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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%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming home video release Killer Elite, which arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet Download, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download January 10. Click on the video player below to watch a tense car chase after a hit goes bad.
Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite is a gritty battle between guns-for-hire that has been hailed as "one of the best action thrillers of the year!" by Richard Roeper, ReelzChannel. Pitting two of the world's most elite operatives against the cunning leader of a secret military society, Killer Elite stars Jason Statham (The Transporter, Death Race), Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull) and Academy Award-nominee Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Gary McKendry (Everything in this Country Must), Killer Elite is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, DVD, On Demand and »
Good-looking couple Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cozied up under the palm trees in sunny Miami Beach earlier today. Rosie soaked up the rays in a floral bikini top and striped bottoms while Jason kept his six-pack abs under wraps. Jason and Rosie were among the hot couples sharing the most memorable Pda moments in 2011 and it looks like they're heading into another year full of love, hugs, and kisses. Last year the pair celebrated New Year's Eve in St. Barts with pal Alessandra Ambrosio so we'll have to wait and see where they ring in 2012 tomorrow night. View Slideshow › »
- Katie Henry
There is a chain of buzzwords—collector's edition, anniversary set, director's cut, unrated cut, extended version, digitally remastered, Digibook, etc.—that studios slap on DVD and Blu-ray cases to tempt you to buy the same movies over and over again. Some are worth the upgrade, but many of those double dips are just the studio returning to the well one too many times. Read on and decide if you want to skip or double dip this month. The Expendables: Extended Director's Cut Sylvester Stallone muscled together cinema's favorite action stars of the past few decades for this explosive ensemble picture, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and even a cameo by...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Hollywood loves a franchise and this year we've seen studios stretching sagas - and doubling the box office - by separating films into two parts, as happened with the conclusions of Twilight and Harry Potter and as will also be the case with The Hobbit.
Although a fairly unlikely contender for big-screen longevity - because of its seemingly simple road-racing concept and lack of a cherished literary source - The Fast And The Furious series is now extending itself even further.
We knew a sixth film was scheduled to arrive on May 27, 2013, and Vin Diesel says the story has become so big that they have decided to split it into a sixth and seventh instalment.
The 44-year-old actor, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise about men with a passion for super-cars, told The Hollywood Reporter: "With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, »
- David Bentley
Box office junkies, unite! It’s time to break down the year that was at the movies using the thing that we love most — the numbers!
Blockbuster franchise films reigned supreme at the North American box office in 2011. Of the ten highest grossing movies, the top seven — led by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 with $381 million — are sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (No. 9, $176.7 million) is a prequel, and Thor (No. 8, $181 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger (No. 10, $176.7 million), while not sequels, are part of the larger Avengers franchise which Marvel will roll out next year. »
- Grady Smith
From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.
Here's a preview!
2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)
Always more content when punching dreadlocked aliens, physical manifestations of the antichrist and pretty much everyone to death than when using ‘ideas’, ‘rhetoric’ and ‘any semblance of intelligence’ to get things done, it did indeed seem strange when Arnie was elected Governor of California in 2003. After slowly departing into his tenure in politics through a slew of tired and mechanically deficient star vehicles (ending with the competent tedium of Terminator 3) he disappeared from our screens almost completely. For eight years he subsisted upon minor roles, meagre cameos and his estimated $200 million fortune until his political career ended and his personal life collapsed amongst allegations of extra-marital affairs and children.
But today, no longer wanted by the government, Arnie looks once again to survive as soldier of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire: Arnold Schwarzenegger. »
- Ross Jones-Morris
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Or in this case, I give you 14 films.
Two themes seemed to keep popping up in 2011; nostalgia and forgetting. The forgetting specifically came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Friends with Benefits, A Separation, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, and 50/50 all had a key character with Alzheimer’s. On the flip side, nostalgia seemed central to many films. The Artist is an homage to silent films, while Hugo pays tribute as well. The Muppets and Winnie the Pooh told stories that could have existed when those timeless characters were first created (tapping in to our nostalgia). Young Adult exists because of high school nostalgia. Super 8 is the nostalgia of Steven Spielberg through the eyes of J.J. Abrams. Midnight in Paris is most-definitely an obvious nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s.
Don’t forget to remember. That »
- Jeff Bayer
March and April have quickly become more and more populated. It seems like all the rejected summer blockbusters flock to these two months, hoping the lack of competition will garner them box office glory. Well it doesn't always work, you can't deny that there is money to be made during these two months. And, evident from today's Prelude to 2012, studios want as much money as they can squeeze from these two months. Hit the jump for full details on over 25 films hoping to make an impact in the limbo between Summer and the beginning of the year. Who knows...you may just find something you'll like.
March has always been a busy time for film. In fact, I would say that the year doesn't truly kick off Until this month. Yeah, there's a couple notable releases in January and February (as shown here), but March is when the first blockbusters »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
Fresh off of celebrating Christmas with one another, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Jason Statham were spotted side-by-side in Malibu on Monday afternoon (December 26).
The "Transporter" action star and his English model/actress girlfriend walked arm-in-arm as they exited Taverna Tony restaurant following a surely delicious midday meal.
The outing comes just after Rosie spoke with Elle magazine about someone she looks up to as a beauty icon in a feature for their December 2011 issue.
"I love women with quirks, such as Anjelica Huston. Her beauty is natural and individual," the 24-year-old dished. "There's this idea that you have to have perfect teeth and your nose has to be the right size, but I think having a quirk shows your true identity."
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie.
Guy Ritchie’s Revolver is not very highly regarded by many as it’s over complicated and doesn’t seem to make that much sense. Throw in the use of Kabbalah symbolism and it frightens off many film fans and critics. However, I like it. I’m not sure that I get it, but I like it. It’s a beautifully shot film with some striking images and plenty of well thought out mise-en-scene. It’s well directed, well edited and is a highly stylised version of the usually gangster / trickster / con-artist genre that carries a hefty weight of subtext.
The film follows Jake Green (Statham) who, after his release from prison, looks to »
"The Amazing Spider-man," July 3, 2012 -- Andrew Garfield steps into Peter Parker's ... unitard ... as the infamous Webbed Wonder in this flick which explores Peter trying to unravel the mysteries of his past. Check out the lovely Emma Stone go back to her blond roots in the role of Gwen Stacy! "The Dark Knight Rises," July 20, 2012 -- Christian Bale. Morgan Freeman. Anne Hathaway. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gary Oldman. Tom Hardy. Oh, and it's Batman!! This just speaks for itself. "The Bourne Legacy," August 3, 2012 -- The "Bourne" trilogy, starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, were some of the greatest action films of the 2000s. We were bummed when Matt decided to not return, but Jeremy Renner as a badass spy definitely has us interested."Total Recall," August 3, 2012 -- Based on the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick of the same name, this remake stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston. Sci-fi, action, Colin Farrell? »
- tooFab Staff
Danny (Jason Statham) and Hunter (Robert De Niro) are mercenaries/hit men for hire, but after a job leaves Danny face to face with the blood-caked child of his latest assignment, he decides he has had enough and disappears off half way around the world. One day, he receives word that Hunter has been kidnapped and the only way to secure his release is to extract confessions from and then execute three Sas officers who are held responsible by an Oman Sheikh for the deaths of three of his sons. But Spike (Clive Owen), an ex-sas officer himself, soon realises that his friends are being picked off, setting him and Danny on a collision course.
Putting up “based on a true story” over the opening credits and then later on including a scene where Jason Statham throws himself out of a first floor window while still tied to a chair »
- Dave Roper
After watching the recent trailer for The Expendables 2, I have been reading quite a bit of speculation from various gaming boards that there very well might be a game in the works based on The Expendables that would be release on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Vita and possibly even the new Wii U. With a roster of a "who's who" in the action world such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis ,Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Rand… »
The Expendables 2 has been shooting in Bulgaria, and it seems some of the area's nocturnal animals have suffered since production began. Bat experts have slammed the production for filming in The Devetashka Cave near Lovech, Bulgaria, claiming the bat population has dwindled significantly. Here's what Boyan Petrov of the Museum of Natural History had to say.
"Several thousand bats are missing from the Devetashka cave since our latest count in January when the visible colonies numbered 33,800 bats."
Since production has started, the bat count is down to 8,500. The environment ministry approved the sequel's shoot in the cave, and claim they have found no problems with the bat colonies. However, bat experts such as Dobromir Dobrinov of the Green Balkans nature conservation group, believe filming should have never been allowed to take place in the cave.
"As a protected nature territory and important bat habitat, the cave is only open »
Model/actress Molly Sims shows off her bikini body on the January cover of Shape magazine.
The "Project Accessory" host had a lot to share, including how she stays fit and her favorite wardrobe staples.
Sims, who slipped into a tiny lime green bikini for the cover, said of her toned physique, "This does not come naturally. I have to work out 60 to 90 minutes at least five days a week and stick to a high-fiber, »
Model and actress Marisa Miller covers the latest issue of Women's Health, in which she spills her secrets for maintaining her amazing figure, keeping her marriage strong and making the switch from modeling to acting.
Here are some highlights from the interview...
Marisa on eating naked as a diet trick...
"Eating smart is all about having an awareness of your body. The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you're trying to lose weight, »
How many movies can they possibly squeeze out of the Fast & Furious franchise? After five installments, the series is now more popular and more successful than it has ever been, and the planning is well underway for part 6. However, we've been hearing rumours for a while now about two new installments possibly shooting back-to-back, and this week Vin Diesel confirmed that fact. He did not, however, comment on rumours that Jason Statham might join the cast. Here's what he had to say: "With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space... We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages. »
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson
Based on the Novel by: Janet Evanovich
Katherine Heigl brings Stephanie Plum – the popular heroine of Janet Evanovich’s worldwide best-selling eighteen-book mystery series – to vibrant life in Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment’s One For The Money.
A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: »
- Michelle McCue
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