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Deadly Romance Trailer: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation!

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – (L-R) Vlad (Mel Brooks), Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Invisible Man (David Spade), Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Frank (Kevin James) and Eunice (Fran Drescher) – Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.

Despite not being initially impressed with Mavis’ choice for a summer vacation, Dracula changes his mind when he meets the cruise ship’s captain, Ericka – but she has a big secret…

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation opens on July 13th.

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A Hotel on the Water Teaser: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation!

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION –  (L-R) Vlad (Mel Brooks), Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Invisible Man (David Spade), Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Frank (Kevin James) and Eunice (Fran Drescher) – Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.

It looks like Drac (Adam Sandler) and his monstrous family are going to take a summer vacation – courtesy of Mavis (Selena Gomez).

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation opens on July 13, 2018.

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Meanwhile Back at the Castle Trailer: Hotel Transylvania 2

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Hotel Transylvania 2 reunites the crazy crew of characters from Hotel Transylvania with the addition of a couple of new characters – Johnny and Mavis’ son Dennis, and Dracula’s father, old school vampire Vlad.

Plus the hotel is now also opens to (*gasp*) humans!

Check out the new trailer after the jump. Hotel Transylvania 2 opens on September 25th.

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein Is 40! Anniversary Blu-Ray September 9th!

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Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-Ray on September 9th. With its cast of comedy icons and Brooksian riffing on Mary Shelley’s classic tale come a host of bonus content and (dramatic pause!) a chance for forty fans to win a set photo autographed by (wait for it…) Mel Brooks!

For details on both the Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray and the Young Frankenstein Sweeps, follow the jump (it may be al-i-i-i-ve!).

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Sundance Channel to Celebrate Christmas with Oy! to the World–A Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon!

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Mel Brooks will host Sundance Channel’s Oy! to the World: A Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon on Christmas Day. Throughout the day, he will introduce and offer insights into a selection of his best movies as only he can. The typically modest comic genius said, in a statement to the network, “I want to thank Sundance Channel for giving the world the best Christmas gift ever—23.5 hours of me!”

Oy! to the World will feature such films as The Producers 9both 1968 and 2005 versions), History of the World, Part 1 and Young Frankenstein. The marathon begins at 6/5C, Christmas morning with The Producers (2005) and winds up with Robin Hood: Men in Tights at 3:15/2:15C the next morning.

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Conan O’Brien Hosts Mel Brooks in Eighty-Minute Serious Jibber-Jabber!

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Mel Brooks is a legend; Conan O’Brien may be well on his way to becoming one. When the two have an eighty-minute conversation on O’Brien’s excellent web series, Serious Jibber-Jabber, the result is a one of a kind gem that illustrates O’Brien’s interviewing skills and both men’s wit and intelligence.

Follow the link for the press release and link to Serious Jibber-Jabber with Mel Brooks.

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Having a Bad Week? Need a Laugh? HBO Presents Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett: Together Again!

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Friday evening, HBO presents the perfect tonic for a lousy week: Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett: Together Again!

Mel Brooks, purveyor of fine comedy [Blazing Saddles, The Producers], and one of the best talk show hosts ever, Dick Cavett, get together for this one-hour special to share show-business memories and hilarious stories with loyal fans and a new generation of viewers.

As a fan of both, this works for me. Follow the jump for three brief, but very funny excepts.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Get Smart: From Analyst to Super-Spy by Sheldon Wiebe

Get Smart could have gone wrong in oh so many ways. Fortunately, rather than parrot the ‘60s hit spy spoof, writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember choose to give us the story of how super-analyst Maxwell Smart [Steve Carell] made the shift from computer jockey to field agent. Mixing clever gags with action is tricky, and while the ratio isn’t quite right, the film manages to maintain its entertainment quotient by keeping Max from being hopelessly incompetent. Instead, Max passes the field agent test with flying colors but is only sent into the field when the identities of all Control’s agents are compromised.

Only Smart and Agent 99 [Anne Hathaway, sexy in a Disney-cute way and deadly in a Modesty Blaise way] can find and destroy KAOS’s stockpile of nuclear weapons – cleverly hidden in a Moscow bakery [well, it would be cleverly hidden if the bakery wasn’t a huge building with an enormous sign bearing its name]. If they fail, it could be curtains for Los Angeles and the visiting President of the United States.

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Staples of the series [Max’s love of little British sports cars; Agent 13, the master of disguise; certain trademark phrases] make appearances – including one that is so utterly perfect that I won’t mention the character or the actor. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for fans of the original series. Besides the homages to the original series, there are things about this movie that work because they are different.

Max is not incompetent – his bumbling usually occurs because his focus is too narrow and everything outside his focus gets past him – watch him deal with a hulking Russian assassin, for instance. He also cuts a mean rug in a party scene – where he gives an unlikely dance partner an incredible ego boost [which refers back to Max’s past].

Get Smart’s supporting cast is excellent, but underused. Since some of the action sequences run a bit long, it might have been a good idea to give more time Dwayne Johnson’s suave Agent 23 – or Terrance Stamp’s Siegfried. Another cool change is Alan Arkin’s Chief – instead of being put upon like the character originated by the late Edward Platt, here the Chief is very much a player.

Overall, then, Get Smart is a smart, if slightly overlong movie that reintroduces the characters from the TV series in a fresh way that does not negate the originals. For the most part, it is great fun – and the moments where it tries too hard can be forgiven. Peter Segal directs the film with good energy and if the action threatens to overwhelm the comedy occasionally, it never quite does. The result is an entertainment that should tickle fans of the series as well as those who’ve never heard of it.

Final Grade: B