The Lego Movie

In the wrong hands, The Lego Movie could’ve been a lazy, forgettable kids’ film with no obvious purpose other than pushing more plastic bricks. But as directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it’s looking like a very early contender for the year’s best animated film — funny, smart, energetic, and far more original than we have any reason to expect a film based on a toy would be.

With every new bit of marketing that rolls out, it’s looking more and more promising. Today, we have nine new clips from the film totaling about eight minutes of footage. Chris Pratt leads the voice cast as Emmet, an extraordinarily ordinary minifig who is accidentally drafted to lead a revolution against the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). Watch all the videos after the jump.

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Rupert Sanders To Direct ‘Ghost In The Shell’

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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular anime properties of all time, and a live-action Hollywood adaptation has been in the works for years. There hadn’t been a major update in about five years, however. There’s been nothing, in fact, until right now. Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, is now attached to do the film for DreamWorks based on a new script be William Wheeler. There’s no timeline on the film, but it will be released in 3D. Read More »

300 Rise of an Empire

Early in the latest trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, Eva Green‘s Artemisia hisses something about “the ecstasy of steel, flesh, sweat and muscle, rage… war.” The context of the line isn’t quite clear, but from here it seems to work just fine as a mission statement for the film as a whole. Like the original 300, Rise of an Empire seems to be all about the glory of the battlefield.

Set concurrently, more or less, with the events of 300, the follow-up stars Sullivan Stapleton as a general who wants to unite Greece against the invading Persian forces led by Artemisia and Xerxes the god-king (Rodrigo Santoro). The fights are set at sea this time around, and King Leonidas appears only as a corpse, but otherwise 300: Rise of an Empire seems to deliver more of the same for fans of the first. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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LOL: Louis CK Discusses His Love of IMAX 3D Films

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By now comedy fans are well aware of Jerry Seinfeld‘s online series, Comedians in Cars With Coffee. It’s a fun show where Seinfeld takes out a new exotic car, picks up a famous comedian, and they get coffee and talk about life. The latest episode is the season three premiere, and features Louis CK. About 14 minutes in, CK explains one of his favorite things in life is going to an IMAX 3D movie stoned. But not just that. He has a whole process on what food to bring, what pockets things go in, how to get there and his favorite part of the whole experience: “The Blue Numbers.” Check out the video below. Read More »

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By the time How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out, over four years will have passed since the first How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters. And rather than sit idly on the shelf waiting for DreamWorks Animation to bring them back, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and the rest of their companions have spent the interim growing up.

Since Hiccup revealed the truth about dragons, the flying fire-breathers have been welcomed by the people of Berk, and Hiccup and Toothless’s bond with each other has only deepened. Oh, and Hiccup has “Neville Longbottom-ed” us all by growing from a hopelessly gawky boy into a handsome man. All in all, life looks pretty good.

But the sequel has to have a story, and a story has to have a conflict. So some kind of trouble is brewing for the pair, as you can see in the trailer after the jump.

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Peter Jackson‘s fifth J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation and second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is now in theaters. It picks up right where 2012′s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off, with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of Dwarves en route to the Lonely Mountain to defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and rightfully reclaim Dwarven fortune and lands.

The Desolation of Smaug not only continues that storyline, but introduces a ton of new characters and also considerably ups the level of action, giving Jackson plenty of room to play with special effects. Characters like Bard (Luke Evans), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom, reprising the role) add even more scope, but also more story for the film to work through.

There’s lots to talk about in regards to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and here’s where you can do it. I’ve weighed in with my review but we want to hear yours. Did you think the film improved on An Unexpected Journey? Which format did you see it in? Was the effect of high frame rate any different this time out? How about the IMAX? What did you think of the additions and computer graphics? All spoilers are allowed below. Read More »

The Legend of Hercules (1)

It remains to be seen which of the two Hercules movies due out next year will emerge victorious from the blood-stained arena that is the global box office. But in the race to put out a whole bunch of trailers, The Legend of Hercules is beating Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules by a very comfortable margin.

Summit has just released the third trailer for the sword-and-sandal epic, which was directed by Renny Harlin and stars Kellan Lutz as the half-god hero. The results are, well, about what you’d expect. Watch it after the jump.

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Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ Origin Story Hits June 2015

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Briefly: The director of Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice has set his next film. Joe Wright‘s Pan will hit theaters June 26, 2015 in 3D. Though a full cast has yet to be announced, Javier Bardem is thought to be playing the villainous Blackbeard in an origin story that follows an orphan to Neverland where he saves the day and battles evil pirates. The film has been pitched for years as a “darker” take on the Peter Pan story. However, the 3D and competitive summer release makes it sound like it’s a big, rousing adventure film. Read More »

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