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Ian McKellen's Mr Holmes is being sued by Sherlock Holmes creator's estate

22 May 2015 7:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate is suing Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon over the upcoming Mr Holmes.

The film stars Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes who travels to Japan in an attempt to solve a 50-year-old cold case - however, the lawsuit claims that Sherlock Holmes creator Conan Doyle's heirs still own the rights to the detective's days in retirement.

Mr Holmes was adapted from the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, which is also named in the lawsuit, The Wrap reports.

The estate claims that Cullin appropriated elements of a late Sherlock Holmes story - The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier - making the ensuing novel and film adaptation in breach of copyright.

In a statement, Benjamin Allison, an attorney with Sutin Thayer & Brown, which represents the estate, said: "There's clearly a lot of creativity in the book - »

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Sherlock Holmes Creator’s Estate Sues Miramax Over Ian McKellan’s ‘Mr. Holmes’

22 May 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The estate of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle has sued Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon, claiming that the upcoming movie starring Ian McKellen in the story of the later life of the famous sleuth, “Mr. Holmes,” infringes on stories that still remain under copyright.

The lawsuit also names writer Mitch Cullin and Penguin Random House, publisher of Cullin’s “A Slight Trick of the Mind” — a new Holmes tale on which the movie “Mr. Holmes” is based.

The movie, set to open on July 17, depicts an aged, retired Holmes looking back on his life and getting involved in an unsolved case.

“Reviews of its early screenings, together with trailers released in the United States, reveal that the motion picture uses the same elements from Conan Doyle’s copyrighted stories,” the estate’s lawsuit says.

The estate notes in its lawsuit that although many of Conan Doyle’s »

- Ted Johnson

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‘Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit: Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Bill Condon & Distributors

22 May 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

What would the Great Detective have Dr. Watson and the Baker Street Irregulars do with this case? On the eve of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author's often litigious estate this week hit director Bill Condon and co-distributors Miramax and Roadside Attractions in federal court with a copyright and trademark infringement complaint over the upcoming Mr. Holmes. The estate wants a plethora of unspecified damages… »

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The rise of Alicia Vikander

22 May 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

2015 has undoubtedly been Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough year with fantastic lead parts in the thought provoking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the harrowing World War I drama Testament Of Youth, which is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD from 25th May. However, this rise to the fore is by no means out of the blue for Vikander, who showed promise as a leading actress in A Royal Affair in 2012 and then went on to hold her own opposite the likes of Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. In this feature we take a look at the very best of Alicia Vikander.

Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The film was the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, but »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Remembering Pretty, Sophisticated Cummings: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Olivier Co-Star, Tony Award Winner

17 May 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major British stage star Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Born on May 15, 1910, actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned about six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., would have turned 105 this year. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received stage performances – is all but forgotten. »

- Andre Soares

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Miramax hires 'Crouching Tiger II' producer

11 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Thwaites joins from Phoenix Pictures.

Miramax has hired independent producer David Thwaites in the newly-created position of vp, film, effectively immediately.

Reporting to Zanne Devine, evp of film and TV, Thwaites will head Miramax’s burgeoning film production and development activities, as the studio continues its push into film, television, acquisitions and co-productions.

Thwaites said he looked forward to “bringing in new projects for all of us to dive into”.

Devine said the new appointment would boost Miramax’s “growing production and development activities”.

Thwaites most recently produced martial arts sequel Crouching Tiger Ii: The Green Destiny.

He also served as co-president of production at Phoenix Pictures, where he led the development of many projects and both produced and executive produced films such as Black Swan, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Shanghai, License To Wed, Miss Potter and All The King’s Men.

Upcoming Miramax titles include Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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SFIFF58: Week 2 in Review

7 May 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

Love & Mercy

Written by Oren Moverman & Michael A. Lerner

Directed by Bill Pohlad

USA, 2015

Based on the life of The Beach BoysBrian Wilson, Love & Mercy depicts the singer’s descent into mental illness at the peak of the band’s popularity in the 1960s, while in the 1980s a chance meeting with a car saleswoman promises to save him from the brink of destruction. Paul Dano, as the young Wilson, is endearingly awkward yet creatively brilliant, capable of creating harmonies that most wouldn’t dream of. While years later his forward-thinking vision would earn the 1966 album “Pet Sounds” a place in the pop music canon, at the time it caused major tension within the band. Twenty years later, Wilson, now played by John Cusack, is a neurotic, washed-up and over-medicated version of his former self thanks to a dangerous codependency on his »

- Misa Shikuma

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Xyz Films to sell ‘The Oath’

7 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the La-based company’s Croisette sales slate.

The Oath centres on a respected doctor in Reykjavík who makes a life-changing decision after his daughter introduces the family to her manipulative boyfriend.

Ólafur Egilsson co-wrote the screenplay with Kormákur, who produces with Agnes Johansen and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson through Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in co-production with Dynamic Productions in Germany.

Ben Giladi of Len Blavatnik’s AI Film serves as executive producer alongside Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films.

Kormákur, whose credits include 2 Guns, Contraband and Icelandic hits 101 Reykjavik and Jar City, recently wrapped production on Universal’s September 18 release Everest. He will also direct the TV crime series Trapped.

AI Film’s portfolio includes Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which is scheduled to wrap in Taiwan on May 15 and stars Andrew Garfield »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Siff 2015: Anticipated films from the 41st Seattle International Film Festival

7 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When it comes to international film festivals, there are sprinters and there are distance runners. Spanning 25 days across May and June, Seattle International Film Festival is the Pheidippides of American fests. Unlike its splashier cousins, Sundance and SXSW, Siff doesn’t pander to big movie stars or flashy hipsters. Staying true to its Northwest sensibilities, Siff quietly grinds out one terrific program after another. The 41st edition boasts a whopping 193 feature films, 164 short films, and 70 documentaries, many of which are either World or North American premieres. It’s enough to make even the most ambitious cinephile curl up in a corner with his festival guide and cry. Here, then, is a brief preview of some hotly anticipated films, as well as some obscure titles that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Familiar Faces

Strategically positioned in the middle of the calendar year, Siff has the advantage of playing favorites. More specifically, they »

- J.R. Kinnard

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New trailer for Mr. Holmes arrives

7 May 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer has been released for director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, which stars Ian McKellen as Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…

Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late. »

- Gary Collinson

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Time Machine: Pre-Incredible Hulk Ruffalo and Wife Looking Stylish Together on Red Carpet

7 May 2015 1:58 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »

- D. Zhea

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Ian McKellen is Sherlock Holmes in Second Mr. Holmes Trailer

6 May 2015 4:56 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming new Sherlock Holmes film, called "Mr Holmes," which stars Ian McKellen (X-Men) as the 93-year-old detective Holmes, as well as Laura Linney. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story is set in 1947 and focuses on an aged (93 years old), retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) as he looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. The new movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) and will hit theaters on July 17th. Trailer: »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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Ian McKellen’s Mr. Holmes Investigates His Final Case In New Trailer

5 May 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Opening in Us theatres on July 17, here’s a look at the new trailer for Mr. Holmes.

In his Berlinale 2015 review, Alex Billington (First Showing.net) writes Ian McKellen, “is absolutely magnificent in this film, taking on the role with complete authority and differentiating himself (from anything he has done before) with minor quirks and physical mannerisms. He does give us a Sherlock Holmes that we have never seen before, both likable and unlikable, but still traditional and nevertheless wise. Through his charm, and the impressively conceived narrative built around emotion, this film left a strong impression on me that will likely last for a long time.”

McKellen leads a stellar cast including Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Phil Davis and newcomer Milo Parker in Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes. The film reunites McKellen with director Bill Condon after their collaboration »

- Michelle McCue

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News Nuggets: Will 'Mr. Holmes' bring Sir Ian McKellen a long overdue Oscar?

5 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

A new trailer showcases actor Ian McKellen as an elderly and retired Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film "Mr. Holmes." With great reviews from the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, could this finally be McKellen's chance to win an Academy Award? He has two previous Oscar nominations for "Gods and Monsters" (also directed by this new movie's Bill Condon) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." The plot is based on the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" and has the older Holmes looking back on his long life but still tackling an unsolved case. The film will be in theaters on July 15. HitFix -Break- What happened on the first season finale of hot new Fox series "Gotham" Monday night? Spoilers Ahead. In the episode titled "All Happy Families Are Alike," villainess Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is now "apparently dead," but the creators would not say "definitely dead. »

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News Nuggets: Will 'Mr.Holmes' bring Sir Ian McKellen a long overdue Oscar?

5 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

A new trailer showcases actor Ian McKellen as an elderly and retired Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film "Mr. Holmes." With great reviews from the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, could this finally be McKellen's chance to win an Academy Award? He has two previous Oscar nominations for "Gods and Monsters" (also directed by this new movie's Bill Condon) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." The plot is based on the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" and has the older Holmes looking back on his long life but still tackling an unsolved case. The film will be in theaters on July 15. HitFix -Break- What happened on the first season finale of hot new Fox series "Gotham" Monday night? Spoilers Ahead. In the episode titled "All Happy Families Are Alike," villainess Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is now "apparently dead," but the creators would not say "definitely dead. »

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'Mr. Holmes' Trailer #2: Ian McKellen Tells Sherlock's True Story

5 May 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the Mr. Holmes teaser trailer released back in March, Roadside Attractions has released the full trailer for this upcoming drama, which offers a new twist on the world's most famous detective. Ian McKellen stars as Mr. Holmes, who is now retired and, as we can see in this trailer, has some issues with the stories being written about him by his former partner Watson. As Holmes contemplates writing a story of his own, to correct the misconceptions created by Watson, a case from his past begins to haunt him.

The story is set in 1947, where an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, »

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"Mr. Holmes" Is 'Sherlock Holmes'

5 May 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage revealing 'Magneto' actor Sir Ian McKellan as aging super-sleuth 'Sherlock Holmes', with Laura Linney as Holmes' housekeeper, 'Mrs Munro', in director Bill Condon's new crime feature, "Mr. Holmes"...

...based on the 2005 novel, "A Slight Trick Of The Mind" by author Mitch Cullin:

"...in 1947, 'Sherlock Holmes', long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper, 'Mrs Munro' and her amateur-sleuthing son, 'Roger'.

"But far from living out a peaceful retirement, Holmes is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

"With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without sidekick 'Watson', Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life — a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart..."

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- Michael Stevens

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Watch: Ian McKellen Solves Sherlock Holmes' Last Case in 'Mr. Holmes' Trailer

5 May 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sherlock Holmes has been around since 1887, and yet his popularity doesn't wain. The character is a big player on the small-screen in "Sherlock" and also in the blockbuster circuit with Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, and now he bombards the indie circuit with Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes. As seen in the film's latest trailer, Ian McKellen embodies the aging detective, who goes on what he presumes is his last mystery and tries to clear his name along the way. As seen by this promo, Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan in 1947, where he witnesses the devastation of nuclear warfare. In a remote seaside farmhouse, he plans to end his days tending to bees with brief company from a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her son, Milo (Milo Parker), as he grows older and his mind deteriorates. Even with his weakening physic, he still has the drive to revisit an unsolved »

- Will Ashton

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Ian McKellen tackles a cold case in the trailer for 'Mr. Holmes'

5 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've been eager to see Bill Condon get back on top of things. Hopefully that "Twilight" gig kept the gas tank full, but "The Fifth Estate" apparently didn't work out (I confess I never saw it). I'm super intrigued by his forthcoming live action "Beauty and the Beast," but in the meantime, we have "Mr. Holmes" opening this summer. It was probably a smart move for Condon to collaborate with Ian McKellen once again. McKellen doesn't get this kind of leading man spotlight that often anymore and the two made absolute magic with "Gods and Monsters" in 1998. And indeed, the reviews out of the Berlin Film Festival, where the film premiered in February, were pretty positive across the board. The film tells the story of an aged and retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) looking back on his life while grappling with an unsolved case. It's based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel »

- Kristopher Tapley

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