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'Community's Rob Schrab Is Directing the 'Lego Movie' Sequel

Variety reports that the sequel to the wonderful, Oscar-snubbed Lego Movie has its director: Community's Rob Schrab. Seeing as the previous directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who are returning to write the script), also came from an excellent TV background with Clone High, and with the level of meta-ness that both The Lego Movie and Community share, it's an inspired choice. It'll be Schrab's first feature, but he's directed tons of comedic television, including episodes of Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project, Workaholics, and Childrens Hospital. All very exciting! But there's gonna be a bit of a wait — the sequel isn't due until 2018.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Will Write 'The Lego Movie 2'

The writing/directing duo behind The Lego Movie might not be returning to the director's chair for the sequel, but they've officially signed on to pen the script. According to Variety, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will both write and produce the upcoming Lego Movie sequel, though a director has not yet been found despite March's reports that Chris McKay had signed on for the project (he's onboard as a producer). The Lego Movie 2 is now slated for a release sometime in 2018 after Ninjago in 2016 and Lego Batman in 2017 starring Will Arnett.

How 'The Lego Movie' Manages to Keep a Bunch of Plates Spinning All at Once

While you certainly don't need me to tell you that the number one movie in the country three weeks running is a success, The Lego Movie seems to have struck a Pixar-esque chord in even the most skeptical corners of the internet. A certain amount of goodwill was always going to be garnered by the sheer novelty of seeing many people's favorite childhood toys (and I would suspect a disproportionate amount of people writing about pop culture on the internet) animated to life, but that same goodwill seemed potentially doomed to be destroyed by those shouting that we were just being suckered into paying for a 90-minute [...]

There's Already a Sequel to 'The Lego Movie' in the Works

The new animated comedy The Lego Movie is coming out this weekend, but the studio behind it has already started work on a sequel. The Wrap reports that Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) has been hired to co-write the sequel with an unnamed writer. "Advanced market research" says that the movie will be a big hit when it comes out this weekend, and it's been receiving unanimous critical acclaim so far. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), The Lego Movie features a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick [...]

The Lonely Island Will Perform at the Oscars with Tegan and Sara

The Lego Movie might've gotten a big Oscars snub this year in the Animated Feature category, but it did grab an Original Song nomination for its hit theme song "Everything Is Awesome" performed by The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer with Tegan and Sara. The Lonely Island confirmed today via Twitter that they're set to perform the song with Tegan and Sara at this year's Oscars hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which is set to air on ABC Sunday, February 22nd. Check out a music video for "Everything Is Awesome" below:

Will Arnett to Star in a 'Lego Batman' Spin-Off

The Lego Movie is getting a spin-off all about Will Arnett's Batman. THR reports that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking the sequel, which will be directed by Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, with original Lego Movie team Phil Lord and Chris Miller signed on as producers. The spin-off is currently slated for a 2017 release after the next Lego film Ninjago in September 2016 and the Lego Movie sequel, which is expected to debut sometime after 2017.

Jerry Seinfeld Accuses 'The Lego Movie' of Plagiarizing Him

On Twitter yesterday morning, Jerry Seinfeld accused the folks behind The Lego Movie of stealing his material: "I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?" Seinfeld is referring to a pair of web commercials for American Express he did in 2004 in which he starred with an animated Superman.

Bee Movie auteur Seinfeld added a jab at The Lego Movie itself, writing, "Also loved Lego Movie. A story would have been a nice added touch, though…" and "I'm glad they did. It was a fun bit. #legomymaterial."

The similarities between Seinfeld's Superman/Green Lantern [...]

Watch the Very Promising New Trailer for 'The Lego Movie'

A movie set entirely in a world of Legos could so easily go wrong, and yet this trailer for the upcoming action/comedy Lego Movie looks pretty great. Due out in February, Chris Pratt voices a regular Legoman who must save the Lego universe from Will Ferrell's evil Lord Business, who wants to glue the entire world together. The film also features the voices of Will Arnett as Lego Batman, Jonah Hill as Lego Green Lantern, Channing Tatum as Lego Superman, Cobie Smulders as Lego Wonder Woman, and Nick Offerman as character known as Metal Beard, with other voices by Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

The Best Comedy Directors of 2014

As this column wraps up its first full year, I present the 1st Annual 2014 Comedy Film School Awards. These awards are determined by a voting body of one and hold all the prestige and none of the starpower of the Hollywood Film Awards. The idea is not to rank or give out superlatives, but rather use these names to discuss some of the most interesting work of 2014, why, and what this could mean for a larger comedy landscape this year and going forward.

The 'Lego Movie' Sequel Gets a New Director

The Lego Movie already had a sequel greenlit before the first one even came out, and the second film has now found a director. Deadline reports that Chris McKay, who's directed a ton of episodes of Robot Chicken and Moral Orel and also served as the first Lego Movie's animation co-director, has been hired to direct the sequel. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the initial film, are staying on as producers. The new movie is being written by Jared Stern (The Internship, Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely). Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Reviews for 'The Lego Movie' Are Positive, Full of Lego Metaphors

The Lego Movie hits theaters today, and though it's a kid-friendly PG-rated animated feature, it has a clever way of combining the nostalgic glory of Lego sets with a host of recent pop culture characters licensed by the toy company, from comics heroes Superman and Batman to Star Wars characters, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, and the classic Lego mini-figure. That combined with the ensemble voice cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, and dramatic stars Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, seems to help the film transcend getting pigeonholed in the for-kids-only rut à la Wreck-It Ralph, and [...]

Watch the Trailer for 'The Lego Movie' Featuring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, and Other People

Here's the trailer for The Lego Movie a new computer animated adventure comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the 21 Jump Street reboot. The voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman (typecast as a character called "Metalbeard"), Charlie Day, and yes, that's Will Arnett as the voice of Batman.