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December 25, 2009
'Sherlock Holmes' MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material Running time: 2 hours, 14 minutes Playing: In general release
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
January 7, 2010
Director Guy Ritchie's updated "Sherlock Holmes" is far more physical than past portrayals but what's really shocking is how brutal those punches look in slow motion. To capture the jaw-cracking and rippled skin of the fisticuffs, director of photography Philippe Rousselot shot the fights with a Phantom HD camera, which shoots in excess of 1,000 frames per second (as opposed to the normal 24 frames per second). The results surprised even Rousselot, who says the punches weren't enhanced at all in post.
April 8, 2014 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
Glamorous characters and monstrous villains. Drama and intrigue presented in regularly occurring episodes. Every installment avidly dissected. Fan outrage over missteps. I know: You're thinking " Game of Thrones . " But for me this synopsis brings to mind the original Sherlock Holmes saga -- and the downside of a bestseller in any era, Victorian or today. In her column, " Bring Me My Dragons!, " this week, the New York Times' Maureen Dowd described her instant conversion to passionate fan of “Thrones.” (I'd insert a catty remark here, except I'm hooked on the "Borgen" saga .)
February 18, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The greatest detective in the world has, for more than a century, been under the protection of Arthur Conan Doyle and that author's heirs. But one scholar believes it's time for Sherlock Holmes to be set free. Long a fixture of the popular imagination, the time may have come for him to belong to the public as well. Author and attorney Leslie S. Klinger, widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, has filed suit in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois against the Conan Doyle estate.
September 5, 2013 | By Monte Morin
What could a neurologist possibly have in common with such legendary fictional sleuths as the hard-drinking Philip Marlowe, the impossibly perceptive Sherlock Holmes or even rumpled Detective Colombo?  Pretty much everything, say two experts. In an offbeat paper published Wednesday in the journal Practical Neurology, authors argue that detective stories have been part of the  fabric of neurology ever since it became a discrete medical specialty. When searching for clues to make a diagnosis about a nervous system disorder, neurologists employ a distinctly Holmesian alter ego, according the study's coauthors, Dr. Peter Kempster, a neurologist at Australia's Monash Medical Center, and Andrew Lees, professor of neurology at University College London.
November 30, 2008 | Paula L. Woods
Expanding the scope of the "detective criticism" he began in 2000's "Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery," French literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard turns his attention to another canonical text of the genre, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles." In "Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong" (Bloomsbury: 196 pp.
"Dear Sherlock Holmes," writes a young American, "is there a ghost in my closet?" A boy in Japan asks the famous sleuth for advice on how to be a top detective. The Sherlock Holmes Museum's collection of letters addressed to the detective even includes a reminder from an optician that Holmes is due for an eye test. Scores of letters are mailed every week to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional hero. Now, however, a dispute has broken out over where they should be delivered.
October 8, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
It's elementary--or is it? Sherlock Holmes and his investigative powers are the subject of an interactive exhibition opening Thursday at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Visitors will learn about Holmes and his methods, the world that inspired Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the history of forensic science. Expect footprints and splatter patterns too.  Museum-goers also will have a chance to develop their detective powers by using a book of clues instead of the museum map while trying to crack a Sherlock Holmes mystery written especially for the show by Conan Doyle biographer Daniel Stashower.
April 4, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Germs and detectives might not seem like they're connected. But their link, as a certain fictitious sleuth might say, is elementary. In Thomas Goetz's fascinating and entertaining new page turner of a book, "The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis," we are transported to the final decades of the 19th century. The age of electricity was dawning. And in laboratories and on imaginary London streets, men armed with microscopes and the power of observation first used science to tackle the twin scourges of crime and disease.
March 26, 2014 | By Scott Collins
PBS has become a Sunday night ratings force with "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock. " The most recent seasons of the British dramas were their highest-rated yet, according to final numbers released Wednesday by PBS outlet WGBH-TV. Season 4 of "Downton" -- detailing the life of a fictional aristocratic family and its servants a century ago -- averaged 13.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen -- up 15% compared with the previous season. VIDEO: Interviews with the women of 'Downton Abbey' Meanwhile, the third season of "Sherlock" -- a modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle -- averaged 6.6 million, for a whopping 50% gain compared with Season 2. "Downton" has been renewed for Season 5 via its U.K. maker, ITV, and will presumably re-appear in the U.S. early in 2015.
February 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic.  OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
January 31, 2014 | By Paula L. Woods
The 1888-91 Whitechapel murders in London are arguably the world's most infamous unsolved serial crimes. The brutal murders of as few as five to almost a dozen young women attributed to "Jack the Ripper" have spawned thousands of nonfiction accounts and casebooks, so many that the term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study of the murders by professionals and amateurs. Fictional accounts of the Ripper murders also abound, including tales that pit Jack the Ripper against Sherlock Holmes and, most recently, Isabel Allende's novel "Ripper," which involves teenage sleuths who use computer gaming to track a modern-day Ripper terrorizing San Francisco.
January 18, 2014 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Hang on to your deerstalker cap: Sherlock Holmes is not dead. This news may come as a shock to some, not least to John Watson, the doctor played by Martin Freeman in "Sherlock," the BBC's contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories. The critically acclaimed show, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the title detective, returns to PBS on Sunday. The new season picks up two years after the last one left off, with Holmes having faked his own death by supposedly leaping from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
January 18, 2014 | Robert Lloyd
It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS. Some things have happened in the interim, the most important of them, perhaps, not to the characters but to the actors who play them.
January 8, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
As we all get ready for the premiere later this month of Season 3 of the BBC's superb "Sherlock"  on PBS (I know I am), we should pause to give thanks to a Chicago federal judge who saved the world's greatest fictional detective from the pitiless clutches of the Copyright Act. In a ruling issued just before Christmas, Judge Ruben Castillo held that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in almost all particulars, are part of...
December 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
A federal judge has ruled that Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, are no longer protected by copyright, and that all elements of the famous sleuth's stories created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923 are now in the public domain. The court case required U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo to become something of a Sherlock Holmes expert, and in a 22-page ruling issued last week in Chicago, he began by summarizing the four novels and 56 short stories Conan Doyle wrote about the fictional detective: The character first appeared in 1887.
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