The Imitation Game to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival

TuringIt was announced this week that The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley would have its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Imitation Game is not having its American premiere at TIFF which suggests it will be making its world premiere debut at Telluride at the end of August although this has yet to be announced. The film is unlikely to feature in the first 4 days at TIFF owing to new rules this year which are limiting the first 4 days of the festival for world premieres.

Ticket packages are now on sale and TIFF’s full line up (including confirmed guests) will be announced on 19 August 2014.

The Imitation Game will be opening the London Film Festival in October.

In other news a brand new poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released showing a VERY angry Smaug. You can see the poster in our galleries

The Imitation Game to open the 58th London Film Festival

ImitationIt has been announced that The Imitation Game will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October 2014 where it will be the opening night film. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing the cryptographer who helped to break the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance and is directed by Morten Tyldum.

Clare Stewart the director of the BFI London Film Festival commented

We are thrilled to announce one of the most anticipated films of the year – The Imitation Game – as this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. Featuring extraordinary performances from the British talent in front of the camera and vividly directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game does cinematic justice to Alan Turing’s vision, determination and personal story as well as his enduring impact on British history and contemporary life.

Benedict Cumberbatch stated that it was “a lovely birthday present. “It’s such an important story and I’m just over the moon to have it up-front and centre in such a wonderful festival in my home town.

Benedict hopes that the film will bring Alan Turing’s feats to a wider audience.

“I hope this will do a great service to his legacy. He was a compassionate, caring individual and I hope the film shows him in 3D. He was brave and humorous — and a really beautiful writer of the most amazing poetry.”

The opening night film (and red carpet) will also be simultaneously screened in cinemas throughout the UK. The list of cinemas screening The Imitation Game has yet to be announced although these are expected to be regional.

The full line up for the 58th BFI London Film Festival goes live on 3 September 2014.

A UK and US trailer for The Imitation Game were released today and you can watch them both on our videos page.

The Imitation Game is due to be released in the UK on 14 November 2014.

Benedict Cumberbatch to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds

TussaudsIt was announced today that Benedict Cumberbatch is to get his own waxwork at the legendary Madame Tussauds in London. Madame Tussauds has been exhibiting waxworks featuring the famous and infamous for over 200 years and is one of the most popular attractions in London attracting millions of visitors.

Benedict’s figure will be “premiere ready showing the actor looking impeccably groomed in a stylish dark suit” coupled with a “warm and relaxed expression, and his famous tousled hairstyle”

Benedict joked – “Finally I can photobomb myself! What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax.

Benedict’s figure will be added to Madame Tussauds in October.

In other news the final tallies from our birthday fundraiser have been added up and all together Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans raised a total of £26,877 for The Princes Trust, MND Association and ALS Association with our fundraiser for The Princes Trust raising a staggering £15,000.

Thanks so much to the hundreds of generous fans who donated.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans raise over £24,500 in honour of his 38th birthday.

XmasBenedict Cumberbatch turned 38 yesterday & to celebrate his fans raised over £24,500 for charity.

Every year we at Cumberbatchweb hold a fundraiser in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday asking that fans take the money they would have spent on a card or present for Benedict and donate it to charity instead. These fundraisers have raised over £25,000 in the past two years. This year Benedict chose three charities -youth charity The Princes Trust and MND Association/ALS Association as the beneficiaries for the fundraiser.

Our fundraiser for The Princes Trust raised over £13,700 & the US based fundraiser for MND/ALS Association raised over $18,500. There were over 1000 donations in total.

The charities do extraordinary, vital work and Benedict has been a patron of The Princes Trust and MND Association for years.

In addition fans worldwide took part in a huge number of charitable activities from fundraising to random acts of kindness to honour Benedict’s birthday.

Thank you so much to every single person who donated. The generosity and kindness of Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans never ceases to amaze. Your donations are very greatly appreciated by the charities.

Benedict Cumberbatch to appear at San Diego Comic Con

P1Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday 24th July in Hall H as part of Dreamworks Animation’s panel. This will be Benedict’s first appearance at San Diego Comic Con.

He’ll be there alongside John Malkovich to promote The Penguins of Madagascar in which he plays Agent Classified.

In other news Benedict has recently been named as brand ambassador for Dunlop in China and the first of 5 planned adverts featuring him has been released.

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for Emmy Award & Sherlock nominated for 12 Emmys

SherlockNewSherlock – His Last Vow has been nominated for a hugely impressive 12 Emmy Awards. Benedict has been nominated for best actor in a mini series or movie for his role as Sherlock. This is Benedict’s third nomination in this category having previously nominated for Sherlock and Christopher Tietjiens in Parade’s End.

Benedict’s fellow nominees include Martin Freeman (nominated for his role as Lester Nygaard in Fargo) Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge), Idris Elba (Luther) and Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart).

Benedict responded to his nomination via his agency Conway Van Gelder Grant:

A fantastic early birthday present! Can’t wait to come and sweat on the red carpet, applaud everyone else winning. And then get drunk and dance! Hurray!

That’s amazing news to start the day with here in Boston! An early birthday present. I’m honoured to be in such great company, not least Martin. Thrilled for all who make Sherlock and especially those who have been nominated in soo many categories.

Other nominations include best movie, Martin Freeman for best supporting actor in a mini series or movie for his role as John Watson (making him a double nominee this year), Steven Moffat for writing, Nick Hurran for directing, David Arnold and Michael Price for their beautiful music for the series, Yan Miles for single-camera picture editing, Julia Duff and Kate Rhodes James for casting, Doug Sinclair, Stuart McCowan, Jon Joyce, Paul McFadden & Sue Harding for outstanding sound editing, Neville Kidd for cinematography, John Mooney, Howard Bargroff, Doug Sinclair and Peter Gleaves for sound-mixing and Sarah Arthur and Ceri Walford for outstanding costumes.

Congratulations to all of Team Sherlock and Hartswood Films on their amazing 12 nominations!

The Emmys are held on 25th August and aired on NBC at 8pm PT (1:00 am UK)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Social Media

BAaPlease note that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t on any form of social media. He doesn’t have a twitter or Facebook account. He isn’t on Tumblr or Weibo or any other form of social media. Anyone claiming to be Benedict on any of these sites is a fake.

There are lots of different fan Facebooks and twitter accounts (none are official) and that’s wonderful but Benedict himself isn’t on social media at all.

Please be careful with who you speak to on-line. Be safety conscious – don’t give out your personal details including your mobile number to strangers and please don’t ever agree to meet someone you don’t know. The person may not be who they seem and it will NEVER be Benedict.

You can always contact the webmistress if you have questions about any particular account by contacting [email protected]

Sherlock to return for a special and brand new series

Sherlock1BBC One announced today via twitter that Sherlock would be returning with both a special and three brand new episodes! The special (widely assumed to be a Christmas special) will start filming in January 2015 and will pick up where the end of His Last Vow left off – with the shocking re-appearance of Moriarty.

After the briefest of exiles, Sherlock came back only to face one of his biggest mysteries yet. Why is Moriarty’s face being broadcast on every television in the land?

The new series will then film in late 2015. The news was greeted with delight on twitter with the hashtag #221Back trending at number one worldwide.

Mark Gatiss stated “Series Four! At last ! It’s always special to return to Sherlock but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing… a Special! Not only THAT, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on – again!”

The new series promises to be the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet!

In other news Benedict Cumberbatch will have his own official calendar this year! The calendar by Danilo can be bought in a twin pack with the 2015 Sherlock calendar for a special price of £15.

Finally our fundraiser for The Princes Trust for Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday has raised over £6163 so far! If you can donate every penny is greatly appreciated.

New Promo Stills from The Imitation Game

IGBirthdayToday is Alan Turing’s birthday (he would have been 102 today) and to celebrate Empire Magazine and Studio Canal released exclusive stills of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. Along with Benedict the images also show Charles Dance, Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. The images have been added to our galleries.

Empire will have more images in their new issue which is on sale this week.

Benedict has been out and about in Boston today filming Black Mass. Daily Item has posted a fun picture of him as Billy Bulger leading the St Patrick’s day parade. Benedict plays Billy Bulger brother of Whitey Bulger (played by Jonny Depp).

Third Star & Little Favour added to new streaming service We Are Colony

LFA brand new streaming service We Are Colony has launched and it features two of Benedict’s projects – Third Star and Little Favour. Each film comes complete with a wealth of additional material which will delight any Benedict Cumberbatch fan out there.

You can read our review of the We Are Colony streaming platform here.

In other news Benedict has started filming Black Mass in Boston and the National Theatre has announced that Frankenstein will be returning to NT Live in October in time for Halloween. Venues on sale soon.

Finally our fundraiser for Benedict’s birthday for The Princes Trust is currently on £5308! Thanks to all who have donated.