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Of all the actors gunning for recognition in the best actor field at next year’s Oscars, few have campaigned harder this week in Los Angeles than Ian McKellen.
The actor, twice nominated for Gods and Monsters and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, has yet to win a golden statuette, despite amassing countless other accolades over the course of his 50-year career.
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- Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” which bowed Nov. 9 on DVD and Blu-ray. He reunites with writer-director Bill Condon after “Gods and Monsters,” where the actor earned the first of his two Oscar nominations. McKellen was first mentioned in Variety on Nov. 4, 1964, in a review of James Saunders’ play “A Scent of Flowers.”
That was your West End debut?
Yes. I had left university in 1961. In those days, every sizable town in the country had a permanent repertory company, which would do a new play every two to four weeks. I was in a series of those companies. One had to do that in those days: You couldn’t join Equity until you’d done 44 weeks’ work. And until you had your full card, you couldn’t work in the West End, or do film or TV. Finally, I got my full Equity card, No. 42015. It was the proudest day of my life. »
- Tim Gray
Put on the kettle and make yourself a cuppa tea. The story of the world’s greatest detective, Mr. Holmes, has arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.
Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” written for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess), and directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Adapted Screenplay, Gods and Monsters, 1998), Mr. Holmes finds a retired Sherlock returning to close the book on the one mystery he could never solve.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and released theatrically in July by Miramax and Roadside Attractions, the film is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh.
See the world’s most famous detective as you’ve never seen him before, portrayed by acting legend Ian McKellen, »
- Michelle McCue
This one's a keeper, a film that generates a meaningful emotional charge. Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon re-team for an intensely felt portrait of Sherlock Holmes in his sunset years, holding on to his intellectual capacities as he reappraises a tragic case from years before. Laura Linney is his housekeeper, who fears Holmes is a bad influence on her son -- but the relationship is mutually beneficial. Mr. Holmes Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate/Miramax 2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date November 10, 2015 / 24.99 Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker , Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour, Charles Maddox, Takako Akashi, Zak Shukor, John Sessions, Nicholas Rowe, Frances Barber, Colin Starkey, Sarah Crowden. Cinematography Tobias A. Schleisser Film Editor Virginia Katz Original Music Carter Burwell Written by Jeffrey Hatcher from a novel by Mitch Cullin from characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Iain Canning, »
- Glenn Erickson
Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »
- Andre Soares
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” the Bill Condon-directed film that bows on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 10. The actor worked with writer-director Condon on 1998’s “Gods and Monsters,” the first of McKellen’s two Oscar nominations (so far).
What drew you to “Mr. Holmes”?
After “Gods & Monsters,” Bill and I always agreed, “Before we die, we’ve got to do another film together.” Finally, he called and said, “I think I’ve found the film.” Then when he said, “It’s about Sherlock Holmes,” it just kept getting better and better! It’s a mixture of the familiar, with Sherlock, and what’s going to happen next, but it also delves into the man’s insides. It’s about widowhood, loneliness, about the possibility of redemption — that it’s never too late to find yourself.
Was it challenging to play the character from ages 60 to 93?
I’m at an »
- Tim Gray
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
★★★★☆ At the heart of Mr. Holmes (2015) lies that old John Ford maxim about printing the legend. Bill Condon's film is an investigation into the trouble caused by creative licence and bending the truth. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character of course, but even so, but as an examination of facts and falsehoods, logic and illogic, time and memory, it rings with soulful acceptance of human flaws. Mr. Holmes, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen, is a gentle yet gripping drama that fits neatly with Condon's previous Oscar-winning collaboration with actor Ian McKellen, Gods and Monsters (1998).
- CineVue UK
There’s an apparent clause of knighthood that permits some actors to stop truly acting once the honour has been bestowed – the mere grandeur and gravitas of their presence seems enough to please most film-makers. Ian McKellen has been on auto-prestige for a few years now, so it’s a positive joy to see him giving a genuinely considered performance in Mr Holmes (Entertainment One, PG), Bill Condon’s wily reframing of Sherlock Holmes lore. Condon, who directed the best screen work of McKellen’s career in Gods and Monsters, again teases something poignantly soured and broken out of the actor’s straight-backed stateliness.
Here, in a self-reflexive twist of authorship, Arthur Conan Doyle is written out of his own writing; the genius detective becomes the commercialised creation of his former ally, Dr Watson. The »
- Guy Lodge
To celebrate the release of Mr Holmes, available on Blu-ray and DVD from 26th October 2015, we are giving away 3 bundles which includes Mr Holmes on Blu-ray.
In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
Starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (The Savages) as housekeeper Mrs Munro, Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) and newcomer Milo Parker, Mr Holmes is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters).
To be in with a chance of winning, please complete this entry form. »
- Laura Holmes
Sir Ian McKellen just accepted the Mill Valley Film Festival's Life Achievement Award, among others coming his way these days. He's been getting kudos for his role as "Mr. Holmes," which Miramax/Roadside Attractions has turned into a sleeper specialty summer hit ($17.7-million). This could mark his third Oscar nomination after James Whale in "Gods and Monsters" and Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Reuniting with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon, McKellen plays a geriatric Holmes who is trying to hang on to shards of his memory of a pivotal case. The movie cuts back and forth between his writing down that earlier mystery and his daily life in the bucolic English countryside with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her engaging young son (Milo Parker). The movie is produced by Anne Carey, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher »
- Anne Thompson
Exploring ideas of the American dream seems to be an occurring theme in every season of American Horror Story. Murder House dealt with a family trying keep their nuclear household together by moving into a new home, despite its dark past. Their neighbor, Constance, is a failed actress who yearns to be worshiped. Asylum revolves around Lana Winters attempts to hit the jackpot uncovering the behind the scenes horrors of Briarcliff Manor. Coven sees Supreme Witch Fiona Goode going through murderous antics to maintain her beauty and, most of all, her power. In the fourth season, Freakshow, now available on blu-ray and DVD, Jessica Lange returns is what is said to be her final role in the series as Elsa Mars, the manager of a troubled freak show in the 1950s with a desire for fame at any cost.
Elsa’s freak show is an impressive ensemble played by actual “freaks” for the most part. »
- Jovy Skol
Mill Valley Film Festival's tribute to Ian McKellen on October 11 should help embolden awards prospects for his performance as the Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth facing the winter of his life in "Mr. Holmes" (Roadside/Miramax). An onstage conversation will include clips from his tremendous career, which includes Oscar nominations for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) and "Gods and Monsters" (1998), which won "Holmes" director Bill Condon a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. McKellen is also beloved for his stage work, including many incarnations of Shakespeare, and has long been an outspoken champion of gay rights. Also getting the Mill Valley tribute this year is Sarah Silverman, who will receive a Spotlight appreciation at the fest. Read More: Ian McKellen Will Please Sherlock Fans as 'Mr. Holmes' »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Videology is a bi-weekly column by Kyle Turner where we look at music videos, music in film, and the relationship between the two.
Like other smart pop stars before her, Lana Del Rey is obsessed with identity, particularly its paradoxical nature as something both incredibly malleable as well as the rigidity of the norms that society around us/her set. She’s interested in iconography: it’s not just a fancy word for fame, but iconography as a form of recognition that transcends genre, time, and space. Her latest video, “High on the Beach”, which was released two weeks ago, takes the same general subject as Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”. And though she shoots this video, and in a broader sense her entire persona, through the lens of the disparate relationship between time and fame (1960s Americana juxtaposed 2010 realities), there’s always the nagging feeling that the artifice she’s constructed is just that. »
- Kyle Turner
This week's new episode of Picks From the Rack takes a look at the new Ninja Turtles, a somewhat predicatble Batgirl, Star Wars, and more! Come inside to watch the latest episode and see what you should be reading!
It was a good week for titles guys. I mean except for that crapfest X-Men '92 #2 Which Didn't Make The List!!! Sorry about that. Titles read this week:
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Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Superman #1 is a must have this week. Batgirl #42 was entertaining but predictable. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 rehashes and old storyline but manages to do it better. And Star Wars #7 was a look at a character whom we've never seen what happened between the purge and A New Hope.
Every Wednesday is special to comic book fans, as that's when new issues hit the »
- email@example.com (Jason The X)
It was a good week for titles guys. I mean except for theat crapfest X-Men "92 #2 Which Didn't Make The List!!! Sorry about that. Titles read this week.
Star Wars #7
Justice League:Gods and Monsters Superman #1 is a must have this week. Batgirl #42 was entertaining but predictable. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 rehashes and old storyline bu does it better. And Star Wars #7 was a look at a character whom we've never seen what happened between the purge and A New Hope. Check them out in the vid below.
Picks from the RackMARVEL Comicsdc COMICSidw publishingTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSUPERMANBatgirlSTAR WARSObi Wan Kenobi »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
Bruce Timm has achieved legendary status in certain circles for his contributions to Warner Bros. Animation — including the “Justice League” TV series — and returns to that niche in a dazzling way with “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” an original alternate-universe rewrite of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman’s origins. Conceived by Timm and writer Alan Burnett, this direct-to-Blu-Ray release plays like a mind-bending fever dream, owing a spiritual debt to Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” but standing very much on its own. Clearly calibrated to wow comics aficionados, anyone who can distinguish Batman from Man-Bat will want this baby on their shelves.
In this bizarre (no, not Bizarro) world, Superman (Benjamin Bratt), Batman (Michael C. Hall) and Wonder Woman (Tamara Taylor) operate out of the Tower of Justice, working on behalf of a government that capitalizes on their talents but fears it cannot control them. When the President »
- Brian Lowry
It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Elegantly executed through sincere emotions, graceful maturity and tremendously striking performances, Mr. Holmes is a wonderful return-to-form for director Bill Condon. Following a series of disappointing efforts like the muddled The Fifth Estate and exasperating The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn movies, the filmmaker channels what made him such a haunting force, further humanizing Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional figure and quaintly extenuating his character's story with tons of heart, wit and poise. Based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind", this iteration of Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) finds the notorious detective in 1947, 93-years-old and living under the exaggerated shadow created by his late partner Watson's pen. With a failing mind and continuously haunted by the one mystery he couldn't solve, the retired celebrity returns from Hiroshima, Japan to once again live under the care of his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son »
- Will Ashton
Lets add another entry to the long, long list of feature films concerning the fictional character that’s been in more movies than any other (perhaps this new one will put him past Dracula, or at least in a tie with the Count). Just who is it? To evoke the old cliché, it’s elementary, film fans, for it’s none other than “the world’s greatest detective”, Sherlock Holmes. Most recently director Guy Ritchie cast Robert Downey, Jr. in two big screen blockbusters set at the start of the 20th century (while Sherlock jumped to the modern-day for TV shows on CBS and the BBC). This new film is also set in the 20th century, but our sleuth is not the bare-chested, bare-knuckle brawler from the Ritchie flicks. No, this is set in the middle of said century, with our hero well, well past normal retirement age. Sir Ian McKellen, »
- Jim Batts
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