With ‘Squeakquel’ no longer a part of the title, my feelings of disdain toward the prospect of an Alvin and the Chimpunks sequel lessened considerably. Credit for that was surely due to the current allure of 3D, as putting ’3D’ in the title seemed to satisfy the studio’s need for gimmicky wordplay just fine. Now there’s word that the latest entry in the franchise may not be in 3D after all, which is worrying if only because it means there’s a greater likelihood that we’ll instead be subjected to some god-awful pun.

Moreover, problems have arisen for production of the film, which is set to begin at the start of the new year. The original plan was to have Squeakquel director Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Private Parts, Doctor Dolittle) return for the third film, but she’s decided to pass on the project for unknown reasons*, leaving Fox in need of a new director and fast.

*My guess? The project wasn’t as creatively challenging as I Spy. Read More »

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If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that Gallery1988 in Los Angeles hosts some of the coolest pop culture-focused art shows in the universe. We’ve featured a lot of art from their Crazy4Cult shows in past editions of Cool Stuff.

Their latest show, The Greatest Moments in Sports History, is sports related. And while it contains some cool artwork from some of the artists we’ve grown to love and support, it isn’t necessarily /Film material. That said, a couple artists decided to pay tribute to The Coen Brothers’ comedy classic The Big Lebowski. I ran into Gallery1988 owner Jensen Karp at a cool event over the weekend (more details about that event will follow later this week) and he told me that they only have a dozen or so prints left of my favorite, Mike Mitchell‘s The Dude Invitational (seen cropped above). Prints are available of all the art included after the jump. But act fast before it disappears forever.

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Shrek Forever After will be the Last Shrek Sequel

Shrek Forever After

DreamWorks Animation has premiered the first photos from Shrek Forever After in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. One of them can be seen above, the other (of Donkey), can be seen in the linked article. There are a bunch of new tidbits revealed in the article, including the story details, information of when we can expect the first trailer and new casting. We’ve rounded up all the tiny details, after the jump.

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DreamWorks Animation Announces 2009-2012 Releases

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DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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Shrek 4 Finds a Director

Shrek

Shrek the Third hits theaters later this month and DreamWorks Animation is already setting up the sequel. The studio is in negotiations with Mike Mitchell to direct the fourth film. Tim Sullivan penned the script, and Josh Klausner recently did a rewrite. No word on what the Shrek 4 will be about, but one would suspect that it would include all the usual players (include the three new additions to the Shrek family). Mitchell’s filmography includes Deuce Bigalow, Surviving Christmas, and Sky High. It’s interesting that a big franchise film like Shrek can’t attract a more competent director. You would think that people would be jumping at the oppurtunity to be attached to the next summer hit film. I mean, it can’t hurt your resume (especially Mitchell’s resume).

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