Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though Genndy Tartakovsky has been a force in TV animation since the mid-’90s, it’s only now that he’s finally making the jump to features with Hotel Transylvania. It’s clear that the new film has more of a traditional look than most of his shows have had, but there are some nice visual flourishes that should please fans of his previous work.
Adam Sandler voices Dracula, the proprietor of a luxury resort for monsters like Frankenstein (Kevin James), The Invisible Man (David Spade), the Mummy (Cee-Lo Green), and more. The trouble starts when a young human man (Adam Samberg) accidentally stumbles across the establishment, then meets and falls for Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). While the new teaser hits many of the same beats that we saw in the first teaser last month, there’s enough new footage to be work a quick look.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:
- Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
- Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
- Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
- The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser
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Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not like we were ever looking forward to Adam Sandler‘s Grown-Ups 2 to begin with, but now I’m wondering if Happy Madison is actively trying to annoy a certain segment of the population. Specifically, the portion of the filmgoing audience that despises both Grown-Ups and The Twilight Saga, which I’m guessing is the vast majority of our readership.
Taylor Lautner is now in talks for a “fun” part in the comedy sequel, joining returning actors Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, and Salma Hayek as well as Project X star Oliver Cooper. The exact nature of Lautner’s character has not been revealed, but THR reports that he’ll be going “toe-to-toe” with Sandler’s character.
Like his Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, Lautner’s struggled somewhat to build a career outside of the supernatural romance franchise. His big action thriller Abduction was a commercial disappointment, though it did better overseas, and while his name has popped up in association with a variety of different projects over the years, none of them have really panned out at this point. Still, Latuner seems to be trying to mix things up a bit. His involvement in Gus Van Sant’s next indie could be a nice step forward, but Grown-Ups 2 seems like two big steps back.
After the jump, 007 gets another new lady and we meet the folks who’ll try to beat down John and Jack McClane.
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The future has been bleak for the Halloween series. There was once a plan for The Weinstein Company to follow Rob Zombie’s two movies with a third movie, to be written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, but start dates and release dates for that movie have come and gone, and in general TWC seemed little interested in making a new film.
And now the Weinsteins won’t make a new Halloween, as the rights have been sold to another company. Bloody Disgusting reports that Platinum Dunes is taking up the rights to Halloween, and will produce a new sequel, or another reboot, or something. The nature of the intended project is unknown. Supposedly the new film will not be in 3D, and it will not use found footage, and the suggestion is that Lussier and Farmer are out, too.
Given that Platinum Dunes has already remade other major horror franchises (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) this is like collecting the final ace for a four of a kind. For them, at least. For us, given the way those other remakes went, it might look more like a bust hand.
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Briefly: As spoof awards go, The Razzies are pretty rote. Calling out films like Battlefield Earth and Sex and the City 2 for being terrible doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. Sure, those movies suck, but they’re not interesting failures, just things to be ignored. Maybe their terrible qualities are good for a chuckle, but that’s about it. So seeing that the Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill is the first-ever film to take all ten ‘major’ golden raspberry awards doesn’t mean much, I think, other than doling out all the awards to one film is an attempt at comedy worthy of, well, Jack and Jill.
For the record, the film’s ‘awards’ were: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Screen Ensemble, Worst Director, Worst Remake Rip-Off or Sequel (for emulating Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda), Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Screenplay. Adam Sandler is involved in almost all of those categories, though Al Pacino and David Spade scored the supporting jabs. A couple of those categories were split between Jack and Jill and another Sandler picture, Just Go With It. And yet, amid all that, there was no award given for the fact that Jack and Jill somehow cost $80 million. The Razzies: not yet comprehensive.
This is kind of an encore trailer presentation; not long ago we showed you an international version of the first trailer for Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Hotel Transylvania, but it was quickly pulled. Now we’ve got the same trailer, but with the original English-language soundtrack. So you can hear how Adam Sandler sounds as the film’s family-friendly Dracula, for starters, and the quality is a lot better this time out, so the better monster designs and cute little visual gags come across much better. Read More »
Hotel Transylvania features the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula, which isn’t exactly the most attractive casting idea for the classic monster. But the film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) and that is very attractive — Tartakovsky has demonstrated more than once that he has the ability to mix effective characterization with cute and weird visuals.
In fact, the cute and weird visuals are very much on display in this Russian teaser trailer for the film. I love a couple of the quick looks we get at some of the denizens of the film’s strange world. The fact that Sandler (who may turn out to be a great voice actor for Dracula) is dubbed over by a Russian voice actor doesn’t hurt at this juncture. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Two small-screen animation heavyweights will be making their first forays into feature filmmaking this year, though the projects couldn’t sound more different. This summer will see the premiere of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane‘s rather insane-sounding R-rated comedy Ted, while Genndy Tartovsky (Samurai Jack) will follow this fall with the more family-friendly animation Hotel Transylvania. After the jump, check out a new poster from the former and new images from the latter.
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