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Fox dates ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’

Jim Carrey family pic to open Aug. 12, 2011

Twentieth Century Fox’s Jim Carrey family pic “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” will parade into theaters on Aug. 12, 2011.

Project has been on the fast track, with Fox closing Carrey’s deal this summer.

Mark Waters is directing the modern update of the beloved 1938 children’s book, with John Davis producing via his Fox-based production company Davis Entertainment.

Carla Gugino also stars.

In the film, Mr. Popper is a high-powered, New York business man who suddenly inherits six penguins. Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship–human and otherwise.

Fox acquired screen rights to Richard and Florence Atwater’s classic kids book a year ago.

“Popper’s Penguins” opens the same weekend as DreamWorks/Disney bows femme-driven “The Help” and Sony unspools adventure-comedy “30 Minutes or Less,” from director Ruben Fleischer.

Carrey, Waters and Gugino are repped by CAA.

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