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admin / April 4th, 2018 / No Comments

Edward St. Aubyn’s darkly comic novels about upper-class life in Britain, beloved by a generation of distinguished readers, come to Showtime next month.

In 2012, when it came time to publish a paperback version of the Patrick Melrose novels, the semi-autobiographical pentalogy by the English author Edward St. Aubyn, his American publishers had no trouble rounding up rapturous praise from a passel of distinguished readers: Zadie Smith, Bret Easton Ellis, Ann Patchett, Edmund White, Sam Lipsyte, and Alice Sebold. They might also have thought to ask a reader named Benedict Cumberbatch, who considers the books “the most exquisite achievements in 21st-century prose”—a fortunate view, given that Cumberbatch stars in the five-part adaptation of the novels that airs on Showtime in May.

A darkly comic indictment of Britain’s upper class, Patrick Melrose, which also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Blythe Danner, follows its protagonist from age five, when he is abused by his father (played by Hugo Weaving) in a country house in Provence, through his young adulthood, when he becomes a heroin addict in New York and London, to his recovery from drugs and transition to fatherhood. “It was a hell of an arc to play,” says Cumberbatch. “Patrick’s life is a nonstop madeleine cake of horrors.”

Portraying a character from age 25 to 45 was a significant challenge, Cumberbatch says—as was capturing the attitude and vocal mannerisms specific to Patrick’s class: “I went to a very posh public school, second to Eton, yet I had only one friend from the landed gentry. I’ve been trying to knock the corners off my accent ever since I left Harrow.” Cumberbatch consulted frequently with St. Aubyn, who, though he didn’t write the teleplay, made himself available to any cast member in search of biographical grist.

In the end, St. Aubyn reports, there’s unexpected consolation to be found in seeing his alter ego brought to the screen. “I’ve spent 25 years being asked if I’m Patrick Melrose,” he says. “So it’s a great deal of relief to be able to say, ‘No, Benedict Cumberbatch is.’” [Source]



admin / February 22nd, 2018 / No Comments

The theatrical event in which famous actors and musicians read out memorable real letters from history is coming to America with such celebrities as Benedict Cumberbatch, Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Hamill.

Letters Live will make its U.S. debut Feb. 26 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Ticket prices range from $50 to $200, with all profits going to charities.

Others slated to appear include Jarvis Cocker, James Corden, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Keener, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane and Annabelle Wallis.

Cumberbatch, who is also a producer, says the letters are “windows into the love, beauty, pain and humor of their creators and recipients.”

The event started in London in 2013, inspired by Shaun Usher’s bestselling “Letters of Note” series and Simon Garfield’s “To the Letter.” [Source]



admin / February 14th, 2018 / No Comments

Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest role saw him briefly revisit his childhood as he narrated celebrated children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The British actor lent his voice alongside the book’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr, 94, in marking 50 years since the book was first published as they read to a group of children and their parents.

Flanked by a full-size tiger, the pair delighted around 150 youngsters on Tuesday with narrations of the work and another Kerr book, The Crocodile Under The Bed.

First published in 1968, The Tiger That Came To Tea concerns a young girl, Sophie, her mother, and a hungry tiger who interrupts their afternoon tea.

Cumberbatch said he had vague memories of the book being read to him as a child and now uses it as a bedtime story for his two sons, Christopher and Hal.

He told the audience: “It is something that has continued from generation to generation and it’s now a wonderful thing to be passing it on.”

Kerr wrote the book after coming up with the story to help get her young daughter to sleep.

She told the Press Association: “It was a bedtime story I made up for my daughter and it didn’t occur to me to do anything with it until about five years later when my children were both at school and I had time to work again.

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admin / February 14th, 2018 / No Comments

Marvel has already assembled a mammoth cast for its next Avengers film, Infinity War, and now all the stars who played different parts in its Cinematic Universe over the last decade got together for group photo of epic scale.

Marvel Studios unveiled the class photo on its official Twitter handles as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of Iron Man, which virtually kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the years, the multi billion-dollar franchise has delivered blockbusters films, including the first ever superhero assemble film The Avengers in 2012.

The photo shoot happened on 7 October last year in Atlanta, Georgia on the set of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and it even featured Brie Larson, who will make her MCU debut with Captain Marvel.

The photo featured actors Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Holland, Sean Gunn, Hannah John- Kamen, Zoe Saldana, Angela Bassett, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kurt Russell, Danai Gurira, William Hurt, Karen Gillan.

Some of those who worked behind the camera to create the Marvel films were also featured. These include Stan Lee, James Gunn and Ryan Coogler.

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