Watch THE IMITATION GAME Trailer Starring Benedict Cumberbatch; Drama Will Open the 58th London Film Festival

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The Weinstein Company has released the first The Imitation Game trailer.  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.  Judging by this trailer, I’m sure there will be superficial Sherlock comparisons since Turing is brilliant but off-putting to those around him, but I think this looks like a solid World War II drama with some good performances.

Hit the jump to check out The Imitation Game trailer.  The film opens November 21st, and also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  Additionally, The Imitation Game will open the 58th BFI London Film Festival on October 8th. [Update: We've added the U.K. trailer after the jump.]

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer: Nicole Kidman Can’t Remember the Day Before in Thriller Co-Starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong

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Studio Canal UK has released the first Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Although it looks like the movie is aiming for a Memento vibe, it strikes me as a really disturbing sequel to 50 First Dates.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens on September 12th, and co-stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

First Trailer and Poster for Matthew Vaughn’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson

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The first look at director Matthew Vaughn’s new film is now available as Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer is now online along with the teaser poster.  The story is based on the Mark Millar comic about a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who takes a teen delinquent (Taron Egerton) from the streets of London, and brings him into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  The plot is strikingly similar to Wanted, also written by Millar–an ordinary guy discovers his capacity for violence can be honed and embraced by a secret organization.  I’m a big fan of Vaughn’s work, and the trailer looks fun, although I was hoping to see a little more of Firth showing off some James Bond moves beyond looking suave.

Colin Firth, Taron EgertonMichael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Strong star in the new Fox film due out October 24th.  Hit the jump to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer and check out the poster.  Click here for images from the movie.

Felicity Jones to Lead A MONSTER CALLS; Emily Browning in Talks for LEGENDS; Mark Strong Joins GRIMSBY

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We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is set to star in A Monster Calls, the new film from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).   The story, written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, “tells the tale of a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.”  According to Deadline, Jones will play “Mum”, and Liam Neeson is being courted to play the Monster.  Jones will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is co-starring opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Emily Browning (Pompeii) and Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun).

Check out 3 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, Terry Crews, and The Muppets

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As the old joke goes, the Super Bowl is three hours of commercials interrupted by football.  For football fans, this year has a great match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and there’s the possibility of them playing in the snow, which would be awesome.  But you don’t get to dominate the ratings every year by only appealing to football fans.  The ads are the comic interludes where everyone can join with an opinion, and I’m always surprised when they’re released online early.  This year, a Super Bowl spot will cost a record $4.5 million, and companies are deciding to jump to gun in order draw attention before Sunday.  Not that anyone’s complaining, and after the jump you’ll find three ads that will play during the Super Bowl.  As always, celebrities sell, so one ad has Scarlett Johansson (although it will be edited for game night since there’s a dig at major advertisers Coke and Pepsi), another has Terry Crews driving around with the Muppets, and a third ad has Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, and Ben Kingsley being villainous.

Hit the jump to check out the ads.

Principal Photography Begins on THE IMITATION GAME; Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, and More Join Cast

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Shooting has begun on The Imitation Game.  The drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing.  The story will center on Turing breaking the German enigma code at the end of World War II, and his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual.  We previously reported that Keira Knightley and Mark Strong were attached to co-star, and today a press release has announced that the cast will also include Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Mark Strong Reteaming with Cumberbatch for IMITATION GAME, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson Lead DRIVE, and Delroy Lindo Joins CYMBELINE

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We’ve got some casting news to attend to this morning.  Briefly:

  • Mark Strong will be reteaming with his Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for the true story The Imitation Game.
  • Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson are set to star in the drama Learning to Drive.
  • Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of the contemporary Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline.

Hit the jump for more on each casting.

Mark Strong Talks LOW WINTER SUN, Revisiting the Role, Working in Detroit, Future Seasons, and More

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The gritty, edgy and provocative crime drama Low Winter Sun is about what happens after Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) murders a dirty cop in an act of retribution, setting events in motion that will forever alter the detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.  Based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name, which starred Mark Strong in the same role, the 10-episodes tell an intense story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption, in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Mark Strong talked about how he came to revisit this role, having a rough arc of the story but not all the details, not wanting to do a typical cop show, working with Lennie James, how he sees his character, living and working in Detroit, and how he hopes to do future seasons.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

LOW WINTER SUN Preview: AMC Looks For Its Next BREAKING BAD, But It’s Not Quite Here

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Another bald man, more moral ambiguity, and a healthy dose of a bad thing done in the name of the greater good.  AMC’s new noir drama Low Winter Sun is hoping that when viewers are finished watching Breaking Bad on Sunday night, they will stick around for what looks, on the surface, like another series of the same ilk.  Unfortunately, Low Winter Sun‘s dense, dour nature forgets the one thing that elevates shows like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and other dark series: humor.  Without it, Low Winter Sun runs the danger of becoming too much of a slog.  Still, there are moments that might suggest later episodes could turn things around.  Hit the jump for more.

BLOOD Review

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Director Nick Murphy made an auspicious debut with his 2011 gothic horror film, The Awakening.  It was atmospheric but left enough leeway to let his excellent actors help carry the drama.  I had high hopes for his follow up feature, Blood, but the result could not be more disappointing.  Unwilling to simply be a bland crime drama, Blood never misses an opportunity to grab hold of a coincidence that’s either laughably contrived or painfully forced.  Furthermore, the excellent cast is completely wasted by going through the repetitive motions of feeling guilty before feeling guilty followed by more feeling guilty.  This exploration of guilt would feel more rewarding if the film ever dared to push beyond the obvious moral ramifications, but the film is too busy running around in gorgeously shot circles.

First Poster for LOW WINTER SUN Starring Mark Strong, Lennie James, and David Costabile

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This August, Breaking Bad will come to an end, but AMC might have a worthy successor waiting in the wings with Low Winter Sun.  Based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, the show is described as “a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge, and corruption” and centers on the fallout from the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective.  The show stars the excellent Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), an incredibly versatile actor who always gives a strong performance.  If Breaking Bad is going to have a replacement, a show that also features an intense bald guy lying to everyone isn’t a bad choice.  The new poster even copies the recent Breaking Bad poster by superimposing words over the main character.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Low Winter Sun premieres on August 11th at 10pm EST, and will use Breaking Bad as its lead-in.

Trailer for Nick Murphy’s Crime-Thriller BLOOD Starring Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox, and Mark Strong

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I really enjoyed Nick Murphy‘s directorial debut, The Awakening, and back in 2011, we reported on his follow-up, the crime-thriller Blood.  The plot centers on two policemen who kill a murder suspect and are then plunged into chaos when they are forced to investigate their own crime.  I’m ashamed to admit that I had forgotten about the movie, but now a trailer has been released, and it looks like Murphy has nailed the genre just like he did with gothic horror in The Awakening.  Also, I’m not going to turn down a movie with a lead cast that includes Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox, and Mark Strong.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Blood is set to hit U.K. theaters and VOD on May 31st, and be released on Blu-ray & DVD on June 10th.  That short release window isn’t a great sign, but I’m still eager to see the flick, and hopefully a U.S. release will be announced soon.

First Trailer for New AMC Drama Series LOW WINTER SUN Starring Mark Strong

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AMC has released the first trailer for the network’s newest drama series, Low Winter Sun.  Based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, the show is described as “a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge, and corruption” and centers on the fallout from the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective.  Mark Strong looks to give a solid performance in the lead, and fans of AMC’s other series will recognize a few familiar faces like Lennie James (The Walking Dead’s Morgan) and David Costabile (Breaking Bad’s Gale).  The tone feels like a cross between The Wire and Breaking Bad, and I’m looking forward to checking out the pilot.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Low Winter Sun premieres on AMC this summer with a 10-episode first season.

New Clip and Featurette for WELCOME TO THE PUNCH Starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong

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A new clip and featurette are now available for writer/director Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch, a London-set crime thriller starring James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes).  The picture pits the respective dogged detective and master criminal against each other when an incident forces the latter to return to London.  The new clip, from the beginning of the film, shows off that inciting event while the featurette gives a little more backstory behind it.

Also starring Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky), Welcome to the Punch opens March 15th in the U.K., March 27th in the States.  Hit the jump to watch the new clip and featurette.

AMC Gives Series Order to LOW WINTER SUN

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Hot on the heels of the news that AMC is resurrecting the previously-cancelled series The Killing for a third season comes word that the network has made a commitment to a new series for the upcoming season.  Per THR, AMC has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of the drama Low Winter Sun.  Based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, the series is described as “a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge, and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred.”  Mark Strong, who also starred in the British miniseries, fronts the AMC show alongside Lennie James.  The show will be run by executive producer Chris Mundy.

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