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"Sherlock" may not return for its fourth season until -- say it ain't so -- 2017, due to the hectic film schedules of in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In the meantime, you can rewatch all three seasons and soon you can binge on Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and Freeman in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies." But what then?
If you're craving more veddy British crime solving, you don't have far to look. Here are some of the best series the BBC (and ITV) has to offer, with private detectives, psychiatrists, cops, spies, and forensic pathologists all cracking cases, catching criminals and drinking lots of tea.
1. "Sherlock Holmes" (1984-1994)
If it's more Sherlock you crave (and not just Mr. Cumberbatch), then you must see Jeremy Brett's intensely intellectual (and equally arrogant) period-appropriate take on the legendary detective. This Watson is also solid, especially in "The House of the Baskervilles. »
- Sharon Knolle
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies world premiere – in pictures
Shortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series gets underway, an outsize troll-like monstrosity with a pointed stone headpiece runs full tilt into a fortress wall, making a breach through which a bunch of orcs and other malevolent nasties can pour through. The troll, or whatever it is, lies full length on the ground, stunned; entirely disregarded as its compadres swarm past. Well, I can sympathise entirely; I reeled out of the cinema in bit of a daze myself after this extended dose of Jackson’s patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies promises to be the New Zealand director »
- Andrew Pulver
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died at age 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in Death Comes to Pemberley and creating a bleak dystopian future in The Children of Men.Publisher Faber and Faber said James died peacefully on Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. Faber, James' publisher for more than 50 years, »
- Associated Press
Hello all, Manuel here with a number of Lgbt-related news to kick off your Monday.
- Let’s start with the pretty. Love these images of the Looking boys for their OUT100 spread. The magazine named the HBO series TV show of the year. HBO's been busy hosting their Artists Series where they invited some select lucky few to visit the set, keeping social media abreast of what the boys are up to. Check it out: #LookingForPatrick #LookingForAgustin #LookingForDom
Oh and look, a teaser trailer for season 2!
- Speaking of HBO (1), they’re going ahead on the provocatively titled series Bros Before Hos which centers on a queer black man and well, his brothers. The show is from the team behind Red Tails and, more recently, Dear White People. The show, they state, aims to "reflect the growing diversity of the American experience." You can check out a rough cut »
- Manuel Betancourt
'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly »
- Andre Soares
It turns out it's pretty bleak growing up in the countryside. If you're not driving yourself into oblivion on drugs or struggling with money problems, you're probably going to end up dead. Well, that's what we've taken away from 8 episodes of E4 drama Glue, anyway.
The murder mystery, touted as Skins meets Broadchurch, failed to tweak viewers' imaginations over the past two months (only 187k tuned in for last night's finale), and responses online seemed much frostier than the critical hype that came before the show aired.
Maybe it was all just too dark and the characters were too unloveable - at least at the very beginning - for it to build up any sort of following. From the cocksure Rob (Rizzle Kicks's Jordan) to the insular Tina Fallon (Charlotte Spencer), the show was perhaps missing an emotional core, someone you could root for.
Yasmin Paige's young police »
“Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie was not only the world’s best-selling mystery writer, but the top-selling author of all time, her sales ranking behind only Shakespeare and The Bible. Many of her works were adapted to well over a hundred movies and TV plays starting in 1928. This 1980 Miss Jane Marple mystery was preceded by a series of popular Marple films featuring Margaret Rutherford, but here she’s played by Angela Lansbury in a dry run for her popular TV sleuth series "Murder She Wrote." »
- Trailers From Hell
“Los Angeles, Oct. 27, 2014 – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated fantasy film Digging Up The Marrow. Starring, written and directed by Adam Green and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for the Image brands made the announcement today.
“We’ve had a long, productive working relationship with Adam Green and we are extremely excited to continue to work with him on this film,” said Ward. “Adam brings an uncanny point-of-view to filmmaking and Digging Up The Marrow »
- Jonathan James
The structure of the whodunit was cemented, if not entirely created, by Agatha Christie. The mystery writer par excellence penned 66 detective novels and twelve short stories in her lifetime, and regardless of whether they starred the deceptively doddering Miss Marple or the magnificently moustachioed Hercule Poirot, they tended to follow a similar formula: a murder, a murder scene, and a whole police line-up’s worth of suspects, of which the sleuth at the centre had to accuse of the crime. The genius of Christie’s work was that she gave the readers just enough to, potentially, solve the mystery themselves.
It’s an approach which has permeated murder mysteries in all forms since. Part of the fun is not just seeing the genius detective unravel the case, but also to try and figure things out yourself. Not quite in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” sort of way, »
- Tom Baker
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Nobody makes movies as unrepentantly manly as David Ayer. The director started his career writing "Training Day," a script that would ultimately win Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and went on to write and direct similarly gritty crime movies "Harsh Times" and "End of Watch." Earlier this year, he co-wrote and directed "Sabotage," a modern day drug world variation on an Agatha Christie story that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. All of Ayers movies up until now have been about men —sweaty, foul-mouthed, violence-loving men, with female characters serving as another way in which those men communicate with one another. But his most macho movie yet is this week's "Fury," a mud-and-blood-covered World War II yarn about a squad of soldiers in a tank (commanded by Brad Pitt) during the waning days of the European theater (read our review). We sat down with Ayer earlier this week and talked. »
- Drew Taylor
Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box-office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source of box-office news and data, is back online after disappearing for much of Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014. During that period of total silence, Twitter was abuzz with speculations — a technical glitch? A hacker attack? An alien invasion? — lamentations, and eulogies. For a brief while, the ever-reliable (sarcasm) Wikipedia referred to Box Office Mojo in the past tense. How did it all happen? Well, some time on Friday, journalists, bloggers, and box-office aficionados noticed that Box Office Mojo was being redirected to an Internet Movie Database page featuring the latest box-office information — which, on that site, isn't either much "latest" or much information at all. But why would Box Office Mojo be redirected to the IMDb? »
- Andre Soares
Viewers of a certain age may remember a quirky kids TV show called Grandad in which Clive Dunn played Charlie Quick, an absent-minded old caretaker who would almost certainly end each episode by drowning his spluttering boss in a tidal wave of fizzy drinks spurting from a malfunctioning dispenser unit.
Good times. And refreshingly free of the moronic TV programming that viewers have to endure these days. This ratings-driven disease has conveniently eaten its way into good old Doctor Who, which has been pushed back to 8.30 in order to make way for two tacky hours worth of Z-list celebs moving around a big floor. Considering that Doctor Who is supposed to be a family programme, pushing it back to make way for the lowest-common-denominator trash of Strictly Come Dancing makes about as much sense as a man trying to give directions with 100 gobstoppers in his mouth. That's the whole junior audience left out for starters. »
This week's Doctor Who may not be the strongest episode of the current run, but it leaves us with plenty to mull over...
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.8 Kill The Moon
"Do you come round to peoples' houses for dinner?"
It seems a shame to start with something a little downbeat, given that Mummy On The Orient Express was really quite good fun. But after that ending to Kill The Moon, we can't have been the only ones hoping for things to be picked up more directly than they were here. Just seven days ago, Clara sent the Doctor away and was bellowing at him, fed up with his patronising ways and treating her as a regular human, who just makes the same choices as everyone else. Internet fire was certainly lit.
Clearly things have happened by the time Mummy On The Orient Express starts, but »
With ten episodes to tell its crime story -- something some series do weekly, in an hour -- one might think Gracepoint would take its time when it comes to plot or pacing. Instead, the investigation surrounding Danny Solano's murder flows forth with incredible speed. Details emerge quickly, change, betray more depth, and then mutate again into something else. Clues are not hard to find, either. For detectives Carver and Miller, the problem is not in finding the information, but in knowing what to do with the deluge. Hit the jump for why you should never lie to the police. Though "Episode Two" touched some on how the Solanos, particularly Beth, are grieving after Danny's death, the hour was mostly spent around characters we hadn't yet met -- but who were teased -- from the first episode. Particular time was given to a local Priest, Paul (Kevin Rankin), who is an old friend of Beth's. »
- Allison Keene
A classic monster. A classic train. The clock is ticking. Here's our spoiler-free look at Mummy On The Orient Express...
You'd hardly say that the horror theme running through this series of Doctor Who has been an undercurrent, but in Mummy On The Orient Express, it bubbles right to the fore. As the Doctor tells us early on, there are many trains that have taken the name the Orient Express, but there's only one in space. And that's where we find ourselves for the vast bulk of the episode. It just happens to be the one where a Mummy is wreaking havoc.
Penned by Jamie Mathieson, making his Doctor Who debut, Mummy On The Orient Express thus mixes in solid ingredients. There's an Agatha Christie-esque mystery, with a bunch of passengers who get drawn into what's going on. It also has a play with the Universal horror movies of »
London – Dakota Fanning starrer “Effie Gray,” which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film. The U.S. distributor is due to be revealed on Oct. 9.
The film, which is directed by Richard Laxton, explores the true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It reps Fanning’s first adult starring role as Effie.
Other thesps in the film include Thompson (“The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End”), Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”), Tom Sturridge (“On the Road”), David Suchet (“Agatha Christie’s Poirot”) and Greg Wise (“Walking on Sunshine”).
- Leo Barraclough
Doctor Who returns to Earth with a covert adventure from Gareth Roberts, writer of Agatha Christie-inspired episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp.” This episode, while genuinely as entertaining as this season’s most recent tales, very well may be the most integral in terms of solidifying Capaldi’s brilliance as the iconic Time Lord (and vindicating Moffat for… lesser times).
“The Caretaker,” written by Roberts and Steven Moffat, marks the return of the Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) alter ego, John Smith, who must go undercover as the caretaker of Clara’s (Jenna Coleman) school in order to save the Earth from a misplaced alien known as the Skovox Blitzer. To help matters further, a suspicious Danny ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
★★☆☆☆The last two films in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour have provided schlocky but enjoyable titillation, with The Last Stand edging out Escape Plan as the better of the two. Directed by David Ayer, Sabotage (2014) has loftier ambitions, but despite some solid work from its leading man the film is tripped up by its messily executed plot. Loosely based on Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Indians (yes really), Schwarzenegger stars as John 'Breacher' Wharton, leader of an elite team of DEA agents looking to swindle $10 million from a cartel. What initially looks to be a successful heist proves anything but; the stolen loot goes missing, and the team fall under heavy scrutiny from their superiors.
- CineVue UK
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