79 Original Songs and 114 Original Scores in Contention for Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled lists of the eligible contenders in the Oscar races for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.  In the former category I’d have to say “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie is an early favorite, and I would love to see Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island perform on the Oscar stage.  Other standouts include two songs from Boyhood, both co-written by Ethan Hawke, and the beautiful “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from How to Train Your Dragon 2.  On the Best Original Score side of things, it’s kind of an embarrassment of riches.  How to choose between John Powell’s Dragon 2 score, Alexandre Desplat’s incredible work on The Imitation Game, Hans Zimmer’s astounding Interstellar score, James Newton Howard‘s propulsive work on Nightcrawler, etc.?

Check out the full lists of eligible contenders in both categories (79 songs and 114 scores) after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.  Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15, 2015.

National Board of Review Names A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Best Film of the Year; also Wins Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Yesterday, the New York Film Critics Circle named Boyhood as the best film of 2014.  Today, the National Board of Review has revealed they decided to go a different way by selecting J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year for the year’s best film.  The NBR must have been enraptured with the tale of a guy trying to get a loan because they also gave the movie Best Actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied in the category with Michael Keaton for Birdman) and Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain.

It’s a list filled with choices I don’t really agree with (other than The LEGO Movie for Best Original Screenplay even though they gave Best Animated Feature to How to Train Your Dragon 2), but the one that really gets me is giving Best Director to Clint Eastwood for American Sniper.  Combine that with Jersey Boys and 2014 showed that Eastwood really needs to stop directing movies because he has no vision whatsoever.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, which also includes the National Board of Review’s Top Films of 2014 list.

New York Film Critics Circle Names BOYHOOD Best Film of 2014; Also Wins Best Director and Best Supporting Actress

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While there are all sorts of barometers and ways to gauge awards season, for me the season truly begins when the New York Film Critics Circle give out their year-end awards.  From there, we have The National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Golden Globe Nominations, Screen Actors Guild Nominations, and Critics Choice Nominations all within the span of 15 days, and that’s not to mention smaller critics groups as well.

Today, the NYFCC announced their winners for 2014, and awarded Boyhood for Best Film along with Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)  Other choices that get my full support (because the New York Film Critics Circle deeply cares about my opinion) are J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash), The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Feature, and The Babadook for Best First Film.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and remember if you want to keep up with the state of the awards race, be sure to read Adam’s regular column, Oscar Beat.

Edgar Wright and John Waters Reveal Their Top 10 of 2014 Lists; Show Love to BOYHOOD and MAPS TO THE STARS

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The critics groups and guilds will soon be announcing their year-end picks and nominations for 2014, and individual filmmakers are chiming in as well.  Edgar Wright and John Waters are the first out the gate, and their lists are both interesting.  Wright went with a nice mix of blockbusters and indies with Boyhood, Interstellar, The LEGO Movie, and Whiplash in his Top 10 while Waters went a bit more obscure with L’il Quinquin, Who Took Johnny, and Violette, although his favorite film of the year was David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, and also put Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2 on the list.

Hit the jump for the filmmakers’ lists.

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.

Hit the jump for more on the Lego film franchise.

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.

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