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Hotel Transylvania had a really impressive cast of comedy actors/Adam Sandler's friends, with David Spade, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, and Steve Buscemi joining Sandelr for the highly entertaining animation which brought together classic monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman, under one roof. Now, a comedy legend is joining the cast for the sequel, with Mel Brooks announced to play Vlad, Dracula's (Sandler) overbearing and incredibly grumpy father, shown off in the first image from the movie below. It can't even remember the last time we saw Brooks on the big screen, so this has me incredibly excited. Hotel Transylvania 2 is set for release September 25th 2015. »
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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
I don’t know about you, but I had a lot of fun with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, which was a veritable monster mash of pure entertainment. A sequel is on the horizon, and a pretty big name has just signed on… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
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 »
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
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.
Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on September 25, 2015.
Watch a trailer for the original 2012 film below: »
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 »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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
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
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 »
Guido Rud will tout the Spanish-language feature and is preparing an English-language version of the film that recently earned a jury special mention at Sitges.
Possessed centres on a celebrated flamenco dancer who seeks the help of a defrocked priest to solve her son’s demented behaviour after his father dies in a freak accident.
On the eve of the market Rud said talks were ongoing with Us distributors and cast for the English version.
“When you see kids loving ParaNormam or Hotel Transylvania more and more you will understand why buyers rush to get this gem that makes you travel from Indiana Jones to The Exorcist to Gremlins, Taxi Driver, ParaNorman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sony Pictures is taking a page from the playbook of other entertainment giants that have licensed their properties to theme park operators. Sony films, including Smurfs, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, Underworld and Zombieland, are set to become attractions at a planned theme park in the Middle East. Under a deal between Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Dubai Parks and Resorts that was announced early this week, the planned Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-inspired theme park being built in the United Arab Emirates, will feature a "Sony Pictures Park and Smurfs Zone." According to the
- Alex Ritman
Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent. When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless. At the film’s press day, actress/singer Selena Gomez (who has a small but pivotal and emotionally impactful role in the movie) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to this project, how she could understand and sympathize with the scrutiny her character was under, »
- Christina Radish
The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »
- Jim Batts
You know how to make sure a press release gets my attention? Kick it off with a good old, “O’Doyle rules!” It was just revealed that Adam Sandler made a deal to make four movies exclusively for Netflix and the press release began with, “O’Doyle rules! Adam Sandler heads to Netflix.” There’s no word on what any of those films will be just yet, but perhaps that headline could hint at something Billy Madison-related. But of course that’s total conjecture at this point because all we know is that Happy Madison Productions will work with Netflix to develop the four films and Sandler will produce and star in all of them. Hit the jump for more on the Adam Sandler/Netflix partnership. As someone who grew up watching Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore more than I care to admit, his recent painfully unfunny commercial garbage is breaking my heart. »
- Perri Nemiroff
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to sort of go back to the start of the series and take a look at someone who doesn’t get the respect that they deserve from the masses. Today, that person is Adam Sandler, one of the kings of comedy who also has a flair for drama when he decides to go that route. He’s a huge titan of studio comedy, for sure, but he’s got a load of talent for when he chooses to get serious. The laughs have shot him to the A-list, but when he’s gone for depth and emotion, he’s shown that he’s got some acting chops as well. He’s rather underrated overall, so a spotlight today is definitely in the cards for him. Sandler got his start towards the A-list through television when he was cast on Saturday Night Live »
- Joey Magidson
Denzel Washington retained his position as one of the biggest box office draws around (and one of the most consistent hit makers in the business) as The Equalizer grabbed an estimated $35 million to take the top spot at the North American box office. His R-rated thriller was the third-biggest opening of his career, after American Gangster ($43.6 million) and Safe House ($40.2 million), but those titles also had more bankable co-stars sharing the marquee with Washington. The newest team-up between the A-lister and his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, opened at the high end of industry expectations. It was also the fourth-biggest opening in September history (after Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama), but the largest unadjusted gross for an R-rated opener in this month.
With an aggressive marketing campaign, which included a premiere at the Toronto film festival, and few options for adults (viewers 30 and over counted as 65% of »
- Jordan Adler
Denzel Washington returned to top form at the box office this weekend with the fourth highest September opening ever.
The Equalizer‘s opening also ranks fourth best among all September new releases, behind Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2, and, strangely, the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama. The film should hold well, as most Denzel Washington films do, but will face some stiff competition from Gone Girl next weekend.
Coming in at number 2 is The Maze Runner with ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Featuring superstar Denzel Washington operating well within his wheelhouse, R-rated action movie The Equalizer had one of the biggest September openings ever this weekend.Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls had an above-average debut for a stop-motion animated movie, though it still wound up slightly behind The Maze Runner's second weekend.Playing at 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to $34.1 million this weekend. That ranks fourth all-time in September behind Hotel Transylvania, Insidious Chapter 2 and Sweet Home Alabama. Among Denzel's movies, The Equalizer's debut ranks third behind American Gangster and Safe House. Lots of factors contributed to this strong debut*a well-managed marketing effort, outreach to Eminem's massive fanbase, etc.*though the real key to the movie's success is the name above the title. Denzel Washington is one of the few bonafide movie stars at the domestic box office; excluding The Great Debaters (in which he played a supporting role), The Equalizer is »
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Sony Pictures Animation and Genndy Tartakovksy, the director of Hotel Transylvania, are bringing Popeye back to the big screen in 2016. This video goes into what they are aiming for with the animation as well as giving us a first look at some test footage for the flick. No pipe and no tattoos, those might […]
Read A First Look at the New Popeye Animated Movie on Filmonic.
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