In the early ’80s, comic book fans didn’t have a lot of options to see costumed heroes on TV and in movies. Outside of the big-screen Superman films and The Incredible Hulk on TV, the offerings were pretty slim. But William Katt wore a red costume as the title character in The Greatest American Hero, an original TV series that centered around a schoolteacher who acquires a super-powered suit from aliens, but loses the instructions and has to learn the hero game by trial and error. Now Fox is prepping a new Greatest American Hero TV series, with The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as guiding producers.
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If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
It seems like a minor miracle that 22 Jump Street is as good as it is, seeing as it’s a sequel to a reboot that few people thought sounded like a good idea in the first place. Then again, projects that sound questionable on paper have become kind of a specialty for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “Yeah, it seems like our career is based on an extended dare,” Miller concedes good-naturedly.
But that doesn’t mean they necessarily want things to stay that way. “It would be nice at some point to do something that people expects to be good. Although then with high expectations come a lot more pressure.” So what do the pair have coming up next? Hit the jump to read my full interview with the pair and find out.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue their expectation-defying run with this week’s release of 22 Jump Street. When the pair directed the big-screen reboot/update/comedic riff on the early Fox TV show 21 Jump Street, the very concept seemed like a joke. But stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill turned out to be a perfect pair. Lord and Miller knew it was all little more than a joke, and turned out a film that was consistently funny and kept characters in mind as it also played with familiar comedy setups.
22 Jump Street applies Lord and Miller’s character-based approach to comedy but layers in a healthy cynicism about the sequel-making process. “Meta-sequel” is a term that has been applied to this movie as reviews roll in, and for obvious reason. The first act is almost entirely about the fact that, yeah, they’re doing it all again. Yet no matter how frequently the film is self-aware, it keeps its sights on comedy and character. This is still a frothy sequel, but in acknowledging and embracing the film’s nature, Lord and Miller skate through the setup and deliver another entertaining two hours.
Below, tell us what you thought of 22 Jump Street — spoilers, as always in these posts, are fully encouraged in the discussion thread. Read More »
22 Jump Street opens today, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles. But there is a different version of the movie out there, or at least an alternate trailer. Ivan Hoey Jr. and Brad Cookus were the stand-ins for the two stars — that is, the guys who run through scenes so that the camera team and other departments can get the tech details of a scene worked out. Stand-ins are a part of almost any big movie production, and we almost never see them.
So someone at Sony cut together a version of the 22 Jump Street trailer entirely using footage of Hoey Jr. and Cookus, while keeping the “real” audio featuring Tatum and Hill. It’s funny stuff, watch below. Read More »
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The second 2014 film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 22 Jump Street, doesn’t have much material that counts as serious. The movie is almost two hours long, but is wall-to-wall jokes, sight gags, action sequences, and deadpan comedy. As an experiment, and ultimately a winking way to emphasize the degree to which the movie is a long string of jokes, Lord and Miller have crafted what they’re calling the “dramatic and unfunny” cut. It is ten minutes long. That, along with a host of deleted scenes, will appear on the 22 Jump Street blu-ray. Get the details below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Before they were the acclaimed directors behind 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were the creators (with Bill Lawrence) of an offbeat animated series called Clone High. The show lasted just one season, but over the years it’s amassed enough of a following that fans have started to speculate about the possibility of a revival. As it turns out, they aren’t the only ones.
In a recent interview, Lord and Miller revealed that they have had actual conversations about bringing back the property, maybe for a Clone High movie. But there are a few things they’ll have to sort out first, much of it involving lawyers and “business affairs people.” Hit the jump to see what the pair had to say.
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22 Jump Street is so fast, so funny and so entertaining, it almost makes time stop. After watching the film, and without looking it up, I couldn’t guess how long the movie had been, because the whole experience was so relentless with its comedy and action. It’s exhausting in the best possible way.
The non-stop onslaught of cleverness is something we’ve come to expect from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. With this, their first directorial sequel, they’ve lived up to the huge expectations of the first 21 Jump Street. In fact, they might have gone beyond it. 22 Jump Street is one of the funniest, and best movies of the summer. Read More »
After next weekend, everyone is going to want Chris Miller and Phil Lord to direct their sequel. The team behind Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie have their first directorial sequel coming out, 22 Jump Street, and it’s a brilliant and hilarious comedic follow-up.
That film comes mere months after another triumph for the directorial duo, The Lego Movie. A sequel was recently announced aimed at a May 2017 release but Miller and Lord won’t direct. They’re leaving that task to their animation director Chris McKay. However they’ll still be a part of the project. In a new interview, they offered an update on The Lego Movie 2, as well as a huge hurdle they’re trying to overcome. Read More »