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The Fifth Estate: Exclusive Benedict Cumberbatch Interview

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“ VIDEO: Benedict Cumberbatch shares his theories about Julian Assange and those Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.”
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Benedict Cumberbatch – The New Brit “It” Guy

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“ Benedict Cumberbatch explains why he didn't want to use his real name as an actor, and how he's dealing with his "sudden" fame.”
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US box office: 'The Fifth Estate' flops on opening weekend

US box office: 'The Fifth Estate' flops on opening weekend | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
n a scene from The Fifth Estate, a white-haired Benedict Cumberbatch as the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange boasts that “courage is contagious”. But the enthusiasm for the film certainly isn't, at least when it comes to the box office. The Fifth Estate flopped in its opening weekend, drawing barely $1.7 million from 1,769 US cinemas, posting a disastrous per-theatre average of $969 in the worst wide-release opening of the year. Where are the Sherlock fans when you need them? The film, co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media, with an estimated budget of $26 million, received mixed reviews and was panned by Mr Assange himself, who claimed it distorted the truth and warned that it would bury "good people doing good work" in an open letter to Cumberbatch. Mr Assange also criticised DreamWorks, which partially based the film on Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World's Mosy Dangerous Website, written by former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, calling it a personal vendetta and an attempt to discredit the organisation, according to Mr Assange. Given its poor box office performance, it seems that Mr Assange wasn't the only one who didn't think much of the film. As for Mr Cumberbatch, it isn't all bad news. His other film, 12 Years a Slave, made a successful debut drawing $960,000 from a limited release in just 19 theaters and is already generating Oscar buzz.
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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Little Favour - Film-News.co.uk

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Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate), Nick Moran (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, Alien Vs Predator), LITTLE FAVOUR is written and directed by debut director Patrick Victor Monroe and produced by SunnyMarch– a new production company set up by Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland, Adam Selves and Ben Dillon. LITTLE FAVOUR is the first SunnyMarch collaboration since the company was founded. LITTLE FAVOUR tells the story of Wallace (Cumberbatch) as he tries to get over the scars of war and start a life away from the military when his old comrade James (Salmon) calls in a favour. Unable to turn down the man who saved his life, Wallace agrees to help James, but soon finds it may be more than just a Little Favour… LITTLE FAVOUR was crowd funded raising £86,240 in twelve days, outstripping the original target of £25,000 allowing the film to grow into something very special. As part of the rewards-initiative, some funders will enjoy the chance to see the finished film at a private UK Premiere event in central London along with the cast and filmmakers. Benedict Cumberbatch commented: ‘I'm really proud to be a part of LITTLE FAVOR. Not only because the results of the work we all put in are fantastic, but mostly because we all came together out of sheer goodwill and generosity for a cause we believe in - namely Patrick Monroe and his second outing as a director and writer. What was truly astonishing was the level of response and expertise and generosity we received from nearly every level of the film industry to make this idea a reality. The title soon became an ironic contrast to the huge favours that were being done in every department and the hours being put in. But none of that goodwill would've been possible to harness without the incredible response we had from the public. We set the record for the fastest and highest funded film in crowd funding history. However briefly we may wear that crown we're incredibly proud of that fact. It speaks volumes about the faith placed in us and it is my only wish that that faith be justified by what we've done. So here it is. LITTLE FAVOUR. I hope you are as proud if it and the way it came about as we are. A million thanks for all your massive favours.’ Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch commented: ‘SunnyMarch took on LITTLE FAVOUR because it fulfils our company goals of giving artists freedom to work with their ideas and craft while making high quality and exciting films that appeal to a wide audience.’ LITTLE FAVOUR will go on to screen in competition in the Best of British Short Film Category at the Leeds International Film Festival on Thursday 21st November 2013 LITTLE FAVOUR IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES FROM 5TH NOVEMBER 2013
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Sherlock writer wanted to dump Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock writer wanted to dump Benedict Cumberbatch | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
One of the writers of the hit BBC drama series, “Sherlock”, has revealed how he pitched to have the show’s star, Benedict Cumberbatch, written out. In a new interview, Steve Thompson said, “I wanted […] to do an entire episode without Benedict in it at all.” Thompson is one of the triumvirate of writers who has scripted for Sherlock – the modern-day reinterpretation of the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories – since it began in 2011; the other two being the show’s co-creators and executive producers, Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss. Doctor Who Magazine recently published an extensive interview with the writer, concentrating largely on his work on Doctor Who. (To date, Thompson has written two episodes for the long-running sci-fi series: Curse of the Black Spot (2011) and an episode that was previously highlighted by Robert Myles for Digital Journal, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013).) For Sherlock, Thompson has written three episodes – one for each of the three seasons so far: The Blind Banker (2011), The Reichenbach Fall (2012) and a forthcoming season 3 episode. Asked whether there’s anything he wanted to do Sherlock-wise that didn’t make it through the discussion process, Thompson replied in the affirmative. “I wanted to do [an episode about] young Sherlock,” he said. “I wanted him to be nine […] I was just trying to think of a way of surprising everyone.” Had it been approved, this would have been the episode that would have been completely void of Cumberbatch. “‘This is the most surprising thing possible: Ben’s not going to be in it!’” I told them. I must’ve been drunk or something. Benedict’s amazing; how could I suggest it?” Luckily, as Thompson adds, Moffat and Gatiss said, “‘You know what? I think we probably won’t do that.” His Cumberbactch-exclusion faux pas aside, Thompson has garnered much praise for his Sherlock – and Doctor Who – work, especially The Reichenbach Fall, the season 2 finale that left viewers speculating as to how Holmes could have survived the fatal fall witnessed towards the end of the episode. All is set to be revealed this winter, when Sherlock returns for season 3. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/359630#ixzz2gmmIkaUL
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley bring Hollywood to Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

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After much speculation, Bletchley Park sees filming for the Alan Turing biopic starring Sherlock and Star Trek star Benedict Cumberbatch and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Keira Knightley begin. The team (@tigmovie) behind the film, which also stars Watchmen’s Matthew Goode, wrote on Twitter yesterday afternoon: “Week 4 is off to a great start! Today is our last day in Bicester and then on to Bletchley Park!!” Director Morten Tyldum (@mortentyldum) himself later expressed his contentment with the progress of filming on the social media network site: “Done with the exteriors, time to move indoors. Been amazing working on such an important story with such a great cast. #TheImitationGame.” Bletchley Park and the code breakers Bletchley Park is considered as home of the codebreakers. During the Second World War the mansion and surroundings served as top secret location for the Government Code and Cipher School, later called GCHQ. More than 10,000 people were involved in the operation to break into the various German Enigma-encoded messages, and it is believed that their combined effort helped shorten the war by two years and save thousands of lives. Read more: http://www.mkweb.co.uk/News/The-Fifth-Estate-star-Benedict-Cumberbatch-and-Kiera-Knightley-bring-Hollywood-to-Bletchley-Park-as-The-Imitation-Game-continues-filming-20131007135625.htm#ixzz2h40MaR2U
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley bring Hollywood to Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley bring Hollywood to Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
After much speculation, Bletchley Park sees filming for the Alan Turing biopic starring Sherlock and Star Trek star Benedict Cumberbatch and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Keira Knightley begin. The team (@tigmovie) behind the film, which also stars Watchmen’s Matthew Goode, wrote on Twitter yesterday afternoon: “Week 4 is off to a great start! Today is our last day in Bicester and then on to Bletchley Park!!” Director Morten Tyldum (@mortentyldum) himself later expressed his contentment with the progress of filming on the social media network site: “Done with the exteriors, time to move indoors. Been amazing working on such an important story with such a great cast. #TheImitationGame.” Bletchley Park and the code breakers Bletchley Park is considered as home of the codebreakers. During the Second World War the mansion and surroundings served as top secret location for the Government Code and Cipher School, later called GCHQ. More than 10,000 people were involved in the operation to break into the various German Enigma-encoded messages, and it is believed that their combined effort helped shorten the war by two years and save thousands of lives. Read more: http://www.mkweb.co.uk/News/The-Fifth-Estate-star-Benedict-Cumberbatch-and-Kiera-Knightley-bring-Hollywood-to-Bletchley-Park-as-The-Imitation-Game-continues-filming-20131007135625.htm#ixzz2h40MaR2U
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On no! David Cameron likes Benedict Cumberbatch!

On no! David Cameron likes Benedict Cumberbatch! | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
Bad news for anyone who’s a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, or of Julian Assange. I’m afraid something terrible’s happened. David Cameron has come out in favour of both. The prime minister was asked by the ITV culture show The Agenda to talk about The Fifth Estate, the new film in which Cumberbatch plays the Australian super-hacker. “Brilliant, fantastic piece of acting,” Cameron toldThe Agenda’s anchor, Tom Bradby about the lead performance. “The twitchiness and everything of Julian Assange is brilliantly portrayed.” Later in the show, he praised the early days of Wikileaks (“Transparency, sunlight, is a great disinfectant”) but wasn’t crazy about the “huge dumps of information” from American diplomatic cables they later released. None of Cameron’s views seems exceptionable, but you can practically hear the fallout. A percentage of former “Cumberbitches” across the nation will be questioning their level of devotion to the Sherlock actor. Devotees of Assange, from Ecuador to Australia, will be wondering if Julian can be as admirable as they thought if Cameron is sucking up to him. It is a sad truth that any expression of admiration by a leading politician about an artist, singer, film-maker or picturesque rebel a) must be insincere and the product of PR spin, and b) instantly confers terminal un-coolness on that artist. Cameron didn’t say whether he admired the film, but it’s been deemed toxic by association. “If Cameron likes it, then it must be spinning his preferred version, so I’ll give it a miss,” wrote one commenter. “Cumberbatch has revealed himself to be a bit of a Tory,” opined another, “so the film no doubt caters to Camoron’s reactionary and authoritarian tendencies.” Cameron, and the people and works he admires, just cannot win. Just over a year ago he named Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as his favourite album. Uproar followed. Fans insisted he represented the enemy on an album about wealth, alienation and social breakdown. Pink Floyd didn’t ask him to repudiate his endorsement, but it was close. Paul Weller abused him for praising The Jam’s “Eton Rifles” as he thought it was a hymn to public-school values. After he chose “This Charming Man” by the Smiths a Desert Island Discs, Morrissey forbade him to listen to any more of their records. “Don’t let him into the lads’ club,” wrote a Radio 4 listener. “It’s like inviting Dracula over the threshold.” It is plainly nonsensical to stop admiring a person or group because their fan-base has been joined by someone you don’t like or approve of. It would be absurd to cut all ties with a friend because they once bought a Simply Red album or attended a concert by The Feeling. It would be absurd to swear never again to watch Gone With the Wind because you discover it was Hitler’s favourite film – he admired Scarlett’s passion for land – or The Godfather because ditto Saddam Hussein. Cameron’s views on art may be unwelcome, but you must adapt Dr Johnson’s famous line about a flea and a horse: Sir, an unworthy fan may admire David Bowie, and make you wince. But one is but an insect, and the other is David Bowie still.
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Benedict Cumberbatch on The Fifth Estate

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“ Shaun catches up with Benedict Cumberbatch to find out how he's unleashing the wrath of WikiLeaks in his latest movie, The Fifth Estate.”
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Was Julian Assange Right About Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Fifth Estate'? | Contactmusic.com

Was Julian Assange Right About Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Fifth Estate'? | Contactmusic.com | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
When he said it wouldn't be a good film, he was sort of right Julian Assange has become pretty annoying. There was a period when the WikiLeaks founder was an intriguing guy. People started calling him a rock and roll star. Now, he's holed away in the Ecuadorean embassy, demanding $1 million for interviews, getting visits from Lady Gaga and being mean to Benedict Cumberbatch. It was revealed in a leaked email this week that Julian Assange refused to meet with the British actor while he was preparing to play the whistleblower in The Fifth Estate, describing Bill Condon movie as "toxic" and "distorted," and forebodingly urging Cumberbatch to "reconsider your involvement in this enterprise." Released via WikiLeaks though recreated in full on Variety's website, the email makes it clear that Assange considered the movie - which has received mainly negative reviews - was a "bad idea." "By meeting with you I would validate this wretched film," he wrote. "I cannot permit this film any claim to authenticity or truthfulness. In its current form it has neither, and doing so would only further aid the campaign against me." Despite receiving a standing ovation at its world premiere during the Toronto Film Festival last month, The Fifth Estate - released this Friday (October 11) in the UK - is not the critical success that many had anticipated. "The film's fogeyish approach to technology probably wouldn't matter so much if it had grasped the bare bones of drama," said the New Statesman. "Disappointingly dull account of a tale desperately in need of a sharper screenplay and some directorial vim. Might as well wait for the Blu-ray, Jules," wrote Empire magazine. The Independent praised Cumberbatch's performance though wrote, "Cumberbatch as the awkward Australian Assange performs a masterclass in mimicry. It's a shame, then, that the performance is let down by some clumsy storytelling that trots out all the usual clichés." Daniel Bruhl [L] and Benedict Cumberbatch [R] In 'The Fifth Estate' Total Film offered up a glowing review, writing, "With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser." "Feverishly edgy and exciting," said Entertainment Weekly. For all his arrogance, Assange essentially predicted the reaction to the movie, telling Cumberbatch in his letter, "I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film. It is based on a deceitful book by someone who has a vendetta against me and my organisation."
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Benedict Cumberbatch's Reddit AMA: The 7 Answers That Won the Internet

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Benedict Cumberbatch wins the Internet. The "Star Trek" and "Sherlock" actor has already (rightly) claimed the title of Sexiest Male Movie Star.He's got legions of fans who call themselves "Cumberbitches." His name comes up in potential casting for pretty much every movie ever now. So, it's no surprise that his Reddit AMA (to promote his new movie, the Julian Assange pic "The Fifth Estate") left many other celebrity AMAs in the dust. Here are seven of Cumberbatch's best answers: 1. He's part of a celebrity cheekbone club: From hcml11: Do you, Matt smith, and Tom Hiddleton have cheek bone polishing parties? "We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend f*ck fantasy. Get to work on that, internet." 2. He's got his Halloween costume planned out: From quietasashadow: Benedict, do you bother with Halloween? If so, what will you be this year? "The invisible man. Oh, how I love to disappear." 3. He wants to do comedy: From keeblerlorien: Mr Cumberbatch, you so rarely get to do comedy these days, and you were hilarious in Starter for 10! It seems from interviews and such that you and Simon Pegg got on well while filming Star Trek. As Mr Pegg has a tendency to cast his friends in his work, is there any chance we might one day get to see you in a future Pegg comedy film? "That is a question for Simon, obviously. I love my comedy and when the right project comes up I won't shy away from it. There's a lot of humor in what I do, specifically Sherlock, but it would be great to play a "normal guy" in a "normal comedy"." 4. He's got a favorite Muppet: From groinkick: Mr. Cumberbatch, If you make an appearance on Sesame Street, which Muppet would you like to share a scene with? Thank you "Animal." 5. He's not above endorsements: From CanadianGladiator: If I make a brand of pants called "CumberBritches" will you endorse them? "Only if you get me a billboard slot in Times Square." 6. He's limber. From alphahatter: QUICK. whats in your pocket right now "My hand." From polymercury: How are you typing? "With my left foot." 7. He's got suggestions for fan group names. From CumberbatchLover: What do you think of your fans calling themselves 'Cumbercookies'? That way when we all come together, we'll be the 'Cumberbatch' :D "It's great! You could call yourself the Cumbergirls, and then when you come together you'd be a flock. Or you could call yourself the Cumbertadpoles and that way you'd be the Cumberspawn...Wait!...Ew! Don't do that." We are not worthy. "The Fifth Estate" opens October 18.
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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, HARRISON FORD & the New Star Wars movie - The Graham Norton Show BBC AMERICA

“ BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH & HARRISON FORD are talking about their possible roles in the new STAR WARS movie - and Harrison's love for Sherlock! - on the premiere ...”
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Stacey Snider Talk Julian Assange at 'Fifth Estate' Screening

Benedict Cumberbatch, Stacey Snider Talk Julian Assange at 'Fifth Estate' Screening | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
Benedict Cumberbatch was addressing the aud about his experience working on the film at Oct. 11′s Cinema Society screening of his new DreamWorks film “The Fifth Estate” when someone’s mobile went off. “Julian’s calling. He’s saying, ‘Walk out of the cinema now! It’s all lies!” he joked. The film, based upon two novels by David Leigh and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s former right hand man, tells the story from Domscheit-Berg’s perspective, which Assange has made perfectly clear in recent days that he does not agree with, having posted an open letter to the site sent to Cumberbatch in January urging him not to do the film. “I’ve said everything I’ve had to say to him,” Cumberbatch said at the New Marlton Hotel. “We have an open line of communication. I’m fine with keeping that private. He can do what he likes.” Cumberbatch said he had to wear three different wigs, “uncomfortable” fake teeth and fake contact lenses to physically transform into Assange and he found the end result “pretty spooky to start off with.” “It was like, ‘Oh okay. You really do look like him. Maybe we can take you to the embassy and you can spring him out.’ And I said, ‘Well, where does that leave me? Am I going to then be incarcerated in a converted bathroom behind Harrod’s for the rest of my life?’” he said. “Assange, to me, is fascinating because he is forcing us to have a conversation about the nature of our democracy that is necessary,” said Dreamworks’ Stacey Snider. “And regardless of your politics, regardless on where you come out on the issue of privacy, transparency, national security, the issue about what kind of democracy we’re going to have seems essential for everybody, and he provoked that conversation.”
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Go Behind the Scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch | LightBox | TIME.com

Go Behind the Scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch | LightBox | TIME.com | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
“ In a quick and collaborative shoot for TIME, photographer Paola Kudacki caught a break in Benedict Cumberbatch's perfect appearance.” The shoot was quick and collaborative. Kudacki planned on photographing a few different looks as she also recognized Cumberbatch for his polished sense of style, saying it’s “classic, simple, but really chic.” While Cumberbatch was willing and even brought his own clothes, his schedule was packed with interviews and appearances in support of the movie The Fifth Estate, in which he stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; so they didn’t have time for the changes. Instead Kudacki kept a few layers near the set that Cumberbatch could easily add or layer. In the flurry of their work, Kudacki reached over her camera and mussed Cumberbatch’s coiffe. She stole one snap before a stylist restored his careful waves. Of the resulting image, Kudacki said, “He’s looking into the camera, very confidently, but there’s something kinda broken. It’s kinda like when he says he likes to bring humanity to the character.” She also observed, “I think he’s very respectful of the characters he’s playing.” With the instincts that triggered that one swift click of a shutter, Kudacki too, respectfully revealed a little bit about the person behind Cumberbatch’s usual dapper appearance. [Click the title to jump to the behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot.]
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This Is How the Internet Reacted to Benedict Cumberbatch on the Cover of TIME | TIME.com

This Is How the Internet Reacted to Benedict Cumberbatch on the Cover of TIME | TIME.com | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
“ TIME's cover snub proves rather...cumbersome.” You can’t always get what you want. Especially if what you want is a copy of a magazine featuring your favorite dreamy movie star on the cover. It’s a lesson we here at TIME learned today after we put actor Benedict Cumberbatch, also known as the owner of the sharpest cheekbones in the land, on the cover of the International edition of TIME Magazine (U.S. subscribers, he’s in the magazine as well!). Some fans were upset—maybe spitting mad is the more accurate term—that the Cumberbatch cover is only available outside of the U.S. Others were just happy that their object of Internet affection is getting some face time within the red border. And let’s not forget this swoonworthy GIF we made for you. [Click the title to read some of TIme's favourite reactions. It's a hoot!]
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Tertius Bune Photography | Wix.com

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'It's not like I've completely conquered everything': Benedict Cumberbatch interview

'It's not like I've completely conquered everything': Benedict Cumberbatch interview | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
Even the brightest stars can have their off days. Take Benedict Cumberbatch and his time on the set of the recent Star Trek Into Darkness, playing the villainous Khan. One scene took place at California's National Ignition Facility, a real-life laboratory practising nuclear fusion. His co-star Simon Pegg told him it was a dangerous location and that he would need protection from special “neutron cream”. “I was convinced that I had to put dots of this cream on my face,” says Cumberbatch, smiling. With others in on the prank, every morning the cast would all “shake off” the potentially poisonous neutrons. “There was also a disclaimer I had to sign, basically saying, 'I'm aware of the physical dangers of working in this environment'. I didn't even read it; I just put it against the wall and signed it… God knows what else I've signed in my life that I might have got into trouble for.” It's a delicious image: the quicksilver Cumberbatch covered in cream, as he readies himself for his close-up. This, after all, is an actor who has so far traded on playing intellectually robust characters: Sherlock Holmes (in the Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated hit re-invention of the character), physicist Stephen Hawking (in TV movie Hawking), abolitionist Prime Minister William Pitt (in Amazing Grace) and, in his current job, The Imitation Game, Second World War Enigma code-cracker Alan Turing. When I meet Cumberbatch, in a basement room of a Covent Garden hotel, he arrives with a canvas bag full of books, like a student heading to lectures. Inside was a treasure trove of required reading for his roles – notably an account of The First World War, The Great War, there to inspire further thinking about Christopher Tietjens, in the BBC's Ford Madox Ford adaptation Parade's End. Also in the bag were Cultivation and Culture and We Lived in a Little Cabin in the Yard, two very different books on slavery. Both were preparation for playing a “very paternal slave owner” in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, one of four major movies Cumberbatch has on the way in the next three months. Even he can't keep count. He has to be reminded that the second part of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit will be in cinemas in December, 10 days before the arrival of the all-star familial drama August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. “I had a really busy year last year, and the beginning of this year, and all of them are coming home to roost in the same year, which is quite extraordinary,” he says. Such is the variety of his work to date, there's something restless about his mind. At one point, he stops to listen to an almost inaudible noise in the room. “Is that getting louder or is it just me? It's a bulb that's going to blow.” Then he sees me scribble a note. Peering towards my notebook, he asks “What did you write down?” I have to confess that I've managed the less-than-stellar description “white T-shirt” – to go with the baggy shorts and flip-flops he's currently sporting. “White T-shirt! Oh, right! Is that the impression I've made so far? It's like your readers are in the room with you.” He is, of course, joking, but that's not to say he can't be dismissive when he wants to be. Take the sex-symbol status that's grown around him, with many entranced by his high-cut cheekbones, brown curls and watchful blue eyes. This week a poll for the movie magazine Empire voted him the World's Sexiest Film Star, ahead of Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, a result he declared “hysterically funny” (“I've punched well above my weight this year...”). How does he feel about being lusted after? “Oh, read the press cuttings. Various responses to that one.” Look in those cuttings and you can find what he thinks about his female fanbase – the so-called Cumberbitches. “I was a little disturbed,” he said. “I think they set feminism back a few years.” He is currently single, after ending a relationship with the fashion designer Anna Jones in 2012. A year before that, he and actress Olivia Poulet (The Thick of It) called time on their 12-year relationship, one that began when they both studied drama at Manchester University. So all this fuss must be a little discombobulating; particularly given he seems rather ill at ease with his own looks. “I think I've got a long face,” he says. “I look a bit weird.” This is true of his next, and arguably most intriguing big-screen outing – playing the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate. “I'm thrilled with it,” he admits, quite unreservedly. “I'd seen it in the States and I was terrified. I cannot watch myself for the first time, especially playing someone who is so removed from me – because of everything, the appearance, the accent. Everything about him is different.” Crowned with white hair and giving a decent rendition of Assange's soft Australian drawl, the 37-year-old Cumberbatch is certainly far removed from his comfort zone (Variety praised him for capturing “Assange's slightly other-worldly air as well as numerous creepier qualities”). And while he nails the messiah complex of a man who begins to believe his own press, Cumberbatch is swift to point out the film is not a character assassination of Assange. “I think Bill has made a beautiful film; it's incredibly balanced. It's entertaining as well as intriguing. And what it should do is ignite a debate – that's exactly what should happen. And hopefully it will do that.” Indeed, whatever the flaws of the film, it's certainly timely, given the recent 35-year prison sentence handed out to Bradley Manning, the US soldier who mailed 250,000 diplomatic US cables to WikiLeaks (an act that drives the second half of The Fifth Estate). [Click the title to jump to the rest of the article.]
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Benedict Cumberbatch & Chris Pine - 10 Best Stories Of The Week – October 4, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch & Chris Pine - 10 Best Stories Of The Week – October 4, 2013 | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
Clearly the best thing that happened this week was finding out that Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine hang out in their free time. Like they go hang out at bars, take smoke breaks and wear hats together. I want to join them.
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British Prime Minister stumbles on name: Benedict CumberHatch [alternate title: Politics Show debates Wikileaks Movie]

British Prime Minister stumbles on name:  Benedict CumberHatch [alternate title: Politics Show debates Wikileaks Movie] | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
“ In a new series, ITV News political editor Tom Bradby is joined by comedian David Baddiel, entrepreneur Michelle Mone and columnist Allison Pearson.”
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Julian Assange Writes Letter to Benedict Cumberbatch, Slams 'Wretched Film'

Julian Assange Writes Letter to Benedict Cumberbatch, Slams 'Wretched Film' | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, but the controversial activist isn't happy with the actor's new WikiLeaks film, "The Fifth Estate." Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in the DreamWorks drama, had apparently reached out to Assange before shooting the film, but the WikiLeaks founder later declined and went on to explain in a new letter why he refused to meet with the British actor while again voicing his displeasure with the film. “I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film,” Assange wrote. “Your skills play into the hands of people who are out to remove me and WikiLeaks from the world…I believe that you should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise.” This isn’t the first time WikiLeaks has criticized the the Bill Condon-directed drama, which is partly based on the book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website,” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Last month, the controversial site blasted the new film for its inaccuracies and depictions of the WikiLeaks staff. “Most of the events depicted never happened, or the people shown were not involved in them. It has real names, real places, and looks like it is covering real events, but it is still a dramatic and cinematic work, and it invents or shapes the facts to fit its narrative goals,” the org wrote. Read Assange’s letter to Cumberbatch by clicking the title.
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Benedict Cumberbatch on “fantasising” about Harrison Ford [Graham Norton Show, Friday 10.35pm BBC1]

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They say never meet you hero – you’ll either end up being disappointed, or making a fool of yourself. Can you guess what happened when Star Wars fan Benedict Cumberbatch met Star Wars legend Harrison Ford? I’ll give you a clue; he wasn’t disappointed… “When I met you in LA at a party we talked and I made a complete idiot of myself,” Cumberbatch told Ford when the pair were reunited on Graham Norton’s sofa. “You were very nice but I said, ‘I am a really, really big fan, I used to fantasise about you…’ What I meant to say was I used to fantasise about being Hans Solo and Indy. You took it very well and said, ‘It takes all sorts!’” Luckily, Benedict’s first impression on Ford didn’t have a lasting effect on his view of the Cumberbrand as a whole. “I am a big fan of yours. I think the Sherlock Holmes thing is amazing,” said Harrison. But will the pair be working together soon on JJ Abrams’ Star Wars film? Silence. “I’ve not quite made the choice,” said Ford. Watch this space… The Graham Norton Show is on BBC1 at 10.35pm on Friday
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5 other ‘leaked’ emails from Julian Assange’s sent items box

5 other ‘leaked’ emails from Julian Assange’s sent items box | Benedict 221B | Scoop.it
Julian Assange has an internet plumbing problem. Aside from the message to Benedict Cumberbatch, here are an artist’s impressions of five other sent items the Wikileaks founder would rather you didn’t see. Feel free to supply us with more leaked sent items from Julian Assange in the comments section below. To: edwardsnowden@nsa.spy.com RE: Shopping habits Edward, You bloody dingbat! You’ve been caught on camera shopping. Take my advice: in future, try carrying a basket not a trolley. Less conspicuous! Regards, Jules To: godfreybloom@ukip.uk RE: A proposition Dear Godfrey, You break controversial news fast – a quality I greatly admire in a man. Last month, I noted, the Financial Times comment editor rightly dubbed you “a walking newsbomb”. I wondered, following on from your parliamentary career, whether you would consider pursuing a career with us here at Wikileaks? The perks are many. There is a bathroom on sight and banana cake is served weekly as a Friday treat. Baking duties are rotated. Sincerely, Julian To: r.gosling@disney.com RE: An offer I think you’ll find most difficult to decline… Ryan, Though we haven’t met I have followed your work with some closeness. The Ides of March, I thought, was bettered only by The Notebook – a romance as striking as it was humane. May I – perhaps presumptuously – suggest a future role? Several actors are in contention for playing me an in upcoming biopic, but it’s you who I think would best fit the part. The resemblance between us, I think you would agree, is undeniable. Do let me know what you think – an inconsequential Englishman (I think he was in Doctor Who) is threatening to grab the part! Yours, Jules PS. Is this still the right email? To: bespokefancydress@ecudorianembassy.co.uk RE: My wig is broken Sir- The periwig you supplied me in August of this year is no longer working. Your website suggests refunds for unsatisfied customers but really a replacement would be preferred. If you would, please forward me the colour charts directly. I also wondered if you did anything in the “blonde-graying” colour range? Also, do you supply bathroom products? Sincerely, Julian To: dave.cameron@hotmail.com RE: !?&*%*?!@? David, A “Brilliant, fantastic piece of acting,” was it? And you thought “the twitchiness and everything of Julian Assange” was “brilliantly portrayed,” did you? What rot. You, sir, are a sycophant and a Cumberbitch! The sniveling insolence of it all! This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me... The wrath of Ecuador and Assange will be swift and unremitting. Sincerely! Julian
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Benedict Cumberbatch Poses For Pics With Fans At 'GMA'

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“ Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Good Morning America this morning (October 11, 2013), and prior to his appearance on the morning show, he took time out to poses for fans outside the Good Morning Amer …...”
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Benedict Cumberbatch Interview on The Graham Norton Show (Full) - October 11, 2013

“ The Graham Norton Show Season 14, Episode 1 -- Harrison Ford, Jack Whitehall, James Blunt. Graham Norton Benedict Cumberbatch”
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