Movie News: 'How to Train Your Dragon' Thanksgiving Parade Balloon (Pic); Judd Apatow's Next; 'Madagascar' Trailer

Movie News: 'How to Train Your Dragon' Thanksgiving Parade Balloon (Pic); Judd Apatow's Next; 'Madagascar' Trailer

Nov 28, 2013

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon: As of this writing, they've decided the giant balloons will fly in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, regardless of windy weather in the forecast, and four new inflatable characters are scheduled to join the annual celebration, including Toothless from 2010's How to Train Your Dragon. The balloon is "four stories tall and requires 90 handlers." Even if the balloon doesn't fly, Toothless will fly again in the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, due out on June 13, 2014. []

Train Wreck: Judd Apatow will direct Train Wreck, a comedy written by and starring Amy Schumer. Apatow was already on board as producer; Schumer, who has her own show on  Comedy Central, plays "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life." The last feature film that Apatow directed was 2012's This Is 40. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Wolf of Wall Street: Originally set to open on November 15, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street was pushed to December 25, reportedly because Scorsese's first version ran more than three hours. Scorsese cut the film to less than three hours, but the MPAA determined that it would receive an NC-17 rating due to "abundant, explicit sex," prompting Scorsese to make further trims to secure an R rating. The movie's running time is now two hours and 59 minutes, making it Scorsese's longest. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Charlie Countryman: According to costar Evan Rachel Wood, a sex scene in Charlie Countryman between herself and Shia LaBeouf was edited because the MPAA "thought it was necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again. … someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people 'uncomfortable,' but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered." The movie opened in theaters earlier this month with an R rating. [Los Angeles Times]

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Trailer: Forget the animated animals voiced by celebrities. The creatures in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar are the real deal, endangered in their natural habitat, and altogether enchanting in the first trailer, narrated by Morgan Freeman. The movie will open exclusively in IMAX theaters on April 2, 2014. [Warner Bros.]

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