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NBC To Replace Dead Dog with 'Marley & Me' Series

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Like a parent replacing an old, now-gone pooch with a new little pup, NBC is developing an updated, small-screen version of Marley & Me. Also, they are literally replacing a dead dog with a puppy. THR reports that the network's series take on the tale will pick up where the movie left off, with (spoiler!) Marley decaying beneath the soil of the Wilson/Aniston household. As the TV show beings, the family looks out their door to find a new puppy, "'owned', but not well, by their neighbors," and they decide to just take that dog and make it their own--even giving it Marley's old leash and tags. Because why buy new ones? Marley doesn't care. That dog is super dead.

Sex and the City and Rio 2 writer Jenny Bicks is handling the writing and executive producing. The original film's director David Frankel will also executive produce as well as direct the pilot--though original stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are not said to be involved. Just tell the kids that Owen and Jenny's souls are in new actors now.

'Back to the Future' Sequels/Remakes Fading from Picture

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Making his most optimistic but hard to believe prediction for the future since hoverboards, Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale has claimed that no one is going to do any sort of revisionist follow-up work on his classic '80s trilogy.

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Chris Rock Basically Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Trailer

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Chris Rock's first film role since Grown Ups 2 sees him once again palling around with friends but this time with a self-awareness beyond their all knowing they just got a free vacation. In Top Five, the comedian stars as what's clearly a lightly fictionalized version of himself who's disenfranchised with Hollywood and with being funny in general. Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, JB Smoove, Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer, and Ben Vereen are among the co-stars and cameos you can expect. Basically, it's Rock's version of something in the vicinity of Funny People and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

I won't tell you what his top five end up being. You'll have to watch the trailer:

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Disney's 'Feast' Trailer Lets You Watch a Puppy Eat Nachos, So What Are You Waiting For?

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Disney's latest animated pre-movie short involves a cute Boston terrier puppy eating nachos. That description alone should probably be enough to get them a few million YouTube hits, but here's the more official synopsis:

Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share."

In short, as your veterinarian will tell you, this short is about someone killing their dog. You tell your vet about this short, they're going to go into a whole spiel about how you shouldn't give human foods--especially high calorie and possibly jagged foods like nachos--to your pet. "Your dog is at a high risk for a multitude of serious health risks if you insist on feeding it like the dog seen in Feast," they'll tell you. "That's just a cartoon." But wait until you see how cute it looks in this thing. The puppy eats a pizza! Who is some dog doctor, who probably couldn't get into real medical school, to tell you who you can feed a slice to? Just watch this trailer and feed your dog whatever you want. If the vet says anything about the dog getting fat, just ask them how much they weigh if they're such an expert on keeping slim. Maybe that'll shut them up.

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NBC Remaking 'IT Crowd' Again

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Wanting to be sure they'd indeed tried turning it off and on again, NBC has restarted their development on a remake of the UK comedy series The IT Crowd.

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Scarlett Johansson Offered $10M To Do 'Ghost in the Shell'

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Like so many nerds would had they the money, DreamWorks is offering Scarlett Johansson a ton of cash to do some sexy cosplay as an anime character. That's the word from Deadline, where they claim the studio will give Johansson a $10 million payday if she'll star in the live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell.

Just last month, Margot Robbie was in talks to play the lead--a cybernetically-enhanced leader of a special ops team--but with her moving on to Suicide Squad, the part is now up for grabs. Considering the $412 million box office Lucy somehow managed, and the popularity of Black Widow, it's not surprising Johansson would be next to be offered big money to put her face on the poster. But still, at a time like this in her career, she must ask herself: how many more of these things can she do before she's just permanently stuck in a seductive action squat?

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie Near Signing for 'Suicide Squad'

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Tom Hardy, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie are reportedly close to joining the Suicide Squad, the only super-powered team nearly as likely to draw complaints as the Just Kill Yourself Corps. Deadline reports that the Focus stars and our former Bane are "close to signing on" to a film about the group of supervillains who avoid going to superjail by carrying out high-risk black ops tasks for the government. It's not clear what roles any of them would play--or even what characters will compose the squad--but it's safe bet that will all become clear pretty quick. With Fury's David Ayer attached to direct, Suicide Squad was just scheduled to come out in 2016--the same year as the already cast and in-production Batman v Superman. It's also a pretty safe bet that Will Smith will not play the guy with a shark head.

Shawn Levy To Direct 'Minecraft' Movie

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Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is in talks to make yet another film about dead people and skeletons obnoxiously coming to life up every night. According to Deadline, this time it'll be for Warner Bros. adaptation of the best-selling video game Minecraft.

The studio had huge success in block-based construction movies earlier this year with their Lego Movie, but if previous reports are true, Minecraft is being set up very differently from that--largely in that it's supposedly going to be live-action. Whatever form the film takes, the director of tepidly-received films like This Is Where I Leave You, The Internship, Real Steel, Date Night, and the Museum series does seem somewhat apt for such a project. This guy really understands the Minecraft idea that you can spend countless hours pouring work into building a world that can be torn apart in minutes by some jerk online.