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25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!

25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!
It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, Freeform is ready to help viewers get in the Christmas spirit. The network is increasing its Christmas marathon from 25 days to two full months — and the November roster of films is sure to have you craving peppermint candy canes.

Full of elves, snow and fun, the Kickoff to Christmas began Thursday with a screening of Christmas with the Kranks. Other holiday classics like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause will play throughout the month.

But if you’re not
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Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Heads Toward Big $41 Million Opening

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Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Heads Toward Big $41 Million Opening
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is heading for an impressive opening weekend in the $41 million range at 3,317 sites in North America, early estimates showed Friday.

Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” should finish second with a solid $33 million at 3,388 locations, followed by the second weekend of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” with about $23 million. The opening of horror sequel “Unfriended: Dark Web” will open with a moderate take of around $4 million at 1,549 venues.

The weekend represents a rare instance of three sequels opening in wide release at the same time. The only other occurrence came on the Dec. 16-18, 2011, frame with the launches of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”

Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” topped moviegoing on Thursday night with $3.4 million in preview showings that began at 7 p.m. Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” launched
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Lego Movie 2 Trailer, Release Date and More

Joseph Baxter Dec 20, 2018

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part serves as our cinematic return to Bricksburg, set to arrive in February.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part plans to leave pointy pieces on the proverbial floor on which its barefoot box office competition will step.

Mike Mitchell (Sky High...but also Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) is taking over directorial duties for Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, the voice cast of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will all return, joined by some newcomers.

The Lego Movie 2 Trailer

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has released a new international trailer.

Video of The Lego Movie 2 - International Trailer - Warner Bros. UK

Here is a season-appropriate short, called Emmet's Holiday Party. While it's not technically a Lego Movie 2 trailer, it's clearly using settings and characters from the sequel as part of the promotional buildup.
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Interview, Audio: Actress Jenny Slate Answers the Call in ‘Landline’

Chicago – Jenny Slate keeps getting more high profile, both in voiceover work (“The Secret Life of Pets”) and as an actress. Her latest film is “Landline,” her second with director Gillian Robespierre. In the film, Slate portrays an engaged-to-be-married “adult” who is having trouble coming to terms with her life.

Landline” is set in 1990s New York City, just before the tech/mobile phone boom and the loss of grit in the Big Apple. Based on the growing-up experiences of Gillian Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm, the story is about transitions… Slate’s character to adulthood, the last days of being a teenager for her sister Ali (Abby Quinn) and the dissolution of their parent’s marriage (as portrayed by Edie Falco and John Turturro). It has a bit of a “slamming doors” edge to it, as misunderstandings and family connections blend into a very human story. Slate and Robespierre
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The Lego Movie Sequel Gets A New Director

Back in early 2014 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller did the impossible. They managed to take an obvious cash grab movie property and turn it into something amazing. Like the upcoming Emoji Movie, The Lego Movie had all the makings for a desperate Hollywood flop. No one in their right mind was asking for a movie based on the Lego toys, and studios had a bad habit of trying to milk every dollar they could out of pre-existing properties, mostly to negative effect. Instead of a dud, we were given a hilarious treat — a heartfelt movie fit for all ages that had the ability to expand to a decent franchise.

Of course, it’s always a big question mark whenever there’s a sequel. Will the filmmakers be able to capture that magic twice? So long as the directors stay on board, fans are usually okay to move forward, but
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The Lego Movie Sequel Will Be Helmed by Trolls Director Mike Mitchell

Trolls director Mike Mitchell is set to helm Warner Bros. Animation's The Lego Movie sequel. Rob Schrab was previously attached to direct the movie, but he ended up dropping out of the project due to "creative differences."

I'm not sure what to think about Mitchell directing this sequel because I hated Trolls so much. My kids wanted to see it, and it was like torture. He's also the director behind films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Sky High, Shrek Forever After, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. So, I can't say I'm thrilled that he's coming on board to direct The Lego Movie.

With the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being the producers of the sequel and having written an early draft of the script, hopefully that's enough to carry the film into awesome status. Lord and Miller are just way too busy to direct it themselves.
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Lego Movie 2 Gets Trolls Director Mike Mitchell

Lego Movie 2 Gets Trolls Director Mike Mitchell
Warner Bros. is currently in the middle of making a well-rounded, cinematic universe out of Lego movies, something that is still a bit surprising to think about. The Lego Movie was a massive hit for the studio in 2014 and next weekend will see the release of The Lego Batman Movie, which looks to be another big success. The Lego Movie 2, officially titled The Lego Movie Sequel, is getting ready to get off the ground as well and has just found a new director in the form of Trolls helmer Mike Mitchell.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mike Mitchell will be tackling The Lego Movie Seqeul for Warner Bros. Previously, director Rob Schrab, who worked a lot on the show Community, was attached, but according to the report, he departed the project over "creative differences." Warner Bros. didn't skip a beat, though, and tapped Mike Mitchell, who directed Shrek Forever After,
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Newswire: The Lego Movie sequel has a new director

Solidifying his bona fides as Hollywood’s go-to director for movies about cheerfully singing plastic, Trolls director Mike Mitchell has been selected to direct the second Lego Movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will be replacing Community alum Rob Schrab, who was attached to the project back in February of 2015.

Mitchell’s past directing credits include Sky High and Deuce Biglow, Male Gigolo, plus animated sequels like Shrek Forever After and Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Despite that spotty (some might say “aggressively shitty”) pedigree, his Trolls was a certifiable, candy-colored hit, managing to sneak some fairly profound ideas about happiness and purpose into what could have been a mercenary commercial for Justin Timberlake music and ugly, pug-nosed dolls.

As a follow-up to one of the biggest animation hits of the last ten years, The Lego Movie sequel has a lot riding on it; former directors Christopher Miller ...
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The Lego Movie Sequel Has Now Landed A New Director

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are far too busy with Han Solo to return to The Lego Movie franchise, and that means a new filmmaker has been sought to take the helm. With Rob Schrab departing the project due to "creative differences," it's now been revealed that Mike Mitchell will take his place. He recently helmed Trolls, a movie which recently grossed a fairly impressive $338 million worldwide.  However, his track record before that is a little spotty. In the animated realm, he's worked on the likes of Shrek Forever After and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, while Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Sky High are among his live-action credits. So, should we be excited or a little worried right now?  Well, The Lego Movie 2 has already gone through a fair few rewrites, with Lord and Miller writing the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg taking care of a re-write.
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The Lego Movie Sequel nabs Trolls director Mike Mitchell

Warner Bros. Animation seems to have settled upon a director for The Lego Movie Sequel after parting ways with their previous choice, Rob Schrab, due to “creative differences.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trolls director Mike Mitchell is the studio’s choice to helm the upcoming entry in the so-called Lego cinematic universe and sequel to 2014’s smash hit The Lego Movie.

Mitchell’s hiring certainly makes sense, as he delivered a box office and (somewhat) critical success with Trolls for Fox and has been making light and vibrant kid-friendly movies for the past decade between Sky High, Shrek Forever After and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The latter two of the aforementioned movies were fairly disappointing, but the former remains an underappreciated gem.

One can’t help but wonder what “creative differences” got in between Schrab and Warner Bros. Schrab seemed like an ideal candidate for the job: he
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Warner Bros. Elects Mike Mitchell Director On The Lego Movie Sequel

It’s Friday, everything is awesome, and The Lego Movie sequel has located its director: Mike Mitchell.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Mitchell, best known for his recent work on DreamWorks’ animation Trolls, now steps into the director’s chair left vacant by Rob Schrab, who parted ways with Warner Bros. citing “creative differences.” Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the original brains behind Warner’s 2014 sleeper hit, recently turned in the sequel’s first script before Disney and the Han Solo anthology movie came calling. Since then, BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has hashed out another draft, though it remains to be seen whether Mitchell will fine-tune any aspects of the screenplay now that he’s officially on board to direct. Meanwhile, Dan Lin and Roy Lee will produce alongside Miller and Lord.

With credits on Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,
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Powerless: Promo Shows Bruce Wayne's Cousin Played By Alan Tudyk

If you do not know what NBC's Powerless is, don't think that you are in for another action packed DC series. It is far from that, the show premiers in February, and it will be a comedy based on Vanessa Hudgen's character who gets her dream job at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, and her boss Alan Tudyk that plays the cousin of Bruce Wayne himself, Van Wayne.

Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.
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‘Trolls’ Review: The Trippiest Kids Movie Of 2016 Is An Insane Animated Musical

‘Trolls’ Review: The Trippiest Kids Movie Of 2016 Is An Insane Animated Musical
A corporate-sponsored disco rave from the happiest recesses of hell, “Trolls” tells the incredible true story of what happened when DreamWorks Animation got really thirsty for that “Minions” money on the same day that a disgruntled former employee decided to spike the entire company’s water supply with massive amounts of ecstasy. Don’t believe what the lame-stream media tells you: that’s definitely what happened. How else to explain this manic rainbow orgy of glitter farts and poop cupcakes? How else to explain how a series of plastic figurines become the basis for a deliriously psychedelic jukebox musical that reinterprets Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” as a veiled attack against the pharmaceutical industry?

Needless to say, Thomas Dam — the Danish woodcutter who created those wild-haired Troll Dolls for his daughter in 1959, and died a very wealthy man in 1988 — is about to give a whole new meaning to the expression: “Rolling in his grave.
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‘Trolls’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Say the Animated Musical Hits Flat Notes

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‘Trolls’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Say the Animated Musical Hits Flat Notes
The movies-based-on-toys trend continues with the November 4 release of “Trolls,” and early reviews aren’t great. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman is a rare exception, calling the animated musical “an ecstatically happy movie, a giddy Edm kiddie musical that sends you out on a high.”

Read More: ‘Trolls’ Sneak Peek: How DreamWorks Embraced Retro Happiness

Alonso Duralde is much less forgiving in The Wrap:

Even if you plug your ears during the endless Kidz Bop numbers, you’re still stuck with the eye-assaulting visual palette from director Mike Mitchell (‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’) and co-director Walt Dohm (‘SpongeBob SquarePants’) — the troll scenes offer a mix of neon pastels that suggest someone ate a Lisa Frank store and promptly regurgitated it, while Bergentown features the vast spectrum of tones you might find in a baby’s full diaper.

Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rechtshaffen lands between those two extremes:

If you could take the ‘Shrek,
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Crushes Records, Topping Largest Box Office Weekend of All Time

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Crushes Records, Topping Largest Box Office Weekend of All Time
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed the box office and walked away with an estimated $238 million in its first three days domestically (including $57 million in Thursday night "previews") along with another $279 million internationally for a massive $517 million worldwide opening. Suffice to say, this shatters the domestic box office opening weekend record of $208.8 million set by Jurassic World earlier this year, but the record-breaking doesn't end there. In just its first day of release Force Awakens brought in an estimated $120.5 million setting a new record for the largest Friday, opening day and single day. All on its own, that opening day was also enough to break the previous December opening weekend record of $84.62 million set by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012. Additionally, the film now holds the following domestic records: Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million*

Previous Record: $43.5 million (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day:
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Forecast: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'... Will Box Office Records Feel the Force?

Forecast: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'... Will Box Office Records Feel the Force?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally arrived. Audiences across the globe now have a chance to experience the first Star Wars film in over ten years and anticipation couldn't be higher. Star Wars changed movies forever when the saga began back in 1977 and this newest installment enters a marketplace where the industry itself has changed, several times over, in the 38 years since we all began to feel the Force. The film landed on Wednesday in 12 international markets, generating $14.1 million including $5.2 million in France, $2 million in Italy and another $1.7 million in Sweden. Force Awakens arrives in 32 more international markets today, including Germany, UK, Russia, Australia, Korea, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with Japan and Spain opening day-and-date with the U.S. release on Friday. As for that U.S. release and the world market overall, things have even changed since 2009, the last time Christmas Day fell on a Friday and a
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Inside Out movie review: all the feels

There is joy and wonder in this marvelous mounting of a human mind, and a thrilling audacity in how it dares at such a strange and impossible thing. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Pixar’s films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I have some misgivings about this Inside Out movie. Only five emotions in a little girl’s head? Only Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness? Maybe things will get more complicated when she’s an older girl… but even the grownups here have only those five emotions. I dunno about that. Cuz in my not-little-girl head right now, Doubt is telling me “There’s no way you can do justice to this movie, so don’t even bother trying,” and Procrastination is agreeing, saying, “See? It was right to put off writing this review. Let’s put it off some more,
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Tony Hale signs up for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Tony Hale signs up for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Tony Hale is to star in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

The Arrested Development and Veep actor will play the villain in the movie sequel, Variety reports.

He will be joining Jesse McCartney, Jason Lee, Justin Long and Matthew Gray Gubler in the fourth of the series, which has grossed over $1 billion (£650m) worldwide.

Hale will return in the upcoming season of Veep, which begins on HBO in the Us on April 12.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is scheduled for a December 2015 release.

Watch a trailer for 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked below:
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‘Hobbit’, ‘Annie’, ‘Museum’ Lose Loot On Soft Sunday – B.O. Actuals

‘Hobbit’, ‘Annie’, ‘Museum’ Lose Loot On Soft Sunday – B.O. Actuals
3Rd Update, Monday, 3:15 Pm: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dropped some gold coins on its way to the bank today to deposit its actual results. The finale of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy was off 1.7% from its Sunday five-day estimate of $90.6M, for a current reported cume of $89.1M. That figure still beats the first five days of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ($86.1M).

The Warner Bros./New Line/MGM film wasn’t the only one off from its Sunday: Sony’s Annie came in about $440K under today with $15.86M in third, while Fox’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb was down $200K.

Essentially, yesterday wound up not being as robust as expected for distribs with it being the last Sunday before Christmas. Warner Bros. projected $18.2M yesterday for Five Armies, but filed $16.73M, while Sony estimated $4.9M but came in closer to $4.5M.
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Weekend Report (cont.): Final 'Night at the Museum' Narrowly Tops 'Annie'

Weekend Report (cont.): Final 'Night at the Museum' Narrowly Tops 'Annie'
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'"Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to $17.1 million this weekend. That's a fraction of the last movie's $54.2 million debut, though that did open over Memorial Day weekend (when the opening frame is much more significant). A better comparison is the first Night at the Museum, which earned $30.4 million on the same weekend back in 2006.More recent comparisons are Fox three-quels The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which opened to $24 million and $23.2 million, respectively. If the final Night at the Museum follows the same pattern as those movies, it will wind up with less than $100 million total.The second Night at the Museum movie earned 29 percent less than the first, which suggested that the novelty of the original movie had quickly worn off.
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