lego batman movie

What a long, strange trip it’s been for Batman on the big screen. There was the 1966 movie based on the TV show. Tim Burton’s 1989 hit, which lead us to the wild Joel Schumacher films. Christopher Nolan then took over and turned it into Oscar-bait and in a few years, not only will Batman fight Superman and join the Justice League, he’ll be the star of his own Lego movie.

That’s a whole lot of material to work with for writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Chris McKay, who are making the Lego Batman Movie spinoff set for release in 2017. According to producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, they will acknowledge it all. Read the quote below. Read More »

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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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Penguins of Madagascar

It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.

The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).

Watch the new Penguins of Madagascar trailer after the jump.  Read More »

‘Lego Movie’ Directors to Write ‘Lego Movie 2′

Lego Movie

The Lego Movie 2 has just attached two writers who should be intimately familiar with the Lego Movie universe. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who helmed the original The Lego Movie, will be back to pen the sequel. Whether they’ll direct as well remains an open question. Get all the latest updates on The Lego Movie 2 writers and more after the jump.

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Werner Herzog Penguins

Werner Herzog wants to teach you about penguins. We had no idea that the filmmaker with one of the world’s best voices had lent his talents to the DreamWorks Animation spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. And yet here he is, as the voice of a documentarian leading a crew shooting footage of penguins in their natural habitat. Herzog’s presence in a kids film turns out to be just as great as you’d hope. As March of the Penguins parodies go, the only way this could be any better is if Morgan Freeman’s omniscient narrator showed up to get into a fist-fight with Herzog’s documentarian. Check out the Werner Herzog Penguins of Madagascar appearance in the extended clip below. Read More »

Lord Miller Rosie Project

Between Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and the Jump Street films, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have become the go-to guys for terrible-on-paper projects. But one of their next potential pictures actually sounds pretty promising right out of the gate.

The pair have signed on to develop and possibly direct The Rosie Project, based on a hit novel by Graeme SimsionThe Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are writing the script. Hit the jump for more on Lord and Miller’s Rosie Project.

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23 Jump Street writer

One of the best jokes in 22 Jump Street was an extended montage about the rash of sequels sure to follow. But considering that 22 Jump Street wound up making six times its budget at the box office, it may not be long before that gag becomes reality.

Sony is getting the ball rolling on 23 Jump Street, setting 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman to pen the script. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as well, albeit just as producers for now. Hit the jump on the latest 23 Jump Street news.

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22 Jump Street Outtakes

We knew that Phil Lord and Chris Miller shot a lot of extra material for 22 Jump Street, and that a good chunk of it is going to be on the Blu-ray release of the movie. (The Blu will also supposedly feature a much shorter version of the film, the 10-minute “serious” edit.) If you can’t wait a couple more months to see all the extra shenanigans that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, check out this clip of 22 Jump Street outtakes.  Read More »

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