Morgan Freeman Talks TRANSCENDENCE, Working with Wally Pfister on His Directorial Debut, the Success of THE LEGO MOVIE, LUCY, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, if he thought The LEGO movie would be such a huge hit, Luc Besson’s Lucy, how he won’t be in London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), how he might be doing a remake of Going in Style, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray Coming June 17th with “Everything Is Awesome” Edition That Includes an Exclusive LEGO Minifigure and Bonus Content

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With its international box office easily climbing past $400 million, there’s no doubt that The LEGO Movie struck a chord with audiences.  Now fans can bring the frenetic fun home with them when The LEGO Movie Blu-ray becomes available on June 17th.  Not only will the animated family-friendly film come in a Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-Disc Special Edition, and Digital varieties, but there will also be an “Everything Is Awesome” Edition with exclusive LEGO Minifigure and more.  Click here to pre-order either version on Amazon.

The film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will FerrellElizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah Hill, and Alison Brie.  Hit the jump for more on The LEGO Movie Blu-ray.

New LEGO Sets Revealed for STAR WARS, X-MEN, THE LEGO MOVIE, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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LEGO has officially revealed their summer sets for Star Wars, X-Men, The LEGO Movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Most of the Star Wars stuff is original trilogy material, and it’s very cool stuff like Mos Eisley Cantina, and AT-AT, and an Imperial Star Destroyer.  Most of The LEGO Movie sets are also awesome, and I’m already setting money aside for “Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!”  Finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy sets might provide a few spoilers from the movie, or they may not.  For example, I don’t remember this scene being in Iron Man 3.  But just to be safe, I’ve put the Guardians images at the end after the ­X-Men set.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here to see our Toy Fair coverage of the sets.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Talks HARRY POTTER Spin-Off Trilogy, More LEGO MOVIE Sequels, and Plans for DC Superheroes

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Warner Bros. has already had a huge hit in 2014 with The LEGO Movie, and they could have a very successful summer with the releases of Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Jersey Boys, and more.  But like all major studios, WB is looking to build sturdy franchises for the years ahead.  In an interview with the New York Times, Warner Bros. C.E.O. Kevin Tsujihara talked about his plans for the studio.  Specifically, he touched on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, building off The LEGO Movie, and the future of the adapting DC superheroes.

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Will Arnett Talks TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and Whether Batman Could Be the Star of THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel

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Shortly before introducing the world premiere of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer at CinemaCon yesterday in Las Vegas, I managed to speak with Will Arnett on the red carpet for a few minutes.  In the film, Arnett plays Vernon Fenwick, who works alongside Megan Fox (April O’Neil).  During the brief interview, Arnett talked about how he got involved in the film, what it was like working for director Jonathan Liebesman, the first image released from the movie, and if there is any chance Batman could be the lead in The LEGO Movie sequel (he did the voice).  Hit the jump to watch.

THE LEGO MOVIE Animation Co-Director Chris McKay to Helm the Sequel

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I’d be shocked if The LEGO Movie didn’t end up in my top 10 of the year, but I’m prepared to temper my expectations for the sequel since writers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are only returning in a producing capacity, and the screenwriting duties will fall to Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern.  However, I am glad to hear Deadline report that the film’s animation co-director Chris McKay will be directing the film, although it’s unknown if it will be a direct sequel or will expand to focus on LEGO’s popular “Ninjago” line.

For those unfamiliar with McKay, his previous work includes the [adult swim] series Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, and Titan Maximum.  I’m glad that Warner Bros. is pulling from the original film’s crew for the director, and I’m excited to see what McKay will bring to the table.  For more on McKay, click here for his interview with Steve.  The LEGO Movie sequel will open on May 26, 2017.

Composer Mark Mothersbaugh Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, Re-Teaming with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Scoring Video Games and TV, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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Musician Mark Mothersbaugh has had a diverse, wonderful career that has spanned from the new wave band Devo to writing music for films, television series, and video games.  His latest score is for the hit film, The LEGO Movie.  For those who still haven’t seen The LEGO Movie, Mothersbaugh score is peppy, joyous, and goes perfectly with the upbeat, fun-loving tone of the picture.

Last week, I got a chance to interview Mothersbaugh over the phone.  During our conversation, we talked about re-teaming with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the style of the picture before they took over, writing music for video games and TV as compared to movies, working on Lord and Miller’s next movie, 22 Jump Street, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Claims Third Win, Crushes 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII

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Once again, The LEGO Movie was the top draw at the box office, bringing in more than the frame’s two new releases combined.  In second place with an estimated $12.3 million, 3 Days to Kill lived up to its modest expectations.  And as for the 3D Pompeii?  The disaster motif appears apt this morning.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $31,450,000 $183.1
2.  3 Days to Kill $12,300,000 $12.3
3.  Pompeii $10,010,000 $10
4.  Robocop $9,400,000 $43.6
5.  The Monuments Men $8,100,000 $58
6.  About Last Night $7,400,000 $38.1
7.  Ride Along $4,667,000 $123.1
7.  Frozen $4,357,000 $384
9.  Endless Love $4,301,000 $20.1
10.  Winter’s Tale $2,130,000 $11.2

Friday Box Office: 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII Can’t Knock Down THE LEGO MOVIE

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Two new action-oriented titles hit domestic theatres on Friday, though neither of them had the muscle to knock down The LEGO Movie.  The Warner Bros. hit will claim its third consecutive first place finish this weekend with a projected take of $30 million.  In terms of new titles, 3 Days to Kill was in the best shape.  The latest thriller from Taken producer Luc Besson opened in second place with an estimated $4 million from 2,872 locations, putting 3 Days on track for around $12 million through Sunday.

The news for Pompeii was not as promising.  The historical disaster pic from director Paul WS Anderson brought in an estimated $3.4 million from 2,658 locations (many of those in 3D and other large formats) on Friday.  Even with its price-point advantage, Pompeii is facing an opening weekend just shy of $10 million.  That’s a bit higher than The Legend of Hercules brought in from its January debut, but not quite the $15 million that producers were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office coverage tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $7,340,000 $159
2.  3 Days to Kill $4,000,000 $4
3.  Pompeii $3,400,000 $3.4
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 Robocop $2,600,000 $36.8
5.  The Monuments Men $2,250,000 $52.1

THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel Set for May 26, 2017 Release

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Everything will continue to be awesome.  With the incredibly impressive box office hold of The LEGO Movie, it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would be moving forward with a sequel.  The studio began developing a follow-up with screenwriter Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) weeks before the film’s release, and now Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. has slated the untitled sequel for release on May 26, 2017.  It’s unclear who will be spearheading the film behind the scenes, but LEGO Movie writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller previously said that they would probably produce the follow-up, so one imagines they won’t be returning as directors; they’re no doubt fielding a flood of offers for other projects at the moment.

After opening to $69 million and overwhelmingly positive reviews, The LEGO Movie’s current worldwide gross already stands at $202 million after just two weeks in release, and it’s expected to maintain its hold on the box office again this weekend.  WB is also developing a Ninjago movie and a recent report suggested that it might hit theaters before a LEGO Movie sequel, but it appears that the further adventures of Emmet and Co. will instead come first.

LEGO NINJAGO Stand-Alone Movie Could Debut before THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel

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As The LEGO Movie is nearing a $200 million worldwide box office with no signs of slowing, a sequel is pretty much a given.  However, a direct sequel to Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s animated family adventure film might have to wait until another LEGO sub-franchise has had its time to shine.  A little while back, we reported that Warner Bros. was developing a Ninjago film to feature the ninja-themed title world.  The studio will soon decide whether to move forward with both the LEGO sequel and the stand-alone Ninjago films, along with which film will come first.  Hit the jump for more.

Toy Fair: Over 150 Images of LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS, STAR WARS, LEGO MOVIE Sets; Descriptions of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TMNT LEGO Sets

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Early this morning Collider had the pleasure of checking out the Lego display prior to the start of Toy Fair.  The company is rolling out its largest collection yet, 246 new products in total with a number of standouts in the mix.

We’ve got photos of all 17 The LEGO Movie products including the Toy Fair exclusive reveal, Metal Beard’s (voiced by Nick Offerman) pirate ship, the Sea Cow.  The Star Wars line welcomed pieces from the new Rebels television show as well as the Microfighters, a series that offers smaller versions of much larger ships like the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Fighter. Also in the spotlight at the event was the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set and the house from The Simpsons, a design that folds open, letting you check out the iconic living room, kitchen and more inside. But then of course there were also some hot ticket items that weren’t ready just yet so couldn’t be photographed, but you can catch full descriptions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy products after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Stays Locked in Place; ABOUT LAST NIGHT Tops ROBOCOP Remake

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The LEGO Movie had no trouble retaining first place on its second weekend in theatres, despite pressure from four new releases.  Three of the four newcomers trace their origins back to the 1980s, though only one distinguished itself at the box office.  About Last Night took second place, topping its fellow 80s alums Robocop and Endless Love.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $48,800,000 $129.1
2.  About Last Night $27,000,000 $27
3.  Robocop $21,500,000 $26.4
4.  The Monuments Men $15,000,000 $43.6
5.  Endless Love $13,380,000 $13.3
6.  Ride Along $8,759,000 $116.3
7.  Winter’s Tale $7,785,000 $7.78
8.  Frozen $5,855,000 $376
9.  Lone Survivor $4,076,000 $118.4
10.  That Awkward Moment $3,337,000 $21.4

Over 30 Pictures from the “Finn’s Basement” Set of THE LEGO MOVIE

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Shortly before directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie was released in theaters, Warner Bros. held a press junket at LEGOLAND in Southern California.  While it was cool to walk around the park and interview the filmmakers, one of the highlights was getting to see one of the sets (Finn’s Basement) from the movie up close.  I won’t talk about how the location fits into the film since I know some of you still haven’t seen it, but the set is filled with a huge LEGO diorama and many miscellaneous LEGO ships and playsets.  It’s very cool in the film and even cooler up close.  Since many of you won’t be able to visit LEGOLAND to see the set up close, I took over 30 pictures of the set while I was there, so hit the jump to check them out.

Friday Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Stays Ahead of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and ROBOCOP on Valentine’s Day

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Severe weather may have kept Sony’s Robocop remake down to $2.8 million on its Wednesday debut, but the domestic box office rebounded in time for Valentine’s Day on Friday.  With one massive holdover and four new releases, this should be one of the biggest President’s Day holidays since 2010 – the last time that February 14th  landed on a weekend.  The date proved an asset for Universal’s Endless Love, which narrowly beat out Robocop for third place with an estimated $7.3 million.  About Last Night, the romantic comedy reboot starring Kevin Hart, had an even bigger debut: taking in $13 million from 2,253 locations, or just short of first place.  Warner Bros.’ romantic drama Winter’s Tale was not as fortunate, opening in seventh place with $3.65 million.

Even with all the competition, The LEGO Movie will have no trouble holding on to the top spot for a second week.  The animated hit is expected to earn another $45 million this weekend and a total of $60 million for the four-day holiday.  About Last Night will stay in second place with about $35 million through Sunday, with Endless Love and Robocop both projected to come in below $20 million.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $13,030,000 $93.3
2.  About Last Night $13,000,000 $13
3.  Endless Love $7,300,000 $7.3
4.  Robocop $7,000,000 $11.9
5.  The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $33.6

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