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 »
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“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 »
We’ve had a long time to wonder what a Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film would look like. Now that the film is in theaters we can see the results: pumped-up, violent, a bit over-sexualized, and simple but not exactly faithful to either the early comics stories, or the animation that made the turtles insanely popular.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans), the film stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett as humans who end up in the company of four giant mutated humanoid turtles. The cast also features Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello.
We’ve reviewed the film in print and podcast. Now that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is out, we want to know what you think. Spoilers are encouraged in the open comment thread below. Read More »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters very soon, but Paramount still wanted to prove to Comic-Con that after years and years of controversy, they’ve made a winner. According to co-creator Kevin Eastman, the movie is “absolutely fantastic” and to prove it the producers (Andrew Form and Brad Fuller), director (Jonathan Liebsman) and stars (Megan Fox and Will Arnett) showed up to present not one, but two extended clips from the film. Each one was a big action sequence that gave a much better idea than the trailers of the look, attitude and tone of the movie, and the Turtles themselves. Below, read about the two Ninja Turtles scenes with some impressions. Read More »
Here’s the trailer for the first Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman. The show features Will Arnett as the voice of the title character, a horse and former sitcom star who is now washed up and dealing with the downside of fame. OK, mild fame. BoJack is drinking himself into a pit to escape his problems, and trying to deal with human friend Todd (Aaron Paul), feline agent and Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris), and his human girlfriend (or perhaps ex-girlfriend) voiced by Alison Brie.
The show debuts on August 22; watch the BoJack Horseman trailer here now. Read More »
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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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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Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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