Director Raja Gosnell was shooting scenes at FAO Schwarz with actor Hank Azaria, who plays the villainous Gargamel, when a man tumbled from a set lift at around 6.30am, after working throughout the night.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he is said to be in a stable condition, according to the New York Post.
No further details were available as WENN went to press.
Singer Katy Perry, actor Alan Cumming and comedians George Lopez and Kevin James also star in the film.
The Pulp Fiction director was among the favourites to land the role of Brainy Smurf in the upcoming animated movie.
Sony Pictures Animation president Hannah Minghella says, "There were conversations about it, but it didn't work out."
Perry will play Smurfette, George Lopez Grouchy Smurf, Kevin James Hefty Smurf and Cumming Gutsy Smurf in the new movie.
Hank Azaria will voice the villainous Gargamel, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Raja Gosnell's big-screen treatment of classic cartoon series The Smurfs has an eclectic all-star cast that continues to grow as pre-production continues.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Hank Azaria will voice Gargamel, the evil sorcerer and arch-nemesis of the Smurfs. In addition, Jayma Mays (Fox's Glee) will play the pregnant wife of star Neil Patrick Harris in Sony's CGI/live-action hybrid film. Previous cast members announced include George Lopez, Alan Cumming and Katy Perry.
Azaria is already a voice-over legend, thanks to his long-term employment on The Simpsons as Apu the Kwik-E-Mart owner, Moe the Bartender. The producer's have focused on hiring actors, like Lopez, Azaria and Cumming, who've had experience lending their voices to animated characters (All have at least two VO credits to their resume).
The story of the movie centers on the happy expectant couple’s lives being turned upside-down upon meeting these blue creatures.
The movie will take place in New York City’s Central Park and is set to begin production next month for a July 29th, 2011 release
Katy Perry is set to exercise her acting skills with a role in the big-screen adaptation of classic kids' show The Smurfs.
The "I Kissed a Girl" hitmaker recently filmed a cameo role for fiancé Russell Brand's latest picture, Get Him to the Greek, and now she's preparing to voice a character in Smurfs: The Movie.
Perry will lend her voice to the new film, which will be a mixture of live action and animation, as Smurfette, the only female Smurf among the group. She joins How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming and George Lopez, who have already signed up, according to Variety.com.
Scooby-Doo filmmaker Raja Gosnell will direct the movie, and filming is slated to begin in April.
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The actor/director initially donated $250,000 (£156,250) to various charities, but has since had a change of heart and decided to match donations made by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
In a statement posted on his website, Perry writes, "I have raised my personal donation from $250,000 to $1 million. I did this realising that after the next big story comes along, the news media will pack up and leave the people of Haiti to fend for themselves. They always do.
"My plan is to do just what I did when I built those 20 houses for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Sometimes it's best to wait for the frenzy to pass to really be effective. Haiti needs help now and there are a lot of people doing that, but they will also need help in the coming months."
Perry now hopes to visit Haiti in an effort to make sure his charity money is being well spent: "My plan is to take a trip there and see for myself how to put our donations to the best use."
Eckstein co-wrote the final episode of 1960s TV series The Fugitive - one of the most watched TV episodes in U.S. history.
He also wrote 10 episodes of the drama, and served as associate producer and co-producer on the series.
He later produced Steven Spielberg 's 1971 TV movie Duel, The Billy Barnes Revue on Broadway and worked as a casting director and business manager before continuing his stellar TV career.
In addition to his credits on The Fugitive, Eckstein produced movies for the small screen including Amelia Earhart and Tail Gunner Joe. He executive produced TV miniseries Masada and TV series Love, Sidney.
His work on The Untouchables launched his TV writing career. He later wrote for series including Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke, The Invaders and TV movie Perry Mason.
Eckstein was a former board member of the Writers Guild of America and a founding member and a former chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors.
He died on Saturday (12Sep09) in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, actress Selette Cole, three daughters and two granddaughters.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Carbon copying the already overly convoluted idea from the previous Final Destination movies the latest worst installment continues on the theme of one unlucky twentysomething being able to predict who’s going to die and when; this time it’s Nick. After attending a NASCAR race with his girlfriend Lori and their friends Hunt and Janet Nick has a premonition about an elaborate horrific accident that threatens everyone present. Naturally it comes true — and even though plenty of people die in the stands Death (you know the bogeyman) has only just begun. But Nick realizes that he might be able to save the survivors of that day by remembering the order in which they're supposed to die and warning them of their imminent demise. Unfortunately though not everyone believes him and they carry on with their dangerous activities ... like going to a hair salon or — gulp! — through a carwash.
WHO’S IN IT?
Up-and-coming actor Bobby Campo plays the main pretty young thing and he makes the best of what is ultimately an untenable and God-awful role to have to accept. Still fresh faces capable of pulling off his part are a dime a dozen and Destination’s past leads like Mary Elizabeth Winstead at least left us feeling their fear. Supporting actresses Shantel VanSanten as Lori and Haley Webb as Janet are there for little more than eye candy and ear-shredding screams while former MTV 'It' dude Nick Zano as the obnoxious clichéd — and obnoxiously clichéd — Hunt can’t even provide the occasional comic relief for which he was brought on. The lone bright spot comes courtesy of an evidently desperate-for-work Mykelti Williamson (aka Bubba in Forrest Gump) who plays a widowed security guard adding a shred of cred to the otherwise disposable cast (which includes a barely there Krista Allen).
Clocking in at a mercifully brisk hour and 15 minutes the makers of TFD find one way to not essentially call us stupid: They know we want our scares quickly and they deliver — except for actually scaring us. Aside from its running time the aforementioned credible performance by Williamson is literally all the movie has going for it.
Wow where to begin? Destination another in a loooong line of wholly unnecessary sequels is riddled with problems — from the are-you-kidding-me? “special” effects (even in 3-D) to the jaw-droppingly horrendous writing. Director David R. Ellis (helmer of the infinitely better Final Destination 2) should bear much of the blame. He seems uninterested in delivering anything that people go to the movies for; this Destination is nothing more than tenuously connected scenes of video-game-like deaths that try to one-up each other. And not one of the sequences is even mildly suspenseful or scary — just disturbing in the sense that some people will actually smirk in earnest at the cartoonishness of it all.
The writing though is the real culprit. Eric Bress’ (also an FD2 alum) script is incredibly unimaginative merely recycling similar but better executed scenarios from the three previous movies and swapping out the settings. With ideas so bad Bress makes it abundantly clear that there’s no inane death massacre left to explore at this point; it's basically a metaphorical surrender. And yet the dialogue is even worse — with stock stereotypical block characters muttering it to boot.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE?
Not to completely give it away — lest we make the movie predictable! — but one of the death scenes is just so far beyond ridiculous that it transcends even sarcastic laughter. Hint: It involves water and it’s about midway through the movie … if you dare stay that long.
Even if you’re not a cinephile and you couldn’t care less about things like character depth and plot development and you’re looking for a very quick thrill The Final Destination is well beneath you. It makes recent straight-to-DVD releases look like fully coherent masterpieces. Whether in 3-D or 2-D it’s a mustn't-see!
The pair, who worked together on last year's (08) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, proved that the real money in Tinseltown was to be made from behind the camera.
Star Wars mastermind Lucas was the highest paid man in the industry, pulling in $170 million (£113 million) in the last year, while Spielberg fell just behind in second place with $150 million (£100 million).
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer was in third with an estimated yearly wage of $100 million (£66 million).
Meanwhile, TV comic Jerry Seinfeld is still garnering big bucks from his beloved Seinfeld sitcom - despite the show finishing in 1998, he made $85 million (£56 million) in syndication rights and TV ads.
Oprah Winfrey proved she had the Midas touch once again - her male protegee Dr. Phil McGraw took home $80 million (£53 million) in the last year.
Other big earners include American Idol judge Simon Cowell, TV producer Dick Wolf and filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are the biggest male earners in Hollywood, according to a new study by Forbes magazine.
The pair, who worked together on last year's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, proved that the real money in Tinseltown was to be made from behind the camera.
Star Wars mastermind Lucas was the highest paid man in the industry, pulling in $170 million in the last year, while Spielberg fell just behind in second place with $150 million.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer was in third with an estimated yearly wage of $100 million.
Meanwhile, TV comic Jerry Seinfeld is still garnering big bucks from his beloved Seinfeld sitcom -- despite the show finishing in 1998, he made $85 million in syndication rights and TV ads.
Oprah Winfrey proved she had the touch once again -- her male protégée Dr. Phil McGraw took home $80 million in the last year.
Other big earners include American Idol judge Simon Cowell, TV producer Dick Wolf and filmmaker Tyler Perry.
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Proving that everything “old” can be new again 17 Again opens in 1989 where star basketball player Mike O’Donnell turns his back on a college scholarship deciding instead to marry his girlfriend Scarlet when she reveals they are suddenly expecting a baby. Cut to 20 years later Mike’s marriage and job are floundering when he is physically transformed back into his 17-year-old self although his mind and sensibilities still remain that of a decidedly square thirtysomething dude. With the help of his nerdy-turned-billionaire best childhood buddy Ned he gets himself enrolled in the same school his own teenage kids now attend. Can he help them avert the same kinds of mistakes now that he (sorta) has a second chance to change?
WHO’S IN IT?
Zac Efron (High School Musical) shoots and scores in a breakout starring role. He shows he’s got the comic chops to believably pull off the way-out-there premise of being a 37-year-old trapped in a 17-year-old’s body. Matthew Perry (Friends) does a nice job bookending the movie as the older Mike but it’s Efron’s show all the way. Thomas Lennon follows up his hilarious supporting antics as the spurned man-date in I Love You Man with some equally amusing work as Mike’s friend Ned while Leslie Mann plays the estranged wife in style. As Mike’s kids who unknowingly become high school buds with their own father newcomer Sterling Knight and Michelle Trachtenberg get enough screen time to shine. Melora Hardin (The Office) is also quite funny as the school principal that lovelorn Ned keeps stalking.
Although the premise of the adult/kid switcheroo has been done to death director Burr Steers and writer Jason Filardi take it one step further a la It's a Wonderful Life or Damn Yankees by letting their main character regain his youth for the chance to see what his life would be like if he could live it another way. This fanciful premise makes this “teen” comedy one that adults will probably enjoy even more.
The filmmakers sometimes have a tendency to go over the top particularly in the "Star Wars fight sequence" when the newly transformed Mike confronts old friend Ned with the news and a laser battle erupts (!). Another scene where 17-year-old Mike is seduced by his own unwitting daughter may be funny but it veers a little too far into creepy territory.
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
If you like 17 Again try renting 18 Again in which 81-year-old George Burns switches places with his grandson. Or how about Big Vice Versa Like Father Like Son or either version of Freaky Friday? And who said there are no original ideas in Hollywood ...
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
A no-brainer — the "Zac Pack" will be out in force on opening day.