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The Most Profitable Movies Of 2011 & More Poor Expenditures

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2011 10:27 AM
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Being a Hollywood executive is like being a gambler. Coming home with $2000 in your pocket is pretty impressive, and some execs would happily brag about such a thing. But few like to openly discuss the fact they left the house with $4000.

All The Songs In 'We Bought A Zoo' (Yes, That Was Temple Of The Dog You Heard)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 10:08 AM
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While audiences seemed cool on the idea of Matt Damon hanging out with a bunch of animals in "We Bought A Zoo" (Vulture has a few pretty good theories on why that happened) they've been missing out a movie that has more heart than you might expect, and keeps the twee factor surprisingly dialed down. And being a Cameron Crowe film, he can't help but curate yet another mostly solid selection of songs, though it's not without a couple of headscratching choices.

New Posters For ‘Wanderlust,’ ‘The Baytown Disco,’ ‘Mirror Mirror,’ ‘Gone’ & ‘The Rise Of The Guardians’

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 30, 2011 9:26 AM
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2012 is just a few days away, and there are a slew of new posters for films that will be released in the new year (assuming none of them switch over to The Weinstein Company, at which point, their release dates will be changed seven times before the film is inevitably dumped on Blu-ray. What up, “Shanghai”!).

Watch: Clive Owen Stars In Spanish Burger King TV Spot, Still Less Humiliating Than 'King Arthur'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 30, 2011 8:59 AM
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Clive Owen is a respected actor, who starred in a number of acclaimed theater productions in the U.K. before going on to become a major TV star, thanks to Stephen Poliakoff's "Close My Eyes" and the popular TV series "Chancer."
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2011 By The Numbers: The Year In Box-Office Flops

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2011 5:33 PM
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No one likes to celebrate flops. No, really. OK, maybe when an arrogant, mouthy producer or star delivers a turd that had it coming, or some awful franchise finally stumbles, but especially in the latter case, when does that ever happen?

The Year In Review, Part One -- The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of January-June 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2011 3:47 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Well, with twelve months basically in the can, it’s time to put the year to bed, and hopefully, into a little perspective. 2011 was, well, just another year in movies, and that's not to say it was an uninteresting year, it's just that while things are evolving, and not always for the better, Hollywood, indies and the general state of filmmaking kept on trucking like they had to.

2011: The Year In 3D

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 29, 2011 2:31 PM
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If there is a single cinematic subject that seems to unite commenters, bloggers, filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors in vehemence, it has to be the rise/fall of the exciting new format/gimmicky fad that is the post-“Avatar” 3D film. However, rather frustratingly if you’re, say, researching an article on 3D, the balance of opinion doesn’t really tip in either direction when it comes to this chatter: for every pundit who declares the format moribund and swears off it entirely, there’s another insisting that it’s here to stay and anyone who doesn’t embrace it is a luddite and a fool.

Watch: Master Chang? New Clip From Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 11:50 AM
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So far, everything seems so right about Quentin Dupieux's "Wrong." The director behind the bonkers "Rubber" has his follow-up ready to go, with a premiere at Sundance just a few weeks away. On the heels of the awesome trailer, we now have our first scene from the movie, and as expected, Dupieux is keeping the mysteries of the flick under wraps for now.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Actioner 'Black Sands' Becomes Supernatural-Tinged 'Black Sunday'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 29, 2011 11:27 AM
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It all seemed too predictable: Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to his bread and butter with some cold, hard, violent justice. Following his small role in "The Expendables 2" and the lead in modern western "The Last Stand," the hulking legend was set to star in "Black Sands." From Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, the directors of upcoming Navy Seals recruitment film actioner "Act of Valor," the script, from Skip Woods ("The A-Team," "Hitman") was being described as a cross between "Man On Fire" and "High Plains Drifter." And yet, suddenly, Arnie has flipped the script on all of us and gone into "End of Days" mode.

2 New Images From Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer' Plus Synopsis; Bruce Hornsby Composed The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 11:10 AM
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Just when we think we might have a handle on what Spike Lee has in store for his next film, the director goes and throws another curveball. "Red Hook Summer" has pretty much been kept under wraps thus far, with few details about the film being revealed other than a vague logline about the story centering on a young man from Atlanta who goes to the titular neighborhood to hang with his grandfather, who he's never met, for the summer. But as the Sundance Film Festival draws near, a couple more pics, a full synopsis and an intriguing bit of trivia about who scored the movie has been revealed.

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