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Alan Turing Comes Out In New Clip From 'The Imitation Game': VIDEO

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The man who broke the Nazi's Enigma code and conceived the modern computer was also, as they used to say, a "homosexual."

In this new clip from The Imitation Game, mathematician/genius Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) reveals his true nature while at a nightclub, chatting with a friend (played by Downton Abbey's Allen Leech). The scene is notable for the fact that it's Turing's friend who actually outs him, uttering the "H" word as Turing stumbles trying to explain his feelings towards his dancing date (a spinning Keira Knightley). Homosexuality at that time was illegal in the UK and Turing was persecuted and eventually prosecuted for it, leading to his tragic suicide.

The Imitation Game opened to strong reviews and huge audiences in four theatres last weekend, grossing a stunning $120,000 per screen average. By comparison, The Kings Speech opened in a similar number of theatres in 2010 grossing $88,000 per screen. The Weinstein Company is positioning the Turing biopic for awards season, and there has been big buzz about Cumberbatch being nominated for his first Oscar. However, there's also been some criticism of the film's lack of sex scenes for his character and the fact that some liberties were taken regarding Turing's relationship with the woman being discussed in the clip, who is apparently portrayed more as a failed romance than a friend. You can watch the full scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Benedict Cumberbatch Defends Absence of Gay Sex Scene in Alan Turing Biopic 'The Imitation Games'

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During World War II, Alan Turing, who is known as the father of modern computing, devised the Turing Bombe, a codebreaking device that was used to decipher the Nazi enigma codes, up to 3,000 messages per day. He was also gay, and two years after being convicted of "gross indecency" for being homosexual and sentenced to undergo chemical castration, he killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple.

Turing2The Imitation Game, the upcoming biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the gay codebreaker, has faced criticism lately for what could arguably be considered a "castration" of a different sort - the lack of any scene depicting Turing being sexually intimate with another man. 

The Sunday Times reports that there was a sex scene involving Turing and another man present in early drafts of the script, but it was cut out of the final film version - which, according to Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, over-emphasizes Turing's relationship with colleague Joan Clarke (played by Keira Knightley).

In an interview with The Telegraph, Cumberbatch defended the film against such criticism, saying:

‘For me there’s explicit love in the film, and the fact of his sexuality being homosexual doesn’t make any difference. If it would have added to the film, we’d have done it. I’d have no qualms about filming those scenes, expressing that side of a character’s relationship to his body. It’s partly to do with the logical loop of the film, the poetical loop. It’s about what’s not seen, it’s about secrets, what’s repressed – and his sexuality was. This is a man who’s never going to be allowed to love, and that’s really his tragedy and the tragedy of the film.’

Last month, Cumberbatch spoke about how an explicit gay sex scene would have taken away from the film's "subtle storytelling."

Audiences will have to wait till November 28 to decide for themselves if the lack of such a scene helped or hurt the overall film.


Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange In Upcoming Marvel Superhero Film

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It looks like Marvel Studios has found there Sorcerer Supreme in 38-year-old English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Deadline reports:

The news comes after talks with Joaquin Phoenix around the time of Comic-Con went south, and Marvel went back to the drawing board. With names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, this is obviously a coveted role. [...]

Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

A release date for the film hasn't been announced, but you can catch Cumberbatch as gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game out November 14.


Benedict Cumberbatch Attempts Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' Walk - VIDEO

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On The Graham Norton Show the other day, Benedict Cumberbatch followed comedian Miranda Hart's lead and attempted "the ultimate walk" - the one featured in Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" video.

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Secrets Are Decoded in New Trailer for WWII Codebreaker Film 'The Imitation Game' - VIDEO

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A new UK trailer has been released for The Imitation Game, the upcoming drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. 

The film has already received rave reviews from early critics and moviegoers - winning the Toronto Film Festival's coveted People's Choice Award earlier this month. The film arrives in theaters November 21.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Wet And (Almost) Shirtless For Homage To Mr. Darcy - VIDEO

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The Imitation Game star recently jumped into a lake and unbuttoned some shirt buttons, teasing fans with what can best be described as an homage to Colin Firth's now famous scene in the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice where Firth jumps into a lake, emerging with his white shirt sticking to him more like a glove than a blouson. As it turns out, Sherlock decided to channel Mr. Darcy as part of a photo exhibit supporting charity. Metro UK reports:

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are hosting an exhibition of works by world famous photographer Jason Bell, featuring archive images of celebs including this one of Benedict, plus Jerry Hall, Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Elijah Wood, Cynthia Nixon, Hugh Bonneville, Hollyoaks’ Jeremy Sheffield and, of course, Bruno Tolioni.

Thanks to the support of these celebs and the general public, who have been donating their old clothes and accessories to TK Maxx stores for the last 10 years, the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign has raised over £17.6 million for Cancer Research UK.

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(photo Jason Bell) 

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