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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Posters, casting, videos and rumor control. Just another day in the world of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • The Hangover Part III adds actress Lela Loren and is shooting in central California.
  • A new trailer is out for Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines.
  • Find out how you can work with Michael Bay on Transformers 4.
  • A new viral video has been released for Paranormal Activity 4.
  • Robert Rodriguez doesn’t think a Predators sequel will happen.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says nothing is happening on Terminator 5.
  • A teaser poster for The Smurfs 2 has been released.

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Sony Pictures Animation has released the first image of new characters that will be introduced in The Smurfs 2. In the sequel to the 2011 live-action/animation hybrid, Christina Ricci voices Vexy (left) and comedian JB Smoove voices Hackus (right), two new little monsters nicknamed “The Naughties” created by the evil Gargamel (played again by Hank Azaria). See the image after the jump.

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We’ve got handful of sequel-related quick hits for you. After the jump:

  • Tim Burton “would love to revisit” Beetlejuice sometime
  • Want to be an extra on Iron Man 2, Machete Kills, etc.?
  • A blazing-hot new Expendables 2 poster hits the web
  • When will the second trailer for The Hobbit debut?

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CinemaCon has come to a close, and I’ve returned from Las Vegas to find a ton of film sequel news bits. After the jump you’ll see a round up of all the latest, including:

  • New photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Expendables 2
  • Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he auditioned for Star Trek 2 on his iPhone.
  • Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove join The Smurfs 2
  • Screenwriter Max Landis talks about returning characters, possible directors, and how Chronicle 2 will be about the world’s first ‘supervillain’
  • The running time and soundtrack listing for Men in Black 3 has been revealed
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will begin production by Summer’s end.
  • And an update on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequels.

 

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Could the big-screen sequel to 2009′s Black Dynamite finally be getting underway? Michael Jai White thinks so. Also after the jump:

  • Christina Ricci will play an evil Smurfette
  • Richard Linklater thinks the Before Sunset sequel will happen
  • Is Underworld: Battle the title of Underworld 5?

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After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:

  • Richard Donner talks about the abandoned plans for Lethal Weapon 5.
  • George Lucas says we’ll “NEVER” see a Star Wars sequel.
  • Plans for an Anvil! The Story of Anvil Sequel
  • Project X star joins the cast of Grown Ups 2
  • Clive Owen knows nothing about Sin City 2
  • The Smurfs 2 release date announced
  • Dolph Lundgren gives an Expendables 2 update.

All this and more, after the jump.

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‘Smurfs’ Sequel Gets 2013 Release Date

In a piece of unsurprising news, Sony just announced they’ll release a sequel to The Smurfs on August 2, 2013, hoping to duplicate the late summer success of its predecessor, which is still in theaters.

The first film, based on 50-year-old characters and best known as a 30-year-old cartoon, didn’t seem like a sure thing a few weeks ago. Its 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t helping matters. However, instead of releasing the film in the middle of summer, Sony’s genius idea to release The Smurfs at the tail-end of summer basically made the film critic proof. By the time late July rolled around, most of the major family films had come and gone leaving plenty of families hungry for something new. So The Smurfs, seemingly out of nowhere, just barely missed beating Universal’s high-profile Cowboys & Aliens in its opening weekend and will likely crack $150 million internationally before it’s two weeks old.

Read which films The Smurfs 2 compete with in two years after the jump.

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