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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
Let's pile on one last time and let that be the end of it as I now present my personal top ten list of the Worst Movies of 2011. As I noted in Part One yesterday, I didn't see all of the films many are calling the worst of the year, films such as Jack and Jill, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, I Don't Know How She Does It, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Beastly and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. I did, however, see my fair share of duds and of those I saw, these are the ten that top that list. If you missed Part One, that's where I essentially list my Dishonorable Mentions and I will link to it again at the end of this piece. For now, let's dive into the sewer and see what we find amidst the sludge. 10. Hobo with a Shotgun »
- Brad Brevet
With only slightly more than $89 million in box-office on a reported $82 million budget, Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" became one of the more notorious flops of 2011 following its March release - though those numbers certainly would have been more impressive (however negligibly) had it not been illegally downloaded more than seven million times this year. Indeed, the green screen-heavy action film came in at #6 on TorrentFreak's annual list of the ten most-pirated movies of the year as ranked by number of BitTorrent downloads - a list topped in 2011 by the action/heist blockbuster "Fast Five", which burned rubber »
- HitFix Staff
Although all three of these films did well at the box office, the same can’t be said for others in the top ten. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Source Code, Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and James Franco’s 127 Hours surprisingly topped the chart whilst Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, the biggest hit of the year, barely made the list.
Another surprise was that film downloads dropped by nearly double from last year, when Avatar was downloaded 16.6 million times. Check out the chart below.
1) Fast Five- 9.3 million
2) The Hangover Part II- 8.8 million
3) Thor- 8.3 million
4) Source Code- 7.9 million
5) I Am Number 4- 7.7 million
6) Sucker Punch- 7.2 million
7) 127 Hours- »
- Leah Farrar
There have been some serious stinkers at the box office this year. Strangely, some of them were the most highly anticipated films of 2011. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" may not be on the list, but we're sure you were thinking of it. After months of anticipation and the book it was based on selling like hot cakes, the film has been a bit of a dismal flop. So what was on the list from THR?
"Green Lantern" was probably one of the most hyped films of the year, from the footage shown at the San Diego Comic Con in 2010 to the zillion fast food tie-ins to the photos of the CGI suit. Once the film was released, however, fans didn't flock to see the glowing green aliens. The film made $219.9 million, but its budget was $200 million. Maybe next time we make the suit out of spandex and save a little cash? »
Movie Fone has compiled a list of the ten most illegally downloaded films of 2011, which is topped by Universal's Fast Five. Coming into third place is Marvel Studios' Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder. The film, which has grossed nearly $450 million worldwide, has been downloaded illegally online 8.3 million times. For other CBMs that make the list, Zack Snyder's critically panned Sucker Punch ($89 mil. worldwide) was downloaded 7.2 million times; also, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (the biggest movie of the year, grossing over a billion dollars worldwide) is at the end of the list, with 6 million downloads being made. Below is the full list: 1. Fast Five (Universal): 9.3 million 2. The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. / Legendary): 8.8 million 3. Thor (Marvel/Paramount): 8.3 million 4. Source Code (Summit / Vendome): 7.9 million 5. I Am Number Four (DreamWorks »
Our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »
As some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters seem ever closer on the horizon with 2012 almost dawning, we have seen many glimpses of just what to expect. Throughout the filming of every anticipated film of next summer, we’ve had tidbit images from the respective sets pop up all over the internet. Although these early glimpses may be grainy, low resolution, off-angle captures of what is a small percentage of the overall production and they piss off every studio each time they do leak (we’ve had more than our share of Cease & Desist letters this year) and as much as studios won’t like to admit it, they may actually be beneficial to each film they encapture.
The epitome of my reasoning sits squarely in the past weekend’s box office results. As long speculated, a double-feature tease of The Dark Knight Rises hit screens. Preceding Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol »
- Tim Shustoff
Now that the year is coming to an end, we get a list of the most pirated movies of 2011. Topping the list is "Fast Five," followed by "The Hangover Part II" and "Thor." All three films were blockbusters, but others on the Top 10 list did little business at the box office, including Jake Gyllenhaal "Source Code," Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and James Franco's "127 Hours." The biggest hit of the year, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," barely made the list, but was still downloaded around 6 million times. Meanwhile, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," which were the second and third highest-grossing films, didn't make the list at all. The amount of downloads actually dropped from last year, when "Avatar" was downloaded a whopping 16.6 million times. This year's "Fast Five" was downloaded only 9.3 million times. 1. Fast Five - 9.3 million 2. The Hangover Part II - »
How’s this for a plot: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman. That’s the premise of Dreamworks’ new CG movie “Rise of the Guardians”, based on the upcoming series of young adult fantasy novels by William Joyce (and not to be mistaken with the talking CG owl movie “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” by Zack Snyder, itself based on a series of young adult fantasy novels). The film will feature the voice talents of Jude Law as the villain, Pitch, with Hugh Jackman as The Easter Bunny, Isla Fisher as The Tooth Fairy, Chris Pine as Jack Frost, and Alec Baldwin as, we’re told, a Russian-accented Santa Claus. There is another character called The Sandman, described as “a silent, Buddhalike character”. Peter Ramsey is co-directing along with Joyce. »
The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has finally debuted officially, giving us all our first big glimpse of just what is in store for us from the most anticipated film of next summer. With all of this certainty now coming to us, it’s hard to imagine how little we knew about this movie a year ago. Plenty of false stories popped up all over the Internet on a regular basis and it was often hard to differentiate where the facts started and the rumours ended.
To celebrate (or chuckle at, I guess) some of the craziness we have heard in the past year, here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous ones that people had to offer. If you came across anything more ludicrous than these ten, do let us know in the comments below…
10. Superman Logo in First The Dark Knight Rises Poster
The Rumour: Back in July, »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
One former "True Blood" star is headed to the Wild West in "The Lone Ranger," a new casting announcement for the upcoming Disney flick tells us. Meanwhile, Matt Damon readies his cast for his upcoming directorial debut, two more are courted for Spike Lee's "Oldboy," and the "300" prequel comes closer to finding its Artemisia.
It's December 20, and you're tuning into today's Casting Call!
"True Blood" Meets "The Lone Ranger"
"True Blood" and "Tron: Legacy" star James Frain is transitioning from villain to villain's assistant for his role in "The Lone Ranger." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the man better known as Franklin Mott, the vampire who traumatized Tara in season three of "True Blood," will be playing a tough foreman who works for baddie Tom Wilkinson in the upcoming Disney movie. It's unclear whether Frain will play an evil character himself, or if he just works for one. »
- Terri Schwartz
In a year packed full of great movies, Drive emerged as our absolute favourite. Here’s Michael to explain why it’s Den Of Geek’s number one film of 2011...
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 – and the victor undoubtedly deserves its place at the number one spot...
Drive, Den Of Geek’s undisputed film of the year (getting more than double the votes of Black Swan in second place), was iconic before it was even released. The film’s reputation preceded it, thanks to a moody trailer, a hot-pink title font, and the casting of actor du jour Ryan Gosling in the lead role. »
Last month, the 300 spinoff underwent a small change in its title, becoming 300: Battle of Artemisia, and set about searching for an actress of goddess-like presence for its titular role. Director Noam Murro previously stated that they weren’t necessarily looking for a name actress to play Artemisia.
According to THR, Artemisia has been found in actress Eva Green (Dark Shadows, Casino Royale). Green is currently in negotiations for the role. From our last article, the following description is what casting agents were looking for in Artemisia:
“Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) is somewhat pushed into the bloody battle with the Greeks by the gold-covered maven goddess Artemisia. Artemisia, witnessing just how much his father King Darius’s death has affected him, persuades Xerxes – with her “vindictive charm” – to go into battle against those responsible.”
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures hope to begin production of this follow up to Zack Snyder’s »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Frank Miller has been too busy writing lunatic blogs lately to have finished Xerxes, his graphic novel prequel to 300. The film version, developing in parallel, is coming together rather faster though, with Noam Murro attached to direct, and now here's some casting news Eva Green is in line for the title role in 300: The Battle Of Artemisia.
The story this time focuses on how Xerxes became the peculiar god-like entity presented in the first film. In reality, Artemisia I was Xerxes' only female commander, and here, according to THR, she's being presented as "a ruthless gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle". So this one's going to be as historically bang-on as the first. But then, we're talking Miller, not Thucydides, so historical accuracy wasn't ever the point.
The fighting in question this time is against the Greeks, led by Themistocles, »
This is the first time I'm hearing about Rise Of The Guardians. Not to be confused with the Zack Snyder animated owl movie. I'm sure that's what people will think of when they hear the title. The animated film from Dreamworks is based on .The Guardians of Childhood,. a series of highly anticipated children.s books by William Joyce. Why didn't they just call it "The Guardians of Childhood"? In the story, the boogeyman, also known as Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) tries to take away »
- Niki Stephens
Actress Eva Green is currently in talks to play the female lead in a prequel to Zack Snyder’s groundbreaking visual action hit 300. The title of the film, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel ‘Xexes‘ is, 300: Battle Of Artemisia and will be helmed by Smart People’s Noam Murro.
Green, who made her name starring in the likes of Bond reboot Casino Royale and Ridley Scott’s historical epic Kingdom Of Heaven, will appear as the gold-plated unforgiving princess Artimesia, who persuades the Persian King-turned god-like figure to begin his seemingly unstoppable war.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Craig Hunter
The story this time will focus on the Persian-king-turned-God Xerxes commanding an army to battle against the Greeks who are led by a general named Themistocles.
And according to THR, Eva Green will play the “ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into [that] battle”.
300’s director Zack Snyder is currently working on the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, so we’ll instead see Smart People’s Noam Murro taking the helm for this prequel that is set for production early 2012.
There is however still no word on who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Zayyaf Saleem)
Speaking as a Classics major, all I ask for from motion pictures is even the slightest deference to actual history or mythology. I know that any adaptation changes the story for its own purposes, and sometimes those changes make more sense for the big screen. That's why 300 didn't offend my Classical sensibilities. Instead, it offended totally different sensibilities by managing to be both homophobic and racist. Well done, Zack Snyder! And it looks like its sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia, will continue the trend of making me angry: Eva Green has entered negotiations to play Artemisia in the movie, which is currently working with the title 300: Battle of Artemisia. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing... Green would play a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle. Now, I love Eva Green, but Artemisia was a real person. She was [...] »
Washington, Dec 19: Eva Green is set to play the female lead in the spinoff '300: Battle of Artemisia'.
The film tells the story of Greek General Themistocles, who led Athens against Persian invaders in a battle that played out simultaneously with the Battle of Thermopylae, depicted in the first film.
Eva Green will play Artemisia, who is described as "a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle", Contactmusic reported.
- Arun Pandit
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