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Stars of ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ talk character makeovers, movie monsters

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Before I book at a hotel, I make sure it has a spa, fitness center, and afternoon bar service, but in a new animated comedy, a hotel in Transylvania has one amenity so rejuvenating, it will literally turn monsters back into human beings. Deco’s bloodsucking reporter, Alex Miranda, has the details.

Adam Sandler checked out of the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise after Part 3, but he should have booked a longer stay, because “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,” the fourth, is even more fun than saying that.

In “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,” Van Helsing’s mysterious new invention can turn you into a whole new something with just one zap.

Turns out, the “monsterfication” ray works in reverse, too! Dracula and his pals accidentally turn into humans, and with their mismatched bodies, have to switch back before the change becomes permanent.

But Johnny, played by Andy Samberg, wanted this, so that Drac can pass down the haunted hotel to him and his wife Mavis, played by Selena Gomez.

Andy Samberg: “The dynamic that you see in play between them for the first three movies gets flipped on its head.”

And there’s an important lesson here, kids.

Selena Gomez: “I think being yourself is the coolest thing you can be. We’re not meant to be the same. Even if you’re like me and you’re not cool, you think you’re cool.”

Not cool? We beg to differ, queen, and so does Andy.

Andy Samberg: “And I think you’re very cool, which just proves the point even further that everyone thinks different things, and that’s OK and wonderful.”

Keegan-Michael Key plays centuries-old Murray, who gets a Mummy makeover.

Keegan-Michael Key: “He was smaller than I thought he would be, and he is way shorter than I thought he would be, but he has these funny jowls.”

And David Spade plays Griffin, the Invisible Man, who becomes…

David Spade: “A big goofy, doofy guy. I guess I was expecting Prince Harry or something.”

But if the cast could transform into any movie monster?

David Spade: “I sort of like Godzilla.”

Keegan-Michael Key: “I’m a big Godzilla fan.”

Selena Gomez: “I think I would want to be King Kong.”

Andy Samberg: “Ahh, and I would want to be Godzilla so we can have a big fight.”

Selena Gomez: “Yes!”

Tough competition, even for this crazy crew. Although, Andy admits…

Andy Samberg: “I just assumed we were going to turn into cars, because that’s usually what Transformers do in movies.”

“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” streams on Amazon Prime video this Friday.

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Thursday is warming up Orlando, but the heat won’t stay for long

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A warming trend is rising in Central Florida, but another cold front is hot on its heels coming into the weekend.

Temperatures are approaching well above the average for January, with the high forecast for 79 degrees Thursday, the temperature low is predicted at 58, said Maureen McCann, Spectrum News 13 meteorologist.

A southwesterly wind is warming things up ahead of an approaching system thought to be bringing rain and cold temperatures to Central Florida, McCann said.

Thursday is not anticipated to have rain, but rain chances emerge Friday at 20% and Saturday at 40%. Following the rain, temperatures should drop, with Saturday’s high forecast for 65 degrees and the low at 48. That cold trend should remain in the five-day forecast through the rest of the weekend and into the start of the next work week.

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Driver transported after crashing into fence in Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman has been transported to the hospital after crashing her vehicle into a fence in Hollywood.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where rescue crews could be seen carrying the woman away from the side of the road on a stretcher.

The crash happened along the eastbound lanes of Pines Boulevard near 68th Avenue, at around 5:45 a.m., Thursday.

The vehicle the woman was driving crashed into a nearby neighbor’s yard. There was apparently another vehicle involved in the crash.

The victim’s condition remains unknown.

7News spoke with the homeowner whose fence was destroyed. He said his son woke him up after hearing a loud crashing sound.

At around 6 a.m., his neighbor then called to see if he knew about the damage to his fence.

He said he was shocked but thankful his house wasn’t hit.

“I think the car that hit my house, she hit that black car then she ran into my fence and my neighbor’s fence and she damaged both of them,” he said. “Luckily nothing [else] happened because the concrete stopped her from going further.”

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Missouri highway patrol blasts out ‘Batman’ cell phone alert by mistake

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(CNN) — The Joker is not on the rampage in Missouri, but it looks like authorities there are ready for the “Batman” villain.

An emergency alert mistakenly sent to mobile devices Tuesday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol asked residents of Gotham City to be on the lookout for a purple/green 1978 Dodge 3700 GT. The sedan, with license plate “UKIDME,” sounds a lot like the cars used by the Joker’s goons in the 1989 Batman movie.

It turns out there is no Gotham City in Missouri, and the message was sent in error during a test — apparently by someone with an impressive knowledge of the vehicles used in the movie that pits characters played by Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

“This was meant to be a test message, THERE WAS NO ALERT,” the law enforcement agency soon posted on social media. Similar errors by other public agencies sometimes have sparked real concern — and also gotten corrected quickly.

Missouri State Highway Patrol had been conducting “a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system” when the message was sent to wireless devices around the state, the agency said in a news release.

“The Patrol regularly tests the Blue Alert system to ensure it works properly when needed. During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public,” the release said.

The Blue Alert system is designed to quickly spread information about “violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured, or pose an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement,” according to the highway patrol.

Last year, authorities in Chile mistakenly sent a tsunami evacuation warning following an earthquake. And in 2018, residents and tourists in Hawaii were terrified by a text warning of an incoming ballistic missile that turned out to be a false alarm.

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