The Hollow Crown to begin filming next week

Dame Judi Dench confirms cameras start rolling on Monday, adding Richard III co-star Benedict Cumberbatch is a “true gentleman and a thoroughly good actor”.

Dame Judi Dench appeared to sign up to BBC2’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III after actor Benedict Cumberbatch asked her on stage during this year’s Hay Festival, “Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” And with her casting officially announced last month, the production is kicking into action as Dench reveals filming starts next week.

“We start on Monday and it’s a huge project, six months in filming,” Dench tells Mandrake of this second cycle of The Hollow Crown, which is based on Shakespeare’s history plays about Henry VI and Richard III.

Dench will play the Duchess of York, with Cumberbatch in the role of Richard III.

“I knew him when he was a little boy at prep school before he went on to Harrow,” Dench says of Cumberbatch, adding, “His mother, Wanda Ventham, was at the Royal Central School of Drama a year ahead of me.”

The start of production doesn’t mean Cumberbatch will begin filming alongside Dench from Monday - it’s a huge cast with plenty to get through - but the actress appears to be looking forward to working with the Sherlock star, saying, “He is a true gentleman and a thoroughly good actor, which helps.”
The series will also star Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sophie Okonedo (Mayday), Sally Hawkins (Layer Cake), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), with members of the cast joining forces last week for a first read-through.

Dominic Cooke, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, is in the directing chair.

The first run of The Hollow Crown aired on BBC2 in 2012 with Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale among the cast list. The series earned two Bafta Awards for Whishaw and Russell Beale in the leading actor and supporting actor categories. 

From Radio Times…

The Hollow Crown to begin filming next week

Dame Judi Dench confirms cameras start rolling on Monday, adding Richard III co-star Benedict Cumberbatch is a “true gentleman and a thoroughly good actor”.

Dame Judi Dench appeared to sign up to BBC2’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III after actor Benedict Cumberbatch asked her on stage during this year’s Hay Festival, “Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” And with her casting officially announced last month, the production is kicking into action as Dench reveals filming starts next week.

“We start on Monday and it’s a huge project, six months in filming,” Dench tells Mandrake of this second cycle of The Hollow Crown, which is based on Shakespeare’s history plays about Henry VI and Richard III.

Dench will play the Duchess of York, with Cumberbatch in the role of Richard III.

“I knew him when he was a little boy at prep school before he went on to Harrow,” Dench says of Cumberbatch, adding, “His mother, Wanda Ventham, was at the Royal Central School of Drama a year ahead of me.”

The start of production doesn’t mean Cumberbatch will begin filming alongside Dench from Monday - it’s a huge cast with plenty to get through - but the actress appears to be looking forward to working with the Sherlock star, saying, “He is a true gentleman and a thoroughly good actor, which helps.”
The series will also star Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sophie Okonedo (Mayday), Sally Hawkins (Layer Cake), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), with members of the cast joining forces last week for a first read-through.

Dominic Cooke, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, is in the directing chair.

The first run of The Hollow Crown aired on BBC2 in 2012 with Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale among the cast list. The series earned two Bafta Awards for Whishaw and Russell Beale in the leading actor and supporting actor categories.

From Radio Times…

By Louis Kerry
Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 12:43PM

Do you know what you’d say to Jennifer Garner without embarrassing yourself? Or would you be able to recognise Al Pacino if he sat near you in a bar?

Vanity Fair has released a video compiling a ton of A-listers explaining the most bizarre reactions they’ve had when meeting fans. Now, it would seem quite normal to be lost for words when bumping into celebrities, but some of the fan responses stars including Eddie Redmayne, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon have received go from the hilarious and factually incorrect to the downright rude.

If these reactions were all correct, Jennifer Connelly would be Demi Moore and Elizabeth Bank’s appearance in 40 Year Year Old Virgin would be her crowning moment. Keira Knightley has it bad with the awkward “aren’t you Anne Hathaway?” question – and you can’t help but feel sorry for Jake Gyllenhaal and his selfie-obsessed fans who “don’t want to talk to you, we just want a picture with you.”

However, most annoying of all has to be the encounters of Benedict Cumberbatch who has fans adamant he’s “the detective in Doctor Who”. In the words of the Batch, “I’m not even going to begin to explain how wrong that is…”

By Louis Kerry
Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 12:43PM

Do you know what you’d say to Jennifer Garner without embarrassing yourself? Or would you be able to recognise Al Pacino if he sat near you in a bar?

Vanity Fair has released a video compiling a ton of A-listers explaining the most bizarre reactions they’ve had when meeting fans. Now, it would seem quite normal to be lost for words when bumping into celebrities, but some of the fan responses stars including Eddie Redmayne, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon have received go from the hilarious and factually incorrect to the downright rude.

If these reactions were all correct, Jennifer Connelly would be Demi Moore and Elizabeth Bank’s appearance in 40 Year Year Old Virgin would be her crowning moment. Keira Knightley has it bad with the awkward “aren’t you Anne Hathaway?” question – and you can’t help but feel sorry for Jake Gyllenhaal and his selfie-obsessed fans who “don’t want to talk to you, we just want a picture with you.”

However, most annoying of all has to be the encounters of Benedict Cumberbatch who has fans adamant he’s “the detective in Doctor Who”. In the words of the Batch, “I’m not even going to begin to explain how wrong that is…”

By Radio Times staff
Thursday 18 September 2014 at 11:30AM

If we had to pick three guests to attend our hypothetical dinner party, well, these guys would be pretty high on our list. Take musician Nick Cave – at the premiere of his new film 20,000 Days on Earth – add Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt and you have something for pretty much everyone. 

Yes, Sherlock and the War Doctor really were in the same room, although this isn’t the first time the pair have met –they starred together in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But tweeter Jamie Byng (@baddabyng) had the privilege of introducing Cumberbatch to Cave (friends in high places, eh?)

What a night it must have been…

By Radio Times staff
Thursday 18 September 2014 at 11:30AM

If we had to pick three guests to attend our hypothetical dinner party, well, these guys would be pretty high on our list. Take musician Nick Cave – at the premiere of his new film 20,000 Days on Earth – add Benedict Cumberbatch and John Hurt and you have something for pretty much everyone.

Yes, Sherlock and the War Doctor really were in the same room, although this isn’t the first time the pair have met –they starred together in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But tweeter Jamie Byng (@baddabyng) had the privilege of introducing Cumberbatch to Cave (friends in high places, eh?)

What a night it must have been…

TIFF 2014 wrap: The best of the fest and everything in between

By Rachel West, Emma Badame and Sasha James on September 18, 2014

Most Memorable Elevator Ride: 

What’s better than nine minutes in a room with Benedict Cumberbatch talking London, movies, exhaustion and Alan Turing? How about continuing that conversation in the hotel’s elevator for another few? While I had the pleasure of being just one of the many journalists scheduled to speak to the star about his upcoming film The Imitation Game, I also happened to be the final interview after a long day’s junketing. Though clearly worn out from travel and from talking, the actor couldn’t have been kinder or more effusive in his passion for Turing’s life and legacy even going so far as adding a few minutes to the interview so we could continue. Once the cameras stopped rolling, we continued talking about a fabulous Turing exhibition we’d both seen in London last year, before he moved on to apologize for the “positively arctic” temperature of the room (the only thing keeping him awake). I hadn’t even noticed. Then on with his jacket and hat, he practically sprinted to the elevators in a bid to get back to his hotel for some much needed R&R (he didn’t even wait for his publicist), stopping only to say hello to Keira Knightley’s other half and wish her well for the rest of the day. Realizing we were headed the same way he was and weren’t moving as quickly (damn heels), he held the elevator for us – giving his publicist time to catch up too, poor woman and giving us a few more minutes with one of the nicest guys in the biz. Our only regret? We only had 3 floors to go.

From:
http://www.cineplex.com/News/TIFF-2014-wrap-The-best-of-the-fest-and-everything-in-between?cmpid=twitter

Poor boy—sounds like he was worn out.  But “one of the nicest guys in the biz”.

TIFF 2014 wrap: The best of the fest and everything in between

By Rachel West, Emma Badame and Sasha James on September 18, 2014

Most Memorable Elevator Ride:

What’s better than nine minutes in a room with Benedict Cumberbatch talking London, movies, exhaustion and Alan Turing? How about continuing that conversation in the hotel’s elevator for another few? While I had the pleasure of being just one of the many journalists scheduled to speak to the star about his upcoming film The Imitation Game, I also happened to be the final interview after a long day’s junketing. Though clearly worn out from travel and from talking, the actor couldn’t have been kinder or more effusive in his passion for Turing’s life and legacy even going so far as adding a few minutes to the interview so we could continue. Once the cameras stopped rolling, we continued talking about a fabulous Turing exhibition we’d both seen in London last year, before he moved on to apologize for the “positively arctic” temperature of the room (the only thing keeping him awake). I hadn’t even noticed. Then on with his jacket and hat, he practically sprinted to the elevators in a bid to get back to his hotel for some much needed R&R (he didn’t even wait for his publicist), stopping only to say hello to Keira Knightley’s other half and wish her well for the rest of the day. Realizing we were headed the same way he was and weren’t moving as quickly (damn heels), he held the elevator for us – giving his publicist time to catch up too, poor woman and giving us a few more minutes with one of the nicest guys in the biz. Our only regret? We only had 3 floors to go.

From:
http://www.cineplex.com/News/TIFF-2014-wrap-The-best-of-the-fest-and-everything-in-between?cmpid=twitter

Poor boy—sounds like he was worn out. But “one of the nicest guys in the biz”.

Variety Studio Portraits – Toronto Film Festival. BY VARIETY STAFF

Benedict Cumberbatch

Project: “The Imitation Game” - “I tracked (the project), is the lingo I think, which is the only time I’ve really done that for a role. There was just something about (Alan Turing) that immediately struck a chord for me.”

Image: Yu Tsai for Variety

Just gorgeous.

Variety Studio Portraits – Toronto Film Festival. BY VARIETY STAFF

Benedict Cumberbatch

Project: “The Imitation Game” - “I tracked (the project), is the lingo I think, which is the only time I’ve really done that for a role. There was just something about (Alan Turing) that immediately struck a chord for me.”

Image: Yu Tsai for Variety

Just gorgeous.

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londonphile:

Cumberbatch gives one of his best performances as the awkward, socially inept but brilliant mathematician. “He just gave and gave,” says Tyldum. “We’re both perfectionists and we both like to push things, so that was why I’m so proud of the result and of how good he is.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/cracking-the-code-interview-with-the-imitation-game-director-morten-tyldum-9729165.html

Just wow.