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Beyond the Myth: International Trailer for “Mr Holmes”

We aren’t currently in a cultural situation where we’re short of Sherlock Holmes depictions. Whether you’re an elementary buff or a Cumberbatch fan, or of you’re holding out for a third dose of Downey Jr., you don’t need to look far for a take on the world’s greatest detective. Having said that, I am still chomping at the bit to get a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon. The film, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, will take a more biographical look at the detective, now retired and struggling to recall a case from his past.

We’ve had a few looks at the man himself, but now we finally have a full international trailer. So check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:

Well it’s certainly not going to be like any of its Holmesian contemporaries. Instead of focusing on a mystery, or drizzling drama and action with antisocial wit, Mr Holmes looks to take a slower, more sensitive look at a man, his mind and the strained relationship between them.

Mr Holmes will be out in UK theatres in June 19th and in the US on July 17th. If you were hoping for more excitement, don’t sell this movie short. It’s looks like it could certainly be a keeper, and at the very least the perfect combination of actor and subject. Just to be clear, I’m not endorsed by Mr Holmes or Ian McKellen.

Elementary: First UK Poster for Bill Condon’s “Mr Holmes”

Move over In the Heart of the Sea, because you’re not the only film that’s gonna blow a legend all the way open in 2015. Berlinale will see the première of Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as larger-than-life detective Sherlock Holmes. That’s right, I compared Sherlock Holmes to Moby Dick; they’re great in different ways.

We’ve known about this potential gem for a while, and it’s certainly one my top choices for Berlinale . All we’ve had so far is an image of McKellen as an ageing retired Holmes, but now we can add an official UK poster to the mix. The film doesn’t actually have a release date as yet, but I’m excited enough about this project to take what I can get at this point. The poster comes courtesy of Mr McKellen himself via his twitter page, along with a delicious little note: “Sorry to be a tease, but I hope you like it.” The odds are definitely in your favour Ian. Check it out:


Sleek, simple, and a little bit shady, worthy of the great detective himself. The film will see Holmes in his twilight years, going on a great final journey and reflecting on his past endeavours, all the while coming to terms with the decay of his remarkable mind. Directed by Bill Condon, Mr Holmes also stars Laura Linney, Colin Starkey, Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada and Patrick Kennedy.

Are you ready for a McKellen-style Holmes?

Weekend Round-Up: 16th-18th January – Missing X-Men and Motley Crue

Academy mixed up Selma Actresses on Instagram

While it would be a lot more disheartening if the Academy had offered an Oscar nomination to the wrong women, this mistake was still a little embarrassing. THR reports that the Academy’s official Instagram page included a congratulatory message to Selma for its nominations with a still from the film – the only problem being that they identified actress Tessa Thompson in the caption as Carmen Ejogo, who plays a separate character entirely. Now I can’t speak for what level or quantity of employees are running the Academy’s many sprawling social media presences, but it goes without saying that considering the climate following the nomination announcements, this mistake couldn’t have come at a more delicate time.

Stewart and McKellen may be sitting the next X-Men film out

Any fans of Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen‘s performances in the X-Men franchise may be disappointed by Stewart’s revelation on a recent Larry King recording. THR reports that when asked about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor Xavier explained that he “was learning quite a lot more about [the film] last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters…And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance”. While none of this is set in stone, it’s not looking like the original Xavier and Magneto will be donning their costumes this time around.

Eastwood’s American Sniper Breaks January Weekend Records

Despite reviews coming in that paint American Sniper as not quite doing the true story justice, the box office doesn’t seem to care. Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s war drama has had a stunning three-day bow of approximately $93 million, beating out high-roller Passion of the Christ’s $83.8 million. It’s also set to be the biggest January weekend ever, knocking Avatar’s New Year’s session of $68.5 million off the top. At this rate, the film about legendary sniper Chris Kyle could have the best ever four-day run for an R-rated film.

Motley Crue Biopic The Dirt Scooped Up by Focus Features

If there’s one band that has more than it’s share of debauched stories to tell, it’s Motley Crue. So it was only a matter of time before a script was written and a studio snatched up the story of one of the most self-destructive rock bands on the planet – that studio happens to be Focus Features. Based on The New York Times best-selling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the film will be helmed by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. THR reports that the screenplay is penned by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos.

Scientology Documentary Going Clear will Première at Sundance

Deadline reports that Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief will have its world première at the Sundance Film Festival. This was after Content Media acquired international sales rights for the film, which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. The film will include the testimonies of former members of the controversial church and focus on the experiences of followers who are drawn in to the highly secretive religion.