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Warner Bros. Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes") and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey continue developing author Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer character 'Perry Mason' as a potential feature franchise, with Downey Jr. eyeing the title role.
The new film will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.
As a defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.
Author Gardner had over 135 million copies of his books in print in North »
- Michael Stevens
For those who came in late, a bunch of fans crowdsourced the funds to make a Star Trek fan film, Axanar. The funding campaign was outrageously successful, earning over 1.1 million dollars. That large an amount of money set off Paramount’s sensor array, and they quickly filed suit against said fans for unauthorized use of trademarked items. The folks behind Axanar counter-sued, claiming Paramount didn’t have hold of all the items they claimed. It was going to get testy (and potentially untenable for Paramount if any of the points made in the counter-suit were deemed valid) until J.J. Abrams stepped in and convinced Paramount to calm down.
In response to said events, this week Paramount released a series of guidelines that fan films must follow in order to stay on the right side of the law, or at least on the right side of Paramount’s battery of white-lipped attorneys. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later, »
- Jim Batts
Come one, come all! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander. This all-new fantasy arrives under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" blockbusters. Today, Warner Bros. has released a special sneak peek that introduces a new kind of hero.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926. Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident...Were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble »
You may recall last year that a very odd robbery took place which saw £14 million (though estimated at £200 million) worth of jewels stolen from London’s Hatton Garden Vault, where the collective ages of the four ringleaders came to 278 years. Well, now Signature Entertainment have secured the UK distribution rights for a movie adaptation of the robbery, with filming now underway in and around London.
The Hatton Garden Job picks up with a mysterious thief, who is presented with an opportunity to take down the exclusive Hatton Garden Vault just days after leaving prison. It’s an old school job, requiring old school skills. With real life twists and turns as though written for a movie, The Hatton Garden Job follows our convict recruiting a team of veteran British criminals all eager for one final chance at glory. Together they must stay ahead of the law, dodge hired mercenaries and »
Agatha Christie is known as one of the best-selling novelist of all time, and now, both Sony and Paramount are developing two separate films about the author’s life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s “Agatha Christie” is eyeing Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander to portray the English writer whose life “intersects with the likes of Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle and Winston Churchill.”
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Over at Paramount, the studio’s film, “Agatha,” will focus on what happened to Christie during the 11 days she went missing in 1926. Their top choice to portray the literary sensation is Emma Stone.
But getting things started on these productions require the approval of Christie’s estate, a feat that is no easy task. It took Fox seven years to gain approval to have Kenneth Branagh develop the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express. »
- Liz Calvario
There, she’ll join Eva Green and Alicia Vikander, who is also attached to produce the feature via her newfound Vikarious Productions. Plans are in place for Langseth to fire up production in early August, when the director’s English-language debut will set up shop in the German Alps. Charting the story of two sisters in conflict – played here by Vikander and Green – Euphoria follows their meandering journey through mainland Europe toward a mysterious destination.
Elsewhere, Alicia Vikander has also emerged as an early frontrunner to join one of two competing Agatha Christie movies at Sony and Paramount. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Vikander has become attached to Sony’s nascent feature film, while Paramount is hosting talks with Emma Stone. As opposed to adaptations of Christie’s literary work, »
- Michael Briers
Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its cast and a distributor. Shooting kicked off this week. The Hatton Garden Robbery film will be titled The Hatton Garden Job, and will release in late 2016. Larry Lamb, Joely Richardson and Matthew Goode have landed parts in the Hatton Garden Robbery film, which has started shooting int London. The Hatton Garden Robbery film is the first to be made of the $14 million heist in 2015. Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its shoot underway in the capital
Also starring is The Imitation Game and Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode and Joely Richardson (The Patriot, TV’s Nip Tuck), whilst the ringleaders of the robbery will be played by TV favourite Lamb (TV’s Gavin & Stacey, Eastenders) as Brian Reader, »
- Paul Heath
Coming off of one of last year’s best performances in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has just signed on to writer-director Lisa Langseth‘s latest drama Euphoria, which will be her English-language debut. Deadline reports Rampling will join cast members Eva Green and Langseth-regular Alicia Vikander, who is also producing through her new company Vikarious. The story focuses on two sisters (Green and Vikander), traveling towards an unknown destination in Europe while in conflict. No more information is currently known about the film, which has plans to shoot in the German Alps this August.
In related news, two Agatha Christie films are in the works from Sony and Paramount, with their eyes on Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone, respectively, THR reports. The projects will not be adaptations of Christie’s work, but instead examinations of her life. Sony’s project, titled Agatha Christie, would focus on the titular character (Vikander) crossing »
- Mike Mazzanti
Principal photography recently started in Australia’s New South Wales. The film arrives in theaters on Aug. 4, 2017.
“Prometheus” was set in the late 21st century and about 30 years prior to the events in Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien.” The pic, which generated box office of more than $400 million worldwide, followed scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus who discovered remains of an advanced civilization developing weapons that could wipe out the human race.
- Dave McNary
Hammer hits one out of the park with this 'ripping good' Sherlock Holmes tale, tilted heavily toward gothic mystery and horror. Peter Cushing and André Morell excel in heroic roles, while Christopher Lee doesn't have to play a monster, just a coward. Terence Fisher's directing skill is at its height. The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1959 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 86 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis De Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon. Cinematography Jack Asher Production Designer Bernard Robinson Film Editor Alfred Cox Original Music James Bernard Written by Peter Bryan from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Michael Carreras & Anthony Hinds Directed by Terence Fisher
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In addition to their straight-up gothic horrors, Hammer films produced films in other genres, such as costume adventures and war pictures. »
- Glenn Erickson
Is there anything sexier than solving crime? According to TV, there isn't. Good-looking men dusting for fingerprints and swabbing for blood are a dime a dozen on the small screen, from Special Agent Booth on Bones to Sherlock Holmes on Elementary or Sherlock. But which male TV cop or detective do you think is so sexy it's criminal?
In the comments section below, tell us who you think is the sexiest male cop/detective on TV? »
Annecy — London-based Animatsu Entertainment, a new U.K. anime production, distribution and sales company has taken global rights to “In This Corner of the World,” (aka “To All the Corners of This World”).
“Corner” was presented in a Work in Progress session at Annecy on Thursday 16. The third feature from director and scriptwriter Sunao Katabuchi, “Corner” is produced by Genco’s Taro Maki, producer of TV skein “Mobile Police Patlabor,” “Nodame Cantabile,” and “Sword Art Online,” as well as Mappa studio, founded by Masao Maruyama. President and later chief creative officer at prestigious Japanese studio Madhouse until 2011, Maruyama produced “Kids on the Slope” and “Terror in Resonance,” among many other TV series.
Katabuchi (“Mai Mai Miracle”) began his career with Oscar-winning animation helmer Hayao Miyazaki as a writer on his celebrated “Sherlock Holmes” TV series. He later served as assistant director on Miyazaki’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
“In This »
- Emilio Mayorga
Solving a mystery is its own reward. Whether it concerns a misplaced item in your home, or following along with a crime drama, there’s nothing quite like the smug satisfaction of knowing all the answers. Trying to give a first-hand experience of what it’s like to constantly feel superior is Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes series. The latest title, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, promises “a breathtaking thriller that will test the limits of your nerves and intelligence.”
For the most part, you’ll be in control of Mr Holmes in what is essentially a point-and-click adventure within a 3D environment. There are 5 cases to solve, that all include moments teasing the titular title, up until the final mystery. Each story works in the same way; you’re given a case, visit locations relevant to the crime, then logically piece everything together to discover the truth.
The important question is does the game manages to capture the feeling of being Sherlock Holmes? Well, kind of. The positive elements come in the form of Sherlock-esque mechanics, such as closely analyzing characters to form a profile of them. There’s also a way to switch to a black and white view where details “most people would miss” appear in yellow, and another button that allows you to visualize what may have happened in the past or occur in the future, due to specific chains of events. They’re appealing ways of showing off Sherlock’s skills without getting in the player’s way, and capture how the great detective may view the world.
The other successful element, is that The Devil’s Daughter pulls you into its world. My favourite areas were definitely the ones involving the streets of London, as I felt immersed with the locals and could almost smell that grubby air. In a similar fashion, the character’s all had a rough dirtiness to them, matching the times. They’re not the best designs ever, but other than the odd one, it was easy to get into the style. What really pushed things forward though was the voice acting. It added a much needed life to the personalities, which would have mostly fallen flat without the extra colour.
Things start to droop a bit when it comes to the stories, though. They hooked me in quite quickly at the start of a case, but petered out just as fast. A certain amount of curiosity would stay throughout the plotlines, but there was never that tingle of excitement over piecing clues together, or any real tension from the situations. Much of this was the fault of a lack of detail or suspense in the storytelling, but a lot was due to the intrusive puzzles and long loading times.
I have no aversion to a Sherlock Holmes game having the odd puzzle or two. The problem is that most of them had little to do with solving crime, and were instead shoved in to make The Devil’s Daughter feel more like a ‘game.’ The best example is a segment near the beginning of the first quest where you have to tail someone. Not only do you have the joy of constantly hiding behind cover, but must also perform mini-games in the form of cleaning a chimney, balancing on ledges and shining shoes. To be fair, there were moments when the puzzles did make me feel like Sherlock Holmes, such as analyzing blood samples or solving riddles, but they were unfortunately very few and far between.
For me, the loading times were The Devil’s Daughter’s most frustrating feature. Please note that I was playing the PC version on a mid-high end laptop, so other systems and console versions may fair better. For me though, I found the average loading time to be around 3 minutes, which was pretty bad considering it had to load every time I changed location. To give an idea of how much it affected things, the normal playtime is around 8 hours, but mine clocked in at 20. It did improve however once I discovered the ability to change the loading screen from watching Sherlock inside his carriage to a standard picture, so I’d suggest a trip to the option screen as soon as possible.
If you manage to get through The Devil’s Daughter’s negatives, you’ll grab all the clues in a case and piece them together to come up with a name for who committed the crime. To keep things interesting, there is normally more than one possible culprit that can be accused, dependent on how you interpret each character’s actions. So if you think a suspect holds a grudge against others, this will probably point fingers in their direction. But if you also believe that they don’t possess the talent to set-up the crime, you may need to rethink your answer so everything fits neatly together.
There are two different endings for whoever you decide did the deed, one for sending them to prison, and the other for understanding their motives and forgiving them. While it’s satisfying to see your own personal justice dealt out, the multiple endings make for some rather ambiguous conclusions. I was left disappointed by the amount of endings that ignored clues, glossed over character motivations, and failed to give a solid ‘how it was all done’ sequence. The final insult is the ability to replay your choice after the case, on a screen that also says whether you accused the right person. It rather takes away from the freedom of making your own deductions.
With so many Sherlock Holmes titles under their belt already, you’d have thought that Frogwares would had gotten the formula down to a fine art by now. In reality though, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter misses the mark, with loading times and puzzles constantly dragging away from the plot. Moments where the mechanics get it right can provide a rush of smugness comparable to Sherlock’s character, but it was never enough to save the vague solutions, or make the journey to reach them rewarding.
This review is based off a PC version of the game, which we were provided with.
- Gabs Tanner
Annecy — France’s Didier Brunner, a co-creator of Europe’s modern upscale animation, is preparing a “Big Bad Fox” movie, plus animated TV series spin-offs based around the figures of Sherlock Holmes and Menino, the plucky stick boy hero of Brazil’s “The Boy and the World.”
Paris-based Folivari, founded by Brunner in 2014, has also boarded “My Family and the Wolf,” an anticipated new animated feature from Barcelona’s Headless which reps Folivari’s first live-action film. With ten movies or series coming down the pike, Folivari now rates as not only one of the most prestigious but also most active of animation production houses in Europe.
The 2016 slate represents a full-flowering of Folivari which Brunner launched after being bought out of Les Armateurs, which he established in 1997. Of animation producers, only DreamWorks Animation, Pixar, Disney and Japan’s Studio Ghibli have scored more Academy Award nominations than Brunner. He receives the 2016 Annecy Festival’s Honorary Cristal at fest’s June 18 closing ceremony.
Co-directed by Benjamin Renner, whose debut feature “Ernest and Celestine” scored an Academy Award nomination, “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” has been produced as a triptych of humor-laced TV half-hours, sold internationally by Paris-based Superights. The three animal fables, about a cack-handed fox, and a rabbit, duck and pig delivering a stork’s baby and then Christmas presents, will air on Canal Plus in France from Christmas 2016.
Linked by interludes featuring a muppet forest owl designed by Renner, they will now also form the basis of a theatrical feature, ready for delivery from early 2017. Folivari is in talks with a French distributor for a theatrical release, Brunner said.
Animated in 2D, “Big Bad Wolf” adapts three Renner comic books. Also produced by Brunner, late 2012’s “Ernest and Celestine” scored 1.14 admissions in France, earning an around $9.4 million in gross box office, making it Studiocanal’s eighth biggest release in France in the last five years.
Based on six French comic books which were written by Jean-Blaise Djian and Olivier Legrand and illustrated by David Etien, “The Baker Street Four” will be a six-hour animated series. It turns on a gaggle of street urchins, dubbed the Baker Street Irregulars by Arthur Conan Doyle, which Sherlock Holmes uses as a form of street spy network. In the comic books, its number has been reduced to three, two teen boys and a girl who, inspired by Holmes, set out to solve their own mysteries in “a kind of ‘Oliver Twist’ London,” Brunner said. Legrand will co-author the screenplays. Writing will begin in July/August. Folivari co-produces with the Blue Spirit animation studio in Angouleme.
In further news, Folivari will executive produce “My Family and the Wolf,” a longterm project of Barcelona animation trio Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres and Victor Maldonado (“Nocturna”), also known as Headless, which is set up at Christine Ponzevera’s Paris-based Nectarious Films. A live action film, with some animated sequences, the family horror film “My Family and the Wolf” will feature “a strong European cast,” said Brunner.
“Spanish creators are very singular and highly talented,” he added.
As announced late late week, Folivari is also teaming with Pierre Sissmann’s Cyber Group Studios and Batholemy Fougea’s Winds, the company behind the 2013 Cesar-winning documentary “On the Way to School,” to produce “Menino and the Children of the World.” Enrolling the lead character from Brazilian Ale Abreu’s “The Boy and the World” – which won Annecy’s top Cristal in 2014 and was nominated this year for an Academy Award – the short format docu-series mixes live action and animation as Menino visits children from different parts of the world and sees how they live. A first episode will be completed this August. The first episode, to be completed this August, is directed by Pauline Brunner and written by Pauline Brunner and Marion Verle. It will be sold worldwide by Cyber Group Studios. “Menino” will be presented at September’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse.
Of previously announced projects, Tanhuy de Kermel’s pre-school fantasy adventure “SamSam, the Tiniest of the Great Heroes,” which is made in 3D CGI, was unveiled at March’s Cartoon Movie. A pilot is available, with a view to shooting first half or September 2017, Brunner said. Mac Guff will provide animation. Juan Antin’s Inca era eco-themed adventure “Pachamana” will be co-produced by France’s O2B Films and Luxembourg’s Dog House Films. It initiates pre-production in September.
Lead-produced by Jean-Charles Osterero’s Julianne Films and based on a celebrated manga series written and illustrated by Japan’s Jiro Taniguchi, “The Summit of the Gods” is now at advanced screenplay stage.
Turning on a young Japanese climber who discovers George Mallory’s camera, or so he thinks, and then is drawn into a climbing mentor’s plan to solo the South-West face of Everest in winter without oxygen, “The Summit of the Gods” will be made in 2D/CGI, targeting family audiences and adult/Ya audiences.
The director of animation on “Ernest and Celestine,” Patrick Imbert helms from a screenplay by Magalie Pouzol, writer of episodes in two French TV series, “Camping Paradis” and “Polo.”
“Summit’s” subject is rare for animation. “The Baker Street Four’s” six-hour limited series structure also. Both underscore the scale of Folivari’s ambitions.
“We’d like to make films and TV series with real market potential but which are also the signature of an original, high-quality auteur,” Brunner said.
That is no cakewalk, but no pipe dream either. Ready for delivery in May 2017, TV series “Ernest and Celestine, The Collection” has sold to 25 countries to date. Airing in April 2015, “The Long, Long Holidays,” produced by Brunner at Les Armateurs, drew 1.3 million viewers on public broadcaster channel France 3, a robust and encouraging result.
- John Hopewell
Rob Doherty is still on the case. The creator, executive producer and showrunner of Elementary has closed a new three-year overall deal with the studio behind the CBS drama series, CBS Television Studios. Under the pact, Doherty will continue as executive producer and showrunner on Elementary, which is headed into its fifth season. The series, which gives a contemporary spin (and a female sidekick) to the classic Sherlock Holmes character, has done well for CBS, with… »
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a vigorous discussion among people who create and/or love comics about the relationships and responsibilities of creators and fans. This is nothing new — fans have been demanding certain kinds of stories that authors don’t want to create at least since Conan Doyle was forced to bring Sherlock Holmes back from the dead — but the internet brings so many more people into the conversation.
And too many of these people on the internet don’t understand the difference between a discussion among people with different points of view and a unilateral demand for submission.
Now, I don’t read Cap. Nothing against him, just not my jam. Still, when I read a commentary from the Israeli newspaper, »
- Martha Thomases
Basketball legend, novelist, and superstar polymath Kareem Abdul-Jabbar brings his take on Sherlock Holmes’ older brother to comics in August with the release of Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1 from Titan Comics, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here…
An all-new adventure set in the world of the bestselling Mycroft Holmes novel, 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 civilization-destroying weapons, each two hundred years in advance of the status quo. 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?
Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1 is out on August 3rd.
- Amie Cranswick
This week, Neil Calloway looks at a poll that combines politics and film characters…
Tom Hiddleston recently said that the only two topics of conversation in Britain were how will the EU referendum vote go and who will be the next James Bond?
One of these is obviously the important issue of who the next actor to take over the mantle of being 007 will be, and the other is the rather more trivial issue of where Britain’s future lies. As well as politicians weighing in on the issue, various actors have too; Emma Thompson is for Remain, and Michael Caine is for Leave. Most recently Matt Damon – previously not known to hold strong views on the Common Agricultural Policy – came out in favour of Britain staying in the EU. I make that three Oscars for Remain and only two for Leave.
If you don’t want advice from real people in the entertainment world, »
- Neil Calloway
If it had taken much longer to get this reboot going, the sandmen might have come after it. After upwards of 20 years in development and redevelopment, Logan’s Run is back on again. Deadline is reporting that the remake of the 1976 movie has added Ryan Condal (Colony) to write the script. For those unfamiliar, Logan’s Run is a cult sci-fi film in which people who reach 30 are killed by “sandmen” as a way to control the population. When Logan 5 (Michael York), a sandman, finds out that he’s soon to be “controlled,” he runs. The movie also featured Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Peter Ustinov. The Oscar-winning flick (Special Achievements in Visual Effects) grossed an inflation adjusted $104 million. The reboot will be produced by Simon Kinberg (Deadpool), Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow). »
- David Eckstein
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