The first full-length trailer for The Smurfs is reminiscent of other cartoons-gone-live-action, like Alvin and the Chipmunks — and I don't mean that in a good way. Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays star as the couple who accidentally happens upon the tiny blue creatures when they escape from their village and end up in New York City.
The smurfs are voiced by Katy Perry, George Lopez, and Alan Cumming to name a few, and as expected, there's no shortage of using the word "smurf" as a substitute for just about anything near a swear (the movie's tagline is "where the smurf are we?"). I will say, though, that I got a kick out of seeing Hank Azaria all dressed up as Gargamel. Even if it's a far cry from the cartoon we grew up with, I have a feeling that kids will get a big kick out of this one when it's released in August. Watch the trailer for yourself when you read more
Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway got together last night to premiere their Love and Other Drugs during the AFI Film Festival in LA. The duo posed on the red carpet with director Ed Zwick, as well as alongside Hank Azaria and Michelle Monaghan. The good times carried over to the afterparty at the Roosevelt hotel, where Jake and Anne kept the hugging coming. Anne's boyfriend, Adam Shulman, wasn't photographed there with her, and likewise, Jake's rumored girlfriend, Taylor Swift, didn't attend as she had to promote her record-setting new album in Canada. Vogue cover girl Anne spent the evening in a tight white Antonio Berardi dress, proving that her clothes don't always fly off when Jake's around.
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Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell, and Mandy Moore walked the red carpet on Friday before heading in to take their seats at the Stand Up 2 Cancer phone banks in LA. The hour-long telethon was broadcast on multiple major networks and streamed across the web, and the effort raised more than $100 million dollars for research in the fight against the disease. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and mom-to-be Christina Applegate, both of whom battled cancer in the past, proudly modeled t-shirts that read "Survivor."
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the West Coast on Thursday, ready to add her support to the event after attending Fashion's Night Out in London last week. She caught up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while Rob Lowe joined Diane Lane. Cindy Crawford, and Chuck's Zachary Levi helped in collecting donations, and fresh-from-Mexico Ryan Seacrest also lent his star power to the cause. Contributions to the charity are still being accepted, and they're even open to making good use of Facebook credits!
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Da-da-da-da-da-da...I've been hankering for footage of The Smurfs ever since the brilliant likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria got involved. Their participation brought such promise for the redo of the TV series — but now that I've caught the first teaser, I'm a little let down. What starts out as quasi-charming spoof on blockbusters turns into a mash-up of the theme song and "Wild Thing" with a blink-and-you-miss-it look at the CGI blue buggers. That's it?! Get a peek when you read more
The trailer for the new movie from director Harold Ramis, Year One, kind of confused me. How were two cavemen types (Michael Cera and Jack Black) bumping into Romans? What? Well, it turns out nothing regarding an accurate historic timeline in this movie makes sense, but that's OK. It's the least of its problems.
If I had to describe this comedy in one sentence I would say it's as if a Mel Brooks comedy and a so-so Saturday Night Live sketch had a baby. It's a gross-out buddy comedy set in the Old Testament that generates a few good laughs. As a comedy duo, Black and Cera are surprisingly good together — although each relies heavily on his respective well-worn shtick. I'm also genuinely surprised at how much mileage the script is able to get out of riffing on what is essentially one big joke about ancient humans and the Bible.
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The stars of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian reunited on the red carpet last night for the premiere at the National Air and Space Museum in DC. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Owen Wilson took their characters to Washington this time around, with Amy Adams adding a feminine touch to the cast. Last night Owen dished about how much fun it is to make movies with his longtime buddy Ben, saying, "It's unbelievable. This is like I think the 10th movie that we've worked on together. And then we're working on another one too coming up. Who knew way back when, when I was in The Cable Guy, that that was gonna lead to us kind of teaming up and being in the same movies so much." We'll get to see if Ben and Owen still have that box office magic when the movie hits theaters next Friday.
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What do Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have in common with newlyweds Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen? Apparently, a love for sushi. The two couples joined Chef Nozawa and others to attend the SugarFish by Sushi Nozawa grand opening party in Marina Del Rey last night. Baby Harlow stayed home for the night while her parents partied, but that's OK; we doubt she's old enough to enjoy yummy sushi anyways.
Actor Hank Azaria (well-known as the voice of Apu and Moe on The Simpsons) gave free rein to decorator Eric Hughes to design his SoHo loft, purchased from master photographer Cindy Sherman, away from his primary digs in LA. The result is a home that's unique, rugged, and elegant, filled with a mix of European furniture from the 1930s through the '70s and original art, framed by awesome architectural elements. PointClickHome's Dealer's Choice shares the story of how the place came together, as well as some fab photos. Check out this slideshow to get a peek, and be sure to check out the article.
Run, Fat Boy, Run comes from a background of comedy gold, three times over: the off-kilter quirkiness of writer Michael Ian Black, the sweet goofiness of director David Schwimmer, and the British everyman humor of cowriter and star Simon Pegg. Ideally, the film would have joined the three comedy styles seamlessly, creating a lovable, hysterical movie that could do no wrong.
Unfortunately, Run, Fat Boy, Run feels like three different movies as disparate as its influences: one set of gross-out jokes that would make the Farrelly Brothers proud, one sweet but schlocky romantic comedy, and one laugh-out-loud underdog story. It's as if the trio couldn't commit to just one sort of film, bouncing from saccharine father-son scenes to disgusting blister-popping to Pegg's trademark loser-y antics. The result is a film that isn't bad, just disappointingly ordinary.
Pegg stars as Dennis, a man who chickens out on his wedding day and runs away from his pregnant bride, Libby (Thandie Newton). Five years later, he wants to win her back — but Libby has started dating Whit (Hank Azaria), a slick American stockbroker who seems to be good at everything, including running marathons. Dennis decides that the way back to Libby is beating Whit at his own game and decides he, too, will run a race. Never mind that just running down the block leaves him winded; he's going to finish 26.2 miles and get the girl, to boot. Things follow a fairly expected path from there — though there are some laughs along the way — so read more