Sherlock series 3 launched last night, and to celebrate, the Hypable staff have picked their favorite moments from “The Empty Hearse.”

Sherlock is only on air for about two weeks every two years, so when we do get these concentrated bursts of brilliance, it’s important to enjoy every second of it that we can! To help you relish this short but sweet broadcast window, Hypable writers Harri Sargeant and Marama Whyte have selected their 10 favorite moments from “The Empty Hearse” in the first of a series of Sherlock articles, accompanied by GIFs made by writer Tariq Kyle. Check them out below, and make sure you share your faves in the comments below!

Empty Hearse 1 Mary Morstan

When Sherlock reads Mary, he comes up with, amongst other things, “clever” and “liar.” If she ranks as clever on Sherlock Holmes’ standards, she is certainly one to watch. The “liar” tag also has us asking questions, as does Mary’s ability to decipher a skip code immediately. Is there more to the future Mrs. Watson than meets the eye?

Mary is a delightful addition to the series, and we adore Amanda Abbington’s portrayal. The undeniable chemistry between Abbington and Freeman is easily explained by the fact that they are real-life partners; the chemistry between Abbington and Cumberbatch comes down to them both being fantastic actors. A woman who isn’t threatened by John and Sherlock’s friendship? Now that’s someone who we are interested in.

She gives dramatic readings of John’s blog, she put up with the moustache disaster, and she suggests T-shirts that say “I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes.” She interrupts her own marriage proposal to applaud herself. Mary arrived in Sherlock as a likeable, complicated and fully formed character. We can’t wait to get to know her better, and next week’s “The Sign of Three” looks like a great place to start. – Marama Whyte

 

As soon as the first images of Sherlock series 3 were released, fans were a little concerned about John Watson’s new moustache. As it turned out, so were all of the characters – everyone had a quip or two to make about the strange choice in facial hair. Even Mrs. Hudson had a sarcastic comment up her sleeve.

But it was the interchanges between Sherlock, John and Mary that provided the best entertainment. The great detective (sans his own drawn on ‘tache) insulted the upper-lip-slug within minutes of revealing he was still alive, earning himself a punch. And that wasn’t even the end of it, as Mary eventually confessed she wasn’t a fan. The T-shirt’s in the post.

It was a fun nod to the classic image of Doctor Watson, but most of the fandom are thrilled to see the back of it. Let’s just hope Sherlock never goes into hiding again, or else we might see some strange sideburns or even a goatee. – Harri Sargeant

 

Empty Hearse 3 Mollys Boyfriend

Oh, Molly. It was all going so well! Having turned down Sherlock’s offer of a romantic date at the local fish and chip bar, it seemed that the bumbling scientist had finally moved on. So when she brought her boyfriend to Baker Street to celebrate the super sleuth’s miraculous return, we all waited with bated breath to see what he would be like.

As it turned out, he bore more than a passing resemblance to Sherlock – from his long coat and shoes to the trademark scarf, Tom could have easily passed as the corpse used in the Reichenbach stunt. Thankfully, her friends go down the tactful route and don’t point out the similarities. Instead, they just share a few grins when her back’s turned.

We’ll have to wait to find out what the future holds for Molly and Tom, but let’s just hope he doesn’t end up like “Jim from IT” and launch a criminal network hell-bent on dismantling her former crush’s reputation. – Harri Sargeant

 

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“The Empty Hearse” was a highly comedic episode, but a lot of those laughs were derived from Anderson’s group for like-minded people – or the “I believe in Sherlock Holmes” support group.

And in Sherlock, as in real life, the theories said a lot more about the fans themselves than they related to the real events of the story. Anderson, a man very obviously racked with guilt over his part in the defamation of Sherlock Holmes, has turned Sherlock into a James Bond-esque figure, complete with kissing the girl. Other fans, perhaps more interested in Sherlock’s personal life than his ability to cheat death, give us even less likely explanations.

But what they all have in common is that they are hilarious, and in an episode dedicated to answering How Sherlock Did It, they were a neat story tool and a fun apology for inspiring two years of fan speculation. Mainly, we were disappointed that we didn’t get to hear more of their outlandish theories. Perhaps that is something for the DVD special features.- Marama Whyte

 

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Sherlock Holmes returned in this series 3 opener as a changed man. With the episode taking place two years after the events of season 2, we were a little worried that we were going to see the same old (albeit brilliant) Sherlock Holmes. How wrong we were.

The balance of “The Empty Hearse” is tricky. Sherlock is funnier than in the past two seasons, and in some ways seems to have mellowed – as seen in his interactions with his parents, and his behaviour toward Mary. And yet his ability to read social conventions and situations is even worse – he seriously thinks surprising John is the best method to break the news to him.

Given that Sherlock has been away from the very people who seemed to have humanised him, it is not surprising that he has (in some ways) reverted to his pre-series 1 state. But the development in other facets of his personality give us hope that he is a character who is growing and changing, and unlikely to stay stuck as a blunt one-joke character. – Marama Whyte

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Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

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Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.


The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?