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Phil Lord, Chris Miller to Direct Ryan Gosling in Film Based on Novel by ‘The Martian’ Writer

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Phil Lord, Chris Miller to Direct Ryan Gosling in Film Based on Novel by ‘The Martian’ Writer
Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct and produce the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s (“The Martian”) next novel, with Ryan Gosling set to star.

Amy Pascal is producing alongside Gosling, Weir and Ken Kao. Aditya Sood, the president of the Lord Miller production banner and who previously produced “The Martian,” is also producing.

Weir’s book is currently untitled but has been referred to as “Project Hail Mary,” which follows an astronaut on a space ship who has to save the planet. The book will be published in the spring of 2021 by Random House. The rights to Weir’s novel sold for seven figures.

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Lord and Miller produced “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with Lord co-writing it. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
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Scoob!: Where to Watch the New Scooby-Doo Movie

Scoob!: Where to Watch the New Scooby-Doo Movie
Zoinks! There’s a new Scooby-Doo movie that you can watch at home. Yep, following in the footsteps of Trolls World Tour, Warner Bros. will release the Scooby Gang’s latest adventure for home viewing with families trapped in quarantine. As of Friday March, 15, Scoob! becomes available for download on video-on-demand platforms.

The film, which comes out of Warner Bros. Animation (the studio behind The Lego Movie and its many sequels), appears to be a soft-reboot of Scooby-Doo lore with flashbacks to the origins of its heroes. Meeting as children on an apparently chilly Halloween night, Scoob (Frank Welker) and Shaggy (Will Forte) befriend Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez). Together they become fast friends with a mystery to solve. From there the film jumps to the characters as young adult amateur detectives… but what if their next case doesn’t involve an old man hidden behind a mask,
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10 Things Everyone Completely Missed In The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

10 Things Everyone Completely Missed In The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is chock full of references that can be missed if a viewer blinks. From Doctor Who to Mad Max, the film has many pop culture references, callbacks, and cameos that unfortunately can be too easy to miss.

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One of the best things about this sequel is all the nods to other cult classics. The difficult part for viewers of this film is that there are so many subtle references to other movies (even some that are targeted for adults). This is all thanks to the frantic and wacky storytelling maintained from the first film. And while the sequel may have underperformed, spotting all the details still made The Lego Movie 2 fun to watch. Here are some of the things viewers might have missed during their first watch of the animated sequel.
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The Lego Batman Movie: 5 Things It Did Better Than The Live-Action Batman (& 5 Ways The Live-Action Movies Are Better)

The Lego Batman Movie: 5 Things It Did Better Than The Live-Action Batman (& 5 Ways The Live-Action Movies Are Better)
It's hard to follow in the footsteps of a highly successful and well-accepted movie, but The Lego Batman Movie managed to do just that. It took the best character from the first Lego Movie and gave him a fully functioning storyline, which offered a slightly different and a new look on the iconic superhero. In the film, Batman has to face not one, but two big crisis - his own loneliness and the fact that Gotham will soon be overrun by villains if he doesn't do something.

Related: 10 Big Differences Between The Joker & The Lego Joker

The film quickly gained the love of the fans after its release, and while it isn't perfect, it certainly has a lot of positive aspects. Here are 5 things that The Lego Batman Movie did better than the live-action Batman films and 5 ways the live-action movies are better.
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Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks Reprise 'Lego Movie' Characters for Covid-19 PSA

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks Reprise 'Lego Movie' Characters for Covid-19 PSA
Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks reprised their The Lego Movie characters to share tips on how to stay healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic in a new PSA.

The kid-focused animated video features Emmet (Pratt) and Lucy (Banks) as they sing a song to help kids remember the best ways to avoid spreading and coming down with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The clip opens with tech-savvy fighter Lucy discussing the "darkness" of Covid-19. "The world as we knew it is over," says Lucy. After calling the pandemic an "apocalypse," she adds, "Everything ...
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Chris Pratt TV Series The Terminal List Set at Amazon

Chris Pratt TV Series The Terminal List Set at Amazon
Chris Pratt has spent most of the last decade in the once-unlikely position as one of Hollywood’s biggest breakout movie stars. However, despite a budding big-budget backlog, the A-lister is also planning a return to the medium on which he got his start: television.

This past February, Pratt signed on for a television project titled The Terminal List, on which he’ll serve as headlining star and executive producer. The project, which adapts the conspiracy thriller novel of the same name by Jack Carr, will see Pratt joined behind the camera by Antoine Fuqua, who is set to direct and executive-produce the pilot. The gig facilitates a reunion, due to Pratt’s co-starring role in Fuqua’s 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven. With the key creative ducks in their proverbial row, the project now has a platform.

Amazon has just procured The Terminal List, which had been shopped around by Pratt,
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Lego Group Adds Former Disney/ABC Executive Anne Sweeney To Its Board

Lego Group Adds Former Disney/ABC Executive Anne Sweeney To Its Board
Anne Sweeney, who had a long run at Disney and sits on Netflix’s board of directors, has joined the board of the Lego Group.

The company announced the addition Monday, saying Sweeney is replacing Kåre Schultz, CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

In addition to Lego and Netflix, Sweeney serves on the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic. She is a Deans Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Before stepping down in 2015, Sweeney was co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

“Anne brings key strategic competencies within family ownership, entertainment and digitalisation with her from an impressive career,” Lego board chairman Thomas Kirk Kristiansen said. “I am looking very much forward to be working with Anne Sweeney on the board.”

Last month, Deadline broke the news of a five-year partnership between Lego and Universal for the development, production and theatrical
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What the ‘Parks and Recreation’ Cast Members Have Been Up to Since the Series Ended

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What the ‘Parks and Recreation’ Cast Members Have Been Up to Since the Series Ended
With the “Parks and Rec” cast reuniting for a scripted special benefitting Feeding America, both original fans and those who binge-watched the show via streaming are surely in for a treat. Almost all cast members will be in character for the half-hour reunion, including Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta, as well as a few of the series’ guest stars.

But, what have these actors been up to since the series finale in February 2015? From Poehler’s role as Susie in the revamped “Wet Hot American Summer” series to Pratt’s breakthrough in the world of Marvel, here’s an update on the talent behind your favorite Pawnee residents.

Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope)

Since her time as Leslie Knope, deputy director of the parks and recreation department turned deputy director of the department of interior, Poehler
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2’ in the Works With Director André Øvredal

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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2’ in the Works With Director André Øvredal
There are more “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

Original director André Øvredal, Guillermo del Toro, and writers, brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman, are all returning for a sequel. Paramount Pictures and Entertainment One will co-finance “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2.”

The second installment will be based on a story by del Toro. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was produced by CBS Films and eOne, which also financed the film. The movie grossed $105 million at the worldwide box office last summer.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was based on the children’s book series of horror tales. Del Toro tapped “Trollhunter” director Øvredal to helm the adaptation, and shared story credit with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, with a screenplay by the Hagemans.

The PG-13 film was set in 1968 America in the small town of Mill Valley, where a book of stories written
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André Øvredal Returns to Direct ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Sequel for Paramount, eOne

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André Øvredal Returns to Direct ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Sequel for Paramount, eOne
Paramount Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne) are set to co-finance “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2” and André Øvredal is set to return to direct again with a script being written by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, writers of the first film, The Wrap has confirmed.

The film will be based on a story by Guillermo del Toro, who produced the first film. The logline is being kept under wraps. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was produced by CBS Films and eOne, who also financed the film. Released on August 9, 2019, the film had a worldwide box office gross of $105 million.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” came from the mind of del Toro and is based on a trilogy of children’s horror books, the first published in 1981, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Each one is a collection of over two dozen horror stories,
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‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2’: André Øvredal Returning To Direct For Paramount & eOne

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‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2’: André Øvredal Returning To Direct For Paramount & eOne
André Øvredal has closed a deal to return as director for the sequel of his surprise horror hit from last summer, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The screenplay is also being written by the first pic’s writers Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman and will be based on a story by Guillermo del Toro who produced the first movie.

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eOne is also returning to co-finance the horror pic, this time with Paramount Pictures which will distribute. Paramount originally opened Dora the Explorer against Scary Stories (which was co-financed by CBS Films with Lionsgate releasing) over the Aug. 9-11 frame last year. Scary Stories outranked Dora, opening at No. 2 with a great $20.9M
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New Lego Movies Are Coming as Franchise Moves to Universal

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New Lego Movies Are Coming as Franchise Moves to Universal
The Lego Movie franchise is undergoing a huge change, which will include a possible full reboot. Lego is officially leaving Warner Bros. as Universal signs a new 5-Year deal with the iconic toy company. It's a smart move, as the Lego Movie series has brought in well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Lego and Universal have entered an exclusive agreement that will last for a minimum of five years, and will see the motion picture studio developing, producing and distributing several movies based on the building blocks. These will include new ideas based on the intellectual property. It is unclear at this time if any characters from the original Lego movies will be returning. Batman, who got his own Lego Movie spinoff, is a character solely owned by Warner Bros.

There were four Lego movies released at Warner Bros. These include The Lego Movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,
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Universal and Lego Launch Five-Year Partnership

Universal and Lego Launch Five-Year Partnership
Universal Pictures finalized a five-year exclusive development, production and theatrical distribution deal with the Lego Group, according to Deadline.

Universal’s animation division, Illumination Entertainment, has been a successful venture, putting out The Secret Life of Pets and Despicable Me film series.The Lego movie franchise has earned $1 billion in box office revenue. Lego’s 2014 film The Lego Movie grossed $468 million worldwide, leading to spinoffs with diminishing returns like The Lego Batman Movie from 2017, The Lego Ninjago Movie and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

The new deal is the product of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley, and Jill Wilfert, Head of Entertainment of the Lego Group.

“The Lego System in Play gives people the ability to build worlds and create stories that they carry throughout every phase of their lives,” Langley said in a statement via Deadline. “To partner with such an iconic brand that remains
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The Internet’s Obsessed With Netflix’s New Animated Movie The Willoughbys

The Internet’s Obsessed With Netflix’s New Animated Movie The Willoughbys
Netflix continues to be one of the few companies to perform well in spite of coronavirus, with the streaming giant recently overtaking Disney in terms of stock value. In recent weeks, we’ve seen some unusual and underrated titles dominate their rankings, whilst the service is announcing more and more additions to its original and licensed content. The latest success story for the streamer is animated film The Willoughbys, which has been getting a lot of love online since it was released on April 22nd.

The CGI picture focuses on an eccentric family and its four kids as they get up to adventures and mischief, with their parents too focused on each other to notice. The plot involves an abandoned baby, foster homes, and narration by a talking cat. Based on a book by Lois Lowry, the Netflix film boasts an impressive voice cast, including Will Forte, Martin Short and Ricky Gervais,
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Universal and Lego Group Announce 5-Year Movie Partnership

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Universal and Lego Group Announce 5-Year Movie Partnership
Universal Pictures has entered into a five-year exclusive agreement with the Lego Group to develop, produce and distribute theatrical releases based on its intellectual property and original ideas, Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and Jill Wilfert, Head of Entertainment, the Lego Group announced on Thursday.

The pact includes all film rights for theatrically released titles. The Lego Group’s expansion into content creation with titles including “The Lego Movie,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” has grossed nearly $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Universal and Lego have previously collaborated on the television special, “Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit” and the 13-episode mini-series “Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar.”

“The Lego System in Play gives people the ability to build worlds and create stories that they carry throughout every phase of their lives,” said Langley in a statement to TheWrap.
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Universal, Lego Group Construct Five-Year Exclusive Film Partnership To Create New Movie Franchises

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Universal, Lego Group Construct Five-Year Exclusive Film Partnership To Create New Movie Franchises
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has completed a five-year exclusive deal with the Lego Group that will lead to the development, production and theatrical distribution of films constructed from the fusion of original ideas to the colorful building blocks. The deal was spearheaded by Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and Jill Wilfert, Head of Entertainment of the Lego Group.

Universal established itself as the leader last year among a pack of studios chasing the rights to make future Lego movies, which Warner Bros had ridden to collective grosses north of a billion dollars. When one of the Lego films on the drawing board didn’t go forward, a ticking clock expired and the Lego’s film business became a free agent. Branded IP with proven box office draw doesn’t come along often, and Universal pounced.

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Why There Needs To Be A Lego Masters Jr On Television

Why There Needs To Be A Lego Masters Jr On Television
Fox television previously brought the show Lego masters as part of their regular programming. According to Wikipedia, the show consists of contestants who need to come up with the best Lego projects. Lego bricks were a significant part of our childhood as toys and allowed us to come up with various constructions. Lego Masters borrows this concept where contestants try to outdo each other for a cash price of $100000, a Lego Masters trophy, and the Lego Master title. When you look at the premise of the show on Fox’s website, you get a hint that it is a fun

Why There Needs To Be A Lego Masters Jr On Television
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The Lego Batman Movie Star Says He’d Love To Return For A Sequel

The Lego Batman Movie Star Says He’d Love To Return For A Sequel
One of the most unique takes on the Dark Knight, 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie spun off Will Arnett’s brooding version of Batman from The Lego Movie into his own picture. While the film was a commercial success, a transfer of corporate rights to the movie means that a planned sequel appears to be on hold, at least for the moment. Those who took part in the original are still keen to return to their characters, though, including Michael Cera as Robin.

Cera recently spoke to ComicBook.com about his enthusiasm for a Lego Batman sequel, and had this to say:

“I’d be so interested in it. I haven’t heard anything about it, but I would love that. It was such a great process working on that, and I’m such a fan of those Lego movies in general. I was so excited to be in that, because
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What We Learned from The Lego DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters Trailer

What We Learned from The Lego DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters Trailer
It does appear that people never get tired of seeing their favorite heroes in Lego form since there have been enough movies to prove this in a big way. This time around we’re getting to see Shazam take on Black Adam along with the Justice League and monsters on top of it. Kylie Hemmert of Coming Soon has more to say on this. For any other movie this might actually feel like a full card but for a Lego movie it’s not all that bad since a host of characters tend to show up in these animated features and it’s

What We Learned from The Lego DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters Trailer
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‘Shaq Life’: Watch Films With the NBA Star to Celebrate New TNT Series

‘Shaq Life’: Watch Films With the NBA Star to Celebrate New TNT Series
If you’ve ever wanted to watch movies with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, TNT’s upcoming “ShaqNight!” events are here for you.

TNT will begin hosting “ShaqNight!” every Thursday, wherein the NBA legend and his friends join viewers in watching and commenting on some of O’Neal’s favorite films. The events lead into the upcoming TNT docuseries “Shaq Life.” TNT will celebrate each Thursday event by donating money to a charitable organization chosen by O’Neal’s guest.

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“I can’t wait for viewers to join me on Thursday nights,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I hope ShaqNight will deliver laughs, fun, and entertainment into people’s homes at a time when we need it most.”

Per TNT’s synopsis, “Shaq Life” features O
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