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‘The Mauritanian’ is nominated at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

‘The Mauritanian’ is nominated at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Great news! The Mauritanian has recieved three nominations at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director (Kevin Macdonald) and Best Actor (Tahar Rahim). See the nominees:

FILM OF THE YEAR
About Endlessness
Collective
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Lovers Rock
The Mauritanian
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
David Fincher – Mank
Rose Glass – Saint Maud
Kevin Macdonald – The Mauritanian
Steve McQueen – Small Axe
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards will be presented virtually on Sunday, February 7. This post will be updated once the winners are announced. Congratulations to everyone involved in The Mauritanian!

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‘The Mauritanian’ and ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ on Total Film January issue

This month’s edition of Total Film magazin brings articles on The Mauritanian and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, as well as new photos of Benedict in both productions. Check out the scans on our photo gallery:

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‘The Mauritanian’ features in Empire UK magazine February issue

Last year the Empire UK magazine visited the set of The Mauritanian in South Africa, and that report features in its latest issue. Check out the scan on our photo gallery:

A transctiption to those who need it:

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Benedict attends GEANCO’s Virtual Gala for Africa

Unbreakable Joy, the Virtual Gala for Africa organized by GEANCO, was broadcast last night, October 24, and featured some guests like Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Whitney Cummings. A couple of days earlier Benedict had recorded a message inviting the public to the online event:

Benedict’s part begins at 59:17, but we’d like to invite you to watch the whole event if you can:

Benedict and Claire Foy team to adapt Charlotte McConaghy’s novel ‘Migrations’

Benedict and Claire Foy team to adapt Charlotte McConaghy’s novel ‘Migrations’

As reported exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunnymarch will produce the adaptation as Claire will star and executive produce. Read more:

Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch are teaming up to adapt the timely novel Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.

The novel was highly sought-after by a number of production banners and streamers as it offered a layered female protagonist in a unique setting but it was Cumberbatch’s shingle, SunnyMarch, that secured the screen rights.

Foy will star and executive produce while Cumberbatch will produce along with SunnyMarch’s Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke.

The book, published by Flatiron Books in August, is both an intimate and epic story of a woman’s search for redemption on a world facing a slow death by climate change.

The tome focuses on a woman named Franny Stone who is tracking what may be the final migration of Arctic terns. When she hustles her way onto a small vessel of misfit fisherman and embarks on an odyssey through stormy seas, her dark past of love, loss, crime and motherhood unfolds in a ode to the wild places in and around us, and the extreme lengths one will go to for the people they love.

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Benedict donates a pair of Grinch shoes to Small Steps Project

For the sixth year in a row, Benedict has donated shoes to the Small Steps Project’s annual Celebrity Shoe Auction. For this year’s edition he has chosen a pair of limited edition Golf Wang Converse Grinch shoes, designed by Tyler, the Creator.

The date for the auction is yet to be confirmed. Pictures of Benedict’s past donations can be found here, here, here, here, here and here. If you wish to know more about Small Steps Project, you can find all the information about their team and their wonderful work on their website.

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We’ve got a date! This year’s auction will take place from 13 to 22 November:

And there’s more: Benedict has actually donated a second pair of shoes – Vivo Barefoot black and grey tracker snow boots in a size EU45M, to be exact! According to the SSP website:

We’re very lucky to have Benedict as one of our regular supporters and this year, due to popular demand he has donated two pairs to the 2020 celebrity shoe auction with are perfect for Christmas presents!

Now that’s just lovely, isn’t it?

Benedict to reprise his Doctor Strange role in ‘Spider-Man 3’

Benedict to reprise his Doctor Strange role in ‘Spider-Man 3’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doctor Strange is set to replace Iron Man and Nick Fury as the new Peter Parker’s mentor in the next installment. Read more below:

The good and strange doctor has been caught in the spider’s web.

Benedict Cumberbatch is putting on the cloak of levitation and will reprise Marvel supernatural hero Doctor Strange for the latest Spider-Man movie installment, starring Tom Holland and being made by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

The move puts Cumberbatch in the mentor role that was previously occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark/Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter reprising Nick Fury. The role gives Holland a chance to play opposite seasoned actors, gives Peter Parker a father figure and gives the movies extra star power while tying them to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This Spider-Man project already has some unexpected ties going for it, as it is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro, the actor-character combo last seen in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging hero.

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Benedict talks about Jaeger-LeCoultre to Watch Time India

In an extensive interview, Benedict talks about the newest Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox watch, meditation and his next projects, like Doctor Strange 2, The Courier and The Power of the Dog.

Also, check out some new photos from the watchmaker photoshoot:

Discover the launch of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox with the long-time friend of the Maison Benedict Cumberbatch. We caught up with the Marvel superhero on Zoom where he spoke at length about his passion for watches, meditation and diving. Excerpts below.

WTI: You spent some time in a monastery in Darjeeling. What did you learn from the monks about the concept of time?

BC: Yes I did live in a Tibetan monastery, it was a converted Nepali house near Darjeeling in West Bengal which is funnily enough on the eastern side of India. It’s an amazing piece of land above a tea plantation. It’s about 4000 metres elevation so the air is quite light and there were clouds rolling in the windows like dry ice. This house had a converted room at the top which was a Buddhist temple. Their idea of ritual and structure to the day was fascinating, but the deeper lessons were about impermanence – everything is constantly shifting and changing including your relationship to time. In a moment of meditation you could spend 10 minutes doing something that affords your life hours of benefit, or stretches of 10 minutes into what feels like an hour. Time passes and what you do in any given life is concentrated on a moment. You realise that you are constantly being seduced into thinking about the past or worrying about the future and that true happiness is attainable to all of us if we are in one moment of time – which is the present.

WTI: What is the first idea that comes to your mind when I ask you about time?

BC: I never have one idea. But sadly, I wish my life was that simple. You know, I played a character that had the time stone around his neck until late and that’s how this watch and the company came into my orbit. Time, in that regard, means a lot of things especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which you guys know about. But for me, time is about treasuring the value of it and the ever shifting nature of it. Especially now, I think all of our inner clocks and gravity have been shifted by what’s going on globally. And if there is anything positive to be taken from this, it’s about being given a lens by which to view and review your priorities. So, that’s a big old wormhole to go down. But I’d say the first idea that comes to my mind when talking about time now is the value of it, how precious it is.

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Benedict features in brand new Jaeger-LeCoultre commercial

A new advert for Jaeger-LeCoultre featuring Benedict Cumberbatch has been released for a watch event in Shangai, China.

You can learn more about JCL’s ‘In A Breath’ booth here.

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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.”