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Teen Dreams
It's the turn of the, like, total hotties, OMG. These are the efforts full of perfect cheekbones and huge, gelled hair - and that's just the boys. From Robert Pattinson to Dianna Agron to Taylor Lautner to Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, here's the pretty boys and girls that will be rocking 2011...

Leading the charge is I Am Number 4 on February 18, with Alex Pettyfer as fugitive John Smith who, with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant) is on the run from those determined to kill him. At least, he's on the run until he gets distracted by the charms of Glee's Dianna Agron and decides he might want to settle down after all. So far, so typical, but as it turns out there are superpowers and aliens involved, just to spice things up a bit. This one's based on a planned series of books, so expect director DJ Caruso and his team to try their damndest to build a new action franchise here. They're pitching it as Close Encounters meets Rebel without a Cause, so expect teen angst but, y'know, aliens too.

I Am Number 4
Alex Pettyfer stars in I Am Number 4

On April 1 it's the turn of real-life superpowered teen Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D. Yes, the mop-topped pop-moppet is getting the bio-documentary / concert film treatment already, at the ripe old age of 16 (well, he'll be 17 by then). The film's set to tell the triumphal story of how Beiber rose to global super-stardom after a video he uploaded to YouTube caught the attention of record producers. The word "inspiring" is used about 20 times in the trailer, so we guess that's what they're going for.

On April 15 it's back to Pettyfer-ville for Beastly, with the Brit star playing a spoiled, handsome rich kid cursed with a deformed face until he learns not to be a total jerk to those around him and finds someone to love him in spite of how he looks. Mary-Kate Olsen is the witch who curses him; Vanessa Hudgens the girl whose love might just provide an escape from the curse (spoiler: there'll totally be a happy ending). If this all sounds familiar, that's because it's the plot of Beauty and the Beast - but this version's set in modern-day Manhattan, so there should be a bit of social satire in there too.

Also on April 15 director Catherine Hardwicke is back in the teen realm with Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as the titular hoodie. Set in a medieval village haunted by a werewolf - so Hardwicke will feel right at home after Twilight - this one has a really solid supporting cast that includes Gary Oldman, Julie Christie and Virginia Madsen, and looks set to provide the necessary wiggins to give it a distinct horror edge. But there's a love story too, with Seyfried's Valerie in love with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Er. If there were tracks in the medieval period.

Red Riding Hood
Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood

Finally on April 15, if you're after something a little more serious then Australian film Tomorrow, When The War Began is probably the one for you. The plot's based on a book, which is just as well because otherwise you might confuse this with the terribly-similar-in-outline Red Dawn, since it involves a gang of teenagers waging a guerrilla war against the invaders who have imprisoned their parents. But it's OK, because this one takes place in Australia; the invaders are the "Coalition Nations" from somewhere in Asia, not the Soviets; and the teenagers are led by Rachel Hurd-Wood rather than the late, great Patrick Swayze. The word from Oz, where it's already opened, is good, so this might be worth a look.

Smelling salts at the ready, because April 22 sees the return of the mighty R.Pattz in Water For Elephants. Pattinson plays a veterinary student who throws in his studies after the death of his parents and runs away, finding himself in a traveling circus. There he falls for Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) - which would be fine were it not for her violent husband August (Christoph Waltz). This is based on the novel of the same name, is not a sequel to Like Water For Chocolate, and looks set to be a more grown-up effort for the once and future Edward Cullen.

On July 29 it's Monte Carlo or bust for Disney Channel graduate Selena Gomez, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Taken's Katie Cassidy. The three play friends on a disastrous holiday in Paris who get mistaken for heiresses and swept off to live the high life in Monte Carlo. You can probably guess everything else that happens in the film just from there. Andie Macdowell plays Gomez' mother, with Glee's Cory Monteith as her love interest. Still, it might offer good material for a European stereotypes / unbelieveable plot twists drinking game of some sort.

September 23 sees Twilight's Taylor Lautner caught in an Abduction. He's a young man who finds his baby photo while browsing a missing person's website - as you do - and begins to suspect that the parents who raised him are not, in fact, his parents. The results should be thriller-y, with support from Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs and the Millenium Trilogy's Michael Nyqvist. Can Lautner succeed stripped of his werewolf trappings and obsession with Bella? This could be the test.

Come October 14 it's time to kick off your Sunday shoes for Footloose, the musical version of the Kevin Bacon classic. Newcomer Kenny Wormald is stepping into the skinny jeans and slip-on shoes of rebel outsider Ren McCormack, who moves to a conservative small town where music and dance are banned. Dennis Quaid is the stick-in-the-mud preacher who's spoiling everyone's fun, with Julianne Hough (from the US' Dancing with the Stars) as the preacher's daughter he falls for. Let's hope it's as energetic, but considerably less stupidly coiffed, than the original.

The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers return in 2011

Also on October 14 is The Three Musketeers, in 3D, which is by our count the umpteenth adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic. This one stars Logan Lerman, from last year's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, as D'Artagnan with Matthew McFadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans as the Musketeers. With Christoph Waltz (again!), Orlando Bloom and Mads Mikkelsen also in the mix, the casting's decent, but it's all down to which Paul WS Anderson turns up to direct: the one responsible for Event Horizon, or the one who made Alien Vs Predator.

On October 21, brace yourselves for the return of Miley Cyrus in Laughing Out Loud - also know, inevitably, as LOL. Based on the 2008 French film of the same name, this focuses on a teenager's everyday life and relationship with her equally unsorted mother. Cyrus is Lola, aka Lol, and Demi Moore is her mum. Expect peer pressure, parental interference, high school romance and support from Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon and Ashley Greene.

It's the Big One on November 18, which sees Edward and Bella finally get it on in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The fourth instalment will cover only the first half of the fourth (and final) Twilight book, and sees vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella (Kristen Stewart) finally tie the knot and go on honeymoon. However, some complications soon turn up in the shape of an unplanned pregnancy andwell, we'll say no more. But at least in this Twilight movie the plot might actually move forward for once. Fans will still have to wait until 2012 for the big finale, but that just gives them extra time to dream of Edward / Jacob / Bella (delete as appropriate) so they probably consider that a bright side.

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