Monday, May 14, 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch: Actors shouldn't take jobs where their female co-stars aren't paid equally

Abigail Hess | @AbigailJHess  2 Hours Ago

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Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK Fan Event to celebrate the release of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing Marvel's Dr. Strange and the BBC's Sherlock Holmes, suggested in a recent interview that male actors — including himself — should turn down roles in productions in which women are not paid equally.

"Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it,'" Cumberbatch said in an interview with Radio Times Sunday while promoting his latest series, "Patrick Melrose."

Cumberbatch hopes to enact this policy at his new production company, SunnyMarch, as well.

"I'm proud that [business partner] Adam [Ackland] and I are the only men in our production company," he said. "Our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects."

He says that focusing on women-centric stories is both the right thing to do, and good business.

"Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism," said Cumberbatch, who has long spoken about his identity as a feminist.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Michelle Williams Eyes ‘Rio’ With Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal

By Justin Kroll

Michelle Williams is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal in the StudioCanal pic “Rio.”

“Call Me By Your Name” helmer Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Steven Knight.

The film follows a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Studiocanal will finance and produce along with Cumberbatch and his Sunny March production company with Adam Ackland as well as Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker who will produce through their Nine Stories banner.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hayley Atwell leaves little to the imagination during no holds barred sex-scene with co-star Matthew Macfadyen in resurfaced scenes from 2010 drama Any Human Heart

Daily Mail
By Jason Chester for MailOnline
PUBLISHED: 09:22 EST, 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:10 EST, 13 November 2017

A mesmerising, multi-generational tale exploring youth, middle-age and the inevitability of death is given a provocative flourish thanks to Hayley Atwell in recently resurfaced scenes from 2010 miniseries Any Human Heart.

The British actress strips off for a passionate love scene with co-star Matthew Macfadyen in the three part period drama, adapted from William Boyd’s 2002 novel of the same name.

Leaving little to the imagination, Hayley, 35, embraces her role as the flighty Freya Deverell, with whom MacFadyan’s existential protagonist Logan Mountstuart embarks on an all-encompassing affair.

The screen-lovers are seen working up a sweat as they writhe across a double bed, lost in the throes of passion, during one particularly heated tryst.

Sitting astride Macfadyen, Atwell smothers him with an embrace before leaning in for a series of fervent kisses.

Winning the Drama Serial gong at the 2011 British Academy Television Awards, Any Human Heart follows Mountstuart from exuberant adolescence to reclusive old age, charting his marriages, affairs, tragedies and triumphs along the way.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Hold on to your ovaries, ladies – here’s Tom Hiddleston holding a puppy

Pascale Day
November 10, 2017

Oh, is it Christmas already? Because this was weirdly on the top of our list. Twice.

Yes, Tom Hiddleston was spotted carrying a teeny tiny Cocker Spaniel through London this week.

Now, there could be a number of reasons for the debut of this furry little fella:

One: this is a therapy dog to help Tommy Hiddles through Taylor Swift album release week, and the number of songs about him will dictate how long he gets to keep the puppy.

Two: T-Hidz is due to appear in Hamlet at RADA in London, and he is using this pup is the perfect wriggly little stand-in for a skull during rehearsals at home.

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Martin Clunes denies reports that Doc Martin will be ending after nine series

Digital Spy
Naomi Gordon
10 November 2017

Martin Clunes has no immediate plans to retire Portwenn's grumpiest GP Doc Martin, despite claims that the much-loved show would be coming to an end after series nine.

The series 8 finale aired on ITV this week, which featured the very welcome return of Hollywood actress Sigourney Weaver as American tourist Beth Traywick. She delighted viewers as she appeared at the Cornish surgery for a meeting with Clunes's doctor Martin.

It had initially been reported that the show would end after series 8, then it was claimed that it would be concluding in 2018 with series 9.

But Clunes has told Digital Spy that the drama has only been commissioned by ITV until series 9, so it could continue beyond then depending on the plans of the broadcaster.

"That was the last one [series 9] we had commissioned," the actor explained. "We don't just decide to make it on our own, ITV have to commission it.

"And ITV has commissioned the ninth. We don't have a commission beyond that. Ask me again in two years."

On whether fans could expect any other Hollywood cameos in next year's series after the popular turn by Sigourney, the Men Behaving Badly star went on: "Harvey Keitel said he wanted to be in it, but only after he heard Sigourney was in it.

"I don't think he knows what it is anyway. One of our producers knows him, but I don't think it was serious. I don't think we wrote a part for him."