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See Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes in 'Mr. Holmes'

Sherlock’s pipe has been passed on to Ian McKellen, who’s playing the famous detective in the upcoming film Mr. Holmes—and now we have a photo to prove it.


Laura Linney joins Ian McKellen in Sherlock movie 'A Slight Trick of the Mind' -- EXCLUSIVE

When director Bill Condon asked Laura Linney to star in his new film A Slight Trick of the Mind — starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes — he hadn’t a clue that he was tapping into Linney’s childhood fantasies.

Linney, 50, who will play Holmes’ housekeeper Mrs. Munro, is no casual devotee of Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of novels about the acerbic detective. Rather, she is a devoted, senior thesis-writing, sweatshirt-wearing Sherlock geek. READ FULL STORY

Ian McKellen on 'X-Men': 'I don't always understand the plots of these films'

Like we needed another reason to love Sir Ian McKellen. As if being completely awesome in everything he does is not enough, the man is also absurdly charming and, as it turns out, hilariously honest as well. We discovered this first hand when McKellen stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week. After an engaging chat about him reprising his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, talk turned to his other big franchise, X-Men, and what we might see in the next installment, Days of Future Past. Well, it turns out, the man who plays Magneto kinda, sorta, really has no idea — even though he was there making it. “I don’t always understand the plots of these films until I actually see them with an audience,” he admitted.

But the actor was at least able to figure out what he’s doing in the movie. “It’s all about going into the past, basically,” said McKellen. “And so I don’t get to go into the past. I don’t think I’m spoiling it by saying that. But we are there in the beginning when the plot is hatched.” Sir Ian was also quick to note that “Magneto is in very safe hands” with Michael Fassbender, who plays the younger version of the mutant.

McKellen also took a moment to compare his two famous characters. “The odd thing about a Gandlaf is that he’s good through and through,” he said. “Magneto is a bit of both. He’s well-intentioned, but he perhaps politically is not very sound, and I’m not sure that I quite agree with his tactics.” Well, that’s comforting. And it’s also comforting to know that Sir Ian McKellen is as awesome off-screen as he is on it. To hear a clip of our interview with the man behind Gandalf and Magneto, click on the video player below. MAGNETO COMMANDS YOU!

Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'

Richard III, Gandalf, Magneto … and now Sherlock Holmes.

Ian McKellen has added Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s uncanny sleuth to his list of literary incarnations, having agreed to play Holmes in director Bill Condon’s upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind.


'X-Men' first look: 'Days of Future Past' posters split the difference

Duality and split personas have been part of superhero cinema for years but usually it’s one actor playing two parts (Superman and Clark Kent, Batman and Bruce Wayne, etc.) not two actors sharing one name in the credits.

That comes across in these intriguing new promotional posters for the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and it came across this weekend in San Diego at Comic-Con International panel featuring four actors who inhabit two mutants; Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as a melded Professor X and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as a polarized versions of Magneto.

NEXT: Xavier x 2

Two generations of X-Men visit the Comic-Con studio

James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, and X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer visited the Entertainment Weekly digital studio at Comic-Con today to talk about the two generations of X-Men in the Marvel movie universe. Watch the video below.


Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart returning for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

It’s a casting X-gravaganza! Director Bryan Singer tweeted today that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be reprising their respective roles as Magneto and Prof. X in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and they’ll be joined by X-Men: First Class stars Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and James McAvoy as Prof. X.

Wait, what?  READ FULL STORY

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