Screen Junkies » lego movie http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Lego Movie’ Director Craves More Lego Women http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lego-movie-director-craves-more-lego-women/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lego-movie-director-craves-more-lego-women/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:38:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261002 The headline...WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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Chris McKay, director of the very successful LEGO Movie, and future director of the soon-to-be-successful LEGO Movie sequel, is pretty happy with the job he did, but wants to improve the representation of the fairer sex in LEGO-land (LEGOLand? LEGOLAND? LEGO-Lan? Whatever).

To that end, McKay vows to meet the standards he’s setting for himself by developing female characters who make the film “more powerful and special.” Pretty noble for a guy in the LEGO industry.

McKay’s aspirations notwithstanding, the original film passed the Blechdel Test, which serves as a loose barometer of the strength of female characters in a work of fiction. In order to pass, the film must feature two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man.

That’s a lot of gender roles and LEGO talk mixed together, now isn’t it?

 

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Aaaannnnndddd…The Next ‘Lego’ Movie Has A Director http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaaannnnndddd-the-next-lego-movie-has-a-director/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaaannnnndddd-the-next-lego-movie-has-a-director/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:39:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260163 Bad news: It's not Werner Herzog.

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Because it made a lot of money and it is based on a familiar, licensable property that insulates the films from failure, there will of course be a sequel to the Lego film. Even if you didn’t now that, you assumed it. And now that inevitable sequel has a director.

His name is Chris McKay, and while he didn’t direct the first one, he was Animation Co-Director on it, which sounds an awful lot like being the director of an animated movie. Whatever. Hollywood credits make zero sense. The directing duo of the first two, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will serve as producers here, because no one wants to upset the apple cart too much.

Chris McKay cut his teeth on Robot Chicken of all things, so let’s congratulate the guy on a financial leap from Adult Swim to this. *rains money*

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Warners Bros, Totally Excited About Its First ‘Lego’ Movie, Looking Towards The Next One http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warners-bros-totally-excited-about-its-first-lego-movie-looking-towards-the-next-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warners-bros-totally-excited-about-its-first-lego-movie-looking-towards-the-next-one/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:34:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259074 Maybe the two films got stuck together and no one could get them apart.

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The first Lego film, starring the voice of Chris Pratt, doesn’t even hit theaters until Friday, but that hasn’t kept the Warners execs from getting all excited about their new toy. More specifically, the market research and focus group testing of their new toy.

The suits at Warner Bros are already looking towards a sequel, which will turn out to be a hilarious mistake in hindsight if the first one bombs. But how likely is that? I mean, what monster doesn’t like Legos or Chris Pratt? Only the most disgusting of individuals.

In case you’re skeptical about such a rash decision this close to having actual performance data, they’ve hired the guy who wrote Mr. Popper’s Penguin and The Internship to script the sequel. So I think they know what they’re doing.

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