New THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer Fights Squids and Struggles with Skype

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DreamWorks Animation has released a new The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The spin-off features Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private joining with a group of spies to fight the nefarious Dr. Octavius Brine.  This trailer goes into more detail about the plot, but it also provides more of the great humor that was showcased at the film’s Comic-Con panel.  I’m rarely excited for DreamWorks Animation movies, but I expect to have a big smile plastered on my face when I go see this one.

Hit the jump to check out The Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th, and features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray Review

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The idea of making a movie out of LEGO toys sounds stupid on paper.  Though you have no narrative you’re stuck to (which is both good and bad), the film’s existence seems based on shilling a product.  That Phil Lord and Chris Miller were able to transcend that and deliver a movie with heart and great jokes is nothing short of a miracle.  The LEGO Movie is not only excellent, it could very well be an all-time great movie.  My review of the 3D Blu-ray of The LEGO Movie follows after the jump.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord Talk 22 JUMP STREET, How Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Weren’t Contracted for the Sequel, Why Brie Larson Isn’t in the Film, and More

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What’s frustrating about the movie world nowadays is it feels like we are always looking forward rather than enjoying the moment.  We spend years anticipating a movie and the moment it gets released it’s on to the next thing.  It’s frustrating.  Yet I’m as guilty as anyone; I do the same thing.  Which is why, during this holiday weekend, I want to take a second to talk about 22 Jump Street.  While many of you have seen Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s awesome sequel, a bunch of you have heard the buzz but haven’t found the time to go.  Trust me, if you want to laugh and have a good time, see this film, especially this weekend when the theater is crowded.  I normally hate crowded theaters but with comedies I’ll admit it’s a lot more fun to laugh with strangers than on your own.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review and check out all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day I landed an extended video interview with Chris Miller and Phil Lord.  While I already posted a lot from that interview, I saved a bit for today so I could have something to remind you guys to see their film.  During this portion of the interview they talked about when Sony approached them to do the sequel, how Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum weren’t contractually obligated to do it, how Amy Pascal, the head of Sony Pictures, was laughing the most at the table read during the jokes about things being “too expensive,” the sequel budget, why Brie Larson isn’t in the sequel, and if they might make a 3rd Jump Street movie.  Hit the jump to watch.

Emmet Tours the LEGO Factory in Exclusive Clip from THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray

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It’s going to be incredibly hard for any animated film to top The LEGO Movie this year, let alone any other comedy period (though for some reason, I feel 22 Jump Street has a strong shot).  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller crafted a hilarious, inventive, and soulful film based on a toy with zero mythology or backstory, and I personally can’t wait to revisit the film on Blu-ray in a few weeks.  In anticipation of the home video release of The LEGO Movie on June 17th, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the collection of bonus features.  In this clip, Lord, Miller, and producer Dan Lin tour the actual LEGO factory with little Emmet in tow, giving fans a humorous look at how all LEGO figures are made.

Hit the jump to watch the The LEGO Movie Blu-ray clip.  The film is currently available as a digital download and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 17th.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Will Forte’s “Crazy and Wonderful” Fox Series THE LAST MAN ON EARTH; Reveal It Will Consist of 10 Episodes

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Though directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have gained considerable notoriety in recent years with excellent films like 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, the duo actually got their start in television with the short-lived animated series Clone High.  They dipped their toes back into the TV waters last year by helming the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but they’ll have a more hands-on role in the ambitious upcoming Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth.  Lord and Miller hatched the idea for the series with Will Forte, who stars as the literal last human being on Earth.  The teaser trailer promised something unlike anything else on network TV, and that’s exactly what Lord, Miller, and Forte are crafting.

While speaking with Lord and Miller in anticipation of the upcoming 22 Jump Street, Steve also asked the two about their involvement with The Last Man on Earth.  They revealed that the season will likely consist of just 10 episodes, they’re directing the first few, and they’ve been in the writers room working on the first set of scripts.  Hit the jump for more.

22 JUMP STREET Review

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Over the past couple of years Phil Lord & Christopher Miller‘s 21 Jump Street has become one of my favorite comedies.  I can watch it any time, quote it, and find new things to love about it every time.  It set a high bar for a sequel, and the bar gets even higher when you consider that comedy sequels rarely eclipse or even meet the quality of the original.  Rather than strictly go by the rules of comedy sequels, Lord & Miller have once again done what they do best: play against expectations.  Following Captain Dickson’s edict from the first film to “Embrace your stereotypes!”, 22 Jump Street happily acknowledges its sequel status, and tries to derive comedy from its trappings.  Like the first movie, the sequel delivers plenty of laughs, brilliant jokes, weird moments, and excellent chemistry from stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum even if their characters’ relationship is strained a little too far and a little too reliant on gay jokes derived from their bromance.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Reveal They’ve Been Offered a Superhero Movie; Talk the Possibility of Directing a Drama, Playing the “Failure Card”, and THE REUNION

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Coming off the success of 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and now 22 Jump Street, many are wondering what directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will do next.  They’re both exciting and talented filmmakers who have shown a knack for tackling pretty much any kind of material and turning it into gold, and some have been wondering if/when they might apply their talents to the biggest genre around: the superhero movie.  The genre seems to be at the height of its popularity with no signs of slowing down, and though there are a litany of projects that would benefit from Lord and Miller’s involvement, comics fans are interested to see what they might do with superhero-centric material.

During an extended conversation in anticipation of the release of 22 Jump Street, Steve asked Lord and Miller if they’ve been offered any superhero films (no surprise: they have) and what it would take for them to sign on to such a project.  With regards to future films, they addressed playing “the failure card” (ie. doing an offbeat passion project directly after a big success) and discussed the prospect of directing a drama sometime in the future, citing the work of the Coen brothers as a tonal aspiration.  Moreover, they provided a brief update on The Reunion.  Read on after the jump.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Wolf in Animated Spinoff

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first The Penguins of Madagascar trailer for the upcoming spinoff of the animated Madagascar franchise.  Directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie), the film finds the scene-stealing penguins leading a film of their own as they’re joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), who leads a covert team of protective animals.  Though the pic may seem like an easy way to extend the lucrative series, this trailer is actually quite funny.  The pic appears to be a throwback to the action films of the 80s and 90s, and the titular penguins are a great source of physical comedy.

Hit the jump tow watch the first Penguins of Madagascar trailer.  The film also features the voices of John Malkovich, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, and Peter StormareThe Penguins of Madagascar opens in theaters on November 26th.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk 22 JUMP STREET, the Amazing Ending Credits, and the Blu-ray; Reveal it Has 45 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

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Opening this weekend is 22 Jump Street, the fantastic sequel from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  As most of you already know, the film finds Channing Tatum  and Jonah Hill reprising their undercover cop roles from the first movie, as they are now tasked with infiltrating a college campus.   Loaded with great jokes and fantastic performances from Tatum, Hill, and the rest of the cast (Ice CubeNick Offerman Amber StevensPeter StormareRob RiggleDave Franco, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts), 22 Jump Street should absolutely be seen in a theater this weekend.  You’ll love it.  For more on the film, watch these clips and behind-the-scenes footage or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Phil Lord and Chris Miller.   They talked about being on Twitter when the first press screening was ending, the  amazing end credits and how they made it happen, if they’d be willing to make another Jump Street movie, deleted scenes and why they were cut, and more.  In addition, they reveal that the 22 Jump Street Blu-ray will have 45 minutes of deleted scenes and a special cut of the film that’s only dramatic scenes–no jokes at all.  The running time of that cut is 10 minutes!  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Their Thoughts on the Original, Projects They’ve Passed on, and More

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Several months ago, The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were rumored to be in talks to direct Ghostbusters 3 after Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters, dropped out.  A couple weeks later, it was reported that Lord and Miller had turned down the gig, thus deflating the hopes of people who may have been cold on the idea of a third Ghostbusters movie, but thought the talented duo might have an intriguing take on the material.

At the press junket for Lord and Miller’s new film, 22 Jump Street, Steve asked the directors about their involvement with Ghostbusters 3, discussions behind the scenes about the sequel, their thoughts about the original, reasons they’ve turned down projects, and more.  Click on the respective links for what they had to say about a Clone High movie and The LEGO Movie 2.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk THE LEGO MOVIE, Its Huge Success, Their Involvement in THE LEGO MOVIE 2, the Status of the Script, and More

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The LEGO Movie is one of my favorite films of the year, and I’m glad it was such a huge hit.  Although it may be a bit of stretch to call it a sleeper since it wasn’t a tiny indie, the movie still far surpassed expectations.  Speaking to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the press junket for their new movie, 22 Jump Street, they agreed that they were taken aback at the movie’s smash success.  “That first weekend, everyone was shocked,” says Lord.  “We had crazy hopes, but there was no sense that it was going to make almost $70 million that weekend.  And we were mixing that movie in January.”

Hit the jump for more about their reaction to The LEGO Movie‘s success, the popularity of “Everything Is Awesome”, their heavy involvement in The LEGO Movie 2, when they hope to have the first draft completed, and more.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Say They’re Discussing the Possibility of a CLONE HIGH Movie; Talk Potential Rating and More

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Having helmed the excellent Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street all in a row, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now become household names.  Their track record is impeccable, and before they delved into the feature film world, they worked their magic on the small screen with the short-lived animated series Clone High.  Created by Lord, Miller, and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, Clone High ran for one season on MTV from 2002 to 2003, telling the story of a high school that was secretly run as an elaborate military experiment created by the government, in which all of the students are actually clones of famous historical figures.  It was a fantastic 13 episodes that carried Lord and Miller’s signature sense of humor, and though it didn’t last long, the series built up a pretty passionate fanbase.

While recently speaking with Lord and Miller during an extended conversation in anticipation of the release of 22 Jump Street, Steve asked the duo if there’s a possibility of resurrecting the series.  The two revealed that they’ve been talking with Lawrence about bringing Clone High back potentially in movie form, going on to discuss the difficulties of finding the right rating for a feature film iteration.  Much more after the jump.

Early 22 JUMP STREET Reviews Praise the Film’s Meta Commentary on Sequels and Consistent Laughs

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Comedy sequels are incredibly difficult to pull off.  For every Back to the Future Part II, there are a hundred Caddyshack II’s.  It’s almost impossible to recapture the lightning in a bottle that made Airplane! or Ghostbusters so fantastic, but if anyone can pull off a successful comedy follow-up, it’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  They’ve made a habit of wildly surpassing expectations, and early reviews for their 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street are incredibly positive, praising the film’s self-referential nature, emotional backbone, and a standout end credits sequence sequences in addition to another pair of solid performances by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.  Though the film is still over a week from release, we’ve rounded up a few of the reviews and reactions to give you an overview of the response thus far.

Hit the jump to take a look.  22 Jump Street opens in theaters on June 13th. 

New 22 JUMP STREET Clips and 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Sony Pictures has release four 22 Jump Street clips and nearly 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s highly anticipated comedy sequel.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles from the first movie as their undercover cop characters are tasked with infiltrating a college campus.  Normally this would be a prime example of mining familiar territory in order to take advantage of a popular property, but Lord and Miller are on a fantastic role (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) and have a wonderfully inventive sensibility, so I’m inclined to think that we’re in for something really funny and self-aware with this follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the collection of 22 Jump Street clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Ice CubeNick Offerman, Amber StevensPeter StormareRob RiggleDave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.  22 Jump Street opens in theaters on June 13th.

New 22 JUMP STREET Images and Featurette; Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Are Game for the Challenge of a Comedy Sequel

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Sony Pictures has released a collection of new 22 Jump Street images and a new behind-the-scenes featurette for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy sequel.  In this featurette, the filmmaking duo discuss the challenge of recapturing the magic that made the first film so great, and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are up to the task.  Lord and Miller have made a habit of greatly surpassing expectations, and I have no reason to believe 22 Jump Street will be any different for those wary of a comedy sequel.  The follow-up finds Hill and Tatum’s characters taking their undercover operation to a college campus, and I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store when the film opens in theaters next month.

Hit the jump to check out a batch of new 22 Jump Street images as well as the featurette.  The film also stars Ice CubeNick Offerman, Amber StevensPeter StormareRob RiggleDave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts22 Jump Street opens on June 13th.

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