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The Smurfette Principle: why can’t Hollywood accept gender equality?

As Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and It show, the problematic trope of token girls in all-male gangs endures

It has been a good year for women in cinema in many ways, with a high count of quality female-made and female-led movies, and the removal of an echelon of sexual predators from the industry. But by some metrics, there’s still a way to go. In particular, the Smurfette Principle. The phrase was coined back in 1991 by Us writer Katha Pollitt, who bemoaned the number of films and TV programmes that featured a group with one lone female. Not just The Smurfs but also The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so forth. “The message is clear,” she wrote, “... boys are central, girls peripheral.”

Related: Wonder Woman review – glass ceiling still intact as Gal Gadot reduced to weaponised Smurfette

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‘Stranger Things 2’ Reinforced a Sexist and Ubiquitous Trope, But Season 3 Could Fix That

  • Indiewire
In the first season of “Stranger Things,” the quartet of young men (“the party,” to use the parlance of Dungeons and Dragons) is clearly a direct homage to the show’s love of Stephen King (many of King’s narratives revolve around similar friend groups). But it’s the addition of Eleven to the group — the “mage,” as Mike likes to refer to her — that aligns the show with an even more common trope.

Nearly any child of the ’80s and ’90s will fondly remember, as a part of their youth, watching cartoons. And for boys, there was a lot of fun to be had in identifying with certain characters. You could be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fan, but more intellectual types might consider themselves to be Donatello, while a more rebellious boy might prefer to don the red eye mask of Raphael.

Meanwhile, if you were a girl
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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

  • CinemaRetro
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie.
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June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99

June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99
June Foray, the Emmy-winning voiceover actress who brought Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale to life in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, has died. She was 99.

Per our sister site Variety, Foray’s death was confirmed via Facebook by close friend Dave Nimitz, who wrote, “With a heavy heart… I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

In addition to her work on Rocky and Bullwinkle, Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who in Chuck JonesHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, and demonic doll
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Giveaway: Win Smurfs: The Lost Village On Blu-ray/ DVD And Tickets To Omaha’s Color Run on July 15

“Join the Smurfs on their biggest adventure yet…at the Omaha Color Run!

You can win:

a pair of tickets to The Color Run at the CenturyLink Event Center on July 15th a Blu-ray copy of Smurfs: The Lost Village! The Smurfs will be greeting participants with Little Bites Smurfberry Muffins as they cross the finish line.

Stop by and say hi and enter to win Smurf prizes!

Smurfs: The Lost Village is now available on Vudu, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th!”

Enter for a chance to win:

Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. One Winner Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

No purchase necessary.

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on
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Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked

Best CGI Movies: Top 10 Sony Imageworks Visual Effects Movies Ranked
Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.

Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.

Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”

Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:

10. Re-Inventing Invisibility
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Join the Adventure! Smurfs: The Lost Village Debuts on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD July 11th

The critics love Smurfs: The Lost Village :

“The entire family will love this movie.” ~ Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv

“Hilarious and adorable for the whole family to enjoy!” ~ Deepa Prashad, The Family Channel

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, Smurfs: The Lost Village follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs
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Animation as a Fallback

How ‘Smurfs,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and more are keeping their brands alive after live-action disappointments.

As the live-action Hollywood version of Ghost in the Shell looks to lose $60m after audiences ignored it at the box office last weekend, Japanese publisher Kodansha and anime studio Production I.G. have announced a new animated project based on Masamune Shirow’s classic manga with Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki on board as co-directors.

There are no other details, not even clarification on whether the plan is for a new anime series or feature, and this is something that has been teased since before the new movie’s release, but the timing of the greenlight announcement comes across as damage control, reminding fans that Ghost in the Shell will live on as a property more properly once again.

It’s also interesting that this is happening as the animated feature Smurfs: The Lost Village opens in theaters. Sony
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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review: Welcome to Smurfette's Existential Crisis

Smurfs: The Lost Village Review: Welcome to Smurfette's Existential Crisis
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
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Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies,
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Smurfs: The Lost Village – Review

“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
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Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Is So Boring That Kids Won’t Even Wonder About the Weirder Aspects of Smurf Life

Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Is So Boring That Kids Won’t Even Wonder About the Weirder Aspects of Smurf Life
For centuries, humankind has been vexed by one question above all others: Do Smurfs have sex? Some, such as noted scholar Donald Darko, say that Peyo’s iconic blue gnomes are asexual beings who lack reproductive organs altogether. Others contend that Smurfette — the only Smurf who identifies as female — is solely responsible for breeding future generations, although that argument obviously fails to account for the Smurfs that predated her. Canonically, it’s understood that a fleet of storks deliver baby Smurfs to Smurf Village whenever there’s a blue moon; that sounds a bit suspect, so far as these theories go, but it has the added benefit of being easily explained to young children.

I regret to inform you, dear reader, that “Smurfs: The Lost Village” does not put to bed the matter of how these tiny creatures procreate. On the contrary, this creatively vacant animated reboot — a perilous half-step
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Movie Review: The Lost Village isn’t that Smurfing bad, at least for a Smurfs movie

When it comes to movies about the Belgian cartoonist Peyo’s diminutive, liberty-cap-wearing, blue-skinned Schtroumpfs (or Smurfs, as well call them), being “good enough” means exceeding all expectations. Their first, Peyo-directed cinematic outing, released in this country as The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, is notable only for a song score that The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’s Michel Legrand seemed to have composed in the midst of a mental breakdown; the decades-later attempts to turn the mushroom-dwelling humanoids into a Hollywood live-action franchise, in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, are simply dire. But now comes Smurfs: The Lost Village, an inoffensive children’s film with an above-average voice cast, competent animation, and no product placement. This is enough to make it the finest film ever made about the Smurfs.

Fans of the recently rereleased Donnie Darko may recall that the Smurfs, though nominally male, are completely asexual, and
See full article at The AV Club »

Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Lisa Giles-Keddie

From The Hobbit’s Shire to the Smurfs’ mushroom village, big and small kids love the idea of a place of serenity, harking back to simpler living. Ironically, defending territory from an external ‘terror’ threat by those wanting to change an existence strikes a chord in today’s unsettled world – one way to use Smurfs: The Lost Village to explain world affairs to curious little minds. So, however simple in plot the new Smurfs film first seems, it does combine in one story a positive sense of self-preservation with a healthy dollop of adventure, all for the benefit of kiddies in glorious multicolour with intrepid gnome explorers. It also attempts to shine the spotlight on Smurfette and mould her (pardon the pun) into a lead character in her own right.

Voiced by Demi Lovato, Smurfette is still trying to figure out what her unique skill is, four
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Film Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’

Film Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’
If you go with your family to see “Smurfs: The Lost Village” (and let’s be honest: most of today’s animated features are more than suitable for adults only, but anyone who would go to this movie without children is seriously starved for entertainment), you’ll get to experience the trailer for “The Emoji Movie,” an upcoming feature from the same studio, Sony Pictures Animation. The trailer is hosted by an emoji named Meh, voiced in the morose observational tones of comedian Steven Wright; in just 30 seconds, he makes not being overly enthusiastic about anything seem the apex of hilarity. I won’t prejudge the film, but it’s a stupendous trailer.

Then we get to the Smurfs movie, which has a hundred characters who are Smurfs, and not one of them is as funny, or wry, or distinctive as Meh. You might describe the Smurfs as blueberry Hobbits
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The Smurfs Visit St. Louis On Their Way To The Lost Village

Check out all the photos from Smurfs: The Lost Village stopover in St. Louis.

Clumsy and Papa Smurf visited some special kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

After that, they attended the St. Louis Science Science Center’s First Friday and crashed Harry Potter’s party!

On Saturday, Clumsy and Papa stopped by the HealthWorks! Kids Museum where they were able to get a fun lesson in personal health. Papa even raided the kitchen and whipped up some of his famous SmurfBerry yogurt.

There’s still time to catch the Smurfs at The Magic House on Sunday, March 5th from 11:30 to 2Pm before they leave St. Louis and head out on their quest for The Lost Village!

Before you see them on the big screen in Smurfs: The Lost Village on April 7 – meet them in a city near you!

See the full list of cities Here.

There will
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Peyo’s Smurfs Before Lovato, the Lost Village, Before Everything, in Spirou

  • Boomtron
In a recent post I talked about my habit of picking up first appearances and debuts of pop culture items, a hobby that definitely came from a childhood of collecting sports cards and comics. Be it a rookie card or debut of a comic character, these are things I was trained to by guides to […]

The post Peyo’s Smurfs Before Lovato, the Lost Village, Before Everything, in Spirou appeared first on Boomtron.
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Peyo’s Smurfs Before Lovato, the Lost Village, Before Everything, in Spirou

  • Boomtron
In a recent post I talked about my habit of picking up first appearances and debuts of pop culture items, a hobby that definitely came from a childhood of collecting sports cards and comics. Be it a rookie card or debut of a comic character, these are things I was trained to by guides to […]

The post Peyo’s Smurfs Before Lovato, the Lost Village, Before Everything, in Spirou appeared first on Boomtron.
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Find yourself with Smurfs: The Lost Village International Trailer

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

Another year and yet another all-new take on an animation, this time in the form of those adorable blue creatures. The Smurfs are taking us on another adventure, leaving their ‘magic mushroom’ houses behind to venture into the ‘wilderness’, riding on bunnies with a whole host of risqué jokes that are thrown in for the poor parents who will be made to take their offspring.

Related: Smurfs: The Lost Village Trailer

On board for the Sony Pictures Animation adventure caper is singer Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson voicing Gargamel (The American, The Office), Joe Manganiello voicing Hefty (Magic Mike, Spiderman), Jack McBrayer voicing Clumsy (Wreck-It Ralph), Danny Pudi voicing Brainy (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) with Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) voicing Papa Smurf.

If you know nothing of the Smurfs, have you been living under a rock? Those who grew up in the 80’s would spend their Saturday mornings
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Miles Morales as Spider-Man Headlines Sony Animation Lineup

  • Comicmix
Hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), exuberant Gene (T.J. Miller) and his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) embark on the app-venture of a lifetime in Sony Pictures Animation’s Emojimovie: Express Yourself, in theaters summer 2017.

Making good on the commitment to increase overall output while continuing to offer its distinctive mix of family films, Sony Pictures Animation today released the project details on its upcoming roster of titles through 2018, along with additional highly anticipated future feature film projects, including one from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says, “We are proud of the artist-driven titles we have coming to the marketplace. The abundance, variety and quality of the features are a testament to the wealth of creative talents who call Sony Pictures Animation their home.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7, 2017 release)

Newly announced voice cast includes: Michelle Rodriguez (SmurfStorm), Ellie Kemper (SmurfBlossom), Ariel Winter (SmurfLily
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