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Just about the most in-demand directors in the blockbuster sphere right now are Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind The Lego Movie. And I can remember when it was nearly impossible to get friends to take a punt on my Clone High DVD box set.
Actually, come to think of it, I was so into Clone High “before they were famous” that I should now be cool by extension. Why didn’t that work?
Amongst the many projects that Lord and Miller are considering, or in some loose way developing, is the Flash movie at DC Entertainment. According to Deadline, they’re “currently working on a treatment for the studio about the superhero.”
This does not mean that they will script the film; it certainly does not mean that they’ll go on to direct it.
Much fuss has been made of Sony’s desire to have these »
- Brendon Connelly
Not every story that comes flying out of the magic portal marked “Superhero Rumours” is actually true, but the gang at Latino Review scored a palpable hit when they revealed that Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were circling Warner Bros.’ cinematic take on DC Comics’ The Flash. Deadline brings confirmation that they are on board the film. But before visions of the men who made the Jump Street films, Clone High and the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs movie directing a DC pic dance through your head, slow things down a little. So far they have only committed to write a treatment for the film about the super-speedy hero Barry Allen, who awakens from a coma after a strange incident to discover his new abilities. Lord and Miller are not yet slated to direct, and indeed don’t have a project locked in yet. Chances »
One of the most ambitious comedy series to come along in quite some time will return for a second season. Fox announced today that it has ordered The Last Man on Earth Season 2, ensuring that our time with Will Forte’s Phil Miller is far from over. The series was developed by Forte and The Lego Movie/22 Jump Street/Clone High geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and stars Forte as one of the last humans alive after a viral outbreak wiped out most of mankind. While the near-perfect pilot revolved around Forte’s solitude, the series has added more cast members in subsequent episodes to thicken the plot and, surprisingly, turn Forte’s character into the semi-villain of his own series. The Last Man on Earth’s first season could have benefitted from a few more episodes of Forte alone, but I mostly like where it’s gone thus far, »
- Adam Chitwood
The influence of executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller on Last Man on Earth is instantly apparent, as you realize the name of Will Forte's character, Phil Miller, is a composite of their names. But it goes beyond that: Last Man on Earth has the signature mix of high-concept and heart they brought to projects like The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jump Street, and Clone High. Also, like many of their projects, it seems like it could've potentially been a terrible idea. But as fawning critics and early viewers (the show premiered to much bigger numbers than expected) can attest, they did it again. To figure out exactly how, John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show “The Frame,” spoke to the duo about making an apocalypse funny, working with Fox, and the dynamic of their partnership. (Listen to part of Horn's interview with »
- John Horn
This review is based on the first two episodes of season one, which were provided for us prior to broadcast.
The words “The Year 2020 (two years after the virus)” appear on screen against the backdrop of a barren desert, before dissolving as a Rv bus speeds across. Phil Miller (former Saturday Night Live star Will Forte) drives himself from coast to coast while sporting a bushy, untamed beard. His meek calls of, “Hello?” echo across the empty cityscapes. He drives his bus through a mall in New Jersey. Dejected and in stained clothing, Phil spray paints “Alive in Tucson” on a highway sign, then quietly re-enters his bus and drives away.
Balancing wry wit with these slower, pensive moments, The Last Man on Earth brings the sweep of dystopian television shows into the comedy realm. Co-created by 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller »
- Zachary Shevich
This week, Sketchy discusses the 2009 film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” From the reliable duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Clone High, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Lego Movie), this film surprised Ryan and Matt with how much they liked it (they didn’t realize Chris Miller and Phil Lord made it). So, check it out! Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
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