Benedict Cumberbatch leading the way as most influential actor according to TIME readers










With appearances in the likes of Sherlock and The Fifth Estate, the star is leading the way ahead of pop superstars Miley Cyrus, Katy Pery and Bruno Mars
Benedict Cumberbatch is leading the way as the most influential actor in the world, according to an ongoing poll.
TIME magazine is working on its annual top 100 list, and the Sherlock star is head and shoulders above the competition, receiving more votes than the likes of Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence and even pop-megastar Miley Cyrus.
Although the poll is still open, Benedict is currently placed is sixth, behind the such stars as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and he is the only actor in the top 10 as it stands.
Given his prominence on the big and small screen, it perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising to see him held so highly in the minds of the public.
As well as his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary detective, he’s become a go-to man in Hollywood.
The likes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and his part in Star Trek Into Darkness have made him a valuable box office name, while taking on the role of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate proved he could tackle the big issues.



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Benedict Cumberbatch leading the way as most influential actor according to TIME readers

With appearances in the likes of Sherlock and The Fifth Estate, the star is leading the way ahead of pop superstars Miley Cyrus, Katy Pery and Bruno Mars

Benedict Cumberbatch is leading the way as the most influential actor in the world, according to an ongoing poll.

TIME magazine is working on its annual top 100 list, and the Sherlock star is head and shoulders above the competition, receiving more votes than the likes of Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence and even pop-megastar Miley Cyrus.

Although the poll is still open, Benedict is currently placed is sixth, behind the such stars as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and he is the only actor in the top 10 as it stands.

Given his prominence on the big and small screen, it perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising to see him held so highly in the minds of the public.

As well as his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary detective, he’s become a go-to man in Hollywood.

The likes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and his part in Star Trek Into Darkness have made him a valuable box office name, while taking on the role of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate proved he could tackle the big issues.




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Benedict Cumberbatch For Bond Role?
Sherlock actor is reportedly in talks to play Ian Fleming in a new biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch could be about to land a Bond role if the latest Hollywood rumours are to be believed. But the Sherlock star won’t be taking over from Daniel Craig, instead he’s thought to be in talks to play 007’s creator Ian Fleming.
It’s been reported that Benedict has been offered the role of the James Bond writer in a new big screen biopic which will follow the origins of 007.
Insider site The Tracking Board state that the Brit is the frontrunner for the role in the as yet untitled film that is based on a 2009 biography by Andrew Lycett.
The movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting later this year, will follow Fleming through the Second World War and his experiences in naval intelligence where he found his inspiration for Bond, portraying similar events as recently shown in Sky Atlantic drama Fleming, which starred Dominic Cooper.
Written by Matthew Brown, the biopic is still without a director after Duncan Jones, the man behind Moon and Source Code dropped out last year to direct the Warcraft film.
It’s not the first time Benedict has been linked to a Bond role. Back in 2012 it was rumoured the actor was in talks to play a villain in the upcoming 24th movie.
More recent rumours though have placed Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role as a Bond baddie opposite Daniel Craig.







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Benedict Cumberbatch For Bond Role?

Sherlock actor is reportedly in talks to play Ian Fleming in a new biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch could be about to land a Bond role if the latest Hollywood rumours are to be believed. But the Sherlock star won’t be taking over from Daniel Craig, instead he’s thought to be in talks to play 007’s creator Ian Fleming.

It’s been reported that Benedict has been offered the role of the James Bond writer in a new big screen biopic which will follow the origins of 007.

Insider site The Tracking Board state that the Brit is the frontrunner for the role in the as yet untitled film that is based on a 2009 biography by Andrew Lycett.

The movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting later this year, will follow Fleming through the Second World War and his experiences in naval intelligence where he found his inspiration for Bond, portraying similar events as recently shown in Sky Atlantic drama Fleming, which starred Dominic Cooper.

Written by Matthew Brown, the biopic is still without a director after Duncan Jones, the man behind Moon and Source Code dropped out last year to direct the Warcraft film.

It’s not the first time Benedict has been linked to a Bond role. Back in 2012 it was rumoured the actor was in talks to play a villain in the upcoming 24th movie.

More recent rumours though have placed Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role as a Bond baddie opposite Daniel Craig.

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‘Sherlock’ Season 4 SPOILERS: Tom Hiddleston Could Play Benedict Cumberbatch’s Brother! ‘Tom Would Be Wonderful In Sherlock,’ Says Mark Gatiss

“Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss has said that Tom Hiddleston would be the perfect choice to play the mysterious third Holmes brother in “Sherlock” Season 4.

RadioTimes writes that ever since Mycroft Holmes – played by Gatiss – made a reference to “the other one” in the “Sherlock” Season 3 finale, fans have been dream casting Hiddleston as the third brother. The third brother would have to be able to hold his own against Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Mycroft, and many think that Hiddleston has what it takes – including Gatiss.

“Tom would be wonderful in ‘Sherlock,’” Gatiss said during a recent Q&A in Brazil. “I’m sure but he only does movies now. What can I say?”

“I’ll ask him if you like,” Gatiss added. “Well, it’s an internet rumor so it must be true. We might as well just wait and see what happens.”

In another interview, co-creator Steven Moffat hinted that the third brother would make an appearance. When the interviewer asked him if the brother will make an appearance, Moffat said, “Wait and see!”

In the same interview, Moffat said that fans may have to wait a time for Season 4.

“I have no idea” when Season 4 will air, Moffat said. “[Producer and Moffat’s wife] Sue [Vertue]’s working on the schedules right now. I just started with Capaldi on the new series of ‘Doctor Who.’ You know, we’ll do what we can, but with no sacrifice in quality — that’s the thing.

“If people have to wait two years, they’ll have to wait two years. When’s the next James Bond film? You know, it’s not that kind of show that turns up all the time. It’s just not. But the good news is, that probably means it will turn up sporadically for a very, very long while.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch on stage - in pictures

Benedict Cumberbatch’s return to the stage as Hamlet at the Barbican will be one of the hottest tickets of 2015. Take a look at the days when you could see him from the front row at the Royal Court and the Almeida

*photo #1As David Scott-Fowler in After the Dance by Terence Rattigan at the Lyttelton, National Theatre. Directed by Thea Sharrock in 2010. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

*photo #2Cumberbatch as Berenger in Rhinoceros at the Royal Court in 2007. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

*photo #3Cumberbatch as George Haverstick with Jared Harris (Ralph Bates) in Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Almeida, 2006. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

*photo #4: Cumberbatch as Chris with Amanda Hale (Jenny) and Hattie Morahan (Clair) in The City at Royal Court in 2008. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

*photo #5Benedict Cumberbatch as Eisenring in The Arsonists at the Royal Court in 2007. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

*photo #6: Eve Best as Hedda Tesman and Cumberbatch as George Tesman in Hedda Gabler at the Almeida in 2005. He moves centre-stage as Hamlet at the Barbican in the summer of 2015. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

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Benedict Cumberbatch Lands Leading ‘Hamlet’ Role for London Stage Play!

Benedict Cumberbatch suits up as the host for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards held at the Istana Budaya Theatre on Wednesday (March 26) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 37-year-old actor was joined at the big event by Jamie Foxx and Daniel Bruhl.

It was just announced that Benedict has joined the cast of Hamlet in the title role Barbican Theatre in London, the BBC reports. Benedict will star in the play from August to October 2015.

“It’s a role I’ve been interested in for a long time,” Benedict told the Daily Telegraph in 2012 about the show. “I don’t know if there is such a thing as a right age to play the part, but 36 or 37 seems appropriate to me.”

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Dapper in denim: Benedict Cumberbatch steps out in a blue waistcoat, shirt and flat cap to have lunch with female friends


He regularly tops sexiest film star polls, so it is no wonder The Fifth Estate star was surrounded by females as he stepped out for lunch in London on Tuesday.  

Benedict Cumberbatch was dressed to rival his dapper character Alan Turing as he emerged from a London restaurant in a denim shirt and navy fleck waistcoat, paired with a black flat cap. 

Benedict, 37, still kept his look quirky with a white T-shirt with red cartoonish lettering underneath his shirt, and was joined by two female friends for the outing.

 

Benedict finished off his smart off duty look with black skinny jeans and pale blue brogue style shoes. 

The former Sherlock actor has just finished filming The Imitation Game where he plays mathematician and British cryptographer Alan Turing, due out in 2014.  

In an interview with T magazine the actor revealed he is tired of playing intellectually demanding roles, having played Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate and Sherlock in the BBC TV series with a stratospherically high IQ. 

The British actor said: ‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character’

He also added that despite the female attention he has garnered from playing Sherlock, he doesn’t think that the character in itself is necessarily one that should be seen as fanciable.

The Star Trek actor said: ‘I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him - he’d destroy you,’ adding: ‘He is an absolute b*****d.’

He also added despite becoming more and more famous thanks to his big roles in Hollywood films, the actor has come up with a method to ensure he is not recognised in the street.

 

'There is a way of just shadowing through.' Benedict explained. 'The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses - the more people are going to look. 

Saying simply: ‘The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight.’




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Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfonso Cuaron, Maggie Smith Back U.K. Press Regulation




UPDATED: A coalition of more than 200 British celebrities — including ‎current and past “Doctor Who” stars Peter Capaldi and David Tennant — urges newspaper owners to embrace a royal charter ‎agreement reached a year ago



LONDON – ‎A group of more than 200 British celebrities and personalities, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfonso Cuaron, Maggie Smith and current Doctor Who lead Peter Capaldi, has urged newspaper owners to embrace stricter U.K. press regulation, which political parties had agreed on a year ago.

Hacked Off, a group that has been campaigning ‎on behalf of victims of press abuse with Hugh Grant as one of its public faces, ran ads in several U.K. papers on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the political agreement that calls for a so-called royal charter to underpin a system of self-regulation. The ads cited a declaration supported by a who’s who of famous Brits that called for acceptance of the charter, which was based on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry into U.K. media ethics and standards that was launched amid the phone-hacking scandal.
 
Many newspaper groups, including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp's News UK unit, have focused on starting an alternative self regulator, saying that the use of a royal charter, a specific U.K. way of underpinning rules, could ultimately give politicians too much oversight‎ of the press. Other publishers have not joined them in pursuing their own self-regulatory model, but have also not backed the charter. ‎Public apologies and corrections are one key sanction for newspapers running afoul of the code of conduct under the envisioned royal charter system. A new regulator would be able to require and even direct apologies, the latter being a form of using more force. Offending papers could also be forced to pay fines of up to $1.5 million (£1 million).

Victims could use a complaints process, in which the regulator would decide whether complaints are warranted and what measures to take. 

Newspaper publishers that don’t accept the new press regulator would be subject to exemplary damages if they publish stories in disregard of claimants’ rights. 

Critics in the newspaper industry have expressed concern about the severity of some measures and said that “unreasonable” representatives of anti-press groups could end up being part of the regulator, even though the charter says that all members must meet strict requirements, ensuring professionalism.

The back-and-forth debate has delayed the launch of any new regulatory system.
Among the other celebrities supporting Tuesday’s declaration for press regulation were former Doctor Who star David Tennant, Russell Brand, Ian McKellen, Steve Coogan and Bob Geldof; directors Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes,  Stephen Daldry,  Stephen Frears,  Guy Ritchieand Mike Leigh‎; TV talk star Graham Norton; Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling‎ and Monty Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. Other famous supporters includeJames Blunt, ‎Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and entrepreneur Richard Branson.
Some of them, including Cleese and Rowling, have also signed previous‎ Hacked Off declarations.
The Hacked Off ads appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and other papers. The signatories of the declaration urged newspapers to embrace the royal charter system of regulation.

"We believe that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy," the declaration said. "It should be fearless in exposing corruption, holding the powerful to account and championing the powerless. It has nothing to lose, and can only be enhanced, by acknowledging unethical practice in its midst and acting firmly to ensure it is not repeated."
It added that the royal charter “safeguards the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable. That is why we support it, and that is why we urge newspaper publishers to embrace it.”
In a statement, Cleese said: “The big newspaper bosses are lying though their teeth about the Leveson recommendations. They say their freedom is being  threatened, but when anyone points out what self-serving rubbish this is, they ignore these arguments and instead attack the people who are trying to get the truth heard. Their unscrupulousness is breathtaking.”




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Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfonso Cuaron, Maggie Smith Back U.K. Press Regulation

UPDATED: A coalition of more than 200 British celebrities — including ‎current and past “Doctor Who” stars Peter Capaldi and David Tennant — urges newspaper owners to embrace a royal charter ‎agreement reached a year ago

LONDON – ‎A group of more than 200 British celebrities and personalities, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfonso Cuaron, Maggie Smith and current Doctor Who lead Peter Capaldi, has urged newspaper owners to embrace stricter U.K. press regulation, which political parties had agreed on a year ago.

Hacked Off, a group that has been campaigning ‎on behalf of victims of press abuse with Hugh Grant as one of its public faces, ran ads in several U.K. papers on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the political agreement that calls for a so-called royal charter to underpin a system of self-regulation. The ads cited a declaration supported by a who’s who of famous Brits that called for acceptance of the charter, which was based on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry into U.K. media ethics and standards that was launched amid the phone-hacking scandal.

 

Many newspaper groups, including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp's News UK unit, have focused on starting an alternative self regulator, saying that the use of a royal charter, a specific U.K. way of underpinning rules, could ultimately give politicians too much oversight‎ of the press. Other publishers have not joined them in pursuing their own self-regulatory model, but have also not backed the charter. 

Public apologies and corrections are one key sanction for newspapers running afoul of the code of conduct under the envisioned royal charter system. A new regulator would be able to require and even direct apologies, the latter being a form of using more force. Offending papers could also be forced to pay fines of up to $1.5 million (£1 million).


Victims could use a complaints process, in which the regulator would decide whether complaints are warranted and what measures to take. 

Newspaper publishers that don’t accept the new press regulator would be subject to exemplary damages if they publish stories in disregard of claimants’ rights. 


Critics in the newspaper industry have expressed concern about the severity of some measures and said that “unreasonable” representatives of anti-press groups could end up being part of the regulator, even though the charter says that all members must meet strict requirements, ensuring professionalism.


The back-and-forth debate has delayed the launch of any new regulatory system.

Among the other celebrities supporting Tuesday’s declaration for press regulation were former Doctor Who star David Tennant, Russell BrandIan McKellenSteve Coogan and Bob Geldof; directors Danny BoyleSam Mendes,  Stephen Daldry,  Stephen Frears,  Guy Ritchieand Mike Leigh‎; TV talk star Graham NortonHarry Potter author J.K. Rowling‎ and Monty Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. Other famous supporters includeJames Blunt‎Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

Some of them, including Cleese and Rowling, have also signed previous‎ Hacked Off declarations.

The Hacked Off ads appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and other papers. The signatories of the declaration urged newspapers to embrace the royal charter system of regulation.

"We believe that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy," the declaration said. "It should be fearless in exposing corruption, holding the powerful to account and championing the powerless. It has nothing to lose, and can only be enhanced, by acknowledging unethical practice in its midst and acting firmly to ensure it is not repeated."

It added that the royal charter “safeguards the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable. That is why we support it, and that is why we urge newspaper publishers to embrace it.”

In a statement, Cleese said: “The big newspaper bosses are lying though their teeth about the Leveson recommendations. They say their freedom is being  threatened, but when anyone points out what self-serving rubbish this is, they ignore these arguments and instead attack the people who are trying to get the truth heard. Their unscrupulousness is breathtaking.”

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