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This Norwegian 'Sherlock' Parody is Wacky, Amazing and Totally NSFW Awesomeness

We’ve certainly seen many creative Sherlock parodies over the years – from musical adaptations, to snarky cartoons, to detailed and realistic mash-ups with fellow Steven Moffat production Doctor Who.

This latest parody – which comes to us from Norway and has become something of an instant classic among members of the Sherlock fandom online – is a bit simpler, in terms of concept, but in no way less memorable. (Or creative.)

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjostheim – who star on the show Underholdningsavdelinge - came up with the idea to do the spoof once they realized they looked a bit like British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  But they definitely take things to a whole ‘nother level of silliness. 

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Fan Made ‘Doctor Who’ Short Film Reminds Everyone: Don’t Blink

It’s no secret that iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has some of the most creative and inventive fans around, as is evidenced by the positive avalanche of fan-made creations – including musical videos, mash-ups, puppets, fan trailers, movie parodies, you name it, there’s bound to be a Whovian version of it somewhere. (And that’s not even touching the more arts and crafts-related projects like phone cases and replica scarves.)

But, every so often, you run into something that’s above and beyond the usual grade of “excellent” that Whovian fan creations generally receive. Such is the case with Stone, a short film that puts you in a first person encounter with iconic Who villain The Weeping Angels. 

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This is Fun: Ellen DeGeneres Helps Minnie Driver Audition for ‘Downton Abbey’

Just go ahead and add Minnie Driver to the ever-expanding list of famous people who are gunning for a role on megahit costume drama Downton Abbey. But Driver has something most of those celebs don’t – an audition tape, courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Driver appeared on DeGeneres’ afternoon chat show last week, ostensibly to promote her new NBC series About A Boy, based on the popular 2002 British-American film of the same name. But that’s not the only British topic the pair covered. The two participated in a Downton-themed skit complete with posh period costumes and overly dramatic period names (Lady Gwendymere of West Bedford Applebees for DeGeneres and Countess Penelope of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttersworth for Driver).

The catch? Driver wasn’t allowed to see the script for her impromptu “audition” beforehand, and had to perform her lines for the first time off of a teleprompter. Predictably, hilarity ensues – especially when Driver is forced to bark like a dog, make violent arm gestures and try on a variety of accents on the fly.

This clip might not get Driver a job, but it should definitely make Downton fans laugh. 

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‘Sherlock’ the Musical is So Much Fun You’ll Wish It Was Real

Popular mystery series Sherlock has wrapped things up for another season, so that means the game is officially back on in terms of finding things to entertain ourselves with during the wait for Series 4. (Which, by the way, is already planned, even if there’s no official announcement about it yet.) I mean, honestly, didn’t we just do with?

Luckily, this clip is a pretty good place to start our hiatus with.  YouTube stars AVbtyte have put together an amazing fan-made musical tribute to everyone’s favorite consulting detective and his best friend, complete with remarkably accurate costumes and Sherlock getting punched in the face by John. (Thankfully, there’s no horrendous Watson moustache to contend with in this particular reunion.)

Sure, the clip has Travis Kent and Newsies alum Andrew Keenan-Bolger doing the singing honors, rather than Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, but they’ve got the main duo’s mannerisms pretty much down. Plus, it’s so much fun you’ll wish they’d managed to do a whole musical mystery.

Watch for yourselves below:

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Sherlock Ruins All Your Favorite TV Shows in This Awesome Animated Clip

Many US Sherlock fans have had to engage in some serious online acrobatics to avoid finding out anything about the mystery series’ highly anticipated third season in the three-week interim between its UK and US broadcasts.

Avoiding spoilers can sometimes come down to luck, the right choice in friends, and an appropriate amount of material stock piled with which to distract yourself, so you don’t go looking. Consider this some fodder for that last bit. We’ve still got two weeks in Series 3 to go!

This extremely fan clip poses the valuable question - what if the great detective himself attempted to watch TV? YouTube artist Only Leigh (who is also behind the hilarious “Fangirl” videos  that will ring true for anyone who spends any time at all online) has created a hilarious animated short that imagines what it must be like to watch TV with Sherlock. And his many deductions.

Don’t worry – there aren’t any spoilers for Sherlock Series 3 in this clip. Though there are a bunch for several other shows.

(Most notably Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl, Dexter and Mad Men. So proceed with caution.)

Watch Sherlock Spoils Everything (though honestly shouldn’t it be A Study in Spoilers??) after the jump. It’s totally worth it.

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'Tough Justice' with Michelle Dockery is the Must-See Video of the Day

Every wonder what Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery might look like in a different sort of show? Perhaps a more modern show, in a role that didn’t require the wearing of a corset? Well, you just might get your wish – sort of – below.

The Downton star features in the latest hilarious effort from website Funny or Die, which imagines what Dockery’s career might look like if she swapped Highclere Castle for the lead role of a fictional crime drama called Tough Justice. (There may actually be a show out there already called Tough Justice because, let’s face it, all those shows have names that sound like that, but this one depicted here is totally fake.) 

It depicts Dockery as no-nonsense lead female detective named Connie Tough, opposite The Shield’s Michael Chiklis as (what else) her gritty, hard-nosed partner. The clip also takes a moment to poke fun at the endlessly cookie-cutter procedurals featured on cable networks like TNT and USA, as well at the idea that all female characters featured in these sorts of shows are the super combative, over the top “strong woman” types. Of course, there’s also a twist, but you’ll really be happier if I don’t tell you what it is.

This whole thing is hard to really explain without ruining the fun, so just take my word that it’s amazing and well worth your time to click through and watch:

Category:Theater

British Stage Stars Perform an Amazing Holiday Musical Number for a Good Cause

Need a reason to smile? Then stop what you’re doing and watch this great holiday video.

Many theater stars from all around the world joined forces to perform a cover of the anthem Do They Know It’s Christmas, a song that was originally recorded in 1984 to benefit famine relief. This time, this cover is meant to help raise money for WaterAid, an organization which helps transform lives by helping providing access to clean water and sanitation.

So, you know, absolutely adorable video and a great cause. No reason not to watch. Click through for more details and to watch for yourself. 

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Sherlock Meets the Doctor in This Amazing Fan-Made Mash-Up Video You’ll Wish Was Real

Surprisingly, there tends to be quite a bit of overlap between the sorts of fans who are die-hard supporters of iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who and those who are equally obsessed with crime drama Sherlock. Or maybe it’s not really that surprising, considering that both shows currently involve Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss behind the scenes, boast many extremely talented and popular British actors on their payrolls, and frequently feature twisty plots or brutal cliffhangers.

This phenomenon has spawned a whole fannish subculture, called “Wholock” which imagines what would happen in the worlds of these two shows managed to have some kind of crossover, even if it were only of the wink-wink-nudge-nudge in-joke variety. Which would then undoubtedly cause the entire internet to break down under the weight of so much geek joy. We all know it’s unlikely, but it’s nice to dream, right?

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Must-See for 'Doctor Who' Fans: 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot'

In the wake of  all the hype, excitement and general flailing surrounding the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, there’s something extremely awesome you might have missed seeing. 

We can probably all agree that, although The Day of the Doctor was pretty awesome, the one thing that could have made it even more exceptional would be if it had featured a few more classic Doctors.  (Not that it wasn’t nice to see David Tennant, Tom Baker and Paul McGann engaged in various 50th anniversary-related festivities, but, well, Whovians were hoping for a full house, if you will. So, you’ll probably be excited to know that, in the end, we did get something a bit closer to it.

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has put together an absolute treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere – a thirty-minute special called The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot that was by turns funny, dramatic and sweet. Named  in honor of the episode which marked the iconic series’ 20th anniversary in 1983, the mini-special featured not only Davison himself, but also Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy , several more surprising (and seriously fantastic) guest stars and dozens of inside Who jokes. 

Really, if you haven't seen this yet, stop what you are doing and watch. It's that good. 

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Amazing Internet Things: Tom Hiddleston Does Car Karaoke

Everyone is in love with Tom Hiddleston right now, huh? Even yours truly – loyal member of the Cumbercollective as I am – isn’t completely immune to the incredible charm rays and general adorableness of Hiddleston, who seems to be on some sort of worldwide mission to prove that he is, in fact, the perfect man.

And if that mission includes performing semi-embarrassing karaoke in a tiny automobile, well, Hiddles is up to the challenge. (Seriously, this video will make your day. I promise.)

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