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Recently crowned Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch (Movie/Mini Actor, “Sherlock”) could well be adding an Oscar to his mantle. His new film “The Imitation Game,” a biopic of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, is on a rapid rise as an Oscar contender. Bolstered by buzz from both its world premiere at Telluride and being named the most popular film at the Toronto fest, it has shot up to fourth place in the Best Picture race. Likewise for Cumberbatch, riveting as the repressed Turing who eventually kills himself after being persecuted and prosecuted for being gay. (See the rankings of our Experts here) -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Back in 2012, Cumberbatch had been favored to win an Emmy for an installment of the second season of “Sherlock" but lost to Kevin Costner (“Hatfields & McCoys”). His show then took an ..." »
“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”
Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.
The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Steve Carell could never find a way to win an Emmy Award despite 10 attempts. Is he now in line to a victory at the Academy Awards for his murderous role in "Foxcatcher"? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 15 contenders for the 2014 Best Actor race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). Mostly known as a comic actor, Carell has a very dramatic and sinister role in the new Bennett Miller film. Because of that and great reviews, he is in our overall top spot with 3/1 odds. Michael Keaton has also made a career out of many comedy roles. He has never been nodded for an Oscar despite three decades on the big screen. For "Birdman," he currently has second place odds of 27/10. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the »
If you love Jane Austen and Benedict Cumberbatch, you’ll remember today forever. The Sherlock star showed his pecs in waist-deep water to recreate a famous scene from the BBC’s 1995 Pride And Prejudice adaptation.
Benedict Cumberbatch becomes Mr.Darcy for #giveupclothes by @jasonbellphoto a partnership with @TKMaxx_UK and @CR_UK pic.twitter.com/czBkVEMem0
— DundasCommunications (@DundasComms) September 16, 2014
Cumberbatch makes a sexy Mr. Darcy, but the photo above isn’t just for kicks. The actor — who will soon be seen in The Imitation Game — posed in partnership with Cancer Research UK for the charity’s Give Up Clothes For Good campaign. To get a full Cumberbatch fix, click through the gallery below for the handsome star’s cheekiest moments.
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- Rahsheeda Ali
Season 3 of Sherlock ended with the apparent resurrection of Sherlock Holmes’ arch nemesis, Jim Moriarty. We’re going to have to wait more than a year for more Sherlock with that 2015 Christmas special they have planned. And we’ll have to wait even longer for this rematch of brilliant minds to take place in the fourth season. Even though we won’t have Sherlock on our TVs for awhile, we can have Sherlock and Moriarty on our walls with these limited edition prints by Andy Fairhust. The one above is titled “Long Live the King,” and it features Moriarty (Andrew Scott) from Season 2 seated on the royal throne in the Tower of London. The illustration below is called “Alone is What I Have,” and it is a portrait of Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) deep in thought in 221B.
These and other Sherlock prints are available for purchase here. Hat tip to Xombiedirge. »
- Eli Reyes
After the massive success of the BBC Series Peaking Blinders we’ve got the trailer for season 2. If you missed season 1, the show stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle and Joe Cole, and you could liken it to the British version of Boardwalk Empire (sort of!).
Season 2 sees many guest stars including Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley. The show is written by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Locke) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
Check out the trailer for season 2 below. The show comes to BBC 2 in October.
As the 1920s begin to roar, business is booming for the Peaky Blinders gang. Shelby starts to expand his legal and illegal operations. He has his sights set firmly on wider horizons, »
- David Sztypuljak
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running Time: 120 minutes
Synopsis: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
Based on a true story, Pride follows a group called the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (Lgsm) who decide to raise money for the miners in a mark of solidarity. They soon discover that the miners are largely reluctant to take their donation and need to find a particular community willing to work with them.
Their search takes them to a small community in Wales where many of the residents need some time to learn to accept their new guests. The assembled cast are sublime, with the likes of Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and many more on hand to tell the story. »
- Amanda Keats
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Legion of Super-Heroes, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Sinister Six, Venom Carnage, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…
After a selection of photos arrived online showing the new Batmobile on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter to give us a high-resolution image of Ben Affleck’s ride from the 2016 DC superhero ensemble. Be sure to read the thoughts of our writing team on Dark Knight’s new wheels in the latest Flickering Myth Reaction, and check out Luke Owen’s feature where he looks at the Evolution of The Batmobile »
- Gary Collinson
This is the first-ever edition of the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where you send questions, aggressive clarifications, or angry rebuttals to me at email@example.com, and I attempt to answer those question, declarify those clarifications, and angrily rebut your rebuttal.
Regarding your ‘Doctor Who’ piece…
The Doctor is Not immortal or semi-omniscient.
Time Lords have a limited amount of regenerations and can be killed as the show has stated. The regeneration limit was 12 but he just got a new batch from the Time Lords and it’s not clear how many that was. Maybe a new cycle? But that »
- Darren Franich
A new Sherlock box set containing the first three series has been announced by the BBC.
The limited edition package will include every episode of the show so far on both Blu-ray and DVD, in addition to a previously unseen deleted scene from series three and bloopers from the second and third series.
The collection will also feature interviews with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, four behind-the-scenes documentaries, and third series prequel 'Many Happy Returns' - all on disc for the first time.
The box set, priced at £109.99, comes with limited edition collectible busts of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, as well as two art cards.
Sherlock: The Complete Series 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set will be released on November 3, exclusive to BBC Shop. »
One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And then sometimes the forces of good win. Well, the good guys almost always win in The Movies, but not so much in real life.
Background: For a year in 1984-5, U.K. coal miners engaged in a massive industrial action that saw them walk out of work over government plans to close a massive number of pits. (The industry was at the time nationalized and controlled from Westminster.) Most Americans and probably many younger Brits will likely be unaware of this important historical event (unless they’ve seen the film Billy Elliot, which, like Pride, was set amidst the strike); the closest American analogy might be the 1981 strike »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Flickering Myth Podcast catches up with Andrew Scott…
On the latest episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Oliver Davis sits down with Andrew Scott (Sherlock) to discuss his new movie Pride, homosexuality in film casting, those crazy Moriarty fans, his role in Max Landis’ upcoming Victor Frankenstein and much more.
Pride is the new film by Matthew Warchus that tells the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists joined forces with a small Welsh mining community in 1984, supporting them during their darkest hour. Starring an ensemble cast including Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, Pride received a standing ovation at Cannes this year and is being heralded as the British feel good movie of the year.
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- Luke Owen
Emmy-winning Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman usually play their respective roles of Holmes and Watson with admirably straight faces. But the two stars of the PBS show are not immune to cracking up, as an outtake featured in the new Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set demonstrates.
In addition to the sight of Cumberbatch and Freeman laughing their socks off, this gift set also features every Sherlock episode on Blu-ray and DVD, and a raft of bonus features including new commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes for each season-three adventure, limited-edition art cards, and collectible busts of the two actors in character. »
- Clark Collis
Hold onto your deerstalker caps, the first-ever Sherlock blooper is here! The clip, below, is part of the boxed set of the first three seasons of the Emmy-winning series. In it, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have the giggles. Suddenly, everything in the world feels better. It seems the conversation the two had with each other before action is called stuck with Cumberbatch. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry," he said through giggles. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman took home Emmys for their roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively. Steven Moffat, the show's co-creator, also took home an Emmy at the 2014 ceremony for writing "His Last Vow." Production on »
Andrew Scott stars as the quietly wounded Gethin in breakout British hit Pride, which follows the true story of a group of Lgbt protestors who aligned themselves with the miners' union during the '84 and '85 strikes.
The role is a far cry from the performance Scott has become best known for, as the outlandishly villainous Moriarty in Sherlock, and Digital Spy sat down with Scott recently to discuss the contrast.
"It's something that I actively was excited to play on camera," says Scott. "One, because I always find that very compelling to watch, when somebody doesn't speak too much.
"I find that very cinematic, when you have to sort of look at somebody rather than listen to somebody. And two, because it's a departure from some of the more flamboyant stuff that I've done in recent years."
Pride is out in the UK this Friday (September 12), and in the »
Speaking to Digital Spy about his new film Pride, Scott described his fellow cast members' surprise at the sweep victory for series three finale 'His Last Vow'.
"I don't think the guys were really expecting to win - I went to see Martin in his play with Benedict and Amanda and Loo [the week after the Emmys], and they weren't expecting it. So it was really amazing for them."
The episode earned awards for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's performances and Steven Moffat's script, in addition to awards at the Creative Arts Emmys for the score, cinematography, editing and sound editing.
Scott also confirmed that the upcoming special will be filmed early next year.
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Pride is released this Friday (September 12) in the UK. »
There's a big cast at work in Matthew Warchus' Pride, which finally makes its way into cinemas at the end of this week. Two of the younger stars of the film are Ben Schnetzer and Faye Marsay. Both are terrific in the movie, and both were full of beans when we sat down with them for a chat about it, on the eve of the film's premiere.
After chatting, for reasons we don't recall, about the town of Bury ("I know where I'm going this weekend", grinned New Yorker Schnetzer. "Bury's world famous market!"), we settled down for a natter about the film itself...
Let's start with the predictable question, then. Can you talk about how it came to you both?
FM: I auditioned for it in July of last year. »
"The Imitation Game" screened at the Toronto film festival on Tuesday and firmly established itself as a key Oscar player. Newly crowned Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") plays Alan Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the German code known as Enigma and helped the Allies win WWII. And Keira Knightley is Joan Clarke, a colleague whom he romances to conceal his true sexual identity. After the war, Turing works on the development of computers but his world comes crashing down in 1952 when he is prosecuted for being gay and agrees to chemical castration in lieu of imprisonment. Two years later, he committed sucide. -Break- Both performers are well-positioned for Oscar nominations. Cumberbatch, who is fourth on our Best Actor chart, cracks the enigma that was Turing, with a slew of scenes that showcase his talent. And Knightley (a 2005 nominee for "Pride and Prejudice&q..." »
Pride hits UK cinemas this week and we’ve got a plethora of interviews from all those involved. Sherlock star Andrew Scott has already gone live on the site and you can see his interview in the playlist below.
In this interview, James Kleinmann chats to Nighy about his role in the movie, whether he was aware of the story before taking on the part and what it was he loved so much about the script. In the film he stars opposite a stellar cast including Dominic West, George MacKay, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine many of whom we caught up with at the premiere.
- David Sztypuljak
Best-known to audiences for his BAFTA-winning role as Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock, Pride gives Andrew Scott a chance to play a character who is a little more “low-key”. Though he may not get to prance around the Welsh Valleys as much as on-screen partner Dominic West, his turn as bookshop owner Gethin is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting.
We sat down with Scott to hear what it was like meeting the real-life members of Lgsm (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), what he hopes the film will teach younger generations, and how he thinks the group would have tackled the Ice Bucket Challenge in today’s “Age of the Selfie”. He may also have thrown in a few dance moves for good measure.
Pride is released in UK cinemas on Friday. Check out our review here.
- Emma Thrower
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