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Cumberbatch to play Richard III or the case of my little green-eyed monster

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As I try to keep my grubby fingers on multiple fandom pulses, a while back I came across this interesting piece of news:

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Richard III in the second series of Shakespeare’s History for BBC2.

Ordinarily, one could skim over this little morsel if it wasn’t for the fact that playing the role of Little Richie Plantagenet, Yo! it’s York in the House,  has been a dream of Armitage for some time, a goal he has mentioned in countless interviews throughout the years and I am too lazy to link to a single one of them, so you are welcome.

It got me thinking about what it must be like to mold your career at a time when another British actor, especially one younger than you, seems to be thriving, even making it onto Time 100 Most Influential People list.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the direction in which Richard’s career is heading (seriously, chuffed as chips or rather Chops!) and I like the fact that being an Armitage Admirer Well-wisher still feels like a member of an exclusive club with a well-kept secret of exquisite taste in men, but when you’re vying for the same parts, heading to the same auditions as the likes of Cumberbatch or Hiddleston, when you stand back and watch their notoriety soar, does it smarm a bit?

To what extent do you compare yourself and your opportunities, casting options, accomplishments to others?

Although I would really dislike the notion that RA is pushing for a glitzy Hollywood career and therefore abandoning projects that made me fall for him in the first place, I can’t help but wonder if he ever questions why them and not him.

Some projects that we felt would be perfect for Richard but went to another actor are easier to swallow, like casting Aidan Turner in Poldark, with others having another actor portray Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches would be much harder to accept (seriously, have you read it? Matthew is perfect for Armitage), but having Cumberbatch play Richard III feels…personal…

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Don’t get me wrong, Cumberbatch is huge right now and it makes sense that if the producers would jump at the chance to cash in on that.

I have little doubt he will do a superb job and I will certainly be amongst the swarm of people who know that anything Ben is in is definitely worth checking out as the man does not disappoint.

Then there are those arguments that maybe RA is just a little long in the tooth to play the king who died at 32, that this particular ship may well have sailed.

But a part of me, the one that is blinded by the sense of my very own distorted need for justice, the fan who wants Armitage to make him dreams come true, is disappointed and my little naughty fangirling green-eyed monster is having a field day.

To ease my discomfort, here’s a brilliant manip from Fan-Art from KingRichardArmitage:

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An image of what could have been and, hopefully may still be, after all Frodo did take the ring to Mount Doom against all odds, right?

Oh, and just so you know- had you chosen me Queen of the World like I have requested repeatedly, not only would you have Fridays off from work, but I’d also give Armitage the right of dibs on every single Richard III project.

In other words, if you liked it then you should have put a crown on it…

Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament 2013 knocks my fangirl teeth out!

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Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament 2012

Richard Armitage  vs. Tom Hiddleston.

RA gets crushed in the process.

Don’t worry, they said.

This is the year of Loki, next year it’s all about Thorin, they said.

Next year Richard will wipe the floor with all the other contenders, they said.

Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament 2013

First round

Richard Armitage vs. Benedict Cumberbatch

My very own Sophie’s choice.

As hard as it is, I remain loyal to the RArmy.

I get put into cool down mode for voting too passionately.

Benedict Cumberbatch vs. Richard Armitage

Well fcuk!

So, this is what happens when you get too big…

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I was doing my morning coffee and gossip trash round, when I came upon this article from The Daily Mail:

Sherlock, his crippling insecurities and the mystery of why Benedict Cumberbatch  can’t find a wife despite being Britain’s latest superstar

The title pretty much says it all and sums up the quality of the article.

There’s nothing quite like having all your alleged life problems analysed by a tabloid in one swift go.

Before you say anything, I know it’s The Mail, but even trashy tabloids are supposed to at least pretend they are upkeeping some level of journalism.

This is just painful to read.

Here’s just a little sample of what you get:

The writer (I struggle to call him a journalist) uses tidbits from different previous Cumberbatch interviews, sprinkles it with innuendoes, and dresses it all up in a sensationalist blanket.

It reads like a description of a cheap novel.

Don’t believe me?

“Last month, the pair were photographed snuggling  on a sun-lounger beside a pool at Ibiza’s Hotel Hacienda. She is wearing next to  nothing, and he strokes her arm as she nuzzles his face with her blonde  hair”

or

“His angered outpourings may have had  their  root in his tortured private life. After a dozen years, during  which they had  made a nest together in a flat in Hampstead, North  London, he and actress  Olivia Poulet had parted. In an instant, all his  hopes for a family had  vanished”

This article is just so bad it makes my teeth hurt.

It got me thinking that, even with the absence of any real news (which, quite frankly, is not true as there’s new Cumberbatch info every other day), recycling old quotes and making them sound thrilling fills newspaper columns, and gets people reading.

I find observing Benedict’s rise to fame thrilling, and I honestly believe that he deserves all the success and notoriety he’s getting, but it must be so uncomfortable to see such utter crap written about you.

Today’s “article” made me truly thankful that Richard Armitage does his upmost to keep his private life under wraps.

The less personal details he gives away, the less chance they will be taken out of context and twisted.

A part of me had always wished that RA would be more forthcoming, like he was early on in his career.

Now I realise that I would be shattered if I had to read such slosh about him, and can only imagine how disturbing our beloved actor would find it.

I’ve sometimes accused Richard of not fully taking advantage of the opportunities that The Hobbit has offered him of becoming a “household name”.

Now I think that instead of notoriety, Richard may well be content in letting his work speak for itself.

BBC’s Sherlock Fanfiction Recs

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As I slave away at my thesis, here are some more reading recommendations.

I’ve mentioned my ever growing love for fanfiction on a number of occasions, and I have also recommended some to date, but here’s another batch.

I’m not sure why, but I tend to read ones that are connected to BBC’s Sherlock.

There’s just something about the relationship between the characters that lends itself so well to fanfiction, but please be warned, all of these have mature content.

Like many readers out there, I’m terribly greedy about the amount of words the fic has and, no surprises, I like a multi-chapter one that has a rich story.

Luckily many authors tend to spoil us readers, so here’s a bunch of my favorites.

I’ve already mentioned the first Shelock fic titled A Cure for Boredom by emmagrant01.

It’s Johnlock, meaning it follows the evolution of the relationship between Sherlock and John Watson, and the rating on this is explicit.

This fanfic is a wonderful example of fandom collaboration, as you are linked to art pertaining to the story.

Just when you thought you’d hit naughty fanfic jackpot, the author adds Alternate and Missing Scenes from “A Cure for Boredom”.

I guarantee you’ll never look at cinnamon the same way again.

Sticking to the Johnlock theme, I’d also recommend Performance in a Leading Role by Mad_Lori.

This is a AU story and the answer to what you would get if both Sherlock and John were movie actors starring in a film together.

It’s quite touching and worth a look.

If Johnlock isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe the next fics are more to your liking.

This Sherlolly (Sherlock and Molly) series titled Sustain was written by maybe_amanda, and is one of my favorites.

It comes in 4 parts:

Sustained (or Concerto for the Famished in D Minor)

Sustain II – Refrain

Sustain III: Obbligato

Sustain: Coda, Variation One

If you’ve never imagined Sherlock as a fool in love and a family man, maybe_amanda will make you eat your words.

I’ve left this story for last because it’s a bit of a heartbreaker.

Alone on the Water by Mad_Lori is possibly the best known Sherlock fic around.

I’m not saying anything more about this one, apart from the fact that it is touching, beautiful and very sad.

After reading it I suggest you check out this fanvid (ya know, just cos you won’t be sobbing enough…)

These are just the fics I find myself going back to (more times than I care to mention…).

There are also tumblr pages such as Highly Functioning Fangirls  or SherlockXJohnRecs who specialize in fanfic recs.

If there are any more you’d like to add, pop them in comments ;)

Benedict, you can drive my car anytime…

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Benedict, you can drive my car anytime…

This put a huge smile on my face.

Benedict Cumberbatch sporting Sherlock curls punching Jeremy Clark.

Doesn’t get much better!

Here’s the show’s description:

“In this clip, we’re treated to seeing Benedict’s mother posing with quite a fanciful car, we learn what the BBC Sherlock star drove as his first vehicle, we see host Jeremy Clarkson learn how to take a punch, and determine how well Cumberbatch fared on his timed track laps versus other Star Trek greats.

We also get the secret behind exactly how Sherlock Holmes was able to survive the Reichenbach Fall.”

I think not, but it’s still a good giggle :)

Benedict, you can drive my car anytime…

Still on my wishlist: Richard Armitage on Top Gear!

I wonder if he’d be one of those tame sensible drivers, or if he’d release the driving beast within and it’d be pedal to the metal.

BTW, Benedict Cumberbatch has been the face of Jaguar, so I guess the reasonably priced car is a bit of a letdown for him.

By the way, I love how they add “actor” to his name.

Duh, I think we all gathered as much.

With a name like that he could hardly be an accountant!

UPDATE:

If the answer to your question whether you want to see more of Ben on Top Gear is HELL YES! here’s a behind the scenes clip:

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The (Almost) Perfect Storm of Fangirling

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I had another post planned for today, but I couldn’t let this fangirling chance pass me by!

Every so often the stars align and one lucky spot on Earth accumulates (almost) all that is beautiful and just in the world!

This came in the form of the NZ premier of The World’s End.

I’ve already been excited about this science fiction comedy starring Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg.

The film follows a group of friends reattempting an epic pub crawl during an alien invasion, and what’s not to love about that.

Little did I know that the premier of the move in New Zealand (a shocker right there!) would bring out almost all the yumminess a fangirl could ever wish for.

Don’t believe me?

Here we go:

Firstly, looking ever so dapper in a suit is the lovely Richard Armitage, bushy beard and all!

Richard Armitage New Zealand The World's End premier

Maybe a post one day regarding Richard Armitage and creative uses for that tie?

Suggestions and pervy ideas appreciated ;)

Next up someone who also even in the film, but apparently caused havoc on the carpet.

Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch sporting his Sherlock do:

The ridiculously funny Simon Pegg:

Apparently yesterday was Martin Freeman’s last day shooting The Hobbit and he was unable to attend due to prior commitments, which is a bit of a disappointment.

I also haven’t unearthed any news on whether Aidan Turner attended the event.

Anyway, the thing that never fails to amaze with British actors that six degrees of separation seem to be suspended where they are concerned.

It’s more like 2 degrees at best ;)

By the way, Peter Jackson posted a pic of Sherlock Benedict and Watson Martin reuniting on the set of The Hobbit.

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As sad as I am that this  journey is over, these two need to pack up and get back to Blighty to finish up series 3 of Sherlock.

Anyway, after such a display of hotness and awesomeness I think we all need a stiff drink!

Here’s the trailer for The World’s End.

When’s it gonna RAin Richard ?

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Richard and Benedict

Richard, I’m a bit worried and here’s why:

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Am I the only one who’s thinking why the heck there aren’t other projects lined up for Richard or at least rumoured.

I understand that The Hobbit is a huge commitment and has taken up a good portion of RA’s time, but shouldn’t things already be in the works?

Should Richard be striking the Orcist while it’s hot?

Since I’ve been away I’ve found myself lurking and making my way through other fandoms and, wouldn’t you know it, the BBC Sherlock one, and Benedict Cumberbatch seemed to have stuck like fangirling glue.

Seba asked me if I had become a Cumberbitch.

I’m already a bitch so adding the Cumber hardly seemed like a stretch ;)

And no, I’m not abandoning my first crush as Richard as he and I have the perfect relationship- I admire him so wholeheartidly and he doesn’t know I exist.

I see these new crushes as adding a fresh tasty dish to my already superb ogling and squeezing buffet ;)

I’m still loyal to the RArmy, so please don’t worry, I haven’t deflected!

The thing about being a fan of Cumberbatch is that there news every week.

I mean every freaking time I go on Tumblr there’s something new.

I swear his fans are the most spoilt lucky admirers known to man (or woman).

2013 will be raining Cumberbatch, so best get your fangirling willies on!

Don’t believe me?

Have a look at Benedict’s future projects:

Benedict Cumberbatch IMDB

The thing that confuses me is why Richard’s IMDB page listing future projects is so much smaller than Benedict’s.

I mean freaking Black Sky? Really? Apart from The Hobbit franchise that’s something to set my heart aflutter?

Don’t get me wrong, I may end up eating my words regarding this twister movie, when it’s finally released that is…

I know Benedict is the IT boy right now and Sherlock has skyrocketed his career.

It’s also true that some of the roles listed are supporting ones, but still.

Richard has the looks, he has the talent, the experience and thanks to The Hobbit he’s not just another British actor.

Richard is no chopped liver, or any other offal for that matter..

So what the fudge Richard?

Either you’re holding out on us or producers don’t know a good thing when it comes stormy towards them on thick muscular thighs!

Happy Sherlock Day! Now give me some smutty M/M fanfics to make it all better…

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The post title refers to it being 02/21/13 (as written in the US) today, meaning 221 13 (B) meaning the house number of Sherlock’s residence on Baker St.

Most people don’t know that I’m actually quite a potty mouth in RL, but I don’t really feel like going back and deleting.

Not today anyway…

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It never ceases to amaze me, at the same time freaking me the fuck out, how life, and the way you look at it, can change in a matter of minutes.

Things are definitely pants right now and I’m still figuring out how to cope with certain situations.

I know some of my fellow RA blogger find comfort in writing posts, either as a way of escaping RL crap, or as a means of actually understanding the whirlwind events in life.

I’m not sure I’m able to do that (or maybe not just right now…), not because I don’t believe that I would find comfort in my online friends or doubt the sincerity of their words and wishes.

It’s just that I have a very hands-on approach to any crises situation, not allowing myself a moment of weakness.

OK, I did totally lose my shit when I called my BFF to tell him what was going on, probably freaking him out as I doubt he’d ever witnessed me crying during our 12+ year friendship…

When you insist on being strong for everyone else, there comes a moment when you have to react, and passivity is my way out.

Tumblr is perfect for that, impersonal, somewhat smutty, not too challenging.

Escapism at it’s best.

It’s not so much the need to run away, at least for some time, but what I find most soothing, that has raised my internal eyebrows (whatever the fuck internal eyebrows are…).

You’d think I would retreat to RA, his characters, The Hobbit, Aidan Turner, or something down those lines.

I really can’t explain my sudden interest BBC’s Sherlock.

I think it was spurred on by a Hobbit/Sherlock crossover fanfic I had encountered, but not bothered to read.

I’d seen the series a while ago and absolutely adored the modern take on my beloved Doyle stories, not to mention how lovable I found Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson.

It’s not the series itself, however, that seems to capture my interest.

I’m so much more interested in Johnlock (a combination of John and Sherlock).

Now, I blame Durincest and Bagginshield for my sudden interest in: fanfiction in general,  M/M character pairing specifically, usually of explicit nature, but I’ll go for some angst every so often.

Damn you: Peter Jackson, Hot Dwarf Armitage and Hot Dwarf nephews, and especially talented smutty fanfic authors who know no boundaries!

What can I say?

There’s nothing like a character played by Martin Freeman finding himself utterly wrecked by another male character to brighten up an altogether grim day.

For the record, as much as I like Freeman as an actor with his wicked sense of humour, and he’s appeared in some of my favorite TV series (UK The Office) or films (The Hobbit), I’ve never really found him attractive as a man.

So how does he end up popping up in my favorite fanfics, usually in some compromising position (and I AM smiling and smirking as I type this…)?

Anyway, the first Johnlock fanfic I’d read, and one that I’m afraid has ultimately spoilt me for all others,  is A Cure For Boredom written by emmagrant01.

Just so we’re clear, this is definitely explicit and covers a range of topics of a sexual nature that some may find disturbing, but I found wonderfully distracting.

Just when the author deserved an online hug from me for perfectly capturing the characters of Sherlock and John while still managing to place them in the smuttiest (and sluttiest) of circumstances, it turned out she’d also written Alternate and Missing Scenes from “A Cure for Boredom”.

These extra chapters are mostly written from Sherlock’s perspective and it was just what I needed to find today.

Oh, it was like finding a banknote stuffed in the pocket of an old jacket when you thought you were skint.

“I was Wats-off, but then you turned me Wats-on.”

My delightfully weird escape, which I can’t explain, even if I tried.

BTW, the way I’m feeling now, I’d sacrifice Martin flying all the way to New Zealand to continue filming The Hobbit just to have him stay in London to film season 3 of Sherlock and provide a new fix.

That should tell you something about where I’m at at the moment.

I’d still love for Richard Armitage to make an appearance in the BBC series though, so maybe I’m not a hopeless cause…

More Hobbit Funnies on a Silly Sunday

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I can’t help finding these very funny!

I especially like the Sherlock reference, because, if you remember, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both evolved with The Hobbit.

 I hope everyone has a laugh and a giggle on this Silly Sunday :)

Bushy Dwarf Brows are So Hot Right Now!

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I’ve committed the cardinal sin of blogging by writing a handful of posts, writing but not finishing them, leaving them in the Draft file, and not publishing them.

I’m also struggling to adjust to the scheduling posts system after the summer.

In my defence I’ve been busy taking care of Mizz AgzyM and that is eating up (no pun intended…) a big portion of my time.

I’ll leave the details for my WW post tomorrow :)

If I asked you what body part is the hot thing right now, I’m sure you’d answer:

The Bushy Beard!

Some of our favorite sexy actors have been sporting facial hair so attractive that the bushy wonders have made fangurls around the world take notice.

Never before have we loved the lip, chin and cheek warmer so much!

Sorry to tell you, but bushy beard are SOOOOOO last month!

Move over furry face, here comes the:

Caterpillar Bushy Brow

Thorin is rocking some serious scruffy brows and I am venturing a guess, though I may raise a few eyebrows,  that it will set the fashion world ablaze…again…

This new trend thrills me as I have quite thick brows.

Believe me, when they’re left to their own devices, I joke they need pinning back so I can see where I’m going.

Usually when I go to get them done the ladies at the salon Ooooo! and Ahhhh! over them, and it’s all fun and games till the tweezers and hot wax comes out.

Then it’s all just one big Ouch!

I’m in good company though and I don’t just mean  Thorin!

There’s nothing like I thick eyebrow to accentuate eyes and they do make you look younger, and who doesn’t love that!

The uni is where I draw the brow line, but I admire someone who can make it cool, like the wonderful Frida Kahlo.

Some other actors have also embracing their grizzly brows, like Benedict Cumberbatch.

The thicker fuller look is so in right now!

Celebrate The Hobbit with the Dwarf bow look!

 Instead of plucking your brows to about an inch of their life and then have to  pencil them in, so make sure you look after them.

Go to a specialist to have them nicely shaped, but be warned!

The chances are that if the beautician has 2 thin lines drawn on her face. maybe it’s good to go somewhere else.

A specialist will give you advice on how to strengthen your brows and will understand that over-plucked hairs may never grow back again.

It’s time to embrace the Dwarf Brows just in time for The Hobbit :)

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