Category: Gallery Updates

The Gospel According to Benedict

The hottest ticket in London next summer is not One Direction, Miley Cyrus, or Beyoncé. It is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet at the Barbican theater. Some 100,000 tickets for the 12-week run went on sale a few days before I was due to meet Cumberbatch — coincidentally at the Barbican — and sold out in minutes. Even by the robust standards of London theater (more than 22 million people attended shows in the 2012–2013 season), that’s some record.

For Cumberbatch, taking on theater’s most ambitious role — “a hoop through which every eminent actor must jump,” as the essayist Max Beerbohm once put it — may be a rite of passage, but it’s also a test of whether popular culture can open the gates to high culture. Can the pop idol Sherlock attract his screaming fans to the Bard? “I hope it sort of goes into the places that television sometimes can,” Cumberbatch says, “to draw people to see me live who haven’t seen Shakespeare before. We want the people who’ve never been in a theater, but we’re not into social engineering, so we can’t say to another cross-section of society, ‘Oh, sorry — you’ve got a library card. Fuck off.’ ”

Of course, the kind of fame that can sell out a three-month run in minutes also has its drawbacks. We’ve barely sat down at our banquette at Gin Joint — a fancy-pants brasserie at the Barbican Centre — when Cumberbatch curses gently under his breath: “Oh lord, here we go, here we go.” He indicates two middle-aged women in flowery dresses sitting at a table across the room. “The florals over there,” he says, eyes averted. “They’re giving a bit of a head-turning — it’s begun.”

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“War Horse” Blu-Ray Screen Captures

I was going through the gallery and realised that we didn’t have any screen captures from Benny’s small role as Major Jamie Stewart from 2011 drama War Horse, so Blu-Ray captures are now available for you to view.

“The Imitation Game” Character Poster

Benedict Give Up Clothes For Good

Benedict, photographed by Jason Bell, recreated the Colin Firth’s iconic moment from ‘Pride And Prejudice’, for charity.

It’s all in aid of the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and encourages donating your old clothes to raise money for children’s cancers. Check the photo in high quality size up at the gallery.

(Photos) Bright Young Things Gala 2014

Last Thursday Benedict attended the annual Young Patron’s Bright Young Things Gala and I have a few pictures up, thanks to our friend Claudia.

More ‘TIFF’ Portraits

A few more portraits Benedict has done while in Toronto Festival has now been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

Vanity Fair TIFF Portrait

Vanity Fair released some portraits they did with several actors during the TIFF, and I have Benedict’s added to our gallery. Also, a photoshoot he did to Los Angeles Times back in August:

Thanks Claudia for the VF photoshoot.

Benedict attends ‘The Imitation Game’ Premiere at TIFF

Benedict attends ‘The Imitation Game’ Premiere at TIFF

Benedict attended last night the premiere for his film The Imitation Game at the Toronto International Film Festival. He posed for over 30 minutes with fans outside the theater, which was waiting along Toronto’s King Street hours before him was due to arrive for the premiere. Check pictures:

Benedict attends ‘The Imitation Game’ Press Conference at TIFF

Benedict attends ‘The Imitation Game’ Press Conference at TIFF

Beneditc, actors Keira-Knightley, Matthew Goode and Alan Leech, and director Morten Tyldum attended yesterday The Imitation Game press conference at TIFF. You will find pictures in our gallery, and also can watch the press conference in the video below:

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Benedict Attends ‘The Variety Studio’ on TIFF

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