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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Consider this a primer for the interview with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller that we’ll run later this afternoon. Their new film takes an unusual approach to building a world out of Lego — or it takes an unusual approach to making the movie. The film is actually built out of Lego, whether via stop-motion animation or using a CG process that actually replicated building the film’s characters and sets out of plastic bricks.
This featurette opens a small window on the creation of the film, discussing how some of the film was put together, a process which is illuminated in more detail in our interview. Read More »
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie opens this weekend and it is awesome. We’ll have more later this week on the film, including an interview with the directors. Even though the film isn’t out yet, Warner Bros. is already celebrating. The studio has reportedly hired Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to begin work on a sequel. Read More »
Here’s the first footage from Michael Bay‘s fourth Transformers movie. This one, subtitled Age of Extinction, features a new lead cast, and quite a few new robots. Much of what’s in this trailer — like Grimlock, above — has been the subject of rumor and speculation, but with this first trailer they’re starting to open up the mystery box. Read More »
We’ve seen a lot from The Lego Movie already — a couple of trailers, a load of clips, and many posters — but the latest trailer might be the best. That’s because it is a spoof of the Man of Steel trailer, complete with a Lego-made Warner Bros. shield. Check out the spot below. Read More »
Briefly: “Described as a four quadrant, live-action family adventure movie in the vein of Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lin is now attached to produce Toymageddon for 20th Century Fox. The story, set in a “toy factory run amok” is based on a pitch by Tariq Merhab at the company Anonymous Content. A screenwriter is now being hired and, based on that, Lin could be interested in directing down the road. [THR]
Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
- That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
- Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
- What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
- The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image
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