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THE SMURFS 2

RAJA GOSNELL (Director) was born in Los Angeles and started his career as an assistant editor for famed director Robert Altman, working on Popeye among other features. After working with Academy Award -winning editor William Reynolds, Gosnell went off on his own earning his first solo credit in editing for the film The Silence.

Over the next decade and a half, Gosnell continued to work as a film editor for numerous hits including Teen Wolf Too (1987), Pretty Woman (1990), and Rookie of the Year (1993). He subsequently became associated with filmmaker Chris Columbus, working as his editor on each of Columbus' directing efforts, including Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Heartbreak Hotel (1988), Home Alone (1990), Only The Lonely (1991), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Nine Months (1995).

By the mid '90s, Gosnell had made the transition to directing and began looking for a project that he might helm. After discovering Home Alone 3 (1997) was on the lookout for a director, he got in touch with producer John Hughes. Gosnell, who had worked on the previous Home Alone films along with a number of other Hughes movies, landed the job.

Since then, he has directed several box-office successes, including Never Been Kissed, Big Momma's House, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monster's Unleashed, Yours, Mine and Ours, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and his latest hit, The Smurfs.

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