Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by David Chen
The Lego Movie is probably the most fun I’ve had at the movies since seeing Pacific Rim last summer. Writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have taken a film that could have been a shameless, lifeless tie-in and infused it with so much life that it’s bursting at the seams with jokes, movie references, colorful set pieces, hilarious dialogue, and even characters from other universes.
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The Lego Movie opens tomorrow and you’re gonna get a bunch of content here on /Film to celebrate. We’ll have a review, a video review and the spoiler-filled second half of our interview with writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. That will all give you plenty to take in as you’re refreshing the Mondo page waiting to buy Tom Whalen‘s awesome new poster for the film. It goes on sale Friday February 7. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Of the five nominees up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year, Ernest & Celestine is likely the least known. But it looks every bit as worthwhile as the other contenders, with a pleasingly old-fashioned animation style that stands in stark contrast to the slick CG works by Disney, Illumination, and DreamWorks.
This new trailer isn’t the first look we’ve had at the interspecies buddy comedy, as a French-language promo hit all the way back in 2012. But it’s a fresh cut, with English dubbing and everything. Mackenzie Foy (The Conjuring) voices Celestine the mouse, and Forest Whitaker voices Ernest the bear. Check it out after the jump.
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Topher Grace has launched a new website called Cereal Prize where he’s posting fun pop culture bits every 24 hours. One of his first posts features a strange but funny 70′s-style morning cartoon mash-up of That 70′s Show and Land of the Lost/The Flintstones. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Apparently not even Elton John is immune to the Bible-based movie trend sweeping Hollywood – but this being Elton John, he’s not exactly going the “serious historical epic” route.
John’s Rocket Pictures has picked up the rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the intention of turning it into an animated musical feature. Get more details after the jump.
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Removing racing from Disney’s Planes could be a risk, but the trailer for the sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue suggests it might have paid off. The new story picks up after the events of the first film, and Dusty (Dane Cook) realizes he might not be able to race again. He tries to turn his racing skills into a more noble cause, hoping to join a team of planes who put out forest fires. However, not everyone accepts that the world champion racer is changing his tune.
Without a Pixar movie out this year, Planes: Fire & Rescue is the closest thing to Pixar we’ll get. The new trailer certainly has that big, sweeping, emotional feel. Check it out below. Read More »
The Walt Disney Company released their 2013 Shareholder letter on Tuesday and, in it, CEO Bob Iger talked about the latest in the world of Star Wars. In regards to Star Wars Episode VII, he said they’re very excited about the story and “should be releasing more information as production moves forward in the coming year.” Which, if we’re being honest, doesn’t sound particularly encouraging.
Much more encouraging is the big news about Star Wars Rebels. In addition to the Disney XD show, Iger said there’s a movie and several shorts coming to the Disney Channel this summer. Read his quotes below. Read More »
The Lego Movie is the third film Phil Lord and Chris Miller have directed. In each, they’ve blown low expectations out of the water. How could a movie about falling food be funny? Why would anyone remake 21 Jump Street? And how the heck do you make an interesting movie about Lego? The answer: make an adventure that’s exciting and funny, but also deeply rooted in the essence of what we all love about toys themselves.
To create The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller co-wrote a compelling screenplay and also gave the film an incredibly intricate and realistic look. It’s a blend of CG with stop motion using actual Legos; every single structure in the film was literally built piece by piece, be it in the computer or in Denmark at Lego headquarters. That gives the film an incredibly authentic feel.
Speaking to the directors, I interrogated them about that process, asking if there were limitations to the Lego construct and about pressure from toy manufacturers. This is part one of our interview. It’s spoiler-free, so feel free to read ahead. Check back Friday for part two where we talk about some of the film’s biggest, most interesting spoilers. Read More »
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