Wednesday night marked the 12-12-12 Concert in Madison Square Garden, which brought together big-name celebrities to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. And who do you think took the stage alongside Chris Martin from Coldplay, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and a bunch of rockers? Why, Adam Sandler, of course!
Redbox has been serving customers for 10 years now and to celebrate, they released a list of the all-time top rentals since 2002. The result is both surprising and embarrassing.
"Bluh! Blobbity bluh blob blurr!" - the little animated vampire bat that the Columbia Pictures logo becomes at the beginning of 'Hotel Transylvania,' well representing the measure of humor in the film.
I'm gonna use the Z word. It's a word that usually elicits a binary response. Here it comes: zany. 'Hotel Transylvania' - the first feature film from underground animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky starring the voice and spirit of Adam Sandler and co-written by Robert Smigel (the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) - is a little bit clever, a little bit crafty, a little bit silly but, fundamentally, it is zany.
This year we're getting a deluge of spookily-themed kids movies that mix classic horror staples (ghosts, vampires and Frankenstein) with the soft edges of children's entertainment. Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Hotel Transylvania' comes between 'ParaNorman' and 'Frankenweenie,' and now there's a clip.
The inventive and antic animation of Genndy Tartakovsky has been blowin' our mind during hazy late nights for years. The creator of 'Samurai Jack' and 'Dexter's Laboratory' as well as the first (and still superior) 'Star Wars: Clone Wars' has a wide palate (he's responsible for much of the look of 'The Powerpuff Girls' as well as the gruesome and bloody prologue to last year's 'Priest') but has always worked in traditional 2D animation.
With 'Hotel Transylvania' he's taking his first step into the feature film-friendly world of 3D computer imaging and the result, based on the selected scenes shown at Sony HQ in New York, are exciting. It's nothing too underground or subversive, but compared to factory line junk like 'The Lorax' it is quite an artistic achievement.