The Sherlock Season 3 finale saw the introduction of an entirely new criminal mastermind: Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen)... although technically he was around all season, and was responsible for almost burning John Watson alive in “The Empty Hearse.” But how does Magnussen compare to the fans’ favorite consulting criminal, James Moriarty (Andrew Scott)? Warning: Big Season 3 spoilers follow.
LongevityWell, Moriarty stuck it out through Seasons 1 and 2 (and might return for the fourth season) while Magnussen was only around for Season 3. Given that Moriarty might have survived his supposed death (I can’t trust anything anymore!) he will have outlived Magnussen.Moriarty 1, Magnussen 0
Criminal NetworkIt took two years for Sherlock to take down Moriarty’s network of fellow criminals, so it must have been expansive. However, we have no idea how many people Magnussen was blackmailing or had blackmailed in the past. It could be in the hundreds or thousands.Moriarty 1, Magnussen 1
Difficulty to DefeatThere was a moment for Sherlock when it seemed each villain would be undefeatable, but when we get down to it, Sherlock merely needed to kill Magnussen (which he did fairly easily) while the detective needed to plan an elaborate fake death in order to beat Moriarty.Moriarty 2, Magnussen 1
Fan ResponseGiven the fan reactions on social media to the last minute twist of “His Last Vow,” the majority of the fandom is beyond excited for the return of Moriarty. Meanwhile, everyone was glad to see Magnussen go. The fans have a clear favorite.Moriarty 3, Magnussen 1
MannersMoriarty had tea with Sherlock, while Magnussen relieved himself in Sherlock’s fireplace. His finishing school teachers would have been appalled (we were certainly horrified). Moriarty 4, Magnussen 1
Winner: Jim Moriarty!
If “The Reichenbach Fall” wasn’t surprising enough for fans of Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss certainly outdid themselves in terms of shock value for “His Last Vow.” This season has been a series of twists and turns just like any other, but the finale episode jam-packed the whole two hours with bigger and bigger reveals. Though the writers didn’t kill off new character Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) as many fans suspected and feared, they did provide some surprises that we didn’t see coming: especially pertaining to the new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen). These are the revelations that had us gasping and shouting, “No way!”
Yes, you read that right. For those who didn’t see the finale, what are you doing, there are spoilers here! And for those that did, we wouldn’t blame you if you still don’t believe Sherlock actually had a girlfriend. (Even if it was only to use her access to get close to Magnussen.)
Sherlock Beating Magnussen
Though we didn’t think Sherlock would take Magnussen flicking John’s face sitting down, we never expected Sherlock to resort to killing Magnussen. But he did.
Even more than the reveal that Magnussen’s archive of material used to blackmail everyone was all in his head (which was fairly stupid, especially for a businessman) was his total lack of respect for Sherlock. Even Moriarty never used Sherlock’s fireplace as a toilet. It just proves how horrible Magnussen is — or, was.
Mary Isn’t Mary
This is one of those surprises where you think you really should have seen it coming, but the fans had no idea — and neither did Sherlock. Although “liar” popped up in his initial deduction of her, he was just as shocked as the audience when he found her pointing a gun at Magnussen’s head.
Whether your screams were in delight or utter terror, chances are the final shocker of “His Last Vow” caused you to stop breathing for at least a moment. It’s certainly going to make for an interesting fourth season, which we better get in December, as The Sun reported. We can’t take another two-year waiting period.
Lars Von Trier's erotic epic Nymphomaniac and Thomas Vinterberg's critically-acclaimed drama The Hunt will lead the way at Denmark's version of the Oscars after landing six nominations each. The two films will fight for the Bodil Awards' Best Picture prize, alongside Michael Noer's Northwest, Nils Malmros' Sorrow and Joy, and Mikkel Norgaard's The Keeper of Lost Causes, while Nymphomaniac's Stellan Skarsgard will go head-to-head with The Hunt's Mads Mikkelsen in the Best Actor category.
Nymphomaniac stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stacy Martin are both shortlisted for Best Actress, while co-stars Uma Thurman and Jamie Bell have also scored nods in the supporting categories, alongside the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives), Roland Miller (Northwest) and The Hunt's Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Susse Wold and Anne-Louise Hassing.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Feature prize will be a battle between Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Blue Is The Warmest Color and Rust and Bone are among the nominees for the Non-U.S. Feature title.
The winners of the Bodil Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen on 1 February (14).
The Bodil Awards nominations have given The Hunt a big boost ahead of the 2014 Academy Awards - Denmark's official entry has been named among the nine semi-finalists to compete for the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category. The final shortlist of five will be announced on 16 January (14), when the full list of Oscar nods will be unveiled.
It's been almost two years since the game was last afoot, but the third season premiere of Sherlock is finally in our sights. And once our favorite consulting detective returns to televisions across the country on January 19, we will be able to find out the answer to the second most important question raised by last season's finale: Since Moriarty has been defeated, who will take over the title of Sherlock's arch-nemesis? It just wouldn't feel right if Sherlock and John didn't have a deranged psychopath to add some conflict and explosions to their everyday routine. Luckily, the writers have anticipated the need for a new villain, and plan to introduce Charles Augustus Magnussen into the mix this year.
Since the episodes have yet to air in the U.S., there's not too much that we know yet about Magnussen, who will be played by The Killing star Lars Mikkelsen. However, his name seems to be taken from the Arthur Conan Doyle character Charles Augustus Milverton, who was the focus of his eponymous Sherlock Holmes short story. In the tale, Sherlock describes the character as "the worst man in London," which means he might have more than bombings, blackmail, and slander up his sleeve. He is apparently the one person that Doyle's Sherlock hates most in the world, and if the team decides to translate that into the show, then we're bound for lots of action and excitement.
According to the story, "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," the titular character makes his money through blackmail, often targeting rich widows and society women whose reputations would be damaged by scandals. Sherlock has already touched on such an idea in the past, with Irene Adler's possession of incriminating photos and files, so it would be easy for them to translate Milverton's character into modern time. It's also likely that his blackmail would eventually involve Sherlock's brother Mycroft, who knows everything about the British government and holds more power in his umbrella than all of the members of Parliament. The show's producers like to play with their sibling dynamic, and so we predict that Magnussen's plot will definitely involve Mycroft in some way, forcing Sherlock to rescue his older brother.
Alternatively, Magnussen could be going after Sherlock and John for some reason. The first photo released of Mikkelsen in character show him sitting in their apartment, which could hint that he has dug up something incriminating from one of their pasts. Of course, since Moriarty was also known to make house calls, he could just be doing his best to try and intimidate the two of them or Mrs. Hudson. We'd put our money on Mrs. Hudson in this fight, though; she's a lot tougher than she looks.
Regardless of who he's trying to blackmail, Magnussen will have big shoes to fill now that Moriarty is gone. When it comes to villains, it's hard to top someone who would willingly strap a bomb to a blind old woman, steal the crown jewels, and then set up an elaborate ruse to discredit his nemesis and pin all of his crimes on someone else. Moriarity was an unpredictable character, both for Sherlock and the audience, and that's what made watching him interact with the detective so much fun. As far as pure chaos and anarchy go, we don't predict that Magnussen will go down that route, as it would only bring about comparisons to Moriarty form the audience. Andrew Scott and his character were fan favorites, so we think it would be best for the writers to explore a different direction, and therefore avoid an unfavorable bias.
However, we do have a feeling that Magnussen will definitely be evenly matched with Moriarty and Sherlock in terms of intelligence and ingenuity. The ability to think quickly, creatively, and three steps ahead of your opponent is a key characteristic of any good villain or detective, so we have no doubt that there will be plenty more clever games and inventive crimes for Sherlock to solve. This, combined with his love of blackmail, means that Magnussen will likely be a bit more similar to Irene Adler, who was able to outsmart Sherlock quite a few times. Of course, we're sure that Magnussen will be a bit more buttoned-up and proper than Irene was, but that just means he'll need to find a new way to ruffle Sherlock's feathers.
Despite Irene's cleverness, wit, and lack of inhibitions, the series strayed some from Doyle's text by having her and Sherlock develop some semblance of feelings for each other, and ultimately making her survival dependent on him. This probably means that some of the original Milverton will get changed in his transformation into Magnussen, and even raises the possibility of him and Sherlock becoming close, much like Sherlock and Irene. Personally, we'd like to see Sherlock befriend Magnussen despite detesting him, maybe as a clever way to get close to his rival. That would also help differentiate Magnussen from Irene, which helps allow the writers to create a new, interesting character.
The first two series featured two extremely compelling antagonists (three, if you count Mycroft as Sherlock's "arch-nemesis") and so we've no doubt that Magnussen is set to join them as another wonderfully insane, love-to-hate-him villain. The dynamic between them is also bound to be different this time around, as, depending on when he is introduced, Sherlock's relationships are all strained after he faked his own death. He's also proven that he can be beaten by a villain, even temporarily, which will probably give Magnussen a weakness to exploit when carrying out his evil deeds. All of which means that we couldn't be more excited to meet this season's newest baddie.
So, welcome to London, Charles Augustus Magnussen. We hope you really are as bad as everyone has promised.
Sherlock fans, the moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived: the third season of the massively popular show will premiere on January 19 as part of PBS' Masterpiece series, meaning that it will air back-to-back with the network's other successful import Downton Abbey. No UK premiere date has been set yet, although British fans will still be able to find out how Sherlock cheated death before their American counterparts, as the BBC has retained "first-window" rights to air the program. Fans have been waiting impatiently for new episodes for almost two years now, as the production schedule was complicated by the rising popularity of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. However, Masterpiece's executive producer Rebecca Easton told Entertainment Weekly that although it has been a long wait, "This is about as quickly as we could have possibly got them on the air once they were made."
Viewers will be able to find out just how Sherlock faked his own death in the first episode, "The Empty Hearse." It will be based on the Arthur Conan Doyle short story "The Adventure of the Empty House," and will be written by Mark Gatiss, which fans should take as an encouraging sign. Gatiss is the writer behind two of the series' best installments: Season 1's "The Great Game" and 2's "The Hound of the Baskervilles." He's promised that his take might skew away from the source material some, particularly in the way that Watson reacts to his partner's return. It's going to be difficult to come up with an answer that satisfies both the story and the fans, but Gatiss has proved himself to be adept at handling twists and grounding the show's more outrageous moments in a sense of reality. Plus, his determination to have Watson react in a more realistic way should be able to set up a compelling conflict between the two characters for the rest of the season.
The second episode will be penned by Stephen Thompson, who previously tacked "The Blind Banker" and "The Reichenbach Fall," the cliffhanger ending to Season 2. "The Sign of Three" will also introduce Mary Morstan, who marries Watson in Conan Doyle's original short stories. Although the writers were previously unsure about where to go with Mary and Watson's relationship, it seems as if (spoiler alert!) the two will indeed get married on the show as well. The role of Mary Morstan will be played by Amanda Abbington, who is Freeman's real-life partner, which hopefully guarantees that they will have enough chemistry to satisfy fans who are unsure about the fictional couple. It will be interesting to see what Thompson draws from the original story, "The Sign of Four," as it details the very beginning of Mary and Watson's relationship.
Season 3 will come to a conclusion with "His Last Vow," which will take its inspiration from both the short story and collection entitled "His Last Bow." It will mark a bit of a departure for the series, as the story is more about espionage than a murder mystery. Stephen Moffat will be behind the finale, which means that the fan reaction is likely to be divisive. Moffat has gained an unfavorable reputation amongst some Sherlock and Doctor Who fans, and although he did a brilliant job with Sherlock's very first episode, "A Study in Pink," he is also behind "A Scandal in Belgravia," which is by far the series' weakest hour and a half. Based on his time writing finales for Doctor Who, there's a very good chance that the audience will be disappointed in "His Last Vow," although we're hoping he will be able to pull off something great.
Sherlock and Watson will also have to face a new villain this series, after Jim Moriarty died in last season's finale. Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen will take his place as Charles Agustus Magnussen. Based on his name, the character appears to be based on Charles Agustus Milverton, the master blackmailer who Sherlock dislikes more than any other villain he faces in the stories. It will be difficult for the series to top the psychopath they created with Moriarty, though, and it should be exciting for viewers to watch Sherlock and Watson take down a new bad guy.
The third season of Sherlock will premiere on January 19 at 10 PM. But if that's still too long to wait for a Cumberbatch or Freeman fix, you can catch them both in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which opens on December 13.
Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen has landed a villainous new role in the upcoming third season of hit TV series Sherlock. The star of cult Danish drama The Killing will portray the title character in the TV adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's crime novel The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, about a blackmailer who cons wealthy nobles.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the modern version of Doyle's literary supersleuth, Sherlock Holmes, on the popular BBC show, opposite Martin Freeman.
The film, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, received mixed reviews because of its scenes of graphic violence, but the shocking content didn't stop the film from winning big at The Roberts in Denmark on Sunday (07Feb10).
The movie was named Best Picture, while Von Trier landed the Best Director prize. Antichrist also triumphed in categories for script, cinematography, editing, sound design and special effects.
Lars Mikkelsen was honoured for his role in thriller Headhunter and his co-star Henning Moritzen was named Best Supporting Actor.
Animated sensation Up was named best U.S. film, while Slumdog Millionaire won for Best non-U.S. foreign film, according to Variety.com.