News briefs: Smurfs director; Fox rocks; Tucker cast

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

Raja Gosnell (the Scooby-Doo movies) has signed on to direct the live-action/animated hybrid Smurfs movie for Columbia Pictures and Sony Animated, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the story is a secret but is expected to feature well-loved characters such as Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the villainous Gargamel.
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Thanks to Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 20th Century Fox has become the first studio of the year to cross the $1 billion mark in foreign box-office revenues, Variety reported, but Paramount is the first studio this year to jump the $1 billion mark domestically, fueled by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which reached $300 million faster than any film save The Dark Knight.
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Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are starring in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, a genre-bending indie horror comedy being directed by Eli Craig, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Labine (TV's Reaper) stars as Dale and Tudyk (Dollhouse) is Tucker, two good-natured hillbillies mistakenly accused of being psycho killers.
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The Hills Run Red debuts on DVD Sept. 29 from Warner Home Video.
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Chicago Tribune blogger Maureen Ryan reported that the "lost episode" of Fox's Dollhouse, "Epitaph One," will be available for download on iTunes on Aug. 11; the show's first season drops on DVD and Blu-ray on July 28.