British actress Emma Thompson wants to become the first woman to play Sherlock Holmes. The Love Actually star is a big fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional sleuth, and she is convinced the part could be played by a female.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I have always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I would love to play a character like that, but that's a problem if you're a female. I'm always likely to be overlooked for not being male."
Thompson is adamant she would make a good Holmes, and hopes more women will be seen in leading roles in the future, adding, "Is the heroic role unisex? Or does it mean there is an area of life which remains unexplored, which contains stories which remain untold? I suspect that's the case and it will be very interesting as this generation gets into its stride to see what those stories turn out to be."
Actors who have recently played the detective include Robert Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jonny Lee Miller, who starred opposite Lucy Liu as a female Dr. Watson in U.S. TV series Elementary.
The New York Times reported that an American judge ruled that Sherlock Holmes, along with friends and foes John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Moriarty, and more of Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, are now in the United States public domain. The judgement means that no copyright law applies to the use of story elements in any Holme adventures published before 1923. There were a few after that, so adaptors have to take care to not run up a bill with the author's estate by using any characters or plots introduced in those later works. But forget that advice, because we are all set with Sherlock reboots at the moment.
Unless you're as culturally clueless as the detective himself, you know that the character has had a massive renaissance these last few years. Robert Downey Jr. imbued Holmes with serious swagger in the Guy Ritchie-helmed 2009 film version. Between that movie and its sequel, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss launched a phenomenon to drive the internet to insane acts of meme-ing in 2010 with the slick BBC series. And CBS got into the game with its own modernized take Elementary, this time set in New York City and with a Joan, not a John. Even our collective obsession with forensic procedurals hinted at the successful resurgence of this character. There wouldn't be an NCIS without Sherlock Holmes.
And now he's free. And it's tempting. But between Jude Law and RDJ's chemistry; Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones; and Jonny Lee Miller's mania, there just isn't room out here for another version. At least not a good one. Any attempt to create a Holmes that doesn't directly copy any of these interpretations will just lead to a watered-down or barely recognizable imitation. And Sherlock deserves better than that.
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from books to reality TV.
In true academic form, Flavorwire judges you by your favorite book of 2013.Find out what it means if you liked Jonathan Franzen's new book, or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah before Beyoncé sampled her. Check it out at Flavorwire.
Who were the worst reality show villains of 2013? It's a nasty, but varied list, ranging from dance moms to real housewives. Find out if your personal least favorite made the cut at VH1 celebrity.
Tis the season of strange holiday album releases.And Hollywood.com lists this year's best, from Kelly Clarkson to Mary J. Blige. Listen to a sample of them all here.
Find out Kanye's craziest quotes.Celebuzz is listing their year's favorites through the 12 Days of Christmas. You've got six Bieber scandals and, our favorite, seven crazy Kanye West quotes. Find out what they are at Celebuzz.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is returning to the London stage in 2014 after landing his dream role in Hamlet. The Star Trek Into Darkness star has long awaited his chance to play the doomed Danish prince in one of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, and now he has revealed he will tackle the role in the West End next year (14).
He tells USA Today, "I know for certain I'm doing Hamlet sometime in autumn on the London stage, and before that there are all sorts of film projects flying around."
The 37 year old hinted about the project last year (12) by insisting he is the perfect age to portray the character, saying, "I hope to return to theatre soon, hopefully as Hamlet, as it's a role I've been interested in for a long time.
"I don't know if there is such a thing as a right age to play the part, but 36 or 37 seems appropriate to me, so I need to do it before long."
Cumberbatch's last stint on the London stage was in Danny Boyle's 2011 production of Frankenstein, which won him and co-star Jonny Lee Miller the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
If you’re wondering who loves a TV show as much as you do, the answer is pretty simple: the people who write that show. (At least, we hope they love the thing they’re creating as much as we do.) A new trend we’ve noticed on Twitter is that not only will a show have an official Twitter — that’s nothing new — but the staff writers of a TV series will have an account as well.
Favorites like Scandal, Law and Order: SVU, as well as How I Met Your Mother all have Twitters for their writers’ rooms. Newer shows like Sleepy Hollow, Elementary, and The Tomorrow People have also jumped on the bandwagon. These profiles are chock full of neat tidbits, fantastic live-tweet sessions, as well as behind-the-scene photos — like from an upcoming episode of Reign.
However, the best part of these writer’s room Twitter accounts are when they get poke fun at each other. Since the beginning of the fall, there has been a rivalry between Elementary Writers and Sleepy Hollow Writers that has been especially fun to watch for fans of both shows. Recently, Elementary Writers threw down the gauntlets, posting a photo of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller in formalwear along with the caption: “Hey @sleepywriters. In the immortal words of Destiny's Child, I don't think you're ready for this jelly.”
There’s also an almost brotherly relationship between Arrow Writers and TTP Writers, which makes sense since the two series are in The CW’s Wednesday night lineup. It’s actually adorable and makes us love the shows even more than we already did.
If you love television as much as we do, we definitely recommend you check Twitter to see if your favorite shows have profiles for their writers’ rooms. It’s totally worth it.
Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a festive charity dinner in London on Monday night (25Nov13) to raise money for underprivileged kids. The Iron Man star teamed up with fashion designer Matthew Williamson to host the event at Aqua Shard to bring in money for the Kids Company organisation.
The event featured a Christmas tree decorated with baubles specially designed by stars including actress Sienna Miller and singer Mary J. Blige.
The sparkly ornaments will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause.
After the event, Paltrow took to her Twitter.com page to thank Williamson for his help, writing, "Thank you Matthew Williamson for supporting Kids Company UK."
Olympic gold medal-winning skier Bode Miller has been forced to hand his infant son over to his ex-girlfriend after a judge in New York awarded her temporary custody on Monday (25Nov13). Miller and his former partner Sara McKenna have been locked in a legal battle for custody of their child since before he was born in February (13), with the skier demanding the mother move to San Diego, California so he can be close to his son.
The nine-month-old boy had been living with Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck, since a judge awarded him temporary custody earlier this year (13), but he had to hand the youngster back to McKenna on Monday after a judge in New York gave her temporary custody of the boy until the next court hearing on 9 December (13).
Both parties are seeking a co-parenting arrangement.
The little boy is called Sam by his mother, but his father has named him Nate.
Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller have each donated $10,000 (£6,700) to fund a short film, starring rocker Daniel Johnston. Del Rey and Miller pledged the money to Johnston's Kickstarter.com campaign to help with the production of the movie titled Hi, How Are You: A Short Film.
The generous donation has landed the two stars executive producer titles on the project.
Miller took to Twitter.com last week (begs18Nov13) to express his excitement about the project, writing, "Me and Lana Del Rey are both executive producers on a movie. That's tight."
The film's backers have raised more than $10,000 (£6,700) over a target of $35,000 (£23,300) with 13 days of the online fundraiser remaining.
This isn't the first documentary featuring Johnston - in 2005 Jeff Feuerzeig's The Devil and Daniel Johnston won a top award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Splash NewsAlec Baldwin's recent career could be mistaken for one extremely long audition for the role of The Incredible Hulk. Only last week, his weekly MSNBC show was suspended for two episodes after he was filmed using a homophobic slur against a photographer during a New York street encounter. But it's not just photographers who don't like him when he's angry. Everyone from his eleven-year-old daughter to American Airlines flight attendants have felt the wrath of the Thomas & The Magic Railroad star for next to nothing over the past few years. Here's a more in-depth look at five of his victims.Ireland BaldwinBaldwin's most astonishing rant was directed towards his then eleven-year-old daughter Ireland in 2007 after she missed a pre-arranged phone call. Foregoing any chances of a "Father of the Year" award, the raging actor repeatedly called her a 'rude little pig' while also taking a pot shot at her mother, Kim Basinger, who later denied getting her revenge by leaking the voicemail to the press.Jay From StarbucksA poor unfortunate barista named Jay had the misfortune to catch Baldwin on one of his many off days when he apparently failed to treat the star with the utmost worship, resulting in a very personal and public review on his favourite platform for abuse, Twitter: "Starbucks on 93 and B’Way. Uptight Queen barista named JAY has an attitude problem."American Airlines Flight AttendantsUnable to tear himself away from the importance of playing Words With Friends, Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2011 after he refused to turn off his smart phone. Despite inconveniencing hundreds of his fellow travellers, the word game addict still believed he was the wronged party and subsequently launched into a misogynistic rant on where else but Twitter.The New York PostAfter claiming that the New York Post's Gary Miller had assaulted him outside his home earlier this year, Baldwin was then accused of hurling a string of racial slurs at the photographer. When asked about the allegations by one of the newspaper's reporters, a charming Baldwin then replied, "I want you to choke to death."Daily Mail Journalist George StarkCertainly not the first celebrity to take issue with a story printed on the venomous Daily Mail website, Baldwin perhaps understandably took umbrage with journalist George Stark following the claim that his wife Hilaria had been tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. Less understandable is the vicious and vile way he chose to respond, describing the hack as "a toxic little queen" while also threatening to "put his foot up his f****ng ass."
In some cultures, selling your newborn babies to a corporation is frowned upon. But in the United States, we consider exploitation to be the wisest of investments. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen first won us over on Full House playing Michelle Tanner, a sassy young chimpanzee, notorious for scolding adult men while simultaneously filling her diapers. The Olsens went on to build an empire making a barrage of movies and television shows, most with a fictional plot of searching for one or both of their parents after being abandoned by them in some way or another. So it's no surprise that after their entire 27 years in the spotlight and acquiring a net worth of $300 million, Mary-Kate and Ashley have announced that they are retiring from acting.
"I think people looked at us with the perception of 'Oh, you just have everything. You can do whatever,' " Mary Kate recently told Allure magazine, the cover story for the December issue. She later stated that she's "not great at not being able to control the end product." Essentially, she wants to convey to the public that things haven't been handed to them; but if they aren't in complete control of a project, they aren't going to be a part of it. Got it? Ashley also told Allure: "I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who were representing me, 'I need to do things 100%. I don't feel like I can give you 100% of my time." Everybody knows that if you're serious about something but you can't give 100%, just give 0%.
But don't say goodbye to Mary-Kate and Ashley quite yet. They still own the production company Dualstar Entertainment Group, which they have used to create their own clothing line, The Row. They will be swinging their focus to high-end fashion pursuits, and are currently planning to open their first retail store in Los Angeles. If this story sounds familiar, it's probably because nearly two years ago, Ashley announced to UK Elle that she was retiring from acting to focus on fashion. So we get it, guys, you're reeeally retiring. And we're really going to miss your roles on, uh. Uhh..