Competition – Win “Wreckers” on DVD!

With a huge thanks to Paul over at Artificial Eye Productions, Benedict Cumberbatch Fan is delighted to be offering another competition to our visitors!

There are 2 DVD’s of forthcoming DVD release ‘Wreckers’ available to be won.

Competition Closed – Winners announced shortly!

The DVD is released in the UK on March 12th, and will contain the following DVD extras:-

  • The Other Man (Short Film)
  • Journey Man (Short Film)
  • Interview with Director D.R. Hood
  • Theatrical Trailer

Please note this competition is open to UK residents only! Competition closes on Saturday 3rd March!

Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch) have moved back to the village where he grew up to start a family. Their relationship seems idyllic, but getting pregnant is proving difficult and adding to the strain of building their perfect home.

Out of the blue, David’s younger brother Nick (Shaun Evans) appears. A soldier on leave, Nick sleepwalks and is prone to dark moods, yet Dawn is affected by her brother-in-law’s vulnerability, and they start to spend an increasing amount of time together. Gradually, buried incidents from the brothers’ shared history start to reveal themselves, forcing Dawn to confront the question of whether she really knows her husband at all.

I will reviewing Wreckers within the next week – so keep checking back for that!

“Stuart; A Life Backwards” Screencaptures and Stills added!

I’ve added MQ screencaptures and some promotional stills from 2007 television movie Stuart: A Life Backwards :-

Stuart: A Life Backwards is a poignant, funny, ultimately tragic true story that unfolds like a whodunit, tracing in reverse (as the title suggests) how a young boy was transformed into a violent convict and substance abuser. The narrative unfolds in two directions. Moving forward, Alexander (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Stuart (Tom Hardy) forge an unlikely bond as they campaign to right a miscarriage of justice in Cambridge, England. Moving backwards, Stuart slowly reveals his harrowing life story to Alexander, encompassing bouts of violence and madness, stints in prison, a lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy and, most tellingly, a horrific, abuse-filled childhood. Along the way, there are some surprisingly tender and funny moments, and Alexander learns much from his unique friend until past and present tragically collide. Inventively employing flashbacks and animated sequences, the film is told in a fashion that is as unforgettable as Stuart is. Part murder mystery-part emotional exploration, Stuart: A Life Backwards probes the deepest regions of the human heart.

Gallery Links

Television Drama > 2007 – Stuart: A Life Backwards > Promotional Stills
Television Drama > 2007 – Stuart: A Life Backwards > Screencaptures

‘Star Trek’ Star Chris Pine ‘Grateful’ For Benedict Cumberbatch

Given the overwhelming success of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” much ado has been made over the sequel, which started production not too long ago. One of the more interesting stories to come out of the flurry of activity surrounding the new film is the casting of rising star Benedict Cumberbatch as the chief villain.

The very busy actor could only express his excitement about the project when MTV News caught up with him at the Golden Globes, but co-star Chris Pine had a little bit more to offer about Cumberbatch’s contributions to the film thus far.

“Benedict is fantastic. He’s just so good,” Pine told MTV about his scenes with the British actor at the premiere of “This Means War.” “He’s super talented, and we are more than grateful to have him onboard.”

When asked about the tone of his scenes with the “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse” actor, Pine gushed about his co-star’s acting skills. “Benedict has got this intensity about him, and he’s obviously extremely intelligent and articulate. His vocal quality is something else. He obviously is, unlike many of us, like, an actually trained actor,” Pine added with a laugh. “He actually studied for it.”

So what are we going to love about Cumberbatch’s performance? And will it be love/hate, since he’s playing a mysterious villain?

“[You’ll love] everything. He’s really talented,” Pine said. “I think it’s all going to be love — a mad amount of love.”

Another “Star Trek 2” actor, Alice Eve, was just as excited about Cumberbatch joining the team, having worked with him previously on “Starter for 10.” “I’m very excited to work with him again. He’s so very funny, Ben,” she said. “I don’t know if you remember his character in ‘Starter for 10,’ but he was so funny. Like King of the Geeks, but he did it so well, and I found a lot of that hard to get through because he was so funny. I like him very much.”


Gallery Update – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screencaptures and Stills

Thank to my lovely friend Kari, I have added over 400 HD screencaptures from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I have also added a couple more promotional stills from the movie.

Gallery Links
Movies > 2011 – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy > Screencaptures
Movies > 2011 – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy > Production Stills

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!

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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!