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Fox movie studio pulls ‘Neighborhood Watch’ trailer, poster

Posted on March 27th, 2012

Source: USA Today

Bad timing for the new Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn-Jonah Hill movie, Neighborhood Watch.

The movie’s first teaser poster and teaser trailer, featuring the stars patrolling a neighborhood, have been removed from Florida theaters out of deference to the Trayvon Martin controversy.

“We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” a 20th Century Fox movie studio spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light. The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long-term use. Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event.”

The trailer, which is playing in theaters before 21 Jump Street, shows Stiller, Vaughn, Hill and Richard Ayoade driving through their neighborhood in a car. At one point, Hill’s character, using his hand, pretends to shoot at a group of teenagers. The film is set to open July 27.

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