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Julian Roman's Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 5:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cinema had a pretty good year in 2011. The summer saw an onslaught of costumed hero flicks, which to my great surprise were all pretty good. Hollywood has turned off the cheese factor on comic adaptations, lining up great directors and better actors. The biggest surprise of 2011 was the remarkable success of The Artist, a charming silent film by French director Michael Hazanavicius. Since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been a critical and awards favorite. The Artist should be a lock to win the Best Film Oscar.

My favorite film of 2011 is Gavin O'Connor's Warrior. I had no idea what to expect when I saw this movie in September and was completely blown away. A brutal fighting film, the fisticuffs pale in comparison to the gripping family drama. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play two brothers, long separated by the childhood abuse of their father - Nick Nolte, »

- MovieWeb

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Empire Polls Actors' 2011 Faves with Surprising Results

30 December 2011 8:12 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I love the choices made by a gaggle of actors polled by Empire Magazine for their fave films of 2011.  "Jane Eyre" and "Take Shelter" were on my ten best list, and 'Attack the Block" made my top 20.  Here's a sample of some must-see, often offbeat films. I will have to check out "The Adopted." Danny DeVito: "Attack the Block" Zack Efron: "The Skin I Live In" Ed Helms: "Anonymous" Emma Stone: "Bridesmaids" Robin Williams: "Take Shelter" Joe Carnahan: "The Tree of Life" Paula Patton: "Jane Eyre" Patton Oswalt" "The Tree of Life"and »

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The slow and sad demise of The Office

29 December 2011 12:33 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

To fall in love, as everyone comes to realize sooner or later, is to leave one's self vulnerable to heartbreak. Just as this is true in real life, so can it be true in our daydreams and pastimes. This can even apply, whether reasonably or not, to something as benign and relatively-unimportant as a television series. For why would a typical viewer decide to watch a program if he or she did not care about the people involved, or what they did, or who they did it with? Such emotional investment in a mere television show, however, can be a dangerous thing. Once a particular program gains traction among television enthusiasts, the stakes are raised, the pressure is on, and the show's writers and stars find themselves besieged by the expectations of millions of viewers. Success, it often turns out, can be the worst thing to happen to a program's cast and crew. »

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Domestic Box Office 2011: Fewest Tickets Sold Since 1995, But Dont Blame It on Sequels

29 December 2011 11:27 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Daniel Radcliffe in the biggest domestic hit of 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 In 2011, Hollywood movies should earn the major studios $10.2 billion at the North American box office. That's down 3.5% from 2010, according to Hollywood.com. An estimated 1.28 billion tickets have been sold this year, which represents a 4.4% decline from 2010 and the lowest figure since 1995, the year of the talking pig Babe and Mel Gibson's Braveheart, when admissions totaled 1.26 billion. Among the suggested reasons for the downturn there are some that make perfect sense and some that are ludicrous. The weak U.S. economy matched with high ticket prices is almost undeniably keeping people away from movie houses. In fact, that has happened in the past, most notably during the height of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, when the majority of the big Hollywood studios posted heavy losses. Indeed, several almost went bankrupt. The »

- Zac Gille

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Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

28 December 2011 10:22 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.

13 Assassins

Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama »

- Scott Mendelson

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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 2: John Carter, The Hunger Games, Wrath of the Titans, American Reunion, and More

27 December 2011 11:47 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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)

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Ten Most Pirated Films of 2011 topped by Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor

27 December 2011 11:00 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor, Source Code, form most pirated films of 2011. It's that time again. The end of the year is near, and as such, reports are in on which have been the most pirated films of 2011. TorrentFreak, who collects the data from several sources including cammed versions, reports that Universal Pictures actioner Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, topped the list with 9.26 million downloads. The film grossed over $626.1 million worldwide, with $209.8 million of that total coming from domestic sales. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Hangover Part II comedy, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, was downloaded 8,84 million times while Paramount Pictures' Thor followed with 8,33 million. »

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Ten Most Pirated Films of 2011 topped by Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor

27 December 2011 11:00 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor, Source Code, form most pirated films of 2011. It's that time again. The end of the year is near, and as such, reports are in on which have been the most pirated films of 2011. TorrentFreak, who collects the data from several sources including cammed versions, reports that Universal Pictures actioner Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, topped the list with 9.26 million downloads. The film grossed over $626.1 million worldwide, with $209.8 million of that total coming from domestic sales. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Hangover Part II comedy, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, was downloaded 8,84 million times while Paramount Pictures' Thor followed with 8,33 million. »

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Ten Most Pirated Films of 2011 topped by Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor

27 December 2011 11:00 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fast Five, Hangover II, Thor, Source Code, form most pirated films of 2011. It's that time again. The end of the year is near, and as such, reports are in on which have been the most pirated films of 2011. TorrentFreak, who collects the data from several sources including cammed versions, reports that Universal Pictures actioner Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, topped the list with 9.26 million downloads. The film grossed over $626.1 million worldwide, with $209.8 million of that total coming from domestic sales. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Hangover Part II comedy, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, was downloaded 8,84 million times while Paramount Pictures' Thor followed with 8,33 million. »

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Michelle Williams/Marilyn Monroe a Hit, Michael Bay/Transformers 3 a Flop: Oklahoma Film Critics Awards

25 December 2011 2:17 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, My Week with Marilyn The Artist, a French-made, mostly silent, black-and-white has won fans far from the two coasts. The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle chose Michel Hazanavicius' homage to silent films as the year's Best Film. Hazanavicius, for his part, was cited as Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay. The Artist features Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller, and John Goodman. [Full list of the Oklahoma Film Critics 2011 Winners.] Best Picture runners-up included Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Best Supporting Actor winner Albert Brooks as a nasty gangster; Alexander Payne's The Descendants, starring Best Actor winner George Clooney as a befuddled dysfunctional family man; and Martin Scorsese's Hugo, another homage to early cinema, this one set in 1930s Paris. Somewhat surprisingly, Steve McQueen's sex drama Shame, starring Michael Fassbender, fared better than more well-received fare such »

- Steve Montgomery

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Louis Vuitton Really Didn't Like 'The Hangover 2'

23 December 2011 12:26 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Lawsuit time!

The latest brand in a huff is Louis Vuitton, over some unauthorized product placement in a little movie called "The Hangover 2."

According to the Guardian, the designer label is upset over the airport scene in which Zach Galifianakis's character totes several giant leather trunks and bags. When Ed Helms moves one of them without asking, Galifianakis says, "Careful! That is a Louis Vuitton" (hilariously pronouncing the "s" aloud).

But as it turns out, it wasn't a Louis Vuitton. The bags used by Warner Brothers for the film were fakes, created by the company Diophy which manufacturers all sorts of faux luxury bags.

Louis Vuitton is in the middle of a suit against Diophy to put a stop to the counterfeit bags (see them here on eBay). But in the meantime, they've also slapped Warner Brothers with a lawsuit for "trademark dilution, false designation of origin and unfair »

- The Huffington Post

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Louis Vuitton hits The Hangover Part II with a handbag lawsuit

23 December 2011 3:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

French fashion house sues Warner Bros over a scene in which a character wrongly identifies a handbag as one of its own

It may not have been the funniest or most critically acclaimed comedy of 2011, but The Hangover Part II has certainly attracted the lawsuits.

The blockbuster sequel to Todd Phillips's 2009 sleeper hit about a group of friends who travel abroad for a highly eventful stag do has already faced litigation from a tattoo artist claiming copyright over a Mike Tyson-inspired example of body art. Now French fashion house Louis Vuitton has engaged lawyers over a scene in which Zach Galifianakis's eccentric Alan wrongly identifies a handbag as one of its own.

A trademark suit against Warner Bros, which was filed yesterday in a New York federal court, suggests the firm has been damaged after Galifianakis's line, "careful, that is a Louis Vuitton", became a catchphrase. According to the complaint, »

- Ben Child

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'The Office' wishes you happy, snowball assault-free holidays

22 December 2011 11:12 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The staff of "The Office" wishes you and yours the very best this holiday season. Or at least, better than what they usually get.

The show's latest mashup video is two minutes and change of highlights from Christmas episodes past, from Meredith's (Kate Flannery) topless proposition to Michael (Steve Carell) in "Christmas Party" from Season 2 (the show's first Christmas episode) to a couple of moments from this year's "Christmas Wishes."

In between, you'll see Andy (Ed Helms) hiring a marching band for Erin (Ellie Kemper), Michael pouting over Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) playing Santa and Angela (Angela Kinsey) stomping ornaments in the parking lot.

And snowballs. Lots and lots of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) pelting Jim (John Krasinski) with snowballs in last season's "Classy Christmas."

Enjoy, and remember not to pick a snowball fight with your psychotic co-worker this Christmas. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Usda Forest Service And Ad Council Join Universal Pictures To Launch New PSAs Featuring Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

21 December 2011 6:24 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In an effort to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the Usda Forest Service and the Ad Council today announced that they are joining Universal Pictures to launch a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring characters and footage from Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3D-cg feature Dr SeussThe Lorax.

Initially launched in 2009, the Discover the Forest campaign aims to encourage children and their families to get outside and experience the many benefits of nature. The goal of the campaign is to instill a life-long love for nature in children. Created pro bono by Universal Pictures, the new English and Spanish television, radio and outdoor PSAs feature the Lorax, a symbol of forest conservation, to encourage children to explore and enjoy nature everywhere and become lifelong stewards of the forest and its beauty.

The Ad Council and the Usda Forest Service will promote »

- Michelle McCue

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The Lorax 'Discover the Forest' Public Service Announcement

21 December 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Universal and their animation arm Illumination Entertainment (Horton Hears a Who) will be releasing The Lorax in 3D and IMAX theaters on March, 2012 with Danny DeVito voicing the title role. The 3D-cgi feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film »

- Eric Whitman

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Transformers Sequel Is 2011's Most Mistake-ridden Movie

21 December 2011 12:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Michael Bay's action-packed Transformers: Dark Of The Moon has been named the most mistake-ridden movie of 2011.

Eagle-eyed film fans have reported 58 blunders in the third installment of the Shia Labeouf release, six more than the latest Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, On Stranger Tides.

However, the big franchise films aren't the only ones named and shamed in MovieMistakes.com's end of year poll - X-Men: First Class (30 mistakes), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (20 mistakes), and Super 8 (17 mistakes) are also filled with errors.

Website creator Jon Sandys also highlighted a few of his favourite flubs:

- In the first scene of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Carly is wearing a white cap as she heads up the stairs, but the hat is gone when she is shown holding a stuffed rabbit.

- Bradley Cooper accidentally calls his The Hangover Part II co-star Ed Helms' character Stu "Ed" as they flee the Russians with the monkey.

- In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, when Bella calls Rosalie, the cell phone screen can briefly be seen before she puts it to her ear. The keypad lock screen is still visible, showing she didn't dial anything. »

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The Hangover Part II

20 December 2011 11:40 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In 2009, audiences were introduced to The Hangover, a raunchy Frat Pack-esque comedy about a small group of men who overdo it when they celebrate one of their own’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. With a crew consisting of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, insane hijinks and ridiculous R-rated debauchery ensue. After the film’s enormous success, a sequel was eventually more than likely to be made and that is the subject of this review. The Hangover Part II is now out in a nifty Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo pack and what a perfect stocking stuffer it is for the holiday season.

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- Randall Unger

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The Lorax Discover the Forest PSA

20 December 2011 9:33 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Usda Forest Service has cut a new PSA together for their Forest campaign using footage from Universal's upcoming animated fable The Lorax, from the mind of Dr. Seuss. To check out new footage, and to support forest preservation, check out this spot below.

Click to watch Discover the Forest PSA!

The Lorax comes to theaters March 2nd, 2012 and stars Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Betty White, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift. The film is directed by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul, Chris Renaud. »

- MovieWeb

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Discover the Forest in New PSA from The Lorax

20 December 2011 7:26 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I was surprised at how taken I was with the trailers we have seen for The Lorax.  Illumination Entertainment has nailed the CGI treatment on Dr. Seuss' whimsical swirls.  The candy colored forests in particular look gorgeous.  Though it will inevitably invite accusations of child brainwashing from some conservative groups, The Lorax is the perfect vehicle to promote the forest conservation.  The Usda Forest Service has cut a new PSA for their Discover the Forest campaign using footage from The Lorax, and if nothing else, it serves as a great pitch for the beauty of the animation. The Lorax, featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, and Betty White, opens in 3D on March 2, 2012.  Hit the jump for the PSA and campaign poster. Head to the official Discover the Forest site [via Bleeding Cool] for more info. ¡Ahora en Español! Official synopsis for The Lorax »

- Brendan Bettinger

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The Hangover Part II Copyright Lawsuit Dropped

19 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A California man has withdrawn his lawsuit against the studio bosses behind The Hangover Part II - just two months after alleging the hit comedy was based on his own experiences.

Michael Alan Rubin turned the events of his hellish honeymoon in Asia into a script entitled Mickey and Kirin, and he took action against the project's officials in October for reportedly infringing on his copyright by basing The Hangover sequel on his work.

But now Rubin has voluntarily dismissed the suit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As WENN went to press, it was not yet known if the two parties had reached a private settlement.

This marks the latest legal triumph for The Hangover Part II bosses - Ed Helms' acting double, Scott McLean, also recently dropped his lawsuit against studio executives after claiming he suffered significant brain trauma on set during a stunt gone wrong.

Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis also star in the hit franchise. »

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