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.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Andy Serkis’ JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS

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Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book for Disney already has Neel Sethi, Lupita Nyong’oIdris ElbaScarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito on board and is barreling towards an October 9, 2015 debut, but now Andy Serkis’ rendition for Warner Bros., which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins, is making some moves, too.

Serkis’ Jungle Book just locked its very first star, Benedict Cumberbatch.  He’ll voice the film’s villain, Shere Khan, a tiger who’d rather not have any humans in his territory at all.  Hit the jump for more on Cumberbatch’s casting.  Jungle Book: Origins is set for an October 21, 2016 debut.

New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer Fights Squids and Struggles with Skype

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The spin-off features Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private joining with a group of spies to fight the nefarious Dr. Octavius Brine.  This trailer goes into more detail about the plot, but it also provides more of the great humor that was showcased at the film’s Comic-Con panel.  I’m rarely excited for DreamWorks Animation movies, but I expect to have a big smile plastered on my face when I go see this one.

Hit the jump to check out The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th, and features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Comic-Con: Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films that bring the masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to life.  It is an epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, who have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  And there are even greater dangers ahead, as darkness converges on their escalating conflict, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must either unite or be destroyed while the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom spoke to press at a conference, in which they talked about why the title of the third film changed, the progression of the tone, from the first film to this one, perfecting the voices of Smaug and Gollum, the creation of Tauriel, the experience of revisiting characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how long it might be before any of the films get remade.  Peter Jackson also talked about why The Silmarillion will probably never get adapted for film, and how he feels about a new King Kong film.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly in Talks to Play DOCTOR STRANGE

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Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors.  Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange.  Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel’s potential new franchise.

I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice.  He’s one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role.  Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Great DreamWorks Animated Film Might Be on the Way

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Following the panel for Home, DreamWorks Animation moved to Penguins of Madagascar.  In the upcoming spinoff, the scene-stealing penguins take the lead, and are joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his covert team of protective animals as they try to stop Dave (John Malkovich), a malevolent octopus.  Even though I’ve never been much for the Madagascar movies, the Penguins have always been wonderful, and I was interested to see if they could carry their own movie.  Judging by what they showed us today, they could have one of the funniest films of the year.

Hit the jump for my Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap.

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