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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?

Weekend Box Office: It's A 'Twilight' Thanksgiving While 'The Muppets' Wins The Family Film Battle Royale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2011 11:59 AM
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It's Thankgiving, which means people spend time and money to go see their loved ones, only to get away from them as fast as possible. And always the first to escape from dull holiday festivities, it looks like teens (and Moms who should know better) kept flocking to see Edward and Bella fang bang as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" took the top spot in week number two, taking in $62.3 million over the five day long weekend. However, the franchise is becoming increasingly front-loaded with its biggest second week drop over, hovering somewhere around 76%. Even so, the film should have at least one more solid week in the bank as next weekend is a bizarrely barren with no major release scheduled. However, it will likely be leap-frogged by this weekend's number two movie "The Muppets."

Weekend Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn' Does $140 Million, Still Sucks Uncontrollably

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 20, 2011 12:41 PM
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Summit was either being coy or having a bit more faith in humanity than everyone else by projecting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" to open lower than "New Moon." No such luck, humankind -- the lethal siren song that is Stephenie Meyer's ignorance scored again, with "Breaking Dawn" grabbing $72 million on Friday, beginning an opening weekend that, after final estimates, could even surpass the series' best.

In Theaters: 'Breaking Dawn' Sinks Its Fangs Into 'The Descendants' & 'Happy Feet Two'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 18, 2011 5:46 PM
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So many goodies in store in this pre-Thanksgiving weekend. Violent vampire sexy times! George Muthafuckin Clooney, and dancing penguins. However will we choose?! That's right, the latest "Twilight" installment opens this weekend, which means that those Occupy Twilight Twi-hards can finally go home and occupy a shower now that their desire has literally been consummated. Alexander Payne is back with "The Descendants" and for the kids and kids at heart, "Happy Feet Two" is your cinematic babysitter. Allons-y!

Review: 'Happy Feet Two' Feels Stuck, Motionless & Terribly Cold

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 16, 2011 2:45 PM
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There is some precedence for being genuinely excited about "Happy Feet Two" (yes, the number is spelled out). For one, the original film, 2006's "Happy Feet," was more slyly subversive than a movie about tap-dancing penguins has any right to be, with a strong thematic undercurrent that championed not only individualism but, more boldly, atheism. Plus, director George Miller, who co-directed the original (with Warren Coleman and Judy Morris) assumes chief creative control this time around, has a history of whacked-out sequels, having not only crafted the glorious "Mad Max" flick "The Road Warrior," but also the darkly hued follow-up to the sunny Best Picture-nominated "Babe," the altogether unclassifiable "Babe: Pig in the City." Plus, the trailers for "Happy Feet Two" promised a subplot about a pair of shrimp-like crustaceans (voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt) on a journey of their own, which is pretty fucking weird. Sadly, though, "Happy Feet Two" is neither as visually inventive or politically in-your-face. Like many of its feathered stars, the sequel feels stuck, motionless, and terribly cold.

George Miller Says He Approached 'Happy Feet 2' With The Same Respect As Classic Fairy Tales

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 16, 2011 10:01 AM
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Looking at the billboards and advertising for “Happy Feet 2,” there’s no mistaking those vivid images of DayGlo, tap-dancing penguins for anything other than entertainment aimed at, well, everyone. But writer-director George Miller is interested in more than making another mainstream blockbuster, even if it does feature animated animals whose voices are provided by movie and pop stars. “The last thing you want is for your film to be like every other film,” Miller told The Playlist in an interview last week. “So I try to find what’s interesting out there in the world. Clearly they’re anthropomorphic fables which are basically metaphors for the way we are in the world, and you try to make them as interesting as you can.”

Watch: Trailer For 'New Year's Eve' Movie Somehow Worse Than Actual New Year's Eve

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2011 2:20 AM
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Plus A New Teaser For 'Happy Feet Two' We're not really fans of December 31st. We've had a couple of good ones, but for the most part, if you go out, it's expensive, crowded and generally underwhelming, if you go to a party everyone's in a reflective, borderline-depressive mood, and if you stay in, you wish you go out. But this year, it appears there'll be an even worse way to spend New Year's Eve: seeing the motion picture "New Year's Eve." A not-quite-sequel to last year's surprise hit "Valentine's Day" which sees director Garry Marshall, writer Katherine Fugate and stars Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher (albeit as different characters) all come back for another ensemble romantic comedy set over a single day.

Watch: 'Happy Feet 2' Teaser Trailer Keeps It Simple With Singing Penguins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 2:17 AM
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Awwww.......little penguins singing popular pop tunes. They're soooooo cute. Yeah, marketing "Happy Feet 2" should be a slam dunk no-brainer since the fact that it has penguins takes care of half the battle. Who doesn't like penguins?

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