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It's official: Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's Doctor Strange

On Thursday, Marvel finally confirmed one of its most fervently held rumors: Benedict Cumberbatch, fiancé to Sophie Hunter, husband to Tumblr, and America’s cool British friend, has been cast in the lead role in Dr. Strange.

Unlike another certain popular doctor, Dr. Stephen Strange is an accomplished surgeon who becomes Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, which mostly means he gets to walk through otherworldly dimensions whilst wearing a really cool cape.

Here’s what Marvel has to say about it:

‘The actor will star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange,’ scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”

There will probably be a lot of memes over the next few days.

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Fact-Checking the Film: 'The Imitation Game'

Oscar season is here, which means a flurry of fact-based movies are on their way to theaters. EW is fact-checking these films—everything from The Theory of Everything to Wild—to see just how true-to-life they turned out.

The Imitation Game takes on the life of mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing, depicting his life as a stream of tragedy and triumph. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the film centers around Turing’s difficulties concealing his sexuality in a time when homosexuality was against the law, as well as his relationships with his coworkers as he tries to crack Enigma, the German military code machine.

Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by mathematician and author Andrew Hodges, the film begins with the police investigation into a burglary at Turing’s home, which leads to the discovery of Turing’s homosexuality, which Turing is subsequently arrested for and sentenced to chemical castration in 1952. The police interrogation of Turing serves as a narrative device to flash back to his crucial work during World War II as well as a glimpse into a profound friendship during his teenage schoolboy years. But like any large-scale Hollywood production, the film does take liberties with dramatizing the action of the film, sometimes amplifying drama over historical fact. Warning: Spoilers galore.

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Can you beat the clock and solve the famous 'Imitation Game' crossword puzzle?

In The Imitation Game, the World War II thriller about the top-secret braintrust that raced the clock to crack the German Enigma code, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has an unusual technique to recruit high-IQ talent: a crossword puzzle. In 1942, he published a particularly difficult puzzle in the London Daily Telegraph, and invited those who could complete it in 12 minutes or less to apply for a job with his mysterious government outfit. One of those who passed the test was Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch on playing geniuses: 'The kind of challenge I relish'

At this point, Benedict Cumberbatch is used to playing the genius: Past roles include Stephen Hawking, Sherlock Holmes, and, most recently, Alan Turing in the upcoming Imitation Game. Playing these characters project after project sounds difficult, but to Cumberbatch, it’s all part of the fun.  READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch may be related to his 'Imitation Game' character Alan Turing

The Imitation Game may have been a bit of a history lesson for star Benedict Cumberbatch as he researched the role of Alan Turing, but he probably never expected for the film to turn into a family history lesson as well.

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Let the Oscar race begin! EW's PrizeFighter analyzes the Best Actor race

It’s only natural to begin our four-month Oscar discussion with what’s sure to be the most contentious race of all: the Best Actor category. Though it’s only November, this is already one crowded arena, filled with performances that span continents, explore disease, and wrestle with failure. And unfortunately, the race can’t hold them all. READ FULL STORY

Paddington Bear pops up around London ahead of film debut

Anyone walking around London for the next few weeks may spot a Paddington Bear or two while sightseeing at some of the city’s most famous locales.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to play Doctor Strange

The search for Marvel’s Doctor Strange has been long and winding, but it seems to have landed on a Doctor who will make the Internet extremely happy. Sources confirm reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to take on the role of Stephen Strange, the selfish and superficial neurosurgeon who recovers from car-crash injuries to become the Sorcerer Supreme, the planet’s mystical defender.

Scott Derrickson is directing the standalone Doctor Strange movie, which already has a release date of July 8, 2016. Cumberbatch is an attractive choice to play the magical superhero, but he wasn’t the first name to surface for the role. Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, and Tom Hardy all bubbled to the surface of previous media reports, and Marvel engaged in serious talks with Joaquin Phoenix, who reportedly backed out because of the substantial multi-picture commitment that Marvel expects from its superheroes. READ FULL STORY

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch record Smaug's movements via motion-capture for 'Hobbit'

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Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t just lend his voice to the role of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The actor put his full body into the villainous dragon, lending his talents to the motion-capture process in as wonderfully ridiculous form as would be expected.

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Get another look at Benedict Cumberbatch in new 'Imitation Game' trailer

Director Morten Tyldum’s Alan Turing biopic has already staked a claim in the awards season race, picking up the top audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now you can take another glimpse at Benedict Cumberbatch’s heralded performance as the genius codebreaker in the film’s new U.K. trailer.  READ FULL STORY

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