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In 2008, Universal made a deal with Hasbro to develop movies based on plastic and particle board. Now, three years later, they’ve dropped Clue, and they’re also more interested in paying Hasbro a $5m penalty than in actually making the Ouija Board Movie. According to Vulture, the project – which was being produced by Michael Bay and directed by McG (a hell of a pair if there ever were one) – is now in turnaround. Bay and McG are now free to shop it around to anyone that wants to take it. This might be just another cautious step in a trend where studios are wising up to what audiences are getting tired of, but it also represents further proof that 90s style filmmaking is dead as a doornail. McG pitched the project as a large-scale adventure ala Jumanji, which sounds like a strong idea, but apparently Universal wasn’t keen on the concept for the price. It’s a signal that that kind of family adventure is done, while blockbusters are still trying to find a type of adventure that does work. Johnny Depp acting drunk seems to work, but apparently not when he’s playing a Native American sidekick. Meanwhile, the only company who’s discovered the formula for consistently bringing in large numbers of adults and children is Pixar. Maybe they should get their busy hands on this one, too.

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As if the letter-writing campaign started turning some heads, Fox is going to shoot McG into space for an as-yet-untitled action film. This is actually perfect for the director, especially considering the project was scripted from Doom and Expendables screenwriter David Callaham. Why is it perfect? Because it’ll be completely generic, harmless action set in space with CGI as the main character. This is based completely on the director’s past work, to be fair. It also keeps in mind that he’s not a terrible director; he’s just aggressively average. Fortunately, he might have some surprises up his sleeve with his forthcoming black comedy This Means War, but it’s unlikely that he’s suddenly gained talent beyond middling-hood. If there was any doubt that we were in the zone of diminished returns on the sci-fi craze started by District 9, this should eradicate it. On the other hand, there’s no word on how this will affect, if at all, the Ouija board movie McG is set to do, but they should already have a prop that can give us that information. [Deadline Gainesville]

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Despite the optimism that comes with any new film being announced (who wants to be bored for two hours?), it was already difficult to work up some happy thoughts about a movie based on the Ouija board. If they made it like a long, more polished episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, maybe it could be interesting. Plus, a super natural thriller of any quality would be enough to stomach the ridiculously blatant product placement. Now, it’s almost impossible to get excited because a music video director that should have stuck to music videos is now reported to be in final negotiations to direct the project. According to Deadline Gaithersburg, McG will be bringing his unique talents to the long-form commercial, putting a strain on positive outlooks everywhere.

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Hey, you. Yes, you. No, not that person behind you who seems curiously intent on strangling you with a stand of fishing line. You. I’m guessing you are here because you want to know what’s going on in the world of movies? And chances are you’ve had about enough of the “Film School Rejects attitude” seen in other, more wordy editorials. I’m here to rescue you and give you only the news that you crave as we both stare up at the moon together. And just as you realize that the guy behind you was, in fact, killing you this whole time, you are also going to realize something else: I’m delivering the news with attitude, as well. What can I say, it’s late…

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Brian Salisbury joins us with his own theme music, and Robert Fure joins us with enough anger and rage to make you think you’re hearing music. We bash the idea of an animated Terminator film, sneak the word “taint” into almost every discussion, and then my guests go head-to-head in a huge action film trivia face-off. Who will emerge victorious? How many times will we mention Michael Dudikoff? You’ll have to listen to find out. Or at least skip ahead to the end where I announce the winner. Plus, we find time to review Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The Expendables.

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Elizabeth Banks to play Tinkerbell

Prepare to have that slightly awkward crush you’ve always had on the absurdly petite fairy Tinkerbell amplified in the near future. It has something to do with Elizabeth Banks and all of the costume possibilities. Tinkerbell always did wear skimpy outfits, did she not? Alas, this is a story about a new live-action romantic comedy called Tink, in which Banks will play the beloved spreader of pixie dust. It’s being said that with this McG, Adam Shankman produced film “plays with the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character.” I’m not sure what that means, but having McG and Adam Shankman involved isn’t making me feel any easier about it. Banks works, but the guy who is responsible for Cheaper by the Dozen 2 does not. The good news is that the project is yet to attach a director, meaning that it still could go either way. For now, consider me hopeful as I ponder Elizabeth Banks in a Tinkerbell outfit. Don’t judge me. [Variety]

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After the success of both Wedding Crashers and The Hangover, Bradley Cooper seemed ready to jump all over the wave of good fortune and get to work on becoming a genuine movie star. And since, he’s made a series of good choices.Today we learned of another good choice made by the young actor: to stay far away from Terminator Salvation director McG.

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After dispensing upon the world a movie (Terminator Salvation) that probably made James Cameron cry, sometimes not-so-bad director McG is heading to the world of formula action-comedy. And of course he’s bringing along his keen eye for telling the story of romance, with action.

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So here we are with a fourth Terminator movie, helmed by McG no less. This time, it’s Batman versus Perseus in a post-apocalyptic smackdown. It may not be the best of the series, but you just might believe it is after playing this game.

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With the exit of Disney studio chief Dick Cook, a few projects that were once on the fast track would ultimately be left behind in the wake of change. Enter the first victim, the McG directed Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Randall Wallace (Braveheart) has been brought aboard the vessel that will carry director McG and the folks at Disney 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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We’re feeding grist into the mill with the non-news that the next Terminator installment might be set in Merry Olde England.

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Come with me if you want a sequel.

Just because we’d rather terminate Terminator Salvation rather than watch it again doesn’t mean we don’t want a sequel. We just want one that meets all of our demands.

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In honor of just how big of a summer movie Terminator Salvation is, we doubled up our normal 10 and 5 column. Unfortunately, McG doubled up the bad so we’re all pretty disappointed.

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The reviews for Terminator Salvation are mixed. Not exactly what the studio would hope for with a summer tentpole. Does that mean they should stop the franchise? The usual idiots verbally spar it out for this week’s Shouting Match.

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Kevin defends what some have called a death threat to McG.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Terminator: Salvation, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Dance Flick.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil and Kevin wage war on the machines… and McG with some scathing analysis of Terminator: Salvation. Then they move onto the movies that Neil hasn’t seen.

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The wait is over. Wait, I think I used that for Star Trek, didn’t I? Alright, this week the wait for another entry into the Terminator franchise is over. Now we just need to know what you think.

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Want to win a copy of the official movie companion for Terminator Salvation? All you have to do is be an awesome photo captioner.

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