Category: Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch wins British honor from Queen

Benedict Cumberbatch was honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Nov. 10) for his efforts helping charity and the performing arts. Bowing before the Queen, he received a Commander of the British Empire award — an honor previously awarded to such notables as Michael Caine, Agatha Christie and Richard Attenborough.

Presented a short time after the “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor made headlines by ranting against UK politics, he later defended his actions to reporters.

“I’m interested in trying to help people,” Cumberbatch says of the backlash he received after he stood onstage during a production of “Hamlet” and solicited donations for Syrian refugees by blaming his government’s inaction. “I’m not interested in what flack I’m taking.”

The 39-year-old actor was clearly quite pleased by the honor of receiving his CBE, a turquoise medal shaped like a cross and hanging from a ribbon. Nevertheless, he told the Associated Press that meeting the Queen was “quite nerve-wracking.”

Cumberbatch, nominated for a best actor Oscar for “The Imitation Game,” has raised $227,000 in donations for Save the Children, a charity that assists Syrian refugees.

Also honored in the festivities was Kevin Spacey (receiving an honorary knighthood) and Eddie Redmayne (an Order of the British Empire, or OBE). But before you start referring to the “House of Cards” star as “Sir” Kevin Spacey, only British citizens are allowed to be called Sir or Dame.

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Tom Hiddleston nominated Benedict for “The Ice Bucket Challenge”

Tom Hiddleston accepted “The Ice Bucket Challenge” and nominated Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch!

They have 24 hours to answer it. Let’s wait!

Benedict Cumberbatch To Play A Rival ‘Richard III’ To Martin Freeman

Two weeks ago, the big news was that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Hamlet in the West End, in 2015. This clearly needed a year’s advance warning, so fans can prepare travel budgets and buy ticket-handling gauntlets.

Then, last week it was announced that his Sherlock compadre Martin Freeman would also be treading the boards and performing the Bard, in a production of Richard III this summer.

But now, with the announcement that Benedict is to play the same role in a new BBC TV production of William Shakespeare’s retelling of the Wars of the Roses—Henry VI parts 1 and 2, and Richard III—that will be on screen at the same time that Martin is on the stage, it’s starting to look a little like a very thespian game of career chess, with each Sherlock actor trying to out-Shakespeare the other.

This new series coms from Neal Street Productions, who won a BAFTA for their last historical Shakespeare collection, The Hollow Crown. They will be directed by Dominic Cooke, former artistic director of the Royal Court theatre, where Benedict appeared in Martin Crimp’s play The City in 2008.

In a press release, Benedict said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Productions’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s history plays.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Present at the 2014 Oscars


Benedict Cumberbatch has recently been announced as one of the presenters for this year’s Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on March 2, 2014.

My Favorite Movie Hero Is…

Jean Do in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the epitome of inspiring grace under pressure. The beauty of the human soul that shines beyond the limitations of the body. Stunning and inspiring. A hero of life, literature and the big screen.

-Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict To Star In “Blood Mountain”

Benedict Cumberbatch is to star in the upcoming thriller, titled Blood Mountain. Filming is to begin in Morocco in April of this year, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol).

The film follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.

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EAsylum Interview with Benedict About Smaug and Martin

Benedict on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Benedict appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (December 4th) and sat down for an interview where he talked about his fans, and his upcoming film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” You can watch the interview below, and you can view the screen captures I have uploaded as well to the gallery by clicking the thumbnails below.


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Simon Pegg’s Prank on the “Star Trek Into Darkness” Cast

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post-neutroncream2Pegg takes special delight in pranking his countryman Benedict Cumberbatch who made his début as villainous Khan in the movie.

‘Benedict is so creamed up right now,’ the Spaced star whispers into the camera. ‘One spot, two spots, three spots, four spots. Two on the wrists.’

The Sherlock star realises he’s been caught out good and proper when given a disclaimer to read ostentatiously about the hazards of using the cream.

‘Tommy needs me to sign this bit of paper,’ Cumberbatch tells the camera. ‘It says: “I, the undersigned, hereby accept liability, in that participation with the Paramount Pictures production Star Trek 2, hereafter referred to as HH, at the National Ignition Facility, Livermore CA, hereafter referred to as NIF, recognise that the topically applied emollient known as Neutron Cream does not exist… “

Read the rest of the article and about their co-stars’ reactions to this gag.

Happy 37th Birthday, Benedict! + Congrats on the Emmy Nomination


Today is July 19, which means that it is Benedict’s birthday!

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born this day in the year 1976 to Timothy Carlton [Cumberbatch] and Wanda Ventham in London, England.

Along with th birthday wishes, we would also like to congratulate Benedict on his Emmy nomination in the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie” for his portrayal of Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Beatles Manager Biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch and his Sherlock director Paul McGuigan are teaming up for a biopic about Brian Epstein, the iconic manager of The Beatles.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing via their Playtone banner along with Simon Halfon

Todd Graff wrote the screenplay, whose focus is not a story about The Beatles from Epstein’s point of view but the story of Epstein himself.

Sometimes called the “fifth Beatle,” Epstein signed the band in 1961 — before Beatlemania hit — and died in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He was a closet homosexual and suffered from gambling and drug addictions — and was many times the glue that held the band together. The producers describe the project as the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.”

UTA is arranging the financing and will represent the film for sale.

The casting news arrives as another Brian Epstein project, dubbed The Fifth Beatle, is coming together from author Vivek J. Tiwary, who will write and produce a big-screen adaptation of his graphic novel. That project has secured the rights to inlude Beatles songs from Sony/ATV, which controls the John Lennon/Paul McCartney music catalogue.

McGuigan is the main director of Sherlock, having directed four out of the six episodes of the hit BBC show (which has sold to more than 160 countries) and that earned Cumberbatch an Emmy nomination this year.

The actor, who had a role in Playtone’s 2006 feature Starter for 10, is playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness and appears with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Twelve Years a Slave. He is also appearing in The Weinstein Co.’s adaptation of August: Osage County, where he will play Meryl Streep’s nephew.

He is repped by UTA and John Grant at Conway Van Gelder Grant in the U.K.

McGuigan, repped by WME, Generate and the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group, is attached to direct Fox’s untitled Frankenstein project and directed the 2009 Chris Evans action thriller Push.

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