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'Fred Claus' opens at Chinese Theater

With Halloween out of the way, Hollywood moved rapidly on to Christmas when Warners’ “Fred Claus” preemed Saturday at the Chinese with everything from falling snow on the red carpet to an ice rink at the after-party.

Though flying glass rather than falling snow has long been the hallmark of Joel Silver, the producer said he saw the Vince Vaughn vehicle “as a big, family holiday” film.

At the Lot after-party, Silver said the trick with casting Vaughn was “you don’t want to bland Vince out. You want the Vince everyone wants to see but not so intense the kids can’t enjoy it.”

From the point of view of fellow producer Jessie Nelson, Vaughn “can represent the patron saint of naughty and at the same time be lovable.”

As for the making a Christmas film, helmer David Dobkin said, “You’re crazy if you don’t look at what Pixar does. They took from Disney; we took from them; there’s a path you can somewhat follow.”

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