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As the year draws to an end, we can't help but reflect on all the memorable movies and stand out performances of 2011. But nothing made our hearts skip a collective beat like the actors who scorched up the big screen with their scintillating romances this year.
Whether it was teen newlyweds who brought new meaning to the idea of everlasting love, best friends who finally gave in to their undeniable feelings or superheroes who couldn't resist the magnetic pull of attraction, these couples had it bad for each other, and we for them. Take a look at the 20 sexiest cinematic couples of 2011.
Since computers took over the traditionally hand-painted posters that graced movie lobbies over the last two decades, things have taken an artistic slide. But there is still a crop of truly awesome, borderline iconic imagery being produced by studios to sell their movies.
We're counting down the best and brightest of this year's slick one-sheets. Generic floating Photoshop heads? Not in this bunch.
The thing about Hollywood is that it's totally filled with really hot people. And, most of the time, they're looking really hot.
Needless to say, this makes our jobs really fun and easy. When we put together our weekly Hot People Looking Hot galleries, we pretty much have a choice of any star and every photo taken of them.
But, seeing as it's the end of the year and all, we figured it might be extra fun to stroll down memory lane at a full year of said galleries and über-attractive peeps. Won't you join us?
The results of our comprehensive battery of year end polls are in and with nearly a million votes cast (!) the message couldn't be more clear, as "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" battled it out with "Twilight" and "Thor" for fan supremacy in nearly every category.
How lopsided were the final results? Well, in the voting for Best Movie of 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" edged out "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" by a margin of 51.55% to 47.99%, with the other four candidates — "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Help" and "The Muppets" — combining for only .46% of the vote.
This just in: People really love "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." Get More »
2011 was a big year at the box office, with massive blockbusters ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"), emotional performances ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2") and instant classics ("Harry Potter and ..." oh, you get it) all converging to make this one of the most intriguing cinematic years in recent memory.
But as big as the year was at the theater, many of this year's biggest stories weren't on screen at all, but rather behind the scenes. Hollywood controversies, shocking deaths and studio intrigue provided just some of the surprising and unforgettable headlines that helped shape the year in film. With that in mind, then, here's a look at some of the stories from 2011 that you'll be talking about for years to come. Get More »
I started writing Confessions of a Male Twi-Hard in August 2010. "Really?" you say. "It seems like we've been putting up with you much longer than that."
I know. I'm already like an old, annoying college buddy (which is what I literally am to my editor Kevin). Anyway, 2011 is the first full calendar year that I've been covering "Twilight" regularly. While I haven't eaten chicken wings with Peter Facinelli, chest-bumped Kellen Lutz, touched Robert Pattinson's hair or accomplished anything on my Twi-Hard bucket list, it's still been a "Twilight" rollercoaster of good times these last 12 months. Now that 2011 is coming to a close, it only seems appropriate that I look back and pick my favorite Twi-hard moments of the year. Get More »
It's useless trying to sum up 2011 movies in a nutshell. As in every year, there were those that wowed (see below) and those that almost made you lose faith in all of humanity ("Green Lantern," "Jack and Jill"). And then of course, there were those movies that didn't live up to the hype.
But as I've always said, expectations are a bee-yotch. "The Descendants" and "Drive," for instance, are both films that I saw in advance, yet that had already been built up by fellow journos ("Descendants" as the Best Picture frontrunner, "Drive" as just Best. Picture. Ever.). I appreciated but was slightly disappointed by both. And then there's "Hugo," of which I saw an early cut that was overly long (Scorsese later edited it) with not-quite-finished 3-D.
Of the 150 or so movies I watched in '11, these are simply just the 10 I enjoyed the most, with an additional 10 honorable mentions (otherwise known as "cheating"). Get More »
Posters and trailers aren't the only things that get our blood pumping and force us to whip out our calendars and schedule a trip to the movie theaters.
Sometimes it's those sexy, sexy photos from the movies the studios release.
Now, before you protest, don't go acting like Brooklyn Decker's yellow bikini didn't force you to grab a cold glass of water. And we know those pictures of Bella and Edward rolling in the hay and canoodling by a waterfall sent you into a tizzy.
Don't worry. We were right there with you. And we were inspired to compile a whole gallery of the best of the best. Or, should we say the sexiest of the sexiest?
I thought making my top 10 list was going to be a piece of cake this year. Last year was like pulling teeth, trying to choose which of the best to cut, grateful for missing some critics' favorites that would've made the process all the more painful. ('Cause yeah, I got around to seeing "127 Hours" a couple weeks later — who knows what I'd have had to axe to make room for that one.)
But there was no "King's Speech" this year, no "Black Swan." Easy, I figured... until I narrowed my list to 13 movies and became paralyzed by indecision. My assignment was 10, so 10 it is, but just know that it cost me — losing "X-Men: First Class" (2011's best superhero movie in an abundantly superheroic year), "Midnight in Paris" (Woody Allen's whimsical remake of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" — I'm kidding, kind of) and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (edgy, stylish, terrifying and everything I expected from Fincher) gave me a headache.
So please, read. Go see all of these. I need to take some Advil.
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