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Oscar loves to read! Movies based on books score big

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I went to bed in my tux Wednesday night just so I’d be ready for Thursday morning’s announcements of the Academy Award nominations. And while I woke up a little rumpled, I was happy to see that a host of movies adapted from books will be looking to go home with Hollywood’s favorite golden boy when the Oscars are handed out on February 22. Clearly, Oscar’s big favorite this year is Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which garnered nine nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Golden Globe award winner Michael Keaton), and Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton). While not based on a book per se, Birdman owes much of its plot to the wave of comic…

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The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch sheds light on a tortured genius

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Before there was Steve Jobs, there was Alan Turing. Credited with inventing a machine that would one day become the computer that most of us use every day—Turing’s creation was known as the Turing Machine—Turing is ripe for a biopic. Not only is he considered the grandfather of modern computing but the Cambridge professor was also a renowned code breaker who, along with others at the Bletchley Circle in London, helped break the Nazis’ Enigma Code during World War II. These two career achievements more than qualify Turing as a worthy film subject. But he was also, unbeknownst to most of his colleagues, gay during a time when homosexuality was a crime in the UK. Prosecuted in 1952 for “homosexual…

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