| Feb 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Early in the development of "The Lego Movie," Jill Wilfert, the executive who oversees Lego's licensing efforts in Southern California, had a question for her bosses at company headquarters in Denmark: Can we have a character die?
"It wasn't something...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Finally! A comedy that works. An animated film with a look — a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line's bright, bricklike origins — that isn't like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:30 AM
If you walk out of "The Lego Movie" without humming its absurdly chipper theme song, "Everything Is Awesome," you're made of stronger stuff than most.
The tune, a sugar blast of optimistic synth-pop featuring Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island, is the...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Sony has bought Joe Gazzam's action-thriller spec "Shadow Run" and set it up with Neal Moritz's Original Films and Hernany Perla.
Plot details are under wraps other than being set in a world similar to the "Bourne" franchise.
Gazzam's credits include...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:31 PM
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It." But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
One of the rich elements of "The Lego Movie" is its sense of place. For a fictional land, it has plenty of echoes of the real world.
With a populace kept numb by plastic pop music, contrived reality TV and fast-food giveaways -- and a general sense that...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Of the many unexpected moments in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's breakout hit "The Lego Movie," perhaps none is as surprising as the film's ending, which is daring even by the standards of this unconventional film.
So daring, in fact, that even its...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 AM
The Game Show Network hopes to wring some laughs from the old standby: Men think like this; women think like that. "Mind of a Man" debuts January 8 and is hosted by stand-up comedian DeRay Davis, who told me he had to adapt his R-rated instincts for basic...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
For Jonah Hill, the most daunting challenge of his role in Martin Scorsese's financial depravity epic "The Wolf of Wall Street" wasn't getting the part. "Leonardo DiCaprio basically co-signed for me," Hill says of his co-star, who persuaded Scorsese to...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:50 PM
"Ride Along," the latest go at the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre, has the stone-hard cool of Ice Cube and the manic energy of stand-up comic Kevin Hart.
With a sharper script, "Ride" might have reached the bar set in the 1980s by Eddie Murphy in "48...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 3:20 PM
"The Wolf of Wall Street" may feature three hours of nonstop greed and rapacity, but Jonah Hill, who plays swindler Donnie Azoff in the film, doesn't seem to be in danger of following in his character's footsteps. The actor recently revealed that he...