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Demi Lovato and Ariel Winter to attend 'Smurfs' premiere in Culver City

By Karen Butler
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Demi Lovato and Ariel Winter to attend 'Smurfs' premiere in Culver City
Singer and songwriter Demi Lovato appears backstage during the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 5. Lovato is confirmed to attend the premiere of her movie "Smurfs: The Lost Village" Saturday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

March 31 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Ariel Winter, Jack McBrayer and Meghan Trainor are expected to attend Saturday's premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village in Culver City, Calif.

Also confirmed for the event are those actors' vocal co-stars Danny Pudi and Jeff Dunham.

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"In celebration of tomorrow's world premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village, the first-ever world premiere of a film to be held in Culver City, the home of Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, the city of Culver City will be declared to be America's Official Smurfs Village, with a street renamed for the three-apple-high heroes," said a Sony press release Friday. "As part of the celebration, Sony Pictures Animation will make a donation to the Culver City Department of Parks and Recreation. The theme of the premiere, 'Give Back to Your Village,' follows the Smurfs' timeless messages of peace and living in harmony."

  "Culver City is home to Sony Pictures -- we shop locally and eat at all the amazing restaurants throughout Culver City; we participate in community and volunteer events; and have initiated and sustained many programs that support Culver City schools and the community. We could not be more thrilled to be part of what makes Culver City a great place to live and work -- and tomorrow's celebration is a wonderful way for us all to come together," Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, said in a statement.

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"We're proud of our neighbors at Sony Pictures, who have always proven to be wonderful members of our community -- we're grateful for their donation and thrilled to be celebrating the world premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village with them. Culver City has been the Heart of Screenland for 100 years, and in that time, so many classic movies have been filmed here, but tomorrow will be the very first time that we have been honored to host a world premiere. This event is a special occasion for us," Culver City Mayor Jim Clarke added.

The animated movie is set for theatrical release on April 7.

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