Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption! This month we go on the search for the Third Star!
Opening Friday, Black Mass centers on Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), an Irish mobster who collaborated with the FBI (John Connolly, played by Joel Edgerton, was his handler) to bring justice to the Italian mob.
The Imitation Game, a WWII set feature that centers on code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).
The cast members, along with Cumberbatch, include Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong. The Awards Gala takes place Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“The Imitation Game is one of the very best ensembles to grace the screen this season,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley lead an outstanding cast in The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing as he attempts to crack Germany’s Enigma machine. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of The Imitation Game with the Ensemble Performance Award.”
Other honorees that will receive awards at the event include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
PSIFF runs January 2-12. For more info, please go to its official site.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes, The Imitation Game) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I) were the most reblogged actors of 2014, as the pair topped Tumblr’s “Year In Review” list.
With his work on the TV series Sherlock Holmes and his larger than life portrayal of Smaug in The Hobbit films and Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch’s star has continued to rise in meteoric fashion. Along with The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch reprises his role as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
- Benedict Cumberbatch (to see his Tumblr thank you video, click here).
- Tom Hiddleston
- Jensen Ackles
- Dylan O’Brien
- Misha Collins
- Jared Padalecki
- Chris Evans
- Martin Freeman
- Sebastian Stan
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Evan Peters
- David Tennant
- Ansel Elgort
- Matt Smith
- Robin Williams
- Tyler Hoechlin
- Tyler Posey
- Jared Leto
- Chris Pratt
Along with The Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has accrued Marvel Universe fans thanks to her work in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has also garnered critical acclaim for her work in Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle.
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Emma Watson
- Shailene Woodley
- Lupita Nyong’o
- Angelina Jolie
- Emma Stone
- Scarlett Johansson
- Holland Roden
- Jenna Coleman
- Jessica Lange
- Natalie Dormer
- Sarah Paulson
- Tatiana Maslany
- Taissa Farmiga
- Karen Gillan
- Emma Roberts
- Amy Poehler
- Kristen Stewart
- Meryl Streep
- Lea Michele
Tumblr will hold a Year in Review event December 10 in Brooklyn. One of the bands who made Tumblr’s reblogged list will give a surprise performance at the celebration. To check out Tumblr’s “Year In Review” post, please go to http://yearinreview.tumblr.
Here are the other artists who topped this year’s “most reblogged” list:
- Most Reblogged Solo Artist – Beyoncé
- Most Reblogged Band – 5 Seconds of Summer
- Most Reblogged Song – “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
- Most Reblogged Album – “1989” by Taylor Swift
- Big in 2014: Musicians to Watch – A$AP ROCKY
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (opening December 17) is director Peter Jackson’s third and final installment of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) heroic quest against darkness and the evil dragon known as Smaug (voiced by Freeman’s Sherlock Holmes compatriot Benedict Cumberbatch).
Although J.R.R. Tolkien’s undertaking of Middle Earth towers above the fray with its sheer ambition, much of its resonance originates from the simple theme that each individual, no matter how big or small, can be the hero of their own story. In the quote below, Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Tolkien’s idea of heroism?
“With Tolkien you get the feeling it’s about proving that you don’t have to seem heroic. Heroic actions can come from small people. It’s about levels of sacrifice and that’s what is truly heroic – the small deed or the big deed done by the small person.”
To hear Benedict Cumberbatch talk about the “epic odyssey” that surrounds The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, click on the media bar below:
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to The Jungle Book as the voice of Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who serves as Mowgli’s adversary. This Warner Bros. adaptation isn’t the only Jungle Book that’s in production, as director Jon Favreau is on board Disney’s version of The Jungle Book.
The Warner Bros. film will be directed by Andy Serkis, whose motion capture work as Gollum and Caesar should lend itself well to the ambitious rendering of Rudyard Kipling’s classic. Both Serkis and Cumberbatch worked together on The Hobbit pictures.
Cumberbatch, who was seen last year in Star Trek Into Darkness, is known as a nattily dressed individual. He explains in the following audio clip why he has an affinity for Spencer Hart’s sense of style, especially when it comes to Savile Row suits.