Black Bear Pictures and FilmNation Entertainmentsend word that ‘The Imitation Game,’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, “Sherlock”) and Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Pride & Prejudice), began principal photography in the UK yesterday. The film is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing.
The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
2 International ‘Ender’s Game ’Posters – Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld & More
POSTERS REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF THE STUDIO. Summit Entertainment has unveiled these Thai posters for the feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel, ‘Ender’s Game’. Starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight, Han Soto and Moises Arias, writer/director Gavin Hood’s ’Ender’s Game’ will arrive in cinemas on October 25th in the UK and November 1st in the US. The synopsis for the film is as follows. Source: IMP.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Marvel Studios has unleashed this new Russian TV spot for ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ providing us with some new snippets of footage from the highly anticipated film. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TV SPOT (apologies, no embed at this moment in time).
In ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ the likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandril, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ has won the Toronto Film Festival’s (TIFF) People’s Choice Award. The moviegoers who decide the prize, the festival’s highest honor, are generally very in-tune with the Academy, as TIFF’s audience award has been one of the better harbingers of Oscar success over the 35 years in which it has been presented, with almost every one of its honorees going on to garner some measure of Academy recognition. Collectively, they have accounted for 113 Oscar nominations, including 11 for best picture – most recently ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ last year – and nine for best foreign language film. Forty of those nominations resulted in Oscar wins, including four for best picture (Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s Speech).
Recently moved up from its initial December 27th release to October 18th following exuberant test screenings, the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
James Wan’s ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ Earns $41 Million, No. 2 September Debut Of All Time In North America
In North America, James Wan’s ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ has made an estimated $41 million in ticket sales at this weekends box office – the No. 2 September opening of all time, as well as one of the top debuts ever for a supernatural horror title. The sequel, fueled by younger moviegoers and released on Friday the 13th, cost a scant $5 million to produce.
The film proving another resounding victory for the horror genre, as well as for producer Jason Blum, nearly matching the $41.9 million opening of Wan’s summer hit ‘The Conjuring’ and did more than three times the business of the first ‘Insidious,’ which debuted to $13.3 million in April 2011. September’s current record-holder is ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ which opened to $42.5 million last year. The horror sequel, written by Leigh Whannell, returns Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the title roles and picks up immediately where ‘Insidious; left off. It drew a B+ CinemaScore, a top grade for a horror title.
Ilyasali has put together this fan-made poster for the hugely anticipated ‘Batman Vs. Superman’/’Man of Steel’ sequel. Warner Bros. Pictures recently ended weeks of speculation by announcing that Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder’s still untitled ‘Batman/Superman’ sequel to this past summer’s ‘Man of Steel.’ Affleck and Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project – bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel.’ The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17th, 2015.