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Of course, this is a bit of a cheat as Sherlock’s best man’s speech was essentially the framing device for the whole episode. Bless him, though he’s an incredibly perceptive genius, Sherlock does drone on a bit, doesn’t he? We can forgive him though, because the speech just has so much to love.

It was at times hilarious, at times awkward, and often (surprisingly) touching. As the second episode in the show’s run from the great detective’s perspective rather than his best friend’s, the speech delves deeper into his psyche than we’ve ever seen before. From the bumbling and mumbling as he tries to begin, to the frantic recounting of cases past (the elephant in the room being a personal highlight), the speech really did have a bit of everything.

Of course though, EVERYONE’S favourite part was when he let down his defenses and delivered a beautiful, heart-warming tribute to the happy couple. The speech gave a unique opportunity to peel back the mysterious and reserved layers he often disguises himself in when out on a case. – Harri Sargeant

 

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After “The Empty Hearse” we waxed lyrical about our love for the new Mrs. Watson, and following “The Sign of Three” this has not changed at all. In fact, the marvelous Mary Morstan has only become more and more fabulous.

Mary continued to display no jealousy or insecurities over Sherlock and John’s friendship, instead she encourages it. Her growing attachment to Sherlock is a wonderful new addition to Sherlock season 3. She seems completely at ease with the strange detective, as seen when she teases him during the reception for being very clearly jealous over John’s friendship with his commanding officer. She also puts his skills to good use, especially during the flashbacks when she quizzes him over where to seat the guests.

And in the end, Mary might understand Sherlock even more than John does. She is the one who recognizes just how difficult this for Sherlock, who helps John to help him. In the end, what can we say. We just love Mary. – Marama Whyte

 

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Well, almost. But once he managed to understand exactly what (and who) John meant when he talked about the best man – and after some very rapid blinking – Sherlock does seem to take his best man duties very seriously. Given the nature of the task, it isn’t surprising that there were some obstacles here for Sherlock to overcome, but his dedication to the task was somewhat surprising.

We got to see the humorous, like Sherlock’s vetting and instructing the wedding party on their required duties (someone should probably keep an eye on that kid though). And we also saw the emotional, like Sherlock’s surprisingly touching speech about John and Mary. And who knew he had those killer origami skills?

Sherlock’s new duties also demonstrated the growing friendship between Mary and Sherlock, one that we are eager to see more of. And unsurprisingly in a show called Sherlock, the wedding was more about Sherlock than it was about the bride and the groom, but it was no less enjoyable because of it. – Marama Whyte

 

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Though actually a fairly brief sequence, John’s stag night could have easily filled an hour and a half by itself. As Sherlock tried to calculate the exact amount of alcohol they would have had to consume across very specific time frames, John had the odd secret shot and eventually inadvertently spiked his best man.

What followed was perhaps the most hilarious run of scenes we’ve ever seen from the show, as a sequence of highlights sent us on a whirlwind so fast and surreal that afterwards, we felt like we had a hangover ourselves. The Baker Street name game and Sherlock’s unfortunate stomach voiding on a client’s carpet were both so funny. However, for us, there was one standout.

As the super sleuth drunkenly tried to deduce the evidence of the crime scene before him, his typical precise calculations were replaced by bizarre ramblings. Who doesn’t want an Egg-Chair-Sitty-Thing in their living room now? – Harri Sargeant

 

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He’s never been the most socially aware gentleman in the world, so there were no surprises that Sherlock couldn’t comprehend that John was asking him to be his best man. As we discussed above, he eventually excelled in the role, making origami Sydney Opera Houses at lightning speed and composing a beautiful Waltz for the happy couple’s first dance.

However, the long awkward silence immediately following the proposition was television gold. We heard everything the great detective meant to say via his speech, but all John got was a lengthy puzzled look. It’s rare we see Sherlock lost for words, so this silence was a testament to just how much he dreaded the social interactions and responsibility required for the role.

Then again, the fact that he put himself through such momentous personal pressure shows just how much he really cares for John. – Harri Sargeant

What are your favorite moments from ‘The Sign of Three’?

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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?