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HollywoodNews.com: We all spent a lot of time with our modern family members over the holidays. Chances are, very few of them looked like Sofia Vergara. The stunning “Modern Family” co-star has a very good year in 2011.
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Her extremely popular sitcom earned multiple Emmy wins (and Vergara scored an Emmy nomination for her work). She also graduated to a steadier stream of feature film work, appearing in the family comedy “The Smurfs” and playing a chef in Gary Marshall’s holiday hit, “New Year’s Eve.”
The sky is the limit for Vergara, who’ll continue working on the latest season of “Modern Family: while also playing a part in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s “The Three Stooges.” Could 2012 be even bigger for this beauty than 2011? We can’t wait to find out.
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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
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- Shaun Munro
Filed under: Movie News, Holiday Movies
If Garry Marshall's star-packed disaster 'New Year's Eve' proved anything, it's that (like in life) the perfect New Year's Eve is hard to get right. Moviefone has thrown out some of holiday's worst on-screen moments and now, as the world readies itself for the big 20-12, let's take a moment to celebrate the best: 'When Harry Met Sally.'
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- Jessie Heyman
Jeremy Irvine, Steven Spielberg on the set of War Horse Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible 4, Robert Downey Jr/A Game Of Shadows Have Estimates Revised Upwards: Box Office Despite the presence of Matt Damon and former Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo brought in a revised $9.5m — nearly $2m more than originally estimated — at no. 6 as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even so, the film's per-theater average was a mere $3,032 at 3,117 locations ($15.6m for the four-day weekend; average $5,005). As mentioned in a previous post, although figures will almost inevitably go up next weekend thanks to the New Year's holiday, We Bought a Zoo will have quite a bit of trouble matching — let alone recovering — its $50m budget domestically. Perhaps it's time for Cameron Crowe to pair up with Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky) once again. We Bought a Zoo, Crowe's first »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Breaking Dawn Cameron Crowe/Matt Damon/Scarlett Johansson/We Bought A Zoo Disappoints, David Fincher/Daniel Craig/Rooney Mara/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Passable: Box Office The no. 7 movie this Christmas weekend at the domestic box office will surely be Steven Spielberg's War Horse, which, as mentioned in part I of this three-part box-office article, is expected to gross close to $7 million on opening day — today. In addition to its four-legged star(s), War Horse features Jeremy Irvine, two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson, Thor's Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, Celine Buckens, Patrick Kennedy, Robert Emms, and Eddie Marsan. Sunday's other wide release, The Darkest Hour, an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, isn't expected to make much of a splash at the box office despite showings at 2,324 locations. In fact, there's a good chance it won't »
- Zac Gille
I have the theme from Gremlins stuck in my head and it’s all your fault!
What better way to celebrate Christ’s Birthday (Observed) than with a full day’s programming of movies that have nothing to do with Him? I figure we’ll get to that next year on Christ’s Deathday (Observed); for now, these flicks of love, gratitude and a whole spectrum of other heartwarming words will have to suffice.
8:00 Am - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - 130 min
It’s a movie everybody’s seen! Or at least that used to be the case. I’m old and cognizant enough to remember the clichéd time when It’s a Wonderful Life was shown on seemingly every channel, round-the-clock from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, but even though that ended roughly fifteen to twenty years ago, the stereotype remains. These days, I think less and less »
Patrick Fugit, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, We Bought a Zoo David Fincher/Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to Surpass Swedish Original's Total Gross Over One Weekend: Box Office Despite the presence of Matt Damon, one of the most likable actors around, and former Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson, on Friday, Dec. 23, the kiddie-oriented We Bought a Zoo brought in a mere $3 million, landing at no. 6 on the North American box-office chart according to early, rough estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com. Directed by Cameron Crowe, who has been luckier with Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky), and distributed by 20th Century Fox, We Bought a Zoo is expected to gross less than $8 million at 3,117 locations over the three-day weekend. Memories of the tragic, bloody slaughter of dozens of wild animals in Ohio a few weeks ago — the animals had been »
- Zac Gille
After years of blockbusters and special effects eye candy, it looks like Timur Bekmambetov is ready to pull a bit of a Garry Marshall. Bekmambetov and Chinese filmmaker Eva Jin are the first two filmmakers to sign up for the remake of the Russian hit "Yolki" ("Six Degrees Of Celebration") whose sequel "Yolki 2" is currently blowing up the box office in its homeland. The remake will take place around the Chinese New Year, centering on a little girl who is eager to get a message to the President, and decides to use the popular Kevin Bacon theory to get the job done. Six handshakes will connect people across eight stories and time zones that will see the story span from a lowly migrant right up to the President himself. Heartwarming and inclusive! Bemambetov and Jin will be joined by six other directors each taking a segment/storyline in this Chinese/Russian co-production. »
Deadline reports that Timur Bekmambetov and Eva Jin are the first two directors to sign on for Six Degrees of Celebration, a remake of the 2010 Russian hit Yolki. While the original film, which Bekmambetov was a director on, told vignettes that took place on New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall scorching that Earth has made a switch to Chinese New Year necessary.
Things are also being adjusted on the side of plot, with the transition going from eight Russians to “a young orphan girl who must deliver a message to the President and whose only hope is to use the theory of ‘six degrees of separation.’” (You’re familiar with that idea, right? Yeah, you’re familiar with that idea.) Other filmmakers will get on board twixt now and the start of production, which is being planned to accommodate a 2013 release.
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Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, The Adventures of Tintin David Fincher/Rooney Mara/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Has Good (Not Great) Opening Day: Box Office With Tom Cruise performing impossible stunts in Brad Bird's live-action Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, Tintin's motion-captured stunts in Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn may look a tad less compelling. At least in English-speaking North America. Whereas The Adventures of Tintin has grossed $239 million overseas, in the Us/Canada the adventure tale featuring the intrepid Belgian hero opened with a disappointing $2.3 million on Wednesday, Dec. 21, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. (Tintin had already earned about $3.2 million in Quebec, where it opened on Dec. 9.) Tintin's top foreign market is France, where it has pulled in $53m; it's currently the fourth biggest 2011 release in that country, after local box-office hits Intouchables and Nothing to Declare, »
- Zac Gille
Shortly after reporting that Skins lead Kaya Scodelario has replaced The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara in the upcoming indie drama Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, we.re able to bring you news on another actress close to signing a deal to appear alongside her. Variety says Jessica Biel is in .final negotiations. to join writer-director Francesca Gregorini's film, a heartwrenching story (on the surface, at least) about Emanuel (Scodelario), a teenager hired by her troubled neighbor to babysit her .daughter,. which turns out to be a doll. The teen goes along with the woman.s delusion, primarily because the neighbor closely resembles Emanuel.s deceased mom. Talk about a sticky wicket. Biel would play the neighbor, Linda, giving the beautiful actress her meatiest role since 2006.s Home of the Brave. Lately, Biel has bene coasting in cute and cuddly ensemble comedies from Garry Marshall, »
The silver lining at the North American box office this weekend is the Brad Bird/Tom Cruise $140 million-budgeted combo Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, which has raked in an impressive, IMAX-boosted $4.6 million — including $1m from Thursday midnight showings — at only 425 locations (300 of which IMAX theaters). As per The Hollywood Reporter, Ghost Protocol should bring in $12 million by Sunday evening. If so, that would represent an outstanding, even considering the IMAX surcharges, $28,400 per-theater average.
For comparison's sake, Mission: Impossible III earned $47.74 million at 4,054 theaters in July 2006 (approx. $58 million today), averaging $11,776 per site (approx. $14,000 today). At a little more than one tenth of the number of theaters, Ghost Protocol is expected to take in more than one fifth of the inflation-adjusted gross of its predecessor. »
- Zac Gille
Zac Efron has a new tattoo etched on his right hand. The former "High School Musical" star showed off the body ink, which read "Yolo", when attending a press conference to promote his new movie "New Year's Eve" in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month.
According to Too Fab, the 24-year-old's new ink is an acronym for the famous phrase "You Only Live Once". It joins another of his tat, a giant feather on his inner right arm, which he flaunted earlier this year during a shirtless photo shoot at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles.
Zac jetted off to Japan not only to attend the press conference but also to support a special screening for the Garry Marshall-directed film. He opted for a dark suit on top of a casual blue t-shirt when coming to the former occasion, and donned a black suit and a navy tie at the latter event. »
The North American box office is in the doldrums. Receipts last weekend were the lowest since September 2008 (unadjusted for inflation), while attendance figures — if reports are to be believed — are at their lowest since September 2001, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. (Note: those attendance comparisons are iffier than usual, as they're using 3D-inflated 2011 movie-ticket price averages to compare with basically 3D-less pre-2009 averages — when last weekend's top three movies, Garry Marshall/Zac Efron/Michelle Pfeiffer/etc.'s New Year's Eve, Jonah Hill's The Sitter, and Bill Condon/Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart/Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 were all in "2D.")
Anyhow, Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Brad Bird/Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, and Mike Mitchell's animated feature Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked »
- Zac Gille
Starring Kristen Stewart as a pregnant human, Robert Pattinson as a vampire, and Taylor Lautner as a six-packed werewolf, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is now the third-biggest blockbuster at the North American box office, having surpassed Todd Phillips' comedy sequel The Hangover: Part II last weekend. According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, The Hangover 2, which stars Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms stranded in Thailand, has collected $254.46 million in the domestic market. After 27 days (up until Dec. 14), Breaking Dawn 1 has raked in $261.45 million. No wonder Star Trek's George Takei is terrified of the Twilight menace.
- Zac Gille
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By late evening on Dec. 9, the sense of defeat spreading through Hollywood was palpable. After solid Friday matinee attendance, the nighttime audience for New Year's Eve had evaporated and the domestic box office was in trouble. Instead of opening to an expected $20 million, Garry Marshall's star-studded comedy topped out at $13 million, while Jonah Hill's The Sitter opened to less than $10 million, ringing in the worst overall frame in more than three years. What's more, attendance for the first two weekends of December dipped to its lowest level since 9/11. After several record years, domestic box
- Pamela McClintock
If Garry Marshall directed an action movie, it'd probably be The Expendables franchise. Thankfully, he's not, and with Con Air's Simon West in the director's chair, this second helping of tough guys might actually measure up to expectations. (Granted those expectations aren't very high to begin with.) Today, we get our first look with a teaser trailer kicked off by a monologue from the ubiquitous Bruce Willis. The teaser doesn't tell us anything more than who's in the movie and what the new logo looks like. Oh and Schwarzenegger apparently has a n action sequence while Willis and Stallone have issues. We'll have to wait a few more months before we get the full trailer to get a true sense of how The Expendables 2 is going to measure up to its predecessor, but for now, take a look...
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With a 7% rating on the Tomatometer, this year's Garry Marshall holiday movie, New Year's Eve, is clearly not winning any awards this season. The bland celebrity vignette stars just about everyone Marshall could pay off to appear in the story about intersecting phony feel good drama that happens on ... New Year's Eve. Robert De Niro further embarrasses himself, Michelle Pfeiffer wonders what happened to her career, and Bon Jovi shows up. It's a pretty big mess. You can always count on CollegeHumor to bring the funny, and they've toyed with the film's poster — featuring the dozen or so glossy celebriheads in its design — bringing it to life. De Niro admits he showed up for the paycheck, Ludacris hits on Abigail Breslin, Sarah Jessica Parker...
- Alison Nastasi
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December 2011...
DreamWorks Animation's Shrek prequel / spin-off Puss in Boots debuts in first place at the UK box office, banking £1.97m to push rival CG-animation Arthur Christmas down into second after the Aardman Animations effort topped the chart last week at the fourth time of asking.
It's hardly a spectacular opening for Puss in Boots, although the same can be said of the week's other newcomers, with Garry Marshall's star-studded rom-com New Year's Eve only managing to amass £1.3m to take third and comedy sequel A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D pulling in just £183k down in eighth. The biggest success of the week was perhaps Mike Cahill's low-budget sci-fi drama Another Earth, which collected £90,950 from a limited release and debuting in the chart in tenth. Not bad for a $200,000 budget, and that's »
It is impossible to argue against the fact that 2011, though not terribly good for Hollywood, was a particularly smashing year for smaller, specialty films. "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Midnight in Paris" - Woody's biggest hit to date -- "Tree of Life," "Shame," "Melancholia," "The Artist" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" are just some of the standout films that were released this year.
"This is going to be one of those movie years like 1939 and 1968. It'll take about 20 years, and people will look back and realize all of the little quiet revolutions that changed everything," Patton Oswalt, a cineaste and the star of Young Adult, told the Village Voice. "If you look at movies like 'Bellflower,' 'Septien,' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' this was the first year that people really started going: 'Fuck it, I'm going to shoot a film. I don't know what I'm »
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