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(1) Marvel Theory: This Is Why Doctor Strange Gave Thanos The Time Stone In Infinity War. Benedict Cumberbatch on the explosive power of letters: 'They're grenades!' | Books. It’s a blustery Saturday night and around 900 people are lined up to go to church. The faithful have come to the Union Chapel, in Islington, London, to receive wisdom from those stepping up to the pulpit – a lineup that tonight includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Noel Fielding, Juliet Stevenson and Thom Yorke. Letters Live, a celebration of literary correspondence, has always looked a little odd on paper since it began in 2013. After all, who wants to spend a night out having letters read to them by a bunch of actors and musicians, whose identities are not revealed in advance? “When you first hear the idea it doesn’t quite sing, but do it once and you are smitten,” says Cumberbatch, who was so smitten he became a producer and now helps shape the shows.

“Everyone we ask says they’d do it again in a heartbeat. And we just hope it is the same for the audience.” Jamie Byng adds gleefully: “When I told Toby Jones about the concept, he said, ‘What’s so fucking exciting about reading letters?’ 'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch Saves Cyclist From Muggers. Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, were riding in an Uber when the 41-year-old actor jumped out of the vehicle after he spotted a mugging on Marylebone High Street in London.

AP hide caption toggle caption Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, were riding in an Uber when the 41-year-old actor jumped out of the vehicle after he spotted a mugging on Marylebone High Street in London. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays detective Sherlock Holmes in the television series Sherlock, foiled an attempted robbery by fighting off a gang of muggers in London. The attack occurred near his fictional character's home on Baker Street. Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, were riding in an Uber when the 41-year-old actor spotted the attempted mugging on Marylebone High Street and jumped out of the vehicle. Uber driver Manuel Dias, 53, told The Sun, "I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn't know it was him at first. " "Then it all got a bit surreal. Benedict Cumberbatch Does Impressions. Elementary, My Dear Norton | Best of Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman on The Graham Norton Show.

Benedict Cumberbatch Reacts to a Reddit Review of Himself - The Graham Norton Show. 'Dr. Strange,' Bendict Cumberbatch and Marvel Movie Stardom - Rolling Stone. Six months ago, you might have called Benedict Cumberbatch one of the most impressive actors of his generation, British division. You could have referred to him as an Oscar nominee; a Shakespearean thespian; a solid supporting presence in prestige films like 12 Years a Slave (to jog your memory: he was the one who was not Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt or Chiwetel Ejiofor); someone who has graced successful great-man biopics and and less-than-successful versions of the same; a sex symbol; and the third-greatest Sherlock Holmes of all time. (Or the best, assuming you are judging solely by the character's inherent narcissism and OCD tendencies.) And, if you were like the 40-year-old self-deprecating gentleman himself, you may have added that he's the performer who's been told he strongly resembles a hammerhead shark, a "lizard man" or Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age films.

All completely accurate. But until this past weekend, you wouldn't have called him a Marvel superhero. Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's strangest superhero | British GQ. When I meet Benedict Cumberbatch, he raises his arms in front of himself, a good few feet out, giving the unmistakable sign that what we are about to do is hug. "Stuart! " This is both worrying, as I hug like a panicked passenger executing a talk-down landing of a plane, and welcome. At least I have time to prepare. We pat solidly on backs, ask how the other is, and generally inspect each other for damage. Specifically, we met for the other time Cumberbatch featured on the cover of this magazine, a little more than three years ago, back when he was single, when he was about to appear in a third season of Sherlock (he's now about to appear in a fourth), and had spent the year dividing his time between scene-stealing bit-parts in big films (the villain Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness; the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) and lead roles in smaller ones (Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate; Alan Turing in The Imitation Game).

It was pretty fun. Did it affect him? DOCTOR STRANGE BLOOPERS + DELETED SCENE | Marvel Movie 2016 Blu Ray Trailer. Elementary, my dear: Benedict Cumberbatch is the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all time. Shadowy agents, serial killers, secret histories and a grief counsellor who was actually Sherlock Holmes’s long-lost sister. For three weeks, fans of the high-functioning franchise had their brains scrambled by a succession of revelations, riddles and red herrings.

But, as the final episode of the fourth series drew to a close last night, one fact remained indubitable: Sherlock is now Britain’s biggest drama. Elementary, my dear viewers. The slick, contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories – which the BBC has sold to an astonishing 240 territories around the world – was the most popular program over the festive period, save for the New Year’s Eve fireworks, attracting in excess of 11 million viewers during its three-week run. However, it has not all been plain sailing. Hartswood FilmsMartin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes Twists kept on coming in this Chinese puzzle of a story, co-written by series creators Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Benedict Cumberbatch reveals his favourite line from Doctor Strange. Mad Lib Theater with Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch's breakthrough performance. Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Kurt Vonnegut's Incensed Letter to the High School That Burned Slaughterhouse-Five.

Images of Vonnegut and Cumberbatch, via Wikimedia Commons If you’ve kept up with Open Culture for a while, you know that Kurt Vonnegut could write a good letter, whether home from World War II, to high school students, to other writers, to John F. Kennedy, or to the future. You also know that Benedict Cumberbatch can give a good reading, whether of literature like The Metamorphosis and Moby Dick or more directly personal words from Alan Turing or a Guantánamo prisoner.

It must have seemed like only a matter of time, then, before this master reader of letters (in the broad sense) took on the work of a master letter-writer, and here we have a clip of Cumberbatch at the Hay Festival 2014 reading a Vonnegut letter — and a particularly impassioned Vonnegut letter at that. And as for the products of that labor, “if you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you would learn that they are not sexy, and do not argue in favor of wildness of any kind. Related Content: