Fun Interviews

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does Impressions of Literally Everyone

If Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be a bit more, well… everywhere than usual of late, that would be because he’s been out doing the press rounds for the impending release of his buzzy Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. (Which, if you haven’t watched the trailer for that yet, you can do so right here – and you really should it’s going to be equally everywhere this awards season).

This has led to a veritable avalanche of Cumberbatch-related print interviews, video snippets and Q&As on various social media platforms. It’s so much that even the most die-hard Cumber-enthusiast (such as myself) may have had a hard time sifting through the lot of it. That’s why it’s important to distill all this down to the essentials – which is exactly what this video is. It is awesome and it will make your day.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Jar Jar Binks Impression Will Definitely Improve Your Day

Apparently, even being at Comic Con this year, I missed a lot of Comic Con! There’s simply so much going on at the world’s biggest festival of all things geek that it can seriously take you a week or more after the event concludes just to dig through all the gems – clips, interviews, trailers, whatever – that come out of that four day span. It’s the best kind of crazy.

My latest and best find involves Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who made his first appearance at San Diego’s annual convention this year, supporting his upcoming films The Penguins of Madagascar and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Part of this involves not just appearing on panels for those films, but doing a positive truckload of press, whilst so many entertainment journalists are all in one place. Cumberbatch, like everyone else, did the rounds, speaking to folks from all the major outlets.

He sat down with MTV’s Joshua Horowitz – one of my favorite entertainment writers and, quite frankly, one of the best folks at doing celebrity interviews – and the resultant chat is, to put it mildly, fairly epic, particularly when the two get to discuss nerdy topics, as one does because it’s Comic Con. The two end up discussing Star Wars whether or not the presence of the floppy-eared nightmare known as Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menance can be justified and proceedings devolve into the two doing rather freakishly accurate impressions of the character.

Just watch it. Trust me. It’s the best thing you’ll see today.

Dan Stevens Tells 'The Today Show' He Has to Apologize for 'Downton Abbey' Death a Lot

Oh, Dan Stevens. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pleased that Downton Abbey is back on my television, and I love all its dramatic moments, great costumes and compelling characters. But I miss Matthew. There, I said it. I’m still not over it, and seeing you out on the promotional circuit for your new film Summer in February’ s US release is a bit rough. I want you to have all the success in the world professionally – of course – but seriously couldn’t you have just done a voiceover with that letter in the first episode of Series 4? Just for a second? Sigh.

Stevens appeared on The Today Show to talk about life after Downton and to start spreading the word about his latest big-screen role that arrives in US theaters. And since the character he plays in Summer in February seems very close to Matthew Crawley, perhaps it’ll be a balm to all our wounded hearts.

It’s just a good job he’s so darn charming.

Watch Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart Talk to the New York Times About Their Friendship and New Play(s)

Acting greats Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are currently performing on Broadway in a repertory production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The two actors have starred opposite each other on stage and screen several times previously – most notably as Magneto and Professor Magneto in the X-Men films, which is apparently when they became the biggest BFFs to ever BFF – and their friendship is absolutely lovely to behold.

McKellen and Stewart have been splashing their epic friendship all over New York City over the past couple weeks, whilst preparing for their Broadway run. (Basically, we all want to be BFFs with them. It’s okay. They’re amazing.)

The duo did a special appearance at the New York Times’ Times Talk series – basically an awesome intimate Q&A session with Times theater reporter Patrick Healy, in which the two of them discuss everything from their mutual love of Shakespeare, to their experiences in blockbuster movie franchises X-Men and The Lord of the Rings, to their current adventures sharing a dressing room on the Great White Way. It’s a fascinating chat with two of the greatest actors working today – and well worth a watch.

'Doctor Who' and the Case of the Recurring Peter Capaldi

Now that Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has officially hung up his sonic screwdriver with the completion of filming on the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, all eyes turn to the man who’ll be taking his place: incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. We know little so far about what Capaldi’s Doctor will be like, or what storylines for his upcoming iteration will entail. We do know that apparently the actor will use his actual Scottish accent, but that’s about it.

However, one of the more interesting twists connected to the decision to cast Capaldi as the Doctor is that he’s actually be on the show before. This isn’t unprecedented – companions Freema Agyeman and Karen Gillan both had bit parts prior to their landing the roles of Martha and Amy, respectively. However, Capaldi’s actually popped up in the Whoniverse twice before now – once as Roman merchant Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in Series 4’s The Fires of Pompeii and then again as the uber-creepy Home Office secretary John Frobisher in Who spinoff Torchwood’s Children of Earth miniseries. So, fans have been wondering whether or not Capaldi’s previous appearances might be addressed.

Well, now it looks like we might get an answer to that question at some point.