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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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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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Clothes on Film’s 2011 Costume Design Round Up

27 December 2011 4:27 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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

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Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score

23 December 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Of the 265 films eligible [1] for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »

- Germain Lussier

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97 Original Scores in 2011 Oscar® Race Include Hugo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Winnie The Pooh And Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

23 December 2011 1:21 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer

The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer

African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer

Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers

Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers

“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer

Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer

The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer

“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer

“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer

Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, composer

Cedar Rapids, »

- Michelle McCue

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Scores for 'Drive' and 'Attack the Block' aren't Eligible for an Oscar

23 December 2011 9:20 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »

- Brad Brevet

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Stocking Stuffers From the Movies

23 December 2011 9:04 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

One person's treasure is another one's junk so for my bi-weekly column at Fandor, I'm looking at what's naughty and what's nice about a few top Oscar categories... like Best Actress, Original Screenplay and more.

In the meantime, since I may have the lowest key Christmas ever known chez moi, I've been thinking a lot about my favorite part of secular holiday rituals and it's totally stocking suffers. So herewith a list! Tis the season of list-making.

Best Stocking Stuffers From 2011 Movies

Mr Timms photo via Cinema Blend

• Mr. Timms from Rango.

• A fedora from The Adjustment Bureau. Better than any transit card for getting through a city quickly.

• Those neato contact lenses in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol which make perfect replica printouts of what you're looking at if you blink twice.

• A gift certificate for a one day shopping / grooming makeover with Crazy Stupid Love's Ryan Gosling.

• Gloves »

- NATHANIEL R

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We Bought A Zoo – The Review

23 December 2011 8:50 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This movie year we film fans are getting to see new works from directors who might not be referred to as prolific. They’re not giving us a new movie every year like Woody Allen ( who’s had a great 2011 with Midnight In Paris ). One is Terence Malick, who gave us The Tree Of Life a few months ago. Another is Cameron Crowe. It’s been six years since Mr. Crowe took us on a cinema trip to Elizabethtown. Well, he’s back at the multiplex, but like Martin Scorsese with Hugo, he’s tackling what might be pegged as a family film, the based-on-a-true-story We Bought A Zoo.

The film’s focus is hotshot newspaper reporter Benjamin Mee ( Matt Damon ), whose life is at a turning point. Recently widowed, he’s doing his best to raise his two children on his own. Rosie’s ( Mary Elizabeth Jones )  a sweet little sprite still missing Mommy, »

- Jim Batts

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Thomas Newman & Alexandre Desplat Lead The Pack Of The 97 Scores In Contention For The Oscars

23 December 2011 7:02 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Academy has studied their byzantine rules and determined that 97 original scores are in the running for the Oscars this year. Leading the pack among the contenders are four scores by Thomas Newman (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” and “The Iron Lady”) and three composed by Alexandre Desplat (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and “The Ides of March”). Since this pretty much includes everybody who penned a score that met the rules for nomination, there are quite a few surprises in the mix, such as “The Greatest Miracle,” a Mexican animated film that looks like it was created using a high-end Etch-a-Sketch and “DAM999,” which director Sohan Roy describes as “an emotional thriller” but seems like a Bollywood update of “Hard Rain.” All the big time Oscar contenders are on the »

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Christina Hendricks Joins Sally Potter's 'Bomb,' Annette Bening Circling

23 December 2011 6:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As you might expect from of one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows of recent years, if not ever, the cast of AMC's "Mad Men" have begun making inroads to the big screen. Star Jon Hamm has been the most successful in finding decent roles, thanks to "Bridesmaids" and "The Town," but his cast-mates are finding work as well, even if the parts have generally been one-tenth as interesting as their characters on Matthew Weiner's show: John Slattery reprised Roger Sterling (but in a hat) in "The Adjustment Bureau"; Vincent Kartheiser got villainous in "In Time"; Elisabeth Moss played the thankless girlfriend in "Get Him To The Greek" and January Jones stood around in a push-up bra in "X-Men: First Class." Taking the slow-and-steady approach is Christina Hendricks, who plays the indelibly hourglass-shaped Joan Holloway on the show. She's not yet taken a lead role, but she's been. »

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Cool Clicks: Michael Fassbender, Man of the Year

23 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

Michael Fassbender has been named The Playlist's Man of the Year (not to be confused with Playgirl's Man of the Year, though that might apply as well, thanks to "Shame"), according to IndieWire.

Since it all goes by so fast, Movieline has prepared 50 key frames from the "Prometheus" trailer. Yeah, this is definitely an "Alien" movie. Or is it? Argh!

No one likes it when a movie doesn't earn its keep. From "Mars Needs Moms" to "Anonymous," The Hollywood Reporter lists the 15 Biggest Flops of 2011.

Cameron Crowe talks to Vulture about his "Zoo," surviving the "Elizabethtown" backlash and a possible "Say Anything" sequel. Does Lloyd Dobler still kickbox?

Deadline reports that there are no less than 97 original scores that are eligible to be nominated for the Academy Award for ... well, Best Original Score, from "The Adjustment Bureau" to, »

- Bryan Enk

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Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino Lead Oscar Score Contenders

22 December 2011 6:21 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino must be two of the busiest people in Hollywood, if one is to judge by the list of musical scores that have qualified for the 84th Academy Awards. Both composers had four entries on the list of 97 qualifying scores. Newman wrote the music for "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Debt," "The Help" and "The Iron Lady," while Giacchino handled the chores on "Cars 2," "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," "Monte Carlo" and "Super 8." Notably missing from the list: Cliff Martinez's score for "Drive," which was recently »

- Steve Pond

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Oscars: 97 Original Scores in 2011 Race

22 December 2011 5:47 PM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Beverly Hills, CA – Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title: “The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer “African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer “Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers “Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers “Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer “Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer “@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer “Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer “Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer “Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer “Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, »

- NIKKI FINKE

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97 Original Scores in Oscar Race

22 December 2011 5:47 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer “African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, »

- Sasha Stone

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20:11 Uncle Needs Limitless Adjustments, Mom!

21 December 2011 11:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Year in Review Fun... Much more to come! Herewith the 20th minute and 11th second of the movies of 2011 in chronological order of Us release date. It's like flipping channels for snapshots of the film year! For those who like a mnemonic challenge, I've written the film titles in invisible ink below each screencap (you can highlight to see them). Would any of these tiny glimpses make you want to stop channel surfing and watch?

Previously: January and February 

Part 3: March

I could hear your prayers. It comforted me on those cold nights with only the whispering wind."

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

[phone ringing]

It's a sturdy little fucker, isn't it?"

The Adjustment Bureau  

You know that there fella?"

Rango

8 more shots from films of wildly varying quality after the jump »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Top 10 Movie Posters of 2011

20 December 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

With January 2012 poster selection leaving a lot to be desired—dump month movies don’t appear to get the same marketing budget as critical darlings—we’ve decided to better spend our monthly entry with the past year’s greats.

You won’t see any text on faces a la The Adjustment Bureau, In Time, or Warrior gracing this list nor that fantastically framed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol poster that just missed scoring a spot. Instead there is a lot of white space and the fearless exclusion of celebrity faces. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2011

20 December 2011 8:12 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We could tell, very early on, that 2011 would be a stellar year for film. As the year opened, great genre product like “Source Code,” “Hanna,” and “The Adjustment Bureau” entertained viewers and critics alike, while art houses unspooled gems like “Certified Copy” and “Meek’s Cutoff.” As the year progressed, the solid blend of quality mainstream films with consistently-interesting independent and foreign fare rarely let up, as we watched some of our best established filmmakers work alongside some daring new voices in cinema. Here are my favorites:

Note: I’ve seen over two hundred films this year, but it is possible that the following films I missed could have made the list. So, upfront, you should know that I didn’t see “A Separation,” “Poetry,” “The Arbor,” “Le Havre,” “Mysteries of Lisbon,” or “Tuesday, After Christmas.” I did see “War Horse,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Matt Damon Adds Frances McDormand To Directorial Debut; Talks Influence From Working With Master Filmmakers

19 December 2011 4:44 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since breaking out with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has gone from huge franchises (Bourne, Ocean’s films) to smaller independent projects (Margaret, Gerry) to prestige films (The Departed, Syriana) to bigger gambles like this year’s The Adjustment Bureau, all while having some fun (Stuck On You, Dogma). He will now be taking his career to the next level (as his pal Ben Affleck has done with success in The Town and Gone Baby Gone), by directing his first feature.

This fall we got some new details on the untitled drama developed by author Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) and co-written with The Office‘s John Krasinski. They will both star in the film that follows “a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.” We finally have some more insight into the project, as Damon stopped by Kcrw »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Shawn Levy’s Real Steel Hits Blu-ray and DVD In January

19 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

On January 24th, DreamWorks Studios releases Real Steel on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD! Set in the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech and 2000-pound steel robots have taken over the ring, this heart-warming story of a winning father-son team film stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, and Anthony Mackie. Bonus material includes behind-the-scenes features revealing the magic behind the sets and characters, Bloopers, and more!

Check out all the details below!

DreamWorks Studios’ Action-Adventure With Heart, “Real Steel,” Starring Hugh Jackman, Enters the Home Entertainment Ring on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand January 24, 2012

“It’s Rocky with robots…a heartwarming movie for everyone.”

—Pete Hammond

Box Office Magazine

Burbank, California, December 2, 2011—DreamWorks StudiosReal Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, muscles its way into the Home Entertainment arena on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand on January 24, 2012. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a “must-add” to every home movie collection, »

- Jason Moore

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The Screen Actors Guild Finds Sci-Fi Actors Award Worthy; We Know They All Are

16 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

It’s awards season again, and the Screen Actors Guild recently weighed in with their nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to be broadcast live on Sunday, January 29. Here are those categories that correctly include Sci-Fi nods:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

None. Epic SAG fail.

Primetime Television

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates / Harriet Korn – “Harry’S Law” (NBC)

Glenn Close / Patty Hewes  – “Damages” (DirecTV)

Jessica Lange / Constance – “American Horror Story” (FX)

Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick – “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Kyra Sedgwick / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – “The Closer” (TNT)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

Amrita Acharia / Irri

Mark Addy /  King Robert Baratheon

Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy

Josef Altin / Pypar

Sean Bean / Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark

Susan Brown / Septa Mordane

Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen

Nikolaj Coster-waldau / Ser Jaime »

- Erin Willard

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