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The BBC has announced Sherlock, a contemporary remake of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous literary creation. Stuart A Life Backwards actor Benedict Cumberbatch will take on the role of Baker Street sleuth Sherlock Holmes, with The Office's Martin Freeman playing his loyal sidekick Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves is also among the cast as Inspector Lestrade, while Professor Moriarty is expected to appear as the story's antagonist. The 60-minute one-off was devised by Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis while travelling to Cardiff to work on Doctor Who. "Everything that matters about Holmes and Watson is the same. Conan Doyle's original stories were never about frock coats and gas light; they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Spacey has assembled a stellar cast of stars to take part in the annual event, that sees celebrities tackle the task of rehearsing and performing six new plays in just 24 hours.
The gala will take place at London's Old Vic theatre - of which Spacey is the artistic director - and will be part of a fundraising event that kicks off on 30 November.
Hartnett - who is currently starring in the West End production of Rain Man - will team up with writers, directors and fellow performers to pen, cast and then rehearse the scenes before they take to the stage in front of an audience the very same day.
Spacey, who will oversee the event, says, "This is adrenaline-fuelled theatre." »
The British actor fears many stars are put off announcing they are gay, for fear it may harm their box office credentials.
But Freeman insists their fears are unnecessary as their fans won't care.
He says, "The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs (gay people) in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you.
"But no one is out. It's not so bad here (in Britain), but in Hollywood... Why don't they just admit it? No one cares if they are gay or not. I certainly don't.
"In this so-called liberal industry, no one has the guts to come out because of the box office, but someone has to be first in the firing line." »
The actor, who played Tim Canterbury in the sitcom, said viewers struggle to accept him in any other role.
He has starred in movies including Love, Actually and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy since rising to fame on the BBC show.
He told the Mail on Sunday: "A lot of people love The Office, and I am genuinely pleased they like it. I loved playing Tim, but I try not to get too carried away by it - and the blessing of The Office . . . »
- Beth Hilton
4 items from 2008
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