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The Choose Your Own Adventure novels were best known for letting the reader decide how they wanted the story to unfold. Now, the three men who’ll be our decision makers when the brand hits the big screen have been revealed. Night at the Museum writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon will write the screenplay, while Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of We’re The Millers and Dodgeball, will be at the helm. Read More »

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What’s that line about unhappy families each being unhappy in their own way? If the wholesome-looking nuclear family at the center of We’re the Millers seems to bicker an awful lot, that may be because they’re suffering from a very unusual problem indeed — namely, that they’re not actually a family at all.

Jason Sudeikis leads the comedy as a small-time drug dealer who’s forced into a big job by his unscrupulous supplier (Ed Helms). In an elaborate scheme to smuggle pot into the country, he gets a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts), and an overeager neighbor (Will Poulter) to pretend to be his family. Watch the new red-band trailer after the jump.

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We're the Millers

Family road trips gone awry are a staple of comedy — just ask Chevy Chase, who starred in National Lampoon’s Vacation, or Ed Helms, who’s set to lead the sequel. But We’re the Millers mixes up the formula a bit by making its lead family not really a family.

Jason Sudeikis leads the cast as a drug dealer tasked with smuggling weed into the country. As part of an elaborate plan to escape the notice of the U.S. border patrol, he gets a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend be his wife, and brings on two very different kids (Will Poulter and Emma Roberts) to play their offspring. Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball) directs. Watch the red- and green-band versions of the trailer after the jump.

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It’s a sad day for comic book fans, as we get updates that suggest two long-gestating adaptations, David Fincher‘s The Goon and Rawson Thurber‘s Elfquest, are no longer happening. Sure, they could get revived somewhere down the line — crazier things have happened — but if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Hit the jump for updates.

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Jason Bateman has won the lead role in We’re the Millers, a stoner comedy to be directed by Rawson Thurber. The two worked together previously on 2004′s Dodgeball, which featured Bateman as spacey color commentator Pepper Brooks.

Bateman and Thurber are just the latest names to board the film, which has been in development for nearly a decade — John Morris, Sean Anders, Steve Buscemi and Bateman’s Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett have all been attached to the project at various points. Bateman seems to be on a hot streak with comedies right now, though, so here’s hoping the project actually gets made this time around.

The script follows a drug dealer who decides he wants out of the business. But before he quits, of course, he has to take one last job which involves traveling to Mexico and creating a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S. I haven’t read the script myself, but based on what I’ve heard it’s sharp, dark, and very funny. [Pajiba]

After the jump, new stars for Pacific Rim and Struck by Lightning.

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Back in 2009, we reported that screenwriter Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain) was working on a screenplay adapted from Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy series. Now, after a couple of years of not much activity, the project is getting a whole new draft. Universal Pictures recently hired Rawson Thurber, best known as the writer/director of Dodgeball, to rewrite the script.

Written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy follows a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. The series won an Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series in 2008 and has received praise from writer Grant Morrison, who called it “An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas.” More details after the jump.

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UPDATE: ZOMFG! Have any of you guys seen Matthew McConaughey’s official website? It’s actually called “Just Keep Livin’”and you can cruise his glossies while listening to terrible reggae. Amazing! Thanks to Slashfilm reader “Black Flag Inuit” for the tippity top of tips!

Sorry, but real men are not literally golden. Real men don’t grow gigantic mustaches before they start filming action flicks, they already get the thumbs up when they see Lionel Richie at the market. EW reports that Mr. Oscar Abs aka Matthew McConaughey is currently (and finally) reading the script for the long lingering Magnum P.I. remake by writer/director Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball); you know, Magnum P.I., the TV show that got polite but stern, very hairy men in Hawaiian shirts laid by babes for a generation? So, if EW is correct, the shirt is off and the offer is on the table to McConaughey.

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Listen, I just saw Selleck, Mr. Tom Selleck, on Craig Ferguson (another real dude), and he looks fine. He even has a ranch with one goat. I guess he’s making some bank off the M/GILFs for his Jesse Stone: Small Town Police Chief franchise, but the guy has forever earned this movie and the role of Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV. And if not, he should be able to handpick the V heir to the character’s Ferrari and the world’s finest, exquisitely tan-lined catches.

McConaughey is ideal for movies like Sahara, Tropic Thunder and Surfer Dude, but playing an ex-Navy Seal? Is he going to grow a kit and by kit I mean a chest so hairy it takes four bimbos with blow dryers to get us to the next scene? Stop the madness.

Discuss: Whatevs, just no bongo talk.

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