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Long Before Downey Jr. There Was Gillette: Lost Holmes Movie Has Been Unearthed

2 October 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française (image: William Gillette in 'Sherlock Holmes') Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production company, the approximately 90-minute movie is supposed to be not only the sole record of William Gillette's celebrated performance as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, but also the only surviving Gillette film.* In the late 19th century, William Gillette himself wrote the play Sherlock Holmes, which turned out to be a mash-up of various stories and novels featuring the detective, chiefly the short stories "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem." ("May I marry Holmes?" Gillette, while vying for the role, telegraphed Conan Doyle. The latter replied, "You may marry or murder or do What you like with him. »

- Andre Soares

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'Sherlock' Season 3, or why 'Doctor Who' needs less Steven Moffat

20 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It's a Steven Moffat showdown, as our favorite consulting detective demonstrated just how hard it is to watch "Doctor Who." For most fans, it isn't a question that they would choose to answer. "Doctor Who" versus "Sherlock" -- which show do you love more? But the return of "Sherlock" Season 3 has reminded us just how good a show helmed by Moffat can be -- and how bad "Doctor Who" now looks in comparison. 

Of course "Sherlock," unlike "Doctor Who," has two showrunners. Mark Gatiss joins Moffat as a co-creator, and it was actually Gatiss who wrote the "Sherlock" Season 3 opener, "The Empty Hearse." But as with all shows, just because the showrunner did not author that particular script does not mean that they weren't involved in the creative direction. In fact, we would be concerned if they weren't involved. 

"Sherlock" Season 3 episode 1 "The Empty Hearse" was funny, dramatic, surprising, and »


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10 Reasons Why Elementary Is Better Than Sherlock

9 January 2014 2:27 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Sherlock and Elementary have a great deal of things in common. This is to be expected, as they both follow a pretty standard pitch – to take Sherlock Holmes and place him and the other characters within his short stories and novels into a modern context. But the similarities are greater than that, due to the origins of Elementary which resulted in legal threats being issued by some of the Sherlock production staff. To explain, CBS approached the producers of Sherlock with the intent of remaking that show for an American audience. This didn’t go ahead, but then CBS separately created Elementary. In the words of Sherlock executive producer Sue Vertue on Twitter:

‘Mmm interesting CBS, I’m surprised no one has thought of making a modern day version of Sherlock before, oh hang on, we have!’

For those that have managed to miss the obvious, Sherlock is the »

- Brian Chapman

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'Sherlock' Season 3 premiere: Holmes' impossible return in 'The Empty Hearse'

1 January 2014 4:46 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The "Sherlock" Season 3 does the near-impossible: Sherlock Holmes comes back from the dead. He and Watson even manage to get passed that little death issue as well, even if it does take **another brush or two with doom to inspire it.

Also, Sherlock likes Mary Morstan, Watson's fiancee. "The Empty Hearse" really is the most impossible episode of a crazy show. But somehow it all works.

How to fake a death ... three different ways

When the producers of "Sherlock" said that they had worked out exactly how Holmes had faked his death, they weren't kidding. There isn't just one explanation for how the detective fooled the world: There are three.

The first explanation comes right at the beginning of the episode, from the mouth of Lestrade's odd, ex-detective friend. According to this guy, Sherlock strapped on a bungee cord and bounced through Molly Hooper's window instead of dying. Mycroft's people, »


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