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Elementary serves up a whydunit this week, which takes some of the fun out of things for the viewer…
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3.15 When Your Number’s Up
This week’s whydunit made a change from Elementary’s usual whodunit mysteries, though not necessarily a welcome one. Spending the episode steps ahead of the Great Detective and waiting for him to catch up rather spoils the point of a Sherlock Holmes story, wouldn’t you say?
We’re here to marvel at Holmes’ deductive genius and be stunned by his final revelation, not to drum our fingertips while he laboriously inches towards the same knowledge we’ve had since the opening scene. Arguably, the most satisfying part of any Sherlock story is the point at which he swoops on the culprit, police ready and waiting, and simultaneously explains the game to Watson and the readers.
Instead, When Your Number’s »
Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.
And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.
Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.
In an interview in »
There are plenty of celebrity couples that have managed to make their relationships last in Hollywood, but for every duo that stands the test of time, others just couldn't keep it together - even after getting married. There are some surprising celebrities that have headed to the altar together over the years. Remember Angelina Jolie's first husband, Jonny Lee Miller, or Jennifer Garner's onscreen romance-turned-marriage to Scott Foley? Take a look at the shocking nuptials and then see all the stars who married young. »
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The Airdate | January 29, 2015
The Performance | Even when grabbed from her home and (seemingly) whisked off to a dingy destination unknown, Olivia Pope has it handled. On-screen for nearly the entirety of the midseason premiere’s 43 minutes, Washington walked the fine line between fierce fixer and Marvel-caliber hero, as Liv slowly took stock of her environs and abductors, never acting too hastily and, for better or worse, never superhumanly seeing too many steps ahead.
Even when Olivia taunted Otto about his obvious No. »
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If those ‘previously on’ scenes alone didn’t have you leaning forward and gripping your seat cushion in giddy anticipation, then fair warning that this may not be the review for you. I'm about to gush.
The heroin! The nutmeg! London flashbacks! Finally! The opening minutes of The One That Got Away were catnip to Elementary fans, as if we weren’t already looking forward to the conclusion of last week’s Kitty-centric story.
The Kitty arc has arguably been Elementary’s strongest treatment of its character source material. Yes, we immediately loved Sherlock, quickly came around to Watson, enjoyed Moriarty (before Game Of Thrones snaffled her away at least), and thought Mycroft was a blast, but those characters all came ready stuffed with dramatic potential. »
"I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well-hung would -- or should -- or could be," Farrell jokes to the magazine. "I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate humility, that he doesn't wear it like a badge of honor."
Photos: Stars In Their Underwear
Ewan, 43, is looking as handsome as ever on the cover of Nylon Guys, in which he also opens up about hanging with A-listers Angelina Jolie and Jude Law in the late '90s in London, when the actors were all on the brink of hitting the big time.
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Arriving fashionably late to the party is the speciality of these female TV characters. They’re not the Cousin Olivers or the Scrappy Doos of the television world, but the regulars and recurring roles who enter a show once it’s established and help it on its way to greatness. Their respective shows may not have known they needed them right at the start, but they soon proved themselves indispensable and much-loved parts of their TV universes.
From Paige Matthews to Winifred Burkle, Ro Laren and more then, let’s celebrate the women whose appearance in our favourite shows were better late than never...
Kitty Winter – Elementary
When she arrived: season three episode one, Enough Nemesis To Go Around.
Now that the initial overcrowding issue has »
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back.
"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to »
- Michael Stevens
Elementary’s Kitty-related cliff-hanger this week was an expected, but no-less welcome development…
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3.10 Seed Money
While we were all being kept entertained by a gruesome series of botanical genetic engineering murders, Elementary was busily rearranging its furniture in preparation for Seed Money’s inevitable but no-less thrilling cliff-hanger: Kitty’s torturer is in New York.
This means that Sherlock’s new partner is in danger, a development which in turn has to signal the return of vengeful season one Sherlock, the man who took a scalpel to Vinnie Jones for the love of poor, murdered Irene. We love vengeful season one Sherlock, he’s almost as good as upside-down shirtless Sherlock.
(Not to be outdone by the Point Break-meets-Magic Mike corpse Watson was perving over, Jonny Lee Miller whipped off his top this week to strap himself into that inverted thinking machine, another welcome nod to continuity from season three. »
Michael Mann's techno-thriller Blackhat is getting dumped in January, which means it probably doesn't hold a candle to… Hackers (1995) Director: Iain Softley Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard Crash Override, Acid Burn, Phantom Phreak, Cereal Killer, and Lord Nikon must stop The Plague from unleashing the Da Vinci virus and framing them for the crime. That should all make sense if you watch the movie. To be honest, »
- Jason Adams
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
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- Sharon Knolle
Syfy has announced that it will be developing a documentary series, Hackers, with Relativity Television (Catfish: The TV Series), to add to its ever-expanding slate of reality programming. Using "sophisticated digital graphics," the show will look to do something that AMC's Halt and Catch Fire couldn't quite manage: to make someone working on a computer look exciting. Hit the jump for how things have changed since Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie were Hackers in 1995. Syfy is a channel that has never been afraid to throw things at the wall and see what sticks. Some of its scripted programming is terrible (Dominion) while other series show promise (Helix, Ascension). Its reality programming follows a similar dichotomy, although just within two categories: the paranormal (Ghost Hunters, Haunted Highway) and the super nerdy (Heroes of Cosplay, Wizard Wars). The Hackers TV show will most likely fall into the latter. According to a press release for the show, »
- Allison Keene
Perhaps Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt should have married sooner as Jolie says being married to Pitt is an ''extraordinary feeling''. The 39-year-old star tied the knot with the 'Fury' actor earlier this year after nearly ten years together and admits the ceremony was so special because it was shared with their children - Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox. She shared: ''As soon as it was all over, we all just changed clothes and hung out. It was just a very happy time. It wasn't this monumental change - we were just very happy and sure, and it's quite an extraordinary feeling to be so sure. It gives you peace.'' The 'Unbroken' director - who was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton - insists she and Brad, 51, who split from wife Jennifer Aniston after meeting Angelina on the set of their 2005 film 'Mr. »
Robert Downey Jr., Jonny Lee Miller, Ian McKellen and Benedict Cumberbatch have all played Sherlock Holmes in either film or television during the last four years. Now I know that people say that Hollywood reproduces the same shlock year on year, but when it is literally the same character stories recreated, within the time it takes to light a pipe, surely a sense of creativity is missing? As an interesting aside, the two TV Sherlock’s (Miller in Elementary and Cumberbatch in Sherlock) both swapped roles in 2011 throughout a production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, at the National Theatre. Who’d have thought that a deformed and manufactured creature would turn into a monster? And I’m not talking about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
- Simon Columb
‘She gives you everything you need to know, but not much else – a rare and welcome treat in today’s cultural milieu’
Lucy Liu is enjoying a purple patch in her decades-long career. She is currently playing Joan Watson, a (long overdue) female incarnation of super-detective Sherlock Holmes’s sidekick in Elementary. She is wonderful: smart and quick, an asset and a challenge to Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes. Liu is more than a match for his quirks; her Watson does not let him get away with his more objectionable behaviour. Conan Doyle purists have made their objections known, of course, but they hadn’t banked on the unflappability of Ms Liu.
I first saw her in that era-defining late-90s series Ally McBeal, in which she played attorney Ling Woo. Much has been written about the tenor and tone of the character – whip smart, fierce, rude and a little »
- Bim Adewunmi
15 items from 2015
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