Sherlock Holmes is an iconic character in literature. It’s hard (or impossible) to disagree with that point. I started reading his stories and novels in high school and haven’t stopped.

Many are short stories that anyone can breeze through in 15 minutes, some even less, and that makes them perfect for short lunch breaks, waiting rooms, etc. To see how Sherlock gets from point A to point B can be an incredible thing to watch in the mind’s eye.

What makes them even more intriguing, and something that I didn’t know until I started to read them, is the large majority of cases are told from Dr. Watson’s POV. This allows us, as the audience, to sit back and observe, just as Watson does, a genius at work. Not only that but, just as in the show, we get to see Watson marvel at Sherlock’s ability to solve even the most puzzling of cases.

Benedict Cumberbatch is, in my humble opinion, the greatest of Holmes. He has created a man that is not only brilliant, but extremely rude. Now this is not meant to be an insult, rather, an observation of Holmes’ grand self importance as well as his social ineptness due to his brilliance. As with others whom are brilliant, social skills never truly develop because their mind is much busier solving other problems and the way Benedict has portrayed that shows just how talented he truly is.

Though Holmes is in fact an addict, he uses narcotics in the original stories, that hasn’t really been touched on in this series (albeit briefly in the pilot episode), rather his addiction is referenced when he goes through, what I like to call, “Case Withdrawls.” His constant need to have his mind stimulated and Benedict’s portrayal of a man who has gone too long without his fix is a fantastic reference to Doyle’s original drug addled character.

I haven’t watched 2×03 yet but I can still have a little fun and toss around what I think they should do in the future. We have only begun to scratch the surface on Sherlock Holmes’ cases but I think one story, or set of stories, which might be fun for fans to watch, is from “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.” As I mentioned in the beginning of this piece, every story is told from Dr. Watson’s point of view. What’s different about “The Case-Book” is that it contains three stories that are NOT told by Watson, rather we have two stories told from Holmes and a story told in the third-person (hmmm, sounds like a perfect fit for a series doesn’t it?).

One case told by Holmes occurs after his “retirement,” another while Watson “deserted me (Holmes) for a wife,” which is also a reference to a possible second wife for Watson and the third occurs in one room, has a threat on Holmes life and lots of disguises. These stories can easily be reworked by the writers to contain much more action and mystery, as we have seen in many other episodes, most notably “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” In that story, Holmes does not travel with Watson to Baskerville Hall (certainly worth a read). Unlike other episodes, these would give us a deeper understanding of the man that is Sherlock Holmes.

We have witnessed him falling in love, we have witnessed him experience doubt, we have witnessed him as he understood friendship (though only to a certain degree) but we have not witnessed what it is like to BE Sherlock Holmes. Based on the previous episodes, I think the writers of Sherlock could achieve this and raise the bar on Sherlock Holmes shows, movies and plays that much more.

As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I urge all of you who watch Sherlock to pick up a set of Doyle’s short stories. Though written about 100 years ago, the language is easy to pick up and you don’t have to struggle through Old English dictionaries. Not only that, but you will begin to understand many of the stories and be even MORE surprised at the endings because the writers have taken a few liberties that I thoroughly enjoy (e.g. the end of “Hound of Baskervilles”). “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.”

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?