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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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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‘Hotel Transylvania’ Teaser Trailer

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 »

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 »

Eli Roth is making the earth move. The man behind the Hostel series, co-star of Inglourious Basterds and producer of The Last Exorcism has teamed up with successful Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López to make Aftershock, an English-language action-thriller inspired by the Chilean earthquake. It follows a group of six friends (including Roth, several international movie stars and a cameo by pop superstar Selena Gomez) struggling to survive after a massive earthquake hits their city and society crumbles around them. Most of the film will include realistic, practical effects.

Aftershock is still shooting in Chile but Lopez and Roth are ready to debut the first official images from the film exclusively here on /Film.

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Now that her hit Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place has come to an end, Selena Gomez has been trying to make the transition into non-Disney movies with projects ranging from last year’s Monte Carlo to the upcoming Harmony Korine-directed Spring Breakers. The latest addition to her slate is The Sky is Everywhere, an adaptation of Jandy Nelson‘s YA romance of the same title. Gomez will produce the film through her shingle July Moon, developing it as a star vehicle for herself.

The plot follows Lennie, an introverted band geek who’s used to being overshadowed by her much more outgoing older sister Bailey. When Bailey suddenly dies, however, Lennie struggles to cope and soon finds herself torn between two guys: her dead sister’s boyfriend Toby and a charismatic, musically gifted new boy named Joe. The teen love triangle is nothing new, but the book’s received pretty good reviews; if the film version actually brings some nuance to the tearjerker premise, it could be a chance for Gomez to show what she can do. [Deadline]

After the jump, a trio of funnymen go to hell.

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