“Avengers: Infinity War” press tour has started! Our gallery was updated with over 350 pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch during the fan event that happened yesterday (April 8) in London. Enjoy!
New article about Patrick Melrose, plus a new shoot with Benedict and the Cast.
Edward St. Aubyn’s darkly comic novels about upper-class life in Britain, beloved by a generation of distinguished readers, come to Showtime next month.
In 2012, when it came time to publish a paperback version of the Patrick Melrose novels, the semi-autobiographical pentalogy by the English author Edward St. Aubyn, his American publishers had no trouble rounding up rapturous praise from a passel of distinguished readers: Zadie Smith, Bret Easton Ellis, Ann Patchett, Edmund White, Sam Lipsyte, and Alice Sebold. They might also have thought to ask a reader named Benedict Cumberbatch, who considers the books “the most exquisite achievements in 21st-century prose”—a fortunate view, given that Cumberbatch stars in the five-part adaptation of the novels that airs on Showtime in May.
A darkly comic indictment of Britain’s upper class, Patrick Melrose, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Blythe Danner, follows its protagonist from age five, when he is abused by his father (played by Hugo Weaving) in a country house in Provence, through his young adulthood, when he becomes a heroin addict in New York and London, to his recovery from drugs and transition to fatherhood. “It was a hell of an arc to play,” says Cumberbatch. “Patrick’s life is a nonstop madeleine cake of horrors.”
Portraying a character from age 25 to 45 was a significant challenge, Cumberbatch says—as was capturing the attitude and vocal mannerisms specific to Patrick’s class: “I went to a very posh public school, second to Eton, yet I had only one friend from the landed gentry. I’ve been trying to knock the corners off my accent ever since I left Harrow.” Cumberbatch consulted frequently with St. Aubyn, who, though he didn’t write the teleplay, made himself available to any cast member in search of biographical grist.
In the end, St. Aubyn reports, there’s unexpected consolation to be found in seeing his alter ego brought to the screen. “I’ve spent 25 years being asked if I’m Patrick Melrose,” he says. “So it’s a great deal of relief to be able to say, ‘No, Benedict Cumberbatch is.’”
Our gallery was update with scans of the March issue of TV & Satellite Week and Entertainment Weekly and Empire UK‘s May Issue featuring Patrick Melrose and Avengers: Infinity War.
Showtime has set Saturday, May 12, 9 PM for the premiere of its five-part limited series Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and has released a first-look clip. With the date, the premium cabler also is planting its scripted flag on Saturday nights, as it prepares to expand to a new night of original programming. Patrick Melrose will join Saturday’s existing sports and movie offerings.
“As the size of our programming slate continues to grow, it makes sense for Showtime to offer another night of premieres – allowing us the opportunity to eventize series like Patrick Melrose” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks. “Offering original content on Saturdays not only enables us to fully service our subscribers with diverse offerings, it gives viewers enough time to enjoy them all. And a series with the ambition and quality of Patrick Melrose is the perfect place to start.”
Cumberbatch, who also executive produces the series, plays the titular character who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned his behavior. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving also star as Patrick Melrose’s parents. Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma and Celia Imrie round out the cast.
Each episode, devoted to one of the five semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St Aubyn, is written for television by David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day) and directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack).
Patrick Melrose is a co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic.
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War second trailer is here. The Avengers reunite with The Guardians of The Galaxy and Wakanda’s heroes to defeat Thanos. In theaters April 27.
Our gallery was also updated with new stills and the official poster.
Our gallery was updated with high quality pictures of Benedict during “Child In Time” Press Conference on February 22. You can also read a interview by Inquirier where he talks about the Child In Time and other projects.
Will you do more theater? Work-wise, I’m trying to measure things around family commitments at the moment. Theater is pretty punishing for that reason, so that’s the only reason I’m pausing as to when.
But being the president of Lamda is a great excuse to do theater and drag as many students as are allowed into a rehearsal room, a dress rehearsal, as well as a show.
What was it like to be part of that epic Marvel Studios 10th anniversary class photo? I was next to Lizzie (Elizabeth) Olsen. It was amazing. You feel like a pixel in a massive picture. Yeah, it was incredible to be part of that and kind of moving, not least because of it being 10 years’ worth of people’s lives and the high risks they took, when it’s that big a franchise and how successful they’ve been at bettering their output with every single film.
Talk about your new series, “Patrick Melrose.” It’s an extraordinary story of an incredible human being. It’s no secret that Patrick Melrose is very much the alter ego of the author, Edward St. Aubyn. It’s very close to his life story—about a boy who was brought up in very privileged circumstances, but he was, behind doors, being sexually abused by his father for years.
The story then lurches into his 20s, when Patrick was a full-blown heroin addict and a very chaotic human being on the edge of losing his sanity and his life, collecting his father’s ashes in New York. Then, it’s on to the third episode, based on the third book called “Some Hope,” where he’s struggling with the early steps of sobriety and trying to find a true purpose in life.
In the fourth episode, he’s a husband and father and trying to do a good job and failing still because of the tense relationship with his mother. In the fifth episode, it all comes to a head. At his mother’s wake and funeral, he finally reconciles who he is, and what he has to become to be truly saved, and move from being a victim to being a survivor.
For you, what does “The Child in Time” represent? It examines childhood and time literally, as in the title, “The Child in Time.” It’s about what it is to develop as a child and what it is to regress into being a child, and the failed experiment Stephen Lewis has with that. Stephen was someone who was asked to become an adult too fast in his life.
In order to have a childhood, he experiments with letting go of the normal social practices of being an adult and regressing to childlike behavior. It unravels him. It’s a form of therapy in a way or just an escape and release—and, sadly, it unmoors his sanity.
What drew you to the project? I was drawn to this Everyman character, quite far from some of the more extreme characters I’ve played and somebody who, to the extent that I wore some of my own wardrobe just on a technical level, I felt I could get closer to.
Although the piece was a rumination and very poetic in its nature rather than procedural, it was very much an investigation into the reality of what that would be like, with little filter in the way.
Also, it was a great script from a book, from a novelist (Ian McEwan) I have always admired but, funnily enough, that book had escaped my attention.
What have you been watching lately on television? I’m watching “Wormwood” at the moment.
What else do you watch? The news (laughs). I’ve been watching a lot of screeners because of [Bafta and Academy] voting and catching up with my peers’ work, just being inspired and wanting to see great movies.
You seem to be fascinated with Ian McEwan’s words. Why do they appeal to you? McEwan always dabbles in that peculiarly brilliant art of presenting a recognizable world, but with quite a dark uncanny twist, an undercurrent of threat, danger, loss or anxiety. There is always something perfect about his writing. It’s very direct.
Let’s switch to music. Does it help you in your acting? Very much.
There are certain moments that I listen to bits of music to drown out the noise of a set and just as a point of focus. There are certain moments when there’s a track that resonates with a particular feeling of letting go, loss, or experiencing something that needs me to open up.
I don’t remember the track—which is irritating, I know—but it’s by Wild Beasts, an English band. They’re brilliant. Before I jumped off the roof of St. Bart’s (Bartholomew’s) Hospital as Sherlock Holmes (in a scene), I had that emotional connection with John (Watson). I do a lot without music, but it’s a gift when you find a song that leads you toward an emotional state, or gives you a tool to help you get that.
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Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest role saw him briefly revisit his childhood as he narrated celebrated children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
Irish Examiner – The British actor lent his voice alongside the book’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr, 94, in marking 50 years since the book was first published as they read to a group of children and their parents.
Flanked by a full-size tiger, the pair delighted around 150 youngsters on February 13 with narrations of the work and another Kerr book, The Crocodile Under The Bed.
First published in 1968, The Tiger That Came To Tea concerns a young girl, Sophie, her mother, and a hungry tiger who interrupts their afternoon tea.
Cumberbatch said he had vague memories of the book being read to him as a child and now uses it as a bedtime story for his two sons, Christopher and Hal. He told the audience: “It is something that has continued from generation to generation and it’s now a wonderful thing to be passing it on.”
Cumberbatch led a rendition of Happy Birthday to mark the anniversary celebration which took place as part of the Storystock Festival in Battersea, south London.
Our gallery was updated with HD screencaptures of Benedict’s scenes as Doctor Strange in Thor Ragnarok. Enjoy!
Yesterday (February 6), Benedict visited the Active Communities Network Programme in south London. The project is funded by the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, which is the organizer of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Benedict will be hosting the event on February 27 in Monaco. Below you can read the official note about Cumberbatch’s visit to the programme posted on Laurens site:
He has played the role of a doctor, a detective and a genius, and today Hollywood actor and Arsenal supporter Benedict Cumberbatch tried his hand at football as he visited the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in South London.
Ahead of hosting the Laureus Awards in Monaco on February 27, the star of Sherlock, The Imitation Game and Dr Strange spoke with volunteers and participants at the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in South London. The young people from the local community use sport as a pathway to make positive lifestyle choices, learn life skills and progress into education, training and employment programmes.
Having hosted both the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 Awards in Shanghai, Benedict is aware of the work Laureus Sport for Good undertakes around the world, but today’s visit was an opportunity to learn first-hand the ways in which sport helps young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage in South London.
The 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting success and achievement over the past calendar year, while also recognising the true value sport can have in uniting communities and acting as a positive force for change. For more information and to stay updated in the build up to the Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow #Laureus18 on social media platforms.
Benedict Cumberbatch: “Later this month, the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting excellence, but we’ll also recognise and celebrate the good which can be achieved through sport at all levels. Laureus Sport for Good supports more than 100 programmes around the world, and having spent time with the young people from the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in London today, I’ve seen the transformational power sport can have in helping young people better themselves in their everyday lives.