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Hop Aboard a Creepy Cruise in the Trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

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After spending some quality family time in Dracula's castle in the first two Hotel Transylvania movies, the ghoulish gang is heading out to sea for some much-needed downtime in the trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Slated for a July 13th, 2018 release from Sony Pictures, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is teased in the first trailer below, and we also have the official synopsis that promises a love story for Adam Sandler's creature of the night:

"In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and
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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season
After Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult animated series “Samurai Jack” was canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004, rumors swirled for years about a feature-length adaptation. Tartakovsky worked with four different studios to adapt his hyper-stylized blend of martial arts and sci-fi action for the big screen, including New Line, Sony and J.J. AbramsBad Robot, but none of them panned out. “As soon as we started developing it as a movie, they wanted to fit it into a box,” Tartakovsky told IndieWire. “I love ‘Jack’ as one of my creations and would never want to change it from what it was supposed to be. There was no reason to reinvent. It was working.”

See More ‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

Tartakovsky knew exactly how he wanted to tell his story of the titular samurai, who’s thrown
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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season
After Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult animated series “Samurai Jack” was canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004, rumors swirled for years about a feature-length adaptation. Tartakovsky worked with four different studios to adapt his hyper-stylized blend of martial arts and sci-fi action for the big screen, including New Line, Sony and J.J. AbramsBad Robot, but none of them panned out. “As soon as we started developing it as a movie, they wanted to fit it into a box,” Tartakovsky told IndieWire. “I love ‘Jack’ as one of my creations and would never want to change it from what it was supposed to be. There was no reason to reinvent. It was working.”

See More ‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

Tartakovsky knew exactly how he wanted to tell his story of the titular samurai, who’s thrown
See full article at Indiewire »

The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
The evolution of animation on television has been thrilling to behold over the last several years, as creators use the medium’s unlimited potential to explore what is possible not just on a visual level, but on a storytelling level.

It doesn’t matter the target audience — some of the most emotional narratives, relevant satire and beautiful filmmaking on television this century has its roots in a format that many might write off as “just for kids.” Not so: Animation, like television in general, is very much a writers’ medium. That’s why even writers rooted in live-action series, like Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence, have found themselves dabbling in the animated world.

Below, IndieWire spotlights some of the most important and relevant series of the binge TV era, with series that excites not in spite of the fact that it’s animated, but because of it.

Read More: The
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The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
The evolution of animation on television has been thrilling to behold over the last several years, as creators use the medium’s unlimited potential to explore what is possible not just on a visual level, but on a storytelling level.

It doesn’t matter the target audience — some of the most emotional narratives, relevant satire and beautiful filmmaking on television this century has its roots in a format that many might write off as “just for kids.” Not so: Animation, like television in general, is very much a writers’ medium. That’s why even writers rooted in live-action series, like Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence, have found themselves dabbling in the animated world.

Below, IndieWire spotlights some of the most important and relevant series of the binge TV era, with series that excites not in spite of the fact that it’s animated, but because of it.

Read More: The
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Star Wars Day: The Best ‘Star Wars’ Movie is the One Nobody Talks About — Watch

Star Wars Day: The Best ‘Star Wars’ Movie is the One Nobody Talks About — Watch
Most diehard “Star Wars” fans swear by “The Empire Strikes Back” as the best entry in the franchise, and for a couple of decades, this was an accurate perception. The release of George Lucas’ prequels only further enhanced appreciation for the first sequel in the series, which is rich in imagination and intrigue. But while the “Star Wars” universe continues to expand in scope, nothing has nailed the possibilities of this sci-fi/fantasy excursion better than the animated 2003 “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and yet nobody talks about it.

That’s partly because the Clone Wars story has revised and expanded into a new series that launched in 2008, which also tells the story of the dramatic showdown between warring factions that took place in between the events of episodes II and III. But it’s also because Tartakovsy’s “Clone Wars” isn’t often seen as a
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'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV

'Samurai Jack': How the Cult Animated Series Finally Returned to TV
Think back to 2001, when SpongeBob SquarePants reigned supreme on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network was deep in the age of Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo — clever, talky animated shows who trafficked in wackiness and often took their storytelling cues from live-action sitcoms. Then along came a samurai named Jack: a laconic lone-wolf hero who uttered fewer words in a whole season than most toon characters spoke in a single episode. The creation of animator (and Dex-Lab veteran) Genndy Tartakovsky, this feudal-era Japanese prince was sucked into a
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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story
The cult series “Samurai Jack” returns after a nearly 13-year absence with a final story that’s darker, bloodier, and more intense.

That explains why “Jack” has moved from Cartoon Network to Adult Swim as its 10-episode Season 5 premieres this Saturday. The series picks up 50 years later, but the eponymous hero (now sporting a flowing beard and armor and driving a motorcycle) hasn’t aged as a result of being hurled into the dystopian future.

As Jack journeys home, he’s lost in a psychological purgatory and losing his mind. He’s haunted by memories of the past and filled with guilt about abandoning his family. He even has ego-crushing,”Birdman”-like dialogues with himself.

That’s not to suggest that the series has lost its humor. For creator Genndy Tartakovsky, “Jack” continues to incorporate a Hanna-Barbera (where he began his career) influence.

And it’s been a redemptive experience for Tartakovsky,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story
The cult series “Samurai Jack” returns after a nearly 13-year absence with a final story that’s darker, bloodier, and more intense.

That explains why “Jack” has moved from Cartoon Network to Adult Swim as its 10-episode Season 5 premieres this Saturday. The series picks up 50 years later, but the eponymous hero (now sporting a flowing beard and armor and driving a motorcycle) hasn’t aged as a result of being hurled into the dystopian future.

As Jack journeys home, he’s lost in a psychological purgatory and losing his mind. He’s haunted by memories of the past and filled with guilt about abandoning his family. He even has ego-crushing,”Birdman”-like dialogues with himself.

That’s not to suggest that the series has lost its humor. For creator Genndy Tartakovsky, “Jack” continues to incorporate a Hanna-Barbera (where he began his career) influence.

And it’s been a redemptive experience for Tartakovsky,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece
Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.

For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece
Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.

For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a
See full article at Indiewire Television »

This Rogue One Scene Was Inspired by Blade Runner

This Rogue One Scene Was Inspired by Blade Runner
We're two months out from the release of Rogue One in theaters, and there is still quite a lot we're learning about the first Star Wars Anthology movie. Now comes another cool piece of intel about the design, look and feel of one scene in particular. Apparently, one of the earlier moments was directly influenced by the original 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

Which is funny, because Blade Runner probably wouldn't have existed without 1977's A New Hope. And Harrison Ford probably would have still been a carpenter had it not been for Star Wars becoming such a cultural phenomenon when it did. But the snake eats its own tail, and it has been confirmed that the artists behind bringing the world of Rogue One pulled inspiration directly from Ridley Scott's android tale.

Namely, the scene involving the Ring of Kafrene. Here, Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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New July 2018 Release Date Revealed for Hotel Transylvania 3

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Sony Pictures Animation is moving their next monster mash from the fall to the summer, as Hotel Transylvania 3 has switched to a summer release date.

Deadline reports that Hotel Transylvania 3 will now hit theaters on July 13th, 2018. The sequel was previously scheduled for a September 21st release, which is the same month the first two films in the franchise came out.

The franchise’s director Genndy Tartakovsky will return to helm the third Hotel Transylvania film that will take Dracula and friends on a Monster Cruise Ship. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details and check out the official synopsis below.

From the Press Release: “Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along and once they leave port,
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Miles Morales as Spider-Man Headlines Sony Animation Lineup

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Hacker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer), exuberant Gene (T.J. Miller) and his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) embark on the app-venture of a lifetime in Sony Pictures Animation’s Emojimovie: Express Yourself, in theaters summer 2017.

Making good on the commitment to increase overall output while continuing to offer its distinctive mix of family films, Sony Pictures Animation today released the project details on its upcoming roster of titles through 2018, along with additional highly anticipated future feature film projects, including one from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says, “We are proud of the artist-driven titles we have coming to the marketplace. The abundance, variety and quality of the features are a testament to the wealth of creative talents who call Sony Pictures Animation their home.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7, 2017 release)

Newly announced voice cast includes: Michelle Rodriguez (SmurfStorm), Ellie Kemper (SmurfBlossom), Ariel Winter (SmurfLily
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Young Han Solo Movie Gets Woody Harrelson as Han's Mentor

Young Han Solo Movie Gets Woody Harrelson as Han's Mentor
It was reported earlier this month that Woody Harrelson was in talks to play the mentor to Alden Ehrenreich's title character in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. That news has now been confirmed, with StarWars.com announcing that the Hunger Games star has officially signed on for this next Star Wars anthology movie. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet titled the movie, which they also call Young Han Solo. Here is the official PR.

Veteran film and television actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo movie set to arrive in theaters next year.

Harrelson, known for wide-ranging roles in film and TV such as The Hunger Games, No County For Old Men, True Detective, Cheers, and Zombieland, will join actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of
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Star Wars Opening Crawl Creator Thinks Rogue One Made a Big Mistake

Star Wars Opening Crawl Creator Thinks Rogue One Made a Big Mistake
While Disney and LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story couldn't break Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening weekend box office record, it did make history in a few other ways. For one, this is the first live-action Star Wars movie since 1984's The Ewok Adventure and 1985's Ewok: The Battle for Endor that doesn't feature a score by John Williams, with Michael Giacchino taking over the composing duties on Rogue One. And it is also the first Star Wars movie since those Ewok spin-offs that doesn't begin with the iconic opening crawl, which immediately transports viewers to "a galaxy far, far away." In fairness, the theatrical Star Wars: Clone Wars movie also ditched some of these elements. But it's important here, because it sets a precedence for the new Star Wars standalone movies moving forward. Instead of an opening crawl, director Gareth Edwards opted for an opening prologue,
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Huge Jedi Spoiler Revealed in Latest Rogue One Trailer?

Huge Jedi Spoiler Revealed in Latest Rogue One Trailer?
Is Jyn Erso's mother a Jedi? Is she somehow tied to the Jedi through her bloodline? Is Jyn Erso related to an existing Jedi or Sith? These are all interesting new questions that arose today shortly after a very revealing and awesome international trailer arrived for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The latest sneak peek is jam-packed with exciting action and plenty of adventure. We get to see these all-new heroes and villains waging a war, with lasers flying and debris falling from the sky. We even get to see some of the early devastation the Death Star caused before it was fully operational. But the thing that has most hardcore fans talking is that this latest footage appears to reveal the first Kyber Crystal ever seen in a live-action Star Wars movie.

Accoridng to the Star Wars Wiki, The Kyber crystals are rare, Force-attuned crystals that grew in
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Rogue One Director Shoots Down Popular Star Wars Rebels Fan Theory

Rogue One Director Shoots Down Popular Star Wars Rebels Fan Theory
Star Wars fan theories. You gotta love them. Especially since a lot of them make perfect sense. But when it comes to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, some of the more prominent theories swirling around the Internet are proving to be false. Especially when it comes to one big fan theory in regards to Disney Xd's current animates series Star Wars Rebels.

Actor Alistair Petrie was featured in the very first Rogue One teaser as a stern Rebel leader. He is seen reading off a list of offenses as committed by new hero Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. Many fans wondered: Who is this guy? And soon, those same fans began to concoct their own ideas about who this Rebel leader is, and where he comes from.

Alistair Petrie is seen in a scene with the iconic Rebel ruler Mon Mothma, who appears in her white caftan that
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Concept art for Genndy Tartakovsky’s abandoned Superman short

Artist Scott Wills has posted a couple of pieces of concept art for an abandoned Superman short from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and director of Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania films, which was in development as part of Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s DC Nation line.

Genndy Tartakovsky, Justin Thompson and I were very excited to do our take on an animated Superman,” states Wills on his blog. “But unfortunately it was pulled from us just as we were starting.”

Tartakovsky may not have got to create his Superman shorts, but he will be bringing his long-gestating Luke Cage tale to life with the four-part Marvel comic book series Cage, which gets underway in October.
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Concept art for Genndy Tartakovsky’s abandoned Superman short

Artist Scott Wills has posted a couple of pieces of concept art for an abandoned Superman short from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and director of Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania films, which was in development as part of Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s DC Nation line.

Genndy Tartakovsky, Justin Thompson and I were very excited to do our take on an animated Superman,” states Wills on his blog. “But unfortunately it was pulled from us just as we were starting.”

Tartakovsky may not have got to create his Superman shorts, but he will be bringing his long-gestating Luke Cage tale to life with the four-part Marvel comic book series Cage, which gets underway in October.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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