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Five Favorite Episodes of "ELEMENTARY" Season Two (2013-2014) [02 Sep 2016|06:41pm]



Here is a LIST of my five favorite episodes from Season One of CBS's "ELEMENTARY". Created by Robert Doherty, the series stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson.
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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Reuniting for Silly Sleuthing in ‘Holmes & Watson’ [16 Aug 2016|10:35pm]

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There’s yet another Sherlock Holmes adaptation on the horizon, but this one promises to be mighty different. Per Deadline, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reteaming not for a Step Brothers sequel (sadly), but to star in Holmes & Watson, a comedy take on the iconic sleuthing duo. Ferrell is onboard to play Holmes, while Reilly will play the loyal James Watson.

Ferrell is reuniting with his Get Hard director Etan Cohen on the pic, which Sony Pictures originally purchased as a starring vehicle for Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen. Although that iteration of the project stalled, the film gained new life when Reilly became interested and the schedules for all involved coalesced. The plan now is to go into production right after Thanksgiving, meaning we could see Holmes & Watson hit theaters sometime next year.

While Ferrell and Reilly were absolutely stellar in the R-rated Step Brothers, this Holmes & Watson comedy is being envisioned as a PG-13 pic, so it’ll be more in line with the duo’s Talladega Nights in terms of crudeness. Cohen made a name for himself scripting Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder before making his feature directorial debut with last year’s successful Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.

The world is not lacking for Sherlock Holmes adaptations at the moment, between the beloved BBC series Sherlock, CBS’ solid Elementary, and the developing third installment in the Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law feature film franchise (which is apparently gaining steam), but Holmes & Watson proves to be different if only because of the buffoonery at which Ferrell and Reilly excel. While I’ll admit this news would be considerably more exciting if Adam McKay were writing and directing, the now Oscar-nominated director is currently busy prepping a new drama starring Jennifer Lawrence called Bad Blood, so the timing wouldn’t have worked out anyway.


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Happy Birthday, Vasily Livanov! [20 Jul 2016|12:51am]

July, 19 - Vasily Livanov, Russian Sherlock Holmes of Lenfilm 1980s TV series, celebrates his 81.

The old magazine publication is for you.

- from a Soviet magazine "The Pioneer", 1981
- heading “Recess”
- an interview with Vasily Livanov

A few episodes of the TV film "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson" have caused a stream of letters to our editors. The teens have immediately remembered that Vasily LIVANOV not only played the role of Holmes, he also voiced the favourite characters in the cartoons: Gena the Crocodile, Boa, Black Cat...

We asked our correspondent Olga Pozharskaya to meet with Vasily Livanov, the Honored Artist of the Republic.


CORR. However, you can not get away from the questions about Holmes ...

LIVANOV. Well, my work on Sherlock Holmes’ image was not too different from my working in animation. Conan Doyle described Holmes very accurately – his looks and his clothes. I only had to fill these well-known features with human content. Sherlock Holmes always comes to persons rescue in distress, he is noble and selfless. This is his great human appeal.

CORR. The guys ask how terrible the Baskervilles hound was looked in a life.

LIVANOV. The film crew chose the most enormous dog in the Soviet Union, with the most frightening appearance, but as it turned out, with the most gentle temperament. Before the shooting the dog attack on Henry Baskerville (played by Nikita Mikhalkov) the director categorically forbade to endanger a famous actor. Then the dog owner was dressed in a Nikita’s coat. He ran. The dog followed on the heels of him, he fell, and the dog... the dog frustrated all the plans: she quietly lay down near the owner and licked him from head to toe. This scene was shot twenty times in a row, but the peaceful nature of the dog has not been spoiled. The director had to make a tricky film montage.

CORR. Thank you for an interesting story!

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Book Suggestions? [14 Jul 2016|09:36pm]

Looking for Sherlock Holmes pastiche books (or fan fic) that feature a paranormal or supernatural element - and are, of course, set in Victorian times. Thanking you in advance for any suggestions you may have.
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1984 interview with Russian Sherlock Holmes [22 Mar 2016|03:59pm]


In this day, 22 March 1980 there was TV premiere of first two episodes of "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson" produced by Lenfilm studio.

I have found 1984 interview with Vasily Livanov.

Topic: Autograph for you
The newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda", September 18, 1984
Reporter: A. Koroleva

Yes, my dear reader, a friendship between two literary characters influenced the relationship of actors who performed their roles in the TV adaptation. Before the film Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin were not even familiar. According to Livanov, on the set, they have found the right path to understanding. A close creative friendship arose. As a result, V. Solomin staged Livanov’s play "My favorite clown" in the Maly Theater, he also played a major role in the play. And now, after the next episodes of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson," they dream about the duo in the film based on the V. Livanov’s novel.

Vasily Livanov responds to readers' questions.

E. MOTUZ, FROM BENDER: During this era of the insane speeds, born of scientific and technological progress – unflappable, calm, thoughtful Holmes seems especially is welcome on TV...

LIVANOV: I also wondered why in the 1980s, we suddenly turned to Sherlock Holmes? What do we want to say to our audience? Why is Holmes a modern hero for us?
For me, Holmes is a modern hero, because he is devoted to the cause and also is example of absolute unselfishness. I admire his moral mental readiness to help in distress. He struggles against evil, against any manifestation of anti-humanism. That's why I put my civil feelings in this image. I was very proud when in Monte Carlo in 1982, the special edition of the film festival magazine published an article with the words: "The real Sherlock Holmes is a Soviet." Particularly I’m pleased that our Holmes is recognized by the British. On last festival evening there has been such a case. The British delegation head approached to the Soviet delegation head and said: "I understand that actor Livanov should sit with your delegation, but Sherlock Holmes should sit with us."

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How Russian film director meets The Baskerville Hounds [08 Mar 2016|01:58am]



Chapter 1 – from a book ‘The Baker Street on Petrogradskaya” published by SÉANCE & Amfora in 2007, St. Petersburg

Written by Igor Maslennikov, film director of Sherlock Holmes series produced by Lenfilm studio in 1979-1986

The Baskerville Hounds would like to meet. - Thanks to the pirates of West Berlin. - Margaret Thatcher is responsible for England. – A conspiracy of silence.

A call from London:
“Mr. Maslennikov?”
“It's Dartmoor’s Sherlock Holmes Society ‘THE BASKERVILLE HOUNDS’... Our president Philip Weller would like to ask you to meet with us ... My name is Tanya ... Please, write my London telephone number”.
“I'm sorry, but I do not understand anything”.
“Dartmoor’s Sherlock Holmes Society ‘Baskerville Hounds’ loves your movies and wants to meet you ... We are ready to come to St. Petersburg”.

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A friendly caricature of Vitaly Solomin as Dr Watson [19 Feb 2016|11:59pm]

I scanned a friendly caricature of Vitaly Solomin drawn by artist K. Kukso. It was published in a satirical magazine "Krokodil", 1988 (USSR).

Also the note from it :

CORR.: What do you most enjoy doing?
SOLOMIN: I like to play. I also work as a father, a head of the family, and so on.
- What you have in common with your brother?
- A surname.
- Who do you most dislike?
- I don't like impertinent people. Sometimes I have a chance to teach them a lesson. And, then I remember it with pleasure a long time.
- Do you feel yourself a little bit Dr. Watson?
- Film director Igor Maslennikov has convinced me that I am a typical Englishman. (...)

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Home Fires (2015): series 1 (HD screencaps) [06 Oct 2015|04:48pm]

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1 ] Do not repost without permission.
2 ] Do not claim as your own, I recognise my own screencaps.
3 ] Credit sns_red_curtain if taken, so others can find the screencaps
4 ] Please comment for password

screencaps HERE @ sns_red_curtain

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"MR. HOLMES" (2015) Review [14 Sep 2015|09:11pm]


"MR. HOLMES" (2015) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "MR. HOLMES", the 2015 adaptation of Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel, "A Slight Trick of the Mind". Directed by Bill Condon, the movie stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes.
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Five Favorite Episodes of "ELEMENTARY" Season One (2012-2013) [07 Sep 2015|10:21am]



Here is a LIST of my five favorite episodes from Season One of CBS's "ELEMENTARY". Created by Robert Doherty, the series stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson.
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"MR. HOLMES" (2015) Photo Gallery [11 Aug 2015|07:54pm]


"MR. HOLMES" (2015) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "MR. HOLMES", the 2015 adaptation of Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel, "A Slight Trick of the Mind". Directed by Bill Condon, the movie stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes.
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Russian Sh. Holmes and J. Watson in the ladies' hats [18 Mar 2015|12:36am]

Finally, they have loaded this film with English subtitles!

My Dearly Beloved Detective (1986) - a comedy about the adventures of Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson against Inspector Lester and his evil plans of shaming the two women for outsmarting Scotland Yard.
a link -

I have translated a short article from a Soviet paper "Izvestia" published on the eve of the TV premiere March 5, 1987.

Holmes and Watson in the ladies' hats

Author: V. Treskov / newspaper "Izvestia", March 5, 1987

On Sunday, March 8, new TV movie "My Dearly Beloved Detective" to air at the 1st channel of the Central Television.

It is no coincidence that the day of the premiere coincides with International Women's Day. This film is also about women. They have a lot of advantages, but there is one more thing: any detective deduction and induction pale before the women's intuition. So, the women are the innate detectives.

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Russian (Livanov) Sherlock Holmes fan-video [25 Dec 2014|03:30am]

True Detective style

Merry Christmas
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Igor Petrenko about his role of Sherlock Holmes - an interview [19 Nov 2014|04:11am]


Igor Petrenko: A Battle with a Stereotype (6th November, 2014)

MK.ru (an original Russian version) - http://crimea.mk.ru/articles/2014/11/06/igor-petrenko-osvoenie-kryma-nachal-s-sinikh-gub-i-rvoty-potom-priekhal-v-poiskakh-karmen.html
Translated by http://spiritcc.tumblr.com/

Q:   Sherlock for you is not just an on screen appearance...
Igor:   Of course...I got lucky that Sherlock Holmes got into my acting way. Andrey Kavun made an unusual story. And I know that many didn't accept that portrayal of the detective the first time, because it didn't fit any of the stereotypes. How can it be - Sherlock Holmes can't fight, picks his nose, chews loudly while eating, is a drug addict, nervous and unstable...But it's important for me that I was in the character, I finally managed to work on it myself, think of the plasticity, walk, manners, laugh... It's a true actor's happiness! I understand that 162 shooting days in that piquant character were some serious learning, and it gave me a lot, thanks to partners such as Andrey Panin, Mikhail Boarsky, Svetlana Kryuchkova - I can go on for a while. And I must say thank you to the director - Andrey Kavun gave me a freedom of search, gave me a possibility of rehearsing and failing, searching and finding. He wasn't afraid of this rare in our days searching period, and as a result we got a truly actor's movie, that is hard to find nowadays. It simply doesn't exist anymore - in general, movies are mostly for producers - quickly learn the text and quickly scatter along the shooting place
Q:   Were you afraid of inevitable comparison with the great Vasily Livanov's interpretation from the very start?
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Russian version)1 ] Do not repost without permissi [13 Nov 2014|05:51pm]

1 ] Do not repost without permission.
2 ] Do not claim as your own, I recognise my own screencaps.
3 ] Credit sns_red_curtain so others can find the screencaps
4 ] Leave a comment pretty please
5 ] Please comment for password


screncaps HERE @ sns_red_curtain
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In Sherlock Holmes’ steps: Saint Petersburg’s Tweed Run (Sept. 2014) [11 Nov 2014|10:02pm]

Perhaps, someone missed...
Cycling is gaining momentum in Russia and practically not a single weekend goes by without a bike run. There bike races can be for charity, theme-based, or costumed.

more photos there
link -
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Rec's for Paranormal Holmes & Watson Tales? [02 Aug 2014|04:54pm]


Any recommendations for a good contemporary Holmes and Watson book or series of short stories that have a horror or paranormal aspect to them?

Interested in both formally published works ("physical" or e-book), or in well written fan fic.

I've pretty much finished everything I have on hand in this genre, and am hoping to find some interesting new reads.

Thank you!
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Prompt # 3.: "Learning is Brilliant as Glitter." [04 Jul 2014|06:52am]

Title: “Learning is Brilliant as Glitter.”
Author: ariadnechan
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (BBC)
Characters: Dr. John H. Watson/Sherlock S. Holmes.
Warnings: Bamf John, Bamf Sherlock.
Word Count: 1065
Summary: John learnt a lot of things from his fellow officers and men in his deployments. You never know when something would become in handy.
Author's Notes: July 3, 2014 prompt for Watson_ woes

This way to my LJ
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A Quick Fix! [24 Mar 2014|09:31pm]

To qualify in Remix Redux XI with Elementary, I whipped up two quick-fics over the weekend.

Fandom: Elementary

Title: When You Can't See.
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Tommy Gregson
Pairing: Holmes/Gregson
Rating: PG
Word Count: 654
Summary: Light is shed on the confrontation between Gregson and Holmes in the bar.

Title: The Business of Being Friends
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes
Pairings (implied): Mycroft Holmes/Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes/Tommy Gregson
Rating: PG
Word Count: 620
Summary: The Marchioness has gone, leaving Mycroft and Sherlock to share a few affectionate observations.
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You may see 4 episode of new Russian Sherlock Holmes series (2013) titled The mistress of lord Maulbrey, starring Igor Petrenko as Sherlock Holmes and Andrey Panin as Dr. Watson. English subtitles!


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