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So apparently live-action adaptations of Disney classics are the new big thing. Or at least, the House of Mouse is trying very hard to make it the new big thing. From my perspective, it seems like it hasn’t quite caught on yet, since I recall Cinderella not making a massive splash. Still, their Alice in Wonderland movie made a fair amount at the box office, so I suppose the train rolls on. The latest of Disney’s back catalogue to go three-dimensional is Beauty and the Beast, courtesy of director Bill Condon, a director with a surprisingly varied filmography. There’s Gods and Monsters, his film about the late life of Frankenstein director James Whale, and more recently Mr Holmes, which was in many respects the same film but with Ian McKellan playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes and no hunky gardener. And then there’s the time he directed one of the Candyman sequels, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Geek Culture is both spontaneously youthful and historically well heeled. New brands emerge frequently, like Boom! Studios Lumberjanes and The Backstagers, just written up in the New York Times. But brands like Batman and Captain America are more than 75 years old and provide a rich history for storytellers and collectors alike.
In this, my second of three articles exploring Geek Culture’s fascination with The Phantom, an 80 year old brand, I’m taking our conversation to Ireland.
Eoin McAuley is an ambitious professional who helped launch the Dublin Comic Con. And this year, there’s a charity overlay at this convention spotlighting The Phantom. Here’s my recent interview with Eoin.
Ed Catto: I’m anxious to hear about the Dublin Comic Con, Eoin. Can you please tell me about your convention?
Eoin McAuley: Dublin Comic Convention was first launched in 2013 by two friends, Karl Walsh and Derek Cosgrave, who »
- Ed Catto
Last month, Robert Downey Jr. suggested that a reunion with director Guy Ritchie and co-star Jude Law could be on the cards later this year for a third Sherlock Holmes movie, with Warner Bros. subsequently announcing that James Coyne (Vikingdom, Puncture Wounds) is penning the script. Now producer Joel Silver has reaffirmed to Collider that cameras could begin rolling in the fall as well as teasing the possibility of further extending the franchise beyond a third movie.
“It looks like it could happen this fall,” states Silver. “Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into [Avengers: Infinity War], right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude Law is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it »
- Gary Collinson
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1868 The Great Train Robbery happens. It's the subject of a highly influential 10 minute silent film (embedded above) as soon as people figure out what to do with cameras and celluloid in 1903. Cross-cutting, breaking the fourth wall, inventing the western action movie genre? It's all happening right here.
1907 Laurence Olivier is born. Not yet a "Sir" but already expecting a cooing audience
1967 Brooke Smith, »
- NATHANIEL R
The first trailer has arrived online for The CW’s upcoming drama series Frequency, which is based upon the 2000 feature film of the same name and stars Peyton List, Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Ruivivar, Lenny Jacobson, Devin Kelley and Daniel Bonjour; check it out here…
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when »
- Amie Cranswick
Elementary, my dear Watson. It all comes down to scheduling. The famed British detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick could be returning to the big screen, provided producers can figure out a time when its star, Robert Downey Jr., isn’t busy. And that’s a tall order. Producer Joel Silver revealed this news in an interview with Collider. “It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done,” Silver said. “We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now.” The two Sherlock movies have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. »
- David Eckstein
Last month, while promoting Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr. teased that production on the long-awaited Sherlock Holmes 3 could begin later this year. He also confirmed that director Guy Ritchie will return to the helm. Those details were never confirmed by the studio, but today we have word from producer Joel Silver, who backed up the actor's claims, revealing they are eyeing a fall shoot. The producer also confirmed that they have a script in place, and that both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will be available to reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson.
Back in 2011, the same year Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was released, Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) came aboard to write the script, but it isn't known if it's this script that the producers are moving forward with, or if other writers have come aboard since then. Unfortunately, Joel Silver didn't »
Tony Black on the original of Wells vs. The Ripper…
It’s been quite the week for time travel TV shows, as first NBC’s Timeless dropped a trailer (and if that show could have more cliches, I’d love to know how), the announcement that Jeremy Carver has jumped from the good ship Supernatural to head up a TV version of Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel 2000 thriller Frequency (I know, you’ve never heard of it, but don’t worry), and now the trailer for Time After Time has landed on ABC. Anyone who’s seen it will understand the concept is simply thus: Hg Wells actually invented that time machine he wrote about *in* The Time Machine and when it’s knicked by his mate, none other than the world’s most infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, Wells must follow him forward in time to the present day »
- Tony Black
A few weeks ago whilst out doing promotional rounds for "Captain America: Civil War," actor Robert Downey Jr. dropped a delightful surprise - that he, Jude Law and Guy Ritchie would be re-teaming for a third outing in their "Sherlock Holmes" film franchise. In fact there was a chance the movie could be shooting by this Fall.
Shortly after came word that James Coyne had been brought onboard to pen a new draft of the script. Now, during promotional rounds for "The Nice Guys," the franchise's producer Joel Silver offered more details and indicated that the series is far from over. He tells Collider that it's all a matter of scheduling:
"It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He's gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we're trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. »
- Garth Franklin
Considering how long it’s taken to get a third Sherlock Holmes movie moving, you’d think that there’d be caution when it comes to talking about more of them.
But no! Producer Joel Silver has all-but-confirmed that the plan is to get Sherlock Holmes 3 in front of the cameras this October. That’s nearly five years since the release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, and both Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law will be reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson. Guy Ritchie is expected back to direct.
“Downey says he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the new year, so we’re trying to get it done”, said Silver.
Confirming too that the screenplay is now in place, »
The CW has released trailers for its new shows ahead of the 2016-17 season, which were unveiled at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York on Thursday morning. The CW’s fall schedule includes film adaptation “Frequency” and hourlong comedy “No Tomorrow,” along with Season 2 of “Supergirl,” which is shifting to the network from corporate sibling CBS. Greg Berlanti’s “Riverdale” will debut at midseason.
Check out the new promos below.
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar »
- Laura Prudom
About a month ago, Robert Downey Jr. revealed to ShortList that he and director Guy Ritchie were planning on revisiting the Sherlock Holmes franchise very soon. Both previous films performed reasonably well at the box office -- taking in just over a $500 million at the box office each -- yet after the first sequel, the franchise just kind of...disappeared. So is it really coming back?
Well, it turns out that Downey wasn't just giving lip service to the dormant property, as producer Joel Silver has now confirmed that the return of the franchise not only seems possible, but inevitable.
Here's what Silver had to say in an interview with Collider while promoting his upcoming film, The Nice Guys:
“It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we »
- Joseph Medina
The CW has a "super" new lineup for Fall 2016-2017, including the arrival of "Supergirl," which appears to be making a smooth transition from CBS on the same night and time, plus "Supernatural" moving once again for Season 12, this time back to Thursdays. The network really wants to keep fans on their toes with that show (which also has new showrunners). Whatever. Fans will follow it wherever it goes, even if it gets traded to CBS like a network fantasy league.
"We have four terrific additions to our schedule next season, and five great anchors at eight o'clock, every night of the week. [...] We are thrilled to have Supergirl on The CW this fall, joining our popular roster of DC heroes. Plus, we have three new series lined up for next season that perfectly fit our brand, »
- Gina Carbone
“Supergirl” will land in its familiar Monday 8 p.m. time slot when the drama relocates from CBS to the CW in the fall.
The DC Comics superhero series will be paired on the night with the third season of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in what the network called the union of a woman with superpowers and an “everyday superwoman.” “We think ‘Supergirl’ will give a real boost to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ” CW chief Mark Pedowitz said.
Meanwhile, new romantic comedy “No Tomorrow” lands the coveted Tuesday 9 p.m. slot behind CW’s highest-rated series, “The Flash.” Pedowitz said the offbeat show about a romance that blooms as the apocalypse draws near “shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism” that made it a good fit for the time slot.
CW has ordered four new dramas for the 2016-17 campaign (see listings below), with three settling onto the fall schedule. “Riverdale, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Titan Comics has announced that it is teaming up with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a new comic book adventure entitled Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, which follows the exploits of Sherlock Holmes’ older brother.
An all-new adventure, The Apocalypse Handbook sees the diffident, brilliant Mycroft pulled into a globe-spanning adventure at the behest of Queen Victoria and a secret organization at the heart of the British government. A madman is on the loose with futuristic weaponry capable of destroying civilization in the most horrific manner. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?
This exciting comic series sees Abdul-Jabbar team with best-selling novelist Raymond Obstfeld (Joker and the Thief) to pen a fresh, all-new story that adds new revelations and insights into the life of Mycroft. The five-part serial features art »
- Gary Collinson
Javier Botet, recently seen in “The Revenant” and previously in “[Rec],” will be joined by Brittany Ashworth (“The Crucifixion,” “Lone Soldier”,) and Gregory Fitoussi (“G.I. Joe,” “World War Z, “Mr Selfridge”.)
The film is directed by Mathieu Turi and produced by Xavier Gens (“Frontier(s),” “Hitman”) with Full Time Films (Thomas Lubeau, Eric Gendarme, Olivier Château). Turi was previously assistant director for “Lucy,” “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows,” and “Inglourious Basterds”.
“It is an ambitious technical agenda and story and is expected to be an instant cult classic,” said Aymeric Contat Desfontaines, All Rights’ managing director. The film is set for delivery in 2017.
- Patrick Frater
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle are both legends in their own right. Houdini was a master magician and escape artist. Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes and author of those and other books. A new Fox series makes Houdini and Doyle crime solvers in the early 1900s.
Michael Weston plays Houdini. After a Television Critics Association for Houdini & Doyle, Weston stuck around to speak more with a group of reporters and we were there to ask him questions about magic tricks and Houdini history. "Houdini & Doyle" airs Mondays at 9Pm on Fox.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Fred Topel)
Jones, who voiced Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter feature films, joins stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), and Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan). No word who Jones will play, but co-creator Steven Moffat teases he will be, "...bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains."
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Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
- Thomas Roach
The story centres on teenage girl Lila (Lane) who goes on the run after exposing her dangerous mind power, only to find herself at the heart of a secret war being fought between a shadowy military organisation and a fugitive gang with whom she may share talents.
The film will mark the directorial debut of Paul Franklin, who has worked with Christopher Nolan on the VFX of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, for which he won the Oscar for the latter two.
Jessica Parker and Jessica Malik of Us-based Pari Passu Films will produce alongside Steve Clark-Hall, producer of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and The Man from Uncle. MyAnna Buring is executive producer.
The screenplay »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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