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Best bets: Is 'Bridesmaids' film 'Hangover' for women?

Maya Rudolph plays the bride and Kristen Wiig one of her many hapless and humorous friends. Also this week: Natalee Holloway's mom hosts a true-crime show; "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" comes to DVD.
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has been called the female version of "The Hangover." Both comedies focus on a bunch of friends, all with issues, preparing for a wedding. "Bridesmaids" probably won't boast a tiger and a missing tooth, but it does have Kristen Wiig as a hapless maid of honor and Maya Rudolph as her pal the bride. Melissa McCarthy steals the trailer, though, as a bridesmaid who's less than graceful. This is the chick flick women make their men go to to make up for sitting through "Thor" last week. (Opens May 13.)

"Everything Must Go," based on a Raymond Carver story, stars Will Ferrell as a man who loses his job and wife and ends up living on his lawn for a few days, selling off his possessions. The Hollywood Reporter warns that those looking for a typical Ferrell laughfest should go elsewhere, but instead says the film has a "fable-like quality" and isn't afraid of its literary roots. So no "Talladega Nights," then, we're guessing. (Opens May 13.)

It's all anyone can talk about, and the Discovery Channel has already whipped together a one-hour special about May 1's momentous events. "Killing bin Laden" promises "an intimate second-by-second account" taking viewers through the intelligence gathering that led U.S. forces to the wanted terrorist and following through his burial at sea. (May 15, 10 p.m., Discovery.)

Special section: Death of bin Laden

It's shocking to think that Natalee Holloway has been missing for six years. Her mother, Beth, will now host new true-crime series "Vanished With Beth Holloway." Each episode focuses on a real-life mystery involving an unsolved disappearance. The elder Holloway herself knows much too much about that topic. (Premieres May 11, 9 p.m., Lifetime.)

How did a Canadian teenager become one of the biggest pop stars in the world? He had some help from YouTube, a proud mother and the kind of talent and luck you just can't buy. The documentary-concert film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" follows the singer as he counts down to a 2010 Madison Square Garden concert. Even critics who can't hum a note of a Bieber tune generally liked the film. (Out on DVD May 13.)

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber

The teen sensation got his start when his proud mom uploaded his videos to YouTube. Now he’s poised to rule the pop world.

"The Illusionist" may not have played your local theater in 2010, but it came to the attention of many when it was nominated for a best animated-film Oscar (although nothing could beat "Toy Story 3"). The French-British co-production focuses on an aging magician and his relationship with a young orphan girl. The Wall Street Journal says it gives viewers "a sense of having watched genuine magic." (Out on DVD May 10.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is's movies editor.