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June 3, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. A French sociologist and author has written a book arguing that the Smurfs are racist, anti-Semitic Nazis. This is going to take a bit of time to process. ( Huffington Post ) Everyone's favorite Jane Lynch has been picked to host the Emmy Awards. ( Los Angeles Times ) Disney.com is becoming a one-stop shop for Disney TV shows and movies. ( Los Angeles Times ) All the major music labels have signed on to Apple's coming iCloud service.
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December 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A mutant comic book hero and a crew of little blue children's characters ruled the home video sales chart in their first weeks in release.  "The Wolverine," the sixth film in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title for the week that ended Dec. 7, according to Rentrak. Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character, the movie made $132 million in its domestic box office run. Critics generally approved of the entry, which earned a 69% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  On the set: movies and TV "The Smurfs 2," a critically panned sequel with Neil Patrick Harris, took second place, while the teen action-adventure "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" debuted in fourth, behind the three-week-old computer animated Disney movie disc "Planes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2011
EVENTS Smurf Day at L.A. Zoo Are there enough blue creatures in the world? We've always thought there could be more. Sprucing up the zoo and celebrating the release of the film "The Smurfs," the creations from Belgian cartoonist Peyo will be meeting visitors, beginning a week of Smurf-related events in L.A. As a bonus, enjoy the blue animals at the zoo, including the blue-and-gold macaw, Sclater's blue-eyed lemur, and blue peafowl....
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August 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Like many of those who've seen the new batch of “Smurfs” movies, Paul Reubens has an ambivalent relationship with the property's insistently perky theme song. “My experience for a few months was I couldn't get the song out of my mind. It's like an earworm,” Reubens said in an interview. There's only one difference -- Reubens stars in the movies. In “The Smurfs 2,” which opened last weekend in the U.S. and many countries around the world, the man long known as Pee-wee Herman reprises his voice role as Jokey Smurf, the punch-line-dispensing blue thing from the candy-colored land.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sony Pictures has brought out “Smurfs 2,” a return to the world of the trait-happy blue creatures with a dose of (largely Paris-set) live action.  Many of the faces and voices will be immediately recognizable - Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria for the real-people parts and Katy Perry and the late Jonathan Winters for the animated ones. But there are also a host of names you wouldn't expect - Shaq, Shaun White, Jimmy Fallon, even the wedding planner Kevin Lee. As George Lopez succinctly put it to my colleague Amy Kaufman at the premiere this week, “Every celebrity you can think of is in this.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Smurfs -- led by Papa Smurf and Smurfette -- kicked off a year of 50th-birthday celebrations Monday with Smurfberry cake and sarsaparilla juice at an event in Brussels. The late cartoonist Pierre Culliford -- best known by his pen name, "Peyo" -- first introduced the tiny blue figures in a comic strip in October 1958. Their debut on U.S. television in 1981 launched their global rise to stardom and made the Smurfs a household name. A Smurf is a Pitufo in Spanish, a Schlumpf in German, Nam Ching Ling to the Chinese, a Sumafa in Japan and Dardassim in Hebrew.
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July 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new "The Smurfs 2" is a passable mediocrity. Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
The central conceit of "The Smurfs 2" is that the wicked wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is desperate to capture the secret essence of Smurfs. But Sony Pictures already has found the magic formula that makes the blue cartoon characters so popular - and it isn't found at the domestic box office. Hollywood has been a global business for decades, but the film industry's international reach increasingly is being defined by animated and family-friendly movies, which continue to generate foreign revenues much bigger than any Smurf or Minion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Like many of those who've seen the new batch of “Smurfs” movies, Paul Reubens has an ambivalent relationship with the property's insistently perky theme song. “My experience for a few months was I couldn't get the song out of my mind. It's like an earworm,” Reubens said in an interview. There's only one difference -- Reubens stars in the movies. In “The Smurfs 2,” which opened last weekend in the U.S. and many countries around the world, the man long known as Pee-wee Herman reprises his voice role as Jokey Smurf, the punch-line-dispensing blue thing from the candy-colored land.
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September 10, 1987 | RAY RIPTON, Times Staff Writer
The Culver City High School football team is down to its last three Smurfs. Last year, Coach Fred Fuller's Centaurs had a kiddy corps of five players who were mostly wide receivers or defensive backs, or both, and three of them saw more playing time than the others. They were nicknamed the Smurfs after a television cartoon series about little people with that name.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"2 Guns" had the ammunition to hit No. 1 at the box office this weekend, leaving "The Smurfs 2" feeling wounded. The action flick starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg shot to the top of the charts with a healthy debut of $27.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. The 3-D animated sequel featuring the classic blue characters, meanwhile, launched with a disappointing $18.2 million -- only about half as much as the original collected over its opening weekend in 2011.
NEWS
August 3, 2013 | By Chris Barton
The action movie "2 Guns" showed some firepower Friday night, earning an estimated $10 million on the path to what's expected to be a weekend topping the box office rankings. The respectable opening night tally comes despite mostly mixed reviews, including that of The Times' Kenneth Turan , who described the film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as "briefly diverting" but concluded "the film inevitably leaves an empty taste behind it once it's done. " The weekend's other major opening, the animated sequel "Smurfs 2," is performing as expected with an estimated $5.5 million earned on Friday, which takes its total thus far to roughly $15 million since its opening on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
The central conceit of "The Smurfs 2" is that the wicked wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is desperate to capture the secret essence of Smurfs. But Sony Pictures already has found the magic formula that makes the blue cartoon characters so popular - and it isn't found at the domestic box office. Hollywood has been a global business for decades, but the film industry's international reach increasingly is being defined by animated and family-friendly movies, which continue to generate foreign revenues much bigger than any Smurf or Minion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sony Pictures has brought out “Smurfs 2,” a return to the world of the trait-happy blue creatures with a dose of (largely Paris-set) live action.  Many of the faces and voices will be immediately recognizable - Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria for the real-people parts and Katy Perry and the late Jonathan Winters for the animated ones. But there are also a host of names you wouldn't expect - Shaq, Shaun White, Jimmy Fallon, even the wedding planner Kevin Lee. As George Lopez succinctly put it to my colleague Amy Kaufman at the premiere this week, “Every celebrity you can think of is in this.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new "The Smurfs 2" is a passable mediocrity. Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry)
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Big names, small screen: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will be the focus of a just-announced TV series. According to Monday's announcement, the partnership between the arts channel Ovation* and Conde Nast Entertainment -- appropriately named "The Fashion Fund" -- will document "the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. "   The fund, now in its 10th year, will award the top designer a $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an established industry name.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Friends With Benefits Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99/$40.99 Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in "Friends With Benefits" as best friends who try to meet each other's sexual needs without any messy commitments. Whenever the movie reverts to the usual "boy meets girl" romantic comedy beats, the results are disappointingly predictable, but for the most part, "Friends With Benefits" is as fresh and of-the-moment as any major studio release this year. Director Will Gluck keeps the interplay between his leads lively — except for when it needs to get heavier — and he coaxes a hilarious supporting performance from Woody Harrelson, playing an aggressive gay sportswriter.
OPINION
October 15, 2005 | ROSA BROOKS
SMURFS ARE those darling little blue elves from the 1980s animated children's series of the same name. The epitome of kitsch, Smurfs have remained popular for more than two decades. There are Smurf figurines, greeting cards, Pez dispensers, mugs, books and dolls. Now, however, there are Smurf corpses as well.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Singer and actress Katy Perry is known more for her chart-topping hits than her sartorial ones, but she deserves kudos for her sense of style over the last couple of weeks. At the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo in Hollywood, Perry donned a Suno Spring 2013 dress with a cellphone print and metallic sandals. At the Lacoste Coachella party she chose a print Dolce & Gabbana skirt. And she wore a striped dress by the Italian fashion house to a press conference for her new film "The Smurfs 2" in Mexico.  At the fifth annual Summer of Sony in Cancun, Perry attended a photo call for the film wearing a Monique Lhuillier spring 2013 lace dress that she cinched at the waist with a black belt.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Friends With Benefits Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99/$40.99 Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in "Friends With Benefits" as best friends who try to meet each other's sexual needs without any messy commitments. Whenever the movie reverts to the usual "boy meets girl" romantic comedy beats, the results are disappointingly predictable, but for the most part, "Friends With Benefits" is as fresh and of-the-moment as any major studio release this year. Director Will Gluck keeps the interplay between his leads lively — except for when it needs to get heavier — and he coaxes a hilarious supporting performance from Woody Harrelson, playing an aggressive gay sportswriter.
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