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It's that time of year when we look back to see what stories really popped in 2011. From happy stories like Beyonce's big Vma baby bump reveal to sad stories like the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse, we were working hard in the MTV Newsroom to bring you all the news you were craving. Below are the top five stories in our countdown of the most viewed stories of the year from MTV News.
5. Cali Swag District Rapper M-Bone Killed In Drive-By Shooting (411K)
Early on May 16, hip-hop fans learned that Cali Swag District member M-Bone was the victim of a drive-by shooting the previous night and passed away from two gunshot wounds to the head, according to police in Inglewood, California. M-Bone, born Mante Talbert, was one-fourth of the group that rose to fame with their 2010 single "Teach Me How to Dougie."
When police arrived on the scene, they »
- John Mitchell
The holidays are a great time to get together with family, wearing loose pants, eat until you regret it and then crash on the couch and catch up with countless movies and television shows you might have missed in the past year. And one series that would make a good selection to idle away those post-turkey hours, is the IFC comedy "The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret." And for five lucky readers, we're going to stuff their stockings this year with a copy. Starring David Cross and Will Arnett, with Spike Jonze in a small role and Johnny Marr providing orignial music for the series (told you this was one you'd want to watch), the show follows the mishaps of the titular character played by Cross, an office temp and liar, who bluffs his way into a senior sales job at an energy sports drink company in London. The »
For their new music video, oddball Canadian chamber pop band Arcade Fire -- who last year made a music video that utilized Google Earth and had Spike Jonze turn their album The Suburbs into a mini-sci-fi movie set in Texas -- now want you to participate in the editorial process of their new interactive video by dancing. Yes, you heard right. Dance. The video for their new single "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" comes viewable as a traditional music video, directed by Vincent Morisset (who recently directed the concert doc "Inni" for Sigur Ros and who is also strange and Canadian). But, for the more adventurous Arcade Fire fans out there (you know who you are, Mr. Has-a-bootleg-copy-of-"The Box"-score-on-their-iPhone), you can head over to a dedicated website, where you're encouraged to interact with the video via dance. The way this works (and we're not entirely sure if we »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo: Star Trek mail box . Jim Hill  describes The Muppety Makeover of Disneyland That Almost Happened First look  at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Lincoln Roger Ebert  takes a look at How Tom Cruise shot the skyscraper scene in Migp Director Peter Berg provides  audio commentary for the Battleship trailer. Pajiba  lists Ten Movies You'd Never, Ever Want to Watch with Your Parents  AICN  has a behind the scenes photo of director Spike Jonze on the »
- Peter Sciretta
When a screenwriter is admired, it is often based on how well he or she can construct a story (Robert Towne, William Goldman) or write dialogue (Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet), but Charlie Kaufman is the rare screenwriter who is revered for the strength of his ideas. He certainly feels like the first writing auteur, and it’s appropriate that he began directing his own scripts with 2008’s "Synecdoche, New York" (That’s not to disparage the great films Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry made out of Kaufman scripts, although as far as “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” goes, the less said, the better. Director George Clooney and Kaufman infamously butted heads over that film.) Kaufman is gearing up for his second directorial effort, “Frank or Francis,” a movie which the Oscar-winning screenwriter has described as being about “online film criticism” in the “broadest possible sense.” We also knew that Steve. »
Some cities are lucky enough to have an independent rep house. However, it takes something special to make diehard New Yorker Ted Hope declare "I Want To Live In La Today And Go To The Greatest Celebration Of Cinema Ever!!!" That was the message on the producer's blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds Saturday in honor of Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Holiday Telethon, a day-long affair designed to raise funds for the nonprofit film group’s operational budget. The event began at noon today with Spike Jonze hosting a personal retrospective of his career. Later in the evening, Benicio del Toro will introduce Kaneto Shindo’s 1960 film “The Naked Island.” Sunday morning, a 90-minute chat with Elliott Gould will close the marathon. Between these notable actors and directors, founder and head programmer Hadrian Belove and his Cinefamily team have also assembled some distinguished musical, comedic and journalistic talent for a »
SAG ensemble rules leave out many important actors: "According to guild rules, ensemble award casts are represented by actors billed on separate cards in the main titles ... In Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris,' the omissions are even more glaring. If one is to judge by SAG's list of nominees, the cast includes Adrien Brody, who plays Salvador Dali, but not Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemingway and is by far the most talked-about and honored of the actors who play historical figures. (San Francisco's film critics named him the year's best supporting actor.) Kathy Bates, who plays Gertrude Stein, is listed; Alison Pill and Tom Hiddleston, who play Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, are not." The Wrap WGA Awards set its west coast team: "Spike Jones Jr is returning to executive produce the 2012 WGA Awards’ West Coast show, set for February 19 at the Hollywood Palladium. The veteran »
 Since breaking out with Being John Malkovich in 1999, Charlie Kaufman has developed a reputation as one of the most creative, ambitious screenwriters working today. After earning acclaim for projects like Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he made his directorial debut in 2008 with the wildly imaginative Synecdoche, New York. He is now working on his second directorial effort, Frank or Francis, and also has a political satire in the works with Spike Jonze attached to direct. BAFTA recently invited Kaufman to talk about his craft as part of a lecture series called "Screenwriters On Screenwriting," and in typical Kaufman style, the resulting talk is honest, philosophical, meandering, and a little bit messy -- in a good way. Hit the jump for highlights and a link to the full video and transcript. We can't embed the video here, unfortunately, but here are a few key quotes from the 40-minute talk. »
- Angie Han
"Something happened to British cinema this year: it got world-class again." Tim Robey builds a convincing case: the returns of Lynne Ramsay and Terence Davies, debuts by Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur), Richard Ayoade (Submarine), Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley (Black Pond) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and, perhaps most encouraging, "remarkable second films from Ben Wheatley (the horror-thriller Kill List), from Joanna Hogg, whose bitterly insightful Archipelago confirmed all the promise of Unrelated, and from Andrew Haigh, whose Nottingham-set gay romance Weekend has been a sleeper hit here and in the United States…. The sheer range of subjects, periods, genres, styles and ambitions was as heartening as the quality of the movies, and proof that our industry is in great shape."
Also in the Telegraph, Robbie Collin looks back on 2011's highs and lows and the paper lists its top ten and ten worst films of the year. Speaking of the worsts, »
Spike Jones Jr is returning to executive produce the 2012 WGA Awards’ West Coast show, set for February 19 at the Hollywood Palladium. The veteran producer has overseen four WGA West ceremonies, including the past two years. Also returning is talent producer Carole Propp and head writer Guy Nicolucci, who both worked on last year’s event. The WGA Awards will be held simultaneously in Hollywood and New York. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Remember that trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that featured the mesmerizing, high-adrenaline version of Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song”? The song now has a music video, and it’s full of grainy black and blue images that show a lot and nothing at all. The clip will also serve as the opening credits for the upcoming film based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. Photos: 7 Music to Movie Directors Including Michael Bay, David Fincher, Spike Jonze The video for the song, which features Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on vocals, was directed by David Fincher,
- Rebecca Ford
Although it won't be hitting until sometime in 2013, will the next Tom Clancy shooter be the first game to tackle the banking crisis?
Bankers: the terrorists in Rainbow 6 Patriots blow them up, apparently. Or at least, that's what appears to be the gist of this cinematic trailer for Ubisoft's next Tom Clancy-branded game. Will developers Ubisoft Montreal and Red Storm Entertainment be able to tell a nuanced story that deals with liberty, commerce, politics, and terror?
From a story standpoint, this is one of the titles I'm most interested in from the Vga premieres, because this could be a Mature title that earns its "M" rating for the right reasons (having themes, creating genuine disturbance for the player). On the flip side, it could simply be using the provocative themes and plots as window dressing so your Rainbow 6 squad mates have something to shoot at.
Rainbow 6 Patriots is coming »
- Charles Webb
A new trailer for Activision's The Amazing Spider-Man was introduced during the Spike VGAs earlier this evening, and it shows off one of the enormous foes Spidey will be tasked with defeating during the course of the game.
In the trailer, Oscorp robots go haywire and attack New York City in newsreel footage. As a giant worm-like robot emerges from underground, Spidey swings into action, rips out the robot's eye, and proceeds to systematically remove various bits and bolts.
The game is developed by Beenox and based on Sony and Columbia Pictures upcoming reboot movie The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield as the webslinger. In it, gamers will return to New York City in an epilogue story to the film - not replaying the film's events. Spidey will utilize a new Web Rush mechanic that will give players access to a wide variety of all-new moves against a collection of criminals. »
Another Earth is Mike Cahill’s visually stunning feature length debut as a solo director. The film, written by Cahill himself and co-star Brit Marling, unfolds the story of a parallel world, a new planet identical to our own Earth. The story follows the relationship between Rhoda (played by Marling), a brilliant young woman who was accepted at MIT but was unable to go after tragedy struck, and depressed university professor John Burroughs (William Mapother). Cahill’s feature length work debuted in the UK at the Raindance Film Festival earlier this year. Acclaimed for its original script, honest characters, and spectacular imagery, Cahill’s debut was certainly a bold success. It is not every day that a director’s first film turns into an artistic beauty. To celebrate the release of Another Earth in cinemas on 9th December, we explore other film directors who had similar success with their directorial »
- Paul Heath
The Bats have it tough in this third animated trailer from the upcoming PC, PS3, and 360 downloadable shooter.
Does anyone but me think Gotham City Impostors is going to open up a whole new world of cosplay for Batman and Joker fans this video game and comic convention season? With the homemade, customizable look for both sides in this bargain basement gun battle in the heart of Gotham City, I have to imagine we'll see more lady Jokers (or Jokerz) in tights and Batmen in suspenders on the convention floors in 2012.
Here's the synopsis for the game:
Why fight crime when you can kill it.
Gotham City has gone insane! Batman is up to his pointy ears in unwanted "helpers" determined to dish out their own bloodthirsty brand of vigilante justice in his name (and image). Meanwhile, a small army of self-appointed junior Jokerz has turned the streets of Gotham »
- Charles Webb
Which game are you most excited about for 2012? The Spike TV VGAs wants you to vote on it.
With only a couple more days left until the VGAs, we wanted to check out the other fan voting category for Spike's big show: the Most Anticipated Games of 2012. The big surprise here is that there are only five titles on the list (I remember someone grousing in an article somewhere that 2012 might be the most boring year for games ever or something similarly goofy). But I think looking at the bigger picture, 2012 will be one of those years where there are fewer high profile franchise/sequel releases, so we might have to muddle through the year with a bunch of—gasp—original games next year.
Anyway, here are the list of anticipated titles for next year as chosen by Spike, and here's what I think of 'em.
Mass Effect 3
- Charles Webb
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.
“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking.from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”
2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, »
- Michelle McCue
Many of the best short films of recent years have come from the collaboration of corporations with some of the biggest directors around with Terry Gilliam’s inspired partnership with Garofalo Pasta for The Wholly family and Spike Jonze’s film with Absolut I’m Here.
Continuing the trend Chivas have teamed up with director Joachim Back, whose short film Himself won him the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2010, and the result is two shorts on the evolving nature of the modern male friendship.
A trailer for the first film, entitled Real Friends, has been released and you can see that here, and the full short Twinkle is available to view online at the link below.
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Here’s the link to the second short – Twinkle.
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- Michael Walsh
Director: Bennett Miller
Running Time: 133 Minutes
Synopsis: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
The sports movie, as a genre is primarily all about the underdog, whether your rooting for Stallone’s boxing rookie in Rocky, Newman’s band of ice-hockey misfits in Slap Shot or Costner’s cocky but lovable turn in Tin Cup, there is no mistaking it, the tingle on the back of your neck and the smile it can bring to your face is testament to that. The baseball movie has itself become almost a sub-genre with the highlights being the fact-based scandal Eight Men Out, fairytale-like Robert Redford classic The Natural (my own personal »
- Craig Hunter
Why is the video director for Cheryl Cole and Klaxons filming people dancing when drunk?
If you were making a reality show called The Only Way is Shoreditch, you would want to have aimed your camera at an innocuous white booth in Hoxton Square last month. Surrounded by the standard gaggle of east London hipsters, the luminous box, an interactive art installation by Saam Farahmand, became a scenester magnet over the course of two days.
A former Goldsmiths fine art graduate, Farahmand, at 32, is considered one of the most talented music video directors of his generation. According to Creative Review, with his "experimental approach and technical brilliance, you always know you're going to get something special".
So how do his videos come about? "Normally, you pitch to a [record] label and they choose the best one. I just work directly with artists now – but don't put that! It sounds arrogant." Farahmand »
- Nosheen Iqbal
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