“Darkness! No parents! The opposite of light!” People liked the Lego version of Batman so much in The Lego Movie that Warner Bros. has fast-tracked development on a Lego Batman spinoff movie.
In fact, while WB still plans to make The Lego Movie 2 eventually, this Batman spinoff is basically taking its place. Chris McKay, who acted as animation supervisor on Lego Movie, will now direct the Lego Batman movie, from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. is on a release date reserving spree. Just hours after they unveiled a schedule for all of its DC movies through 2020, the studio has also snapped up spots for two more Lego movies in 2018 and 2019.
That’s in addition to Ninjago, already dated for 2016, and The Lego Movie 2, which is set for 2017. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie was such a big hit when it opened back in February that Warner Bros. ordered not just a sequel, but also a spinoff. And while Ninjago won’t be here for another couple of years, it’s never too early to get the marketing machine fired up. So the latest ad for the Lego Movie Blu-ray also teases the impending Ninjago.
Watch the first sorta-kinda Ninjago promo after the jump.
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What do animators do when they have extra time and materials on hand? That’s a trick question; animators really don’t have any extra time. But if there were a few surplus minutes on hand, they might make something like History Cops.
The Lego Movie hits blu-ray next week, but one of the special features is online now. History Cops is a parody of grindhouse trailers featuring Lego versions of Michelangelo and Abraham Lincoln. They fight crime, they bust heads, and they dish out quips like “I release you from the shackles of freedom!” It’s lovely, watch below. Read More »
Star Wars Weekends 2014 kicked off this past weekend and we have a bunch of videos for you Star Wars fans. On Friday we posted a full video of the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade and earlier this morning we included JJ Abrams’ surprise video message to Star Wars Weekends in a post about his note to Episode 7 cast and crew.
After the jump we have a bunch of new videos for you including the Star Wars Weekends on stage interviews with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best. Mayhew talks about his efforts to walk again, how the first time he read the Star Wars: Episode VII was during that cast script reading and how JJ Abrams wants to make a film closer to the original trilogy, and more. Inside The Magic also caught on video the special Symphony in the Stars fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, which is a whole firework show set to the music of Star Wars.
Another video captures one of the skits performed before the Stars of the Saga talk show, featuring a troop of Stormtroopers danced to their favorite playlists from Earth including a bunch of popular songs from today like Let It Go from Frozen and Everything is Awesome from the LEGO Movie. Watch all of that and more, after the jump.
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The How It Should Have Ended videos are always well done. Insightful, funny, and professional looking. But they’ve taken things to a new level for The Lego Movie. They’ve emulated the animation overseen by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a video that not only looks exactly like it’s part of The Lego Movie, it points out some pretty interesting points. And, because it’s the Internet, it uses Superman and Batman to do so.
Check out the amazing Lego Movie How It Should Have Ended video below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
If I asked you to name the most iconic movie franchise of all time, would you say Transformers? Mark Wahlberg would — and he’s pretty sure the new one will be the biggest film of 2014. Also after the jump:
- Transformers 4 will use the Dolby Atmos sound system
- Ninja Turtles, Minions, and more are getting special 3D glasses
- Dwayne Johnson says Jon M. Chu won’t be back for G.I. Joe 3
- Lego Movie co-financer will not be asked back for the sequel
- Get updates on the Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock movies
- Leland Orser, of Taken and Taken 2, will return for Taken 3
- Neal McDonough will be the bad guy in Paul Blart 2
- Jurassic World is looking for extras in Louisiana
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Briefly: The Lego Movie was an unusual February release this year — the date isn’t typically where a family-friendly franchise opener would go. Co-director Phil Lord said in a Q&A I attended that part of the reason for the early release window was that open options for a release later in 2014 would have had the film butting up against the World Cup, and Warner Bros. was concerned about having to share its audience with the beautiful game. The February date didn’t hurt the film, and may have even helped it to a tremendous opening weekend and solid performance afterward. The fact that the film is great doesn’t hurt, either.
For the sequel, the release date will not be an issue. The Lego Movie 2 (or whatever it will be called) is now set to release on Memorial Day weekend 2017, specifically on May 26. Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are scripting; we have no confirmation about whether Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct. [Variety]
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