'Potter,' 'Pirates,' 'Twilight' Lead Big Film Year of 2011

A momentous finale lies ahead for Hollywood this year. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the biggest screen farewell since the final "Star Wars" movie, closing out a decade of adventures for the young wizard.

Then there's that vampire-werewolf-schoolgirl love triangle. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" is the next-to-last installment in that series, with the finale due out in 2012.

As those franchises wind down, others are recharging. The original "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy sailed into the sunset, but a new voyage now looms. The "Shrek" series has finished, but feline hero Puss in Boots sets out on his own in a spinoff.

And plenty of other big-screen regulars are coming back throughout 2011.

The holiday season brings part one of "Breaking Dawn," the finale to author Stephenie Meyer's supernatural romance that began with "Twilight." Kristen Stewart's back for the closing round in her torn-between-two-lovers relationship with her vampire beau (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf pal (Taylor Lautner).


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