The Most Anticipated Movies of 2011: Booya Top 10!

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There's only 10 (really 11) spots left so I won't bore you with my musings. On to the countdown!

10.A. Red State
Starring: Michael Angarano, John Goodman, Kyle Gallner
Director: Kevin Smith
Release Date: Unknown
Who knows when this one is coming out? The movie is completed, so it just needs to find a distributor. I'm jazzed about this movie because I like pretty much everything Smith has done. Zack and Miri was one of the funniest movies I've seen in the past three years and I can't wait to see how he tackles a horror movie. Plus, I'm a bleeding heart liberal, so to see American conservatism taken to the extreme with blood and guts just sounds awesome. According to Wikipedia, Neil Gaiman has seen the movie and twitted(?): "Best thing he's ever done. Left me shaken & grateful & wanting to make art." Dude, Neil Gaiman is da bomb and I can only guess that the movie will have the same effect on me. I had almost forgot about this movie, so this one is late in the game and I had to tie it in somewhere, along with another great horror movie coming out next year:

10.B. Scream 4
Starring: Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell
Director: Wes Craven
Release Date: April 15
I'm so pumped about this movie. The main trio is back plus a whole slew of new characters played by Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson and Hayden Panettiere. It's going to be nutballs to say the least. I think it's about time Craven went back and showed how a real scary movie is made - enough of this torture porn stuff already! The movie was filmed in Michigan and parts of the movie was filmed near where I worked and people would come in telling me they saw part of the filming. So I've been pretty stoked about this movie for a while. What I'm really hoping for (an idea offered by Mags) is that they kill off Sidney Prescott within the first half hour because how badass would that be? I'm not expecting Craven to totally rewrite the slasher film again, but I want this to be balls to the walls awesome! April cannot come any sooner.

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph
Director: Paul Feig
Release Date: May 13
It's rare to find a women-only headlining cast. Sure the handsome Jon Hamm is in the movie, but he's going to be taking a backseat to the hilariousness of this awesome cast. The plot centers around two best friends who are competing to plan their other friend's wedding. That's all I need to know, really. Kristen Wiig wrote the movie and she's one of the funniest working ladies in Hollywood right now. Sometimes these movies devolve into dull romantic comedies or get mushy near the end (Bride Wars, anyone?), but I expect a full on blitz of comedy throughout. The cast is fantastic - I really like Rose Byrne in everything she does - she's another girl-next-door type actress that has a considerable range. And the director, Feig, who's been behind the camera on so many awesome TV shows (Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, The Office), knows comedy and I fully expect my eyes to be watering because I'm laughing too hard.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Director: David Yates
Release Date: July 15
This is pretty much number one or two on everyone's list. But I know I'm going to like this movie, so my anticipation for it has waned, especially since Part 1 has recently come out. I can wait. With that said, I have loved every single Harry Potter movie, especially the last two and nothing's going to change my mind. This will be epic. It's sad to finally see an end to the Potter franchise and from now on we're all going to have to rely on bad fan fiction to keep this world alive. Plus all the endless merchandise. Oh and don't forget about the theme park! It's actually quite surprising how well this franchise has carried itself. Warner Bros. has done a remarkable job at making each and every movie special and an event of its own right. What is even more surprising is that we haven't seen any god awful spin-offs or holiday specials centered around this universe J.K. Rowling has created. Which is probably for the best, as we continually get beaten over the head with more Star Wars movies, TV shows, books and games that all seem to contradict one another. The only decision I am snubbing my nose at? This last installment is in 3D. And reportedly they're re-tooling the rest of the films to be in 3D so all 8 people can watch them on their 3D TVs. Count me out. However, I will buy those Ultimate Edition Blu-Rays, so I am somewhat of a sucker.

7. The Muppets (2011)
Starring: The Muppets! (duh!) and Jason Segal
Director: Justin Bobbin
Release Date: November 23
When it was first announced that Segal was working on the new Muppets movie, I flipped and did a cartwheel where my socks were literally blown off. If you haven't seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, then go out and rent it, fast forward to the end and watch the epic Dracula puppet show Segal's character puts on. To say that this movie is going to be spectacular won't do it justice. Segal is one of the finest comic actors and writers around. And now he's got a lot of stars appearing in the movie: Amy Adams, Zack Galifianakis, Rashida Jones, Emily Blunt, Ricky Gervais, Chris Cooper, Charles Grodin plus Billy Crystal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Alan Arkin are all rumored to be in it, too. The movie's script was titled The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!! and it's surely going to be just that. The Muppets will always bring nostalgic memories of my childhood, but this will be the first time I've actually seen one of their movies in the theaters. To say I'm super excited is a bit of an understatement.

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Release Date: June 3
Not only do you have a fantastic cast and director helming this movie, the story is undeniably cool. Before there was Magneto and Professor X, Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr were best of friends, discovering their mutant abilities and working with others like them to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. During this time, a void opens up between the two best friends, forever splitting them apart and quickly making them mortal enemies. This is going to be miles better than the other X-Men Origins story. James McAvoy is truly awesome and I can't wait to see him as the young Charles Xavier. Jennifer Lawrence, coming off of her award-winning movie, Winter's Bone, will be playing Mystique. Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon and January Jones are also in the movie. It's shaping up to be a something special - it takes place during the 1960s and is said to parallel the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. And Bryan Singer, the original director and writer of the first two X-Men movies, has his hand in this one. Vaughn is being tight-lipped about the story, but he has gone on to say the it is clever in how it fits into history and also more recent world events. Intriguing. No doubt this will be very epic. I only expect greatness from the director who made, what I consider to be 2010's greatest movie, Kick-Ass.

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