|Adam Sandler to voice Dracula in ‘Hotel Transylvania’|
|Wednesday, July 25, 2012|
Dear Ken: When does the animated movie “Hotel Transylvania” open at theaters and who are some of the voice stars?
The film opens Sept. 21 and is set at a resort run be Dracula where monsters go to get away from it all. The plot involves a normal kid who flips for Drac’s daughter. The voices include Adam Sandler as Dracula, Kevin James as Frankenstein, David Spade as the Invisible Man, Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo and Cee-Lo as the Mummy. Other star voices include Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg and Molly Shannon.
Dear Ken: In what town did Robert Redford direct “The Milagro Beanfield War”? I love that movie and would like to visit the location.The 1988 film was shot in Truchas, N.M., a town halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, N.M.
Dear Ken: When did Little Rascals actor Jackie Cooper die? Didn’t he star in a 1960s’ TV series about the U.S. Navy?
Cooper, who was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 9 for his role in the 1931 film “Skippy,” died May 3, 2011, at the age of 88. He appeared in 15 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, aka “The Little Rascals,” before going on to such feature films as “The Champ” and “Treasure Island.” Before the rise of Shirley Temple, he was the most popular child star of the early 1930s and was known as “America’s Boy.” He later appeared in all four of the Christopher Reeve “Superman” movies as gruff “Daily Planet” newspaper editor Perry White. On TV, he starred in the 1955-1958 series “The People’s Choice” and then as Navy doctor Lt. Chick Hennessey in the 1959-1962 sitcom “Hennessey.” Interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Cooper served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He remained active in the reserves for the next several decades, where he reached the rank of captain.
Dear Ken: Who was the singer who had the hit song “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” and where is he today?
Jonathan Edwards had a No. 4 pop hit with “Sunshine” in January of 1972. The Minnesota native, 65, lives in Portland, Maine, and continues to perform. “I’ve been . . . doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says. His latest album is titled “Live at Infinity Hall,” and his youngest daughter, Grace, recently released a collection of songs and artwork called “Made for a Change.” Sounds as if the sunshine did not go away.