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By and large, the “Sherlock Holmes" movies are a more-or-less faithful adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sharp-eyed sleuth, albeit with some slo-mo bareknuckle boxing thrown in for good measure. There’s Holmes, cracking wise; there’s Watson, looking perturbed. What more do you need? As you can see in this newly released clip, not much.


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But there’s more to take from Doyle’s original stories than a character sketch and a setting. Doyle’s tales were filled with twists, turns, and unique plots built up and concluded in a handful of pages. No one’s saying the movie studios need to adapt these stories exactly; they’re firmly rooted in the societal attitudes of the time, and would come off a little stilted. Still, there’s plenty of concepts and wrinkles to lift for any future “Sherlock Holmes" movies. Below, here’s five stories we think would do the trick.

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There are many reasons to love and appreciate composer Hans Zimmer and not just for film score nerds like us. The most recent being the fact that while doing research for music to incorporate into the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" score, he was exposed to the human rights abuses and infringements being inflicted upon the Roma people, a minority population (also known as gypsies) in Central and Eastern Europe.

For those who know anything about "Game of Shadows," you might recall that new addition Noomi Rapace's character is described as a gypsy. Zimmer recently told MTV News that he wanted the music for Rapace's character and a few other assorted scenes to be authentic so in an effort to understand the culture of the Roma people better he pitched a "road trip" to director Guy Ritchie and brought along his daughter Zoe Zimmer who is a fashion photographer. Their experience led to a moving collection of photos taken by Zoe and put on display in a "Deserve Dignity" photo exhibit celebrating International Human Rights Day.

MTV News caught up with Zimmer recently to get his take on the experience and bringing attention to a group of people who are being denied equal rights as citizens.

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Sherlock HolmesAlthough production is already well under way with a bit of a break just on the horizon, the cast of "The Hobbit" still requires some filling out. Many smaller roles remain open and even some key characters, too — and director Peter Jackson doesn't need to look much further than his very own star for his newest actor.

Case in point: it's been revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the titular lead on the BBC television series "Sherlock Holmes" opposite "Hobbit" star Martin Freeman as Watson, is joining the cast of Jackson's two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

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There's Batman and the Joker, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. A hero and a villain, two sides of the same coin.

In 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," the film alluded to the revelation of Moriarty's true identity in a future film. Now, in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," we know who he's going to be: none other than fabulous British actor Jared Harris.

We caught up with Harris recently to find out all we could about his role in the latest "Sherlock Holmes" adventure, with the actor gushing about the "great fun" he had on set.

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Sherlock 2Ladies and gentlemen, we have a title: Warner Bros. has announced that the follow-up to 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” will be called “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

As much as we love the good detective, we must admit: the new title has us scratching our heads a little bit. We know Dr. Watson has a penchant for gambling. Is the title a cryptic hint regarding his dusky dice-rolling? Perhaps Moriarty, the lead villain, will be perma-backlit – our only hint at his approach, the shadow puppets creeping up behind our protagonists?

Joking aside, it's a sure bet that as more details surface regarding the "Sherlock Holmes" sequel, the title will become much clearer. But for now, we can't stop wondering... is 2011 the year of mystifying sequel titles? Consider the evidence, by way of other recently-announced titles that are surprising, unusual or otherwise tough-to-define!

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Sherlock Holmes 2Perhaps this week is poised to be the week of title announcements? After yesterday's big reveal from Sony regarding the new Spidey movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man," Warner Brothers announced today that the highly anticipated re-teaming of Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Guy Ritchie for the sequel to 2009's blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes," is called...wait for it..."Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

E! Online was first on the 'Net with the announcement, which Warner Brothers confirmed to MTV News. While the cynics at E! deemed the title "lame," I wouldn't go that far. Particularly since I'm not familiar enough with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's repetoire to know if "Game of Shadows" means anything with regard to plot line. What it does instantly bring to mind, however, is the highly anticipated HBO Series "A Game of Thrones." But I digress...

We have plenty of time to come to terms with the new title. The hint of "Shadows" only adds to the teases we've seen, by way of on-set interviews and cast members from the first film who may or may not be making cameo appearances in the second one.

The super sleuth's second installment, with Ritchie, RDJ and Law, is scheduled to be released December 16, 2011.

What do you think of the sequel's title? Drab or delightful? Tell us in the comment section or on Twitter!

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One of the surprise successes of 2009 was "Sherlock Holmes." Not because it wasn't any good (it was great) or because it featured a cast of unknowns (Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law anyone?). No, "Sherlock Holmes" was a surprise success, to the tune of $515 million in worldwide ticket sales, because it came out a week after and went up against the record-shattering blockbuster juggernaut that was James Cameron's "Avatar." So it shouldn't come as any surprise to hear Downey, speaking to MTV's Josh Horowitz at the junket for next week's surefire summer hit "Iron Man 2," talking about the coming sequel.

"Yes, I think we'll be abroad," he said, referring to rumblings that Holmes would be leaving London behind for his next adventure. "A bit of Paris, a bit of Switzerland by the end, if I'm not mistaken." Read More...

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Whenever I think of "The Three Musketeers," I hear in my head the 1993 ballad "All For Love." That song, written by Bryan Adams and sung by Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, was part of Disney's plan to bring Alexandre Dumas' classic tale of 17th century bodyguard buddies to the MTV generation. Another way of updating the story for a hip, young audience was to cast hot actors like Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen as the legendary heroes in order to make the film like a "Young Guns" for the swashbuckling genre.

17 years later, I wonder what it will take for Hollywood to translate Dumas for the kids, many of whom may think a movie titled "The Three Musketeers" is based on a candy bar (movies are based on all kinds of things these days, after all). One of the people who wants to give it a try is producer Lionel Wigram, who just did the same kind of thing with "Sherlock Holmes." According to Variety, Wigram is tailoring a new version of "Musketeers" for a young audience by focusing on action and sex. Read More...

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"Sherlock Holmes" hit theaters at a difficult moment last year. It came out only a week after all-time box office gross record-holder "Avatar" did, and on Christmas Day no less. James Cameron's sci-fi epic has dominated the box office since December 18, and "Holmes" was overlooked by many as a result.

Well, not that many. The $90 million-budgeted action/mystery has earned almost $400 million so far worldwide, with a home video release still to come. That's successful by any estimation, and more than enough to warrant the heavily forecasted sequel, and soon. The problem is, "Holmes" director Guy Ritchie is kind of busy with another high-profile project: an adaptation of the DC Comics anti-hero "Lobo." Well... not anymore, it seems. Read More...

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DESC1. "Avatar" ($41.3 million)
2. "The Book of Eli" ($31.6 million)
3. "The Lovely Bones" ($17 million)
4. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" ($11.5 million)
5. "Sherlock Holmes" ($9.8 million)

Once again, moviegoers pledged their loyalty and price of admission to the natives of Pandora as director James Cameron's "Avatar" continued its dominance over the box office. For the fifth straight weekend, "Avatar" has emerged at the top of the charts, taking in an estimated $41.3 million by Sunday evening. Read More...

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