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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
"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, »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? I'll get this out of the way now: Harry Potter is not on this list. I only mention this as I was excoriated back in »
- Christopher Stipp
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:
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, »
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
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
As 2011 comes to a close it's time to look back at a year of surprises and disappointments in the world of the Cbm. This year saw four big superhero based comic book movies as well as a few smaller ones, and I'm also going to include some movies that have spawned spin off comics even if they didn't begin life that way, such as Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Anyway, lets start with three of the best, in no particular order of quality. X-Men: First Class. For me this was probably not only the best Cbm of the year but one of the best movies period. It surprised a lot of people who had written it off as just another Fox X movie that disregards comic continuity - and of course, it did a little! In fact it disregarded the previous movie's continuity in some ways too. But »
MTV News counts down the most gripping, action-packed moments from 'Harry Potter,' 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Dragon Tattoo' and more.
By MTV News staff
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"
Photo: Warner Bros
Rare is the moviegoing experience after which you leave the theater having loved each and every frame that flashed onscreen. Even when talking about our 10 favorite films of the year, we didn't love everything about them, just most everything. More often than not, however, a film's success and sustainability can be attributed to a few brilliantly crafted key scenes or sequences. They are the moments that make us ooh and aah, laugh out loud, cringe or cover our eyes.
In the spirit of the movie moments that have stuck with us and will continue to do so, here's our list of the 10 best scenes from 2011's new releases. Spoilers ahead.
10. Ryan Gosling's Airbrushed Abs Reveal, »
From 'Harry Potter' to 'Drive,' MTV News mourns — and praises — the year's best fictional deaths.
By Kevin P. Sullivan
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
Photo: Warner Bros
It is traditional at the end of the year to look back on those we have lost in Hollywood. Usually this means a poignant montage of actors, actresses and crew members during the Academy Awards, but it should also be noted that plenty of fictional passings occurred in 2011 as well.
They may have been memorable, sad, thrilling or even funny, but each movie death meant something, and if we were to look back on the characters that passed away this year, these are the five that would get the biggest applause.
It should noted that this article contains nothing but spoilers.
All it took was a coin through the skull to »
The results of our comprehensive battery of year end polls are in and with nearly a million votes cast (!) the message couldn't be more clear, as "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" battled it out with "Twilight" and "Thor" for fan supremacy in nearly every category.
How lopsided were the final results? Well, in the voting for Best Movie of 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" edged out "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" by a margin of 51.55% to 47.99%, with the other four candidates — "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Help" and "The Muppets" — combining for only .46% of the vote.
This just in: People really love "Harry Potter" and "Twilight."
Of course, the heated rivalry between fans of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" has been raging for years, but with "Harry Potter" coming to an end this year and "Twilight" entering its own twilight, it »
- Scott Harris
Hey all, I re-watched Captain America earlier, and thought to myself, this could have been sooo much better. Red Skull was one of the shittest villain's I've seen in a Cbm. It wasn't thought-provoking or anything. A good movie, nothing more. You're probably wondering why I'm talking trash about a good movie. I'd just like to address the Marvel Vs DC war for a sec, as it's how I need to start the Editorial. What people fail to realise is that there are 2 types of Cbm. There's the fun, action-orientated ones that aren't meant to make you think about themes and deeper meaning's. And there are the one's with all that. Some examples of the former are Thor, Iron Man 2, Captain America, X-Men and Spider-Man, while some examples of the latter are Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-Men: First Class and V for Vendetta. Obviously not everybody wants to »
‘Haywire‘ is a dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Chan, Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (Mma) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.
Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. »
- Channing Tatum Unwrapped
By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.
Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »
- Chris Laverty
James McAvoy has confessed that he worries about how his career will fare after starring in Filth. The X-Men: First Class actor plays the role of depraved Edinburgh police officer Bruce Robertson in the big-screen adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel. Robertson is a bigot and racist who partakes in bestiality and cross-dressing. McAvoy told The Daily Record: "I'm taking probably the biggest risk of my career in playing the part in Filth. "It's an incredible role for me, unlike anything I've ever done and a massive challenge. One I hope I don't dash myself on." However, McAvoy insisted that he understands the importance of taking on more challenging parts, not (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
A new poster and synopsis have been sent over for director Bryan Singer's gritty new version of the classic fairy tale and - as you may already have spotted in our video channel on the right - a trailer is also available.
An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them.
Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, »
- David Bentley
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
Twentieth Century Fox has been the bane of all of our horror existences as they're responsible for delivering more than a decade of absolute crap. Every new franchise, remake or sequel was beyond mediocre as they all transcended into the landfill of forgotten films. Things changed in 2011 as word behind the scenes was that top executives (such as co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman) finally started to leave the filmmakers alone to deliver the kind of films they wanted to make. The result was two incredible summer blockbusters: X-Men: First Class and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Now that the dust has settled, and the studio has proven they can deliver quality films, looking ahead to 2012 is filled with excitement. Will Ridley Scott deliver with his Alien prequel, Prometheus, or will Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter be as insane and exciting as the novella? »
I thought making my top 10 list was going to be a piece of cake this year. Last year was like pulling teeth, trying to choose which of the best to cut, grateful for missing some critics' favorites that would've made the process all the more painful. ('Cause yeah, I got around to seeing "127 Hours" a couple weeks later — who knows what I'd have had to axe to make room for that one.)
But there was no "King's Speech" this year, no "Black Swan." Easy, I figured... until I narrowed my list to 13 movies and became paralyzed by indecision. My assignment was 10, so 10 it is, but just know that it cost me — losing "X-Men: First Class" (2011's best superhero movie in an abundantly superheroic year), "Midnight in Paris" (Woody Allen's whimsical remake of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — I'm kidding, kind of) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (edgy, »
- Brooke Tarnoff
As 2011 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the movies set to open in 2012. While many are busy compiling their Top 10 lists from 2011, we thought it’d be a good time to run down the list of our 15 most anticipated blockbusters of the coming year. Will The Avengers deliver as the culmination of four years worth of Marvel movies? Just how much of a prequel to Alien is Prometheus? Will The Dark Knight Rises be the greatest movie ever made in the history of movies and awesomeness? There are a lot of unknowns, and we’ve learned that sometimes the best behind-the-scenes talent can still make a stinker (Cowboys & Aliens), but we’re hoping for more than a few pleasant surprises (a la X-Men: First Class) to appease us in 2012. Hit the jump to check out our list. *Note: For the sake of this article, a "blockbuster" is considered a large-scale, »
- Adam Chitwood
Alright, folks... the votes have been cast and the results have been tallied. It's time to find out what you guys thought were the best movies of 2011! We nominated five movies in a number of different categories (while attempting to keep each category relatively balanced) and then we turned it over to you. We ended up with a few tight battles (ie. Best Action Movie, Best Foreign Film) and a few other categories that weren't even close (Best Animated Film, Best Thriller). Either way, it's always fun to find out just how in sync we are with the tastes of our readers. So without any further ado, check out the full results of the 2011 Film Junk Readers Choice Awards after the jump. Best Comedy 1. Bridesmaids -- 34% 2. 50/50 -- 19% 3. Crazy Stupid Love -- 17% 4. The Trip -- 16% 5. The Muppets -- 13% Best Horror Movie 1. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil -- 28% 2. Insidious -- 23% 3. Paranormal Activity 3 »
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