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Rob Leane May 24, 2017
It’s only a week or so until Wonder Woman reaches UK cinemas. So where’s all the merchandise?
Regular visitors to this site might’ve noticed that we do rather a lot of articles about movie tie-in Lego sets. Recently, we’ve chronicled the products available on Amazon (because we have a partnership with said retailer) for such iconic cinema-faring superheroes as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and the Guardians Of The Galaxy. There always seems to be loads of cool kits, designed to connect up with the respective hero’s latest movie outing.
Last week, I looked at putting together an article about the Wonder Woman Lego sets, only to find that, well... there aren’t any. With the movie set to arrive in cinemas very soon (June 1st in the UK), I was a bit surprised at the lack of brick-based tie-in materials on Amazon. An »
On Wednesday, Et's Nischelle Turner caught up with Lowe at the Los Angeles premiere of How to Be a Latin Lover -- which hits theaters on April 28 -- and he admitted that he was flattered upon hearing of the 43-year-old actress' fondness for him. Last week, Beckinsale disclosed her crush by sharing a photo of a postcard she wrote as if it was from Lowe. The note read: "Dear Kate, Yes I will marry you. See you soon. Love, Rob."
"Either I was a really tragic 13 year old with time on my hands." Beckinsale quipped in the caption, "Or Rob Lowe was all kinds of casual proposing marriage via a postcard of himself, signing his last name And drawing a dick instead of using a stamp. (found at my mum's »
Rob Leane May 11, 2017
Rick and Morty are – Buuuurp! – back. The rest of season 3 won’t arrive until summer, so here’s some guesswork in the meantime...
This article contains lots of spoilers for Rick And Morty season 3 episode 1, The Rickshank Redemption.
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Wubba lubba dub dub! On April Fool’s Day 2017, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland played a terrific prank on their fans, by launching the first episode of Rick And Morty season 3 into the world almost entirely unannounced.
After a year and a half of waiting (it turns out that Mr. Poopy Butthole’s air date prediction was pretty spot on), finally, fans of Adult Swim’s excellent sci-fi »
“Since I was a kid I’ve loved unexplained legends, strange phenomena and the scary, supernatural stories told around campfires,” the 53-year-old actor said in a press release about his new A&E series, The Lowe Files. “When I became a father I shared those tales with my two sons. Together we bonded over Bigfoot, UFO’s, and every creepy and bizarre story we could find, passionately debating if they were real…or not. And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to find out. That day has come.”
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On The Lowe Files, Rob and his sons will be "exploring an alien base located 2,000 feet underwater off the coast of Malibu, working with a renowned shaman at Preston Castle, an abandoned »
Rob Leane Mar 22, 2017
The show’s vague title means that Love may have flown under your radar, but it also comes with benefits. Due to the broad scope of its moniker, Love is a show without a gimmick, allowing the writing team to go down any path they wish to develop their characters, mine for laughs and tug on our heartstrings. It succeeds regularly on all three counts. »
Rob Leane Mar 8, 2017
Adjacent to the world of rap music, Atlanta is a comedy series with heaps of heart and endless imagination...
You might know Donald Glover as Troy from Community. You might know him as the quirky scientist guy from The Martian. You might know him as the rap star Childish Gambino. You almost certainly know him as the chap that’s about to portray the young Lando Calrissian in Han Solo’s Star Wars spinoff. But one thing those of us in the UK may not know him from, yet, is Atlanta.
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Over here, the TV series Atlanta arrived to very little fanfare. It did well enough in the USA to warrant its Fox-owned home network FX ordering a second season, but the splash on this side of the pond felt considerably smaller.
Following the blockbuster success of The Lego Movie in 2014, Warner Bros. green lit two spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which hit theaters earlier this month and is already a box office hit with $226.2 million worldwide, and Ninjago, which arrives on September 22. After that, fans have a long wait until Lego Movie 2, which is slated for release on February 8, 2019, but today we have new details about the story. Chris McKay, who directed The Lego Batman Movie and produces The Lego Movie Sequel, reveals this story is set in outer space. Here's what the director had to say in a recent interview.
"Lego 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie. They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out."
Chris McKay, who was originally set to direct »
Warner Bros. debuted the new animated adventure The Lego Batman Movie in theaters over the weekend, the first of what could be several spin-offs of 2014's The Lego Movie. Will Arnett returned to voice Lego Batman, with a bunch of DC Comics characters rounding out the cast. Some fans were quite surprised that, aside from the title character, certain characters from The Lego Movie did not return, particularly Chris Pratt's Emmet and Elizabeth Banks' Wyldstyle. As it turns out, there's a perfectly good explanation for why these characters weren't seen in this spin-off.
The Lego Movie became quite the surprise hit around this time of the year in 2014, opening with an impressive $69 million en route to a $257.4 million domestic haul and $469.1 million worldwide, from just a $60 million budget. It didn't take long for spin-offs The Lego Batman Movie and Ninjago (September 22, 2017) to move forward, and since Lego Batman »
The Han Solo movie will be spread over six years, Disney's boss confirms...
Mild spoilers for the Han Solo film lie ahead
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Filming is well underway on 2018’s Star Wars movie, the Han Solo spin-off film that’ll feature Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role. What’s more, a new piece of information about the movie has come forth with Disney CEO Bob Iger revealing the time scale of the movie.
In the film, Iger announced, we’re going to be following Han Solo over the course of six years of his life, from the age of 18 to 24. In that time, he’ll be meeting Chewbacca for the first time, getting his name, and finding the Millennium Falcon. Don’t ask us in what order. Note that the character will be »
Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks; The Blind Side), The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc – a down-at-heel salesman from Illinois who transformed a successful restaurant run by brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into the McDonalds empire known the world over today. Based on a true story, Hancock’s film follows the trail of how Kroc, impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able – by degrees unwittingly and ultimately callously – to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process from failure to ‘founder’ of an American economic empire.
What was it about the story of Ray Kroc that appealed to you as a filmmaker? »
- Amie Cranswick
Trolls director Mike Mitchell is set to direct The Lego Movie 2 over at Warner Bros. Mitchell, who is also the man responsible for the likes of Shrek Forever After and Sky High, will replace Rob Schrab on the project after he jumped ship due to creative differences.
The film is now in production for a release in 2019 and will follow-on from the 2014 original movie, which went on to gross nearly $470 million around the world from a reported $60 million budget.
- Paul Heath
Back in early 2014 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller did the impossible. They managed to take an obvious cash grab movie property and turn it into something amazing. Like the upcoming Emoji Movie, The Lego Movie had all the makings for a desperate Hollywood flop. No one in their right mind was asking for a movie based on the Lego toys, and studios had a bad habit of trying to milk every dollar they could out of pre-existing properties, mostly to negative effect. Instead of a dud, we were given a hilarious treat — a heartfelt movie fit for all ages that had the ability to expand to a decent franchise.
Of course, it’s always a big question mark whenever there’s a sequel. Will the filmmakers be able to capture that magic twice? So long as the directors stay on board, fans are usually okay to move forward, but »
- Joseph Medina
Warner Bros. is currently in the middle of making a well-rounded, cinematic universe out of Lego movies, something that is still a bit surprising to think about. The Lego Movie was a massive hit for the studio in 2014 and next weekend will see the release of The Lego Batman Movie, which looks to be another big success. The Lego Movie 2, officially titled The Lego Movie Sequel, is getting ready to get off the ground as well and has just found a new director in the form of Trolls helmer Mike Mitchell.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mike Mitchell will be tackling The Lego Movie Seqeul for Warner Bros. Previously, director Rob Schrab, who worked a lot on the show Community, was attached, but according to the report, he departed the project over "creative differences." Warner Bros. didn't skip a beat, though, and tapped Mike Mitchell, who directed Shrek Forever After, »
Solidifying his bona fides as Hollywood’s go-to director for movies about cheerfully singing plastic, Trolls director Mike Mitchell has been selected to direct the second Lego Movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will be replacing Community alum Rob Schrab, who was attached to the project back in February of 2015.
Mitchell’s past directing credits include Sky High and Deuce Biglow, Male Gigolo, plus animated sequels like Shrek Forever After and Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Despite that spotty (some might say “aggressively shitty”) pedigree, his Trolls was a certifiable, candy-colored hit, managing to sneak some fairly profound ideas about happiness and purpose into what could have been a mercenary commercial for Justin Timberlake music and ugly, pug-nosed dolls.
As a follow-up to one of the biggest animation hits of the last ten years, The Lego Movie sequel has a lot riding on it; former directors Christopher Miller ...
- William Hughes
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are far too busy with Han Solo to return to The Lego Movie franchise, and that means a new filmmaker has been sought to take the helm. With Rob Schrab departing the project due to "creative differences," it's now been revealed that Mike Mitchell will take his place. He recently helmed Trolls, a movie which recently grossed a fairly impressive $338 million worldwide. However, his track record before that is a little spotty. In the animated realm, he's worked on the likes of Shrek Forever After and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, while Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Sky High are among his live-action credits. So, should we be excited or a little worried right now? Well, The Lego Movie 2 has already gone through a fair few rewrites, with Lord and Miller writing the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg taking care of a re-write. »
Warner Bros. Animation seems to have settled upon a director for The Lego Movie Sequel after parting ways with their previous choice, Rob Schrab, due to “creative differences.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trolls director Mike Mitchell is the studio’s choice to helm the upcoming entry in the so-called Lego cinematic universe and sequel to 2014’s smash hit The Lego Movie.
Mitchell’s hiring certainly makes sense, as he delivered a box office and (somewhat) critical success with Trolls for Fox and has been making light and vibrant kid-friendly movies for the past decade between Sky High, Shrek Forever After and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The latter two of the aforementioned movies were fairly disappointing, but the former remains an underappreciated gem.
One can’t help but wonder what “creative differences” got in between Schrab and Warner Bros. Schrab seemed like an ideal candidate for the job: he »
- Justin Cook
Mike Mitchell, who most recently directed the DreamWorks Animation hit Trolls, is set to helm the sequel to Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie. He replaces Rob Schrab, who had been attached. Matt Fogel penned the most recent version the pic, which has a February 8, 2019 release date. It follows the first one which bowed in 2014, minted $469.2 million worldwide and snagged an Oscar nomination. Trolls made $338.6M worldwide under Mitchell, the animation veteran who directed Shrek F… »
He’s replaced Rob Schrab on the project, which is set for a Feb. 8, 2019, release. Producers are “Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert from Lego Group, Chris McKay and Jinko Gotoh are executive producing.
Lord and Miller wrote the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg taking care of a re-write. Matt Fogel has written the latest draft. Schrab departed due to creative differences.
Mitchell’s credits include “Shrek Forever After,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” He also directed live-action titles “Sky High” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” “Trolls,” produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by Fox, generated a solid $338 million on worldwide box office following its opening in November. »
- Dave McNary
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Mitchell, best known for his recent work on DreamWorks’ animation Trolls, now steps into the director’s chair left vacant by Rob Schrab, who parted ways with Warner Bros. citing “creative differences.” Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original brains behind Warner’s 2014 sleeper hit, recently turned in the sequel’s first script before Disney and the Han Solo anthology movie came calling. Since then, BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has hashed out another draft, though it remains to be seen whether Mitchell will fine-tune any aspects of the screenplay now that he’s officially on board to direct. Meanwhile, Dan Lin and Roy Lee will produce alongside Miller and Lord.
- Michael Briers
Mike Mitchell, director of Dreamworks Animation’s hit movie “Trolls,” has just been signed by Warner Bros. Animation to direct the sequel to “The Lego Movie,” TheWrap has learned. Mitchell is the third director that has been attached to this project. Chris McKay, who worked as animation co-director on “The Lego Movie,” was originally reported to make his feature directorial debut on this sequel. Instead, he was moved over to directing “The Lego Batman Movie,” which premieres next week. Also Read: 'Lego Movie Sequel' Script to Get Rewrite From 'BoJack Horseman' Creator Then Warner Bros. gave the reins to TV director Rob Schrab, »
- Jeremy Fuster
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