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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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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
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.

'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller Lining Up Magician Thriller 'Carter Beats The Devil'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 11:45 AM
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are starting to look like something like miracle workers. Until a few years ago, the duo were known, if they were known at all, for their work on short-lived MTV animation "Clone High," but made their directing debut three years back with 3D CGI animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs." It wasn't anticipated by many -- a picture-book adaptation about food raining from the skies? Yeah, right -- but those who did see it were delighted by a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart, and it landed the duo firmly on the map. And then earlier this year, they repeated the trick, taking another piece of unpromising material, in a reboot of 80s TV series "21 Jump Street," and turning it into, yes, a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart. We've seen them do wonders with premises that don't look like much, so the question is -- what will they do when they have a great piece of material to work with?

10 Reasons Why '21 Jump Street' Exceeded Expectations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 12:57 PM
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On paper, "21 Jump Street" was not an enticing proposition. A reboot of a 1980s TV series with a ludicrous premise -- fresh-faced cops go undercover as high school students. Produced by Neal Moritz, a man whose last attempt at an action-comedy reboot of a famous property was the dreadful "The Green Hornet." Directed by two first-time live-action feature directors. Written by the man behind "Project X." And starring Jonah Hill, coming off a terrible R-rated comedy flop, in "The Sitter," and Channing Tatum, a man whose previous turns weren't so much performed as whittled out of wood. 

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Talk Deleted Scenes For DVD, Shooting Action & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2012 12:56 PM
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One of the biggest compliments you can pay a movie like the new Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum vehicle "21 Jump Street" -- based on a old television property and seemingly hatched inside a coldly cynical meeting between studio chiefs and big-name action producers (in this case "Fast and Furious" overseer Neal H. Moritz) -- is what a huge surprise it is. If you had told us a few weeks ago that we would be staggering out of the theater, our sides aching from laughing too hard and our heads spinning from what a smart, fun, earnest, movie it was, we wouldn't have believed it ourselves. But it's true. "21 Jump Street" really is that good. And a big part of what makes it so fresh is that it comes from a couple of new live action directors – "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. We talked to them about the transition from live action to animation, what they wanted to incorporate into the movie, and why Dave Franco asks Tatum about his choice in music.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Reveal The Tagline They're Pitching For The 'Lego' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 13, 2012 10:02 AM
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While talking with "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller about their upcoming (and, it should be noted, totally wonderful) adaptation of the beloved 1980s television series (and we'll have their thoughts and insights on that soon), we had to ask them about their future projects, including their new animated "Lego" film. It was announced last fall they would be taking on the green-lit movie at Warner Bros., with "Robot Chicken" helmer Chris McKay joining them as well, and they confirmed the live action/animated hybrid is next.

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