It is as if each successive news item along these lines was a more challenging trial. Seriously, considering a rash of these recent cash-in film announcements is like staring down a gauntlet that would make a pack of Vikings cry. First there’s the Mattel stuff: Battleship (which I’ve heard talk could be a lot better than anyone expects, but I remain skeptical) and Barbie. Then we get Owen Wilson cast as Marmaduke, the dog that doesn’t talk except when he’s in a big, pointless movie. And now this: my favorite director, Night at the Museum‘s Shawn Levy, is producing a movie about bears that dress like people. Read More »