Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Say LEGO BATMAN Spin-Off Will Acknowledge Every Era of Batman Filmmaking; Are Handling LEGO Movies Like AVENGERS

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I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed we were getting a LEGO Batman spinoff before getting The LEGO Movie 2, but leave it to Phil Lord & Christopher Miller to get me excited for it again.  The filmmaking duo are serving as producers on LEGO Batman, and to their credit, they created a fun spin on the character in The LEGO Movie.  Also, while “Everything Is Awesome” is the song that gets all the attention (only because it gets stuck in your head to the point where you want to die), “Untitled Self Portrait” is pretty damn funny.

My main qualm with a LEGO Batman movie was that we’ve already seen Batman so many times on screen, but it turns out that LEGO Batman will be using the Dark Knight’s past on-screen iterations to its advantage.  Hit the jump for more including how the upcoming LEGO movies, including Ninjago, will tie together Avengers-style.

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 to Have More Female Characters Say Writers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller‘s The LEGO Movie is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  I’ve watched it far more than any other 2014 movie, and I can’t wait to see the further adventures of Emmet and his pals.  Unfortunately, that adventure is a long ways off.  Originally slated for May 26, 2017, the sequel was pushed back a year to make room for a Batman spin-off movie, which is fine, but part of the joke in the The LEGO Movie is that Batman is relegated to a supporting character.  Emmet, the ordinary guy, is the hero.

The upside is that Lord and Miller will return to at least write the script for The LEGO Movie 2, and they’re already on the right track with how they plan to approach gender roles.  Hit the jump for more.

Oscars: 20 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Consideration

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A total of 20 films have been submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, with titles ranging from The LEGO Movie to The Boxtrolls to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  This is an odd year in that there’s really no clear frontrunner yet.  Pixar didn’t release anything, and response to Walt Disney Animation’s sole offering, Big Hero 6, isn’t coming close to the near universal praise of Frozen last year.  DreamWorks Animation has a strong film in How to Train Your Dragon 2, but the sequel suffered a somewhat disappointing box office performance domestically.  Princess Kaguya comes from the revered folks at Studio Ghibli and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, so it could be a formidable force in the race, and I’d say The LEGO Movie is a strong contender to take home the trophy as well given its wildly positive response from critics and audiences alike.

Check out the full list and more commentary on the contenders after the jump.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Write THE LEGO MOVIE 2

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Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller appear to be taking a bit of a well-deserved breather from the film world at the moment after essentially helming this year’s The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street simultaneously.  That both films turned out excellent speaks to their talent and wonderful sense of humor, and it’s no surprise that sequels to both are currently in development.  While the extent of Lord and Miller’s involvement in 23 Jump Street is unknown at this time, when it was first announced that The LEGO Movie 2 was in the works, we learned that Lord and Miller would remain involved in the franchise as producers while their animation co-director Chris McKay took point as director.  Now word comes that the duo will have a heavier hand in the film, as they have signed on to write the script for the highly anticipated LEGO Movie sequel.  More after the jump.

Warner Bros. Unveils LEGO Film Franchise Release Dates: NINJAGO Coming in 2016 Followed by LEGO BATMAN MOVIE in 2017 and LEGO MOVIE 2 in 2018

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In addition to all the DC release dates, Warner Bros. also unveiled its plan for the Lego film franchise.  Here are the official release dates at a glance:

  • Charlie Bean’s Ninjago will arrive in 2016; it’ll be produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
  • A Chris McKay-directed The Lego Batman Movie will be released in 2017.
  • The Lego Movie 2 will hit theaters in 2018.

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Did Two More LEGO MOVIE Sequels Just Get 2018 and 2019 Release Dates?

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We’ve known that we’re getting The Lego Movie 2 on May 26, 2017 and that Ninjago spinoff on September 23, 2016 for a while, but now reports are surfacing that Warner Bros. also locked two additional dates for more Lego Movie sequels, one on May 25, 2018 and another on May 24, 2019.  The studio hasn’t confirmed that these dates are Lego specific, but if the news is true, it seems likely that they could be gunning for a Lego Movie 3 and a Ninjago sequel, too.

The Lego Movie absolutely blew the box office away back in February, taking nearly $70 million opening weekend and then going on to accumulate $258 million over the course of its six-month domestic run.  It’s actually still playing in a handful of theaters now!  Hit the jump for more on how Warner Bros. plans to keep the franchise going.

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.

Oscar Beat: What Awards Prospects Does the First Half of 2014 Have to Offer?

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We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September.  That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year.  Read on after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an impossibly great movie based on a line of building blocks, the latest delightful film from Wes Anderson, a critically praised dramatic turn from Nicolas Cage, a documentary about male genitalia, and more.  Briefly:

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.

THE LEGO MOVIE Giveaway: Includes 2,000 Lego Bricks, the Everything is Awesome 3D Blu-ray, Vitruvius MiniFigure, Character Guide, and More

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One of my favorite movies of 2014 is director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special.  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.

With The Lego Movie getting released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, we’ve been provided with something amazing to giveaway to one of our readers.  As you can see in the pictures, we’ve got a copy of the “Everything is Awesome” Blu-ray, which comes with the exclusive Vitruvius minifigure.  We’re also giving the lucky winner a Meet the Characters booklet, an Emmet minifigure, and a huge red brick filled with 2,000 LEGO bricks!   Hit the jump for details on how to enter and a ton of pictures.

Amazon Suspends Pre-Orders on THE LEGO MOVIE and other Warner Bros. Home Video Titles

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If you’re hoping to pre-order some of Warner Bros. upcoming films through Amazon, you’re going to be out of luck.  The mammoth online retailer is in a contract dispute with Warner Bros. Home Video over the price of their Blu-rays and DVDs.  According to The New York Times “The retailer’s refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another major confrontation with a supplier to become public in recent weeks.”  Amazon has already been flexing its muscle with the publishing industry, and its standoff with Hachette Book Group has led the retailer to stop accepting pre-orders and delay shipments on Hatchette’s books.

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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.

Morgan Freeman Talks TRANSCENDENCE, Working with Wally Pfister on His Directorial Debut, the Success of THE LEGO MOVIE, LUCY, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, if he thought The LEGO movie would be such a huge hit, Luc Besson’s Lucy, how he won’t be in London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), how he might be doing a remake of Going in Style, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray Coming June 17th with “Everything Is Awesome” Edition That Includes an Exclusive LEGO Minifigure and Bonus Content

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With its international box office easily climbing past $400 million, there’s no doubt that The LEGO Movie struck a chord with audiences.  Now fans can bring the frenetic fun home with them when The LEGO Movie Blu-ray becomes available on June 17th.  Not only will the animated family-friendly film come in a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-Disc Special Edition, and Digital varieties, but there will also be an “Everything Is Awesome” Edition with exclusive LEGO Minifigure and more.  Click here to pre-order either version on Amazon.

The film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will FerrellElizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah Hill, and Alison Brie.  Hit the jump for more on The LEGO Movie Blu-ray.

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