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It’s so often the case that, as an actor or actress begins to enter the twilight years of their career, they’ll start cherry-picking projects that fit their style as they slowly wind down their respective creative output. But if anything, at 78 years young, Morgan Freeman’s workrate continues unabated. Not only has the acting veteran wrapped up work on the likes of London Has Fallen, Ben-Hur and Going In Style, but he’s also involved in David Gleeson’s adaptation Down To A Sunless Sea, currently incubating in pre-production.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Freeman has joined Cold Warriors, Raja Gosnell’s (Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs) Cold War action-comedy that will see him play a retired CIA agent who comes out of his exile in order to take care of some unfinished business.
In development under Millennium Entertainment – the same production house that’s putting the final touches to »
- Michael Briers
Deadline has learned that Morgan Freeman has been cast in Cold Warriors, a spy comedy from Millennium Entertainment. Raja Gosnell (Scooby-doo, The Smurfs) is attached to helm the film, which is about "a retired CIA agent (Freeman) who enlists the help of his video game programmer stepson to finish a Cold War era mission," and Gosnell will be directing from a script by It's A Disaster... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Morgan Freeman is attached to star in the spy action/comedy "Cold Warriors," which will tell the story of a retired CIA agent who teams up with his stepson, a computer programmer, to complete a Cold War era mission. Raja Gosnell ("Big Momma's House," "The Smurfs") will direct the movie for Millennium Entertainment. A search is underway for an actor to play the stepson to Freeman's stepfather, the former CIA agent. Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment production shingle is producing the film, along with Millennium’s Mark Gill. Avi Lerner is executive producing. Freeman will next be seen in "London »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The cast of Gotham made their second appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend! During the Nycc panel, Robin Taylor announced that Paul Reubens has signed on to play Oswald Cobblepot's father, Tucker Cobblepot. Ironically, this will be the second time the actor has played this role, after his appearance as The Penguin's father in the 1992 movie Batman Returns. While it hasn't been confirmed when The Penguin's dad will make his debut, Robin Taylor revealed during the panel that he will pop up very soon.
"He will be showing up very soon. Pee-Wee Herman is playing my dad! What the hell? Oh my god!"
Emmy Award winner Paul Reubens created the iconic character "Pee-wee Herman" while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The live stage production "The Pee-wee Herman Show" premiered in 1981, followed by the hit film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and TV series Pee-wee's Playhouse, »
A new report suggests that Disney Pictures is moving forward again on an "Enchanted" sequel and even has a new title for it - "Disenchanted".
Collider broke the news, saying that's the working title for the film which is now "in the process of punching up the script with the hopes that it will be in greenlight-ready shape very soon."
It has been eight years since the first film and the studio has been trying to get a follow-up going for a good portion of that period.
At last report J. David Stem and David N. Weiss ("Shrek 2," "The Smurfs") had signed on to write the screenplay and Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal") remains attached to direct. No word if Amy Adams, James Marsden or Susan Sarandon would return. »
- Garth Franklin
Demi Lovato is lookin' gooood! The pop star took to Instagram on Thursday to debut the cover art for her latest single, "Cool For Summer" -- and we've never seen the former Disney star look better. In the photo, the 22-year-old beauty poses on a sandy beach in retro neon blue cut-out swimsuit. Lovato's also rocking a bright purple fur jacket, nude sandals and has her short tresses styled in a sexy slicked-back 'do. "My new single is called #CoolForTheSummer and will be out July 1!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh," the "Skyscrapers" singer captioned the sultry shot. Demi also dropped some big news just last week, revealing that she would be replacing Katy Perry's voice in the sequel to "The Smurfs," which will be called, "Get Smurfy," in 2017. "So excited to be voicing Smurfette in the new animated Smurfs movie, in theatres Spring 2017!!!" the singer tweeted at the time. We can't wait to »
- tooFab Staff
Together, Sony's previous films The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 have earned almost $1 billion worldwide, so it was a foregone conclusion that another film would be on the way. Now titled Get Smurfy, the latest installment in the little blue franchise will be fully computer animated rather than a hybrid with live-action. Over the weekend on Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation unveiled the first look at the characters, the newly added voice cast, and the picture's release date. As for the cast, Demi Lovato will be voicing Smurfette, Mandy Patinkin will star as Papa Smurf, and Rainn Wilson will step in as Gargamel. Get Smurfy hits theaters on March 31, 2017. Meet the cast of Get Smurfy below: Check out all the details in the press release below: The World To Get Smurfy on March 31, 2017 —Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin To Lend Their Voices to Fully Computer-Animated Feature Film— Culver City, »
- Dave Trumbore
Sony Pictures previously revived The Smurfs in two live-action/computer animated hybrid adventures. But now the studio is having its Sony Pictures Animation division take a crack at the little blue creatures in a fully computer animated feature film that will harken back to creator Peyo Culliford’s original animation style. Since today is supposedly Global Smurfs Day, there’s […]
- Ethan Anderton
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
Ditching the live-action elements in favor of a purely CG animated feature, the new film will harken back to creator Peyo Culliford’s original style of the creatures. The story finds the small blue characters searching the Enchanted Forest for the Smurf village.
Lovato is set to play the one and only Smurfette, whilst Wilson will tackle the role of the evil sorcerer Gargamel. Kelly Asbury is directing the film which is scheduled to open March 2017.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin to lend their voices to fully computer-animated feature Film. To mark this year’s June 14th Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation announced the all star cast of Get Smurfy, its brand new, fully computer-animated feature film reminiscent of creator Peyo Culliford’s original recognizable style. Get Smurfy finds Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creatures’ origins are brought to light: do Smurfs come in any other colors? are their mushroom houses organic? And… why are there 99 boys and only one girl??? Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato has signed to voice the girl-power-ful Smurfette, with Emmy-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (The Office, Monsters vs. Aliens) stepping into the evil shoes of the Smurf nemesis, »
To mark this year’s June 14th Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation announced the all star cast of Get Smurfy, its brand new, fully computer-animated feature film reminiscent of creator Peyo Culliford’s original recognizable style.
Get Smurfy finds Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creatures’ origins are brought to light: do Smurfs come in any other colors? are their mushroom houses organic? And… why are there 99 boys and only one girl???
- Michelle McCue
If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films. Here's two pieces of concept art that surfaced at Smurfs Production Blog: Directing the film will be Kelly Asbury, who counts Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron among her credits. Previously, the filmmaker said this new Smurfs »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures Animation has scheduled the untitled third "The Smurfs" film for a March 31st 2017 release. The studio claims they plan to take advantage of the run-up to Easter two weeks later.
The new film will be a complete reboot, a fully animated effort that will hew closer to creator Peyo's original drawings and concept. Kelly Asbury will direct with the film's final title and voice cast to be announced in coming months.
In a blog post, Asbury says: "Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical to me and my crew that we deliver a movie that will enchant families and fans worldwide for years to come."
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Sony's upcoming animated Smurfs movie has been delayed until 2017.
Originally scheduled for August 5, 2016, the reboot will now launch in cinemas on March 31, 2017.
Sony Pictures executive Rory Bruer said: "With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made The Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide.
"The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like The Smurfs, audiences are ready to turn out for great entertainment."
"Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create, and it is critical for me and my crew that we deliver a movie that will »
Sony Pictures announced today that their Untitled Smurfs Movie has moved from August 5, 2016 to March 31, 2017. As of now, the Smurfs currently have that release date all to themselves, although the movie comes one week after The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2 on March 24 and a week before Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim 2 on April 7, 2017. If it would have stayed in the August 5, 2016 release slot, the animated comedy would have gone up against the highly-anticipated superhero adaptation Suicide Squad. Here's what Sony's Rory Bruer had to say about the release date shift in a statement.
"With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide. The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like the Smurfs, audiences »
Sony Pictures Animation has set its untitled third Smurfs movie for March 31, 2017 — the first title to be set on that date.
The studio said it plans to take advantage of the run-up to Easter, which falls on April 16 that year.
But the next Smurfs film will be a complete reboot from those live-action/animated hybrids. This time the film will hew closer to creator Peyo’s original drawings and concept. The new take will be directed by Kelly Asbury, whose credits include “Shrek 2″ and “Gnomeo & Juliet.” Jordan Kerner, who produced “The Smurfs” and “Charlotte’s Web,” is producing. Mary Ellen Bauder is co-producing.
Said Asbury in a blog post about the film: “Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical »
- Dave McNary
It’s an unfortunate, yet seemingly inevitable, Oscars occurrence: Every year, without fail, someone is left out of the “In Memoriam” sequence.
RelatedOscars 2015: Best and Worst Moments
This year’s offensive exclusion appears to be the late, great Joan Rivers, whose absence from the montage sent the Twitterverse into an immediate tizzy — and rightfully so.
For the record, Rivers appeared in many films during her incredible career in Hollywood, including Muppets Take Manhattan (pictured), Serial Mom, Iron Man 3, Spaceballs, The Smurfs and her own documentary A Piece of Work. She also directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test, which starred Billy Crystal and Doris Roberts. »
Michelle Raimo Kouyate will move forward as a producer with a first-look deal at the studio
After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.
Raimo Kouyate will oversee »
- Matt Donnelly
The Smurfs franchise is going to be rebooted, but rather than interspersing animation with live-action footage like its predecessors, it will be dedicating itself to just the former. Further details regarding the future of the film series have also been released, as Sony Pictures Animation looks to get it in shape ahead of its summer 2016 release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted Smurfs film will be overseen by director Kelly Asbury, while Mandy Patinkin is currently on the verge of finalizing a deal to voice Papa Smurf (replacing Jonathan Winters, who voiced the beloved character in 2011.s The Smurfs and 2013.s The Smurfs 2). Asbury is regarded as one of the most prominent and reliable animation directors in the business, having risen through the ranks of the animation world. He previously worked on the storyboards for modern classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, but then he »
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