Sherlock Holmes

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Lost Sherlock Holmes Story Found in Scottish Attic

Tale written in 1904 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had appeared in fundraising pamphlet

(Newser) - It's been a treasure trove of recently discovered writings from famous authors: first Harper Lee , then Dr. Seuss , and now Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. An 80-year-old man in Scotland says he found a long-lost Sherlock Holmes story that appeared in a 1904 short-story collection, the New York Daily News ... More »

Sherlock Holmes Would Stink as Detective Today

Criminology teacher takes down the world-famous crime-solver

(Newser) - Who hasn't been annoyed when Sherlock Holmes deftly solves a crime with a "what the...?" answer and calls it "elementary, my dear Watson"? Criminology teacher Noah Charney is apparently among us, writing in the Daily Beast that Holmes' thinking just wouldn't work in real-life... More »

Sherlock Holmes in Public Domain, Says Judge

Or at least, all his stories from before 1923

(Newser) - Are you dying to share your Sherlock Holmes fanfic with the world? Well, that's just become (sorry, we have to do this by law), elementary, my dear reader. A federal judge has ruled that Holmes, Watson, and all 50 stories they appeared in before Jan. 1, 1923, are now... More »

Sherlock Holmes Will Solve Your Murder ... for $7.8K

That's the minimum charity bid to be included in upcoming novel

(Newser) - It would be the ultimate honor for an avid Sherlock Holmes fan: having the man himself catch your murderer. Such is the opportunity being offered by author Anthony Horowitz, who is writing his second Sherlock Holmes novel with the blessing of the Conan Doyle estate, reports the Telegraph . He's... More »

New Conan Doyle Tale to Be Published: His Own

Diary from year spent at sea shows young writer at work

(Newser) - A 20-year-old runs away from his medical studies in Victorian Britain to spend a perilous year as a ship's doctor on an Arctic whaler. It may sound like a ripping yarn, but a previously unpublished book by Arthur Conan Doyle actually tells his own story. The British Library is... More »

Thanks to 50 Shades, the Classics Get Sex Scenes

Introducing 'Clandestine Classics'

(Newser) - Jane Eyre is great and all, but wouldn't it be so much better if it featured tons of "explosive sex" scenes? Thanks to Clandestine Classics , it soon will. The company is publishing erotic versions of that and other tomes including Pride and Prejudice, 20,000 Leagues Under the ... More »

Sherlock Holmes Is Stupidly Fun

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law star in Guy Ritchie's sequel

(Newser) - You won't find much food for thought in the new Sherlock Holmes film, but is that any surprise? Instead, A Game of Shadows offers more zany action and amusing banter:
  • "I could not entirely resist the idiotic allure of Game of Shadows," writes Andrew O'Hehir in
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Sherlock Holmes Pulled From Schools' Reading List

After parent complains 'A Study in Scarlett' is derogatory toward Mormons

(Newser) - Sherlock Holmes' first adventure has been removed from sixth-grade reading lists in a central Virginia county. The Albemarle County School Board voted last night to remove the book, after a committee commissioned to study the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel said in a report that it's not age-appropriate for... More »

Jewel Thieves Borrow Sherlock Holmes Plot

Russian gang copies heist scheme from story

(Newser) - Russian cops think they have some literary jewel thieves on their hands. The gang borrowed the plot of a Sherlock Holmes story, tunneled into a jewelry shop, and made off with hundreds of gold bars and silver gems, reports the Telegraph . The thieves paid a 74-year-old woman to stay out... More »

Brits Fight to Save Conan Doyle's Mansion

Reasons to preserve Undershaw are elementary, say Holmes fans

(Newser) - Campaigners fighting to save the house where Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some of his most famous stories say they're dealing with a case of greedy developers—and snobbish officials. The Sherlock Holmes creator built his mansion, Undershaw, in the 1890s. It has fallen into disrepair in recent years and developers... More »

Downey's Holmes Fun, If Not Faithful

Critics are mixed on action-hero update of hallowed detective

(Newser) - Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Ritchie’s action-hero take on Sherlock Holmes will have purists scrambling for a calming pipe, but its target audience won’t be disappointed. Here’s what the critics are saying:
  • “The whole movie, in its popcorn way, is bumptiously extravagant,” writes Owen Gleiberman
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Downey's 'Sherlock': Less Gent, More Hero

Movie depicts brilliant but troubled brawler

(Newser) - The new Sherlock Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr, is no tweed-clad gentleman. In the latest movie remake, which opens Christmas Day, the detective is reimagined as a ripped martial arts expert "with a mind that whizzes along like a Ferrari and a penchant for falling into a disheveled... More »

Ritchie: Madonna Is 'Retarded'

But, the Sherlock Holmes director admits, he still loves her

(Newser) - Guy Ritchie talks—at great length, repetitively, meanderingly, often philosophically—to Tom Chiarella, but the part of the Esquire interview receiving the most hype is, of course, the director’s comment on ex-wife Madonna. “Here you go: I still love her,” he says, adding—in an echo of... More »

Pitt to Play Baddie in Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Movie execs demand missing character join film

(Newser) - Brad Pitt will be skulking around the shadows of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, reports the Daily Mirror. Studio execs were troubled by Ritchie’s initial take, and demanded that the director resurrect Holmes’ nemesis, Moriarty. A desperate call to pal Pitt, who had some free time, turned the crisis into... More »

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga Top VMA Noms

Britney secures her comeback with seven nods

(Newser) - Beyoncé and Lady Gaga lead the pack with nine MTV Video Music Award nominations each, People reports. E! adds another notable: Britney Spears, with seven. The awards are set for Sept. 13. Elsewhere:
  • One of the two police chiefs charged with breaking into the home of Matthew Broderick and Sarah
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