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Summer Movies 2011

  1. movies
    Eleven Lessons Hollywood Should Learn From Summer Movie SeasonWhy ‘Bad Teacher’ was a hit but ‘The Change-Up’ wasn’t, why Marvel’s superhero scored but DC’s didn’t, and more.
  2. movie review
    Movie Review: Final Destination 5 Kills AgainHeads are filled with ooze and splattered like Gallagher’s watermelons.
  3. race against the clock
    Watch a Vulture Supercut of Movies Up Against a DeadlineYou have one hour to live. Duhn duhn duhn.
  4. talk
    Review Crazy, Stupid, Love in One SentenceAnd squealing over Ryan Gosling does not technically constitute a sentence.
  5. box office
    The Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens: Box-Office EqualsThe little blue guys are making a lot of green.
  6. video
    Watch Vulture’s Guide to a Male-Makeover SceneIt takes more than just a new suit.
  7. movie review
    Dominic Cooper Breaks Out Twice in The Devil’s DoubleAs in ‘The Dark Knight,’ the monster steals the show.
  8. clickables
    Watch a Twelve-Second Teaser of The AvengersAssembled, etc.
  9. movie review
    The Smurfs Is a Smurfing, Smurfed-Up SmurfestySmurf you, you smurfing smurf.
  10. trailer mix
    Tower Heist Trailer: Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller Make Bernie Madoff Revenge Fantasies Come TrueWatch out, Bernie, they’re coming to rob you.
  11. movies
    The Smurfs Has a 0% on Rotten TomatoesIt’ll get better, right?
  12. fugging it up
    The Fug Girls Track the Fashion Evolution of Ryan GoslingFrom trucker hats to lots and lots of velvet, here’s what goes on over the abs.
  13. video
    Watch a Vulture Movie Montage of Big Apple Visitors Befuddled and Confused by New YorkThey can’t get enough of those big shiny buildings.
  14. chat room
    Glee’s Jayma Mays on The Smurfs, OCD, and Doing It With Mr. Schuester“I was absolutely terrified when I found out she was still a virgin … I thought, ‘Oh God, what are they going to make me do on-camera?’”
  15. vulture lists
    Comic-Con Wrap-Up: The Winners, the Losers, and the WTFsHow ‘Spider-Man’ won over doubters, while Francis Ford Coppola hit some stumbling blocks.
  16. the evil inside
    Smurf Conspiracy-Theory Roundup: Are They Racist? Misogynist? Closet KKK?Let’s hit the Internet and find out why people are Smurfing the alarm.
  17. your box office explained
    Captain America Is VictoriousAnd ‘Harry Potter’ falls off 75 percent.
  18. live your best life
    Chris Farley Eating Contests and Christopher Hitchens Dinner Parties: The Fascinating Life of Olivia Wilde“Chris Farley noticed her and challenged her to a brownie-eating contest. ‘He won, but I gave him a run for his money,’ Ms. Wilde said.”
  19. movie review
    Friends with Benefits Is Fabulously Fake FunWill Gluck is a quick-witted, inventive director with a natural touch for contrivance.
  20. deep armageddon
    The Ultimate Face-Off of Overly Similar FilmsWe consider ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Deep Impact,’ ‘Gordy’ and ‘Babe,’ ‘The Prestige’ and ‘The Illusionist,’ and pick winners.
  21. party lines
    Party Lines Slideshow: Patricia Clarkson and More at the ‘Friends With Benefits’ PremiereJT’s derriere is a topic of conversation. Naturally.
  22. the star market
    Star Market: Is Mila Kunis Leading-Lady Material?She’s pretty and popular, but is that enough?
  23. movie review
    The Appealingly Old Fashioned Captain AmericaThe retro-nostalgic Captain America is miles ahead of its recent competitors.
  24. flag waving
    Who Is The Most Patriotic: Sarah Palin, President Obama, or Captain America?Who is best able to defend America with his or her bare hands?
  25. party chat
    Friends With Benefits Writers Wanted to Create a ‘Jewish Romantic Comedy’And they haven’t seen No Strings Attached.
  26. chat room
    Colin Hanks Has a Bone to Pick With the Smurfs Movie“I am appalled.”
  27. woody allen's still got his mojo
    Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris His Biggest Hit YetWell, not if you take inflation into account, actually.
  28. clickables
    Watch the First of Many No Strings AttachedFriends With Benefits Mash-UpsWell-executed, if slightly obvious.
  29. movies
    Hangover II Breaks Global Box-Office Record for Biggest R-Rated ComedyIt beat the record set by ‘The Hangover.’
  30. movie review
    Movie Review: Green Lantern and the Color of BoredomThis film falls to Earth wicked fast.
  31. last night on late night
    Last Night on Late Night: Betty White Snubs LeBron James in Her Top 10 Tips to Live a Long and Healthy LifePlus: Margaret Cho accidentally sexts her mom, on our daily late-night roundup.
  32. movies
    When Comedic Movie Stars Go MIAJim Carrey is returning to the screen after a long hiatus, but where are Chris Tucker and Mike Myers?
  33. talk
    Why Is Midnight in Paris Such a Huge Hit?It’s poised to be Woody Allen’s biggest movie in decades.
  34. clickables
    Watch a Short Clip From 30 Minutes or LessIt’s out August 12.
  35. Your Box Office Explained: X-Men: First Class Wins the WeekendAnd it should have legs.
  36. weekend box office
    X-Men Beats Hangover at the Box Office’X-Men’ made $56 million.
  37. movie review
    Movie Review: X-Men: First Class Is Pleasantly Second RateMichael Fassbender and James McAvoy elevate the proceedings.
  38. cheek by jowl
    The Similarities Between X-Men: First Class and Inglourious BasterdsFassbender’s many accents! Oppressed minorities! Nazis!
  39. product placement
    Why a Baby-Seat Brand Wanted to Be in The Hangover Part II, and Budweiser Did NotThe C-word is fine for baby gear, but underage drinking is no good for a beer.
  40. contests
    Vulture Contest: Win a Midnight in Paris Poster, Signed by Woody AllenBetter bring your haiku A-game!
  41. Hangover II Leads Record-Breaking Holiday WeekendThe sequel made $140 million, the weekend made $280.
  42. movie review
    Movie Review: The Hangover Part II Is Darker, But the Joke’s On UsCan sex slavers pumping drugs into children and necrophiliacs be far away? They can’t be any creepier than Zach Galifianakis.
  43. summer movies 2011
    Miranda July, Paul Scheer, and More Tell Which Summer Movies They’re Eager to See … or FearingPaul Scheer: “I’m an abused wife for the ‘Transformers’ franchise.”
  44. movie review
    Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2 Is Fast, Fun, and a Little DisturbedIt gets a little weird and dark, but the spazzy sequel mostly delivers the same beautifully animated goofball shenanigans as the first.
  45. summer movies 2011
    How Vulnerable Are Superheroes’ Crotches? A Vulture InvestigationWe look for dangerous signs of vulnerability, because evil has no better ally than a wide-open crotch.
  46. summer movies 2011
    How to Make a Sequel, From Hollywood Insiders Who’ve Been ThereWe spoke to Chris McQuarrie, Richard Donner, Brett Ratner, and more.
  47. summer movies 2011
    From The Godfather Part II to Indiana Jones to X-Men: First Class: The History of the Movie PrequelIn 60 years, prequels made from creative decisions to economic decisions and everything in between.
  48. anatomy of a franchise
    Two Writers Watch All Seven American Pies for a Case Study in SequelitisSure, they’re straight to video, but do they have the same problems at heart that this summer’s big-budget sequels will?
  49. chat room
    The Surprisingly Earnest Ken Jeong on the Secret Messages of The Hangover“Todd [Phillips], it goes without saying, he’s changed my life.”
  50. summer movies 2011
    F, Marry, Kill: The Summer Movie EditionTake the Male-Crisis Comedy category: We’d F ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ Marry ‘Crazy Stupid Love,’ and Kill ‘Larry Crowne.’ And there’s eighteen other categories to judge.
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