‘FortySomething’ Screencaptures

I’ve just added the first two episodes of Benedict as “Rory Slippery” in the 2003 series FortySomething, where he starred with Hugh Laurie and Anna Chancellor to the gallery!

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On Screen > Television Drama > 2003 – FortySomething > Episode 1×02

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy Teaser Trailer

Yesterday the first official teaser was released for Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy! Can’t wait to see this movie! What do you think?

New Owner & Layout!

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to post and update, but I bring you a new version of Benedict Cumberbatch Fan! I really hope you enjoy it, both the main site and the gallery are matching.

I have plenty of updates in store so please stay tuned!

News: Frankenstein documentary comes alive for Channel 4

Frankenstein stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are to feature in a Channel 4 documentary that goes behind the scenes of the National Theatre production.

The 60-minute show is called Frankenstein – The Making of a Myth and also includes an interview with the production’s director, Danny Boyle.

It is being produced by Lone Star Productions, the company that made More 4’s Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, which last month won best arts programme at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Channel 4 said that the programme will look at the “myth of Frankenstein through the prism of Danny Boyle’s sensational new sell-out production”, exploring “the recurrent encounter of a powerful myth and our quest for understanding the nature of life itself”.

For the programme, the production team has been granted exclusive access to the rehearsals of the National’s show, footage of which will be included in the documentary.

Martin Rosenbaum, producer for Lone Star, said: “Danny Boyle has wanted to bring Frankenstein to the stage for over a decade and he now does so as a visionary Oscar-winning film director with a dazzling and uncompromising reputation. Boyle and his stars gave us exclusive interviews, and privileged access to the rehearsal process.”

Adam Low, who directed Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, is also at the helm of the Frankenstein documentary, which is being made in collaboration with the National and will also feature an interview with Nick Dear, writer of the new stage production.

Channel 4 arts commissioning editor Tabitha Jackson said: “What makes great literature great is that it captures a truth about humanity that can still speak to us across generations.

“Danny Boyle’s recent reimagining of Frankenstein gives us a great excuse to interrogate what the truth is.”
Frankenstein – The Making of a Myth will be broadcast over the summer.


Gallery – First ‘War Horse’ image

The first pictures from War Horse have been released, with one added to the gallery which features Benedict as Major Stewart.

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Gallery – The Olivier Awards

Benedict is currently attending The Olivier Awards alongside Frankenstein co-star Jonny Lee Miller. Benedict is due to present an award, later this evening. A handful of MQ images have been added to the gallery – hopefully more will pop up to add tomorrow.

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Events and Appearances > 2011 > March – The Olivier Awards

Article: Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein wows critics

A lovely article from the BBC website is below, with the highlights of the critic reviews – nice to see such positive reviews for the show!

Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein has opened at the National Theatre in London with back-to-back press nights.
On Tuesday, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch played the title role, with Jonny Lee Miller – from Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting – portraying the Monster he creates.
The roles were alternated the following night, as they will be throughout the play’s sold-out run.
But what did critics make of Nick Dear’s ambitious adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic horror novel?

Daily Express – Paul Callan
This is no Hollywood/Hammer-style version of the old tale with a grunting giant sporting a bolt through his neck.
This creature, liberated by knowledge, is a sensitive intellectual who recites Milton and only wants true love.
Danny Boyle has returned from films to direct and the result is, for the most part, a mesmerising evening.
Yet, despite the action and power of Lee Miller and Cumberbatch’s individual performances, the script often dragged as badly as the Creature’s foot.

The Guardian – Michael Billington
What you get in Danny Boyle’s production and Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s mythic fable is neither shlock nor satire.
Instead it’s a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story in which much of the focus is on the plight of the obsessive scientist’s sad creation.
The actors complement each other perfectly rather than provide a contest and Boyle’s production is a bravura triumph.
Once or twice the language lapses into bathos. But, on the whole, this a stunning evening.

Daily Telegraph – Charles Spencer
In Danny Boyle’s eagerly awaited production of Frankenstein the show’s stars are alternating the roles of the scientist and the deformed Creature.
Both versions are well worth seeing. Miller, however, strikes me as the more disturbing and poignant monster, while Cumberbatch undoubtedly has the edge as the scientist.
The Frankenstein story has become so familiar that it might seem an impossible task to make the old story seem fresh.
Yet somehow Boyle does just that, constantly creating shocks, spectacular coups de theatre and scenes that tug at the heart.

The Independent – Paul Taylor
Danny Boyle’s extraordinarily haunting production is predicated on the notion of alternating the two leading actors in the roles of Frankenstein and his galvanised handiwork.
The role-reversal makes deep thematic sense because it highlights the irony whereby the son becomes the father, the slave the master.
Broadly speaking, Cumberbatch emphasises the intellectual edge of both roles; Lee Miller takes us further into the feeling.
Cumberbatch is brilliant at conveying the blackly ridiculous aspects of the hubristic Scientist [and] is more horrifying as Frankenstein’s handiwork.

The Times – Libby Purves
It is a hell of a production. This taut, thrilling play runs to its awful conclusion without an interval, indeed with hardly a moment for breath.
Yet it remains, as Mary Shelley intended, basically a work of philosophy, pathos and moral seriousness.
Mark Tildesley’s stunning design and Bruno Poet’s remarkable lighting effects use the Olivier’s vastness with controlled imaginative strength.
I nearly fell out of my seat at the shock bridal-chamber scene. Twice.


Some promotional images have been added to the gallery;

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Theatre Work > 2011 – Frankenstein > Stills

Article: You come off stage exhausted with cuts and bruises

Clutching a bottle of water and a chunk of raw ginger, Benedict Cumberbatch is apologising for what he terms a touch of ‘Franko flu’.

Lesser mortals might recognise his sniffly nose and slightly raspy voice as symptoms of feeling a bit under the weather but you can hardly blame Cumberbatch for viewing a mere cold in epic terms.

Tonight he opens in Danny Boyle’s hugely anticipated theatre production of Frankenstein, sharing with Jonny Lee Miller the roles of Mary Shelley’s scientist Victor and the ‘monster’ he creates from spare body parts.

‘It’s a hard ask on both fronts,’ grins Cumberbatch, who in baggy tracksuit and trainers looks a galaxy away from the dashing, nerdy sleuth TV viewers know him as from the BBC’s new series of Sherlock Holmes.

‘You come off stage with a cut on your lip and a joint out of place, your wrists are bruised and you’ve just shed five pounds of body weight.’

The original idea for casting two actors who would alternate as creator and created was Boyle’s.

He started thinking about adapting Frankenstein with the writer Nick Dear almost 20 years ago before an Oscar-winning film career distracted him.

‘The way the creature starts copying his creator is one of the key narrative drives,’ Boyle says excitedly, his enthusiasm for the show apparently undimmed by weeks of hard-core rehearsal.

‘He is born good and learns evil. They are distorting mirrors of each other, photocopies.’

Today, Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece, which famously began life as part of a ghost story-telling competition with her husband and Lord Byron on the shores of Lake Geneva, has become indelibly associated with its Hammer horror incarnations depicting mad scientists and evil monsters on the loose.

Yet both Boyle and Cumberbatch are keen to release the novel from its Gothic melodrama moorings and emphasise the social and personal context in which it was written.

‘You had this massive burst of the Industrial Revolution, which was really about electricity and the magic of light and life that gave,’ says Cumberbatch, who sees Victor as being in a long line of übermenschen who think they can change the world but destroy themselves in the process.

‘Victor is also motivated by the death of his mother, who died caring for his cousin; he’s also got a very complex relationship with his fiancée Elizabeth, so for him there’s a massive motivation to conquer death in this world of darkness.

‘He see himself as a hero but, by the end, it’s become a suicidal pact.’

‘Mary Shelley had been constantly pregnant in the lead-up to writing the novel and had already lost a child,’ adds Boyle, whose own children were very young when he first started thinking about Frankenstein, and who admits the show has become very personal for him.

‘And here she is writing a novel about this self-obsessed egoist creating life in a way that excludes women.
‘That’s why I wanted to do it on stage rather than on film, because movies have done so much to distort the story. We wanted to give the creature his voice back.’

Cumberbatch, an actor of rare emotional intelligence on stage, and cerebral and charming in the flesh, is quick to bat away any audience preconceptions about how he and Miller might approach both roles.

‘I hate this distinction of me being some f***ing academic who has just managed to escape the allure of some postgraduate course, and Miller as this mad f***ing wild child with dyed hair from Trainspotting,’ he spits.

‘We have different working methods but ever so slightly – we block on the same lines. We’ve got the same sense of humour and think much the same about what’s good and bad.’

Boyle, for his part, draws no distinction at all.

‘I just wanted two stonking actors with the arrogance to feel no fear,’ he laughs.

Did he feel any fear about returning to the stage after so long working in film?

‘I did keep forgetting I wasn’t filming,’ he says.

‘I’d walk up to actors during particularly intense moments in rehearsal as though I had a camera and was trying to get in close. I soon put a stop to that.’

Both Boyle and Cumberbatch see Shelley’s multifaceted novel as being about responsibility.

‘What really goes wrong in this experiment is that Victor doesn’t care for what he’s created,’ points out Cumberbatch.

‘I suppose you could say it’s ultimately a novel about bad parenting.’

Frankenstein opens tonight at the Olivier, National Theatre. It is broadcast into cinemas nationwide as part of NT Live on March 17 and 24.


Gallery: Mulberry Salon Show

Benedict attended Mulberry Salon Show today, as part of London Fashion Week. He was spotted sat alongside Karen Gillan and Claire Foy, enjoying the fashion show!

Some MQ images have been added to the gallery!

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Events and Appearances > 2011 > February – Mulberry Salon Show – London Fashion Week

News: Sherlock Filming / Airing Information

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has confirmed a start date for filming of the second series.

It was first announced last August that the detective drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as a modern-day Holmes and Watson, will return for three more 90-minute stories later this year.

In a new Twitter post, Gatiss wrote: “For those kindly asking, we start shooting the new series of Sherlock in May and will be back on TV in the Autumn.”

Back in October, co-producer Steven Moffat implied that the second run will introduce Holmes’s love interest Irene Adler and depict the great detective’s battle with his nemesis Mortiarty (Andrew Scott) at Reichenbach Falls.

Martin Freeman recently revealed that he was almost forced to turn down a role in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit to film the new episodes.


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