Saturday 31 December 2011

I've been neglecting Colin lately, have some smiley Colin!


26 hours until Sherlock season 2, I can hardly contain myself!!!

I very much agree. Next to Jeremy Brett, Benedict is now The Sherlock Holmes to me.

Benedict Cumberbatch
In terms of British actors, Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most exciting rising talents working today. While Robert Downey Jr. may occupy the current cinematic position of Sherlock Holmes, Cumberbatch owns, and I mean (owns) the role on the BBC series Sherlock. In addition to his incredible portrayal of one of popular fiction’s greatest detectives, Cumberbatch has appeared in films such as Atonement, Four Lions, and this year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Next year, and then the year after, Cumberbatch will be appearing in Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth: The Hobbit.

Mirror Interview with Benedict Cumberbatch

HE’s a household name thanks to the BBC’s hit detective drama Sherlock – and Benedict Cumberbatch’s star looks set to continue to rise as he moves from Baker Street to Hollywood.
Just days after the new series of the acclaimed updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales begins tomorrow night, Benedict will be on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s movie War Horse.
But while learning to ride for the film’s action scenes, his horse nearly brought a promising career to a sticky end. “I couldn’t ride,” says the 35-year-old, who attended £30,000-a-year Harrow School.
“I’d had a go at it when I was 12 but I wasn’t very good at it. So I had to learn to do it properly.
“There are these amazing delicate instructions going on between man and animal, it’s magic. To get a horse to hit a mark without a rider, to get it to stand up, to get it to rear, to get it to pick up a bucket and bring it over is amazing. It’s hard work and very rewarding but can be dangerous.
“One day my horse, called Faldo, reared and I thought it was game over. I was charging around on him, show-jumping and picking up stuff and dropping it off. I think I just went for it too much and accidently gave him a confusing instruction, kicking him as well as reining him back.
“He thought I meant for him to stand up and the next thing I know he started going. I made the classic mistake of pulling on the reins to keep my seat and he started to go backwards, which is really dangerous because he was about to fall backwards on top of me. That was a near miss.
“The day before I had a horse who spooked on me and just bolted and it was really scary. My horse saw a movement and was galloping along and just ground to halt.
“There were hoof skid marks in the ground. It was very worrying. It turned out it was only a butterfly but it was pretty terrifying to be on a 17-and-a-half hand stallion doing an emergency stop.”
Recalling the moment he clinched the part in War Horse, based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, Benedict says: “I got a call from my agent and he could barely contain the smile in his voice.
He said, ‘I’ve got some exciting news – Steven Spielberg has rung and he is a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch’.
“Steven wanted me to go and read a script. I went along, had a little chat about the part and off I went. A week and a half later I got another call from my agent who said, ‘Ben, he wants you to do it’.
“I was so excited. It was the most grown up moment of my life. I was told I couldn’t tell anyone. I was walking around with this huge grin on my face and couldn’t speak with excitement.”
Even before the hugely anticipated Spielberg movie takes his fame worldwide, Benedict is finding the simple act of walking along the streets a very different experience to what it was before BBC1 drama Sherlock became a massive hit.
Nine million people watched the first series and the start of the next instalment tomorrow is eagerly anticipated by fans. Benedict remembers the moment he realised he had hit the big time: “I was in Tesco and went up to the deli counter. The staff were all talking and joking and I interrupted by asking, ‘Can I possibly have some chicken?’
“They all stared at me. A younger guy split off from the group and said, ‘Mate, I’m not being funny but you know that series Sherlock? You look quite a lot like him.’ I said, ‘I am Sherlock’. It was the first time I had been properly recognised.”
In the new three-part series, viewers will see Sherlock fall in love with a dominatrix and there will be fisticuffs with Dr Watson, again played by The Office actor Martin Freeman.
The pair make a formidable team but - despite rumours to the contrary - Benedict says the on-screen relationship is purely platonic: “Yes, the last series played on that quite a few times, with two men living together, and so many people getting it wrong.
“But episode one presents a very definite female presence in the form of Irene Adler, and she is more than a match for Sherlock. It’s really nice to have a female counterpart.”
Before Sherlock, the actor already had a string of strong roles behind him, including a part in Oscar-winning Atonement and playing real-life genius Professor Stephen Hawking.
But the prime time show was his real mainstream break-through and he admits he was nervous about it. He explains: “It’s quite scary being at the centre of this massive hit show. Being recognised is a great thing, I’m really flattered by it, but I’m sure the horrible side will kick in at some point.”
Away from acting Benedict enjoys yoga, open air swimming, running, is a keen cook and admits watching Strictly Come Dancing is a guilty pleasure. However, he wishes there was more good drama and less reality TV on our small screens.
He says: “Unfortunately, there are always going to be more actors than there are good roles.”
But, like much of the rest of the country, he has grown very fond of Sherlock. He adds: “He appeals because he has an ability that is earned by hard graft. What he has is achievable, it’s not magic, it’s not a superpower.
“He’s very British, he is the original troubled detective. I am like him in some ways. For example I get frustrated with mediocrity on a daily basis, as we all do, but I’m not quite as devastatingly rude as he is.”
3Sherlock will start on BBC1 tomorrow at 8.10pm.

Friday 30 December 2011

Heat article with Benedict Cumberbatch, thanks to @Ruther2

Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of TV Buzz


Tomorrow’s TV buzz cover.


For those who might want a higher quality copy of the image.
Thanks both for sharing :)

Here is the original article, in digital copy (with the original image), if anyone is interested :)  view in high res then open in new tab to get the full size (1700px)
again, THANKS to owlett for finding the article in the paper today (this post here)

Reblogging just for the clearer version of the picture. :D

Clip from A Scandal in Belgravia

All current clips of Sherlock season 2, thanks to Romangirl88!!

Interesting article from the Telegraph UK on Benedict Cumberbatch

The Ideal Holmes

The BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ took Benedict Cumberbatch from rising star to pin-up. Now returning as the sleuth, and with parts in Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ and Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’, global fame looks certain. He talks to Olly Grant.

Early evening at London’s British Film Institute, venue for the Sherlockseason two premiere, and I think it’s fair to say the 450-strong crowd is in a state of fevered anticipation. At least the two youngsters behind me are. One of them has just spotted its star, Benedict Cumberbatch. “Imagine if he was sitting right here!” she whispers hoarsely. They imagine. It’s almost overwhelming. “Ooh, I want to tweet!” gasps her friend. “I want to tweet!”
To say that Sherlock has developed a vast and cult following over the past 18 months is an understatement. The series, a modern-day reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales, first launched on BBC One in 2010 and became an instant sensation, trending on Twitter within minutes of going on air. Ratings climbed to over an amazing nine million during its three-episode run – five million is usually something to be proud of. Since then the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has sold it to 180-plus global territories. Its fanbase stretches from smitten schoolchildren to Hollywood giants.
And it is Cumberbatch’s mesmerising performance as a speed-talking brainiac, so lacking in human empathy he appears to be somewhere on the autistic spectrum, that has been the key focus of all the attention. Steven Spielberg recently called him “the best Sherlock Holmes on screen” – some tribute, given that there have been more than 70 of them. As Cumberbatch himself more phlegmatically puts it, “Holmes’s neurotic, thin, high-pitched personality is something I have to get used to.”
The product justifies the hype. Written by two Conan Doyle “geeks”, Doctor Who collaborators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock’s first series fizzed with ingenuity and confidence, making liberal use of 21st-century techno-clutter (mobiles, laptops, GPS and text messages that broke the fourth wall to float across the screen) without compromising the spirit of the original books.
The dazzling success of the whole thing made series two oddly hard to make for Cumberbatch. “When I first went back to playing the part, it felt like a pale impression,” he reflects, when I meet up with him a couple of days after the Sherlock screening, swilling coffee in his local pub in Hampstead. He chatters freely and with rapier speed – one thing he shares with his onscreen alter ego.
“It felt like I was impersonating something I’d seen on the telly last year. It now had this life that was completely outside what we had done in front of a camera before. We had been part of the audience, and the audience reaction to it, for a lot longer than we actually had been playing the roles.”
The programe has transformed his profile. Pre-Sherlock, the 35 year-old had put himself on the cognoscenti’s radar with a string of lauded screen and stage work: the BBC’s Stuart: A Life Backwards; a scene-stealing turn in the film Atonement; and the lead in the National Theatre’s pitch-perfectTerence Rattigan After the Dance.
Post-Sherlock, he has metamorphosed into something bigger and odder – a pin-up. Odder, that is, because Cumberbatch, with his long face, blanched skin and very pale blue eyes, is not a conventional heart-throb. You can see why he was as much at ease playing the monster as his creator in the National’s recent adaptation of Frankenstein. And yet the swooning web interest in Cumberbatch is legion, from the “Cumberbitches” – a Twitter collective devoted to his daily appreciation – to endless blogs and forums.
The hysteria is likely only to accelerate over the next 12 months, since Cumberbatch has plum roles in three of 2012’s most anticipated projects. January sees the release of the first of them, Spielberg’s film version of the West End hit War Horse – the tale of a Devon teenager who follows his treasured steed into the trenches of First World War France – in which Cumberbatch plays “a professional military nut” called Major Stewart. Working with Spielberg, he says, was a delight. “He was incredibly avuncular and approachable.”
Sitting at the business end of a cavalry charge, with Spielberg hovering excitedly in the background, Cumberbatch says he suddenly understood why people believed the war might be won on horseback. “It sounds foolhardy, but when you’re in a charge of 80 horses, you feel invincible.”
War Horse debuts on January 13, by which time Cumberbatch will be preparing for an even bigger role. He’s off to New Zealand to voice and “physicalise” the dragon in The Hobbit, in which Sherlock’s Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins, and Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf.
McKellen said Cumberbatch’s Smaug screen-test was amazing, I tell him. Cumberbatch splutters. “Has… has he seen it?” Actually, McKellen’s words were “electrifying - vocally and facially”. He looks ecstatic. “Wow! I’m very flattered.” He seems entirely sincere when he says this. He comes across, in general, as earnest - with a searching intelligence.
So how did Cumberbatch do the audition? “I went a little reptile on it,” he says, enigmatically. With filming approaching, he is now “starting to look at animations, and Komodo dragons at London Zoo. They have some amazing ones. Snakes, too. So I’ve been going there to see how the skeleton moves differently, what the head movements are like.” He says it’s all in the posture, and he crouches forward, swivelling his eyes snakily, to demonstrate.
Cumberbatch’s initial reference point for Smaug, interestingly, was his father, the actor Timothy Carlton. “The Hobbit was the first book I remember reading at bedtime, and he characterised the whole thing,” he explains. “It was the first imaginary landscape I had in my head, so it’s very close to me.”
You wonder if, as so often with British actors who hit the big time, the movie roles will bring an end to the fine TV work – even, whisper it, to Sherlock. “God, no-no-no,” he says. “The other thing I’m doing is Parade’s End, which is a massive, five-part drama for HBO and the BBC, with Rebecca Hall and Stephen Graham.” The project, a Tom Stoppard adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s Edwardian tetralogy, will be screened later this year. “I’m not loyal to one genre. I want to mix it up,” he says.
He is coy about Sherlock’s future, though; partly because the final episode of the new series is based on The Final Problem, in which Conan Doyle notoriously snuffed out Holmes via a Moriarty showdown at the Reichenbach Falls – a cliffhanger in every sense. “I should maybe say that I’m ready to say goodbye to him, but I would miss him,” says Cumberbatch, choosing his words with Holmesian precision. “It’s much better to leave people wanting more.”
Does he look forward to a time when the Holmes hysteria has abated? “I don’t know how that happens, but yes,” he nods – though he is not unmindful of what hype can do for a career. “It’s a horrible thing to say, but it gives you the power to do the kind of work you want to do. So obviously, some of it’s constructive, and that’s the bit I’m interested in.”
Of course some of it must be enjoyable, too. As we leave, his phone buzzes. It’s a text from Eddie Redmayne, friend and fellow rising star. It ends: “I will always be your Cumberbitch. Eddie.” We laugh. These days even Cumberbatch’s friends are in his fan club. And he walks out into the winter sunshine, moving quickly before anyone spots the famous cheekbones and tweets them.
Sherlock is on BBC One at 8.10pm on New Year’s Day.
War Horse is in cinemas from Friday 13 January

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Merlin S4 | Bradley James & Colin Morgan Gloucestershire radio [audio interview]

Why does this not surprise me? I keep saying he's going to be one of the best actors of his generation.

"You mentioned Merlin and hinted at the storm that’s brewing between these two characters. Does Morgana get some extended screen time with Merlin in Season 4, and what’s your relationship with Colin [Morgan] off-camera?
I don’t like him at all. I keep rotten tomatoes in my dressing room and wait for him to walk by so I can pelt him in the face [laughs]. Actually, in Season 4, I have the most scenes with Colin than I think I ever have, which is wonderful because, to be honest, he makes me a better actor. He is so bloody good at what he does that you can’t come in with an off-day with Colin. You know you have to hit the ground running. You know you have to be better than you are on your best day because no matter how good you are, he’s going to be even better than you are. I’m lucky with Season 4 that there are quite a few scenes between Morgana and Merlin. And they are meaty scenes – we don’t do fluff between the two of us in Season 4.
— Katie McGrath, 2011 interview with Spinoff Online

Merlin season 4, ep 11

Benedict Cumberbatch in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Sherlock season 2

Wreckers Q&A

Only Sherlock could pull off looking regal dressed in a bedsheet, until he "loses" it of course!

Steven Moffat on Sherlock Series 2 - with Scandal in Belgravia clips !

Monday 19 December 2011

Colin Morgan interview in November issue of GO Magazine


I'm not even going to ask why Sherlock is wearing nothing but a sheet.

Benedict Cumberbatch at the Wreckers Q&A at the Curzon cinema


wreckers Q&A | curzon cinema on Flickr.
Benedict at the Wreckers Q&A at the Curzon cinema. Looking very dapper and cosy!

For the Fandom That Waited, finally new clips for Sherlock season 2!!!!

Article on Sherlock season 2 from Wales online

Sherlock heading back to our screens in the New Year

Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
After the acclaim that greeted their debut as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson last year, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman carry a huge burden of expectation as a new series begins. Kate Whiting reports
A stench of sour milk pervades the flat, in which a neon yellow smiley face is daubed over old-fashioned flock wallpaper.
On the mantelpiece, a pile of letters is stabbed through with a penknife, and near the door there’s an African hunting spear in the umbrella stand.
Welcome to 221b Baker Street, the most famous address in London and home to Britain’s most famous detective, one Sherlock Holmes.
But we’re not in London. We’re in an enormous studio in Cardiff. And Sherlock, alias the very affable Benedict Cumberbatch, 35, is holding court alongside his sidekick Dr Watson, also known as Martin Freeman, 40.
It’s summer and the pair are part-way through filming three new 90-minute episodes of the 21st century update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories.
They’re still reeling from the success of the first series which, thanks to modern technology, was pretty much instantaneous.
When the first episode, A Study In Pink, aired last July, Cumberbatch remembers sitting with creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, plus Moffat’s wife and producer Sue Vertue, in the Moffats’ garden.
“All the twittery stuff started to happen,” he says. “We were trending, which is apparently brilliant, and by the end of it I thought there would be people abseiling into the garden just to have a peek at us because this thing had exploded that night. It was thrilling.
“There was an amazing feeling of love for it. Of course, it had its detractors and it would be weird if it didn’t, but the feeling was one of great goodwill.”
The following day, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt namechecked Sherlock in a discussion at the House of Commons about the licence fee, saying Freeman and Cumberbatch “did a brilliant job”.
The series went on to be nominated for seven TV Baftas, winning three for best series, editing and best supporting actor for Freeman (“It was just a very nice cherry,” he says modestly), while Cumberbatch now has a whole army of online fans.
It’s also gone global, winning Emmy nominations and two very high-profile fans in directors Steven Spielberg, who cast Cumberbatch in his film version of War Horse, and Peter Jackson, who shifted filming on The Hobbit in New Zealand so that Freeman could make more Sherlock.
“He said, ’We want this to work’, so he put the film in chunks so that I could do this,” says Freeman, his cheeky smile giving way to a look of astonishment.
Despite the high level of expectation that will greet the new adaptations, kicking off on New Year’s Day, the team are showing no fear.
“Why wait?” says Moffat, confidently. “It doesn’t get better than these stories.”
A Scandal In Belgravia, based on Conan Doyle’s first short story A Scandal In Bohemia, opens where fans left their heroic duo – at a swimming pool, with Watson wrapped in a belt of explosives and Moriarty’s (Andrew Scott) men training guns on them.
After escaping the deadly pickle, the pair are then engaged by Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (Gatiss) to procure some rather compromising images from high-class escort Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) – a lady who fans of the original stories will know Sherlock finds hard to resist.
“The more I think about it, the more I start going, ’Oh s**t, yes we are doing three really huge stories’,” says Cumberbatch.
“But while I’m responsible for giving my Holmes, it’s a huge collaborative effort. It as much levels the responsibility at the script writers, the director and everybody else acting in it.”
Gatiss and Moffat, self-confessed “proper geeky Sherlock fans”, came up with the idea for the adaptations while working on Doctor Who.
They were chuffed to be given the thumbs-up from the Sherlock Holmes Society, with one member telling Gatiss it was “the best screen depiction he’d ever seen”.
The relationship between the calculating genius Holmes and the reassuringly more human Watson is central to the series – and it’s mirrored by the off-screen friendship of Freeman and Cumberbatch, who met for the first time on set.
“We rub along pretty well, me and Ben,” says Freeman.
“We have our ups and downs,” adds Cumberbatch, laughing. “Hopefully I’m less of a pain in the arse than Holmes. But we get on very well, we’re not living in the same flat or anything, that would be weird, but I adore him and his family, and he’s a rock of support.”
Apart from the double act, it’s Holmes’s deductions that really capture the audience’s imagination.
“I think people love the idea of someone who’s that hard-nosed and purposeful,” says Cumberbatch.
“A man who’s slightly sociopathic, who has the ability to read the world as a continual series of linking adventures and potential outcomes.”
The actor also admits he enjoys the chance to be devastatingly rude. “Because you can’t be in real life,” he explains.
“That’s one of the thrills of watching him. We love the outsider who kicks against bureaucracy, is impatient with mediocrity and strives for a level of brilliance which is achievable through hard work.
“He’s not a superhero, he makes superhuman effort, but it costs him” – a hint that in this series Holmes could be heading for a fall as his list of enemies grows longer.
When the second series started shooting, the actor admits it took him a while to find his character again. “I felt like I was impersonating something I’d seen on telly last year. It felt a bit odd that it now had this life outside what we’d done in front of a camera.”
He also found it a struggle to match the detective’s frenetic pace. “Sometimes there are days when I have to neck a couple of espressos, but others it has to be more of a maintained energy, so a coffee high is a terrible thing. It’s great for one take but not if you fluff a line, which I’m bound to do.
“I’m very lazy in comparison to Holmes and I operate at a far lower speed. His kind of neurotic, thin, high-end pitch is not me.”
Freeman is already looking forward to a third series. “It’s the first thing I’ve done in a while that I’ve thought, ’I’d like to do more of this’. This has legs because the people who put it together know the original stories inside out.
“I’d be the first to say, ’Let’s just stop now’, because then no one can take it away from you, but I honestly think and hope that it goes on for as long as it’s right to.”
These three Victorian tales from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have inspired the three new episodes of Sherlock.
In the first Sherlock Holmes story ever published, the crown prince of Bohemia calls on the detective to obtain an incriminating photograph of himself and Irene Adler (an American opera singer) so that his family will allow his upcoming wedding to take place. Adler would go on to appear in further stories.
The third of Conan Doyle’s four Holmes novels, and arguably the most famous. An aristocratic family in Devon is plagued by a supernatural, murderous hound after a descendant was killed pursuing a young girl across the moors. Holmes’s help is enlisted when the death of Charles Baskerville rekindles fears that the hound remains at large.
Holmes’s ’final’ adventure begins with the introduction of his nemesis Professor Moriarty. A plot weaved by Holmes to bring Moriarty down leads to a climactic meeting at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, from which neither return. Public uproar forced Conan Doyle to resurrect Holmes a decade later in The Adventure Of The Empty House.
:: Sherlock starts on BBC One on New Year’s Day

Article on the second series of BBC’s Sherlock from The Guardian’s ‘The Guide’.

Colin Morgan & Bradley James skype interview

Skype Interview with Colin "Merlin" Morgan & Bradley "Prince Arthur" James!

Friday 16 December 2011


Merlin was not a happy camper during episode 4:11!

Colin Morgan on set of Merlin


Colin getting instructions from Jeremy Webb.

Merlin season 4 ep 12 preview

Benedict Cumberbatch, interview on Warhorse

I love this bit from the BFI screening, they're talking about Una Stubbs & Benedict mentions that he's known her all his life then blows her a kiss. Dying from the adorableness!!

Benedict Cumberbatch on playing Sherlock Holmes at the BFI screening

Is it quite difficult being Sherlock Holmes then?
Yeah its quite hard work, I’m a lot slower than him… in every way! And, you know, its great to ramp up, and it’s really enjoyable to see him back on the big screen!
And of course I enjoy it - I enjoy it tremendously.  I enjoy working with amazingly talented people like you have here.  And Martin - hobbling around in a wood in New Zealand but here in spirit.  It really is a joy - It’s a lovely family.
That side of it is easy peasy!

I said it before & I'll say it again, if you admire/respect someone please let them have their privacy! I have not & will not post anything to do with the "Thrillerbatch" video!





Please. Think twice before reblogging the “benedict dancing” video.

I concur with previous opinions I’ve seen that I don’t know what the hell is real anymore & what’s not & what we can do & what we’re not supposed to.

I know that twitter in the screencap is Olivia’s real twitter, so if she’s saying it’s been hacked, then we can trust that source.
This is getting to be absolutely insane. 

Yes, I think her account on twitter is real, verified friends, etc. So if the thrillerbatch is a hack then shame on the hacker. But it’s not fair to blame the WHOLE Sherlock/Benedict fandom. It’s always like this, good things followed by the bad. Just leave Olivia and Benedict’s facebooks alone. It’s none of our business.
Do we really need that much of a drama while we’re excitingly waiting for the new Sherlock?
Oh, by the way, there’s an incredibly adorable interview with Benedict on the recent ShortList magazine. Benedict said a lot on his relationship with Martin that made me ‘awwwwed’. Hopefully there’ll be scans soon.

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Riechenbach Fall





Hello promo pic :D Oh, you people are gonna love the violin in Scandal… #run

This is from The Fall. 
High res. 

I might be dead now… *____*
"Martin got annoyed at me one day and threw his butter knife at my face…he said I needed plastic surgery anyway."
Benedict Cumberbatch

Interview with Benedict Cumberbatch in today’s ShortList magazine London issue