The mere mention of his name makes the Internet explode into a million .GIfs. Thanks to his hugely popular role in BBC’s Sherlock and standout parts in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit, Benedict Cumberbatch is a certified sensation. And his star is only rising. We’re pretty convinced he can do no wrong. To prove our point, we’ve gathered some of his most shining moments. You're welcome, Internet.
1. His portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
He somehow managed to turn an asexual sociopath into a veritable sex symbol.
2. When he imagined what Sherlock would be like in bed…and then described it to us in detail.
Hear that? That’s the sound of millions of Cumberb*tches swooning.
3. The way he manages to seem smarter than everyone else in the room.
Maybe it's his distinguished-sounding name or the fact that we're used to him outsmarting everyone on Sherlock, but if he told us 2 + 2= 5 we'd believe him.
4. His bromantical relationship with John Watson (Martin Freeman) on Sherlock.
Manly giggles for life.
5. Filming this (sadly deleted) shower scene from Star Trek Into Darkness.
And this was cut from the movie WHY?
6. His Ice Bucket Challenge video.
We know the Ice Bucket craze has died down, but if there was an award for best celebrity participation, Cumberbatch would get it.
7. Embracing his Cumberb*tch following.
He has to admit, his fans have the greatest fan name ever.
8. Becoming one of the "Kings of Tumblr."
He shares the throne with Tom Hiddleston and together they're unstoppable.
9. That time he played a freaking dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation Smaug.
10. When he (tried to) strut like Beyonce.
A valiant effort. BRB, watching on a loop forever.
11. Having a sense of humor about this whole "fame" thing.
No one likes an actor that takes himself too seriously.
12. Every time he werks his Sherlock haircut.
You ruffle those curls, bebe.
13. The very, very best thing he’s ever done? Existed. Duh.
Sorry, we can’t include the fact that he just got engaged on this list. We’re still getting over that.
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Fashion designer John Galliano has lost his unfair dismissal case against his former bosses at Christian Dior. The troubled style mogul filed a claim for millions of Euros in damages last year (13), alleging he was wrongfully terminated from his position at the fashion house and his own self-titled label following his racial abuse conviction for hurling an anti-Semitic tirade at a couple during a night out in Paris, France in 2011.
However, Galliano lost his legal fight this week (beg03Nov14) after officials at a labour court in Paris ruled against him and ordered to him to pay the Christian Dior and John Galliano labels one Euro each, according to WWD.com.
The news comes just days after Galliano was appointed creative director of the Maison Martin Margiela fashion house.
Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon has agreed to open up about his life and career in his first authorised biography. The Sound of Silence hitmaker will work with his longtime pal, author and former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn, for the book, which is expected to detail his rise to fame as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, his solo career, and his three marriages to Peggy Harper, actress Carrie Fisher and his current wife, singer Edie Brickell.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Simon says: "I thought seriously about writing my own memoir, but I'd rather devote my time to making music, which continues to hold my full attention.
"I'm confident Robert Hilburn will write an insightful book. I enjoyed and admired his biography of Johnny Cash and I think he'll tell my story well."
Hilburn, who sits on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is known for his 2009 memoir Corn Flakes With John Lennon and Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life and his 2013 book Johnny Cash: The Life.
He adds, "(The biography will) be a gripping, inspiring portrait of an artist, including the toughness and heart it requires to avoid giving in to the many factors - from rejection to self-doubt to writer's block and complacency - that have derailed so many pop artists."
The as-yet-untitled biography will be published by bosses at Simon & Schuster. A release date has yet to be set.
Stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, and Lily Allen paid tribute to Glastonbury festival boss Michael Eavis as he received a leading industry award on Monday (03Nov14). Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich presented the Music Industry Trusts Award to Eavis at a gala dinner in London's Grosvenor House hotel, held in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy group and the BRIT Trust, which oversees a U.K. performing arts school.
Eavis, who founded Glastonbury in 1970, was honoured for his long-lasting contribution to live music in the U.K.
The Fear hitmaker Allen, who is a regular at Glastonbury, told Eavis, "Your festival is literally better than Christmas. I get that same feeling in my gut that I did on Christmas Eve as a kid, but for the whole week leading up to that last weekend in June. I love you, you have made the world a bearable place."
Rockers Coldplay sent in a video message, and McCartney also gave a short speech paying tribute to the festival founder.
Previous recipients of the award include Sir George Martin, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and Annie Lennox.
Celebrities including Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran helped raise $23.2 million (£14.5 million) during the U.K. Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The "Toxic" hitmaker took part in a sketch called "Andy Murray: The Movie", in which celebrities were auditioning for parts in the upcoming biopic of the Scottish tennis player's life. Spears tried out for the role of Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears with a fake Cockney accent, while Williams tried a Scottish twang as he auditioned for Murray. Others trying out for parts included Ed Sheeran, who played "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Scottish group The Proclaimers, while Andy Serkis filmed his audition in a motion capture suit. Swift took on British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for a 'bake it off' competition sketch, where they were supposed to each make a chocolate cake. However, Oliver began singing and dancing to a revamped version of her new single Shake It Off and the pair ended up pulling funny moves and throwing food around.
British rocker Noel Gallagher teamed up with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for a celebrity version of Gogglebox, where viewers are filmed watching TV. The trio watched reality shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor and gave a comedic running commentary. Also during the broadcast, Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey revived their Men Behaving Badly characters for the first time in 16 years for a one-off sketch about testicular cancer. Will Ferrell appeared as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, giving a news report on cancer, Sherlock star Martin Freeman took part in a magic card trick with celebrity illusionist Derren Brown, and Nicole Scherzinger and John Legend were interviewed during a live taping of chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. At the end of the live telethon, $23.2 million had been raised for Cancer Research U.K.
Stevie Wonder cancelled a transatlantic flight to record his contribution to a charity cover of the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows after missing the session when he fell sick. The soul legend is one of several stars who sing a line in the track, including Sir Elton John, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Chris Martin, and Kylie Minogue.
However, Wonder was forced to sit out the main recording session when he was struck down with a bout of influenza, and when he had recovered enough, the Superstition hitmaker cancelled his flight home to return to the studio.
Sam Walker, creative director at Karmarama, the team behind the fundraising track, says, "This was almost certainly the lowest point in the whole project. We were gutted and were on the verge of giving up but then another call came through, to say that he was back in if we could record and shoot him the following day.
"He would move his flights back if we could say yes in the next fifteen minutes. It took about 30 seconds to make the decision."
When Wonder finally got to sing his line in the song, Walker and his team watched in awe: "It sounded amazing and we were blown away. Without doubt, having been that close to not getting him, it is definitely one of the highest points in the whole two and a half years. And to top it all off he's such nice bloke as well."
The song was recorded in aid of the BBC's Children in Need fundraising telethon, which is due to take place next month (Nov14).
Pharrell Williams and One Direction have teamed up with a host of other top music names to rework the Beach Boys' God Only Knows for a new BBC Music initiative. The track, which was broadcast simultaneously across the BBC network's radio and TV networks on Tuesday (07Oct14), will be released in aid of kids' charity Children in Need.
Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Queen guitarist Brian May and Beach Boys star Brian Wilson also appear on the track.
Disgraced fashion guru John Galliano is returning to the spotlight after landing a job at top design firm Maison Martin Margiela. The style mogul was fired from his position as head designer at Christian Dior in 2011 after he was arrested and convicted of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks to a couple during a night out in France.
He subsequently fell out of favour in the fashion world, but he is now set to make his big comeback in Paris after being given a second chance by Maison Martin Margiela, where he will serve as creative director.
His first collection will debut in January (15).
Announcing the news, Renzo Rosso, the president of Margiela's parent company OTB, says, "Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul... John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time - a unique, exceptional couturier for a Maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion."
Celebrity Margiela fan Kanye West also celebrated the news in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "JOHN GALLIANO is the new creative director of MARGIELA, I heard this rumor when I was in Paris and just received confirmation this morning! It is very exciting to see what powerful creatives do at different houses..."
Acclaimed musician George M. Roberts has died aged 86. Roberts passed away on Saturday (27Sep14) in Fallbrook, California after suffering complications from pneumonia. He had also been battling multiple sclerosis.
Roberts was known as 'Mr. Bass Trombone' in the music industry, having played on more than 6,000 recordings over his 50-year career.
He was an in-demand session player in Los Angeles from the 1950s through until the 1980s, and he worked with music greats including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Roberts also recorded two solo albums, the second of which, movie composer John Williams served as the arranger and pianist.
Williams went on to hire Roberts to play on many of his film scores, including Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Roberts also appeared in the orchestras which recorded themes for U.S. variety programmes including The Rosemary Clooney Show and The Dinah Shore Show, as well as the Academy Awards and President John F. Kennedy's inauguration ceremony in 1961.
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.