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The “Twilight” blood-suckers aren’t the only big-screen vampires at Comic-Con. Adam Sandler’s putting the bite on audiences, too.
On opening day at the fan convention Thursday, Sony Pictures previewed footage of Sandler’s animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania,” in which he provides the voice of the grand-daddy of vampires, Dracula.
It’s the follow-up to a rare flop for Sandler, whose string of hits came to an end this summer with the dud “That’s My Boy,” co-starring Andy Samberg.
Opening Sept. 28, “Hotel Transylvania” against co-stars Samberg, who provides the voice of a human falling for Dracula’s vampire daughter.
“Hotel Transylvania” director Genndy Tartakovsky says he’s not worried that Sandler and Samberg are coming off a flop. The filmmaker says his PG-rated family tale is wildly different from the R-rated “That’s My Boy.”
“Movies go up and down, and I don’t think there’s every been a history of one movie flopping and then a career ending for that person,” Tartakovsky said in an interview. “There are a lot of rebounds to this business.
“And our film’s for a different audience, so we weren’t worried either way. Our movie stands alone, really well on its own, and it’s Dracula with Adam’s voice. It’s a family film.”
The voice cast includes Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Cee Lo Green and Molly Shannon.
Sony’s “That’s My Boy” was a departure for Sandler, who has been one of Hollywood’s steadiest earners since the mid-1990s, with such $100 million hits as “The Longest Yard,” ‘’Anger Management,” ‘’Big Daddy,” ‘’Click” and “Grown-Ups.”
With a raunchier edge than his usual PG-13 comedies, “That’s My Boy” failed to pack in Sandler’s fan base of males in their teens and 20s, the movie taking in just $36 million.
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Actress Kristin Chenoweth is out of the hospital after being injured on the set of the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
Her publicist, Jill Fritzo, said Thursday that Chenoweth was home recovering after being hit on the head by a piece of set equipment that fell in a gust of wind on Wednesday.
After being treated by medics on the scene, the 43-year-old actress was taken to a hospital.
Fritzo said Chenoweth “thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”
Chenoweth won a Tony Award for her role in Broadway’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and an Emmy Award for her work on “Pushing Daisies.” She has a recurring role on “The Good Wife” in the upcoming season.
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Steven Tyler says he’s exiting “American Idol” to put rock ‘n’ roll first.
Tyler said he’s leaving the show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved every minute on the hit Fox singing contest but added, “it’s time to bring rock back.”
Tyler’s departure leaves original judge Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but the singer-actress’ future with the show is cloudy.
In an interview with The Associated Press as the news about Tyler broke, Lopez said she was saddened to hear that he was leaving. She said that his departure definitely will play a role in her decision to stay and she is unsure if she is coming back either.
FILE - This March 28, 2012 file photo shows Steven Tyler speaking at the Aerosmith news conference announcing the 2012 Global Warming Tour in Los Angeles. Tyler announced Thursday, July 12, 2012 that he will not be returning as a judge on the singing competition series “American Idol.” Tyler served as a judge with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on the 10th and 11th season of the series. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, file)
In this Feb. 28, 2012 photo released by Fox, judges, from left, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are shown on the set of the singing competition series, “American Idol,” in Los Angeles. Tyler announced Thursday, July 12, 2012 that he will not be returning as a judge on the singing competition series “American Idol.” Tyler served as a judge with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on the 10th and 11th season of the series. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker, file)