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Ten Things We Learned From Our Comments Section In 2011

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 2, 2012 2:15 PM
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Now's the time when we turn the tables to show a little appreciation for our readers and commenters. Yes, we do what we do because we love writing about film, but getting feedback from our readers makes it all the more fun. And sometimes terrifying. It's not a one-way street, you see; we learn as much from you lot as you do from us, and in among the many creative ways you find to call us shitheads, there's plenty of insight, wit, and, as you'll see below, batshit crazy conspiracy theories. Below; ten things we learned from our comments across 2011. 1. There's No Such Thing As Over-Sharing When It Comes To The "Fast & Furious" Franchise. From "Kristina" on this post about Justin Lin's possible attachment to "Terminator 5." "Woooo! Freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait for Fast and Furious 6! Fast Five was absolutely breathtaking! Oh, God, the only thing that’s going through my head to describe that movie, it’s like sex with an orgasm at the end of it! Whereas the first four movies were like you have sex but you never get the orgasm. A lot of stopping and starting but… oh, I wish I hadn’t said that."

Martin Scorsese Says He's Considering Making 'Silence' & Frank Sinatra Biopic In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2012 11:12 AM
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Despite James Cameron's best intentions, for the most part, the 3D format has primarly been utilized as a cash grab by studios looking to pad out the bottom line in an era when box office receipts appear to be on the decline. However, 2011 marked a bit of a change. At the arthouse, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders embraced 3D for their unique documentaries "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" and "Pina" while Martin Scorsese brought true artistry to the format with "Hugo." One of the director's most visually dazzling efforts of his career, "Hugo" found Scorsese delivering a truly immersive 3D world, one that engaged the viewer without the need to make sure stuff is constantly flying at their face. And he may not yet be done working in three dimensions.

Storyboards From 'The Tree Of Life' Reveal Abandoned Early Life Sequence With Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel, Plus Photos From Missing Scenes In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2012 9:48 AM
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It was quite a 2011 for Terrence Malick. Not only did the director return with his long awaited, Palme d'Or winning "The Tree Of Life," he's got four films in various stages of development including the IMAX documentary "Voyage Of Time," the untitled Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams romance and two pictures set to shoot this year, "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups." And yet, with all that going on, people are still talking about "The Tree Of Life" (which has placed on many year end, Best Of lists) and it's not hard to see why. The ambitious film's extended creation and early life sequence is still one of the most discussed of last year, and as you might expect, there was even more that was eventually abandoned by the director in the decades long development of the project.

Don Cheadle Says His Miles Davis Movie Is A "Gangster Pic" Set In 1979

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 2, 2012 9:23 AM
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It was a year ago that we last heard about Don Cheadle’s proposed Miles Davis biopic, but despite a rival Davis biopic, it looks as if the wheels are still in motion for the ambitious actor who still seems ready to tackle the life story of the jazz legend.

'Piranha 3DD' Swims Straight-TO-DVD In The U.K.

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 2, 2012 9:05 AM
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Update: "Piranha 3DD" writer Patrick Melton updated Daily Dead telling them a U.S. theatrical release is still on track, as the movie recently test screened to good results, and Dimension Films have given the film additional funding to spruce up the special effects. You can read his full comments at Daily Dead.

Weekend Box Office: Strong Rebound Numbers For Entire Marketplace, With 'Mission: Impossible' On Top Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 1, 2012 1:55 PM
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Yes, it was a down year at the box office in 2011, but sometimes it’s all about scheduling. While the family’s all together for Christmas, they might not exactly spend a holiday at the multiplex, particularly with many theaters closing early. The weekend after, when everyone’s glad to see their friends again, however, is just enough motivation to plunk down that $10-$12-$20 on an overpriced box office ticket and a mammoth, bladder-clogging, sugary fountain drink that can’t be good for you.

The Playlist's Complete 2011 Year-End Coverage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 31, 2011 1:51 PM
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Well, here we are: New Year's Eve. The end of 365 days of movie madness. Whatever your plans for NYE are – running errands for Michelle Pfeiffer, getting stuck in a lift with Ashton Kutcher, hours of sustained therapy to recover from seeing the film "New Year's Eve" – we hope you have a good one.

In Theaters: 'A Separation' Comes Between 'Pariah' & 'The Iron Lady'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 30, 2011 3:49 PM
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Happy almost 2012 to you! It seems studios don't expect many moviegoers at the theaters this weekend, knowing that we'll all be out partying it up with friends, rather than hitting up the multiplex with family like last week. Only a few new releases this week, so you'll be able to catch up on "We Bought a Zoo," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and other big Christmas releases that may have missed your favor last week. That's if you're heading out to the theater at all this weekend. There are a couple of high-profile pics worth checking out if you're looking for something fresh: Sundance hit "Pariah" opened on Wednesday and Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" is in select theaters today.

Justin Timberlake, R-Rated Rom-Coms, Bradley Cooper, Marvel & Some Of The Big Winners At The Box Office 2011

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2011 2:10 PM
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There was no pattern of box office success for 2011. One could point to the audience rejecting obvious pandering nerd bait like "Cowboys And Aliens," but then how does that explain "Transformers"? People can celebrate R-rated comedies, but what does that mean for "The Change-Up"? Few leading men and women appeared often in 2011, as it was a year dependent on concepts (mostly pre-established) as opposed to marquee names. And a lot of those new names are wise, lining up smaller projects in the coming year to diversify their portfolio rather than boost their paychecks.

The Year In Review, Part Two: The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of July-December 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 30, 2011 12:31 PM
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In trying to understand the year, you've got to look back, recap it and understand its individual touchstone moments, and see how it adds up and affects the whole. Or so they tell us anyhow. You've seen our round-up of all the top news from the first six months of 2011. Now; part two, with all the notable moments from July to December that helped shape and define the year. See you in the new year for much more.

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