I must apologise for the lack of updates to the site. As an adult undertaking some GCSE’s (yes really) whilst working full time, I have been swamped with stress and general revision for my exams. I have indeed done them all now! Hooray! So I will be resuming site duties from now on. I do have some scans coming shortly from the recent ‘The Hollow Crown’.
Benedict was joined by a host of stars (David Tennant, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judy Dench et al.) and Prince Charles on last nights ‘Shakespeare Live!’, which you can view in a clip below:
Benedict introduced the Doctor Strange trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday and you can watch this below:
The Dr. Strange teaser trailer has landed and it’s brilliantly ‘Inception’ like. There has also been two official posters released.
The BBC have released a press release today about Sherlock series 4 filming.
Filming for series four of Sherlock, the multi-award-winning hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, has started.
Sherlock will return to screens with three brand-new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases…
Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
Benedict Cumberbatch said he was “genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can’t wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait… though not for long… And it will be worth it.”
The first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked as a director, producer, and professor in film and television for more than 25 years, having previously directed Doctor Who, The Flash and The Wind In The Willows.
Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say: “Sherlock series four – here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street – and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”
Sue Vertue, Executive Producer for Hartswood Films, says: “It’s taken a while to gather everyone together for series four, but I can confidently say I think it will be well worth the wait!”
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which aired on New Year’s Day this year, was the most watched programme over the festive season with 11.6 million viewers and the highest-ever audience share for a Sherlock episode. The Victorian special was also released in thousands of cinemas around the world to complement the TV broadcast.
Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
Benedict and the filming crew took a break from filming Dr. Strange on the streets of New York (4th April) and purchased some goods from JHU comic store. You can see the video from the store below and a tweet from @archsix6 of Benedict in the store as well. There is also a great Tumblr post by one of the managers, Rene Rosa of that comic book store encounter.
— Z (@archsix6) April 3, 2016
The Telegraph have released their first look review of The Hollow Crown, which stars Benedict as Richard III. Here is a snippet from the review describing Benedict’s small role at the end of the first two- hour film.
As the young Richard, Benedict Cumberbatch has only supporting player status, before he will have his time in the third film in the new series, Richard III, yet to be previewed. In Henry VI, his part may be small but he outrageously steals every scene he’s in. His Richard, at first an eager-eyed tag-along, is the product of horrors. A silent witness to his little brother’s murder, his bloodlust twists into axe-wielding malevolence the closer he edges to the throne. It is a gripping account of pure psychopathy.
Adding to the sense of menace, he confides his darkest thoughts directly to camera. When at the end of the second film he cradles the new-born son of his brother Edward IV, you know exactly what’s coming next. “I can murder while I smile,” he purrs. It’s from this son of York that Frank Underwood got all his best power moves.
You can read the full review by Jasper Rees at the Telegraph website.
The Guardian are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet has received four Olivier award nominations, including best actor for his portrayal of the Shakespearean prince at the Barbican.
The actor’s revival of the tragedy was the fastest-selling show in London theatre history but opened to mixed reviews last summer.
You can read the full list of nominations for the Oliver awards here and see who Benedict and Hamlet are up against.
The Guardian is reporting that Benedict is among 11 visiting fellows to Oxford University. To read the article in full please click the link. Below is an extract from the news article:
Benedict Cumberbatch’s newest role will see him treading the boards in front of university students, after he accepted an appointment as a visiting fellow at Oxford.
Cumberbatch – whose last stage role was as Hamlet at the Barbican in London – will be joined by fellow actor Emma Watson and the Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant among the 11 visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
The new positions are strictly part-time, however, and are intended to add to the cultural life of the college, according to Rusbridger, who took up his role as head of the college in September 2015. The college’s principal, Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian, announced the appointments on Friday.
“At a minimum we’d like them to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the LMH community.
“We’d like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach – or something we haven’t thought of. We can imagine fascinating interactions or collaborations between them.
“They are welcome to come and stay in college if they’d like a place temporarily to think or work. And some have already suggested other ways in which they might engage with a body of 700 incredibly smart students and tutors in order to stimulate their own thinking or work in progress.”
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Benedict is to narrate the documentary ‘Naples 44’. More information below:
Academy Award nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to narrate a new documentary detailing the underbelly of life in Naples following the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation after World War II.
Francesco Patierno will write and direct the new film based on Norman Lewis’ war diary Naples ’44. The documentary will be a combination of archive and feature film footage from famous films set in the city.
I have finally got the 8th January 2016 issue and scanned it for the site and you can view those in the gallery here.