Fa la la la la. Four guys, dressed at Smurfs, were arrested in connection with a convenience store assault in Melbourne. Allegedly, the blue guys roughed up a 37-year-old man because he refused to light one of the Smurf’s cigarettes. I know what you’re thinking, The Smurfs are peaceful creatures, even Jokey. They would never do that! Or maybe, Why were these men dressed as Smurfs? Inconclusive. Lots of criminals wear disguises, but those who choose to dress as children’s characters really make ya wonder. [Huffington Post]
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The small Spanish town of Juzcar has opted to keep itself Smurf blue, because it’s brought in more tourists, and tourist dollars, since the town was painted the color last year. Producers for the Smurf film paid the town to paint itself the bright blue color, and used Juzcar in the live action Smurfs film. When the production company offered to paint the town’s buildings back to their original colors, the town refused, noting that they’ve built a mini-industry around their new Smurfy lifestyle. According to the Independent, “The village has eagerly embraced its new role, holding events such as a Smurf moonlight fun run, Smurf painting competitions and permanently running Smurf trade fairs. There are even Smurf-themed weddings to keep fans of the squeaky little blue folk coming.” [The Independent]
Remember the days when Smurfette seemed to have one dress, one pair of shoes, and one hat? Well this season, she’s smurfing it up in the hottest designer accessories this season. Harper’s Bazaar outfitted the blue fashion maven in accessories from Lanvin (pictured above), Marc Jacobs (photo after the jump), Dolce & Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton. So if you wanna dress like Smurfette, then it’ll cost you $6,835 for the Lanvin look alone. [Harper's Bazaar] Keep reading »
Who do “Inception,” “Transformers” and “The Muppets” all have in common? I was scratching my head on that one. All three movies are examples of “the Smurfette principle,” explains Anita Sarkeesian of the blog Feminist Frequency. “The Smurfette principle” is a common trope in movies and TV shows that try to be palatable to male audiences by having an ensemble of nearly all male characters with one token female character, who is oftentimes uber-feminine (Miss Piggy) or super hot (Megan Fox) or otherwise unthreatening. Keep reading »
It’s a good thing that the infinitely adorable Neil Patrick Harris
is here to introduce the first trailer for “The Smurfs Movie
.” Without him I would have thought I got conned into watching an ad for “Transformers 3.” NPH also helped soothe the harsh realization that it is going to be another year before the Smurfs hit the big screen, which means a whole lot of waiting and being bombarded by ads. But with the double dose of cute provided by NPH and the Smurfs, I think we can handle it. Keep reading »
“Sex and the City 2” hits theaters today! Whether your reaction is a squeal or groan, it’s a big deal. Critics have given the “SATC” revival a beating for being materialistic and totally unrealistic, but all of them have admitted that the ladies will line up to lovingly consume the movie anyways, thanks to their extreme devotion to the TV show. Ta-da, box office success! Movie studios are getting this trick. There is now a growing roster of movies—both coming soon and just rumored—adapted from small-screen staples. After the jump, eight TV-to-film transfers that we’re excited for. Keep reading »
If you love Tim Gunn and his eyebrow raises as much as I do, then this news will seriously make your Friday. The fashion expert is moving into the Hollywood world and just scored a role in the upcoming “The Smurfs Movie.” Though other celebrities, including Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, Alan Cumming, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck and Jonathan Winters, will lend their voices to the picture, Tim joins Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara, who all have live-action roles. Tim is set to play an executive assistant at a major cosmetic company, and I really hope the screenwriters work in a few brilliant quips for Tim that will quickly become favorite quotable phrases. [Variety] Keep reading »
When I was kid, my dad (a stock broker at the time) had a client who either A) set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, B) wanted to set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, or C) mentioned something about pogo-sticks and the Statue of Liberty, and I melded these two things together into one idea. Regardless of which option it was (Dad, do you remember?), I was very impressed. Ever since, I’ve really wanted to set a world record. I thought about things I could do—build the world’s largest rubber band ball, turn the most somersaults in a row, hum the most songs backwards. For years, my theory was that if I could just find something obscure enough that I’d have no competition, I could do it. But you’d be surprised at what counts as “obscure.” Everything I’ve thought of has already been done, and by someone who could do it better/longer then me.
That is, until yesterday, when I saw this story about a group of students in Wales who set the world record for having the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place—2,510 of them to be exact. Seriously, each person did nothing but paint themselves blue, put on a silly hat, and show up to some night club. [Telegraph] Keep reading »
From Broadway to Hollywood, the entertainment industry is all about remakes. Most of the time, the threat is not staying true to the original (um, the upcoming Smurfs movie that’s going to be live action?!). But in the case of the I Dream of Jeannie remake, our fear is it actually resembling the misogynistic capers of the early 60’s anti-feminist classic. Now, far be it for we NASA-loving Frisky gals to smack talk an astronaut in the space program heyday. However, the fictitious Major Nelson is a totally ungrateful do-bag that Jeannie calls “master.” Ick. Plus Jeannie never gets credit for always saving the day and she clearly runs the show! Although, perhaps there’s hope for the remake to right the wrongs of the antiquated TV show. Slated to write the screenplay is Mulan’s Rita Hsaio. So fingers crossed, she’ll empower this woman too. [Mania] Keep reading »
The Smurfs, those cute little blue and white cartoon creatures you might have watched on TV when you were about six, turn 50 this year! Pretty soon, you’ll be able to watch all of your favorite episodes on DVD, and a 3-D movie is in the works, too. However, we’re hoping they update the cast a bit and add more female Smurfs in the new movie. If you remember, there was only one on the TV show, Smurfette. According to Smurf.com, “Smurfette was originally created by the horrible wizard Gargamel to cause trouble amongst the Smurfs. With a big nose and wild hair, she didn’t originally look like much. Using his alchemy and knowledge, Papa Smurf transformed her into the charming Smurfette that melts the hearts of the other Smurfs. She’s one of a kind, full of feminine grace and frivolous. She can also be very much a woman, playing with the feelings of her sweethearts.” Basically, all of the Smurfs want her, but she is kind of a tease. We think they should add a more diverse group of female Smurfs — maybe an ugly one, a geeky bookish type, a lesbian, and a punk rock chick. [NPR and Smurf.com and Happy Smurf Day] Keep reading »