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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

It's 2011, believe it or not, and there's a whole new crop

of movies to look forward to from Norse gods, to Swedish hackers, to Kermit the

Frog. We've put together a list of some of the most anticipated flicks of the

year. Keep reading.

Thor (May 6) -- You'll have to wait until 2012 for the

A-list superheroes like Spider-Man, Batman and even Superman to return to your

local megaplex. In the meantime, there's "Thor." Unlike those others,

this superhero is not a millionaire with a dark side or a high school kid with

unusual insect bites. No. Thor is a god! This movie gives fans a chance to see

the mighty warrior (played by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth) in his own

flick. You'll see him next fighting along side Iron Man and the Hulk in the

hotly anticipated "Avengers" movie, which also comes out in 2012.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

On Stranger Tides (May 20) -- Jack Sparrow is back, which isn't surprising

considering the huge piles of booty raked in by the last three flicks. This

time Sparrow teams up with his old nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and

his old flame Angelica (Penelope Cruz) to track down the Fountain of Youth.

Blocking their path is Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and a host of supernatural

baddies that includes zombies and mermaids.

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The Hangover, Part II (May 26) -- If there's one place on

the planet that can top Vegas in terms of sin, it's the red-light districts of Thailand. And

that's where Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) head for Stu's

(Ed Helms) bachelor party. It's safe to assume that the party goes horribly

wrong. The production landed itself in the news last year with word of two

high-profile cameos. Bill Clinton appears briefly, perhaps the only

ex-president out there appropriate for a "Hangover" movie. Mel

Gibson, after a lot of screaming and yelling, will not be in the flick.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1) --

"Transformers 2" might have made over $400 million domestically, but

just about everyone from hardcore fans to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to

star Shia LaBeouf admits that the movie just wasn't that good.

Michael Bay has promised that this flick will be

better and reportedly will have cooler action and less "dorky

comedy." Also absent from this go-around is Megan Fox, replaced by Victoria's Secret model

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

[Photos: The top 10 box office movies of 2010

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (July 15) --

It's taken just about ten years for everyone's favorite boy wizard to have his

final face-off with He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. While the previous Potter movie,

the first half of J.K. Rowling's tome, started with some high-flying action

(literally) only to level into a long stretch of angst, exile and self-doubt,

this movie looks like it's going to be one long breathless chase to that

wizarding Gotterdammerung, the battle of Hogwarts.

Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) -- Han Solo and James Bond

star in a Western about aliens. Do you really need to know more? It's a

veritable tiramisu of Fanboy awesomeness. Jon Favreau of "Iron Man"

fame directs.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (November 18)

-- After the wild success of "Eclipse," Twi-hards everywhere are waiting

with bated breath to see how Stephenie Meyer's final book in the Twilight

series is going to be adapted. Thematically, "Breaking Dawn" is

marked with less moony-eyed longing than the previous books and with more

shocks, including a graphic, not to mention icky, child-birthing scene. How can

this movie possibly be faithful to the text and keep a tween-friendly rating of

PG-13? The producers are remaining tight-lipped about the whole thing, but they

did bring in Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon to direct. We'll see if the

"Dreamgirls" director can find a way to satisfy both fans and the

MPAA.

The Muppets (November 23) -- Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang is finally getting a reboot after a twelve year

absence from the silver screen. The same guys responsible for "Forgetting

Sarah Marshall" -- Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller -- wrote the

screenplay, so expect the same silly comic sensibility as "Marshall" -- though

presumably with a lot less nudity. There are few public details about "The

Muppets" although Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd and Ricky

Gervais along with Segel do reportedly star.

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (December 16) -- Tom

Cruise reprises his role as the seemingly indestructible IMF agent, Ethan Hunt.

Not much is known about the plot aside from a couple of pictures with Cruise

dangling from the tallest building in the world -- Burj Khalifa in Dubai. If that seems

incredible, it's just as well. The movie's director, Brad Bird, previously

directed "The Incredibles." Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Josh

Holloway, and Simon Pegg also star.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (December 21) -- Stieg

Larsson's book might just be one of the most compulsively readable books out

there; it's a relentlessly riveting murder mystery that turns the popular view

of Sweden from a nice quiet country that makes great furniture to a hotbed of

family jealousy, investigative journalism and hidden crimes. It also features

one of the most memorable literary characters in memory -- the punk-rock hacker

savant Lisbeth Salander. It's not surprising then that film producers snatched

up the movie rights faster than you can say lutefisk. A well-crafted European

version of the movie came out in '09, but now it's Hollywood's turn, featuring director David

Fincher, fresh off his soon-to-be-Oscar-winning flick "The Social

Network" and starring Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer and Rooney Mara as

Salander.

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