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Following the phone-hacking scandal that has led to several humiliating headlines in the past year for News Corp. (NWS), bad timing has now led to a minor stumble for the Rupert Murdoch empire. The $60 million Fox movie ‘Neighborhood Watch’ is accelerating the switch up for its initial marketing campaign in response to a news event that has horrified -- and polarized -- the nation.
Slated for a July release, 'Neighborhood Watch' is a comedy starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and Billy Crudup as a quartet of volunteer watchmen who engage in hilarious hijinks as they cruise their suburban neighborhood seeking out troublemakers. Along the way they uncover a conspiracy that involves aliens. But they also take time to nab such “dangerous” figures as adolescent boys involved in egg-throwing incidents.The initial teaser trailer includes a bit in which the watchmen furiously grill the young egg bandit. (Watch it here.) Therein lay the comedy -- and the timing snafu.
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