Jude Law is an accomplished British actor. His next big role is as the King Vortigern in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which are pretty big shoes to fill from British folklore. Law has also played Dr. John Watson in two Sherlock Holmes movies, another part that holds a great deal of significance being the world’s most famous sidekick after Robin. But how about something more current? How about a beloved character from modern British literature? Well Law has just landed a big one, perhaps the most in demand role of its kind for British men of a certain age. He’s the new Dumbledore! (more…)
Hollywood is once again dipping their oars into the Lady of the Lake’s waters to bring us yet another look at the Arthurian legends. This time around Warner Bros. has put Guy Ritchie in the director’s seat to bring us what they hope to be a six movie franchise Knights of the Round Table. Now we’ve got our first look at the franchise lead Charlie Hunnam in costume. (more…)
Warner Bros. has released another new behind the scenes featurette for Guy Ritchie’sSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I mean, come on man. We could all do with a little more RDJ and Jude Law in our lives.
Anybody else make lots of high pitched squeaking noises when watching this? No? Just me then… Remember, any film is better than Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will hit theaters December 16th.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
We are in the age of the reboot/re-imagining/regurgitating so I guess this had to happen. After the success of 2009’s Sherlock Holmes staring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Sky Captain (Jude Law) and the eventual success of the pending sequel, it looks like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s might be hitting the small screen too.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that CBS has optioned Sherlock Holmes, a drama project from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions. This will apparently be a 21st Century take on the 19th Century detective, written by Rob Doherty (Medium, Tru Calling, Star Trek: Voyager), who will executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (who have produced other things I am sure). So far that is about it for details as the project is just getting started.
A modern take? I guess that might work. Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Robert Downey Jr. movies have very little to do with source material. Holmes, the science/logic based disguise wearing gentleman was transformed into a gritty hardcore womanizer that was always ready for a good fight. Sure he was still the intellectual, but now he backs it up with a witty quip and two fists, exactly what modern movie goers demand!
Obviously this new new take will have to up the ante, right? So, CBS here’s my 5 minute pitch:
Tom Selleck. He has proven he can draw the crowds to TV for a detective show and I think he’s due for a comeback. Watson, or rather W.A.T.S.O.N. is his robot sidekick. (we can flesh out the acronym later… Walking Automaton Technological Six of Nine… something like that) And, are you ready for this? It takes place ON THE MOON! Pilot episode, ‘a Study in Scarlett… Johansson!’ Think of it as “Fantastic Voyage” but this time in a smoking red head.
Oh, this is good. I’ll tell my agent to wait for your call.
Contagion is a frightening, sci-fi thriller from Steven Soderbergh about a terrible virus set loose on the world that begins wiping out all humans, very quickly. Well, it’s not so much sci-fi since little of this story will be fiction. Hence, why it’ll be so terrifying, the whole concept is frighteningly possible. Contagion follows,
the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Below is a gallery of six new character posters, each featuring a members of the stellar ensemble. For realz, this is probably some of the best casting an apocalyptic flick will ever get: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Sanaa Lathan. Must be nice being a Soderbergh picture.
In addition to the great posters, we’ve also got two televisions spots to share. Watch one below and the second below the cut. Then let us know are you pumped for Soderbergh’s viral, apocalyptic thriller releasing September 9th, 2011.
Robert Downey Jr. is headed back to the big screen, as he reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The trailer, released today, of the next installement to the Sherlock Holmes franchise is titled, “Sherlock Holmes:Game of Shadows”, and has Jude Law returning as Sherlock’s trusted colleague Dr. Watson, and introduces a new leading lady by the name of Noomi Rapace.
The synopsis of the film is as follows:
“Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty.”
The trailer below shows how greatly this franchise is being put together, and how witty and precisely the action, comedy, and mystery are put together to make a wonderful film that captures the essence of Sherlock Holmes. After the first film, I must say that I was captivated by the attention to detail in costume, speech, and mysticism of the times. Of course if you watch the trailer below, not only will you catch Sherlock Holmes demonstrating his fighting prowess, but you’ll catch Sherlock totally going Drag! I’m sure Ru Paul would give him a lesson or two on proper facial makeup wear, but by all means this trailer give us a peek of some good things to come when it hits theaters.
Repomen with Jude Law. Who would have thought this day and age, a classically trained stage performer with a best bud Academy Award winner comrade in arms would bust out a cool, dirty sci-fi flick. This movie is not close to a homerun, and I’m afraid it will not come without jarring insults and possibly be slighted by the PROFESSIONAL movie goer as well as low down dirty Nerdbastard.
Guy Ritchie now has his franchise. And Robert Downey Jr. has another one under his belt along with Iron Man.
The director of Lock Stock, Rock’n’Rolla, and more importantly Snatch has finally hit the bulls-eye, and he does it with his dirt grit style he is notorious for. Which I think may put him in way over his head as quality is concerned but he paints a much more elegant picture for Sherlock Holmes purists than the commercials are letting on to believe. This action packed, rock and roll, Michael Bay-looking blast fest is actually quite on the contrary a very character driven, and plot thick film. Holmes has been redesigned by Ritchie as a new, borderline sociopath who is so intelligent that the comforts of mundane life, drive him to nearly insane projects and behavior. His rock after all being the scene stealing Watson (Jude Law) as his bromance savvy counterpart on the verge of engagement.
Early on at the start of the film the are coming to a close in a seemingly easy and quick case, but as it unfolds the supernatural nature of events is turning London upside down with fear. Mark Strong plays the elusive Lord Blackwood, a master of the dark arts who after his execution, rises from the grave much to Holmes and Watson’s chagrin and people begin to die. So back on the case they spring and hunt down clues using powers of deduction and old fashioned science. These are the aspects of the film that scream of the old books and black and white films such as Hound of the Baskervilles, you’re seeing magic and mayhem, but Holmes purists know that these smoke and mirrors will come to an end by the end using sheer…Elementary.
A few of the more clever and exciting scenes inject vigor and edge into fight scenes the way the Matrix did the bullet time motion and the slow motion combat. RDJ in a few of the more noteworthy brawls deducts his opponents strengths and weakness and narrates to the audiences the steps and measure he’ll take and in that exact order, execute them accordingly to take out his far larger and superior adversary. At that point they speed up the scene and like a bullet blast out of a gun show us, as Holmes says, the way fight unfolds as he does precisely what he says. These clever and often funny points take the old fashioned delights of the boring and starched brilliance of the character of Sherlock Holmes and shred him up, rub some dirt on him, and allow Downey to have liberties with him that take Holmes into the 21st century. This movie is sure to make a mint and this will ensure us with sequels, as it ends with a pseudo cliffhanger. Rachel McAdams plays the charming love interest to Holmes but has a light role that could have been filled by any cute actress with some skill.
The movie was delightful with just a smidgen of “too long”, had they shaved off 10 minutes it would have been downright perfect. Sherlock Holmes has just been ushered into a new generation and with this savvy and damaged new approach on his character,and is sure to be a hit with younger audiences and older ones who take the time and give this movie a chance.
So, question is, they waited THIS long to make Robert Downey Jr. an action star? He’s getting a wee bit up there in age right? I mean, is it only me? Or does it seem strange to anyone else that after Iron Man now, RDJ is climbing the List from acting roles to action roles. I suppose the Rock wouldn’t make a good fit as Sherlocke Holmes…Actually that sounds crazy good…I’m getting the feeling from this movie also of Van Helsing, very similar with the London CG backdrop, but you know what I say, the special effects keep getting better and better…They may replace actors altoghether
I know where I’ll be X-Mas day! I don’t care how much of an action packed comedy this movie has evolved into, I’m psyched for anything Robert Downey Jr. is involved in. Also on a side note this vehicle is a peculiar change of pace for Guy Ritchie’s usual cool caper films…Anyways, this is a brand spank of a trailer and extends upon the last one, with a martial artist Sherlock, a wonderfully dry Jude Law as his dear Watson, and the crystal clear sparkle in the eyes of the smokin’ Rachel McAdams.
They have taken this film into such a different realm for the Sherlock Holmes franchise and made it extremely cool and fun looking, considering the old bore fest that was the black and white “Hound of the Baskervilles”…
Watch for when they both pull their hats off and strike a pose…Worth the price of your admission by itself.