Selena Gomez Admits That Internet Fat-Shamers Inspired New Album ‘Revival’

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Film Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ is a scarily unfunny; goes awry right off the bat.

LOS ANGELES — The second feature in as many months to contain animated zombies (and Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” lurking just around the corner), “Hotel Transylvania 2” checks in as an anemic example of pure concept over precious little content. LOS ANGELES—Selena Gomez, back as the voice of Mavis in “Hotel Transylvania 2,” relishes the animated film’s underlying theme of being different. Despite the proven talents of first-time feature director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), writers Peter Baynham (Arthur Christmas) and SNL vet Robert Smigel, and a voice cast headed by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, the collaboration falls flat virtually from the get-go, serving up half-hearted sight gags that have a habit of landing with an ominous thud. The singer was brutally fat-shamed online for gaining weight earlier this year, and she reveals that all that hate helped inspire her new album, ‘Revival,’ which she says is ‘the best thing I’ve ever done.’ Take that, haters! This summer has seen the likes of the emotional “Inside Out” and the brilliant claymation film “Shaun the Sheep.” But with the abundance of offerings on hand, not everything is going to reach those heights.

Being given a public airing at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its official opening, the film could initially benefit from a monster marketing push from Sony, but it’s unlikely the “No Vacancy” sign will be lit for long. Assuming an unsteady Transylvanian accent which, like his bat wings, tends to flit in and out of the picture, Sandler’s overprotective daddy Dracula is having trouble shielding his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from outside elements on the eve of her 118th birthday. Now, humans can check-in at the hotel. “Mavis is so great!” said Gomez, referring to her character. “In the first one, I was just happy to say I lived her life. She is married to the human Eurotrip backpacker she fell in love with in the first movie, Johnny (Andy Samberg), gets pregnant and has a baby boy, Dennis. Determined to shut himself off from those elements after the death of his wife a century or so earlier at the hands of an angry mob, Dracula had constructed a refuge of an exclusive resort where he and his monstrous ilk could feel free to be themselves.

The Genndy Tartakovsky-directed movie, also featuring the voices of Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Dana Carvey, showcases Selena’s and these actors’ voice acting talents. But when a party crasher turns up in the form of Jonathan (Samberg), a slacker human backpacker who catches Mavis’ eye, the Count finds it increasingly difficult to keep her under his wing. This one is about accepting people for who they are.” This film has an all-star cast that includes Adam Sandler as Dracula, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher and more.

I mean, these are the funniest people around,” said Gomez of her co-stars, who also include comedians Kevin James as Frankenstein; David Spade as Griffin, the Invisible Man; and Keegan Michael-Key as Murray the Mummy. All huge stars, but with an animated film not a lot of face-time togetherness. “We had conflicting schedules, so we didn’t get to see each other, but I know them all from before and they are all so great, but I had to imagine they were there,” Gomez said. “To hold onto the confidence.

The script, sprinkled with references to senior moments — for instance, Dracula agonizes over using a cellphone because of his vampire fingernails, and the Wolf Man pulls his back out in an attempt to intimidate a pack of dogs — makes sure older-generation folks will laugh, too. “The process is weird for me because I’m a very expressive person,” said the Birthday singer. “I like to use my hands, my face. While Mavis struggles with whether or not Dennis should grow up with humans in California, Papa Drac takes his grandchild for a rollicking road trip to learn how to be a monster.

Ironically, the scattered enterprise exhibits signs of life when the characters leave the confines of the hotel, but that hint of something more arrives too late in the game. Unfortunately, the internet can be the worst and bullies poked fun at her curvier body. “I felt like everybody was saying so much and I’m like, ‘I need to say something…’ [The songs I wrote] on the record are ‘Survivors,’ ‘Kill ’em with Kindness,’ and ‘Rise.’ It’s, it’s all geared towards me trying to be heard, and I think this is the best thing that I’ve ever done in my whole career and I’m so excited,” she continued in her interview. I have to kind of reach for that emotion.” Fans of the pop star may recall her breaking down late last year at the American Music Awards during a performance of The Heart Wants What It Wants, the debut single off her second solo studio album, Revival. Just take a gander at the Revival album cover: It’s of the native Texan, cross-legged, in her birthday suit. “I actually feel really great,” said Gomez, who is not shy about calling out Internet bullies and body shamers. “I’m in this place where I feel confident and free of hatred of people trying to bring me down. It’s incredible to have that liberation, and that’s what the album represents.” “It was a weird shift for me,” Gomez admits. “Once I saw my son [played by Asher Blinkoff, 7], I was like, ‘How precious, how adorable.

Next up: Playing a mom again in the upcoming James Franco-directed In Dubious Battle, about 1930s California farm workers. “He’s just so normal,” Gomez reports about the married father of two. “When people are taking pictures of him he’s just like, Eh, whatever. So when I see these kids so worried about an Instagram post or worried about how many followers they have, I think to myself, do you even understand that there are people who don’t even have a phone?

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