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All-Star Cast Joins Benedict Cumberbatch for 'The Hollow Crown' Sequel 'Wars of the Roses'

Rejoice, there’s finally some official news about the upcoming sequel to award-winning Shakespeare mini-series The Hollow Crown!

The original four-part series adapted four of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two and Henry V – into a single chronological narrative, used the bulk of the same actors for the same roles across all the relevant plays, and starred Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons as three kings of England. The sequel is set to be subtitled War of the Roses and will adapt Shakespeare’s Henry VI (in two parts rather than three) and Richard III, the four plays that tell the story of the rise of the Tudor dynasty and the fall of the Plantagenets.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has already been announced to play the ill-fated King Richard III across all three plays (though his character doesn’t appear much in the Henry VI trilogy to be honest), He will be joined by a star-studded ensemble, led by none other than the great Dame Judi Dench (yes, really) as Richard’s mother Cecily, the Duchess of York, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Keeley Hawes as Queen Elizabeth and Tom Sturridge as King Henry VI. Sophie Okonedo was previously named to play Margaret of Anjou.

Um, wow. Wow.

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.

Watch the Queen’s Guards Play the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song at Buckingham Palace

So, Queen Elizabeth probably doesn’t have a Ser Barristan the Bold of her own outside Buckingham Palace, but the Queen’s Guards are apparently big fans of fantasy drama Game of Thrones anyway.

We know this because during a recent Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the band suddenly burst into a rousing rendition of the HBO series’ incredibly recognizable theme tune. (For those that don’t know the band traditionally performs a song during the ceremony, which takes place daily in the summer at 11:30am.)

It’s awesome. And thankfully a quick bystander recorded it and put it on YouTube.

The 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Redone in LEGO is Everything

Making LEGO versions of things has become a popular trend in fannish circles over the last few years (spurred on, no doubt, by the financial and critical success of The LEGO Movie, which is basically what it says on the tin). You have a favorite show or movie? Chances are, some uber-creative soul out there has LEGO-ized it for you, whether it’s bits from Sherlock episodes or Star Trek trailers or the Downton Abbey estate or The Hobbit redone with mini-figures,

Now someone has re-done last year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary block-for-block and it is incredible.

Celebrate Independence Day by Imagining If The British Had Won

As every American knows, on July 4 the United States celebrates its independence. We watch fireworks, eat barbecue, go to baseball games, and basically spend the day generally rejoicing in our Founding Fathers’ successful thrashing of the British Empire.

I never know what to write about on this particular day here on the blog – it’s such an American holiday and we cover all things British and it’s probably not best to cross the streams and all that kind of thing. But luckily, the marketing team at beer manufacturer Newcastle has helpfully provided us with the perfect post topic this year.

Watch: ‘Sherlock’ Fans Put on Amazing Flashmob Dance Routine in Russia

Oh, Sherlock fans, never change. Seriously, don’t.

In case you needed further evidence that the Sherlock fandom is populated by some of the most creative and, frankly, fun people around, look no further than this new fan tribute from Russia.

Several hundred fans in St. Petersburg gathered to pay tribute to their favorite show, and since it’s 2014 now and it’s what people do because the internet exists, they put together an intricate dance routine and filmed it for YouTube.

And it’s awesome. Seriously, this will be one of the coolest things you see this week.

Watch: Arthur Darvill Sings 'Frozen’s’ ‘Let It Go’ with a 'Doctor Who' Twist

 

Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill may have physically departed the TARDIS more than a year ago, but, much like they say in Hotel California, it seems evident that even though you can check out any time you like, you can never leave.

Darvill, who is currently on-stage in the West End musical Once, appeared on BBC Radio 1 last week to promote his new show. The actor starred in the show on Broadway for about six months last year, and is now reprising his role across the pond.

As part of his recent media tour, Darvill appeared on The Matt Edmondson Show, where he did the standard sort of interview chatter, and even performed some music from Once, before the best bit of the whole thing got underway, which is where the inevitable Who related portion of the day came up. By way of a Frozen parody.

Watch: Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart Play ‘The Newlywed Game'

Rule one of the internet: You will never find anything that’s more fun to watch than Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen bickering, laughing, or basically doing anything at all together for any reason whatsoever.

That is the case times about a thousand in this latest clip, which features these two acting greats just proving for the millionth time that you will never have a friendship that is as awesome as theirs. And also they play The Newlywed Game. No, really.

This Norwegian 'Sherlock' Parody is Wacky, Amazing and Totally NSFW Awesomeness

We’ve certainly seen many creative Sherlock parodies over the years – from musical adaptations, to snarky cartoons, to detailed and realistic mash-ups with fellow Steven Moffat production Doctor Who.

This latest parody – which comes to us from Norway and has become something of an instant classic among members of the Sherlock fandom online – is a bit simpler, in terms of concept, but in no way less memorable. (Or creative.)

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjostheim – who star on the show Underholdningsavdelinge - came up with the idea to do the spoof once they realized they looked a bit like British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But they definitely take things to a whole ‘nother level of silliness.

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