Benedict Cumberbatch to host the Laureus World Sports Awards next month


Last year, Benedict Cumberbatch began to hit a full-saturation point when he found a lull in his schedule – some projects got moved around – and he took a bunch of smaller, last-minute gigs. One of those gigs was hosting the Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur. I don’t believe Cumberbatch got wildly positive or negative reviews – he seemed a bit awkward (even making a strangely dirty joke to poor Missy Franklin) but he also seemed to keep things moving. Well, it looks like he was so “successful” (was he though?) that they want him back as host this year too. Really? And he’s going to do it too.

He hosted the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards and it’s now been revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will do the honours once again, this time in Shanghai. This year looks set to be even more successful for Cumberbatch, who bagged Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game this year. Switching from acting to hosting once again, though, the 38-year-old will present the worlds most prestigious sports awards event for the second straight year, according to reports.

This year’s ceremony is set to take place on April 15.

Cumberbatch said, according to Around The Rings: “I am delighted the selectors have picked me again to be part of the team for such an important event for the second straight year. We all admire the achievements of the greatest sportsmen and women that we meet, so to be able to share the stage for such a signature moment for them is a treat for me.”

The actor continued: “I am a big sports enthusiast and last year was a real pleasure for me. I met Tony Hawk, my childhood hero, and had the chance to swap a few running tips with Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson. And of course it is all for such a good cause. The work Laureus does around the world, using sport to improve the lives of young people, is an inspiration and I am delighted to be part of this very special event.”

[From Express]

April 15th. Isn’t Sophie due around then? Everyone keeps saying that she’s due sooner rather than later, and I suspect it will be in the next month. So, let me ask you think, moms and mothers-to-be: would you be totally cool with your baby-daddy flying off to Shanghai to host an awards show right around the time you were or are due? If this was happening in London, I would say it’s no big deal. But this little excursion involves… what? A 12-hour flight, at least. 24 hours, round trip. It seems so unnecessary. It also seems like Benedict hates it when he’s not working. He can’t just settle down and have a month off – he has to schedule SOMETHING.


Photos of Benedict at last year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, courtesy of WENN.

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  1. ToodySezHey says:

    All I know is
    .Federer better win the Stephan Edberg award for sportsmanship again.

    • inner stillness says:

      Off topic but…..For the King Richard III re burial events which took place days ago, Cumber is going to be closing the final ceremonies of by reading a poem for King Richard III.
      King Richard III is his relative.

  2. **sighs** says:

    Can I tell you how utterly PISSED OFF I would be if I was that far along and my husband said he was going to Malaysia to host A SPORTS AWARDS SHOW?

    • Jessica Fletcher says:

      I know! He’s not even an actual presenter – he’s an actor. Why’s he taking this job on the other side of the world? Will he die if he goes a month without the sound of people applauding him or something?

      • sofia says:

        I was going to write that too. He is an actor but it seems that he will do anything to stay relevant. Maybe he is just capitalizing the attention he is getting but that’s not really a long term career strategy for an actor who really just wants to act, is it? This really annoys me, it feels like he is greedy and workaholic; not to mention the baby situation:/

      • Really now says:

        yes, why is he doing a charity event? what an asshole.

    • MtnRunner says:

      If my huz traveled anytime within the final few weeks of my due date, I would be PISSED. I too suspect that SH is due late April and it’s a well established fact that kids have a habit of coming on their own schedule.

      It would be unfortunate if SH had an early delivery with complications while Ben if off in China hosting a sports awards show. No amount of PR would be able to keep him from looking like a douchebag, absentee husband / father, who cares more about making money and generating publicity than being there for the woman he loves.

      • Charlotte says:

        I think the key phrase there is, ‘Being there for the woman he loves.’

        All the gushing on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and AAs after months of awkwardness? I’m still not convinced.

        It could be that he’s harboring resentment. He won’t miss the birth, he’s not that cold. The baby has been his primary concern throughout all of this. She’s just a ”tool and an asset” to get it.

        He’ll be there. He will probably want to direct it. I wonder if he’s started his mood board for the birth yet. Or if he’s had a three hour meeting with the ob/gyn to discuss the narrative of the whole process.

      • Claire! says:

        You’re assuming he actually loves her and cares about her and cares about this situation the way he imagined he would his first child. (If the kid is his.)

    • seesittellsit says:

      I suspect they’re perfectly happy to go their merry ways solo as often as possible, using the marriage for their respective purposes but only doing the Can’t Live Without Each Other act on red carpets and Buck House events.

    • ell says:

      lol, she probably isn’t due around that date???? people speculating about it doesn’t make it true, you know. she’s probably due later.

      • MtnRunner says:

        ell, I was thinking the same thing. Baby’s probably due in May so he doesn’t expect the trip will be an issue. I still think he ought to stay home tho’, it’s not like they’ve had much “down time” as a couple since most of the dating occurred during awards season / filming HC & Sherlock and babies blow a couple’s routine to bits. I’d be making the most of the time together before the baby arrives and becomes the main reason they interact as a couple.

  3. Granger says:

    I would have been pretty angry if my husband had scheduled a long flight/work trip around my due date. It’s one thing to be away AFTER the baby is born — let’s face it, they’ll have at least one nanny to help out — but to risk missing the actual birth? That sounds pretty weird.

    So maybe she isn’t due until the end of April? (Still… what if she goes into labour early?)

    • **sighs** says:

      He seems like he has been sighted everywhere the past few weeks, none involving her. I really hate to say this, but I think he is very much going to be one of those absentee fathers. Cats in the cradle type.

      • Claire! says:

        He didn’t want the kid to begin with, I think that’s pretty clear by the contempt they showed one another on the red carpet. Sucks for the kid, but that’s what you get with a neurotic, selfish woman and a duty-bound, old-fashioned father. If she wanted a father to be around her kid, she should have waited until after dating more than a month to get pregnant. Should of had an abortion…

    • gg says:

      funny how in the REAL (not staged) pap shots, just hanging out in London, Sophie is never with him?

      • Cate says:

        Heeeeyyy, she’s nesting, remember? She’s probably painting the baby’s room as we speak. Naked. Wearing only a red hat. Because life is art! It’s an opera!

      • MtnRunner says:

        If People mag or some tabloid does a baby spread of SH talking about the art of childbirth or how it’s like an opera, I will roll by eyes in the back of my head so hard, they’ll never come unstuck.

      • 'P'enny says:

        it’s because they are not living together in London, they just come together in Edinburgh and show stuff. I could be wrong, but I don’t think they are in London.

      • Claire! says:

        It will be oh so interesting if it turns out she doesn’t live in London.

    • hermi! says:

      So the curls are definitely gone. RIP

  4. Miss Jupitero says:

    I can’t imagine any expectant parent being okay with this, but I guess people are different. I can think of a number of actors who put work above everything else. For me? Ugh.

  5. NewWester says:

    I don’t understand this, couldn’t he have backed out? Very odd

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    His childhood hero Tony Hawk? Thought Tony Hawk was only about 5 years older than BC?
    My brain can’t maths good today.

    Oh and that is some top notch nesting BC, way to take care of the mother of your baby.

    • lindy79 says:

      I lolled at that.
      Hawk is like…9 years older than him and wouldn’t have been that well known in mainstream europe (not people who were into the industry or skater kids) until late 90s i would say and thats being extremely generous. Which would put Benny 18/19, i could see him admiring Hawk but not in his childhood.
      He needs to be more realistic with his fawning

      • **sighs** says:

        I don’t think I heard of Tony Hawk until the mid 90’s and I’m American. Granted, I’m not a skateboarder. And let’s be serious, I doubt Benny was either.

      • j says:

        actually he was famous by the mid-80s. he was in gleaming the cube and other 80s movies too but i can’t remember them all…oh one of the police academy movies and that weird one with josh brolin.

    • Oy vey says:

      Yep. ITA with the posters who say Hawk made it big in the mid 80s and isn’t that much older than BC. Thing is: “kids” like Hawk were pioneers in making skating a “real” sport. Those guys were super young. It’s quite admirable when you think about it.

      I wager Sophie is due sometime in May. Maybe even late May. So, maybe that’s just how they roll or they feel confident she won’t be premature. Plus, I think he feels a particular need to stay in the good grace of the Chinese market. Like, no matter what happens there will always be theater, BBC & China.

    • Oy vey says:

      Yep. ITA with the posters who say Hawk made it big in the mid 80s and isn’t that much older than BC. Thing is: “kids” like Hawk were pioneers in making skating a “real” sport. Those guys were super young. It’s quite admirable when you think about it.

      I wager Sophie is due sometime in May. Maybe even late May. So, maybe that’s just how they roll or they feel confident she won’t be premature.

  7. lindy79 says:

    Arent they saying early summer for due date and they didn’t know she was pregnant when they got engaged? Hahahaha

    (Yes i think shes due end of april….and most friends of mine had a “stay close to home from about 3-4 weeks to due date short trips at most so…yeah its weird but hey ho that seemsto be their MO)

    • gg says:

      He is also scheduled to be at the Sherlocked con at the end of April, which is in London but still. If he has to back out of that can you imagine the pissed off fans? He has so many things scheduled, I suspect she must have scheduled a C-section already. Funny thing about babies though – they have a way of coming when THEY are ready.

      • Bea says:

        I think you are right about a scheduled C sect. I always thought she was due early April so that would make sense.

      • Charlotte says:

        Agree GG. I think she may have scheduled c section for the end of April, probably at the Lindo Wing with Kate. They can be roomies.

        He loves to travel at the last minute. He can go to Laureus and maybe get some promotional work in for MG, and still be back for Sherlocked and the birth. Easy peasy .

      • gg says:

        I was just checking and Kate and William announced their pregnancy on September 8. Benedict and Sophie didn’t announce theirs until almost FOUR MONTHS later so will be interesting if they do give birth right around the same time. Why did B&S wait so much longer? Surely the announcement of a Royal heir is a more delicate situation?

      • alice says:

        Maybe because W and K had been together for years(for real), were married and W wasn’t ashamed of it?

      • Claire! says:

        BANG, Alice! 😛 I’m sure the delayed announcement had NOTHING to do with the fact they were giving a few months’ gap after the engagement announcement to give the impression he knocked her up after. 😉

    • alice says:

      I keep holding to April 1st. So appropriate.

  8. EEV says:

    My husband didn’t go any farther than work when I was close to my due date. No way would I have wanted him getting on a plane to somewhere – no matter the distance!

  9. seesittellsit says:

    Go away you overheated pot roast, just please, go – away.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He’ll be back tomorrow to bury Richard III

      • Cee says:

        Oh, God, no.

      • Betti says:

        Yep his new ancestor. Seems to be a theme going on with him claiming ancestry or family connections to roles he’s been playing. His family were slave owners, he’s apparently related to Alan Turing and now Richard III – god he is so desperate.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I’m sure later this year, we will hear how he is related to Billy Bulger. Hopefully, this will lead Billy to break his silence with a perfectly delivered, priceless wisecrack.

        Somebody needs to break it to him that Steven Strange is fictional

      • 'P'enny says:

        @lilacflowers, wittiest comment I’ve read all day that!

        18 times removed minus 302 generations, but that’s okay still worth pretending he has a link to the throne.

        I think he is already dropping acid to get into the Dr Strange role and expect he will consult a surgeon with damaged hands who happens to move from universe to universe #rolls eyes

      • Cel says:

        LOL wasn’t it all clickbait articles by papers that keep digging around his ancestry because it pays off?

        it’s not like he’s going around looking into this stuff himself, lbr pls. Obviously the BBC asked him to do the burial reading because of THC.

  10. Freebunny says:

    This pics are ridic, he doesn’t know what to do with his limbs.

  11. Bea says:

    ‘Why?’ is my only question. Aside from having a pregnant wife at home, why would any actor above C list do a hosting gig especially one that is completely irrelevant to their career. Is he just plain manic, is he hustling for a knighthood what is it?

    • Charlotte says:

      Um, I dunno, £££?

      He has a country house to buy and Harrow tuition to pay for.

      • Bea says:

        And the hideous house in LA if those rumours are true. It must be hard for him to keep up with his posh friends without any parent money to fall back on. Poor him. Sob sob.

      • Charlotte says:

        Nah, LA is a fun place to visit, but ultimately too tacky a place to live. You know they both laugh over how basic and plebeian Anericans are, since they’re both so regal and patrician .

        It will be in the UK somewhere. Not too near Wanda and Tim’s in the Cotswolds. She may think they will interfere with her “motherhood narrative.”

        Maybe in Edinburgh so Mama (watch this space) Hunter can be near her baby girl and new grandchild. The whole thing from spending Christmas with her family to “HER” wedding has been all about her.

      • gg says:

        I’m with Charlotte

      • alice says:

        Get her a place in Edinburgh, keep his place in London, meet up occasionally for pap pics. Perfect life for both, IMO.

  12. Cate says:

    Why in the love of all that’s holy is he HOSTING this event again? I bet it’s because he felt he didn’t quite crack it last year. Sigh. Work ethic he has, but being Benedict Cumberbatch must be pretty exhausting. I don’t know how he talks himself into stuff like this. Also – you ARE an actor Sir, quite a good one too. Why the hosting thing? Please don’t tell us that you’re planning to host the Oscars in 10 years? Oh dear…no. No. Stop it. Bad Benedict! Go and stand in a corner and think about what you’ve done.

    • EN says:

      Maybe the reason is money? Do these gigs pay well?
      I read somewhere a long time ago that Paris Hilton was paid 1 million dollars to attend a couple of days event. It is more than most actors make per movie.

      • Bea says:

        If it was a UK or a US gig I would say not that well but you never know with Asia. It could be a ridiculous sum (well above 1mil) or it could be peanuts.

      • An says:

        Laureus is a straight-up charity, he’s there for the Prince’s Trust.

        Doubt he’s getting paid much if at all.

      • Bea says:

        So knighthood hustle it is.

    • gg says:

      Nappies (and alimony) are expensive

    • MtnRunner says:

      Money and publicity are the only reasons he took this utterly unnecessary-for-his-career gig. And boredom. As an actor, he’s used to being the center of attention and right now, it’s not about him. This kid’s arrival will dethrone him as the center of the universe and will be an ice-cold splash of reality that he desperately needs.

  13. In the beginning I kind of liked them together. Just from reading her CV they seemed to fit, both well educated, upper crust, artsy actor types. When they announced the pregnancy (even though it was obvious) I just went with an “it happens” attitude. I could understand the formality of the engagement announcement because of who his grandparents were. I didn’t even side eye the wedding being right before the Oscars. But that interview she gave, coupled with this? Ok, I think the conspiracy theorists might be right about this being more of a publicity stunt than a confluence of events.

    • seesittellsit says:

      Well, let’s say at a minimum if not wholly a “Look At Me-Hetero Father Husband Ben!” stunt a clever move by a woman with a stalled life who isn’t losing any time making the most of her opportunity – even if she did have to put on some weight to do so. Oh the anguish of trying to keep your private life private, while your bride uses the wedding to cash in on your name to get herself gigs!

    • ell says:

      that interview is ridiculous, which means they’re actually quite well matched, since he’s just as full of it as she is.

  14. alice says:

    I think he has a lot of anger issues around this pregnancy and doesn’t mind being away whether it’s due or not.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I had my first and only child at 41. i worked fulltime until 8 months. My partner wouldn’t even leave me even if his Mum was really unwell at the time. I would not accept if my partner travelled around the world so close til due date. And he would never even consider it.

    • seesittellsit says:

      SoGo suggested that Hunter may have a C-section scheduled for a date when he isn’t somewhere trying to turn himself into a major celebrity; but there’s always a risk the baby may decide to arrive before that date. Wouldn’t it be ironic after all his ecstatic ruminations on fatherhood if Cumberbatch missed the birth of his first child because he was too busy courting the public eye?

  16. EN says:

    I don’t really think it is a big deal him travelling in April if she is due in May/June .
    My husband travels for work every week.
    I am sure Benedict could’ve refused if he wanted but for many people with husbands travelling for work, which is common in the US, you can’t really expect an employer to let your husband stay home just because you might go in labor at some point.
    My husband was on the other side of the US with both of our kids and had to scramble to get home. It is not that unusual.

    Now, can we discuss the lack of maternity leave in the US? I think it is more outrageous than Benedict going to China to make some easy money.

    • gg says:

      Laureus is not Benedict’s enployer, he doesn’t have an employer. He can pick and choose his work. He just dropped out of one movie (Lost City of Z) and there are rumors (very flimsy ones that I put no faith in) that he may even drop out of Doctor Strange. There is ZERO reason for him to be hosting these awards. Letters Live is also doing a reading in L.A. in mid-May and he hasn’t been confirmed for that but I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up. All this after he told Baz Bamigboye right before the Oscars “I’m ready to have a couple of months to ourselves to prepare for the baby and do some nesting.”

      • EN says:

        I suspect the reason for Benedict is easy money, is it wrong?

        I was also replying to people above who said that they wouldn’t let their husbands to travel. Well, many don’t have a choice.

      • alice says:

        Money isn’t everything(shouldn’t be)when you’ve already got plenty. Unless he’s gotta take any gig to keep his wife in clothes, as he remarked about Jonny Lee Miller.

      • EN says:

        @alice, he is not that rich. Google yields 15 million estimate net worth. That is not much, if he wants to transition from an actor to producer/ director at some point.
        If he get 200-500K for hosting a couple days of awards why not.
        Everyone has different priorities but I wouldn’t personally have an issue with it, my husband travels all the time for much less))

      • alice says:

        EN I really don’t care whether he’s with her or not. I kinda believe he doesn’t care either. But 15 million is not much? Hahahahaha, jeez.

      • gg says:

        Honestly alice with the lifestyle that Sophie seems to expect (Valentino couture), 15 million really *isn’t* that much. If they stay together they will blow through that money, if they divorce she will get a lot of it. Either way, he needs to make hay while the sun shines.

      • alice says:

        gg The less he has, the less Heather 2.0 gets when he dumps her. That should be a consideration.

        Also, has he been completely neutered? Has he no ability to say NO to her greed re couture and other unnecessary frills?

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Where did you hear about him dropping out of Doctor Strange? As someone who likes Doctor Strange, this would be a great relief to me, but I have a hard time believing it.

      • gg says:

        There have been a few stories now in something called Venture Capitol Post (?) supposedly Sophie is having a delicate pregnancy so there are rumors on the internet that he is dropping out of Strange. Of course, by posting that they CREATE those rumors….funny how that stuff works

      • Linz says:

        The rumors are coming from VCP. They are the only site/source reporting that BS. If Benedict was dropping out of Dr. Strange. The news would be everywhere. VCP just posted another article today. Now they are saying Benedict “bashed” the rumors. lol

        It’s clickbait. It’s BS.

        “Lead star Benedict Cumberbatch is bashing delicate pregnancy rumors surrounding his marriage with Sophie Hunter by traveling with Sophie around the country. The couple were recently seen driving in the California coast and cruising along the highway in a silver convertible Jaguar. Sophie is as vibrant as ever and expressed her affection with Benedict in an over the top manner. They were constantly seen touching each other, kissing and hugging during their trip.”

      • tsmiv2 says:

        So which one her friends wrote that bull?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @En, my uncle was away fighting a war when my cousin was born. Some absences can’t be helped. But I think the point people are trying to make is that he has the ability to choose to stay put

    • lindy79 says:

      Serious question, do you really believe she is due late May/early June based on the bump pictures from the honeymoon?
      I only ask as I’d have put her well into her 7th month but I could be way off obviously

    • Charlotte says:

      That baby is due well before May/June. Maybe the very beginning of May, at the latest. As stated, he’s due in London for Sherlocked Con at the end of April. There is no way he’s going to miss that.

      She’s going to deliver at the end of April/very early May. I agree he will go to LA to do Letters Live there. It’s his company that is doing LL. You know he wants to expand the company to new markets. He loooves LA, after all. I guess he will take time away from Hamlet rehearsals to do it. Is Strange still starting in May?

      So much for nesting.

      • seesittellsit says:

        Totes agree – mid-April at the latest if those Bora Bora photos are anything to go by; May if she’s lucky and the baby is late and then they can tell the world of COURSE they were planning the wedding by July when she got knocked up! Because they clearly waited out the first trimester (Aug, Sept., Oct.) before announcing the engagement Nov. 4th (ONE DAY before the awards campaign began, hmm). He admitted himself that they weren’t engaged in October. So, if she got pregnant in July, she would be do just – about – now.

    • EN says:

      @lindy, yes. I pegged her at 4 months in January that would make her due in May/ early June.
      But , obviously, nobody knows so I am perfectly OK with other guess as well.

      • lindy79 says:

        I do agree with you on US maternity laws. We’re not the best in europe but as someone who worked in HR for a multinational company it shocked me when i studied other regions employment laws.

        (But i dont think that applies to Ben unless it was something he was contractually obliged to do such as a Comic Con for Marvel, he just seems like someone who, if he has free time, needs to be working. Nothing wrong with that but I’d have a hard time believing he’d be on the breadline if he turned down hosting a sports awards show in China so close to the birth of his child, especially when hes got so much on the rest of the year and into next ;))

      • lindy79 says:

        Sorry when i said we’re not the best i meant ireland in comparison to other European countries who have much better maternity laws

    • j says:

      ive no idea about their personal circumstances, like her due date or financials or arrangements, to honestly form a legit opinion on this.

      But yes the maternity situation in the US sucks so, so badly.

  17. vauvert says:

    Oh Ben, please go see a shrink and get some help buddy. Do you need the money that badly? Do you need to be so far away when your kid may get born? I think some of the comments above are correct though, C section probably already planned and he’ll fit the birth in with all the other stuff.

  18. Chaucer says:

    I thought t was fairly uncommon for the upper-crust husbands to be present at their wives’ births anyway? I had no expectations of him hanging around her when giving birth.

    I am excited to see what they’ll name their baby. Something very greek tragedy i’m sure.

    • Bea says:

      He’s not upper crust.

      • jammypants says:

        He seems quite chummy with the upper crust

      • Bea says:

        Well he did go to school with a lot of upper crust boys but that doesn’t change his middle-classness. I want to make it known that I’m in no way elitist, quite the opposite. I just like to point out that he is not upper-class because he revels in it when he’s called posh and I find people who think posh is a compliment preposterous.

  19. MtnRunner says:

    So much for nesting. The dis-ingenuity of this famewhore continues. He didn’t seem much into the Comet to begin with, so his gallivanting around London and China isn’t surprising. I just figured they’d keep up the happy, expectant couple narrative with more rearranged pap shots.

  20. Bridget says:

    @EN You always have a choice.

  21. liza says:

    well…. someone in that marriage has to work… the diamond ring and valentino dresses are not cheap

    • seesittellsit says:

      Sapphire, darling, sapphire – didn’t you read the VOGUE article attentively? Despite the fact that the ring she displayed from Day One on the red carpets looked like, and was described in the press as, “a large cushion-cut diamond”?

      • alice says:

        Just like Princess Diana, huh? Fits.

      • Oy vey says:

        It could be a white sapphire but I don’t see the point in that?

      • Claire! says:

        I think the sapphires may be the light blue stones around the centre stone but what the hell do I know. I want to say they’re being deliberately inconsistent and dishonest in EVERYTHING in the PR surrounding this relationship

  22. InvaderTak says:

    His insincerity is jaw dropping. Nesting? With your wife through her delicate pregnancy? Not even close. And it’s not like it’s close to home, and just for an evening. It’s on the opposite side of the world. And we thought running into trash cans was bad.

  23. Betti says:

    In other internet breaking news; Zayn whatshisface has left One Direction – how can the interwebs (specifically Twitter and Tumblr) survive this catastrophe!!

    Bendy got married and the internets’ other boyfriends are splitting up – the world is ending.

    • gg says:

      well, based on the other Bendy thread today (the new haircut) and his workaholic ways, maybe we can look forward to a new musical career?

      • Cate says:

        Well, he does enjoy X-Factor and thinks Simon Cowell is a genius, so maybe he’ll get that phone call! They could call themselves One Direction and One Dad. Double D for short! Sophie could do the stage design with puppets for their tours. And Harry could look after their baby. (He loves babies. I know this. Don’t ask me why. Shhhh.)

  24. Nonnie says:

    I’m inclined to believe it’s his way of saying, nope, she IS due in May/early June, so surely I am not missing it. And when the baby arrives in April, he’ll be able to say, oh it’s just too early! Remember how I had stuff planned in April/May? i obviously didn’t know!

    • seesittellsit says:

      Ooohhh, that IS clever! I never thought of that. How very devious . . .

    • Alice says:

      I’ve thought they might pull a preemie excuse, even if it weighs eight pounds.

    • Miss Melissa says:

      Or maybe she just told him it was May/June… and he’s in for a surprise, too?

      • s says:

        Sorry, but are you living in a yellow-back plot? Couples go to doctor’s appointments together nowadays, do you think a medical expert would be fooled about the day of conception?

      • Miss Melissa says:

        Do you not recognize sarcasm when you see it, or was the opportunity for insult just too rich to resist?

        Lighten up Sunshine, life’s too short. Don’t take things so seriously.

  25. toby says:

    He must be careful about air pollution in Shanghai.
    The climax of yellow dust storm. And PM2.5 tops the government limit at this time every year.
    My friend suffered from bronchitis by a business trip to Shanghai.

  26. Atlas says:

    Sherlock China fan base plus Laureus 2014 plus car ad plus laureus 2015 equals BrandBatch capitalising on new, deep pocket market. He wants investors for his work, Sunnymarch wants investors for its slate. They don’t have to be Western investors. China’s arts-entertainment investors and billions of consumers. Being in Shanghai, no matter the impending bitth date, is a smart business move.

    • Chanta says:

      Agree! He probably gets more money for this than any of his movies. Expensive garments and school fees to pay!. Got to make the money! If everything is art, opera and theater for his wife, I cannot see her contributing much financially in this relationship. I am not usually a cynic, but somehow I got the feeling thiese BC sightings have everything to do with stupid article in vogue about La precieuse ridicule. Maybe PR needs a change of conversation. We would banging on about herher today if he did not show his face somehow.

    • roland says:

      China is a troublesome business partner. They will force political propaganda.
      It means political interference to Tibet, Uygur, Taiwan and Japan. BC taught English at Tibetan temple once.
      Remember, China is voteless country. I wish they do not accept it.

  27. ExFan says:

    Am I the only one who remembers all the adoring pics of BC fondly holding other people’s newborns? (Simon Pegg’s, Adam Aukland’s as I recall.) And what seemed to me like his own wistful, desperate desire for a baby of his own. And now he seems to be unable to get far enough away from the very woman carrying his child or the actual impending birth itself. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Run, run, run. So sad…

    • Alice says:

      No, we remember, but I also remember that early last year he said he was no longer in a hurry and could wait and that he regretted saying all that broody stuff. Then, shortly thereafter, he made the mistake of getting together with SH at least once.

    • Claire! says:

      Yes it’s the one giant glaring WTF in all this that points to something being very very off.