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The time has come to close on one of the biggest years in comic books we have seen for a while. Companies saw massive shake-ups to connect with new audiences, while some sadly didn’t survive the year. Countless news stories hit our TV screens and computer monitors that would affect every comic book reader out there in one-way or another. This is the top ten comic book news stories of 2011.
10) Draw The Line At $2.99
This may seem like a meaningless point now that the New 52 is in full swing but in January of this year comic readers were in glee when DC announced their new “Draw The Line at $2.99” campaign, one that would return all of their monthly books to a $2.99 price point (while moving from 22 pages to 20, per issue to balance production costs).
In the past few years the comic industry has seen a strong escalation in ongoing »
- Jamie Slough
When compiling your list of the ten best films of the year, inevitably a great film or two just won't fit on your final roster. That's where the honorable mention comes in handy. Perhaps the film was a little dumb, a little odd or something was just off, but for whatever reason it didn't make the cut, you love it nonetheless.
We asked the MTV Movies staff to share their honorable mention for the film year that was 2011.
Duncan Jones' second feature delivered nearly everything I could ask for in a popcorn sci-fi flick: time travel, parallel universes and nifty plot twists that leave you asking friends afterwards, "Wait, what did it mean when...?" Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal's cult fav "Donnie Darko"—which really truly is an awful movie—would be well served to throw some love toward Jg's "Code," because it spins a vastly superior sci-fi yarn. »
- MTV Movies Team
Our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Warner Bros. gave Batman fans an early Christmas present this past Monday with the online release of the second theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and – with anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham swansong reaching fever pitch - it quickly went on to shatter the iTunes record previously held by Marvel’s The Avengers as it amassed a whopping 12.5m views in just 24 hours. The trailer delivered on pretty much every level, giving us a tantalising glimpse at what appears to be some epic action sequences, along with a look at the majority of the cast in action, including Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), along with a Batman Returns-style introduction to Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. »
As some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters seem ever closer on the horizon with 2012 almost dawning, we have seen many glimpses of just what to expect. Throughout the filming of every anticipated film of next summer, we’ve had tidbit images from the respective sets pop up all over the internet. Although these early glimpses may be grainy, low resolution, off-angle captures of what is a small percentage of the overall production and they piss off every studio each time they do leak (we’ve had more than our share of Cease & Desist letters this year) and as much as studios won’t like to admit it, they may actually be beneficial to each film they encapture.
The epitome of my reasoning sits squarely in the past weekend’s box office results. As long speculated, a double-feature tease of The Dark Knight Rises hit screens. Preceding Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol »
- Tim Shustoff
Superman is to feature a guest appearance from WildStorm villain Helspont. DC Comics revealed that the Man of Steel will tackle the Daemonite high lord in April's issue #8. Helspont has previously appeared in the WildStorm titles Grifter, Voodoo and Stormwatch. He is also slated to show up in spinoff titles Demon Knights, and Blackhawks in the future. DC also previewed a cover illustration for Action Comics #8, which depicts Superman battling (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Back in October, we brought you the first poster and trailer for Chronicle, the Max Landis found footage, sci-fi superhero film, directed by Josh Trank, and starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw and Alex Russell.
Now, 20th Century Fox has released two new posters for the film, showing off some of the havoc that teen guys with superpowers would likely wreak on the populace. Check them out below, along with the trailer (in case you missed it the first time).
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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.
- Jason Moore
The 47-year-old actor portrays the character of Superman's father, Jor-El, in the upcoming movie and has been opting for gym sessions, long bike rides, runs and walks so that he is physically fit for the part.
He revealed his punishing exercising schedule in a series of post on his twitter page.
"Yesterday 1 hr walk 1 hr gym, today pitiful bike ride but it is a very special day and i've got other things I need to do. go hard tomorrow,". »
- Leon David
Amy Adams is starring in the new Muppets film which has earned heaps of praise from various critics. When Total Film asked her to compare her leading men from both The Muppets and Man of Steel, she had the following to say: Henry Cavill is very Kermitty! There is a humility to Henry and that’s one of the reasons his Superman is going to be so compelling. He has this beautiful face and humble spirit and that’s really a hard combination to come upon.” Amy's comments seem to only convince me even more that Henry Cavill is the ideal actor to play The Man of Steel. Starring Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner and Ayelet Zorer, Man of Steel is set to hit theatres on June 14, 2013. »
You can't play the Man of Steel's father with a soft body!Russell Crowe's been getting back into shape after piling on the pounds for the 2008 film "Body of Lies." His next role is as Jor-El, the father of Kal-El (Superman) in the "Man of Steel" reboot. We don't blame him -- if we had to work out next to the shirtless perfection that is Henry Cavill, we'd be insecure too!The photo on the above left is from June, and the one on the right is from last week. The Aussie actor has been tweeting his fitness regime and results. Setting and stating goals is a valuable motivator, fitness experts explain. Russell's routine: walking, biking, and hitting the weights."Yesterday 1 hr walk 1 hr gym, today pitiful bike ride but it is a very special day and i've got other things I need to do. go hard tomorrow, »
- tooFab Staff
The 47-year-old actor plays Superman's father, Jor-El, in the upcoming movie and has been opting for gym sessions, long bike rides, runs and walks so that he is fit for the part.
'Yesterday 1 hr walk 1 hr gym, today pitiful bike ride but it is a very special day and i've got other things I need to do. go hard tomorrow (sic),' he wrote on microblogging site Twitter.
'31.37 km bike ride. Bike 28.6 km, gym 1 hr. 2 walks, total time 1 hr 45 mins,' he further posted.
The Oscar. »
- Ketali Mehta
The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has finally debuted officially, giving us all our first big glimpse of just what is in store for us from the most anticipated film of next summer. With all of this certainty now coming to us, it’s hard to imagine how little we knew about this movie a year ago. Plenty of false stories popped up all over the Internet on a regular basis and it was often hard to differentiate where the facts started and the rumours ended.
To celebrate (or chuckle at, I guess) some of the craziness we have heard in the past year, here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous ones that people had to offer. If you came across anything more ludicrous than these ten, do let us know in the comments below…
10. Superman Logo in First The Dark Knight Rises Poster
The Rumour: Back in July, »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
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
Want to read about visual effects in Man of Steel? What does the cast of Community look like as Batman characters? Which character would David Fincher have killed had he made a Spider-Man movie? Do Marvel characters and A Christmas Story have a common ground? What happens when you mix Tintin with the X-Men? Where can you start pre-ordering merchandise for The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers? And has a spoiler slipped about the post-credits scene in The Avengers? Read about all of this and more in today's massive Superhero Bits. I tried to get this up last week but it got lost in the shuffle. Concept images popped online  of toys from Tim Burton's Superman Lives that never happened. See more at Collider . Weta special effects guy Joe Letteri is working on Man of Steel and spoke to The Playlist  about how the effects in the movie are being handled. »
- Germain Lussier
The story this time will focus on the Persian-king-turned-God Xerxes commanding an army to battle against the Greeks who are led by a general named Themistocles.
And according to THR, Eva Green will play the “ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into [that] battle”.
300’s director Zack Snyder is currently working on the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, so we’ll instead see Smart People’s Noam Murro taking the helm for this prequel that is set for production early 2012.
There is however still no word on who »
- email@example.com (Zayyaf Saleem)
Though the prequel/sequel to 2006’s 300 hasn’t yet found its male lead, with Joel Edgerton ultimately passing on the role after talk of his involvement, it looks like 300: Battle of Artemisia, previously titled Xerxes, is getting close to casting its female lead, with Eva Green entering negotiations for the role of Artemisia.
With the original film’s director Zack Snyder concentrating his attentions on the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, we’ll instead see Smart People’s Noam Murro taking the helm for the prequel, and I’m interested to see his take on the stylistic action genre.
The battle at the core of Battle of Artemisia historically took place at the same time as that of the one in 300, so whether this is technically a sequel/prequel, or if a new word needs to be invented, I’m not sure. Either way, Eva Green is a »
- Kenji Lloyd
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
Anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises went into overdrive this past week with the build up to the release of the six-minute IMAX prologue and new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Batman swansong, both of which generated huge amounts of excitement off the back of poor quality bootlegs that were quick to spring up online (and even quicker to disappear, thanks to Warner Bros.’ legal team). As I’m sure you know, the prologue is being shown before select IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, while the trailer accompanies Sherlock Holmes 2 (well, in North America, at least). We’ll refrain from going into too much detail here to avoid any spoilers for those who haven’t had the chance to catch them, save to say that the trailer features all of the »
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This was a weekend where two films gave the strongest evidence yet that there may be some kind of ‘slump’ in domestic box office while a third stood as a firm ‘It’s the movie, stupid!’ rebuttal. The two main wide releases, heavily marketed sequels to exceptionally popular originals, opened at levels far below their predecessors. The top film of the weekend was Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (review), which debuted with a seemingly solid $40 million. But the sequel opened 36% lower than the first Sherlock Holmes opened with over Christmas weekend two years ago ($62 million). That’s a pretty big drop, especially when it wasn’t exactly contending with the $75 million-grossing second weekend of Avatar this time around. I’ve long been of the opinion that the pre-Christmas weekend is among the strongest to open a film, as you can parlay your opening weekend »
- Scott Mendelson
Since director Zack Snyder is busy overseeing the rebooting of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel, he has passed the helmer duties on the in-development 300: Battle of Artemisia (which has apparently not been re-dubbed Battle of Artemisium, previous reports to the contrary) over to Noam Murro, an Israeli filmmaker whose sole feature-length directing effort to date is the 2009 indie dramedy Smart People.
Murro has so far proven competent, when it comes to casting the new Frank Miller comic book adaptation, having approached Joel Edgerton (Warrior) to headline the film as the famous Greek general, Themistocles. While the well-regarded actor passed on the opportunity to appear in Battle of Artemisia, the search is seemingly on for a leading man of equal caliber.
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- Sandy Schaefer
Avatar, The Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers and The Return of the King), King Kong, X-Men: The Last Stand are just a couple of big movies Weta Digital's visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri has worked on. Recently, he worked closely with Rupert Wyatt on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where he and the whole team brought Caesar to life via Andy Serkis' incredible motion capture performance. Now, talking to The Playlist, Letteri revealed that he is working on Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel. He said that Snyder is very much focusing on practical effects rather than going full digital, which is something different than what he usually does with his CGI-heavy movies: "Zack’s going for pretty much everything in-camera as much as he can. I mean, the reason to think about Superman in CGI, you don’t need him full CGI as a character, »
Also Busy Updating Technology In Readiness For 'Avatar 2' There are few people in Hollywood who know more about special effects than Joe Letteri – which is probably why he’s earned five Oscars in the past eight years and worked in some capacity on almost every major blockbuster released in Hollywood. Predictably, Letteri has a full slate in front of him with two “Hobbit” movies, an “Avatar” sequel, and a potential “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” follow-up forthcoming. But during a recent conversation with the effects guru (in which he also discussed working with Andy Serkis on the first 'Apes'; read that here), Letteri revealed that he’s also working on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film “Man of Steel.” And despite reports that the title character would be brought to life (so to speak) largely via CGI, Letteri told The Playlist that Snyder has been »
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