15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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For the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing a lot about how great a year for movies 2014 was. That’s true, but this is not that list — this isn’t our “best of 2014.” As it is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, we’ve come up with a list of movies from 2014  we should be thankful for. These are all good films, but each of them has something unique about them. Something that makes us thankful they exist.

So what does that mean? Well some of these films should probably not exist. Others should probably not have been good. And a few contained surprises, stories or topics that are simply miraculous for one reason or another. We’ll explain each below as we unveil the 15 films to be thankful for this year. Read More »

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Trivia: R2-D2 Almost Starred in ‘The Lego Movie’

The Lego Movie

The Master Builders of The Lego Movie were an eclectic bunch. There were Batman and all of his fellow Justice Leaguers, Gandalf and Dubbledore (sorry, Dumbledore), Shaq, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo (the painter) and Michelangelo (the turtle). One that didn’t make it in, however, was R2-D2.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed they originally planned for the lovable droid to be a main character in the The Lego Movie, in keeping with the gleeful mash-up spirit of the film. But in the final product, he’s nowhere to be seen. Find out why the R2-D2 Lego Movie appearance never happened after the jump.

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November just started, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already getting their Oscar nominations all in order. First up, AMPAS has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Check out the possible 2015 Best Animated Feature film nominees below. Read More »

Lego Batman spinoff

“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 »

Two More ‘Lego’ Movies Get Release Dates

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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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New ‘Lego Movie’ Promo Teases ‘Ninjago’ Spinoff

Ninjago promo

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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History Cops

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 Ads
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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