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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Princess Unikitty from The Lego Movie

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 »

LEGO

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 »

Lego Movie 2 story`

The Lego Movie was just the beginning; Warner Bros. and Lego have three other films in the pipeline. One is based on the Ninjago label, another expands the story of the Lego version of Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, and a third will be a proper sequel to the original movie by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller are writing that sequel, and in a new interview they’ve let slip a few details. They talk about the Lego franchise as a whole, and the place of various filmmakers within it. But they also give up a few details about The Lego Movie 2 story, starting with the fact that it takes place four years after the first film.

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Lego movie making of

Oscar-nominations are just a few days away and one of the few you can all but lock up is that The Lego Movie will be nominated for Best Animated Feature. Once it’s nominated, the studio has to make a push for the win and they do that by releasing awesome videos like this.

They’ve just released a new featurette online that shows the absolutely stunning detail that went into creating the film. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord talk about the extensive research, influences and so much more that went into making the movie look like it was actually made of Legos. Watch The Lego Movie Making of video below. Read More »

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MoonQuake Lake trailer

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.

Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump.  Read More »

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Fire

It’s no secret that Sony has been struggling with its Spider-Man franchise. Anyone can see the Amazing Spider-Man movies haven’t gained much traction with fans, and plans for Venom, Sinister Six, and a female-led movie have looked more like desperate attempts at reinvention than natural progressions of a healthy franchise.

But there’s even more where that came from, apparently. In its attempts to rejuvenate the brand, Sony is also developing an animated Spider-Man comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Moreover, at various points, it’s also considered bringing back Sam Raimi or teaming up with Marvel Studios. Hit the jump for more on the Spider-Man animated comedy, the scrapped Marvel crossover, and more.  Read More »

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 »