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Highest grossing films The year 2011 was notable for three films grossing more than $1 billion worldwide.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

franchise and the highest

Transformers: Dark

$1,043,871,802 becoming

grossed $91,071,119 on

$1,123,746,996 and is the

On Stranger Tides grossed the eighth film to have

surpassed the billion dollar mark, the second in the

Pirates of the Caribbean series to have done so,

earning it the spot as the 8th highest-grossing film of all time.

Harry Potter and the

Deathly Hallows – Part 2

grossed $1,328,111,219, becoming the ninth film to have surpassed the

billion dollar mark, the 3rd

highest-grossing film of all time, the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter

of 2011 as a whole. It

its first day of release, achieving the biggest single-day gross of

all time, also breaking

The Dark Knight’s 2008 record for the highest weekend opening in

of the Moon grossed

4th highest-grossing film of all time, the tenth film to have surpassed the

billion dollar mark and the highest grossing of the series.

the United States and

This is the first year when

with $169,189,427. In

than $1 billion worldwide:

Canada ($158,411,483), addition, the film made

$483,189,427 worldwide on opening weekend,

beating Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s

record of $394,000,000 for highest weekend opening worldwide.

three films grossed more

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and

Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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Awards The following films, actors. actresses and directors won major awards in 2011 (though the majority of these were released in 2010 oveseas).

Golden Globes


Academy Awards

The 68th Golden Globe

The 64th British Academy

The 83rd Academy

live on January 16, 2011,

on 13 February 2011

presented by the Academy

Awards were broadcast by NBC. The host was

Ricky Gervais. Robert De Niro was presented with

the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. The

Social Network won four awards, the most of any

film, including best drama. It beat British historical

tale The King’s Speech, which had entered the

awards ceremony with

the most nominations but collected just one award.

Film Awards were held honouring the best

national and foreign

films of 2010. The King’s

Speech earned the most

nominations with fourteen. At the ceremony, it came

away with seven awards, including Best Film,

Outstanding British Film and Best Actor for Colin

Firth. Natalie Portman won the Best Actress award and David Fincher was

named Best Director for The Social Network.

Awards ceremony,

of Motion Picture Arts

and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films

of 2010 and took place

February 27, 2011. During the ceremony, Academy Awards (commonly

referred to as Oscars) were awarded in 24

competitive categories.

Actors James Franco and

Anne Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony, marking the first time for each.

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The Oscars 83rd Academy Awards

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Golden Globes 68th Golden Globe Awards

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BAFTAs 64th British Academy Film Awards

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The Film Programme FIlm 2011 with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh

About The Film programme

to 2010, before receiving

represented a rejection of

television programme,

introduction of Claudia

requirement for a host of

BBC One, presented by

from 2010. This saw

Danny Leigh. The title of

studio format and the

year to incorporate the

presenter, film journalist

is a British film review

a format revamp with the

broadcast weekly on

Winkleman as host

Claudia Winkleman and

the adoption of a live

the show changes each

introduction of a co-

year of broadcast, with the

Danny Leigh.

2011, but when referring

Claudia Winkleman

BBC calls it “the Film

Claudia Winkleman

was previously presented

surprise choice for the

1972 and 1998, and by

Wise of Empire feared that

current series being Film to successive series, the programme”. The show

was announced as a

by Barry Norman between

presenter’s role. Damon

Jonathan Ross from 1999

Winkleman’s appointment

film knowledge as a

the show The Guardian stated, through her

recent hosting of Sky

Television’s coverage of

The Oscars, Winkleman had “proved both a

passionate and engaging advocate of cinema”,

while her husband Kris

Thykier is a film producer with credits on several

mainstream releases. She also presents a weekly

arts show on BBC Radio

2 on Friday nights, which covers film.

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Danny Leigh

Special guests

Danny Leigh is a film critic,

Antonia Quirke is part

Her book about the film

first review was printed

and has been a film critic

BFI’s biggest-selling

a trainee reporter at the

memoir about life as a film

The Camden New Journal

overwhelming obsession

film for the Independent

movie stars - Madame

Evening Standard.

Beautiful Strangers - is

She’s presented movie

film by the team behind

introduced film seasons

and BAFTA-winning An

journalist and novelist. His in the late, lamented

Neon magazine in 1997.

Since 1999 he has written most regularly for The

Guardian, for which he

now produces a weekly

online film column. He is

the author of two novels,

and is working on a third. His favourite film would be a toss-up between Mulholland Drive and

Night of the Hunter. Or

Stalker. Or The Shining.

of the team on Film 2011

JAWS was one of the

for 15 years. Starting as

titles, and her comic

radical London freesheet

critic suffering from an

she went on to write about

with various male

on Sunday and the

Depardieu And The

being developed into a

reviews for ITV and

the Oscar-nominated

- anything from the


Surrealists to Alien flicks on BBC Four.

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Catherine Bray has been

Cronenberg, Lynch and

West Coast Editor which

since getting her first job

directors who aren’t

Ireland native to Los

working as a journalist aged 21 as staff writer on cult film magazine Hotdog.

She has since worked for

Channel 4 and Channel 5, written for The Telegraph and Heat magazine, and

published a paper on the

early work of John Milton,

in the Milton Quarterly last year.

Catherine is a huge fan of the work of David

Fincher, and some other called David as well, like John Carpenter. She will

watch any movie where a 50 foot woman, monster or whatever attacks something.

Chris Hewitt is part of the team on Film 2011 and

he is the News Editor at EMPIRE magazine.

During his time at Empire, he’s held a variety of

posts, including a stint as

brought the Northern

Angeles, and Co-Editor of

the award-winning Empire Online.

He also writes and

presents award-losing video diaries from the Cannes Film Festival, Comic-Con and the

London Film Festival, with various on-set specials along the way. Chris

calls these video diaries

‘videblogisodes’, although no-one else does.

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Rotten Tomatoes Review aggregator

Rotten Tomatoes is

associations. To become

The website keeps track of

reviews, information, and

original reviews as an

(which can approach

a website devoted to

news of films—widely

known as a film review aggregator. Its name

derives from the cliché of audiences throwing tomatoes and other

vegetables at a poor

stage performance. The company is currently

owned by Flixster, itself owned by Warner Bros since May 2011.

Rotten Tomatoes staff first

collect online reviews from authors that are certified members of various

writing guilds or film critic

a critic at the site, a critic’s must to garner a specific amount of “likes”. Top

Critics are generally ones that write for a notable

newspaper. The staff then

determine for each review whether it is positive

(“fresh”, marked by a

small icon of a red tomato) or negative (“rotten”,

marked by a small icon of a green splattered

tomato). At the end of the year one film will receive the “Golden Tomato”,

meaning it is the highest rated film that year.

all of the reviews counted 270 for major, recently

released films) and the percentage of positive

reviews is tabulated. If

the positive reviews make up 60% or more, the film is considered “fresh” in

that a substantial majority of the reviewers approve of the film. If the positive

reviews are less than 60%, then the film is considered “rotten”.

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LoveFilm Provider of rental DVDs

LoveFilm (official typeset

titles, and over 4 million

online viewing is available

based provider of home

five countries. Through

have opted for one of their

LOVEFiLM) is a UK-

video and video game rental through DVD-

by-mail and streaming video on demand

in the UK, Germany

and Scandinavia. It is

currently an

rentals per month across a series of mergers and acquisitions, LoveFilm has, in a few years,

become the leading online

DVD rental outlet in the UK and across Europe.

subsidiary, and operates

The company previously

as well as providing

service alongside postal

the LoveFilm website,

outsourced website and

delivery infrastructure for other British companies. At the end of 2011,

LoveFilm claimed to

have over 1,500,000

members, over 70,000

offered a download

delivery, but this ceased

(at least temporarily) on 23 February 2009. Instead,

the company has started a “watch online� service which offers over 4,700

films available to watch as part of subscription. This

free for subscribers who unlimited monthly rental

plans; there is also some pay-per-view content available to all.

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