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Benedict Cumberbatch Just Landed His Dream TV Role

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Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive-produce a limited series for Showtime based on Edward St. Aubyn's bestselling Patrick Melrose novels, the network announced Tuesday.

Melrose will be a five-part series in which Cumberbatch will play the titular character, an aristocratic playboy who grew up with an abusive father and exceedingly permissive mother. The novels chronicle Melrose's traumatic childhood and an adulthood plagued by substance abuse.

In a 2013 Reddit AMA, Cumberbatch said that if he could play any literary character, it would be Patrick Melrose.

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"We are delighted to be part of this incredible series," Cumberbatch and co-executive producer Adam Ackland said in a joint statement. "We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls' adaptations are extraordinary."



All five hour-long episodes, each of which will encompass one of St. Aubyn's novels, will be written by David Nicholls. The project is scheduled to begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in August and will be set in early 2000s Britain, 1980s New York and the 1960s in the South of France.

"I've been a huge admirer of Edward St Aubyn's novels for years, and can't wait to bring these dark, witty, brilliant books to the screen," Nicholls said in a statement. "Benedict is the perfect Patrick Melrose."

Cumberbatch won an Emmy in 2014 for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, and has also been nominated for a Golden Globe for the show. In 2015, he was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar, for his performance in The Imitation Game.

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Jimmy Kimmel Tells His Side of That Oscars Mishap

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Jimmy Kimmel shared his own personal play-by-play of the Oscars' Best Picture flub on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

The first-time host called the awards show "the weirdest TV finale since Lost."

"Except for the end, it was a lot of fun," Kimmel told his audience. "It went very well, we were chugging along, and then all of a sudden out of nowhere it turned into one of those Maury Povich paternity test shows."

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He's, of course, is referring to the now infamous moment when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the final award of the night to La La Land rather than the actual winner, Moonlight.

Kimmel saw the whole thing go down from the audience, where he was in position for a pre-planned bit to close out the show, sitting next to -- who else? -- Matt Damon.



"So we're sitting there and you just kind of figure, well, the host'll go on stage and clear this up," Kimmel said. "And then I remember, oh, I'm the host."

"I want to make no mistake about it," Kimmel noted. "Whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost [for producing Best Picture nominee Manchester by the Sea]. He was a loser. He is a loser."

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After the commotion had died down, Kimmel said that some people immediately assumed he was responsible for giving Beatty the wrong envelope as a final prank, an assumption he was quick to correct. "If I had pulled a prank," Kimmel said, "I wouldn't have just had the wrong winner's name on the envelope. When they opened it, there would have been, like, a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon in it."

Check out Kimmel's monologue from Monday night to get more behind-the-scenes secrets from Hollywood's biggest blunder night.



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Today's Savannah Guthrie Has Her Own Oscars Flub Involving Matt Lauer

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I guess we know who Savannah Guthrie's work husband is.

The Today anchor had a funny verbal slip-up during Tuesday's show, saying "Matt" -- as in "Lauer" -- instead of "Mike," her husband's name, when she was talking about her husband.

While reporting on a study that found that women with kids in the house don't sleep as much as women without kids but men are not affected either way, Guthrie started to anecdotally confirm it, saying that when she was on maternity leave, her husband "Matt--".

Discussion of the study got abandoned, with Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker bursting into laughter and Guthrie quipping, "Where is my Freud textbook?"

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A few seconds later, they cut to Matt Lauer, who was shaking his head with his palm on his forehead like, "Oh, brother."

To be fair, Guthrie just returned from maternity leave on Monday, so she's still getting back into the swing of things.

Or maybe she was having her own Oscars moment, and Matt Lauer is her La La Land.



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