Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

B4DBrszCIAApWyEMarvel confirmed tonight that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theatres 4 November 2016 and is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister).

Benedict will play Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

Congratulations to Benedict on landing his own Marvel franchise!

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for best actor at the Satellite Awards

THRBenedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for best actor at the Satellite Awards. The Imitation Game has been nominated overall for an impressive 8 Satellite Awards including best supporting actress (Keira Knightley), best adapted screenplay, best score and best director for Morten Tyldum. In the TV category Sherlock was also nominated. The awards are announced on February 15th 2015.

The Imitation Game opened to very impressive box office in the US given that it is still in very limited release. The film opens in more sites on 10th and 19th December. We’ve added the screenplay of the film (available thanks to awards season) to the site.

In other news The Penguins of Madagascar (in which Benedict plays a secret agent wolf – Agent Classified) opened at number 2 at the US box office. It opens in the UK this weekend.

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies had its world premiere in London this past Monday and Benedict was in attendance. We’ve added images to the gallery. In fact do check out our new gallery which has been several months in the making!

Several new videos have been added to our The Imitation Game and The Penguins of Madagascar pages. Do check out new clips, interviews and more. We’ve also added several new interviews including the Hollywood Reporter roundtable and the 92 Y interview.

Finally Benedict Cumberbatch was the most re-blogged celebrity on tumblr for the second year in a row. Congratulations Benedict!

Sherlock special picture revealed

Sherlockspecial1Sue Vertue today tweeted a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the Sherlock special (which is due to start filming in January 2015).

The intriguing picture shows Sherlock and John in Victorian garb.

The special (not yet confirmed as a Christmas special) is set to air in 2015.

In other news The Penguins of Madagascar is due for release in the US tomorrow. We caught a special preview screening in the UK (review coming soon) and it was fantastic fun with Benedict having a riot as Agent Classified – the wolf. You can see several Penguins of Madagascar videos here.

The Imitation Game has opened very strongly at the UK box office and we’re adding new videos and interviews to the site all the time.

Benedict Cumberbatch wins the Hollywood Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

HFAsCongratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who won the Hollywood Actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards last night. You can watch Benedict’s acceptance speech here.It was a good night for The Imitation Game which won four awards including best supporting actress for Keira Knightley for her work as Joan Clarke, best director for Morten Tyldum and best score for Alexandre Desplat.

The Imitation Game is now on UK release and do go and see it. You can read our review here.

In site news we’ve updated the interviews page for The Imitation Game. And if you ever doubted Benedict’s extraordinary talent at mimicry do check out this MTV video with Benedict doing 11 impressions in 60 seconds!

Benedict Cumberbatch to receive Variety Award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards

vf3Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with the Variety Award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards on 7 December.

The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. The Variety Award was bestowed on Paul Greengrass last year and has previously been awarded to Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.

Benedict is also nominated for best actor at the event.

Benedict said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moët British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour. It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year’s nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of.”

Meanwhile Benedict is making a number of appearances in the US to promote The Penguins of Madagascar and The Imitation Game which open in the US on 26 November and 21st November respectively.

On 14 November is due on the guest list for the Hollywood Film Awards (7:30 pm ET (12:30 pm UK)  on CBS

On Sunday 16th November Benedict Cumberbatch will be answering questions on The Penguins of Madagascar tumblr from 3pm Eastern (8pm UK). He’ll then be attending a preview screening of The Imitation Game at 92Y in New York followed by a Q&A.

On Monday 17th (the day of The Imitation Game New York premiere) Benedict will be appearing on the morning show Live with Kelly and Michael followed by an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 pm. The following day Benedict will be appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for best actor at the British Independent Film Awards

Imitation-Game-Poster-1Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game at the Moet British Independent Film Awards. The Imitation Game was nominated for 4 awards overall including best actress for Keira Knightley for her portrayal of Joan Clarke, best screenplay for Graham Moore and best British Independent film.

The Moet British Independent Film Awards are held on 7 December in central London.

In other news a Sherlock Paddington bear designed by Benedict Cumberbatch goes on display from tomorrow at the Museum of London. The bear is part of the Paddington Trail – a series of bears that have been designed by celebrities and artists that will be displayed across London to raise awareness for the NSPCC.

The bears will be on display from 4 November to 30 December

In site news we’re experiencing some temporary problems with our Film, TV & Theatre pages. Bear with us. Hopefully back up and running soon.

Benedict Cumberbatch – New wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds

Tussauds1On Tuesday Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. Cumberbatchweb was in attendance along with 20 lucky fans who had won our competition with Madame Tussauds to be the first in the world to see the figure. You can see our exclusive photos from the event here. You can see some video from the press launch here (including a brief interview with myself and competition winners Lauren and Charlie) and Madame Tussauds have put up a brilliant making of video here.

It was hugely exciting to see Benedict’s figure unveiled. As I commented:

It is absolutely fantastic, I have had people starting petitions to get Madame Tussauds London to feature him for a long time, and now he’s here I think it will definitely be a huge attraction for fans. People will come and see him from all over the world – it’s marvellous.”

Benedict was closely involved in the creation process and is hoping to come and visit his likeness very soon. He has, however, seen photographs of the finished figure and is impressed by the results, commenting: “I’m excited to see the finished, perfect, waxy me although slightly terrified… The work is so detailed it’s going to feel a little uncomfortable and surreal seeing what I really look like!” Cumberbatch added, “But being so involved in the entire creation process and working so closely with the team at Madame Tussauds London was a phenomenal experience and really opened my eyes to the artistry that goes into the making of each figure. I just wish it could take selfies and sign autographs!

Benedict’s figure is the latest British star to join the attraction’s A-list line up, and will take up residence alongside fellow Brits Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, as well as a host of Hollywood names from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp.

Find out more about the full line up at Madame Tussauds London and book ahead to be the first to meet Benedict Cumberbatch at

The Imitation Game – Review and photos added

Imitation-Game-1Our review of the superb The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, has now been added to the site.

Last week Benedict also took part in a twitter Q&A on @imitationgameUK answering fan questions. You can read all his answers from that session on our site here.

Finally some of our photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and the cast of The Imitation Game on stage at the BFI London Film Festival last week have been added to the galleries.

The Imitation Game opens the BFI London Film Festival

BFILFFThe BFI London Film Festival kicked off in style on Wednesday 8th October with a screening of The Imitation Game. The stunning biopic featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as cryptographer and father of modern computing Alan Turing was met with a fantastic response from the crowd which included some of Turing’s family. Benedict was in attendance at the gala walking the (very rainy) red carpet with leading lady Keira Knightley. Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Alex Lawther and Allen Leech were also in attendance.

You can see videos of the red carpet, Benedict’s incredibly touching introduction to the screening and the full Imitation Game press conference on our videos page.

Photos of the red carpet (including some stunning black and white shots) have also been added to the site (forgive us – the galleries are a work in progress).

We were in attendance at the premiere (thank you so much Studio Canal for inviting us) and look out for our review and photos from the screening coming this weekend.

First image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown released & new Time Out Interview

HCThe BBC today released the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III from the upcoming The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses from Neal Street Productions. The new series of films (which are set to air on BBC 2 in 2016) will comprise Henrv VI Part I and II and Richard III. Benedict will be appearing in Henry VI Part II and Richard III. It was announced today that Andrew Scott (best known as Moriarty in Sherlock) will be appearing in Henry VI Part II and Richard III as King Louis.

Also appearing in Richard III are Judi Dench as Richard’s mother, Keeley Hawes as Queen Elizabeth, Ben Daniels as Buckingham, James Fleet as Hastings and Phoebe Fox as Lady Anne.

In other news Benedict is on the front of this week’s Time Out magazine promoting The Imitation Game which opens the London Film Festival next week. You can read the interview on-line here and we have a competition to win 1 of 50 copies kindly provided by Time Out here.