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Marvel Comics is responsible for a complete revitalization of the comic book industry in the 60s, some of the greatest and most beloved characters and superhero stories in history, and helping to convince the mainstream that comic books are a legitimate art form. Their power and greatness cannot be denied.

But, it also cannot be denied that every now and then Marvel has dropped the ball and released terrible comics. This is not a condemnation of Marvel comics or their characters. Instead, it is a condemnation of the bad storytellers, the bad artists, and the bad writers who betrayed the public’s trust by abusing the characters and creations that Marvel fans hold so dear.

In chronological order, here are ten of the all time worst moments in the history of Marvel Comics:

10. Rape of Ms. Marvel (October 1980)

Avengers Vol. 1 #200

By the end of the 70s, Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel, had become one of Marvel’s flagship female characters. And all it took was one issue of The Avengers to ruin both her standing as a strong female character and her reputation. To make a long (and overly complicated) story short, Ms. Marvel became mysteriously pregnant and gave birth to a full term baby three days later. Then, the baby, named Marcus, mysteriously grew up almost instantly, and revealed that he had “seduced” his mother and impregnated her. And by “seduced” I mean “raped.” And what became of Ms. Marvels incestuous rape child? He grew up to be…Marcus! That’s right, he had gone back in time to impregnate his mother with himself. But the worst part of this travesty was that not only was Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel’s leading female characters, raped, she revealed that she enjoyed it and decided to stay with him afterwards. Hooray for feminism!

 9. Clone Saga (October 1994 – December 1996)

Web of Spider-Man #117–129, Sensational Spider-Man #0–11, Amazing Spider-Man #394–418, Spider-Man #51–75, Spectacular Spider-Man #217–240, Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #7–14

If you peruse this list, you may be surprised to find that many of the entries are related to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The first one to make an appearance is the dreadfully convoluted and stupidly executed Clone Saga, a storyline that ran through all of the Spider-Man titles for two years. It all started with a storyline back in the 70s where the villain named the Jackal cloned Peter Parker and his deceased girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Spidey fought his clone, won, and went off none the wiser. Decades later, this storyline was brought back to life when it was revealed that not only had the clone survived his encounter with Spidey, but that the clone, now known as the Scarlet Spider, was the real Peter Parker and that the Peter Parker that the comics had followed for decades was the clone! Needless to say, this angered most, if not all, of Spider-Man’s fans.

So, what was supposed to be a short arc that only lasted a few issues ran for two long, painful years as Marvel tried to backtrack and restore the status quo. Along the way, it was revealed that, surprise-surprise, the Scarlet Spider WAS the clone and Peter Parker WAS the original. Throw in the clumsy resurrection of Aunt May after she had previously died (THAT Aunt May was ALSO another clone); a couple hundred more Spider-Man clones that Jackal just happened to have in his basement; and the revelation that the entire thing had been orchestrated by Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, who was believed to have died decades ago- and you have one of the most infuriating stories ever told in the entire history of the comic book medium. And the kicker? Afterwards, everybody acted like nothing had happened and the plot line was never mentioned again. Marvel had literally wasted two years of their readers’ lives with nothing to show for it.

 8. Iron Man: The Crossing (September 1995 – February 1996)

Avengers #390-395; Avengers: The Crossing #1; Force Works #16-20; Iron Man #320-325; War Machine #20-23; Avengers: Timeslide #1; Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man #1

Retcon (retroactive continuity) is a literary device used to change previously established facts in fiction and is commonly used in comic book series with long histories because “the plurality of writers who contribute stories can often create situations that demand clarification or revision” (wikipedia). As a general rule of thumb, whenever Marvel retcons bad things happen…as in bad comics are released upon unsuspecting fans. So, in the mid-90s when Marvel decided to reveal that Iron Man was a traitor who had worked as a sleeper agent for Kang The Conqueror for years, you can bet that there would be problems. First, he goes on a killing spree, killing the female Yellowjacket, Amanda Chaney, and Marilla, the nanny of Quicksilver’s daughter. The Avengers decide that the best thing to do is recruit a teen-ageTony Stark from another timeline, have him steal the Iron Man suit, and fight the now evil Tony Stark. In the ensuing fight, the real Tony Stark sacrifices himself to stop Kang. For a while, the teenage Tony Stark was the official Iron Man… and what a fiasco THAT was. The new Tony looked ridiculous with an atrocious new set of armor. But what really alienated fans was the idea that Tony Stark, a character that they had come to know and love for decades, was a traitor. In fact, this was a blatant slap in the face to his fans. Thankfully, the entire debacle was completely retconned, replacing Teen Tony with Good Tony. Unfortunately, in order to do so, they had to rely on the event that takes the next spot on this list.

7. Heroes Reborn (1996 – 1997)

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Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #1-12, Avengers Vol. 2 #1-12, Captain America Vol. 2 #1-12, Iron Man Vol. 2 #1-12 

The 90s were a dark, dark time for comic books. Gone were the days of cheerful heroes helping innocent bystanders and fighting giant monsters. In the 90s, everybody was a dark, brooding anti-hero. Comics became grim, dark, and ultraviolent.

It was in the midst of this creative quagmire that Marvel, in the face of bankruptcy, decided to reboot their entire universe in the Heroes Reborn crossover series that ran from 1996 to 1997. Essentially, Marvel trapped four of their most famous properties, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Captain America, and Iron Man, in a pocket dimension after their apparent deaths at the hands of the psionic entity Onslaught. This allowed their writers to go back and tell brand new stories with these characters that they wouldn’t have been able to within mainstream Marvel continuity.

It was a decent idea. However, they decided to outsource these stories to former employees Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld who turned them into over-the-top, shameless parodies of themselves. The series were beset by bad stories and some of the worst art to ever disgrace the medium. It was so bad that Marvel essentially had to reboot their universe AGAIN just so they could restore everything to the status quo that was enjoyed before Heroes Reborn began. The silver lining to this abomination was that it succeeded in restoring Marvel’s sales and saved the company from a financial meltdown. All it took was a year of pure pain and agony on the part of the fans.

6. Chuck Austen’s X-Men (2002-2004)

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Uncanny X-Men #410-441

Yes, ALL of Chuck Austen’s X-Men run. It is literally impossible to pick just one thing that was wrong with it. Where do we begin? How about the horrific characterizations? How about the blatant misogyny? How about the fact that it followed one of the greatest X-Men runs of all time (Grant Morrison) with stories that were designed to retcon it all? How about when Jubilee and a bunch of other X-Men were CRUCIFIED by a group of radicals who wanted to discredit the Catholic church by making Nightcrawler the Pope and killing people with disintegrating communion wafers? Or, sticking with Nightcrawler, how about the time when it was revealed that he was literally the son of a demon named Azazel who gave birth to him so he could teleport him to earth?

No, I’ve got it! It would have to be the revelation concerning Xorn, a supporting cast member from Morrison’s run who had healing powers fueled by literally having a star in his head. For those who haven’t read Morrison’s run (and you all should), it was revealed that Xorn was none other than Magneto who was trying to infiltrate the school! In the end, Magneto kills Phoenix (for the umpteenth time) and gets his head lopped off by Wolverine. Marvel, horrified at the idea of losing one of their central villains, retconned it all. How? They said that Xorn (who remember, wasn’t real but a disguise used by Magneto) had a twin brother who infiltrated the X-Men DISGUISED as Magneto. So, in summation, we have the twin of a person who never existed in the first place infiltrate the X-Men disguised as Magneto disguised as… his real identity… Make sense? No? Don’t worry. Nobody else can figure it out, either. At least Marvel got Magneto back for several more decades of milking.

5. Sins Past (August 2004 – January 2005)

The Amazing Spider-Man #509-514

Oh, Spider-Man fans… Why must Marvel continue to abuse you? Gwen Stacy, one of Spider-Man’s first girlfriends, was a fan favorite for decades. Her murder at the hands of the Green Goblin is said to have single-handedly ended the Silver Age of Comics. It was a tragic scene that helped define Spider-Man for a new generation. Even after Spidey hooked up with Mary Jane, there was still a massive amount of care and sympathy for Gwen, solidifying her status as one of the most-loved characters in the entire Marvel Universe. So, of course, Marvel decided that the best thing to do was to rewrite her past so that Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, had slept with her. Oh, but he just didn’t sleep with her…he knocked her up with TWINS that she gave birth to in France. After deciding to come clean with Peter and raise the kids with him, Norman killed her. Why? So he could raise them himself! Because of Norman’s bizarre blood, the kids aged faster than normal so that they were full-grown adults before they reached 10 years old! What does Norman do with them? He makes them attack Spider-Man!

Sins Past single-handedly ruined the character of Gwen Stacy for untold numbers of fans. Her tragic and emotional death was cheapened for pure shock value. But this would not be the only time that Marvel would intentionally ruin or disgrace one of Spidey’s relationships with a loved one. We’ll get to THAT horrible story in a bit. Image from http://www.weeklycrisis.com/

 4. Civil War (June 2006 – January 2007)

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Civil War #1-7

It started as a relatively good idea: a schism occurs in the superhero community when a group of heroes accidentally blow up a large part of Stamford, Connecticut during a fight, killing over 600 civilians, including 60 children. Heroes were faced with a daunting option: register their identities with the government and become federal employees in order to prevent such a calamity from happening again or face prosecution. Half of the community, led by Iron Man, advocated registration, believing it to be the moral and responsible solution. The other half, led by Captain America, believed that forced registration was a violation of their civil liberties and revealing their identities could put their friends and families at risk. It was a difficult and emotional issue for everybody involved.

There was no easy answer or solution to the problem… at least… there wasn’t until Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic created a robotic Thor clone which attacked the anti-registration camp, killing the superhero Goliath in the process. And then, instead of trying to persuade and convince the anti-registration people to register, Iron Man and his followers hunted them down like animals, arrested them, and threw them in an unbreakable prison in another dimension without a fair trial or due process. Not to mention that the pro-registration camp convinced Spider-Man to reveal his identity as Peter Parker publicly, leading to his Aunt May getting shot (which subsequently leads to the next entry on this list). As the icing on the cake, after Captain America heroically surrenders to prevent any more violence or bloodshed, he is shot and killed on the steps of a courthouse.

I can’t emphasize enough how badly Civil War was received and how it almost irrevocably damaged Marvel Comics. To this day, there are people who refuse to forgive Iron Man for his betrayal. What should have been an even-sided, philosophical, and heart-stirring storyline became mean-spirited, dark, and had characters that people had known and loved for decades turn on each other. The Marvel staff completely isolated their fans by taking Iron Man’s pro-registration side during the debate, alienating thousands of readers. For many, Civil War is also considered to be a turning point in Marvel’s history…and not a good one at that.

3. One More Day (November 2007 – January 2008)

Spider Man and Mary Jane Divorce Worst Marvel Comics

The Amazing Spider-Man #544, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24, The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2) #41, Amazing Spider- Man #545.

If I ranked this list in order of the most hated, most ill conceived, most badly written, and poorly received moment in Marvel history, One More Day would be on the top. There is NO competition. For those of you who don’t read comics, let me try and break this down for you. Anyone who has seen the Spider-Man movies knows that Spider-Man’s true love was Mary Jane Watson. It’s been that way for almost 4 decades. She was among the most beloved members of the Marvel universe for her personality, spunk, and everlasting devotion to her husband Peter Parker. The two had weathered countless storms together, yet had always come out stronger as a result. Their wedding was one of the biggest Marvel events in history. For years, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were THE comic book couple, probably only rivaled in popularity by Superman and Lois Lane in DC Comics.

One day, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada decided that he didn’t like the idea of Spider-Man being married. He believed that being single was essential to Spider-Man’s character (never mind the fact that he had been married to Mary Jane for almost TWENTY YEARS). So what did he do? He made Spider-Man make a deal with the Devil to trade his marriage to save the life of Aunt May who had been shot in the aftermath of Civil War. Let me say that again in case you didn’t grasp the infuriating implications of that last sentence. Spider-Man, one of the ultimate paragons of personal responsibility and righteousness in ALL of comics, made a deal… with the DEVIL! The deal was to sacrifice his MARRIAGE all so that he could save the life of his ELDERLY Aunt May. (Side Note: He had previously contacted Aunt May in the spirit world who told him to let her go since she was old, had a good life, and wanted Peter to be happy.)

It was almost universally panned by critics. The fan backlash was the stuff of legends. Joe Quesada became one of the most hated people in the industry, even getting booed off the stage at conventions. But one of the worst things about One More Day was that it was a key example of a disturbing trend among comic book companies: editors using their positions to ghostwrite their favorite comics. In fact, many of the entries on this list were the result of editorial mandates. Among them, One More Day reigns supreme. No comic company is perfect. Even their rival company, DC Comics, has their fair share of terrible moments (but that’s a list for another day…). But no matter what they do, they can take comfort in the fact that they didn’t put out One More Day. One More Day is the ultimate bad comic book moment.

 2. Ultimates 3 (2008)

The Ultimates 3 #1-5

The Ultimate Marvel imprint, started in 2000, was intended to be a brand new Marvel Universe free from decades of comic continuity. It was designed as a starting point for new comic book readers who didn’t want to be bogged down or confused with story and character histories. Their main series included Ultimate versions of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Spider-Man (easily the most popular and successful title from the Ultimate line). But the Ultimate Universe also had their own version of the Avengers known as the Ultimates. The Ultimates were the subjects of three short stand-alone series, creatively titled The Ultimates, The Ultimates 2, and The Ultimates 3. The first two were wild, run-away successes, reinventing their characters for a new generation and creating some of the most iconic moments of the new millennium (“Does this “A” look like it stands for France?). And then Ultimates 3 came along.

In an incredibly convoluted and confusing plot, the Scarlet Witch was assassinated, the Ultimates squared off with android duplicates of themselves, and Quicksilver was supposedly killed (more on that in the next entry). Oh… and somehow Doctor Doom was the genius behind it all. Sound cool? It isn’t. The entire series is plagued with horrible art, terrible writing, abysmal dialogue, and grotesque characterizations. Many people think of the Ultimates 3 as being the start of the downfall of the Ultimate Universe. But it would take our number one spot to finish the job.

1. Ultimatum (November 2008 – July 2009)

 

This is it, folks. This is widely considered to be THE event that killed the Ultimate Universe line. Think about that for a second…these five comics ended a ten year long comic book line. How? Let’s break it down:

Many of the Ultimates most beloved characters are killed off panel.

  • Half of the characters in the Ultimate Universe were killed, including, but not limited to: Daredevil, Cyclops, Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, Emma Frost, Hank Pym, Juggernaut, Magneto, Professor X, Thor, Wasp, and Wolverine.
  • Over-the-top and offensive violence: the Wasp was cannibalized by the Blob, Magneto snaps Professor X’s neck, Madrox creates clones which he turns into suicide bombers, Wolverine has the adamantium stripped from his bones.
  • Scientific inaccuracies: Magneto reverses the Earth’s magnetic poles… no wait… the planet’s axis… no wait… the magnetic poles…. no wait… who cares? They’re the same thing, right?

The less you know about this insult of a comic, the better. The only thing you need to know is that Magneto tries to destroy the world in revenge for the deaths of his kids, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. But wait! Quicksilver is revealed to be alive! But the real question is…who cares! Writer Jeph Loeb destroyed almost everything that people loved about the Ultimates Universe. The damage was so massive that they had to RE- LAUNCH the Ultimate Universe. This comic has left fans scratching and banging their heads against the wall, wondering why Marvel would ever print this abominable excuse for a story. Image: http://www.weeklycrisis.com/

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Of 2010

By Peter Hall (Subscribe to Peter Hall’s posts)

At first glance, one might think that 2010 was a weak year for sci-fi films. Truth is, its handful of good-to-great sci-fi films mark a fairly typical calendar year for the genre. 2010 just happened to be the follow-up to the ’09 blowout roster of ‘Moon,’ ‘District 9,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Pandorum,’ ‘Knowing,’ ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Star Trek.’ That’s a tough act to follow, but let’s see how the year’s offerings rank.

10. ‘Tron: Legacy’ — Sci-fi has long been a genre associated with all of the movie magic a filmmaker can afford, and that’s exactly where ‘Tron: Legacy’ delivers. It might stumble in more than a few areas, but when it comes to providing a special effects-coated spectacle that sounds as good as it looks, ‘Tron’ does precisely that.

9. ‘Predators’ — Of all the recent (allegedly) overdue sequels and remakes Hollywood has glommed onto, ‘Predators’ is one of the few that feels in complete harmony with its source material. It would have been nice to see the home world/game preserve of the ‘Predators’ infused with more extra-terrestrial obstacles for the Earthlings to go up against, but that doesn’t hurt Nimrod Antal’s film from being a perfectly worthy successor.

8. ‘Metropia’ — You just don’t see many movies like ‘Metropia,’ a Swedish animated film about an underground society and mind control featuring the voice talents of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, and Skarsgards Stellan and Alexander. But you should.

7. ‘Splice’ — It’s safe to say that ‘Splice’ is either a love it or hate it kind of movie. There isn’t much middle ground on Vincenzo Natali’s genre-bending creature feature. Its dark humor and unsettling sexuality aren’t for everyone, but around these parts we applaud it.

6. ‘The Book of Eli’ — ‘The Book of Eli’ is the best ‘Fallout’ fan film ever made. It’s not actually based in any way on the ‘Fallout’ game series, but the two share such a kindred sense of post-apocalyptic humor and style that I can’t help but think of ‘Fallout’ while watching it. Beyond that affection however, this is one of (if not the) best-looking post-apoc movies ever made; it’s got a badass cast; an outstanding sound design and a story hook that, though it may induce eye-rolling in some, is unique within the genre.

5. ‘Daybreakers’ — Yes, ‘Daybreakers’ is about vampires and vampires traditionally mean horror movies, but if you view the Spierig Brothers’ film through a sci-fi lens, it really shines. They do a great job of building a plausible, fully functioning futuristic society with its own rules and limitations — and that’s exactly what good sci-fi should do.

 

4. ‘Exam’ — ‘Exam’ is only tangentially a science fiction film, but I’m such a sucker for films that take place entirely within a single room that I can’t help but include it on this list. The ending isn’t quite as invigorating as the first 45-minutes or so, but it’s still a captivating premise that manages to engage even on repeat viewings.

3. ‘Monsters’ — Few filmmakers had as impressive a debut this year as Gareth Edwards did with ‘Monsters,’ his low-budget riff on alien invasion movies. I fear a lot of people soured on the movie since the trailer and title promise a different type of film entirely, but if you go in knowing that this is essentially a road movie about the miraculous-yet-mundane aftermath of an alien invasion, you’ll appreciate it a whole lot more. But even if the story does nothing for you, you’ve got to at least respect what Edwards accomplished with a crew of about three people.

2. ‘Inception’ — Few big screen experiences this year were as roundly satisfying as ‘Inception.’ High concept movies like this — ones that show you things you’ve never seen and take you to places you’ve never been — are why most of us fall in love with films in the first place.

1. ‘Never Let Me Go’ — And here we have the polar opposite of ‘Tron: Legacy,’ a truly elegant sci-fi film where the only special effect is how its intensely human story makes you forget you’re even watching science fiction.

http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/28/top-10-sci-fi-movies-of-2010/

 

 

 

Johnny Depp sits on top of the list as the highest-paid actors of 2010, while Tom Cruise still able to sneak into the list, despite having no new movie. From June 2009 to June 2010 period, here’s the top ten actors with highest earning.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Actors 2010

1. Johnny Depp ($75 million)
Johnny Depp
His name has become a guarantee for a successful movie. His newest movie Alice In Wonderland earns $1 billion and Public Enemies earns $214 million.

2. Ben Stiller ($53 million)
Ben Stiller
Some of his movies earned $2 billion in the United States, makes his name always in the list of Hollywood highest-paid actors.

3. Tom Hanks ($45 million)
Tom Hanks
His Angels and Demons earns global income of $485 million. Angels and Demons is the second movie adapted from Dan Brown’s novel. The previous movie The Da Vinci Code earned $780 million globally.

4. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
Adam Sandler
His name is still a magnet for the audience, specially for romantic-comedy movie fans. Some of his movies has a real success in the market.

5. Leonardo Di Caprio ($28 million)
Leonardo Di Caprio
His movie Shutter Island earns $295 million globally, put him fifth in the list of highest-paid actors.

6. Daniel Radcliffe ($25 million)
Daniel Radcliffe
Become one of the highest-paid actors this time because his role in Harry Potter movies. All Harry Potter movies always successful and the total income from all Harry Potter movies has reach $5.4 billion in Box Office.

7. Robert Downey Jr ($22 million)
Robert Downey Jr
His name rockets higher after huge success in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 which earned a total of $1.1 billion.

8. Tom Cruise (22 million)
Tom Cruise
Even though his popularity is decreasing lately and no new movie in a period of June 2009 – June 2010, but Tom Cruise still earns from his old movie played on TV.

9. Brad Pitt ($20 million)
Brad Pitt
His latest movie Inglourious Basterds earns global income o $314 million and his private life with Angelina Jolie always become headline on the media. Brad Pitt’s name has become a strong magnet in the entertainment world.

10. George Clooney ($19 million)
George Clooney
Nominated in Oscar 2010 because of his role in Up In the Air and the movie earns $163 million, despite the production cost is only $25 million.

Top 10 Comedy Movies Of 2010

1. Get Him to the Greek

With Jonah Hill and Russell Brand leading the way, Get Him to the Greek succeeds on multiple levels. Directed by the same man who brought you Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this Nicholas Stoller film provides funny performances with a plot that works. It runs on the dry humor of Hill, with plenty of one liners to keep movie quoters afloat for the duration of the summer.

2. MacGruber

The big problem with most comedy films is that they rehash the same tired characters over and over. This film featured Will Forte, Ryan Phillipe and a great performance from Val Kilmer, adding something different in a tried and true comedy world. Though only slapstick humor, MacGruber was funny enough to satisfy audiences.

3. Death at a Funeral

Sometimes a movie’s deficiencies must be overcome by a great cast of actors. Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock qualify and their performance in this movie is what makes it great. The dialogue between Lawrence and Rock is classic, as they become the primary draw in this one.

4. Date Night

Any time Steve Carell is involved, expectations are going to be high. In Date Night, he and Tina Fey played the lead, and produced a moderately funny comedy. Carell himself was able to carry the action, as the plot left something to be desired. Performances from Ray Liotta and Mila Kunis were highly underrated and helped to round out the sophisticated comedy cast.

5. Greenberg

This Ben Stiller flick is a bit more nuanced, as it doesn’t bring the “in your face” comedy style for which he has become famous. Still, he is electric in his role as a down and out New Yorker, and the plot is funny despite hitting home for many viewers in today’s economy.

6. Cop Out

An early February release, Cop Out benefited at the box office from a lack of comedy alternatives. With former SNL funny man Tracey Morgan teaming up with Bruce Willis, there are some moments where the actors’ tension produces the humor. With an uncharacteristically funny performance from Sean William Scott to top things off, Cop Out was as funny as an overdone police movie could be.

7. Our Family Wedding

This film touched on many sensitive themes, including interracial marriages and cultural strife. Still, Forrest Whitaker delivers in his customary way, and Carlos Mencia is there to provide humor on the side. Anyone who has been through a wedding can enjoy the mishaps and hilarity that ensue when the pressure is so high.

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This is a somewhat different comedy attempt, as it is an adaptation from an illustrated work. The work includes some real life adventures that just about anyone can relate to, which makes it especially funny at parts. Zachary Gordon also provides something of a come-out performance.

9. Hot Tub Time Machine

In typical fashion, many of the funniest parts of this movie were shown in the trailer. It was still good enough to produce laughs for a couple of hours, though. The idea behind the movie is somewhat cheesy, but the situations and performances are good enough. A guest appearance by Chevy Chase is what puts this movie over the top.

10. I Love you, Phillip Morris

Jim Carey’s latest film can be called many things, with funny and weird among those things. A racy film about a gay love affair and a con scheme, this one was not as popular at the box office as it should have been. Not surprisingly, it is Carey’s performance that powers this film.

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Here we have the list of Hollywood Top Paid Female Actress for 2010 – 2011 Span, You will see some New faces replacing old Faces after giving blockbusters to Cinemas

1.Sandra Bullock

Estimated Net Worth: $85,000,000
Recent Earnings : $56 million
Winning Awards : Oscar, MTV Movie Awards.
Hits: The Proposal and The Blind Side
Date of Birth: July 26th, 1964
Title : she’s the highest-earning actress. The most popular actresses in Hollywood.

2.Reese Witherspoon

Recent Earnings : $32 million
Winning Awards : Oscar, Golden Globe,MTV Movie Awards, etc.,
Hits: Walk the Line
Date of Birth: March 22, 1976
Title : The most popular actresses in Hollywood.

3.Cameron Diaz

Recent Earnings : $32 million
Winning Awards : Golden Globe Nominated ,MTV Movie Awards.
Hits: Charlie’s Angels,Knight and Day,Shrek film series
Date of Birth: August 30, 1972

4.Jennifer Aniston

Recent Earnings : $27 million
Winning Awards : Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Hits: Comedy Series, Friends, Love Happens and The Bounty Hunter
Date of Birth: February 11, 1969
Title : The Most Popular Overseas Star

5.Sarah Jessica Parker

Recent Earnings : $25 million
Winning Awards : Four Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Two Emmy Awards
Hits: Sex and the City
Date of Birth: March 25, 1965

6.Julia Roberts

Recent Earnings : $20 million
Winning Awards : Academy Award for Best Actress
Hits: Erin Brockovich, The Pelican Brief, Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve
Date of Birth: October 28, 1967

7.Angelina Jolie

Recent Earnings : $20 million
Winning Awards : Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards
Hits: Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Kung Fu Panda
Date of Birth: June 4, 1975
Title : One of the Most Popular,Best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.

8.Drew Barrymore


Recent Earnings : $15 million
Winning Awards : Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award
Hits: Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates,
Date of Birth: February 22, 1975
Title : appeared People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful.

9.Meryl Streep

Recent Earnings : $13 million
Winning Awards : Two Oscars, Two Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Golden Globe Awards,two Emmy Awards, etc.,
Hits: Sophie’s Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer, record 16th Oscar nomination
Date of Birth: June 22, 1949
Title : American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award

10.Kristen Stewart

Recent Earnings : $12 million
Winning Awards : MTV Movie Award, Teen Choice Award, Young Artist Award
Hits: Twilight series,The Runaways
Date of Birth: April 9, 1990
Title : recognized as #17 on Entertainment Weekly’s top ’30 Under 30

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TOP 10 ACTION STARS

 

 

This list is little more than a love letter to the actors that have brought me one of my favorite brand of films: the unapologetic action flick.  Shit blowing up, over dramatic fight sequences, and high octane chase scenes is where my heart is.  The summer is just around the bend, and these popcorn flicks are almost ready to plague the big screen.  Over the years there have been a many an actor who’ve attempted the feat of becoming a huge action hero.  But as many that have done it well, some of them have done it great, and even today I feel like the 90′s and especially the 80′s have left the last decade vacant of the true action star, but save a few.  Here are the ten best, as I see fit.

10. Matt Damon

 

He rules as Jason Bourne and being Bourne has made him one of the best icons for action star in the past ten years easily, but Damon isn’t really an action hero, he’s just a good enough actor to play one really well.  He’s just as content doing artsy flicks.  Either way that range and ability to emote more than a stagnant face is what sets him apart from the crowd and definitely is one of my favorite actors working period right now.

9. Steve McQueen

Steven McQueen is the man, and people in today’s generation that haven’t explored his awesomeness need to go back and start looking up his movies.  He’s still one of the smoothest dudes to ever grace the screen and is one of those guys who is actually a star.  Unfortunately his untimely death from lung cancer in 1980 prevented him from making anymore movies but he’ll never be forgotten and has left us movies like Bullit, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Magnificent Seven to forever remember him.

8. Clint Eastwood

You can’t have a list like this and not include Clint Eastwood for Dirty Harry alone.  Even though his career has been full of other wicked cool action heroes, Dirty Harry is probably the one that rings most true in mind.  Eastwood has proven in his career that  you can play fun, gun toting roles and still have it well acted with character.  Mel Gibson can thank him for opening that door, which is essentially why Martin Riggs had a chance to exist.

7. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan has been busy making movies for fifty plus years and even today is still turning out the crazy action packed flicks, doing martial arts that some men in their twenties can’t do.  What he really integrated was a great sense of humor and comedy, but still with some of the best martial arts ever on the big screen.  Today he’s just as lovable and entertaining and with the release of the remade and vamped Karate Kid, he still has claim to the throne as one of the best action heroes of all time.

6. Harrison Ford

Han Solo, Jack Ryan, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard?  Need I say more?  Harrison created his own special brand of action hero.  A guy who based his prowess on charm and charisma and mixed his stunts with a lot of realism giving his moments of action a great mix of comedy and belief.

5. Mel Gibson

He’s Martin freakin’ Riggs for craps sake.  One of the greatest action characters ever created.  While Gibson is well known for his role in the Lethal Weapon franchise, let us not forget years of work in films like Bird On A Wire, Mad Max, Tequila Sunrise, Braveheart, Ransom, and Payback.  He just keeps making him, and his swagger, his likability, and actual true talent makes Gibson one of the greatest action heroes ever.

4. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee changed action movies forever and will forever remain an icon of Kung Fu flicks and American action films.  If not for his untimely death who knows where exactly where his career would have taken him.  Even by today’s standards his athletic ability and his charm is unmatched in this part of cinema.

3. Bruce Willis

I could get slack for Willis being #5 instead of #1 or #2 and it’s a fair argument.  Aside from his notorious role as John McClane he’s managed to have a solid career existence as mostly just an action guy, and has done it well, with only a few real stinkers in the midst.  That’s an incredible feat and well worth acknowledging.  Even today he isn’t retired from the action hero, and doesn’t feel tired.  Willis is simply a cool fucking dude and few have ever blown shit up better than he has.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Come on the Governator still has it, but in his heyday Arnold was the epitome of what an action hero should be.  Oddly charming, intimidating, and one of the buffest dudes to ever grace the screen.  Arnold is lovable and fearsome.  He’s made some of the most notorious action films of all time and played some of the most notable roles ever, and probably one of the most successful action stars ever.
1. Sylvester Stallone
In his youth Sly was one of the greatest, but even today there is such high demand for his classic roles that Sly is replaying those that made him famous with the new Rocky andRambo, which actually were both really good movies, but still he’s now in his fifties and we rely on him for great action movies and stuff to blow up?  Hell yes.  He’s bringing us The Expendables.  Let’s be honest, the trailer alone is any action film junkies wet dream.  July is going to rock.

Top 10 movies of 2010

1. The Social Network

Reminding us of everything David Fincher does well after the lumpen and interminable Benjamin Button, this story of Facebook fallout was the year’s timeliest movie, among its wittiest, and conjured such an indelible aura of melancholy amid the back-stabbings that it looks certain to last. Aaron Sorkin’s fleet script doesn’t skimp on rapier put-downs, but it’s shaped beautifully to make us feel the overwhelming loneliness of Mark Zuckerberg, both the odd basis of his success and the reason it rings so hollow. In Jesse Eisenberg’s hands, he’s the vindictive nerd as tragic archetype, a know-all who doesn’t, finally, know himself. Setting his obsessions brilliantly to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s pulsating score, Fincher’s watertight direction elevates what might have seemed a legal footnote into a story for our times, one of human connections reduced to a pattern of ones and zeros, in a doomy echo chamber of clattering laptops.

 

2. A Prophet

 

 

Eleven months after its release, Jacques Audiard’s prison-survival masterpiece, with its scorching breakthrough performance from Tahar Rahim as a light-skinned Arab inmate caught between battling cultures, remains richly unforgettable and near-flawless, an epic of Darwinian wiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Toy Story 3

 

 

We expected a fond farewell to Andy’s toys, but maybe not this skilful a threequel, which keeps all the necessary plates spinning, hardly ever flags and elicited many a tear from grown adults when it says farewell to Woody and the gang, with the simple words “Thanks, guys”.

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4. Another Year

Mike Leigh’s best since Topsy-Turvy and a feast of great ensemble acting from his regular players. Lesley Manville’s boozy singleton is reaping plaudits, but the film’s bedrock is the ace tandem work of Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as a snugly (smugly?) contented couple.

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5. I Am Love

Tilda Swinton’s luminous magic is a given by now, but she never plays it safe: Sicilian stylist Luca Guadagnino deliberately strands her as an out-of-place Russian trophy wife, in a pulse-quickening and sensually heady drama of infidelity, sexual fulfilment and fish-soup epiphanies.

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6. The Kids Are All Right

Cracking work from Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as feuding lesbian moms, and a bespoke part for Mark Ruffalo as the oblivious sperm donor who comes back into their lives. Director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko makes a spectacular breakthrough with this plum comedy of eye-rolling dysfunctionality.

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7. Dogtooth

Speaking of dysfunctionality, nothing was more disturbing this year than the implications of Yorgos Lanthimos’s startlingly original Greek movie about a family in confinement, being taught a mad vocabulary and strange ideas about sex by their controlling patriarch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. How to Train Your Dragon

It wasn’t only Pixar who came up with the mainstream animated goods. DreamWorks triumphed too, finally ditching the sarky quips for this charmer about a Viking blacksmith’s apprentice and his pet, a fire-breathing reptile of rare appeal.

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9. The Ghost Writer

Initially underrated, Roman Polanski’s frisky political thriller about a PM in exile was classy, creepy and thoroughly absorbing. Yes, Ewan McGregor’s dissolute hack gets implausibly up to his neck, but the caustic repartee in Robert Harris’s script was great fun.

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10. Inception

Love them or loathe them – and rival sections of the geekosphere did both – there was nothing to match Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending dreamscapes for giddying spectacle and scale this summer. Quite a ride.

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