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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Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Hollywood might be learning a lesson about toy-based films. Yes, the Transformers franchise continues to rake in the dough, but Battleship was one of the floppiest flops of the year, and Universal scrapped their plans to make movies based on other Hasbro board games.
Then The Lego Movie hit theaters, dominating the box office and earning stellar reviews besides. Suddenly, a Monster Trucks movie looks like a good idea. Such a good idea, in fact, that it’s begun casting, with Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class‘s Lucas Till eyed for the leads.
After the jump, find out more about that, as well as why Warner Bros. is considering making Ninjago before it gets around to The Lego Movie 2. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a film based on an iconic toy line and produced by a major studio, The Lego Movie was surprisingly original. Or that’s what we thought — but it seems that not everyone agrees.
Jerry Seinfeld took to Twitter to complain that Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s film “stole” his bit about the awkward relationship between Superman and Green Lantern. Does his argument hold water? Hit the jump to see what Seinfeld is talking about.
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Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Lego Movie isn’t perfect, but it’s close enough. Every aspect, from the performances to the soundtrack to the meticulously constructed sets, was excellent, or “awesome,” as protagonist Emmet would put it. All that effort paid off handsomely, earning Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s film an impressive $69 million opening weekend and a sky-high 96% Rotten Tomatoes score.
But of course, it only looks flawless because all of the mishaps and mistakes were left on the cutting room floor. Until now, that is. Warner Bros. has released a fully animated “blooper reel” from the movie, featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, and more. Check it out after the jump.
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Considering the massive, well-deserved opening weekend The LEGO Movie just had, odds are many of you got out to the theater and saw it. Hopefully you agree it’s a fun, beautiful movie layered with a couple wonderful and touching messages. However, when it comes to messages the film has, “Anti-Business” isn’t one of them. If you take it literally, yes, the film’s bad guy is named “Lord Business” and our heroes are trying to defeat him. It’s “anti-business” in that way but the character isn’t pushing “business.” He’s pushing ultra-conformity and lack of change, two things actual “business” is usually against.
Fox News however, didn’t quite get that. Varney and Co host Charles Payne claims the film is another example of Hollywood movies (you know, one of the biggest domestic exports America has) pushing anti-business agendas to the nation’s youth. He’s so off base, it’s pretty entertaining. Check out the video below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
If you don’t already have “Everything Is Awesome,” the theme from Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie, stuck in your head, you will soon. It’s as silly as they come, but it’s also relentlessly upbeat and insanely catchy. If you’ve got kids in your house, it may be June before you stop hearing this song in your sleep. If you don’t, you may be lucky enough to stop humming it to yourself by mid-March.
Sung by Tegan & Sara with an assist from The Lonely Island, the tune praises everything that is “awesome” in life, from “living our dream” to “books on Greek antiquities” to “rocks, clocks, and socks.” The official music video has hit the web, and you could probably add it to the “awesome” list as well. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by David Chen
Dave and Devindra get excited about the forthcoming Preacher adaptation, praise the gut-wrenching Broken Circle Breakdown, and remember the amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman. Angie Han joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Dave’s close-ups video essay and his essay about interpreting Synecdoche, New York.
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Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not tough to imagine the pitch meeting where The Lego Movie was conceived. The toys have been a familiar fixture of toy chests since the ’40s, and given that every other remotely recognizable playroom property is getting adapted for the big screen these days, it was only a matter of time before someone grabbed a fistful of plastic bricks. Lucky for us, those people turned out to be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
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