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Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch. When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »
- Sheila Roberts
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
In today's cinematic marketplace, audiences have grown increasingly used to Hollywood fare dominating both domestic and international box offices. In the last few years we have even seen studios steer their biggest blockbusters increasingly towards overseas markets, with particular focus given to Asia. It is predominantly for this reason that we now get more remakes, reboots, sequels and franchise-building, in the hope of pushing familiar, pre-existing properties onto new audiences hungry for grand-scale spectacle rather than nuanced characterisation and intricate plotting. At the time of writing, every film in 2014's box office Top 10 was an adaptation of a pre-existing property. In fact the only film on the list that isn't a remake or sequel is Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie, based...
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Following the success of “22 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have upped longtime assistant Will Allegra into the director of development position at their Lord Miller production banner.
Allegra, who began working with Lord and Miller in 2011, was an associate producer on “The Lego Movie” and was a co-producer on “22 Jump Street,” where he was instrumental in developing and assembling the memorable end credits sequence.
He is also an exec producer on “The Reunion.”
“Nobody works harder or with more enthusiasm than Will. He’s bright, hungry, has great taste, he cares deeply about the projects he works on, and there is no human being on this earth with a higher capacity for getting psyched. This promotion is simply a natural outgrowth of the great work he has done with us over the past 3 plus years. We can only hope he will stick around long »
- Justin Kroll
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
The tiny Lego universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. Warner Bros. has staked out May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 as release dates for two untitled animated films. Although noting has been confirmed, the two mystery films are said to be the third and fourth films in the expanding "Lego Movie" franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After "The Lego Movie" earned a huge $468 million worldwide, the studio wasted no time in developing the spin-off "Ninjago" for 2016 and "The Lego Movie 2" for 2017. Therefore, a third and fourth film (or another spin-off) doesn't come as that much of a surprise. The scheduling of the untitled animated films comes just a day after Warner Bros. unveiled an ambitious superhero schedule, including plans to move "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" up by three months. "Lego Movie" featured the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and Will Arnett as Batman, »
- Dave Lewis
After the tremendous success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has released an (incomplete) instruction manual outlining the steps of its next big franchise. On Wednesday, Warners announced two more untitled animated films for Memorial Day 2018 and 2019.
Lego 2 has already been slated for May 26, 2017. First, a spinoff for the brick-bashing ninja Legos, Ninjago, is schedule to hit theaters September 23, 2016.
The two new dates are expected to be filled out with new sequels to the existing franchises, or new spinoffs for other popular Lego characters (Bionicles, anyone?).
The Lego Movie was a rare feat. It marked Warners’s first true successful foray into animation, capturing the hearts of both children and adults alike.
The movie was funny and exciting for kids, outlining a surprisingly poignant message of individuality and non-conformism. Under the whip-smart direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), adults were hit with nostalgia, and also enjoyed a »
- Harrison Okin
After the success of "The Lego Movie" this spring, a sequel was inevitable, and the film is getting a spin-off, too. Now, sources say that studio Warner Bros. wants even more installments of the "Lego" franchise, announcing two dates for future animation releases that insiders believe to be "Lego" films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has already staked out May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 for the release of two as-yet-untitled animated flicks. "The Lego Movie 2" is already slated for release in May 2017, with a spinoff, "Ninjago," dated for September 23, 2016.
THR's insiders say that the 2018 date is set aside for "Ninjago 2," while the 2019 spot is being eyed for "Lego Movie 3," though the sources cautioned that this far in advance, those plans could change. Still Warner Bros. seems eager to cash in on the successful "Lego" brand, and building up a strong box office presence is one way of doing so. »
- Katie Roberts
Hot on the heels of its mega-announcement that nine DC blockbusters will follow Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and be in theaters by 2020, Warner Bros. has further filled out its schedule by slotting two additional animated films, ones insiders say are part of the Lego franchise. Though it must be stressed that only the dates – May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019 – have been announced, The Lego Movie is the only lucrative, animated franchise that the studio currently has.
It makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to expand its Lego property as quickly as possible, seeing as the studio has lacked a sturdy foothold in animation for some time (2010′s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole failed to launch a franchise, and 2011′s Happy Feet Two was also Doa at the box office). The Lego Movie grossed $468 million, a terrific sum for any blockbuster, let alone an animated one. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Made for just $60 million, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie created a rather sizable phenomenon when it came out earlier this year. Not only was the film an absolutely smash with critics, it also raked in more than $450 million at the global box office (not bad for a movie that sounded incredibly ridiculous when it was first announced!). Warner Bros. suddenly discovered that they had an entire brand that they could mine for new features, and it didn't take long for them to announce a Lego Movie 2. But now it sounds like they're not stopping there. The studio has just announced that they will be releasing two untitled animated films on May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019 - and The Hollywood Reporter has word from an inside source that both titles will be Lego related. It has already been announced that The Lego Movie 2 will be coming out on »
With “The Lego Movie” established as a major franchise starter, Warner Bros. is tooning up its animation schedule by announcing release dates for two untitled movies for the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, 2018, and on May 24, 2019.
The studio did not disclose any details about the new titles. It already had “Lego” spinoff “Ninjago” set for Sept. 23, 2016, followed by a “Lego” sequel for May 26, 2017, so it’s possible — but not definite — that the two additonal films could be “Lego” related.
The studio, which has been looking to catch up to competitors in the animated game, now has half a dozen animated films in the pipeline.
Warner Bros. announced early last year that it had formed an animated think-tank-style creative consortium aimed at »
- Dave McNary
What do you do when you just can’t pull a third Ghostbusters film together, after over two decades of hard work, script changes, actor deaths, and crazy devotion from Dan Aykroyd? Why, you scrap the whole thing and reboot it, of course!
At least, that’s what it sounds like Sony has decided to do with the beloved property, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is being courted by the studio to helm the film, which will no longer just be Ghostbusters 3 but will act as a reboot of the franchise starring an all-female team.
No formal negotiations are in place, but Sony has made an offer and Feig is supposedly interested. Whether or not he’s the best choice for the gig remains to be seen (I’m personally still bummed The Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller »
- James Garcia
Less than two weeks ago, Dan Aykroyd made the bold claim that the Ghostbusters reboot (which is still being referenced by some as Ghostbusters 3) is set to start pre-production this spring. Now it sounds like shooting may follow soon after, as Sony and Columbia Pictures are targeting Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig to take the helm. And the catch is, his Ghostbusters will center on a female led cast.
While an offer has not been officially made, Paul Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources warn that a lot must be 'worked out' before discussions turn serious. That said, he is currently the studio's first choice. Sony declined to comment.
Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was set to take on this long-gestating sequel, but bowed out after the untimely death of cast member Harold Ramis. On March 18, Ramis, who is staying on the movie as a consultant and producer, »
The Ghostbusters 3 saga continues. It seems like we’ve been reading about/reporting on a third Ghostbusters film or reboot for close to a decade now, with Dan Aykroyd promising every few months that a new Ghostbusters film is “really close” to happening/shooting/being released. Some solid movement actually occurred earlier this year, as Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman decided to step back and simply produce the next Ghostbusters film while working closely with Sony to find a new director for the project. At that time, we heard that Sony was hoping to start production on Ghostbusters 3 in early 2015, and while 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller quickly emerged as favorites to direct, subsequent reports suggested they turned the project down (indeed, they seemed to imply that they had some sort of discussions with Sony about the project in »
- Adam Chitwood
With the long-awaited Ghostbusters threequel seemingly edging towards production (after the best part of two decades of development), it appears that Sony has found a director its gonna call for Ghostbusters III, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is the frontrunner to take over from Ghosbusters and Ghostbusters II helmer Ivan Reitman.
Reitman was originally attached to direct the film but decided to pass after the death of his friend and star Harold Ramis earlier in the year. Since then a host of directors have been rumoured, including Ruben Fleischer (Zomebieland) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), but if this new report is to be believed, Feig is now the studio’s first choice, although negotiations are yet to have taken place.
- Gary Collinson
A lot of fans have mixed feelings about a third Ghostbusters movie, but like it or not, Sony Pictures are moving ahead with the project. A number of names have been attached over the past few months, but now a frontrunner has emerged in the form of Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig.
He’s said to be interested in the project, and while no formal negotiations have taken place as of yet, Feig is apparently the studio’s top choice and talks will likely begin sooner rather than later.
- Josh Wilding
The idea of making a movie out of Lego toys sounds stupid on paper. Though you have no narrative you’re stuck to (which is both good and bad), the film’s existence seems based on shilling a product. That Phil Lord and Chris Miller were able to transcend that and deliver a movie with heart and great jokes is nothing short of a miracle. The Lego Movie is not only excellent, it could very well be an all-time great movie. My review of the 3D Blu-ray of The Lego Movie follows after the jump. The film begins with Lord Business (Will Ferrell) on the hunt for the Kragle, which he needs for his nefarious schemes. The wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) is unable to protect it, but issues a prophecy that a master builder (those who are great at making Lego creations) will come and defeat Business using the piece of resistance. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Chris Pratt has revealed that he would love to return for the Lego Movie sequel, but doesn't currently know any details.
"I don't know anything," Pratt told Metro of follow-up plans. "I hope I'm back. I loved working with Chris and Phil, and I hope Emmet is crucial to the story.
"But I can also see a world where they can kind of do anything and call it The Lego Movie 2, do you know what I mean?
"It could be about a different character, it's not like other cartoons in that way. I hope that Emmet isn't disposable, he was such a great big part of that movie.'
Pratt continued: "I'm so proud of that movie.
"There was a nice buzz around it during the press for it. People hadn't »
What do I do? I don’t have my instructions.
There is something special about Legos. They aren't Hot Wheels or Barbies with clear identities and gender implications. Legos can be anything for anyone. They're building blocks and that's all. Writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, with story help from Kevin and Dan Hageman, use this to develop a theme that is resonant with any normal individual while also establishing the raison d’être of the company. Of course, they also get to use the expansive catalog of Lego’s greatest (and not-so-greatest) stylings from pirates to astronauts in bricks and accessories. It also comes supplied with sophisticated satire and an emotional heft that is quite simply astounding. So, in the way that G.I. Joe (2009) was decidedly not, this is very particularly the Lego movie. That's why they called it The Lego Movie (2014). Awesome.
- Jason Ratigan
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. With the film released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D this week, we sat down with Chris Pratt (Emmet), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Will Arnett (Batman), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Writer/Directors) Dan Lin (Producer) and Chris McKay (Animation Co-Director)
Will, could you talk about your inspiration for finding the voice of Batman?
Will Arnett: Well, sure. Phil, Chris and I talked early on about the idea of looking at all the Batman incarnations that have come before, all the way back to the original Batman…
Chris Pratt: Yeah, the Shakespearian Batman. [Laughs]
Will Arnett: I feel like Morgan’s really judging my answer here. [Laughs] I think that we were trying to see what would make us laugh »
- Phil Wheat
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