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The Best of the Best Movies of the Year!

30 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »

- Scott Mendelson

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‘The Dictator’ starring Sacha Baron Cohen – trailer review

30 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Dictator

Directed by: Larry Charles

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly

Rating: Not Yet Rated

Release Date: May 11, 2012

Trailer Score: 5/10

Thoughts by Tsr: The first time Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles teamed up they delivered the outrageously funny Borat. Next they came together for Brüno, a film I liked, but certainly not one that reached the highs of their previous effort. So when I heard they would be teaming up again in a comedy that would have Sacha Baron Cohen playing an insane dictator, naturally I was excited. That’s why it hurts so much to say that I did not enjoy most of this trailer for The Dictator.

I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this certainly wasn’t it. To me, this almost feels like a character that Adam Sandler would play. Even more disheartening is that it reminds me »

- Shane T. Nier

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Hugo, Michael Shannon, Tilda Swinton: Austin Film Critics Winners

29 December 2011 3:03 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugo I Saw The Devil: Austin Film Critics Biggest Surprise Winner Best Film Hugo, directed by Martin Scoresese Top Ten Films (runners-up) Drive by Nicolas Winding Ref Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen Attack the Block by Joe Cornish The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin I Saw the Devil by Jee-woon Kim 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike Melancholia by Lars von Trier Best Foreign Language Film I Saw the Devil, South Korea, directed by Jee-woon Kim Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Best Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Best Actress Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Best Original Screenplay Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen Best Adapted Screenplay Drive, Hossein Amini Best Cinematography The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki Best Original Score Attack the Block, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Top 7 Films of 2011

29 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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

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Oscars: Why can’t kids compete at the Academy Awards? – Awards Alley

29 December 2011 8:45 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Why do kids have a hard time breaking through at the Oscars?

It’s an interesting question, and one that is dissected over at Gold Derby this morning, where they point out that multiple Oscar-worthy performances from underage talents could be overlooked this season if the Academy’s tendencies disrupt the momentum of select campaigns.

That’s not to say kids are never nominated for the Oscar. Just last year, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence competed in top categories for their work in “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” respectively. Abigail Breslin, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Paquin competed and, in the case of the latter, won for “The Piano.”

This year, I can rattle off a handful of young performers who should be in the discussion for Oscar consideration:

- Thomas Horn for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

- Daniel Radcliffe for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 »

- Sean O'Connell

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HollywoodNews.com’s Top 10 Movies of 2011 – Awards Alley

28 December 2011 4:01 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: You hear this complaint almost every year: “This was a terrible year for film.” It’s often made by moviegoers who didn’t go out of their way to find unconventional, challenging (and frequently rewarding) cinema.

A simple scan of the films we’ve included in our annual Top 10 list – as well as the 10 follow up titles – will tell you that there were plenty of films worth celebrating in 2011 … and there will be even more coming next year.

But before we jump ahead, with the New Year arriving in a few days, let’s run through the best films we managed to see in 2011. We expect our coverage for most of these movies to extend into January and February as the Oscar race continues. But for now, these are the movies that moved us most. If we missed any, let us know in our comments section:

Hollywoodnews. »

- Sean O'Connell

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Dave’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

28 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

End-of-year list-making is typically a daunting, tricky, and arbitrary task. At its best, it's a way to express ideas and share interesting finds. At its worst, it's a shouting match about Why Didn't You Pick The Exact Films I Like? In 2011, I probably saw around 70-80 new release films in theaters. I'm certain that these films are different than the ones you saw and I'm equally certain that I missed a ton of great titles. Nonetheless, after the jump, you'll find my 10 favorite films of 2011. I hope you'll take it as the beginning of a conversation, as opposed to the end. And if I chose a film that you didn't, then all the better! I look forward to reading your picks in the comments below. 10. The Guard It's been almost a year since I first saw The Guard at Sundance, but Brendan Gleeson's hilarious and deadpan performance as a gruff, »

- David Chen

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The Artist, Jean Dujardin, Elizabeth Olsen, The Skin I Live In: Phoenix Film Critics Winners

27 December 2011 5:51 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Dujardin, The Artist Michel Hazanavicius/The Artist Tops Phoenix Film Critics Awards Best Film * The Artist The Descendants Drive The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball My Week with Marilyn Super 8 The Tree of Life Best Foreign Language Film Incendies Point Blank * The Skin I Live In Best Director Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris * Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Tate Taylor, The Help Best Actor In A Leading Role George Clooney, The Descendants * Jean Dujardin, The Artist Michael Fassbender, Shame Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball Best Actress In A Leading Role Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help * Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn Best Actor In A Supporting Role Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn * Albert Brooks, Drive John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene Jonah Hill, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Clothes on Film’s 2011 Costume Design Round Up

27 December 2011 4:27 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.

Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »

- Chris Laverty

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The Best Films of 2011

25 December 2011 11:56 AM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is apparently a statutory obligation for movie critics.

My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.

One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.

1. "A Separation"

This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific »

- Roger Ebert

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Martin Scorsese's Hugo named Film Of The Year 2011

24 December 2011 10:46 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Martin Scorsese'S first 3D movie, Hugo, has been named Film of the Year 2011.

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.

New York drama Margaret comes in second place as Anna Paquin "gives a staggering performance as a young woman who witnesses a bus accident and the aftermath that unfolds."

Jumping into third is Danny Boyle's extreme sports nightmare 127 Hours where James Franco reconstructs the true story of a mountain climber who resorts to desperate measures »

- David Bentley

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Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin to star in 'The Ender's Game' - Realbollywood.com News

23 December 2011 5:38 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 23: Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin are all set to star in the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's best-selling sci-fi novel 'The Ender's Game'.

Hugo star Asa Butterfield has been cast as lead character Ender Wiggin, a gifted and genius young boy who begins training at a military academy in a bid to take down an alien race, and Ford has been tapped to play the school's student recruiter, Colonel Hyrum Graff, Contactmusic reported.

Little Miss Sunshine's Breslin would portray Ender's sister Valentine and True Grit beauty Hailee Steinfeld will play the boy's friend, Petra Arkanian.

The Ender's. »

- Meeta Kabra

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Ford And Breslin Sign On For The Ender's Game

22 December 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin have signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's best-selling sci-fi novel The Ender's Game.

Hugo star Asa Butterfield has been cast as lead character Ender Wiggin, a gifted and genius young boy who begins training at a military academy in a bid to take down an alien race, and now action star Ford has been tapped to play the school's student recruiter, Colonel Hyrum Graff.

Little Miss Sunshine's Breslin will play Ender's sister Valentine and True Grit beauty Hailee Steinfeld will portray the boy's friend, Petra Arkanian.

The Ender's Game is set for a 2013 release, reports Variety.com. »

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Review: Hugo – With Exclusive Insight From Sandy Powell

22 December 2011 5:06 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese concocts a cracking children’s fantasy in homage to silent movie magician Georges Méliès; his beloved Hugo barely drops a cog in its methodically realised mechanical world.

Scorsese has unmistakably made a children’s movie. Some may argue not as it is crammed full of references to early moving pictures that only adults could probably recognise. Yet Scorsese’s purpose, like that of his hero Méliès, is to entertain and inform. For all the po-faced wittering by cinema scholars that Hugo is meant for them, one has to wonder if deep down Scorsese really cares if any adults see the film at all.

The blue of the Station Inspector's uniform is deliberately intensified. »

- Chris Laverty

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Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin Confirmed for Ender’S Game

22 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Earlier this week, we brought you the news when Canadian actor Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, This Means War) joined the cast of the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning sci-fi novel Ender’s Game, as Stilson, Ender’s classmate who taunts him during ground school.

Now, Variety reports that Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) and Abigail Breslin (New Year’s Eve) have officially joined the cast of the Gavin Hood directed adaptation. Ford is set to portray Colonel Hyram Graff, who oversees the military facility where gifted youngsters are trained to prevent an imminent alien attack, and Breslin will portray Valentine Wiggin, the older sister to Ender (Asa Butterfield).

About Ender’s Game:

Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the “Buggers”). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, »

- Jason Moore

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Casting News: Harrison Ford Confirmed for Ender's Game; Four Join Lovelace Biopic

22 December 2011 11:24 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Earlier this month, Harrison Ford was targeted for the adaptation of Ender's Game, based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. Coming from the sci-fi/Western mash-up of Cowboys and Aliens, it would seem that Ford would want to stay away from yet another sci-fi movie, as the actor's resume likes to switch genres from project to project. But with Ford being cast in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Ender's Game seemed like a good possibility, and finally it's official.

THR reports that Ford has signed on to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, Commander of Training for the International Fleet. In Ender's Game, humanity has been decimated by an insect-like alien race, with the government enlisting gifted children into battle school to train them to aid in the fight against the invaders. Bullied Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) masters a zero-gravity, laser-tag game and Graff sees his potential for saving humanity. Abigail Breslin »

- Ryan Gowland

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Harrison Ford takes command in 'Ender's Game'

22 December 2011 10:28 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The sci-fi novel "Ender's Game" is mostly about a young boy, and the movie adaptation scheduled for 2013 will be as well. But the film has landed a pretty big grown-up star to play opposite the young lead.

Harrison Ford has signed on to play Col. Hyrum Graff in "Ender's Game," Variety reports. The character is the commander of an elite battle school that trains kids to fight an interstellar enemy, and he quickly recognizes the special gifts the title character (Asa Butterfield of "Hugo") possesses.

The cast also includes Abigail Breslin ("New Year's Eve," "Zombieland") as Ender's sister Valentine, Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") as a battle school classmate and Ben Kingsley ("Hugo") as a war hero who takes Ender under his wing.

Gavin Hood ("Wolverine") is writing and directing the adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel. "Ender's Game" is due for release in March 2013.

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Harrison Ford And Abigail Breslin Join Sci-Fi Ender’s Game

22 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

When word came earlier this month that rising young star Hailee Steinfeld would be joining Asa Butterfield for the upcoming sci-fi film Ender’s Game, there were also rumours that none other than Harrison Ford was talks for a leading role.

It now looks like those rumours were well-informed, with Variety reporting that both Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin are joining Butterfield and Steinfeld as leads in the film.

“Set in Earth’s utopian future, “Ender’s Game” stars Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) as a genius strategist recruited by the government to help destroy an insect-like alien race.”

And with the additional casting news comes information on the roles that Ford, Breslin, and Steinfeld are taking:

“Ford will play Colonel Hyram Graff, who’s in charge of training young military recruits. Breslin will play Valentine Wiggin, Ender’s older sister, while Steinfeld plays Petra Arkanian, Ender’s trusted right hand.”

Sounds pretty awesome to me. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin Play A "Game"

22 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Harrison Ford have officially joined the cast of the sci-fi adaptation "Ender's Game" reports The Press Association.

The story is based Orson Scott Card's best-selling novel about a boy who develops military plans of attack through war games in an attempt to prepare for an intergalactic battle against insectoid aliens.

It was previously reported that Ford was in talks to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, the commander of training at an elite boys' military academy. Now he's confirmed to have signed on.

Breslin will play the older sister of the hero, Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a bullied young boy who turns out to be a master strategist.

Hailee Steinfield ("True Grit") is already set to play Ender's trusted right hand Petra Arkanian while Sir Ben Kingsley is reportedly in talks for another role. Shooting kicks off in February. »

- Garth Franklin

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Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin Play A "Game"

22 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Harrison Ford have officially joined the cast of the sci-fi adaptation "Ender's Game" reports The Press Association.

The story is based Orson Scott Card's best-selling novel about a boy who develops military plans of attack through war games in an attempt to prepare for an intergalactic battle against insectoid aliens.

It was previously reported that Ford was in talks to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, the commander of training at an elite boys' military academy. Now he's confirmed to have signed on.

Breslin will play the older sister of the hero, Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a bullied young boy who turns out to be a master strategist.

Hailee Steinfield ("True Grit") is already set to play Ender's trusted right hand Petra Arkanian while Sir Ben Kingsley is reportedly in talks for another role. Shooting kicks off in February. »

- Garth Franklin

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