Movie Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z

THE LOST CIITY OF Z movie poster | ©2017 Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen Writer: James Gray, based on the book by David Grann Director: James Gray Distributor: Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Release Date: April 14, 2017 THE LOST CITY OF Z covers two decades in the early twentieth century. The movie feels a bit like it was made in the middle-late twentieth century, the ‘60s through the ‘80s, when there were more stories like this one, concerning men finding themselves by leaving civilization behind. The irony in THE LOST CITY OF Z is that Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was actually in […]Read On »

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HOUDINI & DOYLE: Michael Weston escapes in Fox’s new series – exclusive interview

Michael Weston as Houdini in HOUDINI AND DOYLE | © 2016 Carin Baer/FOX

Michael Weston plays the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini in Fox Network’s HOUDINI & DOYLE, which has its first-season finale Monday at 9 PM. In reality, as in the show, Houdini was friends for a time with Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, played by Stephen Mangan. Also as in reality, the two clashed over their belief in the supernatural, with Doyle a believer and Houdini a skeptic. HOUDINI & DOYLE, created by David Titcher, does imagine that the two men, together with London police constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard), investigating very uncommon crimes. Weston, a native New Yorker, […]Read On »

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HOUDINI & DOYLE: Stephen Mangan on playing Arthur Conan Doyle – Exclusive Interview

Stephen Mangan as Sherlock Holmes in HOUDINI & DOYLE - Season 1 - "The Pail of LaPier" | ©2016 Fox/Joseph Scanlon

English actor Stephen Mangan is perhaps best known in the U.S. for playing discomfited television writer Sean Lincoln in Showtime’s comedy EPISODES. Now Mangan (whose other credits include a Tony-nominated performance in a revival of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, the title role in the TV version of DIRK GENTLY and the grown-up hero of ADRIAN MOLE: THE CAPPUCCINO YEARS) is heading up a different TV series, playing another writer. However, in Fox Network’s Monday-night mystery series HOUDINI & DOYLE, Mangan isn’t playing just any author – he’s portraying Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one Sherlock Holmes. In 1901 England, Holmes […]Read On »

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HOUDINI & DOYLE: Rebecca Liddiard chats new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Rebecca Liddiard as Adelaide Stratton in HOUDINI & DOYLE - Season 1 - “The Monsters of the Nethermoor” | ©2016 Fox

In Fox Network’s HOUDINI & DOYLE, Rebecca Liddiard plays the third lead character, Adelaide Stratton. In 1901 London, Adelaide is the first female police constable. She’s assigned to keep an eye on the skeptical Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and the spiritually-inclined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) as they investigate some very peculiar mysteries that the regular authorities are inclined to ignore. Liddiard, a Canada native, was a series regular on MSLABELED and appeared in BETWEEN, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, and the film WITH HER. At a party thrown by Fox Network for the Television Critics Association press tour, she talks about […]Read On »

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HOUDINI & DOYLE: Show runner David Hoselton on new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Rebecca Liddiard, Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle IN HOUDINI & DOYLE - Season 1 | ©2016 Fox/Mitch Jenkins

David Hoselton serves as show runner and one of the executive producers on Fox Network’s HOUDINI & DOYLE, Mondays at 9 PM. In the series created by David Titcher, Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) team up with Constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) to solve possibly supernatural crimes in 1901 England. The show is a co-production of Fox, Britain’s ITV and Canada’s Shaw Media. Hoselton previously worked with fellow HOUDINI & DOYLE executive producer David Shore on Shore’s creation HOUSE, M.D. Hoselton’s other writing/producing credits include CSI: NY and CHICAGO P.D. ASSIGNMENT X: How much […]Read On »

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HOUDINI & DOYLE: Creator David Titcher talks new supernatural series – exclusive interview

Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle IN HOUDINI & DOYLE - Season 1 | ©2016 Fox/Joseph Scanlon

David Titcher created TNT’s THE LIBRARIAN franchise, which led to that network’s current series THE LIBRARIANS. Now Titcher has brought his love for mixing historical fact and supernatural possibility to HOUDINI & DOYLE, on Fox Network Mondays at 9 PM . Set in 1901 London and based on the fact that famed American escape artist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were in reality friends with one another for a time, HOUDINI & DOYLE brings the two men together with fictional police constable Adelaide Stratton to solve crimes that other authorities are eager to bring to […]Read On »

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Interview: SHERLOCK star Benedict Cumberbatch talks Season 3

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in SHERLOCK on PBS | © 2014 PBS

SHERLOCK is back for its third season on PBS, Sundays at 10 PM, and not a moment too soon. The series, created by Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat from Arthur Conan Doyle’s detail-oriented British detective character, has been much missed by its fans during the long gap since the end of Season 2, which saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock apparently falling to his death from a rooftop, much to the grief of his friend and detecting partner Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). Now Sherlock is back – with an explanation of how and why he disappeared for two years and fooled […]Read On »

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Interview: Robert Doherty on ELEMENTARY Season 2

Jonny Lee Miller in ELEMENTARY - Season 2 - "Step Nine" | ©2013 CBS/Joss Barratt

ELEMENTARY, now in its second season on CBS at 10 PM on Thursdays, continues to tell the story of police consultant Sherlock Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller, and Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu, as they solve crimes in contemporary New York City. Robert Doherty created this iteration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective. This interview is a combination of comments he made at the Television Critics Association press tour and a one on one conversation with Assignment X about several aspects of ELEMENTARY – including why he feels he doesn’t want to look at any other versions […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Lara Pulver Talks the New Season of SHERLOCK

Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock on the BBC | (c) 2012 BBC

The literary figure Irene Adler lives up to her surname – she is the only woman ever to addle Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. With that sort of power, it’s no wonder the character turns up to bedazzle and bedevil Holmes in SHERLOCK, a contemporary take on the sleuth developed by writers/producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for the BBC. Season Two begins nex Sunday, May 6, on PBS at 9 PM in the U.S. (Season Two previously ran on the BBC starting New Year’s Day). Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his companion, Afghan war veteran John Watson, soared […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Kelly Reilly, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry Writers: Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Let’s get the big question out of the way at the top – yes, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS is an improvement on its 2009 predecessor. The new film brings back Robert Downey Jr. as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved creation, nineteenth-century London sleuth Sherlock Holmes, with Jude Law reprising his role as Holmes’ sidekick/chronicler Dr. John Watson and Guy […]Read On »

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