The 'Sherlock' star appeared in one of several short clips, along with other movie and TV actors, to raise awareness about the importance of the Human Rights Act.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of a number of British actors to put their names to a new appeal to prevent the new Conservative government in Britain from repealing the Human Rights Act.
The ‘Sherlock’ actor was joined by a number of big names, such as stage actress Vanessa Redgrave, ‘Homeland’’s David Harewood and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Indira Varma in a series of short films based on the experiences of various people who have been used the legislation to correct injustices.
Benedict Cumberbatch joined the 'Save Our Human Rights Act' campaign
Ben Stephenson has said the BBC’s drama department is at a "tipping point”.
Ben Stephenson, the outgoing controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, has said the licence fee needs to be increased, or the broadcaster will be forced to slash its drama output. In his farewell interview with the Radio Times, Stephenson, who helped bring shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to British screens, described the BBC as being at a "tipping point” thanks to the licence fee cap.
Ben Stephenson was responsible for bringing ‘Sherlock’ to British TV screens.
Currently the licence fee paid by British television owners is capped at 2010's price of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, but thanks to inflation Stephenson says the cap is effectively a cut to the BBC's budget. "It really can't keep cutting... And the truth is the market isn't going to fill the gap," he told the Radio Times.
Cumberbatch was nominated again for his role in the BBC series ‘Sherlock’.
Benedict Cumberbatch has once again lost out on a best actor award at the television BAFTAs, held on Sunday night in London. The actor was beaten by Jason Watkins who won for his portrayal of the title character in ITV's 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'.
There was no BAFTA for Benedict on Sunday.
Cumberbatch is a five time BAFTA nominee, having been nominated three times for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The actor was also recognised in 2004 for 'Hawking' and picked up a best supporting actor nod in 2009 for ‘Small Island’.
Continue reading: Fifth Time Unlucky Benedict, As Cumberbatch Loses Out On TV BAFTA Again
The 'Sherlock' and 'The Hobbit' actor has signed up to join the Marvel universe.
Having already comprehensively nailed the art of portraying literary characters on the small and big screens, British actor Martin Freeman has set his sights on the world of comic books with the announcement that he has been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War.
The 43 year old actor has gained worldwide recognition for his extremely popular depiction of Dr John Watson in the BBC’s newest adaptation of ‘Sherlock’ alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and for his role as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Now, he’s entering the Marvel universe, according to the part-Disney-owned Marvel studios on Tuesday.
Martin Freeman has joined the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War'
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Joins Cast Of Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'
For anyone overtaken by Johnny Depp's recent filmography, the trailer for 'Black Mass' can serve as a great reminder that he is a phenomenal actor.
With the recent trailer release for 'Black Mass', it's clear to see why the world fell in love with Johnny Depp. A short clip within the trailer perfectly demonstrates the veteran actor's ability to switch at will between fun-loving and friendly, to nightmarishly monstrous, in a great acting showcase. And that creepy make-up job certainly helps.
Johnny Depp shows off his more villainous side in 'Black Mass'
In recent years, Johnny Depp has received a critical savaging, specifically for films like 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Transcendence', but this triumphant return to form may be just what he needs before launching into an 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel, and a fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film.
Sometimes, the greatest hiding place is in plain sight. For twelve years from the mid-1990s, he was the FBI's second most wanted fugitive, behind Osama Bin Laden. Throughout the 1970s, he was an FBI informant, revealing information to bring down an Italian American crime family, and he was the brother of a US senator. But really, his informant years were to stop another family from invading his own turf. Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) was one of the most brutal and violent criminals in Boston, being the secret puppet master behind one of the most dangerous crime families in history.
Continue: Black Mass - First Look Trailer
The 'Black Mass' trailer has been released and Johnny Depp is absolutely terrifying as criminal, Whitey Bulger.
Johnny Depp is almost unrecognisable in the trailer for Black Mass. The 51-year actor plays the notorious American gangster, Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming film. The first official trailer was released on Thursday (23rd April). It shows Depp, with a receding hairline and incredibly piercing blue eyes, intimidating a colleague over dinner. Depp's intimidating voice becomes a voice over as other scenes from the movie, including Depp wielding a gun and dumping a dead body, cut in.
Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Terrifies As Whitey Bulger In The Trailer For 'Black Mass'
Benedict Cumberbatch and James Nesbitt head 'Leading Actors'.
The BAFTA Television Award nominations for 2015 have finally been announced, including the usual entertainment favourites, some easily predictable names and a few surprises along the way that represent the very best of British television.
James Nesbitt's 'The Missing' leads the nominations
We're never tired of hearing his name at awards ceremonies; 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch is once again nominated for his exceptional performance as the modern-day sleuth on a show that the public has also put up to receive the Radio Times Audience Award. More Leading Actor nominations feature Toby Jones in 'Marvellous', which is also in the Single Drama category and Best Supporting Actress with Gemma Jones.
Continue reading: BAFTA TV Nominations Announced! The Missing Gets The Most Nods For 2015
Steven Moffat has addressed rumours surrounding a 'Doctor Who' movie and the possibility of a crossover with 'Sherlock'.
Steven Moffat, the head writer on Doctor Who, has explained there are no plans for a Doctor Who movie. Moffat explained there is simply no way the project is feasible, not only from a financial point of view but in terms of creating a film which will be on a large enough scale to match the show's enormous cultural impact.
Doctor Who currently stars Jenna Coleman as the assistant to Peter Capaldi's Doctor.
Steven Moffat announced the news at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
The BBC's upcoming Sherlock special starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be set in Victorian England. A teaser image released earlier this year had hinted as much, with Holmes donning a top hat and Watson showing off a finely manicured moustache.
Benedict Cumberbatch [L] and Martin Freeman [R] will be back for the Sherlock special
Now, creator Steven Moffat has confirmed the news during an interview with Entertainment Weekly at SXSW, confirming the show will be heading back the 19th century of the original detective series written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Continue reading: New 'Sherlock' Special To Be Set In Victorian England
The star of 'Sherlock' penned a very touching letter to the parents of a late 14-year-old girl, who was a huge fan of the hit TV show.
Although the star of BBC's 'Sherlock' Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't go to the funeral of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, a massive fan of the hit TV series, he did personally write a very heartfelt letter to her grieving parents, Mark and Jane.
Cumberbatch wrote a late fan's family a touching letter
The touching letter was then read out in front of hundreds of people who attended Eve's funeral service on Monday in Warrington, U.K. (Feb 23rd), in which Cumberbatch apologized for his absence because he was "filming the show she loved."
This year it was Menzel's turn to pronounce Travolta's name incorrectly, in a humorous acknowledgment of his "Adele Dazeem" mistake last year.
Idina Menzel got her revenge on John Travolta at this year’s Oscars, twelve months after he pronounced her name totally incorrectly at last year’s ceremony. Speaking to the audience before they presented the trophy for Best Original Song together, she said “please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo.”
One year ago, 60 year old Travolta caused one of the #epicfail moments of the evening after he introduced the Frozen singer to the stage as “Adele Dazeem”. Taking to the podium this time, the actor embraced her and said “I deserve that, but you, my darling, my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel.”
Travolta arrives on the red carpet for another awkward Oscars night
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Gets Revenge On John Travolta For Last Year's Oscars Gaffe
The British actor seemed utterly stunned by his award for Best Actor, and was literally speechless for a few seconds.
In a hotly contested category, Redmayne beat Steve Carell (John Eleuthere du Pont in Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle in American Sniper), fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) and the much-fancied Michael Keaton (Riggan Thomson / ‘Birdman’ in Birdman).
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne portraying Prof. Stephen Hawking
The British actor recently portrayed code-breaker Alan Turing, a war hero who killed himself two years after being convicted of gross indecency.
A petition that calls for 49,000 gay individuals, who were prosecuted in the U.K. for indecency, to be pardoned has now reached almost half a million signatures, which puts even more pressure on the government to grant this request.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Intimidation Game'
Around 15,000 of those men convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British "gross indecency" law, when homosexuality was illegal, are still alive, and a Change.org petition demanding for these convictions to be overturned now has over 500,000 supporters.
Redmayne faces stiff competition in the Best Actor category, but does his performance as Stephen Hawking make him a shoe-in for success?
He’ll be up against fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as Steve Carrell, Bradley Cooper and veteran Michael Keaton, but according to observers Eddie Redmayne has emerged as the safest bet to take home the best actor Oscar on Sunday evening.
Redmayne opposite fellow nominee Felicity Jones in The Theory Of Everything
The British actor has wowed the critics with his performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, which has already earned him a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild award. But Redmayne’s greatest honour could come on Sunday, if he walks off with the coveted golden statue.
National Theatre Live will be broadcasting performances of Hamlet around the world this October.
If you weren't one of the lucky few who snapped up tickets for Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch in London’s Barbican theatre this August then don’t dismay. Thanks to the National Theatre Live, Cumberbatch’s turn as the Danish Prince will be seen worldwide in cinemas on October 15th.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing as Hamlet on the London stage.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner the limited London run begins with previews on August 5th and the official opening night is set for August 25th. When tickets for the performances went on sale last year they sold out in less than a day, despite no other cast members being announced.
So that just happened...
Listen, Cumberbabes, you might want to sit down for this one. Benedict Cumberbatch is now a married man. The Imitation Game star managed to slip one past everybody and marry his longtime girlfriend Sophie Hunter on Valentine’s day with literally no media coverage - until the media found out, that is.
A V-Day wedding is not cliche, if you don't tell annyone about it.
According to the Telegraph, the high-profile couple got married on a period property on the Isle of Wight, in a private ceremony, attended by a small circle of family and friends. The 38-year-old actor and his 36-year-old theatre director wife tied the knot at the 12th century St Peter & St Paul Church, near Brighstone.
The Writers' Guild Awards were the last stop before the Oscars.
The WGA, aka the Writers’ Guild Awards are the last major guild award show before the Oscars, and the last chance to make some predictions for the big night. While the WGA laureates don’t always (or even often) match the Oscars favourites, the winners of Saturday’s show surprised literally no one.
Is The Imitation Game a frontrunner for the Oscars?
Some of the biggest winners of the night were Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel – natch – as well as The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as logician, code breaker and mathematician Alan Turing. The winners of the WGA are usually a good indication of the Best Screenplay faves for the Oscars. Last year Her won at WGA and repeated at the Oscars for Original Screenplay.
Devastating news for the Cumberb*****s - Benedict will be a married man by this time tomorrow.
Time is almost up, Cumberb*****s! British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly set to tie the knot with his bride-to-be Sophie Hunter on Valentine’s Day. So, if you had plans to declare your undying love to him, you’d better get on a plane now!
The wedding will take place in a small, private ceremony at a secret location in the south of England later today (January 14th). However, unconfirmed reports indicated by Sky News have narrowed the location down to somewhere on the Isle of Wight.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter will tie the knot on Valentine's Day
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Set For Valentine's Day Wedding
The actor's role in 'The Theory of Everything' brings him yet more glory.
Not that we couldn't have guessed it, but 'The Theory Of Everything' star Eddie Redmayne has landed the accolade for Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Awards, beating the likes of fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in 'The Theory Of Everything'
The win marks his first BAFTA win in his career, having previously been nominated for their Rising Star Award in 2012. Stephen Hawking movie 'The Theory Of Everything' won the actor a Golden Globe as well this year, with the next step being the ever prestigious Oscars - for which we have every confidence in Redmayne, despite again facing some serious competition.
David Oyelowo speaks up at the Selma premiere, while Tom Cruise is spotted filming for M:I 5. There are new glimpses of Z for Zachariah, James Franco's True Story, Tom Hardy's Child 44, the Fantastic Four reboot and Mark Wahlberg's Ted 2...
David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were on hand in London for the European premiere of Selma this week. They were joined on the red carpet by costar Colman Domingo and singer Nicole Scherzinger. Up for two Oscars but snubbed by Bafta, the critically acclaimed film opens in the UK next week.
David Oyelowo has called criticism of Benedict Cumberbatch "ridiculous" and "silly"
David Oyelowo, the British actor and star of Ava DuVernay's Oscar nominated civil rights drama Selma, has defended Benedict Cumberbatch in the wake of his U.S television interview during which he referred to black actors as "coloured".
David Oyelowo has described criticism of Benedict Cumberbatch as "silly"
Cumberbatch, also Oscar-nominated for The Imitation Game, said he was "devastated" at is use of the word though the vast majority of commentators came to his defence given he was speaking about the limited opportunities available to black British actors.
Continue reading: David Oyelowo Slams Benedict Cumberbatch Criticism As "Silly"
The 80 year old screen and stage icon gave an interview to British magazine Good Housekeeping, in which she spoke about her career and hopes for the future.
She may have been in showbusiness for almost sixty years, but Dame Judi Dench is still young at heart, if her latest interview is anything to go by. Gracing the cover of the March edition of Good Housekeeping, the Oscar-winning actress said that she was considering marking her 80th birthday by getting a tattoo.
Dench turned 80 on December 9th last year, and despite the landmark she declared that she has no intention of retiring or slowing down just yet. “All I wanted was the people I love around me, I didn’t want a fuss. The words old, eight-oh and retire are banned in my house,” the Philomena and Skyfall actress said. “The prospect of no work on the horizon makes me a bit edgy. I have no particular ambitions – I just want to be employed!”
Dame Judi Dench, picture here with Emma Watson, is considering getting a tattoo
Continue reading: Dame Judi Dench Considering Getting A Tattoo For 80th Birthday
The SAG awards pave the way for the Oscars next month.
OK, so who’s nominated for the SAG Awards, happening tonight? The SAG ceremony is always more anticipated for the fashion and red carpet photos, rather than the actual show, but the winners list tends to be a good indicator for the Oscars later on. So, who’s on the list this year?
Michael Keaton is among the leading nominees for the SAG awards this year.
Boyhood and Birdman will go head to head in the best picture race, since the SAG awards don’t have separate genre categories. Michael Keaton, who stars in Birdman is a clear favourite this season for the honor, having scored wins for best actor in a comedy at the Golden Globes and for best actor at the Critics' Choice Awards, while Patricia Arquette won for best supporting actress in a drama at both shows, with Ellar Coltrane picking up best young actor awards at the Critics' Choice. Birdman won best acting ensemble at the Critics' Choice.
Continue reading: Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch Lead The Pack At SAG Awards Tonight
Acting might have been in his blood, but the ‘Sherlock’ star’s parents were hoping their son would follow a more conventional career path.
Despite coming from an acting family, Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed his parents didn’t want him to become an actor, instead, they held out hope that their son would become a barrister. Speaking to Britain’s Mirror newspaper the ‘Sherlock’ star said his parents urged him not to follow their footsteps into acting.
Imagine barrister Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch, whose parents are esteemed theatre actor Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham who has appeared in episodes of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and ‘The Saint’, explained, ”[Acting is] a very odd, peripatetic, crazed, out of your control work and social schedule.”
Online is the new way to watch your favourites
With the rush of 21st Century life it seems it's becoming more and more popular to catch up with vital TV online and BBC iPlayer is very much benefitting from this new craze.
The cast of Sherlock really hit upon a hit with one episode being watched 4.19 million times on BBC iPlayer
The online streaming service saw a rise in its usage and a combination of programmes were watched a total of 2.6 billion times through 2014 with viewers' favourite, Sherlock, being watched the most.
Continue reading: Sherlock Tops BBC IPlayer Views
This year’s awards will take place on March 21 in Los Angeles and in New York on May 9th.
The nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards have just been announced, with Sam Smith, 'Transparent' and The Imitation Game all being recognised. The annual awards, which recognises and honours media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, are now in their 26th year.
Sam Smith has been nominated in the outstanding music artist category
ABC leads as the broadcast network with the most nominations at six, while HBO has the most nods of any cable network with five. For the first time in the award's history the outstanding drama series and comedy series categories have been expanded, taking the maximum nominees from five to 10.
The actor insists that intermittent episodes is both convenient and more exciting.
Fans may disagree, but Martin Freeman thinks that 'Sherlock' hitting screens in brief spells is a good thing when it comes to its appeal, as it's not easy to get bored of a show that only comes around for a few weeks a year.
[L-R] Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to return to 'Sherlock' this year
'Sherlock', starring Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as a modern Sherlock Holmes, is one of the BBC's most loved shows, but even though it started back in 2010, there have only been nine episodes across three series so far, plus the 2013 Christmas mini-episode. The next instalment will arrive at Christmas, despite the fact that's it's already been a whole year since the last one.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman: Regular 'Sherlock' Episodes Would Lose The Appeal
The British actor recently admitted he wishes his female fanbase would come up with a more "empowering" collective moniker.
Since becoming a major movie star, Benedict Cumberbatch has garnered a legion of loyal fans who have dubbed themselves 'Cumberbitches,' but the 38-year-old actor recently said the silly nickname may be rather belittling towards women.
Cumberbatch doesn't like the nickname for his female fans
While appearing on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Wednesday (Jan 14th), the 'Sherlock' actor admitting to hating the name for his female fanbase, and said he wants them to come up with a more "empowering" collective moniker.
Hollywood is really getting on the internet bandwagon - even if it is a few years late.
These days, it’s not an award show without an official selfie or photobomb or whatever image-related bandwagon Hollywood is hopping on that week. I’m talking, of course, about Benedict Cumberbatch, that painstaking “penguin” pronouncing pun producing pharaoh of the internet (feel free to pitch in a synonym starting with “p”).
Benedict Cumberbatch: the most awkward Brit in showbiz?
Here’s the backstory. Displaying the typical Hollywood amount of cultural sensitivity, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were doing a bit on North Korea. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep was posing for a photo-op with an in-disguise Margaret Cho. Oh, and guess who was behind the camera? A treat for older viewers – it was Michael Keaton. It kind of begs the question - is BC's photobomb this year's Oscars selfie?
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch's Globes Photobomb: The Oscar Selfie Of 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch joins fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne in BAFTA nominations.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne go head to head at this years BAFTAS with 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' leading nominations with thirteen categories between their respective flicks.
[L-R] Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and JK Simmons at Palm Springs Film Festival (Credit: Michael Buckner at Getty Images Entertainment)
Cumberbatch and Redmayne themselves have both been selected as nominees for the Best Actor category, while 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' are also up for Best Film, Outstanding British film, Best Adapted screenplay, Best Costume design and Best Editing. Redmayne's Stephen Hawking biopic is additionally up for Best Director, Make-up and hair and Music, while Cumberbatch's take on Alan Turing's story is looking at awards for Production design and Sound.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Vs. Eddie Redmayne: The Battle Of The BAFTAs
Soon after their engagement, Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are apparently expecting a baby.
Benedict Cumberbatch has barely let his engagement sink in and now another bombshell has been dropped. According to US reports, the actor and his fiancee Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child together.
Could Sophie Hunter be pregnant?
Affectionately nicknamed 'Cumberbaby' by media reports, the news has spread despite any official confirmation from the couple or their representatives. Instead, an unknown source has apparently revealed the news that Hunter is pregnant to New York Post's 'Page Six' website. 'Sophie is a few months along, and both she and Benedict are very excited about it', they said. 'They are also quietly planning to marry in early Spring.'
Continue reading: Is Benedict Cumberbatch Really Set To Become A Father?
Benedict Cumberbatch can't wait to get his teeth into 'Doctor Strange'.
Benedict Cumberbatch was perhaps the surprise choice to play Marvel's Doctor Strange, though the British actor - who could be "the Oscar-winning British actor" come February - insists he does not consider the big-budget comic book movie to be a potential pitfall.
Benedict Cumberbatch isn't concerned about the potential pitfalls of Doctor Strange
"I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel," he told the Wall Street Journal, bluntly. "Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It's very different, it's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character."
Continue reading: Risk? What Risk? Benedict Cumberbatch Is Ready For 'Doctor Strange'
The British actor isn't fazed about portraying the comic-book character 'Doctor Strange' because of his confidence with Marvel Studios.
Early last month it was officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the titular character in Marvel's forthcoming 'Doctor Strange,' and although this is the British actor's first role with Marvel Studios, he isn't worried about it one bit.
Cumberbatch will portray the titular character in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'
"I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel," benedict recently told The Wall Street Journal. "Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods."
'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' stars among the 26th annual festival's honourees.
The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.
Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.
Continue reading: Biopics Win Big At 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards [Photos]
Rich Cline shares his picks for the best films of 2014
There was unexpected variety and diversity in cinemas this year, including some genre films that broke through the barriers...
10) Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal goes very dark in this creepy black comedy about a man who has very few limits in what he'll do to become famous. It's so timely that it almost hurts to watch it.Watch the trailer for Nightcrawler here.
Continue reading: Contactmusic.com's 10 Best Films Of 2014
The final part of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga ties his two trilogies together, as Jackson reveals he will almost certainly never return to the setting.
With 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Peter Jackson has completed a second trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. But fans are wondering if he might have one more trilogy up his sleeve, as Tolkien wrote plenty more material about Middle Earth, including the novel 'The Silmarillion', short stories and more appendices and indices.
Martin Freeman stars as The Hobbit in 'The Hobbit' trilogy.
Jackson has already expanded 'The Hobbit' from a meandering little road trip into a massive battle trilogy using some of Tolkien's extra material, but the issue going forward is that the Tolkien estate owns everything that isn't contained in the 'Hobbit' or 'Rings' books, and they're apparently not happy with what Jackson did with The Hobbit.
Continue reading: The Hobbit Brings Peter Jackson's Saga Full Circle
The Imitation Game actress and her husband James Righton are expecting their first baby together.
Keira Knightley has rounded off a memorable 2014 after reports that she’s expecting her first baby.
The 29 year old British actress is pregnant with her first child with her husband James Righton, a former member of the recently demised indie-dance group Klaxons, whom she married in the south of France early in 2013.
Keira Knightley and husband James Righton are expecting their first child together
Continue reading: Keira Knightley Is Pregnant With Her First Child
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review
The nominations are out and Cumberbatch is one of three British men in the Best Actor category
Just as the winter has the country firmly in its grasp so now has the award season got the film industry and its actors firmly within its clutches. And within those Golden Globe clutches is a couple of British representatives including the nation’s favourite, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Britain's Golden actor has made it onto the Golden Globes nomination list
The star of Sherlock was nominated in the best actor category for his turn as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Recognised With Golden Globe Nod
Marvel officially announced that the British actor was cast as 'Doctor Strange' this past Thursday (Dec 4th).
Just last week it was officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the titular character in Marvel's forthcoming 'Doctor Strange,' and now the British actor has finally commented on landing the role.
Cumberbatch will star as 'Doctor Strange' in the upcoming Marvel flick
While walking the red carpet at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, in support of 'The Imitation Game,' on Sunday (Dec 7th) Cumberbatch spoke with reporters about his excitement for playing the Sorcerer Supreme.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's man for 'Doctor Strange'.
Ahead of his inevitable run at the Oscars next year, Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed to play Doctor Strange in Marvel's forthcoming movie. The studio has been searching for their Sorcerer Supreme for months now, with Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix being considered.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's Doctor Strange and will begin shooting in mid 2015
However, Phoenix never had a deal (despite reports to the contrary), and Marvel quickly got its act together, courting the Sherlock actor.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Confirmed As Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'
So long as the quality remains high, Benedict Cumberbatch sees no reason that 'Sherlock' cannot run and run.
Benedict Cumberbatch says he is open to the possibility of more outings as Sherlock, so long as the writers "keep the quality up." Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will return for a new season of Sherlock in 2016, after a one-off special set to air in 2015.
Benedict Cumberbatch [L] and Martin Freeman [R] will return as Sherlock and Dr Watson in 2015 and 2016
"If we can keep the quality up," Cumberbatch told Vogue about the series, "I can't imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock. I'd love to play him as an old man."
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Plans To Play Sherlock As "An Old Man"
‘Sherlock’ will be back on our screens sooner than expected, as the BBC confirms 2015 special.
Merry Christmas Sherlockians! Yes it seems the festive season has hit early as the BBC have confirmed that a special episode of ‘Sherlock’ will be airing next year, ahead of series four in 2016. The news was first announced by producer Sue Vertue who tweeted the first image of Sherlock and Watson, along with a cheeky script tease.
Mockingjay Part 1 holds another starry premiere, while Cumberbatch turns out for two films in New York, and Unbroken premieres Down Under. Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy are spotted filming around England, and we get more detailed looks at Fifty Shades of Grey and Disney's live-action Cinderella...
After the world premiere in London last week, this week saw the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 walking the red carpet in Los Angeles just before the film arrived in cinemas. Cast members in attendance included Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer and Elden Henson.
Benedict Cumberbatch appears on the cover of Time magazine's "genius" issue
Benedict Cumberbatch is certainly the man of the moment - and if you're the man of the moment, you throw your hat in the ring for a Time magazine cover. The British actor takes pride of place in the "genius" issue, referencing his Oscar-tipped portrayal of code breaker Alan Turing.
Benedict Cumberbatch [centre] appears on the cover of Time magazine's 'Genius' issue
The Imitation Game is generating considerable buzz and as the tragic hero of Bletchley Park, Cumberbatch is at the forefront of the campaign.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Rightly Gets His 'Time' Magazine Cover
Benedict Cumberbatch wants his wedding to Sophie Hunter to be "very private".
Benedict Cumberbatch has discussed his wedding plans and told one media outlet, "I think I'll be having a very private wedding."
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'Gone Girl' was awarded the top honour at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday (14th November) and 'The Imitation Game' gained four awards including prizes for actor, supporting actress and director.
The results are in from the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Friday (14th November). Check out the winners list and pictures from the ceremony!
Benedict Cumberbatch won the award for Hollywood Actor.
A biopic that plays out like a cerebral thriller, this film traces the life of Alan Turing, the British maths genius who essentially invented the computer and won World War II before being driven to suicide by a cruel legal system. So it's striking that Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) infuses the film with humour, energy and intelligence. And with an astounding performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, he also manages to find layers of nuance in first-time screenwriter Graham Moore's on-the-nose script.
We meet Cumberbatch's Alan as a 27-year-old Cambridge professor in 1939, recruited by MI6 officer Menzies (Mark Strong) and military commander Denniston (Charles Dance) to join the team at Bletchley Park as they try to crack Germany's Enigma code. An eccentric genius, Alan struggles to fit in with his colleagues (Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard), but he manages to connect with Jean (Keira Knightley), whom he recruits even though she's not allowed to work alongside the men. Then Alan begins to build his ambitious, unprecedented computing machine. No one understands how it can help decode Enigma, but they can see that he's on to something. Meanwhile, Alan has his own secret: he's gay, which is a criminal offence at the time.
The story is told with three interwoven timelines, with the central plot being the race to break Enigma and turn the tide of the war against the Nazis. Alongside this are scenes set in 1951, when a policeman (Rory Kinnear) interviews Turing about his homosexuality. And there are also flashbacks to 1928, when the young Turing (a superb Alex Lawther) has his first encounter with cryptology, romance and pretending to be someone he's not. The links between these three strands feel somewhat pushy, all hinging on the line: "It's people no one imagines anything of who do things no one can imagine." But Tyldum allows plenty of space for the actors to add uneven edges that draw out the meaning in more subtle, involving ways.
Continue reading: The Imitation Game Review
Benedict Cumberbatch is now considered to be in the top rung of the world's greatest actors.
The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch's potentially Oscar-winning movie about the genius mathematician tasked with cracking the "unbreakable" codes of Germany's World War II enigmatic machine, opens in the UK today. Cumberbatch is now regarded as one of the most sought after actors on the planet, though, as Variety reports, Hollywood had an even bigger star readied for the role of Alan Turing.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
The movie was originally set up at Warner Bros with Leonardo Dicaprio in talks to play Turing - a man who, despite helping his country win the war, was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 and was chemically castrated as an alternative to prison.
Continue reading: How Benedict Cumberbatch Took 'The Imitation Game' From Leo DiCaprio
Benedict Cumberbatch will follow in the footsteps of Liam Neeson, Jude Law and Dame Helen Mirren as a winner of the British Independent Film Awards' Variety prize.
Benedict Cumberbatchis to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards for his services to film and television. The actor, who is creating Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, will receive the Variety Award at the glitzy bash which takes place in London on December 7.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'
The award coincides with the release of the movie, which is tipped as a potential winner of Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The BIFTA recognition will strengthen both the film and Cumberbatch's campaigns over in the U.S, though the British actor is already popular stateside.
Could this be why Cumberbatch is so convincing in his latest role?
Benedict Cumberbatch is currently earning praise (and Oscar buzz) for his uncanny performance as World War II codebreak Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. But the secret to the actor’s onscreen magic could be a simple case of genes, as one family history website is reporting that Cumberbatch and Turing are actually distantly related.
Cumberbatch as Turing in The Imitation Game
The British actor recently admitted he tries "to normalize things as much as you can," in order to cope with the pressures of being famous.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a legion of fans across the globe called "Cumberbitches," is quickly establishing himself as one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, and he is already considered a strong Oscar contender for his role as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game.'
Cumberbatch escapes the fame lifestyle by sketching
Unfortunately for the British star, the interest in him is currently at an all-time high. But to relax and escape the "nonsense" of fame, Cumberbatch, who recently became engaged to theatre director and actress Sophie Hunter, tries to surround himself with good friends, spend time outdoors and by sketching.
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
Cumberbatch displays his high-class traditions with Times announcement.
Benedict Cumberbatch has spectacularly announced his engagement to theatre director and actress Sophie Hunter, and in a most sophisticated way for an upper-class Englishman - in the Forthcoming Marriages section of The Times.
Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged to Sophie Hunter
It's a heartbreaking day for those who undoubtedly fell in love with Benedict Cumberbatch after his startling portrayal of the mysterious Sherlock Holmes in 'Sherlock', but let's at least try to think of it as happy news. We're kidding - it's thrilling news! Really. In a most splendid declaration on its Forthcoming Marriage list, The Times read: 'Mr B.T. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter: The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.'
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch And Sophie Hunter's Classy Engagement Announcement
Don’t expect the ‘Sherlock’ star to be announcing his retirement anytime soon.
Between filming ‘The Hollow Crown’ for the BBC and promoting his new movie The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch has been pretty busy as of late. But the 38 year old actor isn't looking for things to slow down anytime soon, instead he’s revealed he plans to still be working when he’s 78!
Benedict Cumberbatch is hoping his career keeps on going
Speaking to the Telegraph Cumberbatch said, ”I'm interested in working in 40 years' time, and turning round and talking to an actor on set and telling them stories about working with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon.”
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Declares He Wants To Still Be Acting At 78
It's World War II and things are looking bleak as the allies struggle to decipher the Germans' ingenious Enigma Code; a puzzle that could bring an immediate end to the war with all their movements quickly surfacing. Unfortunately, their enigma seems to be nearly impossible, at least until the British government enlist the help of gifted university graduate Alan Turing, whose remarkable ability for solving problems has eluded no-one. With the help of a tireless team, Turing sets about developing a top secret machine with the ability to find and eliminate all possible sequences with the speed and efficiency that would be impossible just using a human brain. When it seems he indeed has managed to make a breakthrough, discoveries about his personal life put him in danger of the very people he was trying to help.
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What is Benedict Cumberbatch's new project? The BBC is keeping mum.
Benedict Cumberbatch said what? On this one, I’m not quite sure either. The Sherlock star definitely has something new and exciting brewing with the BBC, but neither party would reveal any – and I do mean any – details.
You can't just keep us guessing like this! It's just plain cruel.
The Beeb’s official twitter recently posted something very, very cryptic and it was enough to set all those Cumberbabes’ (or Cumberb*****s, if you’re feeling risque) tongues wagging. No clues on what it could be, but B-Cumb looks very Sherlockian in the photo. Only problem – the next Sherlock thing the actor is scheduled to film will be the Christmas special and it’s way too early for that. It also doesn’t look Hollow Crown-related. Beneton Cumbersome… no sorry… Benedict Cumberbatch is about to star in a BBC Two movie, but he definitely isn’t clad in Richard III garb in the photo. So… what is it? There’s a sure way to get TV addicts on your case, it’s to withhold vital information – such as new BC material to fawn over.
A Facebook post teasing a new BBC project has sent Cumberbatch fan’s heads spinning.
Benedict Cumberbatch is filming something new for the BBC and that’s all we can tell you. The channel has teased a new Cumberbatch project on its Facebook page by sharing two images of the actor’s head, along with the caption “Benedict Cumberbatch filming something special for BBC One and BBC Two. More details soon…"
Benedict Cumberbatch is filming something secret for the BBC
Of course the announcement has sent Cumberbatch fans wild wondering what the new project could be, leading to a number of possible theories. Another Sherlock? Perhaps a Doctor Who crossover? Or maybe it’s all to do with the upcoming Children in Need fundraising night.
Continue reading: So What Is Benedict Cumberbatch’s New Top Secret BBC Project?
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock is a British television crime drama. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st May 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock is a British television crime drama. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th April 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch and guest BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch and guest Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 12 Jan 2013
Date of birth
19th July, 1976
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