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According to Box Office Mojo, Sony Pictures has pushed back its animated Popeye movie (which sees the iconic sailor man make his triumphant return to the big screen, complete with 3D). Originally set for a September 26th, 2014 release date, the adaptation will now hit theaters in an already crowded 2015. No specific date has been announced yet, but 2015 has plenty of competition in the form of The Avengers 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Star Wars: Episode VII, Finding Dory, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, and many more big films. Popeye will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who most recently helmed Hotel Transylvania for Sony Animation). Screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were hired to pen the script last year. Are you looking forward to this movie? Follow @PaulRomCBM »
There's been a few release date changes that have popped up recently for some films you may have been looking forward to...and some you may have totally forgotten about anyway. Come inside to check out which films got moved, and when you'll be able to see them in theaters now.
First up is one we've long suspected would be pushed back, but nothing official had happened until now. Warner Bros. has decided to push 300: Rise of an Empire back from it's original August date, all the way to March 7, 2014. That's a full seven months later than it's previous slot, but considering we've seen next to nothing on a film that was supposed to be a Summer blockbuster, it's probably a wise move.
Along with this WB also moved their Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner, All You Need is Kill, from March 7, 2014 (now filled by 300) into the Summer movie season »
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One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates: Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014. 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date. The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007. The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013. Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015. Hit the jump for more on each project. [All dates via Box Office Mojo and Deadline.] Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star in Doug Liman's adaptation of the manga All You Need Is Kill. Here's the official synopsis: The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Visionary animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been a creative force behind such popular series as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Last fall, Tartakovsky also made a successful foray into animated feature films with the box office-and-family-friendly horror hit, Hotel Transylvania. With his pedigree of small-screen series and recent experience with a full-length animated production, it seems the time is ripe for a conclusion to one of Tartakovsky's most unique and iconic creations. Hit the jump to find out where it stands. Hollywood! Adapt this: Samurai Jack. What It's About: Running for a total of 52 episodes over four seasons from 2001 to 2004, Samurai Jack was an animated action adventure series that ran on Cartoon Network. It followed the exploits of the titular samurai who wandered a dystopian future ruled by the powerful shape-shifting demon, Aku. Voiced by Phil Lamarr, Jack is introduced to viewers as the young son »
- Dave Trumbore
From Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania tells the story of Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), the owner of the monster hotel, who invites some of the world’s most famous monsters – including Frankenstein (Kevin James), Frankenstein’s wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Wayne’s wife Wanda (Molly Shannon), ghost Griffin (David Spade), and Murray the mummy (Cee Lo Green) – to stay for the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). When a human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), finds his way to the hotel, however, Dracula isn’t in for the easy weekend he was expecting, as Mavis starts to realise that she’s old enough to experience the real world with the possibility of romance.
More for children than adults with its constant toilet humour, Hotel Transylvania is an average animation that holds a lot of meaning at its core. Primarily focusing on a father-daughter relationship, »
- Charlie Derry
I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Dexter’s Lab fame (remember that?) and starring virtually the entire cast of Grown Ups, the film is a cute, highly entertaining look at life through the eyes of the monsters who are supposedly our worst nightmares but instead live in fear of us. After all, we’re the one’s brandishing fire and shouting about burning things at the stake.
After watching the film for the first time this weekend it occurred to me that I probably won’t be able to show it to my niece. Not because she’s not sophisticated enough to get it but because when Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) gets mad he’s actually pretty scary looking. This got me thinking. »
- Matt Aspin
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Running Time: 88 minutes
Extras: Mini movie ‘Goodnight Mr. Foot’, ‘Problem (Monsta Remix) by Becky G Featuring Will.I.Am – Music video and behind the scenes, Deleted scenes, Filmmakers commentary and DVD link to games.
Now if you are expecting something intellectually stimulating for your children to watch, Hotel Transylvania is definitely not something you should go for. But if you are looking for a Sunday afternoon movie, or something to keep the kids quiet, you definitely need this in your collection.
The story focuses on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort (for some very strange characters) away from the human world. However, things start to go a little wrong when a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) discovers the resort and falls for »
- Lucy Cave
Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.
Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:
"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios
"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios
"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation
"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations
"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids
Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Special Production
"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.
Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment
"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation
"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation
Animated Short Subject
"Brad and Gary" . Illumination »
Break out that can of spinach… With Hotel Transylvania under his belt, veteran animation director Genndy Tartakovsky is busy at work developing a new, 3D, big-screen take on the classic Popeye cartoon, and he tells ETonline that he plans to make the character more "contemporary" while keeping the action "really cartoony" with plenty of "physical comedy."
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"Basically it's kind of taking the Popeye that I grew up with, that I think we all grew up with, and definitely making him contemporary -- but still retaining everything that we loved about him from the past," says the 43-year-old director of such animated hits as Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, adding, "It's fully CG-animated."
The pipe-clenching, eye-squinting, spinach-loving sailor man first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip in 1929 and quickly gained popularity with his own series of cartoon shorts and spinoffs. Director [link=nm »
Gather the ghouls around the TV, iPad and laptop: Hotel Transylvania is out this week on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack with UltraViolet, and the film's director, Genndy Tartakovsky, tells ETonline the formula behind the film's success, how comedians like Adam Sandler got serious behind the scenes -- and provides a sneak peek at Hotel Transylvania 2!
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Still a self-proclaimed "kid at heart," the Russian-born, Chicago-native Genndy cut his teeth over such shows as Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory during his animation career. Hotel Transylvania is his feature film debut, and the fast-paced family flick is populated by the greatest, most famous and fun monsters of all. Ironically, Genndy says he was afraid of them all when he was a kid.
"It's funny, because when I was growing up I was actually really scared of horror movies," he says. "I never wanted to watch them, but at the »
Check in and party with Dracula, his daughter Mavis, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the rest of the gang when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Hotel Transylvania on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD — all with UltraViolet™ — on January 29th.
From Sony Pictures Animation (The Smurfs) comes the story of Dracula and his daughter, Mavis, and their life inside a remote hotel that caters to monsters of all kinds. Mavis is about to celebrate her 118th birthday when Jonathan, a pesky human dude, stumbles onto the hotel grounds. Dracula and the hotel staff move into action, determined to protect Mavis, as well as the lavish resort sanctuary where monsters can vacation in safety far away from humans.
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Genndy Tartakovsky's animated comedy Hotel Transylvania leads a pretty mediocre crop of new releases this week along with Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, Paranormal Activity 4 and Cold Light of Day starring Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill. Animation fans might also want to check out Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 and Tales of the Night, while genre fans might consider giving Citadel, The Awakening or Bangkok Assassins a look. Noteworthy TV releases include Downton Abbey: Season 3 and Misfits: Season 2, and hitting Blu-ray this week we've got White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and a new Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets
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After an angry mob of humans kills his wife, Dracula (Sandler) sets up a place for the world’s monsters to come and enjoy peace and safety – in the castle walls of Hotel Transylvania. It also becomes a sanctuary set up for his daughter (Gomez) whose desire to see the outside world is invigorated all-the-more once a human (Samberg) finds his way into the hotel and shows them all a different side to life.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky has a very recognisable style – pure energy and frantic movement à la the cartoon mayhem of something like Looney Tunes or Tom & Jerry – but for a film like Hotel Transylvania it becomes too disorientating. From the man who has directed episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, »
- Piers McCarthy
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Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
A computer-animated comedy film directed by the creator of the totally-underrated Samurai Jack. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
- C.P. Howells
While we weren't exactly over the moon for last fall's "Hotel Transylvania," an ambitious, freewheeling 3D monster mash from Sony Pictures Animation that never seemed to settle down long enough to let us become emotionally invested in its characters or scenarios, we were beyond thrilled to be watching the debut feature from Genndy Tartakovsky, a supernaturally talented animator behind influential series "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Labratory." While a Transylvanian sequel has been fast-tracked at Sony without Tartakovsky, he's not done with that world yet – as a gorgeous new animated short proves. Entitled "Goodnight Mr. Foot" (Movie For Kids via Reddit), the film played in front of theatrical screenings of "Hotel Transylvania," and will be included on the special edition DVD and Blu-ray scheduled to hit stores next week. The traditionally animated four minute short was directed by Tartakovsky and is nothing »
- Drew Taylor
The 2012 American 3D computer-animated, and Golden Globe nominated, Hotel Transylvania will be released on Blu-ray January 29th, and thanks to Sony, we have a copy to give away. The prize pack also comes with1 Mavis the Bat plush toy (sold exclusively at Wal-Mart). and 1 Hotel Transylvania book).
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Hotel Transylvania was produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Sym-Bionic Titan, and produced by Michelle Murdocca. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Cee Lo Green.
The film tells a story of Dracula, »
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