First reactions to “Ironbark”

First reactions to “Ironbark”

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:

Full video
Another angle (incomplete video)

He says (hopefully, this is correct!):

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!

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FilmNation’s President of Production talks “Ironbark” with Deadline

FilmNation’s President of Production talks “Ironbark” with Deadline

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.

“1917” and “Avengers: Endgame” receive Oscar nominations

“1917” and “Avengers: Endgame” receive Oscar nominations

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:

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

Best Director
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

Best Cinematography
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

Original Score
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
The Irishman
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit
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

Sound Editing
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

Sound Mixing
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

Visual Effects
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.


Scott Derrickson won’t helm “Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness”

Scott Derrickson won’t helm “Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness”

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.

“1917” scores nominations at the WGA, PDA and DGA Awards

“1917” scores nominations at the WGA, PDA and DGA Awards

Between yesterday and today, three American guilds released their 2020 nominations and 1917 scored big! Check them out below:

Writers Guild Awards

Original Screenplay

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 – WINNER

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‘1917’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are nominated at the BAFTA Film Awards

‘1917’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are nominated at the BAFTA Film 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:

Best Film
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Outstanding British Film
For Sama
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

1917 – Sam MendesWINNER
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
Joker – Todd Phillips
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho

Original Score
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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How to watch “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”

How to watch “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”

It’s time!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea airs tonight on Channel 4 at 7.30pm GMT!

We’ve fetched some live streams for those of you who live outside the UK and would like to watch it live: X and X.

Their quality is outside of our control, but we’ve tested both of them before making this post. If you find they’re both working poorly for you, please try and clear your web browser’s cache. Here’s how you do it in: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish a very happy Christmas to all who celebrate it and happy holidays to all of you!

But we know this time of the year can be really tough. If you need to talk to somebody or know someone who’d benefit from doing so, please consider contacting your country’s suicide prevention hotline (we found this list with some from all around the world). You don’t need to suffer in silence. Please be kind to yourselves.

We wish you all the best! X

“The Decade of the Cumberbatch”; a decade in review — Part 2

“The Decade of the Cumberbatch”; a decade in review — Part 2

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.

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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).