Let’s get Smurf’d!

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I’m obviously behind the times here, but…!

THE SMURFS MOVIE.

I can’t wait. I love Smurfs. They are a great thing from my childhood.

And the movie looks hilarious. With Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as actual people, because the Smurfs have being displaced from their village and found themselves smack bang in the middle of Central Park.

Eeek!

Voices for the Smurfs include Katy Perry, Johnathan Winters and Alan Cummings.

Naturally Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is on their tails and the Smurfs must find their way back to their village.

And they are so cute! Even if you can tell they are animated or whatever it is they are these days.

It is due out in August in the States. Whether that is the same for New Zealand, who knows?

The end is nigh.

It has been 12 years, seven books and seven movies. Come July, it will be eight, with part two of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

I finally got to see part one last week and it was better than I could ever have imagined. There was just something about it, that made it so much better than the previous six. It could have been the pacing of not having to rush and able to put more detail in, because of the split into two movies, or it could have been the much improved acting. Or, not being stuck within Hogwarts.

I think on this one David Yates was able to be a bit more creative with the set and locations and he seems to be one of the better directors the movies have had. Also playing a part, was probably JK Rowling being a producer on the film – the first she has actively been involved in.

All in all, it is a fantastic start to the finish of a series of movies which have defined our generation.

July cannot come fast enough.

Modern day Beauty and the Beast

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The trailer for Beastly looks rather awesome – a modern day Beauty and the Beast.

Had no idea this was even coming, I was just flicking through some Perez, but needless to say the few minutes of the trailer has me a little excited.

The male lead – Kyle or “beast” – is played by Alex Pettyfer. The guy from Stormbreaker and Wild Child. From initial views, he does a good job, but seeing the movie in full will be the only way to make sure.

Vanessa Hudgens plays Lindy – the “beauty” role. I’m always dubious about Vanessa Hudgens since High School Musical, her acting was not that great. Couldn’t really gauge how she went with the trailer, but I can only hope she is not annoying throughout the entire thing. That is probably the only reason the movie would be ruined for me.

And, not to mention Mary-Kate Olsen is in it – LOL. I don’t think much more needs to be said. I can’t wait to see her in a serious role, minus Ashley.

Oh, and Neil Patrick Harris. ‘Nuff said.

Check out the trailer below:

I want a gold pen sword.

DEMI-GODS: Stealers of Maseratis

DEMI-GODS: Stealers of Maseratis

Imagine stealing a Maserati from the floor of a casino, jumping off the Empire State Building (which secretly holds the entrance to Olympus) or finding the entrance to the underworld under the H of the Hollywood sign. Not the norm for a typical human, but if you were a demi-god — it may just be your typical week.

Just some of the hi-jinks in Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief. I guess if you had to describe it in a comparison to other movies it would be like Harry Potter, but instead of Daniel Radcliff as the lead, you have Zac Efron.

No the lead isn’t actually Zac Efron, but Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson. He is a pretty good look-alike or voice double (seriously, he sounds exactly like Zac Efron at some points). Percy Jackson is a demi-god — half human, but son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd or that dude from Grey’s Anatomy). With this little piece of information, it opens up a world based on Greek mythology. Still based in reality with this supernatural twist — which I think is better because you can still associate with each character — you can pretty much assume, if we’re playing with demi-gods here, anything can go — all Gods are in essentially — Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Athena, including their powers.

At first getting told you’re the son of a Greek God you would naturally think it was unbelievable, but then of course you get awesome powers and a few nifty tools. A sword, chuck sneakers with tiny wings, a collapsible shield and then there is the casual lightening bolt. Which brings me to the special affects. They were awesome. Not over the top, not crappy. Enough said.

Once again — it’s a book in to a movie, based on the same name and written by Rick Riordan. Unfortunately I cannot speak for how successful the adaptation has been, as I have never read the books. However, there is no way that an original script from Hollywood would be able to provide a detailed story-line and in-depth characters of this type if it wasn’t first a book. I can say though, that I will be going to the library tomorrow to look for all the books in the series to see how they measure up to the Hollywood adaptation. One question I do have is, how old are the leads supposed to be? The feel of it is mid-to-late teens, bout 16/17. Lerman himself is 18. But as I understand it, in the first book Percy is 12. That right there is a big inconsistency. However, as certain scenes are portrayed it is more believable that a 16-year-old would be doing them, than a 12-year-old.

Everybody seems to be comparing it to Harry Potter and yes I agree there are similarities. Chris Columbus directs, the heroes are a trio (two boys, one girl), the creatures are similar (only because JK Rowling got most of her ideas for creatures from Greek mythology), they attend a school for demi-gods (called Camp Half-Blood — seriously there could be a better name: Camp Olympus, Olympus College, School of Olympus? Just throwing a few out there.) and of course getting to go on a quest and fighting a bad guy. When Harry Potter came out, people compared it to Lord of the Rings. This type of thing is always going to happen.

There are some memorable moments — when Mr Brenner/Chiron (Pierce Brosnan) hands Percy a pen and says to use it only in times of great distress he replies with “It’s a pen.” Yes, a pen, but a very cool gold pen that when you click it turns into an awesome gold sword. I bet you don’t have a gold pen sword.

Also when Grover (Brandon T Jackson or the real black dude from Tropic Thunder) starts taking off his pants, Percy asks why, so his legs can be free – turns out he’s half goat (did not see that one coming), or a Saber, to keep this mythology correct.

If they decide to adapt the rest of the books in the series, I will go see every single one at the movies. I feel this new series can be just as successful as Harry Potter and Twilight and definitely should not fall by the wayside like The Golden Compass, Chronicles of Narnia and Spiderwick Chronicles. It is something different and the mythology is interesting. How often do you get movies about Greek Gods?

You’re late for a very important date!

Is anyone else excited as I am about Alice in Wonderland? Not only is it Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, it’s going to be in 3D (Just imagine what they can do while Alice is falling down the rabbit hole? Weird stuff being thrown at your head? Yes please!)

It is also not a remake of the first novel (like the Disney version), but I would assume an adaptation of the second (as I have never read them, I can’t fully vouch for this (It’s one of those I-have-the-books-I-just-haven’t-gotten-round-to-reading-them-yet-because-I-was-saturated-with-the-Disney-version-as-a-kid scenarios.)

Anyway, the Burton adaptation follows Alice as she returns to Wonderland, I think it is 10 years later and many things have changed and she needs to help end the Red Queen’s reign. It has the usual Burton actor line-up – Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter but we also get Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, and Timothy Spall. Is it just me or does the participation of such actors up the anticipation level?

Another thing that is making this movie rather exciting, is the soundtrack. All original songs from some of the biggest names in music today. Check out the track listing:

1. “Alice” by Avril Lavigne
2. “The Poison” by The All-American Rejects
3. “The Technicolor Phase” by Owl City
4. “Her Name Is Alice” by Shinedown
5. “Painting Flowers” by All Time Low
6. “Where’s My Angel” by Metro Station
7. “Strange” by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
8. “Follow Me Down” by 3OH!3 and Neon Hitch
9. “Very Good Advice” by Robert Smith
10. “In Transit” by Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz
11. “Welcome to Mystery” by Plain White T’s
12. “Tea Party” by Kerli
13. “The Lobster Quadrille” by Franz Ferdinand
14. “Running Out of Time” by Motion City Soundtrack
15. “Fell Down a Hole” by Wolfmother
16. “White Rabbit” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Exciting, yes?

It is released here on March 4 and although I would love to go see it immediately, I feel I will wait until I’m up in Auckland for my massive weekend of gig madness so I can see it in 3D. I guess you could say I will be late for a very important date.