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MTV News counts down the most gripping, action-packed moments from 'Harry Potter,' 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Dragon Tattoo' and more.
By MTV News staff
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"
Photo: Warner Bros
Rare is the moviegoing experience after which you leave the theater having loved each and every frame that flashed onscreen. Even when talking about our 10 favorite films of the year, we didn't love everything about them, just most everything. More often than not, however, a film's success and sustainability can be attributed to a few brilliantly crafted key scenes or sequences. They are the moments that make us ooh and aah, laugh out loud, cringe or cover our eyes.
In the spirit of the movie moments that have stuck with us and will continue to do so, here's our list of the 10 best scenes from 2011's new releases. Spoilers ahead.
10. Ryan Gosling's Airbrushed Abs Reveal, »
Welcome back, fiends! We’re reached yet the end of another year and as always, it’s time to look back and discuss the best stuff that’s come and gone, look over some titles you might have missed and just reflect on what our beloved horror genre had to offer this year. I will say right off the bat that scanning over the titles I picked for my Top 10, the Top 6 are what I’d personally consider legitimate great genre offerings whereas picks 7 through 10 were serviceable horror movies that I didn’t love, but that entertained me tremendously and I’ll explain why I consider them serviceable when I get to them.
That said, I missed some great stuff that people have been talking about when compiling their lists. I have yet to see the much-praised horror/comedy Tucker & Dale Vs Evil which just hit DVD/Blu-Ray. Also haven »
Sir David Jason's The Royal Bodyguard pulled in over 7 million viewers last night, according to the latest overnight data. The BBC One sitcom premiered with 7.05m (28.4%) at 9.30pm, after which Mrs Brown's Boys amused 6.61m (28.1%) at 10pm. Christopher Eccleston drama The Borrowers took 5.38m (22.2%) between 7.30pm and 9pm. Over on ITV1, 3.22m (14.7%) watched The Unforgettable Ernie Wise at 7pm, while Agatha Christie's Poirot captivated 4.21m (17.6%) between 9pm and 11pm (+1: 287k/1.5%). Channel 4's screening of Home Alone was seen by 1.57m (6.7%) from 7pm. (+1: 182k/0.7%), then the audience rose to 2.21m (8.7%) for Bear's (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast.
Gcr – Episode 31: Music Spotlight – The 80?s
In the 31st episode we here at GeekCast Radio are continuing the music spotlight. Join TFG1Mike, Optibotimus, and Chuckdawg1999 as they talk about the music of the 80?s. Ahh yes the 80?s a decade of big hair, crazy fashion, awesome films, and rockin’ music.
ToonCast Beyond – Episode 08 – Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths
Continuing the crossover between the GeekCast Radio Network’s ToonCast Beyond with The Animation Aficionados In Episode 08 of Toon Beyond we continue the DC Universe Animated Original Movies spotlight with Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. »
'Tis the season for holiday movies! Festive films like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "A Christmas Story" and "Home Alone" have become classics. And while these movies are ageless, their stars aren't.The child actors who starred in these films grew up and moved on. Cute Taylor Momsen transformed into a goth "Gossip Girl." Little Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) became a big-time producer of films like "Iron Man." Even Macaulay Culkin grew out of his boyish charm. Click on the "Launch Gallery" button below to see what the kids from your favorite holiday films look like today: What is your favorite holiday film? Tell toofab in the comments below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Jess Barratt selects her ten essential Christmas films...
Here are my top 10 festive treats to get you through the Christmas hangovers. Expect snow, sparkle and choir-lead soundtracks...
10. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Although this is not typically considered a true Christmas film it does however have rather Christmassy themes and a beautiful festive score written by the talented Danny Elfman. The latter half of this eerie Tim Burton film is entirely set at Christmas time and includes the unforgettable scene where Winona Ryder’s character dances in the snow falling from Edward’s ice sculpture. With fantastic comedic performances by an incredible cast, Edward Scissorhands is sure to get you edging towards the eggnog.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid doing what they do best in this wacky 80s comedy. With some questionable SFX and strange impromptu group singing, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect nostalgic Christmas feature. »
This Christmas, gather your family around the fire... and then bring your TV and place it right next to the burning yule log. You've got a lot of movie watching to do!
While the studios have films from Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg (two!) and Matt Damon out in the multiplex, the cheaper, more traditional alternative is to sit back and watch classics such as "A Christmas Story," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Elf." Yes, "Elf" is now a classic. And now, as you watch these films, you can impress your family and friends with lots of little known trivia. Knowledge: it's the greatest gift of all (if you can't get those new Air Jordans that everyone has been going crazy over).
- Huffington Post
For our final Lunchtime Poll before the holiday weekend, I thought we’d check in with Charlie Brown — the only person Linus knows who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. “Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.”
In A Charlie Brown Christmas, after Lucy tasked him with getting the biggest aluminum Christmas tree he could find for the kids’ play, Charlie Brown instead picked a funny-looking hidden gem that was just like him: barely viable in a sea of brightly colored commercialism, sprouting just a few tufts of foliage in random directions, »
- Annie Barrett
 What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo : A High Resolution photo from Pixar's Brave. ScreenRant  lists 10 Badass Characters Neutered by Their Sequels  Check out  some alternate Home Alone posters. /Film La: The 19-year old Laemmle's Sunset 5 Movie Theater has closed .  Today's t-shirt of Ript Apparel  is a Masters of the Universe-inspired design "Skeletour 83" Jordan Hoffman  lists his 10 Best Movies of 2011 Watch a vintage Steven Spielberg interview from a 1982 episode of 60 Minutes The Wall Street Journal  has a good »
- Peter Sciretta
The holidays are nearly upon us, and while many of you out there will undoubtedly be spending your time roasting chestnuts on an open fire (or some other cheery activity) with your family, there's going to be down time. And what better way to spend that time than by watching some classic holiday movies?
There are far too many feel-good Christmas movies (as well as some feel-bad holiday movies) out there to choose from, so if you find yourself stumped come December 25, never fear -- the MTV Movies team has compiled our all-time favorite holiday movie viewing experiences to make your season bright.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.” These words, written on a dead bad guy’s shirt by New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) and uttered by the Grinchiest of movie menaces Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), exemplify why Christmas at Nakatomi Plaza is so much fun. »
- MTV Movies Team
To me, one of the most amusing things about Buddy (Will Ferrell) in 2003′s Elf — and there are many — is his insistence on sticking to the four main food groups of his species: “Candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” Buddy’s ridiculous pasta concoctions rivaled Ally Sheedy’s Cap’n Crunch and Pixy Stix sandwich in The Breakfast Club in terms of sheer sugar per square inch. That is no small feat.
- Annie Barrett
It's a few days before Christmas, but that just means Hollywood is finally letting us see the big contender films, and because of the holiday weekend, the new releases are starting mid-week. That means Movies This Week is running mid-week as well; unfortunately, it also means slim pickings for special film events from now through next week.
Well, not quite. Tonight you can see The Artist on us; you just have to reserve your pass and get there early enough to get a seat. You can also check out the Alamo Drafthouse calendar, as it's got an eclectic selection of holiday films at their various Austin locations including It's a Wonderful Life, Bad Santa, Home Alone (w/cheesy pizza), the Xmas Pop Sing-along, Elf quote-along, The Magic Christmas Tree, Love Actually, and their High for the Holiday selections.
Movies We've Seen:
- Jenn Brown
Have you ever wondered what happened to all the couples from 2003′s Love Actually? I watch it often enough that I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this. ‘Tis the season to watch Love Actually with your family and have to listen — for the thousandth time — about how much your dad hates that sleazebag secretary Mia for ruining Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s marriage!
Let’s think about this for real. David and Natalie (Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, pictured) made a great couple in that they were so different, but would their relationship crumble in the national spotlight? »
- Annie Barrett
Baby, it's cold outside. So what better way to warm your toes (and your heart) than by curling up with a Christmas movie? But choose wisely, dear reader. Christmas movies can be a minefield of shmaltz. Allow us to present you with our not-quite-definitive list of the best and worst of the genre.
The best ...
It's A Wonderful Life, 1946
It may be an obvious choice and we may nod in half-hearted agreement with the New York Times' original description of the movie as "sentimental" and "facile" but despite that, Capra's ending still makes me weep.
Best moment: "That's a lie Harry Bailey went to war…' A despairing Jimmy Stewart realizes just what he's lost
See also: Miracle »
- Sarah Hughes
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If you ask most people to name which games terrified them when they were growing up, you’d undoubtedly get a list of such horrific classics as Resident Evil, Dino Crisis or perhaps Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. None of these games had the ability to make me jump out of my skin as much as a single a Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis if you’re reading this in the U.S) cartridge based on a family friendly film from 1990. For some reason, a video game based on Home Alone – the classic Christmas comedy starring Macaulay Culkin – had me on the edge of my seat and scared shitless.
It might seem hard to believe, but Home Alone made for a surprisingly suspenseful video game, which was also completely unlike any other film-to-game conversion of the time. While so many movies were quickly »
- Stephen Leigh
One of my favorite holiday movies is the 1990 home security comedy Home Alone. Does anyone better embody the spirit of Christmas than Polka King of the Midwest John Candy as he offers Catherine O’Hara a ride in the back of a van from Scranton to Chicago? You gotta love the Kenosha Kickers! (I never appreciated them at the time; now I think they’re one of the most brilliant parts of the whole movie.) Also, sometimes when I see “Merry Christmas” emblazoned on something, I hear those words as spoken softly by Old Man Marley in the sad church scene. »
- Annie Barrett
With the holidays fast approaching, many of you are running out of time to find the perfect gift. Thankfully, if someone in your life is a fan of TV box sets or movies, Amazon has a number of great deals and I've taken some of the best ones and listed them below. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping. Box Sets Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection $35.49 (69% off) Lost: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] $129.99 (54% off) Friends: The Complete Series Collection $99.99 (58% off) Home Alone Collection [Blu-ray] $19.99 (50% off) Monk: The Complete Series $61.99 (59% off) The Wire: The Complete Series $94.99 (53% off) Six Feet Under: The Complete Series $67.99 (62% off) Sex & The City: The Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition) $97.99 (61% off) Gilligan's Island: Complete Series Collection #39.99 (65% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection $111.49 (63% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection $114.49 (56% off) Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series $81.49 (59% off) The O.C.: The Complete Series $79.99 (56% off) Harry »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Welcome to Their Holiday Favorites, a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. Austin filmmaker/producer David Hartstein (Along Came Kinky, Where Soldiers Come From) has been traveling out of the country recently to work on his Untitled Israeli Football Documentary, but was able to take a minute to tell us about a certain Christmas movie he can't miss.
I'm Jewish and there are no Hanukkah movies worth your time. So until Mel Gibson's Judah Maccabee project sees the light of day and despite marrying a Lutheran last year, I still feel like a Christmas movie interloper. But sure, like anyone else I do have a go-to list of Christmas movies that put me in the holiday spirit: It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, Die Hard, Eyes Wide Shut »
- Jette Kernion
Today's Deals: Fringe: The Complete Third Season  on Blu-ray is on sale for only $26.99, 61% off the $70 msrp. Lost: The Complete Collectio n on Blu-ray for only $129.99, 54% off the $280 msrp. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  on Blu-ray for only $9.99 each, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  on Blu-ray for only $9.49, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  on Blu-ray for only $8.34 Amazon's Blu-ray deal of the week is the Home Alone Collection  on Blu-ray for only $19.99, 50% off the $40 msrp. Amazon's TV Deal of the Week this week is Monk: The Complete Series  for only $61.99, 59% off the $150 msrp. Lightning Deals today: 8:00 Am Pst Breaking Bad Season 1 on Blu-ray  Breaking Bad: Seasons 1-3 on DVD  4:00 Pm Pst Resident Evil: Afterlife »
- Peter Sciretta
Digital Spy readers have chosen The Muppet Christmas Carol as their favourite Christmas movie of all time. The 1994 family film puts a Muppet spin on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, casting Michael Caine as miser Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. More than 10,000 Digital Spy users took part in the Christmas poll, which saw The Muppet Christmas Carol narrowly triumph with 18.5% of votes ahead of Home Alone's 18.3%. Will Ferrell's 2003 comedy Elf charted in third place with 8.9%, Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life was in fourth spot with 7.4% and action movie Die Hard, which takes place during the festive period, landed in fifth with 6.7%. Digital Spy users' top ten Christmas movies are as follows: 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
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- By Simon Reynolds
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