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"Three years ago at Sundance you said to me, 'So wait, are you a real journalist or Miss Detroit?'" Nischelle reminded Chris during her interview. "And lo and behold, the first thing you say in the movie to Rosario [Dawson] is [the same thing] ... Basically, I inspired this film."
News: What You Didn't Know About Chris Rock
"Yes," Chris admitted. "You kind of inspired this film."
In the film, written and directed by Chris, he plays Andre Allen, a comedian who tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality TV star fiancée (Gabrielle Union) talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her show. Rosario plays a journalist assigned to interview Andre for The New York Times.
Chris says that character is very loosely based on himself -- with some »
Hotel Transylvania had a really impressive cast of comedy actors/Adam Sandler's friends, with David Spade, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, and Steve Buscemi joining Sandelr for the highly entertaining animation which brought together classic monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman, under one roof. Now, a comedy legend is joining the cast for the sequel, with Mel Brooks announced to play Vlad, Dracula's (Sandler) overbearing and incredibly grumpy father, shown off in the first image from the movie below. It can't even remember the last time we saw Brooks on the big screen, so this has me incredibly excited. Hotel Transylvania 2 is set for release September 25th 2015. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the very first Hotel Transylvania 2 image from the upcoming sequel in concert with announcing that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast. Brooks will be providing the voice of Vlad, the “ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy” father of Adam Sandler’s vampire character. The story of the follow-up finds Vlad showing up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, resulting in a collision of “supernatural old-school and modern day cool.” I never caught the first film but it was a sizeable success at the box office, grossing $358.3 million worldwide. Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct the sequel as Robert Smigel once again pens the script. Check out the first Hotel Transylvania 2 image after the jump. The film opens in theaters on September 25, 2015. Via Sony Pictures Animation. Here’s the press release announcing Brooks’ casting: Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar®-, »
- Adam Chitwood
USA Today has released the first photos from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. They also reveal that comedy legend Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast as Vlad, the father of Adam Sandler's Dracula. His animated alter ego can be seen in the sneak peak images below, alongside other returning characters.
The original Hotel Transylvania, which took in $254 million worldwide in 2012, followed Dracula and the relationship with his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), who doesn't like being cooped up in this hotel strictly for monsters. She meets Jonathan (Andy Samberg), the first human ever to set foot inside the hotel, and instantly falls for his less-monsterous ways. The follow-up centers on a family gathering that brings Dracula's father Vlad into town for the first time in several years. His visit creates havoc for Vlad, Mavis, Jonathan and other hotel regulars such as Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi »
In 2012, Sony brought a monster mash to the big screen with Hotel Transylvania, an animated comedy take on classic monsters that featured Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, Kevin James as Frankenstein’s monster, and many more. With the sequel due out next fall, a new addition to the voice cast has been announced: the legendary Mel Brooks, who will voice Dracula’s vampire father, Vlad.
Deadline reports that Mel Brooks will voice Vlad, a character with a serious grumpy side (though he’s smiling in the photo shown above). As many fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula know, the real life 15th century ruler, Vlad III Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler, helped inspire the Count Dracula character.
Brooks is no stranger to portraying classic monsters in a comedic way, having helmed and co-written Young Frankenstein 40 years ago. Brooks also directed, co-wrote, and co-starred as Professor Van Helsing in »
- Derek Anderson
The actor will voice the character of Vlad in the animated sequel, Deadline reports.
Vlad is described as "the very old and grumpy vampire father" of Dracula, who is voiced by Adam Sandler.
Speaking about his character, Brooks said: "He's been around for eons and he's a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me."
2012's Hotel Transylvania earned about $360 million (£228m) at the global box office, and also earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on September 25, 2015.
Watch a trailer for the original 2012 film below: »
Comic legend Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast of the Sony's animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. Brooks will voice the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and grumpy father to the Adam Sandler-voiced Dracula. Read more Mel Brooks Gets Street Named After Him: "People Are Going to Walk All Over Me" The follow-up to the 2012 hit involves Vlad arriving at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. The Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning Brooks takes on the role 40 years after helming Young Frankenstein, saying of his new role, "I’m having a wonderful time
- Hilary Lewis
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014
Directed by Sean Anders
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Getting a comedy sequel right is a very, very tricky task and its so often done wrong. For every 22 Jump Street, American Pie 2 or Wayne’s World 2, you get The Hangover 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Son of The Mask, Men in Black II, Blues Brothers 2000, Porky’s Revenge etc. The ratio of bad to good is almost staggering. So the fact that Horrible Bosses 2 is actually half-decent is a miracle unto itself.
The first Horrible Bosses was quite the surprise hit among critics and rightly so. »
- Luke Owen
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below! Here's a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 2 from USA Today: Hopefully Brooks can make the animated sequel a little more amusing than the first film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice Vlad in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2. He’ll play the very old and grumpy vampire father to Adam Sandler’s Dracula. The sequel to Sony’s 2012 family film sees old-school supernatural meet modern-day cool when Vlad turns up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. Genndy Tartakovsky is helming again from a script by Robert Smigel. The original movie made about $360M worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe. This one is set for release September 25.
The Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning Brooks has some cinematic vampire experience; he directed, produced and co-wrote 1995’s Dracula: Dead And Loving It, also starring as vamp hunter Val Helsing. He said of the Hotel Transylvania character: “He’s been around for eons, and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
In a savvy move »
- Nancy Tartaglione
"My mom always told me she went to school with Adam Sandler and I never believed her, until I found her yearbook today," writes Redditor teeejaaaaaay, whose yearbook findings now belong to the internet. Turns out his mom was Bff with a young Adam Sandler (or "Adeem Saandlaar," as he writes.) He also wrote her quite the endearing dick joke — guess nothing really changes, does it? »
- Lindsey Weber
Horrible Bosses 2 would be more aptly titled Terrible Criminals 2. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are back as the three sorriest excuses for wannabe felons the big screen has ever seen. Luckily, their failed criminal exploits are the subject of great mirth, and this sequel is a worthy follow-up to 2011's original surprise box office hit.
Bateman, Sudeikis and Day once again play Nick, Kurt and Dale, who this time are trying to start a business of their own. They want to be their own bosses for once, and they create a product called the Shower Buddy. They appear on a local morning news show, where they're seen by Chris Pine's character Rex Hanson. Rex works at his dad's company Boulder Stream, a huge catalog retailer that wants to buy the Shower Buddy. His father Bert, played by Christoph Waltz, agrees to place an order for the product, »
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Adam Sandler will again lend his voice to Dracula. The sequel, slated for a Sept. 25 release, is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Brooks said of his character, “He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
Sony Pictures Releasing International has also signed regional Vlads for non-English language versions, including France’s Michel Galabru; Japan’s Junji Inagawa, Holland’s Bram van der Vlugt; and Belgium’s Jacques Vermeire.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, Hotel Transylvania 2.
Brooks has been cast in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert,and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after helming the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. »
- Michelle McCue
Legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks is set to voice the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Adam Sandler's Dracula, in Genndy Tartakovsky's upcoming animated sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2".
The original 2012 film dealt with the generational gap between Drac and his young 118-year-old daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) who wants to see the world and is attracted to the hapless human Jonathan (Andy Samberg).
In the sequel, a family reunion causes Vlad to visit the estranged son he hasn't seen in years, in the process turning everyone's life upside down.
Producer Michelle Murdocca tells USA Today: "He actually lives in a cave — he is about as old school as it gets. So when he comes and sees that Dracula is running a hotel, he's like, 'What is going on here?'." Brooks himself adds that Vlad is "like my real, honest-to-goodness personality. I'm pretty grumpy. It was a good choice. »
- Garth Franklin
In 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, the big generational gap was between Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). But for the sequel, due next year, the arrival of Drac’s estranged dad Vlad, played by living comedy legend Mel Brooks, will cause even more trouble.Turns out that Vlad, who spends most of his life living in a cave, doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with his son either. And he’s not the most welcome visitor to the hotel for monsters that sonny boy runs with Mavis and her human beau Jonathan (Andy Samberg). So when he arrives at the hotel during a family get-together, expect issues."He’s like my real, honest-to-goodness personality. I'm pretty grumpy," Brooks tells USA Today. "It was a good choice. He doesn't treat Dracula with a lot of respect and they're often at odds. It makes for some wonderful comedy."Sandler apparently called »
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Life sucks. Everyone knows it. That’s why the best movies are the ones that pull us out of our dreary existence, transporting us to a whole new world… cue Disney music. However, filmmakers aren’t god, no matter how much they may protest to the contrary, so mistakes inevitably crop up, even in the most successful movies of all time.
Editors will work harder than an Adam Sandler movie tries to be funny in order to prevent plot holes from occurring, but of course, they’re only human and some will inevitably slip through. While plot holes can be overlooked at times, some are so colossally huge that they just become impossible to ignore, unraveling the film’s entire logic with one simple insight.
Some people would argue that you’re better off not knowing the plot holes to your favourite movies, but you »
- David Opie
Is it even possible to reminisce about Christmas in the '90s without getting Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" or *Nsync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" stuck in your head? How about TLC's "Sleigh Ride"? And I still have a vivid memory of listening to Adam Sandler's hilarious classic "The Chanukah Song" on the radio back before the days of Spotify. If you want to take a trip down holiday season memory lane, listen to our '90s - and early '00s, because it just wouldn't be complete without Britney Spears and Destiny's Child - playlist below! For more holiday tunes, get our romantic Christmas playlist here. "8 Days of Christmas," Destiny's Child "All I Want For Christmas," Mariah Carey "All I Want Is You (This Christmas)," *Nsync "Baby It's Cold Outside," Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell "Carolina Christmas," Squirrel Nut Zippers "The Chanukah Song," Adam Sandler »
Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.
It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »
December 5, 2014
Director: Kevin Macdonald
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Director: Kar Wai Wong
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Men, Women & Children
Director: Jason Reitman
Running time: 120 mins
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The Hobbit: The Battles of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
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December 19, 2014
Running time: 109 mins
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