‘Sherlock’ Finale Leak: BBC Investigating Possible Connection to Russia’s Channel One
The fourth season of “Sherlock” officially aired its finale last night, but many saw a leaked version of the episode a day earlier — and some believe Russia’s state-run broadcaster could be involved. As the pirated version of the 90-minute episode apparently includes a brief advertisement for Channel One — the Russian channel in question, which airs “Sherlock” in the Motherland — the BBC has launched an investigation into the matter. Sounds like a case for, well, you know.
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Sue Vertue, a producer on the series, confirmed the leak on Twitter: “Russian version of #Sherlock Tfp has been illegally uploaded,” she wrote. “Please don’t share it. You’ve done so well keeping it spoiler free.” Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the eponymous detective in the show, with Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson. “BBC Worldwide takes breaches of »
- Michael Nordine
Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings a New Song for ‘The West Wing’: ‘What’s Next?’
More than 10 years after President Bartlet left the White House, “The West Wing” continues to feel relevant — maybe now more than ever. On the eve of this Friday’s presidential inauguration, “Hamilton” creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a new song for the West Wing Weekly podcast named after one of the political drama’s most oft-repeated questions: “What’s Next?” Watch below.
“Ginger get the popcorn / The filibuster is in / I’m Toby Ziegler with the drop in / What kind of day has it been?” begins the track, which is accompanied by footage of the show. Created by Aaron Sorkin, “The West Wing” ran for seven seasons between 1999 and 2006 and took place in what increasingly seems like an alternate reality where our elected officials do their utmost to serve the American people rather than themselves. »
- Michael Nordine
Scottish Newspaper Compares Donald Trump’s Inauguration to a ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode
If the last few months have taken on an air of unreality for you, you’re far from alone. Scotland’s Sunday Herald newspaper has leaned into this with an item in its TV listings about this Friday’s presidential inauguration comparing the event to an episode of “The Twilight Zone” — not that such blockbuster talents as 3 Doors Down were ever featured on the classic anthology series. Here’s the full blurb, which comes from Damien Love:
President Trump: The Inauguration
4pm, BBC One/Stv
After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories — among the most common is the “What if The Nazis Had Won The Second World War” setting — but this huge interactive virtual reality project, »
- Michael Nordine
‘Night Shift’ Trailer: Viola Davis-Produced Short Starring Tunde Adebimpe Goes Inside Strange World of Night Club Attendants
TV on the Radio musician and singer Tunde Adebimpe has long used his many talents to bolster indie film outings, from Joel Hopkins’ “Jump Tomorrow” to Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Sebastian Silva’s recent Sundance feature “Nasty Baby,” and he’s poised to return to the festival circuit with Marshall Tyler’s inventive and styling short film “Night Shift.”
In the Sundance premiere, Adebimpe stars as Olly Jeffries, a struggling actor whose need to pay the bills lands him a gig as a bathroom attendant at the swanky Hollywood nightclub The Fix. While Olly never intended for the job to be a permanent thing, he’s found that the work — and the weird solitude it offers — suits him.
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“Night Shift” follows Olly over the course of on particularly memorable night in which his old dreams and »
- Kate Erbland
Video Essay Breaks Down Al Pacino & Robert De Niro’s Coffee Shop Scene From Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’
It’s been two decades since “Heat” came out, and quite frankly there are few other movies from 1995 that people are still talking about. Which, if for some unholy reason you still haven’t seen it, certainly should say enough to get you to sit down with Michael Mann’s seminal crime film. The fact of the matter is that Mann’s film, which pits Robert De Niro and Al Pacino against one another in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is a propulsive, thundering achievement for a genre that can so often feel rote and over worn.
- Gary Garrison
The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2017
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is just a few days away, and with it begins a new cycle of stressing out about all of the movies that I haven’t been able to see yet. Hollywood operates on a very fixed theatrical schedule — leftovers dumped wholesale at the beginning of the year (I’m looking at you, Bye Bye Man), CGI franchises dominating the summer calendar, and Oscar bait rolling out from October on. Meanwhile, the landscape for smaller-budget but more adventurous films here in the States has developed its own windowing: the majority of American art films will premiere at […] »
- Dan Schoenbrun
Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry: Breakthrough Stars’ Friendship Began Over a Pair of Beard Clippers
Both actors were playing drag queens, and one day, Henry – who was sporting a thick beard at the time – asked Brown to help shave his face.
“He did it,” Henry recalled. “He went and got clippers, and we’ve been best friends ever since. Once you shave a guy’s face, man, you’re best friends after that.”
Cut to 2016, and after years paying dues on stage and in small roles, Brown and Henry both coincidentally had the breakthrough year of their careers.
Brown, of course, won an Emmy portraying Christopher Darden on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and now stars in the fall’s new hit NBC series “This Is Us.” (He also just landed a role in “Marvel’s Black Panther. »
- Michael Schneider
‘Homeland’ Review: Season 6 Premiere Answers the Quinn Question and Poses Many More
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Homeland” Season 6, Episode 1, “Fair Game,” contains spoilers.]
Quinn is alive! …and boy is he in trouble. Our immediate elation over Rupert Friend’s return to “Homeland” (following a cliffhanger ending in Season 5 that left his well-being very much in doubt) was slowly reined in over the course of the hour-long premiere. Severely inhibited mentally and physically restricted, Quinn has all but given up at this point in his journey. He’s throwing his money away on prostitutes and drugs, searching for any kind of reprieve from the agony plaguing his mind and body. By episode’s end, Carrie takes pity on his living situation, but it will likely be a long road to back to proper health for the fan favorite.
Such a scenario would be fitting given how relatively quiet things were in »
- Ben Travers
‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Final Problem’ Proves to Be A Problematic Season Finale
Last Week’S Review: “The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet
[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 3, “The Final Problem.”]
Season 4 of Sherlock has galloped by — which is easy enough, when the seasons are only three episodes long — but it ends on an oddly final note. Although cast and crew insist that this isn’t necessarily the end, Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss wrap up their 13th episode on an elegiac note, musing on the legend that is Sherlock and Watson.
It’s just a shame the rest of the episode was such a mess, really.
Don’t Look Now, Mycroft
The opening of the episode is pure Gatiss — in what seems like it must be a dream sequence but isn’t, Mycroft is haunted by the voice of his sister (represented by what we assume is a little girl but is actually a small man in a wig), a clown, and portraits that weep blood. »
- Kaite Welsh
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