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First Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is well known for his ability to take on complicated genius-type characters, and he’s set to continue to that trend with his upcoming role as legendary British codebreaker Alan Turing in drama The Imitation Game. And he certainly looks perfectly cast!

The film’s official Twitter account shared the first image featuring Cumberbatch in character as Turing, in honor of the fact that the famous mathematician was given a posthumous royal pardon by Queen Elizabeth over his conviction for homosexual acts in the 1950s, in a victory for a long-running campaign, which had been attempting to have Turning pardoned since at least 2009.

Get a bigger look at Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game below.

Why British Rom-Com ‘Love Actually’ is the Best Christmas Movie Ever, Actually

The love actually poster, or most of it anyway. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Apparently, there’s a fairly massive internet debate raging at the moment about the British holiday-themed romantic comedy Love Actually, its merits as a film, what it means about you as a person, woman, feminist, antifeminist or general human if you enjoy or don’t enjoy it, and whether or not it should be required viewing during the wider holiday season.

I can’t speak to many of the specifics in this unexpected socio-cultural online civil war, other than to say that Love Actually is probably my favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every year whilst I wrap presents on Christmas Eve. It makes me smile, and feel warm and fuzzy inside, and honestly, isn’t that what this time of year is supposed to be about in the first place? So, don’t expect a thesis-level defense of the film here – but, rather, a list of what it is I like so much about it.

Feel free to agree, disagree or leave me a list of what I ought to be watching instead in the comments.

'Only Lovers Left Alive' with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton Gets US Release Date

Only Lovers Left Alive, the upcoming indie vampire romance from director Jim Jarmusch, has already done the film festival rounds – showing at Cannes, the Toronto Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Sundance and more – and a lot of lucky people have already gotten to see it. However, the rest of us can finally breathe a sigh of relief because it has been officially given a US release date at last.

The film, which features internet darling and The Hollow Crown star Tom Hiddleston alongside Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska, will hit American theaters in limited release beginning April 11, 2014. Of course “limited release” generally tends to translate to “you’ll probably still have to wait a couple of weeks if you don’t live in New York or Los Angeles”, but at least we know it’s coming, eventually.

Dan Stevens' Film 'Summer in February' Gets an American Release Date

Are you already wondering what your January is going to look like now that Downton Abbey’s coming back without leading man Matthew Crawley? Not to worry though – you can still get your Dan Stevens fix this winter when his latest period drama (finally) gets a US release.

According to Variety, Tribeca Film has acquired the US rights to romantic drama Summer in February, which stars Stevens alongside Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning. The film is a period drama set on the eve of World War I and Stevens plays a character who is agonizing over his feelings regarding a woman he can’t have. Sound familiar? Yeah, this could prove a more than adequate Downton substitute for those of us suffering from Matthew withdrawal.

The film is based on the Jonathan Smith novel of the same name and tells the story of the dramatic real-life love triangle between painter Alfred Munnings (Cooper), his best friend Gilbert Evans (Stevens) and fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Browning).

Watch the trailer below.

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens to Play Lancelot for ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Life goes on, even once you leave Highclere Castle it would seem. Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has kept pretty busy since departing the megahit costume drama – with roles in Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate, romantic drama Summer in February and crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, as well as some voicework on sci-fi CW series The Tomorrow People.

Now Stevens looks set to join the third installment of the family-friendly Night at the Museum series with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, which basically follows the story of a night guard (Stiller) who discovers that all the exhibits in museums come to life after the buildings shut down. We know that security guard Larry will be headed to London for this go-round, so get your guesses as to the film’s location in early. My money’s on the Museum of Natural History, simply because the space is so gorgeous, but, on the other hand, you kind of can’t beat the British Museum in terms of sheer volume of neat things that could come to life.

Read on for more.

WATCH: The Magical Trailer for ‘Winter’s Tale’ with Colin Farrell and “Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay

We’re getting ready for our first full season of Downton Abbey without Jessica Brown Findlay’s Lady Sybil, but you can still see her at your local multiplex this Spring. Findlay’s first big Hollywood role will be in an adaptation of Winter’s Tale, alongside such recognizable Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly

This film is based on the novel by Mark Helperin, not the Shakespeare play with a similar title, before anybody gets their hopes up about Findlay playing Hermione or anybody exiting pursued by a bear. (Seriously, Hollywood, someone make that movie.)

Anyway, the story goes like this: A thief named Peter (Farrell) breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with his terminally ill daughter, Beverley (Findlay). There are some unclear complications, which appear to involve Crowe as some kind of evil Irish gangster who may actually be a demon or something. Luckily, Peter and Beverley’s love is epic enough to also involve time travel and possible reincarnation, as Peter finds himself in modern day New York, looking at mimeograph photos of Beverley with Jennifer Connelly to help him remember his past. What happens after that? Why is Peter there? What happened to Beverley? Who knows.

But this trailer sure does make you want to figure out what’s happening.

British Romantic Comedy 'About Time' Is Coming to Theaters Nationwide Soon!

It’s been months since I first saw the trailer for director Richard Curtis’ newest film and I’ve been waiting more or less patiently for its release. But I’m happy to finally announce that it’s almost time for About Time! Corny I know, but I had to go there.

Curtis, writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, ascended to the status of king of the British romantic comedy when he wrote and directed the consummate standard of the genre, 2003’s Love Actually. Now Curtis is back with a time traveling love story that looks like it might rival his earlier masterpiece in terms of humor and heart.

About Time is currently playing in limited release in select cities, but will be opening everywhere on Friday, November 8. (Editorial note: If you’re a DC-area local, this film’s actually already at the AMC Courthouse and the AMC Georgetown 14, so if this piece convinces you to check it out – you don’t have to wait long!)

Watch the trailer below – along with some reasons why you should see it!

Watch: First Trailer for 'Only Lovers Left Alive' with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

The long-awaited first trailer has been released for upcoming indie vampire romance drama Only Lovers Left Alive, the latest film from director Jim Jarmusch that chronicles the story of two vampires that have been in love for centuries.

The film stars The Avengers and The Hollow Crown fan favorite Tom Hiddleston alongside the always interesting Tilda Swinton, an Oscar winner whom you may remember as the White Witch in the recent Narnia films and also as that woman who lived in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art for several weeks as a part of a strange piece of performance art. Hiddleston and Swinton play a pair of vampires named Adam and Eve, who are part of a rather epic love story.

Don’t worry – as you’ll see from the trailer below – Only Lovers Left Alive seems to come with a lot more emotional complexity and existential moodiness than your average vampire flick.

Watch for yourselves below:

WATCH: Brit-packed Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Casting buckets of British actors in your upcoming blockbuster film certainly seems to be the thing to do nowadays – The Hobbit’s bursting with Brits, and the recent Star Trek sequel had more than its fair share. And, of course, that’s not counting the art house-style films that are always packed with accent-ridden thespians, like 12 Years a Slave, Philomena or Great Expectations. Adding a bit of Britishness to your upcoming feature film certainly seems to be a popular choice amongst casting directors and producers – which means it’s basically a great time to be an anglophile who happens to live near a multiplex.

And this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. One of Summer 2014’s most-anticipated films is the sequel to X-Men: First Class, a film which was, in itself, a prequel to the super successful X-Men trilogy from the early 2000s. Yeah, it’s a bit timey wimey if you think about it too hard. Anyway, called Days of Future Past, this prequel sequel looks set to give us an amazingly good time – and will blend together the best parts of all the films, including two sets of Charles Xaviers and Erik Lehnsherrs (that’s Professor X and Magneto to y’all that don’t follow comics much), who are all British in real life.

That’s a lot to say that the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is here, and it’s kind of awesome.

A Sequel to 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is Actually Happening; Filming to Begin in 2014

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a heartwarming British film about a group of retirees who are duped into spending their golden years in an over-hyped Indian retirement hotel, features an all-star cast that basically reads like an wishlist of British acting royalty, including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie and more. It also grossed more than $130 million dollars at the box office worldwide.

Thus, you can probably guess why rumors of a Marigold Hotel sequel have been swirling around the internet for well over a year. Yet, despite the strong likelihood of a sequel happening – and the obvious excitement with which such a film would doubtless be greeted – no concrete details managed to emerge.

Until now.

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