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19 items from 2017


Will Get Out Scare Lego Batman Away from the Box Office?

21 February 2017 8:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros.' animated spin-off The Lego Batman Movie has had no trouble taking down a other high-profile competitors in its first two weeks in theaters, beating Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick Chapter 2 in its opening weekend, while handily defeating The Great Wall, Fist Fight and A Cure For Wellness last weekend. This Friday, it may face its greatest challenge yet, with the critically-acclaimed thriller Get Out debuting alongside the action film Collide and the animated family comedy Rock Dog. We're predicting that Get Out will just barely win over The Lego Batman Movie, with the thriller opening to the tune of $23.4 million, as The Lego Batman Movie drops to second place with $19.8 million.

None of this weekend's new releases will have anywhere near the type of wide release of The Lego Batman Movie, which is currently playing in 4,088 theaters. Box Office Mojo reports that Get Out will open in an estimated 2,700 theaters, »

- MovieWeb

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Win A Family Four-Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Rock Dog in St. Louis

16 February 2017 2:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.That’s the premise of the animated comedy Rock Dog, opening in theaters February 24th.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Four (4) seats to the advance screening of Rock Dog on February 18th at 10am in the St. Louis area.

To Enter, Add Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. No purchase necessary. A pass does not guarantee a seat at a screening. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The theater is overbooked to assure a full house. The theater is not responsible for overbooking.

Rock Dog features the voices of Luke Wilson, »

- Movie Geeks

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Movie Review – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

16 February 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

As well as defending Gotham City from criminals, Batman must now face the challenge of raising the young boy he adopted.

As the hilarious trailer pointed out, Batman has appeared in many different incarnations and films over the last fifty years, but The Lego Batman Movie is the first one that’s out-and-out comedy since the days of Adam West (or arguably, George Clooney). Although technically a spin-off from 2015’s surprise smash The Lego Movie, there’s no real connection to that film’s world or narrative (apart »

- Amie Cranswick

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Why Spaceballs is the Star Wars spoof we need

14 February 2017 12:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017

As the Epic Movie team announce they have Star Wars in their sights, might we have a chat about Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, amongst others?

Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.

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In the words of financier Covert Media’s Paul Hanson: “Jason and »

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'Whisky Galore' remake scores Us, UK deals

13 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Arrow strikes for Gillies MacKinnon rom-com starring Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard and Ellie Kendrick; marks company’s first English-language Us release.

Arrow Films has picked up North American and UK distribution rights to Whisky Galore from Gfm Films.

The purchase marks UK-based Arrow’s first English-language release in North America.

The company is lining up a summer 2017 launch in both markets.

Gillies MacKinnon’s completed rom-com starring Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Ellie Kendrick, Sean Biggerstaff, Naomi Battrick and Kevin Guthrie is a remake of the original 1949 film by Alexandar Mackendrick.

Based on Sir Compton Mackenzie’s book, the Edinburgh debut charts the story of Scottish islanders who try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

The deal was brokered for Gfm Films by partner Fred Hedman who commented: “We are sure audiences across the UK and North America will love this fun, heart-warming tale that offers audiences much needed warmth and entertainment in today »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Movie Review – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

13 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

The sense of relief I felt watching The Lego Batman Movie cannot be underestimated. After 2016’s heavy, serious Batman v Superman this movie is the breath of fun fresh air that the Dark Knight has been calling out for. That’s not to say Batfleck doesn’t have his merits (he was –in my opinion – one of the only decent parts of Batman v Superman) but »

- Helen Murdoch

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’: How They Built a Better Gotham, Brick by Brick

10 February 2017 10:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Lego Movie” was no fluke.

Batman, Gotham, and the DC universe are in good hands, thanks to director Chris McKay, Will Arnett as BatmanZach Galifianakis as Joker, a witty script co-written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and the fine animation by Animal Logic. (Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced.)

And even though it’s a spoof, “Lego Batman” is even more engaging than the recent live-action DC movies. That’s because it actually digs deeper: it’s unafraid of exploring the Dark Knight’s fear of intimacy and exposing his symbiotic relationship with Joker.

Thus, when Batman tells Joker that he means nothing to him, setting off an existential crisis, the super baddie has nothing left to do but destroy Gotham and humiliate his foe.

“I wanted to do an emotional story and really try to commit to that arc and do it with jokes,” McKay told IndieWire. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film Review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Delivers the Usual Laughs

10 February 2017 7:57 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Lego Batman Movie” is more of a parody than the laugh-out-loud hijinks of the surprising “The Lego Movie,” but the legend of The Bats is ripe for a good skewering, and the movie has a lot of fun doing it. Will Arnett reprises the voice as the title character, with Zach Galifianakis taking on the antics of The Joker.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Unlike the first Lego film, the Batman version is a recitation of jokes that are pretty much tipped off, wrapped around a squirrelly “Batman needs a family” plot line. Both tend to drag down the lightness that the Lego franchise has established, but the jokes are lighting fast, rarely pausing to take a breath. Don’t like this one-liner? Here are ten more in the next two minutes. There were five screenwriters on this one, and I picture them being more like Jay Leno-like jokesters than a cohesive team. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Second Opinion – The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

10 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Batman Movie, 2017.

Directed by Chris McKay.

Featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Hector Elizondo, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Riki Lindhome, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jermaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, Siri, and Adam DeVine.

Synopsis:

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

If The Lego Movie is proof that not every terrible sounding Hollywood cash grab is a recipe for an unmitigated disaster focused on putting asses in seats over producing something of quality, then The Lego Batman Movie is confirmation that not every expansion of that phenomenal lightning in a bottle animated feature will result in diminishing returns along with a sensation of “been there, done that”. Granted, »

- Robert Kojder

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review

9 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario DawsonRalph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O’Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Eddie Izzard | Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington | Directed by Chris McKay

The Age of Animation rolls on, and we’re in a pretty good place, with the accessible intellect of Pixar and the slapstick pleasures of Illumination; and now a third pillar in the form of Warner Bros’ Lego universe, whose USPs are a soda stream of visual ideas and an irreverent, referential humour. A spin-off from surprise smash The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie mirrors the 2014 film’s frenetic pace, even if the gag hit-rate falls shorter.

The opening sequence, in which Joker (Zach Galifianakis) unleashes every villain from Penguin to “The Condiment Man” upon Gotham City, is an Adhd explosion of neon colour and editing. »

- Rupert Harvey

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“The Lego Batman Movie” is a surprising delight

9 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

A lack of expectations can sometimes be a film’s secret weapon. It’s not that I thought The Lego Batman Movie would be bad, but it just wasn’t initially on my radar to any real degree. Go figure then, since this probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It works in a tremendous way. Opening this week, it hopes to be as beloved as The Lego Movie was back when it opened. Going by the response I saw last weekend when I viewed it at a press screening, Warner Brothers has absolutely nothing to worry about. This will be a surefire hit. The film is an animated action comedy following Batman (voice of Will Arnett) as he goes about his heroic ways. After an encounter with Joker (voice of Zach Galifianakis) and a huge assortment of cohorts that basically leaves Gotham City villain free temporarily, Batman/Bruce Wayne »

- Joey Magidson

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Lego Batman Movie: Batman Will Be Going Up Against This Laundry List Of Baddies!

3 February 2017 3:18 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

We have to admit, the ecosystem they created over at the Lego Movie land is quite the amazing one. Due to the nature of their licensing, they’re able to bring together more properties than you can shake a stick at. Heck, back in the original Lego Movie in 2014, they managed to introduce the Justice League to the big screen before the legit Justice League, which is still forthcoming later this year. Now, with The Lego Batman Movie, we’ll be getting an in-depth look at the lonely life of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. the Batman.

While Batman is a pretty cool character in and of himself, he’s nothing without his rogues gallery of baddies. Perhaps more than any other superhero out there, Batman is known for his memorable villains that range from The Joker to Bane and Mr. Freeze. Given the very nature of the Lego Movie franchise, »

- Joseph Medina

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Exclusive Interview: Director Chris McKay and Producer Dan Lin on The Lego Batman Movie

30 January 2017 5:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Harris chats with Chris McKay and Dan Lin about The Lego Batman Movie (some minor spoilers follow)…

I had the pleasure to talk to Chris McKay and producer Dan Lin about the rather brilliant The Lego Batman Movie. A quick note on director McKay who, looking like a Williamsburg hipster, had Batman and Marvel tattoos across both arms. A clear super-fan then; who better to direct a film distilling 78 years of comic folklore into 90 minutes?

First off, Michael Jackson (Mj is mentioned a lot throughout the movie), why Michael Jackson?

McKay: You’re dealing with a movie about a guy who is being forced to realise he needs to change his life if he wants to improve and get over his main problem. Initially it started because we wanted a quote in the beginning of the movie because I thought that’d be funny as a self important Batman »

- Amie Cranswick

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New poster for animated comedy Rock Dog

25 January 2017 10:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With  a little under a month to go until its release, a new poster has arrived online for the animated comedy Rock Dog featuring Bodi (Luke Wilson) and Angus (Eddie Izzard); check it out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Rock Dog here

For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary – and reclusive – musician Angus »

- Amie Cranswick

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Full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2017 announced

19 January 2017 3:17 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Glasgow Film Festival has announced the full line-up for the 13th edition of the festival, which runs between March 15th and March 19th.

This year’s programme includes 9 world and international premieres, 65 UK premieres and 67 Scottish premieres, including the likes of John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil and Mad To Be Normal starring David Tennant as infamous Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.

UK Premieres include Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndro, while the festival also features the first Scottish screenings for films such as Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe-winning Elle, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling.

See Also: Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up

“I am thrilled that the 2017 festival is bringing so many UK premieres to Glasgow audiences, »

- Gary Collinson

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Rock Dog gets a series of character posters

11 January 2017 9:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Rock Dog set to arrive in cinemas next month, five new character posters have been released for the upcoming animated comedy featuring Bodi (Luke Wilson), Darma (Mae Whitman), Linnux (Lewis Black), Angus (Eddie Izzard), and Khampa (J.K. Simmons); check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Rock Dog here

For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Character Posters for Animated Film Rock Dog

11 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sometimes musical inspiration comes from the sky.

Summit Premiere released character posters for the upcoming animated movie Rock Dog.

The film has an all-star voice cast that includes Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson and Mae Whitman. It’s directed by Ash Brannon, who previously directed Surf’S Up and Toy Story 2. The screenplay is written by Brannon and Kurt Voelker.

Here’s the full synopsis:

For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. »

- Gig Patta

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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Set to Host Spirit Awards

3 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been set to co-host the Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, the day before the Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2 pm Pt / 5 pm Et. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters.

“From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere – and now their world domination will be complete when they host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show, and look forward to having them on the beach on Saturday, February 25.”

Kroll is in “Loving” and in the Broadway production of “Oh, Hello on Broadway,’ which he created and wrote alongside Mulaney. »

- Dave McNary

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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Set to Host Spirit Awards

3 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been set to co-host the Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, the day before the Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2 pm Pt / 5 pm Et. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters.

“From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere – and now their world domination will be complete when they host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show, and look forward to having them on the beach on Saturday, February 25.”

Kroll is in “Loving” and in the Broadway production of “Oh, Hello on Broadway,’ which he created and wrote alongside Mulaney. He »

- Dave McNary

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