Saturday, April 25, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter back on the Isle of Wight

By Matthew Mckew
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter's love affair with the Isle of Wight has continued, with the couple returning to the Island for a romantic meal just two months after marrying at Mottistone.

Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch and theatre director and actress Sophie Hunter were married on February 14.The Valentine’s Day ceremony was held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

The next day, the well-known couple went to the Sun Inn, Hulverstone — and were seen there again last Saturday.

A patron who spotted the pair having lunch said: "Sophie and Benedict seemed to be enjoying the sunshine."

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10 Victorian Swears from the Real ‘Ripper Street’

By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 24th, 2015

"And you're a Ripper Street (Pic: BBC America)
“Oi windy-wallets, I’m talking now, you zounderkite!” (Pic: BBC America)

Ripper Street returns to BBC AMERICA this Wednesday (April 29) for a third season. There are new cast members—including Sherlock’s Louise Brealey—new stories and all manner of unpleasant goings on the grottiest parts of Victorian London.

So, to get you in the mood (and possibly upset your stomach) here’s a brief working definition of some actual Victorian vulgar street slang and swear words. The sort of thing you’d have probably heard on a real street, shortly before being relieved of your valuables at knifepoint. Enjoy!

Oh, and don’t look at the definition for rantallion if you want to keep your breakfast where it is.

• Windy-wallets – someone who talks far too much, in a boastful fashion. The idea being (presumably) that the hot air coming out of the face area is no better than the hot air coming out of the area close to where the wallet is kept. (Source)

• Betwattled – to be confused or confounded or temporarily rendered incapable of speech. (Source)

• Fustilugs – sometimes thought to be a name for a terminal grump, fustilugs was more commonly used as a term for a fat knacker, someone too overweight to get around easily. (Source)

• Zounderkite – the kind of bumbling idiot that will end up making a disastrous mistake of the sort that beggars belief. (Source)

• Lickfinger – a sycophant or toady. It’s a similar term to lickspittle, although lickfinger should be congratulated on being both less disgusting and more disgusting, depending on how hard you think about it. (Source)

• Bug hunting – to go out looking for drunks to attack and rob at night. (Source)

• Dirty puzzle — a pejorative term used to pass judgement on a woman for sexual immorality. Not quite the full dollymop (prostitute), but certainly someone with a bad reputation. (Source)

Alan Rickman Ties the Knot in NYC with Partner of 50 Years

(Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman looks like he might have a lil’ secret, what could it be? (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

British actor Alan Rickman has been off the market for the past 50 years, living with his partner Rima Horton, an economist and politician, for 40 of them. They met when he was 19 and she was 18. But now it’s official: they’re hitched.

Rickman has been doing the rounds to talk about his recently released film A Little Chaos, and when chatting with a German newspaper he dropped a love bomb.

The newspaper Bild asked what the secret was behind sustaining a long-term relationship without tying the knot, and Rickman politely corrected the interviewer, saying, “We are married, just recently. It was great, because no one was there. After the wedding in New York we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch.”

The wedding took place in NYC, where our office is located, and we weren’t invited?

We won’t take offense, as it appears to have been just the two of them (and at least one witness and someone to officiate the ceremony).


Friday, April 24, 2015

(Tom Hiddleston, Matthew Macfadyen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, David Tennant...) 12 British Actors Reading Shakespeare for Shakespeare Day

By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Tom Hiddleston (Pic: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

British actors have a particularly strong relationship with the works of Shakespeare, as they’ll have studied his plays when honing their stagecraft and possibly discovered some of their best thespian tricks while working out how to tackle Polonius or Caliban at a tender age.

So, as it’s Shakespeare Day and we love actors who love reading Shakespeare, here they are doing that very thing, starting with Tom Hiddleston reading the “if music be the food of love” speech from Twelfth Night:

And now, Dame Helen Mirren reading from Anthony & Cleopatra, in a special clip for BBC Newsnight. She has played the title role on stage three times, at the National Youth Theatre in 1965, for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983, and at the National Theatre in 1998:

Or, for people with short attention spans, here’s David Tennant reading a collection of Shakespeare’s greatest hits in verse, performing “Sonnet 2,” “Sonnet 7,” “Sonnet 9,” “Sonnet 17,” “Sonnet 18,” “Sonnet 11,” “Sonnet 14″ and “Sonnet 154:”

Continuing the theatrical metaphors from earlier, here’s Benedict Cumberbatch reading “The Seven Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It, which contains some wonderful descriptive moments, ripe for reuse, including “mewling and puking” and “the lean and slippered pantaloon”:

Poor Matthew Macfadyen is feeling a bit down in the dumps because he’s not a success in his chosen field. This bothers him enough to start reciting the apposite “Sonnet 29″ in a cafe, until, just at the point at which the poet reminds him of his true love, she appears. Then everything is right as rain:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Matthew Macfadyen says he has an open mind about poltergeists

First published Wednesday 22 April 2015 in News
Last updated 04:58 Thursday 23 April 2015

Star of The Enfield Haunting Matthew Macfadyen says he has an open mind about poltergeists

Matthew Macfadyen plays Guy Lyon Playfair, who was sent to the Hodgsons house to investigate what was going on.

What attracted you to the project?

Timothy Spall and Rosie Cavaliero, both of whom I’ve worked with before. I worked with Tim on a Stephen Poliakoff drama called Perfect Strangers, and I did Little Dorrit with Rosie for the BBC. It always comes down to the script, though, which was well-written, fascinating and properly scary.

Were they the sort of scripts you could just rattle through?

 That’s my litmus test, how quickly I can get through them. You know it’s a chore when you think, oh, I could be doing something else right now.

The Enfield Haunting isn’t just a jolty story about a mean poltergeist, either, is it?

No, it’s nuanced and beautifully written. It’s not a documentary, but a dramatic retelling, so there are bits which are teased and pushed in certain directions for the purposes of telling a story. I love everything to do with Maurice and his daughter. If it hadn’t been so delicately handled, it could have been quite naff.

How much did you know about the Hodgson case before you signed on?

I didn’t know anything about it and, stupidly, I didn’t read The House is Haunted, the book by Guy Lyon Playfair that the series is based on. I came straight from Ripper Street on to this and was a bit frazzled. They kindly organised for me to meet the real Guy, though, which was interesting.

What did you make of him?

He’s in his 80s now and absolutely fascinating. It’s always daunting when you play someone who is real, although I’m not doing an impersonation, that’s not the gig. I’m just taking what I fancy. Saying that, I hope Guy isn’t too horrified at what he sees. I’ll have to write a letter of apology. The Hodgsons’ story is very divisive. Some people believe them, others think they made the whole thing up.

What’s your take?

I have an open mind. I think the sensible stance to take in this situation is to be agnostic and go, I just don’t know. I’ve never experienced anything like it, but I know plenty of people who have and they’re not gullible. There was definitely something going on, it’s just unexplained. I’m certainly not in the ‘that’s all cobblers’ camp. That would be very short-sighted.