Hank Azaria Cast as Gargamel in ‘Smurfs’

Published by Jeff Leins at News in Film
Hank Azaria has joined the cast of The Smurfs as Gargamel, the evil sorcerer and arch-nemesis of the blue creatures.

Entertainment Weekly reports the news, but seems to be confused about his involvement.  According to Neil Patrick Harris, who stars in the movie as a lovable ally to the Smurfs, Azaria won’t be voicing an animated character but acting in the movie.

Katy Perry has been confirmed as the voice of Smurfette, Jonathan Winters is voicing Papa Smurf, Alan Cummings plays “Gutsy Smurf,” and George Lopez is “Grouchy Smurf.”  Jayma Mays, the redheaded counselor on “Glee,” plays the pregnant wife of NPH’s character.

Read More here

Jane Goldman: Meet the screenwriter of the controversial new film Kick-Ass

by Elizabeth Day at The Guardian
The screenwriter Jane Goldman freely admits that her new film Kick-Ass “is not, obviously, for everyone”. Perhaps she is thinking of the scene in which Hit-Girl, an 11-year-old female assassin in a luminescent purple wig, enters a roomful of evil baddies and utters the immortal line: “OK you c**ts, let’s see what you can do now.” Or maybe she is referring to the bit where Hit-Girl, in a conversation with her father about what she wants for her birthday, pretends to ask for a puppy before admitting with a coquettish giggle that “I’m just fucking with you Daddy. I’ll have a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife.” Or she could be recalling the moments where Hit-Girl shoots a man through his cheek or slices off a drug dealer’s leg with a machete.

Whatever the reason, Goldman is aware that Kick-Ass could cause something of a stir. “I wouldn’t take it personally if someone didn’t enjoy the film,” she says when we meet. “Certainly my 86-year-old friend of the family, I’d strongly recommend she doesn’t go and see it.”

Read More here

Disney and Bedrock to adapt A Wrinkle In Time

by Joy Scaglione at the Examiner
Disney and Bedrock Studios have teamed up to work on a brand new adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved sci-fi novel A Wrinkle In Time.

Screenwriter Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia) has signed on to adapt the book into a screenplay. Disney picked up the rights to the novel after ABC’s 2004 television adaptation. Cary Granat is producing alongside Catherine Hand; L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voilkis will serve as executive producer.

Read More here

Neil Patrick Harris: Dr. Horrible 2 will be a movie

By Patrick Lee at Sci Fi Wire

That long-awaited sequel to Joss Whedon’s Emmy-winning Web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog may end up in movie theaters rather than a computer screen; watch below.

That’s according to star Neil Patrick Harris, who gave the news to

Apparently they’re making a ‘Dr. Horrible’ sequel—a feature film, I hope,” laughed Harris. “I hope they cast me in it—we’ll see.”

Read More here

I would love to see a sequel to Dr. Horrible! Any format, as long as the feeling stays the same (and Joss Whedon doesn’t pull some of that Serenity crap) and I’ll be thrilled. And A Wrinkle in Time movie would be amazing too, that was one of my favorite books as a teenager.

Do you want to see the Smurfs movie? Will you go see Kick-Ass?