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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.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' Gets Served Up

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 3, 2013 9:59 AM
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One of the biggest, most pleasant surprises of 2009 was "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Loosely based on the slim children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who at the time were best known for their cult TV series "Clone High"), and produced by the relatively unproven Sony Animation, it seemingly came out of nowhere and totally delighted just about everyone who saw it. Of course, an unexpected hit always leads to a more expected follow-up, so this fall we're getting "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," whose new trailer just dropped online.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Lego Movie' From The Directors Of 'Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2013 7:28 PM
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Isn't there a Lego movie every other week with Batman, Superman and Star Wars? It's honestly hard to tell, there's a Lego trailer all the time and this writer personally just drowns them all out, but Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie" is something else entirely. First up, it's directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors behind "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" who more than successfully transferred over into the world of live action with "21 Jump Street." Writers and directors from the animation world, they have a great sense of comedy, rhythm, dimension and space; must-have elements for filmmakers.Well, they're back in the world of animation with "Lego: The Movie," and as lame and generic as the title may be — the whole thing can seem like just an excuse to sell toys (which it probably is, anyhow —the trailer is admittedly awesome.

Phil Lord & Chris Miller Returning To Direct '21 Jump Street' Sequel, Producer Teases Plot

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 24, 2013 2:59 PM
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When a film like “21 Jump Street” winds up becoming such a huge hit ($200 million worldwide, to be more specific), the talk of a sequel is very much inevitable. But unlike many other films, thanks to the great chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, we welcome any news regarding a potential “21 Jump Street” sequel. And while directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have certainly kept themselves busy with the upcoming animated film “The Lego Movie,” it sounds like they are definitely on board.

'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller To Direct Andy Samberg Cop Comedy Pilot; Terry Crews Joins Cast

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 24, 2013 10:25 AM
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Pilot season is moving right along, and the still-untitled cop comedy pilot starring Andy Samberg that was set up last fall has some new blood. Directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to be at the helm, while Terry Crews will costar. The project is one of six comedy pilots to be picked up by Fox so far, and comes from Mike Schur and Dan Goor, the creators of “Parks and Recreation,” so it’s shaping up to be a powerhouse team.

Warner Bros Create Pixar-Style Brain Trust For Animated Films, Includes Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Nicholas Stoller And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 4:47 PM
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This was bound to happen, we're mostly just surprised it didn't happen sooner. You would think that with Pixar's long-standing track record of proving that originality, high standards and creative vision can produce results that please both audiences and critics, rival studios would copycat their Brain Trust structure. As much a part of their brand as the lamp in their logo, Pixar's Brain Trust -- a collection of writers, directors and more -- routinely look at in-progress projects, break them down, pick them apart and build them back up again, all to create the best movie possible. Animated movies take years to make, and yet the Brain Trust won't see one to completion unless it rigorously passes muster (though that doesn't explain "Cars 2"). At any rate, Warner Bros. is going to give the concept a shot.

So Much Awesome: Will Arnett Is Batman, Channing Tatum Possibly Superman In 'Lego: The Piece Of Resistance'; Chris Pratt Leads Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 5:23 PM
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On paper, the idea of a movie based on Lego sounds ridiculous and so easy to be exploited into a quick cash grab, brainless, toy brand blockbuster. But thankfully, the folks behind "Lego: The Piece Of Resistance" are putting their aims high for something that sounds like it's going to be a total blast. Anyway, we'll just fastforward to the good part: Batman and Superman are gonna be in this.

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