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Benedict Cumberbatch rules out Star Wars role

April 14th, 2014 3:10am EDT
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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has ruled himself out of a role in the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel.

Cumberbatch has long been linked to a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, which would reunite him with his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, but the Sherlock star claims the project is no longer on his radar.

He says, "I would've liked a part in J.J.'s new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly."

Cumberbatch has not elaborated on the reasons for the failed deal.

Details about the new cast have been kept tightly under wraps, although unknown actress Maisie Richardson-Selle...
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Benedict Cumerbatch is 'overexposed'

April 5th, 2014 10:20am EDT
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Benedict Cumberbatch says he is "overexposed".
The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor - who has also recently appeared in the likes of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and 'Sherlock' - has admitted fans might be seeing a bit too much of him lately on the big and small screens.
Speaking to Adelaide's The Advertiser newspaper, he said: "I'd hate to think anyone is sick of the sight of me, although I wouldn't blame them.
"It's just crazy. I've overexposed myself! Actually that sounds a bit dirty."
However, the 37-year-old old star insisted he still takes pride in his various roles, and tries...
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Benedict Cumberbatch involved in fight during Oscars weekend - report

March 12th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was reportedly involved in a fight during Oscars weekend earlier this month (Mar14).

The Star Trek Into Darkness star was caught in the middle of a scuffle between his limo driver, valets and security over a parking spot outside a Los Angeles hotel.

A source tells the National Enquirer, "When Cumberbatch's driver pulled up to the hotel, he failed to drive into the semicircular driveway and parked his limo on the street, blocking the exit.

"As the star stepped out, several valets ran up, demanding that the limo be moved immediately, and he abruptly found himse...
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Benedict Cumberbatch: I want a dumb role

March 10th, 2014 5:20am EDT
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Benedict Cumberbatch wants to play a "dumb" character.
The 'Sherlock' actor, who has just completed 'The Imitation Game', a biopic of British cryptographer, Alan Turing, insists he's ready for a less intellectual role.
The 37-year-old star told T magazine: "I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers...
"I am so ready to play a really dumb character."
Benedict, who has also won awards for his role as Victor Frankenstein and his monster in the West End production, became a huge star after taking on the part of the titular d...
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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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Keira Knightley campaigns for women in Afghanistan

March 6th, 2014 9:20pm EST
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley and Salma Hayek are campaigning for women's rights in Afghanistan.
The actresses are among a number of celebrities who have put their name to a letter which has been sent to UK Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, asking him to assure help in the country.
Afghanistan has a fragile political infrastructure, and while its people are embracing great change in 2014 - with elections and the withdrawal of international troops - many are concerned about how women, whose rights have increased a great deal in the last decade, will be treated in...
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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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Weird Celebrity News: Matt Damon & Judi Dench's Butt Antics, Barbara Walter's Sex Toy

February 22nd, 2014 8:00pm EST
Weird Celebrity News: Matt Damon & Judi Dench's Butt Antics, Bar
Weird and unusual things sometimes happen in the lives of celebrities. Here's a roundup of this week's strangest stories...

Matt Damon sent Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel a fax of his butt after they mocked him over his reluctance to join Twitter. The teasing began when Kimmel shared a link on Twitter of a charity auction that Damon and Affleck are involved in.

Affleck then tweeted: "I thank you buddy. And @easterncongo & @water thank you. Matt on the other hand? Matt you there? Right. We will fax you."

Damon responded with a fax of his rearend that read: "Dear Ben & Jimmy, here's my fax. ...
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Benedict Cumberbatch is a 'vaguely attractive' otter

February 16th, 2014 10:20am EST
Benedict Cumberbatch is a 'vaguely attractive' otter
Benedict Cumberbatch looks like a "vaguely attractive" otter.

The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star says he has a "weird face", and joked it has certain animal-like qualities despite many people being impressed.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he joked: "[There is a] blessing of having a weird face, somewhere between an otter and something people find vaguely attractive. Or just an otter which is vaguely attractive."

Benedict also insisted he thinks his success has made him more attractive than his "face", explaining he's only just started turning up "on these 'Hottie' lists".

He added...
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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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Benedict Cumberbatch shares notes with Robert Downey Jr.

January 20th, 2014 11:20pm EST
Robert Downey Jr.
Benedict Cumberbatch "shared notes" with Robert Downey Jr. on playing Sherlock Holmes.
The British actor plays the fictional detective in the BBC series, while Robert has portrayed him in Guy Ritchie's movies 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows', and the two recently met to discus their respective roles.
Benedict told AccessHollywood.com earlier today (01.20.14): "I sat down on the sofa with Robert Downey, Jr. last night and we had our first conversation and shared notes on playing Sherlock Holmes.
"This is the most dramatized fictional character of all time, so ther...
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Michael Fassbender mastered whip for role

January 4th, 2014 4:20am EST
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender had to master cracking a whip for '12 Years A Slave'.
The 36-year-old actor plays nefarious slave owner Edwin Epps in the historical drama and admits he had to keep practising with the weapon to perfect his skills so the punishment of his slaves was realistic on screen.
Fassbender found it uncomfortable to play a man so readily willing to inflict pain on other humans in order to control them but he believes his dedication to mastering the tool is apparent to everyone who sees the acclaimed movie.
He told Britain's GQ magazine: "I remember I had to practise on the whip; I...
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Benedict Cumberbatch feels 'awkward' when men fancy his mum

December 28th, 2013 10:20am EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch finds it awkward when men fancy his mother.
The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star's mum Wanda Ventham has appeared in a number of British TV shows and he admitted he doesn't know how to react when he's told she is "hot".
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I've been trapped with men in elevators who say to me, 'Oh... I really used to like your mum. She's really hot'.
"I don't know what to say. If I say, 'No, she's not', that is really insulting to my mother, and if I say she is, it seems very wrong. She is smokin', I guess."
The British actor - who also stars in 'The Hobb...
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R. Kelly delivers Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek lines in new skit song

December 13th, 2013 3:10am EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
R. Kelly has turned the tables on Benedict Cumberbatch by singing script lines from Star Trek Into Darkness after the actor recited sultry lyrics by the R&B singer on TV last week (04Dec13).

The British actor showed off his reading skills on U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! by performing a spoken-word version of R. Kelly's new track, Genius.

The video of Cumberbatch's dramatic recital has gone viral and garnered almost two million views on YouTube, and now Kelly has got his own back by turning lines uttered by the actor's character Khan into a new tune.

During an appearance on U.S. show...
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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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J.J. Abrams: 'We should have revealed Cumberbatch was Khan in Star Trek sequel'

December 3rd, 2013 3:20am EST
Star Trek
Moviemaker J.J. Abrams regrets shrouding the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in his Star Trek sequel in secrecy, insisting he should have been upfront with fans of the sci-fi franchise.

In a new interview with MTV, the director confirms he instructed cast and crew to deny reports suggesting the Brit was portraying Khan in the film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, only to reveal the stories were correct when the film hit cinemas earlier this year (13).

Abrams says, "The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, 'This is who it is'. It was only trying to...
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Julia Roberts praises pal George Clooney at BAFTA LA Awards

November 10th, 2013 1:50pm EST
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts honored her friend George Clooney at the 2013 BAFTA LA Awards on Saturday night (11.09.13).
The 'Pretty Woman' actress praised the Hollywood heavyweight for his acting talent as well as his "gifted prankster" skills as she took to the stage to present him with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film prize.
Speaking at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Julia joked: "George Clooney, or as my daughter calls his, 'George Looney.' So, so honored to be here tonight. And there are two obvious reasons why I was chosen to do this.
"One, ...
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The Fifth Estate flops at U.S. box office, named worst major studio debut of the year

October 20th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in new biopic The Fifth Estate has officially been deemed a box office flop after grossing just $1.7 million (£1.13 million) in the U.S., making it the worst major debut of the year so far.

The thriller, directed by Bill Condon, charts the story of the controversial whistleblowing website, but it fell flat when it debuted in the U.K. earlier this month (Oct13), taking a pitiful $753,000 (£502,000) in its opening weekend, and now it's failed to draw audiences on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

The movie, which cost $...
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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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Benedict Cumberbatch surprised at being recognized

October 17th, 2013 9:20pm EDT
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Benedict Cumberbatch still finds fame surreal.
The 'Sherlock' star hasn't quite adjusted to the idea of being known around the world, and he was shocked to be recognized while filming in Oklahoma.
He told Time magazine: "I thought, 'Oh, I won't get recognized here'.
"But the first café I walked into, the waitresses were like - 'Oh my God! Aren't you on television? Don't you play Sherlock Holmes?'
"It's amazing the spread of that thing, it's incredible."
The 37-year-old British actor isn't only struggling to come to terms with being known in the US - he's also recently admitted he still gets...
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Julian Assange: 'The Fifth Estate is destined to be a box office failure'

October 13th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed the movie based on the birth of his secret-leaking website, insisting it's doomed to bomb in the box office.

Since the film's inception, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief has been critical of the project, and just days after the letter he wrote to Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to quit The Fifth Estate, was posted on his whistleblowing site, he's now campaigning hard against the film's upcoming release later this month (Oct13).

Speaking out against the controversial film in an interview with reporters from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Stunned By Harrison Ford Praise

October 13th, 2013 4:26pm EDT
Harrison Ford
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch had "a moment" while taping a recent episode of a British chat show when his hero Harrison Ford told him he was a big fan.

The two actors were sitting side by side on The Graham Norton Show when Ford turned to the Star Trek: Into Darkness star and handed him a huge chunk of praise.

The Star Wars icon said, "I didn't get a chance to say what a big fan I am of yours... The Sherlock Holmes thing is amazing."

A visibly stunned Cumberbatch responded, "Thank you very much. Wow, that's a bit of a moment. Thank you very much."

The Sherlock star then stood up and quipp...
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Benedict Cumberbatch 'Thrilled' with 'The Fifth Estate'

October 13th, 2013 9:20am EDT
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Benedict Cumberbatch is "thrilled" with 'The Fifth Estate'.

The 37-year-old actor plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the movie and admitted while he enjoyed the role, he was "terrified" before he watched the finished product for the first time.

He said: "I'm thrilled with it. I'd seen it in the States and I was terrified. I cannot watch myself for the first time, especially playing someone who is so removed from me - because of everything, the appearance, the accent. Everything about him is different."

And despite the film being criticized by Julian - who personally wrote to the '...
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Benedict Cumberbatch's weird meeting with Ted Danson

October 11th, 2013 11:20pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch had a weird encounter with Ted Danson.
The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and 'Sherlock' actor discovered he had a famous fan at a pre-Oscars party earlier this year when the 'Cheers' star appeared to forgo talking to A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Kristen Stewart and instead made a beeline for him.
Quizzed about his "weirdest encounter" with a fan, Benedict recalled: "Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al., while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. [He sa...
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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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Julian Assange's letter to Benedict Cumberbatch posted on WikiLeaks

October 10th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
A letter WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sent to Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to reconsider portraying the exiled journalist in a new film, has been posted on the anti-secrecy website just days before the project hits the big screen.

Assange has been critical of DreamWorks' new biopic The Fifth Estate ever since pre-production began and when the Sherlock star was cast as himself he reached out to the Brit and tried to persuade him to drop the project.

Assange wrote, "I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film. I do not believe it is going to b...
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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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Saoirse Ronan auditions for Star Wars

October 3rd, 2013 1:10am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has auditioned for 'Star Wars Episode VII'.
The 'How I Live Now' actress has confirmed rumours she read for a part in Disney's blockbuster sequel, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, but insists "so has everyone".
The Irish star refused to divulge details of the role she's up for in the movie, telling Sky News that producers would "chop off her head with a lightsaber" if she revealed any more.
Little is known about the latest addition to the space saga, which will be scripted by 'Toy Story 3' writer Michael Arndt.
It's thought original 'Star Wars' trilogy actors Harrison Ford, Mark...
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Saoirse Ronan: 'I've Auditioned For Star Wars VII'

October 1st, 2013 8:43pm EDT
Saoirse Ronan
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she auditioned for the seventh Star Wars movie.

The Irish actress tells Sky News she met with casting directors connected to Star Wars: Episode VII, but she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film.

The 19-year-old actress insists producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she reveals anything about the sequel.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leon...
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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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