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The Simpsons: 10 Secondary Characters Voiced By Harry Shearer

22 April 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The bulk of The Simpsons’ expanded universe is voiced by four people: Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and Harry Shearer. This article will focus on the second main-voice actor who does not voice a member of the Simpsons’ household: a founding member of Spın̈al Tap and former cast member on Saturday Night Live, Harry Shearer.

Shearer has been on The Simpsons since the very beginning, voicing neighbor-ino Ned Flanders in the very first episode “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” All told, Shearer voices over 180 characters in Springfield: some of those characters are one-offs, meant to deliver one line and then move on; some were created as one-offs, but were brought back time and time again; and some have grown with The Simpsons, both the TV family and the TV show.

These 10 Secondary Simpsons’ Characters Voiced by Harry Shearer are characters who rarely appear for »

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The Simpsons: 10 Secondary Characters Voiced By Hank Azaria

17 April 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The bulk of The Simpsons’ expanded universe is voiced by four people: Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and Harry Shearer. Each has their main characters they bring life to every recording session, but each also is asked to provide distinct voices and personalities for another dozen (or several dozen) characters. And no one is asked to do that more than the star of such films as The Birdcage, Mystery Men, and The Smurfs, Hank Azaria.

Hank Azaria is not just the voice of Springfield residents Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Clancy Wiggum, and Moe Syzslak: he is credited with voicing more than 200 Springfieldites since his first appearance as Moe (redubbing the voiceover originally done by former cast member Christopher Collins) in “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” Some of those characters are one-offs, meant to deliver one line and then move on; some were created as one-offs, but were brought »

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Neil Patrick Harris May Be Blue, Booted from Smurfs 3

28 March 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The most surprising thing about The Smurfs 2 for our family is how quickly our 3-year old movie fan got bored. The movie was made for little kids, in fact, the littler the better. And, indeed, when it came to the little blue guys, our little guy was riveted. The problem was when the humans came on the screen. Neil Patrick Harris' issues with his stepfather is stuff for adults and kids could care less. And, in fact, that's why it was put in the film: to give the parents something to enjoy. But instead of pleasing both kids and parents, both groups were annoyed. And, the Smurfs people got the message.

The Smurfs 3 is moving forward without any live-action component - it will be all animated. Assumably that means that Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays' married couple characters will no longer be in the franchise. 

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- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Sony Lays Off Interactive Division, More Cuts Expected

17 March 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has laid off the entirety of its Interactive team which numbers more than 70 people. The team, “a digital marketing agency and production studio,” according to its website, lists 16 feature films including “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Skyfall,” “The Smurfs,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “This Is the End,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Looper” and “Men In Black” as well as TV shows like “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” They also worked on social games and the studio’s mobile marketing presence.

“We are continuously evolving the business to make SPE more efficient and competitive,” said Charles Sipkins, an Spe spokesperson.

Additional layoffs are expected this week across all divisions of the company, both domestically and internationally. Sony topper Michael Lynton told Variety that both the $250 million the studio identified and the addition $100 million that it worked with Bain & Co. to cut has been determined. That additional slashing will happen over the next two years. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Meme: Stiles Is Dying, Neil Patrick Harris Saved From Blue Hell Of “The Smurfs,” Which Kylie Is Kylie?

13 March 2014 5:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The south watches more gay porn, congratulations to the insta-married couples in the UK, Sir Richard Branson knows gay is good for business

Seth Rogen says that one scene that’s missing from The Neighbors is why the frat moves into the house next door to his character. They filmed it, but cut it for time. “They burned down the old house. We filmed the scene. They are having a civil war reenactment and have lined the pledges in two lines with their asses out. They shoved fireworks in their asses and have a battle with the pledges with fireworks up their asses. An errant firework goes into the house and burns the house down. We cut it for time.” So…DVD extras?

Sony is planning on remaking My Best Friend’s Wedding in Chinese to support the local market. This is a very gay movie, and China is a mixed bag on gay rights. »

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Sony lines up all-cg Smurfs film

12 March 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.

The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner produces. The original two live-action/CG Smurfs films combined for $910m worldwide.

Genndy Tartakovsky will return to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 while he develops his CG take on iconic comic book property Popeye, expected in 2016.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is scheduled for a September 2015 release and will once again feature Adam Sandler’s Dracula. Sandler and Robert Smigel will co-write the screenplay.

Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (pictured), described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy.

Michelle Murdocca will produce for Tartakovsky as she did on the 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania, which grossed $358m worldwide.

Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate is working »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sony lines up Popeye animation

12 March 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced that Genndy Tartakovsky will return to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 and is also developing a CG take on the iconic comic book property Popeye.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is scheduled for release on September 2015 and will once again feature Adam Sandler’s Dracula. Sandler and Robert Smigel will co-write the screenplay.

The studio has also hired Kelly Asbury to direct a new, fully computer-animated untitled feature about the Smurfs that is not being set up as Smurfs 3 but a fresh take on the property.

The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner produces. The original two live-action/CG Smurfs films combined for $910m worldwide.

Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?, described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy. Producer Michelle Murdocca will once again collaborate with the director.

Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate is working closely »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Smurfs Are Getting A Reboot With The Smurfs 3

12 March 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Man, it seems like it was only three years ago that The Smurfs hit theatres and reminded us just how creepy those little blue guys could be. But it couldn’t have been only three years ago, because then the idea of rebooting The Smurfs franchise would be ridiculous. It must have been longer ago than that, right? Right?

Wrong. Although the first Smurfs film came out in 2011, and The Smurfs 2 only last year, Sony has ordered a totally computer animated reboot for The Smurfs 3 – or, as it is currently being known, The Untitled Smurfs Movie. I actually hope they keep that title – that’s a good one. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) has been assigned directorial duties on the new film and she promises that it will be closer in look and tone to artist Peyo’s original Smurfs concepts, which I suppose is cause for celebration. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Among Films Announced On Sony Pictures Animation Slate

12 March 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects – which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.

Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, states, “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.”

Sony Pictures Animation has hired animation industry veteran Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct an all new, fully computer-animated film featuring the world’s most popular blue creatures. The family adventure, currently going by the working title The Untitled Smurfs Movie, is anticipated in theaters August 2015. Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) is producing, with Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing.  The original two live action/CG hybrid »

- Michelle McCue

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Sony Announces 'Smurfs' Reboot and 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

12 March 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Animation issued a press release today that confirmed a report from February that The Smurfs 3 will be a completely animated reboot, with the studio bringing on Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet) to direct. The studio also confirmed that Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Hotel Transylvania 2, which has Adam Sandler returning to voice Dracula, along with the previously announced Popeye and a new project entitled Can You Imagine? that he is developing for the studio. Check out all the details in the official press release below.

Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects-which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form's most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio's most popular worlds.

Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, had this to say in a statement. »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

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Oscars In Memoriam 2014: Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, Sarah Jones and more misses

3 March 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Forgetting stars in the Academy Awards "In Memoriam" segment is almost as much a tradition as the fashion and speeches. But which stars missed out on live Oscars broadcast in 2014? Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, Sarah Jones and Tom Clancy are among those not memorialized on TV.

Thanks to the Internet, the 86th Academy Awards can claim to honor just about everyone in film who died. Still, there's a bit of a slight felt by fans of those deemed unworthy for the telecast. Here are some of the biggest names left out of the video:

Jonathan Winters -- Died: April 11, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming," "The Smurfs"Gary David Goldberg -- Died: June 22, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Must Love Dogs," sitcoms from "Family Ties" to "Spin City"Cory Monteith -- Died: July 13, 2013. Claim to Oscar fame: "Glee, »

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'The Smurfs 3' Will Be Completely Animated

25 February 2014 11:20 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Although we have yet to hear any official confirmation from Sony Pictures, a new report from Variety reveals that The Smurfs 3 will be completely animated, as opposed to 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, both of which were live-action/animation hybrids.

It is believed that The Smurfs 2's $347 million worldwide box office take, which was $215 million less than The Smurfs' $563.7 million, is a reason the decision to go with a fully-animated sequel was made. Both movies made over 70% of their worldwide grosses from international markets.

What's interesting is that The Smurfs' main villain Gargamel has been portrayed in live-action by Hank Azaria, so it isn't clear if the studio is crafting a new villain, or if they will simply use Gargamel in animated form. Other live-action cast members from The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 include Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as Patrick and Grace, »

- MovieWeb

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Don't Mess With Sofia Vergara & Reese Witherspoon

10 February 2014 2:15 PM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is so funny and she's just been edging into funny movies like playing the villain in The Smurfs, and playing smaller roles in The Three StoogesNew Year's Eve and Escape from Planet Earth. But finally, she's going to do a female buddy comedy with another of our faves, Reese Witherspoon (Monsters vs Aliens). In Don't Mess with Texas, Reese will play a cop and Sofia will play a prisoner who have to go on the lam together (you know, this would be even funnier if it were Mf's Gloria who was a prisoner on the run!). In talks to direct the film is Anne Fletcher, who made her mark putting comedic duos together with The Proposal.  »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Neil Patrick Harris Goes Drag to Accept Hasty Pudding Award

8 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Neil Patrick Harris, dressed in a wig, lingerie and red heels, took the stage at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2014 Man of the Year Award from America's oldest undergraduate drama troupe. The How I Met Your Mother star cast a few spells, saved someone's life and sang a jingle from Rent before being awarded the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' annual Pudding Pot. "I felt remarkably good in heels," Harris - who is set to headline the drag-themed Broadway debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch - said after the ceremony, adding that he had spent seven hours stomping around »

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Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn Head to Ray Donovan's Second Season

5 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Emmy-winning actor Hank Azaria ("Huff," The Smurfs ) and acclaimed actress Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks") will guest star in the second season of Showtime's new drama series "Ray Donovan" in multi-episode arcs. Azaria will play a major role this season as James Cochran, the ambitious head honcho of the Los Angeles FBI who becomes a thorn in Ray.s (Liev Schreiber) side. In a recurring role, Fenn will play his frumpy wife, Holly Cochran. Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, "Ray Donovan" stars Schreiber as La's best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, Mickey »

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