Penelope Cruz to Take Part in One World Campaign’s #PassTheMic COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

Penelope Cruz is passing the mic for a good cause…

The 46-year-old Spanish actress is among the celebrities who’ll be surrendering their social media accounts for ONE World Campaign’s #PassTheMic campaign. 

Penelope Cruz

The campaign will have actors like Cruz, Julia RobertsDanai GuriraHugh JackmanDavid OyelowoShailene Woodley and Rainn Wilson handing over their platforms to global health, economic and policy experts and frontline workers. 

The experts will offer pertinent information grounded in data, science and facts as they address why a global response to this pandemic is so crucial.

The campaign will kick off on Thursday with Roberts handing off her accounts to Dr. Anthony Fauci who is a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Yemi AladeConnie BrittonMillie Bobby BrownSarah Jessica ParkerBusy PhilippsRita WilsonRobin Wright and more also set to participate. 

Experts taking over their accounts include Bill Frist (physician and former US Senator from Tennessee, Doctor), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (former President of Liberia), Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa), Craig Spencer (Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center) among others.

#PasstheMic is part of One’s One World Campaign call-to-action for a global response to COVID-19 looks to protect the most vulnerable and supports people worst hit economically while strengthening health systems and creating a more equal world.

Sony Pictures Releases First Full-Length Trailer for Lovato’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Demi Lovato is ready to get her Smurfette on…

The first full-length trailer for Smurfs: The Lost Village, featuring the 24-year-old part-Mexican American singer as Smurfette, was released Monday by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Demi Lovato Smurfs: The Lost Village

Based on the beloved Belgian cartoon series, the voice cast of the latest project in the Smurfs franchise, includes Lovato, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello and Rainn Wilson.

When Smurfette stumbles upon a familiar-looking creature who leaves behind a map in the Enchanted Forest, the trailer asks the question: “What if they were never alone?” Along with her friends Brainy (Pudi), Clumsy (McBrayer), and Hefty (Manganiello), the Smurfs embark on a mission to find the mysterious lost village.

The quartet soon encounters perilous and insane adventures along the way, trying to discover the forgotten town before the evil Gargamel (Wilson).

Wilson replaces Hank Azaria, who voiced the evil wizard in the first two film reboots.

The project is directed by Kelly Asbury from a script penned by Stacey Harmon, Karey Kirkpatrick, Chris Poche, Pamela Ribon, David Ronn, and Jay Scherick.

Smurfs: The Lost Village will be released in the U.S. on April 7, 2017.

New Trailer Released for Lovato’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Demi Lovato’s world is turning blue

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have released a new trailer for Smurfs: The Lost Village, starring the 24-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress.

Demi Lovato

The new clip for the Kelly Asbury-directed, fully animated film, which features Lovato voicing the character of Smurfette, seems designed to erase memories of the franchise’s latter-day live-action/animated hybrids entries.

The reboot, written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, has been touted as a return in tone to the blue gang’s original comic book adventures.

Sony describes the new movie’s plot thusly: “a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!”

In addition to Lovato, the cast includes Rainn Wilson (Gargamel), Joe Manganiello (Hefty), Jack McBrayer (Clumsy), Danny Pudi (Brainy) and Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf).

Smurfs: The Lost Village opens in theaters on April 7, 2017.

Lovato to Voice Smurfette in The Smurfs Reboot “Get Smurfy”

Smurf’s up for Demi Lovato

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer has joined the cast of Sony Pictures Animation’s fully computer-animated The Smurfs reboot Get Smurfy.

Demi Lovato

Lovato, who recently launched her own record label, will voice Smurfette.

She joins a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Rainn Wilson as evil wizard Gargamel.

The castings were announced in conjunction with Global Smurfs Day on Sunday.

“We have gathered a group of filmmakers and artists who have grown up with these loveable characters, and Get Smurfy will be imbued with the same spirit of adventure that first made all of us lifelong fans of these little blue guys…and girl,” says Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation.

The film, which hews back to Smurfs creator Peyo Culliford’s original style, will follow Smurfette and her fellow blue creatures as they search the Enchanted Forest for the fabled Smurfs Village. The film will answer some long-held questions about the Smurfs, including why there’s only one girl among them.

“We felt it was important to take a very different approach with this origin story. It returns to the roots of Peyo’s creation in this CG-animated adventure,” explains producer Jordan Kerner in a statement. “I hope it will delight not only fans but audiences worldwide. We couldn’t be more excited with the talented new cast we’re starting to assemble for our ‘Smurfy’ reboot. ”

The film is being helmed by Kelly Asbury.

“The continued popularity of the Smurfs is unmistakeable, and this new outing will return them to the fully animated world that launched them,” said Asbury.

Sony Pictures Animation plans to release the film on March 31, 2017.

Garcia to Star in the Zombie-Themed Horror Comedy “Cooties”

It appears Jorge Garcia has a serious case of the cooties

The 40-year-old half-Cuban/half-Chilean American actor has signed on to star in the prepubescent horror comedy Cooties.

Jorge Garcia

Garcia, who last starred in Fox’s short-lived drama Alcatraz, will portray a teacher in the film, which follows a zombie-like epidemic that originates from an infected chicken nugget and turns elementary school students into rampaging savages.

Written by InsidiousLeigh Whannell and Glee co-creator Ian Brennan, the film also stars Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad.

Filming is expected to begin on July 15 in LA with Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directing.

Garcia, who rose to acclaim on ABC’s Lost, most recently guest-starred on the fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time.

Delfino to Star in “The Office” Spinoff

Dwight or wrong… Majandra Delfino will be returning to television on a spinoff of The Office

31-year-old Venezuelan actress, who gave birth to her first child earlier this summer, has been cast as Rainn Wilson’s character Dwight Schrute’s sister on the highly anticipated The Office spinoff, which will be introduced in an future episode of NBC’s longtime comedy later this season.

Majandra Delfino

Entitled The Farm, the spinoff will show Dwight living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast.

Delfino will play Fannie Schrute, Dwight’s younger sister who once fled the Schrute farm life for Boston but has returned home, divorced and with a child.

The Farm was conceived by Wilson and former Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein.

Delfino has previously starred in Roswell and ABC Family’s State of Georgia.