Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Earlier this week, J.J. Abrams finally admitted what so many Star Trek Into Darkness viewers had been thinking: that refusing to reveal the villain’s true identity in the run-up to the release was a big mistake. But of course, Abrams wasn’t the only person affected by the decision to keep Khan’s name under wraps.
The writers, producers, and actors all had to participate in the lie — which we imagine must’ve been uniquely challenging for Benedict Cumberbatch, who actually played John Harrison a.k.a. Khan. In a new interview, the actor weighs in with his own thoughts on the Khan ruse, as well as his reaction to Abrams’ recent statement. (Hint: it involves the word “dickhead.”) Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
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One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.
Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »
That headstone is a lie, as we all know, but the opening episode of Sherlock, which kicks off the show’s third season, is all about catching the rest of the world up to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) did not die at the end of the second season. A new teaser for the season opener kicks off with a shot of that headstone, then gives us a bit of mopey Watson (Martin Freeman) before starting to get the word out that this new season won’t be centered around a ghost. Read More »
We’ve known that the first episode of the third season of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, would deal with the fact that no one around Sherlock yet knows that he survived the end of season two. That’s enough to give us a general idea of what’s in store from at least some of the premiere when it airs on Sunday, January 19th on PBS, and a first teaser trailer has given us a good peek, too.
Now BBCOne has released a new image that has a bit of Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ in it. Check out that pic below. Read More »
Just what happened to Sherlock Holmes between the roof and the ground, and why is he being all shady about life after Moriarty? We’ll start to find out on January 19 when the BBC show Sherlock returns for its third season on PBS. The show will run back to back with Downton Abbey. While the US premiere date is being revealed before the UK date, Sherlock‘s home territory will likely see the show first.
Want all three episode titles, so that you can work on which original Sherlock Holmes stories might be the source for each? They’re after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the hottest actors in the industry could be headed toward one of the coldest places on the planet. Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to star as George Mallory in Doug Liman‘s Everest, with Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess also in the mix.
If you’re confused because you thought Jason Clarke had already replaced Christian Bale in that movie, you’re thinking of the other Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur. That one has suffered a few setbacks but is now hoping to shoot this fall, with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal in addition to Clarke. Get the latest on both movies after the jump.
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While fans anticipate official news in regards to Star Wars Episode VII, we have some official news about Star Wars: Rebels instead. Rebels is the upcoming Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episodes III and IV. It details the creation of the Rebel Alliance which will eventually transport blueprints in an R2 unit. The show premieres next year, and its promo team is hitting New York Comic-Con on Saturday with lots of new info. Before that, there are a few new details and a new poster. Check it all out below, along with the following:
- Watch Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch awkwardly avoid Star Wars Episode VII questions.
- Read an official description of Star Wars Rebels.
- Check out the official toy packaging for the show.
- A new classic Star Wars comic is on the way.
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The teaser trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug showed a great tease of the appearance of the dragon Smaug. This time you get to hear him speak, in rumbling tones provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. This trailer also shows a few of the ways Jackson has extended the basic story of The Hobbit to fill three movies. Most notably there’s a pre-Fellowship romance for Legolas (patterned seemingly after Aragorn’s own difficult love for an elf) and the threat of Sauron’s return. Read More »