Benedict joins Hay Festival Digital event in celebration of Wordsworth siblings

Benedict joins Hay Festival Digital event in celebration of Wordsworth siblings

Hay Festival has announced this year’s edition will go ahead in free digital form from 22-31 May. According to its official website, it’ll consist of:

Free live broadcasts and interactive Q&As from over 100 of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers who share their insights and interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from Covid-19 and world health to the climate crisis and our future. 

Benedict will take part in one of the very first events, a celebration of the works of siblings William and Dorothy Wordsworth, alongside a stellar cast:

Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monty Don, Stephen Fry, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Helen McCrory, Jonathan Pryce and Vanessa Redgrave

WORDSWORTH 250: A NIGHT IN WITH THE WORDSWORTHS

Friday 22 May 2020, 6.30pm – 7.25pm (GMT + 1)
Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

A gala performing of William’s poetry and Dorothy’s journals begins our 250th anniversary celebrations with a superstar cast reading work that will include Intimations of ImmortalityDaffodills, lines composed both Upon Westminster Bridge and Above Tintern AbbeyThe Prelude and We Are Seven. Hosted and introduced by Shahidha Bari.

Click here to register for the event.

National Theatre to stream both versions of ‘Frankenstein’ on YouTube

National Theatre to stream both versions of ‘Frankenstein’ on YouTube

Wonderful news: National Theatre announced today that both versions of Frankenstein will be available on their YouTube channel next week!

The acclaimed stage production directed by Danny Boyle features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature, which earned them both a Olivier award for Best Actor.

The National Theatre At Home project began on late March as a way for NT to share some of its productions to be watched at home now that theatres and cinemas are closed in the UK and around the world.

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Letters Live launches #ReadALetter campaign

Letters Live launches #ReadALetter campaign

The lovely people at Letters Live released a video of Benedict Cumberbatch reading a letter to the audience in which he invited us to take part of their new campaign: #ReadALetter.

Dear Friends,

Hello. I hope this letter finds you in good spirits as we navigate this truly surreal crisis.

Since 2013, we at Letters Live have been inviting performers to bring letters to life in memorable venues around the world. With our ‘Read A Letter’ campaign, we’re opening the stage extremely wide and would love for the world (you!) to share letters to the heroes on the frontline; letters to relatives in need; letters to strangers who have stepped up and made a difference; letters to neighbouring families, streets, towns and countries; letters from teachers to their isolated pupils or to the parents who now find themselves home-schooling; letters to those in power; letters to a population crying out for words of comfort.

You could record yourself reading an important letter you have wanted to send, or a cherished letter you once received. It could be a favourite letter of yours that offers hope in our current crisis or a prescient warning too important to be ignored. It may simply be a favourite letter of yours that may brighten everyone’s day. (I am obliged to say that if you’re not reading your own letter, you must, please, ask the letter writer’s permission.)

So, all you need to do is this:

– Film yourself reading a letter. Use your phone, just as I am.

– If you’re camera shy, point your phone at something else while you read: the letter itself, the view from your window, your adorable dog.

– Before you read the letter, tell us who it’s to and who it’s from, and if you can, tell us why you’ve chosen it.

– Post the video to Twitter or Instagram or whichever corner of the internet you frequent, remembering to include the hashtag #ReadALetter and tag @letterslive so we can then share your reading. Alternatively, if you don’t use social media, send the clip to read@letterslive.com so we can share the letter for you.

– Spread the word by nominating another person to write a letter. That’s it.

Thank you in advance for taking part. Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay at home.

Yours in isolation,

Benedict, and all at Letters Live.

You watch the videos they are sharing and see more information on their Twitter profile.

Gallery update: The Current War screencaps

Gallery update: The Current War screencaps

We’ve added more than 700 high-quality screencaps of The Current War: Director’s Cut to our gallery! Check them out below:

The Current War: Director’s Cut is now available on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray in the US.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’  opening delayed to November 5, 2021

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ opening delayed to November 5, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 outbrack, which has closed movie theaters around the world, Disney has changed several of its productions release dates. The Doctor Strange sequel was supposed to be out on May 7, 2021. See more below:

The coronavirus quarantine has shuttered theaters around the world, and when Disney halted the release of its live-action Mulan and Marvel’s Black Widow, it created a traffic among the rest of its upcoming releases.

Today, the studio announced a new slate of debut dates over the span of the next two years, which postpones nearly all the upcoming Marvel movies, and further delays Harrison Ford’s return in Indiana Jones 5, which once upon a time was supposed to open in summer 2019.

Mulan was previously set to open last weekend, but now it has been assigned the somewhat optimistic new date of July 24, bumping another Disney movie, Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise, from that weekend to a release more than a year later, on July 30, 2021.

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National Theatre is considering putting NT Live library online

National Theatre is considering putting NT Live library online

Some productions like Frankenstein and Hamlet could hit streaming services. See more below:

Wider availability of top-grade films of productions starring such names as Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Tom Hiddleston would be a content goldmine for lovers of quality theater.

In what could be a small silver lining in the dark cloud of prolonged live theater shutdowns on both sides of the Atlantic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s National Theatre for the first time is showing signs that it might consider making its superb library of NT Live productions available for streaming.

Responding to countless inquiries about the subject on social media this week, TeamNT wrote: “At this stage, we’re very actively looking at what we can offer to audiences while the National Theatre is closed. We hope to have more news on that very soon.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out for further information in what could be a welcome development for theater-starved audiences worldwide, particularly as the closing of live theaters and movie houses stretches on, and home confinement becomes more oppressive.

Theaters in various parts of the U.S. affected by the government-mandated closing of live performance venues have scrambled to find ways to stream filmed productions for ticket holders, while one of the more established streaming services, BroadwayHD, which has a vast library containing hundreds of live performance-captured productions, is offering a 7-day free trial for its widely available service.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York, which yesterday confirmed the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, has been offering “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of Live in HD presentations of its past productions, during the coronavirus closure.

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New Letters of Note (audio)book series features readings by Benedict

New Letters of Note (audio)book series features readings by Benedict

Six new volumes in the Letters of Note series organized by Shaun Usher are being released today by British publisher Canongate, each dedicated to one subject: love, art, music, mothers, cats or war.

They’re introducing the new Letters of Note paperback/ebook collection which is also being released in audio format, a first for the series. The audiobooks feature performances from Letters Live regulars like Benedict, who performs in all six. And to make things even better: Canongate will make a donation to the National Literacy Trust, one of Letters Live’s regular partner charities, for each audiobook sold!

Below you’ll find more information on the British editions. We decided to include their International Standard Book Numbers instead of links to any particular stores in an attempt to (hopefully) make things easier for you, so that you can look them up in whichever stores you prefer whether you live in the UK or not.

Also, we know of release dates in four other countries: Germany (already out), Canada (31 March), Australia (this month/next month) and the US (6 October)!

Love

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895325

Ebook: 9781786895332

Audiobook: 9781838850050

Art

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781838851460

Ebook: 9781838851477

Audiobook: 9781838851842

Music

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895592

Ebook: 9781786895585

Audiobook: 9781838850128

Mothers

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786899446

Ebook: 9781786899453

Audiobook: It’s an Audible (from any country, as far as we could tell) exclusive.

Cats

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895547

Ebook: 9781786895554

Audiobook: 9781838850104

War

ISBNs:

Paperback: 9781786895349

Ebook: 9781786895356

Audiobook: 9781838850081

Benedict narrates the commercial for new “Minutes Matter” campaign

Benedict narrates the commercial for new “Minutes Matter” campaign

During the Superbowl last night, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the City of Pittsburgh announced a new partnership in the form of new campaign named “Minutes Matter” whose goals is to provide access to basic emergency information and education about life-saving interventions to their community. Check out the video below:

He says:

Tonight, UPMC announces a partnership with City of Pittsburgh to provide emergency education to everyone. You have the power to save a life.

For more information, please visit the Minutes Matters website.

Benedict backs letter on Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Benedict backs letter on Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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:

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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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