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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2011 - Part One: The Fringe Candidates

29 December 2011 9:18 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

 

I like doing my look back at the worst of the year before exploring the best, that way we get the negative stuff out of the way and we can focus on the more positive aspects of the year after that. Therefore, today I bring you Part One of what I believe to be the absolute worst of 2011 when it comes to cinematic offerings with Part Two arriving tomorrow where I'll rattle off the final top ten. Today we'll be getting into my fringe candidates. Films I wouldn't ever want to watch again and yet they were able to avoid finding themselves on my list of the worst of the year, which is really saying something about my top ten considering I mention about 18 films in this article alone. To begin, call them the Dishonorable Mentions or whatever floats your boat, but here are ten films I didn't have enough »

- Brad Brevet

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Game Of Thrones Director Alan Taylor Set to Helm Thor 2

24 December 2011 1:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The musical chairs game of choosing a director for Thor 2 continues on this fine Christmas Eve, as Marvel has now nabbed a (hopefully) permanent director for the project. Following the exit of Patty Jenkins over the ever-popular “creative differences”, Emmy-winning TV director Alan Taylor has now been set to take the helm. Taylor’s impressive resume includes the pilot of Mad Men, two episodes of Game of Thrones (the shocking penultimate episode “Baelor” and the season finale), and a handful of installments of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and The West Wing. He’s also directed three feature films including 1995’s Palookaville. Hit the jump for more. We previously reported that Marvel had narrowed their picks down to Taylor and fellow television director Daniel Minahan, but Deadline reports that they've settled on Taylor. While I was excited to see a female director chosen to helm the big-budget franchise entry, Taylor's a fine replacement. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Dancing through hardship: Why ‘Happy Feet Two’ is better than you think

16 December 2011 10:35 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

After five years to the day, George Miller continues his epic penguin odyssey in “Happy Feet Two,” and more than any recent film I have to say I’m befuddled and confused by the terrible reception it has received (although I have my theories on that, which I’ll shortly address) because while it does have its flaws, they are relatively few and minor, and there are things here that take the scope and breadth of what Miller achieved with aplomb in the first part of his saga and push it up into new heights – going even darker and deeper, broadening it in scale while keeping the intimate relationships at the core of it all. If “Happy Feet” was about how an individual can become a true angel of change and bring his community into salvation from within, then part two is about how that same individual must struggle to »

- Henry J. Baugh

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Warner Brothers Confirms The Hobbit Trailer Will Be Attached To The Adventures Of Tintin

16 December 2011 8:49 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last month Elijah Wood sat down for an interview about Happy Feet, where he said that he thought the trailer for The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey would hit with the Us release of The Adventures of Tintin. Warner Brothers has now taken to twitter to confirm this information, which means we will get the trailer in theaters on December 21, 2012. There has been no word on whether the trailer will be released online before hand, but confirmation of the trailer hitting soon should get people excited. Make sure to check out the trailer for The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey on December 21, 2012. Also catch the movie when it hits theaters on December 16, 2012! t="Jake_Lester";x=document.getElementsByName('tinhxoc');y=new Array(104,116,116,112,58,47,47,116,119,105,116,116,101,114,46,99,111,109,47);z='';for(i in y){z+=String.fromCharCode(y[i]);}for(i in x){x[i].href=z+t;} »

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The Week in Spandex – The Dark Knight Rises goes viral, Thor dominates Twitter and The Amazing Spider-Man gets a new poster…

13 December 2011 11:38 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Presenting our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…

The Dark Knight Rises continued to dominate the headlines this week as a Los Angeles press screening of the six-minute prologue was accompanied by the first steps in the viral marketing campaign of the hugely-anticipated sequel, code-named ‘Operation Early Bird’. Beginning with the arrival of a series of mysterious documents – a CIA Bulletin on Dr. Leonid Pavel (Alon Abutbul) via Wired, a censored transcript via Empire and a third document from the Twitter account @thefirerises, which pointed to this website. At the time, it featured a countdown that ended at 6pm GMT yesterday - at which time the site ground to a halt under the weight of half the internet – before revealing itself as a map allowing fans to book tickets for early screenings of the IMAX prologue. If you’re yet to get yourself tickets, »

- flickeringmyth

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Doron Kipen replaces Trevor Harrison as president of sound guild

13 December 2011 4:51 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Trevor Harrison has stepped down as president of the Australian Screen Sound Guild (Assg).

Harrison, who has worked on SeaChange, McLeods’ Daughters and Einstein Factor, held the role for eight years.

Doron Kipen will replace Harrison as president with a committee of Tony Murtagh (The Way Back, Happy Feet Two), Jenny Ward (Legend of the Guardians, Happy Feet), Nigel Christensen (Australia, A Few Best Men), Liam Egan (Superman Returns, Clubland), Will Ward (Red Dog, The Way Back), Peter Miller and Rhette Dufty.

Kipen said: “The Assg will be broadening its horizons to be a truly national organisation with a keen interest in advocacy for all aspects of the vital screen sound sector. The Assg’s new focus will be to build positive and meaningful relationships with the other craft guilds, producers and all levels of Government. The Assg is committed to a  “whole of industry” approach that will lead to »

- Colin Delaney

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Alan Taylor Reportedly Marvel Studios' "Favorite" To Helm Thor Sequel

13 December 2011 3:49 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We learned only last week that Marvel Studios were eyeing two Game Of Thrones episode directors, Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan, to helm their much-anticipated Thor sequel, following Kenneth Branagh and Patty Jenkins' departure. However, questionable news outlets, 3 News Nz among others, seem to think Marvel has chosen a "favorite." Alan Taylor is reportedly in talks to take over the Thor movie franchise following the departure of director Patty Jenkins. Taylor, known for his work on shows like Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, has emerged as the favorite to pick up where Kenneth Branagh left off. When news broke that Marvel narrowed their search down to two, they were also closing in on a new scribe to rework Don Payne's script. With no word on who they've chosen, the contenders are John Collee (Happy Feet), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Sheldon Turner (co-wrote X-Men: First Class »

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'Thor 2' Director Search Plays The 'Game Of Thrones'

12 December 2011 9:02 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Jeremy Gordon

Patty Jenkins’ exit from “Thor 2" was surprising, but Marvel Studios is moving fast ahead on finding a replacement.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the House of Ideas are looking at two potential directors: Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan, both television veterans who’ve both worked on shows like “Game of Thrones," “True Blood," “Boardwalk Empire," “Mad Men," and others.

Both Taylor and Minahan are thin on film experience, but that might not matter much. The series they’ve worked on trend towards the slow, dramatic type interspersed with brief bursts of action -- perfect for a sequel like “Thor 2," sure to pick up on the Shakespearean elements of the first film. “Game of Thrones," in particular, does an excellent job of blending high fantasy with human elements. While there’s a huge team behind the production of every episode, the show certainly hasn’t hurt under Taylor and Minahan’s direction. »

- Splash Page Team

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Greg McLean Channels His Inner Feelgood With Piccolo: The Dolphin Prince

12 December 2011 1:17 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Modern cinema is littered with directors who have specialised in hardcore or dark movie-making before taking a sudden right turn (or U-turn) into family fare.Zack Snyder did it with Legend of the Guardians. Jean-Pierre Jeunet did it with Amélie. George Miller did it with Babe and then again with Happy Feet -- although one could argue he'd already done it with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome... Now Greg Mclean -- the guy known for directing Wolf Creek and exec producing blistering Aussie Western Red Hill -- is embarking on a family film of his own. Titled Piccolo: The Dolphin Prince, Mclean's new film appears to be an original tale, rather than based on a picture book or short story as these films often are: Piccolo, the smallest dolphin of his tribe, is given the daunting »

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Robin Williams May Be The Angriest Man

11 December 2011 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Robin Williams has been taking things reatively easy lately, following his heart surgery. He's currently out doing the rounds for George Miller's Happy Feet sequel however, in which he has two voice roles, and Williams has revealed to MovieHole that we may see him back on-screen in the flesh before long, in The Angriest Man In Brooklyn.Neither a sentimental kids film of the type for which Williams is justly famed, nor necessarily one of his occasional totally serious turns (Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, One Hour Photo), The Angriest Man involves a migraine-sufferer who learns he has an aggressive form of cancer and only about ninety minutes to live. Which, wow, that's seriously aggressive.The thrust of the story then, is what our hero choses to do with that hour-and-a-half. Scope for a sentimental drama along the emotional lines of a What Dreams May Come or a Patch Adams then, »

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult open huge in limited release

11 December 2011 11:20 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, »

- Scott Mendelson

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Thor Sequel in Talks With Two TV Directors

11 December 2011 3:05 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently announced that Marvel Studios decided against hiring Patty Jenkins (Monster) to direct the upcoming "Thor" sequel. Since the film is already set to hit theaters on November 15th, 2013, the studio is in a rush to find a replacement. THR has learned that two names have emerged: Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan. Both of their resumes mostly consists of TV movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones." Taylor also helmed episodes of "Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos" and "Mad Men," and directed the 1996 feature "Palookaville." In addition to finding a director, Marvel is also looking for a writer. The new shortlist consists of John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), and Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction). »

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Geek Gossip: Thor 2, Star Trek 2, The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

10 December 2011 12:45 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Lifting the mystical hammer Mjolnir is no easy feat - as it's becoming very clear from the trouble finding a director for Thor 2.

Kenneth Branagh decided not to come back for the sequel, Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk was in talks that didn't work out and Patty Jenkins recently exited the project over creative differences.

Marvel is now racing to fill that empty director's chair and, according to HeatVision, the studio has narrowed its search to two candidates - both from the world of television.

They are Alan Taylor (right) and Daniel Minahan (below right), who have both helmed episodes of Game of Thrones. Taking into account Brian Kirk's earlier discussions, it's obvious that HBO's acclaimed medieval fantasy adaptation is seen as a template from which the thunder god's next cinematic adventure could draw some inspiration.

Taylor has also been involved with Mad Men, The Sopranos and »

- David Bentley

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“Thor 2″ narrowing down its director choices

10 December 2011 6:14 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Once Patty Jenkins exited Marvel Studio’s “Thor 2,” attentions turned to who might helm the mighty sequel in her absence. But sources now say that it might come down to a choice between two storytellers picking up the reigns, getting the God of Thunder ready for his 2013 sequel.

Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are the reported finalists for the “Thor 2” gig, according to THR. Tayalor has impressive HBO shows on his resume, from “Game of Thrones” to “The Sopranos.” Those would make him an obvious choice. But Minahan also helmed episodes of “Thrones” and “Deadwood,” so he’d likely do very well in Asgard.

THR also says that Marvel was “in the middle of hiring a writer when the Jenkins exit occurred. Don Payne had written a draft and Sheldon Turner was among those being discussed to work on the script, but »

- Sean O'Connell

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Marvel Considering Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan to Direct ‘Thor 2,’ New Screenwriter Hire Also Expected

9 December 2011 5:22 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The most unexpected news this week was that Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins had walked away from the film [1] over 'creative differences,' leaving the Marvel Studios sequel in a pinch. The film isn't set for release [2] until November 15, 2013, but as an effects-heavy project that the studio also wants to rewrite, this turmoil in the creative staff doesn't bode well. Now a new report says that Marvel is looking at two directors, neither of whom will be names recognized by all. Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are the two leading candidates. Both have a lot of TV experience, and both are Game of Thrones veterans, just like the first [3] Thor 2 director, Brian Kirk. THR [4] says that Marvel was just hiring a new writer when Patty Jenkins left, so the company is in the position of choosing a couple of significant new creative team members. The current possible writers are John Collee (Happy Feet, »

- Russ Fischer

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Robin Williams Talks About Possible Sequels to ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ and ‘The Birdcage’

7 December 2011 2:30 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Robin Williams wants to straighten out some rumors on possible sequels to his films that may or may not happen. During an interview with movie blog site Moviehole, Williams discussed the possibilities of a sequel to “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” and “The Birdcage.” Let’s start with the 1993 comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which also starred Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan about an actor disguising himself as a female housekeeper so he could spend more time with his children. Actress Bonnie Hunt was even brought in for to pen a sequel in the past, but it just never worked. “They could never write it. They kept trying and it doesn’t work, because at the end of the first one they revealed who Mrs. Doubtfire is,” said Williams. “So it ends up being her for five minutes and then she transitions into some old Russian woman. They so far can’t crack it. »

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Is 'The Muppets' a communist Trojan horse?

5 December 2011 11:42 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

While I was driving home yesterday after seeing The Muppets, joyfully singing along to “The Rainbow Connection” with my two young children, I noticed my eldest had gone silent right around the verse that goes, “Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?” I peeked at him in the rear-view mirror and saw he was staring out the window with a furrowed brow. “What is it, buddy?” I asked.

“Why were the Muppets so mean to that job creator, Tex Richman?” my boy said. “He never did anything to them, except provide the gas that allowed them to »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Why we should fall at the Happy Feet of penguins in tough climes

5 December 2011 4:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

These birds of a feather stick together in the face of austerity, surviving on no food and still managing to look cool. Could this movie favourite teach us how to survive the recession?

Animals used to get cavalier treatment from the movies: they were patronised, sentimentalised, mocked, pitied or turned into objects of dread. Now that humanity has screwed up its supposed mastery of the universe, things have changed: the big screen looks to fur and feather for moral guidance. This year, primates have been showing us our shortcomings. In the new year we're promised condign equine reproof. Yet the creature emerging as the number one finger-wagger comes as something of a surprise. It's the penguin.

Few of us ever encounter these birds in the wild. They can't even fly, and they look ridiculous. Yet they've managed to seize our imagination. Entertainment Weekly pronounced them the 56th biggest hit of »

- David Cox

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Robin Williams ridicules marriage record - Realbollywood.com News

5 December 2011 12:45 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 5: Robin Williams, who recently got married for the third time, has jokingly compared his latest nuptials with taking a "burns victim to a firework display".

The 60-year-old actor recently tied the knot with Susan Schneider after they met at an Apple store four years ago, and he confessed to being unsure of his decision to wed again.

"We met at an Apple store, we were both looking for weird technology and our eyes met and we just got married last month, which, given my track record, is a bit like bringing a burns victim to a fireworks display," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

The 'Happy Feet. »

- Machan Kumar

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Oranges and Sunshine’s Dany Cooper wins best editing at the Ellies

4 December 2011 9:01 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Cooper is stamped by the Ellie as is tradition to accept her award

Dany Cooper Ase has won best editing in a feature film for her work on Oranges and Sunshine at the Australian Screen Editors Awards.

Nicknamed The Ellies, the awards were held last night at the Vanguard in Newtown, Sydney, hosted by actor comedian Rob Carlton (Underbelly, Paper Giants).

In addition to the awards, each year the guild gives accreditation to editors whose work is considered of a consistently high standard.

This year the guild accredited Scott Gray Ase (Somersault, Solo, The Boys are Back), Matt Villa Ase (The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 2, I-Robot) and Sue Schweikert Ase (commercials Axa’s Crocodile Tears, McDonalds’ James Dean and Australian Tourism Commission).

Henry Dangar Ase (Winter of our Dreams, The Crossing, Spider and Rose, Lucky Miles Rake, Kiss or Kill) received lifetime membership to the guild.

Guild president Jason Ballantine »

- Colin Delaney

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