Briefly: The animated Madagascar spin-off movie intended to showcase the four scene-stealing pengiuns from that series now has a director. Simon Smith, who co-directed Bee Movie for Dreamworks, is now set to hold the reins on the film, which was fast-tracked back in March. That was when Megamind writers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons were hired to script.

The penguins have proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the Mardagascar films and have already been given their own short, and an animated show on Nickelodeon. We still don’t have any new info on the story or casting for this one, but with a director in place that should all be announced sooner rather than later. [THR]

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The four roguish penguins that have been in both Magadascar movies (and will be in the third film, to be released next year) are one of the most popular aspects of that series. They starred in their own spin-off short when the first film hit DVD and have a TV show on Nickleodeon.

So, naturally, they’re going to get their own movie. Read More »

Are You Ready For Six ‘Kung-Fu Panda’ Movies?

Kung-Fu Panda was silly fluff, but likeable enough as a child’s introduction to kung-fu movies. (Assuming someone wouldn’t just show their kids the safer Jackie Chan movies at some point — maybe those come after Panda.) Taken against the Shrek and Madagascar sequels (and before How to Train Your Dragon) it made DreamWorks Animation look better than usual. But would I want to see six Kung-Fu Panda movies? Probably not.

Six films is what DreamWorks is planning, according to Jeffrey Katzenberg. And speaking of How to Train Your Dragon — for which we knew at least one sequel is in development — expect to see at least three films in the series. Oh, and at least four Madagascar movies. Read More »

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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
Compared to Apatow-directed/produced relationship comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you can’t exactly say Zack and Miri Make a Porno is breaking new ground with its combination of raunchy R-rated humor with a more sincere, emotional romance at the center of it all. Then again, even if those films didn’t exist, it still wouldn’t be breaking new ground, since Kevin Smith has been doing this since Chasing Amy. So all those saying Smith is just channeling Apatow can suck it. If anything, Apatow has been channeling Smith; he even admitted as much at last year’s Comic-Con, when he labeled Smith as one of his inspirations. And while Zack and Miri may not be the best comedy of the year, it’s definitely up there, and is certainly deserving of a purchase.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Full length documentary, deleted and extended scenes, all of the “Money Shots” promo videos, and a blooper reel.

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