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Ari Folman Wants to Animate Jodorowsky's 'Dune'

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Editor's Note: Ari Folman may get involved with Jodorowsky's ongoing Dune project, Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to theaters, and more in this Monday's Daily Blunt.

In the recent documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's abandoned adaptation of Dune, the elderly filmmaker expressed hope that one day his unused story-boards would be picked up by a talented animator. It sounds like Oscar-nominated "Waltz With Bashir" filmmaker Ari Folman would like to accept that challenge. He told an interviewer last week that he intends to visit with Jodorowsky and pursue the project. I guess it's like they say: If at first you don't succeed, wait thirty years, hope someone documents your failure, and then wait for the offers to start rolling in.

Hopefully the producers who are bringing Clifford the Big Red Dog to theaters in animated form have observed the horror that is Paddington Bear contemplating his own earwax in pristine 3-D and decided: "Hey, we can do better than that." Clifford romped through theaters in 2004 without grossing anyone out, so there's hope. If they simply must go a more mischievous route, how about casting Martin Short to reprise his role in 1994's "Clifford"?

Here's an angle in the Oscars race that you may not have considered: Regardless of its quality, Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" may face a tough season because of its conservative appeal. Alongside "Selma" and other more humanitarian efforts, a film about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history might strike the wrong chord with voters. Then again, as the article points out, "Million Dollar Baby" seemed like an extremely tough sell at the time, and still managed to earn four statuettes.

Will Smith's children are too cool for school (as in, they are privately tutored). However, in a recent interview they dazzled the public with their ability to talk intelligently about ... well, we're not sure exactly, but it's a great reminder that Jaden Smith's tweets are often indistinguishable from quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre. "I do not think therefore I am a moustache." Obviously that one's Sartre, since it's not entirely clear whether Smith can grow one yet.