Benedict Cumberbatch tread the black carpet quickly (wise, as we all wanted to ask about his engagement) at The Weinstein Company’s screening of The Imitation Game at the DGA. “He had to fly to London a half-an-hour ago,” said the film’s director Morten Tyldum as the lights went down inside. “He’s doing Richard III and had to give away a kingdom for a horse.” No matter, the rest of the cast of the terrific film about computer pioneer Alan Turing (played by Cumberbatch) and the band of eggheads who helped win World War II by cracking Germany’s unbreakable codes was present. Turing is credited with creating a machine that deciphered codes created by Germany’s Enigma machine. People were still talking about the film (“digesting it” I heard one woman say) at CHANEL’s after-party at the Chateau Marmont post screening. There, Tyldum held court in the lobby while the cast whooped it up drinking Moscow Mules and popping wee pigs in a blanket (a party staple I always appreciate, too) served under a white tent with tasteful black borders (oui, CHANEL). I suspect there will be a duel of geniuses come awards time—Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything vs. Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
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