30
Mar
2014
Box Office Milestone: 'The Lego Movie' First 2014 Film to Hit $400 Million Globally

The 3D animated movie has launched a new family franchise for Warner Bros. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s The Lego Movie has marched past $400 million at the global box office, becoming the first film of 2014 to reach that milestone. To date, the 3D animated family film, opening in early February, has taken in $248.3 million domestically and $152.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of…


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12
Mar
2014
Chris McKay to Direct ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel for Warner Bros.

Chris McKay is set to helm the sequel to the “Lego Movie” for Warner Bros..The first movie bowed in February and has since grossed more than $360 million worldwide. Producers Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee are steering the franchise, with Jill Wilfert from the Lego Company exec…


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10
Mar
2014
Alana De La Garza To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Forever’, Mehcad Brooks Joins ‘Identity’

Law & Order alumna Alana de la Garza has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason — he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of…


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27
Feb
2014
3 Penn Alumni In One Powerful Production Company (& they’re looking for interns!)

Over the years it’s great to see Penn alumni working together in Entertainment. One very Penncentric and prominent company has recently come to our attention. Lin Pictures was started by Penn alum Dan Lin (W’94) and has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. in both film and television. The small production company has started to pack a powerful punch with hits such as The Lego Movie (starring Penn alum Elizabeth Banks). Jennifer Gwartz (C’90) was the first Penn hire on…


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21
Feb
2014
Ioan Gruffudd To Topline ABC Pilot ‘Forever’

Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason…


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21
Feb
2014
Chicago's stuck on brand aid, and it hurts to watch

The other day I went to see "The Lego Movie," the biggest blockbuster of 2014 so far, currently in the midst of its second wave of word-of-mouth-driven box office, and I left the theater not feeling scuzzy. I didn’t feel bullied or solicited. In fact, I felt no desire to buy Legos or declare my love for the endless ways in which mankind has learned to shape a pile of plastic blocks. I didn’t even have some overwhelmingly nostalgic yearning for my favorite childhood…


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19
Feb
2014
Box Office Milestone: 'Lego Movie' Zooms Past $200 Million Worldwide

The Lego Movie raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office on Tuesday, less than two weeks into its run. Bringing the wildly popular toy line to the big screen for the first time, Lego has grossed $146.3 million at the North American box office and $60.4 million internationally, where it still is…


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10
Feb
2014
Making 'The Lego Movie'

The Lego Movie is entering theaters riding a huge wave of positive critical reviews— striking given the pervasive skepticism that has preceded its release. Producer Dan Lin talks with The Business contributor John Horn about how he pitched the movie idea to The Lego Group and once they were on board, he had to tune out the haters so they could focus on the film.


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09
Feb
2014
At the Box Office, Little Plastic Bricks Have Legs

Sorry, George Clooney. Hollywood’s biggest star, at least for the moment, is a Lego.

“The Lego Movie,” initially questioned by some film veterans as little more than an offering for very young children, stunned this movie capital over the weekend by snapping together about $69.1 million in North American ticket sales. That astounding result was on par with Pixar’s “Cars,” which went on to take in more than $500 million worldwide in 2006, after adjusting for…


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08
Feb
2014
Lego rebuilds from near bankruptcy to big screen

It may seem like a no brainer, but “The Lego Movie,” almost wasn’t. It took some major convincing from a Hollywood studio to get The Lego Group to cooperate, and make the film a reality. Michelle Miller reports.


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07
Feb
2014
Lego Movie Designed for My Kids: Producer Lin

“The Lego Movie” Producer Dan Lin discusses the making of the film on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”


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