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The BBC show starring Benedict Cumberbatch; the CBS series starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller; the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr.: The speed at which Sherlock Holmes has become a thing again never ceases to shock this particular Sherlockian. Once upon a time, the detective was a musty, dusty figure, vaguely familiar to the public at large but fixated upon by a small coterie of Victoriana-obsessed irregulars. Interest in him occasionally flared up — the 1980s PBS series starring Jeremy Brett and the 1940s films starring Basil Rathbone were two high points — but never anything like this. Sherlock Holmes is totally cool again, which warms my dorky heart.In Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen gives one of his finest performances, as an aging Holmes reflecting on the past and contending with his legacy. The film clearly owes some debt to the recent rise in interest »
- Bilge Ebiri
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created an inexhaustible source for filmmakers with his seminal character Sherlock Holmes. The cool, cerebral detective appeared in only four novels and 56 short stories, but IMDb shows 267 movie and TV adaptations, and the Guiness Book of World Records has listed Holmes as the "most portrayed movie character," starting with a 1900 Mutoscope film. Two television shows are currently running, both set in contemporary times: "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as his friend and chronicler Dr. John Watson, which began in 2010 and arguably initiated Cumberbatch's stardom; and "Elementary," created in 2012 and set in New York, with Jonny Lee Miller as the sleuth and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The latest entrant in the crowded field is "Mr. Holmes," based on the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," by Mitch Cullin, which finds Holmes in his retirement and »
- Meredith Brody
”We solve mysteries and fight crime,” says Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller aka Sherlock Holmes. “We solve mysteries and stop crimes before they start,” counters Person Of Interest‘s Michael Emerson (Harold Finch). Wgn America’s new promo features Elementary stars Miller and Lucy Liu and Poi’s Emerson and Jim Caviezel facing off in a test to determine who’s the better twosome and why. The two procedurals join Blue Bloods in the cabler’s Prime Crime lineup this fall… »
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
Elementary, my dear… Horvath?
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But there’s a twist! We’re told that Liu — whose show films at Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios, as does Girls — won’t be playing herself, but rather a version of herself.
The story is said to be a modern re-imagining of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata. In the original, women withheld sex from their husbands until they agreed to end a war. Lee will make parallels to the play as he attempt to tackle the very real problem of Chicago gang violence. [Source: Consequence of Sound]
Laurence Fishburne and Idris Elba are in talks to direct and star, respectively, in the long-gestating film adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s bestselling novel "The Alchemist" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin next year.
Brazilian author Coelho’s book centers on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids, and has sold over 65 million copies. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
Angelina Jolie celebrates her 40th birthday today (June 4), and to mark the occasion here at Digital Spy we've rifled through our DVD collections to pick out our favourite Jolie films.
Remember her breakthrough with Hackers way back in the '90s? How about the ass-kicking turn in Tomb Raider or her soulful performance in A Mighty Heart? Read on to find out our Jolie favourites then have your say on her best big screen roles in the comments below...
With Hackers already spoken for, and Morgan Freeman's ridiculous 'loom of fate' ruining the otherwise rather decent Wanted, Jolie's turn as gaming icon Lara Croft looms largest over her career for me – largest in that it's still somehow seen as a rather huge mistake that she inexplicably recovered from. That reputation is one really worth reassessing, though. Sure, Jolie only narrowly missed out »
Noble will play the wealthy, estranged father of Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in the crime drama. The character has been referenced in past seasons as being instrumental in Sherlock’s first stint in rehab three years ago and in pairing his son with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), his former sober companion-turned-investigative partner and friend. In the season-four premiere, airing this fall, Mr. Holmes arrives in New York City to deal with the aftermath of his son’s recent relapse.
“We could not be more delighted to have John Noble taking on such an important role,” said “Elementary” creator Robert Doherty. “We’ve enjoyed his work for many years now — especially his tremendous run on ‘Fringe’ — and cannot wait to see him opposite Jonny and Lucy. It’s going to be an exciting season. »
- Laura Prudom
And producers clearly have big plans for Noble, as he’s joining the cast not as a guest star but a full-fledged series regular.
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Last month, executive producer Rob Doherty confirmed to TVLine that “it’s time” for the elder Holmes to reunite with his son (played by Jonny Lee Miller). “I would very much like to meet Dad and explore this very complicated »
Liu made her television directorial debut in CBS’ “Elementary,” where she plays Watson to co-star Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes, helming two episodes of the whodunit. Her first turn behind the lens was directing the 2014 short film “Meena.”
Liu said that she’s eager to be on the production side of the USA detective drama.
“ ‘Graceland’ is a truly gripping drama series with strong, dynamic characters and a knack for shedding light on the ‘human element’ of some very provocative storylines,” Liu said. “As a fan of the series since its launch, I am so excited to be a part of this production and direct an episode for season three.”
Liu’s episode is set to air on Aug. 27. The third »
- Mannie Holmes
Elementary’s season 3 finale leaves the show on a bleak note, with Sherlock continuing to battle his demons…
This review contains spoilers.
3.24 A Controlled Descent
That’s that then. The potential relapse hanging over Sherlock since Elementary began has finally happened. We’re given to assume that after dishing out a beating to Oscar (surely not killing him but calculating the amount of suffering even his “pathetic frame” could endure) and being taken on a magical mystery tour of his inner demons, Sherlock made the decision to use again. There was some symbolism involving a dark tunnel to help us towards this conclusion, but as ever, a single look at Jonny Lee Miller’s face was all the storytelling required.
When Sherlock told Joan in that shooting gallery that even surrounded by triggers, he was no closer to using than he was yesterday, it was the truth. He’s always on the precipice of falling, »
A tough case hits Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) particularly hard when his former recovery sponsor, Alfredo (Ato Essandoh), vanishes. As Holmes and the NYPD try to locate Alfredo, Holmes is concerned his friend may be a victim of foul play or may have relapsed into addiction. Lucy Liu also stars in the Season 4 finale “A Controlled Descent,” premiering Thursday, May 4, at 10pm Et/Pt on CBS. Elementary will return for Season 5 in November. Photo: Credit: Jeff Neumann ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The post Holmes’ dear friend vanishes in the Elementary Season 4 finale “A Controlled Descent” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Holmes and Watson will be back solving cases next season. CBS has renewed the Elementary TV show for a fourth season.
A contemporary update on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle characters, Elementary follows eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Doctor Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) as they help solve crimes in New York. Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill co-star.
Elementary delivers another brilliantly bonkers case, but it looks as though season 3 will end with a whimper, not a bang…
This review contains spoilers.
Forget Gordian knots, this week’s kidnapped-sheik-bee-murder plot was a Hydra-headed beast dreamt up in some ninth circle of a mythological realm of implausibility.
When Elementary goes for contrivance, boy does it go for it. The series is less a modern take on the Doyle stories now, and more a free-for-all contest in which writers compete to make the most outlandish connections using Holmes’ deductions as the Krazy Glue sticking it all together.
All of which is brilliant of course.
I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: there’s nothing quite like Elementary on TV, or at least not masquerading as a mainstream show. Which other network crime drama embraces eccentricity to this extent? Absconded began with insect colony collapse and ended with »
Ever since childhood, I’ve loved the character of Sherlock Holmes. Whether it was the movies or books I was enjoying, I was fascinated by the mysteries and adventures the World’s Greatest Detective and his companion Dr. Watson embarked upon. I’d stay up late at night reading The Hound of the Baskervilles or taking in any one of the films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
As an adult, I still get excited to see Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law keep the crime solving couple alive and hard at work. With the continued success of new and classic published books, two television shows, and a blockbuster movie franchise, I’d say interest in Sherlock Holmes is at a fever pitch right now. When I heard that the Perot Museum was bringing the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes to the Dallas area, I knew I would have to attend the impressive display. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Lebanese actor Danny Boushebel, who is about to make his debut on hit CBS show Elementary alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu this month. Boushebel, who has also appeared in House of Cards, The Blacklist and Homeland, is also about to make his debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Much Loved, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Nabil Ayouch.
Boushebel sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting dreams, moving to America and what he hopes to achieve in Hollywood…
Scott Davis: How did you get start in acting, was it always a dream of yours from a young age?
Danny Boushebel: Since a very young age, acting has been a dream of mine, but growing up in Lebanon, and then mostly Kuwait, it was difficult to do anything about it.
There were theaters »
- Scott J. Davis
Why hasn't Elementary kick-started its season 3 finale yet? With just two episodes to go, the clock is ticking...
This review contains spoilers.
3.22 The Best Way Out Is Always Through
Elementary seems to be leaving its season finale prep dangerously late in the third run. By this time last year and the one before that, we were already deep into season one and two’s respective Mycroft and Moriarty endgames. What do we get this time around? A so-so murder investigation, a bit of fun with the Stanley Cup, a romantic subplot for Bell to file under ‘who cares?’, and not a sausage of a finale arc. Disappointed? I’ll say.
Elementary’s previous season finale arcs have been some of its best work; trios of thrilling episodes linked by cliff-hanger revelations that saw the introduction – and exit – of major players. With just one double episode left for the current season, »
Hacker collective Everyone returns in this week’s entertaining and even touching episode of Elementary…
This review contains spoilers.
3.19 One Watson, One Holmes
Before that glass ball had even begun its course along Elementary’s Rube Goldberg machine, an online civil war had turned into a murder investigation and a would-be client had turned into the chief suspect. It was a no-messin’ start for an entertaining episode that continued apace, with Holmes and Watson pinging around the city like pinballs, bouncing from one suspect to another.
Until now, hacker collective Everyone has been a bit-player in Elementary, one of Holmes’ many irregulars to be called upon for information, appeased with public humiliation, then sent back to its anarchist pranks.
This week, Everyone was centre stage, which allowed the writers plenty of fun dreaming up improbable usernames (Pony PewPew just squeaked past Droop Snout and MonkeyVsShark as the winner for me »
A quick review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as this is my "Breaking Bad" season 5... Okay, for virtually all the way through, "Tricksters" was a vast improvement over last week's episode. The show had a lot of fun bringing back Mark Hamill from the '90s "Flash" TV show (and even paying homage to his old costume and lair), and I have to admit to laughing at the fan service-y line where they got Hamill to tell Trickster's protege, "I am your father." All the flashbacks involving Eobard Thawne's arrival in our timeline were terrific, from the dazzling super-speed fight between the two Flashes to the realization that there was a real Harrison Wells whose life and face(*) he stole. Barry's conflict over taking Wells' advice versus potentially losing his father was well played by Grant Gustin, and Barry unmasking for his father was just a wonderful moment from all involved. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alberta Watson, the Canadian actress who starred in USA Network’s “La Femme Nikita” as Madeline, the ruthless, Machiavellian second-in-command of secret agency Section One, recurred on the CW’s reboot series “Nikita” as Senator Madeline Pierce and memorably appeared as the mother in David O. Russell’s first film, “Spanking the Monkey,” died Saturday at a Toronto hospice. She was 60 and had fought a long battle with cancer.
“La Femme Nikita” ran on USA from 1997-2001. Watson was also a series regular as director of CTU Los Angeles Erin Driscoll during season four of Fox’s “24.” Earlier she was a season regular on the brief 1987 ABC drama “Buck James.”
The actress also had a long career in films, especially in her native Canada. In Russell’s “Spanking the Monkey,” she played the bedridden mother to Jeremy Davies’ sullen, priapic teen; the two eventually have a sexual encounter. She won »
- Carmel Dagan
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