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Watch: Michelangelo & Abraham Lincoln Team Up For 'Lego Movie' Spin-Off Short 'History Cops'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 9:29 AM
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The Lego Movie
Unless you won the lottery or something, you probably haven't had as good a year as Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The directing team's fourth film, "22 Jump Street," hits theaters tomorrow having picked up the best reviews of any film of the summer so far, and it looks likely to perform equally well at the box office, having already grown from its predecessor on the international opening (the film tripled the original's opening in the UK). But remarkably, it's their second monster hit of the year so far: only four months ago, the duo also directed "The Lego Movie," which went from unpromising cash-in to being the most exciting and innovative animated film since Pixar were consistently great.

'22 Jump Street' DVD & Blu-ray Will Feature A 10-Minute Alternate Cut With All The Jokes Taken Out

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 10:15 AM
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22 Jump Street
Comedy sequel "22 Jump Street" lands on Friday, and as you'll know from our review, it's maybe the best movie of the summer so far, and certainly the funniest. But if you're someone who really hates jokes and laughing, there's some good news for you, because when the film hits DVD & Blu-ray at the end of the year, there'll be an alternate cut of the film without any gags in it.

Phil Lord & Chris Miller Talk 'Lego Movie 2' And Marvel, Turning Down 'Ghostbusters 3' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 12:51 PM
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22 Jump Street
With one hit movie under their belts this year with "The Lego Movie," and another likely champ in "22 Jump Street" opening this weekend (review here), Hollywood is Phil Lord and Chris Miller's oyster at the moment. Meaning, that they can basically do whatever they want. So it's no surprise they are getting scripts and projects tossed their way, so it wasn't a total shock when Sony offered them the long-developing "Ghostbusters 3." The story made headlines, but the pair quickly turned it down, but not for the reasons you might think.

Review: Phil Lord And Chris Miller's '22 Jump Street' Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill & Ice Cube

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2014 6:20 PM
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22 Jump Street
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built a career out of making things work that really should not have worked. Coming off only the short-lived cult animated series "Clone High," and a brief year on "How I Met Your Mother," the duo made their feature debut with "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," an adaptation of a 34-page children's picture book that looked pretty poor on paper, and turned out to be something of a treat for people of any age. Then, they took on a reboot of '80s cop show "21 Jump Street," starring the much-mocked Channing Tatum, and turned it into a fresh and funny spin on both the high school and the buddy cop movie. And only a few months ago, they turned something called "The Lego Movie" into one of the best films of the year so far.

Watch: Final, 3-Minute Red Band Trailer For '22 Jump Street' Takes It To The Next Level

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 12:08 AM
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22 Jump Street
We started the day with "22 Jump Street," so we might as well end it there too. Earlier, we got the first clip and a bunch of new images for the movie, and now just as we're about to go to bed, Sony has dropped the final, three-minute red band trailer for the movie. And yes, it looks really good.

Phil Lord & Chris Miller Come To Their Senses, Reportedly Bail On Directing 'Ghostbusters 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 6:31 PM
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22 Jump Street
So, a couple weeks back, you may have been delighted (or horrified) by the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were eyeing the director's chair for the forever developing "Ghostbusters 3." On the one the hand, these are the guys have turned out critically acclaimed smash hits "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie." On the other hand, they can do so much better than trying revive this wheezing, forever developing sequel. And thankfully they've bailed.

Phil Lord & Chris Miller Reportedly Looking At Director's Chair For 'Ghostbusters 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 9:00 AM
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In an industry hellbent on rebooting, remaking, spinning off and repackaging toys, comic books, TV shows and more, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the rare example of guys who make whatever they touch fresh, creative and hugely entertaining. On paper, it was hard to see what "21 Jump Street" could become, but in execution Lord and Miller created a ludicrously hilarious buddy movie. And in "The Lego Movie," the pair used the framework of a toy movie for a subversive, wildly inventive adventure infused with pure imagination. And everything they've touched (including "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs") has been a smash at the box office. So, who ya gonna call for "Ghostbusters 3"?

'The Lego Movie' Sequel Gets 2017 Release Date; Watch Phil Lord's 20-Minute 2012 TED Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 3:29 PM
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Time to get those plastic bricks and start building... excitement! The inevitable, and already-in-the-works "The Lego Movie" sequel now has a release date, so get out your day planners.

Watch: Endearing & Amusing "Blooper Reel" From 'The Lego Movie'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 13, 2014 6:11 PM
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The Lego Movie
The unstoppable “Lego Movie” grossed a whopping $69 million in its opening weekend—second all-time for a February release, behind “The Passion of the Christ”—should hit $100 million worldwide this weekend and looks like it will have long, long legs for repeat viewings.

Discuss: Is The Success Of 'The Lego Movie' To Be Celebrated...Or Feared?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Lego Movie
This past weekend brought the first bonafide blockbuster of 2014. Despite terrible weather and the Winter Olympics as competition, Warner Bros' "The Lego Movie" came in just south of $70 million, marking it the second-best February opening, and the fourth-best non-sequel animated opening, of all time. More surprising, at least to some, was the wild critical adulation that greeted its release: at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, it has a higher score than all but two of the Oscar nominees this year (for whatever a RT score is worth). Hell, even notable contrarian Armond White liked it. And on this occasion at least the consensus is right, because "The Lego Movie" is a total delight, the best animated movie since Pixar still gave a shit, and by some distance the most inventive and enjoyable wide release of this young year.

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