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Sherlock Season 4: It’s Going to be a Dark Ride for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

Sherlock Season 4: It's Going to be a Dark Ride for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

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Sherlock Season 4 is all set to premiere in India on January 7. The series that has always left us wanting more in its every finale episode last ended with Sherlock Homes on a plane returning to his just left runaway with every screen in London displaying the face of Moriarty and ‘Miss Me’ on loop.

Well, the makers of Sherlock called the season of the darkest and toughest for the brilliant detective, the trailer and teasers released by them justifies the troubled state of Sherlock well.

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Did Will Ferrell’s Sherlock Holmes Movie Just Find Its Moriarty?

Ralph Fiennes Hugh Laurie


Sherlock Holmes has been a cherished literary character for 120 years, but right now is one of the peak periods for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s creation. The detective can currently be seen in multiple iterations on the big and small screens through BBC’s Sherlock, CBS’s Elementary and the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies.

Soon the comedy Holmes & Watson will join the bunch, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, respectively, as the eponymous characters.Today it was announced that Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie will also appear in the movie, and we suspect one of them will be playing Holmes’ most dangerous enemy, Moriarty.

THR described Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie’s Holmes & Watson roles as being “two beloved characters from the Holmes oeuvre.” In other words, they’ll be people recognizable from the lore rather than new creations for this movie.

Fiennes and Laurie join a cast that also includes Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart, Kelly McDonald as Mrs. Hudson, Lauren Lapkus as Millie and Rob Brydon as Inspector Lestrade. Holmes & Watson will be Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s third movie together as co-leads, previously partnering for Talladega Nights and Step Brothers.

Ralph Fiennes Hugh Laurie

Although Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon stretches across 4 novels and 56 short stories, there weren’t that many recurring/notable supporting characters. Taking into account how prominent Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie are as actors, that makes it very likely that one of them (I’m guessing Hugh Laurie) will play Professor James Moriarty.

Although Moriarty only appeared directly in “The Final Problem,” he’s commonly known as Holmes’ arch-nemesis, and has most recently been played in live action by Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Natalie Dormer (Elementary, as a hybrid of Moriarty and Irene Adler). Even though Holmes & Watson is a comedy, it would be weird if Ferrell’s Sherlock wasn’t matching wits with his intellectual (albeit malevolent) equal.

As for this other classic character, that’s slightly trickier to pin down. Since Rob Brydon already has Lestrade covered, that leaves two primary options left. The most likely is Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother who is smarter than the detective, but isn’t nearly as ambitious, preferring to sit on the side and work out the details rather than do any legwork.

(That could be a good fit for Ralph Fiennes.) The other possibility that comes to mind is Sebastian Moran, Moriarty’s second-in-command. There’s also the chance that Laure or Fiennes are playing another one of the recurring inspectors, like Gregson or Bradstreet, but with Lestrade already involved, another inspector seems unnecessary. We’ll just have and see what’s in store for Fiennes and Laurie in the Holmesian comedy.

Directed and written by Get Hard‘s Etan Cohen, Holmes & Watson is currently shooting, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more details on its progress, including when it will be released.

Sherlock season 4 has morphed into a grotesque parody of the witty, faithful TV adaptation it once was

*Warning – this article contains spoilers for season four, episode one of Sherlock*


‘The game’s afoot, boy!’ ‘No Sherlock… the game’s up’ BBC

If you were a fan of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories and the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, chances are you’re feeling slightly heartbroken by the latest episode of the latter.

Because Sherlock was once a brilliant, intelligent and subtle adaptation of the books in a modern-day setting, written by people who were clearly fans of the original material – fun but never silly, and, perhaps most importantly, believable.

No more.

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Benedict Cumberbatch related to Sherlock Holmes’ creator

Genealogists discover the “Sherlock” actor is a distant cousin of the character’s creator, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the great detective in “Sherlock”. Photo by BBC

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s connection to Sherlock Holmes has been proven to be more than just his role on the popular British TV series “Sherlock.”

Researchers at Ancestry.com put on their deerstalker detective hats and found clues that revealed Cumberbatch and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are 16th cousins, twice removed.

Cumberbatch and Doyle are connected by their common ancestor John of Gaunt who was the duke of Lancaster and the fourth son of King Edward III of England, who lived in the 14th Century, the website said.

“Making family history connections is similar to piecing together a mysterious puzzle, one that the great Sherlock Holmes himself would be intrigued to solve,” said Ancestory.com family historian Lisa Elzey.

Previously in 2015, it was reported that Cumberbatch was the second cousin 16 times removed to King Richard III, whom he portrayed in BBC series “The Hollow Crown.”

See the chart below to better understand the Cumberbatch-Doyle family tree.

Trace how Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are connected. Photo by Ancestory.com

Source : cnet.com


Sherlock The Six Thatchers spoiler-free review: from babysitting to Bond-style fight scenes, there’s something for everyone

The series four opener will keep both general viewers and Sherlock fans entertained on New Year’s Day, says Paul Jones – even if parts of it are dark enough to make you wonder if it’s still 2016…

Sherlock The Six Thatchers spoiler-free review: from babysitting to Bond-style fight scenes, there's something for everyone

On Monday evening, slightly less than a fortnight before it’s due to air on New Year’s Day on BBC1, an assembled group of press, BBC bigwigs, celebrities and the occasional politician sat down to watch The Six Thatchers, the first episode of Sherlock for a year and the opener to a new three-part series.

More than ever, there is a real determination to ensure that key plot points do not leak out ahead of broadcast. Before the screening, BBC director-general Tony Hall asked everyone in the audience to avoid sharing spoilers.

Then Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat got up on stage to do the same. Twice. They did it again during the Q&A afterwards. There may or may not have been death threats attached. So you definitely won’t find any major spoilers here.

But I can provide a general view on the episode and tell you a few things that will give you a flavour of what to expect.

First up, how good is it?

Is it better than the previous one, last year’s Victorian-Life-On-Mars-it-was-all-a-dream story? Definitely. Is it the best Sherlock ever? No, it’s no Reichenbach Fall. It doesn’t have quite the clever twists and turns of the series two finale, or the hypnotically intense relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty at its core. But is it good Sherlock? Certainly. And it should have enough to keep both general viewers and fan boys/girls engaged on the first evening of the new year – even if some of the story may be dark enough to make you wonder if it’s still 2016.

It’s no secret that John and Mary are now proud parents of a baby daughter called Rosamund (they posted the announcement in The Telegraph so I’m not taking the blame for that one) and we get to see them at home doing endearingly mundane baby stuff, and even a bit of Uncle Sherlock on babysitting duties.

There’s another funny bit with a dog, too. And there’s heaps of action, including more on Mary’s backstory as a special operative and a great gritty Bond-style fight scene for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.

There’s a Sherlock Holmes story fans of the originals will recognise, with a twist and lots of extras thrown in too, yet not so many that casual viewers will end up asking ‘what was that all about?’ like they did at the end of The Abominable Bride.

There are many mentions of Moriarty (try saying that five times fast) and numerous other references to Sherlock Holmes lore strewn throughout for aficionados to look out for, including another name that will cause a buzz in some quarters.

We learn something surprising – even shocking – about John Watson.

And there’s a conclusion that makes you wonder where the hell this is going to go next (luckily, you’ll only have a week to wait to find out).

Oh, and after that post-credits scene at the end of series three, stick around for another one. Just don’t get your hopes up for another return for Moriarty – however much you might miss him.

Sherlock: The Six Thatchers is on New Year’s Day at 8:30pm on BBC1

Source : radiotimes.com

Benedict Cumberbatch had to lose weight for Sherlock – after bulking up for Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Sherlock


He might be riding high as the star of both a Marvel film and a hit BBC series, but it’s not always easy being Benedict Cumberbatch.

The in-demand star told press including Digital Spy that he had no time for a break between wrapping on Doctor Strange and returning to Sherlock.

“I finished on Doctor Strange and, that night, I got on a plane,” he revealed. “The next morning, I woke up and was driven to Cardiff.

Sherlock: series four


His busy schedule meant that Cumberbatch had to lose weight fast as filming on the new Sherlock had already begun.

“I was not in Sherlock shape,” he explained. “I was in Doctor Strange shape so I was quite big! I was chunky – in a healthy way, an athletic way – and he’s not necessarily, Sherlock.”

Benedict Cumberbatch filming Marvel's Doctor Strange in New York City


And while you might think the wild CGI of Doctor Strange was a world away from Sherlock, Cumberbatch said he “couldn’t believe how much of a real element is applied in the Marvel world.

“You’re still often flying around on wires in front of a green screen,” he admitted. “But there’s a huge amount of set builds – it’s phenomenal.”

You can see Cumberbatch back as Sherlock Holmes on New Year’s Day, with a new series of Sherlock kicking off at 8pm, January 1 on BBC One.

Source : digitalspy.com