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Skyfall

We still have a week until "Skyfall" opens on US shores, but the newest Bond film is already breaking records overseas.

The Sam Mendes-directed flick has managed to overtake the opening week record in the UK that was previously set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." That film made $57.6 million in the seven days after its debut, while "Skyfall" has managed to rake in $59.9 million.

The fact that "Skyfall" has managed to trump Britain's other beloved film franchise should be proof that this movie is as great as we've been hearing it is. "Skyfall" currently has a 95 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have said it's one of the best of the 007 series.

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Harry Potter

By Meg Malone

Yesterday, marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which I also mark the unofficial end of my childhood. Yes, we're coming up on the five-year anniversary of the final book which is a milestone in itself, but with the release of the final movie installment, it really felt like the Harry Potter chapter of my life had closed. Having literally grown up with the magical story — reading the first two books right before middle school, the last book right after my high school graduation and the final movie after my college graduation — I was pretty distressed after exiting the theater. I may or may not have cried at a Borders when I walked past a Harry Potter themed display the next day.

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

My colleagues have made wonderful cases for several other qualified Best Picture nominees this year; "50/50," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Bridesmaids" are definitely deserving of recognition, but none of them top the cinematic achievements of the "Harry Potter" franchise, specifically "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

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This morning, Harry Potter fans everywhere had to come to terms with some pretty big disappointment. Hopes that "Deathly Hallows – Part 2" might earn Oscars glory crashed and burned today with the nominations announcement.

It wasn't just the fans that prayed for a big night on Oscar night. Warner Bros. made a big push for award consideration with their ubiquitous "Consider" ad campaign. Many held out hope for a Best Picture nomination and perhaps recognition, at long last, for Alan Rickman and Severus Snape.

Alas, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2" did not make the cut, despite a relatively long list of nine Best Picture nominees, one less than the maximum. But were the awards dreams just fan delusions that got out of hand?

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For every list of movie award nominations, there will probably be an almost equally long list of snubs. Unsurprisingly, this year's Golden Globe nominations missed some of the year's best work, but some of the snubs were just too big to ignore.

To right some of the wrongs, we picked our five most unforgivable oversights from the Golden Globe nominations.

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With award season running at full-throttle, it's the perfect time to get your Best Picture predictions in before the Academy Awards in February. But which movie will it be? Does "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" stand a chance against the big Oscar bait movies at the end of the year?

The race is wide open, and with no clear front-runner, we need you to help pick which movie is the most likely to take the top prize. Vote for your choice of most likely to win Best Picture in our poll below!

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Warner Bros has their Oscar campaign for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" under control. A new ad for their For Your Consideration crusade highlights every single tear-jerking moment from the film. Snape's memories? Check. Harry's walk into the forest? Check. The King's Cross Station scene? Absolutely. Only time will tell whether it has what it takes to convince the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give it a best picture nod, but it certainly has us poised to go out and buy the DVD when it hits stores Friday.

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As previously announced here on the blog, we're celebrating the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" on DVD and Blu-ray this Friday with the most obsessive and wonderfully nuts way we could think of: watching all eight movies in sequence in a single day. Thanks to the good people at Warner Bros. I've got all of them here, ready to go. It's roughly twenty hours of magic, so there's no time to waste. Let's get to it!

Miss a page of our Potter-thon mega blog? Read them all here! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Year One: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001), Running Time: 2:32
5:20am: Oh my it's early. But I realize that it's actually an hour earlier than I thought. Never before has daylight savings time worked so fortuitously in my favor. Score.

5:25am: We're off and running with the Chris Columbus-directed first film. If one could say Professor Dumbledore ever looked young, this is it.

5:28am: Oh yeah, the Dursleys. I hate the Dursleys.

5:29am: We get our first look at Daniel Radcliffe, who appears to weigh about 90 pounds, including his ill-fitting outfit. One certainly could not see "Equus" coming here.

5:31am: First bit of accidental magic at the zoo, and the foreshadowing of Parseltongue. Happy birthday indeed, Dudley.

5:35am First real magic as the Durleys' house is swarmed with thousands of copies of Harry's Hogwarts invite. It always seemed illogical to me that Mr. Dursley didn't want Harry to leave to go to school. Like, doesn't he hate Harry and want to be rid of him? His later threats to keep Harry out of Hogwarts as punishment seem oddly misplaced.

5:38am: World, meet Rubeus Hagrid.

5:30am: "You're a wizard, Harry!"

5:40am: Cauldron shopping and our first look at the magical world.

5:43am: Oh, that Professor Quirrell seems nice.

5:45am: First real special effects shot as Hagrid and Harry open up the brick wall to Diagon Alley. By today's standards it looks a little flat. At the time this flick was visually ground-breaking. I recall seeing the first trailer a decade ago and thinking "wow, this movie is going to make a billion dollars." If you add up both foreign and domestic gross, it comes to $974,755,371. Partial credit, then.

5:48am: The Sorcerer's Stone is very briefly revealed. Commonly known fact among "Potter" fans: In England it's called the Philosopher's stone. Less-known fact: In France it's called the large delicious hunk of roquefort cheese.

5:50am: OK, not really. First lie of the live-blog.

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In honor of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" hitting DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, November 11th, the MTV Movies team wanted to do something special to celebrate the occasion.

After much debate, spell-casting and dueling, we decided only one thing would truly do the epic franchise justice: I'm going to watch every second of the entire series, in order, in a single day.

By my math, the eight movies total just under 20 hours. We're not exactly sure how I'm going to pull this off, but we're definitely going to. It goes down live on the internet this Sunday, November 6th. Follow along here on the MTV Movies Blog as I keep a real-time running diary of every magical moment. From "You're a wizard, Harry!" to "That wand's more trouble than it's worth" I'm going to re-watch and enjoy (probably for the last time) every moment of the landmark franchise.

Hopefully the DVD player won't overheat and catch fire. Hopefully I won't go blind or insane. Either way, it sure to be as epic as "Harry Potter" itself. But with fewer dragons and way more tortilla chips.

So re-watch the trailer, wake up bright-and-early on Sunday (I certainly will be) and get psyched for your own Potter-thon on 11.11.11 when "Deathy Hallows 2" comes to home video.

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It's hard to argue that one of the most badass breakout characters in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is Professor Minerva McGonagall. And author J.K. Rowling fought to keep it that way.

Fans who have seen the movie (and read the book) know that there's a pretty big showdown between McGonagall and Professor Snape about halfway through the story. According to Rowling, an early draft of Steve Kloves' script had Harry Potter facing off against Snape instead of McGonagall. That was not something she was going to allow to happen.

"I don't like the marginalization of women when the fighting breaks out. We get to fight too. I really wanted that," she explained in an exclusive MTV News sneak peek at a featurette from the "Deathly Hallows Part 2" Blu-ray and DVD, in stores on November 11. "In the book, Minerva McGonagall is the one who does it and for me it was very important that she did that."

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