As if we need yet another reason to loathe–in the most loving way–Moffit and the Sherlock BBC crew; season three brings a plethora of overwhelming suspense to the table, along with a rattling conclusion.

And of course, there won’t be more from the Londoner detective and his puppy-eyed sidekick for another decade of our lives (or what feels like it, anyway).

Sherlock season 3, episode 3 “His Last Vow” is surprisingly void of a near-death finale scene to leave fans tearing their own hair out. No, this episode was more about unraveling characters, introducing Scary Villain #2, and giving fans something to think about until Moffat decides to come around with season four.

The action begins at John and Mary’s flat, when John’s neighbor asks him to go find her son who’s been staying in a crack house somewhere. John storms into the scene all Sherlock-like–it’s quite adorable–only to find his best friend in the place as well.

Sherlock assures everyone this is for a case, but John still goes to have him drug-tested, and Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) slaps him a couple times when the test comes out positive. To make things even more bizarre, Janine (Yasmin Akram; though you may know her better as the sassy bridesmaid from “The Sign of Three”) seems to be Sherlock’s love interest. Watching Sherlock interact with this woman as though he’s actually in love is one of the bigger shocks of this episode, because we’ve all witnessed how detached and apathetic he can be.

However, it’s not long before the name of Charles Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen) comes up–a news reporter/napoleon of blackmail who knows everyone’s weaknesses. He’s an arising threat to a great deal of people, including a Lady Smallwood, one of Sherlock’s clients. The detective’s fake drug addiction and his relationship with Janine are all part of his plan to steal back the letters that belong to Mrs. Smallwood. One of the highlights of this episode was John’s reaction to Sherlock’s fake proposal: “Did you just get engaged to break into an office?”

But surprise, surprise: as Sherlock pushes open the door where Magnussen is being held at gunpoint, the figure turns around–and it’s none other than Mary Morstan, John’s ever-so-faithful wife. Cue the hate fire.

Mary shoots Sherlock, and what ensues is perhaps my favorite ever scene in the history of the show. He visits his mind palace, where he finds Molly, Lestrade, Mycroft, and even Moriarty. Each help him in surviving, as he figures out which way to fall, how to prevent himself from giving over to shock, and how to hold onto the thread of life that is left in him. Ironically enough, it’s Moriarty (chained up and crazier than ever) who unintentionally convinces Sherlock to push through and survive–for John.

During the Christmas dinner at the Holmes house, we find out that Mary is actually a spy with a tainted past, threatened by Magnussen. Her attempt to kill him would’ve been quick and clean if Sherlock hadn’t gotten in the way, and if she hadn’t gotten sentimental over losing him. As Mary easily could have gone for a kill shot, Sherlock explains to John, the fact that she didn’t suggests she saved his life.

Once the hatred has died down a bit, it’s time to focus on eliminating Magnussen, one of the most perplexing criminals Sherlock has ever faced. He bribes the newsman with Mycroft’s computer, which holds valuable government information. However, as Sherlock and John arrive at his home, it’s revealed that there are no files where Magnussen keeps all his victims’ information stored. It’s all inside his head.

Police helicopters arrive, and there’s only one thing left to do. Sherlock shoots Magnussen right between the eyes, is whisked away and arrested, and will seemingly be sent away as punishment for his crime. That is, however, until Moriarty shows up on every television screen in Great Britain.

Yes, the crazy-eyed convict is either actually alive, or his image is being used by an even bigger and badder villain to capture Sherlock’s attention. And this is where it ends. Another season of Sherlock all wrapped up, leaving fans with more questions than they had when they started watching. It’s quite infuriating that they never explain how Sherlock survived; but perhaps they prefer to leave that up to viewers’ imaginations. Cumberbatch and Freeman are more sensational than ever in their roles, and season 3 features a more in-depth look at each and every character, especially Sherlock’s. There’s no “least favorite episode” this season; each is quality suspense and excitement.

Two months or two years; any length of time will be too long for fans to wait and know if Moriarty is actually alive. Season four has quite a lot of explaining to do. Score: 9.5/10.

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21