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The Big Screen Bulletin 2.17.14: The LEGO Movie Stays on Top!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 02.17.2014

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Welcome to the Big Screen Bulletin! My name is Steve Gustafson and this is where we hit the big movie news from the weekend and anything else going on in the world of Hollywood! Check out my interview with Playboy's Miss November, Gemma Lee Farrell! Follow me on Twitter for random bits, news RT's, and updates! Only at http://www.twitter.com/stevethegoose!

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1. The LEGO Movie - $48.8 million ($129.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. About Last Night - $27 million ($27 million total)
3. Robocop - $21.5 million ($26.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The Monuments Men - $15 million ($47.7 million total)
5. Endless Love - $13.4 million ($13.4 million total)
6. Ride Along - $8.8 million ($116.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Winter's Tale - $7.8 million ($7.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Frozen - $5.9 million ($376 million total)
9. Lone Survivor - $4.1 million ($118.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. That Awkward Moment - $3.3 million ($21.4 million total)

Box Office Survey!
Instead of me just repeating what you can see, how about we ask some questions about the weekend box office? Answer in the comments!

* Do you consider Kevin Hart a legitimate box office power?

* Will Robocop get a sequel?

Had a debate with a group of friends over the weekend over what medium provides better entertainment value. Pretty straight forward. Vote and comment below!

My question:

Casting of the Week!
The Weinstein Company's proposed adaptation of Knight Rider picked up two new names to the starring roles. According to Schmoes Know, Chris Pratt and Danny McBride are in talks to head up the film.

The report claims that Pratt is in line to take on the David Hasselhoff role as Michael Knight, while McBride will voice his four-wheeled partner, the talking car, K.I.T.T.

For those not familiar with the original show, the story followed the crime-fighting exploits of a police detective with an armoury of high-tech gear at his disposal, including the aforementioned car. Of course, nothing has been confirmed as yet.

Akiva Goldsman, doing some marketing for his feature directing debut Winter's Tale, chatted with iO9 about the I Am Legend sequel that never came to be. The writer and producer spoke about the project, which looked to bring back Will Smith, despite his character's fate in the original film. But it this project went they way of Independence Day 2, with Smith refusing to take part in any planned follow-ups. Without Smith, there could be no I Am Legend 2, so Goldsman talked a bit about what might have been:

"I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo.

Then we did a sequel, that started with Neville again — and you realized that he was cloned. We've tried every which way. In fact if you're available you could be in the next movie. It will never happen but we really enjoyed trying to make it happen."

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Captain America!
Captain America: The Winter Solider co-director Joe Russo recently spoke about the costume change for Steve Rogers in the new movie. Here is what he had to say:

"It was about a real world grounding approach to the character, in the spirit of Ed Brubaker's book, which is postmodern and deconstructionist and a grounded thriller. We wanted to put Cap in a space where he's a special forces operative for SHIELD who goes on missions around the world that are clandestine and sometimes require a certain level of anonymity or stealth. We wanted to use his Super Soldier outfit from the comic books as a way to represent, thematically, his place in the world of SHIELD and the difference between working for SHIELD and being Captain America. That's something that gets explored on a very concrete level in terms of what outfits are used in the film. We didn't feel like we were messing with the icon. People can say that they're fans of the books if they're only loyal to the '60s and '70s version of the character – well, then you're a fan of that version of the character, but if you've been reading the books till the current runs then this is a journey that the character goes on and it's a pretty explicit journey. We just felt like we were being faithful to the more recent issues of the books. The movie has a very thematic component in terms of the use of costumes. When you come to see the film I think you'll understand why we made the choice we made…"

As you might have heard, Batroc the Leaper will be appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, portrayed by French Canadian former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.

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Marvel: Phase 3!
The rumors are flying over which movies will be part of Marvel Studios Phase 3. Recent reports have claimed that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and a Black Widow movie are in development. Other rumors have suggested that a Black Panther and Inhumans movie are in the works.

However, SchmoesKnow has revealed a list of movies that their source says are definitely part of Marvel Studios Phase 3. According to their source, the only movies absolutely certain for Phase 3 at this point are Ant-Man,Captain America 3, Thor 3, The Avengers 3 and Dr. Strange.

Speaking to Total Film, Marvel Studios Chairman and producer Kevin Feige discussed some details on more of Black Widow's backstory being revealed in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Feige stated: "We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is due out on May 1, 2015. Black Widow will next be seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier due out on April 4.

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I ran this in the 5 & 1 and it got a reaction. OF COURSE Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy are two different projects, each with their own obstacles, the point is the studio's attitude.


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A Look Back!
Coming Soon has posted a video looking at Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy toys, which were on display at the Collectors Fan Event at the Toy Fair 2014. There are shots of all five "Guardians" and even shots of a Rocket Raccoon action mask. There were also three vehicles: Star Lord's Milano Starship, Rocket Raccoon's Warbird and a Nova Corps Starblaster.

Hasbro will be releasing 2.5" inch figures with a "build-your-own" Groot that comes with the set of figures. There is also a new larger-sized "Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon", an electronic toy with a blaster that says various phrases.You can see it in action in the video below.

The toys will be released on June 28. The film arrives a little over a month later on August 1.

Also, check out the video of the new line of Hasbro Captain America: the Winter Soldier toys. The film will be released on April 4.

Some of the toys have already been released, but these include role play toys and vehicles that will arrive in the spring. They include new molds of Captain America and Black Widow and toys for The Winter Soldier and The Falcon. Other figures, which may not appear in the film, include the Red Skull (with Cosmic Cube) and the Marvel NOW! Captain America with the first 6" Infinite Series, which has a build-a-figure for a giant-sized Mandroid.

The role play toys include a new Battle Helment and a Stealthfire Shield. You can see the shield demonstrated in the video below.

Trailer Talk
Warner Bros. has released an animated blooper reel from THE LEGO MOVIE, based on some of the outtakes from their voice cast.

What do you think?

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