It seems like the perfect combination: take the guy who directed Snatch, Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr. versions), and RocknRolla, and let him make a spy movie that stars Superman and The Lone Ranger. Oh, and set it in the 1960s, where men were men and you had to rely on your wits and your talent instead of letting technology do your dirty work. Sounds pretty badass, right? Well, movie-goer, you’re in luck – because The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an amazingly-cool movie that’s fun to watch and easy to enjoy.
Hollywood legend Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) passed away yesterday in a London hospital after an extended illness at the age of 81. While cinephiles knew him best for David Lean‘s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, nerddom remembers him for his performance in 1984’s cheesy, yet beloved Supergirl as Zaltar–the drunken artist who nearly single-handedly destroys Supergirl’s floating domed city. (more…)
If you were dreaming of some quality Brit TV this Christmas, it seems that BBC One has answered your wish. The network has announced that the new season of Sherlock will premiere on New Year’s Day with the first episode of the three-episode third season. That’s the good news. The bad news, at least it’s bad for American viewers, is that you’ll have to wait till January 19th. (more…)
Interpreting an older, retired version of the character, Ian McKellen will be playing the infamous sleuth in the Slight Trick of the Mind Sherlock Holmes movie. In a time when there are three other mainstream iterations of the character, two on television and one on the big screen, it isn’t entirely surprising that we’re getting another. Despite that, we haven’t seen this version of the character on film yet.
Taking a similar approach to the RDJ-starring feature films, Slight Trick of the Mind will be staying in the time period in which the original stories were set, albeit focusing on the latter years. And even though Watson won’t be around, I think we can count on the housekeeper’s son to take the place of sidekick in the film. McKellen is obviously a wonderful actor so it’ll be a treat to watch him take on such an iconic character on the big screen.
There are two shows, each interpreting a more modern version of the character (one in New York, one in London), that are currently airing, and a third Warner Bros. movie is also being worked on; personally, I’m all Sherlock’ed out. Does anyone else think this might be a bit too much, or is this different enough to have a place among the slew of other Sherlock’s out there today? Either way, you can check out the full plot summary below.
In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
‘The Starving Games’ Trailer Parodies ‘The Hunger Games, The Avengers, You Name It, It’s Making Fun of It
The guys that brought you Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck are at it again. This time Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are taking on The Hunger Games with their own parody version, The Starving Games. Much like their other films, this one doesn’t just stop at parodying The Hunger Games, they also take shots at The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and many, many other films.
I’ve seen all their movies, but have yet to actually spend money and see one in the theater. Usually I catch these type of parody films on a lazy Sunday afternoon while I am trying to procrastinate or get out of doing yard work. The films make tons of money though, the under 20 crowd really loves these films.
Take a look and let us know in the comments section if you’ll be seeing this in the theater or waiting for it to hit cable.
Always ready to answer the questions we’ve never thought to ask, Epic Rap Battles of History delivers head to head lyrical combat between fictions two greatest detectives. Sure, if it was a fist fight in an alley Batman would mercilessly pummel the substance abusing sleuth from 221B Baker Street. Since this is a battle of the minds (rhymes,) Sherlock just might school the Dark Knight.
Wait, no, never mind. Lloyd Ahlquist shows up as Robin. S#!ts on, son!
At Comic Con, I again had the opportunity to sit down with Moriarty writer, Daniel Corey for a quick catchup on his current projects. Moriarty is not only one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years, it gives you a lot to sink your teeth into. Highly, highly recommended.
You have two volumes of Moriarty out now, how is work progressing on volume three?
Daniel Corey: We’re just on a little break right now. I actually have it mostly written. It’s just a matter of catching up on production and such.
Since the last time we talked, you’ve announced that the first volume of Moriarty: The Dark Chamber, is going to become a musical.
How did that come about?
Corey: It’s funny, because I had thought about that before. I was like, “Ah, this would make a good musical.” Never seriously thought about it. I was talking to the guys at SciFi Pulse and they told me, “Hey, we think this would make a great stage play. We love this opening monologue, it’d be great on stage.”I was seeing it in my mind. And a friend of mine, [composer] Ray Schnurr came up to me and said, “Hey, we should think about doing this as a musical.” It suddenly became a serious reality. Once he said that, it was like let’s go do it!
The stars just aligned?
Corey: The stars aligned. Kismet, I think! It came together. We’re in progress on that. We have a script, Ray is working on music this week as we talk here at Comic Con. Next week we’re going to sit down and really start working hardcore on the lyrics. As we paced through the script, we’d talk about, “Let’s have a song about this,” and a few ideas here and there but we’re really going to start working on the meat and potatoes lyric writing next week.
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Some may be scratching their heads as to why we’ve been reporting on this new series at all. It’s not sci-fi, it’s doesn’t have zombies, so why do we give a shit about a new detective show on CBS. Well, to be honest, I’m mostly interested in Elementary because I want to see it fail. See, there’s this phenomenal show across the pond from Steven Moffat. No, not Doctor Who, though it might as well be about his non-time traveling brother from another mother. It’s called Sherlock and it is a modern re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes from Moffat and Mark Gattis. Did I mention it’s incredible? How about spectacular? Guys, it’s mind-blowingly good television you need to watching! (You’re in luck too because the most recent season is available on PBS’ site.) Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. You might be familiar with them from a couple, low-key projects they have coming up, Star Trek 2 and The Hobbit. Sherlock‘s loaded with plenty of geek cred and is really worth checking out. Would I lead you astray?
Okay, enough gushing about why Sherlock is like, the best thing ever. Elementary appears to be CBS’ attempt to capitalize on the modern-Sherlock Holmes popularity. It should be noted that earlier on CBS optioned to adapt Moffat and Gattis’ Sherlock for American television. Moffat smartly replied, fuck no, learning from the train wreck that was an American version of his British sitcom, Coupling. So, it’s a little suspicious when CBS comes out with their own modern-Sherlock Holmes TV show after Moffat turned them down. Hmm.
Earlier today we shared our first official look at Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson, respectively. “See! Look! We’ve got a girl Watson. This is completely different!” said CBS trying to defend their blatant ripoff. Now we’ve seen the first bit of footage from Elementary in this behind-the-scenes promo,
Miller’s doing a nice job as Holmes, I really can’t complain about anything he does here. It’s just, I’ve seen it done better, by Cumberbatch, funny enough his co-star from their widely acclaimed stage show, Frankenstein. And Lui, well, she’s Lucy Lui. I’ve never seen her act in anything that’s been dramatically different from what I’ve seen her do before, and this seems to be much of the same.
From what we can see in the short behind-the-scenes promo this just screams Americanized Sherlock. But of course, I’m sure they’re skirting that line very carefully and making their show just different enough the BBC won’t have a reason to release the legal hounds.
Here’s the official synopsis,
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
What do you guys think? Does it look any good to you? Does appear to be a blatant Sherlock ripoff? (Come on! He’s even wearing a scarf!) Or is there room for two, equally good, modernizations of the famous sleuth?
Elementary is another look at Sherlock Holmes set in modern day New York. The show is scheduled to air on CBS this Autumn. In hopes of stirring the already controversial pot of Internet and BBC angst, CBS sent out this first official image of the lead characters – Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as disgraced doctor Joan Watson. Aidan Quinn is also in the cast as Captain Gregson, who sounds like a modern day Lestrade figure.
After the hoopla surrounding the announcement of an American remake that follows so closely on the heels of an already wildly popular British BBC series modern day retake of Sherlock Holmes this time using a female Watson (Lucy Liu) died down, we haven’t heard or seen much. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more soon as CBS starts stirring the media pot.
This NerdBastard is hoping the show will be worthwile and not, as many fear, an attempt to hop on Moffat and Gatiss’ coat tails. Rumor is that a trailer might make it’s way to the Internet in the next couple of days.
Any thoughts? Did anyone read this far down the article?
Holmes: “They’re doing it again Watson.”
Watson: “By gove you’re right Holmes, who is it this time?”
Holmes: It’s the Yanks I’m afraid . . . and you’re a woman.”
Watson: ” A WHAT? . . . well now . . . I say.”
Holmes: “Give it a chance Watson, don’t be a bore.”
Watson: “Right, right Holmes, stiff upper lip and all that.”
Elementary has begun filming, the Holmes-in-New York pilot that will star Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The production has been on location around the city in the last couple of days, giving paparazzi their chance to capture Miller and Liu in costume. Click on each for the larger size.