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Meeting with Nancy Reagan inspired dog film

21 June 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With family films taking a bite out of the boxoffice, Bryan Michael Stoller hopes Little Bear, a 28-pound Queensland heeler, can follow in the paw prints of Marley, Marmaduke and the Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Most movies starring a dog, like "Beethoven," use 10 or more look-alike animals. In Stoller's "First Dog," about a foster kid who returns the president's lost dog to the White House, Little Bear is the solo star. He did his own stunts and even barked for postproduction looping.

"I have a credit in the movie as his acting coach, not as a trainer," said Stoller, who directed, produced, wrote and edited the movie, which was made for less than $3 million and screens Tuesday night for the first time for distributors and backers.

As a movie, TV and commercials director and author of "Filmmaking for Dummies," Stoller first sniffed »

- By Alex Ben Block

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