Monthly Archives: August 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch is backing a campaign to save an iconic London cinema.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who impressed critics this week with his performance as Hamlet, hopes to stop the Kensington Odeon from being turned into a block of flats.
He joins the likes of Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sir Ian McKellen, director and writer Richard Curtis, and legendary guitarists Brian May from Queen and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who have all signed up to fight the plans.
Names have been collected on the petition over 10 years, and more than 20,000 people have physically signed it.
At 4pm on Thursday, it will be handed in to the Department of Culture Media and Sport in Parliament Street, Westminster.
It will be addressed to the Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport John Whittingale.
Campaigners hope that celebrity supporters such as Cumberbatch will be present.
Director Paul Wiffen, who has been part of the campaign to save the cinema since 2007 will be handing in the petition which has been available to sign online on the 38 Degrees website.
It reads: “We risk losing a magnificent iconic community venue. Kensington does not need any more empty luxury flats being bought up by foreign investors.”
Apart from its striking Art Deco appearance, the High Street cinema boasts a stunning marble staircase and a mosaic floor in the foyer.
The campaign to save the cinema was started by Don Walker and also headed by Caroline McLean, who have helped organize and take part in demonstrations outside and inside the cinema, such as the one in 2012 featured in the gallery above.
The curtain is due to come down on the cinema on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31 evening when it shows its final films.
Is Mads Mikkelsen going to be a villain in Marvel’s Doctor Strange?
Doctor Strange already has a hero in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch, and he might just have a new villain to face.
Variety say Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen is ‘in talks’ to play a baddie in the Marvel blockbuster. Anyone who has seen Hannibal will know this is a capital idea.
‘While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly’ they write. Details about the part offered are unknown, but it will reportedly be another nemesis.
The studio is yet to comment.
Cumberbatch plays neurosurgeon Steven Strange, who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and protects the Earth from magical dangers.
Tilda Swinton will star as The Ancient One, who is known in the comics as a Himalayan healer who teaches Doctor Strange how to use his psychic powers.
The Sherlock star has reportedly enlisted the help of a personal trainer to help him get in shape like fellow Marvel heroes Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and most recently Paul Rudd.
The Sun say the Oscar-nominated actor is ‘wolfing double the daily amount of calories’ so he can look the part.
Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, is set for release on November 4, 2016.
After Benedict Cumberbatch gets mixed reviews for Hamlet, Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman gives his verdict
After mixed reviews Benedict’s co-star has revealed what he thinks of the performance – and he didn’t even have to pay
It comes after Cumberbatch’s mother hailed him as “a bloody good Hamlet” – in the face of mixed reviews from the critics of the Sherlock actors performance.
Freeman laughed when he was asked if he had to pay to see the much talked about show, before saying: “No.”
He said: “We were invited to come, and yeah, he was really good. He was really good. He was very clear.”
During a session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Freeman was asked if he had rules for what he says to friends and co-stars about their performances in other shows.
He said he was told by a director many years ago that you can “only be positive” towards someone doing a play, because anything else is unhelpful.
“Certainly overt criticism isn’t helpful, because there’s nothing they can do about it,” he said.
Freeman said Cumberbatch also came to see him when he was starring in Richard III, joking that he did not know if he paid.