15 items from 2014
Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)
This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair. »
- Hillary Busis
New Orleans, La. It's November 2013 and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are living a double life. By day, they're hard at work on "22 Jump Street," the sequel to their 2012 live-action feature debut, which went from an adaptation of a Fox TV drama that nobody thought they needed to being one of the most profitable and best reviewed blockbusters of that year. By night, they're deep into post-production on their latest return to animation. Like "21 Jump Street," it's based on a property fueled by nostalgia. And like "21 Jump Street," it's a property that faced skepticism throughout its development process, right up until audiences got a glimpse at the first trailer. It's quite possible, then, that "22 Jump Street" is the first movie the "Clone High" veterans have done that will actually be greeted by an audience without an initial wave of skepticism. Is that prospect scary for the longtime collaborators? "No, that's what you guys are for, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Cartoon Clone High may have been booted from MTV back in 2003, but Bill Lawrence still has fondness for the series that he helped create. The Scrubs and Cougar Town creator talks why he thinks Clone High was so great, and tells us his other picks for his favorite underrated TV shows:
“Best binge viewing of the year, murder “mystery” that becomes more about the people and the town and how something like a kid being killed tears apart so many lives and, and, and… Great pay-off.”
“Yeah, I was involved, but it’s not self-aggrandizing because I did very little. »
- Ariana Bacle
TBS has picked up a second season of their original sitcom, Ground Floor. The office comedy debuted in November and wrapped its first season in January. Season two, which will also have 10 episodes, will start airing later this year.
Here's the official press release:
TBS has renewed its new sitcom hit Ground Floor for a second season. Created by Emmy(R) nominees Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs, Clone High) and Greg Malins (2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother), the series stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs). Lawrence, Jeff Ingold (upcoming Surviving Jack, Undateable) and Jeff Astrof (The New Adventures of Old Christine) serve as executive producers on Ground Floor, which is being produced for TBS by »
TBS has renewed its new sitcom hit "Ground Floor" for a second season. Created by Emmy nominees Bill Lawrence ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs," "Clone High") and Greg Malins ("2 Broke Girls," "How I Met Your Mother"), the series stars Skylar Astin ( Pitch Perfect ), Briga Heelan ("Cougar Town") and John C. McGinley ("Scrubs"). Lawrence, Jeff Ingold (upcoming "Surviving Jack," "Undateable") and Jeff Astrof ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") serve as executive producers on "Ground Floor," which is being produced for TBS by Lawrence's Doozer, in association with Warner Horizon Television. TBS has ordered 10 episodes for the second season, which is slated to begin in »
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »
- Hillary Busis
It’s late, so let’s party. Circulating around the Internet today is a blooper reel for The Lego Movie. It’s so indescribably lovely to see this movie getting some lasting attention, especially when it leads long remembrance pieces about Clone High, the MTV ‘toon by the same very talented filmmakers. And when it gives me a reason to remind you of the time we talked them into telling us about what Clone High season two would’ve been like. That, and The Lego Movie is one of the happiest filmgoing experience of this and many other years. And its blooper reel is exactly the delight you’d expect from Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Also, Alison Brie says “hoo-hoos,” and we mean the naughty kind. Watch below. »
- Neil Miller
This week on The Collision, we're joined by contributing writer Hunter Daniels, and talk about the utterly delightful The Lego Movie. We discuss why the film works so well, why other toy properties have fallen short, toy properties that might have some success, how restrictions can spur creativity, and more. As always, we finish with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Philip Seymour Hoffman"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: Clone High Hunter's Recommendation: Josie and the Pussycats Matt's Recommendation: The Indian in the Cupboard (more so the book for kids than the movie): »
- Matt Goldberg
The TV comedy landscape just improved by two. Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead. Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world. This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring. Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The Lego Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts. Additionally, TV Line reports that Fox has given the comedy Last Man on Earth a straight-to-series order. »
- Adam Chitwood
Last weekend, The Lego Movie scored one of the highest box-office debuts ever for an original animated movie. Many critics were surprised by how enjoyable it was. But I and a small group of others were not, as we had seen Clone High, the 2003 MTV animated series created by Lego writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Running for a mere thirteen episodes, Clone High still holds up more than a decade later as a brilliantly funny, completely nuts, surprisingly heartfelt, tonally inventive masterpiece. And it's all on YouTube right now for you to watch.I could summarize the show's premise, but how about I let the theme song do the heavy lifting here: "Way way back in the 1980s/Secret government employees/Dug up famous guys and ladies/And made amusing genetic copies/Now their clones are sexy teens." Clone High was a parody of melodramatic teen dramas, but in »
- Jesse David Fox
First, NBC canceled Scrubs after seven seasons, then ABC picked it up before scrapping it again after season 9. By the time the ax finally fell on the hospital sitcom in 2010, creator Bill Lawrence had to agree that the show had come to a fair end. “We filmed so many episodes that I feel like it had played its full course,” says Lawrence, who tells EW that he currently has no plans to pursue a movie continuation of the series, despite the wishes of some fans. “You could argue Veronica Mars got cut short in its lifespan, but for us, I »
- Marc Snetiker
Warning: This article contains spoilers some readers may wish to avoid
Video: Lego Movie stars discuss favourite cameos
Already a box office hit Stateside, The Lego Movie heads to UK cinemas this Friday (following a weekend of well-received preview screenings), and is poised to become the first big screen success story of 2014.
For directors Lord and Miller, the appearance of Abraham Lincoln holds special resonance as it saw them reunite with Will Forte, who voiced the Us president in their animated show Clone High a decade ago.
Benny the '80s-era space guy (voiced »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The story of a nobody who saved everybody. In theaters everywhere is The Lego Movie, an animated movie directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller ("Clone High", Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) based on the minifigs and plastic blocks that the entire world is familiar with. The story involves an ordinary minifig named Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, who joins a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. He teams up with Unikitty, Wyldstyle, Batman and many others. Once you've seen this, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Lego Movie. To fuel the fire, The Lego Movie is totally, crazy, epicly awesome. Phil Lord & Chris Miller are two of the most talented comedy filmmakers around (I haven't been let down by them yet), and they continue to show their impressive ability to balance humor, »
- Alex Billington
There's more than meets the eye in "The Lego Movie." It's not only smart and witty but it also explores the essence of Lego and Master Building and, finally, storytelling in a Pirandello-like way. I spoke with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (at Legoland, of course) about making a subversive movie at Warner Bros. that pokes fun of studios, franchises and safe storytelling.Bill Desowitz: You've managed to make a subversive studio movie with an anti-commercial message. And as long as it's a big hit, it's win-win.Phil Lord: Yeah, everybody wins.And it reminded me of a bigger "Clone High."Chris Miller: Yeah, for sure. It's like bringing in a lot of weird characters that don't belong.Pl: If you think about it, we haven't evolved at all as filmmakers -- we're just doing the same bit.But this is a lot more complicated with so much detail. »
- Bill Desowitz
Each month, we turn our spotlight onto the unsung artists behind the biggest new movie releases. Last month we highlighted David Koepp, co-writer of Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit. This month it’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-writers and co-directors of The Lego Movie.
The pages of Hollywood history are littered with stories of success borne of versatility, and the tale of Phil Lord and Chris Miller is no exception. This dynamic duo met as students at Dartmouth College and took an introductory course in animation. They both began to create animated shorts that were successful at a range of small festivals, such as The New England Film and Video Festival. This love of artistic storytelling led to jobs developing Saturday morning cartoons for Disney. Quickly outgrowing that brand, their move to developing primetime animation for Touchstone Television gave rise to their first high profile project, Clone High.
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- Sarah Myles
15 items from 2014
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