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Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.
Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers, »
On the last weekend of 2012, audiences crowded in to theaters to see three <i>very</i> different movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables also tallied impressive numbers. The Top 12 wound up earning an estimated $167.8 million, which helped push overall 2012 domestic box office to just under $10.8 billion (a new record). The Hobbit dipped 11 percent to an estimated $32.9 million. The movie has been holding well over the past week (noticeably better than I Am Legend over the same period in 2007), and $300 million seems like it could be in play again. Through 17 days, the first of three Lord of the Rings prequels has grossed $222.7 million, which is in between Fellowship of the Ring ($189.3 million) and The Two Towers ($243.6 million). In second place, Django Unchained earned an estimated $30.7 million from 3,010 locations in its first weekend. Including its Tuesday-to-Thursday revenues, »
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To celebrate the end of a great year for WhatCulture!, and to reward our audience for their commitment in helping make the site what it is today, we thought we’d treat your eyes with a compilation of Mila Kunis’ 50 sexiest photos.
The That 70′s Show and Forgetting Sarah Marshall actress was voted sexiest woman alive by Us magazine Esquire earlier this month, and we’re confident there will be very little qualms regarding that decision by the time you have finished looking through our gallery. In fact, earlier this very day we heralded Mila Kunis as the Sexiest Actress of 2012 in our own run-down of this year’s 50 most attractive working stars.
She’s not just a pretty face though – she earned worldwide accolades for her portrayal of Lily in Darren Aronofysky’s critically acclaimed Black Swan, in which she won the Premio Marcello Mastroianni award for Best Young »
- Joseph Dempsey
Paul Rudd has been killing himself every night.
The actor best known for comedies such as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall has been performing a decidedly darker role on Broadway recently, as a devout man whose loss of faith makes him suicidal in "Grace."
"The guy just plunges off the deep end in a really kind of emotionally raw and draining way," Rudd says during a turnaround trip to Los Angeles to promote his latest film, Judd Apatow's This Is 40. The actor was back onstage in New York the night after the interview.
He plays against his loveable-good-guy type in both projects. In "Grace," he starts out confident, then unravels. In This Is 40, he's having a full-on mid-life crisis, dreaming of living a different life while his business struggles and his marriage falters. Rudd stars with Apatow's real-life wife, Leslie Mann, and the couple's two daughters, »
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"I have just signed up to play the lead in the next Muppet Movie," Gervais wrote. "I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink."
Disney has not acknowledged the casting, but Gervais and his agent have both confirmed his involvement. He will replace Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) who co-wrote the first movie as well as playing the lead character Gary. Director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and Nicholas Stoller will be returning along with newcomer Ty Burrell (Modern Family) who will play a "lazy Interpol agent". Producer Todd Lieberman also confirmed that Brett McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) will return to provide the music. McKenzie won an »
The Muppets was one of my absolute favourite films this year. It was funny, it was cute and it had a perfect balance between adult and kid-friendly humour. One of the reasons why the film worked so well was having Jason Segel as the lead. While Segel has proven that he can be hilarious in raunchier fare like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he was brilliant in this because of his earnestness and sincerity. That’s why I’m having a very hard time picturing Ricky Gervais (The Office) replacing Segel as the main human lead in The Muppets 2. Nevertheless, that seems to be exactly what is happening…
Ty Burrell (Modern Family) recently replaced Christoph Waltz as the bad guy Interpol agent, and now reports have Ricky Gervais in negotiations to take the lead role. Gervais did have a guest spot on Sesame Street and filmed a cameo for the original »
- Esben Evans
Thanks in part to Judd Apatow, the movie spin-off is going places. He already produced one with “Get Him to the Greek,” which branched off “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Now he's got a directorial project in “This is 40,” a story spun off from “Knocked Up.” For those unaware, what makes it a spin-off rather than a sequel is that it follows minor characters from the original story. (It's just like Coach Lubbock from “Growing Pains” getting his own series in “Just the Ten of Us,” except it's on the big screen.) But Apatow isn't the only one making spin-offs. This year, there was “The Bourne Legacy,” and -- in some backward spin-off way -- “Prometheus." Meanwhile, with the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, fans have been calling for spin-offs of supporting “Star Wars” characters, including Boba Fett. So, we thought it would be fun to come up with ten more very »
- Christopher Campbell
Ahh, the year in skin.
It's not the golden "Deep Throat" years of the '70s anymore, it's the age of the Internet and no one really goes to the movies to see nudity, but women proved they were hungry for some beefcake with the wild success of "Magic Mike." Meanwhile, A-list actresses bared it all for some compelling reasons that were absolutely integral to the script… hehe.
Here's our comprehensive list of major celebs who got in the buff so perverts could post screengrabs on Internet forums.
She may be a trampire in real-life, but Stewart's also got a polyamorous streak in the movie version of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a.k.a. "This Seemed Cooler When I Was in High School English Class." As free spirit Marylou, Stewart gets to have a go with both Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund »
- Max Evry
Last night, Gallery 1988 opened a cool new art show that focused on the many Judd Apatow movies and TV shows. If you're in the L.A. area and want to see artwork inspired by Freaks and Geeks, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Walk Hard, Funny People, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and more from his great resume, I suggest heading over to the Melrose Gallery before December 30 (it's open Wednesday - Sunday, 11-6 Pm). However, for those that won't be able to make the show, I took over 80 pictures and shot almost everything on display. Hit the jump for more. Some of the artists featured are Jeff Boyes, Rocco Malatesta, Graham Pilling, Jon Defreest, Ridge Rooms, Blain Hefner, Tera Krebs, Samuel Ho, Veronica Fish, Ian Glaubinger, Kevin Luong, Jason Edmiston, Mike Mitchell, Dave Perillo, Priscilla Wilson, Kiersten Essenpreis, Ryder Doty, J.R. Barker, Scott Derby, Brad Hill, Jason Liwag, Dave Quiggle, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Walt Disney Animation Studios has been trying to adapt Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen, for over a decade, and now it finally looks like the icy fantasy will hit the big screen next year as Frozen.
In March, the project landed Kristin Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to voice Anna, the estranged sister of the Snow Queen voiced by Idina Menzel (Wicked). Around the same time, John Lasseter (Toy Story) and Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the Frog) climbed onboard as producers. However, Disney still must have felt that the project needed an extra hand, so it went out and hired a previous collaborator to co-direct the film.
- Daniel Johnson
Seeing as Wreck-It Ralph was Disney Animation’s most well-received movie in quite a while, the studio has wasted no time in getting one of its main creative talents to work on a new project. Today they announced in a press release [via ComingSoon] that Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee is not only going to be handling some writing duties on their upcoming animated feature, Frozen, but that she will also be serving as co-director alongside studio vet Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up). Frozen is an adventure tale about a magical kingdom that’s suffering under a spell that keeps it trapped in a perpetual winter. Its main characters are a brave young girl named Anna, a burly mountain man named Kristoff, and a reindeer sidekick named Sven. The main thrust of the film’s narrative is said to be this trio’s journey to find the Snow Queen and find a way to reverse her spell, which »
- Nathan Adams
Last week, news broke that former "Saturday Night Live" co-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig will be reuniting on the big screen in a new indie comedy called The Skeleton Twins. The actors have worked together on a bunch of projects before, including Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Greg Mottola's Adventureland and Paul, but this time the comical duo will be playing twins. Luke Wilson has also joined the cast as Wiig's husband, and Variety reports that the hilarious "Modern Family" star and Emmy winner Ty Burrell has signed on to play Hader's former high school teacher turned lover. More below! The story follows two estranged twins who reunite to talk about their issues after they separately cheat death. Wiig's character Maggie takes a hard look at her marriage to her "nature frat boy" husband (Wilson), while Hader's Milo reexamines an old relationship with his former teacher and »
- Ben Pearson
Joe Flanders, who sports tousled hair and a soft, passive voice, seems tailor-made to play the lead role in a Judd Apatow production. As the creator and star of Average Joe, a new comedy on Funny or Die, Flanders reminds me of Jason Segel's mumbling wreck from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Michael Cera's awkward Superbad hero. His dynamic role and a supporting appearance from his celebrity cousin give Average Joe everything it needs to become a breakout hit. The series stars Flanders as Joe, a hopelessly meek protagonist who gets dumped by his girlfriend after she catches him watching bukkake (if you don't know what bukkake is, I would warn you to learn at your own risk.) Joe must then reassemble his broken life with the help of his sarcastic and cutting friends. We've only seen one of six episodes so far, but the setup seems pretty standard »
- Sam Gutelle
Movie News - Does British actor and comedian Russell Brand want a role in one of the new 'Star Wars' films? Brand - who has starred in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'Rock of Ages' - would love to create a legacy for his future children by playing the role of a Jedi, but admits he would prefer being villain Darth Vader. He is quoted by The Sun newspaper as saying: ''Why wasn't I invited to play Darth Vader? I could be a Jedi! Why have they not invited me to participate? ''I'd do anything like that - to be a Jedi for the children. As yet unborn.'' A source revealed earlier this week Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who played Han Solo, Luke and Leia in the three original 'Star Wars' movies, are ''open'' to the »
Part of the greatness that came from the revival of The Muppets last year came from the stellar musical sequences. Jason Segel and Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller wrote the script, but Bret McKenzie, one-half of the comedic folk music duo Flight of the Conchords, was responsible for the music in the film. Now Collider has word from producer Todd Lieberman that McKenzie is returning to write some new music for the sequel that already has Christoph Waltz on board in a lead role taking the Muppets to Europe in a cross continent comedy caper. But most of the sequel will just be shot at Pinewood Studios. In addition, Lieberman said there might be some new Muppets on board (though no official word on whether Walter will return). Production is supposed to begin in January, and the projected release date is December 2013, but that seems like an awfully fast »
- Ethan Anderton
Oh baby! Kristen Bell is pregnant. The 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actress is expecting her first child with her fiance Dax Shepard, 37, who handily stars in the show 'Parenthood'. A source told People.com: ''They're so excited - they're both ecstatic. They can't wait to become parents ''Kristen had a little bit of morning sickness early on but she just started shooting the second season of 'House of Lies' and is feeling great now.'' The couple got engaged in 2009, after dating for two years. They have starred in films together, including 'When in Rome' and 'Hit and Run'. Earlier this year, Kristen and Dax revealed they were planning to start a family, but have previously said they don't want to tie the knot until gay marriage was legal in the state of California, where they live. In February, Kristen, 32, said: ''The reason »
Kristen Bell is pregnant. The 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actress is expecting her first child with her fiance Dax Shepard, 37, who handily stars in the show 'Parenthood'. A source told People.com: 'They're so excited - they're both ecstatic. They can't wait to become parents 'Kristen had a little bit of morning sickness early on but she just started shooting the second season of 'House of Lies' and is feeling great now.' The couple got engaged in 2009, after dating for two years. They have starred in films together, including 'When in Rome' and 'Hit and Run'. Earlier this year, Kristen and Dax revealed they were planning to start a family, but have previously said they don't want to »
The 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actress and her longtime fiance will welcome their first baby in the spring! Congrats to the happy couple! Kristen Bell, 32, and Dax Shepard, 37, will be first-time parents in late spring! A source close to the couple confirmed to People that Kristen, who is currently filming the second season of Showtime's House of Lies, is pregnant! “They’re so excited — they’re both ecstatic. They can’t wait to become parents,” the friend told the magazine. “Kristen had a little bit of morning sickness early on but she just started shooting the second season of House of Lies and is feeling great now." The couple started dating in 2007, and have been engaged for almost three years. Dax, who is currently on NBC's Parenthood, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively that the couple is waiting for marriage equality until they walk down the aisle. "We are not getting married [until] everyone else can, »
- Christina Stiehl
He plays a good guy, or as good as the often troubled guys populating Quentin Tarantino movies can be, in the upcoming Django Unchained, but Christoph Waltz is never as delightful as when he turns on his menacing smile, all charm and terror mixed into one unsavoury villain.
He'll have the chance to scare the felt (?) off Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang during their next caper, set in Europe, which makes the introduction of polyglot Waltz as an Interpol agent a perfect fit.
James Bobin, who directed last year's inventive reboot, is helming this one and writing it alongside collaborator Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) and even though the unifying, superfan element that is Jason Segel has stepped away from his childhood-fave franchise, word has it that he may pop up in a cameo. »
- Andrea Miller
The first teaser trailer and tornado ridden poster Oz: The Great and Powerful gave us an impressive look at Sam Raimi's journey back to the Emerald City at Comic-Con this past summer, and now Disney is making a big push for the spring release with a set of three new posters. Only the first one has been revealed today, and while the soure is trying to keep audiences guessing as to whether or not that's Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy) or Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) under the green make-up and witch's hat, if you check out the large version of the picture, it becomes clear that it's the former. Check it out now! First of three posters for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful from Yahoo (click for larger version): When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled »
- Ethan Anderton
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