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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actor Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2014 2:49 PM
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Premature Oscar Predictions: Actors
In an effort to cut off the head and put a stake in the heart of the awards season for a few months, last week saw us running down a few of the Best Picture possibilities for the 2014/2015 Oscars. Namely, the movies that are likely to dominate discussions in the back six of the next twelve months.

Watch: 1-Hour Talk With Benedict Cumberbatch About His Career, Social Media, Advice, 'Sherlock' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 19, 2014 10:39 AM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
The BAFTAs are for life, not just for awards season, and even though Stephen Fry has been wiped clean and folded away for another year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is still hard at work promoting those very arts and the Brits who work in them, including a young up-and-comer called Benedict Cumberbatch. If you've been on Tumblr recently, you might have heard of him, but he's an actor as well as an otter lookalike, and he's capping off an incredible year: “12 Years A Slave,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “August: Osage County,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” and a whole new season of “Sherlock.”

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Meets His Arch Nemesis On ‘Sesame Street’

 Benedict Cumberbatch, Sesame Street
“Are you ready for my brain-bending challenge, Benedict Sherlock?” This cute Muppet on PBS beloved “Sesame Street” doesn’t seem to understand that Benedict Cumberbatch and his Sherlock Holmes character are not one and the same. Nevertheless, this Muppet, who calls itself Murry-arty (like Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis) challenges Cumberbatch to solve a mystery in the clip below Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Climbs 'Blood Mountain'; 'A Most Violent Year' & Disaster Pic 'The 33' Add To Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 1:18 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
After a busy 2013 appearing in every movie you saw, including "12 Years a Slave," "August: Osage County," "The Fifth Estate," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," things aren't slowing down for Benedict Cumberbatch in 2014. He's already got "The Imitation Game" on the way (first look here), and this spring he'll get climbing on a new movie.

Review: Sprawling, Sneering 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 1:07 PM
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August: Osage County
It's undeniable that, at least on paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a can't-miss proposition. Pairing Tracey Letts' Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning play with an outstanding ensemble cast ranging from awards-nominated veterans to rising young stars—Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham—it's hard to fathom the material not working. And while the choice of helmer John Wells ("The Company Men") might not seem like the most inspired decision, all he theoretically has to do is put the camera on a tripod and let the actors do their thing. And he does. And yet, 'Osage County' still turns out be an exhausting, screechy drama, in which a lot of very good actors work very hard, and yet produce so little as a result.

First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch In 'The Imitation Game' Calculates The Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 9:05 AM
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The Imitation Game
Mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist -- Alan Turing was nothing short of a genius, a key figure in World War II, and one who was tragically persecuted for his sexuality. But a posthumous, cinematic appreciation of his life and contributions is on the way with the biopic "The Imitation Game" and the first image from the movie has arrived.

Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Calls J.J. Abrams A “Dickhead”; Does Dramatic Reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbitches activate! Benedict Cumberbatch has had a pretty good year. He was the main villain “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and he’s about to be doing the same as the voice of a dragon in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” But about that first tentpole....what about all that lying and thieving he had to do to protect the identity of his character Khan (something director J.J. Abrams recently said he regrets)? How was that for Cumberbatch and what does he have to say about Abrams’ crazy penchant for secrecy? Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed To Replace Tom Hardy In 'Everest,' James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston & More In Mix To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 9:20 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Two filmmakers are currently trying to get to the top of an "Everest" film first: Doug Liman and Baltasar Kormakur. But the question is which one will get there first as one has lost a lead, and the other some financing.

Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Lacks Courage & Conviction

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 10:02 AM
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The Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

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