Benedict Cumberbatch and his new bride enjoyed a low-key start to their honeymoon on Britain's Isle of Wight following their Valentine's Day (14Feb15) wedding. The Imitation Game star, 38, married his pregnant partner Sophie Hunter, 36, at a medieval church on the island off the south coast of England on the most romantic day of the year in front of friends including Tom Hiddleston and Martin Freeman.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Hunter walked down the aisle to the poem The Bluebird by Mary Coleridge and guests sung three hymns including Jerusalem. As the newlyweds signed the register, the choir sang Beati Quorum Via by Stanford and William Blake poem The Lamb.
A candle lighting ceremony took place shortly afterwards as part of a blessing service, before celebrations began at the reception in nearby Mottistone Manor.
It has now emerged that instead of jetting off on a luxury honeymoon immediately after the ceremony, the newlyweds spent their first hours as man and wife on the Isle of Wight.
They were pictured enjoying lunch together on Sunday (15Feb15) at a pub close to the church where they wed, but they are due to jet out to the U.S. in time for the Academy Awards next Sunday (22Feb15).
The couple is set to become parents over the summer (15).
Actor/funnyman Stephen Fry is to present British royal Prince William with a high-profile pardon petition during the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday (08Feb15), according to a report. Fry is set to host the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony, and he is reportedly planning to meet with BAFTA President Prince William to hand over a petition demanding pardons for 49,000 men who were prosecuted when homosexuality was illegal in Britain.
The petition, which boasts more than 139,000 signatures, is also backed by Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Turing was among those prosecuted and imprisoned for being gay, but was granted a pardon by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, almost 60 years after his suicide.
Fry is now hoping the Queen's grandson Prince William will be able to secure royal pardons for the rest of the men, and plans to present him with the petition backstage at the BAFTA Awards, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The Imitation Game is up for a number of prizes at the BAFTA ceremony, including the coveted Best Film title.
British actors including Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike look set to dominate the 2015 Academy Awards after the nominations were unveiled on Thursday (15Jan15).
Redmayne earned a Best Actor nod for The Theory of Everything and will go head-to-head with fellow Brit Cumberbatch for his role in The Imitation Game. They will compete with Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton for Birdman, which is leading the Oscars race with The Grand Budapest Hotel with nine nods apiece.
Brits are also well represented in the Best Actress category with nominations for Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Pike (Gone Girl). Other nominees include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night).
Knightley picked up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game and will compete with awards season favourite Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Emma Stone (Birdman) while the nods for the male counterpart went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Best Picture nominees include The Theory of Everything, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Selma, Whiplash, American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which earned eight nominations.
Boyhood moviemaker Richard Linklater, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday (11Jan15), is in the running for Best Director with Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum, who scooped his first awards season nomination for The Imitation Game.
Composer Alexandre Desplat will compete against himself in the Original Score category after being nominated for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, while Interstellar picked up audio nods despite being criticized for its sound quality by cinemagoers last year (14).
The shortlist was announced by actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (15Jan15).
Winners will be announced during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 22 February (15), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The complete list of nominees is as follows:
The Theory of Everything - The Imitation Game - Birdman - The Grand Budapest Hotel - Boyhood - Selma - Whiplash - American Sniper
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Laura Dern - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Foreign Language Film:
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Glory - Selma
Grateful - Beyond the Lights
Everything is Awesome - The Lego Movie
Lost Stars - Begin Again
I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth
Last Days in Vietnam
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The Reaper (La Parka)
Animated Short Film:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Live Action Short Film:
Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call
Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert D. Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins - Unbroken
Barney Pilling - The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg - The Imitation Game
Tom Cross - Whiplash
Sandra Adair - Boyhood
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach - American Sniper
Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Colleen Atwood - Into the Woods
Jacqueline Durran - Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges - Inherent Vice
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive - Maleficent
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald - The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis - Interstellar
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts - Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock - Into the Woods
Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White - Guardians of the Galaxy
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard - Foxcatcher
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Tickets to Kate Bush's first run of gigs since 1979 were the most sought-after of 2014, according to a new poll. The Wuthering Heights singer's 22-night residency in London earlier this year (14) sold out in just 15 minutes, and a survey carried out by online ticket market place Viagogo.co.uk showed the seats were the most in-demand of the year (14).
Tickets to Bush's shows were more sought after than One Direction's Where We Are tour, which came in second place, and Benedict Cumberbatch's forthcoming London run in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, which took third even though the show does not open till next year (15).
Other events which placed in the top 10 include the Monty Python London comeback shows and Nicole Scherzinger's upcoming stint in a West End production of Cats.
Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and David Beckham have designed statues of beloved children's character Paddington Bear to raise money for charity. Fifty bespoke statues of the fictional bear will be dotted around his favourite locations in London to celebrate the upcoming release of the Paddington movie in November (14).
The Paddington Trial will feature designs by stars of the film including Ben Whishaw, the voice of the bear, Nicole Kidman Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
Other celebrities involved in the project include David Beckham, Emma Watson, Michael Sheen, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Guy Ritchie.
Sheen, who created a William Shakespeare inspired statue, says, "It is such a privilege to be designing a statue for The Paddington Trail, especially as it is raising money for the NSPCC - a charity I'm proud to support. I am delighted to have been able to create 'Shakesbear' and combine my love of the bear with my passion for the bard!"
Londoners can download a map to find all 50 Paddington figures, which will be on display near landmarks and cultural hotspots from 4 November (14) to 30 December (14). They will then be sold at auction to raise money for National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
The big screen adaptation of the 1970s TV series will be released in the U.K. on 28 November (14), and it will hit U.S. cinemas in December (14).
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch secured Dame Judi Dench for his BBC adaptation of Richard Iii by inviting her to join the cast during a question-and-answer session at a U.K. literary festival. The Bond actress took to the stage with director Richard Eyre to discuss her work in William Shakespeare's plays throughout her career during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales on Sunday evening (01Jun14).
The discussion was opened up to audience members, who were invited to ask questions, and there was a well-known star in the crowd who was keen to talk to Dench.
When the microphone was passed to Cumberbatch, the Star Trek Into Darkness actor asked Dench, "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" to which she replied, "Yeah."
Reports suggest Cumberbatch wants Dench to play Queen Margaret in a TV re-imagining of The Bard's classic, which is set to be shot next year (15).
Prince William welcomed a bevy of stars including Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss and Emma Watson to Windsor Castle for a charity gala on Tuesday night (13May14). The Duke of Cambridge invited over 200 notable figures into the royal residence in support of London's The Royal Marsden hospital, of which he is president.
Among the famous faces who filed into the benefit at Queen Elizabeth II's residence were Blanchett, Moss, Watson, Cara Delevingne, Benedict Cumberbatch, photographer Mario Testino, Helena Bonham Carter and singer Emeli Sande, who also performed at the event.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren was the toast of the evening, with the prince revealing the style guru is funding a new state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility at the hospital.
The fashionable evening had one noticble absentee, however - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had stayed at home with their son, Prince George.
During the event, Bonham Carter admitted she was nervous about meeting Prince William again after a previous embarassing encounter.
She told reporters, "The Duke and I met before, along with the Duchess, before they were married, when I was staying on Mustique (island). I got very drunk at one point and I was determined to ask him to be a godfather to my daughter. He quite wisely said no. I admire him. He has got the same grace as both his parents."
Little-known Irish actor Jack Reynor is on the cusp of landing a third massive role after his name was linked to the latest Star Wars epic. With less than 10 feature films to his name, the 22 year old has scored a role in the fourth Transformers movie and director Justin Kurzel's ambitious new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth - and now he is reportedly in the sights of J.J. Abrams for a leading role in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Multiple sources have told movie news website aintitcool.com that Reynor has held talks with the team behind the sci-fi blockbuster. He joins a long list of famous names linked to the film, including Brits Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench and Gary Oldman, while Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan have both confirmed they have auditioned for roles.
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Tom Hiddleston is a busy man. The actor has just signed on to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G Ballard's classic thriller of the same name. The film, which will be directed by Ben Wheatley and penned by Amy Jump, will follow a man who must survive in a futuristic high-rise building where the residents are cut off from society and lose their grip on reality. Aside from this new project, Hiddleston has also replaced Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro horror flick Crimson Peak, and is featured in the upcoming Muppet film, Muppets Most Wanted. If all that wasn't enough, you can all but hear the cries from Marvel and Disney for him to come back and reprise his role as Loki, because for all the success that Marvel has had in creating their cinematic universe, they haven't managed to create a villain as sinister or alluring as the Asgardian trickster god. But if you take a close look at all of these films that the actor has lined up for the next couple of years, something interesting begins to stand out. Hiddleston has a del Toro Horror film, a puppet comedy, and a new dystopian thriller on his docket, but there's not a drama in sight? In fact, all of his upcoming films are some form of genre fare, which leads to the question: where are all the dramas?
After conquering the world, the box-office, and a sizeable chunk of Tumblr as Loki in The Avengers and the two Thor movies, you would expect the actor to take a step back from genre flicks and take some time to do some smaller projects. In fact, many young actors like to take a post-genre cleanse after reaching blockbuster success. Some like and take on some Sundance-ready indies, or put some prestigious dramas under their belts. James Franco did it after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series limped its way to the finish line. Taking a step back and focusing on both drama and genre films netted him an Oscar nomination for 127 Hours, but also revealed the actor's hidden depths and versatility. Now he's a guy who can turn a role in a boisterous comedy This Is the End, and then move on to creating an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Shia LaBeouf also took a step back from genre films after finishing off the Transformers series, though his reputation is probably worse off after the bizarre Howard Cantour plagiarism scandal that baffled the entire movie-watching world in late 2013.
The thing is, we want to see Hiddleston expand his role choice to include smaller and quieter films, like 2011's The Deep Blue Sea. Maybe take a romantic dramedy for a spin, or even something like a historical dramedy. It's not that we don't want to see him play Loki anymore, it's more that we want to see the actor spread his talent to a more diverse set of movies. We want to see thee actor apply that same epic gravitas to something more grounded than another film set in the clouds of Asgard, or whatever loopy dreamscape del Toro has in mind for Crimson Peak. Hiddleston is a actor with a deep background in Shakespeare (something readily apparent when you see his tragic take on Loki), and we want to see the actor really flex his acting muscles.
The name of the game in modern Hollywood is versatility, and an actor as seemingly talented shouldn't limit his gifts to genre entertainment when there's a whole wide world of film that could use more of the man behind the horns of Loki. All of this is not to say that genre films are a somehow lesser form of art, or that they require less talent, but an actor like Hiddelston could do wonders in more soulful parts now that he's muscled his way into the mainstream. Let's hope he finds some time between superheroes and horror flicks to find projects that really show off his range as an actor.