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The BBC's Sherlock has a legion of fans - but Sherlock Holmes has always been a cultural phenomenon...
After almost two years of waiting (which is almost as long as John Watson had to wait for the return of his supposedly dead best friend), the BBC chose to announce the series three premiere date for Sherlock... by driving a hearse around London during rush hour. Eschewing the traditional channels of interviews, Twitter, and the media, they chose to rely solely on the fans’ dedication to the show to find said car and spread the news.
In fact, now that the third season of Sherlock has just passed, that’s probably old news, but it’s nevertheless telling of the hype that surrounds Sherlock. Fans turned up for the (albeit pre-announced) event, and the news went viral. For that kind of publicity, a
Jason Segel co-stars with Emily Blunt in a comedy he penned with Nicholas Stoller that follows the bumpy journey of one couple from the proposal to the wedding day. Chris Pratt & Alison Brie co-star.
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Then She Found Me (2007) Helen Hunt stars as a woman whose husband (Matthew Broderick) walks out when she decides to adopt. Then she discovers the identity of her biological mother (Bette Midler) and meets the man of her dreams (Colin Firth, major upgrade.) But things get tricky when she discovers she’s pregnant with her husband’s baby.
Frankie and Johnny (1991) Scarface co-stars Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer re-team for this
Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.
Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads,
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