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Some snippets of news for your Friday…

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Fox has given Lethal Weapon a renewal for season 2.  If you haven’t been watching this show you’re missing out.  And if someone doesn’t give Clayne Crawford some kind of award then there’s something wrong somewhere.  He’s done an incredible job all year taking on a very difficult role.  Love the rest of the cast also.

To almost everyone’s surprise, NBC has given Days Of Our Lives a renewal for its 52nd season.  Low ratings, Megyn Kelly and writing team shakeups notwithstanding, there will be more sand flowing through the hourglass!  While I only check in on my old soap occasionally, I would be very sad to see it go.  It’s like that old teddy bear in the box stuffed in the back of a closet… you may not look at it often, but you know it’s there if you want to.

Benedict Cumberbatch has another new project coming up, and surprisingly, this one is for the BBC and PBS’ Masterpiece.  According to Deadline, he will star as Stephen Lewis in The Child In Time, adapting the novel by Ian McEwan.  Benedict will also executive produce under his SunnyMarch TV banner.  The plot revolves around Lewis and his wife, and the difficulties they face after their daughter goes missing.

Benedict is filming The Current War, where he plays Thomas Edison to Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse.  He’ll also be putting on the Cloak of Levitation again in Thor: Ragnarok and the sequel to Doctor Strange.  One busy man.

If you’re a Dan Stevens fan (and you’ve forgiven him for leaving Downton Abbey) then you can catch him in FX’s Legion as David Haller.  This is one of the more obscure X-Men characters.  The role is a big departure for Stevens from Downton and his upcoming princely role in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

#LethalWeapon #DaysOfOurLives #TheCurrentWar #BenedictCumberbatch #LegionFX #DanStevens

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Please note that this review of the first episode of Sherlock series 4, titled The Six Thatchers, contains all kinds of spoilers.  If you haven’t seen the episode don’t read any farther.  Fair warning!

I’m also not going to hold back in this review.  As much as I loved the first two series of Sherlock, it started to go off the rails in series three and it has now completed that unfortunate detour.  I wish I could say that after two years Sherlock is back and it’s great.  But unfortunately I can wipe this episode off my DVR and feel no pain.

When we last saw Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) he had killed villain Charles Augustus Magnussen and it looked as though our hero would be banished from Britain.  Just four minutes later, however, he gets a reprieve and it turns out his brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss, who also wrote the episode) and three others in the British government devised a plan to doctor the security footage of the deed to make it look as though someone else did it.  The reason they do it is that it appears villain Moriarty has made some plans from beyond the grave and they need Sherlock to save the day (brother Mycroft’s spies seem to never be enough, apparently).  Despite the many mentions of Moriarty, however, he really has nothing to do with the episode and is just thrown in for… well, I’m not sure why he’s thrown in.

There is an actual case to be solved, the case of The Six Thatchers, which is a takeoff on the original Conan Doyle story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.  In the original story six identical busts of Napoleon are shattered and Sherlock works out that a missing and valuable pearl was placed in one of them during manufacturing while they were still wet.  After the busts had been sold the thief had to hunt down and break them all to find it.  This story is speedily dispensed with in The Six Thatchers, with busts of old Maggie standing in for Napoleon.  Instead of a pearl, though, what’s found in the bust is a duplicate of the flash drive that was destroyed in the last series that has details of Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) and her former assassin team’s info on it.

And here’s where we go off the rails.

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There are three episodes to the upcoming fourth series of BBC/PBS’s Sherlock.  The titles are as follows: The Six Thatchers, The Lying Detective and The Final Problem.  The series starts on both networks on January 1.

It’s the title of this last episode that bothers me… as any Holmesophile knows, The Final Problem is the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story where Doyle intended to kill off the detective as well as his nemesis Professor Moriarty by having them battle to the death over the Reichenbach Falls.  Doyle ended up bringing back Holmes after a public outcry.

The current version of Sherlock has already done a story where Holmes supposedly dies called, of course, The Reichenbach Fall in the second series.  Let’s hope there’s not another “is Holmes really dead?” mystery at the end of this one, or I will simply never forgive Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.  It has been hinted, though, by stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, that Sherlock will return at some point.  Those guys have been pretty busy doing little projects like, oh I don’t know, The Hobbit and Doctor Strange, so getting on their calendar has been tough.  From all accounts, though, we will see more Sherlock although it may be quite a while before the next one.  I’d be happy with a made-for-TV movie once in a while as doing three 90-minutes episodes requires months of shooting.

In the U.K. and Ireland The Final Problem will be shown in theaters on the same night as on BBC1, January 15th, according to Radio Times.  Here in the U.S. the episode will air in its usual slot on PBS but won’t be shown in the theaters until January 16th, followed by another showing on the 18th, according to Entertainment Weekly.  Why pay to see it in the theater when you can plop in front of the TV and watch it for free with your cats curled up by your side?  Because there will apparently be additional content in the theatrical version that is not included in the television one (not to mention that those of us stateside know that PBS does cut some time out of the BBC version to allow for their completely unnecessary intro).

Go to Fathom Events here to order your tickets online for the theatrical version.

Below is a trailer for the fourth season.

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Just got to see Marvel’s Doctor Strange today, so I’m going to give you my take in a pretty spoiler-free kind of way.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel superhero movies, this ranks up there with the best of them.  In case you don’t know the backstory, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a hotshot neurosurgeon whose hands are badly damaged in a car accident.  Unable to get them healed in the U.S., he travels to Nepal to search out a mystical healer.  Little does he know the “healer” is a sorcerer, The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).  She is, in fact, the current Sorcerer Supreme.

The Ancient One takes Strange and teaches him the mystic arts, along with Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong).  Just in time, it turns out, for villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and some of his followers to make some mayhem on behalf of an even bigger bad.

My favorite character in this movie, outside of Strange himself, may just be The Cloak of Levitation.  If you see the movie you’ll understand.

As you can imagine for a film about the mystic arts, the special effects folks had a massive amount of work on this one.  Some critics have called the film “trippy,” and all I can say is, don’t go to see this if you’re a) drunk, b) are having vertigo, or c) get sick on roller coasters.

Do stick around for the credits.  There are two extra scenes, and yes, you’ll have to sit all the way through the credits for the final one, but it will be worth it.

Worth a full price admission if you can’t get into a matinee.

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With 14 reviews in, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is showing a 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer!

The critics are actually liking it, although a few are saying it’s too much like Iron Man.  By and large, though, they are loving the casting, the visuals and the soundtrack.  Below are links to some of the reviews.  SPOILER NOTE: some of these may contain varying levels of spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Collider – includes a video review

ComicBook.com

/Film

IGN

For SNL fans, Benedict Cumberbatch will be hosting on November 5th.

Here in the U.S. we have to wait until Friday, November 4th for general release.

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Marvel has launched Hero Acts, a campaign to benefit Save The Children, a charity to help children who are the victims of natural disasters, are at risk,  need medical attention or an education.  The charity works in 120 countries, including the United States.

If you upload a photo of yourself (or someone else) posing as your favorite Marvel character to marvelstudiosheroacts.com, Marvel will donate $5 to the charity from now until the end of the year.

Introducing the initiative in the video below is Doctor Strange himself, sometimes known as Benedict Cumberbatch, along with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans and other Marvel actors.  Don’t miss the ending!

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #HeroActs #MarvelStudios #SaveTheChildren

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Marvel has released a 30-second teaser for Doctor Strange with some new scenes.  Wish this one was longer, but hopefully we’ll get another full-length one now that we’re less than a month out from release.

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Empire Magazine’s website is showing off their new Doctor Strange covers, one of which is shown on this post.  These are for the November issue.

empirecover_nov2016They also have a couple of images from the film, one with Benedict and Rachel McAdams, and another with Mads Mikkelsen.

There’s a persistent rumor that Doctor Strange will show up in Avengers: Infinity War/Film and other sites are putting two and two together from some comments Cumberbatch made.  No official confirmation from Marvel… at least not yet.

In the U.K. Doctor Strange will be released on October 25th.  In the U.S. it will be November 4th.

On to Sherlock news.  The BBC has released two of the three episode titles for the upcoming fourth series.  They are: The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective.  As noted in the article, The Six Thatchers appears to be a reference to the Arthur Conan Doyle story The Six Napoleons, and The Lying Detective may be The Adventure of the Dying Detective in disguise.

The BBC will be showing the series beginning sometime in January.  Let’s cross our fingers that PBS Masterpiece will be showing it stateside at the same time.

#Sherlock #DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman

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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.

Enjoy…


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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

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