Benedict is one of the 2000 supporters of a letter destined to world leaders urging them to act on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a plan to end extreme poverty, defeat injustice and inequality and end the climate crisis adopted at the UN in 2015, when 193 countries committed to achieve those objectives by 2030. Check it out bellow:Continue reading Benedict backs letter on Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Ironbark has just had its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and we’ve already got some first impressions from audience members and official reviews!
But, before we get to them, we must share this message Benedict recorded for the event and that was shown right before the movie:
He says (hopefully, this is correct!):
Continue reading First reactions to “Ironbark”
Hello! I’m extremely sorry not to be with you, not least because I like snowboarding and great films and probably everybody at that town at the moment and I’ve always wanted to go to Sundance, in all seriousness. It’s the bassinet of great films and a fantastic festival and a inspiring one for the film culture in general. I really wish I was there just as an audience member. But not least in this instance because I have a film I’m in and have helped produce that is premiering in Sundance.
So, I really hope you enjoy Ironbark. Know that my thoughts are with you. I’m at the other side of the world shooting The Power of the Dog with Jane Campion in New Zealand. That’s a pretty good excuse, not that I need one because I’d be there in a heartbeat for the reasons I mentioned.
Many thanks to everyone involved in making the film, to Ben Pugh and Adam Ackland, to Ben and Glen at FilmNation and, of course, our fearless leader Dominic Cooke. I hope you enjoy the film.
Godspeed and see you next year, maybe! Bye, bye!
In an interview published today, FilmNation’s President of Production, Ben Browning, talked with Deadline Hollywood about the company’s Sundance Festival lineup, incluing Ironbark.
Check out bellow what he said about Benedict’s physical transformation for the role of Greville Wynne. Oh, and the new behind-the-scenes image from the film!
Deadline: I think some people were expecting to see Ironbark at an autumn festival last year…
Browning: We haven’t submitted it to any other festival. There was a blip in terms of its production schedule, which not everyone knows. There’s a section of the film where Benedict Cumberbatch goes through a significant body transformation and that shoot actually happened three-and-a-half months later. That affected the production schedule. We were aspiring for this to be a classical drama like The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Getting that exactly right and knowing where to debut it was really important to us. It’s true that the film’s language isn’t necessarily what people might think of as a Sundance movie but it felt to us that this launch would give the film the space to announce itself as something quite different.
Deadline: How much weight did Benedict lose? [We hear it was at least 30-35 pounds]
Browning: I can’t recall exactly but it’s one of those great thespian transformations. You feel it and when you watch the movie with an audience you feel their response to it. I think it conveys very effectively, in simple images, what this guy went through. Benedict’s commitment is immense. He really went for it.
Click here to read the entire interview on Deadline.
Ironbark will have its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival tonight at 6.30pm MT, but Benedict’s not expected to attend it, according to the event’s own website. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you updated on any news and first reactions of the movie that may come out tonight.
Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Oscars and both 1917 and Avengers: Endgame are among them!
1917 received 10 nominations and Endgame scored one. Check them out below:
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER
Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson – Knives Out
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won – Parasite – WINNER
Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman
Lawrence Sher – Joker
Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins – 1917 – WINNER
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Makeup and Hairstyling
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – Bombshell – WINNERS
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou – Joker
Jeremy Woodhead – Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole – 1917
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker – WINNER
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo
Donald Sylvester – Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray – Joker
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate – 1917 – WINNERS
Wylie Stateman – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Matthew Wood and David Acord – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano – Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow – Ford vs. Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland – Joker
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson – 1917 – WINNERS
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick – Avengers: Endgame
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli – The Irishman
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman – The Lion King
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy – 1917 – WINNERS
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The ceremony will take place on 9 February at 8pm ET/1am GMT.
Unfortunately, director Scott Derrickson won’t be directing Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness. He said on Twitter:
Marvel, on the other hand, released this statement via Variety, which first reported the news on their website:
Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.
Still according to their website, the movie will begin production in May and the filming schedule should be affected by this, as they’re already searching for a replacement.
Between yesterday and today, three American guilds released their 2020 nominations and 1917 scored big! Check them out below:
1917, Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns; Universal Pictures
Booksmart, Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman; United Artists Releasing
Knives Out, Written by Rian Johnson; Lionsgate
Marriage Story, Written by Noah Baumbach; Netflix
Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon – WINNERContinue reading “1917” scores nominations at the WGA, PDA and DGA Awards
Sam Mendes’ World War I film received nine nominations, including Best Film and Oustanding British Film, while the Marvel production has got a nod for Special Visual Effects. See all the categories below:
1917 – WINNER
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Outstanding British Film
1917 – WINNER
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes
1917 – Sam Mendes – WINNER
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
Joker – Todd Phillips
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho
1917 – Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit – Michael Giacchino
Joker – Hildur Gudnadóttir – WINNER
Little Women – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams
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Saying the 2010s were a life-changing decade for Benedict Cumberbatch might be an understatement. It was in the last 10 years that his career took an unexpected turn and decided to turn him from a working actor into a Marvel superhero, Oscar nominee, Emmy and BAFTA-winning A-List superstar. Although Benedict is a private person, his personal life seems to have gone the same way: it was on the second half of this decade that Benedict got engaged and married to Sophie Hunter, having three children.
And that’s why we decided to make a Decade in Review. Because this decade was so important to Benedict and he has done and conquered so much that we think it should be celebrated and remembered as it deserves. We’ll focus on the most important bits so the posts won’t get too long, but we hope its intended purposes are met and that we all cherish all those unforgettable moments that probably had been important not only to him but to the fans as well.
It will be divided into two posts. On this one, we’ll cover the second half of the decade, from 2015 to 2019, and talk about his most well known projects like his theatre work with the record-breaking Hamlet; his journey on the MCU as Doctor Strange, his work as a producer on both TV and cinema with The Current War and The Child in Time; the final series of Sherlock and both his best performances to date: in The Hollow Crown: The War of The Roses and Patrick Melrose, with the last one earning him his first BAFTA after 8 nominations and 14 years.
Missed the first post? You can read it here.Continue reading “The Decade of the Cumberbatch”; a decade in review — Part 2
Entertainment Weekly published an article on Ironbark today, featuring an exclusive new official still and some comments from Benedict on the movie, which he described as “a story of a very average hero”. Take a look:
On his character, Greville Wynne, he said:
He was just a charming Welshman with the gift of the gab. […] He literally goes from being a rather charming businessman heading towards retirement, with a good sense of humor and a jolly manner, to being someone who is basically secreting Minox film cartridges about his case as he tos-and-fros to Moscow under the guise of being part of a British delegation of trade […] It’s a window into a world that’s not that far from our own, sadly, now, again, as far as how things heat up so quickly in politics and on the global stage. […] I think we forget how close we came to not existing anymore.
He also said that mastering his “sort of strange Welsh accent” which is “kind of upper-class, and not quite upper-class enough” was a challenge and so was having to lose a significant amount of weight in three months for just four scenes. He’s not complaining though:
It’s nothing compared to what [Wynne] went through. That’s the thing with these kinds of roles. People go, ‘Whoa, you did that?’ [But] you’re humbled by the reality, which is very far from what you have to do as an actor. And that helps you get there. That gives you all the motivation you need, frankly.”
He also expressed how thrilled he was to work with director Dominic Cooke again:
He’s very much an actor’s director, as well as a brilliant stager. I love his sensibility, and his take on character and relationship is key.
And told the magazine what he sees as the film’s ultimate message:
It is possible for us to be ordinary people that are capable of doing extraordinary things when the time comes, when the questions are asked […] I think that’s what it is — it’s quiet heroics in a very loud world.
You can read the full article on Entertainment Weekly’s website.