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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Here are new images for a couple of upcoming CG animated features. One is Sony’s Hotel Transylvania, featuring the efforts of Dracula (Adam Sandler) to celebrate the birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), which end up being complicated by the attentions of a regular ol’ human (Andy Samberg). The movie is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) which for me at least, represents the primary appeal of the project.

There’s also The Croods from Dreamworks Animation, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman in a story about a prehistoric family of early humans.

New looks at both films showed up this week. That’s Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, above, and we’ve got a big image for The Croods below. Read More »

Find it hard to keep up with what films are casting and which actors and actress are doing what? You’re not the only one. It’s all but impossible to keep up with everything, which is why we bring you Casting Bits. Today we’ve got a bunch of big names in smaller movies, a few studio productions sprinkled in and then a couple we missed in recent days. After the jump read about:

  • Miley Cyrus cast as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Hotel Transylvania
  • Rufus Sewell is confirmed to join Paradise Lost, as Lucifer’s buddy Samael
  • Clive Owen is an NSA agent in Recall, written by Paul Schrader
  • Elizabethtown co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom team up again in Cities
  • Genesis Rodriguez is an FBI agent in The Last Stand
  • Comedians Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin are reportedly battling to play the Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a coming biopic
  • Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Albert Hughes’ Broken City

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Hotel Transylvania won’t be out until this time next year but Sony Pictures Animation is giving its Facebook fans a Halloween treat. The film, which marks the feature directorial debut of animation guru Genndy Tartakovsky, features Adam Sandler as the voice of the famous vampire Dracula who opens a hotel to keep his young daughter occupied with a never ending run of other famous monster patrons like Frankenstein, Mummy and the Invisible Man. It also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Cee Lo Green, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and David Spade. After the jump, get your first sneak peak at what Sandler’s character is going to look like. Read More »

Animation fans know Genndy Tartakovsky well. His shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the first Star Wars: Clone Wars have long been revered but those unique talents have rarely been seen off the small screen. That’s about to change in a monstrous way.

Tartakovsky will direct Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D monster-themed family comedy Hotel Transylvania featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, and a supporting voice cast including Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Cee Lo Green, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and David Spade. Hotel Transylvania follows Dracula as he opens a hotel to keep his young daughter occupied with a never ending run of famous monster patrons like Frankenstein, Mummy and the Invisible Man. Things then get turned upside-down when a regular guy drops into the hotel and falls for her. It’s scheduled for release September 21, 2012. Read who each actor is playing and more about the film after the jump. Read More »

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