Benedict Cumberbatch wore a terrible wig, worked in a moat for ‘Richard III’

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Here are some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch filming The Hollow Crown in the moat of Leeds Castle at some point. Fame/Flynet dated these photos as November 21, but they were released on November 28, so I don’t know what to tell you. I will say this… Benedict isn’t a vain man when it comes to playing certain roles. Richard III is never portrayed as a dashing, handsome man, but there have been versions where Richard isn’t quite so… I don’t know? Gross? THAT WIG. That wig alone proves that Benedict has no actor vanity. Also: Richard’s boat had #AllTheVelvet?

So, what else is going on with Bendy? Sigh… there are still interviews coming out. People Magazine did one sit-down interview and they’ve been parceling out the quotes piece by piece for a week now – go here and here to read. Benedict also did some press with his home away from home, PBS. Benedict has always been supportive of PBS, probably because PBS airs Sherlock. Benedict did PBS’s News Hour – here’s the video:

And he also appeared on Charlie Rose. Here’s one clip where he talks about his parents and deciding to be an actor:

Here’s another clip – he talks about Sherlock and playing a genius & how much he loves the popularity of his version of Sherlock.

Even though I’m tired of how oversaturated he is, I still enjoy listening to his voice. His voice is both sexy AND soothing. I’m very relaxed listening to him. I want him to read me a bedtime story.

PS… Some people think that Benedict did the voiceover for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. O RLY? It doesn’t actually sound like him at all. And Yahoo’s studio sources say that the voice is actually Andy Serkis.

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  1. laetitia says:

    First! Having an early morning flight has its perks.

    Benedict’s voice is amazing. He should just have voice recordings of him reading bedtime stories and call it – Bedtime with Benedict. He could make a pretty penny for those bedtime stories.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Am I the only one who likes the wig and the Richard III look?

  3. Alice says:

    Well, he has been in battle, so you wouldn’t expect him to be all coiffed, but he still looks good to me. I could really get into those tights. Well, not literally, hmm, oh, you know what I mean.

  4. spiders123 says:

    he is an ugly Richard iii because he is an ugly man…

    • It is what it is says:

      LOLLLL

    • black orchid, says:

      snort!! this actually made me laugh!!

    • Hazel says:

      exactly

    • reba says:

      you mean because Richard III was an ugly man, right?

      • annon says:

        Nope I think Sider123 means Benedict is an “ugly man”, lol which is true, dude looks like a foot. Though if he has a nice personality then that is probably what people find attractive about him, I honestly don’t know anything about him other than he plays Sherlock which I LOVE, but I think the fabulous writing off the show makes him look like a better actor but that’s my opinion.

      • lola says:

        @annon
        Good for those with feet fetish. Unfortunately I don’t have one but in hes case I’d fake it. But of course that is only my limited opinion.

    • grimmsfairytale says:

      Snicker snicker.
      I will never understand the, to paraphrase Archer, Sploosh that this man garners.

    • kennedy says:

      I actually spit out my water when I read your comment because it is SO funny. And true! He is so ugly. I know that’s really mean to say but I can’t find anything about him that I like. He’s a good actor but doesn’t hold my attention. Nothing about him stands out.

    • Mikasa says:

      Oh dear…Gambles is that you?!

  5. just me says:

    Not a fan of the wig. I know the idea is to make him look (more) unattractive but it’s a bad wig. He looks like a man wearing a wig, not a man sporting a different hair cut.

    • MissMary says:

      This. I’m down with changing appearances for a role, whatever, actor’s job, no problem, but please someone tell me the BBC has more money in the budget for hair pieces than the 5 pounds they spent on that wig.

      • Felice says:

        Well I mean it’s not like they had Vidal Sassoon in the 15th century. Maybe it will look better on screen. Those official photos weren’t bad.

        Now I’m having war flashbacks of seeing the lace front on his Julian Assange wig. It was bothering me so much when i saw TFE lol

      • Cel says:

        Its not just the BBC – too many huge productions with millions spent and they can’t get a decent wig?? A bad wig is always distracting.

      • MissMary says:

        I’m hoping it’s not Assange-levels of wtf when it’s on screen and after post-prod. It’ll probably look fine (the Sherlock double’s wig did and it was really sketch in the still shots from behind the scenes).

    • icerose says:

      Richard 111 was actually considered quite good looking.

  6. Hazel says:

    The Imitation Game got a higher Per Theatre Average than The King’s Speech did. I’m happy for Keira.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Imagine how well it might have done if they actually made it available to more moviegoers? As it is going now, I may see The Hollow Crown II before I see TIG. And I’m not the only person pointing this out. The AMPAS voter sitting next to me in a restaurant last night was complaining about how difficult the distributor has made it for voters who don’t live in Los Angeles or New York to see this film.

      • Hazel says:

        Well all indies usually open in limited release in both LA and NYC as it allows word of mouth to build. Not only did TIG use this method, so did Foxcatcher, Birdman, The Theory of Everything and Boyhood and just like those films, TIG will eventually have a nationwide release. An AMPAS member should know that to be honest.

      • Luna says:

        Go to Boxofficemojo and look at the releases of this kind of films. They are always released limited (4-6 theaters) and after some weeks the go wide.
        It is not beleivable that AMPAS voters didn’t know that. I call BS.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Birdman opened here the same time it opened in NYC. TTOE opened here one week later. I saw Foxcatcher Thursday at the time my family had hoped to see TIG. TIG doesn’t come here until mid-December, weeks after this “limited release” when it will be buried in a crush of other films. Considering the amount of press this film has received, including the cover of Time magazine and the various talk shows, it really shouldn’t need “word of mouth.” As for the AMPAS member; “knowing” and “liking” are two very, very different things. He seemed well aware of how and why things are handled; he didn’t like the way things are handled.

      • Luna says:

        Birdman opened on Friday 17 October, only on:
        NEW YORK:
        AMC Lincoln Square and Angelika Film Center
        LOS ANGELES
        The Landmark and The Arclight Hollywood
        Then it expanded to many other theaters on October 23.
        So if you don’t live in LA or NY you didn’t watch it when it was released.
        Foxcatcher opened on November 14, you watched it two weeks later.
        I still think it is bs.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I saw Birdman in BOSTON at 7 PM on Friday, October 17, 2014.

      • gg says:

        Most AMPAS voters watch screeners, they don’t go to the theatre anyway!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @gg, yes, they get screeners but some prefer to see the film on a larger screen in a movie theater.

    • Hazel says:

      @lilacflowers It won’t. Harvey’s handled this release flawlessly. This film is an indie and it needs word of mouth in order to translate to good nationwide box office, Benedict did all this last year for his flop and it didn’t help at all as the film had really bad word of mouth. The expansion is obviously timed with the Golden Globe nominations meaning that it gets a bit of free extra press and I suppose it will expand to more theatres after the BAFTA and Oscar nominations are announced. It’s probably going to expand to more markets than most of the Oscar releases and do a lot better.

      As for the other releases, I think Birdman only expanded to 50 theatres after, Foxcatcher to 24, and TTOE to approximately 40. I assume that TIG will expand a tiny bit just like them. All indies work like this so I wonder why the AMPAS member is just disgruntled with this one.

      • Cate says:

        If you’re not on the payroll of ‘Harvey’s’ (as you call him apparently) then you should seriously consider applying. I do hope you’re in the business though, because otherwise all that movie release knowledge is going to waste. Don’t just call just out other commenters on so called BS please. You are quite rude. And again, if you’re not working for The Weinstein Company you’re quite honestly over invested.

      • Maggie says:

        It is great news for TIG and Harvey has handled the release very well.
        Here is the link to the Deadline article:

        http://deadline.com/2014/11/the-imitation-game-box-office-debut-per-theater-average-1201302952/
        ———————————-
        “The Imitation Game received an A+ CinemaScore and only a handful of films get that result,” said Lomis. Both male and female audience-goers gave it a large majority of definite-recommends, he said. The audience was 52% female.”

        “I think it strikes a chord with the art-house crowd, fans of historical film and gay audiences love this film,” Lomis said. “Also, to tech-heads, Alan Turing is a god-like figure and fans of Benedict Cumberbatch are excited for this.”

        Following a route similar to The King’s Speech, TWC will expand The Imitation Game to six additional markets and about 25 theaters by Dec. 12. The film is going into wide release on Christmas Day.”
        ————————————
        You are quite right, Hazel, that this is the usual release strategy for Indie films and also the sort of release strategy that Harvey used for The King’s Speech. It is also continuing to do excellent BO in the UK.

      • Soothy says:

        Certainly the results Harvey wants, that’s for sure. But his means of getting them makes me feel ill. Also makes me feel quite sick to see women praising this repellant man.

      • icerose says:

        Paddington Bear just opened here and it has got rave reviews on the BBC film show last night. They made me want to see it in away that all of Harvey’s publicity has not

  7. tasha_nat says:

    His voice is sexy. Listen to him read the Sherlock Holmes Rediscovered Railway Mysteries. Or Little Red Hen. And I kind of like him all mussed like that. Let’s roll in the dirt.

    (Let’s just all focus on his work and not his recent weirdness and douchebaggery and all will be fine.)

  8. 'P'enny says:

    That cushion looks well made, clean and rather perfect for them times.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Doesn’t it? Exactly what you would expect to find in a boat during the middle of a 15th century battle. British upholstery seems to have undergone quite an upgrade in the time between Henry IV and Richard III.

  9. ncboudicca says:

    All we all going to ignore that…jacket…he’s wearing on Charlie Rose? OK, fine.

  10. Lilacflowers says:

    He thought his Little Charles i n August: Osage County was the typical American guy next door? Not in any American neighborhood I’ve ever resided in.

  11. LAK says:

    I feel fatigued by all these interviews.

    Until I saw the Fassbender post yesterday, i’d forgotten how much I missed your Fassbender obsession.

    Please can we go back to that.

    • black orchid, says:

      i second this !!bring back the dong emporium

    • Isadora says:

      Fassyyyyy! :) But he is rather busy filming in NZ it seems. Otherwise not much to gossip about him as he stays away from scandals lately. Good for him! (Bad for us as there are no new pictures. I hope Macbeth will bring a lot of yummy red carpet appearances.)

  12. Ingrid says:

    The Great Evening Standard Awards debate:

    What are we thinking? Will they or won’t they?

    Moving the discussion from previous thread here and here’s my take:

    I hope I’m wrong and she won’t show up but I have a bad feeling about this.ESA is a major theater award, she’s, as we all know, very Succesfull!Theatre!Director! (who hasn’t actually directed anything significant ever)

    She was at Bright Young Things Gala so theater is obviously worthy of her delicate, noble beauty.

  13. lindy79 says:

    Ive watched Behind Again this weekend and Keira Knightley is my confirmed girlcrush

  14. Ingrid says:

    Pained smiles: check. Florals: check. Awkward body language: check

    https://twitter.com/Anythingbatch/status/539133405355868160

    • Felice says:

      Well she looks nice in red though. They also moved closer lol

      • Ingrid says:

        I think they actually are standing further apart…Might be because of her gown though…

      • lola says:

        Yes indeed, they are closer (their bodies are actually touching). Well they are learning. As disturbing as this is, it is also very telling that they are adjusting their performance to the feetback in comments.

      • Felice says:

        They are so weird, I swear. If he does marry her, he will always be weird to me. Not because of her but just with how this whole engagement was played out. They could’ve just been normal.

      • Renee says:

        @Felice..I think they’re weird too. I can’t explain it or put my finger on it. Because they seem to exude no actual human feelings for one another, they’re just…meh…just boring. Ugh…they really are a bit creepy.

      • Laetitia says:

        @Felice The red does do more for her, it looks a lot better than the black floral ensemble. She really loves florals and pockets.

        Benedict looks great!

      • scarf girl says:

        It is another Erdem dress, from a different collection. This one is from the 2014 pre-fall collection.

      • lola says:

        @Laetitia
        Benedict looks old (he aged at least 15 years since that kitchen photo a couple days ago) – she seems to suck life out of him.

      • Laetitia says:

        @Lola I think it’s just the make-up he wears on the red carpet that makes him look old.

      • Cate says:

        I don’t actually think she’s pregnant, but that dress could very well be a concealing dress. Keira wore the same kind of dresses around promo time. Probably just the style though, it’s not bad. Suits her, but, I’m not a big fan of it. And there’s still something off, BC looks so ‘thrilled’, I don’t know…

    • Pinky says:

      Oh dear god.

      I am almost disappointed she didn’t wear the Erdem dress again.

    • HBIC says:

      That dress is fug. And the “smiles” (if you could call them that) look forced.

      I swear they are broken up. No “newly engaged” couple could be together like that and look that miserable!

      Looking at it again… she looks kind of happy. Probably because she’s getting press, and getting rich husband out of the deal. She’s awful.

      He, on the other hand, looks miserable. Please call it off, Ben. Please.

      • Laetitia says:

        Surprisingly, I think they both look happy. It’s not the happiest Ben I’ve seen but they both look nice together. Looking at her dress again, it fits strange around her waist.

        Their standing isn’t as weird as the picture of anyone standing near Anna Wintour. Are people afraid to be near her?

      • blended says:

        i don’t think they look any happier than in ny. meaning, not that happy lol.

      • Renee says:

        Those pics of them inside, he looks morose.

        I don’t think they look any different than NY either. They look the same, two wooden figures standing next to one another. I don’t see the love. Sorry. If they’re for real, theyre a weird couple.

      • Felice says:

        He looks happier with TH lol. Anna Wintour was there and he looks more “I am serious actor man” with her lol.

      • Ingrid says:

        @HBIC – These two are definitely not a newly engaged couple madly in love.

        @blended -Yes, it’s all the same. Except this time he doesn’t have the jet lag+promo excuse

      • blended says:

        and their streak of not looking at each other keeps going.

      • Cate says:

        After having looked at the Daily Mail photo’s (DM def. drank the Kool-Aid btw, they’re gushing about them and saying that they looked very in love and couldn’t take their eyes off each other…) I think Benedict is more in love with Hiddles and that he and Sophie should look at pics of McAvoy and his wife to at least look a bit more convincing. The dulness of it all is killing meeeeeee. Smile a little already.

        I do think Sophie looks much ‘fuller’ in general, face and middle, ohoh. Ugh, I’ll shut up. I’m probably seeing things.

      • Soothy says:

        The daily mail is insane. Erm, an hour after the pics were taken they had that fawning article up. And the ‘they looked so much in love’ ..um, whut? The event had only just begun and the red carpet pics had literally just been taken.

        Avid as for her ‘fuller face’. She’s always had a round face and big cheeks.

      • Laetitia says:

        @Cate I thought the same thing until I saw the pic inside with her holding the wine glass…

      • MissMary says:

        The Daily Mail has been super thirsty for dish on BC for years, and I think he may be relaxing his anti DM stance for now for PR (that’s my opinion and not based on anything I’ve read or heard to support that other than the stuff DM is printing). They want to suck up good to the golden boy so they stopped printing the “omg he’s so cheap and morose” articles and are now kissing his ass about being engaged.

      • icerose says:

        it is a very sweet ladylike dress as my sister would say.

    • MissMary says:

      I stand closer to people in line at the post office than these two stand to one another. What’s with her death grip on his jacket again? Is she pulling it in for him so he looks more “nipped in” at the middle? Or does she just hate his jacket?

    • Alice says:

      Has she been at LAMDA the past two weeks getting intensive training in how to mime being human?

    • Renee says:

      @Ingrid. The pained smiles are still there. Still lacking any visible chemistry with one another.

    • Curioser says:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2855152/Benedict-Cumberbatch-Sophie-Hunter-Evening-Standard-awards.html

      Awkward and standing incredibly far apart, much more so than NY. still no smiling.

    • blended says:

      they are standing very far apart for a couple in ‘love’. their torsos aren’t touching.

    • Sunflower says:

      Lol! According to the Daily Fail her dress is actually orange. Also like how they write, “as they made a rare public appearance.”

      • Felice says:

        Man, Daily Fail is horrible but sometimes they bring the shade.

      • Curioser says:

        All you have to do is look further down that Fail article to see how ‘in love’ looks. Eddie, Damien and James are pictured with their SO’s – and compared with BC and SH…well, there is no comparison. One couple looks like they’re about to undergo dental surgery, the others look like they’ve won all the awards.

      • Ingrid says:

        @Curioser -The difference is colossal. All other men are fully turned towards their SO and smiling. These two however, I don’t even have words anymore. SH does seem to enjoy the red carpet though…

        And bear in mind, these other couple have been together for a long time, BC & SH should be in the first stages of love…

      • Alice says:

        Look at the second picture of them together – only his fingertips are touching her waist. Maybe that means nothing, but …

        Also, read some of the comments. At least two people said SH looked drunk in the second pic.

      • Ruth Dunbar says:

        I like the drunk face. That’s the most interesting thing about these pictures. Bless their hearts…

      • icerose says:

        Tom hugging Luke, Helen Mirren and Gillian looks more like someone in love

    • Just here says:

      SH looks incredibly bored. In fact, they both look incredibly bored. Such a weird couple.

      • Just here says:

        Can I add though, in the spirit of fairness, that BC and SH are standing in much the same way that Eddie and Hannah are? Granted, we’ve actually seen Eddie and Hannah *look* at each other, so at least we know that they’re for real.

        And I find the caption “The pair appeared to be hugely in love on the night and barely took their eyes off each other” funny. Either the Daily Fail is being enormously ironic, or this pair just saves their affection for when cameras aren’t around?

        I still wish they’d be like McAvoy and his wife. Those two love each other. So nice!

      • Cate says:

        Maybe they’re on the payroll? They’re so over the top full of praise of them. They used to be quite critical of him. Then something changed. I think money talks…

      • Claire says:

        Cate while I have no inside knowledge of how DF works, tabloids are pretty gushy over celebs if that’s what their readers want. It’s always over the top and often inaccurate.

        But other than that one piece from late 13 I don’t remember them not liking him?

      • Cate says:

        Well, you do have a point there, they do a like ‘romance’, but I think they used to be on top about the gossip of his dating life before. They weren’t nasty or anything, just quite fanatical. Now they just swoon. But of course I’m just speculating here.

      • Just here says:

        I think couples sell more papers, personally. And BC’s PR, or or inflated ego, is trying hard to really ‘sell’ them as a couple. Same way people root for McAvoy, or Redmayne, or Jackman, readers like to be ‘invested’ in a couple to root for. Well, that’s my two cents, anyhow.

        I think their weird as a couple, and I wish I didn’t. I really want to like them too. :-/

  15. Kris10 says:

    I think he looks hot. Especially in the first pic.

  16. Ash says:

    It seems like our delicate shy flower enjoys the whole hype immensely… Her face clearly says – “Yes, now I am getting the designer dresses for free and my pics will be everywhere tomorrow!”

  17. ellesbelles says:

    I really hate that dress. The cut is completely wrong for her, pockets again, and its hanging like a sack. The coloring is alright, but everything else just looks… off

    And the facial expressions make me sad

    • lunchcoma says:

      Yeah, that is not an attractive dress at all. I get that sometimes the date of the celebrity might not be a fashion icon because no one’s sending her free clothes or might purposefully dress down so the attention stays on the actual famous person, but that dress doesn’t fit in either of those categories. It’s ugly and it’s attention-grabbing and it probably cost a couple thousand dollars.

    • Isadora says:

      Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of the dress either. But I find it immensely funny that it is ANOTHER floral. I mean, as far as I can tell she always loved floral dresses, but after Benedict’s disparaging comment about “florals” I sometimes think she does it on purpose. *lol*

      #QueenoftheFlorals

  18. lindy79 says:

    Christ on a penny farthing they look so over it and each other for a newly engaged couple.. F*cking genuinely smile and look happy ffs!

    • **sighs** says:

      He looks like he just swallowed a sock full of coins. She looks like she enjoys the attention. From the press, not him.

      • Soothy says:

        She always has looked like she enjoys having her pic taken at events. There’s loads floating around and she’s never looked what I would call uneasy or shy.

  19. Ash says:

    SH dress is Erdem again. 3647 GBP.

    • Felice says:

      So either she is shelling out or she has a deal.

      • Curioser says:

        Might be part of the contract.

        Because I doubt she has that kind if cash to throw around (trust fund baby or not) and Ben is notoriously cheap, so I cant see him shelling out that either.

        Erdem stuff is too floral for my tastes, regardless of who wears it.

      • Felice says:

        Yeah florals in winter is a little ehh but who am I to judge, I wear yoga pants every day lol

    • Alice says:

      You’re kidding? I could drag out my sewing machine and make one just like it for $50.00.

  20. Ingrid says:

    2nd picture: She’s drinking (scarp the pregnancy theory) and he’s calling a cab to get home.

    Also, scarp the “they just look miserable because there are a lot of cameras, these are taken inside)

    Also, Tom & Ben <3
    http://talalyla.tumblr.com/post/104002874345/londonphile-benedict-cumberbatch-tom

    • blended says:

      he does not look happy at all in these photos. it’s like it’s hurting him to smile and keep up the charade. their bodies are so far apart.
      and thank god we can now put those pregnancy rumours to rest. plus she’ll need to keep drinking until this is all over to keep her sanity.

      • Green Eyes says:

        I think that’s a clutch in her hand and not a drink. Am I looking at the wrong pic?

      • Renee says:

        It does look like a clutch purse and not a drink. i, however, need a drink after seeing BC and SH try to behave like a real couple.

      • Green Eyes says:

        And if it is a clutch, then I am back on the preggo train because all her dresses are so loose-ish for such a slender woman.

      • Ingrid says:

        I immediately though it was a drink. You can see her fingers through the glass. But a bigger picture will help

      • Rosie says:

        Agree…back on the pg rumor. Her dress is very fitted around her belly it almost seems to be popping out. Also what is that poor furry creature she is strangling in that picture indoors?

        Serious question: How common is it for SO to get deals with designers to wear at re carpet events?? Not sure if the others are also wearing designer dresses…hmmm..

      • blended says:

        that honestly looks like a glass of wine to me. why would she be holding a clutch like one would hold a glass of wine? you can see the refraction of her dress in the liquid.

      • lola says:

        Oh, for god’s sake she ate beans today – hence the weirdness in the midsection. The dress is not fitted properly and is also a bit to long. She’ll have to wear it again – then they’ll make it properly fitted.

      • Claire says:

        it’s a glass of wine folks. damn please read all the posts before starting the conspiracies.

    • HBIC says:

      @Renee @GreenEyes
      There is another pic on one of the Tumblr blogs where she’s clearly holding a glass of wine.

      http://londonphile.tumblr.com/post/104002447421/benedict-cumberbatch-tom-hiddleston-sophie

      She’s NOT PREGNANT. Let’s let that rumor die already.

      • Soothy says:

        That’s not wine. It’s a weird little bag. But she is clearly being sponsored by Erdem. Another overpriced dress from them that could feed a orphanage for a year.

      • Claire says:

        THANK YOU! I wish people would read first before speculating

        Either that or she needs to be locked in jail

      • HBIC says:

        UM, THAT’S WINE. I drink enough of it to know a glass of it when I see it.

        Sheesh.

      • Ingrid says:

        It’s wine. You can spot her fingers and even her ring (well, the band) through the glass.

        EDIT: Better picture: Wine glass!
        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/30/239E865400000578-2855152-image-85_1417378817067.jpg

        DM caption of that photo, I might die laughing:

        “Special time: The pair appeared to be hugely in love on the night and barely took their eyes off one another”

      • Juliar Republico says:

        Its wine ;-) Check out the pics on Daily Fail.

        Yep! Still riding that conspiracy train, tinfoil hat blowing in the breeze. But thank you, Benedict, for another set of lifeless pics to power this steam train engine of sham. chugga chugga chugga fake fake!

      • Renee says:

        Ok, thanks for the bigger pic. Definitely wine. Lol…he really doesn’t look too happy though.

      • Mikasa says:

        Hahaha…well you never know…it could be a ‘prop’ for the showmance! And then three months later and BOOM! People mag cover of the happy couple announcing their first child!! LoL. Either way I’m really enjoying this show…
        *grabs popcorn*

      • MissMary says:

        Er no that’s definitely wine. If that’s a weird little bag, it’s worthless because it’s clear and full of wine.

      • Sunflower says:

        I’m not sure why everyone is so invested in trying to make fetch happen. That looks like a glass of wine to me. Or maybe people are trying to give legs to the theory that someone posited in an earlier post about a relationship-wrecking miscarriage due to all the stress of Ben’s fandom?

      • MissMary says:

        Hee hee hee, “make fetch happen”. A thousand points to Ravenclaw!

        I think the miscarriage thing is stemming from the Gambles interview and people put two and two together and got five about the “Wife” being SH.

      • Soothy says:

        Woah chill out people. I just posted a few messages down. The pic I saw was far less clear and definitely did look like a small clutch bag. I can see quite clearly that this is a glass of wine. And I certainly didn’t mean that as a nod to try and give oxygen to the pregnancy rumours. I’ve said all along I think that’s BS.

      • anon says:

        Correction. She’s holding a wine glass with liquid and fruit. I don’t normally drink wine with fruit. Still on the preggers train.

      • Felice says:

        Realistically speaking, having one light drink once every few weeks after the first trimester won’t do much, but he is a public figure and people would talk.

      • Green Eyes says:

        I’m with Soothy. In the first pics it was blurry and hard to tell what it was and the fact that she’s holding it at such an odd angle that I assumed that it couldn’t be a glass because the contents would spill.

        Anyway, now I am thinking that these two can only take each other when they are both drinking. Lol.

      • Soothy says:

        Firstly there’s no fruit in that glass and the liquid is clearly wine and secondly, the notion that it’s a prop to dispel pregnancy rumours is ridiculous. Nothing about any of this is done to discourage rumours at all. And no, she’s not pregnant.
        She’s advertising that designer. How very ‘avant garde’ of her.

      • Claire says:

        ^wine with fruit is called sangria LOL

    • Emily says:

      She’s about to spill that almost full glass. Not on the pregnancy wagon, but it could’ve been shoved into her hand for a photo. Doesn’t mean she actually drank it.

      • Wait I'm Typing says:

        Okay I know this is betchy but that photo where she’s blinking is hilarious, it’s the most expression I’ve seen on her face!
        I shall also imagine that’s how she looks when she’s hammered (drunk).

      • moodgirl says:

        I can’t imagine she would hold a prop glass full of wine.

      • MIMI says:

        In this shady context, I will not be surprised if the glass was in her hand to dismiss any rumor. BC is now a “master” (LOL) in appearance
        The style of the dress is very similar to what Keira is actually wearing to hide her baby bump ….

    • Soothy says:

      Actually, seen a better pic and it is a glass of wine.

  21. Encumbered says:

    He looks more relaxed and happy with Hiddles, tbh. BC and SH still look mechanical and strained.

    And every time I see a picture of Wintour, I say “FU” for the animals whose deaths you could give a shit about so you can wear their skin. I’d like to see BC do the same–probably wishful thinking on my part.

    • Sunflower says:

      Honestly I don’t think he looks that much happier with Tom.

    • ellesbelles says:

      I think Ben looks a little looser/relaxed in the pics just with Tom. When AW stepped in they both look miserable.

      The pics with SH inside, he looks like a toy soldier

    • Ingrid says:

      He isn’t really beaming with Tom either but I would be more inclined to believe he was engaged to Tom than SH based on these pictures. His smile touches his eyes (a sign of real smile) with TH.

      The only person he shows less chemistry with is AW. And that’s setting the bar very low. Very, very low…

    • Soothy says:

      I’ve been chatting to myself about this in the other thread. I feel like the weird kid at school everyone runs away from.

      Totally agree , encumbered. I can’t believe that evil little grinch gets away with the suffering she’s caused for things to drape her wizened little body with.

    • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

      I think he looks miserable in all pics… but that’s just my 2 cents…

  22. Renee says:

    This is supposed to be a newly-engaged couple in love with one another? Really?

    I have pics of my brother and I that look better than these two weirdos. Am I missing the pics where these two look like they actually love another??

    • Curioser says:

      Well, yes, but that’s because they’re so private,you know? Cant have those pesky ‘in love with the most amazing woman he’s ever met’ feelings to actually show in public, right? *sigh*

      I think I am getting to the point where I just dont care anymore. All I want to see is BC happy again. That would truly be lovely.

    • HBIC says:

      I’m starting to wonder if they even like each other at this point in time…

  23. Ash says:

    Sorry, this is the old photo of Laura.. So the dress is not from the last collection?

  24. maudfricker says:

    According to a tweet I just read Ben snuck out of the theatre to chat and sign autographs with fans. Interesting. . .
    http://iconosquare.com/p/865333672502359939_341473068

  25. Wait I'm Typing says:

    Hmmm, I just checked londonphile and they do seem to have a fair amount of distance between them, much more than the distance between him and Hiddleston. His smile is different with Hiddleston as well, warmer perhaps?
    All I will say about her is her dress fits a little weirdly around her midsection (although I don’t think she’s pregnant, don’t think he’d let the future mother of his children drink while prego) and she has the same smal smile as she always does near him.

    Also the photos with Wintour make me laugh, it looks like they wheeled out his wax figure for those ones!

    Ps. Hooray! Hiddleston is finally out and about. I’ve suddenly been missig him lately and I’m not even that much of a fangirl for him (I’ve seen a lot of his films though, I think so far his choices have been more varied. Indie vampire romance, comic book villain, animated pirate, war film, period drama, not sure what to call High Rise-edgy? And he has a gothic thriller coming out as well as a biopic about a country music legend, those two couldn’t be more different and I really appreciate that he dips his toe in new waters.

    • Mikasa says:

      Yay to see Hiddles back in the spotlight…I hope he wins an award and BC can present it to him. That would be awesome!
      I’m also curious as to what Tom has to say re. Benedict’s engagement and what he thinks of Sophie. Can someone post links of the red carpet interviews. Thanks.

      • Isadora says:

        It may be the first time he met Sophie since BC and her are only together 5-6 months or something (?) and TH has been very busy with High-Rise and ISTL this year. Unless he met her during one of his short stays in London. But while I believe that BC and TH are good friends, I don’t think they are so incredibly close that they meet each other (and their girlfriends) the second one of them has a few free days before he’s off to another film set.

    • Cate says:

      I’m glad about his Wintour coolness. She stands for everything he has a very low tolerance for. All that ‘hanging out’ must’ve been quite forced. *Shiver* It’s so sad really, all these people kissing up to her don’t care for her person at all, or even actively dislike her. So she gets to spend time with them because of favours and who she is. While they can’t wait to get away from her. I’d rather be a so called nobody instead. But of course she has an entirely different way of thinking.

      • Ingrid says:

        People seem to also forget that Wintour isn’t only editor-in-chief of Vogue. She’s the artistic director of the entire Conde Nast empire.

      • Cate says:

        Yep, she’s one powerful lady. Wish she was a tad ‘nicer’. (Understatement) I mean, I like powerful ladies a lot, they rock, but why be an ice queen?

      • Claire says:

        I image you’d have to be one to get to where she is. Hell I have to be one just to be where I am in my job and I bet there are more bullies and nasty people in fashion publishing than in my industry

  26. Ingrid says:

    LOL

    Someone is avoiding spending time with the love of his life:
    #BenedictCumberbatch “actually snuck back out of press to come and sign for everyone’

    https://twitter.com/Anythingbatch/status/539144093990146048

    Sweet of him though…

  27. rosie says:

    Wow. In the pic with TH, both TH and BC are looking at the camera. But in most of the other photos, BC is looking elsewhere. He’s checked out, looks like he doesn’t want to be there.

    Sophie’s dress looks like a school sewing project, even AW’s dress is meh. Very dull dressing for both of them. A stylish short dress would be better than these frumpy long dresses. Sophie is tall and slim, she could certainly wear something more stylish.

    Hiddles looks at the camera in every shot. Good to see him, he’s been away too, too long.

    • Sunflower says:

      You mean something stylish and short like Billie Piper’s dress? (Trying to think what emoticon conveys my feelings for that dress). Can’t say I really like anything that anyone is wearing…

      • ellesbelles says:

        I have a love hate with Billie Piper. When I saw her dress I just kind of went… ok…

        Gillian Anderson knocked it out of the park

      • Dara says:

        I am very much love-hate with Billie Piper too. I think she is tremendously talented, but I think both she and her husband can never quite get their sh*t together enough to put their best foot forward – or they just can’t be bothered. If they continue as they have been they will both have decent careers, but to get to that next level you’ve got to play the game and neither seem willing or able to at this point.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Anna Wintour never dresses in anything very interesting or attractive, so that’s expected. No clue what Sophie was thinking, though. I can’t imagine she couldn’t have found something cuter.

      • Grace says:

        It looks like a dress made out of curtain fabric. All that floral is making my head dizzy. *stars rolling in my eyes* I am definitely not buying any dress this season if this is the current trend.

      • **sighs** says:

        it really does look like curtains. gaudy Gone With the Wind curtains.

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        Gaudy.. yeah…
        Maybe an effortless attempt to walking in beauty like the night, of cloudless climes and starry skies, … thus mellowed to that tender light which heaven to gaudy days denies??

  28. Lucifer says:

    Did anybody notice a ring today. I didn’t ;)

  29. Encumbered says:

    All BC needs to do is point at SH and those pictures become fan selfies. Yes, selfies…. lol….

  30. Wait I'm Typing says:

    One question, if someone sees a photo of the engagement ring could you please link it? U don’t see it in any of these photos and I’m curious to see if it fits better or if it’s even the same one (some people had a theory that it was a loaner ring).

    I’m still on the fence with these two but every time I see photos of other couples I get really suspicious. McAvoy/Duff still look like new lovers the way they stare at each other and the other couples all seem so close (literally and emotionally). I just don’t see it with cumberbatch/hunter but what do I know, I’m not exactly in the wedding invitations list.

  31. Soothy says:

    Isn’t it odd that the DM had a fawning article to go one hour after the arrival pics were taken. I mean… huh?

    • Ingrid says:

      I think they write the articles before the actual pictures come and then just fill the caps like mad libs. So none of it actually makes sense.

      That’s the only explanation why their articles come so quickly…

    • Cate says:

      I’ve already commented on this, but I really think the DM has been ‘on the payroll’ of BC’s PR since a little while. They used to be quite critical and that has changed. They probably get exclusives or maybe interviews? The change in tone has been very obvious imho.

    • MissMary says:

      They’ve been so thirsty for BC’s good graces since he hit it big as Sherlock, and I’m sure that they have them now, at least temporarily for the Oscar season, since, even though they are a tab, they’re widely read and get a lot of attention.

  32. Kazlock 1307 says:

    I’m definatly not seeing ‘pregnant’.I see a dress with a drop waist and fuller skirt and I see skillfully applied make up that gives a fuller looking face.
    I don’t see either of them looking happier than NY.They display no signs of being a newly enGAGed couple in love.

  33. Claire says:

    Hi to the rest of the crew that missed us on the weekend: we had two polls. Who thinks it’s a fake/PR/sham engagement and or relationship, and who thinks he’ll actually marry Sham Wow?

    If you didn’t participate then, feel free to add to the numbers here.

    • Cee says:

      I think this was all done for PR (never has BC received so much press coverage in the US – and it’s mostly about his engagement) but unless something extraordinary happens, I believe he will marry her. Maybe in a year, maybe next month, but I don’t see him walking away from all of this.

      • Grace says:

        It’s sad, isn’t it? I have the same feeling.

      • Claire says:

        The people who see this as orchestrated and for PR but thinks he’ll marry her, basically saying he’s willing to live a lie and give up half his assets for it, perplexes me to no end.

      • Felice says:

        I personally think that if it’s not fully PR, then, to an extent, he did time it just for his own gain.

      • HBIC says:

        You underestimate him, Cee. I guess I’m the only one who has faith that he’ll bow out, here?

      • MissMary says:

        Oh, no, HBIC–I totally think he will (I might be wrong lol but I think he’ll bow out). I think he has no problem taking part in a PR sham (he’s super thirsty for big H’wood roles, and leading man roles at that, and he really wants that nom/Oscar). I think SH is in on things and knows the score, and everyone is consenting to the “event”. I don’t think he’ll marry her just to marry her.

      • moodgirl says:

        Walking away from all what? He doesn’t appear to have anything but misery.

      • Alice says:

        @HBIC. @ missmary. I think he’ll scoot, too. I don’t buy the biological clock, settling for what’s handy that some have posited. He has said in the past that he can’t just get anyone pregnant, it has to be someone he wants to spend his life with. After seeing his parents happy marriage, would he deliberately sign up for a life of boredom, of misery, of lack of joy?

      • Cee says:

        I think I didn’t explain myself fully. I don’t think their relationship is PR, their engagement might be. He wants the Oscar Nom/Win and everything that will come his way with it (more recognition, visibility, and roles). He needed to change his narrative for the US press tour (he’s hardly known outside of the Internet in the US) and the wheels begun a-turning and this plan was executed, thus the short relationship and surprise engagement, coupled with this personality make over.

        Unless something happens to shift this plan, I believe they will get married sometime. She fits him like a glove (similar backgrounds, availability to be around, will not outshine him, etc).

        But, hey, I could be totally wrong and he decided to play a game he was not prepared for and will walk away, go under the radar for a while and stick to what he does best – act.

      • Cee says:

        @moodgirl – walking away from all the attention and possible doors opening for him. Looking like a miserable sod might be a fair enough trade-off in his head. He looks like the unhappiest man in love.

      • Soothy says:

        How depressing that ‘fits like a glove’ comes down to irrelevant BS like ‘similar backgrounds’ and ‘won’t outshine him’
        In my world, fitting like a glove means being madly in love with someone and lighting up when they’re around. Maybe romance really is stone dead.

      • Cee says:

        @Soothy – There’s so little else going on for them that comparing their backgrounds it’s all I’ve got LOL

    • lunchcoma says:

      I think it’s real and I think they’ll get married. (I do think he’s being super annoying about the engagement, though.)

    • Curioser says:

      @Claire, I’m firmly on the PR train. The relationship *may* have been real at some point, but all I am seeing now us unhappy Ben, exactly the way he was in the death throes of his relationship with OP.

      As for marriage, I would hope not.

      If this is real, then I would feel nothing but sympathy for them, because it looks like settling, rather than a great love story. And no one – famous or not – should settle.

    • Wait I’m Typing says:

      I think the engagement is real. I really don’t believe in my heart of hearts that he would be so callous as to announce a fake engagement just to get an Oscar nomination/win.
      He can be a lot of things but I can’t see him going that far.
      However, I don’t believe this is the great love he imagined for himself. I don’t know him any better than anyone else here but I can’t help but think back to all those times he was spotted out with other women (friends and lovers) and all of the people who wondered whether or not he was dating/sleeping with them based on body language, proximity or just gut feelings. Then Sophie comes along and almost everyone is unanimous in thinking she is just an old friend, then later on debating whether or not they may be friends with benefits and then BAM this is the one he proposes to? I just can’t see this relationship being based on anything more than a close friendship, which isn’t terrible and it may last a while but forever? I don’t think so. At least, it’s not what I’m seeing.
      I’m also a little disappointed with his choice but that may be more my fault than his, he can’t help that people will have certain ideas about who is.
      James McAvoy and Anna-Marie Duff on the other hand, they’re chemistry is palpable.

      Edited to add- yes, somehow I feel that they will get married. And I hope by some miracle we see a photo of Wanda’s face when they do. I kept having weird dreams with her in them.

      • moodgirl says:

        I am beginning to think that they had feelings at one time and that became a vehicle for the campaign; they may not have concocted the relationship strictly for the press. This is new for me.

      • blended says:

        it’s more realistic to me that ben agreed (reluctantly) to stage an engagement on harvey weinstein’s orders, than that he will live in a loveless marriage, and raise his children in a loveless household, with someone he clearly doesn’t care enough to even look at. i guess we’ll see how this all plays out.

      • Claire says:

        ^really? You think he’s tom Cruise or john travolta?

      • Sunflower says:

        I agree blended. We’d rather believe Dorkbatch is the real Ben rather than the Angrybatch we’ve been seeing lately. I also don’t want to believe he’d settle, and I find the whole ‘she trapped him with her womanly wiles’ trope to be a little on the misogynistic side.

      • LeakeyLove says:

        Oh, dear. Word to BC: PNA. Prenuptial agreement.

    • Mikasa says:

      Yes they will get married. Why? Because he desperately wants kids by 40!! And for that he is willing to sacrifice everything; love, money, possibly even his career and reputation among his fans. And while he’s at it, might as well milk this relationship for an Oscar as a bonus – even if he doesn’t want to. It probably doesn’t matter to him where they stand in his relationship or whether its real or not, as long as he achieves his goals, he will do anything. That’s how ambitious he is.

    • Noisy Bird says:

      That was very rude and uncalled for, Nya.

    • moodgirl says:

      $10.00

    • Emily says:

      Sham all the way.

      He won’t marry her, because beards are expensive.

  34. solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    Ok, just my two cents, I started working in a new schools in midseptember, all my colleagues were total strangers to me two months ago and yet, I think we have a deeper connection than these two… for real… It’s so weird all this, and he has such a sad look, as if something is missing…

    • moodgirl says:

      My co – worker and I were like siblings just a few months after we met, to the point that some referred to his wife by my name. She hates it. 😰

  35. Ingrid says:

    A few seconds of our happy couple arriving (no eye contact:check, major lip pursing: check) and an interview.

    “Poppy”, “Poppy”, “Poppy” So he can say women’s names after all?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rGdoYj1t6k

    • Grace says:

      Why is she always dragging him along? I’ve got to say she does look cold and fed up for a second there. Just putting on a smiley face for the camera. Or maybe it’s resting bitch face.

      • moodgirl says:

        I just looked at it again. Did anyone notice the strange exchange between SH and BC immediately after they started walking? It appears that she was trying to hold his hand and he didn’t want to and that is why he had that shitty look on his face. For a split second it looks like she was going to look back at him but he acknowledged the reporter with Karon.

        Can someone look again to make sure I haven’t had too much leftover Sangria? Also, I have a newfound respect for Karon as I can only imagine how sick she is of this crap.

      • MissMary says:

        Yeah no I saw that too… maybe I’m seeing things as well? And I keep imagining Karon hiding in the bushes behind them going ‘FFS, SMILE GODDAMNIT!’ during these photocalls.

      • rosie says:

        And why is Karon ALWAYS in frame ? She is always just two steps away from BC and visible. Other publicists are not so recognizable. Seems odd.

      • moodgirl says:

        I’m not the only on who saw it!!! The ugly scene from the video above was noted on SoGo, including a screen grab. I don’t know how to pull it over here but the grab speaks volumes – Ben looks so angry; the look on his face is so out of character it is stunning.

        If you have time check it out and if anyone can pull the still over and post it here – without breaking a rule or making anyone angry, of course – please do so.

      • Sunflower says:

        SoGo has a great gif of it

    • Claire says:

      who’s poppy?

    • moodgirl says:

      O.K. – Wow, I wasn’t going to say anything because I don’t know if I have convinced myself that it’s strange BUT look at his facial expression walking up to the reporter. Just pure disgust, you really can’t miss it. Anyone who thinks this guy is happy and in love with this woman is fooling themselves. This short video tells their story and it isn’t good.

      Edit: Before you say he is disgusted with the press, I call BS. I’ll say it again: If you love someone all your problems seem light years away and you draw strength from them. ESPECIALLY if they are with you at that moment in time.

      • Ingrid says:

        @Moodgirl -ITA

        Before I gave this mess 80% chance of PR, 20% real. After those two seconds, I’m 99% sure it’s PR.

      • tsmiv says:

        The video says it all. He looks disgusted once the flashbulbs stop and he does the pressed lip thing again. He just doesn’t look good at all in any of these award show pics. He looks pale and lifeless. His eyes have lost all their sparkle. Somebody higher up in the thread said he looks like he’s aged 15 yrs since the kitchen pic earlier this week and I agree.

      • HBIC says:

        The relationship, I think, was real at one point in time, but now it’s all PR. He can’t exactly back out right now – it’s too soon and he’ll look foolish.

        As long as he doesn’t marry her (and I don’t think he will)… we’ll get our old Ben back sooner or later.

      • Wait I'm Typing says:

        Just wanted to point out that Poppy is the same jounalist who asked Alice Eve if she wanted to lick Benedict and if her and Simon Pegg would set her up with him.
        She’s also the one who tried to get him to sing All I Want For Christmas Is You.

        I’m not surprised he remembered her.

      • blended says:

        yes, that’s the same reporter. he is familiar with her and knows she has a crush on him. that’s why he seems extra chipper talking to her, with the rambling answers. i don’t think that overall he seems in that great a mood, just going by pics.

      • Just a reader says:

        Actually she’s not that creepy reporter. Poppy Jaime is the one who asked him if he was good at keeping secrets during the TIG red carpet at LFF. Both reporters are blonde and sound enthusiastic, but don’t look alike at all.

    • ellesbelles says:

      Charming interview actually. He has more chemistry with Poppy than SH. For such a good actor, hes not selling this very well

      • Claire says:

        you’re assuming his body language isn’t deliberate :)

        Even if I were a jobbing actor, wouldn’t mean I’d act 24 7 in my off time.

    • Mikasa says:

      did you guys saw the fan photo of BC signing autographs and SH waiting in the background?? How rude is was that to keep your fiancee waiting in the cold! Not sure if this was during their arrival or after but still for a gentleman like BC it seemed very weird.

      …on second thought he did leave her behind in the car at that restaurant where they were papped so maybe this is the normalized way they treat each other.

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        I did see the photo, playing devil’s avocate, maybe she wanted to wait for him outside, she could have gone inside and wait for him at the hall of the theatre…

      • Soothy says:

        Well, no. Signing autographs is what famous actors do. She could’ve very easily just waited inside. But she..didn’t.

      • moodgirl says:

        That is the only weird thing you see happening with these people?

        Go get your $10.00 please. I was following you but now I think you are just ridiculous. Please go back to IMDB and tell HW I said hello.

      • Alice says:

        No, I haven’t seen it. Where can it be found?

      • gg says:

        Please, she was posing and getting her photo taken. She was fine!

    • Cate says:

      That’s some major lip pursing there, very relaxed look indeed. And again defrosts with the reporter. Like he defrosted in NYC when he saw Keira and the others. Does NOT compute.

    • joe spider says:

      And Luke Windsor photobombing.

      • Ingrid says:

        Between TH odd look, BC’s #jawseyes and SH’s hair-tossing, thank God for Luke and his photobombing… Is it weird that the publicist made my day?

  36. Claire says:

    Would be hilarious if she’s not wearing the ring.

    And if he is frosty around AW but with TH that’s a good indicator what we’re seeing an ongoing pattern of how he expresses his closeness and admiration of people with his body language, as opposed to it being uss doing wishful thinking because we don’t think she’s good for him. You know what I mean?

    • ellesbelles says:

      on the daily fail article in the wine glass shot you can see something gleam on her hand. I’m guessing ring, but there are no clear shots

      • Oh Hey says:

        What a load of shit that caption is, ‘barely took their eyes off each other’, ITYM ‘barely looked at each other’..she seems to be holding, if not drinking wine, so there goes my pg theory. Maybe.

      • Soothy says:

        You think the Mail would try and make these comments at least slightly convincing. For a start, this ‘article’ was printed just an hour after the arrivals pics were taken, so clearly bullshit.

  37. rosie says:

    1) Yes, engagement is fake/PR
    2) No, they won’t get married.

    All-over print dresses must be a new thing this year, Kiera also wore a pink/black print dress to the TIG NY premier. Can’t say I care for them though.

  38. Milly T says:

    Oh my goodness !! This does not look like a happy couple. It makes me sad. I believe that he will come to his senses and realize that she is not the one for him. Just hoping, that people close to him such as his friends and family will help him see this before it is too late. The change in him is quite remarkable.

  39. solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    Sorry for being so naive… but SH is drinking a glass wine and Ben is not.. Is that influence from the HW PR machine? Or just casualty? What do you think?

    • MissMary says:

      HW is known for “making” his “stars” abstain from vices like smoking and drinking (at least in public) during campaigns. It gives them a more accessible image.

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        Wow… HW sounds like a tyrant… So basically, he bosses people’s lives around as if they’re his property.. Lovely, nice guy…. geee

        *eyerolling*

      • MissMary says:

        Oh there’s a lot of articles and first hand accounts of how awful he is. He doesn’t sound at all like a nice person on any level. He “made” JLaw do Press when she was so ill she should’ve been in the hospital or at least resting at home, he’s been known to use the “casting couch” and even shit like sinking his own movies if he’s not getting his way. So he’s pretty awful.

    • Isadora says:

      That’s because BC is pregnant, of course.

  40. ellesbelles says:

    This is rude of me but I’ve just made myself laugh with this internal monologue:

    BC to some esteemed theatre person: Yes this is my fiance Sophie, she’s an accomplished theatre director herself

    Esteemed theatre person to SH: How lovely, would I know of your work?

    SH: Well I got dry humped in a field once, and did some softcore tentacle porn

    Esteemed theatre person: ……… right…..

  41. Silly goose says:

    They had all this time to practice ‘couple in love’ and that’s all they came up with??? I’m disappointed. None of them smile or look at each other. And don’t even ask about their performance in the video. Pathetic. And pockets on dresses? I read somewhere that hands in pockets mean you are hiding something. Hands often show the strain you are under.
    And on a different note:Tom looks horrible, like the survivor of a concentration camp. Help
    Today’s photos have the potential to give me nightmares!

    • **sighs** says:

      Hiddles looks exhausted. He needs a holiday.

    • Ingrid says:

      I might be wrong, but has Tom shaved his hairline back a bit? For the role… it would explain the odd look. Or maybe it’s just the gel… ugh..

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        Nope, he’s just getting bald and near the hairline, he seems to not have pigmentation.. it has been discussed before in here…

      • BlueStahli says:

        His hairline looks the same as to me. It’s always been a bit weird, but it doesn’t look worse. The style on the other hand needs to go but hey, if it’s for a role…fine.

      • jammypants says:

        Short hair and the slick back look does not work on Tom.

    • Sunflower says:

      Yay for his win, though! That means a Hiddles post tomorrow.

      • ellesbelles says:

        especially since the most recent hiddles post was closed right after the awards show *side eyes*

      • jammypants says:

        major side eye indeed ellesbelles

      • TotallyBiased says:

        What you said, ellesbelles. Sigh. Oh, the life of a Dragonfly!

      • Dara says:

        OMG, you guys are so right! At this point I’m choosing to look at it like a compliment – we’d probably steal CB’s thunder by discussing ahead of time any high points an article might mention. On the other hand, I notice this thread is still open and the finer points of BC’s appearance is being flogged to death here and there will most likely be at least one (perhaps more) article discussing the very same things tomorrow. Guess I’ll save my gushing for tomorrow’s thread – but my joy will be slightly diminished by then and the total comment count will be lower than it might be – oh well.

        p.s. Can I just say that I’m amused as hell that Sophie has worn a floral (Florals Forever!) dress for both official red carpet appearances! Maybe she’s sending a subtle message to all his fans…

      • moodgirl says:

        What message is that – I’m the top Flower in Chief OR I accept these ugly dresses from Erdem because my mom won’t pay for them and my fiance really, really can’t stand me so I won’t ask him to pony up the cash.

      • Oh Hey says:

        Hmph. Side eye squared. We can gush over our little champion tomorrow. Meanwhile seeing not much new in the BC saga, except that he had more intimacy with Tom than he did with his fiancee….

      • Dara says:

        @moodgirl – is it too much to ask that it be both those things? Both is good.

      • jammypants says:

        @Oh Hey, we have a better chance talking about him here honestly.

      • Well says:

        @jammypants
        What you said. What you said indeed. So Eddie Redmayne may not be campaigning as hard as BC, but it’s starting to get difficult to tell. His interviewer in Gotham? Spidey! Because Andrew G is a ‘Brit Actor’ we’re familiar with, here in the good ole’ US of A.
        Just Jared’s coverage of tonight’s event is apparently limited to “Eddie Redmayne broke out his bow tie tonight for these theatre awards in London, and here he is with his beautiful fiancee don’t they look great together–oh, and Tom Hiddleston was there with a bow tie on, too.”
        Evidently dueling fiancees are more significant than actually being a nominee or even WINNER of whatever award is being handed out. Somehow I feel like Eddie’s PR team just threw a gauntlet down in front of Benny’s!

    • TotallyBiased says:

      There are some VERY nice Dragonfly King pics out there from tonight. He does look quite thin and tired, and the slicked back hair does NOTHING for him, but there are still some hot moments. Especially when that lovely smile comes out.

      • ellesbelles says:

        Here is a red carpet interview of our Dragonfly King. The velvet voice is always perfection, no trace of a HW accent. This shall tide us over until tomorrow

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYmJY89P7ms

      • Grace says:

        He looks better in vid. Still, much food and rest needed!

      • Dara says:

        Bless you @Elles – so nice to hear the voice. Such a well-deserved win, it makes me all gooey inside.

      • jammypants says:

        I think he looks awful, but that’s due to a really terrible hairstyle, being thin, and the ugly orange makeup. I am glad to see him and that he won however. Bless him.

      • Oh Hey says:

        Happy to hear his satiny voice again, and the smiles at the afterparty are true Tom ear to ear grin, which wasn’t on the red carpet. So happy to see him win. Ahh, I can sleep tonight.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Jammypants, I second that. But happy that he won, especially now that I’ve been able to see it for myself. Tom, Mark and the woman playing his mother put in amazing performances. I’ll be watching it again soon, I’m sure.

      • jammypants says:

        After looking at the pics, I think he looked better at the after party. I hope we get at least a transcript of his acceptance speech.

    • betsy says:

      Hiddleston’s hairline is receding uber quick. Do we know if baldness runs in the family.

  42. **sighs** says:

    I’m honestly surprised at the faces. I’m sure his pr told him to look loved up and smile. Even random twitter people and such noticed that last time around. Did they suggest it and he just really can’t pull it off? Can he find her so repugnant he can’t even muster up a smile? Have they just given up on him acting loved up so they just send them out together and shrug their shoulders saying, “we’ve done all we can”?

    There is truly no reason I can think of for him to physically not be able to smile around his brand new FIANCEE. I don’t care how much of a delicate flower she is or how much he hates his fans/press.

    • Soothy says:

      But the dislike of the press excuse would make no sense at all because she doesn’t have to do the red carpet with him or the posing for press. They’re choosing to do that so to be angry at the press would be kinda of ..demented? And she’s not remotely shy. Like I said upthread, loads of pics of her over the years posing for cameras and she looks to be enjoying the attention and free overpriced dresses here.

    • moodgirl says:

      “Can he find her so repugnant he can’t even muster up a smile?”

      I know I do.

    • Lucifer says:

      Can he find her so repugnant he can’t even muster up a smile?
      ans- yes. He does so do I..
      If they do get mrd though i suggest them naming coldbatches :D

    • Emily says:

      It’s clear he doesn’t want to sell this beyond doing the bare minimum of showing up with her.

  43. Ingrid says:

    *sporfle*

    Ladies, we have the pictures! He’s *almost* looking at her and isn’t that just the look of love?

    http://cumberbatchcoffeeklatch.tumblr.com/post/104022325849/x-x

    I’m actually crying with laughter.

    • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

      What’s with her and the hand and the hair and … oh god…poshy girl for poshy boy… :)

      • Alice says:

        On imdb those pics are interpreted as “he’s looking at her LOVINGLY and she’s thinking ‘eat your hearts out, bitches, I got him’.”

      • Felice says:

        They have no concept of perspective.

      • Soothy says:

        Seriously? Have they completely lost their tiny frazzled minds? A) he’s not looking lovingly and B) he’s not looking at her. Clearly.
        That site is so creepy.

      • MissMary says:

        I really wonder what names the IMDB posters write fanfic under because that legit reads like stuff you’d find on some fan sites, lol.

    • Curioser says:

      *What* the hell?

      I just…I just cant.

      edited to add: and the comments on Twitter that go with those images…gag. ‘She looks adorbs’ and ‘cumberkisses’.

    • Soothy says:

      FFS, the hair preening/tossing. And she’s so clearly having a stylist for these events too. Wasn’t so long ago, she had that feathered thing going on.
      I was pretty ambivalent to her, but just bemused and sideeying the situation, but the more I find out about her/see of her, I’m really starting to take a dislike.

    • **sighs** says:

      lol

    • lola says:

      Mastering the hair tossing should be put in her CV. If this is in any way real or even if he is settling for her I would sincerely suggest a head&brain examination. God, she is obnoxious.

    • Grace says:

      Look at her trying to look cute when her man is talking. LOL.

    • moodgirl says:

      It reminds me of an episode of Two and a Half Men, when Charlie Sheen told his on – screen mother “You can’t even look at me can you.” Are there no pictures of her LOOKING at Ben or even in his general direction to acknowledge that he is there? We won’t bother to mention in a loving way?

    • Renee says:

      Well, look at her enjoying all the attention. I thought she was oh-so-shy. Guess not so much anymore. She looks so full of herself here.

      Can someone pass me a barfbag?

    • MissMary says:

      I enjoy how he’s looking past her to see whomever has joined the group, and they’re STILL not looking at one another. she’s facing away from him towards someone else and he’s leaning like he wants to talk around her.

    • Cate says:

      I need to get off the train for a bit, I don’t feel quite well people, stop the train before I…….yikes. Where are those bags?!

      Seriously, what is she doing in those pics? British version of Vogueing? BC still looks unimpressed, that’s the irony. And we really need to find a word for the ‘Brangaloonies’ of the Cumberfandom. Maybe just Hunterbatchloons? I’m not inspired atm, my apologies.

      On the bright side though – if Sesame Street needs someone to act out the word ‘smug’, they can give the very famous and accomplished Mrs. Cumberbatch a call. Hair toss and all! Can’t wait, she could use all her mime skills as well.

    • blended says:

      i want them to make it all the way to oscar night without ever looking at each other. that would make me laugh so hard. that would be a record for a celebrity couple. i bet she’s making nice with all the theatre folks-she needs a job at some point.

      • MissMary says:

        Oh I’d love to see the photo collage of that! “Here we have the loved up couple looking past one another. And here they are, a month later…still not looking at one another.” The theatre folk angle crossed my mind–he’s definitely in with at least some of the big names (or bigger than her associates, anyway) and she’s cozied up to Top stoppard’s wife in at least one pic from this evening… I’m sure she’s meeting the “right” people to gloss up her rolodex (oh gods I’m old… do people still use the word ‘rolodex’?)

      • blended says:

        it makes perfect sense that she would come out to these awards. hobnobbing with the a-list theatre folk (and it looks like the uk celeb a-list in general). i had no idea these awards were as big a deal as they are. she seems to have made friends with the stoppards.

      • MissMary says:

        If not friends, then at least good acquaintances. BC and Tom Stoppard have known each other for a while (though I wouldn’t think they’re friends since they don’t socialize in as far as we know of…) I’m sure meeting them was a bit of sweetener in the pot to get her to come tonight, since she’s so busy, according to BC.

      • moodgirl says:

        Didn’t Tom Stoppard write “Parade’s End?” Maybe BC got to know him while working on the film adaptation.

  44. solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    On another note TOM got the award for best actor… :) Nice one..

  45. Soothy says:

    And apparently the miserable red carpet posing is on the front of the papers YET again. This is getting embarrassingly transparent now. How on earth can this be front page news, he was just presenting an award FFS? Quite clearly this is being forced down the public’s throats on a regular basis. This poor movie has truly been drowned in this crap and these games and it’s making me angry.

    • rosie says:

      I agree, Soothy. How about showing a photo of the actors that actually won the awards ?? It is obnoxious. Backlash is inevitable.

      • Soothy says:

        Oh god. Now the express headline to ‘cumberbatch brings his ‘gorgeous’ fiancee’. Seriously, this is just embarrassing. So utterly embarrassing. Are these papers getting backhanders for this or something because I’m just flummoxed.

      • Ingrid says:

        @Soothy – I’m truly starting to think someone is paying off The Daily Fail at least. He’s front and center and not one mean word of SH or BC. And they are not taking the bait with the Octopussy video and other embarrassing things she has done. Usually that’s right up DM’s alley.

        The worst article was the spy one and that’s hardly even a thing…

      • Soothy says:

        @ingrid

        The picture is front cover of The Mail too? :0 That is shockingly awful.

        And that article from last night was obviously ready to go. Within one hour of the arrivals pics, the article was online complete with ‘they looked so in love’ caption.
        How can anyone not see this BS?

      • Ingrid says:

        @Soothy – I meant the web page, don’t know about the actual paper.

        And DM seems to write the articles before the event, so they can be the first ones to publish them.

    • Ingrid says:

      ITA!!!!!

      I’m absolutely furious. The untalented nobody got the front page because she got engaged while GA & TH and other actually did the work to earn it. ( The Guardian thankfully were smarter and put GA on the cover)

      When has a newspaper put an award presenter on the cover instead of the winner /nominee? And who hear thinks BC could have gotten the cover without this mess? No one!

      But of course this has nothing to do with PR. Noooo, absolutely. It’s truuuuee loooovee…

      • Soothy says:

        Yeah, I’m genuinely angry. We’ve done the whole awkward red carpet pics of them on the front page together. Why roll it out again and at an event where he was only presenting at and ignoring the purpose of the event which was to honour the award winners? It’s unbelievable really. Truly.

        And where’s TIG in all this? Completely and utterly lost.

  46. tie pin says:

    cumberbuddy on tumblr has some gorgeous photos of Ben with a whole host of people – James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Kate Bush (be still my heart!) etc. – and what an enormous contrast it is.

    http://cumberbuddy.tumblr.com/

    These are the warm, comfortable, “pulled in” poses we should be seeing with SH and they’re just not there. So telling. And may I be permitted to say that Ben looks better with men 99.9% of the time? He just does. Maybe it’s due in large part to him “working” when we see him in photos with other men, but he almost always compliments and is in turn complemented in those moments.

    • Oh Hey says:

      Has to do with affection and IMO trust, most of those people he’s known for years. His intended, not so much, so why marry someone you don’t like and clearly don’t trust?

    • BlueStahli says:

      Unrelated: Omg opened the link in a new tab and the title is scrolling….it’s distracting! How is it doing that? I stared at it for a good minute before getting to the pictures.

  47. Claire says:

    Well it looks like we have a bunch of new people joining our side of things. Welcome all!

    And you two mentioning Stoppard above: Stoppard is a king of theatre: don’t confuse her hobnobbing with anything more. All he has to do is check out her work, no way in hell he will see her as talented in any way.

    • MissMary says:

      Stoppard will be socially polite because he’s not an idiot, but I don’t think for one hot second he’s endorsing her ‘work’ and supporting it.

      • Ingrid says:

        I really don’t think “he’s going to be ok” is the compliment of the year, either. LOL. It’s literally the least he could politely say. It’s not like Stoppard would tell the press “what the hell is he thinking? Her? HER? She’ looks like a horse” (I’m borrowing my mom’s words. LOL. She the ultimate mean girl. I love her.)

        And of course she will suck up to Stoppard, she would be idiot not to.

      • Claire says:

        Wait…did he literally say that about BC Ingrid?

      • Claire says:

        Sometimes I wonder if people realise how in show business people will blow sunshine up your backside when the cameras are rolling. You only get the truth behind closed doors.

      • Ingrid says:

        Well, according to this tweet. Of course, remember the context and we don’t know what the question was and so on…

        https://twitter.com/WhatsOnStage/status/539176498830508032

        EDIT: what we do know is that is the biggest compliment he said. Had he gushed about them more, they would have tweeted it, not that bland sentiment.

      • Claire says:

        All I can say is it’s a thing you tend to say when there’s been concern the person in question was NOT going to be okay.

      • Angie says:

        I really don’t get it, how is “He’s going to be ok,” SWEET?? What does that suppose to mean? It’s just so weird…

        And it seems the sentence doesn’t end there?

      • Claire says:

        It’s the kind of thing you say when you have nothing to say. Think about it.

    • Lucifer says:

      and he was drunk drunk

  48. BlueStahli says:

    Semi related note: Can we get Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to host the Oscars? I don’t care if America isn’t familiar with them. They rock.

  49. Lucifer says:

    tom stoppard’s speech after accepting the award from BC>>> “I had the pleasure of sitting next to Benedict’s fiance this evening.. He’s going to be ok,”
    ;)
    :D

  50. jammypants says:

    I feel like one of the very few who does not feel any negativity towards Sophie. Maybe I don’t care about Ben enough. But even so, I just think she seems alright.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I feel the same way. As entertaining as some of the comments are, people need to realize that not everyone is an open book.

      • Claire says:

        Just going off people whose body language and career related comments I’ve seen and heard, and especially which circles they run in (which is what we’re going off here), I’ve never been wrong, and the only ones I got wrong had personality disorders.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I feel the same way. As entertaining as some of the comments are, people need to realize that not everyone is an open book.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I feel the same way. As entertaining as some of the comments are, people need to realize that not everyone is an open book.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Edit: I hate my phone.

      • Just here says:

        LOL! Too funny.

        I think Sophie is pretty. I know others don’t, but there it is. I don’t find her particularly likeable, however, and I’m surprised with myself when I admit that. I mean, she is *just* what I imagined him with! And yet all the weirdness around their relationship, and then all the weirdness around the engagement…

        But I don’t wish her any ill will, either.

        I’ve asked myself, What could take me ‘off the fence’ so-to-speak about their relationship? I guess I could sum it up as ‘let down your guard and stop being so defensive around people’. Really, I’d prefer to see one photo of them with interlaced hands smiling at each other over dozens of interviews describing how ‘in love’ he is. Words don’t make a relationship. Actions do.

      • Soothy says:

        @just me

        Really? She’s exactly the opposite of what I imagined him with.

        I don’t think it’s an issue of being ‘defensive around people’ either. If that were the case, the parade of red carpet posing wouldn’t be happening at all. She doesn’t have to pose for photographers but she is. And she seems to be enjoying it. And that also doesn’t match the fact that he has been saying sone very weird, out of character and clumsy things of late. All the very manufactured sounding declarations of adoration from someone who last year wouldn’t even talk about their relationship status.

      • jammypants says:

        HAHAHA!

    • Soothy says:

      It’s not about being an ‘open book’. People’s opinions of her are based on a lot more than a few weird red carpet photos. And largely, the opinions of this entire circus that’s been playing out are actually little to do with her personally.

    • Sunflower says:

      I think we would sound a lot less like jealous fan girls if we did away with the negativity towards her. M.A.F. makes a good point that we don’t really know her. And part of me could be convinced that maybe there is something real there, but this whole thing has been so strange…

      • Soothy says:

        @sunflower

        Sorry, but no. Please don’t bring the ‘jealous fangirls’ crap into this. Firstly, I’m an individual with my my own mind, so there’s no collective ‘we fans should do this’ as far as I’m concerned.
        What do you define as ‘negativity’? And if you’re ‘negative’ then you’re obviously just a jealous fangirl? That’s pretty patronising to a hell of a lot of people. There are several aspects of what I’ve seen and she’s exhibited of herself that I don’t like. Her attitude, her work etc..
        I’m allowed to express that without having dimwitted obsessed tumblrites throwing ‘OMGZ YOU ALL JELLY, SHE IS SOOOO PERF!!!!’ at me. If people are stupid and childish enough to not see what’s in front of them or read what people are saying, then that’s their problem. I refuse to withold opinions I have just because I’m not spewing rainbows over this circus he’s created for himself.

      • Sunflower says:

        Oh God, that came out wrong. The ‘so perf’ makes me want to barf, and I have major side-eyes towards her ‘career’ as well. I just meant it’s easier to throw the jealous fan girl on us when there is some negativity towards her (which isn’t nearly as much as the nannies would have people believe).

      • Soothy says:

        But all I’ve really seen is the (completely understandable) criticism of her art/acting. There hasn’t been anything (certainly not on here anyway) that would give any credence at all to the ‘jealous fangirl’ BS. If obsessed nannies are going to take that line because we’re actually rightly sideeying this and not stepfording our appreciation like blinkered weirdo minions, then that’s their problem.
        Re: her dress etc, well, people are critical of fashion and that’s always been fair game. I for one think it’s rather shady that she’s shilling these Erdem dresses at these events now.
        All of that is largely irrelevant though as clearly the overwhelming discussion is on the general behaviour and actions surrounding all this, not her in particular.

      • Renee says:

        I’m not a fangirl. Never going to be. I was and I’m still trying to be a fan of his and of his work. However, his work seems to have taken a backseat to the media circus that is his engagement. He’s mentioned it in nearly every interview he’s given and now they’re on the front page of a newspaper, for what? (I’m in the States. I don’t get that one, but whatever. He didn’t win anything last night. Why would they be on the front page and not the actual winners, ffs!)

        I agree with Soothy. This whole thing has been a complete circus and it’s weird and bizarre and you know what? I think I have a right to say that. I think I also have a right to say that from what I’ve seen of her, I don’t particularly care for her. I also don’t think she’s done him any favors at all, given the change in his behavior. I think they look fake and phony and downright odd together and until I see anything different, I’m probably going to keep thinking that.

      • Green Eyes says:

        There really isn’t anything positive to say about SH – she’s really not that good at *anything*. Oh, except I can say for myself that I think she has nice skin. That’s it.
        She’s a terrible actress, a terrible-to-meh singer, and a mixed review production person in theater (not really a Theater Director). And this *is* a gossip board so we can side-eye Miss Hunter to our heart’s content.

        Oh and the dress: Someone said on the previous thread that Keira was given Erdem dresses (for this promotional tour?). So, likely, any extras that Keira did not want were handed down to SH to wear.

        Oh and I really wish one of the tabs would pick up on SH’s previous work: the Octopussy video or the rolling around on the floor as a pregnant woman would be good.

    • Emily says:

      Sophie doesn’t bother me either. All of his ex girlfriends have that posh, resting b face going on. So his choice in her, whether real or not, is unsurprising to me.

      IMHO, the negativity of this situation rests on Benedict. It’s tiring for people to go on as if he’s an innocent party. When actors get into bed with Harvey, this is the result. He’s not naive or green enough to be unaware of how it works. No one gets to the top without betraying their integrity and values at some point along the way. Go big or go home.

  51. Lucifer says:

    Maybe completely nitpicking, but i think with all off his prev GFs (real GFs *wink*) his hand used to be quite below the waist line while with octopussy its on the back not even on the waist. m I looking too closely or u guys noticed that too?

  52. ellesbelles says:

    Alright. These are my say something nices for SH, after I took the piss out of her about her THEE-A-TAH career.

    The coloring of her dress suits her nicely. The dress itself is fug
    Her makeup looks very nice
    Her hair is really glossy, and I’m a little jealous.

    Other than that she looks and appears to behave like a pretentious brat.

    Ben looked nice, it was nice to see some smiles, even if it was at the expense of manipulating Poppy a little bit, given their past interview history, and I fluttered at seeing Ben and Tom together

    • Soothy says:

      She’s got way too much make up on. In some of the red carpet posing her face is a shade of white that’s much lighter than her neck. And her hair has just been straightened. She’s obviously got a stylist for these events. I guess that’s what an avant garde person does.

  53. Florence says:

    All these cumberbatch posts were really starting to annoy me but I’ve actually really started to enjoy reading the comments! They’re hilarious!