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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Being the son of animation’s unequivocal living master who’s body of work ranks among the best cinematic creations ever made, Goro Miyazaki understandably had much trepidation about taking up his father, Hayao’s craft, eventually to be put in comparison to each other, for better or worse. When he finally succumbed to the family business after being approached by Toshio Suzuki, one of Studio Ghibli’s longest running producorial collaborators, neither Ghibli’s seasoned animators or the majesty of the company’s lineage could save Goro’s paltry debut, Tales from Earthsea. Notably missing Hayao’s direct involvement thanks to familiar disagreements, the film, rich with dragons and magic, became one of the least enchanting releases of Ghibli’s generally pristine catalog. Approaching Goro’s sophomore effort with the same apprehension he began his directorial career, with doubts of creative significance lingering in the long, overbearing shadow of his father, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Los Angeles — Time flies when you're not wondering about the welfare of the Smurfs, those diminutive, animated blue-skinned forest-dwellers. Turns out they've been just fine since their 2011 big-screen outing, but there's trouble brewing in their new adventure-comedy that will require their curious blend of wide-eyed optimism and goofy enthusiasm to peacefully resolve.
A sequel largely unwarranted other than for box office and promotional purposes, the unimaginatively titled "The Smurfs 2" should have little trouble scaling stratospheric heights similar to its predecessor with undiscriminating young audiences and their chaperones, weary from near-unrelenting summertime caregiving.
The occasion of Smurfette's (Katy Perry) birthday presents the opportunity for her to recall her conflicted origins – rather than a "true-blue" Smurf, she was actually created by the hapless, wannabe evil sorcerer Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who now intends to kidnap her from her enchanted-forest home to obtain the formula for the magical Smurf essence that Papa Smurf »
Director: Raja Gosnell; Screenwriters: J David Stem, David N Weiss , Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Karey Kirkpatrick; Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: U
Those little blue Belgian creatures had seemingly dipped off the pop culture radar until Hollywood got their hands on Peyo's creations to spin them into a feature film in 2011's The Smurfs. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria provided the human interest among the CGI Smurf characters (original Papa voice Jonathan Winters and Katy Perry among them) and, despite scathing reviews, The Smurfs tapped into the lucrative family audience and set box office tills ringing to the tune of $500 million.
For this sequel, Harris and Mays return as Patrick and Grace Winslow with son Blue (Jacob Tremblay) and Patrick's stepfather Victor (Brendan Gleeson) in tow. Azaria's scheming Gargamel is also back, this time as »
The global family auds who powered 2011’s “The Smurfs” to a smurftastic $580 million gross will find much to enjoy in “The Smurfs 2,” a sequel that changes scarcely a drop of Smurf-essence in its winning formula. Tax-incentive Paris is substituted for New York this time, and a few new characters have been added to the mix, but the genially goofy shenanigans, incredibly corny punchlines and Hank Azaria’s go-for-broke performance as the incompetent wizard Gargamel are very much the same ― an entirely welcome thing in a summer movie season full of so much apocalyptic Sturm und Drang. Coming on the heels of DreamWorks Animation’s nonstarter “Turbo,” the pic should prove a formidable challenger to “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” for the summer’s family box-office pennant.
Much like its predecessor, this new “Smurfs” plays like a lower-brow version of Disney’s 2007 hit “Enchanted,” with beloved storybook characters freely »
- Scott Foundas
When Jordan Kerner, the prolific producer of tender family fare such as the “Smurfs” franchise, “George of the Jungle” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” is asked to describe the root of his particular penchant for stirring stories that tug at audiences’ hearts — or make the little ones giggle — he brings up a pivotal moment in his childhood.
It was May 7, 1959. In the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the recently transplanted Dodgers and the New York Yankees were playing an exhibition game to raise money for the medical expenses of legendary catcher Roy Campanella, one of the first players to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier, who had been left paralyzed by a car accident. More than 93,000 people were in the stands, among them 9-year-old Jordan, dozens of World War II veterans in wheelchairs and a vivid cross-section of the country’s racial and ethnic mix, all united in their love for a wounded hero. »
- Nick Madigan
Watch new clips from Sony's The Smurfs 2 animated family comedy which opens on July 31st. Starring are Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Brendan Gleeson (Victor Doyle), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Hank Azaria (Gargamel), with the voice talents of Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jb Smoove (Hackus), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), John Oliver (Vanity). Raja Gosnell directs from the screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. »
Kristen Stewart movie Camp X-Ray reportedly gets leading man: Peyman Moaadi Two Kristen Stewart movie projects were announced a couple of weeks ago: Olivier Assayas’ psychological drama Sils Maria, to co-star Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz, and writer-director Peter Sattler’s political drama Camp X-Ray. The latter movie reportedly has found its leading man: Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Separation star Peyman Moaadi. According to TheWrap, in Camp X-Ray the 43-year-old (or 42, or 41, depending on the source) Moaadi will play Ali, a Muslim inmate who has been languishing in Guantanamo for eight years. Kristen Stewart is set to play an American soldier recently assigned to the American concentration camp, where she strikes an unusual friendship with Ali. Could there be hope for the world? Don’t hold your breath, but one never knows… TheWrap adds that Joseph Julian Soria, among whose credits are Fast & Furious and the television series Army Wives, »
- Andre Soares
When The Smurfs was released back in 2011, I don’t think anyone expected it to do quite as well as it did. And when the film took more than $500m. at the international box office, The Smurfs 2 was always going to be on the horizon.
The sequel will be heading into theatres next month, and now Sony have released a new full-length trailer over on Yahoo Movies, giving us a good look at some of Gargamel’s Naughties.
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants – and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs – Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of »
- Kenji Lloyd
On Saturday, June 22, in celebration of the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs (born June 25, 1928), Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs 2, in theaters July 31.
This will be the second celebration of Global Smurfs Day in what is quickly becoming a tradition. In 2011, the round-the-world events included painting one of the famous White Towns of Andalusia blue and setting a new record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period (Multiple Venues).
This year, the studio has lined up an equally impressive program of events, highlighted by a worldwide Smurf Ambassadors initiative, in which over 40 ambassadors from 28 countries will represent Smurfs fans from around the world with a special day of events celebrating Peyo’s creation. The ambassadors – celebrities, »
- Michelle McCue
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Smurf Village is Coming to St. Louis!
In support of their return to the big screen this July in The Smurfs™ 2, Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Clumsy Smurf are embarking on a tour across America and are bringing the Smurfs Village with them! From Saturday, June 8th – Sunday, June 9th, the trio will visit St. Louis with the pop-up village, which features inflatable mushroom houses, an Eiffel Tower slide, a photo station and activities. Fans young and old will be able to meet the Smurfs! The Smurfs Village event is free to the public & fun for the whole family.
When: Smurfs Village Hours: Saturday, June 8, 2013 / 3Pm – 7Pm Sunday, June 9, 2013 / 9:30Am – 7Pm Where: Saturday, June 8, 2013 St. Louis Uncorked: A Wine & Music Festival 13th Street and Market Street St. Louis, Mo Sunday, June 9, 2013 Six Flags St. Louis 4900 Six Flags St Louis Railroad
In The Smurfs 2, the »
- Tom Stockman
Last June, Movieweb was invited by Sony Pictures to cover a set visit for The Smurfs 2 in Montreal. I had done the set visit for the first film in Queens, New York; two years prior, so I was pretty excited to see the progression of the story. Montreal, much like Toronto and Vancouver, has a bustling film industry. It is cheaper to film in Canada, but it's certainly not the cost savings that is the only draw. Montreal, particularly Old Montreal, the historic district on the St. Lawrence River, is incredibly beautiful. The city is distinctly French Canadian with a vibrant culture. Most of the exterior shots for The Smurfs 2 were shot in Montreal as a substitute for Paris, where a sizable part of the story takes place. There were also several gigantic sets built »
Sony has released 2 new posters for their upcoming Smurfs 2 which features a returning cast of Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel, now joined by Brendan Gleeson as Victor Winslow. Raja Gosnell directs from the screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. »
July sits right in the middle of the Summer movie season and as such, it’s packed with a cornucopia of high profile releases. As we’ve done with the months of May and June, we’re here to help you sort through all of the releases with another Summer Preview Guide. Inside you’ll find information, posters, trailers, and our thoughts on all the major (and some smaller ones too) releases this month so you can decide which films to see and which to wait on.
Be sure to also check out our May and June preview guides to get caught up, and follow all of our Summer 2013 movie coverage for the latest in news and reviews!
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Sony's eagerly-anticipated animated sequel opens in theaters on July 31st, 2013, and actually looks like it could be quite a blast with the Naughties now in the mix. Raja Gosnell returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. This latest poster has the Smurfs and Naughties together in front of the Eiffel Tower, and can be seen below. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Brendan Gleeson (Victor Doyle), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Hank Azaria (Gargamel). Voice actors: Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jb Smoove (Hackus), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), John Oliver (Vanity). »
See Smurfette in this colorful latest poster for Sony's The Smurfs 2 which opens in theaters on July 31st, 2013. Raja Gosnell directs from the writing by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Brendan Gleeson (Victor Doyle), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Hank Azaria (Gargamel). The beloved animated characters are powered by Katy Perry (Smurfette), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Christina Ricci (Vexy), Jb Smoove (Hackus), George Lopez (Grouchy), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy) and John Oliver (Vanity). In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful »
Alright, now that all of that Man of Steel business is over with, we can get to the real news. That guilty pleasure news. Many of you will (secretly) be excited to hear that Britney Spears will release her new song “Ooh La La” with The Smurfs 2, according to Sony.
Britney Spears told Sony that she wanted to surprise her kids with a song in the film. Spears said:
I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure. ‘Ooh La La’ is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world. »
- Alex Corey
The 2005 film adaption of Douglas Adams’ beloved novel was the very definition of modest success. Despite pleasing the majority of fans, it got mixed critical reviews and decent box office returns. However, the film was not enough of a success for anyone to commission a sequel, citing primarily the fact the movie had not earned enough money.
Nonetheless, many people still demand a movie based off the original novel’s sequel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. In fact, there are many different reasons we need a sequel based off the book. Let’s review a few of these, shall we?
5. It Can Learn From Past Mistakes
The original film (abbreviated H2G2) had some tepid reviews, but not really anything outright negative. It would be an easy matter for the producers and writers of a sequel to learn from these reviews, find what went wrong the first time around, »
- J.D. Westfall
I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser, »
- Brad Brevet
Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.
Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:
"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios
"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios
"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation
"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations
"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids
Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Special Production
"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.
Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment
"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation
"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation
Animated Short Subject
"Brad and Gary" . Illumination »
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