Star Trek Into Darkness UK Release Date moved up a week

RSZParamount have confirmed that the UK release date of Star Trek Into Darkness has been moved forward a week to 9 May 2013. The UK will be of the first countries in the world to get the film. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the mysterious John Harrison. Keep an eye on the UK Facebook for more details.

In advance of the Cambridge Science Festival (which Benedict Cumberbatch is curating as guest director this year) the Naked Scientists recorded a podcast with Benedict. The delightful and insightful interview encompasses everything from Benedict’s love of science, his roles playing scientists in Frankenstein, Copenhagen and Creation, Sherlock (and his hope that watching Sherlock might inspire a new generation of forensic scientists), Neverwhere and his excitement about The Imitation Game with some very lovely words about Alan Turing. You can download the podcast here. It’s a superb listen.

Neverwhere – New Photos and Website

IslingtonNeverwhere, the BBC Radio 4/Radio 4 Extra adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere had it’s press launch today. To coincide the BBC & the Radio Times have released some fantastic new images of the all star cast. You can see all the images in our gallery here.

BBC Radio 4 have also launched a brand new website for Neverwhere which features interviews, photos, audio clips and much more.

Neverwhere stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington alongside James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, Natalie Dormer as Door, David Harewood as the Marquis de Carabas and Sophie Okendeo as Hunter. The series starts airing with a one hour special episode on BBC Radio 4 on 16 March 2013 at 2: 30 p.m. The remaining episodes will air from Monday 18 March on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Parade’s End a critical smash in the US & release date for August Osage County revealed

PE1Parade’s End starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall aired in the US and Canada last week to immense critical acclaim. Critics dubbed the series (which aired on HBO in the US) “a television masterpiece“, “utterly compelling“, “intoxicating” and “one of the most accomplished and impressive productions you’ll see on television this year“. Benedict was also particularly praised for his portrayal of Christopher Tietjens. You can see all the US reviews of note on our site here. Parade’s End is available to buy on dvd/blu ray.

In other news The Weinstein Company has revealed the release date for August Osage County. August Osage County stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch as Little Charles. The film is due for release in the US on 8 November 2013.

Neverwhere featuring Benedict Cumberbatch to start airing in March

Benedict_Cumberbatch_and_the_cast_of_Neverwhere___first_photo_and_air_date_revealedAn air date has been announced for the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. The first episode of Neverwhere (a one hour special) will air on BBC Radio 4 at 6 pm on the 16th March. The remaining episodes will then be stripped across the following week airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Neverwhere is a tale about Richard Mayhew whose life is turned upside down when he stops to help an injured girl Door. After helping Door Richard ceases to exist in his world and he is drawn reluctantly into the mysterious and very dangerous world of London Below. Helped and hindered by the charismatic Marquis de Carabas and hounded by the terrifying Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar Richard must help Door to find out what happened to her family in the hopes that one day he can go home.

Neverwhere stars James McAvoy (X-Men- First Class) as Richard Mayhew and Natalie Dormer as Door. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Angel Islington alongside David Harewood (Homeland) as the Marquis de Carabas, Sophie Oxonedo as Hunter, Christopher Lee as the Earl of Earls Court, Bernard Cribbens as Old Bailey, and Anthony Head as Mr Croup.

You can see the first photo from Neverwhere (courtesy of the Radio Times) in our gallery.

And before the radio version begins why not read the novel or take a look at the BBC tv series? Buying via Amazon helps to support the running costs of the site.

Benedict Cumberbatch to star as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

BenedictBenedict Cumberbatch will play Alan Turing in new biopic The Imitiation Game from Blackbear Pictures. The Imitation Game is the true story of British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing, a complex figure and father of computer science- who cracked the German “Enigma Code” during World War II to save the war for the Allies. The Imitation Game is written by Graham Moore and topped the 2011 Black List for best unproduced script. The movie will be directed by Morten Tyldum who directed Headhunters. The movie will film this summer.

To find out more about Turing visit the Turing digital archive. The Science Museum in London also has a Turing Exhibition.

Hasbro reveals Star Trek Into Darkness toy range

HasbroHasbro has revealed images from its new Star Trek Into Darkness toy range including a Star Trek Space Dive building set which includes a figure of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and “a villain” – which looks very much like John Harrison – the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The toys will hit stores this spring.

The Star Trek Into Darkness gallery has been updated with all the latest promotional and press images from Star Trek Into Darkness including photos from the Star Trek app and Entertainment Weekly.

Finally Benedict Cumberbatch makes his debut in The Simpsons in the US tonight playing a riff on Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister character from Love Actually and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape! (clip here)

Competition – Win a copy of Cabin Pressure – The Collected Series

b00pzhcm_640_360The lovely people at AudioGo have very kindly offered us three copies of Cabin Pressure – The Collected Series and they’re up for grabs to readers of this site.

Cabin Pressure – The Collected Series features series 1 to 3 of Cabin Pressure along with the Christmas special – Molokai. The cd insert features notes and drawings from series creator John Finnemore.

To win a cd send us an email headed Cabin Pressure Giveaway with the answer to this simple question:

What is the name of Carolyn’s dog?

Winners will be picked by random number generator and announced next Thursday- the day after the final episode of Cabin Pressure Series 4 has aired. Contest is open worldwide.

Competition is now closed.

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for Broadcasting Press Guild Award

15974Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for best actor for his roles as Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. Benedict previously won this award in 2011 for his roles in Sherlock and Vincent:Painted with Words.

Parade’s End leads the nominees with five nominations for best TV Drama, best actor nominations for both Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam (for both Parade’s End and The Thick of It), best actress for Rebecca Hall for her portrayal of Sylvia Tietjens and best writer for Sir Tom Stoppard who adapted the series from Ford Madox Ford’s novel.

Sherlock is also nominated for best drama and best writer for Steven Moffat.

The awards will be announced next month.