Holmes & Watson Back In Action

The BBC have released a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch (aka He Who Is Everywhere) and Martin Freeman, in Victorian garb for the first time, suggesting that time travel will play a part in 2015’s Christmas special of “Sherlock.” The special is due to start filming in January, with a full season of the show to be screened the following year. Next month, the pair have roles in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” with Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Cumberbatch voicing Smaug, the dragon.

King/Mellencamp Show Is Touring

I have to confess I’d like to see this show, described in THR: ‘Bestselling novelist Stephen King proves himself less adept as a debuting librettist in “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” his long-gestating musical collaboration with pop/rock star John Mellencamp. This Southern Gothic musical premiered to decidedly mixed notices at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in 2012 and is now touring the country, playing one-night dates in concert venues. Minimally staged and featuring a cast that includes such well-known names as Gina Gershon (Bound, Showgirls), the show seems to be angling for a Broadway berth. But despite the strength of Mellencamp’s roots music score, King’s problematic book proves a major impediment.’

Will Ferguson Help SELMA’s Oscar Chances?

I admit it’s not the most urgent question raised by the travesty of justice that’s just occurred in Missouri. But the race for the Oscar — like the race for the White House — is affected by what’s going on in the country at the time of the election. And the anger over the Michael Brown situation could have some voters re-thinking their silly notion that “I voted last year for ’12 Years A Slave’ so I don’t need to vote for a movie — ‘Selma,’ about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the struggle for civil rights — about white-on-black oppression this year.” And if you think Ferguson anger will abate before Oscar nomination voting begins on December 27, I don’t agree. And the season begins in earnest early next week, when New York Film Critics reveal their picks and the National Board of Review — traditionally friendly to socially-conscious films like “Selma” — announces. A week from now, “Selma” could be looking like a more serious Oscar contender.

Bale Jealous Of Ben Doing Batman

After three films of donning black rubber and speaking like an angry chainsmoker, Christian Bale has found it hard to let go of Batman – to the point where he has admitted being jealous of Ben Affleck taking on the role for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Speaking to Empire magazine, he said: “When I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour. But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman … I think I should have gotten over it by now.” Yes, Christian, you should have.

Property Brothers Are Not Gay

Got that? And isn’t your mother relieved, since Moms are the ones who have turned these HGTV personalities — Drew and Jonathan Scott — into cable stars. I can’t say I’ve ever seen their programs: the day I start watching HGTV is the day I feel my life is such a wasted mess that I may as well stick my head in the oven. But for those who differ, here are Drew and Jonathan spilling their secrets.

Gwen & Pharrell “Spark The Fire”

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell are no strangers — they collaborated together on her 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl.” They’re at it again, this time for Stefani’s latest single, “Spark the Fire.” Stefani hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s “The Sweet Escape,” and “Spark the Fire” is the second single she’s released since then. The first was “Baby Don’t Lie,” a track she released in October. “Spark the Fire” features some “Hollaback Girl”-reminiscent beats and lots of shout-talking from Stefani.

Ferguson Brings Out Worst In Cable News

The long day of build-up to the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., and its aftermath brought out the worst in cable news, from partisan scorekeeping to chaotic images with very little context. Ferguson — and the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown — hardly marks the first instance of a high-profile and tragic killing of an African-American youth, following the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. But it continues a trend of Fox News Channel and MSNBC immediately retreating to their ideological corners, while CNN – despite seeking to remain even-handed – again fell into its more lamentable habits, filling time for hours with a “Breaking News” headline that became increasingly absurd the longer the channel went without any additional news. On Fox News, Sean Hannity’s had a cozy chat with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, there to push his familiar pro-law-and-order mantra, having already triggered anger in some quarters for comments he made the day before regarding black-on-black crime on “Meet the Press.” That’s our Rudy: eternally tone-deaf.