Tuesday 10 April 2012

Mark Gatiss: Sherlock death solution is "worth the wait"

And the show's co-creator says "clever" online theories are not too far off...

Mark Gatiss: Sherlock death solution is "worth the wait"

Written By
Radio Times staff
Sherlock fans in agony at series three not filming until 2013, be assured: co-creator and star Mark Gatiss says the answer to how Holmes faked his own death will be "worth the wait".
And if you've posted your theory online, you've probably hit upon at least part of the answer. Perhaps. "There's some very clever theories, some of them elaborate, and I enjoy them all," Gatiss told The Guardian. "But if I were to tell you if someone had worked it out then it wouldn't be a secret."
He teased further: "[The answer] may be, sort of, in some of the theories. There's a lot of very clever people out there."
Gatiss – who joins the cast of BBC3's Being Human this Sunday - admitted that some Sherlock theories were well beyond anything he and Steven Moffat had dreamt up, but said the speculation delighted him – and the first episode of series three would not disappoint: "I've never known something become such a public talking point… It'll be worth the wait."
And what of that other modern-day Holmes reboot, NBC's Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu? Gatiss stayed tight-lipped, in a way that may or may not indicate that legal action is on the cards. "All I can say… is no comment."

Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman on the set of Sherlock

Alex Kurtzman has given an update on the filming of the highly anticipated Star Trek Sequel. He says that it’s going “unbelievably well” and that the “finish line is in sight”. He also has some very nice things to say about new cast addition Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock actor, who will play the still unnamed villain, is described as “magnetic”..

“He’s incredible. What he does with language is incredible. His training is amazing and he’s so magnetic, he holds the screen in any size frame, he really is a joy to watch.”

Benedict Cumberbatch - Reading Ode to a Nightingale and Jabberwocky



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Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein

The issue includes a half page piece written by Danny Boyle, much of which is already online

Danny Boyle: Benedict Cumberbatch is "one of the leading actors in the world"

And the Frankenstein director gives Sherlock fans a new mystery to solve...

Danny Boyle: Benedict Cumberbatch is "one of the leading actors in the world"

Written By

Jack Seale
The film and theatre director Danny Boyle has sung the praises of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, calling the 35-year-old actor "extraordinary" and "one of the leading actors in the world".
Boyle directed Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller last year in Frankenstein at the National Theatre. Their alternating roles as Dr Frankenstein and his terrifying creature have earned them a joint nomination for Best Actor at the 2012 Olivier Awards, the winners of which will be announced this Sunday, 15 April, at the Royal Opera House in London.
Talking to Radio Times for the new issue's Olivier Awards picture special, Boyle recalled the casting of Cumberbatch – who had just been seen on BBC1 in the first series of Sherlock – in the play.
"I didn’t really know him as a stage actor," Boyle said. "I knew what a fine screen actor he is. But there's a physicality involved in the theatre. It's not just about mannerisms or impersonation, which screen often is: it's about sustaining a narrative with mind and body. When I saw him for Frankenstein, that was the only thing I wanted to know. Did he have that physical capacity? And of course he does.
"That's why he's now what he is: one of the leading actors in the world. He's gone on to another division, which is movies at the moment. He'll have a great time. He's got experience, he's not a young ingénue being exposed to Hollywood. He'll make the best of it."
Going back to his first meeting with Cumberbatch, Boyle said: "We met and I asked him to do a few things and he was extraordinary in the room. He's as fit as a boxer, which you have to be for the stage. You have to have an internal fitness that allows you to carry the story so it never sags. He had this combination of the cerebral and the physical which you can see when you look back at his screen work – in Hawking, it's there. Frankenstein was a great one for using it."
So did Boyle sense at the time that he was working with someone who was on a rapid ascent to the top? The Slumdog Millionaire director recalled that he did feel that way, and that Cumberbatch took the dual role in his stride: "Any part when you're exposed on the stage is a challenge, you put yourself on the line," Boyle remarked, "but doing that twice and seeing yourself through someone else's eyes is a credit to his confidence levels. He was able to take it on. It's the world that has to catch up: [actors like Cumberbatch] are on a trajectory, which is natural, and we haven't laced our way into it yet but we're about to. I think the film world will see that now. That's the final part of his audience in a way."
Finally, in comments that will have Sherlock fans rushing to re-watch their series two DVDs, Boyle said Cumberbatch had taken a little of Frankenstein's monster back into Sherlock: "In the latest series of Sherlock, there were a couple of things he put in that were direct mimics of Frankenstein's creature. Those of us who shared it all, we spotted them – the audience wouldn't, and so they wouldn't be put off by it. When actors are on a roll it's a continuum. They channel everything incoming that's useful. Everything feeds into everything else."

Benedict Cumberbatch on the front cover of the new issue of Radio Times


Benedict Cumberbatch on the front cover of the new issue of Radio Times, out today in the UK. The issue includes a half page piece written by Danny Boyle, much of which is already online HERE, as well as small features on Mark Gatiss and Russell Tovey.

Monday 9 April 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch beats Barack Obama and Lady Gaga in Time magazine 100 poll

The Sherlock star won’t make the US news magazine’s people of the year list but came a respectable seventh

Benedict Cumberbatch beats Barack Obama and Lady Gaga in Time magazine 100 poll

Written By
Paul Jones
At the end of last month we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch was in the running to claim the final spot in Time magazine’s prestigious 100 List. The Sherlock star was among more than 150 people nominated in an online poll to join the 99 others chosen by Time’s editors on a roll of the “leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes” of 2011.
The voting is now closed and although Cumberbatch didn’t win, he came a very respectable seventh, beating famous names ranging from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga, David Cameron to Adele, Aung San Suu Kyi to Rihanna.
Cumberbatch received a total 91,840 “Yes” votes in the poll, which was won by internet hacking group Anonymous.
Other Brits nominated included Kate Middleton, in 48th place, Daniel Craig, 49th, Maggie Smith, 73rd, and The Queen in 75th place.

Time magazine has a worldwide circulation of over 25 million, the largest of any weekly news magazine. A European edition is published in London. 
See the full list of nominees in order here.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Behind The Scenes At Brooklands Museum with Colin Morgan & Katie McGrath

by Alison Jane Reid on April 4, 2012
Behind The Scenes at Brooklands Museum By Alison Jane Reid
I love to interview talented, fascinating, chameleons – the icons and role models that define our age. I also have another passion for directing beautiful, unashamedly, escapist fashion stories. During a meeting with the rather dashing new editor of The Lady Magazine, Matt Warren, I mention how I would love to revive the once celebrated fashion pages, and quick as a flash he says, ‘ okay, show us what you can do.’

I accept the challenge immediately, and I know at once who I want as my muse. Colin Morgan, the remarkable actor from Armagh in Northern Ireland, who has succeeded in redefining one of the great romantic characters in our history – Merlin. Interviewing him for the Lady’s arts pages has been the highlight of the year. When I met Colin, I was struck by how different he looked from his geeky, rather Hobbit-like persona in Merlin. His blue eyes glitter with intelligence and compassion, and a rare, lovely charisma; and better still he is so unexpectedly gorgeous!

Colin says ‘yes’, because he enjoyed our interview. (I didn’t once ask him about favourite pizza toppings or first dates), and his bewitching co-star, Katie McGrath soon follows suit.  I race over to The Lady’s glorious HQ in Covent Garden in search of inspiration, and find it deep in the archives, (very much like Hogwarts), gazing at impossibly lovely flappers and their beau’s, with all manner of props from peacocks to castles. I know I want to recreate this revolutionary period in fashion and in society with a Roaring Twenties fashion adventure with a 21st Century twist. Colin will be my latterday Gatsby and Katie will be Daisy Buchanan and Wallace Simpson rolled into one!  Now, all I need is the perfect backdrop.

Brooklands Museum, a hop and a skip down the  motorway from London proves just perfect – an extraordinarily exciting place, steeped in history and daring. This is the place where beautiful racing machines, historic planes and unadulterated glamour come together in one, intoxicating, adrenalin-charged homage to a spirit of adventure!

Three weeks later the day of the fashion feature arrives. Colin is the first to arrive, and walks into the clubroom at Brooklands, which is now piled high with ravishing, handpainted dresses, twinkling jewels and rather dashing Savile Row suits. I love the idea of strong, bold colours, for my 21st Century Gatsby. And I have a hunch that Colin will look amazing in pillar-box red. So, we’ve selected a very cute, red cashmere cardigan for him to wear that will look striking against his Celtic skin tones and raven hair. My lovely students, Maria and Roisin completely, and rather sweetly, fail to recognise Colin from Merlin, and happily let him muck in and carry boxes and props for the shoot. Colin is a star, but he isn’t the least bit arrogant. He is warm-hearted and friendly to everyone. Even so, there were blushes all round when I stop trying to do a hundred and one things at once, and properly introduce him to everyone.

Colin surveys the rails of silk, satin and lace, and thanks me for my powers of organization and an overactive imagination! (Who wouldn’t want to take him home to meet your parents)? After promising him that he won’t go hungry at lunch, I’ve organized a delicious vegan picnic, he tells me that he usually brings his own sandwich to work to avoid complete starvation. What a terrible thought. By this stage everyone is hopelessly smitten with him. I hand out Naked chocolate and orange bars (Colin really loves dark Vegan chocolate) to keep everyone’s energy high and Colin tells me he is a big fan of  Rainforest Creations –  a company who are part of the amazing raw food revolution sweeping through London at the moment. They set up their wonderfully colourful stalls in Spitalfields, Hammersmith and  Chelsea, and sell the most vibrant, living gourmet street food made from fruits, nuts, seeds and grains. Colin likes to hang out with friends and share delicious food that satisfies the heart, the soul and the brain.  Soon it is time to  introduce Col to Florence, our lovely film-schooled hair stylist who is going to mould his thick, luxuriant hair into a sleek, debonair crop, a la Jay Gatsby, using delicious smelling organic styling products which smell good enough to eat.

At this point Katie finally arrives, after her car took a slight detour, wearing jeans and not a scrap of makeup, and still managing to look like a young Princess Margaret, with eyes you could drown in and a force of nature personality to match – no wonder she is cast as Morgana Le Fey in Merlin.
After a fair amount of teasing and catching up (Col and Katie are good friends) Katie tries on her first outfit of the day – a ladylike, wonderfully feminine, tailored, suit by London Fashion week discovery, Hemyka. Oh my! No one can do imperious, regal and ravishingly beautiful all in a moment  – it won’t be long before Katie McGrath comes to the attention of Karl Largerfeld at Chanel or bags herself a beauty campaign. As for Colin, I am sure you will all agree that I should introduce him to his hero, David Attenborough, and let the two of them get on with the very serious business of saving the planet together!
To be continued….

Writing, Art Direction & Styling Alison Jane Reid – Copyright April 2012
Photos Copyright Mike Owen Alison Jane Reid  March 2012 To contact Mike  go to – www.mikeowenphotography.com

Monday 2 April 2012

"When I am asked, ‘are you Sherlock Holmes?’ I cautiously answer, ‘No, I just look like him a bit”. And then try to leave quickly - no reason to bait the lunatics. A normal person would have asked, ‘Are you Benedict?’"

This is too adorable for words!!

Benedict Cumberbatch voices first UK advert for Google+. Benedict reads The Seven Ages of Man from William Shakespeare's As You Like It.


Don’t forget to vote for Benedict in the poll

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Hartswood Films very kindly provided some exclusive Sherlock imagery for the new look sherlockology.com launched earlier today.


Hartswood Films very kindly provided us with some exclusive Sherlock imagery for the new look sherlockology.com launched earlier today.
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