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'Sherlock' series four begins on New Year's Day - but co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat aren't sure whether there will be any more.
‘Sherlock’ returns for a full series for the first time in nearly three years on New Year’s Day – but the growing Hollywood success of its chief stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman means that the new fourth series could be the last.
That is, at least, according to the BBC One drama’s co-creator Mark Gatiss, who told reporters at a recent screening that while everybody involved was enthusiastic to make more episodes, the increasing difficulty of getting them in the same place at the same time was placing the future of ‘Sherlock’ in jeopardy.
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Creators Tease Fans Over Future Of The Series
The showrunner says star Benedict Cumberbatch was misquoted when he was reported to have called series four, the “end of an era”.
‘Sherlock’ fans can finally stop panicking, as showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the BBC show will not end after its fourth season.
Worry hit fans a few months ago when star Benedict Cumberbatch was quoted as saying the show might end with series four, calling it “the end of an era”.
Amanda Abbington, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' series four
Continue reading: Steven Moffat Assures Fans Series Four Is Not The End For 'Sherlock'
Could our favourite detective be leaving our screens permanently? Bookies slash odds
After it was revealed that Sherlock would be coming to our screens again in the trailer for series four many people were excited about the prospect of seeing the Arthur Conan Doyle character come to life once more. But could the New Years episode be the final one?
Now the beloved detective, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is rumoured to be leaving us; bookies have dropped the odds on him meeting his end in what could be a massive spoiler for the highly anticipated return.
Benedict Cumberbatch at the premier of Dr. Strange
Continue reading: Is Sherlock Going To Be No More?
An old trailer with the confirmation we've all been waiting for.
A trailer for the fourth season of 'Sherlock' has been re-released, this time featuring the air date of the first episode 'The Six Thatchers'. There's no new footage available, but creators were more than generous with what they released earlier this year. Fan theories are rife.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as genius sleuth in 'Sherlock' season 4
The 'new trailer' that everyone's going on about is exactly the same as the initial teaser we saw from San Diego Comic-Con, only this time we get to see the release date. It confirms the heavy amount of speculation that it will air on New Year's Day, just like the 2016 special 'The Abominable Bride'.
Continue reading: Air Date Revealed For 'Sherlock' Season 4 Episode 1 'The Six Thatchers'
The actress says her bag was taken as she was on stage collecting ‘Sherlock’s’ award.
'Sherlock' actress Amanda Abbington has claimed her purse was stolen during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. The actress, who plays Mary Morstan in the BBC One drama alongside husband Martin Freeman, said her purse was taken while she was onstage collecting the show's award for Best Television Film.
Amanda Abbington (pictured with husband Martin Freeman) says her purse was stolen during the Emmy Awards
On Twitter yesterday Abbington told fans: "Thanks for the lovely tweets re; the Emmy's. So pleased we won! Cool, right? However, we went up to collect the Emmy, did some press, came back to my seat and some bastard had nicked my purse from under my seat. Nice.”
Benedict Cumberbatch's success elsewhere could prove to be bad news for the show.
Don't be alarmed, but there's a possibility that 'Sherlock' won't be on our screens for much longer according to the show's executive producer Steven Moffat. Apparently, it hangs on the schedule of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - and the movie offers they're getting are only getting bigger.
Will 'Sherlock' series 4 be the last?
Moffat has even gone so far as to say the next series - set to air next year - could be the last if the actors contine to be as successful as they already are in the film industry. However, he also claims there's a chance that, even if it did get cancelled, there's no reason it won't be able to return in the future.
Continue reading: Just How Long Will 'Sherlock' Be On Our TV Screens?
The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions.
Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement.
As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.
Expect the next series to hit in 2017.
The fourth season of 'Sherlock' is finally on the way, even if we'll have to wait until next year to see it. We've been promised that Holmes will face demons from his past and his faithful companion Dr. Watson will have the responsibility of fatherhood on his shoulders this time.
We're still frustratingly oblivious to any real details on the forthcoming 3-episode series, and creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have done well in tying up loose ends in New Year's Day BBC special 'The Abominable Bride' to avoid any obvious speculation. That won't stop the die-hard fans though.
Continue reading: Everything We Know So Far About 'Sherlock' Series 4
Although no broadcast date has yet been confirmed, the cast is now fully assembled and filming has begun on series four of 'Sherlock'.
Benedict Cumberbatch has said he’s “thrilled” to be back working on the series that made him a megastar, as filming for the long-awaited season four of ‘Sherlock’ finally gets under way.
Fans of the BBC series have been promised that “ghosts of the past” will visit the new three-part instalment, which will see 39 year old Cumberbatch return as the famous detective alongside Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. The episodes will be directed by American Rachel Talalay, whose previous credits include The Wind in the Willows and ‘Doctor Who’.
“I can't wait for everyone to see season four,” Cumberbatch said on Wednesday (April 6th). “But you will have to wait… though not for long… and it will be worth it.” No broadcast date has yet been confirmed.
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Series Four Begins Filming
Following its broadcast on New Year's Day, the Victorian special has topped the box office in China and has outsold 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in Korea by 4:1.
Though quite a few people have complained that it was too confusing, the ‘Sherlock’ special length episode ‘The Abominable Bride’ has become an international box office success in cinemas in addition to its high ratings on British television.
The feature-length episode, starring its regulars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson but in the Victorian era of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, received the highest viewing figures in Britain over the festive period when it was broadcast on New Year’s Day.
The 'Sherlock' Victorian special episode 'The Abominable Bride' has become an international box office success
Some viewers may have been left confused by ‘The Abominable Bride’, but at least they tuned in.
‘Sherlock’s’ latest special, which aired on New Year’s Day, has attracted the highest viewing figures of the festive period with 8.4 million Britons tuning in to BBC1. The drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Matin Freeman beat programmes including ‘Eastenders’, the Queens speech and ‘Downton Abbey’ to become the period’s most viewed show.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in ‘Sherlock’.
Overnight figures show that an average of 8.4 million viewers tuned in, while the show peaked with 8.9 million during the 90 minute special. But those figures are down from last year’s when 9.2 million people tuned in on New Year’s Day to watch the first episode of the show’s third series.
Continue reading: 'Sherlock' Special Draws Largest TV Audience During Festive Period
Nick Timothy, former special adviser to Home Secretary Theresa May, wrote an article imploring "vain and ignorant liberal luvvies" to take a "vow of silence" in 2016.
Outspoken celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, Katie Hopkins and Charlotte Church have been condemned in a new article by a former special adviser to the Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May.
Cumberbatch, 39, famously used his starring role in ‘Hamlet’ at the Barbican to raise money and awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis earlier this year, at one point proclaiming “f*** the politicians”.
Benedict Cumberbatch with Sophie Hunter at the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere
Being over 40 and a female journalist in the city means you don't necessarily get the good projects to work on. Kim Barker is just one of those women and she's in need of a new dose of... something. Her relationship is static and her life hasn't exactly become the success story she hoped it would.
When her news organisation is looking for some new field reporters, Kim decides that it might be the chance she's looking for. Sure, the new job might be based in Kabul, but it's got to be better than what she's got. Arriving in the foreign land, she's sent to 'the fun house', a name given to the building where all the foreign journalists live. Learning how to report from two countries and moving back and forth with armed escorts soon becomes the norm for Kim and she develops a an affection for a country most would be wanting to distance themselves from.
As well as reporting - often menial - stories, Kim quickly becomes absorbed in the local way life as well as finding a few new friends also living in the fun house. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So who WAS the bride?
It's been nearly two years since the last episode of 'Sherlock' was aired, and fans have been waiting patiently for the assured next instalment. The excitement started building when it was announced that it would be a one-off Victorian edition, and now the new teaser for 'The Abominable Bride' has been released, the New Year can't come soon enough.
It seems Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't just apply Holmes to the modern world with finesse, but also embodies the traditional deerstalker-donning detective with jaw-dropping accuracy - that's if the new trailer is anything to go by. In this latest clip we see a veiled assassin emerging from a horse-drawn carriage with a shotgun; a supposed figure of a dead woman who Sherlock eerily dubs 'the avenging ghost'.
As the world of Marvel super heroes become ever more entwined, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Ant-Man ends. As the Avengers take on more and more missions, the damage they cause is ever increasing and the government feel it's time to put an end to their unlimited power.
Captain America gains information so sensitive that he knows even his closest friends aren't going to believe it, Captain America and Falcon are alone. With The Avengers now broken into two sides, Captain America believing the superheroes shouldn't be regulated and Iron Man on the other, believing the government have a valid argument.
Can The Avengers overcome their differences and fight a new force that threatens to destroy the world as we know it. Captain America: Civil War sees many of our favourite Marvel character appear, these include: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Panther & War Machine.
Although Steven Moffat and his 'Sherlock' co-creator Mark Gatiss have yet to start writing the fourth series of the hit BBC show, Moffat promises there will be "emotional upheaval" in the upcoming series.
Steven Moffat, in a recent interview, has revealed some details of the upcoming fourth season of Sherlock. Although neither Moffat nor his co-creator Mark Gatiss have started writing the series, Moffat promised Sherlock series four will be "enjoyable and fun" but also include "emotional upheaval".
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Sherlock.
Martin Freeman doesn't envisage playing Dr Watson for much longer.
Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson in the BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock, says the show could lose some of its sheen if the corporation keeps making new seasons. A fourth outing of the show will hit screens next year and there is a planned Christmas special at the end of 2015.
Martin Freeman plays Watson in the BBC's critically acclaimed Sherlock
However, Freeman is cautious of Sherlock overkill and suggests creating new shows every year may be too much.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Says 'Sherlock' Would Lose Sheen With New Episodes
The final Middle Earth trailer has rolled out online - and it's a good one.
A new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies has rolled out online at the end of the big week of hype for cinema. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is doing huge business across the globe, while Disney announced the official title for Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens, whilst confirming that Toy Story 4 is happening in 2017.
Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug is causing havov in 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'
So spare a thought for Lord of the Rings fans who are still busy sinking their teeth into a new trailer for the final instalment in the Hobbit adventure. We're now just six weeks from the global release on December 17, 2014 and the initial trailer released in July was heralded as one of the best teasers of the year. As Forbes put it, it evoked the "gloom and doom of the Return of the King teaser, eleven years ago."
Martin Freeman will star in a BBC drama about the holocaust.
Martin Freeman, the star of Sherlock and the Hobbit movies, has signed on for a feature length BBC drama about the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust.
Martin Freeman will star in 'The Eichmann Show'
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, The Eichmann Show will revisit the infamous trial that was televised around the world. Freeman will play Milton Fruchtman, who produced TV coverage of the trial, while Anthony LaPaglia – known for TV drama Without a Trace – will play the director, Leo Hurwitz.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Signs On For Adolf Eichmann Holocaust Drama
Moffat and Gatiss remain tight-lipped about the 'Sherlock' series 4 premiere, but lead star Cumberbatch promises it will be worth the wait.
We are trembling with excitement over the return of the world's favourite aloof sleuth after 'Sherlock' series 3 spectacularly concluded earlier this year with a finale that no-one was expecting. So what's in store for Holmes and Watson in series 4?
Is Benedict Cumberbatch as excited as we are for series 4?
It's sad to say we can't be expecting any Baker Street action for more than a year with our next dose of 'Sherlock' coming as a 2015 Christmas special. While the end of series 2 left us pondering Holmes' dramatic survival after leaping off a multi-storey building, we've been mulling over the Moriarty Mystery and his apparent resurrection since January - and now we have plenty more time to think about it.
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The stars stepped out onto the red carpet for one of the glitziest ceremonies of awards season: the Creative Primetime Emmys.
Having previously won for NBC's political drama 'The West Wing' as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg, Allison Janney’s award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her role in Masters of Sex, which also stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, was a particular highlight.
Backstage, Janney highlighted that playing Margeret Scully was certainly challenging at times. "I felt that Margaret Scully challenged me in ways that I've never been challenged before as an actress on so many levels - on an emotional level, on a physical level - and having to do sex scenes was extraordinarily nerve-wracking and stressful for me and something that I didn't think I'd have to do at this age, frankly," she explained.
Continue reading: Creative Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 [Pictures]
A look at Britain's best comedy exports.
It looks like British favourite James Corden has successfully sealed his fate as another Brit over on American shores with his appointment as the new host of CBS’ Late Late Show all but confirmed by the broadcaster itself. Of course, just because he’s travelling over to the US to have a go in the host seat of a different studio does not automatically mean he’s going to be a hit and, so far, his selection has not been met with too raucous an applause, mainly because most Americans don’t know who he is.
James Corden is said to be the next host of American chat show, The Late Late Show
However, that’s not to say he won’t win his new state-side audience over because, if Corden has proved anything with his British career to date, it’s that he’s not too bad at his job.
Stars hit the red carpet for the New York premiere of Get on Up, while Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman film on the streets of London. And the first trailers arrive for Kevin Smith's Tusk, Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit Part 3 and the Mad Max reboot...
The stars came out for the New York premiere this week of Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as Godfather of Soul James Brown. He was joined on the red carpet by costars Dan Aykroyd and Tika Sumpter, as well as soul singer Bobby Byrd and rock icon Mick Jagger. The film opens this weekend in the US and next month in America.
With some criticising The Hobbit for spreading over three films, what other franchises have gone on for a long time?
The Hobbit trilogy has been criticised by some viewers for having too little content spread too thinly over the course of too many films. Originally, the idea was to split the 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien story over two films; however, in 2012, director Peter Jackson confirmed his plans for a third film; some six years after the two-film decision had been made.
Director of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, originally thought the franchise would only spread across two films
Was this to enhance viewers’ experience of the story or was it because three films make more money than two? Audiences will never know. They will instead have to settle with a narrative with a lot less to say than The Lord of the Rings trilogy over the same number of motion pictures; with the final chapter in the piece, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, released in the UK on 12 December.
Continue reading: Film Franchises That Go On Forever
Here's a look at some of the best film trailers to come out of Comic-Con 2014
The San Diego Comic-Con may be over but the buzz surrounding its contents is only just beginning. Showing teasers left, right and centre, the convention has set the scene for an exciting year of film.
Here are some of the best trailers from the event.
Mad Max rides into town
Continue reading: The Best Movie Trailers To Emerge From Comic-Con 2014
'Fargo' season 2 will feature a new location and an all new cast.
The second season of FX's critically acclaimed series Fargo will feature a new setting and new cast, it's executive producer Noah Hawley has announced. The series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton is a contender for outstanding miniseries at the forthcoming Emmy Awards.
Allison Tolman [L] and Bob Odenkirk [R] in 'Fargo'
However, speaking at the Television Association Critics summer press tour this week, Hawley confirmed that the second season would feature an entirely new setting, story and characters though they will be connected to the 'Fargo' world. Season two will take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979.
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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ won’t be out for another 6 months, which means it’s just the right time to start dripping teaser photos, trailer snippets and plot bytes to keep Tolkienites’ appetites whetted.
Ian McKellen‘s Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The latest tease comes in the form of a ‘first look’ style reveal on the film’s official Facebook page. In it, Ian McKellen‘s Gandalf and Luke Evans‘ Bard the Bowman are looking at something presumably ominous - let’s face it: they’re not laughing at Bilbo trying out Legolas’s bow, are they?
Continue reading: 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Gets A Facebook Photo Tease
The 'Hobbit' actor's transition to the stage hasn't managed to convince many critics.
Richard III, Jamie Lloyd's latest Shakespearean staging, has debuted in London to much clamour from fans of The Hobbit actor Martin Freeman, who is cast in the titular lead role. Whilst Freeman's casting is a shrewd move from the director, who evidently recognises the importance of attracting audiences unfamiliar with Shakespeare.
However, several reviewers have been wondering whether this was such a good idea after all. "Jamie Lloyd's staging of Richard III is unecessarily complicated, while Martin Freeman feels like a boy sent to do a man's work, says The Telegraph's Charles Spencer.
Describing the production as "director's theatre at its self-advertising worst," the reviewer adds "Freeman gives a disappointingly underpowered performance as Richard, normally one of the most thrilling roles in Shakespeare."
Perhaps the move is designed to draw attention to the third film in the franchise amidst what promises to be a busy winter for cinema-goers
Despite some early criticisms, Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy has provided some memorable moments in the ever-expanding Tolkien universe. With one film left, due to be released this December, a high profile name change has taken place, from “There and Back Again” to “The Battle of The Five Armies”. So what’s behind the change?
Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom will be back in the third film, which is now called "The Battle of The Five Armies"
Peter Jackson released a lengthy statement on his Facebook page, in which he attempts to explain the shift. “Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film,” he wrote.
Fargo is the new BIG television show.
Fargo regularly finds itself on the top rung of movie buffs' top lists, so when a TV adaptation was announced last year, there was obvious scepticism. Writer and showrunner Noah Hawley is the man behind the series - which extends the Coen Brothers classic movie to 10 one-hour episodes.
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in 'Fargo'
By mid last week, we already knew that Hawley had succeeded. The U.S critics had their say and the reviews were glorious. Now, following Fargo's premiere in the UK on Sunday (April 20, 2014), the Brits have had their say.
Continue reading: Introducing 'Fargo', Your New 'Breaking Bad', 'True Detective', Etc, Etc
'Fargo' has come to UK television screens, but can critics separate the series from the film?
Last night UK viewers got their first look at ‘Fargo’ on the small screen as the series debuted on Channel 4. Based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie of the same name, many didn't know what to expect from the black comedy starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, but as it happens the critics seem to have been pleasantly surprised.
Martin Freeman stars as Lester Nygaard
‘Fargo’ the TV series opened much like the movie as “This is a true story” came up on the screen. It of course isn’t a true story and neither was the movie. What the film and series have in common is the small town Minnesota setting which brought back memories of the 1996 movie to TV viewers. Then there’s the characters, ‘The Office’ and ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, the series version of William H Macy’s character. Billy Bob Thornton is the menacing villain who corrupts Nygaard and Allison Tolman is the series’s Marge, but not pregnant.
Continue reading: 'Fargo' Proves A Pleasantly Dark Surprise For UK Audiences
'Fargo' is hitting the small screen tonight, here's everything you need to know about the FX show
Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s new mini series ‘Fargo’, based on the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Whilst the film has become more than worthy of the cult classic title, what exactly can we expect from this 10 episode series.
Martin Freeman stars in 'Fargo'
Joel and Ethan Coen, the minds behind the big screen Fargo, are sticking close to the television series, serving as executive producers. They will not, however, be writing or directing. Taking on writing duties is Noah Hawley, who was responsible for developing the series. Hawley previously worked on the series ‘Bones’ and created the ABC series ‘The Unusuals’.
Continue reading: What Can We Expect From FX's 'Fargo' Tonight?
As a fan, Odenkirk was scared of taking on this TV project
Bob Odenkirk isn’t a stranger to dark themes being explored on TV, especially having played the much loved and key character of Saul Goodman – lawyer to both Walter White and Jesse Pinkman – on AMC’s hit meth drama, Breaking Bad.
Martin Freeman stars in TV's 'Fargo'
The actor, who is set to reprise the role of his career for the Breaking Bad spin off, Better Call Saul, also stars in the upcoming TV adaptation of The Coen Brothers’ 1996 hit, ‘Fargo’, which debuts on FX Canada on April 15 and on April 20 on Channel 4 in the U.K.
Continue reading: Bob Odenkirk On The "Intense Evil And Darkness" Of Fargo
The DVD sales of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' have got us totally psyched for the final film, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'. But what can we expect from the third installment of the trilogy?
Yesterday saw the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on DVD, which leaves us free to obsessively think about the final instalment of the trilogy! The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the third and last film based on JRR Tolkien’s 1937 book of the same name and will provide us with a conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves. But what do we know about The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and what can we expect?
Will Bilbo play more of a backseat role in the upcoming movie?
The second film left us on a monumental cliffhanger. With Smaug finally sick of talking he makes his way towards Laketown, breathing “I am fire, I am death.” Cue credits. Thanks a lot, Peter Jackson! We’re guessing that Bard will be having none of Smaug’s home invasion, there were some hints dropped that he may be whipping out his black arrow (not a euphemism) and fighting back against the greedy guts who’s been hogging all that gold for years. Luke Evans, who plays the Bard, told MTV, “We’ve only just touched on Bard’s real storyline. It’s exciting. That’s why I’m so excited about it.” We’re pretty darn excited too!
Dotcom says his site was an online storage device
Litigation from one major film studio would be more than enough for one website handle, but Megaupload.com - and its founder, Kim Dotcom - is facing the wrath of six separate films studios who allege the site and its operators "facilitated, encouraged, and profited" from copyright infringement.
The Hobbit Was The Most Downloaded Movie of 2013
In its pomp, Megaupload had about 150 million registered users before it was shut down by US regulators in 2012, which made it the 13th most frequently visited website, bases on estimations.
Continue reading: Six Studios Suing Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Over Copyright Infringement
Like his 'Sherlock' co-star, the 42 year-old actor will be heading to a London stage for his first Shakespearean role.
Martin Freeman has followed his 'Sherlock' co-star Benedict Cumberbatch to a London stage production.
The 42 year-old will play Richard III in his first ever Shakespearean role this coming summer. Freeman will play the Machiavellian King from July until September at Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall, the Daily Mail reports.
The play's director, Jamie Lloyd, is currently casting for other roles in Richard III.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Lands Richard III Role In Shakespeare Play
JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf is finally seeing the light of day - or the shelves of Waterstones.
JRR Tolkien's translation of the epic Beowulf is to be published for the first time almost 90 years after its completion. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be published in May, giving Tolkien fans an extraordinary insight into the book that helped inspire The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.
Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The book, to be published in the UK by HarperCollins, has been edited by Tolkien's son Christopher Tolkien, who said the attention to detail gives rise to "a sense of immediacy and clarity of his vision."
Continue reading: 88 Years Later, JRR Tolkien's 'Beowulf' Is To Hit Bookshelves
Martin Freeman, Vicky McClure and Jonny Owens star in this new rock 'n' roll adventure.
The trailer has been released for new British music movie Svengali, a 21st century look at the British music industry and how minnows can become big fish on the scene. The comedy focusses on one man trying to establish himself as a manager to be reckoned with against all the odds.
Jonny Owens & Vicky McClure Star In 'Svengali.'
Dixie (Jonny Owen) is a Welsh postman who rocks up in London to pursue his dream of becoming the next big music mogul. He comes across The Premature Congratulations and believes he can help this up-and-coming band hit the big time.
Gay scene confirmed. Hold your horses, though, fan fictioners
Fan fiction authors should look away now, as you’ll all have collective heart attacks before penning the most homoerotic erotic Sherlock story ever written. But it’s true: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – aka Sherlock and Watson – had a gay scene cut from season three of the BBC crime drama.
Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
You’ll remember the context well if you’re a fan of the show. That strange middle episode, the one with the wedding, contained a lengthy section focusing on Watson’s bachelor party, at which Sherlock was the only guest. Plenty of beers later and the pair are investigating a crime that would eventually tie in to the rest of the series, but rumors were soon flying round that the pair were actually drunk and shot a scene in a gay bar.
Continue reading: Sherlock Stars Cumberbatch And Freeman Confirm Gay Scene Was Cut
The 'Sherlock' star says that he and Martin Freeman are very up for more detective action.
Benedict Cumberbatch has told reporters in the US in no uncertain terms that he and co-star Martin Freeman are definitely up for filming a new season of hit BBC detective drama Sherlock. Upon its third season airing, the show has just enjoyed its best ratings to date in the US and last weekend's series finale in the UK was branded "perfect" by critics.
If All Goes To Plan, There'll Definitely Be More 'Sherlock' Action Coming Our Way.
In the face of fans hungry for more of the electric chemistry between Cumberbatch's Sherlock and Freeman's Watson, the stars are excited to reveal that there'll probably be more 221B Baker Street drama headed our way. Though there has been no official announcement yet regarding a new series, executive producer Steven Moffat told the audience at the Television Critics Association press tour that "['Sherlock'] will continue until Benedict gets too famous."
Last week's U.K and U.S box offices saw a shift, but what can we expect now?
After ruling the roost for nearly a month in both the US and UK, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug has finally fallen from its perch atop the box office charts. In the UK, American Hustle stormed the chart after gaining terrific reviews, knocking The Hobbit into second place and Frozen into third.
The Hobbit's supremacy was scuppered by Disney's animated winter powerhouse, Frozen
In North America on the other hand, Frozen made a post-holiday surge - perhaps sparked by the continent's "polar vortex" ice storm - to take the top spot. Other new films last week included Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which wasn't screened to the press and managed to land at second place in the US and fifth in the UK.
What is the most popular film for torrent downloaders?
For those who give into temptation – the temptation being seemingly unlimited to films music and TV for free with little chance of getting caught – then life’s pretty good: they can settle down in their comfortable homes, tucking into DVD quality movies with or without subtitles. Well, sometimes with hardcoded Mandarin subtitles, but that doesn’t matter.
Martin Freeman as a young Bilbo Baggins
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey proved the most popular film for torrent fans, with an estimated 8.4m downloads, and that’s despite the fantasy epic being available on the streaming service, Netflix. Up next was Quentin Tarantino’s dark slavery comedy, Django Unchained, while Fast & Furious 6 took third spot.
Smaug just keeps on desolating. The chances of other films, that is.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is likely to become the season’s not-so-surprising smash success. The second film from The Hobbit trilogy continued to dominate the box office over the past weekend, its third in a row. Despite a number of holiday releases, Bilbo Baggins & co. held on to the Number 1. spot with $29.9 earned over the three day period, bringing its total to $190 million earned domestically in the three weeks since its release (according to Box Office Mojo).
Bilbo Baggins keeps the lead, despite Frozen's success.
As predicted, Smaug is soaring through the holiday period and into the New Year. The only other movie to match its three-week run in 2013 has been Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Disney’s Frozen has also been doing well on the holiday box office front, following as a close second with $28.8 million over the weekend period. Anchorman 2 fell a spot to No. 3 with $20.2 million, while American Hustle took fourth place with $19.6 million.
Blockbuster v Cult Comedy, guess who won?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has continued its journey at the top of the box office, decimating the competition with its solid franchise state, huge CGI set pieces and epic proportions. It even managed to stop Ron Burgundy in his tracks.
It's all smiles for Martin Freeman in Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson's Hobbit sequel took in $31.5 million in its second weekend of release for Warner Bros., adding to the $73.6m the fantasy goliath took on its opening weekend. It's now made more than $400 worldwide, including $96 million internationally over the weekend.
The comedy sequel is predicted to make whopping $40.1 million this weekend, making it $61.3 million in five days
Anchorman 2: The Lengend Continues has been lighting up cinema screens since Wednesday (18 December) this week and looks set to continue its impressive run into next week and emerge as the top grossing film of the weekend. Having opened strongly mid-week, the reunited Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner have maintained their steady rise to the top.
All the gang, plus a secretary and some other guy, are back for the new Anchorman
In just five days since it was released, the film is estimated to have made $61.3 million already (via Box Office Mojo), with a massive $40.1 million coming in over the weekend period alone. Clearly people have recognised that Anchorman 2 is kind of a big deal, and they responded as expected.
Continue reading: 'Anchorman 2' Staying Classy To Top US Box Office This Weekend
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'The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug' heats up the box office after earning the fourth highest box office December opening weekend with $73.7 million.
'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' as predicted dominates the North American box office on opening weekend with garnering an impressive $73.7 million from ticket sales. The epic sequel melted Disney's latest animation, 'Frozen', off the top spot as it earned $22.2 in its third weekend, bringing its overall domestic ticket total to $164.4 million.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
'Smaug' received the fourth biggest December opening ever, coming behind 'Avatar' ($77 million), 'I Am Legend' ($77.2 million) and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' ($84.6 million).
American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave lead the awards charge, while Scorsese's contender bows in Paris and The Hobbit takes Berlin. Also, first glimpses of new films with Tom Cruise, Channing Tatum and Jason Bateman...
As we move properly into awards season, films are jostling to be the frontrunner. This week saw nominations announced by the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, two key awards in the run-up to Oscar night. At the moment, the leading contenders are David O Russell's Abscam comedy-drama American Hustle and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. But anything can happen, see the other contenders here.
The dark horse in the awards race is The Wolf of Wall Street, a late entry into contention. The film held its European premiere in Paris on Monday, attended by Leonardo Dicaprio, director Martin Scorsese and costar Jean Dujardin. Buzz is growing quickly for the film, which opens in most cinemas in January. Watch the latest trailer for Wolf Of Wall Street here!
Despite the critics not loving 'Desolation', it'll still smash the Box Office this Christmas
Peter Jackson struck gold with the Lord of The Rings trilogy, translating J.R.R Tolkien’s epic novels to the big screen and, in many cases, opening it up to a new audience. The fantasy classics stand tall in the annals of box office notoriety, and have become Christmas re-watch stalwarts. A bona-fide success, there’s no doubt.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
His decision to stretch out The Hobbit story - a book of 400 pages, around the same as each of the Lord of The Rings books - into a fully fledged trilogy, hasn’t been received quite as well. Criticised for hopelessly elongating a simply story, Jackson’s legacy is under threat in the midst of 'The Desolation of Smaug’s' release tomorrow, Friday 13. But will the lukewarm reviews have an adverse affect on the fiscal performance of the film?
Once again, the reception has been mixed for 'The Hobbit,' but 'Desolation of Smaug' does show signs of improvement
Having narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants and an innumeral amount of orcs, Bilbo Baggins, still in the company of Gandalf and the Dwarves of Erebor, continues his adventure to return the dwarves to their rightful home, coming across their most difficult deeds yet this time around. They reach the Lonely Mountain, guarded by the colossal dragon Smaug, and must pit their wits against their greatest challenge yet, as well as yet more goblins, orcs, giant spiders and some very untrustworthy elves.
Bilbo gets serious this time around
The first time around, Biblo (Martin Freeman), the returning Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and our dwarf friends were met with a mix reception by a largely indifferent collection of critics. This time around, the overall view is still a relatively unconvinced one, but it does seem as though Peter Jackson's latest Tolkein epic has regained some of the vigor from the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy and a number of notable critics were left impressed after watching the film.
Check out the fun-filled 'Saving Santa' trailer below.
Ever wondered how the hell Father Christmas does it? He starts off in the North Pole, and gets presents to every kid by the time they wake up. Don’t even start to think about timezones, as you may start to unravel something deep and dark.
Martin Freeman voices Bernard - an Elf on a mission to save Santa
Luckily, Saving Santa answers our questions. But not before Santa faces a real threat to his Christmas Eve routine, something the plucky Elf Bernard – voiced by Martin Freeman – has to stop. Twice. See, evil forces are hell-bent on discovering the secret of Santa’s sledge.
Check out the extended, all-action Desolation of Smaug trailer.
Ahead of the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy’s release, an extended, for-the-fans trailer has been released, giving us a better look at the Desolation of Smaug, which will hit cinemas this December.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
The long trailer was shown at a fan event, which featured a Q&A with the film’s stars, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, and, of course, the director Peter Jackson.
Continue reading: Hobbit Fans Get Treat As Extra Long 'Desolation Of Smaug' Trailer Hits
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Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.
The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here.
The second film in The Hobbit franchise The Desolation of Smaug has a brand new trailer, which sees the Elves and the Dwarves reluctantly unite, Bilbo Baggins captured by The Ring's power and the terrifying Smaug breath fire. The action packed movie is set for for a Christmas time release but you can catch a glimpse of the fantasy epic right now.
Ian McKellen As Gandalf In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
In The Desolation of Smaug we re-join Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his trials & tribulations alongside the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on the marathon quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
In the 'Fargo' TV reboot, Martin Freeman will play the weak-minded, inept insurance salesman, based on William H Marcy's character in the 1996 film.
The 'Hobbit' star has been cast the lead role in FX's reboot of the 1996 crime film 'Fargo'.
The film was directed by the Cohen Brothers and received seven Academy award nominations with winning two Oscar awards for 'Best Original Screenplay' and 'Best Actress In A Leading Role' for Frances Mcdormand who played 'Marge Gunderson'.
The 'Sherlock' star has been cast to star as Lester Nygaard, who was initially portrayed by William H. Macy in the 1996 film
Martin Freeman will take on the central role in the upcoming TV adaption of the Coen Brothers 1996 Oscar-nominated film Fargo. The Hobbit star has been handed the role of Lester Nygaard, who was originally portrayed by William H. Macy, in the 10-episode limited series based on by the cult 1996 film.
Freeman will take on William H. Macy's role
Freeman is the latest main character to be cast in the series, with Billy Bob Thornton already lined up to star in the television spin-off to portray a completely new character. The series, which will be set in Minnesota and follow a different premise to the original 1996 film, will supposedly feature an completely different "real crime" story, with Nygaard this time being a hapless insurance salesman who is manipulated by the passing stranger Lorne Malvo (Thornton). Throughout the series, Malvo will sink his teeth into Freeman's character and enlist him to carry out illegal, money-spinning ploys on his behalf.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Cast In Lead Role For TV-Version Of 'Fargo'
Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton will star in a TV adaptation of Fargo for the FX channel.
Martin Freeman, the British actor who began his career alongside Ricky Gervais on The Office before going onto Hollywood stardom, has signed on to star on FX's adaptation of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Freeman will play the role of Lester Nygaard, portrayed by William H. Macy in the 1996 feature film that was nominated for best picture at the Oscars and remains a Coen brother's fan favourite. The new 10-episode limited series will follow an all-new "true crime story" with a new case.
Freeman's character is an insurance salesman who has seen better days. His life suddenly changes forever when a mysterious stranger comes to town. The part earned Macy a nomination for best supporting actor at the Oscars and remains one of the finest individual performances in the Coen oeuvre.
Continue reading: Martin Freeman To Star In 'Fargo' TV Show, But As Which Character?
If you're going to San Diego's Comic-Con 2013 don't expect to see any trace of Peter Jackson's upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug after the director explains the film won't be making an appearance but debuts new teaser material in a vlog.
It wasn't really a diva-ruling that the sequel to 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won't be holding a panel at this year's Comic-Con: in his vlog, Jackson acknowledges that fans attending Comic-Con will be let down but time constraints and a busy schedule mean it just won't be possible. However, the Kiwi director apologises with a special behind-the-scenes production video that gives Hobbit fans an exclusive look into the world of The One Ring.
Director Peter Jackson Has Good News & Bad News For Fans.
On his YouTube channel, Jackson introduces the production diary with some "disappointing" news: he announced that he "wasn't ready to present anything from the Desolation of Smaug at comic con this year" due to no available cast to attend and he himself working busy six day weeks in order to make the second and third Hobbit movies "as cool as they can possibly be." Jackson's "good news" is the new video blog: the 10 minute video shows behind-the-scenes production shots including the team goofing around and green screen scenes, that demonstrate the hard work and preparation that goes into producing such an intricately detailed fantasy blockbuster. The most exciting aspect of the video is seeing the gigantic sets that are built for the movie, such as Mirkwood forest and Lake-town, as well as the reunited cast back in costume and ready to film.
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.
The Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug is here! Well, the trailer is at least.
The strategy for the new The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug trailer seems pretty simple: how many instantly recognisable things can be put in this? Put ‘em all in. But let’s be honest, as far as marketing tricks go, that one is pretty effective. If you’re a LotR or Hobbit fan to any degree, you’re probably jumping up and down waiting to see this in a theatre – on the inside at least. So, the bit that everyone was concerned about was, with a short book like The Hobbit, how on earth could Peter Jackson and co. manage to fill three (fairly long) films?
But Jackson seems to be managing alright – particularly since this is the part in which we finally get to see the main event – the dragon. And not just any dragon, but Smaug. Smaug the Terrible, Destroyer of the Dale, Captor of the Lonely Mountain... you get the gist. Smaug is a big deal. Ok, so we don’t actually get to see him in the trailer, but the rest of the CGI looks solid so we can only hope that the graphics team did Smaug the Magnificent (we can keep listing aliases forever) justice.
Continue reading: The Hobbit 2: The Desolation Of Smaug Trailer - Beware Of Plot Twists
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@grahammctavish still chuckling at the present we got peter for his birthday.
RT @Hasty_Thorin: Safe to say that my most useless dwarf is Ori. Who brings a slingshot on a dangerous quest? #foolofatook
It's been a busy day filming sherlock today. A question before we all settle down. What was your favourite part of the hobbit?
People on twitter. Please stop giving negative comments on my page. I'm new on twitter and I don't expect to be put off already. Thanks.
As of this morning we have filmed the first scene of new sherlock. Surprises are in store.
Having a devine lunch with Mr Cumberbatch onset of #sherlock
RT @LMHighgate: Watched The #Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. #Woah!! Time for a Lord of the Rings #marathon.
I've been reading through a lot of the #hobbit tweets on here. Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. It's all thanks to my colleagues
Here are my links. @Marfrman #martinfreeman
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