18
May
2014

POSTCARD: LOS ANGELES

A couple of weeks before The Lego Movie opened earlier this year, producer Dan Lin professed to being a tad nervous. Sure, the early buzz was hugely positive, and everyone involved with the project figured they had a solid production on their hands. “But still,” thought Lin, “you never know.” He needn’t have worried. The [...]


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13
May
2014

ABC’S NEW SERIES TRAILERS

Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest: Forever – Drama Produced by [...]


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22
Apr
2014

DISNEY TAPS JON TURTELTAUB TO DIRECT ‘IT’S A SMALL WORLD’ FEATURE FILM

Appropriate considering today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the It’s A Small World attraction that has been such a staple of the Disney theme parks, the movie studio has hired Jon Turteltaub to direct a feature based on the venerable family film ride with theJon Turteltaub catchy tune. Jared Stern pitched Small [...]


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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 [...]


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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 producing. Plot details [...]


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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 [...]


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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 [...]


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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 [...]


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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 – he is immortal. His investigative [...]


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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 [...]


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