Monthly Archives: July 2015
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James Fox says criticism of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne over their upbringing is ‘classist’
TIFF 2015 is going back to its Canadian roots for its 40th birthday, opening the festival with Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition. After critical successes such as Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, Vallée will kick off the festival with Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal is just one of the A-list stars who have become fan favourites at the festival, returning to Toronto year after year. After her Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, Julianne Moore will walk the red carpet again for Freeheld, a movie she starts in alongside Canadian Ellen Page. The film focuses on the real-life love story and fight for justice by two New Jersey women and is likely to be especially poignant in a year where same-sex marriage became legal in the United States.
Director Tom Hooper (King’s Speech) is also returning to TIFF with a film dealing with a topical subject: the rights of transgender people. In The Danish Girl, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, the first known recipient of sexual reassignment surgery.
Benedict Cumberbatch fans may get a chance to see their idol for a third year in a row: the British actor is expected to attend the festival as part of the star-studded film Black Mass. Directed by American Scott Cooper, the mob thriller co-stars Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon and Joel Edgerton.
Bacon confirmed he will attend the festival as well.
“I look forward to going,” he told CBC. “TIFF’s a great place. I’ve been there a bunch of times. It’s become a little bit of a cliché but there’s a real, real great appreciation for good films and good filmmakers there. It’s a little bit less of a scene and a little bit more of just crowds that really, really dig movies.”
Festival-goers can also expect to catch a glimpse of Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. After co-starring in Insterstellar, the actors are back in space in iconic director Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian.
Clare Newman was not taking any chances. If Benedict Cumberbatch was going to play Hamlet, she was going to be there.
The theater where he would be performing — the Barbican — was offering tickets first to its supporters, so she and two friends signed up for top tier memberships. The tickets were offered electronically to those in a digital queue, so Ms. Newman and her friends logged on simultaneously from eight browsers.
The result: Ms. Newman purchased six seats — three for the first performance next Wednesday, three for the final performance three months later. Although she lives on the Isle of Wight, about three and a half hours away, she will visit London three additional times, just to meet others in the global village of Cumberbatch fans, a vast network, created and nurtured by social media, whose most fortunate and determined members — from Siberia, New Zealand, Peru and all points in between — are about to descend on this city for what many view as the theatrical event of their lifetimes.
Mr. Cumberbatch’s appearance as Hamlet — a 12-week run that ends Oct. 31 — is easily the most anticipated event of the London theatrical season. Its lead producer, Sonia Friedman, said she believed it was the fastest-selling play in British history, with its advance seats going within hours.
“It is mad, and it shows the pull of the bloke,” said Ms. Newman, 33, a newspaper sports editor who, like many, fell under a Cumberbatch spell via television’s “Sherlock,” and who has since been working her way through his oeuvre, from audiobooks to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” while also making fan art in tribute in her spare time.
“I make no bones about it: I’m not the biggest Shakespeare fan,” she added. “But this is the classic play, the hoop an actor has to go through, and if it works — and I’ve got every faith that it will — it could make him the defining actor of a generation.”
Mr. Cumberbatch, 39, is best known for his television and film work, including his Oscar-nominated performance as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” He is no stranger to the stage — his most recent roles were in “After the Dance” and “Frankenstein” at the National Theater here — but since then, the passion of his fan base has only intensified, driven by women who use Twitter, Tumblr and multiple other tools to share news, photographs and commentary about his live appearances and on-screen performances.
The fans say they find him attractive — even if invariably they say his looks are unconventional — but many also say they are drawn to what they view as a decency in the way he seems to conduct his career and his life.
“It’s a combination of his acting, choice of roles, and basic charisma,” said Ann K. McClellan, the chairwoman of the English department at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Ms. McClellan, 44, is both a scholar of Sherlock Holmes and a fan of Mr. Cumberbatch; she is traveling to London with friends next month to see him in “Hamlet,” and called the trip a “destination holiday” akin to what some football fans undertake to see a Super Bowl.
Led by the British theater director Lyndsey Turner, this “Hamlet” is being developed with extraordinary secrecy — none of the principals would agree to speak about it, the only photographs released show the cast rehearsing in street clothes, and posters for the project feature not Mr. Cumberbatch but a small boy.
Ms. Friedman, who said she had not yet seen a rehearsal, would offer only the barest of descriptions of the project, saying, “It’s a closed room — that’s the process.” She did allow that the setting would be “timeless,” the running time less than full length, and the show “very accessible, very entertaining.” And she said she was thrilled that much of the audience is likely to be far more familiar with the “Sherlock” episode “The Hounds of Baskerville” than the prince of Denmark.
“I hope that, for those that have never seen Shakespeare, it will be really rock-and-roll, and really exciting, and that they’ll understand that Shakespeare is as easy to understand as a television show or a blockbuster movie,” she said.
Hamlet, of course, is one of the great theatrical roles, and has been played by many a film or television star, from Laurence Olivier to Jude Law. Shakespeare’s Globe theater currently has a troupe circumnavigating the globe, attempting to perform the play in every country before next year’s 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.
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**Ack! Saw a brand new trailer with lots of Ben today and can’t find it anywhere!