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Fast Five, the well-reviewed latest instalment in the Fast and the Furious series, topped the list with 9.2m downloads, while in second place The Hangover II was pirated 8.8m times. Thor, Kenneth Branagh's take on the Marvel comics character, received 8.3m downloads and the top five was rounded out by Duncan Jones's techno-thriller Source Code (7.9m downloads) and teen-orientated sci-fi flick I Am Number Four with 7.6m downloads.
The results, when cross-referenced with this year's global box-office top 10, seem to confirm that 3D films tend to be those filmgoers prefer to see at the cinema rather than downloading illegally. »
- Ben Child
When compiling your list of the ten best films of the year, inevitably a great film or two just won't fit on your final roster. That's where the honorable mention comes in handy. Perhaps the film was a little dumb, a little odd or something was just off, but for whatever reason it didn't make the cut, you love it nonetheless.
We asked the MTV Movies staff to share their honorable mention for the film year that was 2011.
Duncan Jones' second feature delivered nearly everything I could ask for in a popcorn sci-fi flick: time travel, parallel universes and nifty plot twists that leave you asking friends afterwards, "Wait, what did it mean when...?" Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal's cult fav "Donnie Darko"—which really truly is an awful movie—would be well served to throw some love toward Jg's "Code," because it spins a vastly superior sci-fi yarn. »
- MTV Movies Team
Last summer I was working on an independent feature when I came in one morning to find the production office abuzz with hushed gossip and Chinese whispers. Pretty quickly I found out the news: the UK Film Council was to be abolished. The immediate reaction seemed to be concern; what.s the next chapter for the UK film industry? Who will fill the gap? People shouted and petitioned, a number of high profile actors and directors got involved, but it was no good. By 31st March 2011, the UKFC was closed for business.
Cut to nine months later and a house in South Devon, where director David M. Reynolds is launching an appeal . via online crowdfunding website Kickstarter – to publically fund his latest venture, The Underwater Realm. The project is a series of short films taking its audience from the height of the Roman empire right through to modern day, chronicling »
- Alex Turner
There were a lot of top-notch films this year; choosing a shortlist was tricky, picking the ten best of those was difficult and deciding the final order was challenging to say the least. Except for number one, this was an immediate gut instinct. As for the rest, let’s not worry about rank too much – they are all outstanding.
7. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Skin »
- Jack Kirby
Announcing its Top 10 favourite films of the year, subscription service LOVEFiLM said the tale of a 12-year-old orphan who lives alone in a Paris railway station "rekindles the innocence and wonder of childhood in a delightful film, full of comedy, imagination and heart."
Asa Butterfield stars as title character Hugo Cabret in a cast that also includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Emily Mortimer and Helen McCrory.
- David Bentley
As the world puts together its ‘best of 2011’ round-ups, we salute the films that deserve just a bit more love than they’re getting...
Next week, we’ll be bringing you our film of the year round-up, as voted by the many people who contribute to Den Of Geek. Of course, democracy has its problems, in that it means that some lesser-seen films don’t tend to gravitate up such lists, and with that in mind, we wanted to take some time to salute the many cinematic treats that many not be winning all the awards and the plaudits come end of year round-ups, but really deserve seeking out.
In alphabetical order, then...
Intelligent, atmospheric and thought-provoking: it’s remarkable just how much director Mike Cahill managed to achieve in this low-budget debut feature. Brit Marling delivers a vulnerable and honest performance as Rhoda, a young girl whose »
Just yesterday, we reported that current "it girl" Rooney Mara had amicably split with "Tanner Hall" co-helmer Francesca Gregorini for her next feature, "Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes," as she had grown too old for the part of the 17 year old lead. Variety now report that another rising thesp, Kaya Scodelario, has taken over the part. The former "Skins" star will now play the titular Emanuel, a troubled 17-year-old girl who babysits her new neighbor's "baby," which is actually a very life-like doll. She goes along with the delusion while befriending the neighbor, who happens to be the spitting image of Emanuel's late mother. It's another interesting role for Scodelario who followed up British television successes with brief appearances in Duncan Jones' "Moon" and "Clash Of The Titans" before taking on the lead role in Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." She also recently »
Peter Bradshaw revisits some of the movies that had a real feelgood factor for him in the last year
• Peter Bradshaw's best of 2011
James Brown sang: "I feel good, I knew that I would …" Readers might be surprised to hear that in 2011 I have shared Mr Brown's certainty. A lot of the really good films this year have been on dark and difficult themes (We Need To Talk About Kevin, Wuthering Heights, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and sombre topics will attract the most talented, thoughtful film-makers. But 2011 for me has been a feelgood year in the cinema. This is partly because going to the cinema for me always feels good, no matter what the film is. People love the cinema because it is a uniquely sensual experience, swathed in darkness and then immersed in light and sound.
Feelgood is a tricky genre to pin down, but there have been »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rooney Mara, currently being enveloped by the Hollywood machine, apparently now has limited time for quirky indie dramas, and has had to drop out of Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. But all is not lost for Francesca Gregorini's second stint behind the camera: she's already replaced Mara with Kaya Scodelario.The up-and-coming Scodelario turned heads in Channel 4's Skins, and has herself seen some Hollywood action in Clash Of The Titans, where she played Peshet. She's otherwise taken the indie route however, with roles in Duncan Jones' Moon and Mo Ali's Shank, and she recently starred as Cathy Earnshaw in Andrea Arnold's controversial Wuthering Heights.Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes is not a peculiarly piscine entry in the erotic franchise (not enough M's), but from the cursory synopses available at this stage, rather sounds like a bonkers mash-up of Vertigo and Lars And The Real Girl. »
Last Friday was a very heavy day for fans of "The Dark Knight Rises." From a new viral marketing campaign to reactions to the movie's much discussed and about-to-be released prologue scene, Batman pretty much dominated the comic book movie news space. Click on to catch up on everything you may have missed about Gotham City and more!
"Dark Knight Rises" Viral Decoded
The latest viral game for "The Dark Knight Rises," titled Operation Early Bird, has been solved. The end result, as expected, is that certain lucky fans have earned the chance to see the highly anticipated prologue to Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie a couple of days early. The game itself wasn't as complicated as some previous "Dark Knight" viral efforts, but in case of future events, make sure to consult our "Dark Knight Rises" viral survival guide!
"Dark" Prologue Gets Warm Reaction
Speaking of the "Dark Knight Rises" prologue, »
- Josh Wigler
A few days ago, we brought you the news that director Patty Jenkins was dropping out of "Thor 2" due to creative differences. Today, Jenkins spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her decision to leave the project and what her future plans are.
"I have had a great time working at Marvel," she told THR. "We parted on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again."
Jenkins also said she hoped to return to the superhero genre. “I have a long love of superhero films and I’d been saying over and over to my agents at CAA that I’d like to do one,” she said. “That’s the real revolution. The Marvel guys are so brave in terms of who they choose overall, and I don’t think they had any pause about me being a woman.”
Creative differences or not, »
- Splash Page Team
Some lucky folks in Los Angeles got a sneak peek at the sneak peek of "The Dark Knight Returns" last night. Us plebeians will have to wait until December 16 (December 21 for UK folks) to see the eight minute prologue that will run before screenings of "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol," but for now, we can savor the details trickling out from folks on the Interwebz.
There were two showings introduced by Christopher Nolan himself, who called IMAX "the best imaging format ever created." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Nolan also said he wanted to bring back a sense of grandeur to movies, which he said was 'being chipped away' by various forces. That grandeur was imprinted on him as a child and 'I struggle to recapture that.'"
One screening was for press and industry people, and the second was for filmmakers, some of whom Tweeted their reactions.
Jon Favreau wrote, »
- Jenni Miller
The "Dark Knight Rises" prologue bows on December 16, but a lucky few have already seen the highly anticipated six-minute sequence from Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie. MTV News staff writer Kara Warner was on hand, for instance. (She is now my mortal nemesis, by the way, but that's neither here nor there!)
But it wasn't just select journalists who got to see the "Dark Knight" prologue a little bit early. A special Los Angeles screening was apparently held for some of Hollywood's elite, based on late-night and early-morning Twitter activity from directors like Jon Favreau and Edgar Wright. See what they thought of the "Dark Knight Rises" footage in today's special edition of the Twitter Report.
@EdgarWright Am I allowed to say I saw 6 minutes of 'Dark Knight Rises' on IMAX?
@ManMadeMoon Edgar already spilled the beans, so I guess it Is ok. »
- Josh Wigler
Perhaps the saddest movie news of the week broke last night when it was announced that Patty Jenkins would no longer direct "Thor 2." The "Monster" director seemed like an inspired choice that could have resulted in a great full-up to Kenneth Branagh's solid first entry. Rumor has it that Marvel is already out to agencies looking for a replacement for Jenkins, so we thought we'd save them some time and present a short list of directors we think could rule the halls of Asgard.
If you think about it, Wright may be the best choice here. "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" showed off his knack for injecting modern touches into classical tales. The under-rated "Hanna" proved he can easily pull off badass, yet nuanced action. Wright strikes the balance that made Branagh such an inspired choice.
Johnson is poised for a huge breakout in 2012. He screened »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Despite the UK Film Council's golden age, 2011 was very much a mixed bag of events
In some ways, 2011 was the strangest year in living memory for British cinema. The UK Film Council was officially wound up at the end of March, a showy act from this coalition government, annulling a Labour creation on the grounds of high salaries and cronyism, but transferring much of its budget and responsibilities to the British Film Institute. And this at a time when the Film Council was having a golden age: a bag of Oscars for The King's Speech and a feeling that it had fostered real talent. Something was going very right for British cinema. Lynne Ramsey's We Need to Talk About Kevin premiered at Cannes; Steve McQueen's Shame and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights made waves at Venice.
Two film-makers from Iran showed that cinema was able to address »
- Peter Bradshaw
We all know the importance of the director, they are the heart and soul of a film (in layman terms… we don’t want to go into the auteur theory here) and few have careers that flourish decade after decade, yet the Spielberg’s and the Scorsese’s are still going strong.
The future of cinema is folly to guess, but below are a list of ten of the best visionaries in the industry from the past eleven years, filmmakers I hope go on to define the 21st century. I’ve decided to look back on the last decade, and moving forward into the current, to see what filmmakers have made the greatest impressions and gone on to take the world by storm, with the future of cinema in the back of my mind.
Here’s a look at what new talent I think has grown and will flourish from »
- Adam Lock
One of our most anticipated 2012 releases is Looper, which comes from Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The movie shot some time ago, but will not be distributed until next year, and the wait is one I'm not suffering patiently. Looper is a time travel movie, of sorts. It stars Bruce Willis (in the first still from the film, above) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as two men on opposite ends of a timeline. The central conceit is that there is a society in which time travel exists and is banned. Time-travel tech is still in use, however, as an execution tool: gangsters send targets back in time. When the target lands in the past, specialized hit men, 'loopers,' make the kill. But what happens when a target escapes the execution? And what further complications ensue when the target is the future self of the looper meant to pull the trigger? »
- Russ Fischer
I try not to think about Looper a lot. Coming from Rian Johnson, the director of the Brick and The Brothers Bloom, the anticipation for his third feature is killing me. And it is almost an entire year away from hitting theaters. But distributor FilmDistrict (who picked it up at Cannes this year) decided to go ahead and test-screen it in Los Angeles last night, heightening the anticipation even further.
The sci-fi/time travel film stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as an younger version of Willis’ character), Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt and Piper Perabo. The high-concept story follows “hitmen whose victims are sent back in time from the future to be executed. The Loopers bump them off in the present, so there is no trace of a crime in the future.” Sound somewhat confusing? Judging from these first impressions, it looks like Johnson nailed it. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
With news hitting two weeks ago that French film producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is developing a biopic of the beautiful and tragic icon Grace Kelly for the big screen titled Grace of Monaco, a fierce battle between Hollywood actresses’ is likely to already be underway for the widely coveted role.
Film biopics are big business with audiences and during awards seasons and they are truly never big when a biopic is dealing with a Hollywood legend or a member of Royalty. With Grace of Monaco delving into the life of both, this is one hot Oscar-baiting ticket for somebody out there.
Based on Arash Amel’s script, Grace of Monaco focuses on six months of Kelly’s life in 1962 when the then Princess of Monaco was instrumental in resolving a heated dispute between France and it’s small principality which it was believed had become a tax haven for the rich. »
- Lorna Berridge
It takes decades to build up a great superhero, but only one bad movie to tear him down. Andrew explores the downside of comic book adaptations…
Picture the scene: a high street book store. A man loiters near a bookshelf, scanning it for new strains of reading matter. He stoops down and starts flicking through the bottom shelf, his fingers brushing a Jeph Loeb title published by Marvel. Recoiling, he stands up and notices all three trade paperbacks of Paul Cornell's run of Captain Britain. He picks up Hell Comes To Birmingham and flicks through it. Then his face creases into a mask of confusion, consternation and concern. He turns to his friend, holds the book aloft and says, “What the hell is Blade doing in a comic book?”
The Blade movies are more successful than the comics to the extent that even a fan can be unaware of the character's origins. »
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