Benedict talks “Ironbark” with Entertainment Weekly

Benedict talks “Ironbark” with Entertainment Weekly

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.

Benedict joins UNHCR’s #EveryoneCounts campaign

Benedict joins UNHCR’s #EveryoneCounts campaign

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed their new campaign, #EveryoneCounts, earlier today. Starred by celebrity activists and refugees, its goal is to change the way people see refugees, focusing not on their struggles, but on their resilience, strength and the skills they can bring to their new communities. Take a look at the video below (it’s got English subtitles):

Xenophobia, negative stereotyping and fear are on the rise. All around us. Getting louder and louder and louder. Something needs to change. It is time to see refugees differently, to see that refugees – like everyone – when given the chance and the opportunity, can reach our potential, can have a positive impact, can give back.

Besides Benedict, are also supporting the campaign: Cate Blanchett, Neil Gaiman, Alfonso Herrera, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ben Stiller, Nomzamo Mbatha, Adut Akech, MIYAVI, Jung Woo-sung, Barbara Hendricks, Yusra Mardini, Praya Lundberg, David Morrissey, Mercy Masika, Mahira Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Maya Ghazal, Danny Ocean, Riz Ahmed, Raghad Haddad, Amanda Palmer, JJ Bola, Emi Mahmoud, Jesus Vasquez, among others.

The campaign seems to have been released due to the start of the very first Global Refugee Forum today in an advanced session (it starts officially tomorrow and ends on Wednesday) at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from which will hopefully emerge concrete solutions in how to take the principle of international responsibility-sharing – the centre of the Global Compact on Refugees affirmed last December by the UN – from theory to practice.

You can find more information about the campaign and how to help refugees around the world on UNHCR’s website (which is available in many languages).

“The Decade of the Cumberbatch”; a decade in review — Part 1

“The Decade of the Cumberbatch”; a decade in review — Part 1

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 first half of the decade, from 2010 to 2014 and talk about his most well-known projects such as Cabin Pressure for the radio; his theatre work in After the Dance and Frankenstein; Parade’s End on TV; Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game and that little show called Sherlock. Ready? Let’s start then!

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Ironbark’s Sundance premiere date and first official still revealed

Ironbark’s Sundance premiere date and first official still revealed

We’ve got a date!

Ironbark will make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, 24 January, at the Eccles Theater at 6.30 pm MT!

We’ve also got the film’s very first official still, official synopsis and run time (111 minutes):

Businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) and prim but warm housewife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) lead a properly quiet English life. When rumblings of a mole in the Soviet Union government reach British intelligence agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) and CIA official Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan), Greville is called upon by his country precisely for his ordinariness. He is thrown into the political conflict, and as his efforts to end the Cuban Missile Crisis deepen, he forges an unbreakable bond with his informant that will be put to the ultimate test. Pressured by Sheila’s suspicion of his secrecy and as the Soviets close in on the plot, Greville proves himself not to be ordinary at all.

Sundance Institute creative advisor Dominic Cooke directs this unflinchingly suspenseful political drama based on a true story. Cumberbatch and Buckley develop a pure and completely charming connection that adds a rosy hue to this dark portrait of the risks of espionage. Ironbark explores diplomacy, patriotism, virtue, and bravery, but above all else, Greville Wynne reminds us of the simple humanity at the center of every conflict.


“1917” and ”Avengers: Endgame” score nominations at the Golden Globes and ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards

“1917” and ”Avengers: Endgame” score nominations at the Golden Globes and ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards

The nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes and Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards have been revealed! 1917 received 4 nominations in total whilst Avengers: Endgame got 1! They are as follows:

Golden Globes

Best Motion Picture – Drama

DreamWorks Pictures / Reliance Entertainment / New Republic Pictures / Neal Street Productions / Mogambo; Universal Pictures

The Irishman
Netflix / Tribeca Productions / Sikelia Productions / Winkler Films; Netflix

Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Joint Effort; Warner Bros. Pictures

Marriage Story
Netflix / HeyDay Films; Netflix

The Two Popes
Netflix / Rideback; Netflix

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“1917”, “Brexit”, “Avengers: Endgame” nominated at the Critics’ Choice Awards

“1917”, “Brexit”, “Avengers: Endgame” nominated at the Critics’ Choice Awards

The nominations for the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards have just been released and we’ve got good news! 1917 is nominated in 8 categories and Brexit: The Uncivil War is nominated for Best TV Movie!

Also nominated? Avengers: Endgame, which is up for three awards: Best Action Movie, Best Visual Effects and Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie.

The winners will be revealed on 12 January 2020 in a ceremony which will be broadcasted from 7:00 to 10:00 pm ET.

Here are the categories:

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Uncut Gems

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER (tie)
Sam Mendes – 1917 – WINNER (tie)
Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Eddie Redmayne on why Benedict is charming

Eddie Redmayne on why Benedict is charming

Eddie Redmayne went undercover on the internet for GQ magazine and found this question: “Why are British gentlemen so charming? Like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc.”.

His answer? “I know why Benedict is so charming, because he’s a phenomenal actor and a kind human being”.

He also said he would absolutely like to work with Benedict and Tom Hiddleston in a Three Musketeers or a James Bond movie. Here’s the video:

Kevin Feige: “The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU”

Kevin Feige: “The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU”

During an interview to Brazilian entertainment website Omelete, which followed the Marvel Studios panel at Comic Con Experience (CCXP) in São Paulo earlier today, Kevin Feige said the Multiverse is the ”is the next step in the evolution of the MCU”. Take a look:

The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is gonna crack it wide open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series just before it, that’s not WandaVision, and for movies just after it in a big, fun way.

Benedict stars in new MG India ad, sends message to the automaker forum

Benedict stars in new MG India ad, sends message to the automaker forum

A new commercial for Morris Garages India was released today, in which Benedict presents the new eletric SUV, MG ZS EV. Watch:

He also recorded a message for MG India, which was broadcast at the automaker forum today. It starts at 3min 57s:

‘Ironbark’ to premiere at the Sundance Festival

‘Ironbark’ to premiere at the Sundance Festival

It was announced earlier today the official line-up for the next year’s edition of the Sundance Festival and, to our incredible joy, ‘Ironbark’ is one of the movies to have its first world premiere there. Variety reported the line-up with only the official synopsis so it’s still unknown the exact day that the premiere will take place or which of the cast/crew members will be in attendance, but we’ll keep an eye on the updates that are about to come. Read the official synopsis below:

Ironbark (U.K. – Director: Dominic Cooke, Screenwriter: Tom O’Connor, Producers: Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken) — The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley.

The Sundance Festival will take place in Utah, USA and will run through 23rd January to 2nd February, 2020.