‘Hop’ movie premiere: Russell Brand, James Marsden and the Hoff


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Married life sure has turned Russell Brand into a sweet little bunny -- or, wait, maybe that’s the work of ‘Hop,’ which features Brand as a teenage bunny along with James Marsden in a movie that blends animation, live action, Easter and rock ‘n’ roll.

The two stars were among those who turned out Sunday for the Universal CityWalk premiere of the movie, which finds Marsden’s out-of-work slacker Fred O’Hare involved with Brand’s E.B. after the latter flees Easter Island for Hollywood to become a drummer instead of going into the family business.

Hugh Laurie, who provides the voice of E.B.’s dad, was on hand in Universal City, as was Kaley Cuoco, who plays Fred’s younger sister Sam. Marsden brought his wife, Lisa Linde, while David Hasselhoff, who plays himself in the film, hosted daughters Taylor Ann and Hayley Amber.

Also spotted from the cast: Django Marsh, Tiffany Espensen, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins and Hank Azaria, who brought his son Hal. Director Tim Hill showed, as did writers Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. Click the pics for more photos from the premiere.


Easter may not be until April 24, but ‘Hop’ hits U.S. theaters Friday.


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-- Christie D’Zurilla