Benedict Cumberbatch fans raise over £24,000 for charity

PBSThanks to all the wonderful people who contributed to our birthday fundraiser in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch’s 40th birthday. Fans raised an astonishing £24,000+ for charity in Benedict’s honour.

The three charities that will benefit from the funds raised are:

MOAS – a charity dedicated to preventing loss of life by providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea.

Refugee Support Network – an organisation which helps young refugees and survivors of trafficking to build more hopeful futures through education.

Lesvos Solidarity – an open refugee camp based in ex- Pikpa camp in Mytilene, Lesvos. It is a self-organised, autonomous space run by volunteers and is built on the principle of solidarity.

The money raised will no doubt be put to great use by these fantastic charities! Thanks so much to all who donated or spread the word about the fundraiser.

Doctor Strange and Sherlock at San Diego Comic Con

Doctor-Strange-Painting_1200_745_81_sIt’s San Diego Comic Con next weekend and there should be plenty to keep Benedict Cumberbatch fans entertained!

The key draw is of course the Marvel presentation which will take place in Hall H at SDCC on Saturday 23rd July at 5:30 pm (1:30 am UK time). The panel will cover Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. A new trailer is promised for Doctor Strange. Fingers crossed that the trailer isn’t a convention exclusive and is released on line soon after! Marvel will also be giving away a new poster (pictured).

Marvel don’t announce the guests for their panels in advance but given that Doctor Strange is featured we would be very surprised if Benedict were not in attendance. Hall H panels are being uploaded by SDCC after the event but are not live streamed.

Sherlock is also going to be featured at SDCC and there are lots of Sherlock panels/activities to keep you entertained. The schedule is below:

Thursday 21 July – 5:30 pm (1:30 am UK) Room 6A – Nerdist SDCC panel with Steven Moffat, Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) and Michael Green (American Gods)

Friday 22 July – 7:30 pm – San Diego Central Library – SherlockeDCC party – last few tickets remaining

Saturday 23 July – 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm  (11:15 pm UK) Nerdist Camp Conival Main Stage – Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Amanda Abbington and Mark Gatiss.

Sunday 24 July – 10:00 am (6pm UK) – Hall H – Sherlock panel featuring Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Amanda Abbington and Mark Gatiss and moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Sunday 24 July – 1pm (9pm UK) – Nerd HQ Conversation featuring Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Amanda Abbington and Mark Gatiss. Note all Nerd HQ panels are livestreamed free of charge. You can livestream on their youtube (You can watch the 2015 panel free now)

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for an Emmy Award

p0393nyrCongratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a mini series or movie for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. This is the third Emmy nomination for Benedict (all for Sherlock) and he previously won the award back in 2014.

Benedict is nominated alongside fellow Brits Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager) and Idris Elba (Luther). Also nominated are Cuba Gooding Jr (The People vs O.J Simpson), Bryan Cranston (All The Way) and Courtney B. Vance for (The People vs O.J Simpson).

Sherlock was nominated for 6 Emmys overall including best TV Movie, cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

The ceremony will be on Sunday September 18th and broadcast on ABC.

Fundraising Update

With 13 days to go before Benedict’s birthday the Birthday Fundraiser has raised more than £5300 so far! Thank you so so much to everyone who has donated so far. The money will make a huge difference to the three charities being supported.

14In other news Benedict continues to film Sherlock series 4. SDCC is soon and we’re eagerly looking forward to the Marvel presentation in Hall H which is due to feature Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. Hopefully we’ll get some more footage that we can all enjoy.

The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses is now available to buy on dvd from Amazon for £17.99. You can also buy it on blu-ray for £19.99 or buy a combined blu-ray pack of series 1 and two for £29.99 (Series one featured Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw).

Altervatively you can buy the series from BBC Store for £7.99 or just pick up Richard III for £2.99

For US fans while PBS are not airing the series until December (!) you can buy the dvd now for $24.96 or blu ray for $28.37

Fundraising Update & Doctor Strange Synopsis revealed

Thanks to all who have donated so far to the fundraiser in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday. The total so far with some time to go is an impressive £3734.

You can donate here

If you would prefer to donate by paypal you can send the funds to me (along with your name and a message for Benedict) and I will automatically transfer these payments to the funding page.

You can donate by paypal here

Donated funds at the end will be split between three charities – MOAS, Lesvos Solidarity and the Refugee Support Network.

In other news Marvel have released the synopsis for Doctor Strange which stars Benedict as Doctor Stephen Strange.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

Doctor Strange is set to be released in the UK on 28 October.

Fundraising for charity for Benedict Cumberbatch’s 40th Birthday

10-4It’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s 40th birthday on 19 July and a lot of people had requested that I bring back the birthday fundraiser this year. The idea is that the fandom comes together and instead of giving gifts raises as much money as they can for charity.

The fundraising page is here

Benedict has chosen three charities that he would like any funds raised to go to:

MOAS: Migrant Offshore Aid Station are a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea by providing professional search and rescue to people who are in distress. They continue to do heroic work saving lives when governments have either been lacking or short on resources. They are currently saving lives between Libya and Italy but in the past have worked on the route between Lesvos and Turkey and even South Asia. They have doctors onboard and drones to find sinking vessels and work with the authorities to coordinate.

Lesvos Solidarity: Lesvos Solidarity is an open refugee camp based in ex- Pikpa camp in Mytilene, Lesvos. It is a self-organised, autonomous space run by volunteers and is built on the principle of solidarity. They take the most vulnerable- children, pregnant women, disabled, injured, babies, shipwreck survivors, traumatised, elderly and amputees to name but a few examples. It’s an extraordinary place and has been a beacon of stability and calm even in the most chaotic times. They are fiercely independent and treat the refugees with respect, creating a safe environment in which they can provide medical care and food to those in need. They even send food, supplies and blankets to other parts of the island and regions when they have a surplus.

Refugee Support Network: help young refugees, unaccompanied minors and survivors of trafficking to build more hopeful futures through education.

At the end of the fundraiser the funds will be split between the 3 charities.

If you can do give a small donation. These charities do such amazing work. You can donate from anywhere in the world.

New Trailer for The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses

A new trailer has been released for The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses. Set to air in May on BBC 2 The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses are directed by acclaimed theatre director Dominic Cooke and comprises Henry VI Parts I & II and Richard III.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Richard III who we first see appear at the beginning of Henry VI (and his ability to make himself look some 20 years younger is quite astonishing!). The series also features Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okenedo, Keeley Hawes and Dame Judi Dench.

The trailer is below:

Don’t forget Benedict also appears as part of Shakespeare Live tomorrow evening as part of the #Shakespeare400 celebrations. Shakespeare Live is on BBC 2 at 8:3o pm (and broadcast to cinemas in the UK and Europe via Picturehouse Cinemas.) US fans can see it in cinemas on 23 May 2016 re-named The Shakespeare Show. Tickets available via Fathom Events

Doctor Strange Trailer Released

Last night the Doctor Strange trailer premiered exclusively on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Doctor Strange tells the origin story of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) a brilliant surgeon, who after being horribly injured in a car accident loses his career before discovering a world of magic and mysticism.

Directed by Scott Derrickson this teaser trailer gave audiences their first glimpse of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One and Rachel McAdams. As well as showcasing Benedict’s American accent! The first teaser is below. It looks amazing and we can’t wait for more footage to be released!!

Doctor Strange – First Poster Released

Marvel have released the first poster for Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. You can see a larger version in our gallery.

Benedict is also appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show later tonight to reveal the first teaser trailer for the film which we’ll up as soon as we have it.