Oscars news: Morten Tyldum on reality of ‘The Imitation Game,’ free screening of ‘Selma’ in Selma

In a revealing conversation with James Rocchi, “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum admits, “I thought I knew who Alan Turing was. I’ve always loved history, and I was actually shocked by how little I actually knew. I was amazed this wasn’t common knowledge. Why wasn’t he on the front covers of my history books? He’s one of the great thinkers of the last century, and he was sort of pushed into the shadows. The importance of making this movie and spreading the legacy of this man becomes so big.” Los Angeles Times


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As Steve Pond notes, “Julianne Moore knew one thing for sure when she was approached about ‘Still Alice‘ two years ago: the movie would not be made on the schedule that directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were talking about. No way … ‘They said, ‘We want to be able to go a year from now,’ and I said, ‘You’re not going to be able to,’’ remembered Moore with a laugh. ‘I’ve been down this road a lot, and I know it takes a long time to assemble the budget for an independent film—it took five years to get the money for ‘The Kids Are All Right.’ So I didn’t think anything of it, until I suddenly got a phone call from them saying, ‘We’ve got it and we’re ready to go.’” The Wrap

Jennifer Schuessler reports, “’Selma,’ Ava DuVernay’s film about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 civil rights marches in that small Alabama town, is making the rounds among Oscar voters, who began casting ballots this week. Now, as the film prepares for its wider rollout, Paramount Pictures, its distributor, is also courting another specialized audience: the people of Selma itself, who will be able to see the film free at the town’s Walton Theater beginning Jan. 9. ‘The city and people of Selma welcomed the production with open arms this past summer,’ Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, said in a statement, ‘and in celebration of the film’s national release on Jan. 9, we are incredibly excited and very humbled to be bringing Ava’s finished film to the community.'” New York Times

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Tim Gray writes, “The socko box office for ‘Unbroken‘ (the third-highest Christmas opening ever) is a testament to Louis Zamperini and to the persistence of Universal and producer Matthew Baer. Baer first optioned rights to Zamperini’s life story in 1998, long before Laura Hillenbrand’s book became a bestseller. Baer brought the project to Universal 16 years ago, and they stayed with it through multiple owners and studio administrations. ‘Universal’s support was always there; that was never an issue,’ says Baer. ‘The main problem was finding the right director. Plus, it’s not a traditional studio-tentpole movie.’” Variety

Ariston Anderson observes, “Pawel Pawlikowski had no idea that a small, black-and-white art film would end up being his most successful film yet, both critically and commercially. ‘Ida‘ has been a global crossover box office hit, becoming the most popular Polish film in the last 25 years. The film has captured audiences with its tale of Anna, a young woman on the verge of taking her vows as a nun who must first meet her only living relative, the hard-edged prosecutor Wanda. She discovers from her aunt that she is actually Jewish, and the two go on a journey to discover the truth behind what happened to her parents during Nazi-occupied Poland.” THR

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