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Happy 2011!

We’ll be seeing more superheros this year (two GreenHornet with Seth Rogan and Lantern with Ryan Reynolds, plus Thor and X-Men and Captain America) and sequels (the last of the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, plus Transfomers 3, Spy Kids 4,, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Scream 4, Hangover 2, Cars 2, Sherlock Holmes 2, another Mission Impossible and another Pirates of the Caribbean) — with Penelope Cruz! And another Piranha 3D. And a remake of Cactus Flower with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Not too hopeful about that one.

It doesn’t look too promising in the romantic comedy category this year. Hollywood is so low on ideas that there are two upcoming films with the identical plot — a couple who agree to have sex without any emotional commitment. Hmmm, I wonder what comes next? To find out, you’ll have a choice between Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached or Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits.
Books coming to screen include prestige movies Water for Elephants, Foundation and cult favorites Cowboys and Aliens along with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars, Tintin, I am Number Four, and the award-winning Invention of Hugo Cabret, directed by Martin Scorsese. We’ve got remakes of Jane Eyre, Footloose, The Three Musketeers, and the ultra-violent Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Straw Dogs, and the not-a-remake but a prequel to a remake, The Thing, from John Carpenter.
And following the greatest year in the history of animated films, four promising new titles, Rango, Rio, Gnomeo and Juliet, and the adorably titled Mars Needs Moms, plus another Winnie the Pooh movie that will be truer to the books than some of the recent television episodes. And any year with a new Muppet Movie is something look forward to.

Best of all, there is certain to be one movie out there that is all but unheard of now, maybe not even finished yet, that will rock our world this year.
A healthy, happy, and movie-rific 2011 for you and your families.

I love this short film from Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project about a kid who takes protecting the environment into his own heroic hands. Felicity Huffman directed and stars.
The Responsibility Project

I had a lot of fun writing for BNet about why corporations were the go-to villain in the movies of 2010, from “Despicable Me” to “The Other Guys,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Resident Evil 4,” and “Inception.”

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