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Lord and Miller Urge Oscars to Take Animation Seriously: ‘Invite a Respected Filmmaker to Present’

Oscar-winning animators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller slammed the Academy for diminishing the animation categories during the 94th Academy Awards.The directing duo behind “The Lego Movie” and co-producers of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” penned an opinion piece for Variety calling out the Oscars’ handling of the animated categories, especially when “Encanto” won Best Animated Feature. […]

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The Afterparty’s Xavier Drops New Music Video And Launches Website, All While Being A Fictional Character

Step aside Olivia Rodrigo, the newest pop icon has arrived and he’s… Dave Franco?! In an odd turn of events, Apple TV+ just dropped a banger track, “Imma Live Forever,” from pop sensation Xavier, a character in the streamer’s new murder-mystery comedy series, “The Afterparty.”This is a lot to unpack, so I’ll start from the […]

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‘Free Guy’ Is the Rare Movie This Summer That Gets to Be an Only-in-Theaters Hit. Do You Think Other Movies Are Jealous? (Column)

“Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds as a minor character in a video game who breaks out of his drone existence, is one of the fizziest movies you’ll ever see that has a bona fide brain. At first, it may remind you of a lot of other films — it’s like “The Truman Show” crossed with […]

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Chris McKay Dishes On Scrapped ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Sequel ‘Lego Superfriends’ Influenced By ‘Godfather Part II’ & ‘Boogie Nights’

Once upon a time in Hollywood, “The Lego Movie” felt it was going to be the second-coming of animation as the first installment was a decent financial success raking in $468 million and led to a somewhat successful spinoff, “The Lego Batman Movie” directed by Chris McKay earning an impressive $312 million globally.Read More: Chris […]

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‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Trailer: Netflix Family Adventure from Producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Netflix has released the first official trailer for “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” the animated comedy from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the hitmaker duo behind “The Lego Movie” and Oscar winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Written and directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is a star-studded […]

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Elizabeth Banks, Phil Lord and Chris Miller Reunite for ‘Cocaine Bear’ at Universal Pictures

Elizabeth Banks has set her next directing gig — inspired by an (almost unbelievable) true story involving cocaine smuggling and a 175-pound bear.Banks has signed on to direct “Cocaine Bear,” which is described as a “character-driven thriller inspired by true events that took place in Kentucky in 1985,” produced by “The Lego Movie” filmmakers Phil […]

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Elizabeth Banks to Direct ‘Cocaine Bear,’ a Thriller Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Elizabeth Banks has found her next project. The Charlie’s Angels director has signed on to direct a Universal Pictures thriller produced by her The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The movie’s title? Cocaine Bear. And that’s how you get people’s attention, folks, in spite of Banks’ underwhelming directorial career so far. Deadline […]

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Lionsgate Inks First-Look Deal with Vertigo Entertainment

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group has announced a first-look deal with Vertigo Entertainment, the production company behind the “It” franchise and “The Lego Movie.”The wide-ranging deal covers all media other than television, including motion pictures, stage, location-based entertainment, podcasts and video games. With this new pact, Vertigo will become a prime provider to the Lionsgate’s slate, […]

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Tribeca Film Festival and Walmart Partner for Free Nationwide Drive-In Screening Series

Tribeca and Walmart Drive-In ScreeningsThe Tribeca Film Festival is teaming up with Walmart for a new drive-in series that will take place at 160 Walmart stores across the country. Store parking lots will be turned into outdoor theaters Aug. 14 to Oct. 21 for free screenings of family-friendly films, including classics such as “The Karate […]

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Ryan Reynolds in Talks to Star in ‘Dragon’s Lair’ Film Adaptation for Netflix

Ryan Reynolds is in talks to star in and produce a live-action feature adaptation of the ’80s arcade game “Dragon’s Lair” for Netflix.Roy Lee will produce through his Vertigo Entertainment with Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy are also producing. Reynolds will produce through his Maximum Effort production company.Dan […]

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