News briefs: Smurfs director; Fox rocks; Tucker cast

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Jun 22, 2020, 6:50 PM EDT (Updated)

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.

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.

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.

The Hills Run Red debuts on DVD Sept. 29 from Warner Home Video.

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.

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