Star Trek’s Chris Pine: Benedict Cumberbatch is “fitting in quite nicely”

Chris Pine has said that British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve have been settling in well on the set of the Star Trek sequel.

The 31-year-old actor, who plays Captain James T Kirk in JJ Abrams’s film reboot of the classic series, took time out of filming the sci-fi blockbuster to attend the premiere of his latest film, This Means War.

And he revealed that filming so far has been “fantastic”, and that his new co-stars are fitting in well.

Pine commented: “They’re getting on great. We have a really good, warm, inclusive group from the first one and I think everybody’s kind of getting the hang of things and fitting in quite nicely.”

After being announced as a cast member in January, Cumberbatch said: “It’s a great job to get, and I’m thrilled.”

He added: “I’m hugely, hugely excited and I’m very, very flattered. I’m very, very excited… I’m just getting my head around the fact that it’s happened. My headline is that I’m over the moon.”

Cumberbatch and Eve are not the only Brits among the cast – Simon Pegg is reprising his role as engineer Scotty, while former Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke is reported to be playing “a family man with a wife and young daughter”.

The film – which is being scripted by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci – began production in Los Angeles on 15 January 2012 and has a scheduled release date of 17 May 2013.


Updated – “Fortysomething” DVD Contest – Winners Announcement!

Thank you to all those who took the time to enter our very first contest – you all correctly identified that the phrase was located on our Quotes page!

Our winners have now been contacted via email, and I’m pleased to announce that Lorna, Isa and Nailya have each won a copy of Fortysomething on DVD – girls, you need to email me your details from the same email address that you entered from! I look forward to hearing from you!

Benedict Cumberbatch wins top theatre prize

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the best actor title for his leading role in Frankenstein at a top theatrical awards event.

The star, who alternated his role as both Dr Frankenstein and the monster with colleague Jonny Lee Miller for the National Theatre production, triumphed at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

Sheridan Smith, who previously starred in Legally Blonde – The Musical, took the best actress prize for her role in the revival of Terence Rattigan’s Second World War drama Flare Path.

Eddie Redmayne, who is currently starring in BBC1’s adaptation of the First World War drama Birdsong, took the prize for best Shakespearean performance for his role in Richard II at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Eddie is a past winner of the best newcomer prize, and is also up for the “rising star” award at the film Baftas next month.

The comedy One Man, Two Guvnors – starring James Corden in the lead role – took the prize for best new play. James will take the show over to Broadway in the coming weeks.

Veteran film-maker Mike Leigh was named best director for his production Grief, which was staged at the National Theatre.

The awards were handed over at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in London.


The Benedict Cumberbatch band wagon

In September 2007, I took my best friend to see Ionesco’s Rhinoceros at the Royal Court. We were both instantly struck by the man playing the protagonist, Berenger. “Hmmm,” she said, scanning the script-cum-programme in the interval. “I think this guy needs a new stage name – it’ll never catch on. Ben-er-dict Cum-ber-batch.”

The passing of four years has fuzzed my memory slightly, but we later saw him in the Royal Court’s bar, either that night or when we were watching another play. He was with friends, and we debated going over to congratulate him on his performance but deemed it “too stalkery”. How we rue the day. She and I were two of the original Cumberbitches, in what is now a nation of Cumberbitches.

Technically, even we had jumped on the Benny C bandwagon a little late. Three years earlier, his role as a young Stephen Hawking – a beautiful portrayal of an incredible mind trapped in a disintegrating body – had won him a Golden Nymph award. On top of the regular TV rounds (Heartbeat – twice), this Harrow-educated son of two professional actors, who studied drama at Manchester before completing his training at Lamda, also played Pitt the Younger in the anti-slavery film, Amazing Grace.

But if this ascent has been steady, it is in 2012 that the 35-year-old will be propelled into the celluloid super league – and cement his position as the small screen’s most impressive star.

Less than a day into the new year, the fantastic foursome of Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had already given the BBC television that its rivals will spend the whole year trying to trump. Sherlock, in its two seasons, has won almost nine million viewers an episode, two Baftas and provoked countless Twitter storms – most notably last Sunday, as fans tried to work out how the detective had faked his own death. Those missing their Cumberbatch fix can see him on the big screen in War Horse. Next, he will play the lead in Parade’s End, a BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s World War One tetralogy. At the end of the month, he’s flying to New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings prequel, the Hobbit, in which he is playing the dragon.

Read More at London Evening Standard

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, 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, and notify them on Sunday 29th January!

Be lucky!

Gallery additions – Events catch-up!

I’ve finally managed to catch up with the recent influx of Events images – Benedict’s been a busy boy this past fortnight! All images uploaded today were lovely shiny HQ’s!

Gallery Links
2011 > December – The Moet British Independent Film Awards
2011 > December – Omega Store Launch Party
2012 > January – ‘War Horse’ London Premiere – HQs
2012 > January – Spencer Hart And Samsung Galaxy Note Party To Celebrate The Golden Globe Nominations
2012 > January – W Magazine Celebrates Its Best Performances Issue And The Golden Globes
2012 > January – 12th Annual AFI Awards
2012 > January – Vanity Fair & Fisker Automotive Toast Dreamworks Pictures Golden Globes Best Drama Nominations “The Help” And “War Horse”
2012 > January – BAFTA Los Angeles 18th Annual Awards Season Tea Party
2012 > January – 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals

Look out for news tomorrow of a special DVD giveaway concerning the forthcoming release – Fortysomething!

“The Reichenbach Fall” – HD Screencaptures Added! Series 3 confirmed!

Over 1000 HD screencaptures from Sherlock finale The Reichenbach Fall have been added to the gallery! I think you’ll agree, what an amazing episode!! And very glad to see Steven Moffat confirming a third series of Sherlock after the end of the show –

@steven_moffat #sherlock Yes of course there’s going to be a third series – it was commissioned at the same time as the second! Gotcha!

Gallery Link
Television Drama > 2010 – Sherlock > Series 2 > 2.03 – The Reichenbach Fall

I shall be working hard this week to catch up with Events images in the gallery, as I realise we have quickly fallen behind!

‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ HD Screencapture additions!

Over 900 HD screencaptures from The Hounds of Baskerville have finally been added to the gallery – many apologies for the delay!

Gallery Link
2010 – Sherlock > Series 2 > 2.02 – The Hounds of Baskerville

‘Fortysomething’ DVD Release Details!

Good news guys – Fortysomething is being reissued on DVD from 26th March, here in the UK! It is currently available to pre-order on Amazon!

A sypnosis and more details are below, as taken from the press release (issued by Strawberry Media).

Strawberry Media is proud to present the UK DVD release of FORTYSOMETHING.

Originally broadcast on ITV this unique take on middle age life will be released in March 2012 due to popular demand.

With a host of British stars including Hugh Laurie (who also directed the first three episodes), Peter Capaldi and Benedict Cumberbatch this is a chance for old fans to at last own the series and a new audience to discover their favourite British talent in an original show.

Laurie’s first TV drama after Jeeves and Wooster which was ten years previously, Fortysomething revolves around GP Paul Slippery (Laurie) and his bored head hunter wife Estelle (Anna Chancellor). Their sex obsessed sons run riot while Estelle has to deal with eccentric Dr Ronnie Pilfrey (Peter Capaldi) who immediately becomes infatuated with her.

The six part show was originally aired in 2003 and now has a cult fan base campaigning for its release on DVD. With Hugh Laurie, now international star of “House” and Benedict Cumberbatch going from strength to strength this DVD is the hidden gem that many have been waiting for.

I think you’ll agree, this is excellent news!!

Sherlock Updates, plus War Horse Premiere Pictures!

I’ve added the weekly round of new stills from the forthcoming series finale The Reichenbach Fall – sypnosis is below;

James Moriarty – the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. Sherlock and John knew he wouldn’t stay hidden for long. But even they never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that would propel Moriarty back into the headlines. The crime of the century. The Tower of London, the Bank of England, Pentonville prison – all sprung open on the same day as if by magic! But Moriarty’s plans don’t stop there…

Sherlock and John lock horns with their old enemy in one final problem that tests loyalty and courage to their very limits. Sherlock must fight for his reputation, his sanity and his life. But is he all he claims to be?

Also on Sunday, Benedict attended the UK premiere of “War Horse”, in which he plays Major Stewart. Over 30 MQ images have been added to the gallery!

Gallery Links
Television Drama > 2010 – Sherlock > Series 2 > Promotional Stills
Events and Appearances > 2012 > January – ‘War Horse’ London Premiere