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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Hart of Dixie, NCIS and White Collar!
1 | Should we read anything into the fact that Saturday Night Live host Martin Freeman omitted Sherlock from his list of credits during the monologue? Which of Taran Killam’s impressions was more impressive: Alan Rickman or Gollum? And has the show offered up a less funny sketch this season than the inscrutable “Pine River Lodge Tree Lighting” (with Freeman and Kenan Thompson »
Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.
Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.
Here are the results: Den Of Geek »
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
Our countdown of the best TV shows of 2014 continues today with 10-6 - check back tomorrow (December 19) when we'll reveal the top 5 and our favourite show of the year.
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
10. In The Flesh
One of the great telly crimes of 2014 has BBC Three's willingness to let the fate of this smart, emotional, innovative BAFTA-winning series go unresolved.
Gaiman previously wrote a pair of episodes, 'The Doctor's Wife' and 'Nightmare in Silver', for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).
The writer recently explained that he is currently too busy to make the "enormous time commitment" necessary to write for Doctor Who.
"I'm not writing for series nine right now, just because of ridiculous work commitments I'm trying to get out from under," Gaiman told the Radio Times. "I am determined to write for Peter Capaldi.
"As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him. And every time I'm in the UK, I go and see the Doctor Who people. I go see [producer] Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, and none of us are going to let me go off the boil. »
Phew—2014 is over. But you know what that means. Another year is on the horizon, and with a turn of the calendar comes a tidal wave of pop culture items, each eager to become your new favorite thing. Fortunately for you, Entertainment Weekly’s annual forecast issue is here to help you wade through the waters and find the movie, show, album, or book (it's a race to find the next Gone Girl!) that’s destined to find its way into your hands in 2015. You may have heard about a few little indies coming up. Star Wars: The Force Awakens? »
- EW staff
With The Lord of the Rings off the big screen and now only taking up two to three inches on our DVD shelves, we were left wanting. If any kind of movie is perfectly made for theatre viewing, it’s a Middle-earth movie.
Thankfully, Peter Jackson had another book to adapt.
Waiting around for Martin Freeman to finish up his season of "Sherlock" was one of Peter’s more genius ideas. We can’t think of anyone else who could portray the younger version of Ian Holm’s stubborn, grumpy, yet weirdly pleasant Bilbo Baggins.
If Bilbo is one reason to love The Hobbit, what are the others? Let’s try and pin down the top reasons why Peter Jackson’s second trek though Middle-earth is just as epic as the first!
- Sasha James
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In the world of Doctor Who fandom, the name Steven Moffat lives in infamy – and rightfully so. After all, under his current leadership as the Doctor Who showrunner, the series is practically living in plot holes so big it could tear the fabric of the universe apart. Continuity? Forget about it! The next episode sure did. Watch another TV show. Ain’t getting one here. Not even close. These are the things in the show that non-fans point out every time it’s argued that “Doctor Who sucks!” And it is so true how can we possibly talk back?
The problem is, he is way too ambitious in his stories. He puts way too many big ideas on a canvas that it turns into a cluttered mess. And, as time has gone by, it’s become a cluttered mess he seemingly has no intention of cleaning up. »
- Jon Garcia
I love interviewing Martin Freeman. Not only is he a very talented actor that's always great in front of the camera; it's also because no matter what you want to talk about, he always finds a way to work in funny stories that will make you laugh. My interview last week in London for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was no different. Not only did he talk about what people say about him online, or what he'd ask J. R. R. Tolkien if he could travel back in time, he told an amazing R-rated story about the game he likes to play with his cast mates - specifically Aidan Turner. Trust me, there is no way you watch this interview and not laugh out loud. Hit the jump to watch. As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Goyer, Jack Thorne, and Neil Gaiman have been hard at work trying to get a script completed for a big screen adaptation of Sandman. Gordon-Levitt, who has been rumored in the past to be starring in the film, was also in negotiations to direct the film. Gaiman seems to have a different vision of who should be cast in the role of Morpheus, though.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the writer says that after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock he started to like him for the role. He acknowledges the fact that his casting is very unlikely to happen since Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange for Marvel. He then mentions that Tom Hiddleston could be a possibility. You can read his quote below, in which Gaiman reveals that he'll be reading the most up-to-date version of the script over Christmas.
"There was a time Johnny Depp »
- Joey Paur
I gotta be honest, I hope I'm not around when a computer passes the Turing Test. For those of you that don't know, or are too lazy to watch the video below, the Turing Test is "a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human." It was designed by Alan Turing, the British mathematician that helped the Allies win World War II by breaking the German ciphers. Some of you are familiar with him because of the new movie Imitation Game, which features Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") as Turing. Now, go check out the clip below. Ex Machina hits UK theatres on January 23, and opens in the Us on April 25. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan »
Jack Thorne, David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are currently hard at work on the script for a big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman comic series. Levitt has also been rumored to be in line to direct and possibly even star in the film, but Gaiman seems to have other ideas about who could bring life to Morpheus. In an interview with the Radio Times, the writer admits that at one time he thought Johnny Depp would be a good fit, but after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock he began to like him for the role. Gaiman then acknowledges that's unlikely to happen since Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange for Marvel, but states that "Tom Hiddleston is still out there". From his comments (which you can read in full below), it doesn't actually sound as if he's particularly fussy about who winds up playing the distinctively pale personification of »
Craig was looking slick in brown sunglasses, a navy overcoat with matching scarf, a grey suit and black leather gloves as he waved and gave fans the thumbs up.
Kinnear donned similar attire in a black jacket, black suit and leather gloves while holding on tightly to the boat.
They were also seen zipping past the MI6 headquarters as they were being filmed by the production crew in a separate boat.
Judi Dench at 80: Revisit 7 of her finest moments as James Bond's M
Meet the new cast of James Bond movie Spectre
It was recently revealed »
Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below! So who would one of these actors play? Latino Review has word that they're in consideration for the role of The Ancient One, the mentor to Stephen Strange, who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme before Strange inherits the title, »
- Ethan Anderton
The first thing you notice about English actor Martin Freeman is how much he’s unlike Bilbo Baggins, his character in the Hobbit movies. When we first encountered Bilbo in 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he was an idle, upper-middle class bachelor, comfortably disengaged from the chaos coming to Middle-earth and utterly disinterested in joining Gandalf and the thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.
Freeman, on the other hand, would probably have jumped at Gandalf’s request. The 43-year-old actor is always working. This year alone, the charming, ever-composed Englishman has had principal roles on two television shows — "Sherlock" and "Fargo" — and on stage playing villainous King Richard in a London production of Richard III, which he describes as his “first professional Shakespeare.”
He managed to juggle his overlapping work commitments in 2011 to get onboard director Peter Jackson’s Hobbitbandwagon, and »
- Ashley Jude Collie
There have been many interpretations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, the famous fictional crime fighting duo from the works written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, both on television and in the movies. Today, especially, there is the question of which 21st century Sherlock Holmes is your favorite on TV, whether it’s Elementary‘s Jonny Lee Miller, or do you prefer the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch, aka the busiest actor in the world, in BBC’s Sherlock. However, a more important and interesting question, despite whatever your preference may be, is which of these two versions of the infamous detective is the most like the traditional character of Conan Doyle’s books. Let’s compare the two series and find out. Miller’s Sherlock is a more current version of the consulting detective. He is portrayed as a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard. He assists the NYPD by solving crimes, »
- Tiffany Chang
Martin Freeman stans were treated with a memorable skit last night. The Saturday Night Live host reprised two of his most popular roles – The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins and The Office’s Tim Canterbury – for a hilarious crossover sketch, “The Office: Middle Earth.”
The skit takes place after the adventures in The Hobbit, as Bilbo — who turned down loads of treasure for saving Middle Earth claiming it was the noble thing to do – has now taken his talents to a paper company. The sketch hits home with many Office fans by capturing key elements of the show including employee on employee pranks, a goofy Gm, and office romances. It also features cameos from popular Hobbit characters such as Gandalf, Gollum, and Legolas who serve as Bilbo’s co-workers. It’s as funny as it sounds. Check out the full sketch above.
But why no Sherlock sketch?
[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »
After the recent UK release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the upcoming U.S. release scheduled for next Friday, SNL have put together a sketch which sees cult classic The Office meeting the much loved fantasy world of Middle-earth.
The sketch aired as Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo, The Office and Sherlock) hosted the regular Saturday night show. It features Freeman reprising the orginal role of Tim Canterbury mixed with Bilbo Baggins, along with a variety of other Middle-earth characters reliving some of the best Office moments. The sketch features appearences from Tolkien favourites like Gandalf, Gollem and Legolas amongst others.
See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here
You can watch the reimagined mash-up in the player below…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the UK and opens on Friday in the States, »
- Alfie Nobes
This week’s Saturday Night Live host was Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit trilogy, AMC’s Fargo television series and BBC’s Sherlock. One of the best sketches on Saturday night involved Freeman returning to The Office, the 2001 BBC television comedy series which spawned the NBC hit. But Freeman did not reprise his role as Tim […]
- Peter Sciretta
Martin Freeman's journey to the SNL stage was indeed an unexpected one, but perhaps it shouldn't have been. All it took was the actor having a year like 2014, in which he starred in three of the four projects he's most known for in the U.S. and internationally. For those unfamiliar, that would be a new season of the BBC series, Sherlock, a one-off season of the almost giddily violent Fargo, and the final installment of the protracted Hobbit trilogy. But for all we've seen of various versions of Martin Freeman this year, it was unclear how he would fare with the flaming tightrope walk of live sketch comedy. Very well, it turns out. In his opening monologue, Freeman promptly cedes the spotlight to Kate McKinnon as Maggie Smith and Taran Killam as Alan Rickman, whose morbidly dry affect totally owns the moment. It seemed as if this could »
- Joe Berkowitz
"Weekend Update" was especially on point for the last SNL of 2014, which saw the return of Vanessa Bayer's Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, as well as the introduction of a new character from Cecily Strong: "One-Dimensional Female Character From a Male-Driven Comedy."
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- Liz Raftery
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