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.
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.’
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.
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.
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 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.
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.