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.
Natalie Portman's embattled western Jane Got A Gun has finally locked down a summer, 2014 release date after a series of delays and casting changes. The film has been plagued by problems - director Lynne Ramsay quit a day before shooting was due to begin in March (13) and Michael Fassbender had to be replaced by Jude Law, who subsequently dropped out as Bradley Cooper stepped in. The Hangover star exited the project in May (13), and production finally got underway this summer (13) with Ewan McGregor onboard as the villain.
Now the movie, helmed by Gavin O'Connor, has officially secured a release date and will hit U.S. theatres at the end of August (14).
However, Jane Got a Gun's troubles are far from over - producers filed suit against Ramsay earlier this month (Nov13), accusing her of breach of contract and fraud for receiving a payment of $750,000 ($500,000) for a job she did not complete. They are seeking the return of her salary, in addition to punitive damages.
The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass is set to be feted with a top prize at the British Independent Film Awards next month (Dec13) in recognition of his global success. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker will receive the Variety prize in London on 8 December (13), as his latest release, kidnap drama Captain Phillips, continues to garner critical acclaim ahead of the upcoming Hollywood awards season.
Actor Jude Law took home the title last year (12), while other previous recipients include Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir Michael Caine and Dame Helen Mirren.
Britney Spears is calling on her millions of fans to help celebrate her upcoming birthday by making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Toxic hitmaker will turn 32 on 2 December (13) and in lieu of gifts, she has asked devotees to consider throwing their support behind the top charity, which benefits kids with cancer and other diseases.
Expressing her birthday wish in an open letter online, she writes, "Dear Fans, It's that time of year again when we pause to reflect upon what we're thankful for. I'm thankful to have the most amazing fans in the world who have been there for me through everything...!
"This year, I'm doing something different for my birthday. I'm dedicating it to the kids of St. Jude. Help me out by not buying me a gift this year. Buy them a gift instead - the gift of another birthday.
"Why St. Jude? Since opening in 1962, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. That's right: the best care in the world, for free, because of people like us. Now that's something worth celebrating.
"Let's get this party started. Love always, Britney".
The pop superstar's birthday will kick off a busy month - her new album, Britney Jean, will hit retailers next week (begs02Dec13), while her new Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, will launch at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on 27 December (13), just in time for New Year's.
British stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law are nominated for acting prizes at the 2013 European Film Awards for their roles in period blockbuster Anna Karenina. Knightley, who played the title role, will go up against Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt) and Luminita Gheorghiu (Child's Pose) for the Best Actress prize.
Law will compete for the Best Actor trophy against Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Fabrice Luchini (In the House), Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) and Tom Schilling (Oh Boy).
The Best Film nominations include The Best Offer, Blancanieves, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, Oh Boy And Adele: Chapters 1 & 2.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the prizegiving in Berlin, Germany on 7 December (13).
The producers of Natalie Portman's new film Jane Got A Gun are suing the movie's former director, who quit the project a day before shooting began in March (13). The executives, led by Scott Steindorff, claim Lynne Ramsay was paid $750,000 (GBP500,000) for a job she didn't complete, and they have filed documents in court in New Mexico alleging her departure delayed the production.
In paperwork obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the producers also claim Ramsay was "abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive," adding, she "failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions."
Producers are demanding that Ramsay pays back her salary, and they are also seeking punitive damages over claims of fraud and breach of contract.
The We Need to Talk About Kevin director was replaced by Gavin O'Connor.
The project has also struggled with casting troubles - Michael Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, who was in turn replaced by Bradley Cooper, who exited the film in May (13).
Portman and Joel Edgerton stayed with the movie and were joined by Ewan McGregor when filming eventually got underway this summer (13).
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Duane Allman left us 42 years ago this week, and while he's remembered as one of rock's greatest guitar stylists -- not to mention one of its greatest tragedies, felled by a motorcycle mishap when he was just 24 -- his whole story is seldom told. The release of the seven-disc box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective goes a long way towards addressing that issue. Over its vast expanse, besides a crucial handful of tracks from the guitar hero's best-known affiliations, The Allman Brothers Band and Derek & The Dominos, it offers a stunning array of other projects Allman contributed to in his woefully brief lifetime. From Allman's pre-ABB groups to his far-ranging session work, this rich piece of American musical history encompasses every aspect of the six-string sultan's output, often venturing into corners previously familiar only to hardcore aficionados, and definitively displaying the multiple musical personalities of a rock & roll icon. Here are just a few of the unexpected roles in which you'll find Allman over the course of this revelatory collection.
The Garage Rocker: "Gotta Get Away" by The Allman Joys
Here's Duane in full fuzztone mode, ripping into a raw-boned rocker with the mid-'60s band he and brother Gregg fronted.
The Psychedelic Soldier: "Norwegian Wood" by The Hour Glass
After The Allman Joys came late-'60s outfit the Hour Glass, who weren't above venturing into some serious psychedelic territory, as shown by Duane's deft manipulation of an electric sitar on this ambitious Beatles cover.
The Muscle Shoals Soul Man: "Hey Jude" by Wilson Pickett
Speaking of ambitious Beatles covers, before finding fame as a blues-rocking firebrand with The Allman Brothers Band, Duane found another kind of Fame: recording with tons of top-shelf soul singers at Muscle Shoals, Alabama's legendary Fame Studio. "Wicked" Pickett's Fab Four takeover is one of many awe-inspiring examples of Allman's Muscle Shoals tenure included here.
The Session Star: "Beads of Sweat" by Laura Nyro
Even after The Allman Brothers Band's ascendance, Duane continued following his muse far and wide, bringing his guitar prowess to all manner of sessions. Here he joins some of his Muscle Shoals comrades on a trip to New York to back the sophisticated song-poetry of Laura Nyro on an album that also included everyone from jazzman Joe Farrell to Rascals frontman Felix Cavaliere.
The Jazz-Funk Jam Master: "Push Push" by Herbie Mann
Anyone who's heard some of The Allman Brothers Band's epic jams knows that Duane doesn't need a script to follow. Here he chases jazz flute giant Herbie Mann across a 10-minute track full of juicy, jazzy jamming.
Sir Paul McCartney's new video for Queenie Eye has debuted online with features from an array of stars, who appear as ghosts in the studio as the former Beatle records the track at Abbey Road Studios in London. Johnny Depp appears seated at the feet of McCartney's piano, listening to the tune on his headphones, while his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss dances on the instrument as the room fills up with celebrities.
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Sean Penn, Gary Barlow, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Jude Law all soak up the atmosphere in the fabled studio space, while British funnyman James Corden can't contain himself as he dances around.
Last week, E! News reported that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were reuniting for Paul McCartney's newest music video "Queenie Eye." Though the couple (who dated from 1994-1998) never share a shot together, they do share the screen with a ton of other celebrities. Check out the video below and see if you can count the famous faces… it's next to impossible to get them all on the first try.
After a few viewings (and a few google searches), I counted 17 in total, though it's definitely possible there are more. Check below the video for all the celebs we spotted:
1. Depp2. Moss3. Meryl Streep4. Tom Ford5. Alice Eve6. Lily Cole7. Jude Law8. Sean Penn9. Chris Pine10. James Corden11. Jeremy Irons12. Gary Barlow13. Tamara Rojo14. Laura Bailey15. Tracey Ullman16. Sir Peter Blake17. Jack Savoretti
Phew, seriously, only Paul McCartney could pull this one off.
While McCartney has a history of using famous faces in his videos, such as Natalie Portman in "My Valentine," "Queenie Eye" goes to a whole new level in including celebrities from around the world. And while the the video is definitely impressive, it's special for reasons other than the wall–to–wall stars. Filmed in London's Abbey Road studios, the video is also where The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" was recorded.
Though the star-studded grouping is already intriguing fans to watch, the song "Queenie Eye" will probably be a hit in its own right. The single, which is the first to be released from Paul McCartney's latest album New, has all the makings of becoming our favorite fall tune. And hey, there's no argument here, the 71-year-old has still got it.
Be sure the check out New which landed in stores Oct. 15, and listen for "Queenie Eye" on your favorite station, it won't take too long before it gets stuck in your head.
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Teen star Chloe Grace Moretz landed a lead role in kids film Hugo after tricking revered director Martin Scorsese into believing she was British. The Goodfellas filmmaker wanted an all-British cast for the 2011 family adventure movie, but Moretz ignored the casting stipulation and instead put on her best English accent to try out for the job.
The Kick-Ass actress, 16, says, "We got the note when I was auditioning for the film that he wouldn't take anyone who wasn't British, and so I was like, 'Well, I'm gonna lie and say I'm British', naturally.
"I just totally put on the accent and met him with a British accent, and told him I was from England and lived in the countryside my entire life and then, at the end of it, I accidentally dropped the accent and he realised that I wasn't British! I still got (the role), thank God, otherwise I would have been such a fool!"
Moretz joined a cast which included child actor Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jude Law.