With Sherlock and Elementary both hitting it out of the park, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic sleuth is facing a resurgence in popularity. With this in mind, we've rounded up all the most creative gifts ideal for the Sherlock fan in your life. Whether they could use some fancy new cufflinks, a genuine magnifying glass, or some DVDs of their favorite Holmes incarnation, we've got it all. Take a look through our suggestions, and let us know what you'll be getting your detective this holiday season.
Before we start our Summer vacations, we'll be spending a few more days inside: perfecting our digital painting technique with a new iPad accessory, catching up on the latest season of a new geek classic, and basking in the glory of the coolest gaming console this side of Tatooine. See what the GeekSugar team must have this May in the slideshow!
With Due Date hitting theaters Friday, Robert Downey Jr. continues to shine, but he hasn't always been in audiences' good graces. After a successful career in the '80s and early '90s, the actor dealt with addiction problems that unfortunately overshadowed his talent. E! True Hollywood Story stuff aside, he's back on top once again and bigger than ever (let's not forget his Golden Globe win earlier this year!). Take a look back at the memorable roles that got him here.
Celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch, Jessica Paster, and George Kotsiopoulos know a thing or two about getting dressed up for a celebration — after all, they've styled Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and Halle Berry, to name a few. Watch our video for their tips on how to put together a creative Halloween costume by taking a cue from Katy Perry's "California Gurls," Britney Spears, or the Kardashian sisters.
More casting gossip making the rounds! According to one website, Guy Ritchie is eyeing Daniel Day-Lewis to play villain Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel (hmm, I guess this means that Brad Pitt is no longer in the running).
Day-Lewis is a pro at creating chills (see: There Will Be Blood or Gangs of New York), so is it any wonder that he's at the top of Ritchie's list? Of course, he isn't the only one with a penchant for men with a murderous streak. Just think of Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, or Gary Oldman — all three are often cast as evil types. So, let's brainstorm: which actors or actresses are best when they're playing bad?
Despite its high profile as an Oscar nominee, An Education was one of the year's most understated dramas. Carey Mulligan stars as Jenny in her breakout role of a 1960s student who tastes a life of sophistication when she's seduced by an older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard.
This captivating, coming-of-age movie was one of my favorites last year, and I plan on renting (OK, buying) this movie now that it's available on DVD. The extras include a commentary track from director Lone Scherfig, Mulligan, and Sarsgaard, eleven deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and the original trailer.
Robert Downey Jr. exudes many charms as the title character in Guy Ritchie's slick retelling of Sherlock Holmes. RDJ, who won a Golden Globe for the part, is hot, ripped, and it's not necessarily costar Rachel McAdams he has the most chemistry with — it's his sidekick Watson, played by Jude Law. The bromance was my favorite thing about the movie, but it's also packed to the brim with action, making it a highly entertaining rental. The lone extra is a making-of clip titled "Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented."
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Looks like there is no stopping Avatar! The film had a very good weekend — not only did it take home record-breaking wins at the Critics' Choice Awards and two Golden Globes, it also took the top spot at the box office with $41.3 million. Thanks to the new sales figures, the movie is closing in on the $500 million mark domestically (and getting closer to unseating Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Sherlock Holmes continued to hold on to their places in the top five, earning $11.5 million for fourth place and $9.8 million for fifth place, respectively.
Jude Law hammed it up with Guy Ritchie this morning at a Sherlock Holmes photo call in Paris. Rachel McAdams struck a few poses in her latest pretty look, though Robert Downey Jr. wasn't with the gang following their premieres in both Madrid and Berlin. Jude's all about promoting his holiday blockbuster during their European tour, but his heart apparently is back with Sienna. After their shirtless and bikini fun in Barbados, things are rumored to be getting serious between them again. There's talk that Jude is getting ready to propose, and Sienna's said to be into it despite the fiasco of their first engagement.
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Jokester Robert Downey Jr. hammed it up for photographers last night posing with costar Jude Law at the Madrid premiere of Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams went with lovely muted tones, mixing it up after the bold one-shoulder turquoise dress she wore to the Berlin premiere Tuesday night. The trio looked amazing on the red carpet — Jude's still sporting a lovely glow from his recent vacation with Sienna Miller, while Rachel wore her adorable curls pinned up this time. Robert has a lot of travel ahead of him this week if he plans to make it back to LA before Sunday's Golden Globes, where he's nominated in the Best Actor category.
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