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Is EVERYTHING Going LEGO? Watch Universal's "Non-Stop" Trailer in Plastic Bricks

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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No doubt about it. We are in the grip of full scale "Lego-Mania". The Lego Movie is breaking records at the box office and today we get Universal's trailer for Non-Stop in Lego style. Next up, The Simpsons - on their May 4th episode - the 550th - Homer will wake up to a Springfield-turned-Lego.

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The LEGO Movie' with Chris McKay

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 15, 2014 12:01 AM
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Now that The LEGO Movie is already a hit going into its second weekend and "Everything Is Awesome" (with a likely sequel in the works), let's chat with Chris McKay, the animation supervisor. He worked with Animal Logic on a particularly fitting stop-motion vibe in CG (what they called seven points of articulation).

Immersed in Movies: Master Building 'The LEGO Movie' with Phil Lord and Chris Miller

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 7, 2014 3:30 AM
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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.

REVIEW: "The Lego Movie"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • February 6, 2014 1:45 PM
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The Lego Movie is a textbook example of a film that’s “review proof.” Whether critics like it or not - or whether it’s any good or not - it will make money because every little boy in the country will insist on being taken to it, probably multiple times. The Lego Movie is often clever and funny, although it could easily have been better.

Immersed in Movies: Laughing it Up at the 'LEGO Movie' Press Conference

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 4, 2014 5:56 PM
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Maybe it was the wacky LEGOLAND backdrop (with the marvelous miniature set behind them), or the funny nature of the movie itself, or the fact that Morgan Freeman was such a hoot, but the LEGO Movie press conference was even more fun than expected. Among the participants were directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller; voice talent Chris Pratt, Freeman, Will Arnett, and Elizabeth Banks; producer Dan Lin; and animation supervisor Chris McKay. Here are a few of the highlights:

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The LEGO Movie' at Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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The LEGO Movie (Feb. 7, 2014) was best summed up by directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Chris McKay at Comic-Con as an organic stop-motion vibe, as though LEGOS had really come to life. Imagine if Michael Bay had kidnapped Henry Selick and forced him to make the movie he saw in his brain.

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