Thursday, September 5, 2013

Could A New Actor Be Playing Sherlock Holmes Soon?

You might have a new favorite incarnation of the world's most famous detective soon.

It was announced Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival that Sir Ian McKellen will add Sherlock Holmes to the list of iconic characters he's embodied -- a list which already includes Hamlet, Richard III, David Copperfield, Gandalf and, oh yeah, Magneto -- when he teams up with director Bill Condon for the Holmes film A Slight Trick of the Mind.

The film, based on Mitch Cullin's book of the same name, will follow an aging, retired Holmes as he begins to lose his memory and looks back on a haunting case. Here's the synopsis:

"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."

Condon's recent work includes the last two films in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn parts one and two, but don't hold that against him. He's also earned massive critical praise for films like Kinsey, Dreamgirls and Gods and Monsters, the 1998 film about the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale, which starred McKellen as the legendary filmmaker. That film earned McKellen his first Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and numerous film festival and film critics circle awards for Best Actor, and earned Condon an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

So, we've got two men with a history of making cinema magic together reteaming to take on a Sherlock Holmes story that'll definitely be set apart from the Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr. and Jonny Lee Miller incarnations of the character. In an age saturated with Sherlock, it seems McKellen is poised to leave a different kind of mark on Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary creation.

The film is set to start shooting in April, so hopefully we'll see it by 2015. What do you think? Are you excited to see McKellen join the distinguished fraternity of actors who've played Sherlock?

(Via BuzzFeed)
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana to Reunite in Guardians of the Galaxy

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana are getting back together…on screen.
The former couple, who called it quits right before the holidays in 2012, are reuniting for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, an action flick that follows a pilot and his team of aliens as they battle cosmic threats, according to Deadline.

Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close are also set to star in the film.

This is the second film Cooper and Saldana have starred in together, with their romance kicking off in 2010 after meeting on the set of their drama flick, The Words.
Both of the actors have moved on since their split, with Cooper romancing model Suki Waterhouse and Saldana linked to Italian artist Marco Perego.

It's not clear if there will be any awkward moments for the duo though, considering Cooper will only be voicing his character Rocket Raccoon in the film, rather than physically acting in it.

There's still the matter of the promo tour though, once the movie nears its premiere date.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released Aug. 1, 2014.

(Via Eonline)
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Best Thing Ever of the Day: BBC Sherlock "A Study In Watercolor" Portraits

The BBC "Sherlock" fandom has it tough. The wait is long, and there's been no end in sight. The BBC are trolling them. They can't even watch "Saturday Night Fever" anymore, because the sound of the Bee Gees triggers their PTSD. In this stressful time, some of the Sherlockians have found solace in creating fanart. And, let's face it, we all benefit from this because some of the fanart is absolutely stunning... like this set of watercolor portraits of the characters, for example. That's Molly above, and isn't she gorgeous?

Check out more amazing watercolor portraits below!

The paintings were created by DeviantArt user Gohush, and posted on Tumblr in all their stunning glory. Above is Sherlock, being seductively deductive as always in purple tones.

And, of course, where would Sherlock be without his blogger? Here's John Watson, probably on his way to Tesco to pick up milk and jam, in soft shades of blue.

Though Mrs. Hudson might be painted in sunny shades of orange and yellow, you'd best not forget, she's your landlady, dear, not your housekeeper!

Sultry dominatrix Irene Adler blazes in shades of red. Look at those cheekbones.  I could probably cut myself touching those.

Mycroft Holmes is as cold-blooded as the teals of his portrait, and he is not amused at being shipped with cake and his umbrella. (Lestrade, of course, is another question entirely.)

Whatever may be going on, DI Greg Lestrade is in various shades of blue and everything is very much not his division.

Master criminal and lord of London's seedy underbelly, Jim Moriarty's not concerned with stayin' alive - he's as green as a Slytherin and he owes you a fall.

I recommend checking out the full set side-by-side on DeviantArt, it looks even more awesome!

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