Alan Turing served his country during WWII, when he helped develop one of Enland’s most significant machines to break German codes. He served mankind by doing other research and design that paved the way for future ideas in computer science and AI. And he was gay, for which led to criminal prosecution in 1952. That prosecution led to chemical castration, which Turing elected to undergo rather than going to prison.
Turing is the subject of a film called The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. The actor doesn’t look a lot like Turing, but he could very well be able to play him well regardless.
Below you can see the first official photo of the actor in the role, released in recognition of the fact that Turing was finally given a posthumous Royal Pardon in England, almost six decades after his death. Read More »
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Here’s a cheeky sales pitch for George Clooney‘s new film The Monuments Men, which features Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman as a crew of art guys and their associates who seek to rescue priceless cultural artifacts from Hitler’s war machine. The ads we’ve seen so far were the conventional sort. Now there’s an ad in the old newsreel style (well, very vaguely in the style), which along with the website SupportTheMonumentsMen.com tells you a bit about the film and the people that inspired it. Read More »
Here’s the new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s breakout hit 300. This one has been a long time coming, but now, after everything, the film and the new trailer might have new significance, again thanks to Snyder. The director is looking at this movie’s co-star, Callan Mulvey, as a likely villain choice for Batman vs. Superman. Does the footage below give any clue to how he might be used? Of course not, but those who’ve waited a long time for the 300 follow-up will want to have a look. Read More »
The Monuments Men, the new film from George Clooney about a group of guys from the art world recruited to save art from the ravages of Hitler’s army, may have been pushed into 2014 to make time for effects work, but we can still get a good look at it now.
There’s a lot of new footage in this trailer, much of it showing off the stellar supporting cast (including Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Cate Blanchett for starters) and in so doing supporting the illusion that this is an Ocean’s movie transported to World War II. But there’s probably all first act stuff, and as this trailer goes on there’s a more serious spirit that comes to the fore.
Check out the UK trailer below. Read More »
Normally, the director has 100% final say on a film set. He’s the man. However, that was not the case on the set of Lone Survivor. Director Peter Berg and producer/star Mark Wahlberg were so committed to realism on the set, they hired several Navy SEALs as advisors and told them they could stop filming or call B.S. on anything, at any time.
The film tells the harrowing true story of four Navy SEALS on a mission in Afghanistan who are posed with an impossible decision with unthinkable ramifications. Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real life SEAL who wrote a book about the experience, and he was among the SEALs on set with this unusual filmmaking power. Luttrell, along with Wahlberg and Berg, spoke about this at a recent screening of the film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent. Read the quotes below. Read More »
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Stalingrad is Russia’s entry in the “giant war movie” category for 2013. It recreates the extraordinarily vicious and devastating WWII battle that shut down Hitler’s efforts on the eastern front. (And which has become the subject for many a video game battle scene.) But this isn’t just a big war movie; it’s a big war movie shot in IMAX and presented in 3D and rendered in familiar blue and orange.
Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company, The Inhabited Island) directs, and has certainly made a big movie. Check out the trailer below to get a sense of the action, which seems like it has been polished up nicely to make the horrifying battle more visually appealing. Read More »
Here’s the second full trailer for the true war story Lone Survivor, which is based on the book by Navy SEAL Marcus Littrell, who was part of a small group of SEALs that found itself ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Peter Berg directs stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster & Eric Bana. Check it out below. Read More »
Horror films are big business, and we’re entering into a phase where we’ll probably see more action movies influenced by the real-world exploits of special forces such as the Navy SEALs. So why not combine the two tendencies?
That’s what SEAL Team 666 is going to do. Weston Ochse wrote a book in which military special ops forces fight the supernatural — it’s basically a special Call of Duty mode put on the page. And now it will be put on screen as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to star in an adaptation of the book. Read More »
Briefly: David Chase was dinged a bit for his feature directorial debut, the rock-n-roll tinged coming of age tale Not Fade Away, though the movie does have more than a few admirers. And The Sopranos creator isn’t going to let that be his only film. No, he’s got another picture on the way, from one of his own scripts, and it sounds like it might be on screens sooner rather than later. Read More »