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Warner Bros. Schedules Two More ‘LEGO’ Movies For 2018 & 2019

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 7, 2014 1:05 PM
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The Lego Movie
The cart before the horse ethos that Hollywood has adhered to so strongly has hit its zenith of late. You don’t need a script, or a treatment or even an idea; just a release date to plant a flag in the ground and secure a space for “Untitled TBD tentpole” or event move. Marvel’s certainly gone this route, Warner Bros. has followed suit with their D.C. Comics universe, so has Pixar, and to a lesser extent 20th Century Fox. You’ll only see this trend continue.

Awards 2014: If The Oscar Nominations Were Today, Who Would The Academy Vote For?

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  • July 2, 2014 1:18 PM
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Oscars, If They Were Held Now
Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cosy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one.

Watch: New 'The Lego Movie' Promo Adds Ninjago To The Mix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 3:25 PM
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The Lego Movie
We already know a "Ninjago" movie is in the works, but there's no time like the present to start synergizing. And that's just what Warner Bros. has done as they continue to push "The Lego Movie" as it heads to home video (as they feud with Amazon over selling titles on their site). And that means a new promo for the flick.
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Watch: Michelangelo & Abraham Lincoln Team Up For 'Lego Movie' Spin-Off Short 'History Cops'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 9:29 AM
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The Lego Movie
Unless you won the lottery or something, you probably haven't had as good a year as Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The directing team's fourth film, "22 Jump Street," hits theaters tomorrow having picked up the best reviews of any film of the summer so far, and it looks likely to perform equally well at the box office, having already grown from its predecessor on the international opening (the film tripled the original's opening in the UK). But remarkably, it's their second monster hit of the year so far: only four months ago, the duo also directed "The Lego Movie," which went from unpromising cash-in to being the most exciting and innovative animated film since Pixar were consistently great.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

Watch: 3-Minute Ad Break Created By 'Lego Movie' Team For U.K. TV Plus Sequel Secures Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 5:21 PM
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If you had told us last year that "The Lego Movie" would not only be a box office success and a critical darling, but also one of the flat out best movies of 2014 so far, we wouldn't have believed. But over $360 million worldwide later, and still going strong, has made us believers. Well that, and the fact that the movie is clever and hilarious, turning multiple genre tropes upside while tossing in a third act twist that could've collapsed the whole thing. A sequel has already been set for 2017, and now has it someone to guide it.

Box-Office: 'The Lego Movie' Takes The #1 Slot For Third Week Running

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  • February 23, 2014 1:10 PM
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The Lego Movie
Play on, indeed. As expected, the universally beloved “The Lego Movie” dominated the box office again, taking the number one spot for the third week in a row. Only dropping 36.9% from its second week, Warner Bros.' animated juggernaut took in a healthy $31.4 million over the weekend with its domestic total now at $183.1 million. The movie has grossed $234 million worldwide so far and presumably will keep ascending, but internationally, ‘Lego’ isn't quite as gigantic of a draw.

Weekend Box Office: 'Lego Movie' Blocks Out Newcomers, But 'About Last Night' Is Still Strong

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  • February 16, 2014 12:49 PM
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When your options are a tepidly received “RoboCop” remake and a Valentine’s Day-themed romance movie that only the teenage girl die-hards seemed interested in (“Endless Love”), is it any wonder “The Lego Movie” blocked out the competition this weekend? That said, performing quite well was the “About Last Night” remake. And no, don’t chalk that one up to ’80s nostalgia—instead, see it as one more film connecting with the underserved African-American audience who are happy to come out in droves when a movie is actually geared towards them.

Watch: Endearing & Amusing "Blooper Reel" From 'The Lego Movie'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 13, 2014 6:11 PM
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The Lego Movie
The unstoppable “Lego Movie” grossed a whopping $69 million in its opening weekend—second all-time for a February release, behind “The Passion of the Christ”—should hit $100 million worldwide this weekend and looks like it will have long, long legs for repeat viewings.

Discuss: Is The Success Of 'The Lego Movie' To Be Celebrated...Or Feared?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Lego Movie
This past weekend brought the first bonafide blockbuster of 2014. Despite terrible weather and the Winter Olympics as competition, Warner Bros' "The Lego Movie" came in just south of $70 million, marking it the second-best February opening, and the fourth-best non-sequel animated opening, of all time. More surprising, at least to some, was the wild critical adulation that greeted its release: at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, it has a higher score than all but two of the Oscar nominees this year (for whatever a RT score is worth). Hell, even notable contrarian Armond White liked it. And on this occasion at least the consensus is right, because "The Lego Movie" is a total delight, the best animated movie since Pixar still gave a shit, and by some distance the most inventive and enjoyable wide release of this young year.

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