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HBO Max's Sherlock Holmes Series: What We Hope to See

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While we do not have an update regarding a new Sherlock Holmes movie, it is (potentially) even more exciting as the franchise is getting two new Holmes series on HBO Max. Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Lionel Wigram are at the helm as producers. Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011) are two beloved films due to their engaging and surprising plot lines, cutting edge visuals, excellent performances, and great chemistry between Holmes and Dr. Watson, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, respectively. After a vicious cycle that’s gone on for upwards of a decade of announcements of a third movie and news that it has been put on the back burner, perhaps due to RDJ’s work as Iron Man for Marvel, it seems that HBO Max has stepped in to lour us all in for more Sherlock content!

Speaking on his desire to create a new universe out of the Sherlock Holmes character and lore, per IGN, Downey said, “At this point, we feel as if there is not really a mystery-verse built out anywhere, and Conan-Doyle is the definitive voice in that arena, to this day.” Since RDJ is no stranger to -verses, -iverses, universes, or multiverses, we couldn’t be more excited to see what he and his producer compatriots have planned for all-encompassing adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s irresistible world of intrigue, funny hats, tobacco pipes, and bromancing.

Sherlock Holmes 1 and 2 were directed by Guy Ritchie, who brought his style and swag to the English Detective’s tale, making the protagonist an even snarkier, more self-destructive martial artist, a pretty big departure from the more refined books. Regardless, Ritchie’s imagination and Robert Downey Jr.’s fearless yet tender athletic performance paid off, and audiences were left with an absolutely smashing Holmes franchise to enjoy on the big screen.

Unfortunately, audiences have also been left hanging for years after A Game of Shadows’ ending, when Holmes sacrificed himself to the big bad Moriarty (Jared Harris) to save his friends. Months later, Dr. Watson, believing his beloved bestie to be deceased, receives a parcel with no return address. He opens the package to find a device that could conceivably have been used to ensure Sherlock’s survival after falling down a waterfall. As he leaves the room to question his wife about who delivered the parcel, Sherlock reveals himself to be in the room concealed by camouflage and types a question mark at the end of Dr. Watson’s novel about their adventures.

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Fans have been waiting to see Downey and Law’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, two of the most classic best friends in literary history whose relationship has been frequently expounded upon in popular culture, reunited. Now that it’s been so long, what can we expect to see from these characters in their HBO continuation? Also, can we even expect to see these characters at all?

There is little confirmed about the two HBO series other than their producers. We hope that at least one of these new projects will be a continuation of the characters from A Game of Shadows and pick up somewhat where we last left off. The films were so new and striking at the time, and the characters quickly carved out homes for themselves inside the hearts of audiences. Sherlock’s tormented world and his game with Moriarty were quickly gripping, and it is important to remember that these films predated, even set the stage for, the renowned BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Hopefully, at least one series will feature RDJ, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and even Jared Harris. Harris’s fearsome, calculating, and tyrannical rendition of Moriarty could have survived the same fall that Sherlock did and would definitely come back for vengeance, if possible. What the other series will be is totally unknown. Will it be a spinoff of one of the characters in the movies? Will it draw from the books or create something new?

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It’s also worth speculating whether the actress who played Dr. Watson’s grounded yet spunky wife, Mary, will return for any future Holmes shows. We are, of course, referring to actress Kelly Reilly, who has been recently launched into the stratosphere of television history by her work on a little show called Yellowstone (perhaps you’ve heard of it?). Sadly, we probably can’t expect Guy Ritchie to return to the franchise, as the briefly-rumored third movie had already found a new director to oversee that project.

The Guy Ritchie/RDJ movies had a lot of heart, class, and nuance for their time and are widely enjoyed even today, despite that cliffhanger of an ending! We can’t wait to see what they plan to do with HBO, but we definitely hope that their plans are at least a little based on their origins.

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What is Angelyne’s Net Worth?

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Ronia Tamar Goldberg, also known as Angelyne, is an actress, singer, and model who was born on October 2, 1950, in Chmielnik, Poland. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who survived the most horrific form of human rights violations while in Skarżysko-Kamienna German Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation by allied forces, they lived in Poland […]

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Is Angelyne’s Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist? Where is He Now?

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‘Angelyne‘ is an addictive biographical drama TV series on Peacock. Created by Nancy Oliver, it delves into the intriguing life of Angelyne, a model and media influencer, who became a pop culture icon in Los Angeles during the 80s. Apart from her rise to stardom, the show also captures the perspectives of those who know her up close and how they impact her journey.

One such person is Jeff Glasner, an entertainment journalist, who sets out to find out the secrets Angelyne fiercely protects and drastically changes her life. The realistic portrayal of the character makes the audience wonder whether Jeff is based on a real person. Let’s unravel this mystery together, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.

Is Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist?

In ‘Angelyne,’ Jeff Glasner is a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who writes an explosive article about the sensational celebrity’s childhood and family. For his research, he spends time with her and records interviews, but when she refuses to divulge anything substantial about her life and beginnings, he decides to conduct his own investigation. In reality, Jeff’s character is based on journalist Gary Baum, who works for The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2017, Gary wrote and published an elaborate article that details Angelyne’s humble beginnings, before she became famous as the “Billboard Queen” of Los Angeles. Earlier, he wrote a profile article for her in 2015, but as per him, she dodged any questions about her parents or other topics like religion and her upbringing. In his 2017 article, Gary shared that in the fall of 2016, he was approached by a man who went by the pseudonym, Ed Thompson. He was a federal government employee who undertook paid assignments as a hobby genealogist on the side.

For his personal interest, Ed decided to find out about Angelyne a few years earlier and then contacted Gary, who was researching her. He provided the material he had collected over the years from public databases, including her yearbook pictures, as well as the immigration, marriage, and death records of her parents. All this information helped prove that Angelyne’s original name was Renee Tami Goldberg (earlier known as Ronia Tamar Goldberg). She was born in October 1950 in Poland, to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.

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Ed’s findings also revealed Angelyne’s tumultuous childhood as well as her brief marriage to Michael Strauss during her high school days. After her divorce in 1969, her original name resurfaced in 2016, when she discreetly petitioned to change it to Angelyne legally. However, in the legal document, she mentioned being a resident of Louiseville, Kentucky, and claimed to have been born in 1962. Since all this data was different than what Ed had shared, Gary tried contacting Angelyne’s friend and assistant Scott Hennig for clarity.

To Gary’s disappointment, both Scott and Angelyne reportedly rubbished the data provided by Ed and discouraged him from pursuing the matter any further. Luckily, when he continued looking for clues, he found an advertisement for a trophy engraving company that matched the residential address which Ed had found earlier. Moreover, Gary managed to track down Angelyne’s former husband Michael Strauss, who then confirmed all of the journalist’s findings and provided a fitting conclusion to his research.

After so many months of hard work, Gary’s article got published in August 2017 and received a massive response from Angelyne’s fans as well as the other public, who till then, were highly curious about her life. His written piece is one of the most accurate feature articles on the media icon’s illustrious life and has provided the base for the show’s narrative.

Where is Gary Baum Now?

Presently, Gary Baum works as a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he has been working for more than ten glorious years. Priorly, he worked with Angeleno Magazine for almost seven years, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Gary has written articles on several other relevant topics, such as the clearing of tents for unhoused residents in Los Angeles for film shoots, Jewish studio heads in Hollywood history, and investigative pieces on prominent public and administrative figures. Though he is highly active on the professional front, he seems to be rather private on social media about his life. As far as we can tell, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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