Jessica Alba and George Lopez star in Cal Brunker’s hilarious animated space adventure, Escape from Planet Earth, about what happens when aliens respond to a distress signal from the Dark Planet. Alba voices Lena, the beautiful, intelligent but extremely duplicitous chief of BASA’s mission control. Lopez plays Thurman, a three-eyed, four-armed slug-like alien who leaves a trail of goo wherever he goes. Opening February 15th, the film also features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Steve Zahn and Chris Parnell.
At our recent roundtable interview, Alba and Lopez talked about their characters and what drew them to the project. Lopez described how Harvey Weinstein tracked him down in Las Vegas to play the part and was instrumental in putting together the terrific cast. Alba explained why she loved playing a villain in her first animated feature, how she found the recording process and enjoyed playing over the top and crazy, what she thought of the script’s strong female characters, and how being a mom has affected the roles she takes. She also discussed the Honest Company and her new book. Hit the jump to read on.
We have three new clips and five character posters to share from Cal Brunker’s animated sci-fi family film, Escape from Planet Earth. Brendan Fraser and Rob Corddry voice two alien brothers who get into all sorts of hijinks when a mission leads them to the notoriously dangerous title planet.
Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Jonath Morgan Heit, James Corden, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and William Shatner, Escape from Planet Earth opens February 15th. Hit the jump to check out the clips and posters.
The first trailer has been made available for The Smurfs 2. This time around, it looks as if Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is making his own version of Smurfs called “Naughties” in the hopes of bottling the powerful “Smurf-essence.” Poor Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) gets caught up in the plan and runs the risk of turning into one of the Naughties herself, unless the other Smurfs can rescue her.
The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.
After Sony’s The Smurfs grossed a grand total of $563 million at the global box office last year, they waited a grand total of 12 days before green lighting a sequel. The studio has released an official logo (above) for the sequel, titled The Smurfs 2, but there was another surprising Smurf-related development today. Apparently, Sony has enough confidence in their sequel writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche, that they’re now giving the go-ahead on The Smurfs 3. Given that the production of The Smurfs 2 is already underway with much of the original cast returning (plus a few new faces), things must be coming along quite nicely.
Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013. Hit the jump for news on The Smurfs 3.
The other day, 20th Century Fox hosted a special presentation of footage from the upcoming animated feature Rio, due out in theaters on April 15th. Prior to a Brazilian celebration that kept in theme with the event, director Carlos Saldanha (known for the Ice Age films) enlisted the help of voice actors Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez to introduce clips of each of the main characters and give members of the press an overview of what audiences can expect from the vibrant and fun film that includes song and dance numbers, featuring its stars.
Rio tells the story of Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, who travels to Rio de Janeiro, where he meets the fiercely independent Jewel (Hathaway). The two take off on an adventure that will lead them to make new friends, band together to fight common enemies, explore their feelings for each other, and follow their dreams.
Following the presentation, the director and actors held a press conference to discuss the process of making the film, the appeal of voice-over work and recording the music that gives the story a real flavor. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
A new trailer has gone online for the animated film Rio. Like this year’s animated family film Alpha and Omega, Rio centers on a pair of animals who are trying to fuck. Okay, that might be a bit of an over-simplification. They’re a pair of rare macaws (voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg) who are brought together to mate but are then kidnapped so they can be sold on the bird black market. Judging by the trailer, it could be amusing.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars the voices of George Lopez, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, will.i.am, and Jamie Foxx. It’s set to open in 3D on April 8th.
It has been just a little over a month since we first saw what Hank Azaria would look like as Gargamel in The Smurfs, and now we have video footage of Azaria prancing around New York City in character (with a guest appearance from Neil Patrick Harris!). The Smurfs will combine live action and animation to bring the little blue folk of the comic and television series to the big screen.
In addition to Azaria and Harris, the live action cast includes Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara; the voice cast features Anton Yelchin (Clumsy Smurf), Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf), Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf), and Paul Reubens (Jokey Smurf). The Smurfs is slated to hit 3D theaters on August 3, 2011. Hit the jump for the clips.
In case you weren’t aware, 20th Century Fox made a Marmaduke movie, and they assembled a pretty sizable cast to star/be voice actors in the film. Here’s the list: Emma Stone, Judy Greer, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiefer Sutherland, Owen Wilson, Sam Elliott, Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), William H. Macy, Lee Pace, Steve Coogan and George Lopez.
While the film is clearly aimed at families and especially kids, with the cast featured, I thought some of you might want to check out some footage from the June 4th release. Hit the jump for 6 clips and the full synopsis.
The teaser trailer for Rio, the new film from Blue Sky (they made the Ice Age movies), has gone online. The 3D animated film is a comedy-adventure-love story between two rare macaws (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris and Anne Hathaway). The film is set in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for City of God references.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis. Rio is slated to hit theaters in 3D on April 8, 2011.
The first images of Hank Azaria as Gargamel in Sony Pictures The Smurfs have hit the net. The reason we’re getting our first look at Gargamel is the production was shooting on the streets of New York City and the paparazzi got him. As you can tell in the above image, the production seems to be sticking close to the cartoon. For more pictures and the synopsis, hit the jump.
The Smurfs get smurfed on August 3, 2011. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris (Johan), Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara (Odile-Johan’s wife), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy Smurf), Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf), Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf), and Paul Reubens (Jokey Smurf).
Three quick pieces of casting news for you tonight. First up, Deadline reports that Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) has signed on to voice the character of “Jokey” Smurf in the upcoming CG-animated film The Smurfs. Reubens joins Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez, Quentin Tarantino, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, and Jayma Mays.
Hit the jump for news on Ice Cube joining Oren Moverman’s (The Messenger) police corruption drama Rampart and Bryce Dallas Howard coming on board Tate Taylor’s The Help.
Conan O’Brien will make his return to Late Night TV on TBS. Last night we reported that Conan O’Brien and FOX’s relationship may be in jeopardy due to unhappy affiliates. Now TVGuide.com reports that in an unexpected move, Conan has gone to TBS, which is a huge “get” for the Atlanta-based network. The announcement comes the same day as Conan begins his nationwide comedy tour in Eugene, Oregon. His new TV show will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. EST and move George Lopez’ talk show to midnight. However, Conan’s deal with NBC prohibits him from being on TV until September. On his Twitter feed, Conan says he’ll return in November following the World Series. Here’s his post from Twitter:
The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I’ll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show.
Hit the jump for another statement from Conan and my excitement over his move to TBS.
THE SMURFS Begins Production in New York
To be clear: I do not care about The Smurfs live-action/CGI movie at all. However, Collider is a news site and we don’t just report on the projects we are personally excited for. So for our three readers who are excited for The Smurfs, Sony Pictures Animation sent out a press release announcing that film had begun production. They also revealed that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) would be among the voice cast.
Hit the jump for the full press release. The Smurfs is slated to hit theaters on August 3, 2011.
The forthcoming comic-strip-to-film adaptation Marmaduke has been on our radar for awhile, but with the exception of some publicity stills, casting information, and a teaser trailer a couple months back, we haven’t really known what to expect from the film. Oh, who am I kidding: it’s friggin’ Marmaduke. It looks exactly like you’d expect it to look. For the trailer (and more commentary on the film), see me after the jump.
For those who care about the upcoming Smurfs movie (and I will never understand any of you), Entertainment Weekly has some new voice casting to report. First up, Hank Azaria, best known for voicing a large chunk of The Simpsons cast, will voice the villain Gargamel. Also, EW confirms an earlier report that singer Katy Perry will voice Smurfette. Finally, Glee‘s Jayma Mays will provide the voice for will play the pregnant wife to Neil Patrick Harris’ character.
The three will join George Lopez, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Winters. The Smurfs is slated to hit theaters on July 29, 2011.