By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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THE GREEN HORNET
(Blu-ray available as single-disc and Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
The Green Hornet is a complete mess. Michel Gondry may be credited as its director, but it plays far more like a Seth Rogen comedy, with only occasional opportunities afforded to Gondry to inject his off-the-wall visual flourishes. Had Gondry and Rogen shared a more consistent overarching vision, the film might’ve been something special, but as it stands the story is too clumsy and shapeless to satisfyingly coalesce as a whole. And yet, I greatly enjoyed watching it. For all its faults, Rogen’s self-aware spin on the superhero genre overcomes its lack of narrative momentum by never running out of amusing conceits to play around with from scene to scene. Once again bringing a loose, parodic slant to heftily-budgeted material, Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg supplant a familiar formula with an array of clever, distinctive touches, ranging from the character dynamic (the superhero remains useless throughout, while the sidekick is forced to do all the work) to the subversive humor (a lengthy altercation between Britt Reid and Kato puts the brawl from They Live to shame) to the action scenes (the crime-fighting duo take a wild ride in the Black Beauty during the film’s appreciably ridiculous climax). The film may be a failure, but at least it’s a fairly unique and entertaining one.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A filmmakers’ commentary, a gag reel, and 2 featurettes (“Writing The Green Hornet”, “The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool”). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes (“The Stunt Family Armstrong”, “Finding Kato”, “The Art of Destruction”, “Double Barrel”), a Jay Chou Audition, The Green Hornet Cutting, and more.

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BEST BLU-RAY PRICE*
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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $24.99 at Best Buy and Amazon.

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A bunch of new movie posters have hit the web over the last 12 hours, including new one-sheets for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader, The Mechanic remake starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, the computer animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, the horror/thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Hit the jump to see the posters.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley dwell on the execrable It’s Pat, ponder the ethics of “gay” jokes, and evince ambivalent feelings towards artificial scarcity in the home video market. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from film.com.

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Oh, Opie I’m so proud of you. Director Ron Howard is keeping the controversial joke that Universal removed from the trailer for his upcoming comedy The Dilemma, in the actual movie. Three weeks ago, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke out against the joke in which a character, played by Vince Vaughn, called electric cars “gay.” “We’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable ’cause those words are hurting kids,” Anderson said. Well, after much thought, Howard has come out on record saying the joke will remain in the movie and has given us a detailed explanation as to why. Read his thoughts and get into the debate after the jump. Read More »

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“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

Offensive, or just offensively unfunny?

The former, according to GLAAD, and the latter, according to me. This is the line that opens the first trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, and it’s caused some controversy amongst those trying to fight against the use of the word ‘gay’ as an openly accepted pejorative. (The new trailer, meanwhile, can be found after the break.) Read More »

Movie Trailer: Ron Howard’s The Dilemma

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Universal has released a movie trailer for Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him (with a guy played by Channing Tatum) and is unsure how he should break the news. And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that. Jennifer Connelly also plays the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. The comedy is written by Allan Loeb, the screenwriter of 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Switch. Looks a bit too generic for my tastes. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)

The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.

Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.

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