Trailer: The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch seems like one of those actors who is destined to eventually get at least one or two Oscar nominations over the course of his career.  Last year, a lot of people thought he might end up getting nominated for The Fifth Estate but then the film came out and promptly bombed.  In 12 Years A Slave, his supporting performance was overshadowed by Michael Fassbender’s more traditionally villainous turn.  If they awarded an Oscar for voice over work (and they really should), then Cumberbatch would have probably picked up the award for bringing Smaug to life in The Hobbit.  

So, Cumberbatch still awaits his first nomination but he might not have to wait too much longer.  In the upcoming Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, who was responsible for cracking Germany’s secret code during World War II.  After the war, Turing was prosecuted under the UK’s anti-gay laws.  This is one of those true stores that would seem to be the right film at the right time to be a potential Oscar contender.

A trailer — which focuses on Turing’s work during World War II and only hints at the persecution that would define the rest of his life — was released earlier today.  And you can watch it below!

Artist Profile: Pino Daeni (1939–2010)

A Flame Run Wild

Pino Daeni was born in Bari, Italy and, because his father did not originally support his artistic interests, was originally a self-taught artist.  Eventually, Pino did enroll in the Art Institute of Bari and then the Academy of Brera in Milan.  After his paintings won several awards in Italy, he moved to New York.  In the U.S., his work caught the attention of both Dell and Zebra Book Publishers and he was soon one of the most active and highest book illustrators in the business.  Over the course of his career, he created over 3,000 book covers, movie posters, and magazine illustrations.  A small sampling of his work can be found below.

Autumn Rose Beloved Viking Starlit Ecstasy Texas Temptation Wild Magnolia 1 2 3 4 5 Restful 6 Contemplation 7 Sevile In My Heart 8 Let's Go Home