STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; APES Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

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A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright‘s name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he’s met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination.

Hit the jump for more on Paramount’s candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.]

Watch Christopher Nolan, Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, and More in 50-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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THR has been releasing some fascinating roundtable discussions with a number of Oscar hopefuls over the past few weeks, from actors to actresses to cinematographers, but today they’ve released a video featuring a mighty impressive lineup of directors.  In the 50-minute roundtable discussion, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) touch on a number of topics, including their wildly different approaches to filmmaking in general.  As always, the best part is seeing the discussion flourish amongst the participants themselves, as they ask each other thoughtful questions aside from the moderator.

What are you waiting for?  Watch the roundtable interview after the jump, and if you’re interested in keeping tabs on the awards race, be sure to check out our Oscar Beat columns.

THE IMITATION GAME Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Imitation Game opens today in limited release.]

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: The Best Director Race at a Glance

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As we head out of the Thanksgiving holiday, studios have been scrambling to get screeners out to critics and voters before early December deadlines, and some of the year’s later releases are finally starting to be seen, which means the Oscar race is becoming much clearer.  We already have one potentially huge game-changer in the form of Selma, which has enjoyed enthusiastically positive response from its initial screenings, but that film also throws a curious prospect into the mix: for the first time in history, could we actually have two female directors nominated for the Best Director Oscar?

After the jump, I consider this question as I take a look at the current state of the rather crowded Best Director race in this edition of Oscar Beat.

Director Morten Tyldum Talks THE IMITATION GAME, Trying to be Historically Accurate, Deleted Scenes, What he Learned From Test Screenings, and More

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With the year coming to a close, it seems like a great new movie hits theaters every weekend, and The Weinstein Company continues that trend on November 28th with The Imitation Game.  Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), 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 still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

During my exclusive video interview with Morten Tyldum, he talked about trying to be historically accurate, filming in real places, if he had many deleted scenes, balancing fact versus fiction, what he learned from friends and family screenings, what sequences he worked on again and again to get them right, and loads more.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Imitation Game also star Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech and Matthew Beard and will likely be a strong awards season contender this year.  For more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

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.

Morten Tyldum Set to Direct the Book-to-Film Adaptation of CHAIN OF EVENTS

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Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters follow-up, The Imitation Game, won’t make its big debut until the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but the film is picking up Oscar buzz, so it should come as no surprise that Tyldum has already locked another project, the big screen adaptation of Fredrik T. Olsson’s Chain of Events.  The book doesn’t even arrive until November 4, 2014, but Warner Bros. snatched up the rights last August and is already making moves to get the movie version going.

The book is being described as “World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code,” and covers what happens when a former cryptologist is kidnapped and assigned to solve a coded message while his ex-wife tries to track him down.  Hit the jump for more.

Morten Tyldum to Direct GHOSTMAN for Warner Bros.

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Director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Ghostman from author Roger Hobbs.  The bestselling, overnight sensation centers on the title character, a hired professional who cleans up after botched heists and helps fugitives escape the law.  Unfortunately for the Ghostman known as “Jack,” other dangerous and interested parties are searching for him as well.  Peter Craig (The Town) has written the adaptation; Craig also rewrote the script for The Imitation Game, which Tyldum is also helming.  Hit the jump for more.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Star in THE IMITATION GAME

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The Black List script The Imitation Game has had a rather dynamic development thus far, but it looks as though the film is now finally close to coming to fruition.  Warner Bros. initially bought Graham Moore’s screenplay for a hefty sum with Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the lead role of Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies and whose homosexuality made him a target of prosecution (yes, he was taken to court for being gay).  DiCaprio eventually left the project and Warner Bros. followed suit, and recently Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) came onboard to direct.  Now a new lead has been found in the unendingly popular Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hit the jump for more.

Morten Tyldum to Direct THE IMITATION GAME

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Scandinavian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) is set to helm The Imitation Game, the 2011 Black List topper that is based on the life of British mathematician Alan Turing. Graham Moore’s script centers on Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to star in the picture with J Blakeson to direct, but neither party is still involved. Hit the jump for more on The Imitation Game.

HEADHUNTERS Director Morten Tyldum Making His American Debut with WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY?

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Norwegian director Morten Tyldum made an impression on the festival circuit this year with his twisty adaptation of Headhunters, after it broke box office records back home in Norway.  The film attracted attention from Hollywood, first manifested in the English-language adaptation of Headhunters set up at Summit.  Today it was announced that Tyldum has signed a deal with Vendome Pictures to make his first American feature, What Happened to Monday?.  The script by Max Botkin centers on “identical septuplet brothers who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world where a ‘one child’ policy dictates that siblings are against the law.”  Cool idea.  I presume they’ll cast one actor as the septuplets, which should allow Tyldum to creative with filmmaking sleight of hand.

Raffaella De Laurentiis (The Forbidden Kingdom) developed the project through his Raffaella Productions, and will produce alongside Vendrome CEO Philippe Rousselet (Source Code).  Magnolia will release Tyldum’s Headhunters in the U.S. sometime in Spring 2012.

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