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'Hotel for Dogs' hits theaters this Friday

January 13, 2009 |  6:25 pm

Hotel for Dogs

You won't be able to see the new movie "Hotel for Dogs" until this Friday, but if you're itching for a sneak peek, check out photographer David Strick's Hollywood Backlot for behind-the-scenes photos from the filming.  (Don't worry if the pup in the above photo looks a bit odd; it's a puppet.)

"Hotel for Dogs," which stars Emma Roberts (best-known for her starring role in Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous"), Lisa Kudrow and Don Cheadle, is the story of two orphaned kids who find themselves in a foster home.  Things go from bad to worse when they learn that they can't bring their beloved dog, a Jack Russell named Friday, along with them. 

You can probably guess that hijinks and hilarity ensue from there, and the kids pick up more needy dogs on the way, creating a home for them in the abandoned hotel to which the title refers.  It's based on the novel by children's author Lois Duncan.

In his review of the movie, MSNBC's Alonso Duralde says:

If you’re the sort of person who checks out CuteOverload.com for pictures of puppy baskets, sleeping kitties and frolicking pandas, this is definitely the movie for you.

That might sound like a slight to some people, but to us it's a definite positive.  Plus, "Hotel for Dogs" means you can finally watch a Don Cheadle movie with your kids (unlike, say, Hotel Rwanda or Boogie Nights).

[Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the novel on which "Hotel for Dogs" is based was written by Lois Lowry. Lois Duncan, not Lois Lowry, is its author; we've corrected the error.]

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: David Strick

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