Benedict Cumberbatch almost got into a fist-fight when he was in LA for the Oscars

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Any port in a storm. I keep thinking that at some point, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to slow down and we’ll have a Cumberdearth on our hands. While there has been LESS Cumbernews over the past few months, Benedict has been making the rounds, doing interviews and killing it at the Oscars. And now he’s really arrived: he’s the lead figure in a National Enquirer gossip piece! This is actually the second time – to my memory – that Cumby has been featured in the Enquirer, but the first time was just a rehash of some interviews he’s given. This one is an honest-to-God gossip piece about Benedict getting flustered in a parking lot:

Dashing BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH – Brit star of “12 Years a Slave” – discovered just how crazy Hollywood can get on super-charged Oscars weekend when he suddenly ended up in the middle of an insane brawl between his limo driver, valets and security guards at a swanky LA hotel!

Said My SpyWitness: “When Cumberbatch’s driver pulled up to the hotel, he failed to drive into the semicircular driveway and parked his limo on the street, blocking the exit. As the star stepped out, several valets ran up – demanding that the limo be moved immediately – and he abruptly found himself trapped in the middle of an escalating screaming match!”

Trying to make peace, Cumberbatch asked his driver to move the limo – but as valets got in the guy’s face, punches were thrown!

Ducking and dodging flying fists, Cumberbatch slipped and fell just as hotel security moved in and broke up the fight – ordering the driver to move his car pronto, or they’d call the police!

That did it for our star, who escaped into the hotel and gasped to pals who’d been waiting for him: “I honestly thought I was going to get clobbered!”

[From The National Enquirer]

I don’t really understand the logistics of this story. Was Benedict being dropped off, or was his limo really trying to park in a hotel entrance? It’s so weird. It might even be true, who knows. I don’t really think of Benedict as that butch, so I imagine he didn’t know what to do when fists started flying. And then he slipped! The Cumberbum was in danger!!!!

As for the other thing… Benedict has an editorial in the new issue of GQ Style, I guess? The editorial seems to be from last year, but I guess they’re just publishing it now. You can see the scans here – it’s a sun-soaked photoshoot with Alice Eve, whom I believe is his close friend. They’ve worked together and she’s talked about him in interviews. I get the impression that she’s very fond of him and that she wouldn’t mind a go on the Cumberdong. I know that bothers some of you, but I don’t hate Alice Eve. I think her body is incredible and she’s a pretty girl. If she and The Batch were hittin’ it… I would be happy for both of them. Also, the photo of him touching her chin is going to make me cry. I am full-on Twihard for Cumberbatch, it’s not even funny anymore.

Also: if you want me to see a particular Cumberstory, all you have to do is email me or tweet me. Don’t drop “I can’t believe you’re not covering this” comments on me, like I’m holding something back! I honestly just saw this Alice Eve thing yesterday for the first time.

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  1. Kali says:

    The cheekbones! PROTECT THE CHEEKBONES AT ALL COSTS!

  2. Secret Squirrel says:

    He’s a lover, not a fighter! (I’m guessing/hoping/dreaming/wishing/etc)

    • LadySlippers says:

      Oh Squirrel, this story do clearly demonstrates his need for you. I mean, who’s gonna mess with a ferocious Squirrel? I’m just a delicate flower… :-(

      (Even Janeite with her rock is more formidable than me…)

      • Stephanie says:

        Good call, ladies. He IS a lover!!!

      • Janeite says:

        If I had been there, I would have just offered to let him under my rock with me! And of course you ladies would have been invited too and then we could all have made Benny a nice cup of tea and fussed over him and ensured he didn’t receive any wounds in the melee.

  3. MediaBaroness says:

    That shoot is soooo awkward, it hurts. No wonder they shelved it for what 18 months or 2 years? Benedict has looked great in some other shoots. (Sex gloves, the one with model on the piano … Ahem).

    I have no problem with them being together if they ever were (so much pretty) but sadly there’s zero chem in these pics.

    • Hello Kitty says:

      Agreed! It’s two good looking people who happened to be photographed together. No connection, no heat, just him awkwardly holding her. Where’s Tyra when you need her to yell about “smizing”?

      • kri says:

        Forget smize-if that had been me they would have needed a crowbar to pull me off him, and horseblinders to make me stop staring deeply into his eyes. Alice Eve looks like a a blow-up doll. Where is her expression of smug ecstasy?! And I was really hoping for a “Benedict waded into the melee and sent the perpetrators and thugs flying ” type-thing. Sigh…

      • Hello Kitty says:

        Seriously, if they had any chemistry her desire to slam him up against a wall and mess him up should be palpable.
        Instead it’s boring. Everyone involved somehow made me keep my pants on and wonder why Cumby and AE are dressed like extras from Grease.

    • AG-UK says:

      She is ok looking but just dull to me and def NO chemistry in the photos. Plus she isn’t that good an actress.

  4. Peach says:

    Cumby drought is KILLING me!!!

  5. T.fanty says:

    I’m having such a good time imagining Cumby trying to punch someone, missing, spinning around in a circle, and falling over. Then sitting on the floor, dazed, as a real brawl erupts around him. While plinky western bar-fight piano music plays.

    I’ll bet it was a great story when he told it later as a near death experience

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      You forgot the bit where he apologizes for f@*king the whole move up…

      And why do I picture him fighting like the lion from “The Wizard Of Oz”?? “Put em uuuuup”…
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4trn2lJxl00

      • T.fanty says:

        SS; I will never un-imagine that, now.

        God, I hope this story is true. Although, to be fair, if it was, he would have already have told it to the public twenty-seven times.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Well he does appear to have tripped and fallen over his own shadow and missed the whole fight-y bit, so hardly deserves bragging rights. He’s more likely to be laughed out of the room by his friends (or is that just my friends that behave like that?).

      • T.Fanty says:

        Sad, but true. Even Kiefer Sutherland’s unwarranted attack on an innocent holiday tree is harder than this sounds.

    • Kali says:

      Heehee thank you for the giggle, that mental image is amazing….

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      That’s such a cute image, I can’t stand it! My day is made.

    • Felice says:

      He was a rugby player! I’m sure he can be aggressive :p

    • Autumn says:

      This! Your version is hilarious! I can literally imagine this happening.

    • j.eyre says:

      And I enjoy the image of Emily’s expression when he grabs her for cover. Not sure he believed her when she explained the elbow to his nose was “accidental.”

      • T.fanty says:

        And later on, he’ll be telling people “if it hadn’t been that I needed to protect Emily, I probably would have killed them all. I was undefeated in my sixth form boxing class.”

      • j.eyre says:

        Which approach will he take when he explains that he almost died, do you think? The catch in the throat? The brief pause as the harrowing images flood his memory? Traditional stiff upper lip (albeit with moist eyes?) Or the slight laugh that shows he endured this nightmare but is enough of a man to make light of it now (but don’t you dare make light of it or he will lob his reused tea bag at you)

      • T.Fanty says:

        I’m sure it’ll be an Olivier-winning combination of all three.

      • Roberta says:

        If it was Oscar night then he would have been with the publicist (the one with the boobs).

    • Sixer says:

      I know how it went down. He was sitting on the floor, hanging off the red velvet guide ropes, after the spinning and falling. Last heard shouting in fury:

      This is just NOT ON! Queensberry rules, chaps, Queensberry rules! A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the ground, shall be considered down. This is just not cricket. Let alone boxing.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        I bet there was tea and iced cake required to calm his jittery nerves afterwards. He’s probably still suffering flashbacks and wakes up in a cold sweat every night screaming “NOT THE FACE CHAPS, NOT THE FACE”

      • T.Fanty says:

        Hijacking to say R.I.P. Tony Benn.

        SS: *snicker to the face comment* He lies back down, wondering “how would tumblr cope, if the money-maker went down?”

      • Sixer says:

        (I did a little cry this morning).

    • Allison says:

      I got into grad school in London yesterday, meaning I’ll get an advanced degree WHILE stalking Cumberbatch.

      This comment thread brings me so much more joy than that.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Very jealous. VERY. But I suppose I’ll wish you congrats.

        Seriously, a huge congrats on getting accepted! Which school and what programme?

      • Allison says:

        Thanks!! Going to Birkbeck for an MA in Arts Administration so I can run a symphony some day.

        That’s a posh enough field to stand a Cumberchance, right?

      • NerdMomma says:

        LOL…but seriously, congratulations Allison!

      • T.Fanty says:

        Congrats! I’m sure he will look forward to being stalked by an esteemed Celebitch!

      • Allison says:

        I think the most serious delusion I have isn’t that I’m going to stalk him and then we’ll live happily ever after, but that I actually think as a grad student I’ll have time to stalk him.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        @Alison – You could write a symphony for Ben and invite him to come and hear it! You can call it “I watch you everyday and want a go on the Cumberdong”. I’m sure he would be flattered and wouldn’t find it creepy at all!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Congratulations!

      • Kelly says:

        Allison, that is bada**!!! Well done!!
        Please don’t forget us and drop a line or two on your stalking activities.
        (“Subject is crossing the street and entering an ice cream shop. He’s selecting flavors. Which will it be? He’s decided on…”)

    • Kelly says:

      The comments on here are killing me <333

      I imagined the whole thing pretty much like that scene from Starter for 10.

      • Green Girl says:

        Same! I am picturing the awkward punches and flailing about of someone who doesn’t exactly know how to fight.

      • Delorb says:

        So true. The Bingo comeback! Kiefer fighting the christmas tree! Benedict fighting like Patrick Watts. Hilarious.

    • Green Girl says:

      Haha, great visual!

    • LadySlippers says:

      What Fanty?
      No sobs from Benedict screaming, ‘I want my Mummy! Don’t hurt me or she’ll be after you!!! And then you’ll REALLY be sorry!!!!’

      And then Wanda will rush in and sooth the hiccupy Benedict with his monogrammed blankie, songs, cuddles, and his favourite biscuits.

  6. Jag says:

    You will be happy to know that due to your coverage of Cumberbatch, I actually watched Sherlock and am now a big fan. Thank you for that. :)

    • NerdMomma says:

      Same here. Got curious enough to watch the first episode of Sherlock, was immediately hooked, then fell rapidly into a Cumbercrush for which there is no cure. The only relief is the daily Cumberpost!

      • Jag says:

        lol Here’s hoping you get your fill of Cumberposts. :)

      • LadySlippers says:

        Wrong spot…

        Sorry.

      • Louminary says:

        AS much as I love Cumbie, and believe me, I do, I do wish to see more Freeposts!

        Martin Freeman is a brilliant Watson and I think he finally corrected the image of Watson being some sort of bumbling fool like he has been in many Sherlock incarnations. He was a military man for Gods sake!

        Also Freeman is a total cutie as well!

  7. brionne says:

    Why is this guy featured on a daily basis? Doesn’t look all that hot to me.

    • Jag says:

      I don’t think he’s hot, but he’s cute, a great actor, and seems like a nice person. Much better to see coverage of him than the Lohans of the world.

    • jinni says:

      Well, he’s a favorite here and more importantly his posts get a lot of hits and traffic which means money for the site owners. If you want to see more of the hot guys you like than make sure to post a lot on their posts, so that gossip stories and pic of them will get coverage on this site.

    • mayhem14 says:

      Yay! Now I just need someone to say he looks like an alien and I’ll have Bingo!

      • Janeite says:

        Throw in a comment about resemblances to a lizard and/or an otter and we will have all the perfect components we need to make a Cumby thread complete!

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Nope, so far the mention of a certain other someone whose name starts with H and ends in Iddles has not occurred…

      • windy says:

        i shall do the honour of mentioning him then….TOM HIDDLES *rock gets thrown at me*

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        NOW we are complete!!

  8. blue marie says:

    Ha ha ha ha, I’m sorry but it’s all I got.
    It does remind me of when I was in Mexico how a few cab drivers got into fist fights over fares.

  9. grabbyhands says:

    I’m pretty any scuffle that the Batch got into would look like his “fight” in Starter for 10.

  10. V4Real says:

    Oh Kaiser I would never drop you a “I can’t believe you’re not covering this” when it comes to Cumby. it would be more of a “I can’t believe you’re covering this.”

    But I bet Cumby must have been overcome with fear when they started fighting. Like Craig Robinson said in “This Is The End” We are actors, in real life we’re punks.

  11. Darry says:

    Love their ID hair in these photos, so I’m guessing that’s when the shoot was done. Still wanting to know what the towel’s for…maybe changing the oil in the car? Although I volunteer to rub oil on the Cumberskin. Alice can hitchhike down to the next stalled vehicle. Maybe Chris Pine is still lying across the bonnet.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      You see a towel, I see a diaper and an interrupted sexual fantasy that was taking place on the back seat prior to the car breaking down. :D

    • Shiv says:

      You really can’t see it can you….it’s a towelephone. They are using the towel as a phone.

      My towelephone….m-m-my towelephone
      ’cause I’m out in the club
      And I’m sipping that bubb
      And you’re not gonna reach me on my towelephone

      God bless Gaga.

  12. Amy Tennant says:

    Speaking of Cumby and violence, did you guys know that back in 2005 he and a couple of friends were abducted and held at gunpoint in South Africa? You probably all knew that, but I only found out yesterday. I can’t imagine after an experience like that, he’d be too shaken up over almost colliding with a valet fist!

  13. GeeMoney says:

    I honestly think him and Alice are friends too… I mean, they’ve made 3 movies together. And he went to that Glastonbury festival with her and her brother. If they were “together”, I think that whole situation would have been truly awkward.

    Besides… there is no chemistry btw them in these pics.

    And I laughed a bit about the brawl story… glad that Benedict escaped all of those flying fists intact!

  14. Dani says:

    The last picture of Alice Eve staring at Cumby in awe is the definition of all of us on a daily basis.

  15. Sandy says:

    He is so HOT! That is all.

  16. Shopperetta says:

    He looks so much more handsome when he has some weight on him.

  17. Kelly says:

    And he runs into the lobby, lololol.
    Oh Benny, no macho displays from you then, eh?
    Darling twee man.

  18. Janeite says:

    Well, that story is sure uber-dramatic! Too bad the whole thing is probably a fabrication. And at least Benny was not injured! No one hurts Benny and gets away with it, dammit!

    I really don’t know who Alice Eve is except for the mentions of her that I have seen here. I did have to laugh at Kaiser’s comment about how she wouldn’t mind a go on the Cumberdong! I may not know much about her but at least we have something in common! ;)

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Ha ha. It was probably a case of…*goes wibbly-wobbly to indicate dream sequence*

      Valet – “Could you please move your car. Its blocking the disabled entry”
      Cumberdriver – “Yes of course. How silly of me”
      Valet – “Thank you” *mutters under breath* “twit”
      Cumberdriver – “No, thank you!” *mutters into chauffeur’s hat* “moron”

      And from this they created a fight scene! Poor Ben must have been terrified in the backseat. The harsh language would have appalled his sensitive ears!

      I don’t know AE either Janeite, except from here. She seems pretty but maybe modeling isn’t her forte as she does seem expressionless in these and other pics. Or perhaps that’s what she was asked to do.

      I laughed at the Cumberdong too. I can see a whole franchise of “cumber” nouns, a’la McDonalds with the “Mc” everything.

      • Janeite says:

        LOL, that is probably exactly how it all played out!

        And Benny and his Cumberparts are welcome to have flings with Alice Eve and whoever else he fancies. After that, he will be more than ready to pick one of the lovely ladies of CB as his soulmate!

      • lambert says:

        HEE! That’s probably the real story! Thanks for the chuckle.

  19. Shiv says:

    Thank GOD the cheekbones weren’t hurt in the making of this story….the thought.

    I think Alice Eve is a beauty but she couldn’t appear less interested in these photo’s. Saying that these are from when filming Star Trek and most of the nation had not yet been….Cumberbatched. I will always remember the interview she and Simon Pegg did and the interviewer was gushing over Benedict and Alice said something along the lines of ‘ooh, I thought everyone would be interested in Chris Pine, no?’ Boom, right there – I believed there to be nothing ‘sexual’ between Alice and Benedict.

  20. Miss Scarlet says:

    I think Alice has already had a go on ‘the Cumberdong.’

    Rumor has it that AE and BC were ‘friends with benefits’ at one point, probably during one of Ben and Olivia’s ‘breaks’. He was also taking her to premieres for a bit – Men in Black III, for example. That was after the final breakup with Olivia. She is absolutely his type, but I don’t think she was as into it as he was, if the rumors are true.

    Of course, once he became famous, she got thirsty for those coattails. All the shenanigans on her Instagram are proof of that! Being associated with him, even in the rumor mill, has done nothing but raise her profile.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I don’t think Alice ever let Benedict anywhere near her muff. He might have longed for it but he’s not HER type. If Shiv is correct, she was kinda playing her hand in that ‘innocent’ comment Shiv is referring to.

      • Miss Scarlet says:

        We’ll never know, of course. I don’t analyze interviews too much, because they’re so staged…but I think EVERYONE expected Chris Pine to be the heartthrob of ‘Into Darkness.’ Our ‘arse named, horse faced’ (his own words) lizard prince was the dark horse that won the race : P

        I did find it interesting that, during press for STID, AE and Simon Pegg were adorable with each other when interviewed, but AE and BC (in another interview) seemed to be studiously avoiding being too ‘cute’. It was almost cold between them. Makes you wonder what was up.

        That being said, I was on a few boards last year where someone who works in London, and travels in the same circles as BC, said ‘Alice did indeed have her claws in Benedict’s back,’ but that it was in the past. Of course, no real confirmation unless AE or BC confirms it, which won’t happen. Seemed legit, though.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Loving the use of the word “muff”

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Ha ha LadyS – Love the way you express yourself!!

        I think AE would have taken the chance to “nail” the boy when the chance come up, even if it was just to tick a box (start modeling career – tick, Give acting a go – tick, hump up-and-coming actor in hopes one day I will be talked about on a gossip site keeping my connection with him alive years after anything has actually happened – tick). ;)

    • Mandy says:

      So does anybody know why Benedict and Olivia split up for good? Always seems strange to me…

      • Margret says:

        Maybe Alice was after him while he was still with Olivia and he continued with her after the split.

      • MissMary says:

        Officially, they just drifted apart. They’d broken up a few times over the years, according to interviews both have given, and finally decided it just wasn’t going to work anymore. He’s on record saying he “loves her to bits” still and they’ve both been at the same events (her with her bf and him solo) and acting like friends in public since the break up.

      • Joanie says:

        @Mandy,

        Some London insiders on an industry board said he is (or was, still seems to be, IMO) the type who puts work before everything, including relationships. Never had a problem pulling women, despite the fangirl belief that he is shy and awkward with them.

        Ben and Olivia broke up before he filmed ‘To The Ends of the Earth’ because he was going to be gone for 6 months, and she wasn’t willing to wait for him. He’d had a history of canceling their plans together because a job came up. They got back together afterwards (I’m guessing that the aforementioned near death experience in South Africa had a hand in that reconciliation, but who knows).

        Apparently there was another ‘break,’ during which he had an affair with a woman he was doing a play with. Some people have tossed around a rumor that he was actually cheating on Olivia at this time, but that’s unsubstantiated (as is most of this, LOL). I bet they were broken up again.

        Back together later, they each gave at least one interview where they said they wanted to get married, but not necessarily to each other, and wanted children, but not necessarily with each other. Then ‘Sherlock’ hit at the end of 2010, Ben became The Next Big Thing, and he and Olivia split. Their press agents say they broke up mutually and amicably, but The Londoners said that OP blindsided BC by ending it for good. Not sure about that, but what is known is that the renovations to BC’s flat in north London were based on a design that he had created with Olivia. They’d been living in that flat together for a few years.

        BC said himself that the relationship had run its course before ‘Sherlock’ came out, but the breakup wasn’t announced until 2011. He has gone on record to say it upsets him that people think he dropped Olivia because of his rising fame. I have to say he doesn’t seem like that type, so I believe she’s the one who ended it. The Londoners said he was taken aback because ‘he thought they had been working it out.’ Regardless, they’re obviously still friends, as Ben took her to the Park Theater Gala in 2012. She’s in a relationship now, and he is, famously, dating around : )

        That’s what I’ve been told by ‘insiders.’ Take it with the biggest grain of salt since Job.

      • Mandy says:

        @Joanie….

        That is very interesting, and the most thorough examination of the topic I have ever read! If it is the case that he never had trouble pulling women despite his image as being “shy” that would be a big difference between his public and private personas…I always wonder to what extent such things are manufactured. Everything else makes sense though…maybe he travels so much these days rather than sticking around London in his downtime because he doesn’t want to stay in the renovated house that was supposed to be for two! Sad!

      • Felice says:

        I don’t think anyone outside of tumblr actually believed he was super awkward with the opposite gender.

      • Joanie says:

        @Mandy,
        He finished the renovations and seems to love being in London. Guys are different than us in that way. I think he’s doing fine. He’s traveling for work and adventure, true to form, from what I’m told ; )

        A public figure’s image is carefully crafted. He’s as nice a person as you think he is, flawed as we all are. But go back and read his old interviews before STID – he was all verbal diarrhea and unguarded personal details. His interviews are VERY different now. He has a team of people helping him play the game. If you’re a star, you learn to play or you get eaten alive. He has no choice.

        I have heard that the fan image of him as the lonely, awkward nerd is not accurate. His ‘demeanor is marked by a kind of nervous energy, but he is and always has been more of an artsy type than a nerd.’ He’s also naturally flirtatious and has great charisma. That pulls plenty of women.

        I can see him suffer from anxiety, but shy? How can he be shy and work in Hollywood, especially when he can network with industry flacks like no other?

      • Mandy says:

        @Felice…

        Yes, the TUMBLR does seem to have some funny ideas! I too find it hard to believe he is innately awkward with the women folk…he has seemed to be quite comfortable pulling off some steamy scenes in the past…he didn’t look to nervous or awkward to me!

      • Mandy says:

        @Joanie…

        This sounds like an accurate assessment! I certainly hope he is having exciting travel adventures! And arty rather than nerd rings true…I can definitely see the anxiety, but I don’t know how he could be shy and do what he does for a living! Thanks for the insightful character analysis! Sounds like you know your stuff!

      • Cate says:

        Joanie, that seems a fairly accurate assessment. I don’t think he’s as helpless and awkward as some would like to believe, but on the other hand I don’t think he’s a super smooth Lothario. Just a nice, popular guy who’s able to get girls. But while he might not have a problem getting them, he does seem to have trouble keeping them. Whether this is up to him, or them, or just a consequence of his job we may never know.

      • Ria says:

        @ Joanie, which boards was this info on? I was on some London boards and people were saying that Ben was ahem, having a really good time being single and being a “lad”

      • Leo says:

        @Ria

        Not Joanie, but I read the same things (Joanie even directly quoted some sentences) on Datalounge. Just search some of his threads there.
        Mind you, DL is highly unreliable and the opinions is somewhat devided. Some posters who were also claiming to be in the know were saying that his public persona basically is his private one. So, who knows.

        What London boards were you on?

      • Old Enough says:

        Regarding the Park Theatre Gala, Olivia did not go with Benedict as his date. She is an Associate of the Park Theatre and I believe got Benedict to agree to host a table for the benefit. He arrived alone and they sat together at the table.

    • Shiv says:

      Hahaaaaa, muff! The word muff is SO under rated.
      Was she not dating the poet early 2012 and then with one of Prince Charles polo players during STID press in 2013 – Princess Eve probably thought she was too good for our Cumby at one point! How the tables have turned… Muhahah!

    • MissMary says:

      She seems *super* thirsty for some of his fame but he seems less than impressed with her. I think they’re good friends still, or at least friends, but I really don’t think they’re dating. Maybe FWB in the past, as has been mentioned, but there’s more chemistry with him in that pic with Quinto than any with him and AE. Her Instagram mess, and being sure to be seen/associated with him (calling him during interviews and wanting to keep the convo going, even after he tried to dismiss the call? Well, rude on him for having his phone on but seriously? She’s an actor too and KNOWS how shitty it is to interupt interviews but wants to chat when he says “I’m doing an interview”? *eye roll*) is pretty blantant fame hunger. They’ve been friends since Starter for Ten, iirc, and have been in a few things together, but even if they were FWB before, it looks like it’s not happening now.

      • Cate says:

        I remember watching an interview from around the same time where he paused to take a call from casting agent Nina Gold. It surprised me because it seems uncharacteristically rude. Honestly, what can’t wait for 5-10 minutes?

    • Miss Scarlet says:

      Here’s the interview I was talking about earlier…so many awkward moments here.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euatGk4TcqM

    • Kelly says:

      This whole thread on his love life is better than any gossip Star, People, Us and the Daily Mail combined have spewed over the entire year!
      Damn I love the comments here.

      Also, epic win for the MUFF, ahahahahahha.

      On a more distressful note, the conclusion now is that Benny seems to go for blondes? What the blazes, does that mean I’ll have to start dying my hair now? Oh f sake….

      • Mandy says:

        He had one girlfriend with dark hair, did he not? Although these Oedipal Complexes can run deep…and considering his mum is a famous blonde you never know!

  21. Kat Matz says:

    “A go on the Cumberdong”……OMG! That just made my day I laughed so hard!

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      It sounds like a ride at an amusement park!

      “Come one, come all, come and ride the terrifying Cumberdong IF YOU DARE…”
      *warning – people with weak hearts or who experience motion sickness should not attempt this ride*

      • LadySlippers says:

        Good thing I’m a flower then! No weak heart or stomach to concern myself with.

        So…. TO THE CUMBERDONG I GO!!!!

        *valiantly gallops off to the ride in question*

      • Janeite says:

        I want to know which part of the ride causes the motion sickness.

      • LadySlippers says:

        It might be a typo. Probably should read ‘morning sickness’ rather than ‘motion sickness’.

        ;-)

      • Mandy says:

        Morning sickness indeed!

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        @Janeite – The velvet sex swing and coin-operated vibrating bed both cause motion sickness of course! The morning sickness doesn’t come until a few weeks later (if you are unlucky, or lucky if that is what you wanted from this ride!).

      • Kelly says:

        “I want to know which part of the ride causes the motion sickness.”

        AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHAHA

        Oh the thoughts that have just erupted all over my brain…

  22. pru says:

    Ooh, another Cumberpost! Can’t have enough of those.

    Poor Benny, I wonder if he’ll hire extra security to protect the Cumberbum from the scary American ruffians? I hope he didn’t ruin a Cumbersuit, or muss the Cumbercurls too badly in the fall.

    All this Cumbertalk and now I can’t stop! It’s like rhyming when reading Dr.Seuss – I’m Cumberspeaking for the next hour at least! Once I start down that Cumbertrack, I just can’t get off the Cumbertrain for the life of me.

    (Also, I’m probably the only one, but I love the hat pic!)

  23. Pandy says:

    Does anyone see Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing in the car photo?

  24. mylittlephony says:

    *Obligatory gratuitous mention of tommyanne*

  25. Katie says:

    Doubt it’s true, but it’s actually a nice story in a way lol. When stuff like this happens, celebs sometimes go all ego and yell at the hotel staff instead.

  26. Zinbeil says:

    I keep on wondering since when high heels became the thing that proofs one is a woman when obviously one is so incapable of walking with them that a man with strong legs and decent shoes needs to drag one along. I am so grateful that I do not need to play that kind of “woman” to have fun in my life.
    I strongly dislike this woman, and all the rumours that she in her obvious blandness, lack of intelligence and more than boring good looks plus equally boring gym muscle held herself as too “good” to date him or let him close to her bland vagina only confirms my dislike.
    What I dislike even more though is the script of Abrams’ Star Trek II, how this unfortunate Khan that BC had the indecency of playing (of course gloriously, but that is not the point) has been written. In the original series and in the second canonical movie Khan is a person of archaic pride and some sort of non-WASP identiy (Asian, Russian, Mexican, you name it) who inspires the desire of a blonde woman who is bored with her WASP peers. This woman should obviously have been AE. But she wasn’t. Instead she received at some point the most brutal kick into her uterus by machinic pale Khan that I have ever seen. I still cringe at the mere thought of it. This kick just is evidence to me that between BC, AE, Abrams, the script writer and this weird version of Khan basically everything is utterly, utterly wrong.
    As to the photoshoot: same here. Zero chemistry. Fortunately I am pretty sure she is not his “type”, for whoever would have her as a type must be a complete idiot.

    • Maggie says:

      I bet you are glad you got all that off your chest.

      I would just like to point out that Khan did not kick her in the uterus but kicked her leg and broke it. Still nasty but I don’t know where you got that idea from?

      • Lucrezia says:

        I personally saw it as a kick to the leg, but something must be slightly off with the shot (angle? timing?) because Zinbeil isn’t the first person I’ve seen who thought the kick was to the stomach area.

        Definitely the first I’ve seen call it a kick to the uterus, but when it first came out I remember reading posts on other sites where people thought kicking a female in the stomach was surprisingly brutal for a ST flick. Eventual consensus was that it was supposed to be a kick to the leg, but it serves as a good example of why we should never trust eye-witness reports.

    • Katie says:

      @ Zinbeil

      You’ve got your characters mixed up.

      Carol Marcus, played by Eve, is a scientist in the old Wrath of Khan who had an affair with Kirk when they were younger.

      The woman you’re talking about is Marla McGivers, who is subjected to textbook methods of mental manipulation by Khan to get her to help him and leave in the original series. It’s something the writers reportedly tried to rectify decades later in the Wrath of Khan by having Khan verbalize his love for his wife.

  27. Megan says:

    She gets a ton of hate on here but I like alice Eve. Is she a great actress? No of course not, but I found her just as believable in STID as I did Zoe Saldana, only I think Alice Eve is much more Likable than Zoe. She seems very nice and well spoken in interviews (I know she’s an oxford girl) and I’ve never heard her say anything dumb or rude it would make me not like her. I have no idea why people think she’s a famewhore, she’s never put her self in the limelight or caused any drama to get attention.

    She and Ben are old friends. I like this photo shoot, they probably had fun. She is undeniably gorgeous and her body is amazing, great curves.

    • Kelly says:

      I youtubed her interviews after seeing her mentioned here so much. She is gorgeous, and I agree , she was on the same level as Saldana in STID.

      But something’s off about her in these interviews, she exudes this air of over-posing and fake try-hard. I don’t know, if she’d let loose and relax more maybe people would warm to her. But so far the impression I’ve got is that she’s the kind of posh person who talks down to people and assumes she’s the smartest and prettiest girl in the room. I could be wrong, but that’s the attitude she has in these interviews. Maybe it’s her defensive stage persona and she’s different privately, but heck, we don’t know her privately, and on air she tries too hard to come off as incredibly cool, smart and above it all. And she fails miserably because I don’t think for a second she’s incredibly smart and better than anyone else, sorry Alice you’re not all that.

      Also, her sense of humor is borderline high school juvenile, I get irritated most when she starts to laugh randomly and overdoes it.

      • LadySlippers says:

        @Kelly:

        I too went back to see old interviews and she’s very chilly in almost all of them. And I don’t know if it’s because she’s shy, introverted, or stuck up. The only interview in which she doesn’t come across that way is the one with Simon and she’s giggling throughout that one (granted this is limited by the ones I viewed to the many I haven’t).

        So it’s not that I don’t like her, she just doesn’t come across well in most things I’ve seen her in.

        @Megan:

        ITA on her and Zoe’s acting skills.

        It’s her IG account that gives a lot of people the fameho impression of her. Since I haven’t seen much of it I can’t confirm one way or another.

        I’m not nuts about this photo shoot. It does look cheesy. They might have had fun but it’s not translating in print. Although to be fair, I wasn’t nuts about the one he did with Rebecca Hall either.

      • Katie says:

        @LadySlippers and Kelly

        It’s hard to tell with her, tbh. I’ve seen her get ‘you’re obviously a dumb blonde’ type questions in interviews, so I wonder if she’s just used to being on the defensive.

      • Jessica says:

        @Katie: I haven’t seen many of her interviews, what type of “you’re obviously a dumb blonde” questions does she get?

      • Joanie says:

        @LadySlippers:

        Oh god, the shoot he did with Rebecca Hall was SO boring. No heat whatsoever. They both looked like mannequins.

      • Katie says:

        @Jessica

        I’ve seen her get questions along the line of ‘how do you prepare for a smart role’ (she did graduate from Oxford), questions about what she looks for in men and what her porn name would be and a lot of things I don’t think they’d ask a male actor. You see it with women actors all the time, but she’s gotten an impressive slew of garbage questions over the years.

      • Becks says:

        @katie

        I’ve heard plenty of men asked those kind of questions. And as for her being an Oxford graduate..believe me, some of the thickest people I know, went to Oxford.

    • Becks says:

      @megan
      I do hate the ‘gets so much hate’ expression. It’s very juvenile and tumblresque. I’ve heard her say countless things that are dumb and rude and I’ve quite honestly never seen her come across as nice.
      The instagram comment to a fan who harmlessly asked her ‘when she’s making a new movie’, for example… ‘When I feel like it’, the charming reply. Her monstrous sexism drives me insane. She’s a girl nerd because she ‘likes shoes and lipstick’ for example. And she’s a girly girl because she ‘likes nails, gossip mags and reality shows’. What a hideous notion of what it is to be female. I’ve heard second hand rumours on her being not so nice in person too, but I can’t confirm any of them, obviously.
      I would also argue that she seems very keen on the idea of fame. I don’t necessarily think she’s attaching herself to anyone else to heighten that but just a look at her instagram is enough to confirm her ‘look at me’
      tendencies.
      I dispute ‘undeniably gorgeous’. That is entirely subjective and I don’t think she particularly is at all. I get kinda tired of people proffering forward what hey perceive to be attractive and stating that as objective fact.

      • Green Earrings says:

        @Becks +1000
        I agree with all of your points. It just seems strange to me that there is so much negativity associated with this woman. There must be at least something to it. There have been reports that she is only nice to people she deems worthy of her, or to those who can benefit her in some way. She’s been reported to smile for the cameras at premieres and events and be seen scowling when cameras are not on her. She attempts to present herself as (what I think must be) highly educated and sophisticated in interviews, and instead comes across as consistently condescending and aloof. This must be her personality.
        She does seem to crave attention, as others have mentioned upthread. From discussing her difficulty in maintaining relationships because of her incredibly high sex drive, to posting pictures of herself and others on Instagram,l while leaving self-serving comments and deleting innocent ones. She does have famewhore tendencies in many ways.
        Which brings us to BC. What is their current status? They were at the same Pre and Post Oscar parties. So were hundreds of others. They were photographed leaving the Chateau Marmont after having dinner with a group of friends. They left separately. It does seem interesting that he’s been spending weeks at a time in LA. Is he working? Who knows. He seems to be a genuinely decent person. I don’t get the same feeling from her. She is incredibly thirsty for fame, a level of fame she could never achieve on her own. Aligning herself with him would do wonders for her. And no, she wouldn’t have given him the time of day during the Hawking or Starter for Ten days. If they are together, I hope it’s casual and that he has fun.
        @Kelly
        I agree. Not all that and juvenile sense of humor.
        @Megan
        Agree on the limited acting range, but disagree regarding Zoe who seems like a sweet and kind person. I’ve heard Zoe praise others before and she seems more genuine to me.
        These are, of course, my musings on these topics, nothing more,

      • Cate says:

        I saw the video of BC leaving the Chateau Marmont, but it was with another guy and Alice nowhere in sight, despite what the title said. I also found some videos of her at the Marmont (maybe from the same night) leaving with a group of random guys, so you’re right that it’s probably just a place they all hang out with friends. 2 weeks ago, there were some pictures of Alice leaving the Marmont arm in arm with a man who was definitely not BC. And no one reported seeing Alice on his trips up the California coast, where he was described as being with a male friend. I really think they are just friends.