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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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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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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 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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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.

Review: 'The Lego Movie' Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2014 3:04 PM
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It's easy to view "The Lego Movie" with a degree of skepticism, if not outright suspicion. This is, after all, a movie that is based on a popular line of building block toys, and one that, unlike big screen adaptations of things like "Transformers" or "Battleship," actually retain the original toy's childlike designs. In fact, "The Lego Movie" goes out of its way to remind you of the tiny plastic construction toys that you grew up and probably manipulated in some unwholesome ways. So a degree of cynicism is probably warranted, considering just how closely the movie could resemble a feature-length commercial (and to be sure, whole aisles of toy stores are currently being flooded by the stuff). But it turns out that "The Lego Movie" is an absolute blast—a whip-smart, surprisingly emotional family film where the toy property is seen less as a concrete template than a tool for seemingly limitless potential.

Watch: New Trailer 'The Lego Movie' Gets Out Of The Box, Onto The Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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Here's a question: can a toy movie actually be genuinely ... good? It's a nut that Hollywood has had a hard time cracking, particularly of late. "Transformers" may be a successful franchise, but to call them "good" would be contort and reconfigure the word like so many robots in disguise. The less said about "Battleship" the better, while Relativity has straight up thrown in the towel on "Stretch Armstrong" being a thing. But Legos? That's a whole a different ballgame.

Brie Larson Won't Be Returning For '22 Jump Street'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2013 1:59 PM
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A few months ago we ran into Brie Larson and asked her if she'd be returning for the hotly anticipated sequel to last year's surprise breakthrough "21 Jump Street." She sounded totally in and was looking forward to returning to the lighter world of big budget studio fare after spending a lean year making thought-provoking independent features (like this summer's amazing "The Spectacular Now" and "Short Term 12"). Apparently, this is no longer the case, as she recently told ScreenCrush that she would not be back for another round of R-rated hilarity alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Neil Marshall Crowned For 'Game Of Thrones,' Phil Lord & Chris Miller Book A 'Reunion' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 9, 2013 2:03 PM
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After becoming the toast of the genre world with his sophomore feature “The Descent,” Neil Marshall has had trouble connecting with the mainstream. Though both the “Mad Max”-channeling “Doomsday” and “Centurion” left little mark on audiences, it’s his work on the “Game of Thrones” season two episode “Blackwater” that he’s probably now best known for. Empire is reporting that producers have brought back Marshall to helm the fourth season finale which -- POSSIBLE SPOILER -- is set around the Battle Of Castle Black “at The Wall, with Mance Rayder.” Given how terrific his previous episode was, we’re excited to see what Marshall does with such an important of the series.

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