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'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.

Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy That Just Might Be An Instant Classic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 10:30 PM
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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality, conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formulas excuses, and can sometimes enhance, the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:49 AM
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The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Punched Up The Humor In ‘The Darkest Hour’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 5:16 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Talk With Emile Hirsch At Comic-Con Including His Love For 'Avatar'Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Summit Entertainment screened the first official trailer for their upcoming alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of a group of Americans traveling in Moscow who survive an alien invasion and team up with others to try and fight back. Following a presentation by Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson ("Unstoppable"), The Playlist stole a few minutes with the film’s star Emile Hirsch to find out what appealed to him about this role and the character driven elements and humor to be found within the forthcoming film.

'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Sequel To Be Written By 'Horrible Bosses' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 2:57 AM
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John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Penning Script; Phil Lord & Chris Miller Not Returning To DirectHitting theaters in 2009, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was a surprise hit both with critics and audiences. Hauling in over $240 million worldwide, it was proof that Pixar wasn't the only animation studio with a stranglehold on the public and it also announced the arrival of directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller who have since parlayed the cred they earned on that film, into their first live action gig, taking on the upcoming "21 Jump Street." A sequel was pretty much inevitable, and now the wheels are formally in motion as 24 Frames reveals that "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be penning the screenplay.

Channing Tatum Will Be Hot For Teacher, 'Bridesmaids' Star Ellie Kemper, In '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:46 AM
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We can't be the only ones who feel like Ellie Kemper is going to be a giant movie star. The 31-year-old actress, a graduate of Princeton, Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Onion and McSweeney's, has been one of the shining lights of "The Office" since her introduction as touched-in-the-head receptionist Erin a couple of seasons back, and after supporting roles in "Mystery Team," "Get Him To The Greek" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," she broke-out on the big-screen in a major way this summer in the mega-hit "Bridesmaids."

Jake Johnson Latest To Join Cast Of '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:02 AM
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Considering it's the kind of project that we'd normally run a mile from (namely, a big-budget remake of a 1980s TV show that no one really gives a shit about), we're curiously optimistic about "21 Jump Street." Like the show, which launched the career of Johnny Depp, the movie will focus on a group of fresh-faced cops who go undercover in a high school, but the new version is an R-rated action-comedy take on the material, described as "Bad Boys" meets "John Hughes."

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