Benedict Cumberbatch Signs On For ‘Letters Live’ New York Debut

Benedict Cumberbatch is the first performer to sign up for the New York debut of London’s Letters Live, a stage show that pairs celebrities with actual “literary correspondence” from the likes of Mohandas Gandhi, David Bowie, Tom Hanks, Abraham Lincoln, Patti Smith and Janis Joplin.
Cumberbatch is the first star confirmed for the show’s New York debut engagement on May 18 and 19 at Manhattan’s Town Hall. Additional cast will be announced, though some surprises are planned…

Benedict Cumberbatch is the first performer to sign up for the New York debut of London’s Letters Live, a stage show that pairs celebrities with actual “literary correspondence” from the likes of Mohandas Gandhi, David Bowie, Tom Hanks, Abraham Lincoln, Patti Smith and Janis Joplin. Cumberbatch is the first star confirmed for the show’s New York debut engagement on May 18 and 19 at Manhattan’s Town Hall. Additional cast will be announced, though some surprises are planned…

Doctor Strange and Star-Lord Team Up: See New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Footage (Video)

As the film gets closer to release, Doctor Strange and Star-Lord team up in the latest “Avengers: Infinity War” behind the scenes featurette. Watch it above.

The featurette called “family” highlights the cast chatting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe “family” and what it has meant to them over the time they have spent together making the MCU films.

New footage from the film includes “Black Panther” breakout Danai Gurira as Okoye alongside Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch battling the forces of Thanos. Also the Doctor Strange, Star-Lord sequence is new.

“Working with Lizzie has been really really awesome,” says Gurira in the behind-the-scenes portion of the video. “I think there is something very powerful about being able to play women who do heroic things, and those women are so awesome, so we’ve had a really good time.”

Also Read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Outsells Last 7 Marvel Movies Combined in Fandango Presales

“Avengers: Infinity War” is outselling the last seven Marvel Cinematic Universe movies combined in presales on Fandango, the mobile ticketing platform announced Wednesday.

With a little over two weeks to go until its release, “Infinity War” is selling more than double the amount of tickets on Fandango that “Black Panther” sold at the same point in the sales cycle.

“Avengers: Infinity War” features a huge cast including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Danai Gurira and many, many more.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” hits U.S. theaters on April 27.

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As the film gets closer to release, Doctor Strange and Star-Lord team up in the latest “Avengers: Infinity War” behind the scenes featurette. Watch it above.

The featurette called “family” highlights the cast chatting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe “family” and what it has meant to them over the time they have spent together making the MCU films.

New footage from the film includes “Black Panther” breakout Danai Gurira as Okoye alongside Elizabeth Olson’s Scarlet Witch battling the forces of Thanos. Also the Doctor Strange, Star-Lord sequence is new.

“Working with Lizzie has been really really awesome,” says Gurira in the behind-the-scenes portion of the video. “I think there is something very powerful about being able to play women who do heroic things, and those women are so awesome, so we’ve had a really good time.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” is outselling the last seven Marvel Cinematic Universe movies combined in presales on Fandango, the mobile ticketing platform announced Wednesday.

With a little over two weeks to go until its release, “Infinity War” is selling more than double the amount of tickets on Fandango that “Black Panther” sold at the same point in the sales cycle.

“Avengers: Infinity War” features a huge cast including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Danai Gurira and many, many more.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” hits U.S. theaters on April 27.

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Company Snaps Up Rights To Historical Novel ‘The Way Of All Flesh’

Benedict Cumberbatch’s production outfit SunnyMarch has pre-empted the TV rights to Ambrose Parry’s upcoming novel, The Way Of All Flesh, I can reveal. The book is the first in a new historical series set in the medical world of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1840s.
Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym for a collaboration between author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman. The novel will be published by Canongate as their superlead title in August…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s production outfit SunnyMarch has pre-empted the TV rights to Ambrose Parry's upcoming novel, The Way Of All Flesh, I can reveal. The book is the first in a new historical series set in the medical world of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1840s. Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym for a collaboration between author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman. The novel will be published by Canongate as their superlead title in August…

‘Patrick Melrose’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Loses His Mind in Brilliant New Look at Showtime Series

Cumberbatch executive produces and stars in Showtime’s five-part limited series, premiering next month.

Add the latest “Patrick Melrose” promo to the list of the year’s best television trailers. The five-part Showtime limited series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a drug-addicted man trying to beat substance abuse and overcome the trauma of his abusive childhood. Hugo Weaving and Jennifer Jason Leigh play the titular character’s parents.

Showtime has debuted a new trailer for “Patrick Melrose” that expertly charts the character’s fractured psych. The rapid-fire editing style cuts between the past and present as we see Patrick’s abusive father and how the character’s childhood trauma still haunts his older self. The trailer has the frazzled, kinetic mania of a Danny Boyle film.

“Patrick Melrose,” which Cumberbatch also executive produces, premieres May 12 on Showtime. The seres is based on the literary series written by Edward St. Aubyn. Watch the trailer below.

Kevin Macdonald Signs To Helm ‘Guantanamo Diary’

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in SeptemberThe Last King of Scotland) is on board to direct the politically-charged Guantanamo Diary for Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and their company SunnyMarch and ZeroGravity‘s Mark Holder and Christine Holder.
Michael Bronner is scripting the project which follows the tribulations of 45 year-old Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was a suspected terrorist and had been incarcerated at Guantanamo bay for…

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in SeptemberThe Last King of Scotland) is on board to direct the politically-charged Guantanamo Diary for Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and their company SunnyMarch and ZeroGravity's Mark Holder and Christine Holder. Michael Bronner is scripting the project which follows the tribulations of 45 year-old Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a man who was a suspected terrorist and had been incarcerated at Guantanamo bay for…

Martin Freeman Has Bad News for ‘Sherlock’ Fans: Detective Drama Is ‘Not Fun Anymore’

Rabid “Sherlock” fans chomping at the bit for Season 5 could be in for a major disappointment. But they’re also partly to blame, according to one of the show’s stars.

Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson on the British crime drama, described the series as “not fun anymore,” in an interview with The Telegraph, adding that there has been little talk about a fifth season.

That is largely due to the poor reception Season 4 received last year and its failure to live up to fans very high expectations, he said.

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“I think after series four [it] felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is [due to] the reception of it,” Freeman (above right with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch) said in the interview published Friday.

“To be absolutely honest, it [was] kind of impossible,” he continued. “‘Sherlock’ became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas even with [the U.K. version of] ‘The Office,’ it was a slow burn. But ‘Sherlock’ was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start [that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that.

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“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” Martin went on to say. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

The modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic crime novels (which airs on the BBC in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S.) premiered in 2010 and has catapulted its two lead actors into the international spotlight.

Cumberbatch was best known for his theater work before playing trouble genius Holmes — he is now one of the biggest names in Hollywood, part of the Marvel franchise playing Dr. Strange and an Oscar nominee thanks to “The Imitation Game.”

Freeman had prominent roles in “Love Actually” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” before becoming Dr. Watson, and has since starred in a slew of movies, including “The Hobbit” trilogy, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Black Panther.”

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Rabid “Sherlock” fans chomping at the bit for Season 5 could be in for a major disappointment. But they’re also partly to blame, according to one of the show’s stars.

Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson on the British crime drama, described the series as “not fun anymore,” in an interview with The Telegraph, adding that there has been little talk about a fifth season.

That is largely due to the poor reception Season 4 received last year and its failure to live up to fans very high expectations, he said.

“I think after series four [it] felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is [due to] the reception of it,” Freeman (above right with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch) said in the interview published Friday.

“To be absolutely honest, it [was] kind of impossible,” he continued. “‘Sherlock’ became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas even with [the U.K. version of] ‘The Office,’ it was a slow burn. But ‘Sherlock’ was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start [that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that.

“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” Martin went on to say. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

The modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic crime novels (which airs on the BBC in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S.) premiered in 2010 and has catapulted its two lead actors into the international spotlight.

Cumberbatch was best known for his theater work before playing trouble genius Holmes — he is now one of the biggest names in Hollywood, part of the Marvel franchise playing Dr. Strange and an Oscar nominee thanks to “The Imitation Game.”

Freeman had prominent roles in “Love Actually” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” before becoming Dr. Watson, and has since starred in a slew of movies, including “The Hobbit” trilogy, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Black Panther.”

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Martin Freeman: Making ‘Sherlock’ Is ‘Not Fun Anymore’ Because Fan Expectations Are Too High

Freeman has played Sherlock’s best friend John Watson on four seasons of the fan favorite BBC series.

BBC’s “Sherlock” has been off the air for over a year after airing its three-episode Series 4 in January 2017, but the wait for new episodes could be even longer than anticipated. Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular detective, said in a new interview with The Telegraph that “Sherlock” is over for the time being, partly because of the poor response to Series 4 and partly due to fan expectations.

“I think after series four [it] felt like a pause,” Freeman said, “I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is [due to] the reception of it.”

The Telegraph asked Freeman if there were any talks taking place about a fifth season of the show, to which the actor said “not massively.” Series 4 received the show’s worst reviews from fans and critics, and yet most “Sherlock” episodes were still ratings juggernauts and favorably received. IndieWire’s Kaite Welsh called the season problematic.

Freeman said expectations from fans have gotten out of control, which is part of the reason a long break may be in order.

“To be absolutely honest, it [was] kind of impossible,” Freeman said of living up to fan pressure “‘Sherlock’ became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas even with [the U.K. version of] ‘The Office’ it was a slow burn. But ‘Sherlock’ was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start [that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that.

“Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” he continued. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

BBC has not announced any plans for the show’s Series 5 return. Freeman can currently be seen on the big screen in the Marvel tentpole “Black Panther.”