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Kenneth Branagh Photos: 2011 Hollywood International Star of the Year

31 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Hollywoodnews.com: A lot is being made this awards season of George Clooney’s versatility in front of and behind the camera, as the “Ides of March” director finds himself in the Oscar race for his performance as a bewildered father in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”

And it’s true that Clooney is enjoying a productive 2011. But Kenneth Branagh has performed a similar feat this year. Click here to read interview with Kenneth

Consider this. Earlier this year, Branagh kicked off the Summer 2011 season with his Shakespeare-by-way-of-Marvel-comics blockbuster, “Thor.” The smash hit earned a whopping $449 million at the worldwide box office, establishing Chris Hemsworth as a bankable star while also setting the stage for “Captain America” and, later, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” It was a coup for Branagh, but he wasn’t finished yet.

It’s Branagh’s masterful turn as Sir Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ charming »

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‘The Avengers’: Watch out True Believers, Beans Spilled on Loki-Backup Villain?

31 December 2011 8:30 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Has toy manufacturer Neca accidentally Spoiled Joss Whedon’s second villain in The Avengers?

The film features the characters of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and lead villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). However, the industry has long expected that there would be a second villain in the film.

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This week, Neca released the product description for its 2012 HeroClix lineup based on The Avengers movie. And, apparently, Loki isn’t the only villain getting a toy made for the movie. The Red Skull reared his vile head on the Neca release. The character, played by Hugo Weaving, appeared in 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger (aka The Avengers prequel).

The release stated the following: “Charging »

- Bags H.

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Kenneth Branagh Likes Long Reflective Walks, Beach Optional

31 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Kenneth Branagh is looking for more time to do nothing. Having recently completed his role as Laurence Olivier in “My Week With Marilyn,” Branagh says he was blessed with time to ponder his character. That didn’t include tweeting or facebooking, (and the actor has no plans to begin social networking.)

In fact, he’s searching for more time to unplug, which may or may not include long contemplative walks. Speakeasy caught up with Branagh just before »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Top 10 Comic News Stories Of 2011

31 December 2011 5:28 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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

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Manicurist sued for stealing away top client Lady Gaga from nail salon - Realbollywood.com News

31 December 2011 3:03 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New York, Dec 31: A manicurist has been sued for 35,000 dollars over stealing away Lady Gaga as a client from a Manhattan nail salon.

Hair Room Service claims its former manicurist Aya Fukuda broke a contract not to take clients," New York Daily News reported.

The high-end salon service run by hair guru Michael Duenas is showing Gaga's nails to condemn the breach.

According to the suit, Fukuda, a native of Japan, agreed when she signed an employment contract with Hrs in July 2010 that she would not "appropriate any client" from Duenas' business.

Hrs says it booked Fukuda to work with Gaga on many occasions between. »

- Diksha Singh

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Top 25 Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 5:23 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" counts down the 25 highest grossing movies of 2011... Find out what made No. 1!

Top 25 Grossing Movies of 201125. 'Bad Teacher' (Sony)

$100.2 MilBest QuoteElizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz): "I tell you what I know. A kid who wears the same gymnastics sweatshirt three days a week isn't getting laid until he's 29. That's what I know."

24. 'Just Go With It' (Sony)

$103 MilBest QuoteKatherine (Jennifer Aniston): "My tolerance level is here... [holds her hand at chest level] and if it goes up to here, »

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My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 4:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This was a very hard list for me to put together this year. I rearranged it over a dozen times, adding in and taking away films, but this is the list I felt good about. There were so many great movies that came out in 2011 that I really enjoyed, and to boil them down to 10 was not an easy task. But I pushed through it and ended up adding 10 more, so this is really a Top 20 list. 

Just so you know this list is coming from the view of the hardcore fanboy that I am and it's a list of My favorite movies of the year. We all have different tastes and these are the movies that spoke to me, these are the films that I connected with and that left an impression on me. 

If you haven't seen any of these films yet please find the time to check »

- Venkman

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Which Other Major Villain is in The Avengers?

30 December 2011 4:13 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We know that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be the main villain in "The Avengers," and all throughout the production we've been hearing that he may be joined by other villains, at the time thought to be the Skrulls. Spoilers Ahead: Now, Neca has unveiled a description of their 2012 "The Avengers" toy line, revealing that Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) will team with Loki in the new movie. The description states: "Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel's the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki!" At the end of "Captain America: The First Avenger," Red Skull was transported into another realm, which may have been Asgard. There, he may have made a deal with Loki to take over Earth. Stay tuned. Click here to read more about "The Avengers." »

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Phil’s Top Ten Films of 2011

30 December 2011 2:11 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

2011 has, despite claims to the contrary, been – for me at least – a pretty decent year for movies. Between comic book flicks, sci-fi, teen comedies and some of the best big-screen horror, I’ve actually seen more films in the cinema this year than any before it… And shockingly not everything was in 3D!

Surprisingly choosing my final top ten wasn’t as difficult as I originally imagined, although I have a feeling that not everyone will agree with anything on this list:

Deadheads

A low-budget, straight to DVD zombie movie as my number one..? Hell Yes! Screened at August’s London Film4 Frightfest, Deadheads turned out to be a surprising mix of John Hughes teen comedy and traditional zombie film. And with shades of Night of the Creeps it was pretty much guaranteed to be on my top ten list come the end of the year. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Yet another horror comedy, »

- Phil

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New ‘The Avengers’ Russian Movie Poster Features A Horned Out Crazy,Evil Loki

30 December 2011 11:51 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New 'The Avengers' Russian movie poster features a horned out crazy,evil Loki. Here's a brand,new, movie poster for the upcoming super hero flick "The Avengers" by Marvel Studios. It's the Russian version,and it features Thor's evil brother Loki rockin out the ugly horned helmet so he can go ballistic in the flick. He definitely doesn't make nice with our Avengers heroes as he's seen,throwing Tony Stark aka Ironman out of a window at one point,and causing all kinds of other problems. The movie stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård,and Samuel L. Jackson. In the flick, Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick Fury is director of an organization named Shield,and recruits a couple of very formidable heroes to take out a dangerous enemy,which I'm guessing is Loki,because »

- Andre

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New ‘The Avengers’ Russian Movie Poster Features An Angry Hammer Toting Thor

30 December 2011 11:35 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New 'The Avengers' Russian movie poster features an angry hammer toting Thor. This new Russian poster for the upcoming "Avengers" flick,recently hit the net,and features actor Chris Hemsworth doing his angry Thor thang,toting the magic hammer and looking like he's about to, straight, go off on somebody in a major way. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård,and Samuel L. Jackson. In the flick, character Nick Fury brings a couple of iconic super heroes together to fight against and enemy that threatens global safety and security. The first teaser trailer,Marvel released,looks totally rockin with explosions galore,great fight scenes,car chases,and more. It also features Bruce Banner turning into the crazy Incredible Hulk. It's going to be wicked. Stay tuned. The movie hits theaters on May 4th,2012.

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- Derek

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Box office dips in 2011: A year-end analysis

30 December 2011 10:02 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Box office junkies, unite! It’s time to break down the year that was at the movies using the thing that we love most — the numbers!

Blockbuster franchise films reigned supreme at the North American box office in 2011. Of the ten highest grossing movies, the top seven — led by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 with $381 million — are sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (No. 9, $176.7 million) is a prequel, and Thor (No. 8, $181 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger (No. 10, $176.7 million), while not sequels, are part of the larger Avengers franchise which Marvel will roll out next year. »

- Grady Smith

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Russian Movie Posters for The Avengers Hit The Web

30 December 2011 10:01 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s three brand new Russian movie posters featuring Iron Man, Thor and Loki in the upcoming action film “The Avengers” by director Joss Whedon (The Cabin in the Woods, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Red Dawn), Mark Ruffalo (Date Night, Shutter Island), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3), Scarlett Johansson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (The Raven, The Hurt Locker) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Killing Game, Iron Man). Click Here to check out our Top 30 photo gallery from The Avengers. Synopsis: Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic book production, tying such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), »

- Brian Corder

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Russian Avengers Trailer Teases Out Fresh Footage

30 December 2011 8:55 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Aching for a fresh taste of Joss Whedon's The Avengers? New footage continues to trickle out thanks to the overseas marketing campaigns for this one, a previous German trailer mixing a bit of new footage into the mix and a new Russian trailer now on the scene doing the same thing.Don't get your hopes up too high - this is mostly the same trailer as the original Us version - but there is enough new stuff from the superhero team to make it work taking a look. Plus you get to find out what Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America et al sound like in Russian.Take a look below. »

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Fast Five tops illegal download charts

30 December 2011 6:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Car-racing sequel starring Vin Diesel comes out ahead of The Hangover Part II and Thor in list of 2011's most pirated films

Sportscar action thriller Fast Five, stag do sequel The Hangover Part II and comic book movie Thor were among the most pirated films of 2011, according to filesharing blog Torrent Freak.

Fast Five, the well-reviewed latest instalment in the Fast and the Furious series, topped the list with 9.2m downloads, while in second place The Hangover II was pirated 8.8m times. Thor, Kenneth Branagh's take on the Marvel comics character, received 8.3m downloads and the top five was rounded out by Duncan Jones's techno-thriller Source Code (7.9m downloads) and teen-orientated sci-fi flick I Am Number Four with 7.6m downloads.

The results, when cross-referenced with this year's global box-office top 10, seem to confirm that 3D films tend to be those filmgoers prefer to see at the cinema rather than downloading illegally. »

- Ben Child

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'Iron Man 3' Rumor: Robert Downey Jr. Getting Lifts?

30 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Celebrity Gossip

The Iron Man suit might be getting an upgrade: Heels! According to Us Weekly (via the New York Post), Robert Downey Jr. is adding lifts for 'Iron Man 3.' "They're working on a special pair just for him," a source told the celeb magazine, and that the lifts would be concealed in boots. Why in the next Iron Man movie and not 'The Avengers?' At 5'8", the actor certainly isn't the tallest in the 'Avengers' cast. That would be mighty Thor, Chris Hemsworth, at 6'3", as we've seen in shots of the actors on the set. At least Downey appears to be taller than Mark Ruffalo, who is also reportedly 5'8".

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- Sharon Knolle

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Week in geek's best films of 2011

30 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Drive, Source Code and Thor were among the highlights of a year notable for the increasing quality of fanboy-friendly films

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

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‘The Avengers’ – More footage emerges in new Russian trailer

30 December 2011 3:23 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Earlier this month a German trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers emerged with new footage from the eagerly anticipated superhero movie and now comes this Russian trailer which, like it’s German counterpart, features even more unseen footage from the film which is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Avengers hits UK cinemas on April 27th 2012.

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, »

- Phil

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Sneak Peek The 'Black Widow' Russian "Avengers" Trailer

29 December 2011 9:08 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a new Russian trailer supporting the upcoming super-hero comic book fantasy feature "The Avengers", based on the Marvel Comics characters, releasing in 3D.

The 'ensemble' movie stars Samuel L. Jackson as 'Nick Fury', Chris Evans as 'Captain America', Jeremy Renner as 'Hawkeye', Scarlett Johansson as the 'Black Widow', Chris Hemsworth as 'Thor', Robert Downey Jr. as 'Iron Man' and Mark Ruffalo as 'Bruce Banner'.

Tom Hiddleston also stars as the villain 'Loki', the half-brother of 'Thor'.

"The Avengers" is written and directed by Joss Whedon (creator of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer").

The new film will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, May 4, 2012.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Avengers"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Red Skull Revealed as Secret Villain in Marvel's the Avengers?

29 December 2011 7:10 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We all know that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is the main villain of Marvel's The Avengers. But this Joss Whedon directed ensemble is rumored to have a second villain that has, until now, been kept a tightly guarded secret.

Neca's HeroClix is set to release their Marvel's the Avengers line in 2012, and a product description sent to retailers seemingly gives away the identity of the film's top secret villain. If we are to believe this toy description, Captain America: The First Avenger foe Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) will be the one helping Loki to destroy our team of superheroes this summer.

Here is the product description for the HeroClix line of Marvel's the Avengers miniature figurines.

"Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, Marvel's the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki! Each Counter-Top »

- MovieWeb

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