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The LEGO Movie

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Who knew Batman could beat box like that? We all knew he could box, and loved to beat up criminals, but would he dare to put the two together so musically? Will Arnett is back as everyone’s favorite caped crusader in LEGO block form to promote The LEGO Batman Movie. Arnett is joined by a fantastic voice cast that includes Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, and Mariah Carey as Mayor Marion Grange. It looks to be a whole lot of fun and perhaps just the touch of levity we’ll all need after all the seriousness of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. (more…)

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Fantasy fare at the cinema has been a mixed bag lately.  For every new film that was an entry into the Lord of the Rings universe, we had a Seventh Son that would come along and force the movie-going public to slog through a convoluted story and mediocre CGI.  Warner Brothers is attempting to, pardon the pun, rekindle the magic with a big-screen version of Dungeons & Dragons, coming our way at some point in the indeterminate future.

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Five Nights at Freddy‘s is gathering steam in Hollywood, with Poltergeist director Gil Kenan signing with Warner Brothers to helm the feature, based on the popular horror game.  The first in a new wave of video game-based movies on the horizon (Angry Birds I can see, but Cut the Rope? Seriously?), it looks like WB is taking this project seriously, with Kenan and Tyler Burton Smith also scripting the film. Deadline reports that Roy Lee (Lego Movie) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will be producing the film.  (more…)

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Whatever happened to Michael Cera? He used to appear in two or three movies a year, but aside from the fourth season of Arrested Development and a memorable appearance in This is the End, he seems to have all but disappeared from the landscape. Appropriately enough, Cera’s next big role will only require his voice and not his actual person, and it will require him to team-up again with his Arrested Development uncle Will Arnett. What weird sort of project brings these two Canadian actors together again? Why it’s the LEGO Movie spin-off The LEGO Batman Movie, and Cera will play the Boy Wonder to Arnett’s Caped Crusader. (more…)

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are names that have popped up a lot recently in entertainment news, and for good reason. They are, after all, the duo behind ludicrously enjoyable films like The Lego Movie and 21/22 Jump Street, so it’s no surprise that their considerable talents have been the subject of demand. It seems that they’ll be adding another immensely popular franchise to their impressive resume in 2018, as the pair are set to write and produce an animated Spider-Man feature film. Few details have been released yet, of course, but some tasty nuggets of information have been made available. (more…)

Idea Drought Day #2,064 – Play-Doh Will Now be a Movie

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For every Transformers or LEGO Movie, there’s a G.I. Joe, or Battleship, or Ouija. And since Hollywood isn’t going to let two three failures stop them from trying (unless your name’s Firefly, am I right nerds?), the studios are at it again, trying to turn the toy box into an idea factory. Now, 20th Century Fox has selected Play-Doh to be its next great hope for franchise potential. The transformative, colorful puddy has been a staple of playtime everywhere for the last 60 years, but now all that dough is going to get ready for its close-up courtesy of man who’s already up to his eye-balls in another viscous substance, Ghostbusters remaker Paul Feig. (more…)

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The Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you’ve been keeping up to date with the awards this season, then there isn’t much surprising news as far as surprises go. However, Birdman (deservedly so), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (really?) lead the pact, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy and Nightcrawler being snubbed big time (in my humble opinion). Also, another glaringly obvious snub was Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma, with the director failing to make the best director category, which, consequently, remains a male dominant group. In the supporting actor category there is conflict brewing within the MCU – with two Hulks battling it out mano-a-mano (Edward Norton for Birdman, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher). Interestingly, it was nice to see Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and also X-Men: Days of Future Past receiving nominations. James Gunn, not being one known to hold back on his opinions, took to his Facebook Page to candidly express his feelings about the nominations. (more…)

The Top 10 Nerdy Movies of 2014

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As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to an interesting and provocative year for movies that appealed to the nerd base. Amongst the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror, there were a number of very excellent contenders for the Best of the Year, all covering a wide range of themes, styles, and ideas which were brought to the screen by some very talented filmmakers, actors and artists. Amongst this year’s top choices was a return to space, both serious and adventurous. We also saw aliens who come to Earth, and future versions of Earth where humans are an endangered species. We saw vivid worlds imagined, and vivid worlds that never came to be. And we took a trip through the crime-soaked back alleys of Jakarta and the possibility-fueled streets of the Great White Way. Before spinning off into 2015, which may be the biggest year for nerdy movies ever, let’s take a look back at the Best Nerdy Movies of 2014. (more…)

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It’s December 1st, and that can mean only one thing: time to hand out awards! As we get closer to the end of the year, the more substantial the awards being handed out and announced are, but for animators, and those that produce animated works, the biggest prize of their art form is The Annie. The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards will be handed out for the 42nd year on January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and whether you’re interested in either film or TV production, this year has produced a very competitive race for the best in animation. So who all is up for Annies’ glory, and who is likely to start the year 2015 listening to “We are the Champions” on repeat? Read on. (more…)