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Winners and Losers of the 2011 Movie Season Thus Far

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Summer 2011 promises to be a huge season of great movies, with many money-spinning films due out in the next couple of months. To mark this exciting time, I thought I’d take a look back at the year and see who has had one to remember and which famous stars have had one to forget.

Lets start with this year’s winners…

James Franco: Finally receiving recognition from the academy for his brilliantly realistic performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, he’s now undoubtedly one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Fortunately, he’s also managed to retain much of the “indie cool” that often abandons actors once they get this big (think cringe-inducing Tom Cruise, on Oprah’s sofa). Furthermore we’ll see Franco starring in one of the more promising prequels of recent years, Rise of The Planet of the Apes.

Steven Spielberg: Although he’s no stranger to creating a buzz around his movies, With Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Super 8, and Cowboys and Aliens basically topping most geeks’ lists when it comes to most exciting releases of the year, Spielberg is once again the king when its comes to Science Fiction films. This all comes even after the disastrous fourth Indiana Jones film and the terrible sequel to Transformers.

Anne Hathaway: She’s a winner for one monumental reason. In January 2011 she was announced as the actress to play Selina Kyle aka the Catwoman in the final part of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy. Aside from this huge piece of news for, she was also involved in the years most colourful kids film Rio.

But it’s not been such a good year for some…

Mel Gibson: Not only was Gibson banned from appearing in The Hangover Part Two after the cast and crew objected, he also just recently had a starring role in the failed Jodie foster directed movie The Beaver. He’s a long way from Braveheart right now.

Seth Rogan: 2011 should have been the year when Seth Rogan broke into the mainstream for once and for all, especially with potential monster hits such as Paul and The Green Hornet looking very promising. But unfortunately both films failed to live up to the hype, with Rogan accused by some of “playing himself” in both films.

Walt Disney Studios: Mars Needs Moms, Pirates 4, and now Prom. Lets look at some of the reviews attributed to these films: “a lack of imagination and heart”, “corny and cliched” “mortifying dull”. Basically Disney have had about as good a year as Osama Bin Laden.

So there we go, part one of 2011 is officially finished. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and let’s hope the likes of Harry Potter, Captain America, and Team Edward won’t make my losers list at the end of the year. 

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