Benedict reads “Three Little Monkeys” for Save The Children UK

Benedict reads “Three Little Monkeys” for Save The Children UK

Save the Children UK released today a video of Benedict Cumberbatch reading Three Little Monkeys, by Emma Chichester Clark, for Save with Stories, a new fundraiser campaign that seeks to “support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection, so they can keep building the best possible future.”

Benedict to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Benedict to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Excellent news! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce annouced the 35 stars that will be inducted to the Walk of Fame next year, including Benedict Cumberbatch! Ceremony is yet to be announced. Read more:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin and Courteney Cox have been unveiled as among the 2021 Hollywood Walk Of Fame inductees.

The actors are among 35 stars from different sections of the entertainment industry, including film, music and TV, announced by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce.

British actor Cumberbatch, known for playing Dr Strange in the Marvel movies, will be joined by his Avengers co-stars Josh Brolin – who portrays supervillain Thanos – and Don Cheadle, best known as superhero War Machine, in having their names placed in a star on the world famous landmark.

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Induction ceremonies have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Congratulations, Benedict!

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Benedict to read a children’s story in Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S”

Benedict to read a children’s story in Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S”

Benedict will read “Jack’s Dream” in the first episode available this coming Thursday, June 18; the podcast will raise funds to GEANCO Foundation. Read more:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Russell Brand and Zoe Saldana are reading children’s stories for a good cause — to raising money for coronavirus relief in Africa.

The stars are part of Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S,” which launches Thursday in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation “to take families on an adventure that transports them out of their homes to exciting, new places,” the company said.

New episodes will premiere every Monday on Thursday on all traditional podcast platforms as well as the Yahoo Life and Yahoo Style UK pages. The foundation is donating gloves, face masks, soap, sanitizer and disinfectant to hospitals and maternity centers in Nigeria, and training maternity nurses and traditional birth attendants to prevent the spread of the virus in maternity clinics, while also donating tablets preloaded with hundreds of books to children quarantined in their villages.

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“Brexit: The Uncivil War” nominated for 2 BAFTA TV Awards

“Brexit: The Uncivil War” nominated for 2 BAFTA TV Awards

Earlier today, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominees for this year’s TV Awards and…Brexit is among them! The movie is up for two awards, they are:

BEST SINGLE DRAMA

Brexit: The Uncivil War – House Productions, Baffin Media/Channel 4

Elizabeth Is Missing – Andrea Gibb, Aisling Walsh, Sarah Brown, Chrissy Skinns – STV Productions/BBC One

The Left Behind – Alan Harris, Joseph Bullman, Aysha Rafaele, Tracie Simpson – BBC Studios/BBC Three

Responsible Child – Karen Wilson, Elinor Day, Sean Buckley, Nick Holt – Kudos, 72 Films/BBC Two

BEST DIRECTOR – FICTION

Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) – Two Brothers Pictures/BBC Three

Johan Renck (Chernobyl) – Sister Pictures, The Mighty Mint, Word Games/Sky Atlantic

Shane Meadows (The Virtues) – Warp Films, Big Arty Productions/Channel 4

Toby Haynes (Brexit) – House Productions/Channel 4

The winners will be revealed on Friday 31 July, when it’ll be broadcasted on BBC One. Due to the pandemic and to make sure it’s a safe event, it will take place as a closed studio, socially-distanced show, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually. It’ll be hosted by multi-hyphenate Richard Ayoade.

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Benedict joins Taika Waititi’s charity reading of “James and the Giant Peach”

Benedict joins Taika Waititi’s charity reading of “James and the Giant Peach”

Benedict is taking part in Taika Waititi’s charity reading of Roald Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach. The first two (out of ten) installments are already available on Roald Dahl’s official Youtube channel, with Benedict joining Taika and Meryl Streep on the second one:

The goal is to raise funds for Partners In Health, a nonprofit founded by Ophelia Dahl (Roald’s daugther), which is dedicated to fighting COVID-19 and supporting public health systems around the world.

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Ironbark’ will now be released under the title of ‘The Courier’ in the US, with the studio expecting it to hit theaters across the country on August, 28th. Read more details below:

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set an Aug. 28, 2020, theatrical release for The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Cold War drama — previously titled Ironbark — made its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Dominic Cooke from a script by Tim O’Connor, The Courier is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), an unassuming businessman recruited to help end the Cuban Missile Crisis who forms a dangerous relationship with a Soviet intelligence officer (Merab Ninidze).

“Theaters have indicated gradual openings this ​summer, with health and safety guiding the way. If everything proceeds favorably, we feel the true spy thriller The Courier, with a must-see performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, is just the type of film that will ha​ve audiences excited to return to their local cinemas in late August,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in announcing the release date.

The film is a 42 M&P, SunnyM​arch and FilmNation Entertainment ​production. Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley also star in the film.

Hopefully we might get a trailer soon!

Benedict joins Hay Festival Digital event in celebration of Wordsworth siblings

Benedict joins Hay Festival Digital event in celebration of Wordsworth siblings

Hay Festival has announced this year’s edition will go ahead in free digital form from 22-31 May. According to its official website, it’ll consist of:

Free live broadcasts and interactive Q&As from over 100 of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers who share their insights and interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from Covid-19 and world health to the climate crisis and our future. 

Benedict will take part in one of the very first events, a celebration of the works of siblings William and Dorothy Wordsworth, alongside a stellar cast:

Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monty Don, Stephen Fry, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Helen McCrory, Jonathan Pryce and Vanessa Redgrave

WORDSWORTH 250: A NIGHT IN WITH THE WORDSWORTHS

Friday 22 May 2020, 6.30pm – 7.25pm (GMT + 1)
Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

A gala performing of William’s poetry and Dorothy’s journals begins our 250th anniversary celebrations with a superstar cast reading work that will include Intimations of ImmortalityDaffodills, lines composed both Upon Westminster Bridge and Above Tintern AbbeyThe Prelude and We Are Seven. Hosted and introduced by Shahidha Bari.

Click here to register for the event.

National Theatre to stream both versions of ‘Frankenstein’ on YouTube

National Theatre to stream both versions of ‘Frankenstein’ on YouTube

Wonderful news: National Theatre announced today that both versions of Frankenstein will be available on their YouTube channel next week!

The acclaimed stage production directed by Danny Boyle features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature, which earned them both a Olivier award for Best Actor.

The National Theatre At Home project began on late March as a way for NT to share some of its productions to be watched at home now that theatres and cinemas are closed in the UK and around the world.

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Letters Live launches #ReadALetter campaign

Letters Live launches #ReadALetter campaign

The lovely people at Letters Live released a video of Benedict Cumberbatch reading a letter to the audience in which he invited us to take part of their new campaign: #ReadALetter.

Dear Friends,

Hello. I hope this letter finds you in good spirits as we navigate this truly surreal crisis.

Since 2013, we at Letters Live have been inviting performers to bring letters to life in memorable venues around the world. With our ‘Read A Letter’ campaign, we’re opening the stage extremely wide and would love for the world (you!) to share letters to the heroes on the frontline; letters to relatives in need; letters to strangers who have stepped up and made a difference; letters to neighbouring families, streets, towns and countries; letters from teachers to their isolated pupils or to the parents who now find themselves home-schooling; letters to those in power; letters to a population crying out for words of comfort.

You could record yourself reading an important letter you have wanted to send, or a cherished letter you once received. It could be a favourite letter of yours that offers hope in our current crisis or a prescient warning too important to be ignored. It may simply be a favourite letter of yours that may brighten everyone’s day. (I am obliged to say that if you’re not reading your own letter, you must, please, ask the letter writer’s permission.)

So, all you need to do is this:

– Film yourself reading a letter. Use your phone, just as I am.

– If you’re camera shy, point your phone at something else while you read: the letter itself, the view from your window, your adorable dog.

– Before you read the letter, tell us who it’s to and who it’s from, and if you can, tell us why you’ve chosen it.

– Post the video to Twitter or Instagram or whichever corner of the internet you frequent, remembering to include the hashtag #ReadALetter and tag @letterslive so we can then share your reading. Alternatively, if you don’t use social media, send the clip to read@letterslive.com so we can share the letter for you.

– Spread the word by nominating another person to write a letter. That’s it.

Thank you in advance for taking part. Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay at home.

Yours in isolation,

Benedict, and all at Letters Live.

You watch the videos they are sharing and see more information on their Twitter profile.

Gallery update: The Current War screencaps

Gallery update: The Current War screencaps

We’ve added more than 700 high-quality screencaps of The Current War: Director’s Cut to our gallery! Check them out below:

The Current War: Director’s Cut is now available on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray in the US.