Screen Junkies » Dreamworks http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Need For Speed’ Had Its Needs Ignored http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/need-for-speed-had-its-needs-ignored/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/need-for-speed-had-its-needs-ignored/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:43:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260269 Aaron Paul should have stuck to selling meth.

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Aaron Paul’s movie career has hit a speed bump. The Breaking Bad actor’s first lead role, Need for Speed, opened in third place this weekend with a disappointing $17.8 million domestic, which everybody knows is not very much money. You could hardly even live off that.

This is a rare occurrence for a movie about cars that go fast. Perhaps they just were not furious enough. Although the $66 million project did perform nicely overseas with a take of $45.6 million, but that’s probably not enough to turn Need for Speed into a franchise about a guy with a really round head who drives places quickly that the studio was hoping for. I’m sure that Aaron Paul will bounce back with future roles, but in the meantime, he’s making me feel so sad. Just look at how he’s taking the news.

I’ve been waiting to use this picture for months. (THR)

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‘Shrek’ Return Announced After Noble Four-Year Hiatus http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shrek-return-announced-after-noble-four-year-hiatus/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shrek-return-announced-after-noble-four-year-hiatus/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:45:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259692 We demand an origin story! How did he get so green?

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Sorry, ensemble superhero films. You’re just no match for proven family franchises. Little kids will watch anything they’re supposed to, and watch it A LOT. And the studio behind Shrek knows this.

So, it should comes as no surprise that after three sequels of diminishing quality, the last in 2010, Shrek will be making a return to save DreamWorks corporate earnings from the wrath of evil king originality. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg reported to Fox Business (our favorite cinematic journalism outlet), “I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.”

“SHREK IS NOT FINISHED,” the headline should have read.

After winning the inaugural Oscar for best animated feature in 2001, the Shrek series got a little too comfortable for its own good taking its meta approach to fairy tales a little too far for the sake of gross-out humor and the familiar.

But it’s not like that’s ever stopped anyone from making a sequel.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Offered $75 Million For Three More Episodes Of ‘Breaking Bad’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jeffrey-katzenberg-offered-75-million-for-three-more-episodes-of-breaking-bad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jeffrey-katzenberg-offered-75-million-for-three-more-episodes-of-breaking-bad/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:57:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257494 I will gladly produce three more episodes for half that cost.

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Looks like Britney Spears almost got her wish. Without knowing how Breaking Bad was planning to wrap things up, Dreamworks rich guy Jeffrey Katzenberg offered the creators $75 million to create three more episodes of the show that nobody can seem to live without. His plan was to break these episodes into six minute segments and release them via paid subscription over a period of thirty days. Sounds like Katzenberg would do pretty well in the drug trade.

I’m in the camp that feels Breaking Bad ended perfectly and feel more episodes are unnecessary. If they starred Walt. I don’t see any reason, however, for Jeffrey Katzenberg to not spend $75 million on the production of Huell’s Rules! Unless he hates profit and seeing me happy or something. (Variety)

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Dreamworks Pays The Whole Toll For Trolls http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-pays-the-whole-toll-for-trolls/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-pays-the-whole-toll-for-trolls/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:22:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254385 Get Uwe Boll to direct it so it can be called 'Boll's Trolls', and everyone involved in the film will be rich.

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That headline is painfully vague and uninformative, but the last part sort of rhymes, so I’m calling it a win. What is meant to be conveyed is that Dreamworks, after having optioned the movie rights for Trolls and rolled into development in 2010, has decided to raise the stakes by purchasing the whole damn brand.

This is probably in an effort to vertically integrate and capture the licensing and toy rights for what they expect to be an animated blockbuster, but a funnier explanation would be that Jeffrey Katzenberg really enjoys combing their hair.

No release date has been announced, but expect something summer-y.

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‘Green Lantern’s’ Martin Campbell Reduced To Directing ‘The Fall Guy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-lanterns-martin-campbell-reduced-to-directing-the-fall-guy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-lanterns-martin-campbell-reduced-to-directing-the-fall-guy/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:58:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234553 Seriously. 'The Fall Guy'?

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We’re now starting to see the repercussions of Green Lantern’s failure at the box office. Director Martin Campbell (who struck gold with Casino Royale) is gearing up for his next project and it is…. The Fall Guy?

Campbell is in early discussions to direct a big-screen reboot of the 1980′s Lee Majors action series. The story centers on a stunt guy who is also a bounty hunter who hangs out with a nerd and a hot chick. GO PICTURE! The project has been in development since 2003 but now has Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on scripting duties. Oh good. At least the script will be implausible and ridiculous. (Deadline)

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Don’t Worry, Teenage Boys From 1996, The ‘Baywatch’ Film Is Still Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-worry-teenage-boys-from-1996-the-baywatch-film-is-still-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-worry-teenage-boys-from-1996-the-baywatch-film-is-still-happening/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:52:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228791 The good news is that this 'Baywatch' adaptation has almost nothing to do with 'Baywatch'.

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Apparently, a film adaptation of the worldwide smash series Baywatch has been in development since 2004, when DreamWorks (Really? Them?) picked up the rights. While the notion of adapting a campy TV series that was never that popular to begin with in the States may seem misguided, the international appeal of this show seemingly knows no bounds. So for once, someone might be doing something without the United States in mind.

The project hasn’t found a decent script yet, but that might change now that Peter Tolan, the creator of Rescue Me, has put together something that doesn’t take into account the TV show at all.

I like what I’m hearing. Go on, Peter:

“It’s not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show…I don’t know anything about the show. I didn’t watch it in preparation for writing this,” he said to the Matthew Aaron Podcast.

So, while no greenlight has been given, it sounds as though this might be the script. I wonder if Bruno Mars will do a version of the theme song.

Please God, no.

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Fuqua To Direct Eminem In Boxing Movie And It’s Not 10 Years Ago? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fuqua-to-direct-eminem-in-boxing-movie-and-its-not-10-years-ago/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fuqua-to-direct-eminem-in-boxing-movie-and-its-not-10-years-ago/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 01:42:22 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215027 Director Antoine Fuqua, who directed 'Training Day' and... that's the credit worth mentioning, is looking to helm 'Southpaw' for Dreamworks.

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Watch A Trailer For 'Real Steel', The Boxing Robot Movie

Director Antoine Fuqua, who directed Training Day and… that’s the credit worth mentioning, is reportedly leaving the Tupac biopic project to helm a boxing movie for Dreamworks. A deal is currently being discussed between the director and the studio. Southpaw, written by Kurt SutterSons of Anarchy“), will star rapper Eminem as a boxer whose life sucks, even after winning a title. I guess the title doesn’t take away all those broken bones and ear bite marks that are par for the course.

Eminem is looking to return to feature films after the 2002 hit 8 Mile. However, a lot’s happened to the guy since then, and I’m sure he’s out of shape. The rapper will no doubt need to go through a training montage to get his movie acting-strength back to when he was a box office champ. If this all sounds like a boxing movie, then my attempt at making a parallel has been a complete success. *Confetti* (LA Times)

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Brett Ratner Gets Spielberg’s Table Scraps: ‘The 39 Clues’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brett-ratner-get-spielbergs-table-scraps-the-39-clues/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brett-ratner-get-spielbergs-table-scraps-the-39-clues/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 00:13:20 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211231 Spielberg is too busy directing Lincoln and Executive Producing a whole bunch o' stuff for '39 Clues'. "Feed it to the Rat-Man," he said.

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What are The 39 Clues? The 39 Clues are a series of books, games and collectable cards from Scholastic about the secrets of the powerful Cahill family– *Gunshots*

I may have said too much. Anyway, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider set-up the project in 2008 at DreamWorks (naturally), as a directing vehicle for Spielberg. However, Spielberg is too busy directing Lincoln and Executive Producing a whole bunch o’ stuff, which means they needed a new director. So, they called up Brett Ratner and asked if he had any more Rush Hour movies in the pipeline or X-Men movie projects he wanted to ruin. When Ratner said “no,” he got the job.

Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson wrote the adaptation for 39 Clues. Ratner and Nathanson also teamed up for the upcoming action-comedy Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller. (Deadline)

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In The Spirit Of Brotherhood, WB and DreamWorks Unite Their Rival MLK Biopics http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/in-the-spirit-of-brotherhood-wb-and-dreamworks-unite-their-rival-mlk-biopics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/in-the-spirit-of-brotherhood-wb-and-dreamworks-unite-their-rival-mlk-biopics/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 06:10:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209680 Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. That dream had nothing to do with there being a biopic about his life, let alone two competing biopics.

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Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. That dream had nothing to do with there being a movie about his life, let alone two competing movies. However, had King known there were going to be two competing biopics, he might have responded with something like, “do we really need two?

So, in the spirit of all those words I just said, Warner Bros and DreamWorks decided to team up on one MLK movie, rather than make two separate biopics – presumably one for white people and one for black people. The new version will bring together DreamWorks, who acquired King’s life rights in 2009, with writer Kario Salem (“The Score”), who was scripting an MLK movie for Warner Bros. The studios agreed the film will be a 50/50 joint venture.

There are many producers, including Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones, Sam Nappi, and the Kings Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther III. (Hollywood Reporter)

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DreamWorks Already Wants A ‘Real Steel’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-already-wants-a-real-steel-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-already-wants-a-real-steel-sequel/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:07:19 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207139 'Real Steel 2: Reel Steal'?

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The upcoming Hugh Jackman/robots that fight movie, Real Steel, isn’t coming out until October. But that doesn’t mean the studio behind it, DreamWorks, isn’t interested in a cash-in sequel to capitalize on the first movie’s hypothetical success. They’ve already commissioned the writer of the first Shawn Levy-directed movie, John Gatins, to write the second installment, after what must have been some particularly successful test-screenings.

The knee-jerk reaction to this news is to assume thatReal Steel is REAL-ly good (see what I did there?), but there is a second, more cynical, option: that this is all just publicity for the first Real Steel movie, designed to make people think the movie is actually better than it is. I have no idea if this is plausible, but I do remember reading about the fantastic test-screenings that The Green Hornet had, and that ended up being merely a sort-of-good movie. And besides, when have good test-screenings been a guarantee of success at the box office? But what do I know, I’m a grown man and I’ve never even seen a battling robot before. (Deadline)

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DreamWorks And Shawn Levy Hard At Work On The Demise Of Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-and-shawn-levy-plan-movie-about-the-end-of-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-and-shawn-levy-plan-movie-about-the-end-of-film/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:09:31 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204380 But what will they shoot it on is the question.

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DreamWorks snatched up a new pitch with the intention of having Real Steel‘s Shawn Levy direct.

The story is about a father and son who take a road trip to develop some pictures. Using a New York Times article as its jumping off point, the film is centered around the mad rush to the last lab capable of processing Kodachrome film. With the rise of digital cameras, it was impossible to keep these labs afloat. Therefore, the father and son characters had to make the pilgrimage or never be able to see their cherished pictures. This actually sounds like a touching story about the special bond that a father and son can spend making memories while on a mission to preserve memories. Sucks about all that driving though. Should’ve planned ahead, dickheads. (Deadline)

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New ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Characters You May Tolerate http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-kung-fu-panda-2-characters-you-may-tolerate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-kung-fu-panda-2-characters-you-may-tolerate/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 02:33:29 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=191408 'Kung Fu Panda 2' has released a few new character posters, including an evil peacock or some kind of thing.

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Whenever an animated family movie is marketed, they alway break the characters out into individual posters. Like, there’s a squirrel character who’s making a goofy face and underneath is the tag line, “he’s nuts.” This seems to be a very specific tactic for animated films. I didn’t see any Black Swan posters of just the mom with the tag line, “she’s ap-Parent-ly insane.”

Kung Fu Panda 2, starring Jack Black as Not Lemeul Gulliver, has released mercifully tag line free posters featuring a few new characters. There’s an evil peacock, a wolf who’s anxious to punt a football – and they’ll all be your new friends come May 26th. Or, failing that, they will all try not to annoy you too much with their zaniness, veiled pop culture references and fart jokes. (Collider)

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Everybody Is Still Kung Fu Fighting In ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-is-still-kung-fu-fighting-in-kung-fu-panda-2-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-is-still-kung-fu-fighting-in-kung-fu-panda-2-trailer/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:09:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=99937 Time to teach children to settle their conflicts by kicking one another once again.

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Time to teach children to settle their conflicts by kicking one another once again. Jack Black is back in Kung Fu Panda 2.  The panda out of bamboo story picks up this time with Po having to defend kung fu itself. But how do you use kung fu to fight something that can stop kung fu? With poop jokes, I assume. Albeit, sublimely crafted, esoteric poop jokes.

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Dreamworks Sees Crowded Landscape Of Assange Biopics And Screams, ‘We Want One!’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-sees-crowded-landscape-of-assange-biopics-and-screams-we-want-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-sees-crowded-landscape-of-assange-biopics-and-screams-we-want-one/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:48:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31047 Julian Assange is to 2011 as Zach Galifianakis was to 2010. Assange is going to be in everything.

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Julian Assange is to 2011 as Zach Galifianakis was to 2010. Assange is going to be in everything. What’s so remarkable about this is that he’s not even an actor.

The parade of Assange movies keeps on marchin’ with Dreamworks snatching up two books written by people close to the phenomenon. They scored both Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. Why do they need two books to tell Assange’s story? They don’t. My guess is that they didn’t want anyone else to them.

Deadline seems to think that the film will take cues from not only the books, but lawsuit transcripts and other media as well, a l The Social Network. However, the one source they won’t have at their disposal is Assange’s memoir, which is currently being shopped by CAA.

Rather than have the myriad projects all compete against each other, why don’t the studios form a synergy and establish some off-month, like September and make it “Assange Month?” I mean, who wouldn’t wan to see nine Julian Assange features in one month?

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Did Dreamworks Steal ‘Kung Fu Panda’, Maybe With Help From That Evil Snow Leopard? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-dreamworks-steal-kung-fu-panda-maybe-with-help-from-that-evil-snow-leopard/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-dreamworks-steal-kung-fu-panda-maybe-with-help-from-that-evil-snow-leopard/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 02:33:32 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=28052 Master Shifu is very displeased.

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Master Shifu is very displeased.

Jayme Gordon, a cartoonist in Boston, claims he created Kung Fu Panda, and unlike a lot of crackpots who claim they came up with the idea for Inception 6 years ago on a drug trip and wrote it on a cocktail napkin, this guy seems to have some decent evidence. Apparently he even registered his Kung Fu-Doin’ Panda and martial arts animal pals in 2000 with the US Copyright Office. The first Kung Fu Panda movie was released in 2008. Here’s the Po-down:

- Title of the story he wrote: “Kung Fu Panda Power” (One too many words, if you ask me.)

- Gordon says he pitched the idea to former Disney chief Michael Eisner, Katzenberg’s old company, and gave him a ton of artwork.

- In Gordon’s story and artwork, there are kung f fighting red pandas, snakes, mantises and snow leopards, like in the movie.

- “The Five Fists of Fury” was the name of the group of kung-fu animals in Gordon’s story, whereas for the Dreamworks film, they used a very different name: “The Furious Five.”

- Both versions take place in a village of the same name, “The Valley of Peace.”

Gordon wants a ton of cash, an author credit, a percentage of the profits and noodles for life from Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures.

So far, it looks like Gordon’s case is as strong as Master Oogway, but some of these claims may turn out to be bogus. Also, there may be some groupthink involved here, since another screenwriter sued Dreamworks for stealing his idea for a kung fu panda movie last summer, and Wikipedia says the idea itself has been kicking around Dreamworks since 1993 in one form or another.

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom comes to theaters with that silly title May 26, 2011. (TheWrap)

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Guess What Role Jason Segel Is Playing In DreamWorks’ ‘Undercover Cop’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guess-what-role-jason-segel-is-playing-in-dreamworks-undercover-cop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guess-what-role-jason-segel-is-playing-in-dreamworks-undercover-cop/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:22:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24673 Jason Segel and his everyman charms will be be infiltrating the Jersey mob, 80's style in DreamWorks upcoming Undercover Cop.

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Jason Segel and his everyman charms will be be infiltrating the Jersey mob, 80′s style in DreamWorks upcoming Undercover Cop. Based on a true story, Jason will play a down-on-his-luck divorce attorney…just kidding. He’s playing the undercover cop. DreamWorks may want to stop letting seven year-old boys name their projects.

The film will be produced by Steve Zaillian, who is keeping himself pretty busy as a writer with David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and a recently-announced Jack Ryan reboot. Meanwhile, Segel has been keeping busy with Bad Teacher, due out in June, and The Muppets, which he also co-wrote, coming out in November.

No word on whether Segel’s penis will be making another cameo in Undercover Cop, but insiders say not to rule it out. (THR)

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Can Santa Claus Beat Up Jude Law? We’ll Find Out In ‘Guardians’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/can-santa-claus-beat-up-jude-law-well-find-out-in-guardians/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/can-santa-claus-beat-up-jude-law-well-find-out-in-guardians/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:42:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22615 Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher will be voicing our childhood icons in Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians.

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Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman,  Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher will be playing Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy in DreamworksRise of the Guardians. If those four characters are the guardians of anything, I would be seriously concerned about the safety of the object in question. Jude Law will be playing Pitch, the guardians’ evil foil. My money would be on Pitch if this wasn’t a kids movie.

The film was announced over a year ago with Leo DiCaprio originally on to voice Pine’s character, but things came undone, as they often do, and Pine was there to step in. Guillermo del Toro is executive producing, which should mean that there will be a fair number of children scarred by this film until they reach early adulthood. Peter Ramsey is helming the project, which is based on the children’s books by William Joyce.

It’s rare that movie is ambitious enough to tarnish the reputations of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and, to a lesser extent, the Tooth Fairy. Aim for the stars, Dreamworks! (Variety)

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‘TimeCrimes’ Is Getting Remade? That Takes Us Back… http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timecrimes-is-getting-remade-that-takes-us-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timecrimes-is-getting-remade-that-takes-us-back/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 01:39:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17769 It looks like TimeCrimes will get an English-language redux, three years after the Spanish film grabbed a cult following at Sundance.

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It looks like TimeCrimes will get an English-language redux, three years after the Spanish film grabbed a cult following at Sundance. It now appears that Dreamworks will revive a script written under the supervision of Stephen Zaillian, who had been on as producer during an earlier iteration of the English-language version. But the backstory doesn’t stop there, folks.

The befallen United Artists had originally commissioned the remake, but after going by the wayside, Dreamworks has stepped in with many of the old pieces intact, namely, Zaillian and the script. In fact, Zaillian will be handling the rewrite. Cue the end of the boring part of this story.

The story of TimeCrime is essentially: A man finds a girl in the woods. He follows her to a place where he gets zapped back in time one hour. A bunch of stuff then happens, but none of it is suitable to tell, because it’s all part of the surprise, or at least so says the internet, which I always believe. While the concept sounds gimmicky, Spanish cinema has proven to be quite adept at spinning convoluted stories into something great, so let’s go ahead and get cautiously optimistic. With an emphasis on “cautiously,” as no one is attached and no timeline for development is given. At the very least, they’re working with a title that’s pretty fun to say. (/Film)

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‘Dragon’ Sequel To Somehow Be “Bigger” Than The Original http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dragon-sequel-to-somehow-be-bigger-than-the-original/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dragon-sequel-to-somehow-be-bigger-than-the-original/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:04:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17345 'Dragon' EP Tim Johnson sheds some light on plans for the "bigger" sequel and TV series.

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The impending sequel for the critically and financially successful How to Train Your Dragon isn’t much of a surprise. Dreamwork’s logic, understandably, was, “Hey! This movie made lots of money. Let’s do that again!” Executive producer Tim Johnson spoke to Bad Taste about the logistics of another dragon-training session, saying that he expects to have the film released in the fall of 2013.

Johnson also said we can expect the sequel to be “bigger” than the original. It will be curious to see exactly how Dreamworks makes a three-dimensional movie about flying dragons “bigger.” Maybe they’re going to get Zach Galifianakis or Betty White to be in it. Or maybe Dreamworks has found a new dimension that we don’t know about and they’ll be filming the sequel in that. He let on that we can expect to see new characters in the sequel, so they won’t be staying ENTIRELY in the established universe, but I wouldn’t expect too much new ground to be broken beyond that.

Johnson also spoke to the HTTYD TV series, which is pegged to arrive on Cartoon Network in 2012. He said that the TV series will keep the tone of the original film, which he said was “darker” and “dramatic.” Expect to see lots of divorced dragons with alcohol problems who never get to see their kids.

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Alex Pettyfer To Play Cocky Race Car Guy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alex-pettyfer-to-play-cocky-race-car-guy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alex-pettyfer-to-play-cocky-race-car-guy/#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:25:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12941 Appearing in a slew of upcoming films that range from "meh" to "yeah, okay maybe," Alex Pettyfer is rising through the ranks. And now his transformation into Paul Walker is nearly complete.

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Appearing in a slew of upcoming films that range from “meh” to “yeah, okay maybe,” Alex Pettyfer is rising through the ranks. And Dreamworks is aiming to really get his name out there with the biopic Shunt.

In the film, Pettyfer will harness the combined powers on Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen to ooze the charisma all over theater-goers. Shunt follows real-life Formula One racer James Hunt as he popularized the sport in the late ’70′s and banged some hot women. Sounds like it could be fun because, y’know, race cars… but I can’t get passed the name “Shunt.” Sounds like what you’d call the world’s messiest shart. (Deadline)

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Eminem To Try His Hand at Boxing http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/eminem-try-hand-boxing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/eminem-try-hand-boxing/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:02:06 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12262 Eminem a.k.a. Slim Shady a.k.a. Marshall Mathers is stepping into the ring with "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter for new boxing drama, "Southpaw." Dreamworks bought the pitch in the room, and not just because the rapper stared at them intimidatingly.

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Eminem a.k.a. Slim Shady a.k.a. Marshall Mathers is stepping into the ring with “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter for new boxing drama, “Southpaw.” Dreamworks bought the pitch in the room, and not just because the rapper stared at them intimidatingly. Deadline has the deets:

Like in Eminem‘s 2002 screen starring debut 8 Mile, Southpaw will be fueled by the struggles that inform Eminem’s music and mirror his life. Eminem will play a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy. The movie is about his fight to reclaim past glory.

Hmmmm, seems an awful lot like The Fighter, but I have complete confidence in Sutter, who also wrote for “The Shield,” one of the best dramas of all time and if you disagree with me I’ll cut you. He’ll begin writing immediately so he can complete a draft of the script before he gets back together in February with his “SOA” team. Eminem should take this time to hit the gym and dye his hair back the platinum blond to achieve ultimate Ivan Drago-ness.

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Watch These First Five Minutes of ‘Megamind’ With Your Binkie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watch-these-first-five-minutes-of-megamind-with-your-binkie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watch-these-first-five-minutes-of-megamind-with-your-binkie/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film's hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects. Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump...

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Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film’s hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects.

Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump…

 

MEGAMIND SNEAK PEEK

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Dreamworks Wants To Get Into The ‘Halo’ Movie Making Game http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-wants-to-get-into-the-halo-movie-making-game/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-wants-to-get-into-the-halo-movie-making-game/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 This game looks great. The road to a Halo movie adaptation has certainly been a bumpy one. Originally, Universal and Fox split the rights and Peter Jackson was brought in. But then Jackson wanted too much money and Universal was all like, "F*ck you!" And then Jackson was all like, "No. F*ck you!!" Then he walked, effectively killing the project. Now Dreamworks is stepping in to try to make a film adaptation of the Halo BOOKS and not the game, so that Universal can't turn around and be all like, "F*ck you!!!" Sounds like a solid plan, except that someone in Hollywood had to own up to knowing that Halo books exist. Nuuuuurrrdddd!!!!! At any rate, Microsoft has not agreed to hand over their prize pig just yet, so we'll have to see how this plays out. If it doesn't fail, they should just film the hot girl in the picture above while she plays Halo. Or I guess as she reads the Halo books, so that Universal doesn't step in. I'd still watch that. I'd even buy the novelization of the movie about her reading the books. Actually sounds like a lot of work. I'm gonna go play videogames now. (NY Mag)

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This game looks great.

The road to a Halo movie adaptation has certainly been a bumpy one. Originally, Universal and Fox split the rights and Peter Jackson was brought in. But then Jackson wanted too much money and Universal was all like, "F*ck you!" And then Jackson was all like, "No. F*ck you!!" Then he walked, effectively killing the project.

Now Dreamworks is stepping in to try to make a film adaptation of the Halo BOOKS and not the game, so that Universal can’t turn around and be all like, "F*ck you!!!" Sounds like a solid plan, except that someone in Hollywood had to own up to knowing that Halo books exist. Nuuuuurrrdddd!!!!!

At any rate, Microsoft has not agreed to hand over their prize pig just yet, so we’ll have to see how this plays out. If it doesn’t fail, they should just film the hot girl in the picture above while she plays Halo. Or I guess as she reads the Halo books, so that Universal doesn’t step in. I’d still watch that. I’d even buy the novelization of the movie about her reading the books. Actually sounds like a lot of work. I’m gonna go play videogames now. (NY Mag)

 

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Guillermo del Toro is an Epic Troll…Hunter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-is-an-epic-troll-hunter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-is-an-epic-troll-hunter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with DreamWorks for his first animated film: Trollhunters. Based on a children's book authored by del Toro himself, the story will be geared toward kids (duh) and will focus on...wait for it...trolls! "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he tells the Heat Vision Blog. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be a kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it's thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff." No word yet on whether these trolls will deny the holocaust and claim Obama is a secret Muslim Homojew, or if they'll just stick to living under bridges and eating bones. (Heat Vision via Empire)

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Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with DreamWorks for his first animated film: Trollhunters. Based on a children’s book authored by del Toro himself, the story will be geared toward kids (duh) and will focus on…wait for it…trolls!

"I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he tells the Heat Vision Blog. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be a kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it’s thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff."

No word yet on whether these trolls will deny the holocaust and claim Obama is a secret Muslim Homojew, or if they’ll just stick to living under bridges and eating bones. (Heat Vision via Empire)

 

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Spielberg Considering ‘Robopocalypse’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spielberg-considering-robopocalypse/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spielberg-considering-robopocalypse/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 When I began preparing for the coming Robopocalypse, my now ex-girlfriend said I was crazy. But word has it that iconic director and propagandist for the New World Order, Steven Spielberg, may be prepping for the Robopocalypse as well. Who's the "deranged moron with a small penis" now, eh Cindy? Spielberg, who initially passed on the film in favor of his current film, War Horse, is reportedly considering Robopocalypse as his next project. The story by Daniel H. Wilson chronicles man's fight for survival as robots turn on their former masters and humanity's chickens come home to roost. If I were you, I'd unplug my Roomba right now and throw it off a bridge. (Vulture via First Showing)

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<p>When I began preparing for <a href=the coming Robopocalypse, my now ex-girlfriend said I was crazy. But word has it that iconic director and propagandist for the New World Order, Steven Spielberg, may be prepping for the Robopocalypse as well. Who’s the "deranged moron with a small penis" now, eh Cindy?

Spielberg, who initially passed on the film in favor of his current film, War Horse, is reportedly considering Robopocalypse as his next project. The story by Daniel H. Wilson chronicles man’s fight for survival as robots turn on their former masters and humanity’s chickens come home to roost. If I were you, I’d unplug my Roomba right now and throw it off a bridge. (Vulture via First Showing)

 

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Dreamworks Snatches Up Zach Galifianakis’s ‘Reply All’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-snatches-up-zach-galifianakiss-reply-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-snatches-up-zach-galifianakiss-reply-all/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A new comedy titled Reply All was pitched around town this week with Zach Galifianakis attached to star. Dreamworks heard that and snatched it up immediately. There's no logline yet, but it's got Zach and that's all that matters for big box office. Still though, what could this thing be about? Judging by the title, I'm worried. It sounds like a crappy romantic comedy where Kristin Bell and Javier Bardem hate one another because of an email that was sent to the wrong recipients, but then they decide they love one another because he's a straight-talking repairman with a hidden talent for painting and she's a magazine editor. If television and movies have taught me anything, magazine editors always end up with straight-talking repairmen with a hidden talent for painting. It's science. (Deadline)

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A new comedy titled Reply All was pitched around town this week with Zach Galifianakis attached to star. Dreamworks heard that and snatched it up immediately. There’s no logline yet, but it’s got Zach and that’s all that matters for big box office.

Still though, what could this thing be about? Judging by the title, I’m worried. It sounds like a crappy romantic comedy where Kristin Bell and Javier Bardem hate one another because of an email that was sent to the wrong recipients, but then they decide they love one another because he’s a straight-talking repairman with a hidden talent for painting and she’s a magazine editor. If television and movies have taught me anything, magazine editors always end up with straight-talking repairmen with a hidden talent for painting. It’s science. (Deadline)

 

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Steve Carell was ‘Raised by Wolfs’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steve-carell-was-raised-by-wolfs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steve-carell-was-raised-by-wolfs/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Steve Carell was Raised By Wolfs, which explains why his new film misspells "wolves" in the title. DreamWorks Studios is teaming with Carell's Carousel Productions to back the project, which is still in the "pitch" stage. While the exact plot of the Les Firestein comedy is unknown, I think it's safe to say it involves Carell's character being raised by America's favorite AHL hockey team, the Chicago Wolves (two time Calder Cup winners). (Latino Review)

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Steve Carell was Raised By Wolfs, which explains why his new film misspells "wolves" in the title.

DreamWorks Studios is teaming with Carell’s Carousel Productions to back the project, which is still in the "pitch" stage. While the exact plot of the Les Firestein comedy in unknown, I think it’s safe to say it involves Carell’s character being raised by America’s favorite AHL hockey team, the Chicago Wolves (two time Calder Cup winners). (Latino Review)

 

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Dreamworks’ ‘Megamind’ Releases Mega-Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dreamworks-megamind-releases-mega-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dreamworks-megamind-releases-mega-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dreamworks' has released a four minute trailer for its new animated feature, Megamind. The film tells the story of an evil supervillain (Megamind) who is forced to deal with the consequences of his actions once his evil quest for power is finally realized. Luckily for Dreamworks, the trailer looks a lot funnier than what I just described. Featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, and Brad Pitt, the film hits theaters December 3rd. Watch the Megamind mega-trailer after the jump...

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Dreamworks’ has released a four minute trailer for its new animated feature, Megamind.

The film tells the story of an evil supervillain (Megamind) who is forced to deal with the consequences of his actions once his evil quest for power is finally realized. Luckily for Dreamworks, the trailer looks a lot funnier than what I just described.

Featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, David Cross, and Brad Pitt, the film hits theaters December 3rd.

Watch the Megamind mega-trailer after the jump…


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‘Megamind’ Trailer Pretty Much Just Teases http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megamind-trailer-pretty-much-just-teases/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megamind-trailer-pretty-much-just-teases/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Stroke humor in its purest form. Dreamworks has released a full length trailer for their new animated film Megamind. It wants so very badly to be The Incredibles, but without the voice talent of Coach, a.k.a Craig T. Nelson, it's pretty much S.O.L. They could have at least tried for Jerry Van Dyke. The trailer plays out more like a teaser that pimps the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. I had to read the film's official synopsis to get a firm grasp of the plot, and the major turning point isn't even revealed in the trailer. Also, can we please put a cap on how many animated movies an actor can lend their voice to? Brad Pitt was a good get, but Jonah's shuffled up to the microphone in his P.J.s far too many times recently. Check out the trailer after the jump, and the synopsis so you can fill in the blanks. Megamind takes over theaters November 5, 2010.

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Stroke humor in its purest form.

Dreamworks has released a full length trailer for their new animated film Megamind. It wants so very badly to be The Incredibles, but without the voice talent of Coach, a.k.a Craig T. Nelson, it’s pretty much S.O.L. They could have at least tried for Jerry Van Dyke.

The trailer plays out more like a teaser that pimps the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. I had to read the film’s official synopsis to get a firm grasp of the plot, and the major turning point isn’t even revealed in the trailer. Also, can we please put a cap on how many animated movies an actor can lend their voice to? Brad Pitt was a good get, but Jonah’s shuffled up to the microphone in his P.J.s far too many times recently.

Check out the trailer after the jump, and the synopsis so you can fill in the blanks. Megamind takes over theaters November 5, 2010.


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From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.” “Megamind” is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” an invincible hero until the da Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him.  Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called “Titan”, who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it’s much more fun to be a villain than a good guy . Except Titan doesn’t just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it.  Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once?  Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?

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Charlie Kaufman Punched Up ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charlie-kaufman-punched-up-kung-fu-panda-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charlie-kaufman-punched-up-kung-fu-panda-sequel/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "F*ck it."Residents of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn should be prepared to see Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom popping up on their Netflix Local Favorites. It's been revealed that Charlie Kaufman was brought in to fix up the animated flick's script. That's right. The man who wrote Adaptation also took a gig on a movie about a kung fu kicking panda. If you listen closely, you can hear Robert McKee laughing his nuts off.It's not uncommon for several writers to pitch in on a studio film and remain uncredited. Especially an animated one. Kaufman is reported to have only polished the material, so it's doubtful we'll notice his handiwork. But keep an eye out for uncharacteristically cerebal fart jokes when the movie opens in June of 2011. (THR)

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"F*ck it."

Residents of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn should be prepared to see Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom popping up on their Netflix Local Favorites. It’s been revealed that Charlie Kaufman was brought in to fix up the animated flick’s script. That’s right. The man who wrote Adaptation also took a gig on a movie about a kung fu kicking panda. If you listen closely, you can hear Robert McKee laughing his nuts off.

It’s not uncommon for several writers to pitch in on a studio film and remain uncredited. Especially an animated one. Kaufman is reported to have only polished the material, so it’s doubtful we’ll notice his handiwork. But keep an eye out for uncharacteristically cerebal fart jokes when the movie opens in June of 2011. (THR)

 

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