Were you the type of kid who meticulously built LEGO models from the blueprints or did you veer off the beaten path and dream up your own unique creations? Either way, LEGO now has an opportunity for fans young and old to see their designs come alive on the big screen. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fame, need your help designing some wacky vehicles cobbled together from your assorted LEGO collection. Winning designs will appear in LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, the 3D animated movie that features the voices of Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman. The film opens February 7th, 2014 in the U.S. and February 28th, 2014 in the U.K. Hit the jump for details on the design competitions in both countries.
Warner Bros. has moved up the mostly-animated film LEGO: The Piece of Resistance up a few weeks to February 7, 2014. The 3D movie, written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an “instruction worker” who is mistaken for the Master Builder. The Lego crew them embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman, and will reportedly include cameos from LEGO Batman and Superman.
Originally set for February 28, 2014, LEGO now has competition from the action films RoboCop and Need for Speed. However, since LEGO is one of the most popular toys ever created, it will probably dominate the box office no matter when it’s released.
The hilarious new comedy Pitch Perfect, from director Jason Moore (Broadway’s Avenue Q) and screenwriter Kay Cannon (New Girl, 30 Rock), tells the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), a young woman who dreams of being a music producer, but who instead finds herself at Barden University in an all-female a cappella singing group. With both new takes on old favorites and hits of right now, The Bellas fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.
At the film’s press junket, actress/producer Elizabeth Banks spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much fun she had playing one of the a cappella competition commentators, how much improvisation she did with co-star John Michael Higgins, just how many outtakes they have, what made her see a movie in the book the film is based on, what she’s most proud of with the finished product, and the guidelines she and her husband use, when it comes to finding projects for their company, Brownstone Productions. She also talked about getting ready to return to the role of Effie Trinket for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the possibility of taking on the role of Tinkerbell for the feature film Tink, and recording a voice for the animated feature Lego: The Piece of Resistance. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
When last we reported on Lego: The Piece of Resistance, it was to tell you that Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) would be voicing the protagonist. Now, it looks like directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) will be adding Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) to their voice cast. The picture, which is an 80/20 blend of animation/live-action, centers on Emmet (Pratt), an “instruction worker” who is mistaken for the Master Builder. The Lego crew them embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Hit the jump for more on Banks and Freeman’s roles in the film, as well as updates on other cast members.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are powering up their Lego feature film with the addition of Batman and Superman. The film, now titled Lego: The Piece of Resistance, stars Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as Emmet, an “instruction worker” in the Lego world who has zero creative skills and can only build from the provided manual. When he is mistakenly identified as a legendary MasterBuilder, Emmet reluctantly embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the world together. Lego: The Piece of Resistance, itself an 80/20 blend of Lego-animation and live-action, also features Robot Chicken director Chris McKay as a co-director under Lord and Miller. Hit the jump for more on the project, including who will voice the Lego superheroes.