Thanks to recent films like Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy!, Adam Sandler has taken prominence as the biggest critical comedic punching bag. So when some people see that he’s voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, I’m sure there will be some automatic dismissals of the film.
But while Hotel Transylvania reunites Sandler and his That’s My Boy! co-star Andy Samberg, the film is also from Genndy Taratkovsky, the animation director behind such fare as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. His sensibilities are often great, and his touch is all over this new trailer. And while Hotel Transylvania is pretty silly, it is also a film expressly for kids. (As opposed to Sandler’s other recent adult-skewing material.) So I’m ready to give it a shot. Read More »
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Anyone who thinks the disappointing box office of That’s My Boy marked the end of Andy Samberg‘s post Saturday Night Live film career hasn’t seen Celeste and Jesse Forever. The Sundance favorite finally hits theaters August 3 and features the actor in a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy alongside Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the film. They play long time soulmates who were married, happy, but then divorce and try to remain friends. Instead of handling the premise in a kitschy and stupid way, though, director Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) presents much more realistic, sweet, mature emotions.
Check out the trailer for the film, which co-stars Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Eric Christian Olsen, below. Read More »
Adam Sandler and crew have been promoting That’s My Boy for so long now, I feel like it’s already come and gone. He was at the Super Bowl talking about the film, on ESPN before that and now, finally, after over six months of hype, the film will finally be released next week. In the movie, Sandler plays a man who fathers a child in his teens and then, when his child (Andy Samberg) gets married, the young father comes back into his life.
I have yet to see the film but the buzz I’ve heard from people who have is that That’s My Boy is a bit of a return to form for Sandler. Instead of the weak sauce of Grown Ups and Jack & Jill, this movie is apparently a very dirty, very nasty, hard R-rated comedy. To push that, Sony has released a second Red Band trailer for the film. Check it out below. Read More »
A fan favorite creator returns to TV, Saturday Night Live gives birth to another movie star, own a piece of television history and get ready for the finale of TV’s best show all in today’s TV Bits. After the jump read about:
- Damon Lindelof will return to television after signing a three-year deal to develop a new show.
- Catherine Tate will be returning to The Office as a regular next season.
- Andy Samberg will, indeed, be leaving Saturday Night Live as rumored.
- As seen on Hollywood Treasure, the season one American Horror Story house is now on the market.
- The third season of the acclaimed Starz show, Spartacus, will be its last.
- Breaking Bad‘s fifth and final season gets a brand new poster and plot description.
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So much to get to today. After the jump read about:
- Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all very close to signing for Kick Ass 2.
- Never fear, Christina Applegate will return as Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
- Piranha 3DD is out in theaters today as well as video on demand, making it the first 3D movie to do that.
- Die Hard 5, A Good Day To Die Hard, just added Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna to its cast.
- A young actress’ photos from the set of Star Trek 2 reveal a new Starfleet outfit.
- Weak tracking numbers have Universal backtracking on Snow White and the Huntsman 2 talk.
- Andy Samberg is wearing very tight, white short shorts on the set of Grown Ups 2.
- Men in Black 3 gets censored in China and a wardrobe lawsuit.
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In 2005, Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell kind of invented the viral video with Lazy Sunday, a rap song on Saturday Night Live about an activity filled Sunday in Manhattan. The song was catchy, funny, introduced millions of people to YouTube and probably drove up tickets sales a few dollars for The Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia. That was seven years ago.
This past weekend marked Kristen Wiig’s final Saturday Night Live, and possibly Samberg’s, so they commemorated the occasion with a sequel, Lazy Sunday 2. No trips to Magnolia Cupcakes or The Chronicles of Narnia this time, though. It’s all about mimosas and Sister Act the musical. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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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Saturday Night Live was partially revived as a cultural force thanks to the Digital Shorts created by The Lonely Island team of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. In the several years since ‘Lazy Sunday’ was one of the first mainstream web video hits, we’ve seen dozens of Digital Shorts come and go.
All told, Laser Cats 7 isn’t anywhere near the top tier of SNL Digital Shorts when it comes to comedy, but this one does boast something others don’t: Steven Spielberg. The short features the director pitching an idea to SNL producer Lorne Michaels, and as the pitch plays out we see echoes of most of Spielberg’s major films.
The video is after the break, but as with many clips hosted on Hulu and NBC, those outside the US may not be able to view. Apologies for that, as the restrictions are out of our control. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
- Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
- Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
- Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
- The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
- A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
- Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
- Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
- Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy
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