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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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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Hackus, Smurfette, Grouchy and Vexy strike a pose in the latest posters for The Smurfs 2.
Their latest adventures will be in theaters July 31st.
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.
It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, »
- Michelle McCue
Check out the two new posters for Sony Pictures Animation’s sequel to live-action/CGI animated mix The Smurfs. Each feature one of the little blue guys (or gal) alongside the mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties created evil wizard Gargamel (played by the returning Hank Azaria).
Expect more squeaky voiced annoyance to the pleasure of the kiddies as The Smurfs 2 arrives in cinemas 31st July. Director Raja Gosnell returns as does Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Vergara and Katy Perry, alongside the aforementioned Azaria. The brilliant Brendan Gleeson also joins the cast with Christina Ricci and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Source: Sony Pictures Animation
The post Playful New Posters For ‘The Smurfs 2′ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
Two new posters for The Smurfs 2 have arrived. As you’re about to see – nothing spectacular in here, just another look at Grouchy, Vexy, Hackus and Smurfette. Don’t know about you, but I’m still not impressed with Raja Gosnell‘s upcoming sequel. Blockbuster comedy? We’ll see about that… So, in the second installment of the The Smurfs trilogy, Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties to harness the magical Smurf essence. Those Smurf-like creatures are Hackus and Vexy, and they look like this: The rest of the story goes like this: But when Gargamel discovers that only a real Smurf can »
- Jeanne Standal
2 new posters are in for Sony's The Smurfs 2 with Smurfs and Naughties. The animated release directed by Raja Gosnel, opens July 31st with a cast of 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) 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, 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 »
The Smurfs sequel, smartly named The Smurfs 2, may star (the voices of) Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris, but it also will include a new, PG-rated track from Britney Spears. Recently departed from the set of The X Factor, Brit's got the likes of will.i.am on her side, and is reportedly back in the studio. Movie's out July 31 and "Ooh La La" is undeniably reminiscent of "I Wanna Go," with a little Ke$ha influence thrown in there. She raps! Well, actually, she speaks: "Turn it up till the speakers pop." Go ahead, do it. »
- Lindsey Weber
Given Seth MacFarlane.s knowledge and talent when it comes to musical numbers, it was a little odd that his 2012 blockbuster smash Ted went the route of MacFarlane.s other talent: filthy joke writing. Granted, Ted did sing Hootie and the Blowfish, but that.s not what I.m talking about. His next film, the western-themed comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, doesn.t outwardly look like it will be musically-minded, but his latest bit of casting is just one more step in that direction. Vulture reports Neil Patrick Harris will lend his universal appeal to the already impressive cast. Harris appeared on MacFarlane.s Family Guy a couple of times playing Barney, the How I Met Your Mother role that catapulted him back into the public consciousness. His last feature role was in the The Smurfs adaptation, and he will be appearing in its sequel this »
According to Box Office Mojo, Sony Pictures has pushed back its animated Popeye movie (which sees the iconic sailor man make his triumphant return to the big screen, complete with 3D). Originally set for a September 26th, 2014 release date, the adaptation will now hit theaters in an already crowded 2015. No specific date has been announced yet, but 2015 has plenty of competition in the form of The Avengers 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Star Wars: Episode VII, Finding Dory, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, and many more big films. Popeye will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who most recently helmed Hotel Transylvania for Sony Animation). Screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were hired to pen the script last year. Are you looking forward to this movie? Follow @PaulRomCBM »
The Colombian-born actress, comedian, television hostess and model, is noted for her work in director Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" (2008) and "Madea Goes to Jail" (2009). She has also appeared in "The Smurfs" (2011), "New Year's Eve" (2011), "Happy Feet Two" (2011) and "The Three Stooges" (2012).
Vergara currently stars on the ABC TV series "Modern Family" as 'Gloria Delgado-Pritchett', receiving nominations for three Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for 'Best Comedy Actress'.
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- Michael Stevens
The music video for 'I'm Too Smurfy' - revealed exclusively by Digital Spy - sees brothers Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass rejig their lyrics in honour of this summer's Global Smurfs Day and the release of The Smurfs 2 on July 31.
"My name is Papa, you know what I mean? / And I do my little turn on the Smurfwalk," sings Richard on the promo, which features fresh clips from 3D movie.
"We are avid Smurf fans and really knocked out to be involved with this fantastic project. Keep Smurfin'!" the brothers said.
Global Smurfs Day, aka the 'Smurfestival', will take place on June 22 at Westfield London in Shepherd's Bush. The free family day will be hosted by Magic 105.4's Jamie Edwards, with musical performance, games and activities. The day will benefit charity MediCinema, »
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 »
The song is being produced by RCA records for the movie, a co-production of Sony Pictures Animtion and Columbia Pictures.
"I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest 'Smurfs' fans ever. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they'll think it's Smurftastic," Spears, a mother of two sons, said in a statement.
The film's director Raja Gosnell is excited about the collaboration. »
- Anita Agarwal
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
Jonathan Winters, who died Friday at 87, was a beloved comic whirlwind for generations, one whose influence on movie comics from Robin Williams to Jim Carrey to Sacha Baron Cohen is very apparent. So why didn't he make a bigger splash on film? The paradox of WInters's 50-year screen career was that film wasn't a big enough medium to contain him. He did his best work on records and TV, where his surrealist, improvisational genius could run free in short bursts. In movies, however, he was often constrained to a single character (though in some animated films, he played as many as three), which is why many of his best films are ones where he appeared in brief but unforgettable cameos. The one movie that did give him a broad enough canvas was actually his first major role, the sprawling "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," where he was a larger-than-life force of nature. »
- Gary Susman
Los Angeles – Jonathan Winters, one of the most influential comedians of the past two generations, has died of natural causes on April 11th at his home in Montecito, California. His characteristic schizophrenic comic style inspired modern funnymen like Robin Williams, George Carlin and Jim Carrey. He was 87 years old.
The career of Jonathan Winters spanned from 1948 to the present, during which his freaky, energetic expression of humor had its own unique form. A fixture on such legendary television shows such as “The Tonight Show” (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson), “The Dean Martin Show” and “Hollywood Squares,” Winters would often appear as his alter ego Maude Frickert, a sharp tongued old lady character. It wasn’t just an act, as during his early career he spent time in mental institutions, and was diagnosed with manic depression.
Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad »
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The world just got a little less funny. Jonathan Winters, known for fast-thinking improvisations that influenced Robin Williams among others, died last night at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 87. The quick-witted comedian, who would become known to later generations for his role as Williams' baby son on Mork & Mindy and as the voice of Papa Smurf in 2011's The Smurfs, was a favorite on TV talk shows of the 1960s, especially for his ability to improvise when handed a random prop as well as do interviews in a host of goofy characters, such as sassy old lady Maude Frickert. News: Annette Funicello dead at 70 Despite having a unique talent that was hard to pin down, Winters would go on »
Beloved film and TV actor Jonathan Winters passed away last night at the age of 87, at his home in Montecito, California. The comedian passed from natural causes while surrounded by friends and family members.
Born in 1925 in Dayton, Ohio, Jonathan Winters' career was launched after he won a talent contest, which lead to a local TV series in the early 1950s. He became a fixture on the stand up comedy circuit and on The Tonight Show, where he was a favorite of hosts Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. He also made many appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He launched his own series The Jonathan Winters Show in 1967.
Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters passed away of natural causes last night at the age of 87. Winters was a pioneer in improvisational comedy, able to quickly jump from unique character to unique character, hilarious idea to hilarious idea. He was a fixture of late-night television, frequently appearing on The Jack Paar Program and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Over the course of his career, he appeared in more than 50 movies and tons of television. This included notable parts in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (where he actually played two roles) and in the last season of Mork & Mindy, where he played the lead's child. Most recently, he voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and upcoming The Smurfs 2. The Mark Twain Prize–winning Winters was an immensely influential and hilarious comedian, and he'll surely be missed. Below watch a famous clip from 1964 where Paar gives Winters a »
- Jesse David Fox
Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
Comedic film and TV actor Jonathan Winters has died at the age of 87, reports TMZ.
According to the website, Winters died on April 11 of natural causes, surrounded by friends and family.
The actor appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows over his nearly 60 year career, and was perhaps best known for his roles in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," and on the '80s TV series "Mork and Mindy."
Winters was a master of improvisational comedy, "with a grab bag of eccentric personalities and facial expression," and inspired many other talents including Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, according to the Associated Press.
Winters' career began when he won a talent contest, which led to radio gigs and appearances at comedy clubs. He later was a regular on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and recorded several classic comedy albums.
The groundbreaking comedian worked right up until his last days, »
- Stephanie Marcus
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