Over the past week, Toronto has been hosting its annual film festival, commonly known as TIFF. Such highlights from years past include Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Silver Linings Playbook, and 12 Years a Slave, all of which went on to win Academy Awards. This years’ standouts may prove no different as viewers and critics raved about several performances and several films. This week on GeekScholars Movie News, the crew reviews the films from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival you won’t want to miss when they come to theaters.
On the heels of Emmy® wins for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman comes news that BBC Worldwide will release Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 on November 4th. This deluxe package will include all nine feature-length episodes of Sherlock to date.
And here is where it gets interesting: the set will include a host of new extra features plus busts of Holmes and Watson and two limited edition art cards. For a complete list of extras, follow the jump.
Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game tells the story of how mathematician Alan Turing helped break The Enigma Code – the unbreakable code devised by the Germans during World War II – enabling England and her allies access to the intelligence necessary to win the war.
Check out the tension-filled trailer after the jump. The Imitation Game – starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong – opens on November 21st.
Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate endeavors to tell us the story of WikiLeaks while painting a picture of the men behind its success and going behind the scenes of the website’s scoops. He gets amazing performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, as Julian Assange, and Daniel Brühl, as Daniel Berg – the visionary and the grounding factor of the story. Unfortunately, in trying to do too much, he has produced a film that doesn’t quite match its ambitions.
DreamWorks’ Julian Assange/WikiLeaks film, The Fifth Estate hits theaters next week (October 18th). A new clip – showing a bit of a disagreement between WikiLeaks’ founders (above) – and featurette (after the jump) have just been released. They point to the film being quite the tension-pack tale.
There are documentaries that lay out the facts of the WikiLeaks/Julian Assange story, so why a journalistic thriller? The Fifth Estate’s director, Bill Condon – and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl and Laura Linney – talk about that in a brand new featurette. Check it out after the jump.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) is honoring Benedict Cumberbatch at its annual Britannia Awards presentation on November 9th. Following a year of near ubiquity (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness; the upcoming The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, August Osage County, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Cumberbatch will be honored with British Artist of the Year Britannia.
For more details, follow the jump to the official press release. 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC America on November 10th at 8/7C.
There’s a teaser trailer for Sherlock Series Three from BBC One. The show’s sprightly theme music plays over glimpses of the major people in Sherlock’s life, teasing reunions with: Watson (Martin Freeman), Lestrade (Rupert Graves), Mycroft (Mark Gatiss), Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) and Molly (Louise Brealey).
Check it out following the jump. Sherlock returns to PBS in early 2014.
The New Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is something more than the herald of a new adventure – it shows that the new crew will face the same kind of thought-provoking challenges that made the various Trek series and predecessor mvoies, at their best, such wonderful experiences.