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Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment
• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
• More on the UK box office
Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »
- Charles Gant
With an expected $30 million weekend bow, the action-thriller is on track to crumble Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow’s “The Lego Movie.” Neeson is up against himself at the B.O. as he voiced Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop in “Lego.”
Aside from breaking the toon’s three-week winning streak, the pic is also stopping Fox’s “Son of God” in its tracks. “Non-Stop” took $10 million Friday, while “Son of God” secured $9.4 million, putting it on track for $25 million. “Lego,” on the other hand, earned $4.4 million (down about 39%). This will likely raise its domestic cume to $192.7 million.
The win, which exceeds already high expectations, further solidifies Neeson’s status as a bona fide box office draw. “Non-Stop” (budgeted at $50 million) flew above the B.O. gross of “Taken,” the film that reinvigorated his action career. The first movie »
- Maane Khatchatourian
It looks like Liam Neeson will have a role in the upcoming Entourage movie that's currently in production. The actor was spotted on the La set of the film shooting a scene with Jeremy Piven, who plays agent Ari Gold.
There's speculation that Neeson will be playing an overly exaggerated version of himself, and apparently he will be driving around in a gold Bentley in the movie. Even if it's just a small cameo, it will be fun to see Neeson in this movie.
Neeson has been keeping himself crazy busy, so it's nice that he found the time to do this. He recently voiced Bad Cop/Good Cop in The Lego Movie, his next film Non-Stop is about to be released, and after that we will see him in Seth McFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West and his crime drama A Walk Among The Tombstones. He's »
- Joey Paur
Morgan Freeman: Chris Pratt: An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together. The Lego Movie features: Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski Will Ferrell as Lord Business/The Man Upstairs Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy Will Arnett as Batman Nick Offerman as Metal Beard Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty Charlie Day as Benny Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius Channing Tatum as Superman Jonah Hill as Green Lantern Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman Anthony Daniels as C-3Po Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian Keith Ferguson »
The Lego Movie, 2014.
Featuring the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders.
A regular Lego man is mistaken for ‘The Special’ of prophecy and goes on an adventure to stop the Lego Universe being destroyed.
The Lego Movie truly starts as it means to go on, with laughs from the start, continuing all the way through, from adults and children alike. The movie begins with a Prophecy ‘that is true because it rhymes’ and is truly imaginative throughout, bringing in aspects that you loved about Lego as a kid whilst keeping the tongue in cheek humour that is associated with the newer Lego media of the last 10 years.
Emmett (Chris Pratt) is an average Lego worker, who lives in a world »
- Gary Collinson
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »
- Hillary Busis
Outtakes or blooper reels from animated films most often feel a bit contrived given that the “flubs” have to be planned out and created by animators, but that doesn’t make them less entertaining. In the case of The Lego Movie, a “blooper reel” has been released online that appears to be a mix of crafted flubs and genuine outtakes from the voice actors that were subsequently animated. If you’re looking for a little more from Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s excellent and delightful film before you catch a second (or third, or fourth) viewing, this blooper reel should sufficiently tide you over. Hit the jump to watch the outtake video. The Lego Movie is currently playing in awesome theaters everywhere. Here’s the official synopsis for The Lego Movie: The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is »
- Adam Chitwood
'If you build it, they will come.' They'll come in droves. It's 2014 and at this point, it's safe to say that Hollywood has mastered the art of pandering to the masses. They deliver exactly what we are pre-conditioned to want. The box office charts each year are now completely filled by franchises and pre-branded efforts. Frozen, for example, isn't a true original, but the 12th episode of the Disney Princess franchise that's been breaking box office records since (gulp) 1937. It's now extremely rare for a non-sequel non-pre-branded film to ever become a mammoth hit; only one "original" per year even cracks the annual top ten now (Gravity in 2013, Ted in 2012, none in 2011) which is a big downturn from the Aughts which themselves weren't as original as the Nineties.
All of which brings us to this weekend's chart topper, The Lego Movie. With its built-in nostalgia for childhood as »
- NATHANIEL R
Everything is awesome for the team behind The Lego Movie (Cinema Score: A). The 3D animated extravaganza is estimated to have earned a spectacular $69.11 million this weekend — the biggest opening of the still young year, and the second largest February opening ever (the top spot belongs to 2004′s Passion of the Christ). The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller movie blew past studio and analyst predictions, which had the pic in the $40 to $55 million range. Playing in 3,775 theaters, most of which were in 3D, Lego scored an incredible $18,307 per location average, and, including overseas profits ($18.1 million from 34 territories), The Lego Movie has already stacked up $87.2 million. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Cast aside any doubts you might have had, because The Lego Movie is wickedly funny, smartly written, surprisingly heartfelt, and will almost certainly end up being one of the best family films of 2014. As I’m sure was the case for many people of my generation, I loved playing with Legos when I was a kid. And when the news first broke that a feature film based on Lego was in the works, I was one of the many people who shook my head in disbelief. However, my opinion started to change for the better when it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writing/directing team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and 21 Jump Street (2012), would be taking on the project. Now the film is here at last, and it is awesome.
In the Lego universe, an ordinary mini-figure named Emmet (voice of Chris Pratt) is »
- Timothy Monforton
The Lego Movie is pretty fantastic for a feature-length commercial, but George Clooney's long-delayed The Monuments Men isn't worthy of its esteemed cast. Here's what to see and what to skip at the movies this weekend. See ThisThe Lego Movie var brightcovevideoid = '3166760524001'; One theory holds that an ear worm - a particularly catchy song you can't get out of your head - only goes away when you reset the lyrical loop by singing the whole thing. In an effort to help you out in advance, here's a link to "Everything Is Awesome," because you will be seeing »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Most everybody’s first thought when they hear about a Lego movie is that it’ll just be one long commercial for those venerable, generations-old plastic bricks; a movie that will brainwash the kiddie consumers into buying more while leaving the parents bored out of their minds until the credits roll and the little ones demand to immediately go to the toy store.
Thankfully, The Lego Movie is the polar opposite. History is on the side of those cold-hearted monsters that will still decry its existence as big fat commercial cash-grab garbage. Most non-literary property adaptations actually are complete garbage, be they based off of video games or the more recent stretches of Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Yet in the more-than-capable hands of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, what emerges in The Lego Movie is an extremely »
- Sean Hutchinson
News Simon Brew 7 Feb 2014 - 11:29
Transporter 4, Transporter 5 and Transporter 6 are apparently on the way. Without Jason Statham,
Instead, the idea is to do the origin story of his character, Frank Martin, and recast the role.
It is our job to remain professional, and not to let our feelings show through when we're reporting stories such as this, and rest assured we're fully going to be behave ourselves.
The Transporter 4, which will be made without The Statham for fuc...oops nearly, will be a Chinese co-production, and if it does well - in spite of not having The Statham in it - the two further sequels will be activated.
Jason Statham will not be appearing in these films. »
The opening moments of Pixar’s last great film to date, Toy Story 3, depict an intentionally, increasingly goofy and outlandish fantasy scenario in which all of the toys in Andy’s bedroom play a part. There are the heroic Sheriff Woody and his cowgirl friend Jessie, both riding to the rescue of some helpless critters being held by the nefarious Mr. Potato Head, his wife, and his cronies, the little green men. There’s also Buzz Lightyear, saving the good guys from a train bridge explosion. And there’s Hamm (known here as Evil Dr. Porkchop), his barrel of monkeys, and his spaceship. The payoff to this gag, of course, is that Andy’s essentially playing God with these toys, letting logic vanish in the wind like a trail of dust. It’s not wrong that »
- Josh Spiegel
Liam Neeson did his best impression of his Lego Movie character, Bad Cop, at the film's New York City premiere Wednesday night. The actor held up the figurine at the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures screening and posed with an almost identical grimace as the character. The 61-year-old actor also happily snapped photos alongside co-stars Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks. The Hunger Games actress recently opened up to E! News about her love for all things Lego. "I played with LEGOs growing up," she shared. "I have two boys…but I don't think people understand how much girls play with these toys as well." She added, "My little boy, my littlest son, »
No matter your age, get ready for one crazy, fun, exciting ride – The Lego Movie is coming to a theater near you this Friday.
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street”) the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
The film rolls out an arsenal of fantastical new vehicles, enabling Emmet and his friends to evade or face their enemies on the city streets, on the sea, under the sea, or in outer space. It also introduces a cast of brand new heroes and villains, who interact with a diverse group of »
- Michelle McCue
How do you shoot characters based on 3 cm high Lego bricks in a 3D animated adventure movie?
.The directors wanted the movie to look like stop-motion rather than CGI,. Plaisted tells If on the line from the Us where he is taking a break after attending the premiere in Los Angeles last Saturday.
.CG cameras can look rather smooth and weightless. We roughed the camera up to make it feel big and heavy and to emphasise the tiny Lego figures..
Plaisted grew up with Lego and says he learned how to be creative playing Lego as a kid with his mother. He spent two years on the film, »
- Don Groves
Using a variation on the narrative that drove Pixar's Toy Story franchise, coupled with the added benefit of licensed characters from the world of DC Comics, Harry Potter and even Star Wars, The Lego Movie uses a unique blend of animated plastic blocks and characters to build worlds of endless imagination with voice talent that makes for a very fun movie. I was no fan of writer/director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but this time around they've got more to work with than scene-after-scene of food falling from the sky and they've smartly used the creative possibilities of LEGOs as innovation for their characters and story. We're introduced to a world where a society of Lego figures work by-the-book and follow instructions, building and re-building their world over and over again, and always according to the instructions as ordered by Lord »
- Brad Brevet
This weekend sees the release of "The Lego Movie," which, depending on your degree of cynicism, is either a truly exciting cinematic event or a 100-minute long toy commercial. Either way, it's probably the biggest, most anticipated movie of the year thus far (not that that is saying much -- we barely survived January's rubbish line-up).
Whatever your outlook on "The Lego Movie," it's pretty clear that a whole lot of people are excited about it.
Based on the beloved "construction toys" (is it too reductive to call them building blocks?), "The Lego Movie" takes place in a fantastical Lego Universe where an everyday joe named Emmet (Chris Pratt) unwittingly discovers a mythical piece of the Lego puzzle: the key to defeating the evil Lord/President Business (Will Ferrell) and saving the entire universe from certain destruction. Cue ominous music! Emmet must team up with a ragtag band of Lego »
- Drew Taylor
Due to open this weekend is directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie. Now, we've posted quite a bit of Lego content over the last few months (including an interview with Lord and Miller here), but now we're getting our first look behind the scenes of the animated adventure film. This new featurette shares glimpses at scenes from the movie, the animation process, and commentary from stars Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, and Will Ferrell. Also featuring the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Alison Brie, The Lego Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th. Hit the jump to check out the new featurette. Watch this new behind-the-scenes featurette for The Lego Movie (via BC): Here’s the official synopsis for The Lego Movie: The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, »
- Dave Trumbore
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