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This past week, I've posted five lists looking back at the movies and movie ads of 2011. I didn't really have to dig through a year's worth of articles because I kept a list of everything I found noteworthy. This year, I also kept a movie journal and made a record of every time I watched a feature-length film. Then I took an image or a slice of an image from each movie and put them into a collage. I feel pretty proud to have stuck with this project for 365 days (or if you want to be absolutely obnoxious about it, 363 days), and I'd like to share it with all of you. After the jump, you'll find two different collages and then the list of 368 movies I saw (not 368 different movies because I watched some flicks twice; I probably watched around 350 different films). I hope you like it. [Because the collages count viewings and not different movies, some films have more than one image] Here's the really »
- Matt Goldberg
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
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $38.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The fifth season of sitcom Rules of Engagement is available on DVD through manufacturing-on-demand. In other words, discs are burned and packaged as orders are made.
Among the mishaps in the fifth season are: Jeff (Warburton) trying to stop Russell (Spade) from sleeping with his surrogate, Russell sending a lewd email to a co-worker, Timmy (Adhir Kalyan, No Strings Attached) getting frustrated when his girlfriend cuts him off, Audrey (Megyn Price, TV’s American Dad) starting a cookie business, and Adam (Oliver Hudson, The Breed) and Jennifer (Biana Kajlich, 30 Minutes or Less) getting high after they find some pot.
All 24 episodes from the season are in the three-disc set, »
Redbox has announced its most rented titles in the Us during 2011, with comedies proving to be the most popular genre. The movie rental service, which allows customers to purchase titles for $$1 per night through kiosks, saw Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It the most rented film, reports The Los Angeles Times. Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman comedy No Strings Attached came second, with Rango, The Dilemma and Due Date completing the top five. The list was mostly taken up by relatively under-achieving films at the box office, as well as titles released (more) »
- By Tom Eames
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Or in this case, I give you 14 films.
Two themes seemed to keep popping up in 2011; nostalgia and forgetting. The forgetting specifically came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Friends with Benefits, A Separation, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, and 50/50 all had a key character with Alzheimer’s. On the flip side, nostalgia seemed central to many films. The Artist is an homage to silent films, while Hugo pays tribute as well. The Muppets and Winnie the Pooh told stories that could have existed when those timeless characters were first created (tapping in to our nostalgia). Young Adult exists because of high school nostalgia. Super 8 is the nostalgia of Steven Spielberg through the eyes of J.J. Abrams. Midnight in Paris is most-definitely an obvious nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s.
Don’t forget to remember. That »
- Jeff Bayer
Stephen Colbert apparently won't have a hand in the Republican presidential primary in his home state of South Carolina. But it's not for lack of trying.
Colbert wrote an op-ed piece for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., detailing his efforts to fund the state's Gop primary, which takes place Jan. 21. Earlier this year, the state Republican party and counties had a dispute over who should pay for the election, with the counties saying the party reneged on a promise to pick up the tab.
Enter Colbert and his super Pac fund-raising organization, which he references frequently on "The Colbert Report" but which is very real and operates the same way other super PACs do.
"I called up the South Carolina Gop and said, 'How much cash would you have to raise to keep your promise to counties? Off the record; I'll never tell a soul,'" he writes. »
This video will not be one be news reporter blooper outtakes. Summit Entertainment released a viral video to promote the upcoming science fiction horror movie “The Darkest Hour.” In this video, a Russian news reporter was on camera for a typical live report about high costs of electricity. And then suddenly, the invasion started and he became one of the first victims of the alien invasion. Here is the official synopsis: “The Darkest Hour” is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The film stars Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “The Girl Next Door”), Olivia Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”), Max Minghella (“The Social Network,” “Agora”) and Rachael Taylor (“Transformers,” “Shutter”). It is directed by Chris Gorak (“Right at Your Door”) and written by Jon Spaights (“Prometheus”). “The Darkest Hour” will be released on December 25 later this year. »
Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Natalie Portman was the most viewed actor on IMDb in 2011. The Oscar-winning actress has appeared in Black Swan, No Strings Attached, Thor, and Your Highness this year alone. Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis came in at No. 2, and Johnny Depp – who has topped the list in six of the last seven years – placed at No. 3. »
The actors topped a list that included Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Christian Bale, as well as rising stars Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Chris Hemsworth. Depp, who came third, had been top of the list for six of the last seven years.
Portman's top ranking arrives in a year in which she won her first Oscar (best actress for Black Swan), gave birth to a son and starred in three movies – romantic comedy No Strings Attached, medieval spoof Your Highness and Kenneth Branagh's comic book adaptation, Thor. Kunis, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Darren Aranofsky's ballet melodrama, »
- Henry Barnes
View the list here.
Both actresses have secured the first and second spot respectively and in the process knocked Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp down to the third position.
The list that is based on the number of views an actor’s profile page receives, rather than his/her critical praise or box office performance, now sees Depp bumped from the top spot he has occupied for six years.
Kunis’ rise to number 2, as Simanton suggests, may be due to her attendance at a Us Marine Corps Ball in November. »
- email@example.com (Zayyaf Saleem)
Natalie Portman has topped IMDb's chart of the most popular actors in 2011. The 30-year-old beat her Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis into second place for the most page views over the past year on the TV and movie database site, which has had more than 110 million unique users in total. Portman was awarded an Oscar for her performance in Black Swan this year, while also appearing in Thor, No Strings Attached and Your Highness. Johnny Depp came in third place after topping the list for six of the past seven years. Emma Stone and Thor's Chris Hemsworth completed the top five. George Clooney and Drive's Ryan Gosling also appear (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Thanks to a little movie called Bridesmaids, it was a very big year for funny women in Hollywood. Kristen Wiig and her pack weren't the only ladies making their mark, though. Jennifer Garner showed her comedic colors in Arthur, while Emma Stone cracked us up in Crazy, Stupid, Love. We can't wait to see more from this roster in years to come, but for now, cast your vote for the funniest big-screen actress of 2011. Who Is the Best Comedic Actress of 2011? Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) Jennifer Garner (Arthur) Mila Kunis (Friends With Benefits) Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) Emma Stone (Crazy, Stupid, Love) Natalie Portman (No Strings Attached) Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses) Anna Faris (What's Your Number?) Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) Leslie Mann (The Change-Up) »
There are plenty of serious films out there to be stimulated by, but sometimes you just want a movie that makes you swoon. This year's romantic comedies gave us lots of different love stories - friends were falling for friends, women were falling for their friend's fiancé, and some fell in love with a fantasy. But which movie was your favorite? What Is the Best Romantic Comedy of 2011? Midnight in Paris New Year's Eve Crazy, Stupid, Love Just Go With It No Strings Attached Arthur What's Your Number Friends With Benefits Take Me Home Tonight Something Borrowed »
This year funny films ran the gamut from romantic comedies to buddy comedies to musicals. The boys of The Hangover were back with a new adventure, as were Harold and Kumar, while The Muppets made their triumphant return back to the big screen. It's a tough call, but a decision must be made: what is the best comedy of 2011? What Is the Best Comedy of 2011? 50/50 No Strings Attached Just Go With It The Hangover Part II The Muppets A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Bridesmaids Horrible Bosses Bad Teacher Friends With Benefits »
Love was in the air and all over the big screen in 2011 as we watched a myriad of movie couples fall for each other. But which twosome is your favorite? This is a tough one - there are couples we've gotten attached to over the past few years, like Edward and Bella or Ron and Hermione, but there are also new pairings whose onscreen love stories are so sweet that it'd be tough to pass them over. Oh, and if you're a Robert Pattinson fan, the decision is even tougher - he made the poll twice! Vote now and choose the hottest movie couple of the year. Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment, Warner Bros., Focus Features, and Paramount Pictures Who Is the Hottest Movie Couple of 2011? Edward and Bella, Breaking Dawn Part 1 Hannah and Jacob, Crazy, Stupid, Love Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Dylan and Jamie, »
Based on the true story of British World War II cryptographer Alan Turing, Graham Moore's The Imitation Game topped — by a large margin (133 votes) — film executive Franklin Leonard’s Black List of best-liked unproduced screenplays as per (according to Black List compilers) 300 or so film executives/script readers. Whether or not this annual list is merely a ploy by agents and publicists to push their projects, it's interesting to see what sort of material has been floating around.
Alan Turing was the man whose code-breaking techniques helped to decipher the German Enigma machine code. Turing got his thanks from the British government when in 1952 he was prosecuted for committing homosexual acts, then still illegal the United Kingdom. Instead of prison, Turing opted to be treated with hormones that would destroy his libido (aka "chemical castration"). Two years later, he died — an apparent suicide — from cyanide poisoning.
I can't imagine »
- Andre Soares
Recently there seems to be a trend emerging in Hollywood. The depiction of Alzheimer’s disease is increasing on our screens. The worrying issue being that it isn’t visible in an educational manner but rather as a source for some kind of heart-rending tap;
‘Film seeming too upbeat? Need a quick emotional mood change, try Alzheimer’s, the disease which can assure tears’
This year has seen two comedies adopt this mantra, Friends with Benefits and 50/50. The consensus now being that comedies need to be funny whilst also maintaining a dramatic core to them, thus attracting two kinds of audiences. Unfortunately, gone are the days of Airplane and The Life of Brian. So now every comedy comes with a readymade moral attachment, and I’m fine with that. However, when a disease such as Alzheimer’s is brought into a picture as a mere footnote to get a contrasting reaction from the audience, »
- Dan Lewis
You may not have a sprig of mistletoe nailed above your door just yet, but New Year’s Eve is entering theaters this weekend in advance of the annual holiday, and it’s set to take over the box office as well. Jonah Hill’s latest comedy, The Sitter, is also getting a wide release, while buzzy Oscar hopefuls Young Adult and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are getting limited releases in 8 and 4 theaters, respectively. Here’s how I think the Top 5 movies will perform at the box office this weekend.
1. New Year’s Eve — $25 million
We live in a post-Love Actually world, »
- Grady Smith
8 December 2011 8:49 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
New York - Yahoo said Thursday it would launch the Yahoo Comedy Channel with a slate of original comedy video content featuring such comedians as Mike O’Brien, lead writer on Saturday Night Live, and Seth Morris (No Strings Attached, Step Brothers) in the company’s latest sign of commitment to the premium content space. The channel will launch with a Bill Maher stand-up performance entitled CrazyStupidPolitics: Bill Maher Live from Silicon Valley, available exclusively on Yahoo. The performance, which the firm said will be the first-ever, live, free broadcast online, will take place on Feb. 23, 2012 at the San Jose Performing
- Georg Szalai
Summit Entertainment released another new trailer for the upcoming science fiction thriller “The Darkest Hour.” Here is the official synopsis: “The Darkest Hour” is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The film stars Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “The Girl Next Door”), Olivia Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”), Max Minghella (“The Social Network,” “Agora”) and Rachael Taylor (“Transformers,” “Shutter”). It is directed by Chris Gorak (“Right at Your Door”) and written by Jon Spaights (“Prometheus”). “The Darkest Hour” will be released on December 25 later this month. Check out the trailer below. Source: Youtube »
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