Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.

The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

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Sad as I am to see summer go, there is something I’m really looking forward to about the coming months, and that is the advent of the television’s regular season. After a long summer away from my imaginary friends in Pawnee, Greendale, and Lima, I’m eager to check back in and see what the new premieres have to offer. Hit the jump to see:

  • The beginnings of a triple-Tammy drink-off in a preview for Parks & Recreation Season 4
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Oh, look, a new Smurfs trailer. The good news is that this trailer is not as painfully horrible as the first one. The bad news is that it is still a trailer for The Smurfs. But if you want to see mushroom houses, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) on the hunt and a moment where Neil Patrick Harris breaks down over the little blue creatures’ overuse of the word ‘smurf,’ then hit the jump. Watch out for the product placement, though. Read More »

‘The Smurfs’ Trailer

There is now a full-length trailer for The Smurfs, Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid which brings updated CGI versions of the Smurfs to New York City, where they run riot through the lives of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as they try to escape the clutches of the wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). If that doesn’t sound like a horror film, that’s because you haven’t yet watched the trailer. Do so after the break, if you dare. Read More »

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UPDATE: Neil Patrick Harris says on Twitter that Hank Azaria will play a live-action Gargamel in the film, not voice an animated version of the character. Original article follows.

We’ve had a good bit of casting for The Smurfs (not Smurfs: the Movie, as we’d seen it written before) so far, including Neil Patrick Harris as one of the primary humans, and Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming and George Lopez as some of the little blue guys in white pants.

Now more names have been thrown onto the pile: Hank Azaria, Katy Perry and Glee‘s Jayma Mays. Read More »

First Look: Mall Cop

Mall Cop Set Photo

/Film reader Chris E sent over a couple set photos from the set of Mall Cop. The movie tells the story of a mall security guard (played by Kevin James) who becomes an unlikely hero when his mall is taken hostage by a group of thieves. Ugly Betty star Jayma Mays plays James’ love interest. And just like in real life, Jayma Mays falls in love with a fat mall cop on a super powered Segway… oh wait, that would never happen in real life.

Mall Cop Set Photo

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