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Even though "Sherlock" Season 3 only begins with the new year, gifts associated with the show can help make the wait pass more quickly. Books and games and even clothes help to celebrate the work of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman this holiday season.
Check out everything you can buy in this gift guide.
"I'm not a psychopath" button ($4.00) - There is an important difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. It's important to get it right when dealing with an odd and prickly detective.
Deerstalker hat ($13.99) - Sure, Sherlock didn't like this hat much when the press caught him wearing it. But it's iconic, so what can you do?
Bluebell the Bunny iPhone case ($24.50) - A genetically altered pet rabbit was the key to solving »
It didn’t seem like he’d be able to pull it off. After the calamitous disappointment of last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – which for all its box-office success seemed to drown in self-important bloat and endless narrative wheel-spinning – it didn’t seem as if Peter Jackson would be able to recover, to deliver an entertaining follow-up that did any kind of justice to J.R.R. Tolkien’s lively, brisk, and funny original. Much of the bloat is still there, but The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in the Hobbit trilogy, is a real improvement – filled with inventive action set pieces and dramatic face-offs that we (finally, at long last, hallelujah!) care about.The new film begins where the last one left off, with our hero Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions on their seemingly interminable journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, once the seat »
- Bilge Ebiri
Directed by Peter Jackson.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangaline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Watching Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth resembles a reunion with an old friend. Briefly sparks appear then get lost among the confusion of lost time. However, things slowly smooth out and within a few hours, they are as they were a decade ago. The Desolation of Smaug, »
- Gary Collinson
We’ve seen a few teasers for Sherlock over the last little while, but this is the first one that really captures what I love about the BBC series. I almost feel like the death of Sherlock Holmes has overshadowed the fun that can be found in the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Now, more than ever, I want Season 3 to get here and get here soon. I’ll find a way to get my grubby hands on BBC One so I don’t have to wait for the American premiere no matter the extra cost to my cable bill. I need me my Sherlock in order to live a proper and productive life.
What hit me hard about this video was seeing Holmes casually joke about his faked death. He stands with his brother, Mycroft (apparently Mycroft is aware of Sherlock’s trickery), and contemplates paying a visit to »
- Brody Gibson
★★★★☆After a somewhat mixed response to the first instalment, Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth for the second part of his Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug (2013), should hopefully set fans and critics' qualms aside, offering a rollicking adventure tale full of the Kiwi director's signature attention to detail. We open before the events of An Unexpected Journey, with Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) meeting dwarven warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) at Bree's Prancing Pony inn. It's Thorin, not Bilbo (Martin Freeman) who's the focus this time round, although the courageous little hobbit certainly plays his part.
- CineVue UK
"Mary doesn't come between them in a negative way - she doesn't destroy their relationship," the actress told Metro. "A lot of Sherlock Holmes fans don't like Mary in the books but she's an interesting character to play - she's very feisty.
"It was daunting [to join the series] because Martin and Benedict do have such amazing chemistry, and there's such a thing about those two on the internet - fans who are obsessed with the idea of those two being together."
Abbington - who is married to her co-star Freeman in real life - also dismissed accusations that "nepotism" had helped land her the Sherlock role.
"I've already had the nepotism label thrown at me, big time, »
Moviefone had the exclusive privilege of sitting down, one-on-one, with Benedict Cumberbatch, the "Sherlock" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" star who lends his impressively deep voice to the villainous Smaug, whom Bilbo (Martin Freeman) encounters at great peril in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which opens Friday.
After being ushered into the hotel room at the Beverly Hilton, the actor sat in an armchair and proceeded to drape his legs over the edge, then asked, "You don't mind me being slouched like this, do you? It's ever so comfortable."
He proceeded to talk about his elaborate preparation to not only voice, but act out the dragon -- he's the one who suggested he do motion capture to get into the part -- why dragons love lying in gold, and what kind of fan fiction might be coming out of this particular film. With Cumberbatch, you know that's a given. »
- Sharon Knolle
Director: Peter Jackson.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Aidan Turner, Orlando Bloom.
Running Time: 161 Minutes.
Synopsis: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
After the sheer scale of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and its justified place in modern movie history, I wasn’t entirely persuaded that The Hobbit would be able to reach such stature but that uncertainty was thrown aside after the truly entertaining An Unexpected Journey took us back to the start of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent fantasy world. In The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Jackson has encapsulated and continued with a mind-blowing spectacle. What’s also ingenious about »
- Dan Bullock
Deadline’s International Editor Nancy Tartaglione talks in this week’s podcast with host David Bloom about winnin’ time on the Continent, as the prizes are handed out in the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards, including wins for Oscar contenders The Act Of Killing, The Great Beauty, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Metro Manila. Separately, David and Nancy take a look at just-unveiled British tax credits that should be a boon to film projects of all budget sizes and also may entice more overseas visual effects work to the country’s post-production houses. They also applaud the innovative new interactive trailer the BBC has trotted out to tout the imminent return to air of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, two years after its last episode aired. Global Showbiz Watch episode 18 (.MP3 version) Global Showbiz Watch episode 18 (.M4A version »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The second part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is almost here and moviegoers around the world will finally get the chance to re-group with Bilbo Baggins and co. as the gang continues on with their perilous journey to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from the evil dragon Smaug. The stakes are higher, the danger more threatening and the adventure more thrilling. It’s a blockbuster of epic proportions and it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way.
Last week in Los Angeles, Warner Bros. rolled out the red carpet for the world premiere of the film and we were on hand to cover the event. Though we didn’t get the chance to speak with everyone (as it was an absolute madhouse there), we did get to catch up with star Martin Freeman, one of his co-stars, Manu Bennett, VFX supervisor Joe Letteri »
- Dan Deevy
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman »
It’s finally The Week! The week of the premiere of Part Two of the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, throughout the land, in a variety of formats and venues. To help ramp up the squee factor, we have the tenth TV spot and a nice interview featurette with star Martin Freeman who talks about why the movie isn’t just for geeks (though obviously we are welcome):
TV Spot: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – #10
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries and »
- Erin Willard
Though the titular character of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may be a certain Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) – it is in fact Thorin who has more of a character arc, and is the most intriguing, fleshed out character within this second instalment. So it was therefore a pleasure for us to sit down with the 6’2″ dwarf, Richard Armitage.
Armitage’s Thorin takes something of a dark turn in the film, as his greed and desire to claim back his kingdom stands in the way of his loyalty to his Company of Dwarves, and the English actor discusses such character development. Armitage also tells us how his own personal journey as an actor mirrored that of his character, and how he limped out of bed every morning…
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released on December 13, and you can read our review here.
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- Stefan Pape
If you missed last night’s live feed from the Berlin red carpet premiere from Peter Jackson’s epic sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, you’re in for a treat! We have video highlights from the event, which features interviews from the Oscar-winning filmmaker and many of his cast and crew.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, »
- Craig Hunter
“I think I’ll surprise John. Pop into Baker Street, who knows? Jump out of a cake.”
“Baker Street? He isn’t there anymore. It’s been two years. He’s got on with his life.”
It has been two years since Sherlock Holmes dived from the roof of St Bartholemews, coat flapping like a superhero’s cape. Two whole years since Benedict Cumberbatch’s eyes flashed at the sight of an intriguing murder (on-screen at least); two years, a couple of Hobbit films, a Star Trek adventure and an astronomical ascension in fame for both Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Both stars have been plagued by the question since ‘The Reichenbach Fall’: comedian Jack Whitehall was joking the about theories with Cumberbatch just a few weeks back on Graham Norton’s show.
Some of us haven’t got on with our lives that much; the Sherlock Series 3 trailer only hit the net days ago, »
- Mark White
The previous season ended with Holmes jumping to his death from a roof, but according to a minute-long trailer unveiled by the BBC, the viewers will now see the series take a dark turn, the Daily Express reported.
The iconic character played by Cumberbatch plans to surprise his doctor pal John Watson, played by British actor Martin Freeman, by turning up to their famous Baker Street residence. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
The Jrr Tolkien adaptation - Jackson's second instalment of his Hobbit trilogy - sees Bilbo Baggins (played by Freeman) continue his quest to help save the dwarven kingdom from the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open at cinemas worldwide tomorrow (December 13).
Watch a full trailer for the film below: »
"I watched it... it's great. It's watching an actor I really like playing a part I really like and enjoy playing," Cumberbatch told Digital Spy and other journalists.
"And to see him relishing it in similar ways is fantastic. I think he's doing a wonderful job."
Quizzed how he would out-Sherlock his friend, Cumberbatch replied: "There are 78 of us all vying for the position, out-Sherlocking one another. So we're in good company."
After initially admitting to feeling "cynical" about Elementary when it was first announced, Cumberbatch later called the show "fantastic" and urged people to watch. »
Viewed as the extended second act of the larger three-act epic that will be The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is terrific, a dazzling, endlessly inventive adventure serial that is filled to burst with cinematic treats both large and small. Never anything less than intensely entertaining, and absent nearly every pacing issue that left its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, a solid but uneven disappointment, Smaug is a treat, and will be a welcome breath of fresh air for fans of Peter Jackson’s cinematic Middle Earth.
Taken as a film, however – as the standalone, 161-minute entity that audiences will be watching this weekend – I find The Desolation of Smaug highly problematic, if not downright infuriating. With a cliffhanger ending that cuts things off mid-climax, the film is incomplete, a series of extremely tantalizing set-ups that has only the slightest of internal pay-offs, if even that. No matter »
- Jonathan R. Lack
After releasing a wealth of promotional images from the upcoming series 3 premiere of Sherlock, the BBC has now debuted a launch trailer for 'The Empty Hearse', which you can check out right here after the official episode description...
Two years after the devastating effects of “The Reichenbach Fall,” Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman) has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise...
Sherlock series 3 gets underway »
- Gary Collinson
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