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'Community,' 'Happy Endings,' 'Psych': Zap2it's favorite comedic episodes of 2011

29 December 2011 5:09 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

You've seen our favorite drama episodes of 2011. Now, for the stuff that made us laugh.

As you'll see below, we love us some "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" at Zap2it. But we also found room for episodes of shows that aren't always consistent still capable of being very good. And also "Jersey Shore," which is not strictly a comedy but sure can be funny.

These were our favorite comedic episodes of 2011. What were yours?

Andrea Reiher

"Community" - "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": There were a lot of great "Community" episodes in 2011, but my personal favorite was when the gang took Fat Neil under their collective wing and played an epic game of Dungeons & Dragons to make him feel included. From the portentous voiceover to Annie's hilarious portrayal of Hector the Well-Endowed, it was a massively fun episode.

"Psych" - "Last Night Gus": Gus and Shawn having adventurous shenanigans »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Walt Disney Pictures 2012 Release Schedule Preview

22 December 2011 12:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Pictures, along with Pixar and Marvel Studios, has released a preview of their upcoming 2012 release schedule for movies opening between January and December of this New Year. These movies include Beauty and the Beast 3D, The Secret World of Arrietty, John Carter, Chimpanzee, Marvel's the Avengers, Brave, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Finding Nemo, Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph.

Beauty and the Beast 3D - January 13

Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D&#8482, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff: A teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, »

- MovieWeb

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2011: The year’s best movie moments (part 1)

22 December 2011 12:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Most moviegoers can agree on one thing: there were way too many movies this year. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to live in New York, you had the opportunity to see around 600 new features come and go; the rest of us didn’t get that many fewer. That means that anyone who’s been put in a position to make a top 10 (or top 15, or top 20…) had to make some sad cuts. So we thought it appropriate to highlight some of the year’s most memorable individual moments, scenes, and sequences, from movies that may or may not have made our individual year-end lists. Some were from movies we didn’t love; some are from movies we didn’t even like, but all stood out. Which is no small feat considering just how insane the release calendar has become.

We are keeping out credit sequences since we feel it is an artform in itself, »

- Ricky

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Interview: ‘Young Adult’ Director Jason Reitman on Open-Ended, Non-Message Directing

18 December 2011 1:58 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Instead of trying to fill giant shoes in the shadows of his legendary filmmaker father Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”), Jason Reitman has been successfully blazing his own path of films without message that are designed to incite your thoughts and question your actions.

Following the Golden Globe-nominated “Thank You For Smoking,” Oscar-winning “Juno” (with writer Diablo Cody) and Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air,” Reitman’s second collab with Cody switches to the journey of a “Young Adult” who seemingly learns to change her wicked ways but fails to.

Jason Reitman defiantly poses for the HollywoodChicago.com lens on on Dec. 7, 2011 for “Young Adult”.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

That, Jason Reitman says, is reality more often than not. He says people typically don’t make drastic improvements with themselves unless, for example, it’s part of a 12-step program. “Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'The Help' Director Rejoices Over Golden Globe Nominations

15 December 2011 10:26 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Tate Taylor's magical 2011 continued on Thursday, as his film "The Help" was nominated for four major Golden Globe awards. The '60s-set civil rights drama about a young woman named Skeeter (Emma Stone) who sets out to chronicle the untold tales of the local housekeepers in her Mississippi town was a passion project for Taylor; his childhood friend Kathryn Stockett wrote the best-selling book on which it was based, using stories from their own experiences growing up in Mississippi as the basis for the inspiring tale.

The film received nods for Best Picture, Drama, as well as acting nominations for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Taylor was overjoyed when he spoke to The Huffington Post on Thursday.

How does it feel to get your first nomination?

It's a crazy cocktail of surrealism, exhilaration, nerves and being busy. But really, pride. Complete pride. I mean, just to think, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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The 18th Screen Actors Guild Nominations Are In

15 December 2011 5:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

At this time of year the award ceremonies come thick and fast here is the latest to announce its nominations. The Screen Actors Guild is now in its 18th year and today the nominations for the movies and television shows in contention for the prestigious awards are as follows:-

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DEMIÁN Bichir / Carlos Galindo – “A Better Life” (Summit Entertainment)

George Clooney / Matt King – “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar Hoover – “J. Edgar” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jean Dujardin / George – “The Artist” (The Weinstein Company)

Brad Pitt / Billy Beane – “Moneyball” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Glenn Close / Albert Nobbs – “Albert Nobbs” (Roadside Attractions)

Viola Davis / Aibileen Clark – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Meryl Streep / Margaret Thatcher – “The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Company »

- Craig Hunter

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SAG Award 2012 Nominations: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, The Artist, Bridesmaids

14 December 2011 3:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DEMIÁN Bichir / Carlos Galindo – A Better Life (Summit Entertainment)

George Clooney / Matt KingThe Descendants (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar Hoover – J. Edgar (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jean Dujardin / George – The Artist (The Weinstein Company)

Brad Pitt / Billy Beane – Moneyball (Columbia Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Glenn Close / Albert NobbsAlbert Nobbs (Roadside Attractions)

Viola Davis / Aibileen Clark – The Help (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Meryl Streep / Margaret ThatcherThe Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)

Tilda Swinton / Eva – We Need To Talk About Kevin (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Michelle Williams / Marilyn MonroeMy Week With Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh / Sir Laurence OlivierMy Week With Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)

Armie Hammer / Clyde Tolson – J. Edgar (Warner Bros. Pictures »

- Steve Montgomery

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Nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

14 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Screen Actors Guild has announced their list of nominations for the best performances of 2011. I have to point out that I'm surprised Tom Hardy and Joel Edgarton weren't nominated for their roles in Warrior, because they were pretty damn awesome in that film. I think they deserved a nom more than Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm a huge fan of DiCaprio but his performance in J. Edgar wasn't his best. Brad Pitt will end up taking home the award for Moneyball though. It was great to see Bridesmaids and The Help get a nomination for best ensemble cast. It will be interesting to see who takes home the award on this list, and how many of them will make their way to the Oscars.

Who would you like to see take home the award?

Here's the full press released with the list of Nominations:

Nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors »

- Venkman

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Best Ensemble... Except You Corey Stoll in "Midnight in Paris"!

14 December 2011 10:33 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's become something of a tradition here at The Film Experience to take issue with the Screen Actors Guild and their problematic "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture" prize. Year after year they don't even seek to address an issue that you'd think would matter to the 90,000+ guild members: the preferencing of "names" over character actors, no matter the size or importance of the role. As you may know acting is one of those fields were you're lucky to just be working and those who make millions are few and far between. Yet the guild, which should be protecting their less-famous members often lets them be crushed by fame and its perks (aka getting your own title card or high billing). If you don't have your own title card you usually don't end up in the "ensemble" list. Our interest in this situation was first stirred by »

- NATHANIEL R

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SAG Award Nominations Are In, 'Help,' 'Artist' Lead Way

14 December 2011 8:11 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are in, and Emma Stone is leading the way. Her summer sleeper hit, "The Help," nabbed the most movie nominations with four, followed by Oscar-fav "The Artist" with three and a handful of others with two ("Bridesmaids," "The Descendants," "Moneyball").

On the television side of things, "Modern Family" soared to the top of the pack with five nods, while "30 Rock" and "Dexter" each garnered two. HBO reeled in the most total noms with 11.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et

Read on for the full list of nominations below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DEMIÁN Bichir / Carlos Galindo - “A Better Life” (Summit Entertainment)

George Clooney / Matt King - "The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. Edgar" (Warner Bros. Pictures »

- MTV Movies Team

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“The Help” director Tate Taylor on awards, the box office success and his amazing cast – Awards Alley

14 December 2011 7:48 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Tate Taylor’s ensemble dramedy “The Help,” his crowd-pleasing adaptation of close friend Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, has been an awards contender since … well, since it opened back in August. And Taylor will tell you, it feels like he hasn’t stopped talking about the film, his cast, and the film’s impact since late summer, when the story of brave Southern women fighting for basic human rights captivated filmgoers.

I felt bad making Taylor talk even more about his movie, but with the awards season kicking into high gear, I knew I’d be one of thousands hoping to get the young director’s opinion on the happenings surrounding “The Help.” And it’s only going to get busier. The movie just grabbed eight Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations, including Bets Picture. The next day, it claimed multiple Screen Actors Guild noms including Best Ensemble. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Nomination​s Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

14 December 2011 6:21 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2011 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center.s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG President Ken Howard introduced Judy Greer (.The Descendants.) and Regina King (TNT.s .Southland. and the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Social Media Ambassador) who announced the nominees for this year.s Actors®. SAG Awards Committee Chair Jo Beth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29  at 8 p.m. (Et)/5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT at 10 p. »

- Michelle McCue

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Meryl Streep Among Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

14 December 2011 6:21 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

20th Century Fox Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

Meryl Streep was among the nominees when the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced this morning.

Streep was nominated for her role in “The Iron Lady,” a biopic about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Help” was one of the leading candidates with the film’s actors getting a nod for outstanding cast; “The Help” stars Viola Davis (leading role) and Octavia Spencer (supporting role) were also tapped for individual nominations. »

- WSJ Staff

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The Help Blu-ray Review!

13 December 2011 2:18 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool can't get enough of The Help Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 146 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-ma, English 2.0 Descriptive Video Service, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

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

Special Features: Deleted Scenes; Mary J. Blige "The Living Proof" music video; "Making of the Help" featurette; "In their Own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi" featurette

The Set-up

In 1960s Mississippi, an aspiring writer (Emma Stone) enlists the help of local maids to write a book exposing the racism and challenges in their everyday lives.

Written and directed by: Tate Taylor

The Delivery

Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, The Help is a heartfelt, if glossed-over, look at issues of race and class as seen through the eyes of African-American maids in 1960s Mississippi. Emma Stone is wonderful as Skeeter, »

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

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The Sundance Film Festival Is Once Again Coming To A Theater Near You

13 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Not going to brave the icy roads and chilling winds of Park City, Utah this January for the Sundance Film Festival 2012? No matter. The festival is once again going to bring the films to you if you live in Ann Arbor, Mi; Boston, Ma; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, Il; Houston, TX; Nashville, Tn; Orlando, Fl; San Francisco, CA; or Tucson, Az. Those are the cities that will be getting special screenings of some of Sundance 2012's most promising films in a program called Sundance Film Festival USA. Last year [1], films like Cedar Rapids, Like Crazy, Win Win and Our Idiot Brother all played as part of this program, months before their regular release dates, and this year's films feature stars like Susan Sarandon, Elijah Wood, Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Roth, David Duchovny and many more. All the screenings take place on January 26. Read more after the jump. Here's the description »

- Germain Lussier

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Blu-ray Review: Beloved ‘The Help’ With Viola Davis, Emma Stone

13 December 2011 9:56 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Help” has been one of the most divisive movies of 2011. I know some critics who absolutely loathe it, finding the easy-to-digest version of something as important as civil rights to be offensive. I get that. I know some critics who love it, finding the performances strong enough to carry the movie over any sentimental rough patches. I get that too. The movie is too much of a phenomenon for any self-respecting cinema buff to miss it entirely. So, as much as I’d love to offer a solid thumbs up or down, I’m falling pretty squarely in the middle, edging just barely to a recommendation, but you need to see it for yourself just to see on which side of the controversial fence you fall.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

What works about “The Help? Four of the strongest performances of the year — Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Help - Blu-ray Review

12 December 2011 7:35 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Help is a near perfect blend of comedy and drama. The film manages to stay light enough to be entertaining while tackling a variety of deep subjects and a difficult time period. The strength of the film can easily be credited to its extremely talented ensemble cast. Directed by Tate Taylor (who also wrote the screenplay) and based on Kathryn Stockett.s successful novel (which I have not read), The Help stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney (who is not in the movie nearly enough), Anna Camp, Eleanor Henry, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson (who delivers a lot of the film's emotion with just a look in her eyes), »

- Patrick Luce

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Blu-ray Review: The Help

11 December 2011 7:31 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Help Directed by: Tate Taylor Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Cicely Tyson Running time: 146 minutes, Rated PG-13, Available on standard DVD At the start of the civil rights movement, an aspiring journalist decides write a book filled with a compilation of events as recounted by the maids who work for white families in Jackson Mississippi. The special features on the Blu-ray include a “making-of” featurette and a tear-jerking featurette “Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi,” and they are important to watch after the film. Author Kathryn Stockett and Director Tate Taylor are childhood friends whose »

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Margaret

10 December 2011 | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A young woman find herself embroiled in the blame game after a bus accident.

Sometimes accidents are just down to bad timing.

While out shopping on New York's Upper West Side, 17-year-old Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) spots a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) wearing the exact type of cowboy hat that she has been seeking for a trip with her estranged father, and as she distracts the driver's attention, his bus ploughs into pedestrian Monica Patterson (Allison Janney), who then dies, bloodily, in Lisa's arms.

This complicated, traumatic and messy event triggers a similar mess (in a »

- Anton Bitel

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Exclusive: Kathryn Stockett Talks The Help Blu-ray

8 December 2011 10:26 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The author of this best-selling novel offers insight into the story behind the movie, available on Blu-ray and DVD now

Kathryn Stockett's best selling novel The Help was adapted for the screen by her childhood pal Tate Taylor, and the film was a smash upon its release earlier this summer, staying at number one on the charts for an unprecedented four weeks in a row. That fun fact couldn't have meant less to Kathryn Stockett, though, as she doesn't follow the box office. Heck, she doesn't hardly ever go to the movies, even going as far as to almost miss out on the big Hollywood premiere of The Help. Movies just aren't her thing. She'd rather stay at home and read.

The Help is on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD this week. We hooked up with Kathryn Stockett to get her thoughts on the long and winding road »

- MovieWeb

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