Hop

(2011)

Blending state of the art animation with live action, Hop is a comedy about E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred, an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world's worst houseguest.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hop’ a Look at Carlos and Phil Blu-ray Featurette

We have an exclusive featurette from Hop, which is currently available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, just in time for Easter this weekend. Hank Azaria provides the voices of both Carlos and Phil in this Universal Pictures comedy, and you can take a look at one of his recording sessions in this excerpt from the special features.

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

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EXCLUSIVE: Cody Simpson Talks ‘Hop’ Blu-ray

Singer Cody Simpson talks about remaking the song I Want Candy for Hop, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 23.

Singer Cody Simpson, at just 15 years of age, is already drawing comparisons to another young superstar, Justin Bieber. He was discovered in 2009 after his YouTube videos went viral, and released his first single in 2010. The Australian vocalist was also asked to remake the classic song "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves as the theme song for Universal Pictures' Easter comedy Hop, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD March 23. Cody Simpson is also showcased on the Hop Blu-ray bonus features in All Access with Cody Simpson, which follows him during his first red carpet experience at the premiere of Hop last year. I recently had the chance to speak with Cody Simpson over the phone, and here's what he had to say.

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‘Hop’ Phil's Dance Party Blu-ray Sneak Peek

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released a sneak peek of the Phil's Dance Party mini-movie included on Hop's Blu-ray Combo Pack, which arrives March 23 along with the DVD release. Take a look at this 15-second teaser for this animated mini-movie featuring Phil, created exclusively for this Blu-ray release.

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

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‘Hop’ Blu-ray Trailer

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing Hop on Blu-ray and DVD March 23. The studio has released a Blu-ray trailer, which you can watch below. You can also take a look at the full press release and cover art below the trailer.

The Easter Bunny's hare apparent leaves his ancestral home on Easter Island to pursue pop superstardom in the hilarious comedy Hop, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 23, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Blending state-of-the-art CGI animation with live action, Hop is a non-stop, rockin' adventure packed with humor and hijinks as a rebellious young rabbit (voiced by Russell Brand), strikes up an unlikely friendship with Los Angeles underachiever Fred (James Marsden) en route to becoming a rock star drummer.

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BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Fast Five’ Drives Away with $83 Million

It's been a boffo weekend for Fast Five. This big budget car sequel seems to have welcomed the summer blockbuster season into the box office. It managed to crank out a spectacular $83 million. Add in international takes and it's grossed $165 million. This is particularly impressive because this surprisingly well-reviewed crowd-pleaser has managed to top the previous entry in the series which made $71 million on opening weekend.

In other news, Rich Ross of Disney is no doubt tucking his tail between his legs after his first attempt at creating a new franchise bombed big time. Prom was an utter disaster. They had predicted a $9 million opening but instead the tween film debuted to a very disappointing $5 million. It seems this won't be getting the High School Musical sequel treatment unless a ton of girls turn out in the next week or two. Doesn't look like this one is going to last long.

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BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Rio’ Flies to the Top with $26.5 Million

It was another winning weekend for the movie industry with box office receipts up an estimated 34% from this time last year making everyone hope the 2011 slump is over. Rain in much of the country no doubt helped encourage moviegoers to buy a ticket and stay indoors.

You can't keep a good bird down evidently. Rio was the champ for the second weekend running. It's $26.5 million haul was enough to beat out Madea's Big Happy Family that opened to a robust $26 million. However, Tyler Perry's sixth cross-dressing film performed under expectations. Many had been projecting a $30 million opening weekend but it wasn't able to pull that off. The last two movies featuring his popular Madea character had opened at $41 million and $30 million. Are audiences getting tired of Madea?

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Will ‘Rio’ Fly Away with the Top Spot?

Or can ‘Scream 4’ manage to get enough horror fans in those seats to cause an upset this weekend?

BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Hop’ Stays on Top with $21.6 Million

Russell Brand's other effort, ‘Arthur’ sputters to second place with disappointing $12.6 million opening.