Oscar Beat: What Awards Prospects Does the First Half of 2014 Have to Offer?

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We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September.  That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year.  Read on after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an impossibly great movie based on a line of building blocks, the latest delightful film from Wes Anderson, a critically praised dramatic turn from Nicolas Cage, a documentary about male genitalia, and more.  Briefly:

Emmet Tours the LEGO Factory in Exclusive Clip from THE LEGO MOVIE Blu-ray

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It’s going to be incredibly hard for any animated film to top The LEGO Movie this year, let alone any other comedy period (though for some reason, I feel 22 Jump Street has a strong shot).  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller crafted a hilarious, inventive, and soulful film based on a toy with zero mythology or backstory, and I personally can’t wait to revisit the film on Blu-ray in a few weeks.  In anticipation of the home video release of The LEGO Movie on June 17th, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the collection of bonus features.  In this clip, Lord, Miller, and producer Dan Lin tour the actual LEGO factory with little Emmet in tow, giving fans a humorous look at how all LEGO figures are made.

Hit the jump to watch the The LEGO Movie Blu-ray clip.  The film is currently available as a digital download and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 17th.

THE LEGO MOVIE Giveaway: Includes 2,000 Lego Bricks, the Everything is Awesome 3D Blu-ray, Vitruvius MiniFigure, Character Guide, and More

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One of my favorite movies of 2014 is director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

With The Lego Movie getting released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, we’ve been provided with something amazing to giveaway to one of our readers.  As you can see in the pictures, we’ve got a copy of the “Everything is Awesome” Blu-ray, which comes with the exclusive Vitruvius minifigure.  We’re also giving the lucky winner a Meet the Characters booklet, an Emmet minifigure, and a huge red brick filled with 2,000 LEGO bricks!   Hit the jump for details on how to enter and a ton of pictures.

Amazon Suspends Pre-Orders on THE LEGO MOVIE and other Warner Bros. Home Video Titles

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If you’re hoping to pre-order some of Warner Bros. upcoming films through Amazon, you’re going to be out of luck.  The mammoth online retailer is in a contract dispute with Warner Bros. Home Video over the price of their Blu-rays and DVDs.  According to The New York Times “The retailer’s refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another major confrontation with a supplier to become public in recent weeks.”  Amazon has already been flexing its muscle with the publishing industry, and its standoff with Hachette Book Group has led the retailer to stop accepting pre-orders and delay shipments on Hatchette’s books.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk THE LEGO MOVIE, Its Huge Success, Their Involvement in THE LEGO MOVIE 2, the Status of the Script, and More

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The LEGO Movie is one of my favorite films of the year, and I’m glad it was such a huge hit.  Although it may be a bit of stretch to call it a sleeper since it wasn’t a tiny indie, the movie still far surpassed expectations.  Speaking to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the press junket for their new movie, 22 Jump Street, they agreed that they were taken aback at the movie’s smash success.  “That first weekend, everyone was shocked,” says Lord.  “We had crazy hopes, but there was no sense that it was going to make almost $70 million that weekend.  And we were mixing that movie in January.”

Hit the jump for more about their reaction to The LEGO Movie‘s success, the popularity of “Everything Is Awesome”, their heavy involvement in The LEGO Movie 2, when they hope to have the first draft completed, and more.

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
4.
 Robocop $2,600,000 $36.8
5.  The Monuments Men $2,250,000 $52.1
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