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Trayvon Martin case prompts movie name change

Richard Ayoade, from left, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in a still from the movie now known as "The Watch."

Richard Ayoade, from left, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in a still from the movie now known as "The Watch."

The made-in-Atlanta movie once known as “Neighborhood Watch” is being released as simply “The Watch.”

Previously, the movie pulled its early trailers out of sensitivity to the Trayvon Martin case, where a Florida teenager was shot by a neighborhood watchman who has said he acted in self defense. George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder following protests that reverberated nationwide.

The studio has said in statements that while the movie and the shooting clearly have absolutely nothing to do with each other, it was acting in an abundance of caution.

The Twentieth Century Fox stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as a group of guys who stumble onto an alien plot to take over the world – starting with their suburban neighborhood.

Directed by Akiva Schaffer, written by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Justin Theroux and produced by Shawn Levy and Michael Ewing, “The Watch” is scheduled for a July 27 release date.

It filmed all over metro Atlanta. The neighborhood scenes were filmed on west Cobb subdivision streets. In the trailer posted on this website you can spot the Marietta Square, Campbell High School in Smyrna and a former BJ’s store in Norcross that was rendered as a Costco for the movie.

Warning: it is R-rated and you’ll be able to see why in this trailer, where the F-bombs drop like confetti.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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May 7th, 2012
8:20 am

For the love of God…..renaming an entire movie because Idiot #1 shot Idiot #2?? This country is doomed. I hope the Mayans were right.

get a life

May 7th, 2012
8:51 am

If walking to 7-11 to get some ice tea and skittles makes one an idiot, I can only wonder what sub-life form ^ you are.

Barak

May 7th, 2012
9:09 am

Mr. Martin shold have simply answered the question – Who are you and what are you doing? Instead he attacks and punches the man and the man shot him in self defense. Tragic accident but slef defense is just that.

Ron Burgundy

May 7th, 2012
9:17 am

Actually getting suspended multiple times and posting under his Twitter handle makes Tayvon an idiot.

I agree…its sad sensitive our society is…sad.

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:24 am

@Barak. Why was he required to answer Zimmerman’s questions?

Andria

May 7th, 2012
9:26 am

FIRST OF ALL TRAYVON WAS WALKING HOME FROM THE STORE MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS, SO HE’S NOT A IDIOT, BUT THE NAMELESS PERSON THAT POSTED HE WAS IS, NO WONDER YOUR NAMELESS, SECOND TRAYVON DIDN’T HAVE TO ANSWER THE IDIOT’S QUESTION WHO THE HELL IS HE?? & HOW DO YOU KNOW TRAYVON PUNCHED FIRST WERE YOU THERE YOUR IDIOT TO JUST LIKE THE IDIOT WANTA BE COP WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER I DOUBT IT WAS SELF DEFENSE!!

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:28 am

Because he was trespassing in a neighborhood where crime occurs…why do you think?

Really?

May 7th, 2012
9:28 am

Trayvon asked Fat Bastard why was he following him. Fat Bastard responds: What are you doing here? So Fat Bastard with the blood from a Halloween kit on his head was not required to answer a child’s question? Then for Fat Bastard to give five different versions of what happened?

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:29 am

How do you know he was minding his business? He was probably looking in car windows trying to figure out what to steal.

blkshepherd

May 7th, 2012
9:31 am

It was NOT self defense when he was instructed by the dispatcher NOT to pursue the Martin. He took the law in his own hands and he definately made the situation worst. He should and shall fry.

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:31 am

and obviously crime was apparent in the neighborhood, so if he is asked what is he doing…he should answer. That would be the smart thing, not walk down the street with a hood over his head.

CrazyPoster

May 7th, 2012
9:33 am

To the crazy poster: You don’t have the right to follow anyone or expect them to state any kind of response to your questions on public property. Mr. Martin was not on Mr. Zimmermans personal or private property. It’s just like the crazy father and son case in Georgia; who at least had the sense god gave them to apologize. I’m sure that night in jail gave them the incentive to do that. I hope the people of Florida make sure that no one (including zimmerman) shoots an unarmed person; simply because you are paranoid of others.

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:35 am

No chance…if you walk through my neighborhood, I would suggest you take your hood off and respond when asked what you are doing.

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:38 am

Sure you do…in a crime area where a neighborhood watch in enforced. The hooded man had no business in the area and should have responded when questioned. Once the situation escalated, the man has to protect himself.

Al

May 7th, 2012
9:40 am

sure you do in a crime area when you have a neighborhood watch…

Doomed

May 7th, 2012
9:45 am

We are doomed when both sides think the other is guilty without all the facts. Why don’t we all shut up and let the justice system take care of this. To say either one of them is innocent without the facts shows how stupid we have become.

My real name is KaCey Venning

May 7th, 2012
9:46 am

I am inclined to believe that most of the comments are from people looking to incite some emotional reaction. Clearly, you can not be that insensitive, disrespectful, ignorant or dumb to assume or write half of the stuff you say. What’s sad about our current state of affairs is that just as killers have no regard for human life, your comments show you have no regard for human compassion. I pray to God no one in your family is shot dead because they were walking home.

Jack

May 7th, 2012
9:48 am

What are you talking about?

Devil's Advocate

May 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Funny that people love to bring up terms like “justice” and “rights” but then ignore the 5th Amendment. You don’t even have to answer the police when questioned on the street. Sure, they can arrest you on suspicion of a crime and bring you in until a lawyer shows up but Zimmerman didn’t have any right to question or detain an individual who was not witnessed committing any crime and was not on Zimmerman’s property.

The End.

Yeeep

May 7th, 2012
10:00 am

Facts –
High Crime Area – neighborhood watch enforced
Zimmerman in charge of area – called police numerous times
Black man with hood walking through area – followed by watch chairman which is what he is supposed to do
Notified police – heat of moment continued to carryout out neighborhood responsibility
Questioned by neighborhood watch chairman
Hooded man failed to comply with questioning
Altercation – witness can verify
Stand your ground Law in effect

Zimmerman will not face any charges because they have no grounds to stand on. Fact is someone lost his life in an altercation based on self defense. It happens all over America…this just happens to be the one they put in the news.

Yeeep

May 7th, 2012
10:00 am

Enter your comments here

AtlJack

May 7th, 2012
10:04 am

For blkshepherd and others….

You said: “It was NOT self defense when he was instructed by the dispatcher NOT to pursue the Martin. He took the law in his own hands and he definately made the situation worst.”

You believe this because the media INTENTIONALLY edited the transcript to leave out Zimmerman saying “OK” to the dispatcher and that he would return to his truck.
And we all believed Trayvon was this little 12 year-old kid because the media showed photos of him at 12. But Trayvon – according to his parents – was 6′3″ and 17 years old. In WWII hundreds of thousands of 17-year-olds were fighting the Nazis.
The media is responsible for all this since they failed to get anything right and now everyone is reaction to the false story.
We know a 17-year-old was walking through a neighborhood. We know something happened and this kid is dead. At some point we might know the facts. But we don’t now.

Neighborhood Watch

May 7th, 2012
10:08 am

Do they really think changing the name to The Watch is going to help this movie.
is DOA whatever it is called.

This is a manufactured article since the movie has nothing to do with the case in Florida.

Gambs

May 7th, 2012
10:10 am

Barak,

You say Trayvon Martin should have answered George Zimmerman’s questions. Why didn’t Zimmerman listen to the 911 dispatcher who told him they didn’t want him pursuing Martin in the first place? Had Zimmerman done that, the entire confrontation would have never taken place.

Call It Like It Is

May 7th, 2012
10:27 am

Just silly, they should have kept the name the same and moved on. Its a comedy and one has nothing to do with the other. All they are doing now, is having people focus on a non-issue.

deepdiver

May 7th, 2012
10:28 am

This is not trial by tv or public opinion. I am tired of people thinking if they voice their opinion loudly enough or in enough numbers you are going to get Zimmerman convicted. Evidence is used for that and there is not enough evidence out there to convict him. Sorry, that hurts your feelings. Unless the Da has hidden slam dunk evidence two Harvard lawyers are probably right that Zimmerman will walk. What then, riot? You people who are so up in arms need to get a life. Better yet, fix the real problem in the black community, lack of fathers at home and people not educating themselves.

Achich

May 7th, 2012
10:34 am

Dispatcher have NO authority to tell anyone not to continue following someone. Besides, the dispatcher only said “You don’t have to do that.”

Why was Trayvon suspended from school? Poor choices.
Why did he go to the store after 11:00pm on week night? Poor choices.
Why did he attack Zimmerman? Poor choices.

asd

May 7th, 2012
10:37 am

We are all George Zimmerman. Everyone of us whites knows it could have been us that Trayvon jumped. Most disturbing were all of these “experts”, looking at a low res video that covers probably 30×40 feet, and saying “we don’t even see a scratch on Z’s head”. Later, when the cell phone photo came out clearly showing his bloody head, they changed their story to “if it was so bad, why didn’t they take him for stitches?” Was Z supposed to wait until he was brain dead?

blkshepherd

May 7th, 2012
10:39 am

Please remember that I am a racist and only want to enflame tensions.

RCH

May 7th, 2012
10:39 am

deepdiver You are right. Why do you think Attorney General Eric Holder has already implied that if Zimmerman walks he will follow up with Civil Rights violations.

asd

May 7th, 2012
10:40 am

The dispatcher is not the word of God. Plus, he didn’t say “you CAN’T follow”. He just said “We don’t NEED you to follow”. Z’s allowed to go anywhere he wants; he lives there. Trayvon was just visiting. …….Also, was Trayvon gay and a CROSS DRESSER? ….What was he doing with 11 pieces of women’s jewelry….and a screwdriver? I wonder where he stole those from.

omama

May 7th, 2012
10:43 am

because Holder is a racist..you read the news and should know that….how else are you so close to the hooded man?

KarmasaB

May 7th, 2012
10:45 am

It’s funny that people think Zimmerman will get off. He will definitely pay rather it be through the courts or the streets. I can guarantee you he will NEVER live a normal life again. People are already prepared to make sure of that. And if it’s not him, it’ll be a family member or someone very close. Just my opinion! lol

VinnyDiamonds

May 7th, 2012
10:47 am

People get on here and get keyboard courage and want to run thier mouths, but as soon as they get home they are scared as ish. ASD you are a class a clown with your racist comments and same old rheteric. It doesn’t matter if Zimmerman gets off, just like Dahmer he will have to pay the piper one way or another.

Ron Burgundy

May 7th, 2012
11:05 am

How lame has our society become?

buko

May 7th, 2012
11:07 am

Some fool come busting up my head is gonna get it the revenge of my 9. Don’t care if I followed him or not. White or Black ain’t gonna take no jack

Marinemom

May 7th, 2012
11:13 am

This just makes no sense. This was a senseless murder of a young man (troubled or not) by a guy who took his neighborhood watch thing a little too far. The backlash of that moment is causing more racial divide then I’ve seen in years. And to make things worse, you have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton putting in their two cents providing more fuel to the fire, yet they stay silent in the light of the violence against whites. Black Panthers can openly and publicy state they have a bounty on Zimmerman’s head and nothing is said or done. You have alleged “black mobs” as they’re being called, beating the crap out of white people all for justice for Trayvon, and these crimes are not classified as hate crimes. I thought Zimmerman was Hispanic…oh, I’m sorry, he was called a “white” hispanic. Obama said if he had a son he would look like Trayvon, however, he doesn’t say anything against the mobs who are attacking white people. I thought it was justice for all, not for a select few. I hope this movie tanks. I certainly won’t waste my time and/or money to see it.

Keith

May 7th, 2012
11:18 am

17 year olds are always truthful to their parent(s) about their activities, especially when suspended from school and needing an innocent reason to get out of the house.

carla roqs

May 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

wow Jennifer. really?

NicoleLove02

May 7th, 2012
12:15 pm

Achich is about as simple as they come. Your facts aren’t even remotely correct. The dispatcher said “we don’t need you to do that”
If you’ve watched or read any story, Trayvon was pronounced dead at about 7:30 so how in the hell was he out after 11 p.m.? he was out alright, just not the way you see it.
Why was Zimmerman given a gun after assaulting a cop? Poor choices with the luxury of a white father for a judge/magistrate.
Why was Zimmerman known for assaulting women? Because he obviously is a punk and explains why he felt it ol to aggressively approach a teen (by his own admission in the 911 tape), but again, his dad “one of the good ole boys” got him off. Get real please!

NicoleLove02

May 7th, 2012
12:19 pm

Durrr, you and your comment is an example of why we know people like you exist and it seems the Sanford police may even think just like you :/

NicoleLove02

May 7th, 2012
12:27 pm

All I know is as a parent it sucks to know, a kid just walked to the damn store for a snack for him and his sibling and never came home. Whatever happened in the middle would be beyond me, especially if I knew the entire ordeal rose solely off of suspision. Noone should pay for the steryotypes that people choose to create in their heads. In that situation Trayvon was doing nothing wrong and he died. Zimmerman deserves at least manslaughter. He was obviously wreckless and that’s fact. To say “he looks like he’s on drugs” to find out Trayvon was clean means Zimmerman had no clue what a person on drugs really looked like. His call to me seemed to be a set up for the act he KNEW he was about to pursue and that call was his back-up because we all know they are recorded. Zimmerman created what’s called a butterfly effect. No matter how we look at it, or what resulted in it, he was the initiator based soley off of suspense, and he should pay a price!

Ladylove716

May 7th, 2012
1:32 pm

It’s so messed up that people on this post can speak about Trayvon’s suspension records from school but don’t state Zimmerman’s conviction records. Do you not understand that he was wrong. Why is it that Zimmerman ended his call to 911. I would say he wanted to continue to be a hot head. He did everything wrong that night and that is why we are here discussing this now. What would any of you do if some strange man was following you, chased you, approached you, and stalked you? I know if it was me I would fight like hell to get away, even if that means I had to bash his head to the white meat then so be it. What would you do if your kid was followed, I hope your all teaching your kids to never talk to strangers? We want to believe that everyone is good, but the reality is that we live in a world of sick people and that equals Zimmerman.

Scott

May 7th, 2012
1:51 pm

Neighborhood Watch could mean any number of damn things. It is just a name. How do people get so sensitive when the plot of the movie is not even remotely close to the situation, and even if it was, who cares, it is just a title. People think too hard about shi*, and when it gets to their hearts, they create a big uproar over nothing. Whoever titled the movie, may not have even heard of the Trayvon Martin case, so therefore, would have no clue that it could possibly create a name change, and they would just be naming a movie like anyone else would name a movie because it fits with the plot of the movie. People over analyze and over think things too much.

Petlover

May 7th, 2012
2:09 pm

Jeez, it sounds like everyone needs to relax about this neighborhood watch thing. They just renamed the movie so that it wouldn’t be associated with something more serious. Chill out people… here, take a deep breath and stare at some cute animals to calm yourself down: http://picospals.blogspot.com.

Lene

May 7th, 2012
2:19 pm

The world may never know…..

Lene

May 7th, 2012
2:30 pm

- Opinions -
Trayvon entered back into the neiqhborhood to head to his father’s house.
Zimmerman questioned him.
( “SUSPICIOUS’ hoodie, ( it was drizzling that night, had the right to wear a hoodie ) never saw him in this neighborhood.. ( father lives there, so therefore he had the right to be there. )
Trayvon ignord him. ( Zimmerman gets angry )
Zimmerman called the police ( to have back up because he knows the calls are recorded )
– he didnt like what the dispatcher told him, so he hung up.
– took matter into his own hands.
– confronted Trayvon again, they had a conflict.
– Zimmerman felt he could beat up Trayvon since he was bigger but shorter.
– Trayvon fooled Zimmerman, Zimmerman got mad because he was losing so he grabbed for his gun and shot Trayvon.
- yelled for help so people would see Trayvon beating him up, so if he did get caught he would have witnesses.
– acted in self-defense so he could get away.

*No Facts, just my opinions.
- What does Trayvon school records have to do with Zimmerman shootings ?
- Nobody likes to talk about Zimmerman records.

*I dont think this is a racial case ( I am black ) because Zimmerman has “black” friends. Just estimation got involved I believe.

butterfly

May 7th, 2012
2:37 pm

I hope they aren’t using this case just for publicity for this movie. Also, why are people saying Trayvon was in someone else’s neighborhood? He was there legitimately- visiting his future step mom. Zimmerman was not law enforcement. Does common senses fly out the window once people see a racially charged situation. I think Zimmerman is probably mentally ill- all kinds of complexes including inferiority complex since daddy Z is a judge while he- baby Z is still a wannabe at 28. That’s my diagnosis. Dr. Butterlfy.

Jack Mehoff

May 7th, 2012
5:20 pm

I think trayvon was a thug and Zimmerman was an idiot. The bigger story is how pathetic Hollywood is for changing the name.

Jack Mehoff

May 7th, 2012
5:23 pm

Trayvon looked just like Obama… I think the seret device needs o interview Zimmerman and see if maybe Zimmerman just hates barrack