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Benedict Cumberbatch Joins The Cast Of The Other Live Action 'Jungle Book' Movie As Tiger Shere Khan

August 20th, 2014 9:58pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to provide the voice of the tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros.' upcoming live-action Jungle Book film, "Jungle Book: Origins."

Not to be confused with the live-action "Jungle Book" film on the way from Disney, which stars Idris Elba as the voice of the tiger and will be directed by Jon Favreau, "Jungle Book: Origins" is set for a fall 2016 release while Disney's "Jungle Book" will hit theaters on October 9, 2015.

"Jungle Book: Origins" will be directed by "Lord of the Rings" star Andy Serkis and is his first film at the helm.

Rudyard Kipling's classic s...
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20 Utterly Sexy British Actors

April 30th, 2014 3:00am EDT
20 Utterly Sexy British Actors
It's hard to deny it - there's something really attractive about a British accent. We don't know if it's the inflection or the vocabulary (Collywobbles? Bollocks? Gobsmacked?), but whatever it is, it's hot.

Alexander Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire, England, and has appeared in films including "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker," "Magic Mike," "I Am Number 4" and "Beastly." He started out as a model, working for brands such as Gap and Burberry.

It was once rumored that the star famously had the phrase "Thank You" tattooed above his crotch, but it's actually just his name. He has dated...
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TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2014 Edition

March 8th, 2014 4:00pm EST
TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2014 Edition
We are almost into spring and with that, some of our favorite television shows are making their way back onto the small screen. With that, naturally, comes a plethora of hot guys gracing our screens.

With our TV's Sexiest Male Stars of 2014, we aim to give you a piece of the hottest of the hot fellas to give us that extra incentive to watch our favorite shows. Here is what we've got for your viewing pleasure!

Ian Somerhalder, "The Vampire Diaries"

Luke Grimes, "True Blood"

Colin O'Donoghue, "Once Upon A Time"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"

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Sexy Male Stars At The 86th Annual Academy Awards

March 3rd, 2014 6:00pm EST
Sexy Male Stars At The 86th Annual Academy Awards
It's usually all about the ladies and who they're wearing on the Oscars red carpet. But there are plenty of guys that look really incredible too.

Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "American Hustle," wore a Tom Ford tuxedo to the event. He was accompanied by his British model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse.

Jared Leto easily stole the coveted Oscar from Cooper for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club." But we don't think he won the red carpet competition.

Leto's tux was an unusual combination of black and white with a red bow tie. We can forgive him his style choice b...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Fifth Estate'

January 31st, 2014 12:10pm EST
Blu-ray Review: 'The Fifth Estate'
Ready to check out some WikiLeaks insight? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray title "The Fifth Estate" out now from Touchstone Home Entertainment. We examine and review the facts and film below!

Title: "The Fifth Estate"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis

Director: Bill Condon

Rating: R

Runtime: 128 minutes

Release Company: Touchstone Home Entertainment

Website: www.Takepart.com/fifth-estate

The Flick: Heard some grumblings about the famed WikiLeaks and their desire to expose truths at the time, but played out here ...
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Must See: Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly's 'Genius' Lyrics On Kimmel

December 5th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch made the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" audience scream on Wednesday after he performed a spoken version of R. Kelly's song "Genius" on the late-night show.

Both Cumberbatch and Kelly appeared as guests, and Kimmel came up with a creative way to merge the two stars' talents.

The actor is featured sitting on a stool with a single spotlight upon him. Next to him is a large image of Kelly's new album, "Black Panties."

The Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee coos to the audience:  "Body so fit and soft/ I can't wait to tear it open/ You got me like la la la la la ba...
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'12 Years A Slave': Brutal Truth Told In This Must See Oscar Worthy Film

October 18th, 2013 2:18am EDT
'12 Years A Slave'
'12 Years a Slave' directed by the extremely talented, Steve McQueen, ('Shame') is simply put...Brilliant.

Written by John Ridley and based on Solomon Northrup's best selling memoir, published over 160 years ago, this is a true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
 
Eight years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free black man from upstate New York. He is abducted on a trip to Washington D.C. and sold into slavery.
 
Facing immense cruelty by his malevolent slave owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but ...
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Letter From Julian Assange To Benedict Cumberbatch Over 'The Fifth Estate' Posted On WikiLeaks

October 10th, 2013 6:30pm EDT
Julian Assange
A letter written by Julian Assange that was sent to actor Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to reconsider portraying him in new movie The Fifth Estate, has been posted in its entirety on Assange's WikiLeaks website.

Assange attempted to persuade Cumberbatch to drop the project, saying that he didn't believe he could be portrayed in a positive light and it would affect him and those close to him.

"I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film," Assange wrote. "I do not believe it is going to be positive for me or the people I care about. I believe that ...
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Benedict Cumberbatch And Emma Watson Named Sexiest Movie Stars

October 4th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson
British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson have topped a new list of the world's hottest movie stars.

Cumberbatch and Watson topped two new polls from website Empire Online, one that lists the top 50 male movie stars and one that lists the top 50 females.

Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence came in second and third, respectively, behind Watson, while Tom Hiddleston and Henry Cavill filled the two and three spots in the men's poll.

"It's a great result for British stars, but what's clear is that it's less important to have lots of casual fans and better to have a dedicated ha...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

October 1st, 2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...
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Benedict Cumberbatch on 'Star Wars' Rumors: 'No Offer Has Been Made'

September 8th, 2013 9:33am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken out to dismiss rumors suggesting he will be leading the cast of J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars movie.

The British actor worked with Abrams on another sci-fi film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and online reports recently suggested the director was preparing to announce him as the lead in his new Star Wars film.

Reporters questioned Cumberbatch about the story during his appearance at the Toronto Film Festival, and the Sherlock star insisted he hasn't been approached about joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

He says, "This is the simple truth. J.J. (Abram...
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Lucasfilm Reportedly Close To Announcing Benedict Cumberbatch Casting In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

September 3rd, 2013 7:29pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch may be crossing over to rival sci-fi saga Star Wars.

The actor, who worked with director J.J. Abrams in this summer's sequel to the 2009 Star Trek reboot, is reportedly very close to re-teaming with the director to play an undisclosed role in the forthcoming sequel trilogy.

According to BleedingCool.com an official announcement is imminent. The actor recently backed out of director Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak", which is reported to have nearly the same filming schedule as Star Wars: Episode VII.

Cumberbatch also told TotalFilm.com ...
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J.J. Abrams Shares 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Deleted Shower Scene In Wake Of Alice Eve Controversy

May 23rd, 2013 5:55pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness Deleted Scene
Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams addressed the recent backlash over actress Alice Eve's gratuitous underwear shot in the movie during an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday night.

The director revealed that while Eve's scene remained in the film, an equally gratuitous shot of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain shirtless and taking a shower -- or, a "shower of evil" as Abrams put it.

"She's changing and the idea was, the intent was, it's Kirk who was always a womanizing character, so the idea was to have a beat like that in the midst of all this action and adventure... ha...
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Top 10 'Star Trek' Villains

May 18th, 2013 10:02am EDT
Star Trek Into Darkness
"Star Trek" has seen its share of bad-ass villains since it originally hit the airwaves almost 50 years ago in 1966. The franchise has seen multitudes of devious Klingons, the reptilian Gorn, Borg, The God like Q, and many other devious villains.

Hitting theatres this weekend, J.J. Abrams brings us his second take on the beloved franchise with "Star Trek Into Darkness," where the films bad guy John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) has receiving high villain points. Harrison plays a former Starfleet agent that turns into a traitor and galactic terrorist; who later revealed to be none other t...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up About Julian Assange Snub

May 8th, 2013 6:41pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch tried to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after signing up to play him on the big screen, but insists the notorious internet hacker "was having none of it" and refused to meet him.

The British actor plays the controversial whistleblower in upcoming film The Fifth Estate, but admits he wasn't able to meet the man himself before stepping into his shoes for the role.

Cumberbatch tells Time Out magazine, "I didn't want to hang him out to dry (with my portrayal). I wanted to give a fair account of him. It's a living story, and the moral responsibi...
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Britain's Channel 4 Pulls Film About London Marathon Bombing In Wake Of Boston Bombings

April 17th, 2013 3:53pm EDT
Four Lions
A British comedy about four Muslim men terrorizing the London Marathon has been axed from airing by British TV network Channel 4 after Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"Four Lions," which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kayvan Novak, follows a group of four Muslim friends who plan an attack on London during the Marathon. The 2010 film was scheduled to air the day after the city's marathon, but in light of the tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts, film executives have decided to pull the film from airing.

"In light of recent tragic events, Film4 has decided not to proceed with th...
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Alice Eve Strips Down To Her Underwear In New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer And Reveals Hidden Easter Egg

March 25th, 2013 7:58pm EDT
Star Trek Into Darkness
Alice Eve shows off her sexy curves in the international trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness in a blink-and-you-missed it moment.

The brief moment has been the talk of the internet lately, and it's obvious that the film's director, J.J. Abrams, knew what he was doing when he released the spot.

Countless screen captures of the moment were taken from Apple and YouTube and thanks to some keen eyes over at TrekMovie.com, that split-second shot actually reveals a web address: bit.ly/WyJV4F.

When followed, viewers are taken to the film's UK/Australian site, where a brand new poster for the fil...
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Julian Assange: 'Wikileaks Movie Is Full Of Lies'

January 24th, 2013 8:28am EST
Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has launched a scathing attack on Benedict Cumberbatch's Hollywood adaptation of his story, branding the film "lies" and "propaganda".

The Sherlock star plays Assange in The Fifth Estate, a new film based on the story of his whistle blowing website which hit headlines across the globe for leaking top secret and classified documents from military and international government sources.

The first photograph of Cumberbatch in costume as Assange emerged online on Wednesday, the same day the beleaguered Australian journalist addressed students at Britain's pres...
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Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Julian Assange In Wikileaks Movie

December 21st, 2012 12:16pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an upcoming movie about the whistle blowing website.

The Golden Globe-nominated Sherlock star will take the role of the fugitive boss, who is currently living under sanctuary at the Ecuador embassy in London as he fights moves to extradite him to the U.S. and Sweden.

Cumberbatch could be joined onscreen by another British TV favorite, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, who is "in negotiation" for a role as a computer hacker in the film, according to industry website Variety.

The as-yet-untitled movi...
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Extra Frames In Japanese Version Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser May Hold Clues To The New Bad Guy's Identity

December 6th, 2012 6:51pm EST
Star Trek Into Darkness
The first trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness finally has a trailer, which debuted this morning, and it promises plenty of action, but gives little explanation of who Benedict Cumberbatch's bad guy is or what his motivation will be.

J.J. Abrams' much-anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot of the series promises an "unstoppable force of terror" and a "one man weapon of mass destruction", but gives little more than that in both the official synopsis, released last week, or in today's "announcement video" (neither a trailer nor a teaser, according to Paramount Pictures).

The Japanese version ...
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'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer Promises Plenty Of Action, But Gives Few New Details

December 6th, 2012 3:07pm EST
Star Trek Into Darkness
The first trailer for J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness, debuted this morning and it promises plenty of action in the sequel to the 2009 reboot of the series, but offers little to go on in terms of what it's about.

There's not much more than is known already via the brief, official synopsis of the film; which only shares that an "unstoppable force of terror" from within Starfleet has risen and destroyed the organization and everything for which it stands. A "one man weapon of mass destruction" (Benedict Cumberbatch) is hunted by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) after the Ent...
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Liv Tyler Dating Benedict Cumberbatch?

September 26th, 2012 1:51pm EDT
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler has sparked rumors she's dating British actor Benedict Cumberbatch after the pair was spotted enjoying a trip to the cinema.

The Lord of the Rings beauty has been largely single since splitting from British rocker Royston Langdon, the father of her son Milo, in 2008 after five years of marriage.

She has now sent gossips into a spin after enjoying a movie date with War Horse star Cumberbatch in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The hook-up comes two nights after the pair attended the same post-Emmys party at the Sunset Towers hotel in West Hollywood on Sunday, where they were spo...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Lands 'Simpsons' Role

July 5th, 2012 11:25am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has scored a cameo on The Simpsons after a chance encounter with the cartoon's bosses.

The Sherlock star was at a meeting when he overheard a role on the animated series was up for grabs, and he jumped at the chance to lend his vocal talents to an upcoming episode.

He tells Britain's InStyle magazine, "I was at a meeting yesterday in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode. I said, 'I hate to muscle in here, guys, but could I record it?' Next thing, I'm standing in a room with all those famous voices: Bart...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Scored 'Star Trek 2' Role With iPhone Audition

April 27th, 2012 8:17am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch grabbed a role in the upcoming Star Trek thanks to an audition tape recorded on an iPhone.

The War Horse star heard director J.J. Abrams was interested in casting him as the lead villain in the follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster, so he came up with an oddball idea to have a friend film his try-out on his smart phone late one night.

He tells the New York Times, "I was pretty strung out, so that went into the performance."

He submitted the clip to Abrams only to be told by an assistant that the filmmaker was on vacation.

However, when Cumberbatch fina...
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'The Wire's' Dominic West Dominates BAFTA TV Awards Nominations

April 24th, 2012 9:22am EDT
Dominic West
The Wire star Dominic West will lead the way at the upcoming BAFTA TV awards after scoring four nominations with his creepy portrayal of British serial killer Fred West.

West's two-part drama Appropriate Adult, a reconstruction of the police investigation into the notorious murderer, has been unveiled as the top contender ahead of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) TV Awards ceremony next month.

The show scored nods for Best Mini-series, Best Leading Actress for Emily Watson, Best Supporting Actress for Monica Dolan and Best Leading Actor for West, who will compete...
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Check Out 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' On Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand March 20

March 18th, 2012 7:03am EDT
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Director Tomas Alfredson takes the helm for an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" about an ex-British agent who emerges from retirement to expose a mole in MI6.

England, 1973: British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) head Control (John Hurt) and his top-ranking lieutenant George Smiley (Gary Oldman) are both forced into retirement after a mission involving respected secret agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) turns unexpectedly deadly. As the Cold War continues to escalate, suspicions of a Soviet double agent begin to grow within SIS.

Subsequently summoned by U...
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J.J. Abrams Fuming Over 'Star Trek' Sequel Photo Leak

February 28th, 2012 11:19am EST
J.J. Abrams
Super-secretive director J.J. Abrams was furious after pictures from his upcoming Star Trek sequel leaked online.

The photos showed Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana in costume as Spock and Uhura respectively, battling the film's new villain, played by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Saldana reveals Abrams was not impressed with the photos after working tirelessly to keep casting and script details under wraps.

She tells MTV News, "J.J. was very upset. I have to say that. It's not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by ...
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Lucy Liu To Play Dr. Watson In Sherlock Holmes Series 'Elementary'?

February 28th, 2012 8:45am EST
Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes' first female Dr. Watson in a modern TV update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories, according to new internet reports.

The Charlie's Angels star will team up with British actor Jonny Lee Miller for new series Elementary.

Set in New York, Liu's Watson will be a former surgeon and Holmes' sober companion as he struggles with life after rehab, according to Deadline.com.

The drama is loosely based on the hit British show Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the updated literary sleuth and his sidekick.
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Jonny Lee Miller To Play Sherlock Holmes In 'Elementary'

February 15th, 2012 8:12am EST
Jonny Lee Miller
Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller is to follow in the footsteps of Robert Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Basil Rathbone and Rupert Everett after signing on to play Sherlock Holmes in a new TV drama series.

Miller, who was briefly married to Angelina Jolie, will lead the cast of Elementary - a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous London sleuth.

In the series, which is loosely based on Cumberbatch's hit British show Sherlock, Miller - as Holmes - will solve cases and fight crime in New York City, according to Deadline.com.
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Book Review: Sherlock On Screen

February 9th, 2012 11:05am EST
Sherlock on Screen
It’s sad to admit, that the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” exists because people gravitate toward books with flashy designs and testimonials on their covers. Publishing companies cram as many positive blurbs on there as possible, because they know one of the best ways to drive sales is by word of mouth.

What's really refreshing though is when you see a book like Sherlock on Screen by Alan Barnes, which lets the subject matter speak for itself. Its cover is stylish yet simple. There are photos of various famous actors who have portrayed Sherlock Holmes on film and televi...
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