Thursday 20 December 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch just prior to Cabin Pressure recording

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Benedict Cumberbatch, who joins the cast in the role of mysterious villain John Harrison, chipped in with a similar experience, saying: “It was the most physical role I’ve ever done, certainly in front of a camera, and I ate an awful lot as well.
“There wasn’t really a five-minute break where a chicken wasn’t getting in.”

1080p screencap

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second trailer for Star Trek, not sure if I've already posted.
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Can you do the Vulcan salute?

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backstage at Cabin Pressure recording December 16, 2012


Outtake via @Kite311

Taken backstage at Cabin Pressure recording December 16, 2012
Outtake via @Kite311
Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch And Bryan Burk Star Trek Into Darkness Q&A
The veteran producer and two new stars talk Trek


Cinemagoers who have been to certain IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have been treated to the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Paramount put on a special screening of these nine minutes to journalists in the BFI IMAX in London last Friday, and brought along Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as the film's producer Bryan Burk. Below is a transcript of both video intros from J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg (neither of whom could make it) and the Q&A with Alice, Benedict and Bryan that followed.
Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch And Bryan Burk Star Trek Into Darkness Q&A

Bryan Burk: Good morning, good morning, thank you all for coming, particularly this early in the morning, to see nine minutes. JJ would be here but he’s actually back in LA still working on the rest of the film, but thank you for welcoming me. The last time I was here was actually for the premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which we also shot in IMAX. And we shot even more of Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX and we went so far as to actually do 3D, which is nothing we’ve ever done before. So we figure, if we’re going to do it let’s figure out a way to make it special and unlike anything you’ve seen. So, that’s our goal and journey for this new film. What we’re going to show you is the first nine minutes of the film and then I’ll come up afterwards. There’s a little introduction – a few introductions – beforehand, and let’s just start there.
J. J. Abrams (in a pre-recorded intro): Hi I’m J. J. Abrams, director of Star Trek Into Darkness. I wish I could be there with you in London – glorious London, England – to present the first nine minutes of this movie to you but unfortunately I have to be in Los Angeles working on the other 111. So, I’m here trying to finish the film, but I understand that Alice Eve is there and the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch is there and Simon Pegg is there – oh, Simon’s not there? I thought he was in London? He is in London? He’s British, he said. He’s not in London? Huh. All right, well look, let’s hear what Simon Pegg’s real priorities are. Ladies and gentlemen, Simon Pegg. Simon Pegg (in a pre-recorded intro): : Hello. I’m Simon Pegg. I play the lead character in the new film, Star Wars… (confers with someone off camera) I play a character in the new film Star Trek Into Darkness, that character, of course, being Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott. I can’t be there today to enjoy this presentation with you, sadly. Unlike Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve, I have a job: my new film, The World’s End, at Ealing Studios – not too far away from you, but a little too far to come in, a galaxy far, far away. Hmm, wrong franchise...

I’m very excited about Star Trek Into Darkness. It was an absolute joy to film and to spend time with not just the original cast but the very, very busy Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve, and to have a little corner where we would drink tea and watch ITV2 on the sling-box while the Americans called us quaint. This film is gonna be extraordinary. I’ve got a really good feeling about it because not only was it amazing to shoot, it just had a vibe of extreme excitement and we were very giddy during the making of it, because we were very pleased with ourselves. So sit back and enjoy these clips and, yeah, feel the force. Dammit, wrong again. Have fun, guys. Sorry I can’t be there. Burk: Some of our UK contingent is here, some of our actors. We have the ridiculously talented Alice Eve. Somewhere we have the ridiculously beautiful and recent Golden Globe nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. Alice Eve: Hello. Thank you all for coming. It’s really lovely for me to be able to be part of this in London and bring it home. So thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy the full-length version when it comes out. Benedict Cumberbatch: Hear hear! Burk: Jesus, that’s it? Cumberbatch: I just had a long run down the stairs, I’m just getting my breath back. I hope you enjoyed it. I’ve never seen anything in IMAX or 3D until I saw this in Tokyo, but I’ve never been more excited than to see it in my home town. I just want to see more of it, I’m sure you do, probably. I hope. If we’ve done our job right. Thank you very much for coming out early to see it. Burk: I’m told we’re gonna do a Q&A. We all work for the most secretive guy in the world, so there’ll probably be a lot more Qs than As.
When did the idea of bringing back the character Khan first surface with this movie?
'I keep reading online that we’re bringing back Khan, which is awesome.'
Bryan Burk
I keep reading online that we’re bringing back Khan, which is awesome. However, our villain is John Harrison and he’s standing beside me. Cumberbatch: Hello.
Are you able to tell us any more about Alice’s character or anything more about Benedict’s character, particularly if he is a Starfleet officer.
Eve: I’ll speak for myself, for fear of getting shot. I play Carol Marcus who, as you know, was in the original series and also in the second movie, The Wrath of Khan. And I think you can see from that that I wear a blue costume, so... we have that. I’m a doctor, as you know, a PhD. Smarter than John Harrison. Cumberbatch: Much, much prettier, though. I play John Harrison and I’m sure I’ll get into much more detailed conversations about him later. But, in brief, he is a terrorist, he’s a home-grown terrorist. He’s someone who does despicable things but for a noble cause and at some point in the film, hopefully, entices your sympathies as an audience. Unlike that bug which I’ve just killed, heartlessly. Hey, it’s a bug-free environment, it said so on the ticket. What else can I tell you about him? He’s a phenomenal one-man weapon of mass destruction, both at close-hand combat and with weaponry and also psychological warfare, he can get you to do his bidding. Even when he’s not seemingly in a position to have any kind of power or control… it’s a great ride, his character’s journey in this film.
How was it joining an already established cast?
Eve: We were very lucky actually, in all honesty, that we had such a welcoming group of people because, as you say, it was a sort of already established class. But they were all very kind and generous and it was a very happy experience which, if it’s not, you sort of say less. So, it really was happy and I could spend a lot more time talking about it but it might sound annoying so I’ll pass you over to Benedict. Cumberbatch: You’ve given an industry secret away, there. Next time we’re quiet in an interview people will assume we absolutely loathed the experience we had… No, it was amazing, it was fantastic. I mean, I was playing the antagonist so, to a certain degree, it was quite hard to have to resist joining in the fun all the time. Nerve-wracking, yes, because they obviously gelled so spectacularly well from the first film and are the Enterprise crew. Eve: You definitely joined in the fun. Cumberbatch: No, I did, I did, I had a great time. But, you know, there were obvious moments and reasons why I shouldn’t have done, probably. But, no, they were a really enticing bunch, we’re all kindred spirits. There’s not really a movie star involved – even though they have become stars from the first film – they’re all actors and very grown-up on set but also very game and giggly and in possession of a great sense of humour. Great, great senses of humour.

I… I’m trying to think of something in particular I can tell you about, but I can’t… J.J. is extraordinary. The whole thing about him is that it is to do with family, from him as a person to him as an artist, and what he creates with the crew and the sense of jeopardy within that first nine minutes, you’ve kind of got that surmised and, whatever the spectacle, whatever the thrills of 3D and IMAX – of which there are aplenty in this film – you actually care about what happens because of the characters involved. And I think that goes for the atmosphere on set, as well. He demands a lot of you, but God you go there willingly because it’s enormous fun and he’s such a wonderful person to work for. Brian, nah, not so much… Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch And Bryan Burk Star Trek Into Darkness Q&A

Can we look forward to a third installment?
Burk: God willing, we’ll get into it soon after we finish this film. When we started working on Star Trek Into Darkness we started having conversations about what we’d be doing for the next film, so... we’ll try not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
Question to Benedict. What was the audition process like?
Cumberbatch: I did it on an iPhone. It was about this time last year – it was a little further on into that little Judeo-Christian cult that we’re getting excited about, last year. And most people here were involved in that, including the families and casting directors I was asking to help me. I had to do it with my best friend Adam, in his kitchen, with his wife videoing it on top of two chairs, crouched down, a table lamp for a little bit of ‘direct light’, as we call it in the trade. And I literally was like that for the whole of the three scenes, I think we did. Two versions of each and, I dunno, we were doing it at about 10.30pm and we stopped at midnight.

And this was because the camera I had – another person’s camera – and a couple of people I knew and was trying to get to help me all failed, so I had it on an iPhone, which was very weird. And they record to a large file, so it took me a day to figure out how to compress it and send it… Anyway, I got the answer: “J.J.’s on holiday.” Great. But thank God he came back from holiday and was happy with what I’d done and I got the news either on the second or the first of January and that’s a hell of a way to begin 2012. I was over the moon for about a nanosecond and then terrified. Because it’s a big role in a big film.

But that’s always the way, I think, when you get a job: there’s a moment of extreme elation and then, you know, you start worrying about what you’re gonna do with it. But, yeah, of course I was over the moon. Absolutely over the moon. I loved the first film, so I knew I was gonna have fun, but I didn’t quite know how much or what form it was going to take.
Can I just say to Bryan, I think Khan for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I think it warrants, the 50th, doing Khan.
Burk: I will pass that on to my writers.
I think every fan on this planet would want you to do Khan for the 50th. I mean, as a fanboy myself…
Burk: We’ve definitely had conversations about this. We have a couple more questions here...
How would you compare the scale and scope of this film compared to the first one?
Burk: Paramount had never spent this much on a Star Trek film before the last one, the one that came out in 2009. It was a different experience making that film because we didn’t know how people would react to it, we didn’t know how Star Trek fans would react to it, because, obviously, you know, we blew up Vulcan. And we were doing crazy things. And simultaneously we didn’t know how new fans would react to it.

But this film, we had fortunately a lot of goodwill coming out of that last film, so we decided that, if we were going to do it again, we would really step up our game and not take it lightly that we had so many people who came to the last film, and it might be the last film. So what we decided to do was really make it much bigger than the last one and unfortunately we don’t always have the financial abilities to make it bigger, so this was where J.J. really rolled up his sleeves and we all kind of got on and found new ways to do things without compromising the scope and I think the film is significantly bigger than the last film.

It’s also much easier to enter, so if people happen to have not seen the last film they can jump right in and not have a problem following it. It’s a much cleaner story, our villain, I think, is a much stronger villain – particularly going up against Kirk and the crew. And as a whole – and, you know, what you just watched was just the first nine minutes – and there’s tremendous more scope in this film and let alone character development and it really kind of takes us to another level. And we genuinely felt this throughout the whole process: if we pull this off, it’ll be significantly better than the last one. Cumberbatch: We filmed a lot in IMAX as well, and what J.J.’s done in converting it to 3D is quite revolutionary, it’s stuff that hasn’t been used before. Even for the relatively new purists who say you have to shoot in 3D in order for the full effect to be the best it can be, I think he’s going to answer those critics with what he’s done and… I can’t talk about the previous experience, but it is a huge film. I mean, that’s the first nine minutes and already you’ve got one of the primary characters in jeopardy in the most spectacular way and it doesn’t really let up from then on in. Burk: It’s definitely the biggest film that any of us have worked with, that J.J. and I have worked on. And I think you’ll see it as it comes along and, as Benedict was saying, with the 3D level and the IMAX and everything... They’re all new toys, particularly for J.J. and he didn’t want to do it unless we could find new ways to play with them and try new things. So we’re driving our 3D converter crazy – he’s saying “You can’t go any further!” and we keep saying “Come on, let’s go further!” and he goes “But no-one goes further than this!” and we’re like “Come on, let’s just push it a little further…” So we’re breaking a lot of rules. And having fun doing it. Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch And Bryan Burk Star Trek Into Darkness Q&A

Are you both incredibly relieved the details are going to be out in the open soon and you’re not going have to evade pesky journalists anymore?
Eve: I’m very relieved that it’s going to be all out in the open. I was told we only decided to reveal Carol Marcus last week when we had some press to do in Los Angeles. And, I think probably because, in that trailer, you see I’m in blue it would probably have been pointless to continue to deny it. And so, yeah, it’s very nice to be able to talk about the name of the character I play but we’re still sworn to secrecy regarding the story and the complications therein. So, it’s quite hard work. Cumberbatch:
'Everything’s overly waited for, with exposure and spoilers in trailers and I actually think it’s nice to have a little bit of mystique.'
Benedict Cumberbatch
Yes, is the short answer. But the thing about it is this: we live in a pretty pluralistic society, everything’s overly waited for, with exposure and spoilers in trailers and I actually think it’s nice to have a little bit of mystique. I enjoyed going to Super 8 and not knowing anything about it and I kind of, without patronizing an audience, would say it’s equivalent to giving a kid a whole box of chocolates as opposed to just a few. And they’ll enjoy the few, hopefully; if they eat the whole box they’ll throw up and forget about it. We’re not going make you throw up and forget about it with this film. Okay… What a horrible analogy.

I think someone's very pleased to be the main focus of the Star Trek movie poster.


Yes, bad guy, yeah

“Yeah that’s fucking ME on the front of the poster for the new Star Trek film, fuck yeah bitches, swag, money, Bad ass mo-fuckery, cookie cutting, B.A.D-Cumbergang point”
i got a little carried away

But it is in his eyes and smile if you look real close ;)
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Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game’s afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears–
Only those things the heart believes are true.
A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.

-221B by Vincet Starett

New York Times best shows of the year

With only three episodes this year, however, PBS’s Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as modern-day incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, easily cracks the top 10 list, thanks to its sleek intelligence, bravura visual style, and dexterous plotting. In its second season, Sherlock introduced fan favorite Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) as a scandal-magnet dominatrix, and centered around the battle of wills (and intellects) between Holmes and his nemesis, the deadly criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), leading to a climactic and taut showdown on the roof of a London hospital, where Holmes seemingly plummeted to his death. There is so much vitality in Cumberbatch’s Holmes and Sherlock that it’s impossible not to crave more, yet there’s a rounded sweetness to each of these parceled-out installments that makes them so gratifyingly rich.
-“Ten Best TV Shows of 2012,” The Daily Beast
Click here to read other Sherlock review quotes (including best of lists), or here for a general critical roundup.
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Benedict Cumberbatch at the auction last night.

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Benedict Cumberbatch on IMDb

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Colin Morgan The 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala 24 Hour Musicals: After Party

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Merlin star Colin Morgan called the gala the “embodiment of ‘the show must go on’” and said he had jumped at the chance to be involved. “It was a no-brainer, despite the terror.”

The 24 Hour Musicals at the Old Vic Theatre

Colin Colin Colin

Then we got on with the first musical, which featured our Colin as Gary the dance instructor. {Kermit arms} And I have to commend his courage! He was pretty much the first performer on stage (with the band in the background), and for several minutes it was just him, dressed all in pink, and warming up for his class by going through an energetic and rather idiosyncratic series of moves, commentating for himself all the while with ‘Flashdance! … and Gaga, and Gaga’ and so on. And oh boy can he move! Supple and full of energy, not to mention putting his whole self into playing a very flamboyant gay character.

His costume was almost totally pink, from a pink headband to a pink-and-white striped top, to pink yoga pants rolled up to the knees, bare calves, and then big flashy trainers. This was capped off (if you don’t mind a mixed metaphor) with a black bum bag with diamantes, worn low and to the front. Despite which attempt at modesty, there was still much to see. {nudge nudge wink wink} (I did warn you already I’m a Dirty Old Woman, didn’t I?)

In fact, my splurge on a fourth row seat was soon amply repaid when Gary started bending right over with his pert little butt aimed directly towards me. What sweetly curved cheeks that man has!

Colin used his own Armagh accent, but very camp, and at times reminding me of the Dolma. He didn’t sing a solo, but he joined in a four-way chorus at the end, and certainly did well enough. I think with this sort of show the main thing is to really give it a go and put your heart into it; he certainly did that.

The musical was all about being yourself. It turned out, for instance, that Gary wasn’t gay, but he’d felt that a straight dance instructor just wouldn’t have the same credibility. Similarly the woman who played his eventual love interest wasn’t Polish but from Cambridge (or was that Canterbury?) and had only put on the accent in order to win a job as a minority worker so she could be near Gary in his day job. At one point while they were ‘waltzing’, Gary swept her into a dip… oh my! Colin certainly more than earned his place in the musical with his dancing…

Celia Imrie played the mother of young Freddie Fox, who was in love with a much older woman; the dance class was one of their dates. I really enjoyed their love song, which was performed with sincerity despite being full of ironic reflections about the difference in their ages. I am currently writing a May-December romance, so that was all a lot of fun - and I was rather disappointed when it turned out that the woman had only been pursuing the relationship as revenge on the young man’s mother.

The final song in which Colin took part enjoined us to be ourselves, and ‘Drink at Starbucks!’ Advice which I certainly followed. I like to think that Colin spotted me in the audience during his bows and acknowledged me, so don’t anyone disabuse me of that notion. In any case, it’s the kind of guy he is, so let’s assume it happened!

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Star Trek villain named?


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YAY! Season 4? Best news I’ve heard in a while!

Cool! Now the Moff and Gatiss just have to actually write it.

Wow. Icons introducing themselves to our boy.  

"I would say that the character that Benedict plays, he brings such an incredible power to it. His voice alone, I actually as a joke should have had him read the lunch menu."
JJ Abrams

Benedict Cumberbatch at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch photoshoot by Gareth Iwan Jones
Thank you to @Yassammez for sending me this! BIG
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Liverpool ONE's Christmas TV commercial .
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Benedict Cumberbatch Says 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Villain Is A 'Terrorist'
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Monday 10 December 2012

ok, other than the Johnlock part, I rather liked this.


I’m a Sherlockian.
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There’s something very enjoyable about watching them together because they are almost diametric opposites in styles of acting,
Benedict is this sort of beautiful, exotic creature. He’s never going to play an ordinary man, ‘cause he couldn’t. That’s not what he’s like, but he will tell the stories of great men.
Whereas I think Martin Freeman does the exact opposite: he makes ordinary people fascinating. He finds the poetry in just being ordinary, and that’s an extraordinary, exquisite gift. He can tell the story of our lives and make it fascinating.

Steven Moffat (via crossing-collective-hearts)
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Ah you found the other 3 ;) Lovely to see these have been reposted already… *heavy sarcasm*

Benedict Cumberbatch at Narita International Airport in Japan on December 3, 2012

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