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BridesmaidsFROM MTV MOVIES: Call it a Judd Apatow-for-chicks comedy or his laugh factory's finest effort since 2007's "Knocked Up" — and many critics have done both — but the bottom line is people have been loving "Bridesmaids" in early screenings.

Produced by Apatow, directed by Paul Feig and starring "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids" opened Friday (May 13), and while it won't duel with "Thor" for the top box-office spot, it does have the distinction of being one of the most critically adored major releases of the year (currently 91 percent fresh on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator). Critics have lauded the film's consistent laughs, Wiig for her breakout big-screen turn and the cast of uproarious supporting players. Read on for those critiques and more in our "Bridesmaids" review roundup.

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"Wiig stars as Annie, the increasingly unhinged maid of honor for her best friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) upcoming up-market wedding. They are surrounded by an ensemble of witty twisted sisters who come in all shapes and sizes (both the wit and the sisters, the unrelated kind, just 'doin' it for themselves'), and a director in Paul Feig, who displays a lot of comedic common sense. This creative collective includes most notably Rose Byrne ('Damages') and Melissa McCarthy ('Mike & Molly'), with Wendi McLendon-Covey ('Reno 911!') and Ellie Kemper ('The Office') as the other merry maids. They all work hard to wring the most nonsense out of the clever script. ... The story swings between Annie's everyday struggles and a string of increasingly outrageous wedding plan fiascos [but] what distinguishes the film is the way in which the women relate and the raunch is handled." — Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

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FROM MTV MOVIES: The MTV Movies team has landed in the South of France, where the water sparkles beneath the Mediterranean sun, the temperature is expected to hit the high-70s by midweek and some of the biggest movie stars in the world are jetting into town.

It's the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and the action is set to kick off on Wednesday, when we'll be forced to put aside the crêpes and the red wine and turn our attention to motion picture matters. With Hollywood blockbusters opening next to indie movies from legendary auteurs, the festival has got it all this year. Though it's hard to choose, here are our picks for the five most anticipated films heading into Cannes this year.

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Fast FiveFROM MTV MOVIES: As observers of both Hollywood and United States national security have noted, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been enjoying a pretty incredible last few days. He apparently learned about Osama bin Laden's death hours before the rest of us and hinted about the news on Twitter ("Just got word that will shock the world," he wrote). Monday is his 39th birthday. Oh, and his new action flick, "Fast Five," opened to $83.6 million in ticket sales — not the biggest debut of the year but Universal's largest opening since "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997.

As remarkable as Johnson's national security sources are, perhaps even more impressive is how well "Fast Five" performed at the box office a decade after "The Fast and the Furious" first hit the multiplex. Franchises tend to max out their public good will after two or three installments, but with this new picture, there can be little doubt that the "Fast and Furious" series has joined the likes of "Die Hard" in the pop-culture establishment. Much of the credit goes to Vin Diesel, industry insiders point out.

"Like Sly Stallone as Rambo, Bruce Willis as John McClane and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, Diesel embodies the role of Dom Toretto, fusing his public persona with his fictional character, and in doing so making him an action icon," said Jeff Bock, box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "Simply put, in the pantheon of action studs, Diesel is now immortalized as Dom."

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Larry CrowneFROM MTV MOVIES: The first time Tom Hanks stepped behind the camera on a big-screen production, he captured a story set in the early 1960s, a period he had lived through as a preteen. But the particulars of "That Thing You Do!" — a rock band that rides a hit song to fame but can't follow through on their initial promise — couldn't have been further from Hanks' California childhood.

His second directorial effort, however, was inspired by events from his past, even if it does not seem so at first glance. In "Larry Crowne" — the upcoming comedy he also co-wrote and in which he stars with Julia Roberts — Hanks plays the title character, a guy fired from his job at a big-box retail store and forced to go back to college, where he meets a professor named Mercy Tainot (played by Roberts). But as Hanks told MTV News as part of our Summer Movie Preview week, he actually relates to his character's plight.

"My first years in college were much like Larry's," he told us. "I was in junior college because it was my only option — if I didn't enroll right after high school I would have had no path to any future. Two years in junior college became the jumping-off point for everything that came later and I think this was the same for others — not just kids out of high school, but guys back from Vietnam, wives going back to school after their kids were older, and folks who were looking to change their lives for the better."

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FROM MTV MOVIES: Third time's a charm! Back in March, MTV News sat down for a 30-minute live chat with Robert Pattinson after the star introduced an exclusive "Water for Elephants" clip. Then we met up with the 24-year-old star again at the "WFE" press day for another extended conversation about everything from "Breaking Dawn" to his favorite TV shows. Now, for the third time in less than a month, we'll once again be talking to Pattinson — and we'll be bringing the interview to you live on MTV.com.

At this Sunday's "Water for Elephants" red-carpet premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on Sunday, at 5 p.m. ET, host Josh Horowitz will not only be chatting with Pattinson but with Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook, Ken Foree, Donna Scott, director Francis Lawrence, best-selling author Sara Gruen, and other celebrity guests.

And you'll have a chance to submit questions for Pattinson and his co-stars. Questions can be submitted on MTV.com or via Twitter, using @MTVNews and the hashtag #AskWFE.

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FROM MTV MOVIES: While Keanu Reeves pushes forward with work on "47 Ronin," his samurai- and ninja-filled revenge story, he's also trying to get another martial-arts film off the ground — and this one he wants to direct himself.

The 46-year-old actor first told us about the project at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, but when we caught up with him recently as he promoted the indie comedy "Henry's Crime," Reeves spilled some additional details.

"It's called 'Man of Tai Chi,' " he said. "We want to do it in Chinese and English, do it as kind of a co-production with CFG perhaps, which is a Chinese film group, kind of a studio. It's tricky.

"I would play the villain," he added of the story, which would be set in the modern day but pay homage to kung fu films of the past.

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'Tron Legacy'In July 2007, "Tron Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski took his first meeting with Disney about resurrecting the classic, geek-trapped-inside-a-computer flick for a new generation. Nearly four years later, he still can't quite leave it behind.

Just weeks after the film's December release, Kosinski was back in the edit room, tweaking the film that would eventually gross over $400 million worldwide. Hey, you can't blame a guy for being a perfectionist — especially if he's lived and breathed the world of "Tron" for four years. And as result, the director has dubbed the Blu-ray release — which hits shelves on Tuesday (April 5) — the "definitive" version of "Tron Legacy."

A few days ago, Kosinski gave MTV News a call to talk about the new release, his response to criticism of the effects work to turn Jeff Bridges into a younger version of himself, and why the next "Tron" sequel can be compared to "The Dark Knight."

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Christian BaleFrom its world premiere at the AFI Fest in November to the theatrical release in December to the awards-show circuit that wrapped up with the Oscars late last month, director David O. Russell has spent the last six months talking nonstop about "The Fighter."

And just when he thought he was done, the boxing drama's DVD and Blu-ray arrived this month. Once more back into the fray!

But here's the thing: he doesn't mind at all. While Russell would admit to a bit of "Fighter" fatigue during a recent MTV News interview, he said he continues to welcome the chance to chat about the movie. "Sure, there's some of that," he said about PR overkill. "At the same time, I love this movie so much and it was such a special experience."

It's no surprise, then, that he still has an urge to sit back and check out Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and the rest of the "Fighter" cast do their stuff on screen. "I wanted to watch it yesterday. I was listening to some of the music in my car," he laughed. "I like watching the first 15 minutes of it. I just think they're really good."

Now, with the DVD and Blu-ray on shelves, you not only have the chance to watch the Oscar-winning flick again, but you can also check out a never-before-seen deleted clip that MTV News has exclusively obtained. Watch it past the jump!

The deleted scene takes place fairly early in the film as Micky Ward (Wahlberg) waits at the boxing gym ready to work out. An HBO documentary crew is in place but his brother and trainer, Dicky Eklund, is nowhere to be found. Dicky, it turns out, has been up all night on a drug-bender. When he realizes he's late for training, he takes off running. The new clip shows some of Dicky's wacky encounters on his way to the gym. He stops in front of a neighbor's door for a smoke break and confronts a few kids who call him a loser.

"Look at me!" he tells the kids with that familiar jokey yet menacing manner. "You better watch it or I'll set my sisters on you. You don't want that."

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The FighterMark Wahlberg has said that if and when a "Fighter" sequel actually takes off, he expects the entire cast to return, including Christian Bale in his Oscar-winning role of Dicky Eklund. "Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can't imagine they wouldn't want to go back," he told Entertainment Weekly.

The same, it seems, can be said of director David O. Russell. In a recent conversation with MTV News, while promoting the DVD release of "The Fighter," Russell said that not only is he interested in working on the sequel but that he wants to take a crack at penning the script.

"I think that would be awesome," the director said of the possibility of a sequel. "I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff."

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We've been wondering how Tim Burton was planning to compress over 1,200 "Dark Shadows" episodes into one feature film. The answer, it seems, is to keep some things the same while also taking great creative liberties.

To wit, while Johnny Depp told us his take on Barnabas — the vampire at the center of the '60s-era supernatural soap — won't stray far from the character pioneered by Jonathan Frid on the TV series, co-star Eva Green's Angelique will be a far different creation than the one Lara Parker portrayed back in the day.

"I haven't seen the TV series, but from what I've seen on the Internet, it's very different. My character is very different. She's American, blonde, cool, in the '70s," Green told MTV News. "She is this sexy witch, very powerful in town, she's very cool. She has many faces."

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