Sherlock fan craze
Sherlock, the extremely popular BBC TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman debuted the first episode of its much awaited fourth season and fans had a lot to say about it.
Touted as the darkest season yet, fans were excited to see what the show had in store for them. ‘The Six Thatchers’ was set to explore the tease at the end of season 3 – that Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty was possibly not alive – and the season will continue to see it through. The reactions to the first episode however were mixed, with some fans angry with the treatment of Watson’s wife Mary and others distrustful of writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and encouraging others to wait for the entire season to judge.
Some wondered why the show did not feature Holmes and Watson simply solving crime together – as the series had recently taken an international turn that featured dark pasts and sprawling plots. Still, only time will tell what the latest season will do for its fan base.
Mariah Carey’s terrible performance
Mariah Carey suffered a terrible performance on New Year’s Eve in New York Time Square when a three song medley was beset by technical problems. The singer has many hits under her belt and is a seasoned performer but during her first song, she stopped singing while the pre-recorded track played behind her.
Talking to the audience, she says that she couldn’t hear either the backing tracks or vocals, blaming a faulty earpiece. As the performance reached the third song she left the stage, upset at what had transpired. Later on twitter however, she published a simple tweet that suggested she couldn’t do anything about what had happened and that was okay.
Her manager however said that the production company had set her up to fail, blaming the technical problems that they had not seen to and the fact that the camera kept rolling even when Carey had said that she could not go on. The company however, hit back and said that no problems were discovered.
Assassin’s Creed released
Assassin’s Creed: the film based on the video game franchise of the same name, was released. Though hopes were high with a plethora of stars involved – including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons – reviews from critics were mostly negative.
While the action scenes, cinematography and score were praised, many said the plotline didn’t hold up. The scenes wrestled between modern day action and scenes happening in the 15th century during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. The movie currently sits at a decent 6.5 on IGN but has 19 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Considering the track record of video game movies, which usually turn out to be not very well acclaimed, the latest movie is no surprise, but it was hoped that it would turn out better than its predecessors.
Fisher’s scathing wit
Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack and after a few days stay in hospital, died. The actress, who was best known for portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars and was also a successful writer and spokesperson for mental illnesses, was a beloved figure to many. Devastated fans were shocked and saddened that she was only 60, leaving behind a young daughter.
Her co-star Mark Hamill, who played her twin brother Luke Skywalker, wrote a heartfelt tribute to her that was honest as it was sweet. Other celebrities spoke out about Fisher’s scathing wit and openness about her life. Fans too shared experiences of meeting her, talking about how she had inspired them and touched their lives, coming together to celebrate her humour as well as her acting.
Fisher was a starlet who wasn’t demure. Explosive in her humour in later years she spoke out about her experiences as an aging woman in Hollywood. She was followed a few days later by her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Starring in many movies including Singing In The Rain, Reynolds was one of the most famous actresses of the 50s. The loss of the two was a double blow to Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who recently took to Instagram to speak about her grief and thank fans for their kind words.