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Video Movie Review: Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017): Better Than Before, But Still Not Good

14 April 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Video Movie Review, a Sony Pictures Animation movie directed by Kelly Asbury and starring Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Julia Roberts as Smurf Willow and Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf In this video review, I delve into Kelly Asbury’s Smurfs: The Lost Village and discuss the film’s […] »

- Mathieu Brunet

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Film Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Should Have Remained Undiscovered

11 April 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There are only a few times that I have left a film mentally shouting, “Won’t someone think of the children?” Not through some self-righteous religious fit, of course, but through a general concern for the animated films created for our young. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is either made for a specific crowd in mind or made for a crowd without a mind.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Created the perfect children’s film isn’t an easy task. You need something that will be engaging, exciting, and has something to offer the countless adults that will be forced to sit through with their children. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” offers you none of that and instead tries to peddle nostalgia to a new generation that has no context for it. Director Kelly Asbury, who directed the best Shrek film (“Shrek 2”), has proven he knows what it takes to create a compelling animated film. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Homeland’ Season 6 Finale Scores Big Ratings Bump Over Premiere

10 April 2017 1:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The “Homeland” Season 6 finale delivered a big ratings boost to Showtime series on Sunday, improving dramatically over the season premiere back in January.

The finale drew 1.9 million total viewers airing at 9 p.m, according to Nielsen data. The premiere drew 1.1 million, meaning the finale improved on the premiere by approximately 72% in total viewers. In addition, the finale was up 37% in total viewers compared to the episode that aired last week (1.3 million). This season is averaging 5.5 million viewers per week across multiple platforms.

Season 6 picked up several months after Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, with Carrie living in Brooklyn and working at a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The season tackled the after-effects of the U.S. presidential election, which in the “Homeland” universe ended with a woman elected to the office for the first time in the country’s history. The »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Homeland’ Star on Finale Death: ‘His Time Had Come Up’ (Spoilers)

10 April 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the Season 6 finale of “Homeland,” titled “America First.”

The season finale of “Homeland” was a chilling one — and though President-elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) did make it to the White House, a beloved character made the ultimate sacrifice to get her there.

Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) had cheated death once before on “Homeland,” but this time, there would be no saving him. Whether he knew it was a suicide mission driving a bulletproof car into a lineup of armed soldiers, Friend says Quinn always put the country first.

Here, Friend tells Variety about Carrie’s “sociopathic” tendencies, Quinn’s abusive past with Dar Adal, and what’s ahead for him.

How did you find out you were going to get killed off — again?

(Showrunner) Alex Gansa told me. He’s quite practiced at this. He’s had to kill off multiple characters over the years. I »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Mandy Patinkin Reveals How He Ended Up Sobbing With Jake Gyllenhaal

10 April 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mandy Patinkin Worried His Crying Would Ruin Jake Gyllenhaal’s Sunday In The Park With George Performance

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- People Staff

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Dreamworks’ ‘The Boss Baby’ clings to top of U.S. box-office

9 April 2017 11:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dreamworks Animation‘s The Boss Baby remained at the top of the U.S. box-office this past weekend, once again pushing away the advances of Beauty and the Beast and new Stateside releases Smurfs: The Lost Village and pensioner heist-comedy Going In Style. Read more on The Boss Baby box-office reign below.

The Alec Baldwin-voiced ‘Boss Baby’ took in another $26.3 million over the three days, taking its total haul in North America to $89.3 million. It narrowly fended off Disney behemoth Beauty and the Beast, which managed another $25 million. The live-action version of their 1990s animated classic has pulled in $432.3 million since its release in early March domestically, and over $900 million across the world.

The first of this week’s new releases Smurfs: The Lost Village, released by Sony Pictures Animation, brought in $14 million in its opening weekend, though the Easter break should secure more coffers for the Julia Roberts, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Homeland’ Finale Review: Season 6 Ended With a Complicated Tragedy for Fans and a Haunting Parallel to Modern Politics

9 April 2017 7:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Homeland” Season 6 finale, Episode 12, “America First.”]

Homeland” painted a frightening picture of America throughout Season 6, slowly drawing back the curtain on a massive government conspiracy that resulted in a New York City bombing and an attack on the President-Elect’s life. Thrilling enough in its storytelling, especially during the tense first 20 minutes of the finale, Season 6 was made harrowing by the timely nature of its issues to our current political culture. The latest iteration of the Showtime drama argued we, the people, are not only right to be suspicious of our government, but that its current state is dangerous on a national and personal level for everyone connected to it.

“You remember what Graham Greene said, don’t you?” Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) told Saul (Mandy Patinkin) after he’d been arrested for his part in the conspiracy to discredit President-Elect Keane (Elizabeth Marvel). “The secret services are the only real measure of a nation’s political health. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Homeland’ Finale Review: Season 6 Ended With a Complicated Tragedy for Fans and a Haunting Parallel to Modern Politics

9 April 2017 7:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Homeland” Season 6 finale, Episode 12, “America First.”]

Homeland” painted a frightening picture of America throughout Season 6, slowly drawing back the curtain on a massive government conspiracy that resulted in a New York City bombing and an attack on the President-Elect’s life. Thrilling enough in its storytelling, especially during the tense first 20 minutes of the finale, Season 6 was made harrowing by the timely nature of its issues to our current political culture. The latest iteration of the Showtime drama argued we, the people, are not only right to be suspicious of our government, but that its current state is dangerous on a national and personal level for everyone connected to it.

“You remember what Graham Greene said, don’t you?” Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) told Saul (Mandy Patinkin) after he’d been arrested for his part in the conspiracy to discredit President-Elect Keane (Elizabeth Marvel). “The secret services are the only real measure of a nation’s political health. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Homeland’ Finale Includes Shocking Death (Spoilers)

9 April 2017 7:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Homeland’s” sixth season finale took a momentous turn for a beloved character.

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the April 9 episode, “America First.”

As Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison grapples with the new world order in President Elizabeth Keane’s Washington, her longtime compatriot Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) went out in a heroic blaze of glory, rescuing Keane from the convoluted, Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham)-orchestrated conspiracy that drove the season.

“Do what I say,” Quinn tells Carrie in his last words. She does. He drives the President’s black SUV through a hail of bullets to get Carrie and Keane to safety on a Midtown side street. Ever the highly trained special ops pro, he manages to ease the vehicle over to a gentle bump into a parked car before expiring in the driver’s seat.

By the end of “America First,” Quinn was dead, Dar »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

9 April 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed, »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: The Cast of Smurfs: The Lost Village Explain Where They Think Smurfs Come From!

7 April 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A cartoon and three movies later, one question still remains unanswered in the Smurfs universe: where do baby Smurfs come from?

People sat down with the cast of Smurfs: The Lost Village to get some answers — and they were creative, to say the least.

Jack McBrayer, who plays Clumsy Smurf in the movie, explains Smurfs come from “the love of adventure,” and co-star Ariel Winter agrees, “You’re speaking the words in my brain.”

Joe Manganiello and Demi Lovato, who take on the roles of Hefty Smurf and Smurfette respectively, opted for a more classic answer to where Smurfs come from instead. »

- Brianne Tracy

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Remote Controlled: ‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin, Ep Lesli Linka Glatter Preview Season Finale

7 April 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front and behind the camera.

On this week’s episode, “Homeland” executive producer/director Lesli Linka Glatter (who helmed the final hour) and series star Mandy Patinkin preview the season finale, as well as offer behind-the-scenes intelligence about the making of the Showtime drama.

In the first half of the podcast, Glatter discussed the decision to set the show in the United States for the first time, and the impact that had on their storytelling.

“I think it was time to bring the show back to America, and what an appropriate time with the election of a new president,” says Glatter. “I think it’s important to look at being in New York City, where the attack of 9/11 happened … and looking at the reaction and the overreaction to that. Because we now have a $120 billion a year budget for counterterrorism »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

7 April 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I figured it was the live-action that was the problem.

The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 were, for the most part, rambunctious, asinine, lazily written child distractors, the cinematic equivalent of a big, bouncing blue ball. It bounces up and down, up and down, up and down, and eventually, something gets smashed or broken, but the kid is (seemingly) transfixed. But amongst the drivel, there were always shining little moments of promise and potential. They came near the top of the films, as we watched our CG Smurfs interact in their animated environment known as Smurf Village, away from their dreaded, pointless impending visit to the Big Apple. These segments were lively, engaging, inspired and, dare I say it, kinda fun. They were everything the resulting 80 minutes (and change) weren’t, a glimpse into what could’ve been if Sony Animation decided to cut their losses and stick with the animation. »

- Will Ashton

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review: Welcome to Smurfette's Existential Crisis

7 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Smurfs: The Lost Village takes our favorite mushroom dwellers on a new, purely animated adventure. Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria are not popping up here. The film sends a strong girl power message in vivid CGI. The Lost Village is aimed like a laser at young, kindergarten aged children. There are no double entendres or sly references meant for adults. The target audience will be entertained, the parents not as much; unless they're dipping into the mushrooms as well.

It's a regular, happy day in Smurf Village when Smurfette (Demi Lovato) faces an existential crisis. Brainy (Danny Pudi) makes a device that captures your smurfiness; translated, smurf essence. It works marvelously on Hefty (Joe Manganiello) and Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), but draws a blank on Smurfette. What is she really about? What defines her character? She's the only girl, but created by Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) to trap the Smurfs. Smurfette's »

- MovieWeb

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Smurfs: The Lost Village – Review

6 April 2017 10:55 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Tra-la-lalala”A simple tune that quickly transformed into an earwig which burrowed into the brains of a generation (“Generation X” to be more precise). Yes, it’s the rallying song of that big, blue behemoth of kid-friendly franchises, the Smurfs. Those petite (three apples high) magical imps were introduced by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Aka Pierre Colliford) way, way back in 1958. They were a merchandising phenom in Europe, but didn’t truly achieve worldwide superstar status until they descended on the Us thanks to TV cartoon titans Bill Hanna and Joe Barbara (the creators of The Flintstones and Scooby Doo also co-wrote that too-catchy theme song with Hoyt Curtin) and became the anchor for NBC’s Saturday morning line-up in 1981 through 1989. Tons of toys and imitations (remember the Snorks?) followed, but things were quiet in their hidden spot in the magic forest for the next twenty years or so. And then »

- Jim Batts

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Showtime’s Homeland Kicks Off Emmy Season With Fyc Panel

4 April 2017 6:25 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Showtime kicked off Emmys Season with a screening of Homeland for Television Academy members in Hollywood’s NeueHouse by airing the penultimate episode and teasing the first five minutes of the season finale. »

- Jazz Tangcay

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‘Homeland’ Emmy Fyc event: Red carpet interviews with Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and more [Watch]

4 April 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The cast and crew of Showtime’s “Homeland” were on-hand for a panel discussion for prospective Emmy voters on Monday night. Gold Derby was on the red carpet at NeueHouse in Hollywood and snagged interviews with stars Claire DanesMandy Patinkin, and Rupert Friend, as well as creator Alex Gansa and director Lesli Linka Glatter. This spy thriller has been a major awards player […] »

- Zach Laws

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Trump election influenced 'Homeland' storyline

4 April 2017 4:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast and crew on Showtime hit talk fake news, keeping things fresh at Los Angeles panel.

The election of Donald Trump and the arrival of fake news in the national dialogue changed the course of Homeland.

“I will say that the election of Donald Trump made us all sit up in our chairs in the story room,” showrunner and executive producer Alex Gansa (pictured second from left) told an audience during a panel session at NeueHouse in West Hollywood on Monday night.

“Around episode five or six [of Season Six] when the election happened, we realised that we were going to have to adjust and change the narrative a little bit.”

Gansa was speaking on Homeland’s Fyc panel, the Television Academy’s first of the awards season where he was joined by fellow executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter and cast members Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Elizabeth Marvel.

“The first thing we wanted to address was this »

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Box Office: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village,’ ‘Going in Style’ Won’t Top ‘Boss Baby’

4 April 2017 3:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s shaping up to be a quiet weekend at the multiplexes. “The Fate of the Furious” is still revving up its engines, gearing up for what’s expected to be a massive opening when it roars onto screens on April 14, 2017. That leaves a trio of smaller new releases looking to make a mark before Vin Diesel and company blot out everything within the general vicinity of a movie theater. The latest “Fast & Furious” will have no trouble topping $100 million in its first weekend of release.

“This is the calm before the storm,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore.

Smurfs: The Lost Village” is shaping up to be the strongest performer among the newcomers with a debut of between $15 million to $16 million. The family film is an attempt by Sony to reinvigorate a franchise that deflated. After starting strong with 2011’s “The Smurfs” ($563.7 million globally), the series veered »

- Brent Lang

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Experiment With Episodes Mixing Old and New Material

4 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” hits the screen this Thursday and Friday, viewers may have a sense of deja vu – but only a little bit.

The late-night program, which has seen its audience grow in recent months as its host and producers pay ever-closer attention to the headlines and President Trump-dominated news cycle, will test a new format. Rather than trot out repeats, as they were scheduled to do, “Late Show” staffers will pair new opening sketches, monologues and some new guest interviews with encore presentations of past sit-downs between Colbert and visiting celebrities. Both episodes will start at 11:50 Pm eastern due to CBS’s telecast of highlight shows from the Masters golf tournament  on those nights.

Colbert and his team have tested this concept in the recent past.The late night comic pre-taped episodes for March 20, 21, and 22 when the program was scheduled to be in repeats. And »

- Brian Steinberg

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