<p>&quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

"The Imitation Game"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in two trailers for WWII drama 'The Imitation Game'

Plus: The film will kick off the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

I'm very curious to see how The Weinstein Company's Oscar slate pans out. There's a lot of promise but who knows how the variables will come together. The line-up stretches from the high profile (Tim Burton's "Big Eyes") to the somewhat obscure (Saul Dibb's "Suite Française"). Somewhere in between is Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game," which has always struck me as perhaps the most likely to succeed, as it were.

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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival
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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival

The film looks set to dominate the fall festival season

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" as the closing night film of the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, rounding up a string of high profile announcements that have included David Fincher's "Gone Girl" as the fest's opening night gala and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" as the centerpiece.

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NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

Second major get for the festival

Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala.

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<p>Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</p>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Universal acquires Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' follow-up 'By the Sea,' with Brad Pitt

No details on the plot yet

It had already been announced that Angelina Jolie was prepping her "Unbroken" follow-up and that her beau, superstar Brad Pitt, would be starring. Naturally, every studio in town would have been champing at the bit to land this one, but it seems Jolie's experience with Universal has been pleasant enough that they'll be getting the goods, and not just domestically but worldwide.

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<p>Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs</p>

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs

'Nebraska' producer among newly elected first-time Academy Governors

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and director Edward Zwick return after hiatus

Election results for the Academy's Board of Governors have been revealed for 2014-2015, yielding five first-timers and eight reelected incumbents. Additionally, four previous governors are returning to the Board.

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Tell us what you thought of 'Boyhood'

Richard Linklater's masterpiece expands to more screens this weekend

Save for two misguided dismissals, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has a commanding swath of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yielding a 98% fresh rating at the moment. At Metacritic, the film is enjoying a staggering rating of 99 based on nearly 40 reviews so far. It's quite obvious that the film is pretty much universally acclaimed as the filmmaker's stunt has proved to be, well, way more than a stunt. It's a measured dissection of a life lived with all the mundane grace that populates it.

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Exclusive: Simon Pegg holds up 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' poster

Exclusive: Simon Pegg holds up 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' poster

Fall movie season is just around the corner

Can you believe we're less about two months away from Fall movie season? By mid-September studios and indies start to slowly roll out their more prestige releases some of which may or may not be awards season fodder. One film arriving in September that might not be on your radar yet is Peter Chelsom's "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

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<p>Ben Affleck in &quot;Gone Girl&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl"

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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' to open 2014 New York Film Festival

Fox comes to the Big Apple for a third-straight year

Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage.

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<p>Jesse Owens</p>

Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' adds Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons

Drama will shoot key scenes at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin

Former "SNL" funnyman Jason Sudeikis will get serious alongside Oscar winner Jeremy Irons and rising star Stephan James ("Selma") in the upcoming Jesse Owens biopic "Race."

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<p>Viola Davis as Susie Brown, James Brown&#39;s mother, in &quot;Get on Up.&quot;</p>

Viola Davis as Susie Brown, James Brown's mother, in "Get on Up."

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Exclusive: Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman face off in new 'Get On Up' clip

A poignant moment for the Godfather of Soul

Viola Davis may have a potential hit series on her hands with Shonda Rhimes' "How to Get Away with Murder," but don't worry movie fans, she isn't giving up her day job. The two-time Oscar nominee has a number of big screen roles on the way including a reunion with Tate Taylor, the director of "The Help" in "Get On Up," which hits theaters next month.

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