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    Niall Horan in a mankini. Can you imagine that girls?

    The One Direction singer is all ready for his next holiday, or trip to America or Australia because he has got his hands on the perfect swimwear.

    The Irish hunk has revealed on Twitter that some of his friends bought him a revealing mankini for Christmas, but he’s refusing to share pictures of him wearing it.

    He tweeted:

    “Hahah the lads,you’ll never bate them!”

    “Sean,dylan ,brad and shano bought me a mankini ! Dopes.”

    Directioners then flooded the social networking site with requests for photos and twitpics (You expected any less?) but the singer refused to make their Christmas wishes come true. Bah humbug!

    He replied:

    “No your not gettin pictures of the mankini, filthy minded you lot.”

    1D are currently spread all over England and Ireland bringing in Christmas with their families and their loved ones.

    They just returned from the US last week and they will soon be back on the road as their world tour kicks off in February 2013 and they’ll be in rehearsals for most of the month before.

    Despite spending all that time together, the lads still miss one another when they’re apart and Niall tweeted his bandmates after his Christmas dinner yesterday writing:

    “Happy christmas lads! @Real_Liam_Payne @zaynmalik @Louis_Tomlinson @harry_styles love you all!”

    He thanked his fans saying:

    “HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Thank you for an amazing year! Make sure you have loads of fun today! Love you all !”

    Do you wish Niall would share photos of himself in a mankini? Is that even a question?


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    Spike Lee is breaking a sacred rule by criticizing "Django Unchained" for its pervasive use of the n-word -- so says Sarah Silverman ... who tells TMZ, art is art ... and "you can't tell art what to do."

    Sarah was out in L.A. when we asked about Spike's refusal to watch the new Quentin Tarantino flick, which features the n-word roughly 110 times. Spike criticized the film, claiming it mocks slavery and is "disrespectful to my ancestors."

    But last night, Sarah shot back, "Doesn't it take place like during slavery? Wouldn't it be odd if they didn't have that horrific word in it?"

    Sarah -- a self-professed Spike Lee fan -- said, "[Spike's] got a lot of mishegas with a lot of art. I think you can't really tell art what to do."

    Or can you ..

    Video at the source

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    For all you Twi-hards that have sunk into a depression, trying to accept the fact that Bella and Edward won’t ever take the silver screen again, we have some uplifting news for you! Rob and Kristen will reportedly star in a new movie together!
    The dynamic couple is back in action — their love life is on the mend and a new report reveals that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are scoping out a future movie project that they plan to star in together.

    Rob and Kristen might just be one of the most talked about couples in Hollywood. Some even feel that they might be on the road to creating a powerful partnership in business and love — just like the late Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

    Rob and Kristen have been offered many options to appear as a couple on screen, more so now than ever before. They are reportedly considering remaking Liz and Dick’s 1965 film "The Sandpiper# – a film about a school teacher who has an affair with a single mother.

    A buddy of the British actor said, “He [Rob] recognizes there’s a certain screen magic when he and Kristen are together. Besides, there’s less chance she’ll get in trouble again.” It’s clear that the pal of the star is referring back to Kristen’s affair with the producer of her recent film Snow White and the Huntsman. But there is no denying the chemistry that RPatz and KStew have on screen and off!

    Either way, if Rob is trying to keep Kristen close to him to ensure no slip-ups occur again, or he simply just wants to star alongside his lovely lady, there is no doubt that whatever endeavor they take on will surely be a success.


    still can't believe she's actually doing SWATH 2 tbh.

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  • 12/26/12--16:44: Gerry Anderson dies, aged 83
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    Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83.

    He also created Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and his puppet superheroes fired the imaginations of millions of young viewers in the 1960s and '70s.

    Thunderbirds, a science-fiction fantasy about a daring rescue squad, ran from 1965 and was his most famous show.

    Anderson had suffered from Alzheimer's since 2010 and the disease had worsened in recent months, his son Jamie said.

    Jamie Anderson announced the news o his website, saying his father died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday.

    "Gerry was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened quite dramatically over the past six months," he wrote.

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    For men of my age, his work made childhood an incredible place to be”

    Jonathan Ross

    Gerry Anderson talked about the onset of the disease in June 2012.

    Speaking on BBC Berkshire he said: "I don't think I realised at all. It was my wife Mary who began to notice that I would do something quite daft like putting the kettle in the sink and waiting for it to boil."

    His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.

    Actor Brian Blessed, who worked with Anderson on shows including The Day After Tomorrow and Space 1999, told BBC News: "I think a light has gone out in the universe.

    "He had a great sense of humour. He wasn't childish but child-like and he had a tremendous love of the universe and astronomy and scientists.

    "He got their latest theories, which he would expand on. He was always galvanised and full of energy."


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    A couple of weeks ago it seemed like the conflict between Nicki Minaj and New York City radio powerhouse Hot 97 would never be fixed, with the rapper reportedly saying she didn’t want the radio station to play her music.

    Now, all of that seems to be dead between the two entities. Last night, the rapper hosted Hot 97's annual Christmas Extravaganza party at Webster Hall in New York City.

    Everything wasn't all good, however. According to HipHopWired, the rapper didn't show up until 2:30 in the morning and some folks in the crowd got upset when they realized she was there to host the party, not perform.

    Feeling the heat, the rapper came down to the stage and kicked it with some of the folks in the audience.

    We're not sure if this means that the beef is officially squashed, but hey, it's a start.


    Me thinks she's learning she can't afford to burn the bridges she has left, although she's still doing a half-assed job.

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    Last year, silky rapper Drake stood atop many critics’ lists for best album of the year. But 2012 was all about R&B crooner Frank Ocean. From Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ to Fiona Apple’s avant-garde stylings and Taylor Swift’s power-pop anthems, here are The Daily Beast’s best music albums of the year.


    1. Frank Ocean—Channel Orange
    The 25-year-old New Orleans native turned the homophobic hip-hop world on its head when he posted an open letter to his Tumblr account back on July 4 describing his first great love—with a man. And buzz was initially soft on the sultry R&B crooner due to his association with the demented alt hip-hop collective OFWGKTA. But Ocean’s debut album, Channel Orange, a moody meditation on life, love, and loss in the City of Angels, managed to transcend sex, race, and genre. It’s an impassioned, tender, and grandiose R&B saga featuring heartbreaking ballads that touch on unrequited love (“Thinkin Bout You,” “Bad Religion”), religious symbolism (“Pyramids”), and much more. It deserves its rightful place alongside the best Prince and Stevie Wonder albums. A new classic.
    3. Kendrick Lamar—Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
    Like Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth—or just Kendrick Lamar, as he’s known—is 25 and just coming into his own as an artist. After releasing four mixtapes and an independent album, the Compton native’s first studio album, good kid M.A.A.D. city, was released on fellow Comptonite Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label to near-universal acclaim. Lamar combines the lyrical dexterity and introspection of Tupac with the levity, catchiness, and quotables of Lil Wayne, over atmospheric beats courtesy of Dre and Co. It’s a despairing yet beauteous concept album about struggling to make ends meet on the streets of Compton that warrants repeat listens. And “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” could have very well been the new YOLO—if Lamar had decided to go the acronym route.
    5. Fiona Apple—The Idler Wheel…
    OK, the full name for the latest LP from tortured chanteuse Fiona Apple is this: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Phew. It’s the singer-songwriter’s first album since 2005’s Grammy-nominated Extraordinary Machine, and the hiatus has done her a world of good. While The Idler Wheel is no easy listen, after a couple of spins, you’ll be rewarded with one of the more strange, avant-garde, and beguiling albums of the year. Shifting from frank, spare ballads to melancholy, jazzy ditties, Apple cements her status as one of the most singular songbirds of her generation.
    7. Taylor Swift—Red
    At just 23, country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has become a full-blown pop star with her fourth studio album, Red. Allegedly inspired by her messy breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, it’s an uneven LP that nonetheless contains a diverse array of infectious tunes, from U2-esque rock ballads (“State of Grace”) to sing-along anthems (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”) to the pop-dubstep hybrid “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which is arguably the best pop song of the year.
    Did your favorite album of the year make the list? And let's see how many "OMG! [Taylor Swift shocked face] Frank Ocean is #1" comments this post gets...

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  • 12/27/12--11:05: Miley and Liam, married????

  • Miley Cyrus posted a pic on Instagram which shows her and Liam Hemsworth posing for an XMAS photo ... and Dax noticed something interesting ...

    Check out Liam's left ring finger -- it looks suspiciously like a wedding band. The pose blocks Miley's finger.

    They got engaged earlier this year but made no announcement about a wedding date.

    And as long as we're talking, also take a look at another pic Miley posted, show her in a Santa's getup. It looks like she might have 2 bands on her ring finger, one being her engagement ring.

    The other?

    You know this source is looking up the marriage certificate

    Cue in all the "OMG SHE GOT MARRIED WITH THAT HAIRCUT" comments

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  • 12/27/12--11:07: Loki'd: The Outtakes

  • Who can forget Tom Hiddleston's best role of the year in the After Hours skit "Loki'd"? Forget "The Avengers," this video had it all: Action, adventure, intrigue and even a little romance (just look at that sexual tension with MTV News' Josh Horowitz).

    Fortunately, we've got a little more of where that came from. What you saw in "Loki'd" isn't all that was shot that day, and Hiddleston has dropped in to give us some hilarious unseen outtakes from a day that the MTV newsroom will likely never forget.

    "If you liked that, then you're in for a treat," Hiddleston said. "I'm here to introduce some never-before-seen outtakes from that day of insanity and folly."


    Tom Hiddleston remains perfect.

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  • 12/27/12--11:08: Celebs watch this show too?
  • Dakota Fanning: I Told Kristen Stewart to Watch 'Duck Dynasty'!

    Seems Dakota has a new reality show obsession!


    “I am obsessed with it. I was watching it and totally zoned out. I never laugh at TV even if it’s funny. I never laugh out loud. This show, I was cracking up. I was dying laughing,” Dakota told USA Today. “I called Kristen [Stewart] and told her she had to watch this show. I think it’s the best show ever. They make those duck calls. It’s insane.”



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    He has a cameo in the film.


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    Luxembourg's Prince Félix is engaged to Claire Lademacher, the Grand Ducal household has confirmed.

    In a statement on Thursday the Grand Ducal family confirmed what had already been rumoured earlier this month.

    The official statement reads: "The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have the very big joy to announce the engagement of their son, His Royal Highness Prince Félix, to Miss Claire Lademacher."

    Félix and Claire have been spotted together at several events over the past months, including the wedding of the Prince's cousin Archduke Imre in Washington DC. Claire also attended the wedding of Crown Prince Guillaume, but the couple was not allowed to sit together.

    Claire Lademacher's biography:

    Born on March 21, 1985, in Filderstadt, Germany, Claire is the second of two children. When she was aged 11, Claire's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she visited the Atlanta International School.

    When the family returned to Germany in 1999, she continued her education at the Frankfurt International School before finishing her final two years of secondary education at the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil" in Switzerland, where it is said that she met Prince Félix for the first time.

    In 2003, she won the Prize of Excellency at Beau Soleil. She then began her studies at the American University of Paris in International Communications.

    Postgraduate studies in Rome

    Following her undergraduate degree, Claire worked in publishing for Condé Nast in New York and Munich, before becoming a project manager for IMG World in Berlin.

    Claire then pursued a Master's degree in bioethics at the University Regina Apostolorum in Rome, which she finished "summa cum laude", as well as working for the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights particularly in the areas of research and event coordination as well as communications.

    Currently, Claire is studying towards a PhD in the Italian capital in the field of organ donation ethics. As part of her research she recently spent several months as a visiting researcher at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

    Sporty and culturally interested

    Other than German, the soon-to-be princess speaks English, French and Italian.

    Claire enjoys sports and plays tennis, volleyball and badminton. She also skis and has a passion for dance. She is also interested in music and photography, and is especially interested in cultural and social activities. For example, she travelled to Tirupur, India, in 2002 as part of a humanitarian project.

    Prince Félix's biography:

    Prince Félix is the second of five children of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and was born on June 3, 1984, at the "Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte" in Luxembourg City.

    Second in line to the Luxembourg throne, the Prince also wears the official title of Knight of the Orderof the Golden Lion of Nassau.

    Félix started primary school in Lorentzweiler, and then moved on to the "École Privée Notre Dame (Sainte-Sophie) de Luxembourg" as well as the American School of Luxembourg for his secondary education, which he finished in 2003 at the "Beau Soleil" boarding school in Switzerland.

    He then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which he left early for health reasons. Between 2003 and 2004 the prince completed several internships, before starting to work in marketing and public relations for a renowned Swiss company

    In 2009 Prince Félix decided to pursue a Master's in bioethics.

    The sporty prince

    Supporting his family at official occasions, Félix is also the patron of the Luxembourg Aeronautical Association (FAL) for sport parachuting, as well as the honorary president of the Luxembourg Basketball Federation (FLBB).

    In addition to Luxembourgish, Prince Félix speaks fluent French, English, German and Italian. He has also studied Spanish.

    A keen sportsman, the prince plays tennis, football, volleyball and basketball, as well as golf. He also parachutes. Félix also enjoys winter sports, such as ski freestyle, classic slalom, giant slalom and snowboarding.

    Photos from the engagement photo-call


    In other royal news: Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her British-American fiancé have announced her wedding date

    From he Facebook age: "We are happy to announce, that following these days of family gathering, we have decided a date for the wedding. It will take place on the 8th of June in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm."


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    Cricket and Bollywood Tuesday joined hands against gender discrimination as Unicef brand ambassadors Irfan Pathan and Priyanka Chopra launched a website to support adolescent girls.

    The website - The Cheer-O-Meter comes as an extension of IPL team Delhi Daredevil's "Dare to Care" campaign for adolescent girls.

    Championing the cause of reducing discrimination against women, the campaign is meant to promote education and equal opportunities for girls.

    "Even today, millions of girls continue to be deprived of their right to education. Early marriage keeps lakhs of girls from completing their studies," said Priyanka Chopra, urging people to join the cause.

    Irfan Pathan also appealed to the people and said: "The entire Delhi Daredevils team is appealing to all our supporters to join hands in the fight for providing equal opportunities to adolescent girls."

    Speaking on the occasion, Louis Georges Arsenault, Unicef India representative said women are widely seen as a liability, and the mindset needs to be changed.

    "Given the traditional mindsets on the issue of the gender, women have lower economic status, less livelihood opportunities and they have little say in their home. They are often seen as a liability," Arsenault said.

    "This mindset needs to change making sure girls will not be married before 18, they will be able to complete school, they will be protected from gender based violence," he added.


    yeah, she's pretty fabulous.

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    As 2012 comes to an end we follow up our most pirated TV-shows chart by taking a look at the most pirated movies of the year.


    With nearly 9 million downloads Project X leads our list of most shared movies on BitTorrent in 2012, leaving Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises behind in second and third place respectively.There is no significant change in the total number of movie downloads compared to last year but it’s clear that demand for movies remains strong. Project X as “winner” is perhaps the biggest surprise as it’s the lowest grossing movie in the top 10 with only $100,931,865.As is the case every year, our top 10 list has a few notable absentees in 2012. These include the top grossing The Hunger Games and Skyfall. The latter is currently only available in a lower quality release, which explains its absence.

    What movie did you dl in 2012 ?

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  • 12/27/12--12:53: CHRISTMAS BOX OFFICE

  • Daily chart from Box Office Mojo

    Tomatometer from Rotten Tomatoes

    How was your Christmas/Tuesday, ONTD?

    spoiler code:

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    Call them gorgeous and perhaps overpaid, but let's not forget that at the end of the day, actors are still employees. And some certainly perform better than others.

    While many a movie star is remembered for being "box office poison," failing to earn a studio or production company their salaries back in box office sales, the folks at Forbes have compiled a list of celebs who consistently produce gold.

    Oscar winner Natalie Portman tops the list, returning an average of $42.70 for every $1 she's paid. Credit the phenomenon of 2011's awards hit "Black Swan," made for just $13 million and earning $329 million in domestic and international sales. That's a lot of tutus.

    The list was calculated using Forbes' Celebrity 100 index and receipts from Box Office Mojo over the last three films from a given star – like "Twilight Saga" queen Kristen Stewart, who clocked in at number two.

    Stewart brings in a reported $40.60 for every $1 placed in her Balenciaga wallet, thanks to the juggernaut conclusions to the vampire franchise "Breaking Dawn" parts 1 and 2. Stewart also performed an impressive feat in launching "Snow White and the Huntsman," co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. She's already confirmed for a sequel.

    Though former "Transformers" headliner Shia LaBeouf rounds out the top three, Forbes makes an interesting note about his earning potential in lists to come. The actor, who rates $35.80 on the dollar, has been more than vocal about his desire to step away from blockbuster films like Michael Bay's explosive fare and move into a more independent genre – not your typical lucrative popcorn flick.

    Other bold-named boys who appear on the list include Robert Pattinson (#4) and Daniel Radcliffe (#5).

    To see what other stars offer the best return on investment, including Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams, head over to


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    The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises. Skyfall. There were plenty of highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed films that wowed moviegoers this year. But you know all about that stuff already, so we at RT decided to give some love to a few of the overlooked, underappreciated, and, in some cases, critically dismissed movies that made an impression on us. Read on for a rundown of lesser-known gems from 2012 that we think deserve another look.

    End of Watch - 80%

    This was one of my favorite movies of the year (along with The Grey), but it really struggled to find an audience. So I was glad to see if get a recent re-release nationwide, and I really recommend seeing it if you have the chance. This story about two cops in South Central LA is sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking, and this movie caught me completely off-guard. I'm not sure what I'd been expecting, maybe another forgettable cop drama. What I got instead was a riveting ride-along with two cops (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) that I really believed had been partners for years. They had an easy familiarity that looked like a couple of guys that had gone beyond being partners or friends, and into real brotherhood. You laugh with them when they laugh at each other, and you worry about them when they're on their own. Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera and David Harbour all put in strong supporting turns, Kendrick as Gyllenhaal's new girlfriend, and Ferrera and Harbour as fellow cops. As I said before, I strongly recommend this movie, and I'd really like to see some of this cast (especially Pena) get some notice as the awards season heats up.

    The Turin Horse - 87%

    Nobody makes films like Hungarian director Bela Tarr. His spare, eerie mediations on morality and mortality occupy a bleak, mystical plane that seems to exist outside of time (or any notions of contemporary cinematic influence. The plot of The Turin Horse is simple - a man and his daughter tend to their farm while waiting for an apocalyptic storm to hit - and it's told with an absolute minimum of artifice: the camera barely moves as our protagonists eat, work, and go about their daily business in near silence. I'm not even going to try to sell you on The Turin Horse; it's the type of movie experience that will strike some as poetic and evocative, and others as a nifty cure for insomnia. But it casts a hypnotic spell, one that I've been unable to shake since seeing it. If you choose to watch it, I'll give you one piece of advice: wear a sweater, because you can practically feel a wintery chill from the screen.

    The Pirates! Band of Misfits - 86%

    Since I am terrible at remembering actual historical events, I love movies with revisionist history--especially when they involve pirates and claymation. Aardman Studios enlisted the help of Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, and Martin Freeman to tell the tale of the Pirate Captain, who really isn't a great leader, and his quest to impress a girl (Queen Victoria). Along the way, he meets Charles Darwin, enters a science contest, tries to win Pirate of the Year, and learns what friendship is really all about. This film is nothing less than what I have come to expect from the Wallace and Gromit folks-- it's hysterical from start to finish, has staggering amounts of charm, and provides phenomenal detail even within the foam on beer. Every time I watch it, I want to give this movie a hug.

    The Queen of Versailles - 95%

    This critically acclaimed but largely underseen documentary surprised me not so much because it was good, but because I enjoyed it for very different reasons than I expected. Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles begins with a portrait of a wealthy family living in excess: time-share mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie are in the process of building their dream house, a 90,000 sq. ft. mansion modeled after the Palace of Versailles. But then, the 2008 economic crisis hits them hard, and Siegel is forced to make vast cutbacks, both in his corporate empire and within the Siegel home itself; construction on the mansion is halted. At this point, one might expect to be overcome by a sudden rush of gleeful schadenfreude - and certainly, I felt some of this as I watched the beleaguered patriarch agonize over his expenses - but the film begins to reveal the layers behind the glitz and glamour, and this shift is what took me by surprise. Jackie's been warped by her wealth, sure, but she's well-meaning, she's loving, she's supportive, and she wants so badly for her family to feel like a family; I have to admit, I was kind of touched. The Queen of Versailles is an absolutely fascinating glimpse at the lives of the super rich, but its power is in its portrayal of the Siegels who, at the end of the day, are just another family trying to adapt to changes they're wholly unprepared for. Never before have I experienced such a mix between my sympathy for and smug satisfaction with the misfortune of others.


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    Nicholas Hoult, as zombie teen R, unveils the post-apocalyptic world he lives in, the danger that lurks and his best friend in new footage from the Feb. 1 release.

    Nearly two months after Summit debuted the trailer for Warm Bodies, a zombie flick with a romantic comedy spin, the first four minutes of the film have hit the web.
    our editor recommends

    Based on the YA novel by Isaac Marion, the footage sets up the film rather succinctly. About a zombie teen named R (Nicholas Hoult) who meets a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and falls in love with her, he soon realizes that their partnership is making him feel very human things.

    The movie starts out with R wandering aimlessly through a destroyed airport, with him dreaming of what the zombies that he passes by used to be like when they were living, breathing human beings. He also goes through his muddled thoughts to figure out just how they got to be the way they are: chemical warfare, perhaps?

    R also warns of the Bonies, those annoying little creatures who'll "eat anything with a heartbeat." It's a state all zombies become, R observes, as he watches a zombie take off a chunk of what used to be flesh: "This is what I have to look forward to."

    Then R introduces his best friend (Rob Corddry) and they engage in grunt-filled conversation. They even manage to exchange some words.

    Warm Bodies, written and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), hits theaters Feb. 1, 2013.


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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has surpassed the $500 million benchmark at the worldwide box office. To date, the blockbuster has earned an estimated $179.7 million domestically. In addition, on the heels of its record-breaking release in Australia -- the biggest Boxing Day opening of all time -- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has grossed an estimated $344 million internationally, for a global total of $523.7 million.


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    With so many franchises either refreshing their reputation anew (Alien) or bringing a heralded saga to a close (Batman), it’s natural to expect that the year has had its share of controversy, as it’s impossible to please everyone, and sometimes people just aren’t going to be happy no matter what you bring to the table. The year’s most popular films served up a wealth of surprises that largely proved divisive, particularly as far as the Internet conversation goes, whereby people were either dissatisfied that their beloved franchise didn’t close out in the manner that they envisioned, or they’ve made pains to highlight what they perceive as plot-holes within the narrative (regardless of whether they actually are). Other films crowbarred open political debates about race and torture, ensuring that this year’s film dialogue was as healthily provocative as any that has ever been conducted.

    SPOILER WARNING: the below will include massive spoilers for many of the biggest and most popular movies of 2012, so make sure to proceed carefully if there’s any that you haven’t quite gotten round to seeing yet. Don’t worry about having the likes of Django Unchained ruined, though; the only films appearing on our list that aren’t out in UK cinemas yet are Cloud Atlas and Zero Dark Thirty, though neither entry deals with overt plot points, and given that we all know how the latter ends anyway, you needn’t worry about being inundated with spoilers.

    Click below to see the 10 controversial movie moments of 2012 that shocked us all.

    10. Agent Coulson Dies – The Avengers

    Agent Coulson was the likeable face of S.H.I.E.L.D. who became a more prevalent presence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe the closer we got to The Avengers actually coming to fruition. Primarily pitched as comic relief – and brilliant comic relief he is – he nevertheless also turns out to be the emotional driving force that compels the superhero supergroup to actually get along and fight against Loki as a cohesive unit. After he is stabbed through the chest by Loki and slowly dies, Nick Fury manages to cleverly re-purpose that death as the cathartic push the heroes need to realise the enormity of their mission, though naturally, the Internet exploded with ire as soon as they had seen the film.

    An adamant refusal to believe that Coulson had died was the most prominent statement, angry at Joss Whedon again building up a likeable supporting character, only to off him. The announcement that he will be somehow appearing in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. show further muddied the waters – will it be a flashback or not? – and frankly, if Marvel do backtrack and reveal that he didn’t die, it will be disappointing and somewhat dilute the strongest emotional beat of an excellent movie.
    (coulson NOOOOO)

    9. Ridiciulously Abrupt Ending – The Master

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was a challenging, exhausting, hugely impressive cinematic experience, and one that we knew would be just that going in. Joaquin Phoenix delivered a masterful performance as Freddie Quell, the sex-crazed alcoholic who struggles to adjust to regular life after returning from World War II, thus aligning himself with glorified cult leader Lancaster Dodd and The Cause. The narrative asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of religion in all its forms, and the ability for human beings to find a way to transcend existential anguish and mental illness.

    While the film doesn’t provide many answers, that’s not exactly a fault in of itself; it is thought-provoking and asking the questions in such an arresting fashion is sufficient work for Anderson. The problem comes with how one can then end the film on a note that’s anything approaching satisfactory, for The Master ends with Quell having sex with a woman before lying on the beach – as he did at the start of the film – next to a sand sculpture of a woman he made. Cut to black.

    When I first saw the film, I thought perhaps there had been a projection issue, yet when “The Master” title-card appeared, it became clear that The Master’s ending was instead abrupt and wholly ambiguous, a statement that audiences will have to struggle to understand themselves and strive to imbue meaning into. It is without question a great film, but one that proves infuriatingly vague in its final few moments.

    5. “Yellowface” Make-Up Effects – Cloud Atlas

    Tom Tywker and the Wachowskis crafted an unbelievably ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, brimming with stunning visual effects, a complex narrative, and also some of the best make-up effects that cinema has ever seen. However, much attention was raised over the so-called “yellow-face” make-up effects, used to turn a number of the film’s Caucasian cast members (such as Jim Sturgess, pictured almost unrecognisably above) into Asian people. Soon enough advocacy groups began to pipe up, criticising the film for its “poorly done” Asian make-up, while implying racism on the part of the filmmakers, who they assert should have given the acting opportunities to Asian actors instead.

    Of course, none of the people complaining about the make-up had evidently seen the film, given that the narrative is clearly about past lives, a notion you completely throw down the toilet if you have actors being played by different people just to be politically correct. Nevertheless, it kicked up a sufficient fuss even it was, in fact, completely idiotic and unfounded.
    (Also I'd like to issue a big 'Fuck You' to Jim Sturgess for defending the use of yellowface)

    1. John Blake Becomes Batman – The Dark Knight Rises

    Going into The Dark Knight Rises, we all knew that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake was going to have an important role, one that many theorised was going to turn out to be Robin. As it happens, though John Blake’s legal name might tend to be Robin, he is not Robin as some have theorised; rather, he takes the mantle of Batman, inheriting the Batcave and presumably training himself up to be Batman 2.0. It proved controversial because many were disappointed that he didn’t become Robin, and some felt that the face of the world’s most awesome detective should not have been handed to an unknown character who wasn’t in the comics. Nevertheless, while controversial – as probably any ending to the hugely popular series would have been – I personally found it to be extremely gratifying on pretty much every level.


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    The Assassin’s Creed series is a rare breed. Not only does it allow players to fulfill their subconscious need to end virtual lives but it also fulfills the needs of their inner history geek. Its picture-perfect recreations of long, lost civilizations are about as close as it gets to using a time machine. It's done Italy and the Northeastern United States, but there are plenty of other places that could ultimately work even better within its framework.

    10. The Industrial Revolution

    The rise of the machines (the one that didn’t involve Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries could present some interesting plot points and stealth missions for the Assassin Order.

    This was a time when adult and child workers who slaved away in the factories of the textile and agricultural industries had little to no labor rights. They were forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions for ridiculously low amounts of money. Just imagine the good that a blade-wielding assassin could do for his fellow man against some greedy factory owner who puts profits ahead of lives. The steam punk setting is just sitting there on the tee, Ubisoft. Pull out your driver and whack it.

    9. China’s Ming Dynasty

    The Great Wall of China might be one of the "Great Wonders of the World" but it’s also one of the least utilized landmarks in video games. In fact, only a handful of games come to mind and one of them is a "Simpsons" game for the NES.

    If the gaming industry truly wants to pay its respects to this man-made marvel, the team behind the Assassin’s Creed games are definitely the ones who should do it. Of course, it took years and three Chinese dynasties to build the wall so nailing down a specific time period might be tricky. If it were up to us, the Ming Dynasty would be on the top of the list. Not only did this dynasty spend the most time and effort building and renovating the wall, it would also provide the most interesting opportunities for plots and missions such as the rise of Japanese pirates, Europe’s trade expansion across the region and the beginnings of its famed Forbidden City. Admit it, we had you at “pirates vs. assassins” and obviously the naval combat is already there.

    8. The Fall of the Roman Empire

    It seems such a shame that the Assassin’s Creed series had to start so far away from the start of A.D. They really missed a chance to explore some very interesting chunks of history. We don’t mean they had to go back to the latter part of the Cretaceous period, even though the thought of assassins fighting velociraptors is about as cool as it gets.

    If the developers went a little farther back in their “Wayback Machines,” they should have given Rome’s decline and collapse some serious consideration. Granted, the series has done Italy quite well already, but the story of a mighty superpower spiraling out of control would provide some interesting conflicts. Any Sim City player will tell you that building a civilization is just half the fun but the other half is unleashing a catastrophe on it and watching it burn.

    6. The Napoleonic Era

    Believe it or not, there was a time when France was much more than just a synonym for “surrender” or a punchline in Larry the Cable Guy’s act.

    France's military history contains stories of great power and strength. In fact, America wouldn’t exist today without France's help at the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The rise of its most infamous, self-appointed “Emperor” would make a good target for the assassins. His imposing stature and military strength could provide some interesting obstacles for the game as players try to navigate their way through massive battles and revolutionist uprisings leading to his inevitable defeat and exile…or so the “history books” tell us. The game's unique historical fiction angle could also offer a more valid explanation for how Napoleon’s, um, little dictator “abdicated” following his death.

    5. The French Revolution

    Of course, if you’re going to make Napoleon into a video game villain, it would be impossible to create an effective one without first exploring the revolution that paved the path to his rise to power.

    The feudal oppression that plagued 18th century France and led to the famous storming of the Bastille would certainly make for an interesting Assassin’s Creed experience. Much like in Assassin's Creed III, the presence of the imposing French prison could create all sorts of fun stealth and rescue missions as players attempt to weaken its defenses to help the revolutionaries raid its weapons cache or free the wrongly imprisoned. Assassins could also fight alongside the struggling proletariat as they attempt to bring their landlords and leaders to task leading up to King Louis XVI’s famous removal as head of state (insert rim-shot here).

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