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Quite a few critics' best-of lists have implied 2011 was a pretty average year for popcorn movies. Throw in the fact that 2012 is set to deliver The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and the first part of The Hobbit, and it doesn't augur well for an annual round-up of the past 12 months' top fanboy-friendly films. But while there has been nothing this year to compare with the head-spinning brio of 2010's Inception or the epic, flawed genius of 2009's Watchmen, the overall quality of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book fare has definitely been on the way up.
That's not to say we haven't had our fair share of distinctly non-festive turkeys. Green Lantern was an almighty mess dogged by a ropey script, dodgy CGI, and wooden chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and just about everyone else on screen. »
- Ben Child
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
Yesterday, I counted down the biggest disappointments from this year in film, which included a set of blockbusters that just didn't live up to the hype generated leading up to the release, and failed to deliver a quality movie. But today, we're looking on the positive side of the year's biggest films in the form of five films that sort of caught audiences off guard by being surprising hits both at the box office and with most critics. I haven't included lower key favorites like Midnight in Paris, but films like Woody Allen's comedy are smaller, personal choices, and will show up on another list later this week. See the list below! So without further adieu, here are the films that really surprised myself, audiences and critics in 2011 by really coming through as great pieces of entertainment and all around high quality movies: #5. Real Steel - With the huge »
- Ethan Anderton
The best robot movie of 2011 is heading to Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand January 24, 2012. No, we're not talking about the third cookie-cutter Transformers movie this year, but the Hugh Jackman starrer Real Steel. The crowd-pleasing action film arrives with many bonus features on a Blu-ray combo pack that takes you ringside with Director Shawn Levy for a one-two punch with the making of the film and behind the scenes with the bots.
Directed by Shawn Levy (Night At the Museum franchise, Date Night, What Happens in Vegas) and produced by Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), Real Steel takes place in the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech and 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring. The action-adventure film
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The visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul Real Steel hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 24th from DreamWorks Studios. This is a "must-add" to every home movie collection, delivering a premium in-home experience complete with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action. The Blu-ray Combo Pack is described as the ultimate punch, offering viewers a variety of supplemental bonus features that take them ringside with Director Shawn Levy on the making of the film. Exclusive features include a bare-knuckled exposé of the life story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), deleted and extended scenes that go deeper into the film and storylines, and a riveting profile with legendary boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. »
- Patrick Luce
It's not out for another year but Rise of the Guardians is getting into the festive spirit with a new teaser poster.
The DreamWorks Animation film is a 3D comedy adventure based on William Joyce's forthcoming The Guardians of Childhood books and is described as a contemporary fairy tale.
Joyce serves as co-director (with Peter Ramsey), story creator, producer and executive producer on the upcoming film, which features Nicholas St North (aka Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin), Tooth (aka the Tooth Fairy, voiced by Isla Fisher), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny, voiced by Hugh Jackman) and Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine). They join forces with the Sandman (whose casting hasn't been announced), to stop Pitch the Nightmare King (aka The Boogeyman, voiced by Jude Law) sending the world into eternal darkness.
Also in the cast is Dakota Goyo as a boy called Jamie. The 12-year-old Canadian actor »
- David Bentley
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Plot: A young journalist (Bell) tries to find out the mystery of a ship called the Unicorn, and the two families who fight over the information as to where it is buried.
Who’S It For? Bloodless, deathless, and even lacking in a romantic interest, The Adventures of Tintin is entertainment primed for families. All fans of Spielberg should also give this one a look.
Expectations: With the sometimes hit-and-hard-miss quality of motion-capture animation, I was curious as to what vision Spielberg would have with the technology, and if a European hero such as Tintin would respond well with Americans. Are we going to really care for a proper boy with an affinity for blue sweaters and khaki pants?
- Nick Allen
Directed by: David Fincher
Running Time: 2 hr 38 mins
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Plot: Based on the best-selling novel, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) gets some unexpected help in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a computer hacker.
Who’S It For? Fans of the bestselling novel will flock to see this film. If you didn’t know this already, it’s a pretty ugly story, with a lot of violence toward women.
It seems like we all know about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have seen the three Swedish films, most of you have probably read the trilogy. There may be a feeling of “been there, done that.” Luckily, David Fincher is here to help us shake that off. He’s »
- Jeff Bayer
Back for their third year we are proud to present the annual HeyUGuys movie awards – The Truffles.
At the end of each year our wonderful team of writers like to round up the various movieland highs and lows into our own unique categories, to reward the diverse, the challenging and the downright lovely and both tar and feather the cinematic outcasts which offended, disgusted and just plain irritated us.
It has been a tremendous year with some intriguing debuts and some howling missteps from seasonal filmmakers. We had planets colliding, blocks attacked, apes rising and the usual spew of remakes, sequels, prequels and the rest.
Here’s our take on the filmic landscape after a whole year of 2011.
First up on stage…
Best use of an old, familiar song on the end credits – Hobo With a Shotgun
Not only were we offered a loving and thoroughly entertaining tribute to those scuzzy, »
- Jon Lyus
On January 24th, DreamWorks Studios releases Real Steel on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD! Set in the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech and 2000-pound steel robots have taken over the ring, this heart-warming story of a winning father-son team film stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, and Anthony Mackie. Bonus material includes behind-the-scenes features revealing the magic behind the sets and characters, Bloopers, and more!
Check out all the details below!
“It’s Rocky with robots…a heartwarming movie for everyone.”
Box Office Magazine
Burbank, California, December 2, 2011—DreamWorks Studios’ Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, muscles its way into the Home Entertainment arena on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand on January 24, 2012. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a “must-add” to every home movie collection, »
- Jason Moore
'Hunger Games' wins Most Anticipated Movie of 2012.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Summit Entertainment
For last few weeks, guilds, associations and critics' groups have been doling out year-end honors to the likes of "The Artist" and "The Descendants." Boring!
MTV Movies, by contrast, has been running a series of fan-voted polls to get to the bottom of what 2011 was really all about. Which film delivered 2011's finest sex scene? Which set was most successfully stalked by the paparazzi? Between flashing his abs and breaking up street fights, what was truly Ryan Gosling's best moment of the year? These were among the questions put to fans in poll form, and the response was staggering. Millions of votes were cast. Comment sections lit up with equal parts enthusiasm and vitriol.
Now, without further ado, it's time to reveal the winners.
It's the real Real Steel, the episode written by Richard Matheson that inspired the recent big-budget motion picture, with Lee Marvin starring as a badass promoter of a robot boxer. The Twilight Zone, Episode #122: "Steel" (original air date October 4, 1963) The Plot: Boxing promoter Sam 'Steel' Kelly trundles his robot fighter from town to town, even though it's an outdated model that's on its last spring. When that spring finally breaks after Steel has hustled up a fight for the robot, mechanic Pole (Joe Mantell) sagely advises Steel to give up, but Steel will not be deterred -- they need the money. So he decides to step into the ring and take on a robot boxer who's much more powerful than he is. »
What do this year’s most successful Hollywood films say about our changing tastes, and how do they compare to previous years? Ryan finds out…
At first glance, a look at this year’s ten highest grossing movies reveals nothing more than the usual diet of sequels and effects-filled blockbusters. The final Harry Potter movie made more than $1.3bn. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made more than $1bn, in spite of middling reviews. The rest of the year’s hits were largely dominated by computer-animated movies for the family crowd: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Smurfs, Cars 2 and Rio all made the top ten.
Look a little more closely, though, and you’ll see that this year’s hit films reveal numerous common themes, and tell us a great deal about movie-going appetites and contemporary fears…
The Strause brothers »
Just the other day, we brought you the news when Dan Gilroy, screenwriter of the Shawn Levy directed film Real Steel was hired to pen the script for the big-screen adaptation of comic book legend Stan Lee‘s Asian superhero The Annihilator. You didn’t think that addition to everything else on Lee’s resume was going to slow down the spry 88 year-old legend, did you?
Now, Variety reports that Lionsgate has nabbed the rights to an original superhero property created by Stan Lee, that will be written and directed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the writers/creators of Smallville. The project which is being kept under wraps is said to be a multigenerational superhero movie that spans several decades. Stan Lee and Gil Champion will produce through Pow! Entertainment, which has a deal at Disney.
Lee is said to have approached Gough and Millar with the superhero concept »
- Jason Moore
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences have today given a list of the contenders that are competing in the first round of selection for the 84th Academy Awards visual effects Oscar. The usual box-office behemoths are there all with their studios hoping that their film will get enough votes to pass through to the next stage of the process. Take a look and see if you agree with their selection and maybe one of your favourites from this year are amongst them.
• Cowboys & Aliens
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
• Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
• Super 8
These films will be then be whittled down to ten, »
- Craig Hunter
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced what movies from 2011 are among those in contention for a Best Visual Effects Academy Award.
There's an executive member list of the Academy that work within the VFX field. They're the people that come up with the first list of 15 movies in the running for the Oscar. That list then gets narrowed down to 10 films on January 19, which then get further paired down to just five movies. Those are the final candidates up for the award, which gets revealed when the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24.
The 2011 movies being considered for the Best Visual Effects Oscar are:
Captain America: The First Avenger Cowboys & Aliens Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Real Steel Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sucker Punch »
- Patrick Sauriol
The Academy has picked fifteen films for the Visual Effects category. Out of the fifteen, ten will be chosen in early January, then five for the final nominations to be announced January 25.
If we're going to predict which films will be included in the final five, we're thinking "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," "Hugo," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (because for some reason, the Academy loves honoring "Transformers" in this category -- big, clashing eye candy!), and the critics-darling "The Tree of Life."
We'll find out January 25th if our Oscar crystal ball is accurate. For now, here are the 15 films vying for nominations (in alphabetical order):
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" (Warner Bros. »
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