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With a title like “The Lego Movie”, most potential audience members will probably have made up their minds one way or the other. The film itself shows that you can't judge a film by its title; unless you think it's going to be awesome, in which case you happen to be right. It seems that many people did expect it to be awesome, going by the film's box office. But really, The Lego Movie will appeal to anyone who likes creativity (which should, in theory, be anyone who's a fan of cinema). And here's why...
It's from the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a terrifically inventive ode to geeky enthusiasm (a scientist is hailed as a hero for making it rain cheeseburgers), with a goofy wit, stylish cinematography (or whatever the animated equivalent is), and one of the most oddly »
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Bill Hader has begun to stretch himself as an actor since leaving Saturday Night Live last year. Sure, he has worked steadily in films like Superbad, Adventureland and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs amongst numerous other parts, but he has also begun taking lead roles in movies like The Skeleton Twins. He has begun earning more and more acclaim as an actor rather than the funny guy who did impressions on SNL. In the upcoming book "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today's Top »
- Alex Maidy
To celebrate the release of Into the Storm, hitting UK cinemas on the 20th August, we have put together our favourite extreme weather films.
This film reminds us that all extreme weather is 100 times worse when experienced at sea. The Perfect Storm is about the crew of the Andrea Gail, a small sword boat that fishes for swordfish. The crew decide to ignore weather warnings and risk one last fishing expedition, after a poor season of catch. Little do the crew know, they are heading into the perfect storm, one they are unlikely to survive. Watching this film will show you how far visual effects have come since it was released in 2000. However, as it stars George Clooney, we can forget the visual effects in favour of watching his face.
The Day after Tomorrow is one big lesson about global warming and a »
- Phil Wheat
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
Running Time: 100 minutes
Out among the possibilities of film and animation, The Lego Movie sounded like a great idea but how would it ever be accessible, interesting and just as fun as it is in real life? Well, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller already did quirky successfully after bringing forth the unexpected hit of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs in 2009. From this they grabbed something else that shouldn’t have worked and revamped 21 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and made something pretty darn unique.
The Lego Movie is completely original as it effortlessly clicks together different parts of a well-known brand and also adds something that both adults and kids can love. Lego has always had that extra »
- Dan Bullock
John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner are set to direct this tale centering on a pair of superhero wannabes. While Sony Pictures Animation is best known for family-friendly fare such as The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania, this project will cater to a different audience.
"Superbago is a unique new project for Sony Pictures Animation. I love that our studio has the luxury of not being tied down to one specific type of movie. Superbago will skew older than »
The directing and writing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have quickly made a career out of taking concepts that appear ludicrous and crafting clever works full of inventive storytelling. Starting with the cult animated series Clone High to the surprise hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the even more surprising comedic reboot of 21 Jump Street they have shown creativity can begin in the most unlikely of places. Even with that said their latest, The Lego Movie, feels like they have bitten off more than they can chew.
How do you make it more than a pale imitation of Toy Story, or how to you avoid it becoming a licensers dream with a constant barrage a franchise characters that do nothing more than add name recognition? »
- Dan Clark
Previously, on a very special episode of Clone High...
“Way, way back in the 1980s, secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies. Now the clones are sexy teens and they're gonna make it if they try.”
So goes the theme tune to Clone High, the MTV animated series that ran for one season from 2002 to 2003. As a concept for a TV series goes, there's a hell of a lot of mileage in doing a teen drama featuring the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, John F Kennedy and Cleopatra in school together.
The series was animated in the style of Genndy Tartakovsky’s hand-drawn animated series, such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, with stylised character design and slightly more limited movement, making »
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Due Out: June 17, 2014
Own “The Lego Movie” now on Digital HD and on June 17th on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2-Disc Special Edition
Plot: An ordinary construction worker (Pratt) is thought to be a messiah of his Lego society when he becomes stuck to a prophetic red thing.
Crafted with the imagination of an uncorrupted mind making a 60-million-dollar home movie with Legos, The Lego Movie is an excellent piece of marketing for its title product. Contrary to numerous other films that are dumped out unto our non-yellow-handed world, »
- Nick Allen
Since making their feature debut in 2009 with the animated adventure Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been slowly establishing themselves as two of the top tier comedic filmmakers in Hollywood, and with the release of both The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street this year that fact has been firmly established. Each feature they.ve made has not only been able to earn heaps of critical praise, but also box office success. Those are the two magic pieces you need to write your own ticket in Hollywood, so there remains one big question: what the hell are they going to do next? Ever since 22 Jump Street managed to trounce How To Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters this past weekend, I have been racking my brain thinking about the directions I would love to see Lord and Miller go. Considering their sensibilities, style, taste »
A decade ago, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were unheard of in Hollywood. Their beloved but short lived cult classic animated series Clone High had been canceled a year earlier, and their next directing gig wouldn’t come until 2009’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Now, in 2014, they have become magicians of sorts, turning stale ideas into fresh hits for the studios and have had 2 films dominate their opening weekend at the box office.
You could see their smarts all the way back in Clone High, they were taking familiar faces and putting a different context to them. And after the surprisingly fun and whip-smart Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hollywood took notice of these two patron saints of meta filmmaking.
Their type of storytelling can best be exemplified by the protagonist of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Flint Lockwood. In multiple sequences throughout the film »
- Dylan Griffin
Even though The Lego Movie was a monster hit at the box office, some Warner Bros. executives think that Emmet's everyman story needs to be spiced up. So, in a clip from the upcoming Blu-ray, they've added the popular Lego Ninjago characters into a couple of key action sequences. This not only improves the movie greatly, but it also helps set up audiences for the 2016 animated adventure Ninjago by introducing these popular Ninja brick warriors. Check out the new improved action, and then be sure to pick-up The Lego Movie, on Blu-ray this week!
Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody. »
“The Lego® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego® adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), it stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. The original 3D computer animated story 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. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. »
No doubt fans of 21 Jump Street recognized plenty of callbacks and self-deprecating cracks made by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the über-meta sequel 22 Jump Street. From a running gag about how sequels are more expensive versions of the exact same thing (including undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko’s high-tech new HQ, which Jenko describes as cool “as a Cube of Ice”) to the line “F— you, doves!” (surely a throwback to the first installment’s fan-favorite line “F— you, science!”), the movie was chockablock with them.
That said, judging from some conspicuous moments of silence during gags at the »
- Lanford Beard
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are the masterminds behind films like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and now 22 Jump Street. We caught up with the hilarious duo to find out about their second film with stars and producers Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, including how the foursome made things work behind the scenes. On Allie: Judith and Charles top and Halston Heritage skirt »
- Allie Merriam
22 Jump Street
In lesser hands, the overtly meta nature of 22 Jump Street could easily have become insufferably smug. Directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, though, have been proving themselves to be kings of manic, self-aware comedy, and their more consistently strong follow-up to 2012′s 21 Jump Street might be the best comedy sequel since Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
This time around, officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) have botched another pursuit of a criminal (Peter Stormare). Deputy Hardy (Nick Offerman) dismisses Jenko’s vocal desire to transfer to the Secret Service, sending the pair back to the undercover operations of Jump Street, because they unexpectedly did so well last time and the department “has invested a lot of money to make sure Jump Street keeps going.”
- Josh Slater-Williams
The first 21 Jump Street reboot movie didn’t just safely navigate the traps and pot holes of cheesy TV adaptations — it made the exercise a breezy art. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s odd-couple pairing as two narc cops going undercover at a high school snuck up on critics — a luxury they don’t have at their disposal in the sequel.
But that doesn’t seem to be stopping director Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) from doubling down on the same comic sensibility. The only thing that’s changed for 22 Jump Street is the setting — college — and »
- Jeff Labrecque
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a thing for signing on to seemingly undesirable projects and then turning them into pleasant surprises. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie all seemed like proof that Hollywood had run out of ideas. Yet each time, critics and audiences were caught off-guard by how unexpectedly good they were. Not surprised, however, were fans of Lord and Miller's Clone High, the irreverent, incredibly funny, surprisingly touching animated show about a high school solely attended by famous clones (Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, etc.). This weekend, the pair again find themselves with a project that should be bad — a sequel to their remake, 22 Jump Street — but instead is actually quite wonderful. We spoke to the directing and writing partners about 22 Jump Street, the influence of Clone High on their current work, and the finale of »
- Jesse David Fox
While speaking with filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, one thing was unmistakable: these guys were really, really tired. The duo, who created the beloved (albeit short lived) MTV animated series Clone High went on to become one of the most in-demand directing teams in the business, helming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, surprise smash 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie and this week’s 22 Jump Street. The Lego Movie proved to be one of the most critically and commercially successful films of the year and 22 Jump Street should follow suit. (They also helmed the pilot for the Will Forte series The Last Man on Earth, which will premiere at midseason.) So it’s understandable why they looked so beat: helming two of the year’s biggest studio movies...
- Drew Taylor
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