By now, "The Artist" and dozens of other different films are celebrating their recent Oscar victories and settling into their places in movie history. But a handful of films from 2011 earned no nominations and still deserve a place among the best of the year.
Here is our list of the top five films of 2011 that weren't nominated for Oscars.
5. "Attack the Block"
When talking about the films of 2011 that actually had a vision and did something unique with ideas and a genre that everyone is familiar with, "Attack the Block" takes the top prize as one of the most entertaining and original films of the year. Joe Cornish wrote and directed this alien invasion film that looked nothing like an alien invasion film, and one that's funnier than any other we've ever seen before.
"Contagion" is infecting moviegoers nationwide, and a box office-winning weekend isn't the only result of its release. Now that it's been unleashed in theaters, Steven Soderbergh's disease-minded feature has many of us here in the MTV Newsroom wondering what we would do if society started crumbling and the world came to a sudden, gruesome end.
Which "Fast and the Furious" cast member would we want to spend our last few remaining days on Earth with? Which Ben Affleck movies would we, uh, you know to? We put these hard questions and more to Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard and other stars attending the "Contagion" premiere in New York City last week… and their answers may sicken you!
FROM MTV MOVIES: We wouldn't be surprised by a spike in hand-sanitizer sales over the weekend, considering how many folks saw "Contagion." Filmmaker Stephen Soderbergh's procedural thriller — about a pandemic spread through doorknobs, Blackberries and handshakes — was the #1 movie at the box office, with an estimated $23.1 million debut.
"Contagion" — which stars a remarkable number of Academy Award nominees and winners — Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne — has been a hit with critics, with 82 percent of them reviewing the film favorably, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
"Warrior" also boasted 82 percent on the Tomatometer at press time but was only able to muster a paltry $5.6 million in its debut, landing the mixed-martial arts drama at #3 on the box-office chart. By comparison, "The Fighter" (which critics also loved) took in $12.1 million in its 2010 debut.
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Prepare yourself to be infected with excitement for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming "Contagion."
Six new character posters for the thriller have hit the web courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, each one touting the warning, "Don't talk to anyone. Don't touch anyone." The cautionary words are paired with each of the flick's stars -- Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet -- in various degrees of distress. A seventh poster teases, "The world goes viral September 9," with a biohazard warning for many of the world's biggest cities. "Contagion" certainly isn't beating around the bush when it comes to its end-of-the-world premise here.
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It's shaping up to be quite a week for both trailers and horror movie news. Focusing on the latter first, rumors centering on an "Evil Dead" remake have been building to a fever pitch all week long, and now, we've got some concrete news.
Deadline reports that, yes, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are indeed remaking "Evil Dead" — again — with Fede Alvarez directing and, get this, "Juno" writer Diablo Cody doing revisions on the latest draft. Pretty cool team! Still no word on whether or not Campbell is playing Ash again, though we all know there's only one king we hail to, baby. We'll keep you posted on the remake as more news comes in.
In the meantime, check out two new trailers that just arrived online that are sure to get your pulses pounding.
The ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh's sprawling "Contagion," a film that weaves together various perspectives on a deadly viral outbreak, seems to have fallen into place: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, with Laurence Fishburne possibly joining up as well. Yet little is publicly known about who they'll all play.
While promoting his sci-fi thriller "Repo Men" on Tuesday, Law revealed to MTV News exactly what his role in the story will be. "I play a kind of unbridled blogger who's a sort of scaremonger," he said.
In mid-February, Warner Bros. beat out a bunch of other studios to pick up rights to the film. Law envisions a start to shooting at some point in 2010. "I think we're going to do that end of the year," he said. "It's an enormous ensemble piece so it's someone's logistical nightmare. How they get us all, I don't know. It's under the same studio as '[Sherlock] Holmes,' so it'll probably fit in and around that." Read More...
Steven Soderbergh is a Terminator. No, that's not some tricky wordplay stating that he's directing the next "Terminator" films or anything — he's not. I'm simply hypothesizing that Soderbergh is a machine from the future sent back through time to protect us all with crazy amounts of film work. Honestly, the director goes from project to project so quickly that it's almost as second nature as breathing for the guy. So it's not much of a surprise, though still wild to hear, that he'll follow up his currently shooting ensemble action flick "Knockout" with yet another ensemble thriller, "Contagion."
The Playlist identifies Soderbergh as the director for the much buzzed action-thriller from screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Actors Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and frequent Soderbergh collaborator Matt Damon are all closing deals for the film, presenting an all-star cast that gives "Knockout" a run for its money. Read More...