New International Trailer for BYZANTIUM Starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan

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A new international trailer for Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan’s upcoming vampire drama Byzantium has been released online.  The film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long.  This latest trailer certainly highlights the film’s impressively stylish visuals, while also showcasing the intensity of the story.  Matt caught the film at TIFF last year and expressed his disappointment with the finished product in his review, and I’m interested to see how Jordan sets this pic apart from Interview with the Vampire, which also explores the notion of cursed immortality.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jonny Lee MillerByzantium opens on June 28th.

New International Trailer for Vampire Drama BYZANTIUM Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton

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A new international trailer for director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire) new film Byzantium has been released online.  The film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long.  This trailer makes the film look very much like a companion piece to Interview with the Vampire, as we see the duo’s struggle play out over multiple time periods and situations.  As a fan of Jordan’s previous entry into the vampire genre, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, and Sam Riley.  Byzantium is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Jonny Lee Miller Talks ELEMENTARY, the Super Bowl Episode, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Reaction to the Show, Introducing Moriarty, and More

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Elementary, which is a modern take on Sherlock Holmes in New York City, is not only one of the most popular new dramas on network television, but it will also have the coveted spot following the Super Bowl.  The freshman drama follows the eccentric, mischievous detective (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and his sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), as they come up against some formidable foes while using unorthodox methods to help the NYPD solve cases.

During the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, show star Jonny Lee Miller talked about how exciting it is to have so many people tuning in to the show, what a total surprise it was for the first-year series to get the spot after the Super Bowl, how he prefers to stay in the moment with his character instead of knowing what’s to come, how fun it is to play the darker side of Sherlock Holmes, how supportive fellow Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been, what he thinks of the evolution of the Holmes-Watson relationship, and that he’s looking forward to the cat-and-mouse game between Holmes and Moriarity, now that the appearance of that character is getting closer to happening.  Hit the jump for the interview.

CBS to Air ELEMENTARY After the Super Bowl

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CBS announced today that their modern day Sherlock Holmes series Elementary will be airing in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot next February.  The spot directly after the most-watched television event of the year can serve as a great launching pad for new series, giving them a boost in viewership—NBC famously aired a Super Bowl episode of Friends in the timeslot, launching the already popular show into superstardom.  Last year NBC aired The Voice after the big game, and recent years have seen shows like House, Glee, The Office and Undercover Boss enjoy the ratings bump.  Hit the jump for more.

ELEMENTARY Recap: “While You Were Sleeping”

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If while watching Elementary you feel like certain elements are too familiar, you can thank (or curse) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for creating such an unforgettable character that we have kept remaking him in endless forms since his inception.  Sherlock is not a maverick detective, he is the maverick detective, yet his brilliance as a crime solver has become commonplace with so many procedurals made in various forms of dedication to him.  Last week I mentioned that what made the BBC’s Sherlock stand out was not just the strength of the acting and relationship between its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, but the stylization of the series itself: the way it uses technology and visual display to not just recreate Sherlock Holmes but to bring something new to the “maverick detective” genre as a whole.

Though Elementary does have a great strong central relationship between Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (and a blessedly asexual one), the show does little to distinguish itself from other Sherlock-esque copycat series.  Still, for now, it’s a bit of fun that could seemingly get better and better.  Hit the jump for the specifics, plus why it’s essential to distinguish between a dash and an ampersand.

ELEMENTARY Recap: “Pilot”

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At last, after much discussion and speculation, CBS’s Elementary, a modernized adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic Sherlock Holmes stories, has arrived.  Much of the discussion revolved around the fact that the series has come pretty swiftly on the heels of the BBC’s hugely successful Sherlock, that also offers a modern take on the tales, which has aired here in the U.S. on PBS.  The other point of contention was the changing of Sherlock’s companion Watson from John to Joan, a decision that at first made Sherlock fans everywhere groan due to the expectation of a prolonged “will they won’t they” story line (Doyle would likely be spinning in his grave at the thought).  Still, those connected with the show assured everyone that there would be no romance between the two leads (though if it lasts for several seasons we’ll see if they keep to that promise).  For now the big question is how this series compares to its British brother, and either way, whether or not it stands on its own.  For that, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: ELEMENTARY Panel Recap

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With Robert Downey Jr knocking it out of the park in theaters and Benedict Cumberbatch doing no wrong in the role across the pond, I wondered why the world needed another interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.  Watching the Pilot episode of Elementary, I snickered at its cheeky bits and admired the performances of both Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson. Miller’s Holmes is very much in the mold of a Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant mind more concerned with the truth than convention.  In fact, he’s a recovering addict and Ms. Watson has been assigned as his sober companion.  Liu said that Watson uses her sober companion position to distract her from her own issues, but Holmes sees right through her.  Find out why it’s moved up my DVR list after the break.

Comic-Con: Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu Talk ELEMENTARY, Intelligent Writing, and the Risk for CBS

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Today at Comic-Con, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu sat down with us at a roundtable interview to discuss their starring roles in the upcoming new CBS television series, Elementary, which premieres this fall on CBS. In this latest re-imagining of the classic story, the legendary characters get a contemporary update cracking cases in present-day New York City. Miller plays the brilliant investigator fresh out of rehab and Liu plays his sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson, whose job is to ensure that he maintains his newfound sobriety. Together, Sherlock’s unique detective skills and Watson’s medical expertise form a formidable force capable of solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases.

Miller and Liu told us what attracted them to the project when they first read the pilot, why they think audiences will identify with the characters and some of the dark and edgy issues the series tackles, why Robert Doherty’s writing makes it easy to play the intelligent master detective, and why they think the network is taking a big risk with the characters. Miller also discussed his experience starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the world premiere of Frankenstein, a new play based on Mary Shelley’s classic story, presented at London’s National Theatre under the direction of Danny Boyle.  Hit the jump for the interview.

DARK SHADOWS Review

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Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows is a series of flawed assumptions resulting from remarkable incompetence.  Burton believes he’s blended a gothic style with a campy comedy, but his film is neither.  The characters act at being a bunch of kooky, Addams Family-style misfits, but they’re nothing more than vague, one-dimensional sketches or, in the case of the protagonist, a confused contradiction.  Seth Grahame-Smith‘s script thinks it has balanced out the story elements into a compelling narrative, but it’s a poorly plotted mess that eschews character development in favor of a softball joke or clumsy dark humor.  With the exception of a great performance from Eva Green, Dark Shadows flails wildly at concocting a strange brew, and only comes up with weak tea.

Danny Boyle’s Stage Adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller Heads to U.S. Theaters This Summer

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Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) made waves last year when he returned to the stage and helmed a stage adaptation of Frankenstein at the Royal National Theater in London.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Dark Shadows) traded off playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, and both shared an Olivier Award for Best Actor.  I was incredibly jealous of those that got to witness the production live, but now THR reports that Fathom Evens will be presenting a taped recording of the show in hundreds of theaters across the U.S. on June 6 and 7.  One night Cumberbatch’s performance as the monster will be shown, while another night we’ll see the actors swap roles.

This is fantastic news for fans of Cumberbatch, Miller, and Boyle and I’ll most definitely be grabbing a ticket.  Cumberbatch is currently filming J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel and will be seen later this year in The Hobbit.  Miller stars in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and recently landed his own Sherlock Holmes role in the CBS pilot Elementary. [Update: We've added a stellar trailer for the stage production after the jump.]

Over 20 High-Resolution Images from Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS

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Warner Bros. has released a full gallery of high-resolution images from Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark ShadowsJohnny Depp stars as a vampire who awakens in 1972 after having been buried for 200 years and tries to reconnect with his descendants.  We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but Warner Bros. also released a number of images of Burton at work on set making artsy hand gestures.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller. Dark Shadows opens on May 11th.

9 Character Banners for Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS Starring Johnny Depp

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Warner Bros. has released nine character banners for Tim Burton‘s comedy Dark Shadows.  These banners are much better than the character posters, which made the entire cast look like albinos for some reason.

Hit the jump to check out the banners.  The film stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller.  Dark Shadows opens May 11th.

 

9 Character Posters from Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS

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The marketing campaign for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is now in full swing with a little less than two months to go before the film’s released. While I was pleasantly surprised by the goofy first trailer, I found the random Alice Cooper cameo to be a little irksome and cheesy. That said, it’s good to see Burton doing comedy again and I’m hoping for the best from this adaptation of the cult soap series. Nine character posters have now been unveiled, giving us a colorful look at this strange, strange family. The plot involves a vampire (Johnny Depp) who awakens in 1972 after having been buried for 200 years and tries to reconnect with his descendants.

Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Bella Heathcote. Dark Shadows opens on May 11th.

First Trailer and Poster for Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS Starring Johnny Depp

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The first trailer for Tim Burton’s feature film version of the cult TV series Dark Shadows has finally arrived. After seeing a bevy of images over the past few months (including some hi-res ones today), we finally get a look at this thing in motion. The plot centers on a vampire (Johnny Depp) who awakens after having been buried for 200 years and tries to reconnect with his descendants. The beginning of the trailer is played straight, and we’re lead to believe that we’re in for another nightmarish tale from Burton, but when Depp wakes up in 1972 things kick into gear. This is very much a comedy, and there are more than a few laughs on display in the trailer. Burton and Depp have a lot of fun with the 1970s setting, and Depp’s reaction to modern technology is amusing. It’s got a goofy tone in the vein of Beetlejuice or Mars Attacks!, and I’m eager to see if the whole film plays like a return to comedic form for Burton.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Ray Shirley, and Jonny Lee Miller. Dark Shadows opens May 11th. [Update: We've updated the article with a high quality trailer and the film's poster.]

Jonny Lee Miller Set to Play Sherlock Holmes in CBS Series ELEMENTARY

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Unsurprisingly, CBS is moving forward with a Sherlock Holmes series hot on the heels of the success of BBC’s fantastic Holmes update Sherlock. The American version is titled Elementary, and Deadline reports that CBS has settled on a lead for the pilot: Jonny Lee Miller. Miller previously starred on the ABC series Eli Stone and most recently appeared in an arc on Showtime’s Dexter. Elementary is a contemporary take on the Arthur Conan Doyle character and finds Holmes living in New York City. Given that it’s on CBS, we can presumably expect a heavy procedural aspect with little to no reason to tune in every single week. Nevertheless, should CBS pick the pilot up to series, the show is likely to be a hit; audiences over 50 love them some crime procedurals that don’t ask them to remember things from one week to the next.

Coincidentally, Miller appeared on Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sherlock of Sherlock. The actor also has roles in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and alongside Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium.

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