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Round-Up: Hotel Transylvania 2 Blu-ray / DVD, iZOMBIE Figure, House Of Afflictions Trailer

24 November 2015 7:58 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Dracula and friends are at it again and now humans are welcome at the hotel. Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on Blu-ray / DVD in January. Also: details on a figure of iZombie's Liv Moore by Gentle Giant Studios as well as a new poster and trailer for House of Afflictions.

Hotel Transylvania 2: Press Release: "Culver City, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 -- Sony Pictures Animation's monster family box-office hit Hotel Transylvania 2, which grossed more than $430 million in theaters worldwide to date, will debut on Digital HD Dec. 22nd, just in time for holiday viewing and on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on Jan. 12th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Hotel Transylvania sequel reunites 'Drac's Pack' of loveable characters, led by "Vampa" Drac (Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups) as they try to put Mavis (Selena GomezSpring Breakers) and Johnny's (Andy Samberg, TV's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine »

- Tamika Jones

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Box Office: Katniss Reigns (Softly) While Spotlight Gains

22 November 2015 10:13 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

[Whistles Katniss theme]

As expected Katniss and her unmerry band of rebels dominated the weekend box office as The Hunger Games franchise finally wrapped up. Though this is the softest opening yet for the franchise it's not soft enough to end Hollywood's love of splitting final chapters into two for no good narrative reason so the trend will obviously continue for now. (sigh). I personally have no real ill will for this franchise  (it's okay but I bowed out after the second film -- just too dull for my personal tastes) but The Film Experience does have official stance ill will for franchise decisions that no reasonable trustworthy person could ever claim were based on anything other than milking more money from fans. "Event" showbiz is fun but the first priority really should be to the generous fan bases of serial cinema -- Hollywood owes fans good storytelling, not padding to take more »


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‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Hits $400 Million Globally

9 November 2015 5:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” has crossed the $400 million milestone in worldwide box office.

The 3D animated comedy has already surpassed the original’s lifetime box office, which totaled $358 million in 2012.

Hotel Transylvania 2” took in $48 million in its opening weekend in the U.S., breaking the record for a September opening previously held by the original “Hotel Transylvania.”

The domestic total is currently $161.3 million while the international cume is at $241.1 million, led by $24 million in the U.K. and $23 million in Mexico.

Genndy Tartakovsky directed both films from scripts by Robert Smigel. Sony has already dated “Hotel Transylvania 3” for September, 2018.


- Dave McNary

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Sony sets Hotel Transylvania 3 for 2018

3 November 2015 10:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hotel Transylvania is set to open its doors once again, with Sony Pictures Animation setting a September 22nd release date for the third instalment of the animated monster movie franchise, which will put it in direct competition with Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated Scooby-Doo film.

See Also: Read our review of Hotel Transylvania 2

The first two Hotel Transylvania movies have grossed almost $750 million at the global box office, with Hotel Transylvania 2 still pulling in the cash at the box office following its release this September.

See Also: Sony’s biggest movies of 2015 are all Adam Sandler projects

As yet, there’s no word on returning cast members, although you’d have to imagine the likes of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and David Spade will all be back. However, director Genndy Tartakovsky has previously suggested that he’s unlikely to return to helm the third movie.



- Gary Collinson

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Sony announce 2018 release date for Hotel Transylvania 3

2 November 2015 11:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hotel Transylvania movies have proved extremely popular for Sony Pictures Animation, and with the success of this year’s Hotel Transylvania 2, the studio have announced a third movie for December 2018.

The films, which are produced by Adam Sandler‘s production compay Happy Madison, and feature the vocal talents of the actor, as well as his co-written screenplay, have been, up until now, been directed by the supremely gifted Genndy Tartakovsky, though it is said that he will not return for a third movie.

Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me”, Tartakovsky said just after the last movie was released. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas and I kind of have to express them and have them come out”.

Sony have a September 22nd, 2018 release set. It is not known if any of the other previous collaborators will return, but its safe to say that Sandler is a cert. »

- Paul Heath

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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Gets Fall 2018 Release Date

2 November 2015 7:46 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures announced today that their sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 will hit theaters nationwide on September 21, 2018. No voice cast members have been announced for this animated movie, but it will be going up against Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo animated reboot, which was announced back in August. As of now, they are the only two movies to be slated for release in the entire month of September 2018, but that will surely change in the months and years ahead.

Back in September, just one week after Hotel Transylvania 2 hit theaters, director Genndy Tartakovsky revealed he would not be returning for Hotel Transylvania 3, but the studio was still moving forward with the sequel. The filmmaker was also set to direct Popeye for Sony Pictures Animation, but he dropped out back in March, and we haven't heard about the studio hiring a replacement since then. There was talk that the studio may scrap the project altogether, »

- MovieWeb

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"Hotel Transylvania 3" Set For September 2018

2 November 2015 5:16 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced that a third film in the "Hotel Transylvania" series is on the way and has already marked out a September 22nd 2018 release date.

Genndy Tartakovsky helmed the first two films which combined have grossed over $720 million worldwide. The sequel has also shown strong staying power at the box-office despite being released almost two months ago.

It's not yet certain which cast members like Adam Sandler, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher and Mel Brooks will be back. It's not set either, but Tartakovsky has previously indicated he won't be returning.

Source: Sony Pictures Animation »

- Garth Franklin

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Hotel Transylvania 2 movie review: check out and never return

16 October 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The barrage of nonstop sitcom idiocy is nigh on unendurable. A father plotting against his daughter as touching and uplifting? Way worse. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hate Adam Sandler

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Imagine if Adam Sandler took his galling and appalling Grown Ups franchise and redid it as a cartoon. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because that’s what his Hotel Transylvania franchise is. Sandler here is the voice and very much the attitude of the vampire Dracula, who runs a hotel in Transylvania, because monsters need to get away from the daily grind too. (Sandler is also cowriter, with Robert Smigel, and an executive producer. The director is the series’ returning TV cartoon vet Genndy Tartakovsky.) In the first movie, the hotel opened up to nonmonsters, partly as a result of human Jonathan (the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

15 October 2015 5:02 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Adam Sandler's still profitable career has been in decline in recent years with one critical admonishment after another. This downturn might just be momentarily halted thanks to Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), a modestly charming sequel that's also the best thing Sandler has lent his name to in some time. The sequel picks up more or less where the last one left off, with the ancient hotel open to monsters and humans alike and his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) now married to Johnny (Andy Samberg).


- CineVue UK

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Review – Adam Sandler’s Other Rubbish Movie Of 2015

14 October 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sony Pictures

Rating: ★★

What do pointless animated comedy sequels, Season 7 of long-running sitcoms and a failing marriage all have in common? When the writing’s on the wall, they’ll all plump for the same answer – introduce a baby.

Hotel Transylvania 2 can only last five minutes before Dracula’s daughter pops out a sprog, and it only manages that long by indulging in needless undermining of the rather harmonious ending of the original (read: the main character learning a life-changing lesson and everyone has a silly dance number). Yup, it’s one of those films.

We’ve been spoilt recently by animated sequels – Toy Story, How To Train Your Dragon and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs all had follow ups that expanded on (and in the former two cases topped, their predecessors) – to the point that when the old type comes along it’s a shock to the »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Hotel Transylvania 2 review: “A harmless, no-frills sequel”

13 October 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hotel Transylvania 2 review: A perfectly harmless monster movie with a great story at its core. Hotel Transylvania 2 review

Following on from the huge success of the original, Hotel Transylvaia 2 has already done really quite well on general release in its domestic territory that a third movie in this popular animated series is sure to be already whetting the whistle of Sony executives.

Co-written and starring Adam Sandler, Hotel Transylvania 2 kicks off where the first movie left off. Now that young human Jonathan (Andy Samberg) has been accepted into the household of monsters that include Drac (Sandler), Frankenstein (Kevin James), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), invisible man Griffin (David Spade), and mummy Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), he is looking to take the next step with his new wife Mavis (Selena Gomez), and have a child. When half-human/ half-vampire Dennis is born, he fails to immediately show signs of becoming a vampire, »

- Paul Heath

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$150 Million Peter ‘Pan’ Reboot Goes Splat at Box Office

10 October 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Pan,” the pricey prequel to the kids classic, and tightrope thriller “The Walk” both took a tumble in their nationwide box-office debuts Friday. The dual disappointments overshadowed a strong performance by the Matt Damon sci-fi tale “The Martian,” which is heading for $35 million-plus and a second-week triumph for Fox. Sony’s animated ‘Hotel Transylvania 2” is on the way to what could be a $23 million third weekend and second place, after taking in $5.3 million Friday, behind the nearly $11 million of “The Martian.” The domestic total for the Genndy Tartakovsky-directed “Hotel Transylvania 2” should be near $120 million by Sunday, »

- Todd Cunningham

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Movie Review – Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

2 October 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Genndy Tartakovsky won’t return for Hotel Transylvania 3

1 October 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A third instalment in the record-breaking animated franchise Hotel Transylvania hasn’t officially been announced just yet but with the second movie taking in over $48 million in its opening weekend, it seems likely that Sony will want to cash in on a trilogy and confirm details sooner rather than later.

If and when Hotel Transylvania 3 actually happens, director and animator Genndy Tartakovsky has admitted in an interview with The Wrap  that he won’t return, “Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me…Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.”

Tartakovsky’s next project was scheduled to be a CG reboot of Popeye but the director left the project back in March because he and the studio had very different ideas about the movie. It can’t have been easy for Tartakovsky to walk away as he previously admitted, »

- Gavin Logan

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Hotel Transylvania 3 happening, will need new director

30 September 2015 10:25 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Genndy Tartakovsky says "two is enough" for him, as he leaves the Hotel Transylvania series...

We can't say we've been bowled over by either Hotel Transylvania film to date, but there's little arguing with their box office performance. The new sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, opened to $48m of business this past weekend in the Us (it previews in the UK the weekend after next), and Sony Pictures Animation is keen to move ahead with another chapter.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky, whose visual style is one of the assets of the series, has helmed the first two movies. But chatting to The Wrap, he both confirmed the third film, and his own departure from the series.

"Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me", he declared. "Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas and I kind of have to express them and have them come out".

Sony will presumably »

- simonbrew

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Genndy Tartakovsky Won’t Be Back To Direct Hotel Transylvania 3

30 September 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Why ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Director Genndy Tartakovsky Left ‘Popeye’

30 September 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why […]

The post Why ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Director Genndy Tartakovsky Left ‘Popeye’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Genndy Tartakovsky Won’t Direct ‘Hotel Transylvania 3,’ Still Wants a ‘Samurai Jack’ Movie

30 September 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last weekend, the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 topped the box office, and it actually broke the record for biggest September opening. That basically makes Hotel Transylvania 3 inevitable, but it will be missing one key element from the first two movies. Director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation mastermind behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, has […]

The post Genndy Tartakovsky Won’t Direct ‘Hotel Transylvania 3,’ Still Wants a ‘Samurai Jack’ Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Happening Without Director Genndy Tartakovsky

30 September 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Genndy Tartakovsky won't be back to direct Hotel Transylvania 3

30 September 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Even though Sony hasn't announced a sequel to Hotel Transylvania 2 yet, there more than likely will be another installment, since the follow-up improved on the opening-weekend total delivered by the first movie, with a budget about the same as the original. However, director Genndy Tartakovsky recently told The Wrap that he won't be back for the threequel. Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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