“The Power of the Dog” selected for the 2021 TIFF

The Power of the Dog is following The Electrical Life of Louis Wain‘s pawsteps!

It’s just been announced the film will have its Canadian premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, as part of its Special Presentations programme!! Check it out:

And it raises the same speculation Electrical Life‘s announcement did: Does this mean it’ll have its North American premiere at Telluride? Hopefully things are about to get even more exciting!

What we do know is that the 2021 TIFF will take place from 9-18 September and its full schedule will be revealed on 24 August.

First still for “The Power of the Dog” released, premiere at the Biennale confirmed

It’s now official!!!

The Power of the Dog is one of the 21 films selected to compete at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival! And to make the announcement even more exciting, we got our very first look at the movie! Here’s Benedict as Phil Burbank:

The premiere date is yet to be announced but now we know, thanks to the festival’s website, that The Power of the Dog runs for 125 minutes.

‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ to be screened at TIFF 2021

The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the line-up for this year’s edition – scheduled to take place from 9-18 September – and, to our collective happiness, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will make its Canadian premiere there as part of the Gala Presentations programme. Here’s the official announcement:

The festival’s full schedule will be released only on 24 August but we can already see in its website that the movie is 111 minutes long.

Meanwhile, in its piece covering the announcement, Screen International brought this up:

Will Sharpe’s UK drama The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy will have its Canadian premiere as a Gala Presentation, suggesting it may be bound for a world debut at Telluride in August.

So, hopefully, we have more exciting news coming our way!

Happy Birthday, Benedict!

Benedict Cumberbatch turned 45 today (19 July) and we hope he had a wonderful day full of love and laughter with his own family, friends and loved ones. We wish him all the best today, tomorrow and always.

And to celebrate it together with you, we did a TOP 30 Benedict Cumberbatch moments/interviews poll on our Twitter account. Our followers voted and we announced the results today. See them all and watch the videos on the tweet below.

New Jaeger-LeCoultre photoshoot

To promote the Polaris Mariner Memovox watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre released another photoshoot with Benedict. Check out the photos in hi-res below:

Benedict appears at Wimbledon

Benedict appears at Wimbledon

Benedict and his father, Timothy Carlton, have been seen at the Day 8 of Wimbledon Tennis Tournament today, which was his very first public appearance after the pandemic. Check out the photos from the event on our photo gallery:

Benedict’s written the foreword for new book about painter Louis Wain

The Bookseller has revealed Benedict’s written the foreword for the book Louis Wain’s Cats by Chris Beetles, set to be published by Canongate on 4th November 2021!! The article also states “the book will publish alongside” the release of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, so now we have more of an idea of the movie’s possible release date, that is yet to be announced. More from the piece:

The publisher said: “The Louis Wain cat is arguably the last century’s most recognisable image in cat art. During their heyday, in the time before the First World War, Louis Wain’s cats, dressed as humans, portrayed that stylish Edwardian world having fun: at restaurants and tea parties, going to the races and the seaside, and celebrating Christmas and birthdays. This is a world of cats at play, uninhibited and slightly dangerous, with most group activities likely to turn into mishap, mayhem and catastrophe. 

“This is Wain’s world, funny, edgy and animated: a whole cat world. The first comprehensive exhibition of Wain’s work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 1972 and, since then, Louis Wain has steadily become more fashionable, and collected worldwide. This biography contains 300 plates of richness and variety, all of which are reproduced faithfully from the original artwork.”

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Jamie Byng, c.e.o. and publisher of Canongate, acquired world rights in the book direct from the author. He said: “Nick Cave introduced me to Louis Wain’s work many years ago via his extensive collection of Wain’s art and I was immediately struck by its distinctive character and Wain’s remarkable draughtmanship. When I heard subsequently that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Wain in a feature film based on his life, I wondered whether there were any substantial books on Wain in print. There weren’t, but thankfully Chris Beetles had published a sumptuously illustrated and beautifully designed monograph that also doubles up as a biography. And I am delighted that we are now reissuing Chris’ superb book with an insightful foreword from Benedict, as it is not only a great book but this forthcoming movie is bound to generate a lot of interest in this overlooked and brilliant artist.”

Cumberbatch has also praised the book, saying: “Chris Beetles’ book is a joy, an inspiration and as thorough a document into understanding the life and times of Louis Wain as one could hope to read.”

Source: The Bookseller

“The Power of the Dog” to premiere at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival

VERY exciting news!!

Variety has just revealed that The Power of the Dog will have its world premiere in competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival which is scheduled to take place from 1 to 11 September with director Bong Joon-ho presiding over the main jury.

From their article:

Jane Campion, a Cannes legend who remains the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or with “The Piano,” will have her latest drama “The Power of the Dog” world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

A Netflix Original, “The Power of the Dog” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. The movie’s screenplay was penned by Campion, based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage.

Set in the 1920s, the film is about a pair of wealthy Montana brothers, Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank. Phil is brilliant and cruel, while George is fastidious and gentle. Together, they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Dunst), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn. Pic is produced by BBC Films, Campion’s Bright Star banner and See-Saw Films.

The Venice Film Festival declined to comment.

Campion is no stranger to Venice, where she premiered “An Angel at My Table,” which won the fest’s Grand Jury Prize in 1990, three years before her “Piano” Palm.

Variety understands that “The Power of the Dog” had been invited to world premiere out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival but Netflix opted instead to have it unspool at Venice, where the film can compete. As per a rule set by its administration board, the Cannes Film Festival can’t invite films in competition if they don’t have a local theatrical release planned.

Source: Variety

According to the Biennale’s website, the line-up will be officially announced in the last week of July, so fingers crossed this will be confirmed!!

Benedict does a photoshoot to promote new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

A new photoshoot for Jaeger-LeCoultre featuring Benedict to promote their new Reverso Tribute Nonantième watch has been released. Check out the photos on our photo gallery:

Read below about the new watch and what Benedict has to say:

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Benedict talks ‘The Mauritanian’ to pARTicipate

In a new interview for pARTicipate’s Bruce Dennill, Benedict talks about producing the film, his role as Lt Col Stuart Couch and more. Read the full interview below:

Benedict Cumberbatch has acted alongside many Hollywood greats, but the English actor was “geeking out” when it came to working with Jodie Foster in The Mauritanian. Benedict did not plan on starring in the film. He thought he would stay behind the camera as a producer. The script, however, developed over time and the role and moral dilemmas faced by US military prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch in the Guantanamo Bay-set film expanded and intrigued Cumberbatch. In this interview he discusses [the film’s protagonist] Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s horrifying story, working with Foster, battling illness on the South African set and having to wear a skull cap after the late decision to play Lt Col Couch.

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