Benedict won ‘Lead actor in a miniseries or movie‘ for Sherlock at the Emmy’s last night and Martin Freeman won Best supporting actor for Sherlock. Also Sherlock won for best ‘Writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special‘ for Sherlock: His Last Vow, Steven Moffat. So congratulations to the team who work on Sherlock.
Welcome to Cumberbatched. Your newest source for the fabulous British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict is best known for playing the lead role in the BBC series 'Sherlock', appearing in '12 Years a Slave', August: Osage County' and playing Khan in 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. Next we will be seeing Benedict in 'The Imitation Game' as Alan Turing in 2014. Here you will find plenty of photos of Benedict, our new video site and news & information.
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Here is some information about the disease from the official ALS website:
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.
In the UK ALS is known as Motor Neurone Disease. This information is from the official MND website:
MND and ALS are different descriptions of the same disease. The MND Association, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the ALS Association, which operates in the USA, do the same type of work. The only real difference is what we call the disease.
In the UK we use MND – motor neurone disease – and in the USA they use ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Both refer to a fatal, progressive disease that can rob people of the ability to speak, move and breathe. There is no cure. The reason there is a difference is that there are several forms of MND. ALS is the most common type. MND is an umbrella term for all forms of the disease. In the USA, ALS is used as the umbrella term (they also sometimes refer to it as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The MND Association in the UK and The ALS Association in America work very closely together on numerous projects, especially around global research into a cause of MND / ALS, and we are delighted to be carrying on #IceBucketChallenge in the UK, following the ALS Association’s great work in America.
The MND Association helps people with or affected by MND in several ways. We work to improve care and support, fund research to find a cure and campaign to raise awareness of the needs of people with MND. We also fundraise to pay for this important work.
Text ICED55 £5 to 70070 to donate to MND(UK). You can donate at this website: http://www.alsa.org/ for the US.
We’ve had a virtual ark’s worth of animal voice casting announcements for Jon Favreau’s Disney-backed take on a new Jungle Book film, yet heard very little about Andy Serkis’ competing project, Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. That all changed today when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch has agreed to lend his distinctive voice box to lethal tiger Shere Khan. Well, he has form playing characters called Khan, we suppose.
So now we have a Khan-off in the making! In the red corner, there is Idris Elba’s apocalypse-cancelling gravelly goodness. In the blue? Cumberbatch’s Smaugy caramel tones. Who will make the best Shere Khan? Only time will tell, but you can weigh in below.
Serkis is developing the movie to incorporate a blend of live action and performance capture, looking to make his directorial debut based on Callie Kloves’ script. Expect announcements soon about characters including Mowgli, the human raised by wolves and other animals who is Khan’s sworn enemy, wise panther Bagheera and friendly Baloo the bear.
Favreau’s film is set to arrive here on October 6 next, year, while Serkis’ version will land more than a year later, on October 21, 2016.
Tom Hiddleston has challenged Benedict and Luke Evans to the Ice Bucket challenge in support of ASL. The ALS Association supports people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known in the US as Lou Gehrig’s disease (he was a NY Yankees baseball player). It’s what the rest of us in layman’s terms would call Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Basically Benedict has 24 hours to respond to Tom’s dare or he has to give $100 to the charity. You can see Tom doing the challenge at this link and you can also donate as well: http://www.whosay.com/status/twhiddleston/969449?wsref=tw&code=nwy9358
The teaser trailer was released a few days ago and I had forgot to post all about it! My bad!
News was released via official BBC twitter.
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: