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Benedict attended the Hay Festival to read some historical letters. Here is what the Radio Times had to say about him.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch filled the largest tent in the Hay Festival to the rafters yesterday as he read a selection of notable letters from history.
An estimated 1,700 people packed in to watch the Sherlock star read in an event called Letters Live, with onlookers observing a more than usual collection of teenage girls in the audience.
“If only Benedict Cumberbatch had been three per cent sexier,” joked the publisher Jamie Byng in his introduction to what is believed to have been one of the fastest sellouts in the sleepy festival’s 26-year history
The event was devised by Simon Garfield and Shaun Usher and was based on their respective books – To the Letter and Letters of Note.
One of the pieces read by Cumberbatch was a letter written by a young Second World War signalman called Chris Barker, stationed in Cairo, and his girlfriend Bessie Moore with actress Lisa Dwan taking the part of his girlfriend Bessie.
Another letter saw him take on the persona of doomed explorer Captain Scott in his final letter to his wife Kathleen from the frozen wilds of Antarctica.
In another he played poet Ted Hughes writing a tender epistle to his son Nicholas.
Not surprisingly his appearance drew a rapt response from the audience.
The festival’s director Peter Florence was ecstatic about the sprinkling of Hollywood stardom, telling WalesOnline: “It’s been very busy today adding a huge festival audience to the Benedict Cumberbatch appreciation society, which is a passionate and enormous group of people. He’s a fabulous actor and happens to have the zeitgeist.
“Sherlock has lifted him into a global star but he manages to combine stardom with utter brilliance which is really rare.”
Earlier in the day Cumberbatch joined stars including Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville and singer Paloma Faith in reading out winning entries in Radio 2’s 500 Words competition.
You can see a video of Benedict reading from the letters below:
Depending on which report you read, the crime drama based on the real life tale of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger is either still named Black Mass or has returned to untitled status. Still, however it ends up, the film is in production now, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Scott as the latest additions.
Cumberbatch is replacing Guy Pearce in the film, which will chronicle the story of infamous Boston crime figure, played by Johnny Depp. Bulger masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him as well.
Bulger fled in 1994 and was captured in 2011 in California. Cumberbatch will be Senator William ”Billy” Bulger, a career politician who claimed when questioned that he wasn’t aware of the extent of his older sibling’s criminal activities. Scott joins the cast as FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick, marking a rare dramatic turn for the man better known for Step Brothers and sitcom Parks And Recreation.
Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons are all board Scott Cooper’s new film, which he’s re-written based on Mark Mallouk’s earlier adaptation of the book about Bulger by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Expect to see this one, we’d imagine, in the second half of 2015.
Hiring just one buzzed-about actor is good enough for most directors. But Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery is aiming for three for his latest, hiring Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan to star in The Yellow Birds.
Lowery has written the script himself, adapting Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers’ novel. The book focuses on two soldiers, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy, who meet and become friends in boot camp while preparing to head off for combat in Iraq. Bartle promise’s Murphy’s mother that he’ll bring him home safely, but they discover that keeping such oaths is difficult in a place where death lurks all around.
Lowery heard about the book from Story Mining & Supply Company bosses Jeffrey Sharp and Evan Hayes, who bought the rights and began to develop the script.
“I never had any interest in making a war film until Jeff and Evan brought me the novel by Kevin Powers,” Lowery says in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. “And perhaps I still don’t, because while Powers’ story takes place during wartime, it isn’t about the conflict. It is about characters that find themselves caught up in war, but who struggle to not let it define them. I fell in love with them.”
There’s no time scale for this one yet, but we’d hope to see it next year.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has seen many ups and downs in its journey to the screen. It’s changed director, gone from two films to three, and now sees the third film retitled from There And Back again, the book’s subtitle, to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
There were rumours last week that the film’s title might change, with Into The Fire then said to be the likely moniker. But (and we totally called this on last week’s podcast) the filmmakers have gone with the name of the climactic clash in Tolkien’s book. Well, close to it; strictly, in the book, it’s called The Battle Of Five Armies with no additional definite article. Here’s what Jackson had to say about the change.
“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.
When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.
And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.
As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.”
You can read the full statement here, but several things become clear from this. First of all, it’s a decision that Jackson can explain thematically rather than being a business decision or similar, so all you cynics should pipe down. Secondly, there is now a cut of the film! Thirdly, we should expect some large-scale action this time around to justify that title, so brace yourselves for major fight scenes.
Spoilers for non-readers follow!
The Battle Of The Five Armies, of course, sees Goblins and Wargs (one army, supported by scary bats) face off against dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles (four much smaller armies) in a quest to gain control of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and Smaug’s treasures within. In the book, Bilbo spends much of the conflict unconscious; we wonder whether that will still be the case onscreen? One change this time should see the Orcs being led by the still-very-much loose Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch), making them even more formidable.
The three films are now united in having titles almost but not quite taken from the text of the book. The first, An Unexpected Journey, echoed the book’s first chapter title, An Unexpected Party. The second film, The Desolation Of Smaug, comes from a description of the area around Erebor as “the Desolation of the Dragon” (in fairness, those exact words are used on Tolkien’s map). And now the third is inspired by the Battle Of Five Armies (no extra ‘the’). Purists will have to hold out for that box set Jackson mentioned.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will hit cinemas on December 12, 2014, starring, as ever, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch (presumably as both Necromancer and Smaug), Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lily, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt and many more.
Benedict is on the front of British Airways magazine ‘High Life’. Here is a few photos from the shoot and excerpts from the magazine article below.
He’s tall (6ft), ramrod straight, just 37, slim (though trying to bulk up for his next part as a mercenary in Blood Mountain), has a blemish-free and stubble-free complexion, ice-blue eyes and swept-back auburn brown hair — which was dyed black for Sherlock, blond for Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.
It was Sherlock, of course, that made him a star. Since that first series in 2010, it’s been nonstop. ‘I’ve played so many characters so fast,’ he tells me. ‘I had a bank holiday weekend to transfer from Sherlock Holmes into Christopher Tietjens [inParade's End].’
On the Alive on Ice course, you also drive Ski-Doos and ride in sleds pulled by huskies. (Benedict loves dogs although he says he’s too busy to own one. Before he goes out on a sled, he’s on all fours in the snow with a dog tickling its tummy, his new best friend.)
‘The ice is quite solid, I assume?’ asks Benedict, articulating what we’re all thinking. We’re about to power around this frozen lake in a range of Jaguar sports cars and nobody wants their F-Type to turn submarine. ‘Quite solid,’ says our Finnish instructor, Tomi. He shows us a contraption that measures ice thickness. ‘It’s 35cm,’ he says reassuringly. (That’s just over a foot.) ‘Although maybe less thick in places.’
He admits he’s gone from an ‘anonymous actor’ into ‘apparently a sex symbol — although it’s a bit of a mystery why as my face has not changed that much during the ten years I have been in this business’. He’s even been responsible for a new word: Cumberbitch. (Urban Dictionary definition: ‘Any woman who has a deep fascination with the wonderful, beautiful, talented English stage and on-screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch’.) Meanwhile, @cumberbitches is one of the largest social-media fan groups around, with over 123,000 Twitter followers, describing themselves as ‘the most glorious and elusive society for the appreciation of the high cheek-boned, blue-eyed sex bomb that is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch’.
For the full article go to the British Airways site.
Benedict Cumberbatch is to play Richard III on television – the same character his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman will play in the West End.
The star has been cast in the second series of Shakespeare’s History plays (Henry VI in two parts and Richard III) in the Neal Street Productions film for BBC2, the broadcaster has announced.
It comes just two days after it emerged that Freeman would play the title role in Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End later this year.
The second series of Shakespeare’s history plays is from the creative team behind the Bafta-award-winning The Hollow Crown films and will be directed by Dominic Cooke. It will be the first time Cooke, a former artistic director of the Royal Court theatre, has directed for the screen.
Cumberbatch said: “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life for the BBC and Neal Street Productions’s peerless series of Shakespeare’s history plays.”
The creative team at Neal Street Productions includes Sam Mendes, who is an executive producer for Shakespeare’s history plays.
Another executive producer, Pippa Harris, said: “Neal Street Productions worked with Benedict on both Stuart: A Life Backwards for the BBC and the film Starter for Ten. His range and dexterity as an actor make him the perfect choice to bring one of Shakespeare’s towering characters to television.”
Ben Stephenson, the BBC drama controller, described Cumberbatch as “one of the world’s most brilliant and in-demand actors”.
Cumberbatch is also to play Hamlet on stage in London next year.
Fanboys and girls hoping for a Sherlock/Doctor Who TV mash-up are out of luck, it seems, following Benedict Cumberbatch’s pronouncement that he will never star in the long-running BBC sci-fi series.
Cumberfans have long hoped the Sherlock star would turn up in Doctor Who, with many suggesting he should one day play the Doctor himself and others tipping him to play his Time Lord adversary the Master. The fact that Steven Moffat is both showrunner on Doctor Who and co-creator of Sherlock has only served to fan the flames of speculation.
But now Cumberbatch himself appears to have put the idea to bed once and for all, telling an audience at Oz Comic-Con this morning “I’m never gonna play the Doctor – and nothing to do with the Whoniverse.”
Cumberbatch also appeared to lay to rest on-off rumours that he will work again under Star Trek: Into Darkness director JJ Abrams in his upcoming Star Wars movie, telling fans – according to Australian entertainment site The Iris – “I would’ve liked a part in JJ’s new Star Wars but it won’t happen, sadly.”