• Your Zen question of the day: When does being at the top make you feel like you’re at the bottom? Answer: When you are on TorrentFreak’s list of “Most Pirated Movies of 2010.” Guesses as to what the most frequently stolen movie was, clocking in at more than 16.5 million downloads? If you guessed the most recent Twilight movie, you think about pasty vampires too much. The answer is Avatar, which may have lost as much as $250 million in box office. That’s like stealing the food right from the mouths of James Cameron’s children’s real unicorn. Most notable was the second on the list, Kick-Ass, which was downloaded nearly 11.5 million times despite posting a global gross of less than $100 million. Thanks Internet for continuing to ruin the finances of others.

  • Like I’ve always said, if you can’t beat ’em, hope they get disqualified for arbitrary reasons. The best score of the year was either from The Social Network (by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) or Black Swan (by Clint Mansell). Well, Reznor has an easier path to Oscar gold now (that’s a sentence I thought I’d never say), as Mansell’s score got tossed for being “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” He has good company though, as The Fighter, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right were all pitched from competition in a move to remind all of us how much the Academy often hates things that are good.

  • Warner Bros has discovered an additional 17 minutes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 in one of their seemingly infinite vaults. The footage was cut by Kubrick, so he didn’t want it in there. Still, if I can see another 17 minutes of monkeys, obelisks and starchildren, sign me up, yo.

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