The Imitation Game premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

ClarkK The Imitation Game has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to standing ovations and great critical acclaim. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in the biopic alongside Keira Knightley. Benedict and Keira were in Toronto to promote the film alongside director Morten Tyldum and co-stars Allen Leech and Matthew Goode.

You can see a variety of interviews from TIFF including the full press conference on our videos page. Our correspondent Gabrielle also saw the film in Toronto and has provided a review for us.

Various photos of Benedict at TIFF have been added to our galleries (please note due to technical issues our galleries cannot upload new pictures at the moment – while we look at alternatives we’re having to go a little old school with new pictures)

In other news Benedict took home the award for best actor at the TV Choice Awards this week for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. As he could not attend as he was at TIFF his parents collected the award on his behalf. Sherlock also won best TV Drama.

Benedict Cumberbatch wins Actor of the Year at the GQ Awards

GQ1Fresh from his Emmy win last week Benedict Cumberbatch has been granted another accolade – that of actor of the year by GQ Magazine.

Accepting the award from Dan Stevens Benedict commented “This is wonderful. I’d like to thank James McAvoy for not being available. But seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches.”

Photos of Benedict at the GQ Awards have been added to the galleries.

You can also see images of Benedict from the GQ Awards issue (on sale Thursday or via devices now) on our tumblr.

A video of Benedict discussing his recent Emmy win has been added to our video interviews page.

Benedict also recently discussed Hamlet with Baz Bamigboye of the Mail.

Finally photos of Benedict at a screening of The Guest (which stars Dan Stevens) have been added to the galleries.

Win Afternoon Tea with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott!

NTThe National Theatre are offering the opportunity to win afternoon tea with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott (Moriarty) at the Club at the Ivy!

National Theatre Young Patrons are running an online competition in aid of supporting emerging talent at the National Theatre. By supporting the NT as a registered charity, participants will be making a difference for the young directors, writers, actors and designers that make the exciting theatre we enjoy today. Talent at the NT goes beyond the action seen on stage, the talent fostered by the NT work across areas including set-design, prop-making, and literary, all creating groundbreaking work which has an impact across the theatre world.

The prize will include the opportunity for a lucky winner and their guest to attend afternoon tea at The Club at The Ivy, London, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott.

To enter the competition, participants will need to make a donation of £20, between 1 – 16 September. Entrants into the raffle must be UK residents over the age of 16 and the prize is for 2 people. You can if you wish enter the raffle up to 20 times.

Exclusive: We are Colony Third Star Trailer/Behind the Scenes Clip

Streaming service We are Colony have kindly given us an exclusive Colony trailer/Behind the scenes clip for Third Star.

Written by Vaughn Sivell and directed by Hattie Dalton Third Star features Benedict Cumberbatch as James, a terminally ill man who takes a roadtrip to Barafundle Bay along with his friends. Co-starring Adam Robertson, JJ Feild (Captain America) and Tom Burke (The Three Musketeers) Third Star by Western Edge pictures is a beautiful tale of friendship and loss.

The Imitation Game premieres to rave reviews at the Telluride Film Festival

ImitationThe Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing has had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

It has opened to absolutely rave reviews with Benedict’s performance being described as “one of the best performances of the year” with many critics suggesting that the role could see Cumberbatch nominated for an Oscar.

You can read a round up of the reviews from Telluride here.

The Imitation Game screens next at Toronto International Film Festival before being screened at the London Film Festival where it is the opening night gala.

In other news Benedict popped into Madame Tussauds last week to check on the progress of his wax work. You can see photos from his visit in our galleries.

We have also added photos of the posters for Hamlet to the galleries.

Benedict Cumberbatch wins Emmy Award for Sherlock

ID1Benedict Cumberbatch has won an Emmy award for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. At tonight’s ceremony Benedict was awarded the Emmy for best actor in a mini series or movie for his performance in Sherlock: His Last Vow.

It was an amazing night for Team Sherlock and production company Hartswood Films with Steven Moffat winning best writing in a mini series or movie for His Last Vow and Martin Freeman winning an Emmy for best supporting actor for his portrayal of John Watson in Sherlock. Sadly neither Benedict nor Martin could attend the ceremony due to work commitments.

This evening’s wins puts Sherlock’s Emmy count at a hugely impressive 7 awards having previously won awards for cinematography, picture editing, music composition and sound editing at the Creative Emmy Awards.

Unbelievably this is Benedict’s first major award for Sherlock and his first Emmy (although his third nomination). We couldn’t be more delighted at his win. Congratulations Team Sherlock and congratulations Benedict!

Benedict Cumberbatch to appear as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book: Origins

1Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing as the villainous tiger Shere Khan in The Jungle Book: Origins – the directorial debut from Andy Serkis.

The movie will be a mix of live action and performance capture- an area in which Serkis is a pioneer with his company The Imaginarium

Joining Benedict will be Christian Bale as Bagheera the panther, Cate Blanchett as Kaa the python and Andy Serkis as Baloo the bear. Tom Hollander (Rev) will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.

Peter Mullan will be Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Naomie Harris (who appeared in Frankenstein with Benedict at the National Theatre) will appear as the female wolf Nisha, while Eddie Marsan is her mate, Vihaan.

The Jungle Book: Origins is backed by Warner Brothers and is due for release in October 2016.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Having been nominated by Tom Hiddleston (as well as Juno Temple and Adelaide Clemens) Benedict Cumberbatch took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week to raise awareness of ALS/Motor Neurone Disease.

You can see Benedict’s video below:

 

If you enjoyed Benedict’s efforts do donate to ALS Association/MND Association. If you are in the UK you can text ICED55 £5 to 70070 to donate.

Benedict nominated Kylie Minogue (who has accepted the challenge), Harvey Weinstein and Lewis Hamilton.

Exclusive – We are Colony – Little Favour Trailer

LFThe lovely people at We are Colony have kindly shared with us a Little Favour trailer (which is exclusive to them) and a video which showcases some behind the scenes action on the film.

Little Favour stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Colon Salmon and is a short film written and directed by Patrick Monroe which was the first feature from production company SunnyMarch Limited. Benedict is a producer of SunnyMarch alongside Adam Ackland and Adam Selves.

We are Colony is a brand new UK streaming service aimed at uniting exciting new filmmakers with their equally passionate fans. Founded by Sarah Tierney the new platform launched recently and is growing rapidly. Apart from Little Favour We are Colony also features exclusive content from Third Star which also stars Benedict.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet sells out in 7 hours

HamletThe forthcoming production of Hamlet at the Barbican Centre starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Dane has sold out its entire run a year in advance. Tickets went on general sale today, having been on sale to members for a week, and sold out within 7 hours. Such was the demand for tickets that over 35,000 were queuing on-line to get their hands on what is clearly the hottest ticket in town. The scramble for tickets lead the Telegraph to dub it “the most in demand theatrical production of all time” with ticker re-seller Viagogo noting that the production had registered more searches on their site than Jay Z or Beyonce!

Hamlet will be directed by Olivier award winning director Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) with set design by Es Devlin (Chimerica, The Nether). The Barbican will be releasing 100 £10 seats for each performance next year. Further details on who is eligible to buy will be released in 2015.