And as for the professionals … 2013 12 09 - Berlin - ’ The Hobbit - The Desolation Of Smaug ’ European Premiere by JC

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Caption : 09 Dec 2013, Berlin, Germany —- European premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Der Hobbit - Smaugs Einoede) at the Sony Center in Berlin Pictured: Benedict Cumberbatch —- Image by JC


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Would you mind telling me what actually happened?

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“And I’ll never forget you.”

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Look at this cuteness - Benedict Cumberbatch in a yukata (more HQ here original size, VERY big)

Extra in case you missed it.


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John Watson saying goodbye to a dead man.

There’s almost a sweetness to these moments.  John’s lost the person who he loves most in the world, and it threatens to crush him, but there’s a warm body next to him who keeps him grounded.  If I just looked at these bookend moments, this quiet peace, I might like Mary.  I might root for them.

But series 3 happened in between.  Sherlock returning, John’s joy at that, all of Sherlock’s sacrifices, and all of Mary’s betrayals.  All of them have been on this incredible ride of character development so that to end with this, this quiet moment of a couple holding hands, as if nothing has changed, seems false.  It feels wrong.  I can only believe it if I believe that John hasn’t changed at all.  I would have to believe that John can still accept this warm figure next to him, knowing what she is and what she is not. I would have to believe that the entire journey in series 3 was for nothing.
It’s the same moment.  But everything has changed, and now it’s wrong.  Now it’s a lie.  And I have to wait until the next series to see it righted.

This, this is why I am left so restless.  It feels wrong, it *is* wrong and it’s *pretending* to be right.  It’s so infuriating (when I think about it too much) that I easily understand the strong reactions we find here in fandom.  I mean I can be an “adult” about this, I see we are simply watching a story and it’s just paused in the middle.  In fact it is paused with that plane turned around and John Watson pretty happy about that I might add.  

So… it shouldn’t feel quite so bad (right?).  But it does, it feels really bad and it hurts still.  And I think it’s because of the pretending, it’s fake and we know it and they (the characters) should know it too.  And we are left with so many unanswered questions and a absolute desire to right that which is so wrong. And there’s a damn baby, shit (it still really kicks my gut, fucking baby… lol).

I guess I’m just trying to say, even though one side of me understands and knows it’ll be okay eventually and it *is* a story, there is still something about it that churns in my gut, and I can’t let go.  And I feel like a big kid the way I am so obsessed with this story.  And this little explanation here with the two bookend photographs kind of explains why.  Because I can’t stand that warm and fuzzy image.  If it was an actual photo in my hand I’d cut Mary out of it or take a sharpy and scribble all over her (in the second one).  I feel daggers…  And yet I feel bad about feeling daggers.  I guess because, look at Sherlock, look how brave and selfless he was when he said good bye.  It is quite something what this show has done…  

Remember that Moffat said that the cliffhanger for S3 would be far more devastating than the one in S2. He wasn’t referring to Moriarty, as he alluded to emotional devastation. Moriarty was a surprise, and a diversion for the general viewers. No, the end of S3 was a nod to the end of The Sign of Four. In the Sherlockian world, at the end of SIGN, we have a heartbreaking cliffhanger, with Watson off to marry Mary and Sherlock turning to the cocaine bottle. For any Sherlockian, and I include non Johnlockers here, the ending of that novel is tragic; you want to rush to Sherlock and comfort him, drag John home to 221B Baker Street. Moffat knows his historic Holmes, he wanted to recreate this event, just as he recreated the Fall and the subsequent Victorian’s grieving in the streets with the jump from St Bart’s roof and the ‘I Believe’ grass roots movement.

The ending to S3 has reproduced a very similar response to the ending to SIGN; a demand to get the two men back to 221B, anger at John for deserting Sherlock, anger at Mary Morstan, a contingent wanting Mary and John to be happy, some readers/viewers disgusted enough to leave the fandom. Moffat, and Gatiss, know what they are doing, and they are not only modernising the Holmesian universe but fixing it. They are including the fandom responses in this plan, wanting to replicate the moments of public shock, outrage, joy. S3 cliffhanger delivered exactly the same emotions as did SIGN. 

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Rebloggable per request. :3

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3 months!


∞ Scenes of Sherlock

If you know who I am, then you know who he is [because there’s no Sherlock Holmes without John Watson, and there’s no John Watson without Sherlock Holmes].

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Exclusive preview of our behind-the-scenes content from “Little Favour” now available worldwide on www.wearecolony.com. Sign up for an invite to join the platform’s beta launch, use code “Little Favour” for priority access. 


Introducing the cast of the second series of The Hollow Crown

Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo has been cast as Queen Margaret across all three films. Hugh Bonneville will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Sally Hawkins his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI part 1. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI part 2 and Richard III and Tom Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI in parts 1 and 2.

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Sneak peek of tomorrow’s Johnlock goodness ;-)

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Sherlock, your Benedict is showing.

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Setlock | a year later
North Gower St. London, UK Aug 21st 2013

Yeah, it was That Day, when hundreds of fans flocked to the fake 221B Baker Street on a hot August day in London just to catch a glimpse of these two. It was literally like taking part in some weird combination of theatre, television and an unplanned, yet well organized Sherlock fan event. 

We met some incredible fans, made new friends, fought dehydration and hunger (because who would be nuts enough to lose their spot?!) and loved every minute of it. The Sherlock cast and crew had a great attitude towards us silly fanpeople, making sure we were all safe and entertaining us between takes. 

Those who were there can now watch the episode they filmed that day, nudge their friend on the shoulder and say “Hear that silence? That’s us!”

Wow. Happy memories forever. 

You can see more of Tiia’s photos from that day in her own blog as well as in our Setlock tag in our Fangirl Quest blog.

BBC Two announces further casting for The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses


BBC Two has today announced further casting for Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films’ The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses.

Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Richard III. Sophie Okonedo has been cast as Queen Margaret across all three films. Hugh Bonneville will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Sally Hawkins his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI part 1. Keeley Hawes plays Queen Elizabeth in Henry VI part 2 and Richard III and Tom Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI in parts 1 and 2.

Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, says: “To have the chance to work with some of Britain’s most talented actors is a dream come true. We couldn’t be more delighted to have them on board.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Building on the critical success of The Hollow Crown, this extraordinary cast and production team will raise the bar of British drama once more and build on BBC Two’s reputation for distinctive drama.”

The three filmed adaptations - Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III - are co-produced by Neal Street Productions with Carnival Films / NBCUniversal and Thirteen following the success of BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown.

Executive producers are Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown for Neal Street Productions, David Horn for Thirteen and Gareth Neame for Carnival/NBCUniversal. It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama.

Dominic Cooke will direct all three films, Ben Power has adapted the plays for the screen and Rupert Ryle-Hodges will produce.

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