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‘Hedwig’ Director John Cameron Mitchell Honored by Outfest

25 June 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Outfest has selected writer-director-actor John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig & the Angry Inch,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Shortbus”) as the recipient of its 19th annual Outfest Achievement Award.

The award is Outfest’s highest honor, presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media. He will receive the award prior to festival’s opening night gala screening of “Tig” on July 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

John Cameron Mitchell’s iconic creation of ‘Hedwig’ almost two decades ago was a groundbreaking piece exploring transgender lives,” said Christopher Racster, interim executive director of Outfest.

“Ever since then, John has been able to push boundaries on stage and screen, and by doing so leaving an indelible mark on the Lgbt community and mainstream audiences alike. We can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this year’s Achievement Award, and hope that John »

- Dave McNary

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Watch Three New Clips from Mr. Holmes Featuring Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

24 June 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Presented by Miramax Films and Roadside Attractions and directed by Bill Condon, Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 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. Also »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic

21 June 2015 5:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edinburgh: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.

Ewan McGregor revealed to an audience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) on Sunday that he would be willing to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to tell the story of Stars Wars between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back should Disney ever wish to do so.

The comments came during an on-stage interview in which the Scottish star looked back over the highlights of his career thus far and chose his words carefully on the subject of the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The actor seemed not to be the most rabid of fanboys and declared: “I’m not a fanatical person.”

Still, he said he was impressed by the trailer - “It looks like [Jj Abrams] he absolutely nailed it” - except for the lightsaber’s updated design. 

“I’m excited »

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Film Review: 'Mr. Holmes'

21 June 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Benedict Cumberbatch need not worry his boots are being filled. Ian McKellen's take on Sherlock Holmes is more Sunday teatime viewing than prime-time blockbuster, but its stately pace doesn't preclude Mr. Holmes (2015) from being a delightful romp all the same. McKellen reunites with director Bill Condon, who helped him to an Oscar nomination as James Whale for Gods and Monsters (1998), in this tale of the detective's twilight years, retired to a chocolate-box Sussex cottage and long since retired from sleuthing. He still gets spotted ("Is that 'im?" asks a passer-by), his reputation settled by Dr Watson's stories published decades previously.


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Movie Review – Mr. Holmes (2015)

18 June 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mr. Holmes, 2015.

Directed by Bill Condon.

Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada and Patrick Kennedy.


An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

In a period where remakes, reboots, sequels and any other chance to bring an internationally recognised character back to the big screen, what a delight it was to watch this latest incarnation of the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes. As even the title acknowledges, this is a film about respect for Holmes as an older man, and with that comes respect from the film makers; A third version of Guy Ritchie’s superman this is, thankfully, not.

Mr. Holmes does what so many revisionist tales of popular fiction dare not do; it deconstructs not only the character and the world we believed to be true. We’re told by Holmes »

- Gary Collinson

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Mr Holmes review – Ian McKellen gets more fascinating with age

18 June 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

McKellen’s impersonation of a 93-year-old Sherlock as a Galápagos tortoise is tremendous, though Bill Condon’s riff on the detective as an old man is flawed and muddled

The arresting beauty of Ian McKellen has never been shown to better advantage than in this movie – a tremendously acted, but flawed and muddled riff on the theme of Sherlock Holmes. McKellen, who is 76, is one of those men whose looks get more fascinating with age, although here he is made up to be much older than he is. With the hooded eyes, piercing gaze and built-up nose, he has a look of the great English explorer Wilfred Thesiger, and a touch of field marshal Bernard Montgomery.

Related: ‘I relate to the way Sherlock talks about death’: Ian McKellen on his new film role

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Mr Holmes Review: Wistful and witty – A real delight

18 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Mr Holmes review: It’s wistful and witty – a real delight that may leave you a little bereft at its end. Mr Holmes review

Director: Bill Condon

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Frances de la Tour

Certificate: PG 

Run Time: 104 minutes

Synopsis: An aged Sherlock Holmes at the end of his life, looks back at the man behind the celebrity as he grapples with the circumstances of an unsolved case that forced him into early retirement 30 years earlier with the help of his housekeeper’s young son.

The credits have just started rolling here inside the State Theatre for Mr Holmes and the first words that come to mind are ‘Well, that was melancholic wasn’t it’. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed this unique and interesting reinvention of Britain’s most famous detective – it’s just that it feels reminiscent »

- Sacha Hall

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Bill Condon interview: Mr Holmes, Beauty & The Beast

17 June 2015 9:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bill Condon chats to us about Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Beauty & The Beast, and Mr Holmes...

We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.

Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).

How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?

Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »

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Will The Original Magneto Appear In X-Men: Apocalypse? Here's What Sir Ian McKellen Says

16 June 2015 3:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sir Ian McKellen.s run as the big screen version of Magneto lasted for many years, but it seems as though that era is coming to an end. The esteemed, award winning actor has confirmed that he won.t have a part in Bryan Singer.s X-Men: Apocalypse, and seems ready to retire his version of the character. McKellen is currently out promoting his work in Bill Condon.s new drama Mr. Holmes, and it was while speaking with Digital Spy that he addressed his future in the X-Men franchise. Asked if he had any plans of reprising his comic book supervillain role or heard anything about joining X-Men: Apocalypse.s ensemble, he said, I haven.t heard that. I don.t think I am. currently making a film, and I.m not in it. Michael Fassbender, poor dear, can.t get any work, so let him do »

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Mr Holmes review

16 June 2015 3:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ian McKellen plays a retired Sherlock Holmes, in Bill Condon’s sensitive film about ageing, death, fact and fiction…

Seventeen years after Gods And Monsters, an embellished account of the last days of director James Whale, Bill Condon, Ian McKellen and composer Carter Burwell reunite to tell another sensitive story about a retired great contemplating his past. This time, the retiree is Conan Doyle’s fictional creation Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), as imagined through Mitch Cullin’s celebrated 2005 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind

Layers of fiction and history stack on top of each other to build Mr Holmes, a film that flits between the 1940s and 1910s as our hero struggles to remember the details of his last, traumatising case, one that prompted his exile to the Sussex countryside.

The film presents Sherlock Holmes as a real person frustrated by the “worthless” fiction and “vulgar” fame that surrounds him. »

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Tracy Falco Partners With Lawrence Bender In First-Look Deal With Len Blavatnik’s AI Film

15 June 2015 3:58 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Tracy Falco, former Evp Production at Universal Pictures, is joining producer Lawrence Bender in a first-look deal with Len Blavatnik’s AI Film. The deal will see Falco boost the creative ranks of the deep-pocketed banner. Owned by billionaire — and newly-minted Britain’s richest man —  Blavatnik's Access Industries and run by CEO Aviv Giladi, AI Films recently financed Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney. The film, about an elderly… »

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Mr Holmes review: Ian McKellen searches for Sherlock's soul

15 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Bill Condon; Screenwriter: Jeffrey Hatcher; Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: PG

Sherlock Holmes has never been more popular, what with Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller all putting their stamp on the character in a big-budget movie franchise and concurrent TV series respectively. With low-key drama Mr Holmes, director Bill Condon goes farther out into imagined realms, casting Ian McKellen as the Baker Street detective at 93, when that famous intellect is beginning to fail, leading him on a fascinating, quite poignant search of his own soul.

Mitch Cullin's source novel A Slight Trick of the Mind takes a mischievous leap by crediting the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the recently deceased Dr Watson. These books are an endless source of bemusement for Holmes who, in 1947, is retired and living in the Sussex countryside, »

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Ian McKellen on Mr Holmes and waving goodbye to X-Men's Magneto

15 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sherlock Holmes returns to the big screen this week with Ian McKellen taking on the role of the famed Baker Street sleuth. Don't expect deerstalkers or pipes, though - the Sherlock in Mr Holmes (now in his 90s) debunks all that claiming they were fabrications from Doctor Watson.

Digital Spy sat down with McKellen to discuss all things Mr Holmes in the video below...

Watch the video above to find out:

- 00m11s - How McKellen feels about taking on another iconic role

- 01m00s - Reuniting with Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon

- 01m21s - Is he playing Magneto again in X-Men: Apocalypse?

- 02m07s - Will he be sad to say goodbye to the X-Men movies?

Mr Holmes opens in UK cinemas on June 19 and July 17 in the Us. »

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Alan Menken Talks Two New Songs From Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

5 June 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.

Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:

“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »

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Ian McKellen's Sherlock debunks the deerstalker in Mr Holmes clip

4 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

If you're expecting to see deerstalkers and a pipe in Ian McKellen's upcoming Sherlock movie Mr Holmes then you're in for a shock.

In the drama, McKellen plays a 93-year-old Holmes who's seen his life mythologised by John Watson's written accounts of their exploits.

The Baker Street sleuth is now living in anonymity on a Sussex farmhouse after failing to crack a case some 30 years earlier.

Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon will reunite with McKellen on the film, which is based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Laura Linney, Roger Allam and Milo Parker feature in the supporting cast.

Mr Holmes will open in UK cinemas on June 19. »

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Maui Film Festival Welcomes Upbeat Movies

3 June 2015 3:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are hundreds of film festivals around the world, but Maui has a few touches that make it unique: the setting, the mood and a fest mandate that all entries be life-affirming.

Fest director and founder Barry Rivers says his lineup “is not a Candyland approach to movies. Some of the films offer settings and subject matter that are tough, but ultimately, they have to be transformative and compassionate.”

The fest, running June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort, features 40-plus films and includes “Love & Mercy,” the Brian Wilson biopic; “Mr. Holmes,” with Bill Condon directing Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes; “Learning to Drive,” with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley; “A Little Chaos,” with Alan Rickman directing Kate Winslet; and an animated version of Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” produced by Salma Hayek.

There will also be salutes to Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Colin Farrell and docu Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos. »

- Tim Gray

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'Magneto' Is 'Sherlock Holmes'

1 June 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ '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:

" 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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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 »

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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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