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Box Office: Everyone Went To See 'The Lego Movie' But Your Dad Saw 'Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2014 1:00 PM
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Call it the power of nostalgia, and an indicator of just how much those plastic bricks are a part of popular culture. Everyone went to see Warner Bros. "The Lego Movie" this weekend, with the critically acclaimed animated film hauling in a massive $69 million, making it the best February opening since "Passion Of The Christ" a decade ago. And with huge buzz on the film, an A-grade CinemaScore and seemingly everyone falling head over heels for the flick, expect this one to stick around for a while. No wonder they are already working on a sequel.

'The Lego Movie' Sequel Already In The Works Plus Green Lantern Is Caught In A Sticky Situation In TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 5:37 PM
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A movie based on Lego? Sheesh, how crass can Hollywood get? Well, time to put that cynicism away because the reviews are in, and for the most part, "The Lego Movie" defies expectations. Fun, clever and inventive, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's film is receiving great notices, with our own take on the movie calling it, "the first great studio film of 2014, one that fills you with childlike wonder and awe, no matter your age." So, shocker, a sequel is already in the works.

Review: 'The Lego Movie' Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2014 3:04 PM
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It's easy to view "The Lego Movie" with a degree of skepticism, if not outright suspicion. This is, after all, a movie that is based on a popular line of building block toys, and one that, unlike big screen adaptations of things like "Transformers" or "Battleship," actually retain the original toy's childlike designs. In fact, "The Lego Movie" goes out of its way to remind you of the tiny plastic construction toys that you grew up and probably manipulated in some unwholesome ways. So a degree of cynicism is probably warranted, considering just how closely the movie could resemble a feature-length commercial (and to be sure, whole aisles of toy stores are currently being flooded by the stuff). But it turns out that "The Lego Movie" is an absolute blast—a whip-smart, surprisingly emotional family film where the toy property is seen less as a concrete template than a tool for seemingly limitless potential.

10 Films To See In February

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • February 3, 2014 12:19 PM
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10 Films To See In February
The shortest month of the year can still yield ten movies worthy of your attention! We continue through the doldrums of that cold time called “every month before summer,” and while March has transformed into a time for decent fare, we still have to blaze through February. The films assembled are a mix of blockbusters and art house, mindless entertainment and incisive filmmaking, so settle down and get ready to explore the month of February.

Watch: 'The Lego Movie' Gets 'Man Of Steel' Treatment In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 4:06 PM
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Regardless of how the actual movie turned out, Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" certainly had one of the best blockbuster trailers of 2013, thanks in no small part to Hans Zimmer's triumphant track "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?" So, Warner Bros. has decided to use it again.

Watch: Get Connected With 9 Clips From 'The Lego Movie' Plus Over 30 New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 10:24 AM
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"Everything is awesome!" goes the official theme song to "The Lego Movie," and while critics will eventually decide if that's actually the case, it's had to deny that spirit that's powering the Warner Bros. flick. Even though the entire movie is built around one of the most popular toys of all time, there's a weird innocent sweetness permeating from "The Lego Movie," which is certainly a nice change from the usual crass commercialism these kinds of movies project.

Listen: Tegan And Sara & The Lonely Island's “Everything Is Awesome” From 'The Lego Movie' Plus TV Spots & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 23, 2014 5:48 PM
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LEGO movie
“The Lego Movie” is on its way to us, seeking to prove that it is in fact possible to make a good movie out of a toy: and while we'll have to wait until next month to find out if they've managed it, what we've seen so far is encouraging, in that it seems to realise that toy movies should actually be, you know, fun. With jokes and stuff. A batch of TV spots arrived today to prove that, showcasing more of the film's outstanding voice cast (Chris Pratt, Elisabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman....) and silly humour.

Watch: New Trailer 'The Lego Movie' Gets Out Of The Box, Onto The Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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lego the movie
Here's a question: can a toy movie actually be genuinely ... good? It's a nut that Hollywood has had a hard time cracking, particularly of late. "Transformers" may be a successful franchise, but to call them "good" would be contort and reconfigure the word like so many robots in disguise. The less said about "Battleship" the better, while Relativity has straight up thrown in the towel on "Stretch Armstrong" being a thing. But Legos? That's a whole a different ballgame.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Lego Movie' From The Directors Of 'Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2013 7:28 PM
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lego the movie
Isn't there a Lego movie every other week with Batman, Superman and Star Wars? It's honestly hard to tell, there's a Lego trailer all the time and this writer personally just drowns them all out, but Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie" is something else entirely. First up, it's directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors behind "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" who more than successfully transferred over into the world of live action with "21 Jump Street." Writers and directors from the animation world, they have a great sense of comedy, rhythm, dimension and space; must-have elements for filmmakers.Well, they're back in the world of animation with "Lego: The Movie," and as lame and generic as the title may be — the whole thing can seem like just an excuse to sell toys (which it probably is, anyhow —the trailer is admittedly awesome.

Warner Bros Create Pixar-Style Brain Trust For Animated Films, Includes Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Nicholas Stoller And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 4:47 PM
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This was bound to happen, we're mostly just surprised it didn't happen sooner. You would think that with Pixar's long-standing track record of proving that originality, high standards and creative vision can produce results that please both audiences and critics, rival studios would copycat their Brain Trust structure. As much a part of their brand as the lamp in their logo, Pixar's Brain Trust -- a collection of writers, directors and more -- routinely look at in-progress projects, break them down, pick them apart and build them back up again, all to create the best movie possible. Animated movies take years to make, and yet the Brain Trust won't see one to completion unless it rigorously passes muster (though that doesn't explain "Cars 2"). At any rate, Warner Bros. is going to give the concept a shot.

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