One of the original conceits behind Star Wars was that the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 were the characters that tied everything together, and through whose “eyes” the stories were told. That’s not quite how it worked out, because the human characters turned out to be a lot more interesting. But the droids were always around, and now they’ll really take center stage in a Disney XD series called Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. Yeah, that’s a Lego Star Wars series, conceived as a limited animated show with five 22-minute episodes that will air later in 2015.
The idea here is interesting: Droid Tales will re-tell the stories of the first six Star Wars films, this time directly through the voices of C-3PO and R2-D2. That’s all part of a new story, which will be the first official post-Return of the Jedi tale in the newly defined canon continuity before The Force Awakens opens in December. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Battleship has already been turned into a big-screen feature, as has Ouija. Adaptations of Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering are currently in the works. And now Settlers of Catan could be the next tabletop game to get the Hollywood treatment. Get details on the possible Settlers of Catan movie after the jump. Read More »
Hasbro and Marvel Comics jointly stumbled into a gold mine in the early ’80s when they collaborated on a revival of the old G.I. Joe toy line. We’re at the point now where a third live-action movie is in development based on those toys, comics and cartoons from the ’80s. DJ Caruso has been in talks to direct GI Joe 3, and now a set of rumors claims to ID some of the new characters that will show up. Two are old Joe villains, the twins Tomax and Xamot. Then there’s the claim that M.A.S.K., one of G.I. Joe’s would-be rivals on the toy and cartoon front, will be part of the third film.
We’ve got the twins report, and the M.A.S.K. movie rumor, such as it is, below.
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It’s always easy to spot a knock-off. A company, show or movie that tries to jump on the success of another by producing a very similar, inferior product. The list in movies is endless. But in the toy world, one of the most famous was the GoBots line.
The GoBots were the less cool Transformers. They had their own mythology, but were basically “robots in disguise” just like those other robots who turned into cool stuff. Besides toys, they, too, spawned a TV show that wasn’t quite as successful, but had its fans. Now, nearly thirty years after the GoBots went extinct, news has broke that Hasbro has attempted to claim a new copyright for the franchise which would include “distribution of motion pictures.” Yes, there’s a chance we might see a Gobots movie. Read More »
The Lego Movie was just the beginning; Warner Bros. and Lego have three other films in the pipeline. One is based on the Ninjago label, another expands the story of the Lego version of Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, and a third will be a proper sequel to the original movie by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller are writing that sequel, and in a new interview they’ve let slip a few details. They talk about the Lego franchise as a whole, and the place of various filmmakers within it. But they also give up a few details about The Lego Movie 2 story, starting with the fact that it takes place four years after the first film.
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Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
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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