Okay, I have to admit I wasn't a big fan of the new Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Judd Law, so I was surprised to see this press release from the BBC announcing a new series entitled Sherlock is in the works. Just like the movie's lead, this character just seems to get more breaks, jeez.
According to the release, BBC in a partnership with Masterpiece (yup the PBS one) plan to develop three new shows with one being an updated, modern spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's coke-toking super sleuth.
The thrilling new Sherlock series is a fast-paced, witty take on the legendary crime drama, now set in present day London and starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) as the eponymous detective. Martin Freeman (The Office UK, Hot Fuzz) plays his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson, and Rupert Graves (God on Trial, The Forsyte Saga) is Inspector Lestrade. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling, Jekyll) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Crooked House), the iconic details from Arthur Conan Doyle's original books remain: same address, same names-and somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting.
The new series Sherlock was originally scripted and shot as a 60-minute drama. Late last year, BBC Drama optioned the series of three 90-minute episodes.
Abandon hope, ye who enter here is the familiar phrase Dante reads as he enters the gates of Hell, but in the Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic and Dantes Inferno, the video game (Xbox360, PS3), Dante takes a different tact - he abandons nothing. Based on a lose interpretation of the poem, Dante (voiced by Graham McTavish) is a errant Crusader willing to go to Hell and back to retrieve his betrothed Beatrice (Vanessa Branch) from the clutches of Lucifer (Steve Blum) himself.
(Compiled by Edward Adams and Declan Rabun, Photo courtesy of EA Games)
Dantes story begins as he painfully stitches the red cross taken from the front of his Crusaders tunic onto his battered flesh. The cloth is covered with images of various holy campaigns that also provide a clever flashback device throughout the film. As the battle weary hero struggles to make his way home through the forest, as in the poem, hes attacked by beasts but fights and manages to make his way home only to discover his home and all its inhabitants including his father and his betrothed Beatrice have been slain. To add insult to injury, as he nears his beloved, Dante glimpses her soul ascending toward heaven only to be snatched up by Lucifer and dragged into the gates of Hell. Her screams of duress and pleas for help fire Dantes resolve to free her no matter the cost. As our now anti-hero battles his way towards the gates of Hell, hes met by the spirit of long dead poet Virgil (Peter Jessup) who volunteers to accompany him and guide him along his quest.
Fans have been hoisting their pitch forks ever since Apple CEO announced their wonky new tablet device, the iPad. Lets face it, it has a laundry list of faults and is essence a big ol' iPod Touch instead of a touch screen computer like the HP tablet is expected to be.
While most people are still shaking their heads at the failure of the iPad presentation, the video site Hulu is moving forward with development for the new device. TechCrunch reports that popular video site Hulu is working to bring its content to the iPad, despite the lack of support for Flash content on Apple's new tablet device.
One rumor I've heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn't confirm or deny anything.
According to Macrumors, The report notes that porting its content to a non-Flash player would not be completely trivial given Hulu's investment in having created a unique Flash-based platform, but the company would be "more than capable" of making the transition. Whether or not to develop a Flash-less player for the content appears to be more of a business decision than a technical one.
One of constant complaints about Apple's "touch" devices has been the lack of support of Adobe Flash enabled sites and applications. Jobs is adamant on his position on Flash stating its clunky on Mac systems and until Adobe fixes it, Apple will not budge. Instead he feels the newer technologies like HTML 5 format - the newest update of web standard code, is the answer. YouTube has already begun testing an HTML 5 version of its video site but no full release date has been given.
Avatar fans rejoice! No, not you Navi-loving posers - the original Avatar, Aang addicts. This Sunday Paramount is airing a new 30-second teaser of M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender during the Superbowl XLIV (that's 44 to us Americans).
In the trailer we see further into the world of four nations as Aang awakens from the iceberg and the Fire Nation assaults the Southern Water Tribe. The elemental "bending" effects look impressive as well as Aang's glowing arrow tattoos when he enters the avatar state.
Paramount released a teaser trailer last year which focused soley on Aang and his air bending ability. The visual effect is rather unimpressive because its transparent - representing Aang's manipulation of the air around him. Blowing out candles in a cave just doesn't have the wow factor to get moviegoers excited.
The Last Airbender makes its way to theaters July 2, 2o10.
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