Today, CBS released the first official pic of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson, as set in modern-day New York City. The very idea makes me angry, and the pic only makes it worse. Really–could they put Liu and Miller in more plaid? C’mon.
Sherlock is not an American character. Point one. Moreover, Steven Moffat is currently making an AMAZING modern-day Sherlock TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Point two. Moffat’s Sherlock is incredibly well done, but it airs on PBS in America, and each season only contains three 90-minute episodes, which would never fly on American TV.
So what do we do? We take something lovely and ruin it, just like almost every other British import. So forget about CBS. Go get your hands on Moffat’s Sherlock and really sink your teeth into something wonderful. But knowing my luck, Elementary will turn into yet another CBS mega hit (that, somehow, no one I know will admit to watching–just like every other CBS “hit”). Ugh. Please, go watch the British Sherlock. You can thank me later.
However, all that being said, Cumberbatch and Miller recently starred in a stage production of Frankenstein for the British National Theater. It was directed by Danny Boyle, and videos of the performance are being shown around the US. Do some research and look for it. The two actors switch roles (Dr. Frankenstein and the monster), so try to see both if you can. I only saw the Miller-as-Dr.-Frankenstein performance, but I would love to see the other. It’s really quite good.
First, the good news. According to the AV Club, the fourth season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix not on an episode-by-episode basis, but all at once. So just like you used to do with your Arrested Development DVDs, you can tear through the entire season in a marathon session, assuming your streaming Netflix connection doesn’t crap out on you. However, the article doesn’t say exactly when the season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix.
The bad news is that at the same press conference, no mention was made of an Arrested Development movie. So I know people will be disappointed that they might not get to see Tobias in all his cut-off glory on the big screen, but I’m ok with Arrested Development remaining a TV show. Let Netflix put out a few more seasons instead. Netflix will get my money twice: once for the streaming service and again when I buy the DVDs. Then maybe I can make a guest post on Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog.
As for the strange news, Blastr reports that DHS is developing something called FAST (Future Attribute Screening Technology) which Blastr describes as something out of The Minority Report. According to The Atlantic, “remotely monitor physiological and behavioral cues, like elevated heart rate, eye movement, body temperature, facial patterns, and body language, and analyze these cues algorithmically for statistical aberrance in an attempt to identify people with nefarious intentions.” Right now, FAST is operating at 70% accuracy (using students pretending to be terrorists). So FAST is an inaccurate program built on the assumptions of how terrorists would act while waiting in line at an airport? Fantastic. Hopefully FAST gets dumped before it ever gets put into action. Otherwise, FAST will result in a lot of people being put on no-fly lists because they tried to fly while having an allergy attack or a mild fever.
Sorry, everyone. I’m really swamped right now: an interview today, a deadline tomorrow, another interview Friday, etc. So probably won’t post much today. But I don’t want to leave you empty handed, so how about this: information about a movie called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Enjoy!
It’s not another trailer. It’s something stranger, more creative. It’s a fake TED talk by Peter Weyland (as played by Guy Pearce), courtesy of blastr.com
The clip appears to be created and executed by the people behind Prometheus. Is it a trifle? A clever joke? Or maybe something more important or interesting? I’m not sure
All I know is that this movie keeps getting more and more interesting, and the folks behind its drip-drip-drip release of mysterious marketing pieces are earning every penny of their paychecks. I can’t wait to see it.
Today, blastr.com posted a video of Max Landis (writer of the new movie Chronicle) explaining the death and return of Superman. It’s snarky and funny, and full of NSFW language. It also has a ton of cameos, so be sure to watch to the very end. Besides, drunk explaining the best kind of explaining, right?
In case you are wondering who appears, the list includes Mandy Moore, Elijah Wood, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg, and more–including a very big name at the end that I don’t want to spoil.