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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
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
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
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
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 »
After just a dozen days we’re back in comedy sequel land! Mid November saw the return of Harry and Lloyd after 20 years in Dumb And Dumber To, which grossed (accent on gross) enough to shoot to number one at the box office for that weekend. Now, this film’s trio hasn’t been away for two decades, merely three years. But it was a surprise flick that came out of left field to quickly become a fan favorite (especially on premium cable and home video). As opposed to the Farrelly brothers’ duo, these guys aren’t really kid friendly. It, and this follow-up, truly earn their R ratings (for raunchy and rude). Now, could their outrageousness become deluted by a another visit, just as with the Hangover best buds? I’m happy to report that has not happened with return of those 2011 foul-ups in Horrible Bosses 2.
As this new misadventure begins, »
- Jim Batts
With "Interstellar" now offering up a top secret big name cameo, a new photo gallery looks back at other unbilled yet exceptional performances in film history. In addition to the Oscar winner featured in the new Christopher Nolan movie, the gallery includes: Kevin Spacey ("Seven"), Will Ferrell ("Wedding Crashers"), Keith Richards ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"), Jack Nicholson ("Broadcast News"), Bill Murray ("Zombieland"), Tom Cruise ("Tropic Thunder"), Ned Beatty ("Network"), Harrison Ford ("Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"), Gene Hackman ("Young Frankenstein"), Gary Oldman ("Hannibal"), Robin Williams ("Dead Again"), and Marlene Dietrich ("Touch of Evil"). Entertainment Weekly -Break- Grammy Awards producers will be announcing Album of the Year nominees on the live special "A Very Grammy Christmas." Unlike recent y...' »
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. Better than he was before. Better… stronger… faster. – The Six Million Dollar Man
So – where were we?
I’d had a 7 mm. golden nugget lodged in my right kidney. That got removed but then I went into the hospital with sepsis and acute urinary infection. That led to the discovery that I’d had a heart attack, much to my amazement. I’d felt nothing; it was revealed in chemical markers. Further investigation showed that while the heart itself was okay, I needed a triple bypass.
Well, that was a stunner.
The procedure is called a coronary artery bypass graft, known as a Cabg, sometimes called a “cabbage.” Which is a little disconcerting. Working on my heart is a cabbage.
It’s a relatively recent procedure, starting up in the ‘60s. It’s not uncommon now and they’ve gotten pretty »
- John Ostrander
“Feed me, Seymour!”
Get in touch with your inner Devil or Angel while enjoying complimentary Casillero de Diablo, the official wine of Halloween on Friday, October 31st beginning at 8pm. It’s the Devils & Angels Halloween Bash and We Are Movie Geeks is especially excited to hear that they will be screening two of our favorite films there that night: Mel Brooks’ 1974 gutbuster Young Frankenstein and the 1987 monster musical Little Shop Of Horrors – (I had almost forgotten that Bill Murray was in that!).
The fun happens at The Moulin Events-Jefferson Ballroom, 2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63103.
In addition to those two horror/comedy classics, the party offers Local craft beers, specialty Halloween cocktails and snacks, a chance to dance the night away with Millennium DJs, a Costume Contest, and Free Parking!
Tickets: $30 +tax in advance / $40 +tax after October 26th
Purchase tickets at devilsangelshalloweenbash.chirrpy.com
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- Tom Stockman
Some of you might be asking: why do I care what Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, has to say about Frankenstein? He, person who doesn't know, is playing Igor in 20th Century Fox's take on a prequel to Mary Shelly's novel that focuses on the relationship between James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein and Igor, his assistant.
Empire talked to Radcliffe about the role:
The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended.“There is that physicality,” he stressed of Igor’s famous hunchback, “but the story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, »
Photo: Marco VitturWith his quirky drama Horns just around the corner, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by to chat movie things with Empire. With his Seb Coe movie Gold currently in a holding pattern, the current Rad-slate is dominated by 20th Century Fox’s new take on Mary Shelley’s weird scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe, who plays Igor (or Ygor), bills it as “a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie” while stressing that there’s brains to go with the brawn. “[It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.”Igor, of course, is Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) factotum. The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended. »
“For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged. “
Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster, Chef Steve Schmidt, and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 6:00 for the pre-show which includes an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!
The new locale is Food Outreach, 3117 Olive Street in St. Louis. The next Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event will be a screening of the Mel Brooks’ 1974 gutbuster Young Frankenstein on October 30th. Tickets are $65.00 and ticket information can be found at the Tenacious Eats site Here
Good comedies are rare. »
- Tom Stockman
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Fox has picked up an original film idea called Thrill Ride from Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The movie is a horror comedy, and Cohen is set to direct it. The actual script for the movie will be written by Peter Warren.
When horror and comedy are brought together in a smart and engaging way they make for a completely awesome movie. Some of my favorites include Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, Young Frankenstein, and The Burbs just to name a few.
The move is described as being in the vein of This Is The End and Scream. I absolutely love the concept and think it could make for an amazingly fun flick. According to Deadline, the story "takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior »
- Joey Paur
“I am not a Frankenstein. I’m a Fronkensteen!”
Young Frankenstein plays this weekend (October 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
Good comedies are rare. Great ones are rarer. Great parodies are needles in the haystack, and this is it. The parody can be brilliantly funny (most are horrid), but Young Frankenstein is near perfect.
Mel Brooks hit all nails right on the head in his black & white classic from 1974. Taking its themes from the Mary Shelley novel and providing some spot-on homage/parody to the James Whale classic Bride Of Frankenstein (and plenty of references to Son Of Frankenstein as well), Young Frankenstein is a breathless laugh and a half. In a weak comedy, you have the entire cast setting up one character for the laughs. Here, you have every character providing humor in every scene. None more »
- Tom Stockman
“Ugh, I smell like a human!”
Princess Mononoke plays this weekend (October 5th and 6th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. The midnight show this weekend is sponsored by Star Clipper, (St. Louis’ premier pop culture shop), who will provide trivia and prizes.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke (1997) is reportedly a delightful anime from the man who has come to define everything that is best about the genre, I’ve never seen it, but Miyazaki always brings in the crowds for the midnight shows so I’m sure it’s a worthy choice. Princess Mononoke was Miyazaki’s calling card to the world outside Japan. The English voice cast boasts Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillan Anderson and Keith David – a considerable volume of talent for an animation back in 1997 (Toy Story was 1995), arguably marking »
- Tom Stockman
Filmmakers have been obsessed with Frankenstein since James Whale brought Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel to life and instantly gave birth to an iconic monster franchise that remains a major priority for Universal. It’s one of the most important public domain properties in fiction, but reanimating the Green Guy into a worthy anti-hero isn’t easy. Everyone from Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and Aaron Eckhart have discovered you need more than neck bolts to spark a good movie. The futility hasn’t stopped Candyman and Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose, who’s returning to horror filmmaking with his own modern take on the Frankenstein legend. He shot his in downtown Los Angeles, with Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, and Tony Todd starring in a Frankenfilm set against the backdrop of the contemporary 3D bio-printing revolution. “They’re already 3D-printing organs, so to actually print an entire human being »
- Jen Yamato
The Room plays this weekend (September 26th and 27th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
There are different types of ‘Bad Movies’. It’s become sport to poke fun at bloated star vehicles such as Ishtar, Glitter, or Gigli but those films are usually miserable experiences to actually sit through. There are films that are intentionally bad such as those from Troma studios (Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) but Troma knows its audience and anyone seeing a Troma film knows what they are getting into. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room belongs with the group of movies that are so bad that they can transform their own awfulness into a “comedy of errors”. Unlike more mundane bad films, these films develop an ardent following of fans who love them because of their poor quality, because normally, the errors (technical or artistic) or wildly contrived plots »
- Tom Stockman
Is Tina Fey the queen of comedy?
Since breaking out on "Saturday Night Live" as head writer and anchor of Weekend Update, Fey has had her hands all over TV and film. She engineered a critically acclaimed sitcom, "30 Rock," while starring in hits like "Mean Girls" and "The Muppets Most Wanted." Did we mention she's also hosted the Golden Globes... twice? This fall, she can be seen again on the big screen, in the ensemble comedy-drama "This Is Where I Leave You."
1. Tina Fey was born May 18, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Jeanne Xenakes and Donald Fey.
2. Her mother works at a brokerage firm, while her dad wrote grants for universities.
3. She is half German and half Greek.
4. Fey's birth name is actually Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. "Tina" is taken from »
- Jonny Black
“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age!”
Dazed And Confused plays this weekend (August 19th and 20th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
I graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1979 and Dazed And Confused, which I saw at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton 14 years later, is so spot-on it’s scary. Writer-Director Richard Linklater is one year older than me and his film debut was a nostalgic look back at the final day of school, when the soon-to-be-seniors get drunk and stoned waiting for their first year at the top of the food chain while the incoming freshmen get prepared for a year of getting picked on. A wide range of character drink, smoke pot and have fun talking about what life is about to offer them. I think »
- Tom Stockman
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