Monday 30 January 2012

"There is weird fan fiction out there — weird. They write stories and do manga cartoons of what they think you get up to behind closed doors. Some of it’s funny. Some of it’s full-on sex. Get Martin to show you some." Benedict Cumberbatch

I still can’t believe how amazing he looked on the night I met him.  I mean, just look at him!

Benedict and his motorcycle after a performance of Frankenstein







Benedict’s motorbike is gorgeous. If only there was one of him riding this monster.

there is, but it is far away: 

alla faccia, che bestia.

I think I have a motorbike riding kink

I love this movie & this quote to bits!! Benedict in Thirdstar.



#no this is illegal in my country


Older pics of Benedict that I've never seen before.


Photos of Benedict I haven’t seen before . Not sure where they’re from.

looking right into your soul…
nothing new on photographer’s website but some are in higher res.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

He deserves it, but I'm a little upset it wasn't another joint win.

Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch
The winners of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards have been announced in London, according to
The National Theatre’s production of Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, which will play Broadway this spring, was named Best Play; London Road was awarded Best Musical, and Mike Leigh was named Best Director for Grief.
Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Actor for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein;Sheridan Smith won Best Actress for Flare Path, and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne was honored for Best Shakespearean Performance for Richard II

Monday 23 January 2012

Colin Morgan on the set of Merlin

Not new, but I just really love this picture and I think it’s bigger than the previous version.

Sherlock Uncovered parts 1& 2
From the ASIB DVD Commentary
Benedict: The other comic fall was when I'd overstepped my sheet's limit and just fell...
Moffat: He fell like a tree! Because he couldn't move his arms, he couldn't move his legs, he just fell!
Benedict: I was dedicated to the moment.
Lara: Do I dare ask what broke your fall?
Benedict: Uhh.. the carpet.
Moffat: The thing is it was terrible! He falls over, obviously quite painfully, but because it is SO FUNNY everyone just laughs! You hear him go HHHUUNKK onto the floor and then there's Martin going HUMP!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Nice to see this portrait in full. [x]

Filming footage from Riechenbach Fall

Merlin-series 4 deleted scenes - episodes 1-5 & ep 9

Friday 20 January 2012

The Benedict Cumberbatch band wagon

Rosamund Urwin
20 Jan 2012
Quantcast In September 2007, I took my best friend to see Ionesco's Rhinoceros at the Royal Court. We were both instantly struck by the man playing the protagonist, Berenger. "Hmmm," she said, scanning the script-cum-programme in the interval. "I think this guy needs a new stage name - it'll never catch on. Ben-er-dict Cum-ber-batch."
The passing of four years has fuzzed my memory slightly, but we later saw him in the Royal Court's bar, either that night or when we were watching another play. He was with friends, and we debated going over to congratulate him on his performance but deemed it "too stalkery". How we rue the day. She and I were two of the original Cumberbitches, in what is now a nation of Cumberbitches.
Technically, even we had jumped on the Benny C bandwagon a little late. Three years earlier, his role as a young Stephen Hawking - a beautiful portrayal of an incredible mind trapped in a disintegrating body - had won him a Golden Nymph award. On top of the regular TV rounds (Heartbeat - twice), this Harrow-educated son of two professional actors, who studied drama at Manchester before completing his training at Lamda, also played Pitt the Younger in the anti-slavery film, Amazing Grace.
But if this ascent has been steady, it is in 2012 that the 35-year-old will be propelled into the celluloid super league - and cement his position as the small screen's most impressive star.
Less than a day into the new year, the fantastic foursome of Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had already given the BBC television that its rivals will spend the whole year trying to trump. Sherlock, in its two seasons, has won almost nine million viewers an episode, two Baftas and provoked countless Twitter storms - most notably last Sunday, as fans tried to work out how the detective had faked his own death. Those missing their Cumberbatch fix can see him on the big screen in War Horse. Next, he will play the lead in Parade's End, a BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's World War One tetralogy. At the end of the month, he's flying to New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings prequel, the Hobbit, in which he is playing the dragon.
Cumberbatch has also just been cast as the villain in JJ Abrams's Star Trek sequel (maintaining the Hollywood association between an English accent and evil). He's currently so ubiquitous that one of my colleagues (male, married, straight) has started dreaming about him. Even his publicist, Karon Maskill, jokes: "We've seen enough of him! I am sick of his face!"
Why is he the man of the moment? "It's entirely down to Sherlock, obviously," says the series creator Steven Moffat, only half-joking. "If you look at his career, he was everywhere and always being talked about as a coming man, but he hadn't had that breakthrough role. To become a star, an icon, you need that - Sean Connery was nowhere before James Bond.
"The moment [Cumberbatch] saw Sherlock, he knew this was the role that would partially define him. He even looks like Sherlock Holmes - the way we would want Sherlock Holmes to look. Robert Downey Jr was brilliant [in the film version] but no one believes that is what Holmes looks like - he is a tall, posh Brit."
It isn't just his looks, though. Cumberbatch has devoted himself to understanding the part: "He does a great deal of preparation before each of his roles, both mental and physical preparation," says Maskill. "By the time he reaches the set, he is totally under the skin of the person he is playing and [brings] a great deal of emotional intelligence."
When he was preparing for the role of Stephen Hawking, he met the Cambridge professor and also two patients suffering from motor neurone disease.
For Sherlock, he learned the violin: "He has this physical ability to pick up stuff - getting the fingering and bowing perfect," says Moffat.
It isn't his playing that viewers hear, though, of course. Moffat says Cumberbatch uses a silent violin: "Benedict says it is very hard to play a genius when you sound like an idiot - but he can actually play it well."
What is he like to work with? "It is all about the work with him," says Maskill. "On a personal level, he is great fun to be around. People perhaps perceive him to be rather serious but in reality he truly has a wicked, wicked sense of humour. There is a great energy that exudes from him which is rather contagious."
Unsurprisingly, Moffat is another of his chief cheerleaders: "Benedict is one of the best actors of his generation - he'll end up being like Michael Gambon. He's a top-flight actor who has become a major star - that's shown in the range and detail of his work."
Despite peeling everything off in Danny Boyle's stage version of Frankenstein last year ("If you've done it [getting naked] once every other night for about three months in front of 1,100 people in a very cool air-conditioned theatre, you get a bit bolder," he said), it is Sherlock which has propelled Cumberbatch from "thinking woman's totty" to lascivious screaming girls territory - and earned "Cumberbitch" a spot in the Urban Dictionary.
"His screen presence can sometimes be a little geeky," reckons Moffat. "But what has played against him becoming a sex symbol before now plays in his favour - Sherlock makes geeky sexy."
Or as the dominatrix Irene Adler put it (while wearing only Sherlock's coat): "Brainy is the new sexy."
When you stick Cumberbatch into Google, the second suggestion, after "gay" (wishful thinking, lads) is "girlfriend". Cumberbatch, so often called an unlikely pin-up, isn't actually that unlikely a pin-up at all. He calls himself horse-faced, I think it is more beer glass-shaped, with cheekbones that could sharpen knives. He thinks his tousled hair in Sherlock makes him look like a woman, females across the land would sell their soul Faust-style for the chance to ruffle it. He rides a motorbike (arriving late to meet Steven Spielberg because he couldn't find anywhere to park) and is rather endearingly broody - saying he regretted not having children by 32 - a statement which had his more ardent fans offering up their ovaries.
They're no longer lusting after a taken man: Cumberbatch recently split from designer Anna Jones. Among the funniest tributes to him on the internet is a slightly surreal cartoon song with the lyrics: "He's got a posh name and he's on the television so it's no big surprise that all the dirty girls want Benedict Cumberbatch." The song then advises keeping a plate of ham to entice Cumberbatch (to "Cumbersnatch" him).
Ah, back to the name: a punner's dream and a headline writer's nightmare (try squeezing that into a small space). He is surely the only actor ever to play Sherlock Holmes who has a more distinctive name than the detective. Cumberbatch - who says his name sounds "like a fart in a bath" - simplified it to Ben Carlton before being told the original was more memorable. It is a name with endless nickname possibilities, as his fellow pupils at Harrow clearly realised, apparently calling him [look away, children]: "Bend my dick, cucumber patch."
What next for Cumberbatch? He says he would like to do an action film; could he put a new spin on Bond when Daniel Craig hangs up his speedos? There have been weirder castings. One thing is obvious: super stardom beckons.
In an interview with the Times last year, Cumberbatch said he couldn't get a restaurant reservation for his birthday: "I should have said my name was Sherlock Holmes. I guess I'll just have to ... have a picnic." That won't happen this year. And ladies, let's not forget: he's looking for someone to go with him.

I know his eyes are green, but here they look practically emerald!



Colin Morgan wins Virgin Media tv poll for Best Actor

Virgin Media TV Award winners!

Best Actor

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Love this, especially the use of the yellow paint from TBB!


so this is the coolest
and i want this shirt
i’m too old for vandalism so imma just makin myself some buttons, if you guys wanna use em feel free

Sherlock's stunt double deserves major kudos for this scene!! Or should I say Benedict Cumberbatch, from the season 2 dvd, he does state he did his own stunts for the fall.


He fell 3 times, if I recall correctly. He did the fall slightly differently each time, once it was more of a jump. I can’t pretend it wasn’t heart breaking…
Yes, I filmed one take, no, you can wait for my vlog on watching filming because I’m cruel. (There’s a reason I RP as Jim)
They filmed Ben further along the roof, the actual fall was to the left of the roof, but health and safety seem to prefer the lead actor to remain safe for some reason… ;)

OK, yes I realize he's a fictional character, but still:

↖ believes in Sherlock Holmes

For Your Consideration: Benedict Cumberbatch

For Your Consideration: Benedict Cumberbatch


Every year, great actors sabotage their own chances for an Oscar nomination — and in rarer cases, for an Oscar win (damnit, Julianne Moore) — by delivering stellar performances in multiple films, thus splitting their votes and coming up empty-handed. This year, everyone's talking about Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain, three young actors who shined in no less than 11 award-worthy films. These hard-working and talented stars, who for the most part deserve the attention, have unfortunately overshadowed Benedict Cumberbatch, 35, perhaps best known for playing Detective Holmes on TV's Sherlock.
In addition to the magnetism and intrigue he has brought to Holmes, Cumberbatch has had a great year on film — a fact that has not escaped the notice of J.J. Abrams, who recently cast the Brit in Star Trek 2. "Honestly, he’s just an incredible actor," Abrams said at a press conference. "If you’ve seen his work in Sherlock, he’s just got incredible skills. He’s an amazing stage actor. He did amazing work (on stage) in Frankenstein. He’s brilliant. You try to cast people who are great. We got lucky."
Cumberbatch's most notable success in film this year occurred in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a film that has not been met with much warmth in the United States. Perhaps a lack of familiarity with the John Le Carre novel upon which the film is based, combined with a labyrinthine plot, left most American viewers of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy wildly perplexed (myself included), but that ought not to distract from the quality of the acting, which was superb. Gary Oldman, in the lead role of George Smiley, has been the subject of a fair share of buzz for his understated performance, but that makes Cumberbatch's lack of attention all the more puzzling. As Smiley's right-hand man Peter Guillam in the film, Cumberbatch dazzles like Swarovski crystal held to the light, while suggesting, in minute flashes, an edge of insidious sharpness.
Notice the way Cumberbatch describes Guilliam's character in our exclusive interview with him and compare it to the thoughtless dribble most actors his age use to describe their work. "So it’s interesting Guillam on the front of it is very at ease with who he is, his visual look is very sort of dandified. He’s got a great blond bob, and fantastic Citroën DS car, and these fantastic beautiful clothes," he said. "It’s all going swimmingly, but that’s part of a personal armor that slowly, steadily gets stripped away."
There's also something about Cumberbatch not so easy to explain — a je ne sais quois missing from many Hollywood stars that fill out the year's roster of beefcakes and bad boys. It could be that he's not exactly cut out to be a hearthrob, replacing biceps and pouty lips with something more cerebral, more dignified. In Steven Spielberg's War Horse he is simply electrifying: the film, asleep with sentimentality for its first thirty or so minutes, bolts upright when Cumberbatch's naively-trained Major Stewart strides into the frame, and sags a little when he departs a brief interim later. No, it's not quite enough screen time to really earn him an Oscar nod — not among such lengthier supporting roles played brilliantly by Albert Brooks in Drive and Christopher Plummer in Beginners — but if there were an Academy Award for scene-stealing, Cumberbatch would be 2011's most deserving.

Empire Interview with Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch On Sherlock's Return
'Deductions are always a very painful birth...'


Benedict Cumberbatch is a star on the rise — why, only this week he bagged a role in JJ Abrams' Star Trek 2, and he also has a short but memorable part in movie-of-the-moment War Horse. But his signature performance remains one on the small screen, as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's wildly successful TV serial. Empire met him on set in August 2010 to talk snazzy coats, mind-boggling monologues and his upcoming stint in Middle-earth.
Warning: This interview does contain spoilers.

Benedict Cumberbatch On Sherlock's Return

Sherlock has become an unlikely style icon. Was that a surprise?
We all put a lot of thought into his outfits, so I guess when you get massive exposure on a popular TV drama the look of something can catch on. The gloves and scarf were my idea, and the coat was [costume designer] Ray Holman’s discovery. There's just a clean, linear, functional beauty about Sherlock. There’s nothing showy or flamboyant about him. And I get to wear very well-cut, good-looking suits, although there’s so little waist that sometimes I can’t breathe or digest properly. The sad thing is that I had a coat very similar to Sherlock's before I got the role - it was a present from someone - but I can't wear it out in public now, which is sad.

There's more teamwork between Watson and Holmes this year...
It's true, there is a bit more of a united front. But that’s mostly out of necessity, because they're being thrown the biggest challenges they've had so far. The big arc for Sherlock is that he’s gaining humanity. Or rather it’s being brought out of him. He's on the side of the angels, but his methods can be pretty devilish. Standing on a dying man's neck, saying, "Give me his name!" is quite a tough thing to do, for example, but he's dealing with a world of extremes: corpses, death and suffering.

What scene are you about to shoot?
There's a huge, fuck-off deduction I've got to do today! I’m basically cracking a code that is all to do with Irene Adler. What information she possesses and why people are after her. It’s this constantly slipping, sliding, changing landscape of trust and counter-trust and counter movements. And, at the same time, it’s a massive flirtation - it's a dance between the two of them.

Do you dread doing those scenes?
With deductions, I start learning my lines two or three days before, at the very least, because they're always a very painful birth, as anyone who’s been on set with me will testify. The trick, I've found, is to deliver a sentence while you're already thinking about the next one. The speed of it has to come from thinking, "What's next? What's next? What's next?" You just have to work very, very hard at it, and on the day try to find pockets of time to completely shut off and be quite kind of meditative about it.
Benedict Cumberbatch On Sherlock's Return

Have you ever nailed one in the first take?
Never in the first take, but I have done it in one take. There are some long continuous shots in this sequence, so we'll see...

Are you excited about taking on The Hound Of The Baskervilles?
Yeah, very. We're doing interesting things with it. It’s Doyle's most famous story and it’s one of the ones that features Holmes less. In our version there is a lot of Watson on his own in the field, but we're making Holmes much more a part of it. It's much more of a team effort. It was great to shoot stuff outside, out in Dartmoor.

After this, you're doing Parade's End and then you've got a dual role in The Hobbit…
I’ll be doing bits on The Hobbit in 2012. I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the Five Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. (Laughs) He’s not actually in the original Hobbit. It’s something he’s taken from Lord Of The Rings that he wants to put in there.

Those are two cuddly characters…
Yeah! I'm going to have to keep my smarts about me when it comes to emotionalising a demon and a dragon...

I've always thought this :)

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Colin Morgan nice enough to pose with a fan in an airport

Colin Morgan and I. LA Airport. November 1st, 2011

New York Post Interview with Colin Morgan

Interview: 'Merlin' star Colin Morgan, Arthurian legend nerd

12:43 PM, January 17, 2012  Maxine Shen
The Season 3 DVD of “Merlin” is in stores today. To celebrate, we broke out the good mead and our fanciest velvet doublet…just kidding. We actually had a chitchat with the BBC/Syfy fantasy series’ extremely well-read star, Colin Morgan (the titular Merlin). He put his vacation on pause to talk Arthurian legend, "Merlin" fans and the two shirts that make up the wizard’s daily wardrobe.
Merlin, modeling his go-to red shirt/blue scarf comboThis wall is no match for Merlin's mojoArthur and Merlin, saving Camelot yet again - must be a Friday
Merlin, modeling his go-to red shirt/blue scarf combo

The Post: Is there a difference between a red shirt day and a blue shirt day for Merlin?
Colin Morgan: [Laughs] You know what, I don’t think there is. But I applaud you for noticing the difference because even people on set sometimes don’t notice the difference when I change shirts. I think it’s literally dictated by the whim of the costume department, so maybe they have a reason. I’m going to ask them when we start the fifth season, I’d love to know. Maybe I’ll get darker shirts for the fifth season, [since the series] just gets darker and darker.
The Post: After four seasons, are you an Arthurian legend expert yet or what?
Morgan: I’ve certainly educated myself a lot more. When I initially read the scripts, I didn’t know a lot about the Arthurian legends or about the details or the in depth stories, but since doing the shows I’ve read a lot of the traditional stories – “Idylls of the King” by Tennyson, “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Malory, even “The Once and Future King” [by TH White]. I read a lot of independent researches into Merlin as a [real] man or a myth, too.
So many different countries have got their version of what Merlin is: the Scottish say he Scottish, the Welsh say he’s Welsh, the French say he’s French. It was great for me to read all that and realize that I could kind of do no wrong really, because there is no set image of the man as we are telling it - the young boy. There’s very little written about him when he was growing up, the times when he made mistakes, went through mishaps and learned from them. That was great for me and a great learning experience.
The Post: Any favorite legend moments that you’ve gotten to film?
Morgan: I read “The Crystal Cave” book by Mary Stewart and I thought it was a really, really interesting part of the legend, in which Merlin could enter into the cave with these crystals and see reflections of the future in them and learn how to use that and harness those powers for himself. We did explore the Crystal Cave in a past episode, where Merlin tried to change the future and, of course, as everyone knows, if you try to change the future, you’re going to mess everything up, for anyone who’s seen “Back To the Future.” It’s a legend that I’d like to see them revisit, [when] Merlin actually learns how to use [the crystals] because I think he’s matured now since we last did that episode. That’s been my favorite from what I’d read.
Also, I really enjoyed another legend of two dragons underneath a castle: The castle wouldn’t stand because of the [unstable] foundations and they needed the blood of a boy who didn’t have a father to make the castle stand, which I thought was quite dark. So, they came across Merlin, who had no father, but he managed to convince them to dig under the [castle's] foundation. Under the foundation, they found two eggs - they hatched and one was a red dragon and one was a white dragon and they fought. It was a symbol of the Welsh fighting the English, so it was like a premonition type thing. There’s a lot of stuff like that that they could explore.
Merlin, modeling his go-to red shirt/blue scarf comboThis wall is no match for Merlin's mojoArthur and Merlin, saving Camelot yet again - must be a Friday
This wall is no match for Merlin's mojo

The Post: Any chance those legends will pop up in an upcoming season?
Morgan: The crystal cave may be a possibility, that could be good. I think we could revisit that, I don’t know [about the dragons], unless maybe Arthur decided to build a castle for himself or something like that. But hey, the producers and the writers are always throwing new stuff [at us] all the time and constantly exploring new aspects and looking to tell the legends in different ways. That’s a big theme of the show - we see the legends, but in ways we don’t expect.
The Post: Most people don’t know much about those legends. Do you feel responsible for introducing them to folks?
Morgan: I suppose not so much a responsibility, because I was at the same place as anyone who hadn’t heard about the Arthurian legends when I first started the show. I’ve been introduced to the legends through being in the show and I think that anyone who’s maybe started watching the show has possibly either stuck with the show and taken it for what it is or thought, “Actually, I wouldn’t mind learning about that or King Arthur or about what that is.” So, I guess the responsibility is with us to deliver our performance and show characters that we like and believe in and that we’re rooting for throughout the whole series. A great by product of that would be if people decide they want to learn more and, of course that’s a real big bonus.
The Post: And it’s easy to learn more about it.
Morgan: Oh yeah, you’re spoiled for choice, really, with the stories that are out there. Although I recommend the Mary Stewart trilogy if you want to read more.
The Post: Ever worry that kids are going to start using “Merlin” for book reports, instead of the original legends?
Morgan: That would be a big mistake if they did. Any Arthurian enthusiast who has watched “Merlin” has probably concluded that it’s not accurate whatsoever – but, it’s not meant to be. It’s not meant to be a true telling. It’s in a fantasy setting, it’s really concentrating on the fantasy element. If they wanted it to be a true telling they’d maybe call it “The Chronicles of Camelot in a Time of Desperate…” you know, they’d call it something quite serious and not “Merlin.” You immediately hear the word “Merlin,” you think magic, you think adventure, excitement, you also think an old man. So that’s where the show’s different, it takes what you think it’s going to be and it shifts it and changes it and makes it a bit new and exciting.
Any kids out there, don’t base your homework on “Merlin.” Just enjoy it and then read the books.
Merlin, modeling his go-to red shirt/blue scarf comboThis wall is no match for Merlin's mojoArthur and Merlin, saving Camelot yet again - must be a Friday
Arthur and Merlin, saving Camelot yet again - must be a Friday

The Post: What’s the standout change between the series and the legends?
Morgan: The initial thing was the ages of the characters, that Merlin and Arthur were the same age. I think that was a big crux for a lot of people. Merlin was very definitely supposed to be an old man guiding the young Arthur to the throne. I think that was the first thing that people sort of thought, “Oh, they’re the same age, that’s a bit odd.” But, as soon as that was got over and you accepted it as a concept, then you buy into what makes the show work and the dynamic and the relationship between the two characters. That’s one thing people consistently comment on - the relationship between the characters and how much fun it is and how emotional it can be as well. That’s what you get throughout the show, the depth of emotions and the characters as they go through the biggest shifts in their lives, ever. The audience is able to see that throughout the seasons, particularly in this new season [No. 4], it’s the biggest shifts there’s ever going to be.
The Post: People in the UK have been known to dismiss “Merlin” as just a family show. How annoying is that?
Morgan: I often think that the people who say it’s a family show haven’t watched it. The people who do watch the show get it and know what it is and say yeah, a whole family can sit down and watch the show…[but] each person will get something different from it and will enjoy it to the same extent.
A lot of people say, “Do kids come up to you all the time?” No, it’s actually really adults that come up to me and say how much they love the show. They watched it because they thought it was a family show and they ended up loving it and they’ve got the DVD box sets. And that’s exactly what a show should be, it should be unexpected, open your mind and maybe change what you first thought it would be. It never annoys me if people have seen the show, but I guess if somebody makes that judgment without having seen the show, you sort of go, “Hey! Watch it. Check out and see what you think.”
The Post: And you’ve got millions of fans, so you don’t really have to care what people say.
Morgan: Exactly, we’ve got a really strong fan base. They’re good to us.

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