April 17, 2014

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Reese Witherspoon’s neighbors reportedly upset about her pets

HollywoodNews.com: Reese Witherspoon may seem totally sweet, but it seems that her unusual pets are upsetting some of her neighbors.
Witherspoon’s donkeys, Honky and Tonky, that live at her Ojai, California home are reportedly annoying everyone nearby, states UsMagazine.com. Other residents have reportedly sent letters because the animals are apparently a little too loud.
However, the neighbors like Witherspoon as a resident, but they just want a little more peace and quiet in the area.
Do you think donkeys are too much as pets?
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Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek sneak “Puss” at Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures have a strong presence in Cannes at the start of the annual film festival.
Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman are on the ground promoting the anticipated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 2.”
But while the eyes of the media are tuned in, the studios decided to sneak peek another animated feature that will have audiences lining up come November.
Antonio Banderas is bringing his “Shrek” character Puss In Boots off on a solo adventure. The story is rumored to be a prequel, with the events of this film leading up to Puss’s introduction to Shrek and Donkey. Salma Hayek is joining Banderas in the film, playing Kitty Softpaws, and both actors sat atop giant “Boots” props on the waterfront in Cannes today.
Paramount shared a video they shot in Cannes to help promote “Puss In Boots.” We’ve posted it below. In the meantime, the movie will be in theaters on Nov. 4.

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“Shrek Forever After” — It’s really over for our favorite ogre

By Sean O’Connell
Shrek Forever After (** out of 4)
The creative team behind “Shrek” says “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth in the nine-year-old fairy tale franchise, will be the last. At least, until the next “Shrek” film comes out.
Hollywood rarely kills a cash cow. Not until every last drop has been milked from those money-producing udders. So if this fourth “Shrek” lures as many families as its predecessors — and earns potentially more dough thanks to increased 3-D ticket prices — you can safely bet the house on a fifth adventure.
And my feelings about that would be … well, indifference, I suppose. The “Shrek” franchise, which stars Mike Myers as the surly, Scottish-voiced ogre, has run its course. How could it not? When has the fourth film in any series been truly memorable? Even “The Godfather” franchise died a horrible death on its third try.
The latest “Shrek” adventure occupies a strange limbo. It’s mildly entertaining, infused with the pleasant nostalgia you experience visiting friends you only get to see every few years. And the animation shows marked improvement, particularly in Shrek’s facial features, which draw the portly ogre much closer to human form than he’s ever been before.
But the laughs aren’t there anymore. On the off chance “Shrek Forever After” manages to make you chuckle, it’s usually with a trick employed by a previous installment. Adorable Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) affects those gigantic saucer eyes at Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and we smile. Not because it’s amusing on its own, but because it reminds us of better “Shrek” movies.
And while “Shrek” always aimed above the heads of younger patrons in hopes of pleasing pop-culture savvy adults, “Forever After” specifically targets mom and dad with a sentimental storyline frazzled parents will embrace. Essentially inserting our hero into a fantasy version of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we find Shrek seeking a temporary escape from the rigorous (and monotonous) routine of fathering his three lovable babies. The disgruntled ogre enters into a magical contract with smooth-talking Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), hoping to earn one day where his life returns to the way it was before he rescued his beloved Fiona (Cameron Diaz). Instead, an alternate world is created where Shrek never existed, and the characters we’ve come to know have drastically changed.
What hasn’t changed is the trademark blending of rapid fired pop-culture nods with classic storybook references. [...]

Tribeca Film Festival To Open with “Shrek Forever After”

The Tribeca Film Festival and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that “Shrek Forever After” will open the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. “Shrek Forever After” is the final chapter in the adventures of the beloved ogre, Shrek, and the first of the series to be presented in 3D. It is directed by Mike Mitchell and stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. The premiere will take place on Wednesday, April 21 and the Festival will run through May 2.
“We have always sought to open our Festival with films that are captivating and strike an emotional chord with movie-goers. “Shrek Forever After” combines the very best in storytelling and artistry while showcasing the wonders of innovative 3D filmmaking. It is one of the most anticipated new movies of 2010 and we are so pleased that DreamWorks Animation is bringing the final chapter of Shrek to the Tribeca Film Festival for its world premiere,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.
“The final chapter of Shrek’s personal journey brings all of our beloved characters full circle in a way that pays creative homage to each of the previous films and the stories they told, while taking Shrek and his family and friends on a fantastic, emotion-filled journey that is funny at every turn,” said the film’s director, Mike Mitchell. “Technological innovation at DreamWorks Animation has done wonders for our storytelling capabilities and I am excited to share these with audiences when we bring Far Far Away into the third dimension for the very first time.”
In “Shrek Forever After,” Shrek, who has already successfully challenged an evil dragon, rescued a beautiful princess and saved his in-laws’ kingdom, is faced with the question: What’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes [...]