benedict Cumberbatch Has Secrets in New THE IMITATION GAME Trailer

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The Weinstein Company has released a new The Imitation Game trailer for director Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) critically acclaimed Alan Turing biopic.  The World War II drama features an absolutely terrific lead performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, a genius mathematician who worked to crack the Enigma Code—the code the Nazis were using to transmit messages back and forth—and bring an end to the war.  The film is really more about Turing than it is the war (he was later convicted of the “crime” of homosexuality and sentenced to chemical castrastion), but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film as a sort of spy thriller.  It’s a really good movie that also features a swell Keira Knightley performance and one of the best scores of the year thanks to composer Alexandre Desplat.

Check out the new The Imitation Game trailer after the jump, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch nine clips Matthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  The Imitation Game opens in the U.K. today and in the U.S. on November 28th.

Watch 6 New Clips from THE IMITATION GAME Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong

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The Weinstein Company has released six new clips from The Imitation Game online.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  I saw the film at TIFF, quite enjoyed it, and am very eager to see it again.  Also, if you don’t need to worry about these clips spoiling the best moments from the movie.  They’re definitely good, but they won’t diminish your experience when you see the entire film.

Hit the jump to check out The Imitation Game clips.  The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew BeardThe Imitation Game opens in the U.K. on November 14th and in the U.S. on November 28st.

Benedict Cumberbatch Ponders the Possibility of Thinking Machines in New THE IMITATION GAME Clip

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A new The Imitation Game clip has been released online for director Morten Tyldum’s drama about genius mathematician Alan Turing.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the film, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but whose homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  The film is told via a framing device in which Turing is under interrogation, and this clip comes from that portion of the story in which Turing attempts to explain his paper, aptly titled “The Imitation Game”.  This clip is a swell showcase of Cumberbatch’s phenomenal performance, which is layered with subtly as Cumberbatch attempts to convey Turing’s intellectual and analytical demeanor while also masking a weariness just beneath the surface.  It’s a terrific performance that’s not to be missed, and Cumberbatch will surely be a major contender in the coming Oscar race.

Watch the new The Imitation Game clip after the jump, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  The Imitation Game opens in the UK on November 14th and in the US on November 28th.

New PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer: Young Skipper, Kowalski and Rico Meet Baby Private

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Remember that footage from the Penguins of Madagascar New York Comic-Con panel showing how a young Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Rico (John DiMaggio) first meet Private (Patrick Stuart)?  The film’s latest trailer actually shows off a good deal of it, minus the leopard seal scuffle, before launching into a roll call montage featuring the penguins and their new cohorts, the North Wind.  Together, they’ll take on Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), an accomplished geneticist.  Or he is?  Turns out, Dr. Octavius Brine is really Dave, an Octopus who used to live at the Central Park Zoo until the penguins completely overshadowed him, compelling the zoo staff to ship him off to another location.

Hit the jump to catch the gang in action in the latest Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th and also features the voices of Benedict CumberbatchKen JeongAnnett Mahendru and Peter Stormare.  And in case you missed it, you can also watch my interview with directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith right here.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actor Race at a Glance

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Every year in the awards race, it seems like the Best Actor field is the most crowded category.  That is certainly the case with this current crop of contenders, as there is no shortage of formidable talents vying for one of the five Best Actor Oscar slots.  While it’s still a tad early to start talking about possible winners, there’s plenty to discuss with regards to chances of being nominated.  The contenders range from well-respected underdogs to recent winners, and yes, spoiler alert, many of them are playing real people.  After the jump, I take a look at the Best Actor race at a glance in this edition of Oscar Beat.

THE IMITATION GAME Clip: German Enigma Code Isn’t Unbreakable Until Benedict Cumberbatch Gives It a Try

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We may have Doctor Strange on the brain right now courtesy of Marvel’s big day yesterday, but let’s not forget, Benedict Cumberbatch could be on his way to his very first Academy Award nomination as well.  He leads the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award winning film, The Imitation Game, as Alan Turing, a British cryptologist determined to solve the most difficult problem in the world, the German Enigma Code.

Even though Charles Dance’s Commander Denniston thinks breaking the Enigma Code is impossible, Turing isn’t fazed by the challenge in the least.  In fact, he refuses to dub the task unbreakable just yet.  He insists, “Let me try, and we’ll know for sure.”  Hit the jump to see what happens when Turing is first given the opportunity to try to crack the code in the new The Imitation Game clip.  The Weinstein Company is giving the film a limited release on November 21st.  It also stars Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech and Matthew Beard.

Benedict Cumberbatch In Talks to Lead Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel Studios has finally found its next superhero.  The studio has been developing an adaptation of the mystical comic Doctor Strange for some time, and finally put the project on the front burner earlier this year when they hired Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) to direct.  The next order of business was filling the lead role, and while Marvel’s string of successes might lead you to believe finding an actor to be the next Marvel star would be easy, it turned out to be some tricky business.  Joaquin Phoenix entered into a protracted negotiation process to fill the role, but at the last minute he walked away from the project, likely uncomfortable with the kind of windfall that comes from accepting such a role (ie. contract options, press commitments, sequels, etc.).

The studio went back to the drawing board once Phoenix walked away, looking at a number of different actors for the part, but now it appears that the actor who may be filling the role is somewhat of a familiar face in relation to Doctor Strange: Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch.  More after the jump.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Pretend to Be a Dragon in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Clip

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One of the more impressive aspects of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the characterization of the titular dragon.  Benedict Cumberbatch not only provided the voice for the sleepy/cranky character, but he did performance capture as well that was then used to inform the animation of the dragon’s movements.  In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on Blu-ray, a behind-the-scenes clip has been released that shows Cumberbatch performing as Smaug.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and you can definitely see how Cumberbatch’s movements influenced the finished product.  Additionally, Warner Bros. has released an assortment of other clips (both from the film and behind-the-scenes) from the EE release that are sure to pique interest, and we’ve included them as well.

Take a look at the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition clips after the jump.  The film will be available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on November 3rd, and is currently available on Digital HD.

Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves Frontrunners for DOCTOR STRANGE?

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We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared LetoOscar IsaacMatthew McConaugheyEwan McGregorJake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange.  Why not add another name to the ever-growing list?

Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well.  Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out.  Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Try to Crack the Enigma Code in U.K. Trailer for THE IMITATION GAME

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StudioCanal UK has released a new The Imitation Game trailer online.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality made him a target of persecution.  This U.K. trailer goes heavy on painting the movie as a thriller, and that’s not misleading.  Part of the movie’s pull is that it does play like a spy flick.  However, it also has enough dramatic pull to never feel light.  I liked the movie when I saw it at TIFF, and I look forward to seeing it again.

Hit the jump to check out the U.K. The Imitation Game trailer.  The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew BeardThe Imitation Game opens in the U.K. on November 14th and in the U.S. on November 21st.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blooper Reel Featuring Cast Dance Party

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The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better.  Why?  Because we need another one of these blooper reels.  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves.

The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon).  Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium.

THE IMITATION GAME Review | TIFF 2014

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In September 1933, General George S. Patton told the Calvary Journal, “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.”  Mathematician Alan Turning proved Patton’s statement was only half true when it came to World War II.  It was won by men and a machine.  Turing and his team used a computer to decipher the Germans’ “Enigma” code, which turned the tide of the war and was one of the key contributions to the Allies’ victory.  Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is a compelling look at a man treated inhumanely and the creation of his machine that helped saved humanity from evil.  The film isn’t hard to crack, but led by Benedict Cumberbatch’s outstanding performance and Tyldum’s strong direction, it’s a compelling tale of secrets, lies, and sacrifice.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch Launches Into the Best Actor Race with THE IMITATION GAME

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The awards season is certainly prone to recognizing biopics, and luckily there are two high-profile films based on the lives of historical figures screening at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  I’ll have a full Oscar Beat report up on The Theory of Everything soon (for now read Phil’s review), but for now it’s time to focus on the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch might very well end up with a Best Actor nomination for his fantastic performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.  Moreover, the film itself has been receiving high praise, and I left the theater this afternoon thinking, “this feels like the kind of movie that wins Best Picture.”  More after the jump.

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Costume on the Set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Who hasn’t done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at this point?  We’ve seen Chris Pratt do it, James Wan just posted his video, R2D2 got hit with a bucket full of ice water, and even my own mother tried to give it a go!  But this next one is a particularly cool one, and not just because it continues to help spread awareness about a condition we know so little about.

Not only did Henry Cavill and Amy Adams choose to accept the challenge, but they opted to do so in full costume on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I can’t imagine the wardrobe department being too thrilled about having that Superman suit absolutely soaked, but it’s a blast to watch and will likely help the campaign get closer to the $80 million mark – if it hasn’t reached it already.  Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video and of course, don’t forget to keep spreading the word and if you can, donate yourself by clicking here.

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