Benedict Cumberbatch buys & uses Neal’s Yard £55 face cream ‘regularly’

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This is just a little story about Benedict Cumberbatch but I’m sure it will easily break 300-plus comments. Last week was good for Bendy, helped along by Harvey Weinstein’s careful tutelage. Bendy got nominated for SAG and Golden Globe Best Actor awards for The Imitation Game, and TIG got nominated for Best Drama and Best Ensemble. Plus, Keira Knightley picked up supporting noms as well. Not only that, but Bendy also got some high-profile nominations for his work on Sherlock. Remember, he won the Emmy for Sherlock just a few months ago, so he’s a serious contender for his TV work as well as his film work. The Year of Bendy!

But Bendy isn’t getting any younger. He’s 38 years old and while that means he still has 20-plus years of major leading-man roles to come (he’s a man, after all), he has gotten to the point where he can no longer play the “boyish” roles, the upstart, the protégé, the younger guy to the more seasoned whatever. Once again, that’s no big deal if you’re a dude in the industry. But even dudes feel the need to take care of themselves. Apparently, Benedict likes to pamper himself with some nice face cream.

Benedict Cumberbatch is only 38 but he’s doing all that he can to ensure his age doesn’t show. The handsome Sherlock star is a devotee of the Frankincense Intense face cream from Neal’s Yard – and it’s not cheap either, costing £55 for a small 50g pot.

‘Benedict buys the cream on a regular basis,’ reveals my beauty insider. ‘It’s quite refreshing that someone as famous as he is actually comes into the shop to buy it himself. ‘He says he uses the cream all the time and I’m not really surprised because he goes through it quickly.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Is this really a big deal? No. I wish more men would take an interest in skincare and grooming and such. I’ve been using nightcream since my late 20s and I find my cheap stuff to be a Godsend. Bendy’s stuff – Neal’s Yard – is all-organic and it really is expensive. My little pot of Oil of Olay costs like $11 and it lasts me two months. It sounds like Bendy is slathering organic lotion all over his otter pelt. I wonder if Sophie got him hooked on it? I doubt it. It seems more like Benedict realized at some point that he needed to take better care of his skin – probably around the time when he had all of those rashes and scars from his Frankenstein makeup – and he decided to spend a little money to keep his face somewhat youthful looking.

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  1. manjit says:

    Excellent choice Mr C, I use it myself when it’s really cold.

    • Anne tommy says:

      I’m still musing over the ” handsome” . I’m all for a bit of quirk myself and don’t like the generic pretty boys but will have to get back on the whole “handsome” thing…it is important for otters to keep their fur in good condition to maintain waterproofness.

    • NYer says:

      When’s the post on his toothpaste? Toilet paper preference? Shampoo?

      FFS…

  2. vauvert says:

    And his TP brand is…. And he first puts on the left sock, then the right…
    Actually the pic of the comet dancer with her head thrown back and looking at mere mortals underneath her lashes is priceless. Love it!

  3. Lilacflowers says:

    What’s next? His choice of deodorant and toilet paper? Inquiring minds need to know!

    • Abbott says:

      Good question, Lilac. Let’s ask around.

      Anyone here an expert on Cumberbatch? And/or the personal hygiene of semi aquatic animals?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Do otters even use toiletries? Do comets have CVS or Walgreens or Rite-Aid?

      • Sixer says:

        It’s like the BANNER HEADLINE game from Shirley Valentine, isn’t it? Plus a bit of product placement.

        Benedict’s choice of baked bean is Crosse & Blackwell. He NEVER chooses Heinz.

        Benedict’s supermarket of choice is Waitrose. Tesco is for plebs.

        Benedict has never picked it, licked it, rolled it and flicked it.

        (Ok, the last one was silly.)

      • MBP says:

        Otters generally crap under bridges and near waterways. I dunno if that helps at all…

      • Ally8 says:

        @Sixer, love that movie. The Pauline Collins & Joanna Lumley scene is heaven, though I have a particular fondness for the Wall, too.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Does he floss? Or does some mystical creature from the comet tend to that for him? What about toe nail grooming?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Can we get his preferences in underwear next? Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, or commando? Hanes, Calvins, under-Roos?

      • MissMary says:

        Well, boxer briefs if we go by the ice bucket video lol. Though now, in my sordid little brain, he wears underoos with Sherlock on them.

  4. Old Enough says:

    He said in an interview a while back (pre SH) that it was one of the products he uses. Given that fair English skin, his smoking, and all the makeup they put on him at work, good idea to take care of his skin. Hope he uses sunscreen as well.

    • **sighs** says:

      He would probably do better to quit smoking. You know, actually quit, not fake quit as pr reason for looking grumpy.

      • anon121 says:

        There was a fascinating article YEARS ago – forgot if it was LIFE or LOOK – showed pix of actors who smoked vs those that didn’t. I’ll never forget comparisons – especially William Holden vs someone like Gloria Swanson, who didn’t smoke. Her skin was amazing, even at 80. It really does make difference!

      • Ally8 says:

        Holden was a hard drinker, too, which doesn’t help the skin (or the liver or the cancer cells). But in Sabrina… swoon.

    • MtnRunner says:

      With the stress that comes with keeping up a showmance and being Harvey’s lap dog, a man’s gotta do what’s necessary to save face, literally.

  5. Jag says:

    I like that he admitted that he uses face cream and what kind. I wish that some of the women who look so amazing in their older ages would come clean about such things! Those of us who wish to look younger might want to know.
    The type of laser treatments, creams, microdermabrasion, peels, or whatever they use, please tell me. lol

    • moodgirl says:

      Use sunscreen EVERYWHERE, and use product on the tops of your hands. Old hands give you away no matter how young you look (thanks Mr. Dermatologist) .

    • LAK says:

      The worst thing you can do to your skin is peels, microdermabrasion, lasers etc.

      Think about it, most of our grannies have fabulous skin, and they prime years were at a time when those things didn’t exist. At worst they didn’t use sunscreen, smoked and slept with their make up on.

      Genetics aside, the best advise to improve your skin, even when it’s already damaged, is to eat clean, reduce sugar and salt, cut out smoking and alcohol, use sunscreen, drink lots of water and have a decent night’s sleep regularly. And exercise. That also helps your skin.

      As for products, use baby products. They tend to be gentle and without additives.

      • Ally8 says:

        I think people overdo the sunscreen. Especially in the winter, you need some sun to reach your skin to make the vitamin D your body needs and stave off some illnesses, from depressive symptoms to cancer.

        I agree with you, though, stripping off protective layers of the skin is a short term fix that creates a long term problem. It’s a bit like cleanses; you’re interfering with something your body does very well by itself. A mild toner and a light cream is all you need.

  6. ellesbelles says:

    All of the face cream in the world cannot hide sads and tireds. Sort out the inside, and the outside follows.

    • MtnRunner says:

      Awww… I went with sarcasm this morning, but THIS is truth. Nothing does more to keep a person looking beautiful than peace, love & happiness. He doesn’t seem to have any of that in that with HER.

    • tsmiv says:

      Yep, she makes him look tired and old, but that’s part of the PR plan. They are willing to award Oscars to pretty young girls (sometimes), but they NEVER give them to “cute boys.”

  7. Kiddo says:

    Logically, the only thing he can do to top this overexposure is to have a kitty tea date with Taylor Swift.

    • Abbott says:

      And he brings the Elgin Marbles.

    • ellesbelles says:

      I’d be okay with this after the fetch that tumblr or twitter tried to make happenafter Taylor followed hiddles. Go away Swifty

      • Kiddo says:

        Careful. You will be called a ‘petty hater’ and will have to sit next to me in a very special place in hell.

      • ellesbelles says:

        @kiddo I dont mind taylors music. Its great to work out to. I’m im sick of her though. So scooch over on the petty h8r couch. I’ll bring the tea

      • Kiddo says:

        The funny thing is, I don’t hate her, I don’t like her music at all, especially that shake it off song, it’s a commercial jingle, IMO. I think she’s pretty and dresses nicely, but when I saw her interviewed, it was like trying to make an emotional connection to cardboard. She is definitely overexposed.

  8. tasha_nat says:

    Ahh Bendy. He doesn’t look all that good for 38, so good for him, I hope he uses sunscreen too. He did have really nice skin for a long time, though, it’s like he aged all of a sudden. Sherlock Season 1(how can that only be from 2009/2010?) and Hawking comes to mind, he had enviable babyface back then.

    • Green Girl says:

      I agree! I think it’s a combination of weight gain (STiD) and weight loss (Sherlock), and his schedule. He does have a younger face in the first season of Sherlock, and even more so, IMO, in the unaired pilot.

      Have you ever seen him in Fortysomething? It came out about 10+ years ago, and he looks SO YOUNG. His character is supposed to be about 20, but he was actually about 26 at the time of filming.

      • tasha_nat says:

        Yes! Rory Slippery! So cute, with his little knit cap. Sherlock in the pilot was a cutiepie too! I don’t know what they did with the makeup and the eyeliner that made his eyes pop but it suited him.

      • Green Girl says:

        It did! FWIW, I THINK the unaired pilot was filmed almost a year before the proper first season, so that might account even more for how he looked so young. I remember seeing the first episode and not knowing how old BC was at the time of filming. I would have guessed maaaybe 25 or so, so imagine my surprise when I found he was much older.

        I do think he’s looked much better in recent months, especially compared to when he was promoting STiD and filming the third season of Sherlock.

  9. Lindy79 says:

    Watch this shit sell out like that cologne he said he uses.

    I wish Mr Lindy took care of his skin, he’s far too much of a bloke for that.
    He’s stopped smoking though so there is that.

    • Lucifer says:

      lucky u

    • Lu says:

      He said what cologne he uses and it sold out? Was it something super-expensive?

      • Lindy79 says:

        There was a profile in VF in September where they asked him quick fire questions, apparently it sold out online afterwards.

        The September 2014 issue of Vanity Fair reveals that Benedict Cumberbatch’s favorite fragrance is Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur.

        It is described as a chypre that combines fresh Italian citrus with warm wood. Top notes: mandarin orange, bergamot and mint. Heart note is geranium. Base notes: patchouli and sandalwood.

      • Lu says:

        Thank you. Mm, sounds nice. I like a few Annick Goutal perfumes but not most of them, though they’re of high quality. I find the name “Eau de Monsieur” hilarious for some reason.

      • tasha_nat says:

        Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur and Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo Pour Homme. I don’t think it sold out, though.

      • Lu says:

        I thought he once said YSL’s L’Homme, too. That’s a good one. But I might have gotten confused by the Ferragamo name. Why would they combine Italian and French in the same name? It’s odd. You’d think it would be Attimo Per Uomo or something, since Ferragamo is an Italian house.

  10. scout says:

    Ah, that’s why his face looks as smooth as baby’s bottom! Now I know! Proper Metrosexual gent, our Bendy. You go boy!!
    Hope he shares some of that with future Mrs.

  11. Lucifer says:

    Benny boo sleep well, eat light, drink water and stop smoking/drinking. You’ll be fine.
    OR
    Lose Octopussy.
    Choice is yours.

  12. Ingrid says:

    Eddie is getting married today according to DM. (Yay for them!)

    Will Bendy crash the party (literally or figuratively)?

    • Lucifer says:

      BC announces pregnancy. BAM!!

      • Ingrid says:

        Yes, and he will say “I’m pregnant”.

        Benedict “Me, myself & I” Cumberbatch.

        (please no, just no. no no no no.)

      • MissMary says:

        Nah and I am willing to bet he and sh won’t be at the wedding. I don’t know what kind of person ER is IRL but if he’s anything like people who legit want to be private (and he seems to be), he won’t have invited the pap magnets. And she’s not pregnant. That rumor needs to die–it’s doing nothing for him and the nannies are just frothing about it.

      • Ingrid says:

        MissMary . Yeah I really doubt he will be there. I don’t think Eddie and BC are that close. They are friends but I doubt BC would make into the top 100 (approx. the wedding guest list) people in Eddie’s life.

        I hope Eddie and Hannah can have a private day. Also, I hope BC would look up “private” from the dictionary.

      • Lucifer says:

        LOL.. I ws kidding folks. SH is not preggo mm sure of it. maternity makes people kind. she is nowhere near that region

      • gg says:

        If SH is pregnant, it ain’t his. No way those two have done the do, at least in the past six months. (And I would bet never,) Actualy tbh I have to admit Sophie pings for me a little. Yes I know she’s been in relationships with men before but it would explain the lack of chemistry and total absence of PDA beyond handholding now wouldn’t it?

      • Soothy says:

        I think it’s a bit of a reach, to say the least, to say she ‘pings’. Where could that possibly come from?

      • Lucifer says:

        @gg many people have said it too. Maybe BC is her beard LOL

      • Emily says:

        There’s no reason for Benedict to merkin for Sophie. What does he gain from it? She wasn’t famous before him and in need of protecting an image. They aren’t even friends. So it’s not a favor to her. If anything, it’s the other way around.

    • ellesbelles says:

      Fantastic news for Eddie and Hannah. All of the congratulations and blessings. I watched “My week with marilyn” last night on netflix and loved it. He was so well cast in that film

  13. Ruth Dunbar says:

    Perricone, darling. You can afford it. Make sure you exfoliate. I’m a bit older than you so I know what I’m talking about . Slap some German Nivea on during the winter if you feel like it. AND FFS, quit smoking.

    • MissMary says:

      German Nivea is *amazing*. I have super dry skin on my face due to medical stuff and it is the *only* thing I’ve been able to use that doesn’t irritate or make me break out or turn into a greaseball. I get it from smallflower.com but my bff lives in Germany and sends me tiny tubes and such that I can’t get online lol. *ahem* There’s my beauty evangelism for the year.

      • Ruth Dunbar says:

        German Nivea is indeed amazing and God bless Smallflower. Seriously. The first time I went to Berlin, I passed the Nivea flagship store on Under den Linden and just about lost my mind. I loaded up bigtime while I was there.

      • MissMary says:

        LOL same, same. WHenever I go visit, I end up bringing back a carry on of Nivea stuff. I’m sure the TSA thinks I’m smuggling it or something.

      • alice says:

        When I lived in Germany a lifetime ago, I used Nivea. So, the stuff sold in America is a different formulation then?

      • MissMary says:

        It’s a bit thinner, yeah, at least the blue tin cream is.

    • moodgirl says:

      I tried Perricone but I just couldn’t get over the smell. I do use the face wash.

      • Gracie says:

        It’s very fishy.

      • Ruth Dunbar says:

        I’m a sicko for saying this, but I find the Salmon roe smell oddly satisfying. Like, yeah, I’m putting some stuff on my face. It helps that it works for me — the blue plasma is some of the best exfoliating serum I’ve ever used in my life, the sub-d stuff has worked wonders on my chest (I was starting to get some of those awful vertical lines -HATE), and then the night treatment stuff is amazing. So the funky smell tells me it’s working. :D

        Re: German Nivea — it has different ingredients. I’ve seen it compared to Le Mer, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily true.

  14. Lindy79 says:

    I invested in a Clarisonic a few weeks ago, I highly recommend it Cumbers.

    • MP says:

      I bought mine a month ago when it finally became available around here. Love it! I’ve told all my friends to make sure they’ll get one for Christmas. My skin has given me grief most of my life but now it’s actually looking and feeling good!

      • moodgirl says:

        I’ve always wondered if a Clarisonic is worth the money. I will get one from QVC so I can get a free face wash with it; they always include something.

      • vauvert says:

        It is fantastic! Got it for Xmas last year at Sephora and although I do not use it as often as I should (I don’t wear makeup every day) it is great. I use it with Korres products (Greek organic line, medium priced) and Tata Harper (amazing products but pretty pricey, also all natural). No one believes my age. But I am also lucky – my mom looks about 20 years younger than she is. No lasers or holy colic peels or harsh anything, stopped smoking ten years ago and mostly stay out of the sun, but I go easy on sunscreen mostly because we get very little of it in winter anyway… And in summer I am the one hiding in the shade:-) under a hat.

  15. Soothy says:

    I have said this before, I know, but this informative ‘article’ has nothing to do with anyone else but him, so I’m genuinely perplexed as to why someone else is in the majority of the photos with him.

    Edit: I am also perplexed as to why people immediately assume that if a man looks after his skin, then it must be at the behest of a woman.

  16. cs says:

    I don’t usually comment (or read) Cumby posts but Neal’s Yard is amazing. My mother is on an organic/natural skincare kick and she loves it; she particularly loves the frankincense range because it’s meant for more mature skin. A lot of this all natural stuff doesn’t actually work but you can tell the quality of the Neal’s Yard stuff when you use it (my mother bought me one of their body butter tubs a couple years ago). I would buy their stuff except that it’s ridiculously expensive – it’s really the kind of luxury brand that only people of a certain money-earning bracket are willing to splurge on. Come to think of it, I should probably put down Neal’s Yard on my Christmas/birthday wish list… Anyway I’m personally not a Cumby fan, but if he did have to use his celebrity brand to promote something, I’m glad that it happens to be a great skincare brand.

    • Lu says:

      I’ve tried creams with frankincense but can’t get past the smell. It’s not bad, but it’s not really to my taste. Good for Cumby, though. Forehead wrinkles aside, he has a beautiful complexion.

      • cs says:

        Yeah, frankincense tends to have a smell that isn’t for everyone, and I personally prefer unscented stuff myself. I wouldn’t be surprised if Neal’s Yard adds extra essential oils to boost the smell of their products, because their scents are pretty strong (though nice if you’re using ones you like).

  17. AG-UK says:

    Egyptian Magic.. does the trick and genetics I suppose. I do like Neal’s however I prefer stuff with no perfume smell and I seem to get splotchy..

  18. KT says:

    This stuff is half the price of what I use from Sephora :D

    Daily Fail is digging, he must have denied them something. Good, it’s such a rag.

  19. Beth says:

    £55 for 50g is not atrociously expensive for skincare products.

    I’ve seen him in person and he does have good skin although he may have caked on the foundation (cos his face was extremely shiny, or maybe it was sweat).

  20. blended says:

    meh. i’ve bought more expensive face creams than that and i make nowhere near the amount of money he makes. he takes care of his skin so good for him. now he needs to stop smoking, and get some happiness into his life (ahem, drop the fake engagement), and then his skin will really glow.

  21. MissMary says:

    I have to ask… If he was female, would the Fail even be printing this? So many actresses talk about using that Creme de la Mer crud and other super expensive face creams and treatments, and it’s “oh, well, she’s an actress, of course,” but a guy uses 55 pound face cream and it’s gossip-worthy?

    • **sighs** says:

      And wasn’t the title something along the lines of calling him a girl?
      Edit: Girl about town.

      • MissMary says:

        Ah, Fail… so classy. Ugh.

      • Ingrid says:

        Girl about the town is the name of the “column”. It’s the same one where the Scotland proposal trip and JR piano lessons were. It’s the place were the Daily Fail puts the rumors that aren’t even worthy of DF’s hard-hitting journalism.

      • **sighs** says:

        Haha! Ok, I thought they were calling him a girl about town.
        :) -

      • gg says:

        I think it is the same “journalist” who was totally discredited for running a story that Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss were shacked up in a Sapphic love nest. So she’s shady even by DM standards.

        And Benedict, just get some retin-A and forget that hippie crap. The only stuff that really works is what you get from the dermatologist.

      • MissMary says:

        aaaah. Okay, column name then, lol. I’m not mad at that now. And gg–I think you’re right. She may also be the one who said she saw BC and his “SGF” cuddling at Secret CInema as she “walked by at lunch” (which is impossible to do given the location).

    • moodgirl says:

      I don’t believe half the celebrities who claim they spend major dollars on Creme de la Mer really do. They say it just to sound “in”.

      • vauvert says:

        Overhyped stuff… Tried it and found other products that work better. But honestly I believe that we sometimes convince ourselves something works as we see or imagine we see a difference, other times we believe the hype and finally, what works on one person may not be the best choice for another even if it’s effective for this and that actress or whatever.

  22. Ingrid says:

    Critics Choice Awards noms came and all the expected for TIG and BC. God, I’m bored with all of this already.

    But on a brighter note, let’s celebrate the fact that we had BC news free weekend. Miracles do happen.

  23. kristina says:

    Would it be wrong to ask what kind of face cream you guys on here use? And eye cream, too, I’m starting to really see some undereye lines :(

    • ellesbelles says:

      olay regenerist for me. I’m 33, starting to see a few faint smile lines, which I dont mind. The Olay evens out my skin tone (ruddy pink/freckles/pale bits yay english heritage!)

      and the garnier eye roller thing which is ok. I had a coupon. probably wouldnt buy it again

    • MissMary says:

      German Nivea. American formula is thinner and not as awesome. I get it from Smallflower.com and one tin lasts ages, even if I really glop it on like a face mask for overnight stuff. For daytime, I use Laroche Posay sunscreen b/c it melts in and doesn’t leave weird white stuff like *every other sunscreen ever* does on me. I have rough, dry skin on my face after YEARS of oily skin, thanks to medical stuff, and Nivea and Laroche Posay are the only things I’ve found that make it feel and look nice and soft and smooth again, with no redness or greasy mess or zits. Once in a while, I’ll slather on coconut oil before I shower and let the steam do it’s thing, then wash it off at the end, but that’s maybe once every few weeks, or whenever I remember, lol.

    • Green Girl says:

      I am careful about how much water I drink, and I slather on sunscreen before going outdoors. I am a nonsmoker and I have maybe about two drinks a week. I couldn’t fool anyone into thinking I was, say, 10 years younger than I really am, but I think I look good for my age.

    • tasha_nat says:

      Tretinoin .025 cream, Hada Labo Perfect Gel for moisturizer, Hada Labo eye cream, Biore sunscreen. I love Japanese skincare.

    • Lu says:

      Clarins Multi-Regenerative Something-something. (all the Clarins product names are really long.)

    • Lindy79 says:

      Image Skincare Prevention + (with 50SPF) for me most of the time
      I did use the philosophy Hope in a Jar for a while too

      • Madly says:

        Lindy, I use the philosophy hope in a tube. How did you like it? I have combo skin and it is hard to find something that works around my eye area.

    • kai says:

      I recently started using pure almond oil over night and it’s amazing. During the day, I only use sunscreen or some cold cream (Avene e.g.) in winter. I try to use as little products as possible. I think it’s much more important to eat well, drink a lot, sleep, work out etc etc. You know the drill. It’s true.

    • scarf girl says:

      I use Aveda eye cream, Nerium (night and day) and Origins for night cream. Facial care is where my $ goes and I pile it on. Everything else is pretty much drug store. A eva eye cream really is lovely; wonders for dark eye circles.

    • Ruth Dunbar says:

      I’m currently in the Perricone camp, but Roc has a great eye cream, and it’s not very expensive. I really really like Roc products.

    • Green Eyes says:

      I have used Origins products forever and everybody tells me how great my skin is. Their Plantscription line is really good. People place me in the 30s age bracket, but my heyday was in the 80s, just so you know how old I am.

      • MissG says:

        +1

        Origins Plantscriptions anti-aging cream for me. It feels sooo good on my skin…it’s not cheap though.

    • Czenzi says:

      This isn’t exactly a face cream, but I have enlarged pores and absolutely love L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Perfector and Texture Serum. The first is slightly tinted but goes on with little color (I’m pale) and is great under makeup or alone. Also, it’s much cheaper than the Clinique stuff I used to buy. The second isn’t really necessary if you have the first, but I’ve used and like it too if you are less concerned about your pores and more about fine lines.

      • NoisyBird says:

        I have organic aloe vera plants. I fillet the leaves and apply the moisture directly on my face and around my eyes. for a night cream, I use the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve that I find at Sephora. i am 41, most people think I am in my 20′s. Eat organic fruits and veggies. Limit all animal products, especially dairy (hard- as I love ice cream). I also juice quite a bit. drink lots of water.

      • Czenzi says:

        We grow aloe as a house plant. I just never use it. Will have to do that.

      • NoisyBird says:

        Czenzi- i dont like the smell of it, but it doesnt last long (thank goodness). its consistency is kind of thick and stringy. its icky- but its worth it. you can also eat the fillets. I put them in juices and smoothies- super good for you.

      • Czenzi says:

        Thanks for the info! I’ve had aloe in drinks before. I liked it with white grape juice. I am going to cut some tomorrow morning and give it a try on my skin.

    • vauvert says:

      I mentioned above but after spending all kinds of crazy money on everything (de la Mer, Sisley) I now use Korres and Tata Harper for face creams, serum etc and REN for eye cream. most eye creams stings, I wake up with puffy eyes or if I put it on in the morning my eye makeup just slides off (Urban Decay with their eye primer which normally stays put) but REN is amazing. Could not believe how many eye creams actually state “don’t use on upper lids”. Well, duh.
      I love Tata Harper but it is too exp. to use the full lineup. Korres is a fabulous alternative, no petroleum, parabens, artificial stuff and lower price point. The holiday ad from Tata was actually great, the staff used a bit of the product on their thanksgiving dinner. Their whole philosophy is that if you put it on your skin, it should be safe enough to eat. I love that.

    • Lou says:

      I use Olay or Nivea Intensive Moisturising Creme. I’m 28 and it seems to work so far! :)

  24. anon says:

    Maybe he goes through it so fast because a certain comet cephalopods dips into it

    • Lu says:

      I think he may be using too much. You shouldn’t go through it fast enough that the shop assistant comments on it. :) And I’ve seen it remarked that his face is “shiny” in person.

  25. ukbound says:

    Yes, Perricone cold plasma. It lifts and firms like nobody’s business. In addition to this, Bendy needs some acupuncture on his forehead to relax out those furrows before he starts to look like Gordon Ramsey.. A few treatments and he’s done.

  26. Janet says:

    What good is all that face goo doing him if he still looks like a cucumber?

  27. briargal says:

    He’s only 38 and already has sold his soul to the devils (HW) and to the entertainment industry to put out all his drivel just to win an award??? How sick and sorry he is going to be and I’m sure he will wonder if it really was worth it!

  28. anon says:

    Hey-just tried to post on So Go. Looks like it’s gone? Anyone knows what’s going on?

    • Lu says:

      It’s still there. She was probably just posting something at the time you checked.

    • Lucifer says:

      its totaly thr

    • ellesbelles says:

      I have it open in a tab and just refreshed. working fine on my end

    • gg says:

      SoGo is around but crazy. Sure are a lot of people reading a blog they say they hate. Oy….is it a full moon or something???

      • Felice says:

        A more well known BC blog said they do look at it and they think it’s hilarious. Don’t know what she meant by that but it’s better than attacking it.

      • Claire says:

        It’s legit criticism of her combined with nutty speculation and people trying to stir the pot. It’s why I don’t go there

    • lizziebee93 says:

      I’m on Tumblr all the time and I don’t know what SoGo is. Explain, please? Anyone?

      • Sunflower says:

        Sophie Hunter Gossip Blog, your source for sham engagement speculation.

      • lizziebee93 says:

        …. Gosh, sounds batty. Thanks anyway, Sunflower.

      • Soothy says:

        Erm, nope. I’d say that grown women baking cake toppers of SH and drawing pictures of him with her is batty. And maybe you should visit a site yourself first before you decide whether or not something is ‘batty’ anyway.

      • Sunflower says:

        The Internet is much like Wonderland…”We’re all mad here!”

      • lizziebee93 says:

        ERM, NOPE. I made that mistake before. I much prefer the lighter comments on this site. It makes for good, healthy (bitchy) fun. Although I agree about the cake toppers, but that’s mostly ’cause I hate baking or cooking in general. If it can’t be cooked in less than 15 mins I’d rather go to a restaurant with a professional Chef to eat it. Why make something so elaborate if you’ll end up eating it anyway?
        @Sunflower: Don’t I know it! LoL

  29. Illyra says:

    “probably around the time when he had all of those rashes and scars from his Frankenstein makeup”

    I had the same thing happen after using Benefit “Erase Paste” (which is basically pancake makeup, tbh) to cover undereye circles one summer. The discolouration/damage occurred around the edges where the makeup was thinner and the sun could seep through, leaving what looked like orange rings around my eyes. 4 years later the skin is 95% back to normal, but it was incredibly frustrating waiting for it to heal and since then I’ve been moisturizing religiously.

    • Felice says:

      I actually like the Erase Paste lol. Then again, my dark circles aren’t that bad. It’s not good for rosacea unfortunately but luckily Clinique swooped in and saved my life.

      • ukbound says:

        I had rosacea. I used IPL. It is a laser and it zaps the distended veins. I also use Caudalie grape seed cleanser to calm my face. I’m paler than Bendy.

        It’s so nice to talk about Girly stuff, instead of Sodious stuff.

      • Felice says:

        Yeah my cousin is getting married next year and I will probably get IPL before so I don’t look like a red mess in all the candids.

  30. Lucifer says:

    read the gawker comments guys.
    people saying sodious is Significantly more accomplished thn BC.
    *vomits profusely*

    • scarf girl says:

      We are uneducated Lucifer; it requires Hogwarts training to discern her magical talents. Snark aside, the cult that has grown up around her is frightening and baffling. I do not understand. Not sure I want to….

      • Lucifer says:

        no u dnt.. sanity is a wonderful gift to have. keep it that way

      • Felice says:

        Goodness, it is so horrible. Didn’t people say she deserved to be on the Barbara Walters list?

      • Ingrid says:

        @Felice – WHAT????!!!???

        I’m done.

      • scarf girl says:

        I just can’t. I just….I want to tell people…to just…stop eating the crazy cupcakes. i don’t understand the cultish devotion being spawned by this couple. If they marry, I will move on with my life and think they are two boring posh Brits who chose to settle for a very emotionally dry, mostly separate lives kind of marriage. But I feel like if and when this couple ends, the mental health of some people on this planet will be in jeopardy.

        Stop eating the crazy cupcakes.

      • Soothy says:

        It’s unfair to mark him out as ‘a boring posh Brit’. He’s really not. Whatever anyone’s opinion may be of her pretentious and dull work, I really have problems with people lumping them together as one entity. They’re very distinct and world’s apart in terms of pretty much everything. I’d like to see a bit less of the ‘ugh, posh Brits’ thing, I really would.

      • Claire says:

        ^i agree with that. Though he’s slightly posh he doesn’t have the personality of a typical bonafide aristocrat at all.

      • moodgirl says:

        Maybe we need a Cracker Jack decoder ring to see her talent. I can get a bunch of boxes from my local fresh food market.

      • scarf girl says:

        Soothy and Claire: boring posh Brit is perhaps poor wording choice on my part. I was on my way to the dentist. I am having an internal struggle with my perception of BC. I am not sure how much of his odd behavior is attributed to being the lead actor in a HW production during Oscar season (the stress must be a factor); a participant in an abnormal relationship (suspect an overly kind description, but it’s the season to be charitable); an actor trying to move his career to the next level and curb the more dorky and spontaneous aspects of his behavior (and this is where I view him as being – stuffy -can I use stuffy?); a very busy actor who is also having to cope with the stress of an Oscar campaign (I think this is a separate factor from HW); and a guy in his late 30′s looking for some stability (that one is really conjecture on my part). There are definitely many things that cause me to side-eye SH and I will continue to so. But as far as a choice of a partner – real or fake – BC was probably not innocent in that choice. Even if the whole thing is PR. And if not PR, well, letting that sentence remain unfinished until I see how it all plays out. I have nothing against her personally (except for the Octopus video and bad miming videos-those are minutes of my youth I will never recover). Alas, I am afraid I can no longer fault her solely for her fashion choices. Carey Mulligan wore a frock of the same cut and shape as the rose dress (just a red leopard print type thing) to an event featured in today’s UK Vogue Twitter feed. UK people-get to work, hunt down the shared stylist, and give them a lecture!

        Sorry for the long post. Really, these things are irrelevant in the grand scheme of life. And particularly my life. I will still be a fan of BC-he is a very talented actor and I am confident he will be great as his career progresses. And that is what drew me into the fandom. Well, that and the cumbercurls. Everything else is speculation that I enjoy with the people on this board.

      • Soothy says:

        She comes across as rude and arrogant to me but as for her or anyone else’s fashion choices, I really couldn’t care less. I’ve always been baffled by the attention such irrelevant shit gets.

      • scarf girl says:

        Isn’t it all irrelevant at the end of the day? It’s just a gossip site where people come to chat.

    • Claire says:

      Are you surprised? Gawker commenters are idiots. Look at the quality of the comments on any given post. Or if you want a bc post to compare it to, look at the post they did on the original sgf pr stunt (before you know there was any real gf). It was full of women buying it hook line and sinker. Maybe two people called bs on it

      • Felice says:

        No comment will ever compare to Marylou on imdb saying that BC is a bigger star than Christopher Walken.

      • Soothy says:

        I put MaryLou in a cyber straight jacket long, long ago. I also never go to that terrifying wilderness called imdb. Awful place.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I haven’t commented on IMDB here yet, because they are nuts. I have thought of them as the Church of CumbersWumbers because their fawning over him is so cult-like and hilarious. They’re on another plane entirely. When I noticed they were calling him “our Ben” and “our beautiful Benedict” I had to manually attempt to stop my eyes from rolling away.

        But MaryLou? She is terrifying. She’s mean as a rattlesnake to anyone who doesn’t agree with her. And she has that extra quality of superior “know-it-all-ness” that is so charming. I actually wonder what she’s like in real life. ~shivers~

      • Felice says:

        Once upon a time the normals outnumbered the crazies.

      • Soothy says:

        She’s terrible. On twitter she literally searches out people mentioning him and then hurls abuse if they’re anything less than glowing. She’s prolific under pseudonyms on other sites too.

      • Felice says:

        omg I was still on there during Ibiza-gate and she was talking crap about the other users on her twitter and imdb found her and they brought the cat fight to Datalounge and it was the funniest crap ever.

      • Claire says:

        Ohhhh let me guess, she’s babylove on twitter? She claims to be an actress? She’s sounds unhinged. She aggressively attacks non-bc fans as well if they make the most benign comments

      • blended says:

        i don’t go on imdb, but just from observations on tumblr, people become whackos behind a keyboard. i guess it’s the anonymity that gives them courage. lots of cyberbullying too.

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        Never posted on imdb but sometimes I read the comments.. ML is totally obsessed with BC, she’s always the voice of reason, I think she said once she was a journalist?

    • blended says:

      i’m waiting to see how these people will react to the eventual break-up. will they continue to worship our lady of octopi? will they start following her career? will they attend all her plays? i really want to see one of them ask her for an autograph or a selfie, and see how she reacts.

      • Felice says:

        I am so excited. I know I’m evil but I am so sick of some of his fans. I wonder if they will go through their tumblr archives and just delete everything.

      • Soothy says:

        She doesn’t seem involved in too many plays, really. It’s a very sporadic ‘associate’ role when they do happen.

      • Alice says:

        During the FO and JR wedding and LFF eras she caught a lot of flak. Mocked by many who are now acolytes.

      • Claire says:

        They won’t remember her name and hate her, and knowing the entertainment world, some of his friends will likely do the same (justifiably considering her personality). Am I being too optimistic in saying if they break up it means he might stop hanging out with these posh dilettante types in her circle?

  31. gg says:

    SoGo just posted that someone was overheard in a card shop (I am assuming in London) asking for an engagement card for Benedict Cumberbatch……Senyorita retweeted of course

    • Soothy says:

      Well that’s very unlikely to be someone he actually knows. I doubt any of his actual friends would completely needlessly announce his full name in a shop.

    • Felice says:

      No one goes into a card shop and says the name of the person the card is for. They just want attention that they are ~*super awesome fans*~ (sorry I’m in an irritated mood lol)

      • Claire says:

        It’s either a fan buying the card or that engagement party is very soon and he has lousy, hangeron friends

    • gg says:

      @Felice: Let’s pitch our bitch tents next to each other. It’s only Monday morning and I’m already over this week.

      • Ingrid says:

        @Felice & gg – Can I join your bitch tent party? I’m pretty much done with the entire human race at this point (Warning! Personal Rant!), especially with my “best friend” who invited herself to stay at my place for two days and I told I couldn’t do it (hurt my back and I’m barely able to feed myself, let alone wait on someone else). Of course I’m now the villain in this and the most horrible person, right? F*ck. Sorry, rant over.

        Back to the topic, what kind of friend goes to card shop and yells that? It was one of the nannies (if it even happened)

      • MissMary says:

        Is there more room in the bitch tent campground? I’ll bring marshmallows for bitchy s’mores…

        If that tweet’s legit, it sounds like the nannies have their holiday shopping done and are just being twats at the shops now.

        Ingrid: Omg, how awful of your ‘friend’! I hope your back is better soon and your ‘friend’ goes elsewhere…

      • gg says:

        well the tweeter just happens to be an actor in London, maybe he was doing Ben a favor by Tweeting that since BC seems to have alienated all his usual friends who Tweet for him…..

      • Soothy says:

        I don’t think people should look for deeper meaning in everything. It seems obvious to me that he just happened to be in the shop when either a fan/weirdo/someone who was making a bad joke was in there too. A friend of his wouldn’t feel the need to name drop him like they were starstruck about buying a pal a card.

      • Lucifer says:

        :D the whole situation is goddamn funny. ER wedding spl i would call it

      • Ingrid says:

        @MissMary -Thanks, darling! I’m fine-ish. And I’ll bring hot cocoa. I think we are set.

    • Gracie says:

      My question is, why did this person drop his full name, no less to the shop staff? Do they make engagement cards with his name on it now? Also, how many card shops this person would have to hit, and how loudly he would have to shout for someone else to have heard and tweeted it. Contrary to BC’s belief, not everyone beside him is on twitter or use twitter to report their daily life. Trolling is strong in this one.

      • Lucifer says:

        from sogo
        Who on Earth goes into a shop to ask for a engagement cards for a specific person? “An engagement card for Benedict Cumberbatch? Oh, wie have a variety of cards for that occasion. Though, if you’re more on the adventurous side, we also have Benedict Dorkybatch and Douchebatch cards. Just down aisle 9, right next to the “Get well soon” cards for Lindsay Lohan and “Sorry you didn’t win, next time” cards for Leonardo diCaprio.
        :D

      • moodgirl says:

        Why would anyone even believe that post; it’s obvious it was placed to stir the pot. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially with so many over – invested nannies hanging around. It will ramp up I guarantee so hold on to your undies.

    • Mikasa says:

      *sigh* And here I thought I’d be able to resist commenting on a BC thread for once!
      Well the guy who tweeted it is an ‘actor’, the other source of an engagement party was also from an actress/drama teacher, and the other a conductor/stunt double so take that as you will…
      Seriously tho, doesn’t these two have normal friends? You know people who aren’t in the entertainment/theatre industry??
      It’s what makes this whole arrangement seem like a farce and makes it difficult to tell if people are just putting on a show?!
      If there is an engagement party and we get news of it this week to overshadow Redmayne’s wedding, everyone will be nay-saying it’s for pr.

      • Soothy says:

        @Mikasa

        I don’t understand what you mean. This guy just overheard some stupid comment. He’s not claiming he knows BC and wasn’t buying the card himself? Actors don’t have their own special shops, y’know. The fact he’s an actor is pretty much irrelevant.
        I don’t see the big deal.

      • Felice says:

        No, didn’t you hear? Benedict doesn’t associate with anyone outside the industry because people outside of the industry are nanny fannies who only want him for his fame. Good thing there’s none of that in the industry.

      • Ingrid says:

        The best comment about the Cardgate is at SoGo. Hope they con’t mind copying (they copy our stuff constantly so…)

        “Who on Earth goes into a shop to ask for a engagement cards for a specific person? “An engagement card for Benedict Cumberbatch? Oh, wie have a variety of cards for that occasion. Though, if you’re more on the adventurous side, we also have Benedict Dorkybatch and Douchebatch cards. Just down aisle 9, right next to the “Get well soon” cards for Lindsay Lohan and “Sorry you didn’t win, next time” cards for Leonardo diCaprio.”

        I think the Leo card would be a hit :D

      • Mikasa says:

        soothy, he might have overheard it and decided to tweet it for attention, coz you know some actors like that…or he might be on the payroll? Who knows?! When it comes to BC its difficult to tell what’s genuine and pr plant because of all this publicity!

      • Soothy says:

        I think he just heard someone say it and thought he’d make a joke. He’s not on a payroll and I find the idea that people think random others would be enlisted to tweet engagement comments to keep interest up, a little bizarre, I gotta say.

      • alice says:

        I wonder if Karon and Emily are going. Or, will they be part of the waitstaff? That is where they have been relegated, isn’t it?

        I just cannot, I refuse to believe he can possibly care for a snot who treats Karon and Emily, his NIECE, the way Sodious treats them based on their rc appearances.

      • Ingrid says:

        Alice, BOFA premiere pics of Queen Sodious amd servant Emily were the last proof I needed. A. She is a horrible person B. This is business. SH and E would have walked side by side if they were future in-laws and BC’s guests (aka equals.) but instead it was Queen and servant. Ugh

      • moodgirl says:

        I can’t believe you all are so naive and believe this.

      • Soothy says:

        @moodgirl

        What are you talking about? Believe what?

      • moodgirl says:

        That a person would walk into a store and announce who they are buying a card for – it’s so far fetched it’s funny. It’s obvious the tweet is designed to make people chase their tails.

      • gg says:

        I’m with you, moodgirl.

      • Soothy says:

        You don’t actually think that the guy made it up, though? That would be ridiculous.

      • gg says:

        I could go into my local Hallmark and loudly pronounce “I need an engagement card for Benedict Cumberbatch” and mail it off to his agent or to Karon. Or yeah, actually, actor guy could have made up the tweet why not?

      • Soothy says:

        Why would he do it that, though? There’s literally no legitimate reason. I think it happened, but like I said, it wouldn’t be someone BC actually knows. A friend just wouldn’t say it.

      • moodgirl says:

        If this is real I am Batman. It’s so phony it’s funny. No one would do this. No one. It’s made up crap to stir the masses. Period.

      • MtnRunner says:

        I’m with moodgirl and gg on this one. My first reaction was that it was a joke that someone made while in a card store. Either they or someone else tweeted it, knowing it would get fans talking. Nothing worth dissecting at all.

      • Felice says:

        Yeah I don’t have a cumber-centric twitter and I can say I just saw them registering at Harvey Nichols.

      • Soothy says:

        @mountainrunner

        That’s what I’m saying most likely happened. But I’m perplexed as to why anyone would think the random guy would be deliberately choosing to wind up a certain group of fans. That is very unlikely indeed.

      • moodgirl says:

        I would guess a large percentage of BC sightings on the internet are fake. People are weird like that. One person said they arrived together at a ceremony, someone says they arrived separately. Someone claims he and SH were on the ferry, someone else says no. People without personal power – the three P’s – finally get to feel important if everyone is believing their story. They get to be the jerker instead of the jerkee.

  32. Ingrid says:

    Eddie is married! Congrats to the lovely & real couple!

    So far only three pics of the groom arriving. I applaud them if they managed not to get papped and if they don’t release any photos. (Benedict, take a note! Private!!!)

    Of course there might a bidding war going on as we speak…

    • moodgirl says:

      They got married on a Monday. That would be odd in the states unless you are trying to save some cash.

    • j says:

      not sure about pics yet. Eddie’s rep gave details to Us Weekly as an exclusive though:

      http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/eddie-redmayne-is-married-theory-actor-weds-hannah-bagshawe-20141512

      tbh yeah ER’s relationship is real but they waited to do all this during his campaign for a reason. i know way too many details about it lol

      • Soothy says:

        I really don’t think think he necessarily has got married now because of the oscars. They got engaged way back in June and may very well just really wanted a winter wedding. I think it’s just too much of assumption tbh.

      • Ingrid says:

        I agree with you Soothy.

        @J – I don’t think those are exclusive details from his rep. There’s one photo of the church in DM and you can see candles inside. Winter theme was already a known fact. So I could have written that “exclusive” article.

      • blended says:

        they definitely planned a wedding to coincide with the campaign. celebs do this all the time. if we can call out ben, we should call out eddie too, for using his relationship for PR.

      • Soothy says:

        I’m not ‘calling out’ anyone at all, but I don’t think anyone should assume that a wedding like this was timed. Actually I’m getting tired of the comparisons between ER and BC.

      • A says:

        I wouldn’t say it’s a comparison per se, just an observation of what often goes on during Oscar campaigns. They’re not the first or last to do this, and no one is getting harmed :)

        The campaigns usually start a year in advance, 6 months at the latest, so it’s likely June engagement and/or December wedding are part of it. He’s gotten a lot of press for it all that would not have happened with earlier or later timing.

        I don’t know about the article, it just says his rep confirmed it exclusively to US Weekly, but he gave a statement to the Fail and other outlets too about why they chose that theme.

      • Soothy says:

        I don’t think anyone can assume that’s why someone is doing anything. He’s been with her for a decent amount of time, with a clear and deep meaningful bond and I don’t see how it’s necessarily indicative that he thinks it will up his oscar chances.

        His situation and BC’s are quite obviously very different.

  33. Chuchu says:

    Wow I’m surprised that Eddie actually is going to get married! I thought she was just a beard and he was gay.

    • moodgirl says:

      Wrong site.

      • gg says:

        LOL moodgirl….I think chuchu got lost on the way to Datalounge

      • Chuchu says:

        Well Eddie has a fake engagement, Hw might see that and feel the need to keep up appearances or even steal Eddie’s thunder with his own fake engagement. Maybe expect to see a big engagement party in the near future. This time of year would be perfect too, as most people even in the entertainment industry will be on holidays and have some time off.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Oh please, chuchu. Don’t even try and compare Eddie’s engagement with Benedict’s, you’ll just look like a fool. There’s absolutely no reason to believe that Eddie’s is fake. People on this site have listed an abundance of reasons to question Ben’s engagement on the posts since the announcement, so I won’t rehash them here. Go look at the post comments for yourself.

    • Soothy says:

      What is wrong with here tonight? It’s usually mature and intelligent conversation but there’s so much silliness.
      Eddie has not had a fake engagement or a fake wedding. He’s been with his gf for two years and they’re quite clearly very happy together.

      • Chuchu says:

        And John Travolta has been married for how many years?
        Just look it, first shes a publicist, she knows the value of PR and how looking straight for Hollywood is important.
        Second google”Eddie Redmayne kissing fiancee”. Notice how they never kiss ON the lips? She either kisses him on his upper lip (subway pictures) or he kisses her on the upper lip (tiff pictures). That’s how they fake kisses in movies/tv. Just like how ben and Reese kissed for that nyt video.
        Plus those subway pics of them kissing? Obviously a PR setup. Busy subway, yet clean clear pics with no other people in background? And look at how practically cringes before she kisses him. His lips are pursed throughout the pics. Plus hands always in pockets. IT just screams PR.
        And see how his or her eyes always seem open when they kiss. Is that how someone really kisses thier fiance?

      • Soothy says:

        Don’t be silly.

      • Chuchu says:

        So Bens “body language” analysis is legit, but mine is silly? It’s all the same game for these actors and they all play it. There’s even a blind item on cdan about a potential academy award nominee that Naomi Campbell was trying to setup with her gay friend. Naomi was at the Standard Evening Awards as was Eddie.

      • Soothy says:

        You aren’t talking about body language. You are trying to say someone is gay for no other reason besides the fact you don’t like his kissing technique. It’s ridiculous.

        Oh and CDAN is total BS, btw.

      • Chuchu says:

        And every one here is convinced that it’s a fake engagement because of this and that. It’s all conjucture no matter how you look at it. And it’s not just the kiss. It’s the way he grimaces on those subway pics before she kisses him. And cdan has hit the nail on the head way too many times for his site to be total bs.

      • gg says:

        Soothy, the smear part of the campaign is starting. It will only get uglier from here….

      • Soothy says:

        @chuchu

        No it’s not. People have opinions on the way things have played out, not silly and childish observations about facial expressions before a kiss and why his mouth is closed. There’s nothing reasoned about that. It’s nonsense and really annoys me because this kind of crap is lowest common denominator BS. It’s National Enquirer level of intellect.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Chuchu, you aren’t going to gain much traction with ridiculous comments like the ones you are making on this site. You are the first person I’ve ever seen question Eddie’s romance with Hannah and your body language reasons make absolutely no sense. The veracity of their romance has nothing to do with her chosen profession. If this was a fake romance, they are both Oscar worthy actors.

      • moodgirl says:

        Don’t bite Soothy. Chuchu got lost on the way to her usual site – IMDB.

  34. jammypants says:

    I don’t really see anything wrong with investing in good moisturizer. It’s helped him keep those wrinkles from deepening. He looks good for 38.

    • Ingrid says:

      HW really is a lunatic. But this is his way of showing Hollywood he has the power and will do anything (including tanking his own movies) if you don’t cooperate.

      BTW, loved today’s Variety Headline “Sony Hack: Amy Pascal Apologizes to Harvey Weinstein” and the article “…The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein was among the executives and actors who received an apologetic call from Pascal, insiders tell Variety.”

      Who is the mysterious insider? *snort* Too obvious, Harvey! Why is your name the only one listed? No one thinks you are the good guy…

  35. Lunar says:

    No hate, but, it didn’t do much for his forehead.

    • Czenzi says:

      At one point, BC had scars on his forehead from chemical burns from the Frankenstein makeup. I’m not sure if they’ve faded or if they are really permanent, but this could explain his bad skin in that area in a way that no skin cream could fix.

      • Lu says:

        It might now be a hyperpigmentation problem that comes and goes depending on sun exposure—I think that can happen with areas that have been scarred. I noticed that his spots got worse during the summer (last summer, I think) when he was doing publicity in Greece and was in the sun.

  36. Madly says:

    It would be easy publicity for any d-lister to say that they are going to BC’s engagement party. Get on it Spiedi.

    Kim Kardashian must be so jealous of all the internet attention he has been getting lately. That thought brings me joy.

    • Felice says:

      Yeah guys, I’m going too.

      • Czenzi says:

        Me too, and I’m bringing takoyaki for the hors d’oeuvres.

      • tasha_nat says:

        I just realized I haven’t had octopus in a while. Seafood paella, here I come.

        If Benedict wants some, I could totally make a platter to bring to his engagement party.

    • MissMary says:

      Well, if we’re all going, we should carpool. I’m bringing hummus for the vegetarians at the party.

    • Encumbered says:

      I say we arrange an after-party. That way only BC will come because SH doesn’t “do” after-parties.

      What do you all want to bring to drink? Pisco? He seemed to take to that like a bee on honey. Although someone needs to supply the whiskey. Point is, we need to get him roaring drunk so he will do some truth-telling.

      • Lu says:

        I get the impression that there is no type of alcohol to which he is not a friend. (That’s not a slam; I like all kinds of drinks.) It’s always something different that he’s reported drinking during interviews.

      • Czenzi says:

        I can bring the whiskey along with my takoyaki.

    • anon says:

      I’ll bring the Freixnet-I hear he loves cheap champagne!

  37. Cate says:

    *Waves to everyone* I am totally uninspired today, my comment muses have taken a day off. BC should do something fun this week, dress up like Santa Claus or something and visit a children’s hospital. Without The Huntress though.

  38. Lucifer says:

    Sooooooo now we have two famous people throwing shade at BC engagement.
    Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Freeman..
    Tides are turning innit pals?

  39. Lucifer says:

    imdb thread how the other half lives. OMG what did I do to myself!!??

    LAdies m done with my life

    • Ingrid says:

      Lucifer, darling, noooo! Don’t go there! Just no!

      Does this conspiracy train have a trauma unit? I think we need one…

    • tasha_nat says:

      I find it interesting that each side knows what the other camp is doing, like they have suspicions that the other side may be right, and they’re looking at each others’ evidence.

      • Ingrid says:

        Yeah, I agree, tasha_nat. Maybe I’m biased but the nanny side seems to be much more aggressive in defending their Unicorn Prince than we are defending our theories. I think we are trying to do it with reasoning while the other side just yells “You are horrible people!!!!”

        Of course the aggression comes from the fear (it always does). I’m afraid that Octopussy might actually be pregnant (0.1% chance but it’s still too much) and I aggressively deny it because it would be so catastrophic (for BC, I mean. He really seems to loathe her). I think the same sort of thing is true to the nannies; they are afraid that Unicorn Prince is actually ambitious man and not above normal Hollywood games.

      • scarf girl says:

        Very insightful Ingrid. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Lucifer, imdb is a scary neighborhood that no one should visit without letting friends know when you are going and when you shall be expected to return.

    • alice says:

      Check out the ER got Married thread. So cutesy.

  40. Ingrid says:

    I tried to find recent smiley photos of Benedict (just to save to my pretty file) and only found one. ONE! I sometimes wonder if I have just imagined this PissyBatch and only see what I want to see. But holy f*ck, it’s real.

    Two months of photos, thousands of them and it’s truly shocking when you go through them all in one sitting…

    • alice says:

      The People mag shots were the only really happy, smiley ones. He was gorgeous there. Wonder when they were shot. He only seems to muster up any real joy around fun fanboys like Chris Hardwick or Josh Horowitz.

      • Soothy says:

        Those photos were absolutely lovely. But yeah, everything else has been … :| at best.

        Was that photoshoot ever in HQ, btw? I was always too scared to venture onto tumblr to look for reasons which I’m sure are obvious.

    • tasha_nat says:

      I liked the ones from People and Dujour, that one where he’s smiling in profile.

      But yeah, he’s been pissybatch at the events.

    • gg says:

      there are some nice ones from the Hollywood Reporter roundtable. Not the photoshoot, but stills from the roundtable itself. He was talking about his work and you could see the old happy, twinkle-in-the-eye smileybatch

      • alice says:

        Yes, the WORK. That’s the most important, closest to his heart. Not the woman. When he finds the ONE, she might be on an equal plane with the work. Not sure heds ever put a woman above the work.

      • Soothy says:

        Nah, the love of his life will be number one. For sure.

  41. Lucifer says:

    I am fairly new to this threads, I am a long time lurker but i started posting only after the GAG. So today I went back to all those Cumby threads before my time ;) and read the comments. Many of you guys are a long time commenters. What I found out is that whatever you guys predicted about cumby’s love life it turned out to be true. Like KE- FWB. Charlotte asprey- Old friend / FWB etc. So i dnt see why this time you guys would be wrong. You guys have been following this person for a long time and have a great life outside this virtual world. YOu people have a GRASP of reality and how relationships work. I m pretty sure we are right this time too. Nothing important just wanted to put my thoughts out here.
    :*

    • Soothy says:

      Nobody here actually *knows* anything about him. Rarely is anything confirmed but as for KE, she had a fiancée since 2012 and still does. I very, very much doubt he was a FWB. Same goes for Charlotte Asprey. Things aren’t often what they may seem. That’s all I know and I rarely trust anything in the media.

    • gg says:

      Fantastic post from an anon on SoGo yesterday. (And I am quite sure SoGo won’t mind the copy/paste):

      i think a lot of you are following an oscar campaign for the first time with ben. i follow them every year, and i can assure you, ben isn’t doing anything unusual. the only thing out of the ordinary is that he can’t fake his happiness at being ‘engaged’ which i take to be a good sign that he is still a genuine person.

      lainey said a while ago that you can tell an actor/actress is campaigning because their behaviour completely changes. sound familiar? you see this every single year. the pattern is that previously private celebs start opening up about their private lives. there maybe engagements/weddings/babies, or they may open up about a topic they had previously said was off limits (e.g michelle williams opening up about heath ledger). then what happens is in march, they go back to being even more private again, sometimes even bitching out the paps. funny that when they were campaigning they were more than happy to get papped. hmmm.

      so ben will go back to being his natural self again in march, and surely for dr. strange promo. he has to be more affable, and appeal to the nerd demo. my money is on a break up, which will also make him happy again.

      • Soothy says:

        It’s all got a bit silly on there. I’m embarrassed to read about an ‘insider’ who’s been emailing the other tumblr. What nonsense.

      • Lucifer says:

        new post at wikianon check it out!

      • Ingrid says:

        The wikianon post: I have suspicion that wikianon herself is writing those. The “friend” seems to know a lot about BC and his fans. No friend would no that much about “fan stuff” (cumberbuddy + quaglinos photo mess etc).

        Isn’t it weird that a tumblr blog that doesn’t even tag BC would get “friend” and “family member” to write stuff to her? SoGo is much more easily googled, for example.

        gg – that was good post. Award season is a blood bath. I have watched oscars since LotR and it always the same.

      • gg says:

        It is possible that Wiki and the “source” emailed back and forth, and it was Wiki who introduced the topics of cumberbuddy and Quaglinos. But yeah, take with a grain of salt and a tequila chaser……

      • Lu says:

        @Ingrid –Well spotted. I think that “friend” anon writes like a hardcore Tumblr aficionado.

      • KT says:

        Yes, all these ‘gossip’ blogs that are popping up and some of the stuff being posted is a little too wild for me.

        But the post gg copied is spot on and what I have been saying from the start. This would be a great campaign if he was more dishonest. However, I do think, given the producers’ financial ability and the type of movie TIG is, it would have sank without help.

        For the record, I do think the film getting around is important, regardless of what you thought of it (full disclosure: I loved it, and was surprised I did). Here in the US, Turing is barely a blip on the radar.

      • blended says:

        i’m torn about wikianon. on one hand it does seem believable (although it’s all stuff i’ve already guessed at). on the other hand, it’s the internet.
        also that blogger acts incredibly self-important. she basically bites the head off anyone who disagrees with her even a little bit.

      • Lu says:

        Exactly. She’s a little scary. She says she’s not angry but that she doesn’t suffer fools gladly or whatever, but I think she is way too invested in her own interpretation of events, such that she has to attack and call “idiots” people who may be having misgivings. It’s all a bit much for me to swallow. I’d rather discuss points of disagreement than kowtow to a blogger on everything just because our points of view coincide 80 percent of the time.

    • moodgirl says:

      @Lucifer – I always enjoy reading your posts. I, too, am fairly new to the site after lurking for a while. I noticed that the regulars on here are mature thinking individuals who use reasoning and logic and put a lot of thought into their writing.

      The BEST aspect of this site is the sense of humor everyone has; sometimes I read the postings and the funny stuff helps take away any sadness I was feeling that day. BTW: I think BC hit KE so hard that she ended up back in Moscow. And I believe Ibiza wasn’t the first or the last in that saga.

      • Soothy says:

        @moodgirl.

        Nope. She was quite careless about the pics she posted of her with her fiancée all over that summer, on her instagram and personal FB. Her BF saw some opportunity for publicity for her pitiful play and atrocious reality show which just happened to fall on that Summer.

      • moodgirl says:

        I think she was an opportunist who would have dropped her bf like an anvil had BC agreed to take her on permanently. They had too much drama for something not to have happened; Ibiza was not the first nor the last contact they had as I think they had met many months before. My guess is fwb or, knowing him, a gf that he just didn’t advertise since he seems to attract hangers-on.

      • Lucifer says:

        Of course she was an opportunist. Same feeling i thought about SH, dumped BF in NY to get BC.But after thr RC debut all my doubts cleared.
        @moodgirl thanks for ur love. The logic is what attracted me here,but here too thr are one or two neurotics who have the tendency to barge into any conversation with irrelevant explanations.
        On another note KE was a slender figure n blonde.both of which BC prefers(his mum is a blonde u see). I m pretty sure it was an one night stand at least if not FWB

      • Soothy says:

        No, she was literally with her bf the whole summer. There was no chance she was dropping him, she lived with him and had done for years – still does. And he conveniently controls her publicity too.
        I don’t know what you mean by the ‘drama’ that you think is around it?
        There was no drama except what the media tried to whip up, and as for them meeting many months before, yes, they met. At a party and she posted a pic on her public FB. That’s it. The press have worked hard to paint more. I don’t get why you seem so keen to see through the press BS with SH but so keen to believe it with KE?
        And @lucifer, where is the proof he prefers ‘blondes’? He has had a blonde gf (Olivia) and a brunette gf (Anna) before SH, so there’s truly no evidence at all for him having a blonde preference. The comment about his mother being blonde in the same sentence has also come across as more than a bit weird, I’ve got to say.

      • Toodles45 says:

        Wasn’t BC giving KE acting classes/ “mentoring” her at one point? I remember that interview she gave, along with other nauseating ones like the one where she said that in Russia if a man hit hits you he loves you and that “there was a place for everyone in the world, including starving children”? Ugh. You just KNOW BC cut her off after that mess.

      • Soothy says:

        @toodles

        Those interviews were all very deliberately done to engineer attention in her direction. Her fiancée probably scripted it down to the last tee. She was in a tacky reality show, that kind of interview was just the attention she needed.
        And no, I don’t think he was giving her acting lessons..that’s just a convenient headline.
        Unfortunately for her, nobody gave a sh-t.

      • moodgirl says:

        And he was learning Russian. 👀

      • blended says:

        yeah i totally think he was doing it with KE. just because she was in a relationship doesn’t mean they weren’t enjoying each other’s (ahem) company. i think she just had an open relationship with someone who knew the importance of publicity and wouldn’t mind his gf taking advantage of a naive celeb. the fact that she was in a relationship reinforces that ben would have just kept her as a fwb. but she betrayed his trust and he dropped her fast.

  42. Koodles says:

    I just looked at Sogo’s blog and someone posted a picture of sophie at that event where she wore the fake baby bump. She looks like she was mid roll and she is on her stomach with her legs in the air and I laughed for a good ten minutes. So, now im probably on the naughty list for being mean and getting coal and reindeer poop in my stocking this year.

  43. Bitterpug says:

    All the frankincense creme in the world can’t grow a chin.