Earlier today, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss revealed three words essential to the plot of series 3’s adventures – they were rat, wedding, and bow. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the words’ significance, and the stories we expect to see when the show returns.

Last year gave us woman, hound, fall – three keywords which were clear references to the Arthur Conan Doyle stories “A Scandal In Bohemia” (“A Scandal in Belgravia”), The Hound of the Baskervilles (“The Hounds of Baskerville”) and “The Final Problem” (“The Reichenbach Fall”). Since the writers picked the three most iconic adventures for Sherlock’s sophomore series, these words pretty much spoke for themselves. This year however, they’ve gone down a more ominous route. Rat, wedding, and bow could all refer to several stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon – so we’re exploring the many adventures of the super sleuth to try and predict what’s ahead for our favorite characters.

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Rat – “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”

Probably the easiest of the three words to decipher, there are very few things that “rat” could be referring to. Sure, Lestrade is often described as “rat-faced,” but it’s unlikely that a full 90 minute episode could be constructed from a facial description of a character who’s been with the show since it began – though we’re not putting anything past the writers of Sherlock. Instead, this is most likely to be a reference to “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The story sees Holmes and Watson travel to Herefordshire, where they’ve been commissioned to investigate the seemingly unsolvable murder of Charles McArthy. While trying to prove the innocence of McArthy’s son, Sherlock untangles a web of blackmail, gangs and robbery with the “rat” in question being a dying reference to the murderer.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” is Patience Moran, a girl who witnesses part of the crime being investigated. While in the original story she’s an incidental character, she shares a surname with Colonel Sebastian Moran – Moriarty’s right hand man and the person widely believed to be taking up the villain mantle from Sherlock’s arch-nemesis. Mark Gatiss has confirmed that “The Empty House” will be the starting point of series 3, a story in which Moran tries to exact revenge on the great detective. Given the writer’s reputation for mashing-up stories and characters, we wouldn’t be surprised if the similarity in surnames was utilized for a shocking plot twist…

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Wedding – The Sign of Four

This is where things become a little bit harder to pinpoint. We’re fairly certain that “wedding” refers to the marriage of John Watson and the love of his life – but the trouble here is: which one? Canon enthusiasts everywhere are quick to make jokes about Arthur Conan Doyle’s ambiguity when it comes to John’s spouses – and that’s because the good doctor marries six women throughout the course of his life, none of which are ever mentioned by name. Of course, Moffat and Gatiss have joined in on the jesting and set up Martin Freeman’s take on the character with a string of girlfriends throughout the first two series. Now though, it looks like we’ll finally see him tie the knot for the first (and hopefully last) time.

The Sign of Four is the only time throughout the 60 stories where a potential spouse is mentioned by name, and her accompanying mystery is diverse and thrilling. After her father’s unexplained disappearance several years previous, Mary Morstan approaches the duo with a mystery concerning inheritance, assassination and a gun fight on the River Thames. As the complex plot unravels and a pact made between four convicts and two security guards is revealed, John falls in love with Morstan and the two become engaged.

As only the second Sherlock Holmes story in a long list, The Sign of Four could change the dynamic of BBC’s Sherlock. After marrying Mary, John moves out of 221B Baker Street to live with his wife. He returns for many more mysteries, and eventually moves back in after Mrs. Watson’s death, but for the vast majority of the canon, Holmes lives in the apartment by himself. Since Steven Moffat has made several comments about being “interested” in the effect marriage would have on Sherlock and John’s friendship, it’s only a matter of time until we hear wedding bells ring – and The Sign of Four presents the perfect opportunity.

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Bow – “His Last Bow”

Here’s where things get a little worrying. There are very few things that this final word could point to, and only one story that justifies such an overt reference. “His Last Bow” tells the story of the last case Sherlock Holmes takes before retiring from “the game” and keeping bees until his eventual death. Could this mean our favorite high functioning sociopath will be arrogantly flipping up his collar for the last time?

Although Doyle went on to write 12 more stories (set before this final adventure), “His Last Bow” shows the super sleuth turn his hand to espionage for a final game of wits with German spy Von Bork. Largely believed to be a piece of propaganda ahead of World War I due to its patriotic nature and third person narrative (breaking from the usual tradition of John Watson “writing” Sherlock’s adventures). As Holmes takes on an undercover alias – “Altamont” – he finds himself tracking, capturing, and interrogating Von Bork in order to try and prevent a bomb from detonating.

“His Last Bow” lends itself to the grander scale and political implications that were introduced in series 2, and would certainly make for a great series finale. However, we’re not convinced it will actually bring the end of Sherlock. Moffat, Gatiss and Thompson are known for messing with the canon’s chronology to fit their narrative – and the former has promised that the series 3 finale will bring a bigger cliffhanger than “The Reichenbach Fall.” While we certainly wouldn’t put it past the writers to end the show on a cliffhanger, the modern adaptation is faring far too well commercially and critically to end before its prime.

What do you think of our predictions? How do you think the writers will bring these three stories into the modern day?

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?