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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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Keira Knightley isn't the typical sleepover guest in 'Laggies'

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Life moves pretty fast. Faster than some people would prefer. In director Lynn Shelton’s new movie, Laggies, Keira Knightley plays Megan, a 20-something who is dragging her feet on the road to adulthood while her peers are building careers, relationships, and raising children. But when her perfectly nice boyfriend proposes, she puts the breaks on and slams her life in reverse. She crashes with a friend—the random high-school girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) that asked her to buy beer—to figure things out, but that arrangement becomes even more complicated because the teen’s single dad is the always charming Sam Rockwell.

In this exclusive scene from the film, Rockwell’s character, Craig, “lectures” his house-guest and his daughter, though Megan seems to want to say, “Do go on.” READ FULL STORY

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

Video: Benedict Cumberbatch races against time in 'The Imitation Game' trailer

British mathematician Alan Turing had the tough job during World War II of deciphering Nazi codes, a task that ultimately helped lead to the Allied victory. But Turing’s life wasn’t smooth sailing even after his huge success: He was later prosecuted for being gay, then considered a crime.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Gamewhich documents Turing’s race against time during the war and his life before and after. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film also features Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

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'Begin Again' featurette: Keira Knightley on singing a happier tune -- EXCLUSIVE

Keira Knightley humbly insists she’s not a singer, but John Carney — the former bassist for the Frames who went on to direct the beloved musical romance Once – would never have cast a lead actress in Begin Again who couldn’t carry a tune.

In the new musical, Knightley plays Gretta, a heartbroken Brit stranded in New York after her hipster musician boyfriend (Adam Levine) gets rich and famous and cheats on her. Running on empty, she funnels her despair into one last sad song, a beautifully sung elegy that enchants Mark Ruffalo’s Dan, a washed-up music exec on the brink of personal disaster. Together, they try to answer the question that doubled as the film’s title when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival: Can a song save your life?

In an exclusive featurette for the movie, which opens June 27 limited before expanding on July 11, Knightley explains why she needed a hopeful role like Gretta after five years of grim movies. The clip features the all-star cast — count ‘em, four Oscar nominees — but it’s the music that stands out most. Watch and listen below: READ FULL STORY

'Begin Again' trailer: Keira Knightley loves Adam Levine like a fool -- VIDEO

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Begin Again, the summer musical romance from Once director John Carney, stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as two wounded souls who connect in New York City. But the film also features two original coaches from The Voice, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. Levine, making his feature-film debut, actually plays a crucial role as Knightley’s boyfriend, a good-looking hipster-folkie who gets blinded by fame and fortune when a few of his songs are used in the soundtrack of a popular movie. Green pops up as a version of himself; he helps Ruffalo’s washed-up music exec in his last-ditch attempt to turn Knightley into a star.

In the film’s new trailer, Levine sings a more radio-friendly version of the tune his girlfriend wrote for him, “Lost Stars.” READ FULL STORY

For Adam Levine and Keira Knightley in 'Begin Again,' love is a song -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Fans of Once, the 2007 musical romance that melted hearts and won an Oscar for Best Song, could be singing a new tune when Once director John Carney unveils Begin Again in July. Set in New York City instead of Dublin, the film features similar lonely souls who find each other through music. Mark Ruffalo plays a washed-up record exec, and Keira Knightley plays the heartbroken songwriter who sniffs at fame but might have the talent to redeem them both. READ FULL STORY

'Begin Again' trailer: Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley make sweet, sweet music -- VIDEO

What happens when you combine two recently-dumped individuals who share a passion for music?

You get the trailer for Begin Again, which stars Mark Ruffalo as an ex-record executive. He discovers Keira Knightley, a rock-n-roll ex-girlfriend, singing in a bar. The two then join up to make a record together … outside.

Begin Again, which was originally titled Can a Song Save Your Life?, also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, Catherine Keener, and obviously, CeeLo Green, because what’s a movie about music without a Voice reunion? Written and directed by Once‘s John Carney, Begin Again will close the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Watch the trailer, which debuted on Today Friday morning, below:

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Keira Knightley musical to close Tribeca Film Festival

Once director John Carney’s upcoming musical with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine will close the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 26. “Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights,” said Carney in a statement. “That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its U.S. premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival.”

Previously titled Can a Song Save Your Life? when it premiered at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, Begin Again tells the Once-like romance between a washed-up music exec (Ruffalo) and a heartbroken songwriter (Knightley) whose ex (Levine) has just become a spoiled superstar. “The idea of an A&R man discovering an act and what discoveries are left and what does fame sort of mean anymore were some of the themes I wanted to talk about in this movie,” Carney told EW in Toronto. “What I liked about the conflict between Keira and Ruffalo in the film, which I hope people are seeing, is what does an old-school A&R man do with a young talent who genuinely doesn’t want the limelight?”

The film co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and CeeLo Green.

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27.

Sundance 2014: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are fantastic in 'The Skeleton Twins'

Going in to the first Sundance showing of The Skeleton Twins, in which Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a troubled sister and brother coping with the legacy of their screwed-up family, I knew nothing about the film except that it was being billed as the movie that reunited the two former SNL teammates but wasn’t a comedy. Glancing at that photo above, I thought to myself: Hmmmmm, I hope it’s not one of those glum dysfunctional-family indie specials in which gifted comedians blank themselves out for the sake of art. I needn’t have worried. The Skeletons Twins is very much a drama, but it has lots of laughs, too — the kind of good, soul-ticking laughs that emerge, organically, from dramatic situations. Its tone is comparable to that of The Kids Are All Right or Alexander Payne’s films. The Golden Globes would have no problem nominating The Skeleton Twins in the Best Comedy or Musical category. Yet as directed and co-written by Craig Johnson, this is a tenderly sincere, and smart, and beguiling, and penetrating movie about the way that ordinary messed-up people can wind up stumbling through their lives. And let me say right up front: The two actors are fantastic together, every bit as powerful as Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo were as the woundedly bound siblings of You Can Count on Me. But then, we already know from Bridesmaids what a knockout of a leading lady Kristen Wiig can be. It’s Bill Hader who’s the revelation. I think he could become a major screen actor. READ FULL STORY

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