Director Jeremy Lovering Talks IN FEAR, His Experimental Approach, the Challenge of Shooting Inside a Car, Directing a SHERLOCK Episode, and More

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Arriving in select theaters this weekend, and available on Blu-Ray & VOD next week, is In Fear.  The film stars Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.) and Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa) as a hopeful new couple who find themselves faced with an evening of confusion and, well, fear on their way to a musical festival.  Director Jeremy Lovering practiced a unique method while shooting the film, providing the actors with only a bare bones script, leaving them in a state of suspense, and attempting to capture that ambiance on film.

I recently had the opportunity to jump on the phone for an exclusive interview with Lovering.  During our extended conversation he talked about this experimental method of film making, the aesthetic of the film, the challenges of shooting a film inside a car, balancing horror with relationship drama, and why the actors were right for the parts.  He also talked about his experience shooting Sherlock, the fan reaction, and what it was like to shoot Sherlock and Watson’s highly anticipated reunion scene.  Check out what he had to say after the jump and take a look at the In Fear Facebook page to see where you can watch the film in cinemas.

Amanda Abbington Talks SHERLOCK, Her Reaction to Finding Out Mary’s Story, Working Alongside Her Real-Life Partner, Future Seasons, and More

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With Sherlock (which airs on Masterpiece on PBS), the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classics, written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) face enemies, solve crimes and try to figure out how to navigate their own friendship.  After Sherlock barely survived Moriarty (Andrew Scott) in Season 2, Watson had to survive not only marriage to Mary (Amanda Abbington), but what her secrets would mean for their future.  And even though fans might have to wait another couple of years to see where things are going next, I know that I sure can’t wait to learn what twists and turns will be in store.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Amanda Abbington talked about how she found out that they wanted her for the role of Mary, finding the duality of this character, why she loved doing this role with her real-life partner Martin Freeman, how challenging it was to get sewn into the wedding dress, Mary’s true feelings for John, and what type of parents John and Mary might make.  She also talked about her work on Mr. Selfridge, as Miss Mardle, what she looks for in a project, and how she’d like to do American television.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New to Blu-ray: THE JUNGLE BOOK, SHERLOCK Season 3, ENDER’S GAME, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Diamond Edition of Walt Disney’s last film, the latest season of one of the most engrossing shows currently on television, a Best Picture winner, a current Oscar nominee, and more.  Briefly:

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Tries to Convince the Muppets He’s Not Sherlock Holmes on SESAME STREET

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The third season (or “series” for you U.K. folks) of Sherlock came to a close here in the U.S. this weekend with the delightfully twisty “His Last Vow.”  The episode showcased the best of what Sherlock has to offer: humor, surprises, a touch of darkness, and of course the excellent chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson.  Though season three is now over, Cumberbatch recently made an appearance on the classic PBS series Sesame Street in a bit of a Sherlock tie-in.  The network has now released a snippet of that bit online, and it features Cumberbatch interacting with a couple of muppets who are convinced that the actor is Sherlock Holmes.  It’s a cute watch and fans of either Cumberbatch, Sherlock, Sesame Street, or all three should find it worthwhile.  Hit the jump to take a look. 

Producer Sue Vertue Talks SHERLOCK, Her Reaction to Hearing Season 3′s Story Ideas, Fan Reactions, Casting Decisions, Shooting on Location and More

by     Posted 72 days ago

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With Sherlock (which airs on Masterpiece on PBS), the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classics, written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) face enemies, solve crimes and try to figure out how to navigate their own friendship.  After Sherlock barely survived Moriarty (Andrew Scott) in Season 2, Watson had to survive not only marriage to Mary (Amanda Abbington), but what her secrets would mean for their future.  And even though fans might have to wait another couple of years to see where things are going next, I know that I sure can’t wait to learn what twists and turns will be in store.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, producer Sue Vertue talked about at what stage her husband, Steven Moffat, pitches ideas to her, what her reaction was to the ideas for Season 3, the fan reaction about Sherlock having a girlfriend, at what point she knew how Sherlock escaped death, casting Lars Mikkelsen, how her son came to be playing young Sherlock, just how tricky it is to shoot on location, at this point, and why this series works best as 90-minute episodes.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Executive Producer Steven Moffat Talks SHERLOCK, His Plan for Moriarty, Adding a Female Perspective to the Character, Other Villains, and More

by     Posted 73 days ago

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With Sherlock (which airs on Masterpiece on PBS), the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classics, written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) face enemies, solve crimes and try to figure out how to navigate their own friendship.  After Sherlock barely survived Moriarty (Andrew Scott) in Season 2, Watson had to survive not only marriage to Mary (Amanda Abbington), but what her secrets would mean for their future.  And even though fans might have to wait another couple of years to see where things are going next, I know that I sure can’t wait to learn what twists and turns will be in store.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, creator/writer Steven Moffat talked about how awesome it’s been to have people embrace the show so much, why viewers didn’t see the twists with Mary, adding the female perspective to Sherlock Holmes, where these characters might be going next, and the long term plan with Moriarty.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

SHERLOCK Recap: “His Last Vow”

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The third season of Sherlock was always about the fans, which has been both a good and bad thing depending on where in the fandom you belong.  While the first two episodes were absolutely about fan service (and clearly, I’ve been among those who found the episodes’ commitment to the emotional and the self-reflexive, including more of an emphasis on comedy, a good thing), “His Last Vow” was much more serious, and opened up an entirely new realm of possibilities for the show’s next season.  Hit the jump for why “people like him should be killed, and that’s why there are people like me.”

SHERLOCK Creator Steven Moffat and Producer Sue Vertue Talk Plans for Seasons 4 and 5, Juggling Schedules with DOCTOR WHO, and More

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Even though Sherlock hasn’t quite finished its Season 3 run on Masterpiece on PBS, fans of the popular series are already anxious to know when it will return with new episodes.  Thanks to the increasing work schedules for show stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have very busy acting careers, and Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who write the episodes, the gap between seasons doesn’t seem as though it will shorten, anytime soon.

But the good news is that there are plans for a Season 4 and 5, which show creator Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue spoke to Collider about.  During this exclusive interview, they discussed how the waiting period isn’t ideal but hasn’t hurt their viewership, that the scheduling needs to be juggled with Moffat’s other series, Doctor Who, how fans will get more episodes, in the long run, because they make shorter seasons and work around the actors’ availability, that it’s not likely they’ll have another season ready by Christmas (which had been previously rumored), and that they have ideas for Season 4 that will lead to a terrifying Season 5.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

SHERLOCK Recap: “The Sign of Three”

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Another fast-paced and whimsical Sherlock episode, which spent most of its time on characters and relationships.  The case, which took a backseat to the other proceedings, was wonderfully integrated in with the Watson’s wedding, and we even got a hint at some of the cases we did not see Sherlock and Watson tackle (such as “The Elephant In The Room”).  The whirlwind atmosphere of “The Empty Hearse” showed no sign of slowing down in “The Sign of Three,” despite Mrs. Hudson’s assertions that marriage changes everything.  Hit the jump for more.

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks SHERLOCK Season 3, Further Seasons, Trading Character Notes with Robert Downey Jr., and More

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While Sherlock Season 3 is currently airing on Masterpiece, actor and series star Benedict Cumberbatch was at the PBS portion of the TCA Press Tour to talk about the much-loved adaptation of the famous character.  While there, he spoke about how he’s going to keep playing Sherlock Holmes, schedule providing, the very different dynamics that Sherlock has with both his brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) and John Watson (Martin Freeman), how he sometimes finds himself over-analyzing people, how his parents came to be playing the Holmes’, how extraordinary the fan support has been, the amazing moment that he found out Harrison Ford was a fan, and sharing the Sherlock Holmes character with both Robert Downey, Jr. and Jonny Lee Miller.

He also talked about what attracted him to his next film The Lost City of Z, how he wanted to be a criminal barrister before becoming an actor, why he has no interest in doing an American TV show, the he would love to play Patrick Melrose in a film adaptation of The Patrick Melrose Novels, that he’s looking to develop projects with his production company, and how he’d like to direct, at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere Recap: “The Empty Hearse”

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“Well, short version: I’m not dead,” Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells a bewildered John Watson (Martin Freeman).  But Sherlock spends its first episode back after two years addressing the fact of Sherlock’s return — call it the long version.  As fast-paced and masterful as ever, the series addressed emotional components, like Watson coming to terms with Sherlock’s resurrection, without letting it bring down the overall whimsical tone of the opener.  Sherlock made the rounds to visit his friends, and “The Empty Hearse” found ways to move forward, while still retaining the sentiment (and jokes) of prior seasons.  Hit the jump for more.

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch Tease What to Expect from SHERLOCK Season 3 in New Featurette

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In anticipation of the third season of the excellent BBC series Sherlock kicking off today in the U.K., a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the show has been released.  In the new featurette, stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch tease what to expect from the show’s third season alongside creators/executive producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.  Obviously spoilers follow for those that are not caught up with the show, which you can do by watching the first two seasons on Netflix right here.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  Sherlock season three debuts in the U.S. on PBS January 19th.

“He’s Coming Back”: Check out a SHERLOCK Mini-Episode to Prepare for Season 3

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If you live in the U.K., the third season of Sherlock is only eight days away.  But today is Christmas Eve, a day of anticipation, and so the BBC have fittingly released a mini-episode entitled “Many Happy Returns”, which should get you more than excited for the show’s return.  Written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, this mini-episode is entertaining in its own right, and serves as a nice, tiny bridge from season two’s finale and season three’s premiere.

Hit the jump to check out the mini-episode.  Sherlock premieres in the U.K. on January 1st and in the U.S. on January 19th.

New Trailer for Season 3 of SHERLOCK

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This Friday, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will face off as hobbit and dragon, respectively, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  On January 1, 2014, they’ll be back together for real as Sherlock makes its long-awaited return.  BBC One has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season, and you’ll see that Sherlock is his old, Sherlock-y self, and explaining his resurrection is the least of his worries.  Two years have passed, Watson has moved on, and there are also those pesky mysteries that need solving.  Three new, 90-minute episodes aren’t a bad way to ring in the new year.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  Sherlock returns on BBC One on January 1st; season three will premiere in the U.S. on January 19th.

10 New Images from SHERLOCK Season 3 Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

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While Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will be sharing the screen (kind of) in next weekend’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we don’t have much longer to wait for their proper reunion on season three of the excellent BBC series Sherlock.  The show returns to UK airwaves on New Years Day and begins airing here in the US just a couple of weeks later, and now a batch of first-look images have landed online that give us a peek at Sherlock’s return and Watson’s very impressive mustache.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and if you missed the first teaser trailer click hereSherlock season three returns to PBS January 19th.

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