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I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and direct Rampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.

The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]

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Anton Yelchin and Fred Armisen Join The Smurfs

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Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures has released a press release announcing the beginning of production of the big screen CGI/live action hybrid 3D adaptation of The Smurfs. The release features a couple bits of new info:

  • Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) has joined the voice cast to play Clumsy Smurf
  • Fred Armisen (SNL) will voice Brainy Smurf

We also get the first official plot synopsis:

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Sounds like the storyline is a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks meets Enchanted. Read the full press release 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.

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First Smurf Movie Details Revealed

The Smurfs

The first story details from Columbia Pictures’ big screen adaptation of The Smurfs has leaked on SpoilerTV in the form of a casting call. The film, which is a CGI/live action hybrid, is being helmed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

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The Smurfs: Character Design Revealed

The Smurfs

The first real character design image from Columbia Pictures’ big screen adaptation of The Smurfs has leaked on UGO. The film, which is a CGI/live action hybrid, is being helmed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua). Head on over to UGO to see the full photo of the supossed leaked design. What do you think?

The Smurfs Hybrid Live-Action Feature Film?

The Smurfs Movie

A couple months ago it was revealed that Paramount was working on a computer animated movie based on the popular classic trippy 80′s cartoon series The Smurfs (Truth is that the Smurfs are actually 50 years old, having first appeared in comic strips). Well it turns out that producer Jordan Kerner (Charlotte’s Web), who obtained the rights to the Smurfs property in 2002, has also gotten a hybrid live-action Smurfs feature film greenlit at Sony. For those of you wondering what live-action hybrid means, think Alvin and the Chipmunks. Its not clear if Paramount will still be going ahead with their 3D computer animated feature or not.

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and David Weiss, the guys who wrote the last two Shrek films, are in negotiations to write the screenplay. Studio head Amy Pascal and chairman-CEO Michael Lynton both feel “that there was potentially a series of films in the making.” I’m sure they do. A series of films means more money. A computer animated Smurfs film had me much more excited than this newly announced hybrid. It seems clear to me that the idea was probably a result of Alvin and the Chipmunks big box office success. The world of the Smurfs is interesting, magical and fantastical. Giving the characters realism and sticking them in a live action world with humans could ruin the whole appeal. I cant see the reason for them doing a live action hybrid unless The Smurfs are somehow forced to leave Mushroom Village. And it seems that kind of plot could be disastrous.

source: Variety

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