Written by Sarah

Two issues with Sherlock Holmes.

1) We’re going to need a way to distinguish between the RDJ/Guy Ritchie movie franchise and the BBC series starring Benedict Yum Yum (because that nickname is no less ridiculous than his real name of Cumberbatch). The other day I tried out, “You know, the one with the hot Sherlock” and my friend and I realized that wasn’t going to work, since both Sherlocks are hot. Suggestions are welcome.

2) How do you pronounce “Holmes”? I notice when we (Americans) say it we say “HOLmes”, but it sounds like the English say it “HOMes”. Should we be swallowing the L? Please advise.

The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is out and it looks awesome. How does RDJ keep getting impossibly hotter? I don’t know, but he does. Dude’s 46 and doesn’t look a day over 35. Given the amount of drugs he’s put in his body, it’s kind of incredible his looks have remained intact. I really loved the first Sherlock, mainly for Ritchie’s stylish direction and the chemistry between RDJ and Jude Law. I normally cannot tolerate Law, but he’s a fantastic Watson. The trailer is heavy on the bromance, which takes a turn for the silly when RDJ appears in drag. (RDJ is to Sherlock as Johnny Depp is to Pirates of the Caribbean.)

Also heavily featured in the trailer? The Original Lisbeth, Noomi Rapace. She seems to be playing some sort of gypsy/carnie. God, her face. What a Face. If you had to pick the top five Faces in Hollywood right now, Noomi would totally make the list right? We need to do this. The trailer also hints at Sherlock’s nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Mad Men’s Jared Harris). There is no mention of Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, which most of you will probably appreciate since you all hated her, but she is billed in the cast. I bet she just has a cameo. Probably a flashback explaining why Irene left Sherlock again.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (silly title but it’s supposed to sound like the old Doyle stories, which often had silly titles, so I’ll let it slide) opens in time for Christmas 2011. It’s going head-to-head with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and I expect it to handily defeat M:I4. More interesting—David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens the week after Sherlock. It’s Lisbeth vs. Lisbeth. That battle will be much closer.

Also attached – two new posters released this week.