Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even if you’re too old for trick-or-treating, you can count on getting at least one shiny new treat tomorrow. Warner Bros. has announced that they will release the second trailer for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie on Thursday, October 31, to follow up that delightful first trailer we got back in June.
And to prepare for that new promo, the marketing team has revealed five brief new teasers based on some of the film’s central characters: good guy Emmet (Chris Pratt), kickass Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), villainous President Business (Will Ferrell), pirate-y Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), and competitive Batman (Will Ferrell). Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
With direction by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell – not to mention the timeless appeal of Legos themselves — The Lego Movie has the potential to become one of the highlights of next year’s lineup. But although the first trailer was released all the way back in June, plot specifics have been kept pretty vague. Until now.
A wealth of new information has just come out about the movie, including details about and new images of all the major characters. Check ‘em out and get all the latest details after the jump.
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Universal has the Fast and Furious films, DreamWorks now has the Need for Speed video game adaptation, and Legendary is working on a high-octane film version of Hot Wheels. And by “film version of” I mean “movie branded with the same name” as there’s clearly no story to adapt from a long-running brand of little toy cars. But the name can be everything.
Now Simon Crane, who cut his teeth as a stunt guy and second unit director before starting to look at directing features, has been set to direct. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote one draft, and now Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show, Homicide, the potential Scarface remake) will rewrite. No word on plot or story yet, but presumably there will be cars going so fast that their wheels become “hot.”
Since Legendary and Universal now have a deal, that means Uni could end up with two racing film series. But the studio could always pass, and let Legendary take Hot Wheels elsewhere, if it decides that’s the best move. [Deadline]
The best story of the day isn’t the new Wes Anderson trailer; it’s that the mean streets of Hong Kong turned into an actual battleground for a few minutes as Michael Bay and the Transformers: Age of Extinction crew tried to shoot scenes for the film. Stories were originally sketchy, but at least one man, perhaps angered at the production’s impact on his business, went at a couple of crew members, and eventually attacked Michael Bay. With an air conditioner as a weapon.
Now Paramount has clarified the story, and the truth is even weirder and better than the original story, which involved extortion and simple intimidation, but not an air conditioner used as a weapon as in an arcade beat-em-up game from 1989. Read the statement below. Read More »
It always happens this way. Productions can work as hard as they like to protect character designs, but when those characters are going to be licensed out to toy makers and the like, the designs always get out to the public via toy fairs and conventions.
So now we’ve got shots of Hasbro toys that tie in to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. They show characters we knew would be in those films (such as Optimus Prime) and a couple we weren’t sure about — we’ll keep those names hidden after the break for those who’d rather not know just yet. Those characters, which relate to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, may not actually appear in the film, but their inclusion here points to the direction that the filmmakers are going overall. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.
Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.
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Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
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2014 is looking like the year of the Brick. Not only is there the Chris Miller and Phil Lord animated film, The Lego Movie, set for release in February; now the toy company is turning the camera inwards, too. They’re producing a film called Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, which will look at the cultural impact and global fandom surrounding the classic building blocks. (And, from Lego’s perspective, hopefully sell more bricks at the same time.)
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson are directing and an early 2014 release is planned. Read More »