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The Lego Movie is the third film Phil Lord and Chris Miller have directed. In each, they’ve blown low expectations out of the water. How could a movie about falling food be funny? Why would anyone remake 21 Jump Street? And how the heck do you make an interesting movie about Lego? The answer: make an adventure that’s exciting and funny, but also deeply rooted in the essence of what we all love about toys themselves.

To create The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller co-wrote a compelling screenplay and also gave the film an incredibly intricate and realistic look. It’s a blend of CG with stop motion using actual Legos; every single structure in the film was literally built piece by piece, be it in the computer or in Denmark at Lego headquarters. That gives the film an incredibly authentic feel.

Speaking to the directors, I interrogated them about that process, asking if there were limitations to the Lego construct and about pressure from toy manufacturers. This is part one of our interview. It’s spoiler-free, so feel free to read ahead. Check back Friday for part two where we talk about some of the film’s biggest, most interesting spoilers. Read More »

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‘The Lego Movie’ Behind the Scenes Featurette

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Consider this a primer for the interview with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller that we’ll run later this afternoon. Their new film takes an unusual approach to building a world out of Lego — or it takes an unusual approach to making the movie. The film is actually built out of Lego, whether via stop-motion animation or using a CG process that actually replicated building the film’s characters and sets out of plastic bricks.

This featurette opens a small window on the creation of the film, discussing how some of the film was put together, a process which is illuminated in more detail in our interview. Read More »

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie opens this weekend and it is awesome. We’ll have more later this week on the film, including an interview with the directors. Even though the film isn’t out yet, Warner Bros. is already celebrating. The studio has reportedly hired Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to begin work on a sequel.  Read More »

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We’ve seen a lot from The Lego Movie already — a couple of trailers, a load of clips, and many posters — but the latest trailer might be the best. That’s because it is a spoof of the Man of Steel trailer, complete with a Lego-made Warner Bros. shield. Check out the spot below.  Read More »

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Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have a special sound mix? Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe need fixing? What do The Lego Movie and Man of Steel have in common? Want a hint at the plot of Thor 3? Does the Batman vs. Superman costume designer know when we’ll see his work? Which Watchmen actor might have read for Zack Snyder’s latest film? How does Paul Rudd feel about his Ant-Man cast? And what does Falcon’s toy look like from Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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In the wrong hands, The Lego Movie could’ve been a lazy, forgettable kids’ film with no obvious purpose other than pushing more plastic bricks. But as directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it’s looking like a very early contender for the year’s best animated film — funny, smart, energetic, and far more original than we have any reason to expect a film based on a toy would be.

With every new bit of marketing that rolls out, it’s looking more and more promising. Today, we have nine new clips from the film totaling about eight minutes of footage. Chris Pratt leads the voice cast as Emmet, an extraordinarily ordinary minifig who is accidentally drafted to lead a revolution against the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). Watch all the videos after the jump.

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Want to read a ton of potential behind the scenes rumors and tidbits regarding Batman vs. Superman? How will that movie explain the origins of Wonder Woman? What country besides England will Avengers: Age of Ultron film in? Were there unused characters in Thor: The Dark World? Want to see Batman meet Green Lantern in Justice League: War? Who actually saves who in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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