Raja Gosnell is back in the director’s chair for the CG sequel The Smurfs II. This time around we see Gargamel (Hank Azaria) hatching a new plan to get that Smurf stuff he wants and needs, think “Breaking Bad Junkie” bad. He creates the Naughties, a couple of small creatures (voiced by Christina Ricci and JB Smoove) that appear to be like the Smurfs in every way besides skin color.
The Smurfs 2 hits theater screens on July 29, 2013. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays reprise their roles as the Smurfs’ human pals and protectors, while Alan Cumming, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, and George Lopez return as their respective Smurfs. Overall the casting is pretty dead on. The story line is said to be:
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants – and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs – Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
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Portlandia is one of those shows that people tell you about, but you never really bother to check it out.
“How good could it really be?”
Well, it can be pretty damn good. It’s a sketch-comedy show on the IFC, Independent Film Channel, that’s the channel with all those foreign movies that your hipster friends can’t start a conversation about any movie without mentioning twice. So Portlandia is about hipster life in Portland, Ore.
Characters Doug (Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live) and Claire (Carrie Brownstein, singer, Sleater-Kinney) play a couple who choose to watch just one episode of Battlestar Galactica before attending a birthday party. Then their life begins a drastic slide.
Skipping the obligatory “SNL is rarely ever funny anymore”, one of the most consistent chuckle worthy sketches is TV Funhouse’s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo”. The classic animated sketch of two crime fighting heroes whom are completely unaware of their constant homosexual innuendos.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the ambiguous adventures of heroes Gary and Ace (almost 4 years) but last night the duo made a triumphant return to the late night sketch comedy show. The phrase “a pleasant surprise” would be an understatement. Just when it looked looked as though fans would be treated simply to a new episode featuring the beloved “TV Funhouse” characters, something far cooler was in store. It went live-action.
Thanks to an out-of-control “flesh ray,” the cartoon duo are embodied by Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm. The villains are transmogrified into the real world shortly thereafter, being played Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helm and Fred Armisen.
The sketch more than speaks for itself. I have nothing more to say other than thank you Saturday Night Live, for this nostalgic treat of homoerotic double entendre.