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Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Smurfs 2
For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a pair of modern day New Yorkers who are visited by The Smurfs, a clan of tiny blue humanoids who battled an evil wizard (Hank Azaria under rubbery prosthetics), who caused all sorts of mischief and kind of made the movie into an unofficial remake of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." The sequel finds the same humans and a couple of the same Smurfs, only the location has been changed to Paris, France, and for some reason noted Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is along for the ride. We suspect that a house payment was due. Or he wanted to buy a new boat.

Ben Whishaw Eyed To Play 'Moby Dick' Author Herman Melville In Ron Howard's 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 2:10 PM
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For a moment there, it looked like Ben Whishaw was going to do some tentpole hopping. After appearing last fall as the new Q in "Skyfall," the actor was being eyed for Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" -- until the filmmaker put it on hold indefinitely. Well, it was a minor blip for Whishaw who filmed Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" which is coming to the Venice Film Festival, and is now being eyed for a part in Ron Howard's next movie.

The Next 'Jane Got A Gun'? Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing' Stalls With 3 Weeks Left To Shoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:51 AM
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So, are we looking at the next production woes saga? We've already been through the various dramas of "World War Z" and "Jane Got A Gun," and now a situation is arising around the Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing."

'Law & Order' Star Jesse L. Martin Back To Star In Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing,' Replaces Lenny Kravitz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 3:48 PM
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What goes around comes around, or something like that. The forever developing Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing" has once again switched out its lead, but this time has gone back the man who was originally tapped for the gig.

First Look At Henry Selick's Newly Revived 'The Shadow King'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 9:02 AM
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One of the more interesting stories in the world of animation last year was the very public collapse of the Henry Selick's newest movie he was working on for Disney, something that was supposed to be the beginning of a very long and fruitful relationship for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" director and the studio. But, alas, the film that was at one point designed to be Pixar's first stop motion feature, completely fell apart after Selick continued to lock horns with the Pixar Brain Trust (whose story-comes-first mandate ruffled Selick) and Disney execs over the tone of the movie and its lack of narrative clarity. After building the animators a new studio and paying for a large chunk of the production budget, the project formerly known as "Shademaker" was indefinitely canceled Now comes word that the movie, now entitled "The Shadow King," is up and running again, this time produced by "Beasts of the Southern Wild" principle Josh Penn, with funding by K5 International.

Dylan Moran, Marie Josée Croze & Isaach De Bankolé Join John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'; First Look At Brendan Gleeson In The Film

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • October 3, 2012 11:25 AM
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This may blow some people's minds, but did you know that it's possible to have two talented filmmakers born into the same family? It's not only possible, it happened to the McDonaghs, whose Martin and John Michael are two of the more interesting filmmakers working today. Martin started as a playwright but debuted his filmmaking skills with the Academy Award-winning short "Six Shooter" before moving on to the 2008 dark comedy "In Bruges" and the upcoming "Seven Psychopaths." John Michael, meanwhile, is starting production on "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 black comedy "The Guard."

'Grand Seduction' Snares Taylor Kitsch & Brendan Gleeson In Remake Of Canadian Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 4:01 PM
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After three movies in the span of seven months all flopped to various degrees (sort of the reverese Channing Tatum), Taylor Kitsch is licking his wounds and returning back to his native Canada...where he's quietly begun lensing on a new movie.

Abbie Cornish & Brendan Gleeson To Star In Thriller 'An Ordinary Man' Directed By Brad Silberling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 3:00 PM
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"An Ordinary Man" directed by Brad Silberling....does it sound vaguely familiar? Well, if you have a good memory, you might remember this project came up on the radar two years ago but it now looks like things are ready to press forward.

Christina Ricci, Brendan Gleeson & JB Smoove Join 'The Smurfs 2' For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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Looks like some actors who should be and deserve to be doing much better things are going to buy themselves a nice vacation or perhaps put a down payment on a second or third house, as they've lined up roles in the inevitable "The Smurfs 2."

Review: Dim-Witted Edgar Allan Poe Thriller 'The Raven' Is Too Boring To Be A Guilty Pleasure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2012 5:20 PM
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About ten minutes into James McTeigue's "The Raven," a large, hairy man -- a writer and a critic, as it turns out -- is strapped to a table by a mysterious figure. A mighty blade, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit And The Pendulum," hangs forbodingly above him. And to his unseen captor, he screams "I'm just a critic! Why? Why would you do this to me?" After sitting through a further hundred minutes of McTeigue's inept, idiotic period thriller, we knew exactly how he felt.

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