First Official Look at JURASSIC WORLD LEGO Set

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LEGO is gearing up for a big summer 2015.  In addition to their regular sets and the ones they’ll have for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the toy company is also working on Jurassic World.  This weekend, the first official Jurassic World LEGO image went online, and it shows the dino mayhem you’d expect.  You can also see the minifigure for Chris Pratt‘s character, Owen, as well as B.D. Wong‘s Dr. Henry Wu.  This image doesn’t specify a particular set, but I hope one of the six sets will be the “Jurassic World” gate, although it would be even cooler if they let you change the marquee to “Jurassic Park” for nostalgia’s sake.

Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World LEGO image.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 12, 2015.  The LEGO sets will be released in June.

10 LEGO Fan Projects That Need Your Support, Including LORD OF THE RINGS Sets, Tony Stark’s Workshop from IRON MAN, CENTURIONS, and More

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It’s been a really good year for LEGO.  Not only did The LEGO Movie enjoy critical and commercial success, the film is now just the start of a feature franchise built on the toy brick foundation.  Oh, and speaking of toys, LEGO has a host of lucrative major movie tie-ins due to hit shelves soon, like Avengers: Age of Ultron setsJurassic World figures, and new Star Wars approximations.

That’s all well and good for the company, but what about the legions of LEGO fans out there who opt to put aside the instructions and build their own fantastic creations?  Well thankfully those two factions work together for the benefit of all!  “LEGO Ideas” is an offshoot of the parent website that invites fan submissions and allows readers to lend their support; once a project nets 10,000 votes and company approval, they become official!  We’ve put together a list of ten worthy ideas for you to inspect.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Sony Might Send THE INTERVIEW to Its Streaming Service Crackle for Free

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The saga of The Interview continues.  When we last checked on the film, which had been pulled following threats on movie chains by North Korean cyber-terrorists who hacked the studio, the studio had “no further plans” to release the comedy, which is about an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  The terrorists demanded that in addition to Sony not releasing the film into theaters, the studio also shouldn’t release it on DVD or VODPresident Obama said the studio “made a mistake” by giving into the terrorists’ demands, and while Sony unsurprisingly disagrees with that assessment, they may now try to rectify that wrong by putting the film onto their own VOD service, Crackle.

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First FOCUS Posters Feature Will Smith and Margot Robbie as Con Artists; New Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Focus posters for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming caper in anticipation of a new trailer coming tomorrow.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy. The first trailer teased a more dramatic tone than I was expecting, but the film has been described as a “comedy-caper-love story” so I imagine there’s some humor to the interplay between Smith and Robbie that we’ve yet to see.  As an added bonus, the picture gives us a preview of what to expect when the two actors team up in the DC supervillain pic Suicide Squad.

Check out the new Focus posters after the jump and come back to Collider tomorrow to see the new trailer.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT Finale Conquers New Releases with $56.2 million

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After opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies remained the clear box office winner in its first weekend – earning more than three times what Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb claimed in second.  That gives the final chapter in The Hobbit trilogy a five-day domestic total of over $90 million, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  In contrast, Night at the Museum 3 started a bit slow, especially compared to fellow new release Annie.  Sony’s remake of the family musical came within $1 million of second place and earned a higher per-screen average than its bigger-budget Friday competition, despite opening in 669 fewer locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies $56,220,000 $90.6
2.  Night at the Museum 3 $17,300,000 $17.3
3.  Annie (2014) $16,300,000 $16.3
4.  Exodus: Gods and Kings $8,065,000 $38.9
5.  Mockingjay – Part 1 $7,750,000 $289.2
6.  Wild $4,150,000 $7.2
7.  Top Five $3,570,000 $12.4
8.  Big Hero 6 $3,563,000 $190.4
9.  Penguins of Madagascar $3,525,000 $64.1
10.  Interstellar $2,600,000 $171.4


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Dr. Evil Interrupts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE To Comment on Sony Hack

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Now that the President has commented on North Korea hacking Sony Pictures and the studio deciding not to release The Interview, there’s really only one voice left to hear from: Dr. Evil (Michael Meyers).  If you’re going to have a conversation about a movie where the characters try to take down a parody of a Bond villain, you need to include a parody of a Bond villain.

It’s been 12 years (!) since we last saw Dr. Evil, but it was charming seeing him break out his trademark quips while also leveling some good zingers at the expense of both North Korea and Sony.  While I’m not sure if this will spur interest in a fourth Austin Powers movie, it’s nice to see the memorable character back for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, Verne Troyer nervously waits by a phone.  Hit the jump to check out the video.

DVD/Blu-ray Deals: ALIEN ANTHOLOGY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Over 800 Blu-rays Under $10, and More

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Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  If you’ve been waiting to own Alien Anthology and Prometheus, Amazon has them on sale as a bundle for under $20!  Details below.

Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT 3 Stays on Top; NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 and ANNIE Battle for Second

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On a week that focused more on the film audiences won’t be able to see this Christmas rather than the handful that they will, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies remained the clear box office leader.  After posting a strong debut of $24.4 million on Wednesday, The Hobbit 3 added another $9.9 million on Thursday (down almost 60%), for a two-day total of $34.4 million.  That’s a bit under projections but, even so, with an estimated $16.5 million from 3,875 locations yesterday, director Peter Jackson’s final trip to Middle Earth had no trouble staying ahead of two new family-themed holiday releases.  Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb came in second on Friday with a reported $5.6 million from 3,785 locations – just ahead of Sony’s remake of Annie.  Despite being part of the now-infamous studio hack that claimed the box office life of Sony’s The Interview, Annie over-performed yesterday with an estimated $5.3 million from 3,116 locations.

Full story and Friday’s top five after the jump.

TOP 5: Sony Cancels THE INTERVIEW, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist, KNIGHT OF CUPS, 10 Underrated Films of 2014

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Return readers will remember that I used each October installment to recommend a horror film that I thought you may have missed for one reason or another. I’ll do something similar this week with a Christmas movie that I think is worth your time if you find yourself looking for a new seasonal favorite. Since seeing it in theaters in 2007, writer/director Preston A. Whitmore II‘s This Christmas has become annual holiday viewing at my house. Starring Idris Elba, Mekhi Phifer, Delroy Lindo, and Loretta Devine, the film hits every beat you can ask for in a Christmas movie: siblings returning home from separate parts of the country to celebrate the holiday together, finding romance with a person from your past, helping an estranged member of your family out of a life-threatening jam, pre-loathsome Chris Brown absolutely slaying a Christmas number at open mic night when no one in his family even knew he could sing, etc. If all of the above sounds like cookie cutter dramedy material that’s because it is. Still yet, This Christmas does it so well that you can’t help but feel great while watching it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll try and reconcile the fact that you actually like Chris Brown in it and, hopefully, you’ll thank me for the recommendation.

Moving on to the reason we’re here, this week’s Top 5 highlights Sony cancelling the theatrical release of The Interview, interviews for and Matt’s review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Star Trek 3 director shortlist, the first trailer for Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, and a look at 10 underrated films of 2014 that you may have missed. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Geek Gifts: Baby Groot Hot Toys Collectible Offers the Most Detailed Version Yet

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As soon as audiences saw Guardians of the Galaxy opening weekend, fans were clamoring to own a dancing Baby Groot of their own.  Production on the collectible took a while, as director James Gunn opted not to have the toys manufactured in advance for fear of having the character’s fate spoiled before the movie opened, but things have started to catch up, and now an official Baby Groot Hot Toys collectible is poised for release.  The 1/4th scale “Little Groot” collectible features three interchangeable head sculpts as well as moveable arms and body to recreate the character’s “I Want You Back” dance.  At the reasonable price of $44.99, this thing would make a swell Christmas present.  It’s expected to ship in January.

Take a look at the Baby Groot Hot Toys figure after the jump, and click here to pre-order.

Obama Says Sony “Made a Mistake” By Pulling THE INTERVIEW

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While we’ve been passing up more Sony stories than we’ve been posting this week (since we’re declining to publish gossip-y emails and speculative scoops related to the hack), the fact remains that there is some actual, material news coming out of this situation.  And whenever the President of the United States weighs in on status of the new Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg film, that feels like movie news to me.

On the heels of the FBI’s confirmation that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony, President Barack Obama took his year-end speech as an opportunity to address the situation, denouncing Sony’s decision to cancel the release (going so far to remove clips of the film from the internet) of The Interview.  And I agree with him almost 100%.  Hit the jump for more on Obama’s comments regarding Sony, The Interview, and not giving in to terrorists.

Watch David Fincher Discuss His Philosophy, ALIEN 3, Studio Reaction to FIGHT CLUB, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and More in 25-Minute Interview

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A couple of months ago, filmmaker David Fincher was honored at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and took part in an interview onstage.  A portion of that interview has now been officially released online, and it’s full of golden nuggets from one of the most exciting directors working today.  Fincher candidly touches on everything from his personal philosophy about filmmaking to his experience making Alien 3 (and why he wanted to do it in the first place) to the studio’s reaction to seeing a first cut of Fight Club to the miracle of autonomy that he enjoyed when putting together The Social Network.  It’s a fascinating and insightful interview that’s well worth a watch.  Check it out after the jump.

New DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Images Reveal a Lawyer By Day, Superhero By Night

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A couple of new Daredevil Netflix show images have landed online, giving fans a new look at the upcoming limited series from Marvel and the streaming service.  Spartacus alum Steven S. DeKnight acts as showrunner on the upcoming series, though Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb (who also oversees Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter) is still intimately involved in crafting Marvel’s first foray into Netflix territory.  In a new piece in EW, Loeb describes Daredevil as “a crime drama first, superhero show second”, and while DeKnight maintains that the series is certainly “grittier and edgier” than what Marvel has done before, the target audience remains all-encompassing so they’re “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”

Check out the new Daredevil Netflix show images after the jump.  The series stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Moore, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, and Vondie Curtis-HallDaredevil will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015.


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The folks at Hot Toys are taking part in the Toy Soul 2014 convention in Hong Kong today and have unveiled some images from the showroom floor, giving us looks at some new figures.  Notable collectibles include a giant Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as other 1/6th scale collectibles of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk, and a new 1/4th scale Iron Man from the Avengers sequel as well.  In addition to the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys, there’s also a series of new Star Wars collectibles, including 1/6th scale and life-size figures (Boba Fett and Han Solo in carbonite, obviously).

Take a look at all of the new figures after the jump.

Kate Winslet in Early Talks for Female Lead in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic

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While Sony Pictures is dealing with the fallout from the North Korean cyber-attack, a former Sony project is barreling forward.  Universal Pictures recently picked up the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic from Sony, and while the film had trouble firming up its cast, it appears that things are finally coming together.  Michael Fassbender is set to play the Apple innovator, Seth Rogen is onboard as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Danny Boyle is firmly in the director’s chair.  Now, after Natalie Portman previously flirted with the role, it appears that Kate Winslet is now in line to join the project as the female lead.  More after the jump.

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