Emmy Awards 2016

So the Emmys are in the books for another year, and amongst the winners were the usual suspects –  Game of Thrones, Veep (I still don’t know anybody who watches Veep, but anyway)… some good and unexpected things did happen.

Tatiana Maslany finally won an Emmy for Actress in a Drama Series!  If you haven’t seen Orphan Black, you’re missing one of the most incredible performances on television.

The Victorian-era special episode of Sherlock titled The Abominable Bride won in the TV movie category.  Unfortunately, some bastard stole star Amanda Abbington’s purse from under her seat when she went to the stage with the rest of the Sherlock crew to pick up the award.  Karma will hopefully come to visit that person!

The full list of winners can be found here on the official Emmy website.  Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees!

#Emmys #Sherlock #OrphanBlack

I have given up that a decent remake of the 1994 classic The Crow can be made.

After numerous actors (Bradley Cooper??) and directors have been attached to the project over the years, it looks like Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo (and Aquaman) Jason Momoa will be starring and Colin Hardy will be directing.  Filming is due to start in January.

Frankly, I haven’t watched much of GoT, but I’m sure Momoa is a pretty good actor.  A pretty good actor, maybe, but one who is absolutely wrong for this particular part.  The Crow was played in the 1994 film by Brandon Lee, son of martial arts master Bruce Lee.  Unfortunately, Lee was killed on the set in a shooting accident (if you’re an actor, don’t ever, ever, point a gun directly at someone, even if you think it’s not loaded or has blanks.  Period.)

The Crow – Eric Draven – is a Goth musician who should have a martial artist’s body, not the body of a serious weightlifter.  He’s young, good-looking (in a dark kind of way), lithe and lean.  That does not describe Jason Momoa.

At one time Luke Evans was attached to the film.  He probably comes the closest to the type that should fill the role, but even Evans is a bit on the older side for it.  Mark Dacascos did a short-lived television series version that actually wasn’t half bad, and Dacascos is a former martial arts champion.  But we’re talking remaking one of the classic cult films, and half bad won’t do.  Maybe it’s time to accept that the actor has not yet been found that can inhabit the character as well as Brandon Lee did, and let a classic stand on its own.

The Crow was originally a comic book by James O’Barr, published by Caliber Press.

#JasonMomoa #TheCrow #BrandonLee

Today Marvel released a featurette on Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and producer Kevin Feige.

The film will be released in the U.S. on November 4th.  The U.K. release date has been moved up from Oct. 28th to the 25th.


#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

He’s baaaccckkk!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out December 16 in the U.S. and the U.K.  It has a long list of stars, including Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO, and James Earl Jones is back as you-know-who.

A synopsis from imdb.com:

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

#StarWars #RogueOne

According to Deadline, Chris Evans (Captain America Chris Evans, not ex-Top Gear Chris Evans, let’s get that straight, shall we?) may well be the lead in a new Jekyll & Hyde film simply called Jekyll. This will apparently follow the BBC One miniseries version which was written by Sherlock co-creator Stephen Moffat.

Jekyll doesn’t follow the original character, but a descendant of his by the name of Tom Jackman, who starts to develop multiple personalities. Sounds like a role Evans can sink his teeth into.

The Hollywood Reporter says Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, SunnyMarch, will make Rogue Male, an adaptation of the 1939 Geoffrey Householder novel. Cumberbatch will star.

#ChrisEvans #BenedictCumberbatch

Via Comic Book Resources, here’s the lowdown on the calendar you need for 2017:


#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

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

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