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06.16.2009

When he's not making a bloody mess, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez seems to let his kids influence his style and subject matter. And so we go from the crazy carnage of PLANET TERROR to the family friendly SHORTS (subtitled "THE ADVENTURES OF THE WISHING ROCK"? Weird.).

The synopsis: SHORTS is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that’s sweeping the nation. Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends…until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers…and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But it’s not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.

Check out the new poster and trailer below. The flick opens August 21st. Bring your whole family. Or whoever you can coerce into the van.

Extra Tidbit: From here, Rodriguez reportedly returns to more gratuitous violence with MACHETE. Yay!
Source: Warner Bros.

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