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Watch: 'Hotel Transylvania' Director Genndy Tartakovsky's New Short Film 'Goodnight Mr. Foot'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 22, 2013 12:32 PM
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While we weren't exactly over the moon for last fall's "Hotel Transylvania," an ambitious, freewheeling 3D monster mash from Sony Pictures Animation that never seemed to settle down long enough to let us become emotionally invested in its characters or scenarios, we were beyond thrilled to be watching the debut feature from Genndy Tartakovsky, a supernaturally talented animator behind influential series "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Labratory." While a Transylvanian sequel has been fast-tracked at Sony without Tartakovsky, he's not done with that world yet – as a gorgeous new animated short proves.

'Brave,' 'Rise Of The Guardians,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Lead Annie Awards Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 2:16 PM
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While not as hotly contested as many of the major awards this holiday season, the International Animation Film Society announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards yesterday, and offer, at the very least, a peak at what the Best Animated Feature Oscar race will look like in the next couple of months. Pixar's Scottish fairy tale "Brave," Disney's retro video game adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" and DreamWorks Animation's mythological team-up film "Rise of the Guardians" led the nominations with ten nominations a piece.

Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Scares Up The Top Spot This Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 21, 2012 11:55 AM
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Prepare for the paradigm shift. No one at Paramount is shedding tears that “Paranormal Activity 4” is set to open lower than the second and third films in the series. One very obvious reason for this is the series itself, which allows for very low production costs. The latest film in the horror franchise, bringing in $30 million this weekend, was the most expensive of the lot, and it still only cost $5 million. But, more importantly, worldwide the picture is looking at another $30 million, and like the third entry, its overseas receipts should handily overpower domestic grosses. Good on Paramount, who have been MIA for FIVE months, their last release being “The Dictator.”

'Hotel Transylvania' Director Genndy Tartakovsky On Making The Hit Movie, His Take On The 'Dark Crystal' Sequel & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 3, 2012 2:22 PM
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Over the weekend, the animated monster mash "Hotel Transylvania" scared away September box office records and established its director, Genndy Tartakovsky, previously known for his work on the small screen with series like "Dexter's Laboratory" and the highly influential "Samurai Jack," as a major force in feature animation. We talked to the director about how he was able to crack the notoriously difficult story, what happened with projects that involved everyone from J.J. Abrams to Jim Henson's company to George Lucas, and what his approach to a 3D feature animation-based "Popeye" will be.

Box Office: Sony Finishes September Strong With 'Hotel Transylvania' & 'Looper' Topping Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 30, 2012 12:17 PM
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Conventional wisdom suggests a studio shouldn’t release two films on the same date, or even a week within each other, for fear of cannibalizing business. But this weekend, Sony took conventional wisdom out back and beat the life out of it, smashing records with the nation’s top two movies. Their animation division looks like they’ll have the biggest opening in September history with “Hotel Transylvania,” while through TriStar, “Looper” is set to be a superb debut for a heady sci-fi film.

In Theaters: 'Looper' 'Won’t Back Down' From 'Hotel Transylvania;' 'Pitch Perfect' May Be 'The Other Dream Team'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • September 28, 2012 5:41 PM
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In case anyone was feeling too happy, the potential ruin of the human race is out in full celebratory regalia this weekend. Inescapable hit men, broken education systems, a Puritan-era killing machine, and a grifting mommy make up just a taste of the gleeful subject matter. And – for a lift – documentaries are here in spades this week as well, particularly those showcasing major political and social issues. And sports. Sometimes. Oh, is there an election soon? Or are we just gearing up for basketball season? Enjoy, movie lovers!

Review: 'Hotel Transylvania' An Energetic Halloween Treat That Brings Chaos, But Lacks Character

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 25, 2012 2:05 PM
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For some reason (and we're convinced it was a cosmic misunderstanding), the various studios are releasing three horror-themed animated films in three consecutive months. Last month, we got the marvelous (and unfairly marginalized) "ParaNorman," next month we have Tim Burton's triumphant "Frankenweenie," and this week we have "Hotel Transylvania," about a gothic safe haven for all manner of things that go bump in the night. To set itself apart from the pack, "Hotel Transylvania" has opted to forgo any intentional spookiness and focus purely on comedy – mostly of the broad, physical variety. And while "Hotel Transylvania" doesn't have the eeriness or resonance of the other two films, it is admirably energetic – a pinball machine of a movie, one that's painted with cartoon monsters and really, really loud.

Genndy Tartakovsky To Tackle 'Popeye' For Sony Plus 2 New Images From 'Hotel Transylvania'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 27, 2012 1:37 PM
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Well, it looks like Sony is very happy with "Hotel Transylvania," the animated monster mash that could be a graveyard smash when it opens in September, since the studio has just tapped the film's extremely talented director, Genndy Tartakovsky, to take on a big screen animate update of "Popeye" (according to Variety). Also, a couple of new "Hotel Transylvania" images have been released – so put your paws together for that, too.

Watch: Adam Sandler & Andy Samberg Continue Their Bromance In New Trailer For 'Hotel Transylvania'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 1:45 PM
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It seems Adam Sandler has welcomed a new, young recruit into his stable of regulars, in the fresh-faced and funny Andy Samberg. The duo paired up in last weekend's wickedly unfunny "That's My Boy," and in case you missed it, Samberg recently stopped by the set of "Grown Ups 2" for a cameo. And now they've paired up once again, though you might not recognize them right away.

Watch: Teaser For ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Featuring Adam Sandler & Andy Samberg Is Less Exciting In English

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 28, 2012 11:46 AM
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Last week we reported on the new teaser trailer for “Hotel Transylvania.” The only problem was that it was in Russian, although we did wonder whether that was possibly the only way you can make Adam Sandler tolerable these days.

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