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.
Keira Knightley first gained fame back in 2002 for her work in Bend It Like Beckham, and in the ensuing years she’s become an international star, confidently dipping her creative feet in blockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean films, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), period films/historical dramas (A Dangerous Method, Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice), and off-center, character driven narratives (Never Let Me Go, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World).
No matter what genre she takes on, Knightley sees each venture as a challenge. “I certainly don’t sneer at big budget things and I don’t sneer at small budget things,” says the actress who will also be seen later this year opposite Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz in Laggies. “It’s about the opportunity to do all different styles – for me.” Click on the media bar below to hear Keira Knightley talk about her work in Anna Karenina, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Begin Again:
Begin Again, co-starring Adam Levine and Mark Ruffalo, is now playing in select theaters.
Directed by Once filmmaker John Carney, Begin Again centers on Gretta (Keira Knightley) a struggling musician whose career is nurtured by a former record label executive (Mark Ruffalo). Gretta’s journey, though enlightening, is also bittersweet, as her longtime boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) lands a record deal and eventually ruins their relationship.
During the Begin Again press conference,the Maroon 5 frontman admitted that he could relate to Dave’s situation. “This character was in the midst of becoming successful, so it was a very specific time,” said Levine, who’s also a regular coach on The Voice. “When it happened to me, I was probably tempted by the same things he was. Granted, my story is very different from his, but it was very easy to tap into to experience all these things that we never are expected to experience.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Levine explain why Begin Again was such a “dream experience.”
Chris Pine follows in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as the titular agent in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Taking on iconic roles isn’t foreign to Pine, who continued his journey as Captain James Tiberius Kirk in last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
With this latest installment, Mr. Ryan is getting his feet wet in the CIA, as he gets entangled in a battle of wills against a vengeful Russian terrorist (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs). Kevin Costner, who was initially offered the role of Ryan for The Hunt for Red October, plays Ryan’s mentor and father figure, and their subtle chemistry is one of the feature’s main strengths.
Although the picture ends with an epic action moment, the most viscerally engaging sequence occurs during a hotel room showdown between Pine and co-star Nonso Anozie (from TV’s Dracula). “I like the fact that Jack, as much as he had training in the Marines, isn’t a trained killing professional,” says Pine. “It was kind of a MacGyver moment of trying to figure out how to defeat the large bad guy when you’re not quite as big or you’re not quite as ferocious.”
Click on the Soundcloud audio below to hear Chris Pine talk about doing the hand to hand combat sequence with Anozie. He also talks about riding a motorcycle sans a helmet in New York during another stunt sequences in the film.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens nationwide January 17.