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Review by Baron Fortnightly
“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”
The world seems to enjoy seeing Lego brought to life cinematically, as the recent successes of “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie” have shown. Yet, as is the case with all things that bring happiness to large groups of people, “The Lego Batman Movie” has managed to attract some controversy, in this case for apparently containing pro-gay propaganda.
As reported by The Mary Sue, one critic in particular, John-Henry Western of the website Voice of the Family, claims that the hit animated movie is riddled with homosexual elements. Western focuses particularly on the longstanding thematic element of Bruce Wayne’s dual identity as defender of Gotham and billionaire playboy, and cites Pj Media’s Michael Hamilton’s review, which argues that because Robin views Batman and Bruce Wayne as separate identities, he views them as his two fathers, »
- Michael Gonzalez
By mid-May, the broadcast networks must make some tough calls as to which series will return for the 2017-18 TV season, and which… won’t.
As that deadline draws near, TVLine is singling out a few “bubble” shows and sizing up their prospects — based in large part on creative strides (and stumbles) and future potential, but also with a requisite nod to cold, hard numbers.
Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Next up is CBS’ long-running take on the Sherlock Holmes canon.
The Show | CBS’ Elementary (Sundays at 10/9c)
Almost nine years ago, Step Brothers, one of Will Ferrell's most beloved movies, made its debut in theaters. In the years since, especially after Anchorman 2 finally got made (even though it didn't live up to the legacy of the original), there has been demand and some possible talk of Step Brothers 2 happening. But that has mostly been put to bed. Both Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay have both weighed in on the potential sequel, saying that there are no plans to make a follow-up right now and that they doubt it will ever happen.
The pair recently spoke with Rolling Stone about Step Brothers 2, which Ferrell and McKay have kicked around ideas for in the past. However, while speaking to Rolling Stone, Will Ferrell made it clear that as of right now, they have no plans to do a sequel to Step Brothers. But they are having to resist some temptation. »
Fox has given an early renewal to buddy cop series “Lethal Weapon,” Variety has learned.
The TV adaptation of the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover film, starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans, has proved a more than solid performer for Fox, averaging a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 6.63 million; Fox says that viewing over all linear and digital platforms brings the total viewer average up to 11 million per episode. It was the network’s first new series to be given a full season order back in October.
“‘Lethal Weapon’ continues to fire on all cylinders,” said Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros. »
- Oriana Schwindt
Dozens of versions of the King Arthur legend have been brought to the big screen over the years, so what makes King Arthur: Legend of the Sword different? We first heard about the project in January 2014, when Warner Bros. indicated a desire to transform the legend into a film franchise spanning six installments. Director Guy Ritchie came on board, fresh off the success of two movies that reinvented Sherlock Holmes for modern audiences, in the person of the brawling Robert Downey Jr. Production got underway in March 2015 with Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Jude Law as the primary villain; the cast also included Eric Bana, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and Djimon Hounsou. Knights of the Round Table, as it was known at the time, was slated for release on July 22, 2016. By the end of 2015...
- Peter Martin
Dozens of versions of the King Arthur legend have been brought to the big screen over the years, so what makes King Arthur: Legend of the Sword different? We first heard about the project in January 2014, when Warner Bros. indicated a desire to transform the legend into a film franchise spanning six installments. Director Guy Ritchie came on board, fresh off the success of two movies that reinvented Sherlock Holmes for modern audiences thanks to a brawling Robert Downey Jr. Production got...
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Dozens of versions of the King Arthur legend have been brought to the big screen over the years, so what makes King Arthur: Legend of the Sword different? We first heard about the project in January 2014, when Warner Bros. indicated a desire to transform the legend into a film franchise spanning six installments. Director Guy Ritchie came on board, fresh off the success of two movies that reinvented Sherlock Holmes for modern audiences, in the person of the brawling Robert Downey Jr....
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Vulture Watch How long will Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson fight crime in the Big Apple? Has the Elementary TV show been cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for all TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the dedicated place to track the status of Elementary season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the television network, Elementary follows detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). This modern-day adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories features some new spins on the classic crime-solving duo. Instead of assisting Scotland Yard, they crack New York City's toughest cases. A former surgeon who lost a patient, as well as her license to practice, »
Guy Ritchie is mostly known for doing smaller, personal and very stylized movies, such as Snatch and RocknRolla. However, he has done some big studio movies, such as both of the Robert Downy Jr., Sherlock Holmes movies, as well as the recent movie adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Now he is dipping his toes into the world of medieval legends with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and a new trailer for the movie has just arrived online.
Warner Bros. has just released the latest trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which gives us a new look at this very different take on the classic tale. The movie is said to be the first in a planned six-movie series, assuming this first one does well enough to warrant a sequel. With a reported budget of $102 million, it will have to bring in some pretty serious cash at »
Author: Jon Lyus
Guy Ritchie is about to deliver his own take on another English legend. Following his dalliance in Late Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes Ritchie and Co. are taking us back even further with Charlie Hunnam taking on the beard and mantle of King Arthur. Today a new trailer gave us a new look at what we’re to expect when the film is released on the 12th of May.
The song of the titular monarch has been sung often, however you can imagine that the director will bring his own sense of style and kinetic frenzy to proceedings. From what we’ve seen so far it has all this and more, with Hunnam providing a particularly grimy king.
- Jon Lyus
Guy Ritchie’s speed-ramping, slow-motion hyper kinetic filmmaking served him well for “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels,” and “Snatch,” but maybe he needs to ease off it for period piece films. Both the “Sherlock Holmes” films and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” suffered from stylistic overkill, and his latest, “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword,” looks much the same.
- Edward Davis
Apparently deciding he needs something other than Marvel and the occasional Sherlock Holmes movie to creatively sustain him, Robert Downey Jr. is linking up with Richard Linklater for a new film. Variety reports the project is based on a recent installment of the Reply All podcast called “Man Of The People,” which aired January 19. The episode is about John R. Brinkley, a fraudulent doctor who surgically implanted goat testicles in men to purportedly alleviate impotence. His story was recently made into the documentary Nuts!.Variety does not say whether Downey will be playing Brinkley or the man who worked to expose him, Dr. Morris Fishbein. The wacky tale does seem like it aligns with both Linklater’s and Downey‘s sensibilities. Megan Ellison is producing. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Warning: This post contains spoilers about “The Lego Batman Movie”
If you think it’s hard to keep track of all the bad guys that show up in “The Lego Batman Movie,” you should see the original list of villains that the filmmakers wanted to give cameos. In addition to the usual Batman bad guys, like the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, several villains from other popular films make appearances. These include Voldemort from “Harry Potter,” the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”
“The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay recently told EW that he had high hopes that some bizarre bad guys could also work their way into the story, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from “Gangs of New York, »
- Graham Winfrey
Yesterday was a tough one for the Newell family. Actually, the past few months haven’t been easy; my dad is – well, the best way to describe the situation is that my father is a soul trapped in the shell of what was once a healthy, vibrant human being. To be honest, I don’t know why he isn’t dead. And my mom had a stroke about a month ago – and although she’s up and walking around (with the aid of a walker), the energetic and vivacious woman with whom I laughed and fought and loved is gone, too, leaving behind an old lady who is dip-shit batty – though I must admit that some of what she says is pretty funny.
And at least they both are in the same nursing home.
We have spent the last few weeks cleaning out their apartment – especially my brother, who has »
- Mindy Newell
If yesterday's Hot Rumor turns out to be correct, then Ben Affleck stepping down as director for The Batman last week was only the beginning of what looks like a large scale overhaul. I'll spare you a recap of what the latest rumors are (if you're interested you can Click Here), and instead...dive right into the fun stuff.
Since it's looking very possible that an entirely new creative team is going to be installed for The Batman, complete with a new script, we'd like to take this opportunity to let the incoming team know what we want (and don't want) to see in this movie.
And this isn't a final list. We expect You to add to it in the Comments. We're not intending to speak for you here, so please feel free to add (or subtract) from our list of suggestions for The Batman.
Let's get to it! »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Fans of Batman are going to get an extra special treat this weekend as Will Arnett’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader introduced in 2014’s The Lego Movie gets his very own solo adventure in The Lego Batman Movie, opening Friday.
The animated film is directed by Chris McKay, who was animation director on The Lego Movie and who cut his teeth as a director and producer of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken before joining Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a new animated Lego universe.
In the new movie, Batman has to deal with the fact that his desire to be a loner has left him rather lonely (not that he’ll admit it) and the introduction of a young orphan named Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) and the new Commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Scott), gives him and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) a chance to form a family »
- Edward Douglas
With Black Panther currently in production, set photos from the movie are starting to hit the Internet which are giving us some insights into the film. Some photos came out yesterday that gave us our first look at Andy Serkis as villain Ulysses Klaue, who we last saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The photographer also claims that Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger was also on set for the scene, but couldn’t snap him. Read more here.
K-stew Gets Spooked
With Personal Shopper set to arrive in UK cinemas next month, a new trailer has been released for writer-director Olivier Assayas’ critically acclaimed supernatural drama which stars Kristen Stewart getting spooky. Watch the trailer here.
The Last Jedi Is Luke?!
Since the reveal of Star Wars: The Last Jedi there have been a lot of questions about the plot of the movie. Some quickly figured that Jedi is also the plural, »
- Luke Owen
If you’re harboring concerns of potential whitewashing with regards to Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie, don’t; producer Dan Lin has revealed that the Mouse House is making a conscious effort to recruit a diverse ensemble cast for the Guy Ritchie-directed fairytale.
Collider caught up with Lin in anticipation of The Lego Batman Movie gracing theaters this coming weekend, at which point the producer stressed that Aladdin won’t succumb to the lack of diversity seen in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Instead, Ritchie and the creative team are drafting up plans to cast relative newcomers as the film’s leading duo, Aladdin and Jasmine – and make no mistake, Ritchie’s live-action version will be a musical through and through.
First up, on the topic of casting concerns, Dan Lin noted that the Powers That Be at Disney want to make a movie “that’s authentic to that world. »
- Michael Briers
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s comedic take on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle now has a release date. Holmes & Watson will hit theaters on August 3, 2018 through Sony Pictures. Ferrell will play the famous detective Sherlock Holmes while Reilly will be his trusty companion Dr. John Watson.
Holmes & Watson will be directed by Etan Cohen from a script has written himself. Other cast members include Laura Lapkus as a woman named Millie, Kelly McDonald as Mrs. Hudson, Hugh Laurie as the older Holmes brother Mycroft, Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart and Ralph Fiennes as the detective’s infamous nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
The film is currently shooting in London. »
- Ricky Church
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