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Summer Movie Sequels May Have Trouble Breaking Box Office Records

Summer Movie Sequels May Have Trouble Breaking Box Office Records
Over the next two weeks, we’ll see the much-vaunted releases of “Incredibles 2” (Disney) and “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” (Universal). Both anticipate opening weekends over $100 million; industry claims that these numbers are a sign of strength within the industry will surely follow.

That could be true. However, it’s easy to get excited about numbers in the heat of the moment; more meaningful — and accurate — is looking at those figures in context of past performance and the year to date.

Historical figures, adjusted for inflation, are key. Last weekend brought claims that “Ocean’s 8” had the best opening weekend of the Steven Soderbergh productions, but while it beat expectations it actually ranked fourth and last. And of course “Solo” opened to $84 million while falling far short of its goal.

Grosses for the year so far are up 4.4 percent. But by this time last year, nine films opened to
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Annecy: Director Genndy Tartakovsky on Why He Returned for 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

Annecy: Director Genndy Tartakovsky on Why He Returned for 'Hotel Transylvania 3'
Genndy Tartakovsky is back for the third installment of the Hotel Transylvania franchise, which had its first international screening this week at the Annecy Animation Festival, with a story that takes his motley monster crew out for a cruise.

The director had been vocal about not returning for a third film — and Sony had already moved forward developing ideas — when he was inspired on a family vacation. It turned out he'd packed a little bit of emotional baggage. "I really wanted to forget about them but it was one of those things — you start thinking ...
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ – Annecy Screams with Laughter

Annecy, France — Wednesday night saw the unofficial world premiere of a nearly-finished version of the third in Sony Pictures Animation’s tentpole film series, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

The first two “Hotel Transylvania” films have been the company’s largest animation box office hits outside of the first “Smurfs” movie. “Hotel Transylvania” and “Hotel Transylvania 2” accumulated a combined U.S. box office in excess of $800 million.

“Hotel 3” was introduced to the audience by franchise director and animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky. The ovation for the man behind series such as “Samurai Jack,” “Dexters Lab” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars” was perhaps the biggest of the evening. He also co-wrote this installment, the first time he has held that mantle for a “Hotel Transylvania” film.

“The interesting thing is I got an opportunity to write this one along with Michael McCullers,” Tartakovsky told Variety in an interview. “And because I
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The Little Vampire review – toothless family fare

This clunky digimated version of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg’s stories favours zappy distraction over nuance

German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg’s tales of a pint-size bloodsucker have already generated one half-term timekiller, a Europuddingy live-action adaptation of 2000, chiefly of note for being directed by Christiane F’s Uli Edel. Eighteen years on, there follows this similarly cross-continental digimation, attempting to monetise whatever brand awareness the books have among a new generation, and – more specifically – steal a commercial march on Adam Sandler’s third Hotel Transylvania offering.

Its generically designed, jerkily swaying characters are only the most visible sign we’re in the hands of algorithms, not artisans. The one boon it might offer accompanying adults is a certain pace. It takes under 80 minutes for undead Rudolph (voiced by Rasmus Hardiker) and mortal Tony (Amy Saville) to forge the friendship that sees off ruthless vamp hunter Rookery (Jim Carter). Directors Richard Claus and
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Michel Hazanavicius-Penned ‘Little Jules Verne’ Sails With On Animation

Michel Hazanavicius-Penned ‘Little Jules Verne’ Sails With On Animation
Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam’s On Animation, the outfit behind Mark Osborne’s BAFTA-winning “The Little Prince” and the upcoming “Playmobil” movie, has ramped up its slate with two more high-profile projects including “The Badalisc” and “Little Jules Verne.”

“Little Jules Verne” is a CGI 3D-reimagining of the early life and inspirations of the 19th century French author known for his ground-breaking science-fiction novels such as “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning director of “The Artist,” has come on board to adapt the script and dialogue for the movie. French character designer and comic book author Fabien Mense, who previously worked on “Hotel Transylvania,” has been tapped to handle the visual development for “Little Jules Verne.”

“The Badalisc” will be directed by Lino Disalvo, the head of animation on “Raiponce” and “Frozen,” who is making his directorial debut with “Playmobil.” Peter Ackerman, whose credits include
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Outright Games announces Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard

If you are looking forward to Sony Pictures Animation’s latest film in the Hotel Transylvania series, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, coming this summer then you’ll be happy to hear that Outright Games have announced Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard will be coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC this summer to coincide with the film’s release. Based on the upcoming film Monsters Overboard players will be reunited with Drac and his pack as well as meeting some new characters on a new adventure.

In Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard a storm has caused Dracula, Mavis and the gang to wash up on the legendary Lost Islands. Drac needs to reunite his gang by setting out on a mission to find missing monsters Frankenstein, Murray the mummy, and Wayne the werewolf. To help Drac on his mission are the lovable little creatures called the Impa
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Guillermo del Toro to Produce, Co-Write 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'

Guillermo del Toro to Produce, Co-Write 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro has co-written and will produce Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a movie that Entertainment One and CBS Films will co-finance.

Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman, whose writing credits include The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania, adapted the script for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark along with del Toro, who earned the best picture Oscar for his latest film, The Shape of Water. Andre Ovredal is directing the project, based on Alvin Schwartz’s internationally best-selling book series.

The film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden...
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Miramax Taps Former Sony Exec as New COO

Miramax on Monday announced its new general counsel and COO is Robert Osher, the former president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, where film franchises like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs are produced.

Osher was also COO of Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group. This is his second stint at Miramax, as years earlier he ran the TV, legal, business affairs and production facilities at the company, which was founded in 1979 by Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Miramax has gone through a variety of different owners and was purchased two years ago by beIN Media Group, a subsidiary...
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Robert Osher Joins Miramax as Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel

Industry veteran Robert Osher has joined Miramax as chief operating officer and general counsel.

Miramax CEO Bill Block made the announcement Monday. Osher, who led Sony’s digital division for seven years as president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, will be part of Miramax’s new task force focusing on growing its strategy in film, television, and mergers & acquisitions.

During his tenure, Sony Pictures Animation produced the animated monster comedies “Hotel Transylvania” and “Hotel Transylvania 2,” the Smurfs films, and the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films. He departed from the Sony post in 2015, and has been consulting for private equity firms, international consulting firms and media companies in the interim.

“We are so happy to have Bob be a part of the new Miramax as someone who not only has tremendous understanding of the future of content and platforms, distributions, operations, as well as a familiarity with the
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Dracula Falls For Van Helsing's Great Granddaughter in New Trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

I've actually enjoyed the first two films in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and this third movie Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation looks like it will be just as fun. The fact that Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) came back to write and direct it is a big plus. I like his silly comedy style.

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new trailer for the film which features the group of monsters taking a cruise for a little vacation, but Dracula (Adam Sandler) is less than thrilled until he falls for the Captain of the ship, who happens to be related to Van Helsing!

The movie also includes Mavis (Selena Gomez), Johnny (Andy Samberg), Griffin the invisible man (David Spade), Wanda (Molly Shannon) and Wayne (Steve Buscemi) the werewolves, Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), Frank (Kevin James) and Eunice (Fran Drescher), and Blobby. Here's the synopsis:

In Sony Pictures Animation
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New Hotel Transylvania 3 Trailer Turns Summer Vacation Into a Nightmare

Sony Pictures has released a brand new trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Animated movies have a high ceiling in terms of potential quality and financial reward for the studio, but even a middling animated feature can do big business, given that parents need something to take their kids to. That being the case, the Hotel Transylvania movies have done quite well in recent years and now, we're getting ready to see the cap to Adam Sandler's animated trilogy, which looks to be a gag-filled extravaganza, based on this latest trailer.

The new Hotel Transylvania 3 trailer expands a bit upon the movie's actual story. As we see, not only do Drac and the gang head out on a cruise for vacation, which would be enough to change up the formula from the first two movies, but there's also a subplot involving the descendant of Van Helsing. What's more
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‘Monster Family’ Review: Dir. Holger Tappe (2018)

Monster Family review: The Wishbone family are far from happy after being turned into monsters in this new animated feature, a production from Sky Cinema Original Films.

Monster Family review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Monster Family review

With Netflix hitting and missing all over the place with their original content, and Amazon also giving us some memorable films, now Sky Cinema want in on the action. Over the next year, they’ll be releasing a number of films simultaneously in cinemas and on the Sky Cinema channels. First up is Monster Family, a joyous looking animated film surrounding all your popular monsters such as a mummy, werewolf, vampire, and Frankenstein’s monster. We’re about to experience the third in the Hotel Transylvania films, and the original title for this flick was ‘Happy Family’, as it’s adapted from the German novel of the same name. This all suggests a
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Bingo In The Movies & On TV

There was a time when the game of bingo was something that our older relatives would have take part in. The gaming venue would have been an extraordinarily large hall, smoke everywhere in a location somewhere in a town centre in England. Said room would have been scattered with fruit machines and there would have been subsidised drinks available at a bar next to the toilets, the furniture looking like it had seen better days.

Well, times have changed and in recent years the rise of online bingo sites have dominated the gambling community online. These days you’re more likely to find a top Hollywood star advertising one of these huge web brands – Boogie Nights and The Hangover star Heather Graham just one name that springs to mind in recent times – and everyone is getting involved in the game.

The game of bingo, which was actually invented in Italy back in the 1500s,
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Selena Gomez Joins Cast of Upcoming Doctor Dolittle Movie

Selena Gomez Joins Cast of Upcoming Doctor Dolittle Movie
Selena Gomez has been hard at work, and not just with her music career. The former Disney star is set to appear in Woody Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, the third installment of the animated film Hotel Transylvania and now has a new big-screen project under way. Gomez has joined the cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which is slated to release in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The “Bad Liar” singer joins Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and a voice cast that includes Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes.
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Selena Gomez Joins Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

Selena Gomez Joins Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’
Selena Gomez will voice a role in Universal’s “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.”

The project stars Robert Downey Jr., while Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, and Ralph Fiennes round out the voice cast and Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen will portray live-action characters.

Universal acquired the project last year, which will be directed by Stephen Gaghan from a screenplay he wrote with an earlier draft by Tom Sheppard. It’s based on the character from the 1920’s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting, in which a Victorian-era physician opts to treat animals instead of humans because he’s able to speak with them.

Lofting’s character was portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical “Doctor Dolittle,” which won Oscars for best original song and visual effects. Eddie Murphy starred in the 1998 film “Doctor Dolittle” and its 2001 sequel, which cumulatively grossed more than $470 million at the worldwide box office.

Gomez currently
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Selena Gomez In "Puma"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress/singer Selena Gomez ("Spring Breakers") as 'the face' of "Puma" sneakers:

Gomez began her career starring in the children's television series "Barney & Friends" (2002–2004). She then rose to fame playing the lead 'Alex Russo' in the Disney Channel TV series "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007–2012). Gomez co-starred in the features "Another Cinderella Story' (2008), "Princess Protection Program" (2009), "Ramona and Beezus" (2010), "Monte Carlo" (2011), 'Spring Breakers" (2012), "Getaway" (2013) and "The Fundamentals of Caring' (2016).

She also voices the character of 'Mavis' in the "Hotel Transylvania" film franchise.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Selena Gomez...
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The Addams Family Animated Movie Slated for October 11th, 2019 Release, Oscar Isaac to Voice Gomez?

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The creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky family is set to return to the big screen in 2019, and it looks like a very popular actor from the new Star Wars movies could be the one to voice Gomez Addams.

According to The Tracking Board, Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), who is currently enjoying time on the big screen as X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is in discussions to join the cast of the animated The Addams Family movie to voice Gomez Addams, the patriarch of the gothic family that first appeared on TV in the 1960s ABC series (John Astin played the first on-screen version of the iconic comic strip character created by Charles Addams).

On the heels of Isaac's potential casting, Variety reports that MGM has scheduled The Addams Family animated film for an October 11th, 2019 release—the same day that Paramount's Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features
The creative lines between film and television are blurring ever more frequently these days, with many live-action directors, writers and other talent moving with increasing ease between the two media. But in the animation industry, only a handful of directors and writers have made the transition.

One of those is Rich Moore, who is directing Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” alongside Phil Johnston and who earlier this year won the animated feature Oscar for Disney’s 2016 hit “Zootopia” with director Byron Howard. Moore has an extensive background in TV animation, working on “The Simpsons,” “The Critic” and “Futurama” for many years before making his feature directing debut on the first “Wreck-It Ralph” film in 2012.

Moore himself realizes he’s part of a rare breed.

“I’ve noticed that, too, and it’s a shame because there are some amazing TV directors out there who should be making features,” says Moore. “If
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Director Revealed for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Movie

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Alvin Schwartz’s and Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark illustrated books have provided decades of nightmare fuel for readers, and a film adaptation has been lurking in the works for years. Now the project is taking a step forward into our reality with a director now set to take the reins on the spooky project.

Deadline reports that Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe director André Øvredal is set to helm a movie based on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book trilogy for CBS Films.

While Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feature a wide range of terrifying tales, the movie will focus on "a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town." Production on the movie is expected to start in the summer of 2018.

Guillermo del Toro was once expected to direct the film,
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Nick Frost stars as a farting Frankenstein in CG monstrosity Monster Family

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So...I don't know what this is. At first I thought it was a cheap, knock-off British version of Hotel Transylvania or The Munsters. Instead - for some convoluted reason - it's about a witch that turns a regular family into monsters, and them trying to reverse the effects. Which, admittedly, is more original...if not necessarily better. And it still doesn't stop it from being a pale imitation of those two (even... Read More...
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