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‘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:

New interview for The Independent

To promote The Mauritanian, which is getting released on Amazon Prime in the UK this week, Benedict Cumberbatch did a new interview for The Independent in which he opened up about thinking he had COVID-19 while filming the movie, his views on the Guantánamo prison and his career as a producer.

Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘Joe Biden? I’m going to plead with the guy to shut Guantanamo’

The actor talks to James Mottram about his Bafta-nominated film about an inmate of the infamous US detention camp; working with Jodie Foster and The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim; and why he worries he may have been Covid’s ‘patient zero’.

At the beginning of last year, when news began to emerge of a mysterious, deadly new virus that was spreading across the globe, Benedict Cumberbatch was struck by a horrible thought. At the end of 2019, he had flown to South Africa to shoot new film The Mauritanian, but as he arrived, he tells me, he fell sick. “I was incredibly ill, to the point that when all this Covid stuff suddenly broke in the new year, I was thinking, oh my god was I actually patient zero. I was so ill – it was borderline pneumonia.”

He had to plough on regardless, “throwing up between takes”, as shooting commenced. The film was being produced by the independent film and TV company he jointly owns, SunnyMarch. They had recreated Guantanamo Bay in Cape Town, and they were working on a story that had possessed Cumberbatch for six years.

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks ‘The Mauritanian’ to The Concordia Forum

To promote ‘The Mauritanian’ in the UK, The Concordia Forum had a Q&A event today (March 26) via zoom with director Kevin Macdonald, Mohamedou Ould Salahi and Nancy Hollander. Since he was on set filming ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, Benedict Cumberbatch took part of the event with pre-recorded videos in which we can only hear his voice because Doctor Strange’s new costume is still embargoed.

We uploaded his parts on youtube, watch them below:

And you can watch the entire panel on Facebook by clicking here.

The cast of ‘The Mauritanian’ talk about the movie with The Guardian

British newspaper The Guardian published on its March 26 issue a new article featuring Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster talking about “The Mauritanian”, ahead of the film’s release on Amazon Prime UK next April 1.

You can see the exclusive scans on our gallery and read the article below:

‘We don’t live in a world of goodies and baddies, do we?’ The true story behind The Mauritanian.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was tortured and detained without charge in Guantánamo for 14 years. Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch discuss bringing his memoir to life.

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Benedict supports the Theatre Artists Fund

In a video for the Official London Theatre in which he talked about his turning point in the British theatre and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the theatre sector in the UK, Benedict Cumberbatch showed support and asked for donations for the Theatre Artists Fund, a fund superheaded by the director Sam Mendes to help theatre workers who are struggling financially due to their unemployement during the pandemic.

For more information and to know how to donate or how to apply if you need help, click here.

Benedict Cumberbatch supports March4Women 2021

Feminist campaign March4Women is going online in 2021 instead of their annual march through Central London. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take form as the Stop Telling Half The Story online campaign, which is calling for more female leadership and is getting support from many British celebrities, including Benedict Cumberbatch.

Here’s what Benedict said:

“Of course women should be equally represented in leadership roles and positions of power. We can’t achieve equality any other way.”

To read more about the project and see more quotes from other celebrities click here.

Benedict to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘The Simpsons’

Benedict to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘The Simpsons’

Yeardley Smith, the actress who plays Lisa Simpson in ‘The Simpsons’, told in a recent podcast that an upcoming episode of the show will feature Benedict playing a parody of The Smiths’ lead vocalist Morrissey:

No more details were given yet. Benedict had his first cameo on the show back in 2013, in which he played both the Prime Minister of the UK and Severus Snape.

New interview for Magic Radio

Benedict gave a brand new interview for Magic Radio on their ‘Prince’s Trust Day’, in which he talked about the work The Prince’s Trust has been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, what he was up to during lockdown and why Doctor Strange’s cloak of levitation is definitely not a cape.

You can listen to it below:

Planet Radio · Benedict Cumberbatch joins Emma B on Prince’s Trust Day

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