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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.

See the sashay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.

Watch a video of Colin Firth's seminal portrayal of a rather wet Mr. Darcy, AFTER THE JUMP...

(photo Jason Bell) 

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Gay Films, Star Power, and Oscar Buzz: a Report from the Toronto International Film Festival

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Eddie Redmayne got a huge thumbs up in Toronto. Oscar-bound?

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Hello all. Just back from Canada from the Toronto International Film Festival, aka the best film festival in the world, which wrapped up on Sunday. My fellow Oscar bloggers like to shill for Telluride these days but I’m convinced it’s simply Stockholm Syndrome since Telluride actually makes the press pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a pass for the privilege of giving them free publicity. In Toronto, if you’re lucky enough to write about the movies for a living, you get your press pass for free and your only expense, other than travel and lodging (which can add up) is your time. But what person who loves movies, wouldn’t want to spend that gorging on selections from all over the world, the best of Cannes and Sundance and a ton of new ones, some of them courting Oscar gold, too.

I was so giddy all week that even when I failed to spot Reese Witherspoon at her own party for WILD (she’s short, y’all and thus hides easily in a crowd even in a sparkly dress) I remained elated to chat with Laura Dern (one of the greats who needs big roles again!) and wonder what possessed Chris Evans to what looked like gloriously form-fitting white longjohn shirt to a party where everyone else was in suits. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying. I was so thrilled that even the sight of Eddie Redmayne’s back in his daring aquamarine suit and Andrew Garfield’s giant beard at THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING party was as good as actually talking to them, but I made do with talking to Oscar-buzzing Felicity Jones who, like Redmayne, gives her best screen performance yet in that new Stephen Hawking biopic.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP..

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'The Imitation Game' Wins Audience Award At Toronto Film Festival: VIDEO

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The Imitation Game, the upcoming film about gay codebreaker Alan Turing which you've seen us cover here, here and here, picked up a big win at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) over the weekend. The movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, was honored with the festival's coveted People's Choice Award. 

From TIFF's press release:

TuringThis year’s award goes to [director] Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch.

The Hollywood Reporter explains what this win could mean for the film come movie awards season:

Indeed, TIFF's audience award has been one of the better harbingers of Oscar success over the 36 years in which it has been presented, with almost every one of its honorees going on to garner some measure of Academy recognition.

Look for The Imitation Game to be released in US theaters on November 21, 2014.

Watch a Hollywood Reporter interview conducted at the festival with Cumberbatch and his co-stars, wherein the star describes Turing as "an incredible hero, the father of the computer age" and "a gay icon," AFTER THE JUMP.

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