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31 December 2012 2:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
I never feel right pinpointing worst films of the year, simply because I do my best to avoid what I hear or sense would be total wastes of time; life is too short. Then there are the likes of John Carter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Red Tails and Red Dawn, which everyone can point to as misfires but are closer to being just misguided or dull than truly and unforgivably awful. Story: Todd McCarthy Ranks the 10 Best Movies of 2012 More interesting and dismaying, I think, are the disappointments that had legitimate shots at being special, because of the
- Todd McCarthy
The economy may be teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, but such dire financial woes were nowhere to be found at the box office in 2012. Over the past 365 days, Americans spent many of their hard-earned dollars at the movies — paying to see everything from Channing Tatum’s abs to a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear, and as a result, the box office had its best* year ever.
Movie theaters sold an estimated $10.84 billion worth of tickets domestically in 2012, beating the previous record of $10.59 billion set in 2009 (when Avatar led a late-December surge), and marking a new record in terms »
- Grady Smith
Honorable Mention: Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island This list would be invalid if I failed to honor The Rock for his continuing achievement in physical perfection. 10. Taylor Kitsch in John Carter While the movie was widely (and unfairly) panned by critics, there's one thing we all can agree on: Taylor Kitsch looked pretty darn good in that loincloth. If I were Princess Dejah, I'd be swooning too. 9. Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages Tom Cruise may be 50 years old, but man, his abs tell a different story. Channeling his inner rock god, Cruise stars as musician Stacee Jaxx, spending 90% of the rock musical shirtless, but I'm not complaining. 8. Daniel Craig in Skyfall We are all in agreement that Daniel Craig is most sculpted Bond, right? Sorry Sean. From taking a dip in a rooftop pool to digging bullet fragments out of his shoulder to steamy shower scenes, »
There’s a statement made by screenwriter William Goldman about the movie business: ‘Nobody knows nothing.’
Bearing this in mind, here’s a list of ten films in 2012 whose box office returns left a studio decision-makers scratching their heads on their miserable year in order of domestic gross totals.
10. John Carter, $73 million
The big-budget movie had a disappointing opening weekend, and none of its elements clicked with the public. Despite making a global gross of nearly $283 million, it didn’t even come close to earning $100 milion in the Us alone after a four-month run.
9. Battleship, $65.2 million
Battleship was no John Carter at the weekend box office, but opened with a miserable $25 million. Starring the same actor, Taylor Kitsch, perhaps one of these movies needed a bigger name. However, it’s best not to rely on Rihanna.
8. The Three Stooges, $44.3 million
The Three Stooges should be doing »
- Nick Martin
2012 is all over and the Mayan prophecy killed us all. Luckily, we at Planet Fanboy slipped this into our system prior to the day we all died, so the cockroaches have something to read as they feast on our corpses. So pull up a seat, Scritchy and Scratchy, and learn about the year that was.
2012 opened nicely. Qui-Gon Jinn looked death in the eye and slowly let death win in "The Grey." But he did it in a very picturesque way while reciting poetry in his head, so it made for a terrific movie.
George Lucas finally let loose with his "Red Tails" project and it wasn't very good but we all got to shrug our shoulders and say "well, that is absolutely the last time George Lucas will make any news this year."
We thought we were absolutely finished with found footage pictures, but "Chronicle" came out of nowhere »
- Jordan Hoffman
27 December 2012 11:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On paper, 2012 was supposed to be one of the greatest geek movie years ever. Ridley Scott back in sci-fi with Prometheus and Peter Jackson returning to Middle Earth with The Hobbit. Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton was giving us Martians in live-action (John Carter) and the Wachowskis were taking on an "unfilmable" epic novel (Cloud Atlas). Not to mention new installments in the Batman, Spider-Man and Marvel sagas. But when the dust settled, the landscape was a little different. This was a great year for geeks, but it wasn't the obvious films that made our blood course
- Borys Kit
26 December 2012 3:56 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
From shakeups to scandals and with a few sensations in between, 2012 marked a big year in the world of entertainment. Here, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at the year's top 10 stories and what they meant for the biz. From big changes at Disney to Psy's record-breaking "Gangnam Style," these are the moments that left the industry shocked, satisfied and sometimes saddened. 1. Disney's Extreme Makeover It was the flop heard round the world -- and all the way to Mars. John Carter, the studio's $300 million adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi adventure novel,
- Sophie A. Schillaci , Jordan Zakarin
You're going to need an extra big mop to clean up this mess: Peter Travers is here with the stinkiest scum bucket of them all as he runs down the worst movies of 2012. But before we get to the films themselves, Travers dishes out some awards, including worst technical innovation to The Hobbit's controversial 48-frames per second; worst luck for an actor to Taylor Kitsch who made turns in turds like John Carter and Savages; and while Rihanna picks up worst actress for her debut role in Battleship, worst actor »
It's been a vintage year for science fiction and fantasy cinema, with some real oddballs among the usual mix of comic book movies and space operas. It's a tricky job to pick five favourites from a crowded field
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We live in an era where big, bold and brash film-making is the model for Hollywood studios hoping to make megabucks by commissioning the next The Dark Knight or Avatar. For those who prefer intimate movies, this is a cause for dismay; for those who unashamedly like their cinema loud, bombastic and wedded to preposterous fantasy, mind-bending glimpses of the future and/or synapse-searing adventure, 2012 has been a vintage year.
Yes, the studio system continues to deliver expensive yet soulless brain-batterers such as Battleship and Total Recall – but in the last year alone it provided the funds for weird and wonderful big budget productions like Ang Lee's offbeat, »
- Ben Child
Ideally, we would all be able to approach movies with complete and utter objectivity. Expectations often cloud our better judgment, and prevent us from evaluating movies on their own terms. But we all allow our preconceptions to color how we view movies (and anyone who claims otherwise is a dirty, filthy liar). Sometimes, if we go in with low hopes, we can be pleasantly surprised by how good a movie can turn out. But more often, we set our expectations too high, to the point where nothing can hope to live up to what we’ve put in our head.
But sometimes, it’s perfectly reasonable to get excited for a film. If it’s cast and/or crew has a great pedigree, or it’s the latest installment in a beloved series, or what have you, then why not hope, or even expect, that it will be good? Sometimes, »
- Dan Schindel
Two projects we're looking forward to seeing upon completion are Edgar Wright's The World's End and Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, and now that both films have wrapped principal production, we're one step closer to reaching that goal!
Edgar Wright returned to Twitter yesterday following a hiatus of several months to report: "...that's a wrap," referring of course to The World's End. Roth followed up Wright's tweet with: "me too!!! Just wrapped an hour ago. Congrats!" and posted the following photo on Instagram.
The World's End is directed by Wright and stars Simon Pegg along with long-time buddy Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan. Look for it in theatres on October 25, 2013.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, »
- Uncle Creepy
Every year, we get pretty much the same discussion arising in December, that it’s been the worst year for movies ever, and of course, it never has been. It’s been a great year, possibly the best ever for franchise blockbusters (The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall), intelligent Hollywood flicks (Argo), challenging foreign films (Amour, The Hunt), and scintillating documentaries (The Imposter). However, like any year, there’s been those inevitable failures, either blockbusters, foreign films or more noble arthouse fare, that just don’t make the cut or live up to our expectations. This year has seen a few new potential franchises, reboots and sequels fall at the first hurdle, and a couple of reliable filmmakers fail to deliver the goods, but we must remember that no filmmaker is perfect, and 2013 is likely to bring far more pleasures than let-downs like any year.
Here are the 10 most »
- Shaun Munro
Feature James Clayton Dec 21, 2012
With 2012 drawing to a close, James looks back over the year's movies - as seen from a strange alternate universe...
So 2012, then. Helluva ride, huh? I saw many films and some of them were films within films and films about films and now we’ve all ended up in a disaster movie of our own at the arrival of the Mayan apocalypse that Mel Gibson warned us about way back when. We didn’t even get to enjoy Christmas.
Never mind though. Before Jaguar Paw came screaming out of the Mesoamerican rainforest and we all perished as doomsday struck, we watched some brilliant movies. The past calendar year has been packed with superb cinematic releases, and looking back from the other side of oblivion, I see that we were spoiled.
Unfortunately, from this standpoint on the flipside of forever, I can’t actually see the old timeline of reality. »
Jennifer Lawrence and co might’ve pretended that they had no idea The Hunger Games was going to be such a hit, we all knew it and so did the studios. As learned with Harry Potter and Twilight, teenagers on a mission and semi-attractive actors secure hysteria; the resultant screaming fans proved this to be true.
He lurks in his Lerkim, cold under his roof, where he makes his own clothes out of miff-muffered moof: rhymes like these have made Dr Seuss a remembered and loved writer. His environmentally minded story The Lorax was the latest to get the film treatment in March with the help of Betty White, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. Forward thinking in the 70s the film floundered in 2012, but thanks to the timing of its release made a lot of money.
- Isra Alkassi
As we established in our list of the 25 Best Movies of 2012, it was a pretty great year at the multiplexes.
But in what you are about to read below, well, there is no "good."
Some of these actually didn't do too badly in the box office and one might incite some rage from a certain fan army (sorry guys, but our whole staff agreed!), but either way, we want to know what you think. Read up on our 10 clunkers of 2012 and hit up the comments section below with your two cents.
10. 'Dark Shadows'
"Dark Shadows" lost at its own game. It seems like Tim Burton meant to harness the power of kitsch in his big screen adaptation of camptastic '70s soap opera "Dark Shadows," flirting with the border of "so bad it's good" territory... and overshot his mark by a mile. Great actors go horribly wasted in »
- NextMovie Staff
Top 10 Mark Harrison Dec 19, 2012
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in this year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
With the awards season gearing up for the big, corpulent, back-slapping ceremonies throughout January and February, we're hurtling towards the end of another cinematic year with the usual sense of anticipation and predictability.
With Daniel Day Lewis' version of President Lincoln touted for acting plaudits, and every other Best Supporting Actress candidate preparing their best loser faces for when Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway scoops every gong going, there's little regard for the great performances in lesser-seen films, or genre cinema. And so, as I did in the previous two years, I've formulated a list of the performances that nobody is talking about in relation to the awards season.
I've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise, »
The Movie Pool takes a long look at the short films of Pixar from their new Blu-ray!
Short films from Pixar, many featuring characters from the studio's feature fims, are presented.
This second collection of short films from Pixar features 12 cartoons in stunning high definition. Many of the shorts were previously available on Pixar home video releases (including "Hawaiian Vacation" and "Air Mater"), and three are Academy Award nominees.
What we get in Volume 2 of the series is an eclectic mix of styles and approaches, and for the most part, it all works well. While some are mildly amusing, others (like "Day and Night") are exceptional, that entertain and manage to be original.
The shorts included in the collection are:
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
• Penn Badgley, on the heels of Gossip Girl ending and his musical starring role in Greetings From Tim Buckley, due out next year, has signed on for the drama Parts Per Billion, alongside Alexis Bledel, Hill Harper, and Teresa Palmer. Directed and written by Brian Horiuchi, the movie also stars Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Hartnett, about three couples dealing with an event that could destroy their relationships. [Deadline]
• Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) and equably formidable Samantha Morton (John Carter, Control) have been cast as the leads in thriller The Harvest, directed by John McNaughton (Wild »
- Solvej Schou
Armie Hammer was the drool-worthiest part of The Social Network (unless you count that doe-eyed Anthony Perkins doppelganger Andrew Garfield), and Johnny Depp ranks among the sexiest men ever to hit the silver screen. Does the second Lone Ranger trailer live up to what should be a high composite sexiness?
Forgive me for noticing the Disney stamp, the gold-dusted "rustic" cinematography, and the completely uninteresting dialogue, but I'm having John Carter of Mars flashbacks. I'm not suggesting we'll ever see a failure similar to that in the immediate future, but I'm more dubious than thrilled. And where is the hotness? So far I'm seeing saloon costuming and showy special effects. More Wild Wild West ('99) than Clayton Moore, wouldn't you say?
Director Gore Verbinski said the movie will be more a showcase for Tonto (Depp) than the Lone Ranger, which is interesting. I'm not immediately seeing the Oscar nomination potential than Jack Sparrow afforded Depp, »
The Rocketeer follows the high-flying adventures of ace stunt pilot Cliff Secord after he finds a mysterious jetpack and takes to the skies. On his action-packed adventures, Cliff must navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining a relationship with his knock-out girlfriend Betty, while continuing to battle evil and injustice – no easy feat!
The first time I crossed paths with The Rocketeer was the 1991 big screen version which fueled my crush on Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) who played the part of Betty. I was not surprised to learn that originator of the comic book, Dave Stevens, was hired by filmmaker Steven Spielberg to create presentation boards for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as both embody the rollicking swashbuckling of the B-movie serials of the 1930s.
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