<p>Legendary distributed this image of Godzilla at Comic-Con, which makes me wonder what sort of plans they have for him at this year's San Diego event.</p>

Legendary distributed this image of Godzilla at Comic-Con, which makes me wonder what sort of plans they have for him at this year's San Diego event.

Credit: Warner/Legendary

Legendary brings in David Goyer to rewrite 'Godzilla'

Does this mean they're getting closer to a greenlight for the King Of Monsters?

I've had several conversations over the last few years with Thomas Tull about Godzilla, both generally and specifically. 

If you don't know Tull's name, he's the Big Cheese at Legendary Pictures, the company that has served as one of the primary financing partners for Warner Bros. the last few years, and he is a fascinating figure, a guy who came to Hollywood from the world of high finance but who is genuinely a giant movie nerd.  Sure, he's a financial partner in the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a guy who build a giant hedge fund, but movies are one of his great passions.

And even with movies as a general passion for Tull, the character of Godzilla is a particular passion, something he loves dearly.  Right now, as Legendary prepares for their first Comic-Con panel next week, I'm excited to see what sort of presentation they've put together for "Pacific Rim," which is a big giant demented monster and mecha movie that Guillermo Del Toro and Travis Beacham have cooked up.  It's a wild read, and I can't even imagine what sort of outrageous energy Del Toro's eventual film will have.  I know there was some confusion during development when it was reported that "Pacific Rim" would be replacing "Godzilla," but despite the presence of giant monsters in both projects, I don't think that would be as easy as previously suggested.

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<p>Seriously... if you don't have this goofball running around cutting off his limbs and the limbs of others, how can you call it an 'Evil Dead' movie?</p>

Seriously... if you don't have this goofball running around cutting off his limbs and the limbs of others, how can you call it an 'Evil Dead' movie?

Credit: DEG

So with a director finally attached, is the new 'Evil Dead' a sequel or a remake?

Sam Raimi's still involved, but will there be room for The Chin?

I'll be honest… I don't really want an "Evil Dead" sequel or a remake, and no matter what you think you want, I'm willing to bet you don't either.

Sure, I know the mere mention of more "Evil Dead" of any sort is a guaranteed draw for traffic, but at some point, fandom's going to have to start to absorb some hard lessons and really reconsider what it is they demand from studios.  

I'm going to offer you two benchmarks to keep in mind as you consider the idea of a return to "Evil Dead."  First, I want you to consider the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."  And then, I want you to consider "Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull."

And then I want to you admit to yourself, even if it's difficult, that the odds are strong that any return to "Evil Dead" is going to end in tears.

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<p>Jared Harris will battle the world's greatest detective this Christmas when 'Sherlock Holmes:&nbsp;A Game Of Shadows' hits theaters</p>

Jared Harris will battle the world's greatest detective this Christmas when 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' hits theaters

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Watch: New trailer for 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel features explosions, Moriarty, and drag

Can Holmes survive his first encounter with 'the Napoleon of crime'?

Sure enough, the avalanche of new marketing materials continues today with the release of the trailer for Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows."  We ran a piece the other day about the two teaser posters that debuted over the weekend, and now there's a trailer to go with it, and there's a lot to digest here.

It does not appear that Ritchie's made any major shift in style here, and that's a good choice.  His "Sherlock" was marked by some very big choices in terms of how it's shot and cut, and it looks like the new movie is absolutely in line with the first one.  The chemistry between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. appears to be front and center as well, which was obviously a big part of the first film's appeal.

But what this trailer's really selling is the larger scope, with what looks like pretty much non-stop action, as well as the new cast members that have been added to the mix.  Noomi Rapace appears to be a fortune teller of some sort, and casting her as a gypsy is a very natural fit for Arthur Conan Doyle's version of London.  Just dealing with the friction between what is real and what is hustle in a character like hers is a great nod to the concerns that plagued Doyle in his real life.  How they use her is important, but as far as a type of character, she is a perfect addition to the world.

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<p>The original pulp paperback cover for 'The Deep Blue Good-by,' the first novel in John D. McDonald's Travis McGee series</p>

The original pulp paperback cover for 'The Deep Blue Good-by,' the first novel in John D. McDonald's Travis McGee series

Credit: Fawcett Gold Medal

What is the Travis McGee Book Club, and how can you be involved?

An introduction to a new monthly feature here at Motion/Captured

Welcome to The Travis McGee Book Club.

The first question... why?

Well, I guess I could say this is a countdown of sorts to whoever finally wrestles Travis back up onto the big screen.  Someone will.  It's inevitable now that there's a script and a studio's spent money and there are various producers and talent attached.  Even if it doesn't happen exactly the way they're considering right now (Oliver Stone directing Leonardo Di Caprio was one recent configuration), it's going to happen.  At least once.

But the truth is, I don't have the stomach to contemplate what they're doing to him to turn it into a movie.  And I don't have to.  The books are the thing here.  John D. McDonald's voice… that's the thing.

I can honestly say there's no writer whose work gives me more reading pleasure than McDonald.  And those are big words.  My favorite novel of all time is John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany, and the writer who I'd say is the biggest influence on me because of when and how I read him is Stephen King, but in terms of sheer pleasure, a sort of meditative joy that I get lost in with each of his books, it's McDonald, pound for pound.

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<p>Emma Bell, screams in the opening set piece of Final Destination 5</p>

Emma Bell, screams in the opening set piece of Final Destination 5

Set Visit: A bridge too far for 'Final Destination 5'

We visit the 'opening disaster' of the latest in the long running franchise

VANCOUVER, CANADA - It was an appropriately dreary and gray day to contemplate death in Canada. We'd arrived on the set of "Final Destination 5." in late November of last year and it was drizzling and cold. The Vancouver area is unerringly pretty and green, even in mid-winter. A combination of the forest landscape and a clutched cup of coffee for the van ride from the hotel served to only slightly ready my brain for what we were to see next.

We all know what a "Final Destination" film is. The original 1999 film begins with a poor teenaged soul foreseeing and avoiding a catastrophic accident. In the original, Devon Sawa sees his airplane blow up and himself and his friends engulfed in flames. In the second a new kid sees a massive traffic accident involving a logging truck; In the third a roller-coaster goes off the rails; the fourth, a fun day at the races turns all fiery and un-fun.

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<p>Harry Potter finally stands face to face with Lord Voldemort in a pivotal moment in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'</p>

Harry Potter finally stands face to face with Lord Voldemort in a pivotal moment in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'

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Review: Final 'Harry Potter' film wraps up series with elegant, epic battle to the death

HitFix
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Readers
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'Deathly Hallows Part 2' is visually striking and emotionally satisfying

Writing about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is going to have to be, by design, writing about the passage of time, the accumulation of experience, and the development of an opinion about not only what JK Rowling accomplished on the page, but what the producers of the series pulled off with the films.

I looked back at my published words about the series.  It's not complete, but I reviewed "Chamber Of Secrets," "Prisoner Of Azkaban," "Order Of The Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," and the first half of "Deathly Hallows."  There's another piece I found as well that was published the week that Rowling released the final book.  Quint and I had a long conversation about it on IM, and decided to just cut and paste it as an article that was, more than anything, a chance for the Talkbackers to discuss the book.

My feelings about Rowling as a writer evolved over time, as her work evolved, and my feelings about the books and my feelings about the movies were not always the same.  It's strange for me to look back at my predictions about how things would wrap up and see how right I am at times and how wrong I am at others.  As you move from review to review, you can sense that I am more and more impressed as they get closer and closer to pulling it off, and I think David Yates has been a key player in how this series worked.  I like that he directed the last four films.  That's half the series, and I think he's got a lot to be proud of. 

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<p>Are you ready for this, San Diego? &nbsp;Well?&nbsp; Are you?</p>

Are you ready for this, San Diego?  Well?  Are you?

Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Exclusive: New 'Bellflower' poster features love, Medusa, and the end of the world

You'll be able to see Medusa at Comic-Con, but where?

I can't believe Comic-Con is right around the corner.  This year is racing by, and July has been a preposterously busy month overall.  A week from Wednesday, Team HitFix will be descending en masse on San Diego, ready to bring you coverage of every major event. 

To kick things off, we'll be hosting our opening night party for the second year in a row, and if you happen to be downstairs from the place we're throwing it at the Hotel Salomar, you're going to see one seriously bitchin' muscle car parked there, occasionally belching big bursts of fire.  That's Medusa, one of the stars of "Bellflower," my favorite discovery at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and the people behind the film are going to be rocking Comic-Con this year as well.

If you haven't read my review of the movie, take a look at it.  Or you could check out my interviews from Sundance with the cast and the creators.  I've got mad love for this twisted tale of two friends, flamethrowers, broken hearts, and the end of the world, and I am pleased that today, we're are able to bring you the new poster for the film as an exclusive debut.

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<p>Tintin and Snowy do some research in the upcoming 'The Adventures Of Tintin'</p>

Tintin and Snowy do some research in the upcoming 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

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New trailer for 'Adventures of Tintin' introduces characters, explains plot

Action, adventure, and international locales are emphasized in new ad

Uhhhh… if you still need convincing after this one, then you might as well just decide you're not seeing "The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn" at all, because this trailer has me positively giddy.

As I've said before, the entire twenty years I've lived in Los Angeles, I've been hearing rumors of a Steven Spielberg "Tintin" film.  This has been one of the big guiding passions for him, and for many American audiences, that probably seems puzzling since they don't know the character.

But over the years, he's found himself repeatedly frustrated by those attempts, and I think part of it has been trying to figure out a way to make the sort of film he wants to make, an athletic adventure film set in an international landscape like the one that Herge created in his books, while still maintaining the stylistic approach that drew him to the material in the first place.

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<p>Hmmm... I wonder how Denzel would look holding a hammer.</p>

Hmmm... I wonder how Denzel would look holding a hammer.

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Spike Lee signs to direct 'Oldboy' remake

Now who's he going to lock in that room for fifteen years?

When Harry programmed "Oldboy" at Butt-Numb-A-Thon, many of us in the room were excited because we already knew the work of Chan Wook Park, and it turned out to be an amazing step up for the filmmaker, a brutal and heartbroken story of revenge and punishment.  It was exciting watching the rest of the world embrace the film as well when it made its "official premiere" five months later at Cannes, and every good thing that's happened to Park as a filmmaker since then, he deserves.  But if you'd asked me in that room at the end of the first screening if "Oldboy" would end up being this thing that people in Hollywood were doggedly determined to remake, I would have guessed wrong.  It just seemed too dark, too built on pain.  There were moments that seemed Hollywood-friendly in terms of stylistic confidence, but the story just didn't seem like their cup of tea.

For the last few years, there have been repeated noises about who would be remaking the film and how, and the most high-profile team who worked to figure it out were Steven Spielberg as director with Will Smith talking about playing the lead.  That seemed impossible to me.  Will Smith is so aware of his image, so careful to protect it, that I just couldn't imagine him embracing the inherent darkness of the story, and Spielberg's sensibilities, even when revenge-minded as with "Munich," aren't a fit for this at all. More than that, though, there were legal rights issues that seemed to be the real stumbling block, and when the project collapsed, I thought that was the end of the matter.

Nope.  Not even close.

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<p>Hmmmm... who is that man lurking behind Sherlock's head, and why do I feel such a deep kinship with him?</p>

Hmmmm... who is that man lurking behind Sherlock's head, and why do I feel such a deep kinship with him?

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Teaser posters for 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' promise Moriarty mayhem

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are joined by new friends and enemies this time

Oh, my goodness… is that our first look at Moriarty?

It's going to be a week of big trailer debuts, evidently.  There will allegedly be a teaser for the artist formerly known as "John Carter Of Mars" at some point this week, and I'm curious to see if Disney kicks off their trailer campaign with more confidence than the confusing poster campaign.  There's also a new "Tintin" trailer landing this week, and I'm dying to get a better look at the world and the characters.

Obviously, these new trailers are coming out this week because they're all going to be attached to the front of "Harry Potter And The Box-Office Bonanza" this weekend, and I think one of the trailers you can absolutely count on seeing is the first one for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows," the sequel to Guy Ritchie's interpretation of the classic characters, and I'm really curious to see how Ritchie handles this one considering that in the time since he released his first film, the BBC series "Sherlock" premiered to rave reviews and has, for many people, become the definitive modern take on Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest creation.

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