Archive for January, 2016

I usually keep this blog pretty light, but I have to get up on the old soapbox for just a bit.  Feel free to skip this post if you’re not interested in any controversies, but since I think I probably retweeted something about the Sherlocked convention at some point, I feel the need to put out this post.  The official convention will again take place in London, in September.  This is the second annual event, last year’s having been a big success.

I love BBC’s Sherlock as much as anybody, and when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a fan of both.  The event is by Hartswood Films, the company behind Sherlock, and the producers and creators of that show will be attending the event.  That includes Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue.  The other guest that has been confirmed at this point is Natasha O’Keeffe, from the recent Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride.

You will notice that Benedict and Martin have not been confirmed to be appearing.

Regular one-day passes for the event are 35 British pounds, or around $50 American.  Already a little pricey, but if you’re a big fan and are dying to go, okay.  The two highest types of tickets, however, are causing quite a ruckus, particularly the VIP pass.  This three-day pass guarantees the buyer autographs and photo shoots with the guests, along with a lot of swag and special VIP treatment.  All for the low, low price of 3,000 pounds, or $4,280.  Any way you cut it, that’s a lotta cabbage.

If you buy a ticket on the hopes that the two main stars will be there, it’s a big gamble.  If Benedict and/or Martin cannot appear due to work commitments (very highly likely), then there are no refunds.  Now, as nice as it would be to meet Steven and Sue and Mark and anybody else who signs up, you know that if someone pays over $4k for a VIP ticket, they really want to meet the two main stars.  And from the comments I’ve seen, there are folks out there who are willing to break the bank to fly out to London (already a lot of dough), and fork over that much money.

Unless you have money to burn, and I mean the loss of $4,000 to you isn’t worth balancing your checkbook for, then please think twice — or four times — about buying a VIP ticket!  For one thing, there are other ways to meet the stars if you’re just dying to (Benedict, for instance, does theater upon occasion and almost always signs autographs at the door).

If you still want to go and take the chance on who will be appearing, there is a somewhat cheaper alternative ticket, and that is the Platinum Pass, which still gives you an autograph and a photo shoot with the guests (just not as many as the VIP ticket), and goes for 595 pounds, or just shy of $850.  Still pricey, but at least it’s not as much as the down payment on a house.

You can get more details about the event here on the official website.  It looks like a lot of fun, but just fair warning to be careful and make sure you know what it is you’re buying.  You can see a complete list of all each ticket level buys you when you click on that level, so make sure to check it all out before purchasing.  Nonrefundable is nonrefundable!

While $4,000+ is a lot of money, I have to say that unfortunately it’s not unusual for celebrity meet and greets to come with huge price tags.  In listening to a podcast a while back I learned that the podcaster shelled out $2,500 to get a picture taken with Britney Spears.  Seriously.  I can’t remember the last time Britney Spears was actually relevant (catty, I know, but true).  I can’t help but think how much better it would be if that money had gone to an animal rescue group instead.

#SherlockBBC #SherlockedEvent #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman

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Amid rumors of script rewrites, according to Entertainment Weekly, the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will now be moved from May, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean will be released in May instead.

Moving Star Wars VIII to December will put it in direct competition with the rumored release date of the Avatar sequel.  Battle of the giants!

Let’s just hope this time that Disney actually puts an appropriate percentage of Rey toys out there.  Ahem.

#StarWars #StarWarsVIII

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Alan Rickman 1946-2016

ARickman_via_imdbAlan Rickman passed away of cancer today at the age of 69.  He was a very versatile and much loved actor, starring in the Harry Potter films as Severus Snape, a villain in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Emma Thompson’s significant other in Love, Actually, to name just a few.  He starred alongside Thompson several times, including as the lovesick and heroic Col. Brandon in Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility.

His last film was Alice Through The Looking Glass, where he voiced the Blue Caterpillar.

He leaves his wife, Rima Horton, and a legion of fans.

Image via imdb.com


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Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie will face off in AMC’s miniseries The Night Manager.

TH_TheNightMgr_AMCVia Collider, here’s the official synopsis:

A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s espionage drama, the series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself. 

There will be six episodes, beginning Tuesday, April 19th.  If you don’t have AMC they will likely have each ep up on the website the day after, as they do with Halt and Catch Fire.

#TheNightManager #TomHiddleston #HughLaurie

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Many, many spoilers are included here.  If you haven’t seen Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, read on at your own risk!

When I first heard that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were using a holiday one-off special to take Sherlock and Watson back to the 19th century, I thought it could either go very right, or very, very wrong.  Fortunately, I am relieved to say that not only was this one of the best episodes ever, but it also managed to move forward — at least a little bit — the modern-day storyline at the same time.  Let me just take a minute to appreciate the writing genius of Moffat and Gatiss, because it’s my opinion that you can have the very best actors in the world, a virtually unlimited budget and anything else your heart desires, but at least half of the success of a series is dependent on whether or not the writing is there.  Even actors of the caliber of Cumberbatch and Freeman can’t save a bad script.

The episode starts off with a Victorian-era parallel to the scene where Watson’s friend Stamford introduces him to Holmes as the latter is whipping a corpse in the morgue.  Also familiar is DI Lestrade’s visit to 221B, where he chugs Sherlock’s liquor and asks for his help in solving a series of crimes involving a bride who has seemingly returned to the living from having committed suicide.

It turns out the culprit, or culprits, are a group of suffragettes who have just had-it-up-to-here with being marginalized because of their gender.  They take out their frustration on the men who refuse to see them as equals by using some parlor tricks to make it appear as though the “ghost” of Victorian bride Emilia Ricoletti had been committing the crimes.  When Mycroft makes reference to “a war we must lose,” he is referring to the time having come for women to have the same rights as men.  A nice touch is his use of Mary Watson as a spy.  I also loved that they used Molly Hooper disguised as a man, Anderson, and the many nods to classic Conan Doyle stories.

When Sherlock pops back to modern day and is in Mycroft’s jet where things left off in series 3, it’s a mind-blowing moment.  We had a hint that there was a connection to the current series when Victorian Mycroft mutters something about a “virus in the data,” but the episode moves so fast that you soon forget it.  Sherlock’s mental walkabout through his own brain, sorting out a 100-year-old case in order to work out how Moriarty may have cheated death in the present day doesn’t really make a lot of logical sense, but the visit to the Victorian era is so much fun in the end you don’t really care, and I suppose it was a useful way to tie 1890’s Sherlock to the present-day series.

If you didn’t DVR the episode and would like to see it again, it will be replayed on PBS’ Masterpiece on January 10th.  You can also catch it in some theaters (in the U.S. this will be on the 5th and 6th).  Check Fandango for information.  It will be showing up on iTunes and Google’s Play Store on January 7th.  If you live in the U.K. you can catch it on BBC’s iPlayer.

Sherlock is a production of Hartswood Films, BBC One and PBS.

#Sherlock #TheAbominableBride #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman

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