7 items from 2015
For people of a certain age, there can be little argument that the most recent big screen outings for the Smurfs were disappointing, to say the least. Thrusting the beloved little blue characters into an animation/live action hybrid scenario was, quite simply, ill-advised – even if Hank Azaria was obviously born to play the evil wizard, Gargamel. The fact that the 2011 and 2013 movies are the only Smurfish point of reference for a whole new generation of children is tragic – which makes the news of a fully animated re-boot from Sony Pictures Animation – titled Get Smurfy – most welcome indeed.
The Smurfs hail from a bygone era – first appearing in 1958, as the comic strip creation of Belgian artist Peyo. Peyo was the author of Johan And Peewit at the time, which was a story set in the Middle Ages, and featured a King’s Page and his sidekick. Published in an issue »
- Sarah Myles
The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!
Fun Home - Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner
Hand to God
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P
Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I - Winner
On the Twentieth Century
Best Revival of a Play
Skylight - Winner
This Is Our Youth
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
- Alana Altmann
The new musical “Something Rotten!,” which opened Wednesday at the St. James Theatre in New York, offers something rare, as well as something recycled. The something rare is the opportunity for no fewer than three leading men to astonish us in entirely different ways. As is often the case, the devil in the group dominates, even though Christian Borle‘s Shakespeare as rock star has the least stage time. Book writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell create something original here, and Borle pulls off the rare feat of appearing simultaneously sexy and ridiculous as the Bard who rips off “Hamlet” from. »
- Robert Hofler
[Press Release] Hear ye, Broadway – it’s really happening! Something Rotten!, the completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, begins performances on Broadway this coming Monday, March 23. Beginning Thursday, March 26, a limited number of tickets, including front row, per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $25 and limited to two per person. For details and entrance to the digital lottery beginning March 26th, visit lottery.rottenbroadway.com. Entrants will be notified of »
- Pietro Filipponi
More often found these days leading the hunt for terrorists on Homeland, Mandy Pantinkin has agreed to spend some time smurfing the smurfs for smurfs in the role of Papa Smurf as Sony prepares to feed its profitable franchise into the reboot machine for an all-animated new film.Patinkin, who has also been known to grace a stage or two in his time, will take over the Papa Smurf role voiced in the first two live-action/CG blend films by Jonathan Winters, who died in 2013.Shrek 2’s Kelly Asbury is directing the new film, which resets the clock back for a Smurfs origin story and intends to return the small blue characters to their traditional, Peyo-derived look as opposed to the more solid CG versions seen in the 2011 and 2013 films. Not much else is known about the new film other than that Asbury’s fellow DreamWorks veteran (and »
The new film will ditch the CG 'Smurfs in our contemporary world' setting in favor of a fully animated project that sticks closer to the original cartoon and designs by creator Peyo.
The project will also give a new origin story to the Smurfs. Though the wise paternal leader of the creatures, that will not always be the case with this Papa Smurf.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Animation has brought on Homeland star Mandy Patinkin to voice Papa Smurf in their Untitled Smurfs Movie. Unlike 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, which were live action/CGI animation hybrids, this Smurfs project will be fully animated, sticking closer to the original designs by creator Peyo. The project will give a new origin story to the Smurfs, and, while Papa Smurf is supposed to be "the wise paternal leader" of these tiny blue creatures, that will not always be the case.
Jonathan Winters voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, with Don Messick voicing the character in the original Smurfs animated TV series. Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shrek the Third) is directing from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick (The Secret World of Arrietty, Over The Hedge) and Chris Poche (Over The Hedge). Jordan Kerner is producing with Mary Ellen Bauder serving as co-producer. »
7 items from 2015
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