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Benedict Cumberbatch disapproves of ‘Cumberbitches’

- September 10th, 2013

Coming into TIFF, hottie du fest Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years A Slave) was gratified by his female fandom, but troubled by the collective nickname they’d adopted.

Cumberbitches,” the actor intones in a private interview with Sun Media. “It’s not about me taken aback specifically, but it’s kind of about feminism, isn’t it? It’s like it never existed.

“I mean, it’s up to them to form a collective noun that’s less offensive to people who may not want to belong to that collective noun.”

Happily, Cumberbatch’s disapproval made it through the ranks of fans. “I’ve just quietly been saying that, and now if you look on the red carpet, they’re holding signs saying they’re the Cumber-Collective.”

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Cable casting influences the big screen

- September 9th, 2013

How much of an impact crater has premium cable made on the movies?

John Krokidas is director of nourish Kill Your Darlings – about a real-life ’40s murder and same-sex menage a trois that connected then college-age “Beat” darlings Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. He had his revelation  while looking at the movie poster.

“As I look at it, I realize that HBO is responsible for 80 per cent of my cast,” Krokidas told us in a TIFF interview. Bona fide movie star Daniel Radcliffe is the lead as Ginsberg. “But Jack Huston (Kerouac)? Boardwalk Empire. Ben Foster (Burroughs)? Six Feet Under. Michael C. Hall? Six Feet Under. (And, we must add, Dexter). Dane Dehaan? True Blood. Who knew?”

“Being a television nerd finally paid off, I guess. It gives me an advantage when it comes to casting actors.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch at TIFF: Once a sleuth …

- September 6th, 2013

Actors usually deny taking their work home with them, but Daniel Bruhl can attest his first meeting with Benedict Cumberbatch suggested his co-star was still mentally on the set of TV’s Sherlock.

Bruhl, who’s also at TIFF playing Niki Lauda in the racing movie Rush, plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the tech lieutenant of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.

“When I first met (Cumberbatch), it was shocking how much he looked like Assange,” Bruhl says. “But then the first thing he said to me, he told me what I’d had for breakfast, that I was left-handed and recommended that I iron my shirt better.

“I said, ‘Well, hi Sherlock. I’m going to be your Watson for the next two or three months.’

“This was before he even said hi,” Bruhl says, adding that Cumberbatch immediately apologized. “He said, ‘I can’t help it.’”

For his part, Cumberbatch said, “I think Daniel is being fairly flattering. As a skilled actor, a part of what we do is a form of investigation. So I think he’s probably got just as keen an eye as I have.

“The left-handed thing I did notice, though,” Cumberbatch remembers.

 Actors Dan Stevens, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl of ‘The Fifth Estate’ pose at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.  Larry Busacca/Getty Images/AFP

 

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

- September 5th, 2013

In the first couple of TIFF flicks I saw there were two notable same-sex lip-locks – both in films involving a murder. There was David Morse and the late Cory Monteith of Glee fame in the noir cop film McCanick.

And there was Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings, about the WWII-era murder that marked the college lives of Beat writers Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Guess they wanted to really leave Finn from Glee and Harry Potter behind.

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Beam Me Up, Wachowskis

- September 8th, 2012

The embargo is off Cloud Atlas, the Wachowski siblings’ sprawling opus in which the actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, etc.) play multiple characters from different times, races and even genders. More later, but I will say this: Hollywood makeup has not advanced far enough for white people to play Asians without looking like either Vulcans or Romulans.