‘The Smurfs 2’ Trailer: Smurfs Gone Wild

Unless you’re still in grade school, odds are you weren’t dying for another installment of The Smurfs. But the first film was a runaway hit worldwide, grossing an impressive $563 million worldwide, so now we have The Smurfs 2 to contend with next summer.

Directed once again by Raja Gosnell, the CG sequel sees Gargamel (Hank Azaria) hatching a new plan to get that Smurf juice he so desperately needs. It involves the invention of the Naughties, a pair of small creatures (voiced by Christina Ricci and JB Smoove) that appear to be like the Smurfs in every way besides having gray skin and more ‘tude. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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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 »

That’s a new still from Riddick, above, which was recently shared by Vin Diesel. In addition to that, this Sequel Bits features the following stories:

  • Casino Royale title designer comes back to open Skyfall
  • Sly Stallone gets happy in a clip from The Expendables 2
  • Captain America 2 may follow Iron Man 3 to North Carolina
  • and Katy Perry wants to be one of Ridley Scott’s replicants.

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‘Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3D’ Trailer

We’ve known for a few months that Katy Perry is the latest artist to have a 3D documentary / concert film in the works. Now the trailer is out for Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3D, which shows off the star’s trademark candy-pop fashion sense and stage show, but tries to balance that with stories about her Christian pop background and family life, including her no-so-long-ago divorce from Russell Brand. The trailer paints Perry as a hard-working performer that feels the weight of her fame… but it also suggests that she doesn’t take it all so seriously, through shots like the last one, where she’s just stuffing cotton candy into her mouth.

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Katy Perry 3D Movie Coming Soon From Paramount

In this day and age, pop stars getting 3D concert movies is pretty standard. However, most of the time – like with Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and most recently Justin Bieber – they’re squarely aimed at a tween audience. The latest pop star in talks to have her own 3D movie, Katy Perry, certainly plays to that audience but has a much broader appeal too. At least, that’s what Paramount is hoping. They’re currently in talks with the multi-platinum singer behind hits like “I Kissed A Girl,” “Firework” and “California Gurls” to star in her own 3D concert film. Read more after the jump. Read More »

After more than two decades on the air, one would assume it might be difficult for The Simpsons to remain current and culturally relevant. However, while it’s not as popular as it was fifteen years ago, week after week, the show remains as solid as any comedy on TV. Then, every once in a while, the show does something so outrageous, we all step back and marvel at their brilliance. There was that awesome Banksy moment a few months back and it happened again Sunday night when, during their Season 22 Christmas episode called The Fight Before Christmas, the final segment of the show was done in live action featuring a cameo by pop superstar (and wife of Russell Brand) Katy Perry.

Plus, producer James L. Brooks has stated he and his fellow show producers have jumped the biggest hurdle when it comes to possibly making a sequel to The Simpsons Movie. Watch the clip and read the quote after the jump. Read More »

I don’t consider myself a dork, but I’m proud to be a California geek. Regardless, this music music video by Skyway Flyer titled California Dorks, a parody of Katy Perry‘s California Gurls, made me smile. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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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 »

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