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Just last week, Robert Downey Jr. offered an update on the next Sherlock Holmes movie, suggesting that a third film in the series could start filming later this year. Considering the apparent lack of momentum on the project, it sounded unlikely. If nothing else, it sounded like Downey trying to keep people interested in a project that was still nowhere close to existing. After all, the last serious piece of news about the film had arrived in 2011, when Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce was hired to work on a screenplay.

However, it seems that he may have been more serious about this than expected, because a new writer has officially boarded Sherlock Holmes 3.

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Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes was one of 2009’s more pleasant surprises, a slick, silly, and surprisingly faithful cinematic re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary “consulting detective.” It’s 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, wasn’t nearly as good, replacing much of the original’s charming bombast with very loud bombast. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the rapport between Robert Downey Jr.‘s insufferable genius investigator and Jude Law‘s put-upon Dr. Watson. I’d be lying again if I said I wouldn’t plunk down the cost of a movie ticket to watch those two bicker and banter one more time.

And while we haven’t heard any solid news about Sherlock Holmes 3 for a few years, Downey Jr. himself says the film is still in development, even hinting that it may shoot later this year.

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Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes is a perfectly enjoyable movie. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law make for a charming Sherlock and Watson, Hans Zimmer‘s playful score is an immense pleasure, and Ritchie’s eye is energetic and stylish enough. While Avatar was killing it at the box-office back in 2009, Sherlock Holmes was also winning over audiences.

How does the film holdup since its release? Just fine, but this “Everything Wrong With Sherlock Holmes in 13 Minutes or Less” points out a few of the conveniences, noticeable leaps in logic, and more.

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Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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What Was The Most Pirated Movie of 2010?

TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated movies of 2010. So which film takes the top honor?

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Anne Thompson’s Hans Zimmer Interviews

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while now, then you know I love long form interviews. The normal 10-minute junket interview doesn’t allow for much exploration, and sadly that is becoming the norm now-a-days. I always try to highlight the better long form interviews available online (be it a film festival discussion, Charlie Rose, or what not).

This weekend, Indiewire‘s Anne Thompson posted her 25-minute interview with composer Hans Zimmer, who talks about his work on Christopher Nolan‘s Inception. And because we didn’t post it the first time around, I’ve also embedded Thompson’s 30-minute interview with Zimmer from Sherlock Holmes, which features an awesome in-depth tour of the composer’s Santa Monica studio (if you havent seen this, you must check it out).

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Moriarty

Who will play Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2? How about two-time Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis?

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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SHERLOCK HOLMES
Robert Downey Jr. charms and amuses yet again, and composer Hans Zimmer offers up a wonderfully oddball score, introducing the world to a new subgenre of music: neo-classical gypsy folk synth. This knockout pairing breathes considerable life into Sherlock Holmes, a film which otherwise feels strictly perfunctory—so mechanical in structure and storyline that I can only imagine a studio exec was at the ready to quickly nix even the slightest deviations from formula. Director Guy Ritchie keeps it all moving at a quick enough pace, but going through the motions swiftly is still going through the motions. Even the revelation at the end of the movie seems like an afterthought, with the film focusing far more on its obligatory cliffhanger set piece climax than Holmes’ crime-solving abilities. Sherlock Holmes is perfectly sufficient attention-diverting entertainment, but is it something I plan to revisit? Was I ever emotionally invested? Did I have loads of fun watching it? Would I go gay for Robert Downey Jr.? No, no, not really, and most definitely.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as WB Maximum Movie Mode (Director Guy Ritchie Walk On, PIP, Focus Points, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Gallery Timeline), deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film.

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