Hawking Benedict Cumberbatch

Two big awards season films just bowed at TIFF: The Theory of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne plays a young Stephen Hawking, and The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing.

In a not-entirely-strange turn of events however, there’s another film that brings these two buzzy performances together, as Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 UK telefilm Hawking. He was, in fact, the first actor to play Hawking on screen. That film is online, and you can check out a “before he was famous” turn from Cumberbatch below. Read More »

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Disney and Warner Bros. are both making Jungle Book movies. Disney’s will be out October 2015, and the Warner Bros. one comes out October 2016. Disney has Jon Favreau directing, Warner Bros. has Andy Serkis. Disney has Idris Elba voicing the villainous Shere Khan and now Warner Bros. has cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the same role in Jungle Book: Origins. Read more about the Benedict Cumberbatch Jungle Book casting below. Read More »

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Star Wars Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels rumors, praise, trivia and even inside Hollywood stuff are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger has seen Star Wars Episode VII footage.
  • New rumors have risen about the location of the Millennium Falcon.
  • Is Jabba’s Buboicullaar back in Episode VII?
  • Star Wars spinoff writer Gary Whitta praises Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Is Boba Fett in Star Wars Rebels?
  • Matt Reeves won’t be directing a Star Wars film for some time.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch does a great Jar Jar Binks impression.
  • What do the Miami Marlins have to do with Star Wars?
  • Peter Mayhew heaps high praise on Episode VII.
  • Read about how Star Wars Rebels is influenced by Ralph McQuarrie‘s art.
  • Dave Filoni and more are confirmed for Star Wars Celebration.
  • Daisy Ridley just got herself a fancy Hollywood agent.
  • The official Star Wars Timeline is set. Sort of.

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new Penguins of Madagascar trailer

If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »

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Simon Pegg won’t appear in Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be part of the film in some other way. In a recent interview, Pegg continued to say what he’s always said about the film. He’s a huge fan, he’s friends with writer director J.J. Abrams, he’s visited the set, but him appearing would take people out of the movie. So he continues to say he won’t be on screen in Episode VII. But he also won’t, and hasn’t, said that he’s not in the movie at all, which is now leading to speculation the Shaun of the Dead actor might provide some kind of voice or performance capture where his face wouldn’t be an issue.

Follow the Simon Pegg Star Wars mystery below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus:

  • Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn
  • Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress
  • Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures
  • Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg casting
  • … but Simon Pegg himself isn’t saying anything either way
  • Mark Hamill discusses his “contractually obligated beard”

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Penguins of Madagascar footage

It only took “three movies, ten video games, and 80 television episodes” by one director’s count, but the scene-stealing penguins from Madagascar are finally getting their own movie this fall. And based on what we saw at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel on Thursday, they certainly deserve it.

Directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and star/producer Tom McGrath were on hand to present twenty minutes of never-before-seen footage from the animated adventure, while stars John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch helped crank up the excitement just by being their charming selves. Hit the jump to get the panel highlights including recaps of the footage.

[Update: A new clip and a new poster have just hit the web -- check 'em out after the jump.]

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