Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Go Deep Undercover in First Clip from 22 JUMP STREET

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Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are quickly becoming some of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and luckily we don’t have to wait long for their follow-up to February’s delightful The LEGO Movie.  The directors are currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming comedy sequel 22 Jump Street (which we here at Collider are very much looking forward to), and the first clip from the follow-up has now arrived online.  The film finds Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters taking their undercover operation to a college campus, and in this first 22 Jump Street clip we see that the two also get involved with a drug cartel (led by Peter Stormare, natch).  Unfortunately, Tatum’s character has a bit of trouble nailing down a particular accent.

Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out his full report and interviews with Tatum & Hill, Lord & Miller, producer Neil H. Moritz, and co-star Wyatt Russell.  The film opens in theaters on June 13th.

Report: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Have Turned Down GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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The most (only?) promising thing about the long-in-the-works Ghostbusters 3 might be no more.  A couple of weeks ago, after Ivan Reitman announced his intention to only produce the third Ghostbusters film and not direct, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were reported as being in talks to take the helm as Sony was looking to start production in early 2015.  This was incredibly exciting news, as the duo excel at turning seemingly bad ideas into great movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and most recently The LEGO Movie.  The news also made sense, seeing as how Cloudy, Jump Street, and the impending 22 Jump Street were all made at Sony and Ghostbusters 3 would continue their relationship with the studio

However, just as we were settling into the exciting notion that Lord and Miller might work their magic on the Ghostbusters franchise, it sounds like it may have already vanished.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

35 Things to Know from Our Set Visit to 22 JUMP STREET, Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill

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I have a conundrum.  I want to tell you how hilarious and off-beat Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy sequel 22 Jump Street sounds, but the directors themselves have described their past successes as ones based off of low expectations, so they’d like us to play it down a bit.  I don’t know if I can do that.  After watching Channing Tatum and Wyatt Russell shoot a delightfully bizarre meet-cute scene on the football field, while Jonah Hill stands awkwardly and uncomfortably by them in full pads, and Jimmy Tatro goes on a curse-filled rant, I can’t lie to you and say you’re not going to laugh your ass off.  Sorry guys.

So I’ll do the next best thing and share a list of 35 Things to Know from our visit to the set in New Orleans, where sequel subversion was the theme of the day, and you could just tell that everyone on set was having a good time.  Hit the jump to get in the know.  22 Jump Street opens June 13th.

7 New Images from 22 JUMP STREET Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Ice Cube

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Hot off the presses from our set visit report for 22 Jump Street, we’ve got seven new images from the comedy sequel to share with you.  In addition to new looks at returning stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube, with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and new faces to the franchise Wyatt Russell and Jimmy Tatro.

Also starring Nick Offerman, Amber StevensJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts22 Jump Street opens June 13, 2014.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk 22 JUMP STREET, Managing Expectations, Animation Vs. Live Action, Subverting the Sequel, and Bromance Themes

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Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are having a pretty good year.  Their latest animated effort, The LEGO Movie, has pulled in north of $400 million worldwide since its debut earlier this year.  In fact, the directing team was busy finding time for that film’s editing process while filming their contrasting live-action sequel, 22 Jump Street.  It was during this hectic period in their schedule that I joined a small group of online journalists to visit the set.

Lord and Miller talked about managing expectations of the sequel after the first film surprised people, subverting the conventions of sequels within the sequel itself, finding the limits of being too meta, a not-much-bigger budget, collaborating with everyone on set, and exploring the themes of bromance.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say, and be sure to check out 22 Jump Street when it opens June 13th.

THE LEGO MOVIE Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Rumored to Be in Talks to Direct GHOSTBUSTERS III

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A couple days ago, we reported that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman had dropped out of directing the third installment thus reducing the people who want Ghostbusters III down to executives at Sony Pictures and Dan Aykroyd.  Ironically, Ghostbusters III just won’t die.  We’ve been reporting on the movie for years, and production on it always seems to be right around the corner, except it never happens, and pretty much everyone is okay with that.  With the recent death of Ghostbusters co-writer and co-star Harold Ramis, the sequel seemed even more unnecessary, but as we reported yesterday, the production is eyeing an early 2015 start in New York.

So who you gonna call?  The only guys that could make me remotely interested in Ghostbusters III: directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller.  Hit the jump for more.

Composer Mark Mothersbaugh Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, Re-Teaming with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Scoring Video Games and TV, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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Musician Mark Mothersbaugh has had a diverse, wonderful career that has spanned from the new wave band Devo to writing music for films, television series, and video games.  His latest score is for the hit film, The LEGO Movie.  For those who still haven’t seen The LEGO Movie, Mothersbaugh score is peppy, joyous, and goes perfectly with the upbeat, fun-loving tone of the picture.

Last week, I got a chance to interview Mothersbaugh over the phone.  During our conversation, we talked about re-teaming with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the style of the picture before they took over, writing music for video games and TV as compared to movies, working on Lord and Miller’s next movie, 22 Jump Street, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.

THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel Set for May 26, 2017 Release

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Everything will continue to be awesome.  With the incredibly impressive box office hold of The LEGO Movie, it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would be moving forward with a sequel.  The studio began developing a follow-up with screenwriter Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) weeks before the film’s release, and now Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. has slated the untitled sequel for release on May 26, 2017.  It’s unclear who will be spearheading the film behind the scenes, but LEGO Movie writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller previously said that they would probably produce the follow-up, so one imagines they won’t be returning as directors; they’re no doubt fielding a flood of offers for other projects at the moment.

After opening to $69 million and overwhelmingly positive reviews, The LEGO Movie’s current worldwide gross already stands at $202 million after just two weeks in release, and it’s expected to maintain its hold on the box office again this weekend.  WB is also developing a Ninjago movie and a recent report suggested that it might hit theaters before a LEGO Movie sequel, but it appears that the further adventures of Emmet and Co. will instead come first.

LEGO NINJAGO Stand-Alone Movie Could Debut before THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel

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As The LEGO Movie is nearing a $200 million worldwide box office with no signs of slowing, a sequel is pretty much a given.  However, a direct sequel to Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s animated family adventure film might have to wait until another LEGO sub-franchise has had its time to shine.  A little while back, we reported that Warner Bros. was developing a Ninjago film to feature the ninja-themed title world.  The studio will soon decide whether to move forward with both the LEGO sequel and the stand-alone Ninjago films, along with which film will come first.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET Reveals New Footage and Jokes from Stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

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If you’ve seen the recently released The LEGO Movie, you know that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a good handle on humor.  While the R-rated laughs found in the duo’s 21 Jump Street are obviously aimed at a different audience than the family-friendly film, they’re just as effective.  We’ve seen two cuts of trailers for Lord and Miller’s sequel, 22 Jump Street, but a new version shows off a bit more footage and shares a few new laughs.

Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Amber StevensJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts22 Jump Street opens June 13, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Dwayne Johnson Comedy BALLERS Gets Series Order at HBO; Fox Picks Up Will Forte’s LAST MAN ON EARTH

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The TV comedy landscape just improved by two.  Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson.  The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead.  Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world.  This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring.

Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The LEGO Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts.

TOP 5: THE LEGO MOVIE, The Science of ROBOCOP, Paul Bettany in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PREACHER TV Series, 2014 Super Bowl Movie Spots

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I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.

Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

THE LEGO MOVIE Review

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I loved LEGO when I was a kid.  I discovered a bag of LEGO bricks on a high shelf, and my collection expanded from there.  I was always an “instructions” kid, although I did try to combine sets from time to time.  But I always liked the minifigures the best.  I liked using them to come up with stories and adventures.  I mention all of this because The LEGO Movie is the best of all worlds.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have shown their genius once again through their unique blend of wit, humor, and heart to go far beyond what others would have boiled down to a crass, exploitative toy commercial.  While the movie will undoubtedly sell toys, it manages to respect the “instructions” kids while encouraging them to go beyond the box, build their own worlds, and discover their own creativity and personality through these adorable little toys.  But rather than aim for cheap sentiment, The LEGO Movie earns every emotion in a story that’s unabashedly silly and constantly hilarious.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk THE LEGO MOVIE, the Alternate Cut, the Sequel, Making Two Movies at Once, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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With directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller helming The Lego Movie, I was confident the animated film was going to be something special.  Even so, I will fully admit the film exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”) that you’ll be singing again and again, The LEGO Movie is truly something special and I’m beyond confident both audiences and critics are going to fall in love with the film.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

At the recent press day for the film (which took place at LEGOLAND outside San Diego), I landed an exclusive video interview with Lord and Miller.  They talked about the positive reaction to the film, the reaction to the film at LEGO headquarters in Denmark, whether there were any characters that they wanted but couldn’t get, the first cut of the film, deleted scenes and an alternate cut made up entirely of different jokes, juggling making The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street at the same time, the final ratio of actual bricks to CGI shots, creating the song “Everything Is Awesome,” the possibility of a LEGO Movie sequel, The Reunion, the current status of the editing process of 22 Jump Street, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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