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HollywoodNews.com: We all spent a lot of time with our modern family members over the holidays. Chances are, very few of them looked like Sofia Vergara. The stunning “Modern Family” co-star has a very good year in 2011.
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Her extremely popular sitcom earned multiple Emmy wins (and Vergara scored an Emmy nomination for her work). She also graduated to a steadier stream of feature film work, appearing in the family comedy “The Smurfs” and playing a chef in Gary Marshall’s holiday hit, “New Year’s Eve.”
The sky is the limit for Vergara, who’ll continue working on the latest season of “Modern Family: while also playing a part in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s “The Three Stooges.” Could 2012 be even bigger for this beauty than 2011? We can’t wait to find out.
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Looking back on 2011, we should have seen it coming. The growing re-obsession with ’80s brands in entertainment. Facebook reconnecting old friends and classmates. YouTube rising to prominence and providing the means to relive memorable moments. Digital music making it virtually effortless to rediscover classic tunes. Nostalgia just became a major part of our lives, at a time when perhaps the present wasn’t the easiest. Naturally, pop culture has corrected itself to capitalize, which is maybe why most movies this year felt so recycled.
The summer season looked like someone had a yard sale for comic books and the best ones were kept tucked away. Thor. Captain America. Green Lantern. Wait, X-Men! Only it’s a new, “first” class set in the ’60s, sans favorites like Wolverine. Earlier, The Green Hornet?
Meanwhile, Real Steel made things used and rusted feel… used and shiny. We all learned a valuable lesson from The Help’s age-old wisdom, »
- Jeff Leins
"Extra" counts down the 25 highest grossing movies of 2011... Find out what made No. 1!
Top 25 Grossing Movies of 201125. 'Bad Teacher' (Sony)
$100.2 MilBest QuoteElizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz): "I tell you what I know. A kid who wears the same gymnastics sweatshirt three days a week isn't getting laid until he's 29. That's what I know."
24. 'Just Go With It' (Sony)
$103 MilBest QuoteKatherine (Jennifer Aniston): "My tolerance level is here... [holds her hand at chest level] and if it goes up to here, »
It’s a good time to be making animated films, enough so that even regular indie filmmakers may want to sit up and take notice. Animation has always been on the cutting edge of film artistry and technology, and in a year that saw innovative use of motion capture, rotoscoping, CGI, and 3D (in documentaries, no less), an animated picture may be indie film’s next big thing.
2011 was also exciting because it gave us a wide open field for cartoons. For over a decade Pixar has dominated feature animation, but there’s now room for newcomers and underdogs to enjoy their place in the sun. Award nominations already reflect this: the five nominees for the Golden Globe’s Best Animated Feature Film prize are fairly straightforward, but the 18 films submitted for Academy Award consideration run the gamut in terms of style, audience, theme, and nationality. (More on that here and here. »
- Randy Astle
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – Here is an alleged family film made with all the heart and invention of a cynical business deal. Not a single person involved in the production appears to have any concept of what constitutes quality family entertainment. It’s essentially 103 minutes of product placement, with the biggest product being the Smurfs. There’s also room for Rock Band, Google, M&Ms, the Blue Man Group and every single business located on Times Square.
Unlike James Bobin’s marvelously heartfelt comedy, “The Muppets,” which dug deep into the spirit of Jim Henson’s original work, Raja Gosnell’s “The Smurfs” uses Peyo’s beloved characters as mere vessels for stale cultural references. Just as “Star Wars” led to the dumbing down of mainstream American cinema, the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin” inspired generations of lazy filmmakers to construct entire kiddie franchises out of stitched-together homages and in-jokes. Once Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) quips, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
First the Golden Globes, now the Oscars. According to TheWrap's Steve Pond, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified Raja Gosnell's international box-office hit The Smurfs from the roster of Best Animated Feature contenders.
The live action/animation hybrid in which blue creatures that sound like Katy Perry, Paul Reubens, and Jonathan Winters frolic about with the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara, The Smurfs has apparently not met the Academy's qualification requirement that "a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture's running time."
Seventeen animated films are still in the running, which means that — unless there is at least one more future disqualification and the list of contenders falls below 16 — there'll be five Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Feature of 2011. Still »
- Steve Montgomery
Sorry, "Smurfs." No Oscar for you this year. When the Academy announced on Nov. 4 that 18 animated features had been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category, several of the films had not officially qualified for the award. And while the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch eventually approved the three motion-capture movies under review ("The Adventures of Tintin," "Mars Needs Moms" and "Happy Feet Two"), and okayed the live action/animation hybrid "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," it turned out that they did not approve "The Smurfs." AMPAS rules governing hybrid »
- Steve Pond
Katy Perry has been named MTV's first-ever Artist of the Year.
"Perry is one of the new millennium's biggest pop stars, and she matched some of pop's greatest icons on the charts this year," MTV wrote on its website. "She made us giggle with an Lol-worthy hosting stint on SNL and made her big-screen debut voicing the iconic Smurfette in The Smurfs. Offscreen, she's proved to be the kind of girl that can laugh off rumors that she's pregnant and getting divorced. She's loud, cool and a real girl's girl."
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- Robyn Ross
Anton Yelchin attends The Smurfs Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Anton Yelchin attends The Smurfs Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Anton Yelchin attends The Smurfs Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Anton Yelchin attends The Smurfs Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. Anton Yelchin attends The Smurfs Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Photo copyright Emiley Schweich / PR Photos. 12/13/2011 - Anton Yelchin - "The Smurfs" Hand and Footprint »
The Best Actress – Drama list seems complete, though there are several possible runners-up: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. That matches our SAG predictions last night — and the SAG nominations themselves earlier this morning. Those are also the likely Best Actress Oscar contenders.
The possible upsets are Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Emma Stone for The Help, and Sandra Bullock for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Kirsten Dunst is a runner-up runner-up for Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Due to her lesser star wattage, an even less likely contender is Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Like Crazy's »
- Steve Montgomery
New York, Dec 15: Sofia Vergara loves her status as a sex symbol, especially now when she is nearing 40.
The Colombian native, who has a 20-year-old son and is a cancer survivor, is more than just a pretty face.
After her big-screen debut in the 2002 film 'Big Trouble,' the 39-year-old has proven her acting chops as Gloria in the hit television series 'Modern Family,' for which she has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards.
With all these milestones behind her, she also. »
- Leon David
Chicago – In our latest holiday set edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, we have 10 Blu-ray and DVD holiday sets up for grabs for the home release of “The Smurfs”! Each three-disc holiday set is valued at $40.99, so we’re giving away $409.90 in total!
Plus, The Smurfs will make a live appearance at Walmart at 4650 W. North Ave. in Chicago from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 to pose for pictures with any fans! Even more, this holiday set includes the all-new mini movie “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol”!
“The Smurfs” three-disc Blu-ray and DVD holiday set was released on Dec. 2, 2011. The film stars Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Sofía Vergara, Tim Gunn, Jonathan Winters, Jayma Mays and Madison McKinley from director Raja Gosnell from writer J. David Stem.
To win your free “The Smurfs” Blu-ray and DVD holiday set courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Smurfs starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sofía Vergara, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria and Tim Gunn have invaded home video after a fantastic run at the box office, and we've teamed up with Sony Pictures to offer one lucky reader a chance to take home The Smurfs on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D and DVD combo pack in this contest.
For a chance to win The Smurfs, please fill out and submit the entry form below. You can optionally return any or every day the contest is running to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. The more entries, the greater the odds of being selected a winner.
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, »
Back in June, I was invited to the Sony Pictures Animation facility to get an early look at The Smurfs, so it's only fitting that I came back to Spa for an event celebrating The Smurfs on three-disc Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD December 2. The three-disc Blu-ray includes the brand new animated short The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, a smurfy version of the classic Charles Dickens story. The short centers on Grouchy (George Lopez), who is normally rather happy during Christmas, but is his usually cantankerous self this year. Papa Smurf brews up a potion to get Grouchy back into the Christmas spirit, which features the Smurfs of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
I got to watch this animated short at Spa, which is a lot of fun, especially for longtime fans of the original animated series, since most of the short is done in the traditional hand-drawn style fans of »
It isn't uncommon for an animated movie such as The Smurfs to include a bonus short film on the Blu-ray or DVD release. The Smurfs hits the shelves on three-disc Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD release on December 2, and the three-disc Blu-ray will include the holiday-themed short The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, which puts a smurfy spin on the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. I recently had the chance to speak with The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol director Troy Quane and producer Kurt Albrecht at Sony Pictures Animation, where we got to screen this wonderful animated short, which mixes in the old-school hand-drawn animation with the new style shown in The Smurfs. Take a look at what the director and producer had to say below.
Can you talk about how early this whole project came about? Was »
La la la la la la, la la la la la. Those little blue critters that turned out to be a surprise phenomenon in the 1980s make their way to the big screen and now to, ironically, Blu-ray. It.s a fun time, especially for the kids, but some parts left me grouchy. The Smurfs are little blue creatures (three apples tall) that live in a magical forest and are pursued by the wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and his cat Azrael (voiced by Frank Welker). The bumbling Gargamel wants to drain the Smurfs. essence and make his magic more powerful. However, there is some power on the rise as Smurfs are preparing for the magical Blue Moon festival. »
- Jeff Swindoll
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Friday, December 2nd, is the hit smash comedy The Smurfs, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria as the villainous Gargamel. We have an exclusive look at this upcoming release with the Smurf Speak: Meet the Cast featurette, which looks at how each Smurf was matched with a celebrity voice. Check it out below.
Click to watch Exclusive: Meet the Cast!
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours...In fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park! Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
The Smurfs: Comic Book to the Big Screen
Director's Commentary (Blu-ray only)
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