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March 26, 2014 | By David Ng
Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the London stage next year to play the mopey prince of Denmark in a new production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," which will run at the Barbican theater. The casting was confirmed Wednesday and will be the "Sherlock" actor's first big stage role since he appeared in the National Theatre's production of "Frankenstein" in 2011. "Hamlet" will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and is expected to open in August 2015. The production had been rumored to be in the works for months, with British tabloids like the Daily Mail publishing unconfirmed reports of the Cumberbatch news last fall.
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March 26, 2014 | By David Ng
Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the London stage next year to play the mopey prince of Denmark in a new production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," which will run at the Barbican theater. The casting was confirmed Wednesday and will be the "Sherlock" actor's first big stage role since he appeared in the National Theatre's production of "Frankenstein" in 2011. "Hamlet" will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and is expected to open in August 2015. The production had been rumored to be in the works for months, with British tabloids like the Daily Mail publishing unconfirmed reports of the Cumberbatch news last fall.
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July 19, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Benedict Cumberbatch got an early birthday surprise Thursday morning. Following some time in New Zealand working on the next “Hobbit” film, the British actor, who turns 37 Friday, was on his way from a “Star Trek: Into Darkness” promotional tour in Japan to a friend's wedding in Ibiza - you know how it is -- when during a brief layover he discovered his phone had been flooded with messages. Worried something terrible might have happened, Cumberbatch was delighted to learn he had instead had received an Emmy nomination for his performance in “Parade's End,” the HBO/BBC miniseries adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's series of famously dense modernist novels.
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February 13, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Are Kermit and Miss Piggy finally tying the knot? Probably not. But Vivienne Westwood designed a wedding gown for the stylish porker to wear in her latest movie, "Muppets Most Wanted. " [Vogue UK] Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and Benedict Cumberbatch brought out the star power at Hugo Boss' New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday. [Los Angeles Times] It's not what she wore but what she didn't that has Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun in a pickle.
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September 5, 2013 | By Susan King
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor Benedict Cumberbatch with the Britannia Award for British artist of the year at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton. The 37-year-old  British actor ("Sherlock") played Capt. Kirk's nemesis Khan in the summer hit "Star Trek Into Darkness. " And this fall, he'll appear in several high-profile films, including "The Fifth Estate," in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; "12 Years a Slave;" "August: Osage County;" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Are Kermit and Miss Piggy finally tying the knot? Probably not. But Vivienne Westwood designed a wedding gown for the stylish porker to wear in her latest movie, "Muppets Most Wanted. " [Vogue UK] Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and Benedict Cumberbatch brought out the star power at Hugo Boss' New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday. [Los Angeles Times] It's not what she wore but what she didn't that has Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun in a pickle.
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December 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday were "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and R&B singer R. Kelly. So Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring them together in the best possible way: by having Cumberbatch recite the lyrics to R. Kelly's new single, "Genius. " The results are, well, genius. The song comes from Kelly's new album, with the subtle title "Black Panties. " The song itself is all about a man who fancies himself a sex genius. Kelly said the title came to him during a live show when a pair of black panties landed on his microphone.
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January 18, 2014 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Hang on to your deerstalker cap: Sherlock Holmes is not dead. This news may come as a shock to some, not least to John Watson, the doctor played by Martin Freeman in "Sherlock," the BBC's contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories. The critically acclaimed show, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the title detective, returns to PBS on Sunday. The new season picks up two years after the last one left off, with Holmes having faked his own death by supposedly leaping from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
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January 18, 2014 | Robert Lloyd
It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS. Some things have happened in the interim, the most important of them, perhaps, not to the characters but to the actors who play them.
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September 20, 2013 | By Susan King
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is having a stellar year with "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the upcoming "12 Years a Slave,"  "The Fifth Estate" and "August: Osage County," will be brushing up on his Shakespeare next fall on the London stage, London's Daily Mail reported Friday. The Daily Mail said producer Sonia Friedman confirmed she was in "active discussions" with Cumberbatch to have the actor play Shakesepeare's Hamlet in a new production to be directed by Lyndsey Turner.
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February 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic.  OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Benedict Cumberbatch is living proof of that elusive quality known as charisma. Thin and somewhat awkward, with a long face, a pronounced nose and an impish smile, the British actor has seemingly set the world on fire. Prior to his appearance on Monday at a PBS panel promoting the third (and highly anticipated) season of his television show, "Sherlock," rabid fans could be seen camping out near the entrance of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. They held signs and autograph books and affected slightly desperate facial expressions, as if they weren't breathing very well and might soon need some form of resuscitation, preferably from Cumberbatch himself.
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January 18, 2014 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Hang on to your deerstalker cap: Sherlock Holmes is not dead. This news may come as a shock to some, not least to John Watson, the doctor played by Martin Freeman in "Sherlock," the BBC's contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories. The critically acclaimed show, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the title detective, returns to PBS on Sunday. The new season picks up two years after the last one left off, with Holmes having faked his own death by supposedly leaping from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | Robert Lloyd
It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS. Some things have happened in the interim, the most important of them, perhaps, not to the characters but to the actors who play them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It began in April at Coachella. That's where R. Kelly made a surprise appearance with the French band Phoenix, delighting (and maybe befuddling) an indie-minded crowd only minimally aligned with the audience that's helped drive Kelly to R&B superstardom. Since then the singer has been on a kind of outreach mission with performances at the Pitchfork and Bonnaroo festivals and hit duets with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Carefully planned, the activity has undoubtedly boosted Kelly's profile among pop listeners, a savvy strategy in the run-up to Tuesday's release of his new album, "Black Panties.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday were "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and R&B singer R. Kelly. So Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring them together in the best possible way: by having Cumberbatch recite the lyrics to R. Kelly's new single, "Genius. " The results are, well, genius. The song comes from Kelly's new album, with the subtle title "Black Panties. " The song itself is all about a man who fancies himself a sex genius. Kelly said the title came to him during a live show when a pair of black panties landed on his microphone.
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May 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
OK, class. Time for a pop quiz. Say you're top Hollywood filmmaker J.J. Abrams and you're taking heat for including a seemingly gratuitous shot of a scantily clad Alice Eve in your latest blockbuster, “Star Trek: Into the Darkness.” What do you do to silence your critics? The answer: You go on “Conan” and share a deleted scene of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower, that's what.  On Wednesday the director addressed the minor kerfuffle surrounding a scene in which Capt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Benedict Cumberbatch is living proof of that elusive quality known as charisma. Thin and somewhat awkward, with a long face, a pronounced nose and an impish smile, the British actor has seemingly set the world on fire. Prior to his appearance on Monday at a PBS panel promoting the third (and highly anticipated) season of his television show, "Sherlock," rabid fans could be seen camping out near the entrance of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. They held signs and autograph books and affected slightly desperate facial expressions, as if they weren't breathing very well and might soon need some form of resuscitation, preferably from Cumberbatch himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Stateside "Sherlock" fans wary of Season 3 spoilers would be well-advised to steer clear of Twitter on New Year's Day: That's when Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle's creation will make its long-awaited return to television in Britain with an episode called "The Empty Hearse," the BBC announced Friday. The broadcaster touted the news Friday in London with a black hearse decorated with flowers arranged to spell the name "Sherlock" and hashtag in the driver's window reading "#SherlockLives.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2013 | By Susan King
Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Saturday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The outrageously fearless British comic actor of "Borat," "Bruno" and "The Dictator" fame was this year's recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. Producer-director-writer Judd Apatow ("This is 40") introduced a clip package of Baron Cohen's film work. PHOTOS: BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2013 "He is truly our Jimi Hendrix," said Apatow.
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