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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011′s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011′s most popular movies.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, $381 million
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $352 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, $261 million
4. The Hangover Part II, $254 million »
- Lanford Beard
Cameron Diaz and P Diddy have reportedly been spotted sharing a passionate kiss at a New York hotel. The Bad Teacher actor and the 42-year-old rapper were "making out like teenagers" at the city's Dream Downtown building last Saturday (December 10), according to Life & Style. Diaz and Diddy were believed to be "casually dating" earlier this year and went on a series of apparent dates, though the pair insisted that they were (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
The Best Actress – Drama list seems complete, though there are several possible runners-up: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. That matches our SAG predictions last night — and the SAG nominations themselves earlier this morning. Those are also the likely Best Actress Oscar contenders.
The possible upsets are Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Emma Stone for The Help, and Sandra Bullock for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Kirsten Dunst is a runner-up runner-up for Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Due to her lesser star wattage, an even less likely contender is Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Like Crazy's »
- Steve Montgomery
Last weekend Young Adult opened on 8 screens with a solid $40k per screen average and it expands to wide release tomorrow. I recently attended a press junket for the film written by Diablo Cody & directed by Jason Reitman. Below are the highlights from the press conference with director Jason Reitman.
Jason Reitman on Charlize Theron: I was only going to make this movie if I could make it with Charlize. I had read the script and I thought it was phenomenal, but I knew how tricky this character was and I knew how easily it would be to misinterpret this character. You know on the page she was written perfectly. She was nuanced and complicated and she wasn.t just some mean girl. She was a woman with deep wounds that like anybody wanted to be loved and was searching for her place in life who really only knew »
- Jerry Cavallaro
Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw Reviews Young Adult
Comedies about twisted, amoral human beings are apparently still en vogue, as demonstrated by the releases of both Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses earlier this year. The trend continues this holiday season with Young Adult, director Jason Reitman’s (Up In The Air) tale of a former high school “it girl” turned alcoholic writer, who returns to her small town in order to win back an old flame.
However, the key to this type of film is making the unlikable protagonist(s) just sympathetic enough for the audience to engage with, while their cruder personality quirks provide the shock-and-awe humor. So, do Reitman and his leading lady Charlize Theron manage to walk the fine line between outrageously funny ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
There are a lot of big meta questions to be asked about Young Adult, the new film from the Juno team of director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. It comes at the end of a year in which films like Bad Teacher and Bridesmaids made heroines out of women following some selfish impulses, and Charlize Theron's Young Adult character may be the most selfish of them all. And Young Adult is as dark and caustic as Juno was ultimately optimistic and sentimental, which could inspire any armchair psychologist to come up with plenty of theories about Reitman's and Cody's state of mind. But Reitman is in no mood to answer any of these questions, and following his massive press tour for Up in the Air-- a film that was coincidentally about firing people right when the economy was tanking-- you can't blame him. Young Adult is in »
Up until Young Adult, I've liked all of director Jason Reitman's feature films. But Young Adult, despite terrific performances by Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt (an unlikely pair that actually works well together on screen), is just not up to par. Although it's advertised as a comedy, laughs come few and far between in this R-rated film from writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer's Body). Read on...
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Movie Review: Young Adult originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 08:05:04.
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Well, it’s actually the name of a series that they’re developing. Comedy Central isn’t actually developing robots, at least not publicly. They have, however, announced their 2011-12 development slate, and it includes an animated half-hour show entitled Robots. Here’s what they have to say about it:
What if robots attempted to take over the world well before they actually had the ability to do so? This animated show pits a group of household electronics against their slacker owner, Jeff. Unbeknownst to Jeff, the Robots plot and scheme to take over the world every day, however, their lack of ability and understanding of humans eventually foils their plans sending them into a tailspin. Executive produced and written by Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central‘s Hot List, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher).
Also in development is Time Trumpet, »
- Erin Willard
Katherine Heigl covers the January issue of Elle, and explains why she wants the public to like her again, saying, "I've never really been America's sweetheart, but for a minute I think that's what they wanted me to be. And I had 'em for a second thinking maybe I was. And then I opened my mouth and it was clear I wasn't."
She added, "There's so much of my mother's caustic, sarcastic, irreverent take on things. »
"Millionaire Matchmaker" star Patti Stanger stopped by The Grove to chat with "Extra's" Mario Lopez, where she matched up a few high-profile Hollywood stars, beginning with recently separated Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.
Patti paired Ashton with Olivia Wilde, and for Demi, Stanger said, "I see her with a businessman. You know, like an Andre Balazs. I think he's free right now." Patti added, "No more young boys."
When asked about soon-to-be divorced Kim Kardashian, »
Monika Bartyzel, film critic and my fellow Alliance of Women Film Journalists member, tweeted this recently: When was the last notable professional female character on film? Hoping I'm memory lapsing and that the last wasn't really Miranda Priestly. Television has done better with depicting women who are professionals, and depicting them in stories that are at least as much about work as they are about romance and family. Looking back over this year in film, though, I’m not seeing anything near the same attention devoted to women as people with lives beyond men. The Artist is as much about the rise of actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) as it is about the fall of actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). Though most audiences won’t see it till next year, Albert Nobbs is about Glenn Close as a professional woman... though she has to disguise herself as a man to get away with that. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Guess it's really over.
Ashton Kutcher was spotted driving around Hollywood on Friday without his wedding ring on, according to X17Online.
The actor, in his Lexus, stopped at a viewpoint in the hills and when he stepped out of his car, he was snapped without wearing his ring or his red Kabbalah bracelet.
Ashton allegedly cheated on Demi Moore with 22-year-old Sara Leal, and the couple tried to mend their crumbling marriage through private »
That’s the most interesting part of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s announcement today about its video plans for the movie starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane. Yes, it’s noteworthy that people who buy a Blu-ray disc will also be able to access digital streams of Moneyball from the industry’s new UltraViolet initiative. Sony’s a vocal supporter of that, and already offers the same online streaming deal for people who buy Blu-ray discs of Smurfs and Friends With Benefits. But Sony’s stood alone so far in selling digital downloads of movies before they hit the stores. Digital sales of Moneyball begin on December 22 while the discs come out on January 10 (DVDs will go for suggested retail price of $30.99 and Blu-ray for $35.99). That’s a longer window than Sony gave to its first two films that provided early digital downloads: Bad Teacher »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
The summer of 2011 was filled with many spectacular action and superhero films, but it's impossible to ignore the impact made by R-rated comedies. From The Hangover Part II to Bridesmaids; Bad Teacher to Horrible Bosses, the entire season was packed with surprisingly successful raunchy comedies that managed to make both critics and audiences laugh. While we'll have to see if summer 2012 will be able to compete in that arena (it will definitely be a challenge) one film leading the charge is the Akiva Schaffer-directed Neighborhood Watch. Based on a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film has one of the better comedic casts assembled in recent years and today we get our first look at what they look like. Just as they did with the Wrath of the Titans image earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has included a first look at Neighborhood Watch in their new issue. Check »
It would be safe to say Julia Roberts is in a transitional period of her career. And while she no longer draws the crowd she once did, she’s proven she’s got a bit more going for her than that big ole smile (watch Duplicity or Closer, Avoid Larry Crowne for proof of this).
After that, Roberts is attached to produce and star in Second Act, a film about “a woman who has never worked and is forced to take a job.” [THR] The project currently has no script or director, which doesn’t help what sounds like an extremely dated workplace pitch. A woman with no job forced to get one? Really? We’re still making those films? We »
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Sex surrogates, happy drunks, not-so-happy drunks, teenagers in love, a little boy on a gangland odyssey and a trio of time-travel investigators are just a few of the movies in the competition line-up for the Sundance Film Festival this year.
There are also lots and lots of stories of people hooking up, trying to hook up, feeling bad about not hooking up, and all sorts of variations on that theme.
If you went to the Park City festival Jan. 19-29, what would go on your must-see list? »
- Anthony Breznican
Last month we heard that Netflix, one of the Us’s biggest TV/movie rental streaming sites, is coming to the UK and Ireland early in 2012. With the online streaming/physical rental service currently largely dominated by the Amazon-owned LoveFilm here in the UK, it will be interesting to see how Netflix fare when they arrive.
Word now comes via Variety that HMV are throwing their hat in the ring too, and have launched their own on-demand service, called (funnily enough) hmvon-demand, partnering with Video on Demand provider FilmFlex Movies to do it.
The service is already in beta testing on their site, and if you’re a purehmv rewards member, then you can test it out right now before it officially launches in January next year. Films will be available online on the day of their release, with the latest titles currently including Cars 2, X-Men: First Class, Zookeeper, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Cameron Diaz wore an extremely little black dress for an appearance on The Tonight Show last night. In addition to her mini and Lanvin shoes, Cameron's short haircut was also on display! Her interview with Jay Leno was a Thanksgiving installment in which she surprised a serviceman, who said he hadn't hugged a beautiful woman in a while due to his deployment. Cameron surprised his unit by showing up to deliver a big embrace! Afterward Cameron said, "It was awesome. It was great. It was so great to be out there, and especially see al the uniforms. It's just spectacular - makes you so proud as an American!" Her Bad Teacher costar Jason Segel was on hand to give equally special treatment to a lady soldier. View Slideshow › »
- Allie Merriam
The singer/actress is on the island of Kauai, and is rumored to be enjoying her vacation with 24-year-old backup dancer Casper Smart.
Smart and Lopez were said to be quietly seeing each other beginning earlier this month, according to a report from Us Weekly.
J.Lo, 42, was previously linked to Bradley Cooper »
There's no denying 2011 has been a year of scandal, breakups and divorce.
Check out "Extra's" list of the year's biggest splits... can you guess the number one celebrity split?
Biggest Celebrity Breakups in 2011Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner
Former child star Melissa Gilbert filed for divorce from Bruce Boxleitner, her husband of 16 years. "We have loved each other for a very long time and we share four incredible sons together," Gilbert said in a statement. »
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