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And The Film That'll Open Tribeca This Year Is...The New SHREK Movie!!

Merrick here...
Even though the third installment of this franchise put me to sleep (several times), I'm really looking forward to taking my toddler to SHREK FOREVER AFTER. This said...It's opening Tribeca!?!? Evidently so.
Tribeca is excited to announce that the world premiere of Shrek Forever After, from DreamWorks Animation SKG, will kick off the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 21! Presented by American Express, the Festival will run through May 2, and tickets will go on sale April 13. [EDIT] Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal explains, “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, [making it] one of the most anticipated new movies of 2010.”
...says Tribeca's site, which can be found HERE. I don't mean to be cynical here (and I have NO inside knowledge to substantiate my theory), but this smells like a political move of some sort. Maybe I'm completely wrong...
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  • March 1, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    How can this be one of the most anticipated

    by seppukudkurosawa

    movies of 2010 when only a handful of people even know it's coming out?<p>

  • March 1, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by Cadderly99


  • March 1, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by Cadderly99


  • March 1, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by Cadderly99

    NOT! this franchise should have died after the first one.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST



  • March 1, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Of all of the movie news this site could promote...

    by Karl Childers

    ...we get Shrek.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Shrek Goes Fourth sounded like a better title than this one. Just saying.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Thank God

    by KevinMuller

    ...This is the last one. The third one became everything that the original was mocking.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST



    I come here every day, and more and more I find less and less. Get on the ball are turning into a dinosaur, and they become extinct! THOR, PREDATORS, CAPTAIN AMERICA...stuff like this is what I, and many others no doubt, want to read about. Is the industry on to you, because it seems like we are getting far less spoilerish news and pix here than we used to.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Where Did Our Artistic Integrity Go?

    by Aquatarkusman

    (Sound of toilet flushing) Oh, there.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    That said...

    by OceanWang

    It's like you guys have a quota to meet with that phrase...

  • March 1, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The trailer was awful

    by D.Vader

    Just completely nonsensical. I paid for Shrek 3 in the theater. I won't be making the same mistake with this one.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Most anticipated? By who? Mike Myers?

    by FriendlyWaitress

    The producers? The third one was beneath comment. <P> Sorry, I can't even muster enough snark to finish this. Fucking Shrek 4? [Waitress leaves, shaking her head.]

  • March 1, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    No COPOUT review because it was total SHIT!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><Br>seriously, i dont think there was one real laugh in that entire film. It was complete shit. I have NO idea why Bruce would agree to do it. The script sucked, the directing sucked (and I usually like Smith), and every actor save for Sean William Scott sucked.<br><br>and dont tell me i just dont "get it" and how its a throwback to 80's buddy cop flicks. Adding a retro soundtrack does not make it a throwback. Its just unfunny shit with old music.<br><br>

  • March 1, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Does DeNiro do a voice over cameo in it?

    by skimn

    Otherwise, shame on using "best in storytelling and artistry" and "innovative" and the third Shrek sequel in the same sentence. Of course, this is the same team (her and DeNiro that produced the Rocky and Bulwinkle movie), soooo....

  • March 1, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Speaking Of Which....

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... I heard The Love Guru II: Guru Harder is going to open the Venice Film Festival! I smell a Golden Lion!

  • March 1, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Most anticipated? Ummm...No

    by ATARI

    In fact, I didn't even know it was coming out this year until I read the above press release.<br> <br> Bring on Iron Man 2!!<br>

  • March 1, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Anticipated? Before I read this I forgot Shrek was even coming

    by Galactic

  • March 1, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by DangerDave

  • March 1, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Bob DeNiro for revitalizing NYC with SHREK

    by YackBacker

    Certainly no one knew if your film festival would be a success several years ago. But you saw the impact 9/11 had on your oldest friend... your first love, your East, your far East, your West Side, your private side... your heartbreak, your heartbeat... your city. So, yeah, thanks a fucking bunch for bringing Shrek here to help us rebuild... fucker.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'm really looking forward to this too!!!!!!

    by The Dark Nolan

    Along with that piece of stale, moldy bread and curdled milk I have in my kitchen. Fuck this shit! "Shrek 4" and now even Pixar is copping out with a shitty "Toy Story 3" plot, no one knows when to quit. FUCK...THIS!!!

  • March 1, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by DadTimesTwo

    You expressed my sentiments precisely. I've noticed a big drop in the kind of news and movie reviews for which I come here. And I wonder why in the world the guys are reviewing stuff like Valentine's Day and skipping on Cop Out. It's disappointing, but there's a reason for it, whether the guys here are burned out, or they're playing nice with the studios and everyone else who makes movies, or they're not as passionate about what they do as they used to be, or they have to make a living doing other things because the economy is in the tank and they don't have as much time for the site, or they've lost their edge, or... Whatever the reason, I keep coming back, every day, hoping to see a great scoop or a review on par with Harry's classic Attack of the Clones write-up. It's a habit, and I can't break it.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Is this Festival co-founder on the Dreamworks payroll?

    by TheBitchuation

    Because the quote below sounds like it was taken word for word off a Dreamworks Press Release. -- "Shrek Forever After combines the very best in storytelling and artistry while showcasing the wonders of innovative 3D filmmaking, [making it] one of the most anticipated new movies of 2010."

  • March 1, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    This reminds me of Ebert's comment on GODZILLA playing Cannes

    by CountryBoy

    "It's like holding a Black Mass at the Vatican."

  • March 1, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Abso-fuckin'-lutely ASSTASTIC!

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    I actually like the first 3 for what they are, but the trailer for this is fucking wince-inducingly bad.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Denty420

    The Shrek series was contrived. This will be no different.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I'm with OceanWang.

    by ctbrandon

    I totally agree on the extreme overuse of "this/that said" on this site. Harry is the most blatant offender of them all, I saw him use it twice in a single sentence once.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    This shit is intolerable

    by MacReady452

  • March 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    This is not "cool" news. This is fucking dumb.

    by turketron_2

    Fuck Shrek 4.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I concur PINBACK.

    by DoctorWho?

    I barely come here anymore and when I do I either skim briefly for some news about genre films (which there usually isn't) or certain anticipated films...or I stop in to take a flame thrower to a piece of shit 'product' like this. Oh, and there is of course the occasional flame war that erupts giving me the opportunity to eviscerate many of the delusional fuck-wits who lurk here 24-7.<p> As for Shrek, I never once bought into it yet am not suprised that they are cranking them out like Big Macs. Can anyone even understand WTF Eddie Murphy is saying in these trailers? Ick!

  • March 1, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Shrek Forever After combines the very best in storytelling and a

    by therootstheroots

    fuck that, and this whole 3d lark. also, merrick, why take your kid to see a terrible franchise. take him to the zoo or to a carpet store, as they will have a much better time. i think kids 5yrs under should not be allowed in the cinema. such a waste of time. first trip to the cinema for me was when i was 7 and the local picture house were showing 2001 for a week. that should be the first film that all kids should be nade to watch at the cinema, not the shite that is dreamworks animation. i'd imagine the suicide rate to be high in that department, as they all must realise that they are contributing diddly squat to society. tim and eric are back, and i'm happy.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Phoning the news in...

    by Karl Childers

    on autopilot.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    How does Deniro sleep at night?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    On a big pile of Money.(and in case you want to have 2 puns for the price of one...."On a bed of Dinero")

  • March 1, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    How would this be "political?"

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Just asking. <p>However, the buzz around the internet is that SHREK FOREVER AFTER is much more akin to SHREK 2. SHREK 3 was just terrible. </p>

  • March 1, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    This is the death knoll for Independent Film Festivals.

    by aedude01

    It's time to move to an "online only" distribution model. Between this and "Caprica" playing at several of the big film festivals, I'm fraking done paying submission fees when all they select is multi-million-dollar-budget, studio financed crap. This screening slot SHOULD have gone to the next up-and-coming Spielberg/Scorsese/Darabont. Way to dig your own grave Tribeca. /I actually enjoyed Caprica, but it shouldn't be playing a indie-film festival.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Merrick, stop breeding.

    by rbatty024

    One A.D.D. ridden son is enough. <p> I actually thought the first two Shrek films were enjoyable. The first one was a pretty smart deconstruction of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (although it seems someone dated now that it's become a template for every half-assed animated film). The third one was pretty bland and I have no hopes that the fourth is going to reclaim any of the original's glory.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    TriBeCa has always had crummy opening premiers

    by Bass Ackwards

    Raising Helen, The Interpreter, Baby Mama. It's also had About a Boy (which I loved), Down With Love (which I liked), and Whatever Works (didn't see). But the point is Tribeca isn't a terribly discriminating festival (they screened New York Minute, you know, the Ashley twins movie, and bunches of other mainstream stinkers). It's more something to pull in big crowds to the neighborhood. So I wouldn't spend too much time berating the choice of Shrek, Tribeca doesn't pretend to be high art, it's just what it is, a festival of films, rather than a contest or exploration of the craft.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I'm going to kill myself now.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • March 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    This is pathetic!

  • March 1, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Ashley twins = Olsen twins

    by Bass Ackwards

    I'm sure you all knew what I meant.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    i'm guessing the first film plays early in the morning


    so it makes sense to show a cartoon. speaking of cartoons start covering the clone wars.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Got a bigger problem with Shrek 2...

    by Billyeveryteen

    That fairy godmother was awful. A villan for who? Soccer moms? Yuck.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I Couldn't Watch Shrek the 3rd


    And still haven't. That said (heh), I think this one actually looks good. The original Shrek was a decent movie, the second Shrek gave us a great cover of "I Need a Hero" by Frou Frou. The 3rd was just unwatachable (I've seen perhaps 10 minutes of it) . . . but the trailer for 4 actually worked on me. Can't say why, really. I just liked it.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Political you say? Hmmm, blame it on Bush...

    by The Dum Guy

    Not the President(s), the band. I haven't heard anything about them in years, they must be up to something.

  • March 1, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Such a bummer


    I don't get why this one HAS to be the last one. While the last Shrek wasn't as well received as the previous ones, they still have a big fanbase [kids AND kids at heart :)] and they're still profitable. I'm gonna miss the big green guy. Has anyone seen the Shrek musical yet?

  • March 1, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Shrek should have been buried along with Chris Farley

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Couldn't make it past Shrek 1, with all the horrible double-entendres. And I can almost FEEL Mike Myers smirk through the glass of the TV whenever it is showing.

  • March 1, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    shrek is dumb


    fuck shrek and fuck dreamworks

  • March 1, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Exclamation ponts!!!

    by Trazadone

    One thing, in a growing list of many, that I hate about AICN is it's over use of exclamation points!!! Guess what? not every bit of news is worthy of screaming about. Only an extreme minority of people on this site would consider this exclamation-worthy news. Why not save the exclamation points for news that is truly interesting to the AICN audience. A worthy headline? "We have the first review of Tron Legacy!!!" An unworthy headline, "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 in pre-production!!!" See the difference. No one cares about Shrek. Your exclamation points just come off as histrionic.

  • March 1, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    In this day and age, film festivals are pointless...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    If you're an indie filmmaker -- especially if you are making short films, you really are better off putting your film online to try to get the attention of someone in the industry... look at all the recent examples in the past few years (like that alien invasion SFX short that got the attention of Sam Raimi). The entry fees to most festivals are outrageous ($40 a pop and up), and most of the venues where the films are shown will be no different than your local cineplex, if even that. And for festival goers, it's also an expensive deal -- with tickets going for $10 at minimum per show.<p><p>And most of the product (yes, "product") that is selected to be shown is either backed by a studio, or independently produced by industry heavyweights who use the festivals mainly to promote their product (these people tend to already have the industry contacts who will consider signing their product to a distribution deal).<p><p>There are really no film festivals worth trying to take part in, unless it's Sundance, Venice and of course Cannes. But can you recall anything from this year's Sundance that was a break-out hit, and which you can expect to see playing at least at your local arthouse cinema? (And SXSW's film festival has become junk in recent years, too -- fixating on rambling documentaries and studio features. That festival should merge film with their multimedia festival, or dropping both entirely and go back to focusing only on the music -- or drop film entirely and spin off multimedia into another, separate event held later in the year.)

  • March 1, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The abuse of exclamation marks on this site is akin to how over-uses "BREAKING NEWS".

  • March 1, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Because we really needed a new Shrek movie...

    by Bruce of all Trades

  • March 1, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Walt Disney is an ASSHOLE for doing this to our world.

    by Professor_Monster

    Seriously - we live in a fucking kid's world. I'm 43 and when I was younger you couldn't wait to grow up, have your own car, be in charge of yourself and tell people where to get off. Nowdays, people sit around and wish they were still kids. All of this man-child shit is to blame. Kids should be trying to adapt to an adult world - not the other way around.

  • March 1, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Has Tribeca always been a joke?

    by sonic3305

    Or is this a new thing? I've never followed it.

  • March 1, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    New Shrek movie? I'm so not interested!

    by AsimovLives

    They overcome their welcome since the first movie. To quote from Highlander, there should had been only one.

  • March 1, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Looking at TriBeCa other openers

    by skimn

    make perfect sense for a festival that treats New York like a dog licking its own balls, regardless of quality. Those earlier flicks Raising Helen, The Interpreter, Baby Mama, Whatever Works, (gag) New York Minute were all filmed mostly in NYC. So, whats the Shrek connection?

  • March 1, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I would imagine funding, corporate or otherwise

    by Shepard Wong

    is way down for festivals everywhere. If it helps the festival get the good films on screen, so be it.

  • March 1, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Shrek 4

    by btc909

    The 2nd was the best, followed by the 1st the 3rd was a complete pile of crap. When you throw in a bunch of musicals you know you are trying to fill in crap.

  • March 1, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Shrek. Shit.

    by Read and Shut Up

    Behold, the power of words.

  • March 1, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • March 1, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Kirsten Gum (Treasure Hunter)

  • March 1, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Think fast: Which Michael Myers was worse...

    by SlimButNotreally

    Michael Myers according to Rob Zombie in his awful Halloween remake...or Michael Myers in The Love Guru. Tough call.<BR><BR> Anyway, Shrek is pretty much the only thing Michael Myers has going on anymore so he'll have to make about 50 of these.

  • March 1, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Does anybody really care?

    by roven97

    I for one could care less about Shrek 4. Besides, isn't it actually Shrek 6? Ugh. I was done after Shrek 2. I actually wrote a brief news blurb about this earlier

  • March 1, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Why did everyone hate Shrek 3?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's not as good as the first two, but there were plenty of laughs to be had, and the smallest amount of pop-culture references of the three films. A fourth film seems deeply unneccesary (sue me, but I though the ending of the third one was rather sweet and a perfect capper to the trilogy), but I don't get the hatred these films inspire in some people. Yes, a lot of TRULY bad animated films have copied Shrek's "fairy tale..but with 'TUDE!" formula to diminishing returns, but that's like hating Star Wars because it inspired Krull.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    What the Hell is Bill Murray wearing?

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • March 1, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Can I "anticipate" that this will be the last Shrek?

    by FeralAngel

    If so, then add the word "eagerly" in front of the A word.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Blame Nickelodeon, not Uncle Walt, Prof. Monster

    by FeralAngel

    A lot of Walt's movies were about growing up and accepting adult responsibility. Bambi grew up. Simba grew up. Aladdin grew up. It's that shite network Nickelodeon that has infantile-ized the culture, with its "Kids rule" crap. Big name celebrities show up at those frigging Kids Choice Awards, (some of whom have been known to forget to put on underwear), which makes kids feel like they're on a par with adults, which gives them no incentive to mature since they're getting all of the goodies now, except a driver's license. Does childhood really exist anymore? I think it largely vanishes for a child the moment he or she switches on a television...

  • March 1, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    And yes, I know that Walt didn't make the Lion King

    by FeralAngel

    But that movie echoed the most resonant elements of the classic Walt movies, so I included it. FWIW.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Also didn't make Aladdin, same proviso applies

    by FeralAngel

    Walt always said that he didn't make movies for kids, he made them for audiences. Whereas Nick has its beady little corporate eyes focused solely on the nippers, and it's in its own interests to make them believe that it's better to be a kid than an adult, to put off the maturing process, and to emphasize that point Nick makes every adult in every one of its series act like idiots. So don't blame Mickey, blame that flaming sponge for the brattiness of America. Just saying.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    It may be Shrek 4

    by SifoDyasJr.

    but I'll keep calling it Shrek: The Turd.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Oh my stars and garters

    by thebearovingian

    My mind = blown.<p>My heart = stopped.<p>My will to live = destroyed.

  • March 2, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    @FeralAngel: you have a good point about Nick...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    But I still think Disney shares some of the blame, as well, for infantalizing Americans. Another factor: Hollywood's over-reliance on the PG-13 rating over R.

  • March 2, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Some of you guys don't seem to be...

    by ROBRAM89

    picking up on the not-remotely-subtle tone of "this is a travesty" wafting off of this article. The ones asking "why are you guys covering Shrek?" and the ones asking "why is Shrek opening Tribeca?" are answering each other's questions.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Shrek the Turd.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    Fucking weak.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by liono21

    is possibly some of the most ridiculous news ive heard in a long time. at least the rumored(as of 06) puss in boots movie that was then scheduled for this year isnt coming to fruition. at least that ive heard recently. dear god please save us...

  • March 3, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Count your blessings...

    by Triple_J_72 least it isn't "Love Guru 2" <p> <p> <p> Not yet anyway. Ugh...