Trivia: R2-D2 Almost Starred in ‘The Lego Movie’

The Lego Movie

The Master Builders of The Lego Movie were an eclectic bunch. There were Batman and all of his fellow Justice Leaguers, Gandalf and Dubbledore (sorry, Dumbledore), Shaq, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo (the painter) and Michelangelo (the turtle). One that didn’t make it in, however, was R2-D2.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed they originally planned for the lovable droid to be a main character in the The Lego Movie, in keeping with the gleeful mash-up spirit of the film. But in the final product, he’s nowhere to be seen. Find out why the R2-D2 Lego Movie appearance never happened after the jump.

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‘My Little Pony’ Movie Coming in 2017

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My Little Pony is following Hasbro siblings G.I. Joe, Jem and the Holograms, and the Transformers to the big screen. The animated adventure is expected to land in 2017, with Joe Ballarini (who has worked on scripts for animated films for Fox and DreamWorks) on board to write the script. Hit the jump for more details on the My Little Pony movie.

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star wars toy documentary

One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.

Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.

Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.

The film is currently streaming exclusive on Vimeo. Below, watch a trailer and learn more. Read More »

Michael Bay Bayhem

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits Blu-ray and home video next week, and Paramount has given us an exclusive behind the scenes clip to premiere. I introduce the clip in a lead-in I shot over a year ago from the Hong Kong set constructed in Detroit Michigan. The clip shows how Jack Reynor learned stunt driving for his role as Shane Dyson. Paramount has also released some other behind the scenes clips from the Michael Bay film; watch those as well after the jump.

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Lego Simpsons sets

It’s no secret Lego and The Simpsons are currently best buds. Lego released the Simpson House earlier this year, The Simpsons aired a full Lego episode recently and you can buy Lego Simpsons mini-figures at pretty much any major store. Rumors have been swirling that Lego will eventually release more iconic Springfield buildings. While that has yet to be confirmed or denied, one Master Builder took it upon himself to get building. Lego builder Matt De Lanoy made the The Simpsons’ Springfield fully out of Lego. He’s got Springfield Elementary School, Krusty Burger, the Nuclear Power Plant and more. Check out multiple Lego Simpsons sets below. Read More »

Hasbro logo

Have you ever wondered how the Transformers movies came to be? Or how about the box office failure Battleship, the two G.I. Joe movies, or the upcoming Jem and the Holograms film adaptation? All of these films started as toys owned by the Hasbro toy company.  Business Insider talked with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out how these toys become movies and I think some of the details are fascinating and humorous.  Find out how toys get made into movies, after the jump.

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GI Joe Dwayne Johnson

The two G.I. Joe films have been moneymakers for Paramount, and the studio is moving forward with the third installment. Hit the jump to find out who has been hired as the new GI Joe 3 screenwriter.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction opens Thursday night and is sure to be the biggest movie at the box office for the next couple weeks. That suggests people are rabid for content based on the movie and, as per the laws of the Internet, everyone is happy to oblige. Case in point: three cool, but very different videos on the franchise are now online.

One will recap what happened over the seven-hour running time of the first three Transformers movies. The second features Red Letter Media watching those first three movies simultaneously with hilarious results, and the third shows how director Michael Bay used 3D in the new film. Watch the Transformers videos below. Read More »

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