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Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 5:45PM EST
Watch a bald Benedict Cumberbatch in HBO's Brexit trailer
The Sherlock star plays Dominic Cummings, who spearheaded Britain's Brexit vote as director of the Vote Leave campaign. Even Cummings' wife is impressed by Cumberbatch's performance in the trailer. Brexit premieres on HBO on Jan. 19.
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
True Blood could've featured Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
True Blood creator Alan Ball revealed details of the casting of his HBO series, saying at the Vulture festival: "I read Benedict Cumberbatch. He came and read for Bill. ... Jessica Chastain read for Sookie. Jennifer Lawrence read for, in season 3 there's this werepanther girl, and she was great." Lawrence was 17 at the time, and too young to play Jason's girlfriend. He also discussed Anna Paquin's casting: "Anna wanted this role so bad. Poor thing, she read like five times and I was like oh, do we buy her as Southern? Do we buy her as Sookie Stackhouse?" he said. ALSO: Ball reveals his True Blood musical is a tragic opera about going back into the closet.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
Avengers: Infinity War almost included a Sherlock joke between Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I should've said, 'No sh*t, Sherlock,'" one of the Russo brothers said in the commentary track for their film. "Everybody really wanted that joke." Downey has been playing Sherlock Holmes on the big screen while Cumberbatch has played the iconic role on the small screen.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch hailed as a hero for rescuing a food-delivery cyclist
The Patrick Melrose and Sherlock star was riding in an Uber in London when he reportedly came to the rescue of a delivery man who was being attacked.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch to star on Britain's Brexit drama series
Source: Digital Spy
He''ll play the campaign director for Vote Leave on Channel 4's new drama about the polarizing 2016 referendum.
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch: I'll turn down any role unless my female co-star has equal pay
Source: Radio Times
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” says the Patrick Melrose and Sherlock star. “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Showtime's Patrick Melrose is specially designed for Benedict Cumberbatch fans
The five-part series is a "Benedict Cumberbatch thirst trap," says Lea Palmieri. "Unlike previous roles that found him disappearing into very specific real people (The Fifth Estate, The Imitation Game), or such defined characters as Sherlock, or his recent on-screen appearance as Dr. Strange, Melrose is one of the more modern characters we’ve seen him step into, as the show kicks off in the 1980s. This allows for Cumberbatch to put a lot on display: his comedic talents, his body, his American accent, his full range of emotional work, and yes, those very blue eyes. Oh, and his butt. That’s there too. Let’s state again here, before we get a bit superficial, that his acting here is tremendous and probably the best reason to watch the show. Cumberbatch is putting in work, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was recognized with awards or nominations for it."
- Patrick Melrose is a five-part exercise in prestige misery, built around Cumberbatch's showy performance
- Patrick Melrose is both a mash note and a lavish footnote to its source material
- Its simple structure helps it become a truly engaging miniseries
- It's darkly entertaining, and the most remarkably faithful adaptation of a series of books in recent memory
- With Patrick Melrose, Cumberbatch is able to cross the last role off his bucket list
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Martin Freeman clarifies his comments about Sherlock fans following Benedict Cumberbatch's heated response
Source: The Independent
“My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy,” he told The Daily Beast after Cumberbatch called his original comments about fans hurting the show "pretty pathetic." “There’s a certain aspect that some fans are going to run with the ball and make their own thing out of your show - which is completely fair enough, as long as we all acknowledge that that is what is happening."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch says Martin Freeman's criticism of Sherlock fan expectations is "pretty pathetic"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” Freeman said last month in a interview with The Telegraph. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed ... That’s not fun anymore.” Cumberbatch responded to Freeman in his own Telegraph interview, saying: “It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take a grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that … There’s a level of obsession where (the franchise) becomes (the fans’) even though we’re the ones making it. But I just don’t feel affected by that in the same way, I have to say.”
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch's Patrick Melrose premieres May 12, launching Showtime's scripted Saturday nights
“As the size of our programming slate continues to grow, it makes sense … to offer another night of premieres – allowing us the opportunity to eventize series like Patrick Melrose,” Showtime president said in a statement.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Stephen Hawking was The Simpsons' "most intelligent guest star"
"Almost as many people know me through The Simpsons as through my science," the renowned theoretical physicist, who died today at age 76, said of his four appearances (between 1999 and 2010) on the Fox comedy. “The appeal of The Simpsons is that the characters display all the traits we see in ourselves,” he said, adding that he thought the show was “the best thing on American television.” The Simpsons producer and writer Matt Selman paid tribute to Hawking on Twitter, calling him "the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons," while Simpsons showrunner Al Jean said Hawking had "a sense of humor as vast as the universe."
- The Big Bang Theory cast pays tribute to Hawking, who was part of seven episodes
- "It was a huge privilege to waste some of his time," said John Oliver, who interviewed Hawking for Last Week Tonight in 2014
- Star Trek: The Next Generation marked Hawking's first TV cameo -- a historic one since he's the only person to play himself in Trek history
- Hawking became a pop-culture icon with all his TV cameos
- Presenting Hawking's greatest Big Bang Theory moments
- Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Hawking, whom he portrayed in the BBC TV movie Hawking
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake"
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Sherlock likely won't return for a very long time
Source: Radio Times
Co-creator Steven Moffat says “we haven’t got an immediate plan” to bring the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman drama back, “but I would remain surprised, given the collective enthusiasm we have for it, if we didn’t do it again.” He adds: “When, I don’t know. I think maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us, I don’t know. A longer gap? They’re always long gaps!”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Check out Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose
The first teaser for Showtime’s five-part limited series has been released by Sky TV.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Check out Benedict Cumberbatch as Showtime’s Patrick Melrose
The Sherlock star plays an aristocratic playboy in the upcoming series from Showtime and Sky Atlantic.