Sir Ian McKellen

Get Your First Look at ‘Vicious’ Season 2

The highly anticipated second season of Vicious, the ITV sitcom which stars acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi as a bickering, co-dependent gay couple, is almost upon us. It seems like we’ve been waiting for this forever, which in some ways, we have, since Series 2 was commissioned in September 2013 and the first season originally aired here in the US last summer. So, yeah, bring on new episodes! We are sooo ready for them.

The second season will once again be comprised of six half-hour episodes. McKellen and Jacobi are both returning (obviously) as the titular “vicious” couple, along with regular cast members Frances de la Tour (as Stuart and Freddie’s BFF Violet) and Iwan Rheon (as Ash, their younger upstairs neighbor).

Watch the Full Trailer for Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes’

The full trailer for upcoming big screen Sherlock Holmes saga Mr. Holmes has arrived and, while it represents at least the fourth mainstream portrayal of the great detective to grace popular culture in the past five years, it seems safe to say that this film is doing its best to set itself apart as something different.

Based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the film follows the adventures of the great detective near the end of his life. At the age of 93, Holmes has retired to Sussex, where he lives with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) as he struggles with getting older and the perils of encroaching dementia.

And, of course, there’s the fact that it stars the great Sir Ian McKellen, one of those actors who is of such a caliber that most people would happily watch him read the phone book, let along play Sherlock Holmes. (I have actually watched McKellen read the phone book, for the record, and it was still a mesmerizing performance. Just so you know.)

Based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the film follows the adventures of the great detective near the end of his life. At the age of 93, Holmes has retired to Sussex, where he lives with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) as he struggles with getting older and the perils of encroaching dementia.

And, of course, there’s the fact that it stars the great Sir Ian McKellen, one of those actors who is of such a caliber that most people would happily watch him read the phone book, let along play Sherlock Holmes. (I have actually watched McKellen read the phone book, for the record, and it was still a mesmerizing performance. Just so you know.)

Watch: Ian McKellen in the Teaser for 'Mr. Holmes'

Despite the fact that there are currently three versions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective in popular culture at the moment - Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock, Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary and Robert Downey, Jr in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes series of films (Yes, I am determined to believe a third installment is going to happen. One day.) - there's always room for one more.

Especially when that one more is being played by acting legend Sir Ian McKellen.

Get Your First Look at Sir Ian McKellen as 'Mr. Holmes'

Since Sir Ian McKellen is one of those sorts of actors that most people would be willing to watch read out math equations, any time he takes a role, it's of interest. When he decides to take on play an iconic part like the great Sherlock Holmes - who, by the way, is the most frequently portrayed fictional character in film or television - it pretty much guarantees that the end result is going to be awesome. McKellen will be playing the great detective in the upcoming film Mr. Holmes, which is based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen.

The movie will offer a slightly different take on the tale of Sherlock Holmes - unlike contemporary series Sherlock and Elementary which focus on a younger detective solving various cases, this story will be set during the twilight of his life, as he battles old age, dementia, and a growing obsession with an unsolved case from his past. Without his Watson, the 93-year-old Holmes now lives a housekeeper and his young son

More Amazing British Actors Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Creative Ways

The online furor surrounding the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – an awareness-raising charity event in which you are nominated to dump water over your head and donate to support research and treatment of the neurodegenerative disease ALS – may have settled down to a dull roar over the past week, but the viral event is by no means finished.

A slew of notable British actors have already partaken in the challenge, cheerfully dousing themselves and writing checks for a good cause, and now an even greater number have signed on, including several of the most iconic performers you could possibly think of. (Though, sadly, no Maggie Smith as yet. At least we still have something to hope for. )

Anyway, here’s a second complication of British ice bucket efforts, including such luminaries as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Helen Mirren, Doctor Who star Karen Gillan and Helena Bonham Carter, among many other familiar faces.

Click through, watch and rank your faves.

First Look at Sir Ian McKellen Playing Sherlock Holmes

 

Sherlock Holmes currently holds the Guinness World Record for most frequently portrayed fictional character in film or television – over 70 actors have taken on the role of the world’s greatest detective, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett to Michael Caine to Benedict Cumberbatch.

There are currently two contemporary television properties (Sherlock, Elementary) and a feature film series (starring Robert Downey, Jr.) focused on the character, but we’re about to add yet another Holmes adaptation to the list – a big screen adaptation called Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon (known most recently for his work on The Fifth Estate and several of the Twilight films) has just gone into production.

The movie will offer a slightly different take on the tale of the great detective –and will be set during the twilight of his life, as he battles old age, dementia and a growing obsession with an unsolved case. The great Sir Ian McKellen is set to play Holmes – yes, get the screaming out of your system now; it is perfect casting – as he grapples with the diminishing powers of his singular mind.

Filming officially gets under way this month, and we now have our first look at McKellen as Holmes (though there doesn’t appear to be a deerstalker in sight, sadly).

Take a look for yourselves below.

Preview 'Vicious' Starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, Premiering on PBS June 29

Gay comedy Vicious – starring acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi – will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning June 29.

McKellen and Jacobi play elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart, who’ve been living together in a small central London flat for nearly fifty years. Their co-dependent relationship is largely focused around the two of them sniping at one another and walking the dog, but the two love each other deeply. Their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a new upstairs neighbor named Ash, played by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon. Ostensibly, this will be a much less psychotic character than the one he plays in Westeros.

The sitcom aired in the UK last year, and its addition to the PBS roster marks a rather exciting foray into comedy for the network’s national Sunday night schedule which, I think it’s safe to say, is something we all hope continues into the future.

The first US trailer for the Vicious premiere at the end of the month has been released and, in an extremely pleasant surprise, it actually features different footage than the bits featured in the ITV promo last year. Huzzah.

Watch: Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart Play ‘The Newlywed Game'

Rule one of the internet: You will never find anything that’s more fun to watch than Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen bickering, laughing, or basically doing anything at all together for any reason whatsoever.

That is the case times about a thousand in this latest clip, which features these two acting greats just proving for the millionth time that you will never have a friendship that is as awesome as theirs. And also they play The Newlywed Game. No, really.

Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart Discuss Broadway, 'Gandalf Face' and the Power of Theater

If the internet taught us anything in 2013, it’s that acting legends Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have the most amazing friendship ever. The duo spend most of the latter half of the year basically splashing their epic friendship all over New York City and taking selfies at every sort of tourist landmark imaginable. And no one minded because they’re perfect.

The duo is currently starring in both Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, which are running in repertory at Broadway’s Cort Theater. The run of both shows has just been extended to the end of March, so there’s still time to see these two acting greats on stage, if you happen to be anywhere near New York. (I’ve been lucky enough to see both productions and they are truly fabulous – though I’ll admit Godot was my favorite.)

McKellen and Stewart sat down with Broadway.com recently to participate in their “Ask a Star” feature (rebranded "Ask the Sirs" in this instance), in which they took questions from curious fans. Despite the fact that the pair have done countless interviews recently as a result of their being on the Great White Way together, this is certainly one of the best, doubtless because of its rather far-ranging subject matter. (Well done, fans!)

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