The Biggest Movie Bad Guy of the Year: The Corporation

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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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Do You Have a Modern Family?

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Good Morning America” is looking for a real-life modern family, inspired by the award-winning series, now in its second season. If you identify with that extended family, tell them why, and include a photo. You can submit your entry online or by snail mail:

Tell GMA what makes your family unique, unusual, unexpected or one-of-a-kind. Please fill out the form online to submit an essay in 250 words or fewer by January 14, 2011 about your family along with a family photo, and a “GMA” producer may contact you. You can also submit a video of your family.

If you prefer to mail in your entry, please include your name, home address, phone number and email address and send it to:

Search for Real Modern Family
Ansonia Station
P.O. Box 230247
New York, NY 10023-0013

If you win, let us know, so we can see you on Good Morning America!

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Movies to Ring in the New Year

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Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies. Here is my list, which I first posted in 2007:
When Harry Met Sally… is a sweet, funny love story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as two people who took a very long time to realize they were meant for each other. A series of New Year’s Eves punctuate their developing relationship.
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in Holiday, about an idealistic young man whose engagement to a wealthy girl is supposed to be announced at a New Year’s Eve party. Hepburn plays the girl’s sister, whose support for the engagement gets complicated when she begins to fall for him herself.
The Apartment, the bittersweet comedy about an ambitious man who lets the executives at his company use his apartment for their assignations won the Oscar for Best Picture. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this Billy Wilder classic.
The pilot episode of Futurama takes place on New Year’s Eve in the year 3000, and yes, Dick Clark (well, his head) makes a cameo appearance.

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Movie Mom’s Top 10 of 2010 (And the Hall of Shame)

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1. Toy Story 3: The best movie of the year was Pixar’s tribute to the power of imagination and story-telling, even after you grow up. The first five minutes are one of the most joyous ever put on screen, the moment when the toys hold hands one of the most touching, and the end just, simply, heart-wrenchingly, perfect.
2. The Social Network: An absorbing story, brilliantly scripted and performed that illuminates the way its moment — and ours — re-interprets the need for connection and meaning.
3. The Fighter: Two of the best performances of the year by Melissa Leo and Christian Bale and stunning work from director David O. Russell make this real-life story of welterweight champion Micky Ward and his brother Dickie electrifying.
4. The King’s Speech
5. True Grit
6. How to Train Your Dragon
7. Exit Through the Gift Shop
8. Inception
9. Fair Game
10. Inside Job
Honorable Mention: Love and Other Drugs, The Kids Are All Right, Shutter Island, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Illusionist, How Do You Know, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, 127 Hours, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Catfish, Tiny Furniture, A Film Unfinished, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, The Other Guys, Four Lions, Rabbit Hole, Waiting for ‘Superman,’ Secretariat, The Tempest
The Top 10 for Families:
1. Toy Story 3
2. How to Train Your Dragon
3. Despicable Me
4. Beezus and Ramona
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6. Megamind
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
8. Tangled
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
10. Shrek Forever After
Hall of Shame
Furry Vengeance
The Virginity Hit
Gulliver’s Travels
Alpha and Omega
Dinner for Schmucks
Cop-Out
I’m Still Here
Killers
The Last Airbender
Grown-Ups

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