The Smurfs take over Sony Pictures Animation When we last left off with my visit to Sony Pictures Animation, our assembled press corps had just finished speaking with The Smurfs cast members Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays. After they left, we were greeted by director Raja Gosnell and producer Jordan Kerner to discuss all things Smurfs. Take a look at our full interview with the director and producer below, and be sure to keep reading below the interview for a very special Smurf-related surprise, featuring yours truly.
Is there a special place you go to when you're working on material for children? How do you access that, creatively?Read More
Hank Azaria steals the show as the evil wizard Gargamel in the live adaptation of The Smurfs! Our rather Smurfy set visit continues as we interview one of the greatest character and voice-over actors of all-time, Hank Azaria. He co-stars in The Smurfs as the evil wizard Gargamel.
Hank Azaria is best known for his multi-character work on The Simpsons, and for his live-action comedic performance in The Birdcage. Working at Kaufman Astoria studios was a return home for Azaria, who was born and raised in Queens, New York. I've had the chance to see some impressive sets, but nothing prepared me for the duplicate of Belvedere Castle on the main stage in Kaufman Astoria. Belvedere Castle, for you New York neophytes, is a beautiful castle south of the Great Lawn in Central Park.Read More
We join star Neil Patrick Harris on location at the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City Last summer we were lucky enough to be invited to spend a day on set of Sony's film adaptation of The Smurfs. Created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo in the late 1950's, The Smurfs became a favorite with American households in the 1980's. The long-running cartoon introduced a generation to the singing and dancing, blue creatures that were relentlessly pursued by the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy (George Lopez), and Smurfette (Katy Perry), these characters are about to take the summer by storm in a huge, special effects extravaganza shot in storied locations around New York City.
We met the super cool Sony publicity team at the legendary Kaufman Astoria studios in Queens, New York. The studio was founded in 1920 by a godfather of cinema, Adolph Zuckor. This giant facility nestled fifteen minutes from Manhattan has been home to everything from the Marx Brothers to the Cosby Show, and continues to be a vibrant production hub for Hollywood. I got goosebumps walking through the halls and seeing every award you can think of proudly displayed. Last summer The Smurfs reigned supreme as the entire studio was devoted to the film.Read More