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    Review: 'Hop' Is Like Opening An Easter Egg And Finding Nothing Inside

    "Hop," the new animation/live action hybrid from the folks that brought us this past summer's surprise smash "Despicable Me," comes with a premise so ingeniously prepackaged that you'll wonder why nobody had come up with it before. A canny hodgepodge of "The Santa Clause," "Elf," and a handful of other holiday classics (or would-be classics), it hopes to do for Easter what these films did for Christmas, complete with zippy visual effects and a chewy moral center about the nature of family and togetherness.

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    Chloe Moretz Joins Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

    Just last week, Chloe Moretz hinted via Twitter that she'd landed a role in a big, huge upcoming film with an incredibly famous director. Everyone was talking about "The Hunger Games," but Gary Ross isn't exactly a household name. We had our suspicions, especially when she gave an interview to MTV saying that the ensemble cast was the best part of the gig. Deadline has confirmed one of our guesses, announcing that Moretz will join Tim Burton's adaptation of the camp '60s television show "Dark Shadows."

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    Review: 'Cat Run' A Fizzy Soda Of Old School Action

    John Stockwell's movies as a director pop and fizzle like the sensation of opening a soda can. He's focused primarily, almost cynically, on the youth market, with films like "Blue Crush" and "Turistas" exploring the exoticism of sensual, almost exclusively American youthful exuberance. Unfortunately, the budgets and grosses have shrunk, and Stockwell finds himself on the periphery of a filmmaking culture, as someone who makes punchy cinematic candy that no one wants to consume.

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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hangover Part II' Replays First Film, Has Exactly Zero Jokes

    Oof. While The Wolfpack are now looking for Stu's fiance's brother Teddy, it looks like someone lost the funny as well.

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    Review: David Schwimmer's 'Trust' A Thoughtful Look At A Tricky Subject

    In 2011, we are so used to relationships blossoming through the internet and various social channels that it takes awhile into "Trust" to foresee the danger lurking. Directed by David Schwimmer, the triggering thriller manages to avoid the easy pitfalls of what could resemble an afterschool special and brings depth to the uneasy subject matter of sexual predators, internet safety and parental protection.

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    'Pirates 4' Star Sam Clafin & Newcomer Alicia Vikander Win Leads In 'The Seventh Son'

    For the most part, the spate in recent years of teen-targeting franchises based on successful young adult novels have left us pretty cold. There've been a few gems ("Bridge to Terabithia," "The Spiderwick Chronicles"), but generally speaking we've found little to like in the "Twilight"s or "Percy Jackson"s of the world -- even the "Harry Potter" series, while mostly solid, doesn't really raise our pulses. But with that series drawing to a close, a new slate of potential giants are lining up, and while some are less than enticing ("Mortal Instruments," "Incarceron"), there's also a few unusually promising ones on the way.

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    A Moment of Self Promotion

    What a way to wake up on a crappy, snowy, rainy April 1st. I sure hope this isn't an April Fool's Day joke, but I just got named to The Times of London's 100 Greatest Arts Tweeters. The story is behind a pay wall but I will post the full list of film and TV people after the jump.

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    'Tales From The Gangster Squad' Writer Will Beall May Rewrite 'Logan's Run' For Nicolas Winding Refn

    Considering the spate of remakes and reboots, it takes a real feat to rouse our interest in one. Even with a promising creative team involved, a new version can sometimes just end up feeling redundant with many projects -- some simply don't need to be remade. But at the same time, we're not against the idea in principle -- something like "Ocean's Eleven," "Let Me In" or "The Thing" prove that, with a distinct enough spin, or with source material that left room for improvement, it's not necessarily an evil.

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    Review: "The Kennedys" Is Off-the-Charts Bad, But Not Because of Its History

    Poor Greg Kinnear. Poor Tom Wilkinson. I came away from the ham-fisted miniseries The Kennedys feeling bad for those actors, because they are quite good as JFK and his father, Joe. (You’ll notice I didn’t add “Poor Katie Holmes” as Jackie.) Kinnear and Wilkinson don’t have two worthwhile lines or scenes in the entire series, though. The Kennedys is clumsy in its writing, dull in its direction, not even interesting enough to be a hoot.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Star As Cartoon Superhero 'The Governator'

    We wish we were joking, we really do, but it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to milk that Governator title until it's bone dry.

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