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This R-rated stop motion adventure will be directed by Tom Gianas, who has worked on episodes of both Tenacious D and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, and Ross Shuman, responsible for episodes of Robot Chicken and Moral Orel.
Production is expected to begin early next year.
Hell, apparently, needs stand-up comics.
"Hell & Back" is an R-rated stop-motion animated film in which two best friends have to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell (say hello to Alison Lohman when you get there, fellas!). The film is being produced by ShadowMachine, the production company that's been ramping up its feature film activity upon its success with both "Robot Chicken" and "Moral Orel" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Swardson and Miller, both stand-up comics, have enjoyed some recent success in the movie business. Swardson was seen last summer as Danny McBride's dim-witted partner in crime in "30 Minutes or Less" and currently plays a role in Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill." Miller (who will always be the hapless »
- Bryan Enk
Comedian Nick Swardson (who has his own terrible sketch series on Comedy Central) has been cast alongside Tj Miller in ShadowMachine's R-rated stop-motion animated Hell & Back, a comedy "about two best friends who must rescue their pal when he is accidentally dragged to hell." The film is set to begin shooting in January with Tommy Gianas (Tenacious D) and Ross Shuman directing. Deadline reports. ShadowMachine principals Alexander Bulkley and Corey Campodonico are producing. The company has been ramping up its feature activity after success with Robot Chicken and Morel Orel on Adult Swim. Swardson, a stand-up comic and writer whose most recent acting credit is 30 Minutes Or Less and who also starred in Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. »
Okay, the last round of updates for the week.
You can also catch Magda on Robot Chicken tomorrow at 11:30 pm on Adult Swim. She will be voicing Gladys/Mother/Herman's Wife according to the IMDb. And, speaking of Michael Hogan, he will be playing a "lethal werewolf hunter" in the second season of Teen Wolf. TV Guide reported the news earlier this month.
Press release, teaser and sneak peeks from Snowmageddon:
To usher in the holiday season, Syfy will present a snow globe with the power to destroy the world in the Saturday Original Movie Snowmageddon, airing Saturday, December 10 at 9Pm (Et/Pt) during the channel’s second annual Countdown to Christmas Week.
This edition features another arty, short film sitting proudly at the number one spot. I bet you’ve been dying for another one. You have? See, I knew it!
Apart from the short-film we have the cooking guide to top all cooking guides, a topical prank, material from an under-appreciated comedy show and some more from a wonderfully appreciated comedy show...
As always, enjoy!
5. The only way to reheat Pizza.
I believe that this clip will not only brighten your week, it will brighten your hangovers forever-more!
The narrator instructs you how to reheat pizza in a fashion that recreates the pizza’s original texture and flavours. No more soggy micro-waved pizza, no more burnt oven-heated pizza!
All together now... nom-nom-nom!
4. Black Friday Shopping Prank
This short clip had me in stitches. The two protagonists of the clip are challenged to enter a supermarket on ‘Black Friday’ and ask for items on their shopping list. »
Exclusive: Stoopid Monkey Prods’ Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators/executive producers of Emmy-winning animated series Robot Chicken, have partnered with Buddy Systems’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner to launch Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, a stop-motion animation production facility for the quartet’s joint and individual animated projects, which will be produced under the new company’s banner. Additionally, the studio will host outside stop-motion animation projects. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ first productions will be the upcoming Season 6 of Adult Swim’s top-rated series Robot Chicken and the show’s tribute to the characters in the DC Comics universe. As a result, ShadowMachine Films, which had been co-producing Robot Chicken with Stoopid Monkey and handling physical production of the series, will no longer be involved in it. Robot Chicken‘s 100th episode airs January 15. Stoopid Monkey and Buddy Systems first collaborated earlier this year when they launched the YouTube live-action-meets-stop-motion animation show, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Robot Chicken, the Seth Green-produced stop-motion animated series on Cartoon Network, is the type of show that's best when viewed as individual skits or very late at night when you're in that insomniac state where the only thing that makes sense is watching pop culture lambasted with action figures. To that end, the below clip, showcasing how Superman's marriage to Lois Lane would play out in the real world, hits that sweet spot between hilarity and wearing out its welcome. [Via ComicBookMovie.com]
- Peter Hall
To celebrate the release of Skyward Sword, we take a look at why, The Legend of Zelda could be the greatest series in gaming history. From Skyward Sword all the way back to the very beginning!
1. Good Vs. Evil
“Light and Dark are two sides of the same coin. One cannot live without the other”
Each of the Zelda games follows a very traditional story line. Some may say over used, but there’s no doubt that this formula has worked for countless films, games and books.
The rise of a hero who must rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil villain, that threatens to destroy the land/world/universe.
This is the bare bones of fantastic story telling and has been used by the most popular movies in pop culture.
Zelda has Link, Zelda and Ganondorf
Star Wars has Luke, Leah and Darth Vader.
Even Back to the Future has Marty, »
- Dom McKenzie
Chuck 5.04 "Chuck Vs. The Business Trip" Review
Chuck season 5 zooms on its fourth entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Business Trip" as Chuck goes undercover as Morgan Grimes himself to flush out a deadly CIA assassin hunting his best friend at a Buy More retreat. Definitely the strongest and funniest outing yet of Chuck season 5, "Chuck Vs. The Business Trip" will entertain, but deepen your sadness that only nine episodes remain for the plucky Carmichael Industries.
Expectation plays a funny role in the way we all perceive television, and “Chuck Vs. the Business Trip" provides a fine example of that. For instance, almost two years ago I found myself walking down the street listening to Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” (come on, that’s an awesome song), and for whatever reason my brain made the connections to conjure that the song would make for a fine Jeffster performance, »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
Back in the summer of 2009, we brought you the news when Warner Bros. Pictures started developing a movie around Lego and its popular building blocks. The studio hired Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman (Hotel Transylvania) to pen the script for what was described as an an action adventure, family comedy set in a Lego world that will mix live action and animation.
Now, Variety reports that the project is being animated by visual effects house Animal Logic and is expected to be 80% Lego based. Casting for the film is set to begin this coming January and the studio is planning a 2014 release for Lego: The Movie. The film will be directed by Chris McKay (Robot Chicken), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).
Lego: The Movie is slated to hit theaters in 2014. »
- Jason Moore
If you’re a fan of gaming and Robot Chicken, then you’ll definitely enjoy this new Assassin’s Creed Revelations fan video from Counter 656 Productions. It’s a stop-motion short that pits ninja vs Assassin. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. There’s some great action in here, the likes of which you won’t find on Robot Chicken. Seth Green is probably kicking himself for not thinking of this one first.
Visit site for full article. »
- Bags H.
A film based on our childhood favourite toy, Lego, has officially been given the go-ahead this week, and is on track for a 2014 release, reports Variety.
Writers and directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are working on the film which Warner Bros. has this week given the greenlight for. It will be an animation/live-action hybrid, which is said to be an action-adventure set in the Lego world.
Lord and Miller, who are currently finishing their live-action debut 21 Jump Street, have also apparently made several trips to Denmark to work with Lego execs on the concept, with casting for the characters beginning in January. »
- Charlie Derry
With the unrelenting trend of reaching back into the childhoods of Generation Xers and adapting toys, games and other fond memories into big-budget motion pictures, it comes as little surprise that Warner Bros. has greenlit a movie based on the Lego toys. The idea has been kicking around since 2008 with the story being a family-friendly CGI live action adventure. The project currently has Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board. Robot Chicken's Chris McKay has also signed on to co-direct. Australian company Animal Logic, which worked on the two Happy Feet movies, will handle the animation. It should hit theaters in 2014. Plot details are scant, but in this interview with Lord and Miller last year, the writers talked about...
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Variety reports that Warner Bros has greenlit the project with a planned 2014 release date. About 80 percent of the project will be animated, which actually is pretty good news. And even better news is that "Robot Chicken" director Chris McKay has been brought it to co-co-direct the project.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film is planned to be an action-adventure. It will be set in the Lego world, but also will include some live-action characters. That casting process is set to begin in January.
Considering what a success all the Lego-themed video games have been, there's actually a pretty big chance that a "Lego" movie won't be half bad. If you can get behind a movie based on "Battleship, »
- Terri Schwartz
I know I ranted last week about the creative bankruptcy of Waldo and Carmen Sandiego movies, so I’m starting off on a contradictory foot here. But the talent assembled for Warner Bros’ Lego movie has me too excited to think about brand exploitation and lack of imagination.
Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs writers and directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller will adapt those Lego blocks we all know and love for the big screen, along with “Robot Chicken” director Chris McKay who knows a thing or two about telling stories with old inanimate toys.
According to Variety, WB gave the official greenlight last week for “an action adventure set in the Lego world” tentatively eyeing a release sometime in 2014. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but last year Lord said the plan is to create a world of stackable objects (even the explosions will be made of »
- Jeff Leins
This is Amazing news – especially if, like me, you lived for Lego as a child. Ever since Lego expanded their brand into the likes of video games etc, there has been word of a full-blown Lego movie hitting the screens, thanks in no small part to the gigantic success of the games. Now finally Warner Bros have greenlit the movie, and it is set to be released in 2014. Slashfilm report that Chris Lord and Phil Miller, who directed the brilliant Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, are signed on to direct. They’ve described the movie as ‘something like if Michael Bay kidnapped Henry Selick to make a movie for him’ and have hinted that Everything, from the characters to the clouds, will be lego. How cool is that? Some may scoff and say it’s a pointless adaptation, but Chris McKay of Robot Chicken fame is also on board, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Leon)
Warner Bros has given the green light to a CGI/live action film based on the much-loved children's building blocks, after toying with the project since 2008
Transformers, GI: Joe (read: Action Man) and Cluedo are among the much-loved children's games and toys which Hollywood has recently seen fit to adapt for the big screen. Now Lego: the Movie looks set to be the latest to find its way into multiplexes after studio Warner Bros finally gave plans for its long-gestating film the green light.
Billed as a family-friendly action adventure based on a mix of CGI animation and live action, the new project currently remains untitled but has Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board. It looks likely to shoot in Australia for a release in 2014, according to Variety. Robot Chicken's Chris McKay has also signed up as a co-director, working under Lord and Miller. »
- Ben Child
That Lego movie that Warner Bros. has been developing for several years is really happening now. Last year Chris Lord and Phil Miller, writers and directors of the great CGI animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, were hired to direct  the movie. Now Warner Bros. has greenlit their Lego approach, which will be a live-action/animation hybrid, with about 80% of the film animated at Australian animation house Animal Logic (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole). But there's an additional name in the mix, too: Robot Chicken director Chris McKay has been enlisted to co-direct with Lord and Miller. Variety  doesn't offer any more story details than the very basic statement that the film will be "an action-adventure set in the Lego world." Over a year ago, however, Lord said , I don’t know how we’re exactly going to execute it, but I would say the »
- Russ Fischer
Slowly clicking into place since Warner Bros. nabbed the rights to make a film from the plastic stuff back in 2008, the Lego movie is now making a move towards production, with the studio setting a rough 2014 release.Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are still attached, having re-written the script originally drafted by Dan and Kevin Hagerman. And they’ve got a new recruit aboard to help with the directorial workload: Chris McKay, who’s usually to be found bringing characters to life on Robot Chicken.There are still no solid details about the plot out there, but the film will apparently comprise 80% animation with live action actors, and the search for the humans is scheduled to start in January. But the studio already has its eye on a ‘toon team to handle the plastic fantasy elements: Australian company Animal Logic, best known for »
After several years in development and lots of back and forth with the toy company, Warner Bros. Pictures is moving forward with "Lego: The Movie" for a 2014 release says Variety.
Visual effects house Animal Logic is expected to provide 80% of the animation. Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken") is also onboard to co-direct the project which will be produced in Australia. Details will be announced at a press conference in Sydney this coming week. »
- Garth Franklin
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