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Marisa Tomei Falls For Hugh Grant's Next Rom Com; Laura Linney Looks Up WikiLeaks With Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 27, 2012 4:55 PM
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Hugh Grant may have branched out for the first time in who-knows-how-long for “Cloud Atlas,” but don’t think for one minute that he's done with his main revenue stream – rom-coms. Grant is attached to star in an as yet to be titled rom-com about a witty, sexy Englishman (you know Hugh) who is riding high in the late eighties after having won an Academy Award For Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later everything’s gone wrong for him though (maybe he bedded a hooker and lost all credibility, who knows?) and now he’s divorced, broke, and creatively bereft. Thankfully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel though, and that light looks set to be Marisa Tomei.

Benedict Cumberbatch Confirmed To Play Julian Assange, James McAvoy Joins Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 2:57 PM
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Even though Julian Assange has gone from notorious hacker to exiled cause celebre (hell, Lady Gaga of all people paid him a visit at the Ecuadorean embassy in London), his saga remains fascinating and important. Which means Hollywood has come calling. And while there are a handful of competing features and documentaries out there, DreamWorks looks to be out of the gate first as their untitled project begins to take shape.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Joel Kinnaman To Possibly Topline DreamWorks' Julian Assange Pic Directed By Bill Condon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 5:20 PM
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"The studio would not confirm this, but it seemed intriguing and dishy enough to discuss," says Deadline who we guess are feeling a bit saucy this afternoon, and hell we'll play along with that. Benedict Cumberbatch as the one of the most infamous men and political figures on the planet right now? Yeah, we'd like to see that.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2012 12:53 PM
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When we left off with "Parade's End" (two weeks ago -- TIFF commitments mean that we had to skip last week's recap, which will be covered below), war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

Recap: The Women Come To The Fore As War Looms In Episode 2 Of 'Parade's End'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 1, 2012 11:52 AM
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“Parade’s End” has already proven divisive. It’s been widely praised by the punditry, but many viewers have expressed frustration with its wilfully muddled structure (apparently a hangover from the even more chronologically confusing books), in which events separated by years and sometimes countries crash together as though occupying contiguous spaces. It doesn’t help, say these critics, that these events then unfold with a minimum of helpful backstory, and little contextualisation, so we drop in mid-conversation or catch mere glimpses of relevant newspaper headlines or have to tell simply by the fact that this minor character is talking to this other minor character, that Something Is Up. It’s challenging for the viewer, and within the genre of the costume drama, which is frequently reduced to who-is-shagging-whom-oh-look-at-that-pretty-hat throughlines, that can be offputting.

Benedict Cumberbatch Feels "Cynical" About U.S. Sherlock 'Elementary,' Would've Preferred If Jonny Lee Miller Didn't Do It

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 31, 2012 9:55 AM
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“Sherlock” will go back in front of cameras again next January with an eye on airing later in 2013, but before we get a chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch again as the super sleuth, we’ll be more than familiar with another take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation. “Elementary,” starring Jonny Lee Miller as a modern day (but New York-based) Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, will debut with the first of its 13 episodes on CBS on September 27th. The relationship between the two projects is not the best as we documented when reporting on Miller’s casting earlier this year.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First Part Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 25, 2012 12:59 PM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End," which aired its first episode in the UK last night (it'll come to the US cable network in the near future, though no exact date has been confirmed yet). Both are lavish period tales in the run up to, midst and aftermath of the first world war, and the star of the latter, Benedict Cumberbatch, didn't help matters much when he labelled the second season of 'Downton' "fucking atrocious" in a recent interview.

Benedict Cumberbatch Heads To 'Osage County'; Mireille Enos Takes 'Breacher'; Shiloh Fernandez & Alexander Ludwig Book Gigs

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 24, 2012 10:18 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have some news regarding a boxing biopic, an adaptation of an award-winning play, another cop film from the king of cop films, and the true story of a Navy SEAL mission gone wrong.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says You'll Only See Smaug's Eye In The First 'The Hobbit' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:20 PM
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...and then there were three. With everything official for "The Hobbit" to be turned into a trilogy, it looks like we're going to be talking about Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth for a lot longer than we expected. And we can also start picking apart when various members of the massive cast will appear across the span of the three pictures. And for those of you who are fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, you won't be seeing much of his Smaug until at least "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" (or whatever the second entry winds up being called).

New Images Of Benedict Cumberbatch, Adelaide Clemens & Rebecca Hall In 'Parade's End'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 6, 2012 11:36 AM
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Back in 2006 James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch all starred together in the low key British rom-com “Starter For Ten.” It would take a hefty chunk of change to reassemble that cast in 2012, but the BBC and HBO have managed to secure the latter two, Hall and Cumberbatch, for their co-produced miniseries “Parade’s End.” Also working on the Tom Stoppard penned novel adaptation are Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff (aka Mrs James McAvoy), Roger Allam, Janet McTeer, Jack Huston and Aussie newcomer Adelaide Clemens.

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