At SDCC today the crowd in Hall H got a glimpse of Series 4 of BBC’s Sherlock with a new trailer. The panel included Benedict Cumberbatch, Amanda Abbington, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue.

Moriarty may or may not still be making trouble – we can’t tell if he’s really dead from this trailer – but Sherlock has his hands full with a new villain, played by Toby Jones. A bit of trivia: Jones co-starred with Cumberbatch in 2011’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

The trailer is worth watching if for nothing else other than the normally sweet Mrs. Hudson calling Mycroft a reptile.

The series will appear sometime in early 2017 on the BBC and then on PBS’ Masterpiece.

#SherlockBBC #BenedictCumberbatch

Another SDCC release, this time from CBS for its upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery. This shows the starship being released from its docking bay:

Unfortunately the series will reside on CBS All Access, which means a paid subscription. There will be a sneak peek on the regular CBS network before it goes All Access only.


Warner Bros. released some footage from the upcoming Justice League flick at SDCC. The film premieres November 17, 2017.

The League consists of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

#JusticeLeague #SDCC

Sherlock SDCC Panel Today

BBC’s Sherlock will have a panel today at SDCC. Since Benedict Cumberbatch was in the house yesterday for Doctor Strange, I imagine we can expect to see him there. Also on hand will be co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, along with producer (and Moffat spouse) Sue Vertue and star Amanda Abbington.

The panel will be in Hall H this morning.

Moffat has hinted that the upcoming fourth series may be the last we see as stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been very busy making much higher-paying blockbuster films. It takes quite a lot of time to create three 90-minute episodes and scheduling everyone is getting to be a real headache. I’d be quite happy, though, if we had the occasional standalone TV movie, if it’s that or nothing.

#SherlockBBC #BenedictCumberbatch #SDCC

Wonder Woman Trailer

Warner Bros. released a trailer for Wonder Woman at SDCC.

The film stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.  It will be released June 2, 2017.

#WonderWoman #GalGadot #ChrisPine

At SDCC it was announced that Brie Larson would headline the Captain Marvel film. This marks Marvel’s first film with a female lead.

Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, is a human who is a former Air Force pilot and served with Nick Fury in the C.I.A. Eventually moving on to join NASA, she encounters a Kree, Mar-vell, the original Captain Marvel.  They end up having a relationship,  and when they’re in an explosion together Carol winds up with a mixture of Kree and human DNA. Must have been some explosion!

The film is scheduled to be released March 8, 2019.

#CaptainMarvel #BrieLarson

We didn’t get a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer at SDCC, but there was still a lot of GOTG2 news.

Guardians is getting the Disneyland treatment! Here’s Joe Rohde with the details on how Mission: BREAKOUT! is being created. Visitors will enter into The Collector’s lair, where the Guardians have been imprisoned. Rocket will request their assistance in breaking himself and his pals out, which will no doubt involve a bone-shaking ride.

The new attraction should be ready next summer. Go here for some concept art on the Disney website.

Director James Gunn also gave us quite a bit of information on the film itself in this Facebook post. He calls this info “minor spoilers,” but there’s one very major one in there – namely, who is the father of Peter Quill? It’s a mind-blower! So if you don’t want to know, skip that post.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GOTG

New Doctor Strange Trailer

Get ready for a torrent of posts about what’s been goin’ on at SDCC! A lot of Marvel news was released, so let’s get started with the best first…

A very cool new Doctor Strange trailer was released! Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong were on hand in Hall H for the reveal.

#SDCC #DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

Emmy Nominations Are In!

The BBC’s Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch received Emmy nominations for the Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride, which was nominated in the TV Movie category.

Emmy_via_colliderHere are some other notable nominations (notable, at least, from my point of view): Tatiana Maslany was nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama category for Orphan Black; Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba join Benedict in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series category, Tom for The Night Manager and Idris for Luther; Downton Abbey received a Drama Series nom, and star Maggie Smith was also nominated; and The Night Manager was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

Hugh Laurie was also nominated for The Night Manager, in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.  It was very odd to see House as a bad guy!  Star Trek’s Chris Pine also got a surprise nomination, for his voice-over role in SuperMansion.

It looks like the British shows did very well!

The Emmys will air on ABC on September 18th.  The full list of nominees is here on the official website.

Congratulations to all!

Image: Emmy statue via Collider

#Emmys #Sherlock #BenedictCumberbatch #TomHiddleston #DowntonAbbey

San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 21st to the 24th at the San Diego Convention Center.

The official Twitter feed is here, the website is here.

For those of you brave enough to face the crowds, there will be plenty of fun for Sherlock, Star Trek, Star Wars and Marvel fans.  Don’t forget the premiere of Star Trek Beyond on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marine Park.  There will be a drawing beginning at 11 a.m. for tickets to the premiere that night, so if you’re interested go here for details on how to get in on that.

A complete program schedule is here.

Have fun, be safe.

#SDCC #SanDiegoComicCon

The BBC’s Poldark returns for a second series in September.  On the BBC it will premiere on September 4th, while here in the U.S. we will have to wait until September 25th for it to show up on PBS’ Masterpiece.

The premiere will be two hours long, beginning at 8 Eastern, so set your DVR’s accordingly.  The series will continue each Sunday for an hour beginning at 9 p.m., and will end on November 27th.

A third series is already being planned.  Some say this throws cold water on the notion that star Aidan Turner will be getting the James Bond gig, but I’m not so sure.  We’re still waiting… and waiting… for Barbara Broccoli to make up her mind on that one.

#Poldark #AidanTurner

We now know the name of the villain Mads Mikkelsen is playing in Doctor Strange.

kaecilius-marvel-comics-close-up_via_comicbook_comComicBook.com has the skinny on Kaecilius, courtesy of a prequel comic released by Marvel. The image shown is obviously Mikkelsen.  Kaecilius, according to marvel.wikia.com, is associated with Baron Mordo, who is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the upcoming film.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, a.k.a. The Sorcerer Supreme, and will be released on November 4.

Image: Marvel Comics via comicbook.com

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #MadsMikkelsen

Anton Yelchin, Chekov to us Star Trek fans, passed away Sunday from a freak car accident.  He was 27 years old.

Apparently he had exited his car on his steep driveway when it rolled toward him, pinning him against a brick mailbox pillar.

His Star Trek co-stars and director J.J. Abrams have tweeted their sorrow at his passing.  J.J. wrote this:


Yelchin had finished filming the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin.  He had also completed a couple of other films before his death, including Thoroughbred, due in 2017.

Please remember to set your emergency brake on steep inclines, folks.  Be safe out there.

#AntonYelchin #StarTrek

When you were a kid there was little that was more important in getting ready for a new school year than which lunchbox you were going to carry.  Would it be Star Trek, Barbie, Peanuts…?  A weighty decision to be sure!  Your mom may have had a lot to say about the clothes you’d be wearing, but the choice of lunchbox largely rested on your own small shoulders, or at least that’s the way it worked at my house.

DS_lunchboxBut now your tykes can be the coolest of the cool, because the Doctor Strange lunchbox (and other wallet-emptying merch) is on its way, as reported by ComicBookMovie.com.  No kids in your home?  Hey, no kids, no problem!  This could be an excellent addition (or start) to a lunchbox collection of your own.  No dings, scratches or stale peanut butter smell necessary.

Makes you wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch ever dreamed of being a superhero on a lunchbox…

I’m sure this is only the beginning of a small flood of Doctor Strange merchandise, but at least the release of this gives me hope we might see another trailer soon!

The film arrives November 4.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, so maybe I should do one now, considering this blog is called Cats and Books and all.

LockedRoomThis review is for The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler and published by Vintage Books, a Random House print.  As it says on the cover, it’s “the most complete collection of impossible-crime stories ever assembled.”  And by complete, they mean it’s 937 pages.  I kept it on my dining room table and read a story while I was eating for probably well over a year.  When you’re done you can use it for any of several things – a booster chair for your kid, a step stool, a doorstop, or you can pass it on to a mystery-loving buddy if you can lift the darn thing.  It does come in an e-reader version, which I would have gotten had I known how big this would be when I ordered it!

Before each story you’re given some history of the author and his or her works, which is a very nice touch.  A lot of these stories are from decades ago, written by authors you may not know, and this background may get you searching for other works they’ve done.  The authors include many of the best mystery authors in the business, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, P.G. Wodehouse, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen and even Stephen King.  And that’s just naming a few.

Speaking of Ellery Queen, many of these stories were previously published in mystery collections such as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, which, btw, is still in print.  You can pick one up at your local bookstore or through the website at the link above.

I particularly love “locked-room,” or seemingly impossible mysteries, and you definitely get your money’s worth with this collection.  Whether you love reading these or fancy that someday you might write one yourself, this is a definitive collection by the masters of the genre.

Vintage Books has additional collections you might be interested in, such as The Big Book of Ghost Stories; Zombies, Zombies, Zombies!; The Vampire Archives, and The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps.

Image via Amazon.com

#BlackLizardLockedRoomMysteries #Agatha Christie #SirArthurConanDoyle #ElleryQueen


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