BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Miramax will handle domestic distribution for Mr. Holmes, a new feature reuniting Oscar-winning director Bill Condon with Gods and Monsters collaborator Sir Ian McKellen to tell a tale of an older Holmes who wants to take one last crack at solving a case that confounded even him.
Thanks to modern day small screen portrayals like Benedict Cumberbatch's in Sherlock and Jonny Lee Miller's in Elementary - not to mention big screen takes like Robert Downey Jr.'s in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies - we've gotten used to seeing younger versions of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character. But next year director Bill Condon and Sir Ian McKellen will do their part to slice some more age variety into the mix.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past already in theaters, and already racking up some excellent reviews, it's time to relax and look forward to the next installment of Professor Xavier's gifted youngsters and their uncanny adventures. But before we leave behind the days of future past, there's some fun to be had with the cast. More specifically, we have a video where both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender try to imitate their more mature selves, and the results make for quite a good laugh.
There have been precious few X-Men movies without these two gems since the franchise launched. Though what we are hearing about Apocalypse is that it will be a traditional sequel to First Class, with a heavy emphasis on McAvoy and Fassbender.
It isn’t shocking that they’ll be going for a J.R.R. Tolkien reference, given The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out on Friday, but I wonder why they didn’t just come up with something to go along with that movie. Maybe Oscar will make a smog joke, or there will be a bunch of people hiding inside of barrels. Am I trying to start Sesame Street rumors? Maybe.
At some point we're going to have to cry uncle and admit that there are too many Sherlock Holmeses running around in pop culture right now… but I think we can make room for Ian McKellen in the meantime. At the Toronto Film Festival director Bill Condon announced, via Deadline, that he will direct McKellen in A Slight Trick Of The Mind, in which McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes still haunted by a case from 50 years in the past
For McKellen this is the end of an adventure that began 14-years-ago. It was October of 1999 when Ian first stepped on to the Lord of the Rings set to film his first scenes in the acclaimed trilogy. It’s unlikely he would have predicted he’d still be playing the character of Gandalf, in yet another trilogy, all the way into 2013.
"Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!"
While doing Hobbit press, McKellen said Singer attended the premiere with James Cameron and was very impressed with the technology Jackson used to make the vision come to life. So much so that he might use 3D and 48 fps for Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer shared that Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen would be in the planned film, reprising their roles as Prof. X and Magneto. The two played these parts in Singer’s first two X-Men movies, as well as Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (where Stewart’s Xavier actually died … sort of).
It’s hard to even fathom the idea of Peter Jackson making The Hobbit without Ian McKellen. Beyond the fact that Gandalf plays an incredibly important role in J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel, McKellen’s performance in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was nothing short of iconic and he was a major part of what made the movies so iconic.
“I can’t fight Hollywood,” the owner told the BBC, and therefore must remove all Hobbit references, including the pub’s name, which has been in place for more than 20 years. Roberts’ establishment sells cocktails named after Frodo and Gandalf. She also put Elijah Woods’ likeness on the pub’s customer loyalty card.
The good news is that the images accompany a long article in Empire, including a set visit and a conversation with Peter Jackson, who somewhat alarmingly tells them "I'm exactly the same filmmaker I was ten years ago." Wait, so the experience of seeing the Lord of the Rings films become massive hits
Ian McKellen, Judi Dench And Gillian Anderson Will Fend Off Zombies In The Curse Of The Buxom Strumpet
It's set in a small British seaside town where the residents are struck down with a "deadly illness," which all the conspiracy theorists know is just code for "zombie outbreak." The article says they plan to start shooting the film in Scotland later this year
You see with The Hobbit shooting in 3D you have to don the glasses just to look at the dailies, so at some point Bilbo and all the dwarves will probably put the shades on too; McKellen is just the only one awesome enough to tweet it