GamerHeadlines.com — Will Arnett of Arrested Development and most recently of The Lego Movie, Nelson Franklin of The Millers and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, comedian Chris Hardwick from The Talking Dead: these celebrities got to play Titanfall first. The game isn’t even out yet, but these guys and more showed up to an Xbox event earlier this week so they could get their hands on the forthcoming mega-hit early. The event, hosted at The Microsoft Lounge, allowed a select few to check out all the features of the game while in the presence of Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella and Abbie Heppe. That’s right, there are some celebrities that can’t wait to get their hands on the Xbox One and PC exclusive too.
TheRockFather.com — On April 15, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release THE NUT JOB on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand. The recent animated film stars Will Arnett (Batman in THE LEGO MOVIE, the upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES) as the voice of Surly, “a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself.”
Surly (Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers so it’s up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town.
Featuring an all-star cast including Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Whole Lotta Love), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Turbo), Jeff Dunham (Arguing With Myself, Spark of Insanity) and Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike, Hot & Fluffy).
EXCLUSIVE Bonus Features on BLU-RAY 3D & BLU-RAY:
DELETED SCENES – Check out Surly, Grayson and the gang in scenes removed from the final version of the movie.
STORYBOARDS – Watch key scenes from the film brought to life from the original sketches.
THE GREAT NUT HEIST – Will Arnett, the voice of Surly the squirrel, discusses the great caper story at the heart of the film.
DANCE-OFF END CREDITS – Surly joins his furry friends and a very special guest for this show-stopping number.
Bonus Features on 3D BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY & DVD:
SURELY SQUIRREL – Meet Surly for the very first time in the award-winning animated short that started it all.
NUTS & ROBBERS – Surly and Grayson stumble upon a bank heist gone wrong in NUTS & ROBBERS – created by ToonBox Entertainment as a teaser for THE NUT JOB.
As a kid, the only thing cooler than hearing that school is canceled – is hearing that school is canceled from Batman. So Lego Batman himself Will Arnett announces actual school closings.
MovieViral.com — In what seems like a steady stream of cool viral marketing tidbits, we have another from Warner Brothers for The Lego Movie. This short video is a funny blooper reel of character interactions with a few recurring themes. Hit the jump to find out more and see the video.
The video appears to include mostly Chris Pratt and Will Arnett in character as Batman and Emmet Brickowoski respectively. This includes from fun from Morgan Freeman, Alison Brieand others. Some of the footage also looks like alternate takes of scenes in the movie while another scene actually features cameramen floating around in the background. You’ll also see a running gag with Batman’s gun.
Emag.co.uk — U.S. actor Will Arnett says he loved lending his voice to a miniature version of Batman in “The Lego Movie” because it gave him the chance to satirize the superhero.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and featuring the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks,Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Morgan Freeman, the animated film is set in a world built of the iconic plastic blocks and peopled by mini-figures representing ordinary folks like good-guy protagonist Emmett and tech-savvy Wyldstyle, as well as DC Comics superheroes such as Superman, the Green Lantern and the aforementioned Batman, and various villains.
Asked at a recent press conference at Legoland in California how he prepared to play the role, Arnett joked, “I read the Old Testament repeatedly.
“Phil and Chris and I talked about looking at all the Batmen who have come before — back to the Batmen before the dinosaurs and Shakespearean Batmen. We were trying to see what would make us laugh and what we liked about all those Batmen. The first couple of sessions were spent finding out what was working and what wasn’t. We kept hitting on how the more serious he took himself, the funnier he was and that’s kind of where we ended up.”
When it came to creating a back story for his character, Arnett said he had “the easiest job” of all the voice actors.
“Everybody knows who Batman is,” he noted. “But what was fun was taking that kind of iconic character, a character that is such a part of the fabric of popular culture and kind of changing the rules to him a little bit. That was fun and that was funny to me. Because he is not necessarily the Batman that we’ve all become accustomed to.”
“I thought he was cool, though,” chimed in Freeman, who co-starred in director Christopher Nolan‘s recent Batman film trilogy, as well as lent his voice to a character in “The Lego Movie.”
“Thank you!” Arnett said to Freeman, who was sitting beside him at the press conference. “I’m never going to forget you saying that. In the end, my version of Batman redeems himself and he realizes his love interest Wyldstyle should be with Emmett because he ultimately appreciates what Emmett does.”
Another perk of starring in the kid-friendly flick is that his own sons are now thoroughly impressed by what he does for a living, Arnett revealed. “I have a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old and they are extremely excited. My youngest — I love it — he keeps referring to it as the ‘Lego Batman’ movie,” Arnett teased. Addressing his co-stars Freeman, Pratt and Banks, he added, “Sorry guys, they’re really excited.”
“The Lego Movie” is in theaters now. It earned rave reviews from critics and more than $87 million at the global box office when it opened last weekend.
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett answer fan questions about ‘The Lego Movie’ and ask each other some hilarious questions of their own!