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'Hotel Transylvania 2' Video Spreads Holiday Cheer

19 December 2014 6:29 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We've already seen a number different holiday greetings from Marvel Studios, Star Wars and even The Babadook over the past few days. Sony Pictures Animation is getting in the spirit as well with their own holiday video featuring the characters from their upcoming sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2. The video features Dracula (Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) decorating their Christmas tree, in a very unorthodox fashion.

Last week, we showed you the first photo featuring Dracula's father Vlad, voiced by Mel Brooks. The rest of the voice cast includes Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Invisible Man (David Spade) and Eunice (Fran Drescher) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan Michael Key). The story follows a family gathering that brings Dracula's father Vlad to town for the first time in several years, which creates havoc for a number of the hotel's regular guests.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 promo wishes us a Happy Holidays

18 December 2014 5:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new promo from Hotel Transylvania 2 which sees Count Dracula, Mavis and Jonathan wishing us a Happy Holidays. Check it out after the official synopsis…

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.

See Also: Mel Brooks joins Hotel Transylvania 2, first image released

Hotel Transylvania 2 is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and is scheduled for release on September 25th, 2015.

The post Hotel Transylvania 2 promo wishes us a Happy Holidays appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sony Plans "Super Mario Bros" Cartoon?

13 December 2014 12:48 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures is reportedly pursuing a new animated film adaptation of the video game property "Super Mario Bros." according to Buzzfeed.

"Spider-Man" film series producer Avi Arad is apparently trying to secure the distribution rights from Nintendo and confirms to the site that negotiations with Nintendo are "just the beginning".

"Hotel Transylvania" director Genndy Tartakovsky was apparently suggested as a potential director for the new film, though reps for the filmmaker tell the site he is not involved.

No mention is made of rights issues or the fact that Nintendo has avoided film adaptations of their properties due to the disastrous results with 1993's live-action take on the game starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper. »

- Garth Franklin

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Sony Emails Reveal Failed Efforts to Recruit ‘Lego’ Directors to Run Animation Unit

12 December 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stolen emails from Sony Pictures reveal the studio tried and failed last summer to recruit Phil Lord and Chris Miller to take over its animation division.

The emails from the hacked documents, obtained by Variety, show studio toppers Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton looking to animation “to turn the studio around.” They hoped to install a Pixar-style “brain trust” of filmmakers at the top of Sony Pictures Animation. Lord and Miller were being courted to head that group; other names being floated included Brad Bird.

Lord and Miller, who directed “The Lego Movie” as well as Spa’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and the studio’s “Jump Street” live-action comedy hits, met with Pascal last summer to discuss what such a brain trust might look like. Lord and Miller even suggested they would approach Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to join that team. “Can you imagine that world — the projects, »

- David S. Cohen

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'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Movie Is Happening at Sony

12 December 2014 1:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

21 years after the disastrous Super Mario Bros. live-action movie flopped at the box office, Sony Pictures is pursuing the video game property, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad trying to secure the distribution rights from Nintendo. BuzzFeed initially reported that the producer had closed a deal for the movie rights, information which was obtained through emails leaked from the Sony hack, but Avi Arad responded in an email that negotiations with Nintendo are "just the beginning." In an October 23 email to Sony's Amy Pascal, Avi Arad stated, "I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic]."

Amy Pascal later forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony-based Tri-Star Pictures, stating that Avi Arad "closed" Mario Bros. and that it would be an animated feature. In another email, Amy Pascal suggested that Genndy Tartakovsky should direct the new Super Mario Bros. film, stating, "It's soooo perfect for him. »

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First Look: Mel Brooks is Dracula's Father in Hotel Transylvania 2

27 November 2014 9:55 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Sony Pictures Animation announced that Mel Brooks joined the voice cast of the upcoming "Hotel Transylvania" sequel, in which he'll play Vlad, the ancient, undead, and grumpy father of Dracula (Adam Sandler). The studio also unveiled the first images. Check them out below. Plot: 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 directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and is set to hit theaters on September 25th, 2015. Images: (click to enlarge) »

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Mel Brooks joins Hotel Transylvania 2, first image released

27 November 2014 5:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony Pictures Animation has announced that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast of Hotel Transylvania 2, where he’s set to play Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Adam Sandler’s Dracula. Here’s the first image from the film…

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 directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and is scheduled for release on September 25th, 2015.

The post Mel Brooks joins Hotel Transylvania 2, first image released appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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First Hotel Transylvania 2 Image Revealed as Mel Brooks Joins Voice Cast

26 November 2014 12:14 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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'Hotel Transylvania 2' First Look Photos; Mel Brooks Joins Cast

26 November 2014 10:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Hotel Transylvania 2 to Co-Star Mel Brooks as the Voice of Vlad the Vampire

26 November 2014 10:49 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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Mel Brooks to voice vampire in Hotel Transylvania 2

26 November 2014 8:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Brooks has joined the cast of Hotel Transylvania 2.

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.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky is returning for the follow-up, with Robert Smigel on board to pen the script.

Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on September 25, 2015.

Watch a trailer for the original 2012 film below: »

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Mel Brooks Lends Voice to Dracula's Father in 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

26 November 2014 7:48 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Mel Brooks To Voice Adam Sandler’s Vampire Dad In ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

26 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 »

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Mel Brooks to Voice Dracula’s Father in ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

26 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Animation has cast Mel Brooks to voice Dracula’s father Vlad in “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

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.

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- Dave McNary

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Mel Brooks To Voice Dracula’s Father “Vlad” In Hotel Transylvania 2

26 November 2014 6:36 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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Mel Brooks To Play Adam Sandler's Dad

26 November 2014 6:11 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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Mel Brooks will take part in Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 2

26 November 2014 4:08 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Director Genndy Tartakovsky is a popular name among fans of animation, having built a loyal fanbase through shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the short-lived Star Wars: The Clone Wars mini-series. Tartakovsky seems to be transitioning well (financially, anyway) into the feature-film arena, as Hotel Transylvania brought in over $350 million worldwide. While the man still has that very cool-looking Popeye film coming our way in 2016, right now »

- Sean Wist

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Disney loses 'John Carter' rights: What's next for the franchise?

22 October 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Film Review: ‘Song of the Sea’

21 September 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a worthy follow-up to “The Secret of Kells” (a surprise nominee for the 2010 animated feature Oscar), Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend, only this time, he spins the magic-infused yarn against a present-day backdrop while digging farther back into pre-Pictish rock drawings for visual references. Indie distrib GKids came aboard early, backing this Cartoon Saloon production, a limited-release treasure whose long-term library value similarly hinges on high-profile awards attention.

Whereas American toons tend to be driven predominantly by plot and character, Moore’s work delivers on various other levels, asking formula-fed animation auds to open their minds to a more poetic experience. That said, the pic’s emotional core isn’t so different from that of a studio-made heart-tugger like “Brave.” Here, the story is centered on a lost mother figure — a half-human, half-seal creature known as a “Selkie” — who disappears into the waves one night, »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch: ‘Popeye’ Is Pipe-Less, Tattoo-Less in Sony Animation Test

20 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has given audiences an early look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Popeye.”

CGI-animated test footage, which won’t appear in the film, shows a pipe-less, tattoo-less Popeye fighting Bluto to save his beloved Olive Oyl. The clip follows a behind-the-scenes video of Tartakovsky at work adapting “Popeye” for the bigscreen and discussing why he was “destined” to make the film.

The cast hasn’t been announced yet so Tartakovsky used temp voices for the test footage.

After starting his career in TV animation with “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack,” Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with “Hotel Transylvania.” He’s also directing a sequel for the film (also from Sony Pictures Animation), which will bow on Sept. 25, 2015.

Meanwhile, “Popeye” hits theaters in 2016.

The animation test starts two minutes into the video.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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