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Warner Bros. Pumps the Brakes on Lego Spinoff ‘The Billion Brick Race’

Following the massive success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. looked like they were going to go all in on Lego movies. But after a 2017 that saw disappointing returns from The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, it looks like the studio could be rethinking their saturation strategy. Warner Bros. was working on The Billion Brick Race with Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) teaming up to write and co-direct the spinoff, although there were no details on the project. However, a couple years later, and Warner Bros. handed control over to …
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Lego Movie Spinoff Billion Brick Race Loses Its Director

The Book of Life director Jorge R. Guttierez has exited the Warner Bros. Lego spinoff Billion Brick Race. WB’s once-farfetched idea of creating a viable animated movie franchise based on its Lego toy property has resulted in the critical and box office successes of The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, along with the relatively underwhelming The Lego Ninjago Movie. The studio aimed at further expanding the franchise universe with Billion Brick Race, with a script from Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce.
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The Lego movie The Billion Brick Race loses its director

If you cast your mind back to 2015, you may recall that Warner Bros. and The Lego Group announced an animated Lego feature project entitled The Billion Brick Race, which was being scripted by Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Jason Segel (The Muppets).

Last August, Jorge R. Gutierrez, director of The Book of Life, signed on to helm the project, but it looks like Warner Bros. will now need to go back to the drawing board as the filmmaker has announced on Facebook that he has left the project:

“I would like to publicly and from the bottom of my heart thank everyone I worked with at Briksburg, Lego and Wag. These last 9 months were a rollercoaster of thrills to say the least. I met so many amazing new people and learned a ton from all these incredible artists, directors, writers, editors, producers and execs. I leave a better
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‘Tad The Lost Explorer’ & The Mythological Locations in Film

Mythical cities and locations have intrigued historians, scientists and humankind for centuries. Did they exist? Where did these stories come from? Well, whether we’ve found any real-life evidence related to these legendary locations, films have explored these in great depth over the years. One such film is Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas; Midas was a revered king in Greek mythology in which he had the power to turn everything he touched to gold. To celebrate the release of the film in cinemas on the 9th February we’ve looked at movies that include some of these widely speculated wondrous locations.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

“…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” Maybe one of the more famous mythical locations in history, Atlantis was first introduced to us by Plato in his Timaeus and Critias works.
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Sir Patrick Stewart to host academy’s Sci-Tech Awards — the first solo male host in 22 years

Sir Patrick Stewart to host academy’s Sci-Tech Awards — the first solo male host in 22 years
Sir Patrick Stewart will host the academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, Feb. 10, the academy has announced. The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, honoring new improvements and milestones in filmmaking.

Stewart will be the first solo male host of the Sci-Tech Awards since Richard Dreyfuss emceed the 68th ceremony in 1996. Since then, the academy tapped solo female hosts, like Helen Hunt (1997), Charlize Theron (2002) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (2007), before switching to a female-and-male duo in 2013. The past five Sci-Tech hosts have been Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine (2013), Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan (2014), Margot Robbie and Miles Teller (2015), Olivia Munn and Jason Segel (2016), and Leslie Mann and John Cho (2017).

See 2018 Oscars: Was this ‘Year of the Superhero’ thanks to ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’? Not so fast

This also means we’ll definitely be seeing Stewart at the Oscars on March 4. Portions of the Sci-Tech
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‘Come Sunday’ Director Joshua Marston On His Subject Having Faith In Him – Sundance Studio

‘Come Sunday’ Director Joshua Marston On His Subject Having Faith In Him – Sundance Studio
Before the Sundance Film festival premiere of Come Sunday, helmer Joshua Marston, along with stars Condola Rashad and Jason Segel, stopped by Deadline’s Sundance Studio speak tackling the true story of the charismatic Bishop Carlton Pearson, who dared to defy the traditional ideology of Christianity. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as the renowned Oklahoma evangelical minister who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no Hell. “What struck me first was…
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Variety Studio at Sundance Sets Interviews With Top Festival Stars

Variety has unveiled a full program for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to being one of the festival’s official media sponsors, the entertainment news outlet will once again present the Variety Studio, featuring video interviews of top festival talent.

The Variety Studio, in collaboration with At&T and DirecTV, will be housed in the DirecTV Lodge presented by At&T and will include interviews with the Gloria Allred (“Seeing Allred”), Nicolas Cage (“Mandy”), Claire Danes (“A Kid Like Jake”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Elle Fanning (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Jane Fonda (“Jane Fonda in Five Acts”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Wildlife”), Jon Hamm (“Beirut”), Armie Hammer (“Sorry to Bother You”), Jennifer Hudson (“Monster”), Keira Knightley (“Colette”), Danny McBride (“Arizona”), Robert Pattinson (“Damsel”), Jason Segel (“Come Sunday”) and Tessa Thompson (“Sorry to Bother You”).

The video interviews will be posted on Variety.com during the festival.

Variety, along with At&T and DirecTV, will host a
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Olivia Munn on Hosting Critics' Choice Awards Amid Hollywood Harassment Scandals

X-Men movie and a fast-talking TV economist on HBO's The Newsroom, but Olivia Munn is taking on one of her most challenging roles yet: host of the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards on The CW. The actress previously co-hosted Attack of the Show! on G4 from 2006 to 2011 and the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards (with Jason Segel) in 2016. Munn, 37, tells The Hollywood Reporter her thoughts on emceeing an awards show solo for the first time, and how she'll do so amid Hollywood's harassment scandals.

This is arguably...
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Olivia Munn on Hosting Critics' Choice Awards Amid Hollywood Harassment Scandals

Olivia Munn on Hosting Critics' Choice Awards Amid Hollywood Harassment Scandals
X-Men movie and a fast-talking TV economist on HBO's The Newsroom, but Olivia Munn is taking on one of her most challenging roles yet: host of the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards on The CW. The actress previously co-hosted Attack of the Show! on G4 from 2006 to 2011 and the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards (with Jason Segel) in 2016. Munn, 37, tells The Hollywood Reporter her thoughts on emceeing an awards show solo for the first time, and how she'll do so amid Hollywood's harassment scandals.

This is arguably...
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Brad Pitt Bid $120,000 to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ With Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington

Brad Pitt Bid $120,000 to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ With Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington
Brad Pitt may be one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, but he wasn’t able to secure the winning bid to watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” with series leads Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, as reported by our sister site Variety. The actor attended Sean Penn’s annual gala for Haiti on January 6, where this silent auction item was offered with an initial opening bid of $20,000, and quickly ballooned to six digits. Pitt outbid himself several times during the process, but the item was eventually sold to another attendee for $160,000. Although the original offer was only to watch the show with Clarke, Harington was also in attendance and offered to come along once the bidding hit $90,000.

Read More:Sophie Turner Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Won’t Premiere Until 2019

The event was filled with many other A-list actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Lena Dunham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Segel,
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Brad Pitt Bid $120,000 to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ With Emilia Clarke

Brad Pitt Bid $120,000 to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ With Emilia Clarke
Winter is officially here for Brad Pitt.

Pitt offered to pay $120,000 to watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” with Emilia Clarke — but he was outbid.

Pitt bid six figures to watch a “Game of Thrones” episode with Clarke on Saturday night during a silent auction at Sean Penn’s annual gala for Haiti, held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California.

During the charity gala, the auctioneer announced the opportunity to watch an episode with Clarke, who was in attendance at the A-list event, along with her “Game of Thrones” co-star Kit Harington, though the cast members were seated at separate tables.

The auction to watch the episode with Clarke started at $20,000, but the race quickly escalated. At one point, the auctioneer yelled out “Is the King of the North here?!” But as it turned out, Harington had stepped out of the gala to go to the restroom.

Meanwhile, Pitt bid $80,000 to
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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic
“All my friends have worked with the Muppets. Everybody I know has done a thing with the Muppets and I always felt a little bit left out,” Michael Caine told Et in 1992 on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “But they only did half-hour television shows and I got to do a two-hour movie, so it's great.”

While Caine donned the trademark robes and night cap to portray Ebenezer Scrooge, the reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic also featured Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as Mr. Fozziewig (modified from Fezziwig), Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and Gonzo as Dickens, who hilariously narrates the story with Rizzo the Rat. Despite the recognizable names and faces, some voices of the characters would sound a little different to Muppet fans.

Two years prior, at the happiest place on Earth, no less, there was excitement for a new partnership and the creative
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The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked
Holiday episodes are rarely a show’s best, but they’re often the most enduring. CBS still airs a colorized version of the “I Love Lucy” Christmas episode, repackaged as a perennial special, 60 years later. The image of The Fonz eating out of a can, alone on Christmas Eve, is probably one of the best-remembered scenes from “Happy Days.” And “The West Wing’s” 1999 episode “In Excelsis Deo” not only won an Emmy, but its takes on homeless veterans and hate crimes are just as relevant today, nearly two decades later. And of course, it was a Christmas episode that launched the longest-running scripted series in primetime, “The Simpsons,” all the way back in 1989.

As the networks more wholeheartedly embrace the holidays as a marketing tool, there has been an explosion in Christmas-themed movies and specials in recent years. But there’s still something special about celebrating the holidays with
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Jaden Smith Shares His Dreadlocks With James Corden And Seth Rogen

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Jaden Smith is all about spreading the love… and his locks. The young star joined fellow guests Seth Rogen and Jason Segel on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. Related: Jaden Smith Says Justin Bieber Is ‘Totally Fine’ After Cancelling Tour Corden, 39, asked Smith about his decision to bring his chopped-off dreadlocks to the […]
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Seth Rogen And Jason Segel Apparently Bonded Watching The Matrix During Freaks And Geeks

In case you didn't know, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen are best friends. The two met on the set of Freaks and Geeks, and shortly after shooting the pilot, the two went to go see a movie in theaters that had opened that day called The Matrix. From that point on Rogen says, they've been the best of buds. Watch the two recall meeting and Jaden Smith awkwardly sitting between them in the video below. 
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017

The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017
For movie lovers, October is the gloriously ghoulish time of year when we celebrate one kind of film above all others. That’s right: Biting comedies about dysfunctional New York Jews who finally decide to air their grievances after decades of resentment! Um… well, maybe Netflix didn’t get the memo. It’s not as though the streaming service isn’t scaring up some choice horror titles in time for Halloween (don’t miss “Raw” or “The Cult of Chucky”), but most of the month’s big new additions aren’t exactly in season.

Case in point: The splashiest arrival is a Noah Baumbach film, and it’s safe to say that “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is considerably less frightening than any of the Adam Sandler comedies that Netflix has brought to you before. On the other hand, it’s true that movies can terrify you in a
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Five of Our Favorite Serious Jason Segel Movie Scenes

Let me say first off that these were kind of hard to find since Jason Segel seems to be all about comedy. The guy is genuinely funny so it’s kind of difficult to find moments in which he’s not trying to make someone laugh. Of course his kind of funny is actually a little different than a lot of people might be used to since he can go so deadpan at a moment’s notice. That seems to be the way that a lot of comedians do things anymore but there are times when it is uproariously funny. These scenes however

Five of Our Favorite Serious Jason Segel Movie Scenes
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There's a Freaks And Geeks Documentary Coming to A&E in 2018

The 1999 series Freaks and Geeks was a perfect storm of greatness. It was an amazing coming of age series from Judd Apatow and Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of several high-profile creative talent in Hollywood. Unfortunately, it was canceled way too soon.

If you're a fan of the series, you'll be happy to learn that there is a documentary coming to TV next year that focuses on the short-lived series. In a way, this will give fans the reunion of these actors that they've been waiting for.

The doc was confirmed by Feig when he was asked on Twitter if the documentary was really happening. This was his reply:

Yes it is. https://t.co/lpKHcQNsmo

Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 25, 2017

Then actor Samm Levine tweeted the following, double confirming the Doc!

This happened and is coming your way in 2018 thanks to @hodgeepodgee, @MorganSpurlock and @Aetv. Clear your calendars!
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