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Trailer Watch: Oscar for Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”?

The world’s most ubiquitous actor is back, this time playing the historic Alan Turing, the brilliant British scientist who helped the Allied Forces win WWII. Turing went on to make incredible strides in developing the world’s first computers, before he was tried by the British government for being a homosexual.

Cumberbatch is said to have put in an astonishing performance which has Oscar written all over it. Co-starring Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game releases November 21.

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BOMBS AWAY? Why is Summer 2014 Full of Flops?

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“This summer might yield the worst box office in decades, with ticket sales down to disturbing levels.[EW]

Last summer was thought to have been the summer of mega-bombs, with giant, big-budget movies falling into the dust like a $200 million gaping hole in the ground.

But 2014, it seems, is actually doing worse . . . at least when it comes to moviegoers in North America. Ticket sales are way, way down, and there hasn’t been a big, historic blockbuster all summer (not even a Pixar movie is scheduled to release!)

So why the downturn? Experts say it’s a multitude of reasons: audience know that all they’re getting is sequels and reboots, and even when good, they’d rather stay home and watch the second season of Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards. It also doesn’t help that movies these days are made for the global audience, and not the American one, meaning that their appeal is very, very broad and sometimes not very good (does the humor of the Westside make sense to huge masses of moviegoers in Mumbai and Shanghai? Um, maybe not . . . ).

Click the link for the full, detailed analysis from Entertainment Weekly.

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Rachel McAdams Dishes on Working with Lindsay Lohan on “Mean Girls”

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“I was in awe of her talent.”[HuffPo]

Regina George may have been a bitch and a half, but the actress playing her says that she was the one who was intimidated by none other than her co-star Lindsay Lohan who had the starring role. She says in this month’s Allure:

“If anything, I was in awe of her talent. I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural.”

And what of those reports that it was Lohan was scared of McAdams on set? “It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”

It’s been a long time since anyone ever accused Lindsay Lohan of acting like she’s “got it together”.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets CREEPY in “Nightcrawler” Promo

Jake Gyllenhaal looks decidedly different (and by that we mean very very very skinny) in the first promo for the new thriller Nightcrawler. The actor, who plays a driven freelance crime journalist, appears in the ad as a craigslist jobseeker. We can see this is going to be an edgy drama.

Nightcrawler hits theaters on October 17.

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Trailer Watch: Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss in “The One I Love”

Coming soon in limited release is the much-anticipated romantic dramedy The One I Love from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell who does double duty as director of his first feature film. Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss star as a married couple on the verge of separation who make on last ditch attempt to save their marriage by taking a mini vacation at a beautiful vacation house. What results is something neither one ever expected.

The One I Love releases August 15.

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10 Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out About Being Sexually Abused

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“The eccentric and emotional singer was raped at 12 outside her family’s apartment.” [Your Tango]

Actress Vanessa Williams recently spoke publicly about being sexually abused by a woman when she was 10 years old. However, she is definitely not the only celeb out there to disclose a history of sexual abuse and violence.

From famous cases like Oprah Winfrey and Teru Hatcher to lesser known instances involving Fiona Apple and Queen Latifah, sexual abuse is sadly all too common, even among the famous. Click the link for the full list of details.

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Trailer Watch: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple in “Horns”

Harry Potter is back . . . except this time he’s playing the bad guy instead of fighting him.

Radcliffe plays the protagonist of Horns, a young man who grows a pair of horns overnight after his girlfriend (Temple) is killed. Whilst everyone else suspects he may be the devil, the horns actually help him find his girlfriend’s killer.

Horns releases October 31.

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Trailer Watch: Disney’s “Big Hero 6”

Coming on the heels of the mega-super-duper-uber-global success of last years’ Frozen (now the highest grossing animated film of all time) is the back-to-basics boyhood adventure story Big Hero 6. Set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, the story follows the adventures of a young boy named Hiro Hamada and his elder brother Tadashi who get caught up in a wild tale of robotic hijinks.

Big Hero 6 releases November 7.

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