Henry Cavill’s Sherlock Holmes Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today

Henry Cavill has had a super month (pun intended) thus far. The actor has reportedly signed on to play Superman in at least three more movies and is also starring in a recently released mystery flick that’s earned praised from critics and fans alike.

Yes, as you may’ve seen, Enola Holmes is currently the number one most-watched film on Netflix, thanks in no small part to the 37-year-old’s take on Sherlock. The internet fell in love with the idea of Cavill as the renowned investigator back when the trailer dropped earlier this year and it seems safe to say that he’s more than lived up to the hype. The feature currently holds a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has fans online begging for a sequel.

The pic, based off a book series of the same name, revolves around the eponymous teen sister of star detective Sherlock Holmes. When the siblings’ mother goes missing, Enola is forced to use her sleuthing skills to uncover the truth behind the disappearance and help a runaway lord in the process.

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Stranger Things alum Millie Bobby Brown stars in the titular role, alongside Cavill, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter. Together, the cast manages to effortlessly move the story along and charm viewers while doing so. It’s currently unknown whether or not the successful feature will spawn a full franchise, but the film’s impressive debut certainly does help encourage the idea.

Tell us, though, do you think this detective caper is the instant classic that audiences are making it out to be, or do you feel the widespread acclaim is a bit too much? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.

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Don Coscarelli Wants to Remake and Restore ‘The Beastmaster’ – News

Don Coscarelli’s The Beastmaster is the very definition of a cult classic. The film found its way into many a young viewers hearts during its cable TV run and was known among many young folks for its nudity. Outside of that though, The Beastmaster was just awesome. Now, the director told Entertainment Weekly that he is looking to get it remade and more importantly, he is currently looking for the films now lost, original negatives in hopes of doing a proper restoration.

“Every time some other movie gets remade Conan, whatever people start saying, ‘Hey, how come there’s not a new Beastmaster? How can that be?’ It’s like, ‘Uh, we don’t have the rights.’ Now, thank goodness, it’s coming to fruition.” Pepperman (The Beastmaster writer) told Entertainment Weekly.

“We’re going to start taking it out and talking to companies and studios about doing a remake or a reboot of the original movie, a lot of latchkey kids watched that movie over and over again. Now they’re adults, and, with luck, some of them are running studios. So, we’ll see what happens.” Coscarelli said.

In addition, to a remake Coscarelli is looking for his original negatives for The Beastmaster. He even went as far as creating a website (whereisthebeastmaster.com) in hopes of a collector happening upon it and assisting in the restoration.

“It’s basically six film cans and then outside it would have The Beastmaster and it’s called ‘Original camera negative,’ ‘OCN. We have all of this on the website and there’s a trail of where the negative went and where it went missing. There’s a chance I just went into a dumpster, never to be seen again. But there are a lot of rabid film collectors out there. A lot of times they gather up this stuff and it’s of uncertain lineage. A lot of them hang onto it because they don’t want to tell people they have it, or whatever. This would be an open license be a hero to a generation of Beastmaster fans.”

We are hopeful that Coscarelli is successful in both remaking The Beastmaster and in restoring his original film.

So, keep your eyes out The Beastmaster fans. You never know who may now posses the film’s original negatives.

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Jimmy Fallon Surprised Hugh Jackman with Part of His Wolverine Audition from 1999! – The Real Stan Lee

Hugh Jackman recently showed up as a virtual guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and naturally, part of the conversation focused on his Marvel tenure playing one of the members of the iconic X-Men team, Wolverine.  Fun fact: Jackman actually shares a Guinness World Record with fellow X-Men star Patrick Stewart for “Longest Career as a Live Action Marvel Superhero,” which was bestowed last year. See what other actors are getting close to passing their record HERE!

Ironically, Jackman wouldn’t have his Guinness World Record – or his role as Logan/Wolverine – had it not been for scheduling conflicts. Indeed, as Jackman discussed with Fallon, actor Dougray Scott was originally slated to take on the part, but conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2 got in the way.  So, when Jackman went in to read for the role as basically a “back-up plan,” he figured he didn’t really have a shot. “It was like this Hail Mary to begin with,” he explained, “which is probably the best way to do an audition.” We assume some of the nerves would be lifted in a situation like that, so it probably is a good way to go about it!

After reminiscing on some old headshots, Fallon surprised Jackman with a short clip of his Wolverine audition from 1999. Check it out below! (The audition begins around 7:44.)

He seemed relax, didn’t he? Jackman recalls that his whole audition didn’t run much longer than the short clip we were treated to; however, it seems a much longer Jackman reading exists, and you can you check that out HERE.

Speaking of clips, it’s always fun to get a sneak peek behind the scenes, especially when it comes to the Marvel universe, because so much of what goes into a Marvel movie is shrouded in secrecy. That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share another audition gem: Tom Hiddleston’s original Thor audition. We’ve shared this before, but it’s too good to pass up, because it’s not Hiddleston testing for Loki, but the God of Thunder himself! Relive that fateful recording HERE.

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Berlin Film Festival Switching to Gender Neutral Acting Awards in 2021

Berlin Film Festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian have announced a major change to the annual event: Beginning with the 2021 festival, the Silver Bear acting prizes will go gender neutral. A statement from the festival reads: “Instead of the awards for the Best Actor and the Best Actress, a ‘Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance’ and a ‘Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance’ shall each be awarded on a gender-neutral basis.” The Silver Bear prizes for actor and actress have been handed out since 1956. The most recent recipients are Antonio Ligabue (“Hidden Away”) and Paula Beer (“Undine”) from the 2020 festival.

“We believe that not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry,” said Berlinale directors Rissenbeek and Chatrian in a statement.

Berlinale’s announcement makes it the first major international film festival to switch up how it awards its acting prizes based on gender. Cannes still has its Best Actor and Best Actress prizes as of now, as does the Venice Film Festival with the Volpi Cup for Actor and Actress. Berlinale acting winners in the past include Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years,” Benicio del Toro for “Traffic,” Paulina García for “Gloria,” Charlize Theron for “Monster,” and more.

In addition to the gender neutral acting categories, the Berlinale directors have also confirmed the 2021 Berlin Film Festival will take place as a physical edition and not a virtual one. A hybrid physical-virtual plan is being drafted for the European Film Market (EFM).

“Festivals and markets are places of encounter and communication,” Rissenbeek and Chatrian said. “This applies to the public as well as to the industry. We see an important and unique feature of festivals in their lively relationship with the audience. In times of the corona pandemic, it has become even clearer that we still require analogue experience spaces in the cultural realm. We are pleased that festivals with physically present audiences are slowly taking place again around the world, and we wish our colleagues much success.”

The International Jury of the Competition will award the following eight prizes in 2021:

Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to the film’s producers)
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Director
Silver Bear Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

The 71st Berlin Film Festival will take place February 11-21, 2021.

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The Exorcist Reboot Is Coming in 2021

Get ready horror fans as The Exorcist is making a comeback. Morgan Creek Entertainment is said to be bringing a reboot of the iconic franchise to theaters in 2021. For the moment, details remain scarce but this means we will be seeing our first new movie in the series since 2005. Whether or not it is a worthy successor to the original 1973 cinematic classic remains to be seen.

According to a new report, The Exorcist reboot is one of the projects currently being worked on by Morgan Creek. Unfortunately, few details were revealed other than that the movie is intended as a theatrical release, with an expected arrival sometime next year. There is no word on who may be eyed to direct, nor is it clear who will star. It also wasn’t explained if this will be a full-on reboot, or if it will be connected to previous installments in the series. The news was buried and only briefly mentioned in a report detailing a new series adaptation of Dead Ringers starring Rachel Weisz that the studio is also working on.

The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin based on William Peter Blatty’s story, was originally released in 1973. It went on to become one of the most financially successful movies ever, grossing $428 million at the box office, working against a budget of just $12 million. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, in addition to being nominated for Best Picture. That was a truly remarkable feat for a horror movie at the time.

The first movie focuses on a young girl named Regan (Linda Blair) who begins acting odd, to put it mildly. Her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help and finds no answers. A local priest (Jason Miller) thinks the girl may be possessed by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, with the church sending an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

A sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, was released in 1977. It did not do well financially and was not regarded well critically either. 1990’s The Exorcist III, however, has found a great deal of love over the years. Exorcist: The Beginning followed in 2004, with 2005’s Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist serving as the most recent entry. Both movies were met with a negative response upon arrival. More recently, Fox produced The Exorcist as a TV series. The show ran for two seasons between 2016 and 2017.

Reboots and remakes continue to dominate Hollywood. While none of the sequels have come close to matching the original, a franchise like The Exorcist has a lot of name recognition and, executed correctly, could be a way to attract a lot of attention. With a release planned for next year, we should be learning more in the coming months. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.

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Radhika Apte Is Married To A World Famous Musician Benedict Taylor

The Indian film industry, and not just the ‘Hindi film industry’, is a place of so many love stories, flings, affairs and marriages. Invariably, nothing escapes the tabloids and paparazzi. Despite the social media and shutterbug scrutiny, few stories go unheard. And this time, we bring to you one such story; of an actress, whose name, perhaps 5 years ago was unheard. And today, all the leading producers and directors want to work with her.

Little biography and initial years in the film industry

Radhika Apte was born on 7th September 1985 in Pune and took a classical training in Kathak. It was during her training that a casting director happened to be there, who approached her for a role in the Hindi movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! in 2005, starring along with Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.

This film gave her a mild start in the movies, and then she went on to sign a few films in regional cinema like Bengali and Marathi. Her roles in these movies were applauded by the critics.

Breakthrough and a short fling with Tusshar Kapoor

In 2011, Radhika was signed by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms for two films- I Am and Shor in the City. Both these films are marked as her breakthrough roles which established her as a promising actress, not only among the critics but masses.

However, during the filming of Shor in the City, rumours of her alleged affair with the film’s co-actor Tusshar Kapoor started doing rounds. There were reports to an extent that dictated Tusshar being completely crazy for her. Sources from the sets said that the two would spend a lot of time together on the sets.

In fact, his sister Ekta Kapoor was on Koffee with Karan, and when Karan asked her about Tusshar’s love life and Radhika, she said, “Who is Radhika Apte?” This left Tusshar totally in shock! But, the love in the air soon fizzled out. Radhika went to London to learn contemporary dance styles, and all the possible further comments and rumours just shut.

London and future husband Benedict Taylor

So, while Radhika was in London learning her contemporary dance, a renowned contemporary musician, by the name of Benedict Taylor happened to be there (who later gave music for the 2017 Hindi film Newton).

With similar interests, they hit off instantly. In fact, rumour has it that the two started a live-in relationship after a few months of meeting. But soon, their bond strengthened and in a year, they got so serious about her that they eventually got married in September 2012. It was a court marriage.

A month later, in October 2012, there was a film festival in Pune, and Benedict was spotted with Radhika for the first time. Initially, there were rumours that she had found her new boyfriend, for she hadn’t by then go on record to confess about her marriage with Benedict. But, thanks to Sarang Sathaye, a stage actor and her very close friend, who spilt the beans and broke the news of her marriage to the media.

He said, “Yes, they had a registered marriage a month ago. It was a quiet, private function. They were living together for a long time and they got married to sort their visas and other documentation. The official ceremony will take place in March.”

A few months later, in March 2013, Radhika and Benedict were pronounced husband and wife, as per the Indian Civil Law. The marriage was then followed by a reception party amidst close friends and family. Isn’t this amazing? It’s been five years, and yet not many people know that she is married. In fact, in a recent interview, she was quoted as saying, “I don’t have a boyfriend because I am married.”

Life post-marriage

When you’ve two stars whose work go on to big global canvases, naturally, there is a busy life. In spite of Benedict being a world-famous musician who is very busy in his music, and Radhika being way too busy in her films, the two manage to take out time for each other. Benedict mostly lives in London and Radhika in India. But the two often meet and have managed to balance their personal and professional lives.

Isn’t this a sweet, adorable and a very understanding relationship? The star couple is sure to give relationship goals to many other lovebirds. Let us know in the comments section as to what do you feel about them.

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RDJ vs Benedict Cumberbatch: Who The Better Sherlock Holmes Is

Two of the most popular portrayals of Sherlock Holmes are those of Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, but who did it best? The Great Detective was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet in 1887, and his popularity skyrocketed thanks to a series of short stories published in The Strand Magazine, beginning in 1891 with “A Scandal in Bohemia”.

Sherlock Holmes got a total of four novels and 56 short stories, and has been adapted to all types of media for over 100 years. Many actors have played different versions of the famous detective on stage, TV, and film, each giving the character their own style, and recent adaptations have made Holmes and his cases popular again. First was Guy Ritchie’s film, simply titled Sherlock Holmes, released in 2009 and with Robert Downey Jr. as the title character and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson. The film got a sequel in 2011, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which featured the famous death of the detective at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, with him making a surprise appearance at the end, leaving the door wide open for a third film.

In 2010, the BBC brought its own version of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. With modern-day London as the main setting, Sherlock adapted some of the detective’s most famous cases and memorable characters to the present day, giving some freshness to the character. Sherlock had Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, accompanied by Martin Freeman as John Watson, and became very popular with Sherlock Holmes fans while also building its very own fanbase. Both Downey Jr. and Cumberbatch’s performances were a hit with critics and viewers, but in the end, who is the better Sherlock Holmes? To answer that, there are a couple of important aspects to consider.

The stories that work on the books won’t necessarily work on screen, so it’s expected that when adapting Sherlock Holmes’ cases there will be changes to fit the format and the narrative the writers are going for. Sherlock Holmes isn’t based on any story written by Conan Doyle, though it takes many characters from them – yet the film’s villain, Lord Blackwood, is an original creation. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, on the other hand, took elements from the short stories “The Final Problem” and “The Adventure of the Empty House”, but their biggest differences were in how they decided to portray the Great Detective. The Sherlock Holmes from the books and stories is an eccentric man, with a tendency to be messy at home but not outside, dispassionate and cold yet respectful and calm, while Downey’s version was messy and untidy no matter where, impulsive, aggressive at times, and impatient. Still, he kept many other characteristics from the source material, such as being a master of disguise and very good at different types of combat.

On the other hand, Sherlock went through the most changes due to it being set in the present day (at the time of its release, of course), and they affected the portrayal of the character as well. Sherlock refers to himself as a “high-functioning psychopath”, and while he’s also cold as the original version, he’s very rude to those around him, including John (though he learns how to deal with him and sometimes even excuses his behavior to those not familiar with his ways). Downey Jr’s version showed more respect to those around him than Cumberbatch’s did, and his skills and tricks are truer to the source material than the ones seen in Sherlock.

A TV show will give the writers more chances to explore different stories and cases, whereas a film or two will limit those opportunities. As mentioned above, the story in Sherlock Holmes is an original one, with an also original villain who was believed to be a user of black magic, but he was actually just a man with a very complex plan – though not too complex as to beat Sherlock Holmes. The second film also incorporated original characters but with the detective’s archenemy, Professor Moriarty, behind the whole conflict and with elements from some well-known stories, most notably the one where Sherlock and Moriarty (supposedly) fall to their deaths. Although both stories are entertaining and invite viewers to try to solve the cases too, Sherlock ends up being the one with better stories.

Unlike the films, Sherlock took many of Conan Doyle’s cases and adapted them to the modern world, also making the audience part of them and giving them the necessary tools and clues to make their own deductions (and follow Sherlock’s train of thought). Except for the final episodes, where a third Holmes sibling was introduced, Sherlock had the best stories and cases, though that doesn’t mean that the ones in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows were bad – they’re just different interpretations, set in different periods of time, and one had more time to develop its stories than the other.

Both versions of Sherlock Holmes were at the level of the original one, solving each case no matter how complex they seemed (as seen with Blackwood’s in the films and Moriarty’s in the series), but what truly makes a difference is how believable they were. The Sherlock Holmes from the novels and short stories surprised those around him with his deductive skills and more, and while at first these can seem too fantastic, once he explains his reasoning and how he got to the solution, it all makes sense to readers, so they end up being believable. The films follow the same style as the source material when it comes to the reveal of Sherlock’s train of thought, as viewers don’t see what Sherlock’s mind is working on until he explains it, so the audience goes through the same reaction as readers, and his skills end up being believable.

Although Sherlock was praised for how it showed the audience how Sherlock made his deductions at the moment, this resource reached a point where it was too over the top and fantastic, especially after Sherlock came back from the dead. Sherlock’s skills were not believable anymore, and the cases became hard to follow (and were hard to believe as well, as was the case with the whole Eurus Holmes situation). Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes was a good detective, but he reached a point where what he did was pure fantasy, whereas Downey Jr’s version was a much more believable detective.

Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes and Cumberbatch’s are very different for various reasons, the most obvious one being that they are set in very different times and don’t have the same resources. Ritchie and company aimed for a Sherlock Holmes that was as true to the source material as possible but that could also stand-out from other adaptations, whereas Moffat and Gatiss went for a version that could stand on his own, and they both achieved that thanks to the performances of their main actors. With that in mind, there’s no point of comparison (unless, of course, other aspects come into play, such as accuracy to the books), so when it comes to which actor gave the best performance, it’s a tie between Downey Jr. and Cumberbatch.

While both versions offer different perspectives (and dynamics) of the Great Detective, in the battle between Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, the former comes out on top. Downey Jr’s portrayal is one that appeals to fans of Conan Doyle’s stories and those not familiar with the source material, and offers intriguing cases with believable conclusions. Out of the two, Downey Jr’s is also closer to what Sherlock Holmes is like in the books than Cumberbatch’s, who’s far from the gentleman Conan Doyle created. This, of course, doesn’t mean that Sherlock’s version of the Great Detective is bad or boring, but it’s definitely (slightly) weaker than Ritchie’s version, even if it got to explore more cases and build longer arcs.

Ultimately, viewers will make their own decision on who was the better Sherlock Holmes based on their own experiences with Conan Doyle’s stories and their own taste, as one version will resonate more with some than the other. Of course, there’s no reason to not enjoy both and what they each offer to the character, as they are very different portrayals.

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Nina Dobrev and ‘RIverdale’s Charles Melton To Star In Netflix Rom-Com ‘Love Hard’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and Charles Melton are set to star in the Netflix rom-com Love Hard, which Netflix preemptively acquired last August. The spec was written by Danny Mackey and literary agent-turned screenwriter Rebecca Ewing. The film will be produced by McG and Mary Viola through their Wonderland banner.

Hernán Jiménez, who directed About Us and Elsewhere, will direct. The spec is described as When Harry Met Sally meets Roxanne, and follows an LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that she’s been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays.

Steven Bello will exec producer.

The former Vampire Diaries star Dobrev was most recently seen in Lucky Day and Run This Town. She recently wrapped production on Sick Girl.

The breakout star of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Yang had a busy 2020 so far with Like A Boss and the Fantasy Island movie at Sony. He already has strong ties with Netflix after co-starring with Steve Carrell in the comedy series Space Force.

Melton can still be seen on the hit CW show Riverdale as Reggie, which is going into its fifth season. On the film side he was most recently in the latest installment in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys 4 Life.

Dobrev is represented by CAA, Lighthouse Management & Media and Hansen Jacobsen. Yang is repiped by WME, Artists First and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Melton is repped by Untitled, CAA and Gang Tyre Ramer and Brown.

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