Benedict Cumberbatch recently told the paparazzi to turn their attention to Egypt rather than himself. His message seems a bit self-serving; he's using his desire for privacy to show the world how modest and globally aware he is. It also seems paternalistic for an actor to tell people in his industry what to pay attention to, as if they had sat down before they began their work day, wondered whether Cumberbatch or Egypt was more important, and idiotically decided on Cumberbatch. Anyway, Cumberbatch joins a group of celebrities who are constantly stressing their unimportance. Here are five of the humble few.
1. Jennifer Lawrence has often said that acting is an unimportant career, and she's called herself "vastly uneducated" “Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”
2. Rob Pattinson thinks that his heartthrob status is more due to luck than any inherant attractiveness "I have been lucky, of course. Like, last year, if I went out, I'd have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I'm really sexy."
3. Keanu Reeves is so modest that he's a bit of a downer "I'm sorry my existence is not very noble, sublime, or even beneficial."
4. Kristen Stewart never seems to love the spotlight, and agrees with JLaw that there are more important jobs out there "A lot of actors think that what we do is so important, like we're saving people's lives or something."
5. Robert Downey, Jr. does not consider himself an artist "I know very little about acting. I'm just an incredibly gifted faker."
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The Weinstein Co.
The Weinstein Co.'s Lee Daniels' The Butler does it again as the true life drama tops the chart for the second straight week taking in an impressive $17 million against a mere 31% second weekend drop as it crosses the $50 million mark at the domestic box office.
The R-rated comedy We're the Millers from Warner Bros. has become a late summer sensation as it continues to build upon great word-of-mouth with $13.5 million in its third weekend and a minuscule 25% drop and a domestic total approaching $100 million.
Third place goes to the debut of Sony's young adult entry The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with $14 million since its debut last Wednesday and $9.3 million for the weekend. This is pretty much in line with expectations for the film and is the latest attempt to woo the very fickle young adult audience that has made The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises enormously successful.
Focus Features enlisted the Shawn of the Dead crew to make an end of the world pub crawl gone wrong comedy The World's End and the results were solid. With a modest budget and a loyal following for the filmmakers, $8.9 million was a solid result for this R-rated over the top comedy.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Planes from Disney which remains a late summer family favorite as it earns an estimated $8.6 million in its third weekend and nearly $60 million in North America.
Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine from Sony Pictures Classics jumps into the Top 10 as it adds 1,054 theaters this week and earns $4.3 million and takes its cumulative gross to nearly $15 million in its fifth weekend of release.
One more weekend left in the summer movie season as we remain over 10% ahead of last year and remain on pace to beat 2011's $4.4 billion record summer revenue.
Top Movies for Weekend of August 23 - August 25 (Estimates)Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor01 Lee Daniels' The Butler $17.01M 3,110 $5,472 $52.27M TWC02 We're the Millers $13.5M 3,445 $3,919 $91.74M Warner Bros.03 Mortal Instruments: City of Bones $9.3M 3,118 $2,983 $14.05M Sony04 The World's End $8.94M 1,549 $5,773 $8.94M Focus Features05 Planes $8.56M 3,378 $2,536 $59.59M Disney06 Elysium $7.1M 2,913 $2,437 $69.0M Sony/Tri-Star07 You're Next $7.05M 2,437 $2,893 $7.05M Lionsgate08 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $5.2M 2,730 $1,905 $48.3M Fox09 Blue Jasmine $4.3M 1,283 $3,352 $14.8M SPC10 Kick-Ass 2 $4.27M 2,945 $1,450 $22.42M Universal
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The big screen reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been delayed by several months. Director Jonathan Liebesman's new vision of the crime-fighting reptile gang was set to hit cinemas in June, 2014 but has now been pushed back until August (14).
The decision comes just weeks after the film's star Megan Fox - who plays journalist April O'Neil - announced she is pregnant with her second child.
The movie also stars Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg and Alan Ritchson.
Steve Coogan headed to the English city of Norwich on Wednesday (24Jul13) to premiere his new movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the region where the comedy is set. The funnyman has brought his beloved creation out of retirement for the new film and he agreed to host the world premiere in Norwich following a campaign from locals, who wanted the screening to be held in the city's rundown Anglia Square instead of London's glittering Leicester Square.
Coogan was greeted by crowds of cheering fans on the red carpet outside the budget Hollywood cinema before boarding a helicopter back to London for the film's swanky premiere in the U.K. capital later in the evening.
Speaking in character as Partridge before his trip to Norwich, Coogan joked that he asked the midwives of St Mary's Hospital in London to "put gentle but respectful pressure" on Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to give birth before the premiere to avoid overshadowing his big day.
The royal baby was born on Monday (22Jul13). Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa hits cinemas in the U.K. on 7 August (13).
Veteran British actress Brenda Blethyn has revealed the real reason she wed after an engagement lasting 35 years - it makes the paperwork less complicated when she or her husband dies. The Oscar-nominated star, 67, spent decades in a relationship with art director Michael Mayhew before they finally decided to tie the knot at a lowkey ceremony in London in 2010.
She later insisted the decision to wed after so long was sparked because "it just seemed the time was right", but now she has admitted it is too "awkward" to sort out an unmarried couple's financial affairs when one of them passes away.
The Secrets & Lies star tells the August issue of Reader's Digest, "You get to a certain age and some of your friends start popping off and you think, 'Well wouldn't it be awkward, legally, if I went or you went and we'd never married?' So, really, we didn't marry for romantic reasons and yet it did turn out romantic in the end because I discovered that I love being Michael's 'lawful wedded wife'. I love the sense of belonging."
Blethyn was previously wed to Alan Blethyn in 1964, but their marriage ended in 1973.
TV titan Oprah Winfrey is set to pull in thousands of dollars for charity by auctioning a meeting with her at the upcoming premiere of The Butler. The highest bidder in the CharityBuzz.com auction will be introduced to the talk show queen at either the film's New York City premiere on 5 August (13) or the Los Angeles debut on 12 August (13).
Winfrey, who plays the wife of presidential butler Eugene Allen in the movie, is due to attend both events with her castmates Forest Whitaker, who stars in the title role, and Robin Williams, who plays Dwight Eisenhower, as well as Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, who portray President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
The lot is expected to fetch $25,000 (£16,129) for the La Jolla Playhouse theatre group in San Diego, California.
Bosses behind star-studded historical movie The Butler have been forced to change its name after it was ruled a rival studio owns the rights to the title. The film, about Eugene Allen - the butler to eight U.S. presidents and their families - features an A-list cast, including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
However, chiefs at The Weinstein Company will have to come up with a new title for the highly-anticipated movie ahead of its August (13) release after executives at Warner Bros. won an arbitration battle on Tuesday (02Jul13).
Warner Bros. bosses successfully argued they own the rights to the title because they have a 1916 comedy of the same name in their catalogue.
One of this summer's most highly anticipated movies is the Weinstein Company's The Butler. Starring Forest Whitaker, the film tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a man who works as a White House butler during eight American presidencies, from 1952 to 1986. During his tenure, he witnesses countless important events in 20th century U.S. history from a highly unique perspective. But the historical drama may be facing some turmoil. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is attempting to prevent Harvey Weinstein from using the title The Butler, claiming that it posseses the sole rights to the title because of a 1916 silent comedy by the same name.
With The Butler's August release date fast approaching, this matter seems to have arisen oddly late in the game. There is reportedly a great deal of "outrage" at the Weinstein Company, and we aren't surprised: the only logical response to this situation is, "WTF?" Has anyone actually seen this silent comedy The Butler? Isn't this new movie supposed to be an inspiring tale about adversity and American history? Why are you trying to bring everybody down, Warner Bros.?
The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen and also features such heavy-hitting stars as Oprah Winfrey (in her first major film role since Beloved in 1998), John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, and Lenny Kravitz.
With such an all-star cast and fascinating subject matter, The Butler promises to be one of the best biopics of 2013. Warner Bros' claim is fairly absurd, but it could have serious implications for the movie. Whatever its title may be, we're excited to see the film. After all, what's in a name? That which we call The Butler by any other name would be just as great.
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You'd better get familiar with the name Benedict Cumberbatch, because you're going to be hearing it more and more. Plus, who could forget a name as delightful and silly as Benedict Cumberbatch?!
The 36-year-old Sherlock and Hobbit star — whose upcoming slate includes playing John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness, Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, and William Ford in Twelve Years a Slave (along with appearing in other high-profile projects such as August: Osage County and the Hobbit sequels) — is reportedly in talks to tell the tragic story of English mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing in the upcoming film The Imitation Game.
According to Deadline, Cumberbatch would take the lead in the drama, which is penned by Graham Moore and set to be directed by Morten Tyldum(Headhunters). Hollywood.com reached out to Cumberbatch's reps for a statement regarding the news, but were not immediately met with a response.
Not only would the role give Cumberbatch the opportunity to tell an important, but little-known story (Turing was prosecuted in 1952 England for being a homosexual and died from cyanide poisoning before his 42nd birthday), but it's also exactly the type of role that would catapult the actor into Oscar territory and solidify him as one of Hollywood's best, if not most underrated, memorably-named gems.
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