5 items from 2013
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 »
Though Pixar has an army of fans ready to support it as the animation studio producing the best movies, Dreamworks now has a string of productions that show the Pixar is no longer in a class by itself. Though some wildly popular Dreamworks properties (Shrek, Shark Tale) don't draw critical acclaim, the studio continues to release franchises (Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar) and one-offs (Rise of the Guardians, Monsters vs Aliens) enjoyed by critics and audiences alike. This week along with the teaser announcement of the sequel to the studio's greatest hit, How to Train Your Dragon, comes a surprising little gem best described as something like "Cars meets Charlotte's Web."
With an unknown director (David Soren, in his feature debut) and writers responsible for films like Jack the Giant Slayer and Shrek Forever After, I didn't expect much from Turbo. It turned out to be a surprisingly good time. Ryan Reynolds »
- Mike Saulters
Washington, Apr 26: A 5-year-old boy from Illinois, who has an Iq score of 147, has become one of the youngest members to be admitted to Mensa.
Gus Dorman is reading books like 'Charlotte's Web,' while his classmates work on mastering the ABCs.
His father Robert first noticed his advanced intelligence when he started to potty train his son at 18-months and Gus began to bring a newspaper to read in the toilet, and was also reading copies of 'Wired' magazine.
Since Gus was their first child,. »
- Amith Ostwal
Executive producer longform Crawshaw was previously at Fuel VFX while VFX producer Clow most recently worked in a full-time capacity at Iloura.
.These appointments also reflect our expansion in both shortform and longform,. he said in a statement. .In both formats we are busy and we are committed. In shortform we.re delivering outstanding creative; in longform we are carving a niche as one of the best boutique, high end VFX shops in the country..
Crawshaw was part of the team which delivered groundbreaking stereoscopic FX shots on Ridley Scott.s epic sci-fi feature Prometheus while at Fuel VFX. His credits include Captain America . The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Spirit, Charlotte's Web, Australia, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
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Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Michael C. Hall (above) is 42, Heather Morris is 26, Ina Garten is 65, Brent Spiner is 64, Nathan Lane is 57, Rebel Wilson is 27, and Morgan Fairchild is 63. In ratings news, Glee was down just a smidge, while the premiere of Do Not Harm set a record ... for low ratings. Michael Musto on the death of Ed Koch.In terrific casting news, Benedict Cumberbatch is close to signing to play Alan Turing in The Imitation GameLily Rabe is the latest cast member to re-up for the next American Horror Story. »
5 items from 2013
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