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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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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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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.
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
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. »
- Ed Kennedy
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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. »
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. »
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, »
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, »
"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 Stooges, New 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. »
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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 »
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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