Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • Everything is awesome: A ‘Lego Movie’ sequel is ‘all-but-guaranteed’

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    Some fantastic news with a big fat asterisk this week for fans of "The Lego Movie." A sequel is on the way!

    Thanks to great reviews and a stellar opening weekend at the box office ($69 million, to be exact), a follow-up to Warner Bros’ brick-based family comedy already seemed pretty likely, but now the sequel sounds like a sure thing.

    Citing a source within WB, Los Angeles Times film writer Amy Kaufman tweeted the following:

    No word yet on whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would return for a second installment, but trying to make another “Lego Movie” without them would likely be a mistake.

    The pair handed off the reins to “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” in order to make “21 Jump Street,” and the result was a somewhat lacklustre sequel. Lord and Miller, who wrote and directed “The Lego

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  • Key & Peele are ecstatic to meet ‘Non-Stop’ star Liam Neeson

    Not that Universal Studios really need much help to sell audiences on the upcoming Liam Neeson action film “Non-Stop,” but a well-placed video tie-in with a popular sketch comedy duo never hurts.

    The high-altitude thriller puts Neeson in the role of a U.S. Air Marshall trying to stop a mysterious hostage taker from killing passengers aboard a transatlantic flight. In "Non-Stop," the Irish actor is basically playing the same butt-kicking character that he played in the “Taken” movies, “Unknown” (his previous collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra), and “The Grey,” only this time the action is transplanted to a hijacked airliner. The movie sells itself.

    Enter sketch comedy purveyors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The pair rolled out two of their most popular recurring characters - The Valets - for a “Non-Stop”-themed sketch featuring a cameo appearance by Neeson himself. The valets are known for their love of action heroes

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  • Six surprising past projects of 2014 Oscar nominees

    Jared Leto (with Alicia Witt) in "Urban Legend."

    The Oscars are a celebration of serious movies, about serious people, made by serious actors and filmmakers. At least, that's what they want you to think.

    What Hollywood stars and directors are really trying to do is to make you forget about their not-so-prestigious pasts. Everyone's got to start somewhere, and a some of those beginnings and early projects are not so great.

    Best Actor nominee Christian Bale (“American Hustle”) co-starred in “Mio in the Land of Faraway” (1987)

    Before “American Hustle,” before “Batman Begins,” before “American Psycho,” and even before his breakthrough in “Empire of the Sun,” a 12-year-old Christian Bale appeared in a movie called “Mio in the Land of Faraway” -- a bizarre but beloved children’s fantasy film produced by Norway, Sweden, and the Soviet Union with music by ABBA.

    The film follows an orphan named Mio as he is transported from dreary Stockholm to the magical Land of Faraway. Bale plays Mio’s faithful companion Jum-Jum (no, we’re not making

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  • Film rights sold for Rob Ford biography ‘Crazy Town’

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    Anyone who has followed the trials and tribulations of Toronto’s walking train wreck of a mayor knew this day was coming. ‘Rob Ford: The Movie’ is on its way.

    Canadian production company Blue Ice Pictures have acquired the film and television rights to author Robyn Doolittle’s new book “Crazy Town.” Doolittle was the Toronto Star reporter who, along with colleague Kevin Donovan, helped break the now-infamous Ford crack smoking video story. Her book examines Rob Ford’s unlikely rise to power, the history of the Ford family, and the events leading up to the ongoing mayoral crisis.

    "If you tried to make this story up, people would think it was over the top,” Doolittle said in a statement. “The Rob Ford investigation is something I've been working on for more than two years. It's something I'm obviously very invested in. It's so much more than just a crack video and YouTube clips. I am excited that [Blue Ice Productions] share that sense of it, and am really looking forward to working with

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  • Toddler’s reaction to ‘Man of Steel’ is super adorable

    Here’s a nice video that will brighten up your Monday and remind you about the true power of the movies.

    Having seen the release of countless superhero movies over the past few decades, most movie audiences aren’t easily impressed by the sight of a flying man on film. But as the video above demonstrates, it’s a very different story for a child seeing something like that for the first time.

    Pretty much everyone who saw Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” will agree that one of the best scenes in the film is when Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) takes flight in full Superman garb for the first time. It’s a thrilling moment (a moment that almost makes up for the many other problems with the superhero blockbuster), and one that really embodies the famous tagline for the original 1979 “Superman” film: “You'll believe a man can fly.”

    YouTube user and self-professed Superman fan Iribbit recently posted a video of his 16-month-old son Simon watching the “first flight” scene from “Man of Steel” for the first

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  • Kids in the Hall to reunite for ‘Brain Candy’ live-reading

    Kevin MacDonald, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, Scott Thompson and Dave Foley. (Getty Images)

    Good news for fans of the Kids in the Hall: The famed sketch troupe (made up of Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson) will reunite at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival on March 11 for a live reading of "Brain Candy," their one and only big screen outing.

    Although it was very poorly received by critics at the time, “Brain Candy” has become something of a cult classic for many Canadians since its 1996 release. Told as only the Kids in the Hall can, the film follows a scientist who creates a pill that cures depression completely. Unfortunately (and quite predictably) this wonder pill has a few unintended side effects. In keeping with their sketch comedy roots, each Kids in the Hall member played multiple roles in the film.

    Composer Craig Northey, who scored “Brain Candy,” along with Chris Murphy and Gregory Macdonald of Sloan will provide musical accompaniment for the reading. And as a special bonus for fans, the group will also unveil the

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  • Surprising cameos in ‘The Lego Movie’

    “The Lego Movie” is now in theatres, bringing with it a cavalcade of famous pop culture properties from the LEGO building block universe.

    The movie is a grab bag of cameos, featuring appearances from all sorts of unexpected fictional and non-fictional characters. Is “The Lego Movie” designed to help sell some toys? Absolutely. But despite the presence of almost every franchise the Danish toy company makes playsets for (franchises that studio Warner Bros. also happens to have the rights to), the multitude of positive reviews indicate that “The Lego Movie” is more than just some crass toy tie-in film.

    Here are some of the most surprising cameos in 'The Lego Movie.' (Warning: Minor 'Lego Movie' spoilers to follow.)

    The Justice League

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    Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” movie may still be a few years away, but Will Arnett’s Batman isn’t the only member of the DC Comics superteam to get the toy brick treatment in “The Lego Movie.” His fellow Justice League members Superman, Green

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  • Three things the new ‘RoboCop’ reboot really could have used

    The long-awaited 'RoboCop' remake arrives in theatres on February 12.

    Early reviews of the action film have been mixed at best, with some critics praising the movie as a commendable effortand others banishing it "reboot scrapheap." Either way, it seems that 2014's "RoboCop" is sure to divide fans of the 1987 original and new viewers alike. Here are three things the "RoboCop" reboot really could have used.

    A new vision

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    The 2014 version of “RoboCop” is a remake in every sense of the word. Sure, there are some new characters and plot twists here and there, and yes, the titular cyborg police officer now has a shiny new motorcycle and sleek black get-up, but the basic premise of the reboot is identical to the 1987 movie: Cop gets killed. Cop becomes robot. Cop who is part of the system tries to fight the system and has a hard time.

    Studio executives, producers, filmmakers, and actors involved in remakes often talk about being respectful to the source material, and they often include

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  • ‘Lego Movie’ star Will Arnett’s Batman advice for Ben Affleck

    Will Arnett provides the voice for Batman in "The Lego Movie." (Warner Bros.)

    West. Keaton. Kilmer. Clooney. Bale. Affleck.


    Many great actors have played Batman over the years, but when you think of big-screen portrayals of the famed DC Comics superhero, "Arrested Development" star Will Arnett probably isn't the first name that comes to mind. But, sure enough, The Toronto-born actor stars as the LEGO version of the Caped Crusader in this week's animated comedy "The Lego Movie."

    Although Arnett simply provides the voice of Batman in the movie, he did have a few thoughts for the next big-screen Batman, Ben Affleck.

    Now that Arnett is a Batman veteran, does he have any advice for future Caped Crusader Ben Affleck?

    “The only advice I could give Affleck is that he doesn't need any advice from me,” Arnett joked to Yahoo Movies Canada recently. “He’s a very talented and successful dude, and great filmmaker and actor. But you know, from my experience of being part of this – and I'm sure that he realizes this now – Batman is a very revered iconic character. It's

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  • Roger Ebert wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in his biopic

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    The untimely death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has left a lot of question marks in its wake. What will happen to his unfinished projects like the “Hunger Games” sequels and the TV series “Happyish”? What might he have accomplished in his career had he not died? Who might he have played?

    Chaz Ebert, widow of the late-great movie critic Roger Ebert, shed some light on that latter question at a screening of the Ebert documentary “Life Itself” this week.

    According to Indiewire, during the Q&A for the doc, Chaz Ebert shared the famed critic’s admiration of Hoffman -- and she revealed that Ebert had always wanted Hoffman to play him if a movie of his life were ever made.

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