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“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.

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 talks “The Mauritanian” on the newest TV & Satellite Week

Benedict is the cover of the newest issue (27 March) of TV & Satellite Week magazine, which features a short interview with the main cast of The Mauritanian! Check it out below:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster star in a powerful true story about a tortured Guantánamo Bay prisoner

A shocking true story comesto the screen this week in Amazon Prime Video film The Mauritanian, starring The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim as a wrongly accused terrorist suspect imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without charge.

Directed by Oscar-winning film-makerKevin Macdonald,the drama –which has been nominated for Best Film atthe upcoming BAFTAs – opens two months after the tragic deaths of almost 3,000 people in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Benedict and Jimmy Fallon have a fun chat on the Tonight Show

Last night, Benedict was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked with Jimmy about The Mauritanian, The Courier and Wandavision. They also played a game that requiered them to work through an entire conversation about their favourite movies in alphabetical order.

Check out the videos (and hundreds of screencaps!) below:

New interview for the Toronto Sun on his latest projects

The Toronto Sun just published a new interview with Benedict about his latest film projects! Check it out below:

Benedict Cumberbatch talks The Mauritanian, The Courier and Doctor Strange 2

By Mark Daniell

There’s no point in asking Benedict Cumberbatch about Doctor Strange 2Spider-Man: No Way Home or really anything to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I can’t believe, still, that after playing Sherlock (Holmes) and Khan (Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness) and Strange, that people still think I’m going to give insight,” he says laughing down the line from London. “I’m never going to give insight into any of this stuff.”

All he’ll say about his upcoming return as the Master of the Mystic Arts is that he’ll be back.

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“The Mauritanian” has been selected for the 2021 Berlinale

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the official line-up for its 71st edition – set to take place from March 1–5 (industry events) and then June 9–20 (film presentations) – and the great news is that The Mauritanian has been selected for its Berlinale Special category (out of competition)!!

The detailed programme for the event isn’t available yet, but we’ll let you know when that happens and update this post with more information.

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First trailer and poster for “The Courier” are finally here!

This is NOT a drill, people!

The very first trailer for The Courier (formerly Ironbark) is finally among us!! And, also, the very first poster! Check them out below:

And if you’d like some screencaps, we got you:

Will Sharpe talks “Louis Wain” and Benedict with Empire magazine

The March 2021 edition of Empire UK magazine features a short interview with director Will Sharpe on The Electrical Life of Louis Wain in which he talks a little about Benedict. Check it out below:

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

The year’s battiest biopic? This may well be it.

On the surface, it all sounds quite traditional: Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring in a biopic of a renowned British artist. But with an idiosyncratic title, and Will Sharpe – the creator of Channel 4’s bleak comedy Flowers – as director, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain should be anything but. Wain, played by Cumberbatch (“He’s always on and always delivers, which is exciting to watch”, says Sharpe), was a cat-obsessed oddball renowned for his fantastical, psychedelic paintings of anthropomorphised feline figures, and who suffered personal tragedy and significant success across his surprisingly long life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What’s more, he may have had schizophrenia, possibly brought on by parasites found in, er, cat shit.

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