Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace & Cate Blanchett class up Comic-Con: lovely?


At Comic-Con on Saturday, there was a big panel for The Hobbit: Seriously, We’re Going To Milk This Thing Forever. Benedict Cumberbatch was there!!! As was Cate Blanchett (amazing!), Lee Pace (his hair!), Orlando Bloom (looking gross), Luke Evans (eh) and Evangeline Lilly (meh). I’m including photos of everybody. Oh, Andy Serkis was there too and Benedict posed with him at the photocall. I guess they’re buds now? Sure. Benedict is looking really good in these photos, right? He’s tan, his hair looks gorgeous and that blue t-shirt really makes his eyes pop.

There’s not a lot of Cumbernews from Comic-Con. He kept denying the Doctor Strange rumor and Marvel didn’t officially announce anything at their weekend panel (although there are casting rumors, but I’m covering that in another post). Benedict did talk to MTV about Sherlock Season 4 and the return of Moriarty and all of that. I finally found the full interview:

So cute.

Anyway, I’m including more pics below. I love that Cate Blanchett came to Comic-Con. She’s like Nerd Royalty. She classed the place up. Also: I feel weird saying this, but Lee Pace is giving me as much of a fever as The Batch.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and Getty.

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  1. hutter says:

    Matt Dillon was at ComicCon as well (to promote that miniseries Wayward Pines for FOX). For my money is hotter than all of these lads put together.

  2. allons-y alonso says:

    Pace and Batch in the same photo is the stuff dreams are made of.

    So glad to see this site is finally getting on board with the gorgeousness of Lee Pace. Pushing Daisies is one of my favourite shows ever.

  3. Maddy says:

    Kaiser! Your title for the Hobbit franchise just sums it up perfectly! LMAO

  4. insomniac says:

    I cannot handle all the pretty in this post. (But I love it!)

  5. Duri says:

    This cast is so much fun and humble. They’ll be fun to hang out with. Also Stephen Colbert had monitered the panel which was awesome.

    Yes Kaiser I agree Lee is totally scrumptious, I would bang him and BC in a heartbeat lol.

    Cate looked pretty as her skin is so beautiful & glowing but that weird grandma kind dress is doing her no favors.

  6. shannon says:

    Yaaaaas to Lee Pace and Cate Blanchett….that photo of them….I just can’t with the gorgeousness. Orlando Bloom. What. Happened.

  7. Froop says:

    There are rumours afoot that Ben and Andy might be working together on a mo cap project at some point. He talked about it in one of the interviews over the weekend.

    Evangeline is cute too, not very meh.

  8. MediaB says:

    :sighs: I’ll just leave this link to photo of the ‘Batch gazing at Cate right here…both gorgeous, the pair of them. I really, really want to see them act the hell out of something live on stage one day…

  9. Freebunny says:

    Andy Serkis needs more LOVE.

  10. Rhiley says:

    So this went through my head when I saw Cate Blanchett’s dress:

    “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
    Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated. “

  11. Beth says:

    Lee Pace has a small but committed fanatical following. I’m not crazy about the eyebrows.

  12. Kali says:

    Legitimate question – is Cate Blanchett a vampire? Yes? No? Half a one?

    I now understand the Lee Pace thing. I really really understand the Lee Pace thing. Yowza.

  13. Jen says:

    “Benedict is looking really good in these photos, right?”


  14. Clairewobble says:

    I would really really love to see Benny and Cate on a film together!

    BTW, Hamlet ticket prices are up! They are very affordable, kudos to the production team for not turning it into a greedy money making theatre!


    5 August–31 October 2015
    Tickets: £30–£62.50 plus booking fee
    100 seats at £10, positioned throughout the auditorium, will also be available at each performance
    A limited number of Premium Seats are available.
    School Groups – £25 ticket per pupil plus one teacher free for every ten tickets purchased.
    In addition to these public performances, we will schedule four midweek education matinees exclusively for schools and colleges.

  15. Innie Outie says:

    I loved Ben and Cate on photos – and Ben on vids – but I skipped The Hobbit panel. I disliked Desolation of Smaug as much as I liked Unexpected Journey – except Smaug who was the perfectest dragon to ever grace the screen :P I am pretty sure The Battle of Five Armies will be just as lifeless =/ Will watch it because I’ve never missed a single LOTR/Hobbit film, but my expectations are pretty low.

  16. Sophie says:

    Ha I was going to say Lee Pace has never looked better until I scrolled down and saw his jeans lol. I still love him though. The Piemaker forever!! <3

  17. Lilacflowers says:

    More Lee Pace, please? A lot more Lee Pace, please?

  18. Adrien says:

    Ahh! Lee Pace. We need more Lee Pace.

  19. SuePerb says:

    Come on please…. More Comic con photos, pretty please with sugar on top. Jesse L. Martin was there promoting The Flash. OMG that guy has THE most gorgeous smile

  20. GeeMoney says:

    Those maroon pants… I give up. I’m guessing that they are here to stay. Why, Cumby, why…

    The non-announcement of Dr. Strange and no info about any other upcoming Marvel movies was a letdown at Comic-Con this past weekend.

  21. MissMary says:

    NGL, I’m waiting for the rabid “OMG LEE PACE/RICHARD ARMITAGE 5EVER” people to show up on this thread now that Lee Pace is prominent on it.

    • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

      *delurks* Wait, wuh?

      Lord, “real life” shippers are just so weird sometimes (all the time).

      • EscapedConvent says:


        WHAAT?! Promised Beer! I’m so glad to see you! How are you? Do you still have 12 jobs? (Please say no….) Do you still love Luke Bryan? How are you and Richard Armitage getting along? See? I remember stuff!

        I miss your delish banana bread and mint juleps. Hope you are doing very well, m’dear. :-}

      • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

        omgomgomgomg ESCON! I miss you! I hope you are also doing well! *big glompy hug* I’m good. Busy. I still have 12 jobs, but I quit the one job that stressed me out more than it paid me, so in the end … I call it even. Even though I have no time, money, or energy by the end of the day. Come sit by me and here is a slice of fresh nanner bread, and we need to catch up! :D

      • EscapedConvent says:

        PromisedBeer! Ha! Thank you for the glompy hug!

        I’m glad you quit that job that was stressing you out so much. It always bothered me that you would bake banana bread and make lovely pitchers of iced tea and (hard) lemonade for everyone, and then leave to go to work! That wasn’t right, and that’s why we came to rescue you in the stagecoach. It’s *amazing* that plan didn’t work.

        Yes, let’s sit on the porch glider and catch up! :-}

      • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

        Oh, yeah, the stage coach rescue attempt. Sorry that went south so quickly – my little section of the country doesn’t mind public drunken displays, but the moment you hop on the driver’s seat of a stage coach holding a go-cup? I should have warned y’all. XD

        Yes, please. Let’s do catch up. How have you been? Has everything been going well for you? I’m seeing too many natural and man-made disasters all over the place – PLEASE tell me you’re doing okay where you are! That convent is pretty sturdy, correct? And those nuns are pretty tough, right?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hi Promised Beer! I hope you will see this—and am sorry for the delay.

        I’m all right, thank you! Have you had a natural disaster where you are? I hope there hasn’t been anything terrible close to you. No, nothing dreadful here at the old convent, as long as we don’t count Mother Superiatrix. She’s terrifying. I would almost rather face a Sharknado.

        But you’re right, the Convent is sturdy and too secure, really. It’s getting harder and harder to escape! Every time I think I’m out, these batty nuns pull me back in….

        I know you’re more than busy enough as it is, but I may have to ask you to bake a nice saw and a file into a loaf of your nanna bread. Let me know if you have time for a Convent escape!

    • Janeite says:

      LOL, MissMary! I just posted something about that further up the thread. I like both guys just fine but I find that segment of their fan bases puts me off a bit.

  22. Samantha says:

    Lee Pace > Bandicoot Gingersnap all day, every day, any day, ALL THE DAYS.

  23. Faye says:

    I was amused by his little aside (re fans) “We went too far. *Again.*” Methinks Cumby is getting a little tired of the Cumberbitch-stalking.

  24. Lindy79 says:

    Some of the panels looked like so much fun.
    Then you had ones where they looked like there was someone standing to the side with a puppy and a gun.

    • MissMary says:


      I think that’s how you can tell who is doing the con and panels because they really enjoy their projects and who is doing it to fulfill contract obligations.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Yep, without a doubt!
        I wouldn’t mind but they’re well paid and get treated like gods so…suck it up.

      • MissMary says:

        Yeah I’d be more sympathetic if they had to pay out of pocket, do the set up themselves, etc (like some of the vendors or the not-as-celeb panelists/indie media panelists do) but the ones like for Marvel or DC or other big money productions? They’re in really nice hotels, likely getting meals comped, being driven around (i.e. not worrying about how to get to/from the con) and are being PAID (all caps because it’s not chump change lol). And it’s in the contracts they signed, agreeing to promote the project(s). I’m sure there’s escape clauses, like if they have overlapping duties or films, but for the most part, they’re there as part of their jobs and maybe should’ve reconsidered those roles if they didn’t want to do promos like cons.

      • Janeite says:

        I suspect most all of us have parts of our jobs that we enjoy less than others. And yeah, in this case they know that promotion is part of the job. I’m sure it’s not always fun and can be tiring but it’s part of the job.

    • Innie Outie says:

      Haha, @Lindy79, agreed!

    • Green Girl says:

      I’m no fan of celebrities who act like public appearances and meeting their fans are beneath them. That’s no fun and it ruins it for everyone.

      But I think sometimes, some celebrities may have a bit of anxiety when they actually see the crowds, especially if this is their first appearance of this nature. I think it’s one thing to read on paper that X number of people will show up, and it’s quite another to actually see that number in a room.

  25. enastein says:

    I am here for Andy Serkis , his talent puts everyone in this post to shame.
    Yep even kate

  26. Peppa says:

    Cate Blanchett looks like she is channeling Sandy from Grease (pre-makeover of course). I actually think Cumberbatch looks quite handsome here, too (he is like a Picasso to me in that he looks great at certain angles).

  27. YuYa says:

    Lee Pace is my perfect man, that is all.

  28. M says:

    Orlando Bloom has not looked good in a long time, poor thing, not aging well. Cate was the only person I cared about tbh, but Lee is alright.

  29. jammypants says:

    Lee Pace is gorgeous. His voice is delicious.

  30. icerose says:

    I do like Benny in his blue Pink Floyd t shirt and commend his taste in bands.. It gives him a more relaxed look.

  31. katie says:

    Every looks okay except poor Orlando, whose a bit rough up there. Love Andy Serkis!

    Lee Pace is a good actor but I don’t like him as much as I once did. My own fault, hazard of reading interviews LOL

  32. Shiv says:

    Andy is bloody brilliant! He is so underrated! Love him.

    Lee Pace is rather handsome – didn’t put the name to the face until comic com pics were released.

    BCumbs seemed to be enjoying Evangeline’s company haha. He is a beaut!

  33. LAK says:

    Is Lee Pace really tall or is Cumberbatch not as tall as he appears to be?

  34. Innie Outie says:

    First proper – and full of self-quotes lest we forget that there’s also LOTR and that it was PJ who shot LOTR – Hobbit 3 trailer is hereю

    *sighs* So far, my low expectations are justified =(

  35. Angel L says:

    Lee Pace! Anyone that loves him needs to see Halt and Catch Fire – there is a scene where he seduces a guy – it is HOT.

    • Valerie says:

      Thank you! Looks like you’re the only one that has mentioned Halt and Catch Fire so far. He’s so great in that show, but it hasn’t seemed to “catch fire” in the ratings just yet. Hope AMC does the right thing, gives it some time and picks it up for another season.

  36. bella says:

    Yeap… Lee is handsome and his voice is amazing ! He looks so relaxed and his hair is perfect.
    Benedict’s voice is the most wonderful thing in Hobbit 2.
    I loved LOTR but these Hobbit’s movies are sucks. One movie would be enough although I love Richard Armitage as Thorin. I read that he wasn’t able to go to SDCC because his work in the Crucible.
    Anyway, I really enjoyed all these photos with these gorgeous men ! A good way to start my week.

  37. may234 says:

    I love Lee Pace, such a great actor.

    I have only one question: is he gay or straight, does anyone know?

    • MissMary says:

      He has not come out one way or the other. There’s a huge base of people who say he is gay due to a comment Ian McKellan made in an interivew for The Desolation of Smaug, and the fact he’s close friends with Richard Armitage (Who is also not publicly gay, straight, or bi–he has never spoken of his sexuality). Some folks ship Pace and Armitage together super hard so watch your step suggesting otherwise on some sites, lol.

      TL;DR: he’s never said.

    • Froop says:

      If you ask Tumblr, he’s been having a torrid love affair with Richard Armitage since they were filming the Hobbit. Apparently he had a BF for a while but he does the I-don’t-discuss-my-private-life thing.

  38. M.A.F. says:

    Lee Pace!!!

    The Hobbit trailer I’ve been watching on a loop since it dropped. So exciting.