By DAVID GERMAIN
Hollywood might be telling its own life story this fall, presenting a lineup of liars, phonies, smooth talkers, bloodsuckers and greedy old men.
Granted, there are heroes in the mix, including Robert Downey Jr. as the great detective in “Sherlock Holmes” and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s post-apartheid drama “Invictus.”
Beloved literature and storybook adventures come to the screen with Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” Disney’s animated fairy tale “The Princess and the Frog” and “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s adaptation of modern favorite “The Lovely Bones.”
And audiences will be reunited with absent friends, among them director James Cameron on the sci-fi epic “Avatar,” his first narrative film since “Titanic,” and Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their plaything pals as 3-D versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” hit theaters.
Still, rascals, rogues, beasts and baddies abound. Vampires and werewolves form opposing cliques in the season’s supernatural heavyweight, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” with Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson back for the second chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s vamp-schoolgirl romance.
The vampire-werewolf feud makes for a nice exploration of our own psyches, said “New Moon” director Chris Weitz.
“I suppose they’re the two most relatable human monsters that we can think of. They nicely encapsulate restraint and passion,” Weitz said. “Vampires are cold-blooded, literally, and werewolves are hot-blooded.”
Downey and director Guy Ritchie inject some passion into cold-blooded rationalist Holmes with their Victorian-era crime tale inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, featuring Jude Law as sidekick Watson.
Holmes “is a weirdo by any standards,” Downey said. “He has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to this one purpose, which is being a consulting detective and knowing things that other people don’t take the time to make it their business to know.
By DAVID GERMAIN
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