'Lucky Number Slevin' star Luvy Liu and 'Eli Stone' star Jonny Lee Miller are snapped filming a scene on the set of their modern Sherlock Holmes TV series 'Elementary'. The pair are seen sat beside each other on a bench in the middle of Manhattan while Jonny gesticulates wildly.
The producers of 'Elementary', CBS' adaptation of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, have confirmed actor Rhys Ifans will be joining the cast as Sherlock's brother, Mycroft.
Rhys Ifans will join the cast of Elementary, alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui. The Welsh actor will play Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother. He is a definite feature in the season's premiere, airing in September but any possibility of further appearances has not been mentioned.
CBS' Elementary sets the traditional story of the famous detective in New York. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu starring as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will, according to reports encounter Ifans in London. The season premiere will be set in the British capital as the deducing duo are forced to deal with one of Sherlock's former cases. Ifans as Mycroft allows them to stay with him at Baker Street. Apparently a reasonable amount of sibling rivalry and tension will ensue.
Rhys Ifans, pictured at the 2012 Place for Peace dinner in London, is to join the cast of Elementary as Mycroft Holmes.
Nearly 20 years after Interview With the Vampire, Neil Jordan returns to the genre to breath some new life into a mythology that has grown stale, predictable and rather mopey (see Twilight). With a lively script by Buffini, Jordan creates a lushly stylish dramatic thriller that continually takes us aback with off-beat storytelling and complex characters who don't always do what we expect them to.
The story centres on mother-daughter immortals Clara and Eleanor (Arterton and Ronan), who are on the run when they arrive in a fading British seaside town. The resourceful Clara seduces the nervous Noel (Mays) so they can stay in his dilapidated Byzantium guesthouse. To earn some cash, the always resourceful Clara turns the empty rooms into a brothel. Meanwhile, Eleanor befriends the fragile young Frank (Jones) and reveals the fact that she and her mother are actually more than 200 years old and need human blood to survive. Through all of this, they're being chased by two elder vampires, the ruthless Ruthven (Miller) and the more sympathetic Darvell (Riley), both of whom share a tangled romantic past with Clara.
Unusually intelligent, the film holds our interest with an astonishing series of twists and turns plus an array of colourful characters that play on stereotypes. Holding it all together is a fairly simple plot that reveals itself in bits and pieces until the full picture comes into focus. From this point, we pretty much know what has to happen in the big finale, but watching events unfold is satisfying and sometimes both thrilling and moving.
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Among the CBS TV show actors arriving at the network's 2013 Upfront Presentation in New York were Sharon Osbourne from 'The Talk' (who doesn't refrain from her usual face-pulling shenanigans) and the cast of 'How I Met Your Mother' Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan.
Clara and Eleanor are a mother and daughter, born two centuries ago as vampires and surviving only on the blood of mortal beings. They escape to an English seaside town and are taken into an abandoned guesthouse by the owner, Noel. While Clara takes on a job as a lady of the night who drains the blood from her clients, Eleanor has dreams of being a writer, chronicling her life as a vampire in pages that she usually scatters in the wind. It isn't long before they are discovered, both by the mortal people of the town and by The Brotherhood; an all-male vampire organisation that seek to find and kill Clara. Eleanor meets a boy called Frank, who she develops feelings for and spills the secrets of her world to, angering her mother who fears for their safety. As knowledge of their existence spreads further and further, they are forced to confront their past and the deadly secrets that come with it.
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Despite being the latest ever start time for a post-Super Bowl broadcast, Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary scored a massive 20.8 million viewers on Sunday evening (7.8 rating in adults 18-49), according to Nielsen. The show, starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller and based on the acclaimed BBC series, scored the title of highest-rated entertainment broadcast of the year.
Elementary delivered a huge 3.45 million viewers more than Alias pulled in following the Super Bowl in 2003. The fast-paced crime-drama delivered a 61% increase over its season average in viewers and a massive 160% increase in the adults 18-49 demographic. After strong reviews, CBS ordered two additional episodes to its current season, bringing the total number of episodes for series one to 24.
It has also emerged that Beyonce's well-received half-time show extravaganza scored a rating of 48.2/71 in the 8.00pm-8.30pm, which fell short of Madonna's score for her 2012 half-time show, which was mired in controversy following M.I.A's badly thought out two finger salute. According to Deadline.com, Sunday's game, between the San Francisco 49er and the Baltimore Ravens, peaked at 52.9/75 for its nail-biting final half hour.
The star of the latest Sherlock Holmes reincarnation, Jonny Lee Miller, who plays the mercurial crime solver in Elementary, has admitted he had no idea just how entertaining the originals were.
"I wouldn't call myself a real Sherlock Holmes fan. I hadn't read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books. But when I took the project on, I really immersed myself in them. They are so much more entertaining than I ever thought they would be," Said Miller in an interview with Metro, before elaborating on the intricacies of fame. "The day that isn't strange will be a sad day. I had to sit my little boy down and explain to him why, when he is standing on the street with his mum and a bus goes past, it has Daddy on the side. That has got to be quite odd for a three-year-old."
Elementary, whilst staying true to many of the tropes so affectionately held by the original character, does have a few differences; most notably, Holmes is in rehab rather than an avid user of opiates. "Back when the stories were written, Sherlock's drug use was legal and the adverse effects of opium and cocaine hadn't been documented. But if you transpose this character through time, you can't really have him using drugs in such a flamboyant way today and not really address that it is a problem. It is an interesting part of his character," explained Miller.
American Sherlock Holmes adaptation 'Elementary' is now in its second season in America, but premièred last night on Sky Living in the UK.
Film and television have made done some excellent updated adaptations of classic literature over the past few years. ITV did a great series of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales retold in a contemporary context, and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardi DiCaprio and Claire Danes, was another triumph. Of late, Sherlock Holmes adaptations have been in vogue. Benedict Cumberbatch updated the baker-street sleuth in the UK, to excellent critical acclaim, and now Jonny Lee Miller has taken the baton in the US, alongside Lucy Liu playing 'Dr Joan Watson'.
Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock is an ex-Scotland Yard consultant who has relocated to New York after battling with a drug addiction. Liu's Watson is appointed to be his rehab companion. Elementary has been met with a reception on the warmer side of luke-warm, but certainly no one has been blown away by this new version of Holmes. The Telegraph said "Liu was as watchable as ever, the hint of sexual tension between her Watson and Holmes a nice bit of spice. The writing and plotting weren't bad either." And the Guardian's review of it spent more time analysing the history of other adapted shows and updates, than on Elementary and its attributes, its highest praise seemed to be rooted in the "definite sense of watching a very slick and skilful translation of Sherlock". Nevertheless, it's certainly worth a watch if you enjoy a good crime show, Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's character with the most intrigue and staying power, no doubt Elementary is just one more of many more adaptations to come.
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Following the recent success and news of its renewal in the States, the Sherlock Holmes themed drama ‘Elementary’ made its UK television debut last night (October 23, 2012) and again found favour with critics. It’s been widely reported that CBS will be extending the show in the US to 22 episodes, and the omensare cautiously good for it in Britain too, in spite of the aesthetic of the program being very different indeed to how Brits might usually come to expect from a Sherlock-themed show.
A contemporary update sees Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu play Sherlock and Watson respectively, the pair solving crimes in the hustle and bustle of the 21st century as opposed to the Victorian age. The Guardian made a lot of the similarity in intent of the script to the Bernard Cumberbatch-starring ‘Sherlock’, pointing out “For a British viewer of Elementary, there is a definite sense of watching a very slick and skilful translation of Sherlock … Liu and Lee Miller had a dialogue, identical in intent though not specifics, to Cumberbatch and Freeman's first meeting, in which the sleuth made astonishing instant deductions about his newly recruited assistant.”
The Daily Telegraph was more positive, however, and though again drawing comparisons between the two shows, it did comment the drama was “definitely worth stumbling upon”.
Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, delighted thousands of fans today as she confirmed the renewal of Elementary and Vegas.
Elementary is a new take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson, starring Jonny Lee Miller as the illusive detective, with a twist on the original Watson played by a woman, Lucy Liu. Vegas is also a crime based drama, which follows a Sheriff, played by Denis Quaid as he does 1960s battle with a Vegas mobster, brought to life by Michael Chiklis.
"Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods," she said, reported by E! "Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger." In fact, the two shows take the top spots in ratings for new shows on the network.
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