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11 Champagnes That Will Impress Even a Snob on New Year's Eve

31 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In New York for a Broadway gig, actor Alan Rickman needed a specific bottle of champagne. He walked into the wine shop Chambers Street, well known to wine ferrets who seek exquisite hard-to-find bottles, and asked for Veuve Clicquot. The salesperson was dismayed: Rickman had been to the shop before and always departed with imaginative choices, and Chambers never carries Veuve and its ilk. It's not because the stuff is rare -- those bubbles are about as rare as rhinestones. Brands such as Moët & Chandon produce about 30 million bottles annually, but Chambers prefers grower champagne (affectionately known

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- Alice Feiring

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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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Alan Rickman Reflects on 10 Years of Harry Potter!

30 December 2011 11:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, who played the mysterious Hogwarts professor Severus Snape, director David Yates and producer David Heyman continued to work hard on awards season campaigns for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Rickman took time out from his role on the Broadway play Seminar to talk about his tenure and experiences playing the mysterious Snape throughout the entire Harry Potter franchise. “It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be doing other things but I always come back to that and I was always aware of my place in the story even as others around me were not,” Rickman told the Hero Complex blog at The L.A. Times. »

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Alan Rickman Reflects on 10 Years of Harry Potter!

30 December 2011 11:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, who played the mysterious Hogwarts professor Severus Snape, director David Yates and producer David Heyman continued to work hard on awards season campaigns for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Rickman took time out from his role on the Broadway play Seminar to talk about his tenure and experiences playing the mysterious Snape throughout the entire Harry Potter franchise. “It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be doing other things but I always come back to that and I was always aware of my place in the story even as others around me were not,” Rickman told the Hero Complex blog at The L.A. Times. »

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Alan Rickman Reflects on 10 Years of Harry Potter!

30 December 2011 11:17 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, who played the mysterious Hogwarts professor Severus Snape, director David Yates and producer David Heyman continued to work hard on awards season campaigns for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Rickman took time out from his role on the Broadway play Seminar to talk about his tenure and experiences playing the mysterious Snape throughout the entire Harry Potter franchise. “It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be doing other things but I always come back to that and I was always aware of my place in the story even as others around me were not,” Rickman told the Hero Complex blog at The L.A. Times. »

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Watch: 'Die Hard, Interrupted' Short Puts New Spin on the Action Classic

27 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When you ask the average movie fan what their favorite Christmas film is, most will respond with something like A Christmas Story or Miracle on 34th Street. Ask around our website, and the answer will be a little different. My own favorite Christmas film is the 1988 action classic wherein Bruce Willis takes on Alan Rickman and his merry band of thieves in La’s Nakatomi building on Christmas Eve. Die Hard could have taken place on any date – but the decision to set it on Christmas Eve was pretty inspired because it raises the stakes just a bit higher. How dastardly is Hans Gruber? So greedy and evil and Grinch-like that he’d steal hundreds of millions of dollars while Santa was flying the skies and doling out presents. Anyway, we’re not alone in our love of...

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- Mike Bracken

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'Harry Potter' Comes To Bittersweet End In 2011

26 December 2011 5:51 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Arrival of 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2' was a moment that made headlines and marked the end of an era.

By John Mitchell

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"

Photo: WB

For millions of people all over the world, the approach of midnight on July 15 brought with it a gut-wrenching mix of excitement and heartache. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" was set to open all over the world, and as fans lined up outside movie theaters — some in costume as their favorite character — we realized that this was it. The joy of seeing the final installment of the most successful film franchise in history was tempered with the sadness that we'd never get to do this again. This truly great thing that had been, from first book to final film, a part of our lives for well over a decade had reached its end. For an entire generation, »

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Five Movies That Don't Seem Like Christmas Movies

22 December 2011 4:21 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles -- Alonso Duralde literally wrote the book on Christmas movies: It's called "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas." So who better to guest-program the Five Most space this week?

Only Duralde – a film critic for The Wrap and (full disclosure) my co-host on the YouTube review show "What the Flick?!" – did it with a twist. He chose five movies that may not initially seem like Christmas movies yet have that Christmasy vibe. After all, anyone can pop "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Elf" into the DVD player on Dec. 25, but we've got the expert, in his own words:

_ "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999): You may remember the notorious orgy sequence – or the scenes of then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman speaking frankly about their sexual fantasies – but Stanley Kubrick's final film is set squarely in the Christmas season, with almost every scene involving twinkle lights or wrapping paper or a decorated tree. »

- AP

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Holiday Movie Playlist: Our Favorite Christmas Movies

22 December 2011 1:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The holidays are nearly upon us, and while many of you out there will undoubtedly be spending your time roasting chestnuts on an open fire (or some other cheery activity) with your family, there's going to be down time. And what better way to spend that time than by watching some classic holiday movies?

There are far too many feel-good Christmas movies (as well as some feel-bad holiday movies) out there to choose from, so if you find yourself stumped come December 25, never fear -- the MTV Movies team has compiled our all-time favorite holiday movie viewing experiences to make your season bright.

"Die Hard"

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.” These words, written on a dead bad guy’s shirt by New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) and uttered by the Grinchiest of movie menaces Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), exemplify why Christmas at Nakatomi Plaza is so much fun. »

- MTV Movies Team

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Colin Firth voted Digital Spy readers' favourite actor of 2011

22 December 2011 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Colin Firth has been voted the best actor of 2011 in Digital Spy's end of year reader poll. More than 100,000 voted in the survey, which asked Digital Spy users to pick their favourite movies, music, gaming, tech and showbiz highlights from the past 12 months. The King's Speech star emerged as the number one pick ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's Daniel Radcliffe and Ryan Gosling, whose packed 2011 saw him appear in Blue Valentine, Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Harry Potter's Alan Rickman is at number four, followed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes's Andy Serkis in five. Serkis's performance capture turn as primate rebel Caesar has prompted calls for (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Lunchtime Poll: Which 'Love Actually' couple ended up staying together the longest?

21 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the couples from 2003′s Love Actually? I watch it often enough that I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this. ‘Tis the season to watch Love Actually with your family and have to listen — for the thousandth time — about how much your dad hates that sleazebag secretary Mia for ruining Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s marriage!

Let’s think about this for real. David and Natalie (Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, pictured) made a great couple in that they were so different, but would their relationship crumble in the national spotlight? »

- Annie Barrett

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Digital Spy 2011 end of year reader poll: The results

21 December 2011 5:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We asked you, our 12 million monthly readers, for your views on just about everything worth getting excited about in entertainment over the past year. Our elves have counted up your votes and now we can present the results to the Digital Spy 2011 end of year reader poll in full! Best Movie

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (25.0%) Winner!

2. The Inbetweeners Movie (13.1%)

3. The King's Speech (11.5%)

4. Bridesmaids (10.0%)

5. Black Swan (5.8%) Worst Movie

1. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Winner!

2. The Inbetweeners Movie Best Actor

1. Colin Firth Winner!

2. Daniel Radcliffe

3. Ryan Gosling

4. Alan Rickman

5. Andy Serkis

6. Benedict Cumberbatch

7. Brad Pitt

8. Bradley Cooper

9. Gary Oldman

10. Jake Gyllenhaal Best Actress

1. Natalie Portman Winner!

2. Emma Watson

3. Helena Bonham Carter

4. (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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The Artist, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, 13 Assassins: St. Louis Film Critics Winners

19 December 2011 4:55 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rooney Mara in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara, Bérénice Bejo, Being Elmo: St. Louis Film Critics Surprise Winners Best Film * The Artist The Descendants Drive My Week with Marilyn The Tree of Life Best Foreign Language Film * 13 Assassins Point Blank I Saw The Devil Trollhunter Winter in Wartime Best Documentary * Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey The Interrupters Tabloid Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Buck Best Animated Film Rango Kung Fu Panda 2 * The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn Puss in Boots Rio Best Director * Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life Alexander Payne for The Descendants David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive Best Actor Ryan Gosling for Drive * George Clooney for The Descendants Jean Dujardin for The Artist Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Michael Fassbender for »

- Steve Montgomery

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Top 10 films of 2011: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

19 December 2011 4:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It’s the first in our run-down of 2011’s ten finest films. Here’s Mark to explain why Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 deserves so much praise…

Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's the first entry...

10th place:

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

As we pointed out earlier in the year, in our retrospective articles about the Harry Potter saga, there has never been a motion picture endeavour quite like this one. Eight movies, telling one long story, made within the space of a decade? It's a staggering achievement, and an achievement that is also unlikely to be replicated. Well, »

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Playing a Supervillain is Like ‘A Striptease’ for Jared Harris

16 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty

In yet another interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian era detective and his witty partner, Director Guy Ritchie takes on Sherlock Holmes and his most pressing adversary, Professor Moriarty in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Played by Jared Harris, Moriarty is the counterpoint in both intelligence and martial art moves to Holmes, resurrected by Robert Downey Jr. A sequel to the 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” also directed by Ritchie and starring Jude Law and »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Your next box set: Smiley's People

15 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

John le Carré's Smiley's People is next for the big screen treatment – but can it match the masterly BBC series starring Alec Guinness?

What do we know? Fact: following the success of his bespectacled spook in the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy film earlier this year, Gary Oldman has said there are plans afoot for a sequel, in the form of an adaptation of Smiley's People. Fact: there is already a six-part BBC series from 1982 based on that very John le Carré cold war spy story. Deduction: snap up the box set before the film's out, then you won't get lost like you did in Tinker. Qualifier: actually, such is the complexity of Smiley's People, you could easily still get lost; indeed, during its original airing, Terry Wogan held regular Smiley's People sessions on his radio show, with people phoning in to explain what they thought was going on.

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Quigley Down Under Blu-ray Review

15 December 2011 11:04 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool grows out a brostache for the Tom Selleck western Quigley Down Under on Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Release date: November 1, 2011

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English 2.0 Surround DTS-hd Master Audio, Spanish Mono, French Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French

Special Features: "Rebirth of the Western" documentary, TV spots, Theatrical trailer

The Set-up

Legendary sharpshooter Matthew Quigley travels to Australia, only to find his potential employer is an Outback rancher planning to exterminate the Aborigines living near his land. Rather than join him, Quigley joins the natives in a fight for survival.

Directed by: Simon Wincer

The Delivery

This very underrated 1990 movie starring Tom Selleck was not a commercial success, but it is an entertaining flick that will hopefully gain new fans with its first-ever Blu-ray release. Set against the gorgeous Australian Outback, Selleck plays Old West sharpshooter »

- medina.victor@sbcglobal.net (Victor Medina)

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Golden Globe Nominations 2012: Five Shockers and Snubs!

15 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

No Harry Potter. No Muppets. Some stealth Angelina Jolie. A roundup of the Golden Globe nominations' biggest surprises: 1. Harry Potter Didn't Have the Magic:  It's not that Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was expected to be big—it wasn't; its preseason buzz faded a long time ago. It's that Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the franchise's last, best hope for breakout awards-season accolades, got nothing. Nothing. No Original Score. No Alan Rickman. No Best Motion Picture Drama (a longshot, granted). No hope for anything different at the Oscars? 2. The Muppets Got Big-Timed—and Robbed: Pity Kermit and company that the Hollywood Foreign Press, for once, decided to play it straight down »

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"The Artist" Tops St. Louis Film Critics Nominations

14 December 2011 7:22 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"The Artist," the critics darling, continue to wow various award-giving bodies. This time, the Michel Hazanavicus film triumphed at the St. Louis Film Critics awards with 8 nominations including Best Film!

Here's the complete list of St. Louis Film Critics Awards nominees(Check out other award-giving bodies in our Awards Season coverage right here):

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

My Week With Marilyn

Tree of Life

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Terrence Malick for Tree of Life

Alexander Payne for The Descendants

David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor

Ryan Gosling for Drive

George Clooney for The Descendants

Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Michael Fassbender for Shame

Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Actress

Viola Davis for The Help

Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Saoirse Ronan for »

- Manny

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'Drive,' 'Potter' And More: My Favorite Movies Of 2011

13 December 2011 11:32 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' and 'Descendants' also year-end highlights for MTV Movies' Josh Horowitz.

By Josh Horowitz

Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in "Drive"

Photo: FilmDistrict

Any year that can includes a half-dozen superhero films and an Oscar front-runner that's a black-and-white silent film ("The Artist") needs to be given at least a bit of credit for breadth. I'll go one further and say 2011 has been a year filled with plenty of cinematic delights. Hell, if I couldn't even squeeze one of two Spielberg films or Terrence Malick's meditation on our existence on my top 10, that's got to say something.

Without any further ado, my top 10 movies of the year — completely accurate as of the moment I wrote it. (What can I say? Moods come and go.)

10. "Attack the Block"

It could qualify as one of the year's best comedies, thrillers and sci-fi flicks. That Joe Cornish's »

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