Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why after the jump Tartakovsky left Popeye.

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Hotel Transylvania 3

Last weekend, the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 topped the box office, and it actually broke the record for biggest September opening. That basically makes Hotel Transylvania 3 inevitable, but it will be missing one key element from the first two movies.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation mastermind behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, has confirmed that he won’t return for Hotel Transylvania 3. However, he’s still very much interested in getting a Samurai Jack movie off the ground. Read More »

‘Hotel Transylvania’ TV Series Coming in 2017

Hotel Transylvania 2

It took three years to get from Hotel Transylvania to Hotel Transylvania 2. But soon, you’ll be able to check into the monster-friendly five-star resort on a more regular basis. Sony Pictures Animation has announced they are developing a Hotel Transylvania TV series to debut in 2017. More details on the Hotel Transylvania TV series after the jump. Read More »

Frozen Ice Palace Disneyland

This edition of Theme Park Bits travels the globe. China, the Middle East and even the Frozen land of Arendelle. Below, read about the following:

  • Sony Pictures has licensed several of their major properties, including Ghostbusters, for a Dubai Theme Park.
  • The Frozen city of Arendelle is now part of the Disneyland ride Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  • Disneyland will launch a new night time parade for its 60th anniversary during 2015.
  • The company that owns AMC Theaters is opening a massive movie-themed amusement park in China.
  • Knotts Berry Farm announces Voyage to the Iron Reef ride.
  • Two men rode every right at Walt Disney World in one day.

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/Filmcast Ep. 217 – Warm Bodies


Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss how House of Cards upends traditional television models, praise the underappreciated Boardwalk Empire, and get disappointed by Hotel Transylvania.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

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It’s been a big day for awards, as the New York Film Critics Circle kicked off awards season, handing out the first accolades for achievement in filmin 2012. (Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners.) Now here are the nominations for the animation-specific Annie Awards, and these might make people happy who were puzzled by the NYFCC award given to Frankenweenie as the best animated film of the year. Those tallying numbers here might want to see more noms for Wreck-It Ralph, but in general the year’s releases are well represented, with the expected nods towards Brave, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, and more.

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Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation are setting up a pattern of making satisfying and relatively successful animated films, then moving the sequels into the hands of specially-chosen new creators. The company did it with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the sequel for which is being directed by a pair of guys who worked on the first movie under original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Now Sony has set September 25, 2015 as the release date for Hotel Transylvania 2. The first movie did quite well when it hit a few weeks back, and so it looks like the collaboration between animator Genndy Tartakovsky and star Adam Sandler is going to keep on truckin’.

But Tartakovsky is going to direct the Popeye movie for Sony, releasing in the same window in 2014, and so there will be a new director (or directors) for the Transylvania sequel. Who’ll make the movie? We don’t know yet, but if Sony is really setting up a pattern here it could be someone from the story or animation department on the first. [THR]


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 »