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Sherlock channels R. Kelly

Well, sort of.

Sherlock the Otter?

I liked the British TV series Sherlock! with its updating of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern London. I thought it was faithful to the characters and excellent in showing how eccentric Holmes could be and why Watson put up with him.

Also I like otters.

So this is brilliant.

Sherlock Holmes is afoot!

With the opening of the new Sherlock Holmes’ movie on Christmas Day, Turner Classic Movies is breaking open the Sherlock Holmes’ vault.

Here’s the Christmas lineup:

8:00 PM Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1939)
Sherlock Holmes uncovers a plot to murder the heir to a country estate. Cast: Richard Greene, Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie. Dir: Sidney Lanfield. BW-80 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:30 PM Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (1939)
The famed sleuth tries to stop Professor Moriarty from stealing the Crown Jewels. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino. Dir: Alfred L. Werker. BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC
11:00 PM Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes, The (1970)
The legendary sleuth becomes involved with a mysterious French woman while investigating the Loch Ness monster. Cast: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Genevieve Page. Dir: Billy Wilder. C-125 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
1:15 AM Sherlock Holmes’ Fatal Hour (1931)
Sherlock Holmes tries to stop a string of crimes masterminded by Professor Moriarty. Cast: Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming, Philip Hewland. Dir: Leslie S. Hiscott. BW-81 mins, TV-G
2:30 AM Hound Of The Baskervilles, The (1959)
Sherlock Holmes investigates the haunting of an isolated British estate by a murderous canine. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell. Dir: Terence Fisher. C-87 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
4:00 AM Study in Terror, A (1965)
Sherlock Holmes tries to unmask Jack the Ripper. Cast: John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser. Dir: James Hill. C-95 mins, , CC

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6:00 AM Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
Sherlock Holmes investigates acts of terrorism linked to Nazi radio broadcasts. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers. Dir: John Rawlins. BW-66 mins, TV-PG
7:15 AM Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
Sherlock Holmes fights to keep a new bombsite design from the Nazis. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-68 mins, TV-PG
8:30 AM Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
Sherlock Holmes tries to recover a stolen document during World War II. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Henry Daniell. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-72 mins, TV-PG
9:45 AM Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
Sherlock Holmes investigates murders at a rest home where Watson volunteers. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-68 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:00 AM Spider Woman, The (1944)
Sherlock Holmes fakes his own death to expose a killer. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-62 mins, TV-PG
12:15 PM Scarlet Claw, The (1944)
Sherlock Holmes investigates a haunting in a Canadian village vital to the war effort. Cast: Sherlock Holmes, Nigel Bruce, Paul Cavanagh. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-74 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 PM Pearl of Death, The (1944)
Sherlock Holmes investigates the link between a stolen pearl and a series of murders. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Akers. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-69 mins, TV-PG
2:45 PM Sherlock Holmes in the House of Fear (1945)
Sherlock Holmes investigates the murder of a group of seven club members. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-69 mins, TV-PG
4:00 PM Pursuit to Algiers (1945)
Sherlock Holmes tries to protect a foreign leader traveling on an ocean liner. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-65 mins, TV-PG, CC
5:15 PM Sherlock Holmes in Terror by Night (1946)
Sherlock Holmes signs on to protect a priceless diamond from jewel thieves. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-63 mins, TV-PG
6:30 PM Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill (1946)
Sherlock Holmes sets out to find why people are killing each other over a seemingly inexpensive music box. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison. Dir: Roy William Neill. BW-71 mins, TV-PG

Doyle’s interest in seances

The Times of London has a feature on Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle’s interest in seances.

Sherlock Holmes may have been the epitome of scientific reason, but Arthur Conan Doyle, his creator, was obsessed by seances and spiritualism.

Notebooks describing his earliest contact with mediums and psychic phenomena have emerged this week, 120 years after he wrote them, proving that his interest in seances had started 30 years earlier than previously thought.

The author was working as a doctor in Portsmouth when he attended his first seance in 1887, the year that he published his first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet.

After seeing a medium talking in different voices and a table moving jerkily, apparently tapping out words uttered by the spirits, he wrote of witnessing “a new revelation” to the human race in which religion had become a “real thing” and not merely “a matter of faith”. The contents of the notebooks, which date from 1885 to 1889, are disclosed in a new biography, Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes, by Andrew Lycett.

Mr Lycett said: “He had an interest in the paranormal from an early age, but the detail of his actual dabbling in seances had not been known. He didn’t come out as spiritualist until the First World War. What is interesting about this is that it shows him engaging with spiritualism at an earlier age than that.

“These notes helped me understand what I consider the central enigma of his life – how a trained doctor, who created such an epitome of the rational detective, was obsessed by the supernatural – to the point where, after the First World War, he became a leading proponent of spiritualism.”

In contrast, Holmes was dismissive of the paranormal. When presented with a case involving possible vampirism in his 1924 story, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, the detective jokes: “This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.”

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

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Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu in a new computer game? It doesn’t get better than this.

Sherlock Holmes – The Awakened invites gamers to plunge into an adventure in which the imaginary myth of Cthulhu, made popular by author H.P. Lovecraft, intersects with the greatest detective of fiction literature in a battle between the rational and the supernatural.

The Awakened marks the meeting of two dramatically different worlds, one in which players will come fact-to-face with an ancient and unspoken evil, questioning their decisions and logic every step of the way.

Sherlock Holmes – The Awakened follows, to the letter, the style and character of Sherlock Holmes. The game understands that it is the method he uses in his investigations that has made him so famous. Everyone remembers Sherlock Holmes ferreting about here and there, magnifying glass in hand, on the hunt for the smallest clue. The game remains faithful to this image since the players must, throughout their investigations, gather information and evidence. But it is surely his keen sense of observation, his deductive reasoning and his logic that make Sherlock Holmes popular, and in this new adventure, the player will often need to use these skills to advance in the investigation.

It’s now available at retailers. I haven’t bought mine yet, but payday is Friday.

Sherlock Holmes Pub

I was playing on Google Earth like I do sometimes and in the virtual world as in real life I some how ended up in a pub in my travels.

Here’s The Sherlock Holmes Public House in London, one of my favorite places on Earth.

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Dracula, Holmes…and Nixon

From The New York Times:

Mr. Langella, one of the most celebrated stage actors of his generation, has tackled both Dracula and Sherlock Holmes; he knows what it means to step into a role that is already cemented in myth. But there may be no caricature as permanently etched in the American imagination as the one he’s playing now.

“Nixon was a great monster for good and bad, a delicious person to caricature,” he said. “The first week of rehearsals all of the actors were doing him, and I finally had to say, ‘You have to stop.’ ”

“Frost/Nixon,” which opens on Broadway Sunday night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, is a play about the series of television interviews David Frost conducted in 1977 with Richard M. Nixon, who had resigned from the presidency three years earlier. Mr. Frost paid Nixon $600,000 for the chance to prove he could play hardball and nearly blew it when Nixon swatted away his questions with anecdotes and generalities.

The science of Sherlock Holmes

From the student newspaper of the University of Rhode Island:

A crime historian discussed real-life cases in which forensic scientists were aided by the methods and principles of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes Friday in Pastore Hall.

E.J. Wagner published The Science of Sherlock Holmes, which has been recently nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the 2007 Edgar Award.

The lecture was part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series.

She discussed a wide array of topics involving forensic science and the myths that it has replaced, and cases in which forensic scientists applied methods first used by a fictional detective to solve real-life crimes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used Holmes to introduce the scientific method to the superstitious majority of his time, Wagner said. At that time, it was the most accurate way to detect crimes, instead of using folklore and mythology


“What Sherlock Holmes has given us to this day … is the idea of the collection of data,” Wagner said. “Even the way we have DNA banks today is the same as he kept his own materials; the whole idea of collecting data beforehand so if it comes up again we can match it. Just that idea was extraordinary.”

Russell Crowe

Yes, I’m deliberately not posting any of the articles claiming Russell Crowe will be portraying Sherlock Holmes in a new movie under development. I’m sure Crowe’s a fine actor. I had no trouble with him playing Captain Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: Far Side of the World. No, he’s not Holmes.

Holmes in the boxing ring

Brilliant. From Monsters and Critics:

Warner Bros. Pictures first look deal with producer Lionel Wigam will see a re-imaging of Homes’ image. To be directed by Neil Marshall (‘The Descent’) from a script by Michael Johnson, new image of Sherlock Holmes will play up parts of the sleuth’s character that have been overlooked when adapting Arthur Conan Doyle’s books for other media.

Wigram’s vision has Holmes losing some of his Victorian stuffiness and being more adventuresome, including playing up his skills as a bare-knuckle boxer and expert swordsman as he goes about solving crimes.

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