May 23, 2013 |
OK, class. Time for a pop quiz. Say you're top Hollywood filmmaker J.J. Abrams and you're taking heat for including a seemingly gratuitous shot of a scantily clad Alice Eve in your latest blockbuster, “Star Trek: Into the Darkness.” What do you do to silence your critics? The answer: You go on “Conan” and share a deleted scene of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower, that's what. On Wednesday the director addressed the minor kerfuffle surrounding a scene in which Capt.
February 18, 2013 |
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.
February 7, 2013 |
The “Friends” gang might have painted the walls a cheery yellow and brought in lots of candy-colored furniture. The “Gossip Girl” brats would have made fun of anyone poor enough to live there, and Carrie probably would have been too horrified to allow her “Sex and the City” Manolos to touch the scratched floors. But the unrenovated Brooklyn brownstone where TV's modern-day Sherlock Holmes rests his head and solves some of the Big Apple's twistiest crimes hits some amusing -- and timely -- decorating notes.
December 14, 2012 |
For the generations of men who have wondered what it is women want, this year has made it fairly obvious. We want a man of devastating intelligence, cerebrally and physically nimble, whose vast store of arcane knowledge is foundation for a super-human ability to solve problems and the fascinating, frustrating wall that protects a tender heart. We want Sherlock Holmes. FOR THE RECORD: "Sherlock": A Notes on the Year column about television in the Dec. 16 Calendar section said that the series "Sherlock" airs on BBC America.
October 1, 2012 |
Three-time Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams, who appears in "The Master" and "Trouble with the Curve," is to receive the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award at the 16th Hollywood Film Awards on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Editor Dylan Tichenor ("There Will Be Blood," "Lawless") is set to receive the Hollywood Editor Award, with production designer Sarah Greenwood ("Sherlock Holmes," "Anna Karenina") earning the Hollywood Production Designer Award. "We are very proud to recognize the films and work of this talented actress and accomplished artists," Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Awards, said in a statement Monday.
September 26, 2012 |
How many Sherlocks can dance on the head of a pin? At least one more, as it turns out. On paper, Thursday's launch of "Elementary," CBS' update of the world's first and most famous consulting detective, seems absurd. Robert Downey Jr. has given Holmes an ironic, rakish twist and action-figure potential on the big screen, while Benedict Cumberbatch dials him down to icy and vulnerable brilliance on the BBC's "Sherlock. " But David Shore's "House," which started the whole Holmesian renaissance, is notable in its absence this fall, leaving space for a straightforward police procedural accessorized with characters that evoke familiarity while projecting a thoroughly modern, and American look.
September 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Sherlock Holmes has really been through the wringer lately. In two feature films, Guy Ritchie turned the pipe-smoking detective into a 19th century British butt-kicker who's as likely to corner criminals with his fists as with his brain. An increasingly popular BBC show restores some of the meditative qualities of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original but brings Holmes to modern-day London. Now a new broadcast series, "Elementary," offers perhaps the most fanciful interpretation: Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller)
May 4, 2012 |
For those in preemptive mourning for Fox's Sherlock Holmes-inspired "House,"which comes to an end later this month, a bit of comfort: Season 2 of "Sherlock,"the BBC's flirty but still faithful contemporary rendition of the unforgettable detective, begins on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery" Sunday night. As reimagined by British TV maestro Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who," "Jekyll") and Mark Gatiss ("Doctor Who"), this Sherlock, played with aquamarine and alabaster radiance by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a London consulting detective as brilliant, icy and occasionally preening as the original.
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January 26, 2012 |
Once heralded as the greatest British actor of his generation, Nicol Williamson was also a legend for stormy onstage behavior that included calling off a performance of "Hamlet" mid-speech because he was too tired to go on. "I'll pay for the seats," he later recalled telling the audience in 1969, "but I won't shortchange you by not giving my best. " And then he walked off. He made his name as the faltering attorney in playwright John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" in the mid-1960s in London, rode the role to a Tony Award nomination on Broadway and re-created the part in the 1968 film.
January 6, 2012 |
As a certain British super-sleuth might observe, there was nothing elementary about the path that Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer took to bring Gypsy folk music into his soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " Whether the score earns him an Oscar nomination or not, as the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie did two years ago, Zimmer hopes it will draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most maltreated and marginalized ethnic groups - the Roma people of Eastern Europe, more commonly (and pejoratively)