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Hotel Transylvania A Monster Animation Success, Sucks Up $43M


Hotel Transylvania

Talk about a monster movie!

Animated 3-D family film Hotel Transylvania debuted over the weekend at the top of the United States and Canadian box office with $43 million, setting an all-time record for a September opening of a movie.

Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, the hotel opened way ahead of live-action science fiction flick Looper, which collected $21.2 million between Friday and Sunday for second place.

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Dracula To Take A Big Bite Out Of BO?



Hotel Transylvania

Sony Pictures Animation is set to take a big bite out of weekend box office with the release of the animated film Hotel Transylvania. Bets are on that the 3D film will slide to an easy victory in the weekend race to sales, with estimates raising as high as 35 million for the film.

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Sony Pictures Animation becoming a “Manimal” house


Manimal

Sony Pictures Animation is turning the short-lived Manimal into a live-action/CG hybrid film, having acquired movie rights to the 1983 NBC series.

Hugely prolific 1980s TV producer Glen A. Larson created the show about a man who could become an animal. Now Larson’s attached as a producer, thinking that a flop TV series can become a hit movie. Sony is looking for writers to develop a script.

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SPA celebrates its 10th with special screenings


Sony Pictures Animation

The 10th anniversary celebration of Sony Pictures Animation continues with a five-week series of special screenings featuring SPA’s technically competent but prosaic collection of animated and hybrid films, as well as reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage/materials from the SPA archives, and giveaways.

The series, which will culminate with an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in theaters September 28, was announced Monday by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and SPA president of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate.

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Trailer To Hotel Transylvania



Hotel Transylvania

Sony Pictures Animation troubled production of the 3D animated Hotel Transylvania has something to show for the nearly 10 years in production it has seen. A first trailer. A first look at Adam Sandler’s Dracula as he parades around his stylish resort for overworked monsters.

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Blow me down: SPA hires writers for 3D Popeye film



Sony Pictures AnimationSony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame, the studio announced Thursday.

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