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Benedict Cumberbatch is a British actor, born on 19th July 1976 in London, England. Benedict is the son of actors Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and Wanda Ventham. He is most famous for playing the lead role in 'Sherlock'. Benedict also stars in 'The Imitation Game', 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' as Khan.
The Imitation Game is up for eight nominations including Best Actor for Benedict. The Oscars will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will take place on Sunday 22nd February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Benedict and the cast of The Imitation Game collected an award for Ensemble Performance (179) at this years 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards held a few days ago. Here are some photos of Ben posing with his award.
W magazine are releasing their ‘Best performances’ issue on stands, February 2015. Every year W release an annual movie magazine, but this time they are doing seven covers (See all 7?) and one of those feature Benedict and Kiera Knightley. You can purchase a single issue or a subscription here. This issue has not been released yet so bear that in mind, when ordering. The above photos are in the gallery in Set#085.
His casting as Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme – that would be Doctor Strange, to give him his only slightly more mundane title – provoked an almost equal measure of delight and dissatisfaction when it was announced last month, but Benedict Cumberbatch is ready for the challenge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Present at the Palm Springs Festival to help collect the ensemble award with some of his Imitation Game cast members, he was quizzed by The Wall Street Journal about whether he thinks taking on another big genre franchise and, more specifically, a very different kind of Marvel movie, is a risky move. “I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel,” he says. “Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different; it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character.
“But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing.”
So what can he tell us about the character or the movie we didn’t get from the press release? Apparently nothing, which seems par for the course these days. “You’ll have to wait and see! I’m not going to be eked out on any spoilers or reveals now. It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life.”
With Sherlock’s new Christmas special and series set to start shooting and a stage run in Hamlet this summer, he’ll have other things to occupy him too. He is, though, diving into the research any actor needs for a Marvel role: reading the comics. Which is something he’s a little unused to… “Growing up, I didn’t read many comics at all. Asterix, a bit, I think that was it. There weren’t many comics in my household. We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.”
Derrickson will be directing Doctor Strange this year ready for an October 28, 2016 release in the UK ahead of its November 4 launch across the pond.
Here are a few snippets from an interview Benedict did with Vulture:
On Snowboarding “I’ve gone three times this year. I went to Vermont. Stratton. And I went to what we call the Lump, which is just somewhere in Connecticut, north of New York. It’s Patterson, so right on the border of Connecticut and New York. They call it the Bump or something like that because it’s a sort of pathetic thing. But I loved it, four slopes. It’s great, just getting my turns back in and getting my balance and jumping. I’m not jumping-jumping. I’ve never done a half-pipe; I learned too late. I started when I was in my mid-20s. Already my center of gravity was too tall to risk airborne, frantic gymnastics over an icy half-tube pipe. [In Vermont] I had a great run, was just taking my earphones out, and sort of looked straight into the eyes of this couple, but I had my goggles on. And they were standing on the backs of their skis, going [high-pitched], ‘We love your work in Sherlock, we’re really big fans!’ I thought, Oh, the fuck, how did you know?”
On Encountering a Particularly Blatant Fan-Photographer “I was coming out of the car to go see a friend of mine at a concert, rushing a little bit, getting into a parking bay, and this one guy had been filming me. I turned around and he went like that [mimes talking on the phone], ‘Yeah, yeah, I know, yeah, yeah.’ I said to him, ‘Are you talking on the phone?’ ‘Yeah. I’m just talking on the phone.’ ‘Do you want to check the photograph you took?’ ‘What?’ ‘Do you want to check the photograph you took of me? Because if it’s not good we could take a proper one.’ ‘I don’t understand, I’m talking on the phone.’ And I just burst out laughing. I said, ‘I’m so sorry, you are possibly the worst actor I have ever seen. You’ve made me very, very, very happy, so it’s fine. You can have your moment with the photograph.'”
You can see the full interview at their website here.
You can pick up a copy of the Radio 4 Dramatisation of Mansfield Park today if your living in the UK. It stars our Benedict and David Tennant. Amazon are selling it for £9.27. If you are a fan of David Tenant then check out my site on David as well.
November 2014 | The Imitation Game
Genre: Film. … Alan Turing
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. In Cinemas 14th November (UK) 21st November (USA).
December 2014 | The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Genre: Film. … Smaug/The Necromancer
The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? In Cinemas 12th December 2014
December 2014 | The Penguins of Madagascar
Genre: Animated film. … Classified (The Wolf)
The film will see Classified and the quartet of troublesome penguins going up against evil eight-limbed antagonist Octavius Brine, an octopus. In cinemas 5th December.
2015 | Poppy Field's
Genre: TV - animated. … (Voice)
The show follows the story of Poppy, a well meaning but eccentric man who owns an old fashioned retirement home in rural England. When he’s about to go broke, he must count on the assistance of miscreants he may have been better off without. Pre-production.
2015 | Black Mass
Genre: Film. … Billy Bulger
The true story of Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger, FBI agent John Connelly and the FBI's witness protection program that was created by J. Edgar Hoover. Post-production.
August 2015 | Hamlet (Theatre)
Genre: Stage play. … Hamlet
The main protagonist is Prince Hamlet, the son of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude. When the play opens, King Hamlet has recently died. Claudius, King Hamlet's brother, has been crowned the new King and has married Gertrude. Shortly after his mother's marriage, Prince Hamlet meets his father's spirit. Announced. On stage 5 Aug 2015 – 31 Oct 2015.
? | The Yellow Birds
Genre: Film. … Iraq Soldier
Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment. Pre-production.
2016 | The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses
Genre: TV. … Richard III
The Wars Of The Roses – the follow-up to the original Bafta-winning series will consist of three films, starting with Henry VI parts 1 and 2 followed by Richard III. Filming.
2016 | Magik
Genre: Animated film. … Lewis (Voice)
Lewis Clark is a brilliant author who stumbles upon a world of Magic after the disappearance of his two young children. He begins a quest to try to stop the insidious evil that threatens to destroy both his new world and his old one. Post production.
2016 | Flying Horse
Genre: Film. … Harry Larkyns
A biopic of pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns. Announced.
October 2016 | Unknown Title
Genre: Marvel film. … Stephen Strange/Dr Strange
Strange is a selfish NY surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. He visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. He’s taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains. Announced.