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The Nut Job centers around Surly The Squirrel, and his group of critter-friends as they try to keep their colony of animals from starving in the winter. While the story and characters in the film are unique, this is hardly the first time a squirrel has been in the spotlight. In support of the April 15th Blu-ray and DVD release of the film (click Here to win a copy!), we've compiled a list of the most famous squirrels to leave an impact on pop-culture.
Squirrels in Pop Culture
Rocky, "Rocky & Bullwinkle" – Rocket J. Squirrel was the first squirrel to reach national superstardom. From 1959-1964, he was one of the stars of the animated show, Rocky and His Friends, as well as the Bullwinkle Show. He and his friend Bullwinkle lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota - where they often embarked on various adventures.
Scrat, Ice Age – Scrat »
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Knockabout Disney comedy co-written by Judd Apatow and starring Ben Stiller as a crazy fitness instructor who hustles overweight kids into shape at a posh fat camp. It's no surprise that director Steve Brill went on to achieve similar comedy success with The Mighty Ducks while Stiller's psycho health freak proved to be the perfect warm-up act for his role in Dodgeball. So definitely one for the underdogs. »
There is a current trend in R-rated comedies where it is all right to be raunchy as long as there is an undercurrent of sweetness to combat the sour put-downs and filthy jokes. Therefore, the challenge of the genre lies in how the writer and director balance these two poles. If they hold back too much on the crude language and vulgar jokes, it is a waste of an R-rating. If they hold back on the humanity behind the characters, it is a waste of storytelling. If they hold back on both, as screenwriter Andrew Dodge and director Jason Bateman do with Bad Words, it is just a waste.
Bateman does double duty here as director and lead actor as he plays Guy Trilby, a man suffering from a kind of arrested development. The 40-year-old bachelor finds a loophole in a national spelling bee, the Golden Quill, and uses it to his advantage. »
- Jordan Adler
Former child actor Jason Bateman had a surge in his career ten years ago when he played the lead in the television comedy "Arrested Development" (and some serious scene stealing in comedies like Dodgeball ), but things have just steamrolled for him since then as his transition to movies led to a number of huge hits including Jason Reitman's Juno , Hancock , Couples Retreat and last year's Identity Thief . Now, Bateman is making his feature film directorial debut with Bad Words , in which he plays Guy Trilby, a surly 40-year-old who finds a loophole in spelling bee bylaws to make his way through the system to the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee where he encounters a young competitor named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who seems to be an annoying distraction from »
He’ll star as Jeremy, a perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean.
Long recently clocked some time with Fox viewers as “Paul” on New Girl, and recently completed shooting the feature film Tusk for director Kevin Smith. Long also had an arc on CBS’ Mom last year and was on FX’s 2012 series Unsupervised. »
- James Hibberd
A sequel to New Line’s surprise smash, We’re The Millers, was practically a given- since the film grabbed a worldwide cume of $270 million on a $37 Million budget. But it’s taken until now for the studio to begin putting all the pieces together. Variety is reporting that they’ve hired Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) to write the sequel, with director Rawson Marshall Thurber back at the helm.
The original centered on the misadventure of a fake family, lead by Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, that staged a vacation as a way to secretly smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana into the Us. Their make-believe kids were played by Emma Roberts and Will Poulter. The film opened on August 17, 2012 to take-it-or-leave-it 50/50 reviews, and it looks like plenty of people decided to “take it.” Similar to Identity Thief, another glossy low-brow comedy that wasn’t a critical darling yet went on to do amazingly well, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, an awe-inspiring adventure 70 million years in the making, now stomping in just in time for Easter.
Dino fans of all ages will be 'herding" to get their own copy of Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25. Hailed by viewers for its explosive visual achievements, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is "Jurassic Park meets The Lion King" (The Today Show) and "...too good a visual treat to miss" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (The Meerkats) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age, »
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
Here is a striking but flawed documentary by Alex Gibney, famous for his studies of financial fraud in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and America's use of rendition in Taxi to the Dark Side (2007). He paints a portrait of the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admits to drug use with the same calm, clear-eyed candour he once displayed while denying it. Yet the slippery doper hedges his general admission with all sorts of hints that this matter wasn't quite what his accusers have said, and Gibney circles around his man, never quite going in for the kill.
The film is a lesson in the perils of getting caught in the middle of a story – and creating and believing in a "story" in the first place. »
- Peter Bradshaw
(Cbr) Fox might be keeping a wrap on its vision for the "Choose Your Own Adventure" adaptation, but some recent hires hint at what kind of movie audiences might be getting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Night at the Museum" franchise screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are penning the script, while "We’re the Millers" and "Dodgeball" director Rawson Marshall Thurber is officially on board to helm. The "Choose Your Own Adventure" books spanned all genres and, as the title suggests, offered readers choices when it came to the direction of the stories. How that functionality will be integrated into »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
If you were eleven years old at some point during the 1980s and had a couple afternoons to kill, a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book was a safe bet for passing the time. The iconic book series was known for the “stacked storytelling” technique, which let readers follow along a general plotline while also making decisions for the main character every few pages. Is our hero Johnny going to get trapped in a snake pit if he goes around that corner or make it to safety? It’s really all up to you and what page you turn to, since you’re God now. While this concept provided hours of entertainment and an economic break for parents since you can come up with endless combinations of adventures, it seemed like it would remain relegated to the pages of the paperback section. But apparently, with the rise in popularity of toy-based films and retrokidtainment (copyright: Samantha Wilson, Film School »
- Samantha Wilson
Noah: The biblical Noah is known for building an ark, but from the way the title character looks in the first poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Russell Crowe may be using that axe for something other than construction work. The movie's due out on March 28. [Paramount] Choose Your Own Adventure: Long in development, a big-screen version of Choose Your Own Adventure is finally moving forward. Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball) will direct. Meanwhile, Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (A Night at the Museum) are in negotiations to write the screenplay, based on the series of books that have sold nearly 250 million copies over more than three decades. [Heat Vision] Tomorrow Night: Three years before Pootie Tang, Louis C.K. made his directorial...
- Peter Martin
I used to love these books as a kid. The idea behind them is that you could skip to different pages throughout the story, following directions at the bottom of each page, to effectively ‘choose your own adventure,’ and get a different ending every time, some negative for the main character, and some positive.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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- Paul Heath
Rawson Marshall Thurber has closed a deal to direct 20th Century Fox's Choose Your Own Adventure adaptation, with writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant finalizing a deal to write the screenplay adaptation. However, it isn't known which of the stories they plan on adapting from the 180-book catalog.
We first reported on the project back in June, when 20th Century Fox and producers John Davis and John Fox acquired the massive library of titles, which spans all genres from mysteries (Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey?) to Westerns (Deadwood City) to espionage (Your Code Name Is Jonah) to outer space (Space and Beyond).
The concept for the novels was created in 1975 by Edward Packard and R.A. Montgomery, which allowed the reader to select which path they wanted the story to take, with most decisions leading to the success or ultimate demise of the protagonist. The series took off in popularity when »
News Simon Brew 29 Jan 2014 - 05:51
It was revealed last summer that there were plans to adapt the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books into a movie. It wasn't clear which of the many books in the series - there ended up being over 150 of them - would be centred on, nor how the adventure choosing gimmick would translate to the big screen. Yet we might just be finding out soon: it turns out that this is very much an active project.
Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon - who penned the Night At The Museum movies and are also working on the new Naked Gun film - have been hired to oversee the script (and have been involved for a while). And now it's been revealed that Rawson Marshall Thurber »
We're the Millers was a sleeper hit this past summer, and I'm surprised there hasn't publicly been any movement on a sequel. In any event, the film's director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, is lining up a new project by signing on to helm Choose Your Own Adventure. We first reported on the adaptation of the book series last year with 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis hoping to turn Choose Your Own Adventure into a "cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise." That's clearly not going to be in the R-rated territory of Millers, but the director handled PG-13 comedy incredibly well with 2004's Dodgeball, a film that still holds up ten years later. Unfortunately, THR also reports that screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will be handling the script. What's frustrating about the duo is they know how to be funny. Reno 911! and The State are proof. But Lennon and »
- Matt Goldberg
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