Category: Other Stuff

Benedict Cumberbatch & More Speak Out For Syria

A host of British filmmaking talent have spoken out in support of Syrian refugees in the wake of the escalating human tragedy caused by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Michael Caine, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch have all lent their voices to a campaign criticising the UK government for its response thus far to the humanitarian crisis and urging PM David Cameron to do more.

The issue of Syrian refugees has garnered particular media attention in recent days following the heartbreaking photos of dead Syrian children washed ashore on the Turkish coastline, attempting to find sanctuary. One image, in particular, of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body being carried by a distraught Turkish officer, has shocked people around the world. Almost half of Syria’s once 20 million strong population has fled the country, many to neighboring Lebanon and Jordan, to escape the brutal violence that has engulfed the country ever since the beginning of an initially peaceful uprising in 2011 against the government of Bashar Al-Assad. The conflict has degenerated since then into a geo-political battle between competing regional and international powers, and been complicated by the emergence of the horrifically violent terrorist group ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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Benedict Cumberbatch standing up to cancer

Benedict Cumberbatch standing up to cancer

Famous actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne and Gillian Anderson have come together for highly visual campaign to drive home the urgency of developing new treatments for cancer. They star in an exclusive short film and set of photographs shot by Greg Williams to support the Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

The 57-minute film features each of the actors running towards the camera in a defiant stance and is edited together with portraits of cancer patients who are also supporting the campaign.

“I’m standing up to cancer because some of the real life heroes amongst us, scientists and researchers, need funding so they can continue their life saving work. Cures are within our grasp and we can’t slow down in our fight against this terrible disease. We can be the generation that really makes a difference, who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. The campaign will culminate in a live TV fundraising show on Channel 4 on Friday October 17. Watch the trailer below:

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Benedict does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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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.

Jaguar “Alive” ads – Video!

Competition Winners!

Huge congratulations to Wendy Carey and Deborah Smith for winning our Wreckers competition!! I’ll be popping the DVDs into the post by the weekend!

Review – Wreckers…

A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.

In Wreckers, Benedict stars as David, a teacher who is happily married to Dawn (also a teacher, and who is played wonderfully by Claire Foy). Within ten minutes of meeting the couple, we were then introduced to David’s brother Nick (Shaun Evans) – a slightly volatile guy, who has recently returned from a warzone, and who seems to have suffered mental trauma from his time there.

Over the course of the drama, rivalries between the brothers and secrets kept appear to cause Dawn to doubt her relationship with David, and bring to light certain tensions between the pair. Events that occur between the brothers also leave the audience wondering whether it is just Nick who has issues or indeed both of them, as David begins to show elements of a dark side to his personality – including snippets that are revealed about their childhoods whilst growing up and violent elements that have occurred within their previous relationship.

The drama is wonderfully acted out by the three main characters – Benedict deftly switches between vulnerability and a much darker personality, showing that David isn’t all that he seems. Claire Foy is marvelous as Dawn, the wife looking in at a damaged relationship between brothers, whilst also dealing with her own problems. Shaun Evans portrays the damaged soul within Nick very well, yet somehow makes him seem vulnerable as he suffers flashbacks to his previous life at war.

Whilst I did enjoy this drama, I would have liked to have seen more of David and Dawn’s life and background, before the arrival of Nick – it seemed a little rushed, and I didn’t feel that we got to know the characters before the arrival of the wilder younger brother. That was my only minor niggle though – the acting was brilliant, and the drama is beautifully shot, somehow making a shell of a house look very beautiful – the area this was filmed in is simply gorgeous, and good use of the location was made.

Rating – 8/10

Contest – Win Fortysomething on DVD!

As previously posted, Fortysomething is being reissued and released on DVD from March 26th (available to pre-order on Amazon now!).

Becca from Spirit Entertainment has been kind enough to provide 3 copies of the DVD for our contest – the DVD is Region 0, so this contest is open to anyone, regardless of country!

I have hidden the following quote on one of our site pages – “I wanna win Fortysomething on DVD now!!” – all you have to do is let me know which page it’s on!

Email me at cumberbatchfan@live.com, and be sure to include your name, age and email address, and use the email title “Benedict DVD Competition”. The closing date is Saturday 28th January at 11.59PM GMT. I will then pick the winners with the help of random.org, and notify them on Sunday 29th January!

Be lucky!