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 I find it difficult to say whether 2011 was an unusually strong or unusually weak year for films. As in any year, there were pleasant surprises and disappointments alike. If I had to pinpoint the one thing my favorites tend to have in common, though, it's a sense that each of them were made with great love by people who cared desperately about them. I don't think there's anything anyone can say at the start of a top 10 list to totally deflect the disgruntled comments from readers who incensed to see that X made my top 10 when Y didn't, etc., but I'm still going to throw out the usual caveats. There are certainly deserving films that were left off just because I forgot about them, or because I missed the theatrical run, or because I couldn't fully appreciate them due to my own biases, or what have you. I also want »
- Angie Han
It's useless trying to sum up 2011 movies in a nutshell. As in every year, there were those that wowed (see below) and those that almost made you lose faith in all of humanity ("Green Lantern," "Jack and Jill"). And then of course, there were those movies that didn't live up to the hype.
But as I've always said, expectations are a bee-yotch. "The Descendants" and "Drive," for instance, are both films that I saw in advance, yet that had already been built up by fellow journos ("Descendants" as the Best Picture frontrunner, "Drive" as just Best. Picture. Ever.). I appreciated but was slightly disappointed by both. And then there's "Hugo," of which I saw an early cut that was overly long (Scorsese later edited it) with not-quite-finished 3-D.
Of the 150 or so movies I watched in '11, these are simply just the 10 I enjoyed the most, with an additional 10 honorable »
- Kevin Polowy
 Seth Rogen is probably most familiar from the R-rated comedies he's starred in, many of them involving Judd Apatow. But he's actually got a plenty of experience with family-friendly credits as well, lending his vocal talents to films like Horton Hears a Who! and the Kung Fu Panda films. Now, he's signed on to produce and possibly star in a new project that'll likely fall in the latter category, a Disney spy comedy called The B Team. More details after the jump. Variety  reports that the story revolves around an top agent who gets kidnapped and must depend on his nerdy tech support and research team to save him. Disney's had the project in development since 2008, when it acquired the pitch from writers Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman. Charles Segars is set to produce with Rogen, and Guiley and Schneider's manager to executive produce. The B Team is just the »
- Angie Han
He is a modern comedy legend after roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad and as always the likeable Seth Rogen likes to be seen taking a ‘hands on’ approach with the projects he is involved with. Whether he’s acting, writing, producing or all three, the likes of those three classics along with this years The Green Hornet and especially ‘cancer comedy’ 50/50, Rogen’s plaudits are worthy of the man.
Now it appears the Apatow regular will produce and possibly star in spy comedy ‘The B Team’, currently in development at Disney. Disney have been working on the project for over three years and the plot follows a top secret agent who kidnapped by his nemesis. It is left up to his technical team, researchers and ‘lab rats’ to devise a plan and help save him.
- Craig Hunter
Half of the Inception cast is in the new Batman movie. Is that normal for a director to just keep casting the same stars in everything? —Gabriel, New York, via the inbox If by "everything" you mean two movies (way to add your own level of drama there, kid) then, hey, sure. This year, Christopher Nolan has pretty much singlehandedly rescued Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy from abject obscurity, at least through 2012. But Nolan's not alone in picking his faves and sticking with 'em ... And I'm not just talking about, say, Judd Apatow, who has cast Seth Rogen in "everything," meaning The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, »
I admit, I love mindless comedies that don’t take themselves seriously, that don’t try be smarter than the intended audience or filled with so many twists. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Old School, The Hangover, all these laugh-out loud films I’ll take any day over those so-called “smart comedies” where the writers try way too hard to show how intellectual and witty their film is. The Pool Boys, a mindless comedy where the main characters try and raise some extra cash by starting their own Beverly Hills escort service sounds exactly like my kind film. Laughs, tits and ass, what more could you want in a comedy? Unfortunately, The Pool Boys tries too hard to be funny. In fact, one has to wonder at times, “Where are the laughs?”
- Rob Perez
With the possible exception of Steven Spielberg, no 1980s filmmaker was responsible for more watershed Generation X films than Randal Kleiser: starting with "Grease" in 1978, Kleiser created a seemingly neverending series of coming-of-age films, including "Summer Lovers," "The Blue Lagoon," "Flight of the Navigator" and "Big Top Pee Wee," that continue to entertain and resonate with audiences. Recently, MGM's DVD-on-demand service released "Getting It Right," another of the director's films from that era, and although it was set in London and featured decidedly more R-rated content than its predecessors, it too was another tale of a young person finding his footing in an adult world.
IFC caught with Kleiser to talk about the release of "Getting It Right"; additionally, the accomplished filmmaker offered some insights into how he managed to make so many terrific, iconic '80s films, and reflected on his history as one of Hollywood's great purveyors of films about growing up. »
Chicago – It’s no accident that Jane Lynch is one of hottest performers of the moment, despite the title of her new book, “Happy Accidents.” The talented and hilarious Ms. Lynch memorably portrays Sue Sylvester on the popular Fox show, “Glee,” and had time to host the Emmys this year.
Jane Lynch was born in the Chicago suburb of Dolton, Illinois, and started her show business career in the Windy City, including stints at the Steppenwolf Theater Company and the Annoyance Theater. After several characters parts in film and television, she broke out with director Christopher Guest in “Best in Show” (2000), followed by “A Mighty Wind” (2003) and “For Your Consideration” (2006). Her appearances in Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and TV’s “Two and a Half Men” led to the character Sue Sylvester in “Glee” (2009). She released her book “Happy Accidents” this year.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Jonathan Levine.
After being diagnosed with cancer, a twenty-something guy fights to beat the disease.
The story follows Adam (Gordon-Levitt), a young man who discovers he has a 50% survival rate of spinal cancer. Part of the 'buddy-movie' sub-genre, the plot is also largely based around the relationship and support of best friend Kyle (Rogen).
The real-life element of 50/50 gives a great sense of realism and authenticity, which enables the dialogue between the two friends to be naturalistic. The characters use comedy as a coping mechanism throughout the film; this softens the blow of the subject at hand and also makes the film an enjoyable watch. »
Oscar® -winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams will serve as music consultants for the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the first time the composers have worked on the Oscar show.
“Hans is one of the most accomplished and creative film composers of our time, and Pharrell is a phenomenal songwriter with an amazing list of credits,” said Grazer and Mischer. “This is an exciting and prestigious collaboration that promises to take the audience on a musical journey.”
“It is a great privilege to serve the Academy in this role and to help celebrate and honor this year’s incredible artistry,” stated Zimmer.
- Michelle McCue
The Oscars will go in a new direction musically in 2012, with producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer choosing composer Hans Zimmer and songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams to be music consultants for the 84th Academy Awards. Neither man has ever worked on the Oscar show before, though Zimmer won an Academy Award for "The Lion King" and has been nominated eight additional times. The Grammy-winning Williams has written songs for a number of films, including "Bringing Down the House," 50 First Dates," "Knocked Up," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Rush Hour 2" (from the show's »
- Steve Pond
Jonah Hill's big break came with a very short scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin opposite Catherine Keener, where he tries to unsuccessfully buy a pair of silver disco boots from an Ebay Only store. That moment is still remembered when people talk about the movie to this day, and it launched the comedic actor's career. With each succeeding lead role he takes, Jonah has made sure to fill those one-off scenes, like the one he once starred in himself, with the best untapped talent that he can find. And this Friday's The Sitter is no different.
Exclusive: The 2012 Academy Awards has got the musical waterfront covered. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music for the awards show. They will serve as musical consultants, the first time either has done it. Oscarcast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer were looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for. Zimmer won a Best Original Score Oscar for The Lion King, and was nominated eight other times. His film scores included Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, the last three Pirates of the Caribbeaan films, and all three of Chris Nolan’s Batfilms, including the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. He has won four Grammys and been nominated six other times. Williams has »
- MIKE FLEMING
Beginning where most romantic comedies end, this film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. Produced by Judd Apatow ("Bridesmaids," "Knocked Up," "The 40 Year Old Virgin"), directed by Nicholas Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), and written by Stoller and Jason Segel ("How I Met Your Mother" and "The Muppets"), "The Five Year Engagement" stars Segel (Tom) and Emily Blunt (Violet) as an engaged couple whose way to the altar is delayed initially by a professional opportunity (at the University of Michigan) that Violet can't pass up. Also starring Mindy Kaling, Chris Parnell, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, and Kevin Hart, the film is currently slated for an April 27, 2012 release. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film. Nice Guys Who Don't Finish At All Consider the Romantic Comedy as made for men. In this day and age, the genre is so associated with being poor in quality and aiming only for a female demographic, you could easily forget that they used to make 'em good and with male protagonists. Of course, Hollywood making movies by men for men shouldn't be a surprise. And even today, most romantic comedies made to appeal to women are made by men (which is one small part of why they're so bad). That said, the male hero of a Romantic Comedy is quite different from the male hero of any other kind of movie. "Nebbish" is the word that comes to mind. Possibly also "schmuck." Both 1960's The Apartment and 2004's Sideways subscribe to this setup. »
The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam in this new trailer for the irreverent comedy The Five-year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film was written by Segel and Stoller.
Check out “Tom and Violet’s” blog at http://tomandviolet.com/blog/
“Like” the film on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiveYearEngagement
- Michelle McCue
If you liked “Bridesmaids”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up”, then you’ll probably like “The Five-Year Engagement”, since it’s made by the same people who brought you those other three titles. See how that works? Anyhoo. New images, poster, and trailer for the romantic comedy below. It actually looks pretty cute. Unless, you know, you’re made of clay and such. If that’s the case, then you probably have no use for a romantic comedy like “The Five-Year Engagement.” The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. »
Universal Pictures released the first poster, photos and trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy “The Five-Year Engagement.” The film stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie and Rhys Ifans. Here is the official synopsis: The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. Universal Pictures will release the move in theaters on April 27th next year. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Here is the poster for the movie. And finally, here are a couple of stills from the movie. Source: Yahoo! »
Here is the trailer for The Five Year Engagement, which stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. The film starts off where most romantic comedies end, this film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. Nicholas Stoller directed this film that also stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mindy Kaling, Jackie Weaver and Rhys Ifans.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film was written by Segel and Stoller.
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Universal has debuted the first trailer for The Five-Year Engagement. Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and produced by Judd Apatow, the film follows a young couple’s extended engagement and the ups and downs they experience along the way. The trailer looks pretty great, as it’s very much what you’d expect from an Apatow production. Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt had me cracking up by the first 10 seconds, and Jason Segel and Emily Blunt look to have some superb comedic chemistry. Segel and Stoller co-wrote the pic and I’m really liking the feel of this "relationship comedy" so far. The supporting cast doesn’t hurt as well, with Alison Brie, Mindy Kaling, and Jacki Weaver rounding out the cast. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. If you missed Steve’s interview with Stoller where he talked about the test screening »
- Adam Chitwood
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