Best Stories of the Week

It’s that time of the week again. We’re certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we’ve got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on.

Below you’ll find a round-up of trailers for summer movies like Pixels, sequels like The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and the likely awards contender Steve Jobs. We also have updates on Star Trek 3, a controversial point of view on geek culture from Simon Pegg, more Mad Max: Fury Road goodies and some Tomorrowland exploration as well. So without further adieu, let’s check out the best stories of the week. Read More »

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Phil Lord, along with creative partner Chris Miller, has turned into one of the most reliable writer/directors in Hollywood, and that means he’s got a hand in quite a few different projects. One is The Flash, the big-screen version of DC’s speedster hero, which Lord reveals will likely be a Barry Allen Flash movie. That’s the same version of the character seen on TV. Grant Gustin plays the TV Flash, while Ezra Miller will be the big-screen star.

Another is the animated Spider-Man movie in development at Sony. Perhaps the most interesting thing Lord is willing to reveal is that both films will be sort of like standalone movies, rather than things connected to bigger franchises.

That’s no surprise for Spider-Man, which as an animated film already feels like a different thing from whatever live-action project will be assembled by Sony and Marvel. But it is a bit of a surprise for The Flash, which was assumed to be tightly linked to the rest of the DC movie universe. Read More »

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Tonight at Sony’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Tom Rothman made a surprise announcement: The LEGO Movie/Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be making a Spider-Man Animated movie, due in theaters on July 20, 2018. Hit the jump to read the animated Spider-Man press release and get our analysis and opinion.
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UPDATE: On April 6, we posted this story about Phil Lord and Chris Miller possibly doing The Flash.Now there’s an update that they are indeed working on the film, but just at the story stage for now. Whether or not they’ll direct is still up in the air. Original story follows with the update after the jump.

When Warner Bros. announced their plans for an expanded DC Cinematic Universe, it was almost unbelievable. We’re not only going to see Batman fight Superman, but two Justice League movies and solo films for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam and others? It sounded nuts. Since then, news on that front has been relatively slow but things are in motion. We know Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman, we’ve heard Ezra Miller talk about The Flash and heard numerous actors throw their hat in the ring for Green Lantern.

The latest rumor, however, might be the most interesting yet. Rumor has is Warner Bros. is pursuing their Lego Movie directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, to direct The Flash. But, at the same time, Sony is apparently courting them for Ghostbusters. Read more below. Read More »

‘The Lego Movie Sequel’ Gets a New Director

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and directed The Lego Movie to massive hit status, and created a legitimately good movie at the same time. We knew a sequel was in the works, but the Lego Batman spin-off movie (to be directed by The Lego Movie‘s director of animation Chris McKay) recently took over the release date once meant for the sequel. McKay was also set to direct the proper Lego sequel, and him moving to the Batman movie created an empty director’s chair on the sequel.

Now The Lego Movie Sequel — that’s the legit title, based on a new press release — has a new director. Rob Schrab, a directing veteran of Community, The Mindy Project, Childrens Hospital, and writer on The Sarah Silverman Show, will direct the sequel. Read More »

Party Down

Aspiring actors, disillusioned suburbanites, and little plastic men figure in today’s edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Fight Club comic book sequel launches in May
  • China and France will get to see Taken 3 in 3D
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 adds a few more mates
  • Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a new poster
  • Martin Starr says a Party Down movie is “unlikely”
  • The Lego Movie 2 will introduce Emmet’s sister

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One of the more surprising omissions from this morning’s Oscar nominations was The Lego Movie. Despite its immense popularity with both critics and general audiences last year, The Lego Movie somehow failed to secure a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

But it’s okay, because when the bad news came, co-director Phil Lord reacted the way any Master Builder would: he built his own. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Miller chose to celebrate the Oscar nomination it did get — Best Original Song, for “Everything Is Awesome.” See their reactions to the Lego Movie snub after the jump.  Read More »

Last Man on Earth trailer

Why shouldn’t Will Forte be the last man alive? Or The Last Man on Earth, at least, as indicated by the title of his new show. We expected to see this televised oddity last year, but now it is set for a March premiere. Forte plays, yeah, the last man on the planet, named Phil Miller, and this new trailer for the show jokingly argues that, as the last guy around, he’s also, by default, the best at everything.

The name “Phil Miller,” by the way, is a portmanteau of the names of the show’s creators: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who you may know as the creators of an unbroken string of good stuff that begins with Clone High and goes through The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. They co-created the show with Forte. At this point we have no idea how this will be more than a one-off story. There are obvious antecedents here (like I Am Legend, one film adaptation of which gives this show its title) but for a Fox series? No clue. We can’t wait to see where it goes. In the meantime, check out the Last Man on Earth trailer below. Read More »

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Batman may be the most miserable major superhero out there, especially in his current, Christopher Nolan-influenced incarnation. This is, of course, despite the fact that he has all the fame, fortune, good looks, and intelligence that an ordinary person could possibly want. So if all those things can’t make him happy, can anything?

It’s a big question, and one that Chris Miller and Phil Lord hope to answer in The Lego Batman Movie. “Batman is the ultimate in white people problems,” laughed Lord. More about the Lego Batman Movie after the jump.  Read More »