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.]

THE IMITATION GAME: New Images from the Alan Turing Biopic Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

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He’s not a superhero in the comicbook sense, but genius mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing saved many lives during World War II thanks to his deciphering of Nazi codes.  Today, new images debuted from director Morten Tyldum’s Turing bioppic, The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.  Also appearing in the new images is Cumberbatch’s co-star, Keira Knightley, who plays a woman from a very conservative background who not only forms a complicated relationship with Turing but is there for him until the end.  That end came not long after his own government convicted him on charges of “gross indecency” as a homosexual; he took his life two years later at the age of 41.

Also starring Mark Strong, Matthew GoodeRory KinnearCharles DanceAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard, the film opens November 21st.  Hit the jump to view the new The Imitation Game images.

Tim Burton’s BIG EYES Opens December 25th; THE IMITATION GAME Bows November 21st; ELEANOR RIGBY Slated for September 26th

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If you haven’t had your fill of release date news today already, The Weinstein Company has dated a trio of promising pics:

  • Big Eyes – Director Tim Burton’s next feature will open on December 25th, opposite Unbroken, Disney’s musical Into the Woods, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Cameron Crowe’s new film.  Big Eyes stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the troubled, real life artistic couple of Margaret and Walter Keane, and sees Burton treading dramatic territory.
  • The Imitation Game – The biopic of WWII mathematician and persecuted homosexual Alan Turing opens on November 21st opposite The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, just in time for awards season.  Benedict Cumberbatch leads the pic as Turing alongside Keira Knightley.
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – The ambitious relationship drama will bow on September 26th, facing off against the animated The Boxtrolls, the thriller The Equalizer, and the dramedy Laggies.  The film stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain and tells the story of a relationship from two points of view.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

The Weinstein Company Breaks Record for THE IMITATION GAME; RADiUS-TWC Acquire EVERLY with Salma Hayek; Open Road Acquires ROCK THE KASBAH

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Here’s the latest word on acquisitions at the European Film Market in Berlin:

  • The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, for a reported record of $7 million.
  • RADiUS-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to Joe Lynch’s action thriller, Everly, starring Salma Hayek, Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto, and Hiroyuki Watanabe.
  • Open Road has acquired U.S. rights to the Barry Levinson comedy, Rock the Kasbah, starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf, and Zooey Deschanel.

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First Official Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME

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The first official image from Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) as mathematician and logician Alan Turing, is now available.  The image debuted on the day that Turing received a posthumous pardon from none other than Queen Elizabeth II for his 1952 conviction of homosexuality.  Credited with cracking the German Enigma code during World War II which subsequently shortened the length of the conflict, Turing was then convicted on charges of “gross indecency”, and sentenced to chemical castration.  He committed suicide two years later at the age of 41.

The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew GoodeRory KinnearCharles DanceAllen Leech, and Matthew Beard.  Hit the jump to check out the full image.

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.

Keira Knightley to Star Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in THE IMITATION GAME

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Reports confirm that Keira Knightley is set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in director Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) The Imitation Game.  The indie drama about the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing will center on his breaking of the German enigma code at the end of World War II, his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual and his resulting suicide.  With Cumberbatch in the lead role, Knightley would play “a woman from a very conservative background who not only forms a complicated relationship with Turing but is there for him until the end,” according to THR.

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.

Leonardo DiCaprio Won’t Play THE IMITATION GAME; Warner Bros. Backs Out of the Production

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Current reports have it that Leonardo DiCaprio is passing on the WWII picture, The Imitation Game and Warner Bros. is following suit.  The studio previously picked up the Graham Moore script for a seven-figure sum as part of last year’s Black List.  The script, an adaptation of Andrew Hodges’ 1983 book, “Alan Turing:The Enigma,” centered on Turing, a mathematician and British cryptographer who cracked German codes and helped the Allies win the war.  Later in life, Turing was prosecuted for being a homosexual, an event that led to his eventual suicide.  There is little word as to why DiCaprio passed on the role, but director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is still attached.  Hit the jump for more on why WB has backed out.

J. Blakeson in Talks to Direct THE IMITATION GAME for Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has finally landed a director for one of its more high profile projects. Variety reports that The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J. Blakeson is currently in negotiations to helm the WWII pic The Imitation Game. The film is a biopic of Alan Turing, a mathematician who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II. He was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration, after which he committed suicide by eating a cyanide apple. The project was a hot property when WB bought the spec script from Graham Moore, attracting directors like Ron Howard and David Yates.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been keen on playing Turing since Warner Bros. acquired the script, but its unclear if he’ll still star given that he recently committed to shooting The Wolf of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese later this year. When we last heard, the studio was putting together a list of potential directors that included Ralph Fiennes and Bryan Singer. Blakeson is certainly lesser known, but his feature directorial debut Alice Creed turned many heads, and WB must be convinced that he’s the man for the job. I’m eager to see this project come together, so hopefully we hear casting news soon.

Emma Watson to Star in HARRY POTTER Director David Yates’ YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD; Tom Hanks and George Clooney Eyed for Male Lead

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Though the Harry Potter franchise has come to an end, a reunion of sorts is already in the works. David Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, has chosen the drama Your Voice in My Head as his next project, and now he’s in discussions with Emma Watson to star. The film is based on the memoir by Emma Forrest and centers on “a young woman who attempts suicide before being saved by a New York-based psychiatrist who’s dying of cancer.” It’s some pretty heady stuff, and I commend Yates for choosing a small, intimate character drama as his follow-up to the massive Potter franchise. Hit the jump for more, including who Warner Bros. is looking at for the male lead and the possibility of Ralph Fiennes or Bryan Singer directing the studio’s Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game.

2011 Black List Announced; Alan Turing Biopic THE IMITATION GAME Tops List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

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Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.

The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!

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