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This week Katey and Dave have doubleheader tidbit talk about NBC and HBO's Girls, Patches defends his love of The Smurfs, and the guys get into a conversation about what makes some humor offensive. All that plus a lightning round inspired by the DVD release of Wreck-It Ralph
If you don't have kids, odds are you never saw the first Smurfs film and probably never will. If you do have kids, you might have taken them to see it out of your own nostalgia for the 80s cartoon, and of course, the constant need to entertain them with something
I really didn't like The Smurfs. In addition to being insipid and stupid, it was, as I said in my review, "so completely lifeless it never manages to justify its own existence." That said, I do think that a studio could make a good Smurfs movie. All they would have to do is stick to what made the characters great in the first place and refuse to modernize them for a "young, hip crowd."
The biggest blockbuster movie going season of the year often has implications beyond the numbers, so here we are to break down who came out of the summer smelling like a rose, and who came out Ryan Reynolds. These are the biggest winners and losers of Summer 2011, as we see them.
America, you must now reap what you sowed. The Smurfs is standing tall at the box office, with $128 million worldwide after just 2 weeks in release, despite the fact that it was critically loathed and is a blatant, pandering attempt to mine the 80s for nostalgic cash
How many monkeys...sorry, apes...does it take to make a Planet of the Apes prequel? About $93 million worth. And that's a small price tag for a movie where a vast majority of the shots include at least one, and often dozens, of CGI chimps, gorillas or orangutans. And it's partly thanks to that relatively modest budget that Rise of the Planet of the Apes can expect to become a profitable movie this summer. The film banked a solid $54 million as the number one entry this weekend.
Cowboys & Aliens split the number one spot with The Smurfs in early weekend estimates. Both films banked around $36 million, but until official numbers are released on Monday the only losers are the audiences who paid to sit through either of the mediocre new releases.
Who doesnít love Neil Patrick Harris? Whether you know him as a child star on the Doogie Howser, M.D., the ridiculous drug addict in the Harold and Kumar movies, the womanizing and legen-wait for it-dary Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother or simply from his hosting duties at both the Emmys and the Tonys, the guy has proven to wide audiences time and time again that he is the epitome of awesome.
Have you spent all of your hard-earned money at the movie theater this summer? Has the box office drained your wallet? I hope not because Hollywood is nothing if not persistent. The bigwigs will get people to see anything. Aliens fighting cowboys in the Old West? Sure, put it up on screen. A cartoon about blue midgets from the 1980s? Greenlight it!
A few weeks back I had the chance to visit Sony Pictures animation, and when I wasn't deforming Smurfs using an animation program or making Clumsy Smurf curse up a storm as he ran away from a dog, I was talking to the people responsible for bringing the long-beloved characters to the silver screen.
As obsessed with cartoons as I was, however, and as much time that I spent illustrating and impersonating the characters, there was an underlying truth: I really sucked at it. All of my drawings with totally out of proportion and I could hardly draw a straight line. Even Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, who is basically an upside-down black-and-white candy cane with eyes, was beyond my skills.
I can't imagine being a voice-over actor is easy. While some people dismiss it as being paid to stand in a booth and speak into a microphone, a real voice actor fully envisions their character, the world around them and the people they're interacting all while trying to deliver their lines with proper cadence. On that same note, being a live-action character interacting with animated characters can't be easy either.
The two Alvin and the Chipmunks movies and Enchanted were both huge family hits, so it was probably only a matter of time before the two would collide uncomfortably in a movie trying to mimic both of them. That movie seems to be The Smurfs
Thereís a new, full-length trailer for The Smurfs and in addition to giving us a more in-depth look at the movieís story, it also provides our first look at the great Hank Azaria as Gargamel. The movie seems a lot like the Chipmunks live-action films, with Neil Patrick Harris in the Jason Lee role
It was all the way back in June that the first teaser trailer for The Smurfs came online and boiled my blood. Everything about it was cliched, trite and shitty - easily the worst trailer of the year
With Yogi Bear out in theaters today, it's time to look forward to the next CGI/live-action hybrid adaptation of something from your childhood that you never asked for: The Smurfs
As bloodcurdlingly awful the trailers have been for the upcoming Yogi Bear, there are few trailer from this year that did more to crush my hopes, dreams and spirit more than the teaser for The Smurfs. Between the
If there exists an old toy or cartoon (or preferably both) lying around, some writer will come up with a way to cram it on to the big screen
The video couldn't be any more awful or typical if it tried. There is a dramatic voice-over, white-on-black title cards, "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc, and views of monuments around the world. Oh, and all of
Sony has released the first ever, official image from The Smurfs and right off the bat they seem to be trying to make the point that this wonít be set in a world of mushroom huts and medieval sorcery
Set aside the completely insane notion that Tim Gunn could be anyone's executive assistant-- because, come on, he'd be running the joint and making it work within minutes. Why is a cosmetics company involved in the Smurfs movie?
Lucky for everyone, Hank Azaria is going to be playing one of the few human characters in the film, and he wasn't just spotted by the paparazzi, but he hammed it up for the cameras right on the street corner
The upcoming Smurfs movie just got a whole lot, oh I donít know, bluer? A bevy of actors, actresses and other celebrities have already joined the voice casting roll call
The assumption on this movie all along has pretty much been that itís a terrible idea. But maybe itís time to rethink that position. Take a good, long, look at that voice cast. Thatís a lot of talent
Sony has started production on The Smurfs and theyíve announced two more actors hired to provide voices for the filmís smurfy, little blue characters. Star Trekís Anton Yelchin is on board to play Clumsy Smurf