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Sherlock Holmes

Gender Bendery

In Praise of the Women of Elementary

Elementary is unique among the many recent retellings of A.C. Doyle’s famous detective, for better or worse depending on your tastes, because it takes familiar characters and story elements and places them in a completely new or reimagined context. While playing it fast and loose with what’s familiar might alienate some, one thing this freedom does allow Elementary to do—and do well—is give us more interesting, fun, and complex female characters to revel in.

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Great Scott!

Ready Your Fanfic, ‘Cause Sherlock Holmes Is Now In the Public Domain

A judge has ruled that the vast majority of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories are now in the public domain in the US, which means (among other things) that you can make money off your Johnlock fic without Conan Doyle’s heirs swooping down on you with blazing swords, ready to exact financial vengeance. It’s go time.

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Meanwhile...

Sir Ian McKellen Is Going To Play Sherlock. Oh, And He Used To Know Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dad.

Today in random awesomeness… 

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This is just like magic!

Nerdpocalypse: Ian McKellen Is Playing Sherlock Holmes

Sir Ian McKellen is yet again in ur movies, playing ur nerd icons.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Wolverine Finally Gets Another Good Poster

The Wolverine has gone back to calligraphy-inspired basics for the first poster of villain Silver Samurai. It’s not as good as this one, but it’s miles better than these. (Digital Spy)

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Today in Awesome

Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer To Guest Star On Elementary

Even though I don’t watch CBS’s Elementary, I am very excited about this casting. Actress Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, will have a guest-starring role on the Sherlock series as… 

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Elsewhere on the internet

What Was The Most Pirated Movie Of 2012?

Earlier this week we told you which television show was the most pirated of 2012, now it’s time to find out which film was. And the answer may surprise you. 

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Power Grid

The Waiting Game: 6 Things You Can Do To Tide Yourself Over Until Sherlock Series 3

It can be rough when your show goes on hiatus. It can be especially rough when your show goes on hiatus after one of the most emotionally harrowing season finales you’ve ever seen, with nary a promise of when to return other than “sometime after Peter Jackson frees Martin Freeman from New Zealand.” And considering they’re going back to film a third Hobbit film, that probably isn’t anytime soon. BBC’s Sherlock series said they’d start filming the third season “sometime in 2013,” which could be anywhere from six months to a year and a half from now. In the meantime, we’re still chock-full of what we can only call “Reichenfeels,” and sometimes we just don’t know where to put all of them. To help ourselves (and you), we put together this list of six things you can do to distract yourself while we wait.

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Consider the Following

Elementary Creator Defends Decision to Make Watson a Woman

Since the show was first announced, Elementary–the upcoming CBS take on the Sherlock Holmes stories–has been under the watchful glare of the already-rabid (but often lovable) Sherlock Holmes fandom. Already drawing suspicion upon the initial announcement of the series on the grounds that it could be taken as yet another Americanized take on something already popular in Britain, the show drew even more passionate reactions when it announced that it would be casting Lucy Liu, a woman, in the role of John Watson, a traditionally male character. The creators and writers of the show are addressing the gender-swap at Comic-Con in San Diego, filling us in on the thinking that went into the decision, and letting us know the Sherlock-Watson relationship is all about friendship.

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Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

After Taking on Classic Detectives, Guy Ritchie Will Try His Hand at Treasure Island’s Pirates

After the most recent installment of Pirates of the Caribbean underwhelmed, could Guy Ritchie be the one to make pirates awesome again? News is out that he’s set to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s classic swashbuckling novel Treasure Island. He’ll produce with partner Lionel Wigram, with whom he teamed for Sherlock Holmes and its recent sequel. Hmm, let’s see: these guys take a classic novel, add in kickass action sequences that feel modern but make total sense in a period movie, and then find a supremely charming star to take the lead. This has clearly worked once. And now — pirates. Yeah, I think it’s fair to be more than cautiously optimistic about this one.

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