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 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."
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Plans To Have 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 has come out fighting on the subject of gay rights.
Benedict Cumberbatch says he would fight religious extremists "to the death", particularly on the subject of the right to express one's sexuality. The British actor, who's making waves in Hollywood for his portrayal of the brilliant codebreaker and mathematician Alan Turing - who was persecuted for being gay - says he is determined to stand with the gay community.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing - whose life was destroyed by England's anti-gay laws
"People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations," he told Out magazine. "It's terrifying. It's medieval - a beheading! I'd take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death. And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what's right or wrong. You can't have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, 'Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong.'"
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Would Fight Religious Extremists "To The Death"
The British actor talks about the struggles a gay actor faces in Hollywood, and claims he would fight anti-gay religious extremists "to the death."
After Benedict Cumberbatch's latest role in 'The Intimidation Games,' he will certainly have a huge fan base in the LGBT community. In the forthcoming drama, the British actor portrays gay mathematician Alan Turing, who was responsible for breaking the Enigma code used by the Nazis during World War II, only to be later condemned and sent to prison for his sexuality.
Cumberbatch brands homophobia as "medieval"
After taking on such a challenging role, Cumberbatch can now relate to the struggle homosexuals may go through in the movie industry, which he recently opened up about to Out magazine, while slamming anti-gay religious extremists.
Meet the lady, who stole Benedict Cumberbatch's heart.
This article is about Sophie Hunter, a talented theatre actress and director, who’s been making news this week. Unfortunately, it’s got little to do with her career. It’s because – brace yourselves – she’s the new girlfriend of one Benetton Cabbagepatch… no, Beaglepup Countertop… no, sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Now, because this is how things work around here, this is a rundown on the basics of her career. I know you’re hurting, Cumberbabes, but the woman has got it going on.
Taken. Sorry, ladies and gents.
Continue reading: Meet Sophie Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch's Uber-Awesome New Girlfriend
Co-star Keira Knightley showed up with Cumberbatch for premiere of the new film which kicks off the BFI London Film Festival.
The London Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday evening with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley gracing the red carpet in Leicester Square. The pair were promoting their newest film The Imitation Game.
Benedict Cumberbatch depicts WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
The star of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ plays the British codebreaker Alan Turing, the man credited with the breakthrough that allowed Britain to decipher Nazi communications and thus help bring World War Two to a close. The film is mostly set at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where Turing and his team worked for several years on the decoding project.
The 'Sherlock' star will portray Richard III in a new BBC adaptation of four Shakespeare plays to be entitled 'The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses'
English actor Benedict Cumberbatch is set to reacquaint himself with Shakespearean acting, having landed a role in the BBC’s new series ‘The Hollow Crown’. He will also reunite with one of his ‘Sherlock’ co-actors Andrew Scott, who plays Holmes’ arch-enemy Moriarty in the popular adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Richard III in the BBC's 'The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses'
The second series of ‘The Hollow Crown’, which follows the well-received first instalment back in early 2012, focusses on the War of the Roses and Shakespeare’s tetralogy of plays encompassing the three Henry VI plays plus Richard III. The former is usually performed in three parts but is being collapsed into two feature-length episodes.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Will Star In Second BBC Shakespeare Series
Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Imitation Game' has won the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival, which, historically, means it could be line for an Oscar nomination.
The Imitation Game, the Weinstein produced World War II drama about the scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, has won the Grolsch's People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival - a key barometer for the Oscars.
Benedict Cumberbatch [center] in 'The Imitation Game'
Morten Tyldum's drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, who helped to defeat the Nazis by developing a new code-breaking machine. It has always been the plan for The Imitation Game to make an assault on the Oscars - it's pencilled in for release on November 21 - and the People's Choice Award will strengthen its campaign. Five of the six past winners of the award and landed a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars while Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and 12 Years a Slave all went on to win the prize.
With the upcoming release of 'The Penguins of Madagascar', Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich who star in the film. Cumberbatch plays Classified, an arctic wolf and leader of the team The North Wind, while Malkovich plays Dr. Octavius Brine - a villainous octopus. The two actors quiz each other on the animals that they play in the film, with Cumberbatch answering questions like 'how many members are in the average wolf pack?', and Malkovich being asked 'how many hearts do octopi have?' In between questions and answers, the interview contains clips of the upcoming film.
What could Moffat and Gatiss possibly have in store for fans of 'Sherlock'?
Steven Moffat, the creator of BBC drama Sherlock, has set tongues wagging after discussing details of the forthcoming fourth season of the show. Steven Moffat and fellow creator Mark Gatiss were quizzed about the return of the acclaimed detective series at the Emmys on Monday (August 25, 2014).
"We have a plan to top (season three)," said Moffat. "I do think our plan is devastating. We've practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan.we're probably more excited than we've ever been about Sherlock."
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Cast "Reduced To Tears" After Being Told Season 4 Plot
The trailer for Penguins of Madagascar seems to have given it's protagonists a new back story, but how will it fair at the box-office?
DreamWorks Animation have been trying to get a film together for the penguins ever since the success of the 2005 film Madagascar. Since then the characters have featured in the subsequent Madagascar films but 'Penguins' are finally getting their own release this December. Now the Christmas boxoffice is on the horizon, this is could be primarily due to the addition of a few star vocal performances from two of Hollywood's favourites: Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.
Another factor might come down to the success of 2011's Shrek spin-off 'Puss in Boots'. The Dream Works' production was well received with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 84% review. Both stories are similar in origin, however instead of expanding the backstory of a mysterious character, 'Penguins' seems intent on reimagining the lovable supporting characters as international super spies.
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private return from Madagascar with their own adventure as formidable and super sharp espionage agents. Their world is under threat from a dangerous octopus villain named Dr. Octavius Brine who plans to dominate the Earth with his sea-dwelling cronies and the penguins are the only things standing in their way - well, them and elite crackforce The North Wind. The organization, led by the dashing wolf Agent Classified, are on a mission to stop Brine in his tentacle-y tracks using Classified's formidable presence, Eva's analytical power, Short Fuse's explosives expertise and Corporal's terrifying brawn. Together with the penguins they may have a chance at saving the world from whatever dreadful scheme Brine has on his mind - though his ignorance of modern technology lessens his menace potential just a little.
Continue: Penguins of Madagascar Trailer
Scroll down for a look at the sombre trailer, further for some great pictures from the upcoming movie and further still for the brand new poster!
As promised by the release of Smaug from Eribor, war has descended upon Middle Earth and threatens to strip landscape of peace, serenity and beauty. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies finally has its first full trailer.
Martin Freeman looks on with dispair in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
In this trailer, a despondent Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) speaks solemnly of what he’ll remember of his incredible journey to Eribor and the consequences of his actions. "One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened here - the good, the bad, those who survived and those that did not.”
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and its mound of treasure which was stolen from the dwarves some time ago by the fiercesome dragon Smaug. Their attempt to slay him has failed, instead unleashing further horrors upon themselves. Angering the dragon has only made things worse with him now determined to murder every creature that lies in its path, demolishing a neighbouring village with little more than a breath. Gandalf remains captured and tensions are ever rising between not only friends, but elves, dwarves, orcs and goblins and it's clear that the deadliest, brutalist war for thousands of years is well on its way.
Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants to play Batman.
He's played the villain in Star Trek, Necromancer in The Hobbit and, of course, Sherlock Holmes - but could Benedict Cumberbatch be headed in the comic book movie world to play the Caped Crusader? During his Q&A at Comic Con this week, Cumberbatch floated the idea of playing Batman, some day.
Benedict Cumberbatch, at the Chelsea Flower Show
When asked which character he'd most like to play, the actor said: "Batman, I guess. Yeah."
Continue reading: Does Benedict Cumberbatch Have What It Takes To Play Batman?
Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game is impressive, but is it enough to get him a little gold statue?
Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting career seems unstoppable. On television his fabulous turn as the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes won him numerous plaudits and audience demands for series after series.
Benedict Cumberbatch has set to receive one of his own Oscar statues
In film the roles just keep on coming with blockbusters including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years A Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug coming in quick succession since 2011.
Continue reading: Best Actor? Can Benedict Cumberbatch See Off Oscars Competition?
Turing's biographer has issues with the movie adaptation of his subject's harrowing story.
‘The Imitation Game’ tells the story of Alan Turing - a vital asset for the allied forces during the Second World War in cracking the Nazi code. It is based on the book by Andrew Hodges, who has been moved to condemn what he perceives as ‘alarming inaccuracies’ in the movie version.
Knightly and Cumberbatch take leading roles in 'The Imitation Game'
Continue reading: Andrew Hodges "Alarmed By The Inaccuracies" In 'The Imitation Game'
Benedict Cumberbatch appears to deliver a stellar performance as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'.
It appears Benedict Cumberbatch has thrown his hat in the ring for next year's Oscars, playing Alan Turing in the forthcoming drama The Imitation Game. The movie tells the story of the legendary code-breaker and his team at Bletchley Park, who raced against time to break the German's Enigma code during World War II.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'
Turing's genius in cracking the code is attributed to the premature end of World War II and his work is said to have helped saved thousands of life.
Alan Turing is a mathematician whose genius leads him to be enlisted in a major code-breaking scheme during World War II, where he is set the task of deciphering German secrets. Working strictly covertly at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, he and his team study tirelessly in order to crack a complex Enigma that would allow them to win the war. To everyone's surprise, he begins building a machine which he insists will have the capability to interpret any Nazi Enigmas with it's ability to eliminate possible sequences with efficiency and speed. However, frequently scorned for his unconventional methods and later for his sexuality, he becomes the unsung hero of the War, saving millions of lives and bringing justice upon the world.
Continue: The Imitation Game - Teaser Trailer
'Sherlock' will return for a fourth series but probably not until Christmas 2015! Three episodes and a special have been commissioned but the production will not begin until January of next year owing to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's commitments.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be returning to 221B Baker Street next year as Sherlock and Watson. The series' creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have confirmed the series will return for a special in 2015 followed by three episodes. But we're in for a long wait...
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in Sherlock.
The special and the three episode fourth series will begin filming in January 2015 and will air later that year. Freeman has let slip that he suspects the series will be aired at Christmas time, as the previous two series have been. Speaking to the Telegraph, Freeman said "I think that might be for next Christmas. A Christmas special. That's what I understand."
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Season 4 Promises To Be "Most Shocking & Surprising" Yet
'Sherlock' will be back solving the toughest cases in 2015!
Fans of the television show 'Sherlock' will be very pleased with the show's latest news, the BBC recently confirmed that the popular detective series will be returning in 2015.
'Sherlock,' which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will reprise their roles for a 4th season, as well as a new special.
The cast of 'Sherlock'
The BBC have kicked off Sherlock fever with a bunch of Tweets
As promised, The BBC revealed details of Sherlock’s upcoming adventures at 2:21pm today (July 2). The Tweets hint at “the most shocking and surprising” series yet, much to the delight of the show’s dedicated fan base.
Benedict Cumberbatch is coming back for more Sherlock
The announcement kicked off with: "Miss me?" #Sherlock, the hit @BBCOne drama, will return for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes. #221back,” which was followed up with: “After the briefest of exiles, #Sherlock will return to face one of his biggest mysteries yet... #221back”
Continue reading: Sherlock Twitter Deluge Reveals Information On Special Plus New Series
"Cool Britannia" all over again?
Tonight, one of Whitehall’s most ornate and decorative buildings, the Foreign Office, will play host to a reception. The guest list: A-listers from the world film. The cause: celebrating the achievements of Britain's creative industries.
Benedict Cumberbatch is among some stellar stars attending The Foreign Office tonight
The bash has already been compared to Tony Blair’s ‘Cool Britannia’, something Number 10 is keen to dissociate tonight’s bash from. Although with David Cameron likely set to offer up some form of toast, the similarities are there for all to see. Blair’s 1997 saw many cultural icons attend, like Oasis’s Noel Gallagher – only the stars turned on the government and were openly critical of its practises.
Cumberbatch stars as Turing, a war hero demonised by the people he helped save
New pictures have surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Charles Dance starring in The Imitation Game, the World War II drama directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum.
The Imitation Game,’ tells the story of the life and work of one of Britain’s war heroes, Alan Turing. But Turing wasn’t a soldier battling on the front line, a pilot-navigating dogfights in the air or a medic dealing with severed limbs – he battled against insignia and encryption to break down the Nazi code, providing the Allied forces with an invaluable asset.
How is Marvel's latest project shaping up?
For Marvel Dr. Strange isn’t that strange - the studio has put the thrusters behind more obscure franchises in the past. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister) is apparently directing a screenplay written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, but as is the case with any Marvel property, the rumors are still flying around.
Will Jared Leto be Marvel's Dr. Strange?
Just for a bit of background: Dr. Strange, born of the 1960s, is a surgeon that suffers a life-changing car accident and eventually heads to the Himalayas. Whilst there, he gains psychic powers and saves the day, protecting the Earth against magical and mystical threats. It’s a bit like Batman, but Strange actually has a non-earthly power to call upon.
Watch the fun-filled trailer below, and scroll even further for an extensive collection of pictures from the new movie
Having stolen nearly every scene in Madagascar – so much so they got their own TV spin-off - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private star in their own spy action thriller Penguins of Madagascar, set to his cinemas on November 26. And we’ve got a brand new trailer.
The guys are back
Barring the scientific inaccuracies that see the titular Penguins survive in any given climate, PoM looks like the kind of raucous fun you’d expect from Dreamworks Animation who will hoping to prolong the success of the Madagascar franchise with yet another box office hit; the last film in the trilogy - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted -grossed $746 million worldwide.
What do Sherlock Holmes, Smaug and Richard III all have in common? They're certainly not the most likeable of characters but Benedict Cumberbatch plays all with his incredible nonchalance and quick wit. Yet with Cumberbatch constantly on television or simply on our minds, what do we actually know about the 37-year-old British actor?
In the space of four years, Benedict Cumberbatch has won the heart of the British nation, revitalised a classic literary detective and been voted the sexiest man alive by Empire. Cumberbatch may be the nation's latest obsession but what do we really know about the 37-year-old actor?
Benedict Cumberbatch certainly has our attention.
Here are 5 facts you probably didn't know:
Continue reading: 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of notorious US gangster Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming biopic 'Black Mass'. He replaces Guy Pearce who was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star alongside Johnny Depp in an upcoming film biopic of notorious US gangster and murderer, Whitey Bulger. Guy Pearce had initially landed the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of crime lord Whitey. Unfortunately, as the producers told Variety, "We were not able to make it work with Guy." Hence, Cumberbatch is replacing Pearce who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Black Mass as Billy Bulger.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Whitey Bulger Biopic 'Black Mass'
Celebrities gathered at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for a sneak preview of the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May). Amongst the guests were the Queen, Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Following a week of sultry temperate and – for Britain – near tropical climes, the celebrities were out en masse to take in the sights at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May).
Alan Titchmarsh standing outside his garden installation.
The annual flower show, which is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracted a vast array of famous faces. The Queen made her yearly visit to the show and found herself wandering through trenches, in a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The ‘No Man’s Land’ garden, features a crater hole as a pond which acts as a stark reminder of the damage made to, not only the soldiers embroiled in the conflict, but the land on which they fought.
Benaddicts - look away now
If you’re a fan of both sci-fi and Benedict Cumberbatch, then look for the little red cross in the top right/left-hand side of your screen now. Seriously, the editor has signed off on this. You’re not going to like the upcoming article.
Fans would have loved to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars Episode VII but, alas, it's not to be
The news came from the Twitter feed for entertainment site, The Iris. They were live-Tweeting a Q&A as part of Oz Comic-Con in Australia, which Cumberbatch was participating in, and broke the news that the Sherlock star wouldn’t be in Star Wars Episode VII, and that a turn as The Doctor is out of the question, too.
A lot of loose ends need tying up in this final part of the trilogy.
We’re two films, five hours and one cliffhanger into The Hobbit film series and final installment, There And Back Again, is due out in December. This means we’re in for about eight months of speculation. The trailer isn’t even out yet, but looking back on the source material, there are a few predictions to be made about the final film. We'd put a spoiler warning here, but you know...the book has been out for almost 90 years, just saying.
This one might be less about Bilbo and more about... well, everyone else.
3. The Battle of the Five Armies. At this point in the franchise, we are yet to see Thorin get consumed by greed, which is one of the main plot points in The Hobbit. At one point, the King Under the Mountain should hole up with his gold and refuse to pay any compensation to the people of Laketown (who at this point are about to have their town torched by Smaug) or to the Wood Elves. The two armies are on their way to lay siege to the mountain, when they discover that there is an orc and warg army on the way too. Basically the culmination of the entire series.
Continue reading: Three Major Predictions For 'The Hobbit There And Back Again'
It's been a long time coming, but Cumberbatch is finally playing Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the texts of Shakespere studied by children across the land when he takes on the role of Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre next summer for 12 weeks. It has been confirmed that the in-vogue actor would take the stage, swapping Sherlock and The Hobbit for the 17th century play.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet at London's Barbican Theatre
Cumberbatch revealed last year he would be playing Shakespeare's Danish prince "sometime in autumn on the London stage". “It's a role I've been interested in for a long time," he told the Daily Telegraph in 2012. "I don't know if there is such a thing as a right age to play the part, but 36 or 37 seems appropriate to me."
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Will Play Hamlet Next Summer, For 12 Weeks
The 37 year-old actor will leave the bright lights of Hollywood in the summer of 2015 to star in one of Williams Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedies.
Benedict Cumberbatch is now one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, but the Brit is already on his way home.
The 37 year-old has landed the coveted role of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's famed tragedy.
Cumberbatch will take the stage at London's Barbican Theatre in 2015 from August to October in a 12-week long production, it was announced Wednesday (March 26th).
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Headed To A London Stage For Hamlet Role In 2015
The talent rules, says Gatiss
'Sherlock' creator and showrunner Mark Gatiss didn’t spare the dramatics when talking about Benedict Cumberbatch’s importance to the show. When underlining the integral role his leading man plays, the words “under” and “bus” were uttered.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are indespensible to Sherlock, says Gatiss
"If Benedict went under a bus tomorrow it would be the end of the show,” Gatiss announced to the Daily Mirror. "Benedict and Martin are our stars. We do three episodes a year and although people want more that's all we can do. They are so famous now it's difficult to get them."
Continue reading: If Benedict Cumberbatch Dies, Sherlock Dies, Says Mark Gatiss
Best Oscars photo-bomb goes to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch won the Oscar for best photo-bomb at the 86th Academy Awards for totally spoiling a nice team shot of U2 posing outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Bono, The Edge and co were getting ready for the snap, when Cumberbatch leapt in the air behind them.
Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars
So intent on getting the photo-bomb, Cumberbatch repeated the bomb, as the band continued to pose unaware.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch. Best Oscars Photobomb. EVER.
Sherlock could be back for Christmas as BBC bosses are 'desperate' for a Christmas special.
Sherlock’s season three finale aired in the US last night, but it seems fans may not have too long to wait until season four. UK newspaper The Sun has reported that Sherlock could have its season 4 premiere this Christmas. A source told the newspaper, “the BBC is desperate for a Sherlock Christmas Day special this year. It wants its biggest guns ready.”
Fans will remember the agonising two year gap between the shows 2nd and 3rd season, but this time BBC bosses want to capitalise more quickly on the shows popularity. The third series was the UK’s most watched drama since 2001, with over 11 million viewers tuning in to the season finale. The success of the series has seen the career of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman take off. However if Sherlock is to return at Christmas filming would most likely have to begin this March, leaving little time for the busy actors to clear their schedules. One good sign is that creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss did meet recently to discuss plans for future series.
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Season 4 Could Begin As Early As Christmas 2014
The 'Sherlock' actor fills up his filming diary.
Benedict Cumberbatch has landed a role in upcoming crime thriller Blood Mountain in which he'll reportedly play a private military contractor whose Special Forces team is ambushed and killed during a raid, forcing him to personally escort "one of the world's most wanted terrorists" over hostile land in order to bring him to justice, according to Deadline.
Benedict Cumberbatch Has Landed A Role In Sergei Bodrov's 'Blood Mountain.'
Blood Mountain, the new project from Mongol director Sergei Bodrov, will begin shooting in Morocco in April after it is presented to international buyers by Altitude Film Sales at Berlin's European Film Market next month.
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's most dysfunctional families ever. It's still rather theatrical, throwing a mob of top actors into a room for what feels like a fight to the death, but it's so well written and so beautifully observed by the actors that we can't look away. And of course Meryl Streep walks off with the show.
Everything kicks off when Beverly Weston (Shepard) goes missing, leaving his ruthlessly straight-talking, pill-popping wife Violet (Streep) to assemble the family in their rambling Oklahoma home. They have three equally feisty daughters: Barbara (Roberts) is a tightly wound bundle of anger with an estranged husband (McGregor) and surly teen daughter (Breslin) in tow; Karen (Lewis) is a free-spirited floater with yet another random boyfriend (Mulroney); and Ivy (Nicholson) is fed up with being the dutiful daughter who stayed close to home. Also on hand is Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale), whose husband (Cooper) is the family patriarch now that Beverly is gone, which means their son (Cumberbatch) feels even more useless than normal.
What plot there is centres on skeletons rattling out of closets and relationships imploding spectacularly. The film is a series of brutally intense encounters between people who probably still love each other in vaguely undefined ways and express it through bitter bursts of witty cruelty. Streep has the meatiest role as the imperious Violet, who knows a lot more than she's letting on. And her chief rival is Barbara, played with unnerving intensity by Roberts. The only person we even remotely like is Mattie Fae, and the always-superb Martindale finds all kinds of layers in the character.
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'Sherlock' creator Steven Moffat has revealed that a big screen take on the modern detective series might still happen
In general, TV shows that are turned into movies never come close to emulating the same kind of success or that same edge that made the orignal creation such a joy to behold in the first place. When Sherlock, the BBC's hit modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series, is concerned however, a movie version of the feature-length programme seems to make a lot of sense.
With the show's stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman currently mentioned among the highest echelons of Hollywood actors, it seems less and less likely that a Sherlock film will ever come to fruition, however during a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, series writer and creator Steven Moffat revealed that a Sherlock movie might not be completely out of the question yet. With a fourth and potentially a fifth season already under construction, Moffat and the rest of the Sherlock team still have plenty of ideas to work with, ideas that may make their way on to the big screen.
Continue reading: Don't Rule Out A 'Sherlock' Movie Just Yet, Says Steven Moffat
PBS debuts the 'Sherlock Holmes' season 3 première, in the US, to record viewing figures, this past Sunday (Jan 19th).
PBS aired the return of Britain's most intriguing detective 'Sherlock Holmes', a modern-day twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr Watson). The television series aired its season three premiere on Sunday night (Jan 19th), and garnered their highest-ever rating figures.
'Sherlock Holmes' cast
The opener, titled 'The Empty Hearse', has viewed on average by 4 million people, according to Deadline, which is quite a substantial rise from the 3.2 million viewers who watched season 2's launch.
Benedict Cumberbatch gives 'Sherlock Holmes' fans a fright after revealing he nearly turned down the "iconic character" and had to "have a pause for thought," before agreeing to play the role.
Benedict Cumberbatch seems almost perfect for the role of detective 'Sherlock Holmes' in the TV series of the same name. But the 37 year-old revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he was very close to turning down the part.
'Sherlock Holmes' will be debuting season 3 in the US on Jan 19th
"My reservation was 'Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it,'" Cumberbatch told EW. "This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn't stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought."
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
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