The LEGO movie poster

This could well be the kids’ film of 2014, even if it is a giant toy commercial. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys who made the very entertaining Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and also the 21 Jump Street revamp, have turned Legos into a movie. The Lego Movie, in fact. And since their last two films were funnier and generally better than anyone expected, let’s see if lightning can strike a third time.

There’s a plot here, about a “special” Lego guy who has to save the world, but part of this first teaser is to establish just how many character cameos will be in the film. You thought Wreck-It-Ralph could boast a dense line-up of pop-culture icons? I get the idea this makes it look like  Read More »

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The first Hunger Games film was released one year ago this month. Feels longer than that, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because so many other huge blockbusters have been released since then. But The Hunger Games, unlike those other blockbusters, continues with a sequel coming out this year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on November 22 and Lionsgate has already started marketing for the film. We saw the Victors Posters and now individual character portraits are being released. To start, we see Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), all of whom are reprising their roles in the sequel.

UPDATE: We’ve added Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz.
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It’s no great surprise that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are luring in some excellent talent for Lego: The Piece of Resistance, but it’s cheerful news all the same. Chris Pratt and Will Arnett were among the first actors announced over the summer, followed by Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks a couple of months later. Now four more shining stars have just boarded the cast: Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Liam Neeson. More after the jump.

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The red-band trailer for Peter Farrelly‘s Movie 43 leaned hard on the shock factor of seeing big Hollywood stars revel in foul language and filthy jokes, but the poor green-band trailer is stuck trying to sell the exact same product by only hinting at what the NSFW version could actually show. Is Anna Faris asking Chris Pratt to take a dump on her still comedy gold when the word “poop” has to be substituted with a fart noise? Is Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts bullying their own kid still shocking when they have to keep their behavior G-rated?

Eh, truthfully, I think the answer is that none of this looked all that outrageous to begin with. But at least it’s not any less funny than it was before. Hit the jump to see Hugh Jackman, Gerard ButlerKate Winslet, Halle Berry, Stephen MerchantEmma Stone, Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Terrence Howard, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Seann William Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen BellRichard Gere, and so, so, so many more celebs in the new SFW trailer.

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Do you want to see a couple generations of today’s stars — Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, and many more — spouting dirty jokes? Then Movie 43, masterminded by Peter “One Half of the Farrelly Brothers” Farrelly, probably has something for you. The red-band trailer has turned into an essential component in marketing the R-rated comedy, and when the comedy is promised as a collection of particularly dirty, foul-mouthed sketches, nothing but the red-band will do.

So here’s a first look at Movie 43, which features over 20 comedy sketches from nearly a dozen directors, and a cavalcade of stars. Some of the stuff is so in line with people’s previous work that it doesn’t even seem transgressive; I think one of the Scary Movies pooped on me, so seeing Anna Faris ask for the same thing is just turnabout/fair play. But seeing Halle Berry in wild mode might be great, and it’s always fun to see Kate Winslet go blue. (Check out Romance & Cigarettes if you’ve never seen it — not a great movie, but lord, does Winslet let go there.)

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LEGO Cast Confirmed, More Story Info Revealed

We’ve heard some cast rumors for the LEGO film set to be directed by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, including names such as Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman. Now all four are confirmed for the film, thanks to info from Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros.

The title LEGO: The Piece of Resistance seems to have been abandoned for now, with the film just referred to as the 3D animated LEGO film for now. After the break we’ve got some plot info. Read More »

To follow up their live-action debut 21 Jump Street, filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are heading back into the world of animation with Warner Bros.’ 3D tentpole Lego: The Piece of Resistance. And they’re luring some very funny stars to go along with them.

Parks & Rec star Chris Pratt landed the lead role in June, with Will Arnett and possibly Channing Tatum up for the roles of Lego Batman and Lego Superman, respectively. Now Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman have signed on to lend their voices to the animated 3D tentpole as well. More details after the jump.

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While any new work from Charlie Kaufman would’ve automatically piqued our interest, the more we heard about his second directorial effort Frank or Francis — musical numbers! animatronic robot heads! “ghost-like thumbs with a Romanian political agenda”! — the more intriguingly bizarre it sounded. Add in a top-shelf cast including Steve Carell, Jack Black, Kevin Kline, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Banks, and Frank or Francis was shaping up to become an absolute must-see.

But alas, it seems the project isn’t meant to be, or at least not yet. After months of the actors expressing their excitement for the project but admitting they didn’t know when it’d actually get going, Banks has finally confirmed that Frank or Francis has fallen apart. Read her comments after the jump.

UPDATE: The Playlist has heard from Kaufman’s reps, who say only that Frank or Francis is “postponed” for the time being.

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