<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

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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

'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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<p>Winnie The Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all the rest of our friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are back in Disney's new 'Winnie The Pooh'</p>

Winnie The Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all the rest of our friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are back in Disney's new 'Winnie The Pooh'

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Review: 'Winnie The Pooh' is familiar visit with some silly willy nilly ol' friends

Disney returns to one of their most beloved properties, but to what result?

One of the earliest memories I have of me inside a movie theater involves "Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too," the 1974 short subject that I saw with my folks in front of "The Island At The Top Of The World."  I was already familiar with the characters from books my parents had in the house, and watching them come to life onscreen was magical.  A few years later, all of the "Pooh" short subjects were put together as a feature film called "The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh," and even though that was the same year I discovered "Star Wars" and some slightly more adult thrills in the theater, there is no denying the impact that Disney's handling of the A.A. Milne characters had on me.

Even compared to other films on the Disney continuum, the "Pooh" films have always been more gentle, more quiet, more deliberately paced.  They are an accurate representation of the mood and character of Milne's work, which is wonderful precisely because of how gentle it is.  The biggest drama in the world of the Hundred Acre Wood is based on misunderstandings or misreadings, and never because of villains or threats or anything upsetting.  Ultimately, these are the games played by a young boy with his stuffed animals, and they are meant to skew young.  This is one of the safest brands in family entertainment, and it's been a while since Disney gave these characters to their A-team of animators and gave a "Pooh" film a proper theatrical release, and considering the major legal battles they've waged to maintain control of the characters, it's about time they gave it another try.

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<p>Paramount and DreamWorks Animation have had a successful relationship that includes films like 'How To Train Your Dragon,' but that may be in peril now.</p>

Paramount and DreamWorks Animation have had a successful relationship that includes films like 'How To Train Your Dragon,' but that may be in peril now.

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Paramount announces animation division amid DreamWorks departure rumors

History suggests this is what we call 'a very bad idea'

Why in the world would Paramount want to start their own animation division?

I've always had a deep love for animation as an art form, and when I moved to Los Angeles, many of the people I met and became friends with worked in animation.  Very quickly, I learned that it can be one of the most punishing forms of filmmaking to work in.  That was the era of the giant Disney mega-blockbusters like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," and every studio in town lost their minds trying to figure out how to get a piece of what they saw as a very easy pie.

Let's go ask Fox how they feel about that animation studio they built in Arizona for Don Bluth these days.  Let's ask them if that was a good investment.

Or maybe we can go ask Alan Horn if he feels like Warner Feature Animation was a good investment.  Sure, we got "The Iron Giant" out of that deal, but we had to basically shame the studio into giving that a theatrical release because of how badly they got burned on "The Quest For Camelot."

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