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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Review: Finally, A Batman Who Does Play Around

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It’s a question that has perplexed Batman villains since at least 1989: “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” Finally, we have an answer. The LEGO Store. The one a few blocks from Warner Bros.’ New York offices currently sells at least eight different LEGO Batman sets, all of which appear in various forms in The LEGO Batman Movie. The film is, like The LEGO Movie before it, a feature-length toy commercial — and, like The LEGO Movie before it, The LEGO Batman Movie is far more entertaining than a giant piece of crass commercialism has any right to be.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Brings the Jingle Bells in a Special Holiday Greeting

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A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party where Nick Offerman’s ‘Yule Log’ played in the background for the entire evening. As people milled about the living room, passing appetizers and making polite introductions, the wise face of Nick Offerman beamed forth from the television, taking occasional sips from a glass of whisky and listening to the crackling fire. And despite years spent listening to Mannheim Steamroller and Frank Sinatra around the holidays, it was the silence of Nick Offerman’s fake living room that now sounds the most like Christmas to me.

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Trailer: The Dark Knight Returns (Again)

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Although just about every character in The LEGO Movie was delightful enough to deserve their own spinoff, only one truly warranted it: Will Arnett’s hilariously narcissistic Batman. The new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie expands on what made that character so great, functioning as both a loving sendup and amazing satire of the iconic superhero. It’s kind of perfect.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Reveals First Look at LEGO Joker and LEGO Robin

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The first teaser for The LEGO Batman Movie was appropriately Bat-heavy and even more delightful than we could have imagined. And while Will Arnett’s narcissistic Dark Knight probably doesn’t care too much about his co-stars, we’ve been anxious to see what some of Batman’s other famous characters will look like in the upcoming LEGO Movie spinoff. Thankfully, the wait is over.

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Michael Cera to Play Robin in the ‘Lego Batman’ Movie

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The LEGO Movie is a project that consists entirely of inspired ideas, but casting the gravelly-voiced Will Arnett as Batman is probably in the top five. With the character’s spin-off in the works, the inspired casting continues! It seems that the soft-spoken Michael Cera is set voice Robin in LEGO Batman.

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Link Ink: Scott Pilgrim Morphs, Potential ‘Rocketeer’ Reboot And More ‘Witchdoctor’

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GIFs: Join us in being completely hypnotized by Shmorky's morphing Scott Pilgrim.

Movies: Disney may be working on a cinematic The Rocketeer reboot...

Art: Apparently, Jack Kirby ghosted the comic strip Davy Crockett, Frontiersman and it was reprinted in France...

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The Scott Pilgrim Adult Swim Animated Short Is Online Now! [Video]

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The Scott Pilgrim 4-minute animated short debuted on Adult Swim last night, but if you missed it, we have great news: It's online now! Check it out after the jump. The cartoon features the first meeting between Scott (Michael Cera), Lisa Miller (Mae Whitman) and Kim Pine (Allison Pill), and how they started dating, and his battle against Simon to save her (which according to the last volume kind of didn't happen but ok

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‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ Gets Interactive with New Trailer

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With the August 13 release date of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" just more than a week away, Universal Pictures is pulling out all the promotional stops to keep the movie on fankind's hivemind. Their latest effort, the SPvtW interactive trailer, combines a retro gaming aesthetic with an achievement-oriented fact-unlocking click quest...

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10 Thoughts on ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’

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All things considered, I think it's fair to say that this year's San Diego Comic-Con was Scott Pilgrim's show.

Not only did the convention coincide with the release of the sixth and final graphic novel in Bryan Lee O'Malley's series, "Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour," but there was an incredible amount of anticipation and promotion for Edgar Wright's film version, which hits theaters on August 13. The Bayfront Hilton was draped in a massive version of the poster that covered a good ten floors, buses were decked out in ads, "The Scott Pilgrim Experience" was happening across the street from the convention center -- you couldn't get away from it.Bigger than those, though, were the actual screenings of the film. Fans waited in line for hours for it, and as one of the perks of the Fourth Estate, I managed to get in and see it myself. The short version is that I thought it was great, but for the longer version, I've got my ten thoughts on the movie.

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New ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World’ Clip Explores Love [Exclusive]

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In the words of the great Huey Lewis, "The power of love is a curious thing." It was true in 1985 and it's even truer today in the upcoming "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World." Scott's secured the affection of the clingy Knives Chau, but his heart really belongs to Ramona Flowers...

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