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Giving the people what they want -- whatever that might be.

Every year, the Los Angeles Times' Patrick gathers an informal teen focus group to go over the summer's trailers and offer their thoughts. Goldstein notes that this isn't precisely scientific -- his past samplings, largely made up of private school kids ,were objected to by marketers as "not representative of typical American teenagers." So this year he got public schoolers from Orange County and ran the tests. (Aside: is Orange County -- home of Disneyland, scrupulous political...

Animators who have made the live-action leap.

It's a pleasant surprise to see that Brad Bird is being considered as a possible director for "Mission Impossible IV," a game of musical chairs that is said to include "Zombieland"'s Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright. Of course, "The Iron Giant" director has never helmed a live-action feature before, though that shouldn't be a stumbling block if the action choreography in "The Incredibles" is any indication. (Bird's already had been working on...