September 9, 2013 |
Forget the FBI or Scotland Yard. When it comes to solving the grisly murder of a young, beautiful gold mining heiress, the only person who could possibly crack the case is a writer (and maybe a neurologist.) While authors published in the journal Neurology usually confine themselves to discussions of nervous system disorders, the journal's latest issue asks readers to complete an unfinished mystery penned by a late Neurology editor and pillar of his field, Dr. Robert Joynt. In addition to heading the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Assn., Joynt was a man of encyclopedic knowledge who deeply enjoyed the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
September 5, 2013 |
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.
June 28, 2013 |
Here's what we've deduced: Actor Jonny Lee Miller , who stars in "Elementary," and his wife, actress Michele Hicks , have listed a Los Angeles home for sale at $1.659 million. The Spanish Revival-style house, built in 1936, features a beamed cathedral ceiling in the living room, a formal dining room, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,832 square feet of living space. A sun room runs the length of the house and opens to a balcony and terrace. Another terrace off the master bedroom has stairs leading to the garden below, which includes an oak tree and lawn.
June 14, 2013 |
The popular British mystery series “Inspector Lewis” begins its sixth season Sunday on PBS' “Masterpiece Mystery.” Set in the quaint university town of Oxford, the series stars Kevin Whately as the down-to-earth detective Robbie Lewis and Lawrence Fox as his cerebral young partner Hathaway. Guest stars this year including Fox's uncle, Edward Fox, and former “Dr. Who” Peter Davison. Whately, 62, has been playing Lewis most of his adult life. In 1986, he began filming the acclaimed series “Inspector Morse,” based on the Colin Dexter novels.
June 3, 2013
We already spoke to Holmes. You didn't think we'd forget Watson , did you? Join us Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. PDT as "Elementary" star Lucy Liu talks about her role on the hit CBS television series with Times staff writer Glenn Whipp. We'll look at how the role of Watson changed over the course of the season and, yes, we're sure the topic of an eventual Holmes-Watson romance will come up at some point, though we may well let you do the asking on that one. But that's not the only question you can pose.
May 30, 2013 |
Jonny Lee Miller, star of the hit CBS television series "Elementary," joined us for a video chat in which he talked about playing a contemporary version of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes opposite Lucy Liu's Watson. Miller touched on the challenges of playing such a well-known and beloved character and answered questions from readers, offering tips on memorization and telling of his relief that he wouldn't have to worry about covering up his tattoos for the role. Reviewing the series when it premiered in the fall, Times television critic Mary McNamara praised "Elementary" for delivering "characters at once solidly modern and true to the canon" created by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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.