Audiences love the summer because it’s the home of the blockbuster but, in terms of memorable films, the summer of 2010 was a major disappointment. Outside of Toy Story 3 and Inception, the rest of the top 10 films at the box office were a mixed bag of mediocre sequels and remakes. Thankfully, next summer will more than make up for it, at least in terms of blockbuster potential.

The summer of 2011 is absolutely loaded with massive, big budget films including huge sequels Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Hangover 2, new superhero films like Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America: The Last Avenger, kids fare such as Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Smurfs 3D and don’t forget Super 8, Rise of the Apes, X-Men: First Class and more.

Jon Favreau, director of one of the summer’s wildcards, Cowboys and Aliens, is potentially nervous about the box office back up and feels like many films are going to suffer surprising casualties. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

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Ript Apparel’s t-shirt design of the day is a Clockwork Orange/Smurfs mash-up titled A Clockwork Smurf, created by artist Captain_RibMan. As with all of RIPT’s t-shirts, the design will be for sale today only. So act fast before midnight or it will not be available. The good news is the t-shirt is available for only $10 plus shipping.

Teefury’s t-shirt design of the day is a Star Wars/Dr. Who mash-up titled “Robots in Disguise” featuring R2-D2 disguised as a Delek. As with all of Teefury’s designs, this t-shirt will only be available today, and today only. The good news is that you can buy the tee for only $9 plus shipping.

Take a better look at both designs after the jump.

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Personally, I never really thought the Smurfs comparison/knock of Avatar was all that clever or funny (even when done by the South Park guys). But Louise Mundo’s new Threadless tee “Little Warrior” is kind of funny, and a cool illustration. The t-shirt premiered today, and is selling out rather quick. Only $18 plus shipping, so act quick. See the full design after the jump.

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Sofia Vergara Joins Smurfs

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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has been cast in the big screen adaptation of the Smurfs. Vergara will play a live-action character named Odile, a powerful executive at a high-end French cosmetics company who is married to the main live-action character played by Neil Patrick Harris. Jayma Mays (Glee) had previously been cast in the role, but the trades story claims that she is still part of the supporting live-action cast.
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Quentin Tarantino Joins the Cast of Smurfs?

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A couple days back, Alan Cumming told MTV News that director Quentin Tarantino would be playing Papa Smurf’s right-hand man, Brainy, in Columbia Pictures’ big screen adaptation of The Smurfs. But a publicist for the Inglourious Basterds director has denied the filmmaker’s involvement.

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A bunch of new release dates were announced overnight, including the Ryan Reynolds one-man thriller Buried, the computer animated/live-action hybrid 3D film Smurfs, Jonah Hill‘s big screen adaptation of the television series 21 Jump Street, and Crash writer/director Paul Haggis‘ new film The Next Three Days. Details after the jump.

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LOL: South Park’s Avatar Parody

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The latest episode of South Park, an episode titled “Dancing With Smurfs,” (spoilers ahead) made an attempt to parody James Cameron‘s upcoming 3D sci-fi epic Avatar. During the episode, Cartman becomes a Glenn Beck /Bill O’reilly like character, and at one point recalls a tale about spending time with the Smurfs. He became “one of them,” falling in love with Smurfette, and leading a revolt against the humans (led by Wendy) who have come to pillage and ruin smurfland. You can watch a clip of Cartman’s story after the jump. Or head on over to Southpark Studios to see the full episode, which yes, leads to James Cameron adapting the story for the big screen.

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Smurfs Movie Has A Director, Feel Free To Shrug

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There are a lot of things to be excited about today. The Michael Jackson media circus is winding down. A party at Comic Con will feature hilarious/awesome metal bands Gwar and 3 Inches of Blood. I’m eating some delicious homemade salsa. Oh, and the Smurfs movie has a director. Yeah, the last item doesn’t really fit. According to THR, the lucky chap is Raja Gosnell, who previously helmed all of your favorites: Scooby Doo and its sequel, and more recently Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I guess there’s more after the jump, if you care. Read More »

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