Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's my goal to travel throughout the Rocky Mountain region teaching people the history of women pilots - and women drivers, too!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The National Theatre presented a play called Frankenstein. On alternate nights, Benedict Cumberbatch (the star of Sherlock on British TV) and Jonny Lee Miller (the star of Eleementary on American TV) played Victor Frankenstein and the Creature alternately. (The review does refer to him as a Monster, but in actuality he was a creature, turned into a monster by the neglect of his creator/parent.)
Frankenstein review at the Guardian
Apparently both performances were filmed, but they are only available in the UK! Perhaps with Cumberbatch's sky-rocketing stardom, it will now be made available to American audiences.
What intrigues me about this play is the fact that the two actors alternated the roles on alternate nights. I would have loved to see the different emotions and physicalities that the two men brought to the part.
It's easy to imagine Johnny Lee Miller being afraid of Cumberbatch's Frankenstein - Cumberbatch is several inches taller. Less so to think of Cumberbatch being afraid of Miller except for the awful look of the creature and also the sheer strength the creature possesses.
|Jonny Lee Miller as the Craeture|
There are several more there so check them out.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cumberbatch has appeared in two issues of Shakespeare magazine, an online webzine:
But, the main purpose of the Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch entries is to list every usuage of Shakeaeare - quotes, plots, etc., in Cumberbatcch's ouvre.
Benedict Cumberbatch in Cabin Pressure: "Limerick" episode
Martin (Benedict Cumberbatc) and Douglas (Roger Allam) are flying from Hong Kong to Limerick with a certain small but very precious cargo. It's a long way from Hong Kong to Limerick (slightly longer than to Tipperary) and Douglas gets on the intercom and announces to the (empty) cabin that he's bored, and that they'll be flying "until the last syllable of recorded time."
That is a line from Macbeth's "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" soliloquy in the play, Macbeth. He has just learned of his wife's death.
— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Sunday, November 20, 2016
This smile from the first scene where he and Watson meet is not particular impish, but if you watch the scene you can see that, as Holmes, he's actually quite nervous - this quick smile when he first starts talking to Watson, then the way he darts quick glances at him rather than looking him full in the face. He's nervous about wanting to impress Watson and getting a roommate so he can afford his suite of rooms.
Above is that impish smile, when the wife of Sir Eustace comes to visit them with a case. Watson has to continually remind Watson that their task is to prevent Sir Eustace from being murdered, not actually being murdered.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Yesterday listened to the Cabin Pressure episode, Limerick, for the very first time, and heard Benedict Cumberbatch as Captain Martin Crieff describe his new watch he had purchased in Hong Kong as a Patek Phillipe watch.
I had never heard of a Patek Phillipe watch before - the only luxury watch I'd ever heard of was a Rolex (which Benedict Cumberbatch pronounced Rule-ex rather than Roh-lex.).
So this morning, I started my research on luxury watches for the article, and found an article on a Patek Phillipe watch. (Last week a 1940s-circle Patek Phillipe watch, one of only four in existence, sold at auction for $17 million!)
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Friday, November 18, 2016
THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WAR OF THE ROSES is a lavish three-part follow-up to the BAFTA winning The Hollow Crown, which aired in 2013 on THIRTEEN's Great Performances.Benedict Cumberbatch plays Richard of Gloucester (pronounced Gloster) who appears in small roles in Henry VI part 1 and 2, and of course is on stage for practically every bit of Richard III.
The first series of The Hollow Crown covered the so-called Henriad comprising Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V. Now, The Wars of the Roses - which comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES on three consecutive Sundays beginning December 11 at 9 p.m. - picks up the story with epic film versions of Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.
Here's a review - it is going to be a treat when it hits American screens:
Richard III is my favorite Shakespeare play, and to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III - heaven!
And it is actually very fitting because apparently, according to DNA testing of the bones, Cumberbatch is a distant relation of the last Yorkist king!
|Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III. That white necklace is of a white boar - his badge|
(It was posted 3 years and 11 months ago, which would make it 2013).
According to this author, all of the episodes were recorded one after the other on the same day. Benedict Cumberbatch left after his final scenes as he had to get on a plane for somewhere.
It is really a fun read - the cast clearly had a good rapport.
I didn't realize there were quite so many flubs, but of course they'd all be edited out before going over the air (probably several months later). [This is a far cry from the Paul Temple mystery radio series of the 1950s and 60s that I love. They recorded one episode a week, and it went out live!]
From the anecdotes recounted I wasn't sure what episodes were being talked about, but I do assume it was the fourth, and what they probably thought was the last series of the program.
Here's that URL again.
You can buy the complete series here: