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Actress to play Queen Margaret, the wife of Henry VI
Sophie Okonedo, who was Oscar nommed for “Hotel Rwanda,” is set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the next series of “The Hollow Crown,” the BBC’s Shakespeare adaptations, according to a report Friday.
The actress will play Queen Margaret, the wife of Henry VI. Cumberbatch is the evil Richard, who kills Henry VI, and becomes Richard III, Baz Bamigboye reported in the Daily Mail.
Okonedo is appearing with Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway until June 15.
The upcoming “The Hollow Crown” series is formed of three films that are drawn from Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and “Richard III.” The Henry VI plays will form two films.
The films will shoot from late September into early 2015. Dominic Cooke will direct all three pics. They are being produced by Neal Street Prods., which is headed by Sam Mendes, former BBC drama topper Pippa Harris, and Caro Newling.
The first series of “The Hollow Crown” — “Richard II,” “Henry IV” and “Henry V” — starred Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. The films won four BAFTAs.
The lead writer for Doctor Who says he would definitely cast a female Time Lord – but only if the right person came along rather than for political reasons.
Steven Moffat said he would know instantly if he had found the perfect actress to play the title role in the iconic BBC Wales sci-fi series.
He made his revelation during a talk at the Hay Festival last night when he also spoke about the reasons why Doctor Who is so successful; how Peter Capaldi is the perfect choice as the next Doctor; how he took eight months to accept the job as lead writer of the series and how the seeds for TV drama Sherlock were sown on train journeys to Cardiff.
He revealed that the seeds for his other big success – the BBC Wales drama Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – were sown on train journeys to Cardiff.
He and Doctor Who lead writer Mark Gatiss realized other passengers were listening into their talks about the Time Lord so they began speaking about their passion for Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation instead.
“Over time we admitted our favorite Sherlock Holmes films were the updated ones as they seemed to capture more of the nonsense and joy of the Doyle stories.
“We said that someone is going to make a series like that and we’re going to be very cross because it’s not us.”
They eventually pitched their idea to the BBC and the rest is history.
He admitted it was Cumberbatch and Freeman, who are now both enjoying success Stateside, who have made the series what it is. “The show would have been a much smaller thing without those two playing the parts.”
Cumberbatch ,who appeared in the critically-acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave, will be at the Hay Festival on Friday and Saturday for a talk about love letters written by the famous. Tickets to the Saturday event were the second fastest-selling in the festival’s history so the other date was added.
“He’s gone from literally nowhere to huge international movie star – it’s quite annoying when you’re scheduling your show,” joked Moffat.
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Benedict Cumberbatch was initially deemed “not sexy enough” for Sherlock, showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed.The English actor, 37, has been playing the super sleuth since 2010 but almost missed out on the part due to his unconventional good looks.
“You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him,” the BBC said about the casting, according to Moffat.
But it was not just Cumberbatch who sparked reservations, with David Tennant receiving similar feedback. “They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova: ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier’” Moffat told the Hay Literary Festival.
Both Cumberbatch and Tennant went on to achieve huge success in Sherlock and Doctor Who respectively, and now have dedicated female followings (note the Cumberbitches).
Moffat has spoken before about wanting actors who are “attractive in a very odd way” for Doctor Who. “None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive but they’re all arresting. Handsome men don’t quite suit,” he said earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Tennant is set to reprise his lead role as DI Alec Hardy in the second series of Broadchurch after making the US version, Gracepoint.
Cumberbatch has turned his attention to the big screen, starring in 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and the forthcoming The Imitation Game, in which he will play gay mathematic genius Alan Turing.
Fans can rest assured that a fourth series of Sherlock is in the pipeline for 2016, but Moffat is finding it tricky to pin down his popular actors.
“(Cumberbatch’s fame) can be quite annoying too if you’re scheduling a damn show,” he said.
Cumberbatch and Freeman are nominated for the prize at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards alongside two other Brits, An Adventure in Space and Time’s David Bradley and Dancing on the Edge’s Chiwetel Ejiofor
It had to happen sometime – Benedict Cumberbatch is up against his friend and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman for a major award.
The pair have both been nominated for the best actor in a movie or mini-series award at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Award, the prestigious gong-giving voted for by US journalists who write about TV.
Cumberbatch wins the nod for Sherlock: His Last Vow and Freeman for his performance as Lester Nygaard, the failed insurance salesman thrust into a world of criminality in the FX series Fargo.
The ceremony could be an eventful one for another couple, with Martin Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington nominated for the best actress prize for her role in Sherlock: His Last Vow, in which she played his character John Watson’s screen wife Mary.
Two other Brits are also in the running for the best actor award. David Bradley is up for his performance as William Hartnell in An Adventure on Space and Time, the BBC4 film about the genesis of Doctor Who. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is also recognised for his role as band leader Louis Lester in BBC2’s Stephen Poliakoff period drama Dancing on the Edge. The Normal Heart’s Mark Ruffalo and Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton complete the list.
Bradley’s nomination is one of three for An Adventure in Space and Time, which is also nominated for the best movie prize and has landed a best actress nomination for Jessica Raine who played producer Verity Lambert.
BBC4 drama Burton and Taylor, a biopic of the passionate relationship between Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wins two nominations – for best movie and best actress for Helena Bonham Carter, who played Taylor.
There is another British success in the form of the three nominations for the British-led US comedy Veep including a nod for the best comedy series award.
British actress Diana Rigg also has a best guest performer in a drama series nomination for her appearance in Game of Thrones.
Breaking Bad is nominated for four key awards. Bryan Cranston is up for best actor, with co-stars Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul also bagging acting award nominations, while the series is in the running for best drama series and will compete with The Americans, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Masters of Sex and True Detective.
List of nominee’s listed below..
**Older interview, probably from War Horse with Benedict & Tom Hiddleston:
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An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
The Hollow Crown (PBS)
Luther (BBC America)
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)
BBC ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Delayed: Moffat Working on ‘Doctor Who’, Benedict Cumberbatch Starring in Mob Movie Alongside Johnny Depp
Since the news of Sherlock Season 4 came out, fans of the popular TV series haven’t been able to contain their excitement over its release date. Earlier news said that it would be shown in 2015; however, recent rumors have been saying that it was moved to a much later release. This could mean 2016 or maybe even longer. The conflict in schedules of the cast, crew and actors were said to cause the delay.
Moffat, writer of Sherlock Season 4, is finding it hard to organize the schedules, as he is also busy with another hit BBC show in “Doctor Who.” Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock’s lead star, was also commissioned to take the place of Guy Pearce in the film “Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper. The lead role in “Black Mass” is played by Johnny Depp, who plays the role of Whitey Bulger. Pearce was supposed to play the brother of Depp (Bill Burger), a role which has now been given to Cumberbatch. It was not known why Pearce chose to leave the movie.
“Black Mass” the movie is the true story of brothers Billy and Whitey Bulger, FBI Agent John Connelly and the witness protection program of the FBI. The brothers have different lifestyles between Whitey being a gang leader and Billy being a Massachusetts senator. Whitey grew up in South Boston’s cruel streets with John Connolly who each led their own lives. Destiny brought them together halfway in the ’70s. Connolly was a well-known and respected FBI agent, while Whitey is the head of an Irish gang. Connolly created a plan to get Bulger in the FBI, but what happened was not what either of them intended. “Black Mass” is a gripping story of racketeering, drug dealing and murder.
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Celebrities have been out in force over the weekend as Formula One heads to Monaco for it’s glamour race of the calendar.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were battling it out in qualifying on Saturday, with the latter controversially taking pole position.
But the number of A-list stars who have flocked to the principality have caught attention too.
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**As Benedict was giving an interview while at Formula 1 in Monaco, he was mentioned in a Tweet and his name was given some.. special.. treatment. Do the research pal. This was not the first time Benedict’s name was butchered on Twitter. In an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live where a mean Twitterer called him “Ben-a-dict”.