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'Imitation Game' needed to imitate Alan Turing's code-breaking machine

courant.com — One of the most important characters in "The Imitation Game" doesn't say a word. It's Christopher, a.k.a. the Bombe, an electro-mechanical code-breaking machine - a precursor of the modern computer - that helped save millions of lives during World War II. "The Imitation Game," which opens Friday, explores the life and work of the man behind the machine.

The personalities behind those 'Madagascar' penguins

providencejournal.com — Tom McGrath has discovered that kids believe Skipper, the tough, no-nonsense penguin he first voiced in the 2005 animated hit "Madagascar," is real. "That is the curse of being a voice," said McGrath, who reprises the bird with a penchant for Cheezy Dibbles in the 3-D animated comedy "Penguins of Madagascar," which opened Wednesday.

'Imitation Game' needed to imitate Alan Turing's code-breaking machine

latimes.com — One of the most important characters in "The Imitation Game" doesn't say a word. It's Christopher, a.k.a. the Bombe, an electro-mechanical code-breaking machine - a precursor of the modern computer - that helped save millions of lives during World War II. "The Imitation Game," which opens Friday, explores the life and work of the man behind the machine.

Ronald Colman’s ‘Double Life’ role carries echoes of ‘Birdman’ theme

charlotteobserver.com — As Michael Keaton's critically lauded "Birdman" emerges as an Oscar hopeful, with its tortured actor losing sight of where his character ends and how much realism to bring to the stage, it calls to mind 1930s and '40s actor Ronald Colman.

'Birdman,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Selma' lead indie Spirit Award nominations

latimes.com — Alejándro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman" dominated the nominations Tuesday for the 30 th Film Independent Spirit Awards, earning six -- for best film, director, lead actor for Michael Keaton, supporting actor for Edward Norton and supporting actress for Emma Stone. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" earned five nominations: best film, director, editing, supporting actor for Ethan Hawke and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

Film's golden year, 1939, included 'Gone With the Wind,' 'Wizard of Oz'

latimes.com — Hollywood has arguably never had such a remarkable year as 1939. The studios released some of its most popular and accomplished films, including the best picture Oscar winner "Gone With the Wind," the beloved musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz" and John Ford's seminal western "Stagecoach," which turned B actor John Wayne into a major player.

Peggy Lee seduced millions with her sultry, sophisticated purr

latimes.com — In 1957, singer Peggy Lee recorded the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II tune "The Folks Who Live on the Hill." Though others had performed the song too, Lee's soulful interpretation of the dreamy lyrics connected with audiences.

Ronald Colman's 'Double Life' role carries echoes of 'Birdman' theme

kansascity.com — As Michael Keaton's critically lauded "Birdman" emerges as an Oscar hopeful, with its tortured actor losing sight of where his character ends and how much realism to bring to the stage, it calls to mind 1930s and '40s actor Ronald Colman.

Ronald Colman's 'Double Life' role carries echoes of 'Birdman' theme

miamiherald.com — As Michael Keaton's critically lauded "Birdman" emerges as an Oscar hopeful, with its tortured actor losing sight of where his character ends and how much realism to bring to the stage, it calls to mind 1930s and '40s actor Ronald Colman.

Ronald Colman's 'Double Life' role carries echoes of 'Birdman' theme

sacbee.com — As Michael Keaton's critically lauded "Birdman" emerges as an Oscar hopeful, with its tortured actor losing sight of where his character ends and how much realism to bring to the stage, it calls to mind 1930s and '40s actor Ronald Colman.
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