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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed in July that there will be a price increase for the company's popular streaming service some time in the next fiscal quarter, but promised that it wouldn't be a drastic increase. Bloomberg reports that the streaming service will be increased from $8.99 a month to $9.99 a month for new subscribers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Existing users will receive an undetermined grace period from the price hike, depending on what market you live in, but the increase will only affect the service's most popular plan.
The price increase will only affect the Netflix plan that allows two people to user the subscription at once, a.k.a. the "two-screen" plan. Prices for the one-screen and four-screen plans will remain unaffected at this time. The company currently has over 65 million subscribers around the world, a number that will certainly increase by year's end. They »
To celebrate the October 16th release of the horror anthology Tales of Halloween, Daily Dead spoke to the filmmakers behind the movie to discuss the project, their individual contributions and more.
Lucky McKee is a completely singular filmmaker. From The Woods to The Woman, May to All Cheerleaders Die, he has worked through similar, often feminist, themes but never made the same movie twice. His segment in Tales of Halloween, a beautiful dark fairy tale called “Ding Dong,” represents yet another change of pace for the director.
How did you come to be involved with the movie? If I’m not mistaken, you’re the only filmmaker who’s not based in L.A. and who flew into town to shoot a segment.
- Patrick Bromley
So is Netflix becoming the home of comic actors that no one thinks are funny anymore? The streaming leviathan has struck a four picture deal with Adam Sandler, and now producer Brian Grazer, who is behind "Arrested Development" on the service, reveals he's corralled another once great funnyman to the service. In an interview with Bloomberg, Grazer revealed he's landed Eddie Murphy for a feature film on Netflix. “I’m gonna do a tour de force movie that’s cinema verite with Eddie Murphy being as raw as he can be,” he said without spilling any further details. Nonetheless, this is news to be taken with both optimism and skepticism. Read More: 'Trading Places': More Than 7 Things You May Not Know (But We're Won't Bet A Dollar On It) On one hand, anything that suggests a return to form for Murphy is a sign of hope, particularly from »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Former Gulfstream Pictures exec Matt Phelps has moved on to Ubisoft Motion Pictures as the studio’s new VP Development. He is heading up the opening of the company’s Los Angeles offices as selected staff relocate to Southern California from Paris. While at Warner Bros-based Gulfstream, Phelps worked on the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, as well as the Open Road animated film The Nut Job. Upcoming Gulfstream projects he oversaw before moving to… »
Rose McGowan is proud of herself for deciding to reveal the inherent sexism in Hollywood but accepts her choice ''didn't do much for her career''. The 42-year-old star took to Twitter to post a casting note that was sent to her with a script for an Adam Sandler film which asked all actresses attend their auditions wearing ''a dark form fitting tank that shows off cleavage and form fitting leggings or jeans''. Although she was praised for her post, Rose was subsequently fired by her agent and accepts her stance has had a long-term effect on her work opportunities but she has no regrets. Speaking to the new issue of Prestige Hong Kong magazine, she said: ''Ah, the tweet heard around the world! I think it was good, though it didn't do much for my career. The day after I was walking out of the Lincoln Center screening of 'Dawn', »
According to THR, the series has been picked up for eight episodes and will blend Schneider's stand up with an "exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of Schneider's real life."
Though possibly best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and in Adam Sandler films, Schneider has tried his hand at an original sitcom before. In 2012, CBS premiered ¡Rob!, a half-hour comedy that followed Schneider as a landscape architect with Ocd, only to cancel it after eight episodes.
From Schneider, in a press statement:
"I couldn't be more thrilled to have our audience watch Real Rob on the best platform in the world — Netflix."
What do you think? Are you »
Having shot the to the number one spot in the Us box office last week, Hotel Transylvania 2 reached another milestone this weekend.
The movie added an impressive $33 million to its total over the weekend, facing stiff competition from The Martian and Sicario. Hotel Transylvania 2 now sits at $90 million domestically after just two weeks, and the movie’s $59 million from global takings pushes the movie past $150 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our review of Hotel Transylvania 2 here
Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put »
- Luke Owen
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
Strictly remained ahead of its ITV rival across the overlap. At 7.45pm, the results show was watched by 8.06 million (33.5%) compared to the 6.71 million (27.9%) glued to The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge.
Meanwhile, Downton Abbey continued with 6.91 million (30.7%) in the 9pm hour on ITV, with a further 375k (1.6%) catching it on +1.
Matt Damon may have earned the ire of the internet when he again put his very famous foot in his very famous mouth this week, but all those angry headlines didn't deter moviegoers from going to see The Martian, which landed the second-best October opening ever with $55 million, about $700,000 behind Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Ridley Scott's space epic has been well-received, the Oscar buzz has already started, and it also opened with $45.2 million internationally. The weekend's other major movie from a major-movie director, Robert Zemeckis's The Walk, didn't do nearly as well, roping in a paltry $240,379 on Wednesday, and making $1.9 million its entire five-day opening. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the daring Frenchman who strung a metal cable between the Twin Towers in 1974 and walked on the wire, some 110 stories in the sky.The other big news of the weekend was about Adam Sandler's »
- Greg Cwik
Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi endeavor “The Martian” lifted off with $18 million in Friday receipts, suggesting it will finish its opening weekend with a total of over $50 million, according to studio estimates.
The 20th Century Fox release, which stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut attempting to survive alone on Mars, bowed in 2,800 locations Thursday night to $2.5 million. The pic, which was made on a budget of $109 million, expanded to 3,826 locations on Friday. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels also star in “The Martian,” which is drawing praise for its optimism, something of a novelty in the space-exploration genre.
Based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is on track to join the ranks of high-grossing October releases. Current top-dog “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013, is the one to beat with its $55.8 million haul, followed by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million, 2010’s “Jackass 3D” with »
- Marianne Zumberge
Hotel Transylvania 2, 2015.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Chris Kattan, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Jon Lovitz, and Mel Brooks.
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Full disclosure, I have not seen the first Hotel Transylvania, but decided to give the sequel, simply titled Hotel Transylvania 2 a shot, partly because I take some pleasure in coming online and professionally trashing Adam Sandler’s recent lazy output. I can’t really do that this time though, because I kind of enjoyed what I saw, despite the fact that it’s clear Adam Sandler has brought his friends along again for another easy paycheck. »
- Robert Kojder
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.3 Under The Lake
"This safety message was brought to you by Vector Petroleum"
Right then. There’s an isolated base, with a diverse crew on board. There’s a threat, from which there’s no obvious sign of escape. There are corridors, which are set to be run down with as much determination as you would expect. And there’s the arrival of the Doctor and his companion, just as the fit is hitting the shan.
What do you mean you’ve seen it all before?
"You actually poo-pooed the ghost theory?"
We caught the Adam Sandler-led animation Hotel Transylvania 2 last weekend, and we really liked it. While we put the finishing touches to our review, we can bring you five exclusive character featurettes for the movie, which arrives in cinemas in the UK on 16th October. There are some special previews of the film this coming weekend at cinemas up and down the UK and Ireland, and if you’re a reader from the Us, you can check it in cinemas across the country right now.
Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, »
- Paul Heath
Hotel Transylvania was a hit for Sony Animation back in 2012, grossing an impressive $360 million worldwide. The sequel has also gotten off to a strong start in North America, with a haul of $50 million after just four days of release, so a third instalment of the franchise reaching the big screen at some point in the next few years seems very likely indeed.
Well, while we wait for an announcement on that, we now know that Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be at the helm. He directed the first two instalments (which both had a voice cast made up of pretty much the entire cast of the Grown Ups franchise, with names like Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade), but revealed the following in a recent interview:
“Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of »
- Josh Wilding
Sometimes three's a charm, but in the case of Hotel Transylvania, two's enough when it comes to director Genndy Tartakovsky. Hotel Transylvania 2 pulled in September's biggest opening when it arrived last week to the tune of $50.8 million and counting. And thus far, it has racked up a total of $80 million at the global box office. So of course Sony is planning a third movie. Only next time, there will be a major changing of the guard. Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed both 1 and 2, will not be back for Hotel Transylvania 3!
Speaking with The Wrap, the animator, who made himself famous with his work on the ground breaking Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack, confirms that Sony is planning a third chapter in the tale of a hotel that caters to the world's most infamous monsters. Genndy Tartakovsky simply believes his time in this horror fantasy universe is up. He explains the »
Hitting theaters at the right time seems to have paid off for Hotel Transylvania 2. The animated comedy featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg set a new September record with a $47.5M opening weekend. The film arrives at theaters with no competition for family-friendly fare and dominates. Early data shows 60% of filmgoers were under the age of 25 and 38% were parents, confirming the boost from younger audiences.
Timing isn’t the only factor that appears to be helping Hotel Transylvania 2. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of surveyed filmgoers “liked” the film signaling the sequel delivered what most fans were looking for. The film’s box office returns mark a North American record for the month of September.
“We had a great date, and this is a big win for Sony Pictures Animation,” said Sony president of marketing Josh Greenstein. “And the movie is exploding.”
The film’s success »
- Jeff Bricker
Hotel Transylvania 2 is so much better than Pixels and it’s hard to figure out exactly why. The material isn’t substantially better, it still feels like the scripts are written by an elementary school joke book come to life— although maybe for Hotel Transylvania the living book has to turn in a couple more drafts. The animated medium might open up for a few more ambitious sight gags but it isn’t like Pixels was stingy with the effects shots. Perhaps it’s that with live actors you can see how little effort they’re putting in and how much they’d rather be doing something else, and an animated character looks more engaged even if none of the voice acting is particularly ambitious. It could just be that an engaged Genndy Tartakovsky is far and away better than a Chris Columbus just out for a paycheck. Something »
- Arthur Tebbel
Fresh off of “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48 million debut this past weekend, director Genndy Tartakovsky is thrilled that the animated film broke the record for biggest September opening. But while the Sony sequel’s lucrative opening almost guarantees an as-yet unannounced third installment, Tartakovsky told TheWrap that he won’t be returning to direct it. “‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me,” he said. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.” Also Read: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Shows Adam Sandler Makes a »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Animation Hotel Transylvania 2 set a new September opening weekend record as well as a new best for Adam Sandler’s career. Hotel Transylvania 2 bested its predecessor to set a new opening weekend record for the month of September with $48.5 million. And yes, you read that right, the original Hotel Transylvania used to hold […]
Read Box Office: Hotel Transylvania 2 Sets New September Record on Filmonic.
The record-breaking $47 million box office debut of “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the biggest stride yet in suddenly sizzling Sony Pictures’ rebound from last fall’s catastrophic cyber disaster, and the best could still be ahead. The No. 1 opening for the Sony Animation release — a Genndy Tartakovsky-directed monster mashup voiced by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Mel Brooks — marks the third weekend in the last four that the top spot at the box office has been claimed by a Sony specialty label. Affirm Films’ prayer-pumping “War Room” connected with Christians and Screen Gems’ thriller “The »
- Todd Cunningham
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