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February 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
All the pieces connected for "The Lego Movie" at the box office this weekend, as the 3-D animated release far exceeded industry expectations to post the biggest opening of the year. The family film debuted with a robust $69.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys indicated the picture would start off with about $50 million. Instead, the movie ended up collecting almost $30-million more than did "Ride Along" - previously 2014's biggest hit - when it opened last month.
February 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A publicity-stunt boxing match is no more. The much-hyped and even more divisive bout between DMX and acquitted Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman has been called off, according to the promoter. "This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing," Damon Feldman said Saturday on Twitter, referring to Zimmerman. He said he was scrapping plans because "I'd rather be happy and make people happy. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The DMX camp, meanwhile, was putting its own spin on the cancellation, suggesting DMX had second thoughts.
February 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.
February 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When news broke that DMX would take on George Zimmerman in a “celebrity” boxing match -- on what would have been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday, no less - the reaction was largely negative. The thought of a man acquitted of murder as a “celebrity” is absurd enough. Now add in the notion of Zimmerman fighting a rapper and the whole thing starts to reek of desperation. News of the fight, or whatever this is, only brought back the emotions over the case that captivated, and divided, the nation last year.
February 6, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
A cat-and-mouse thriller imported from Paraguay, "7 Boxes" evokes the developing-world amorality and senseless crime caper of "City of God," the 2002 Brazilian sensation that earned four Academy Award nominations, including one for Fernando Meirelles' slick, hyper-stylized direction. But whereas Meirelles seemed to apply absolutely every cinematic trick in the book, "7 Boxes" directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori aren't as hell-bent on making an impression. Their film boasts a rather universal premise: Teenager Victor (Celso Franco)
February 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley laid out some valid points about why he believes his April 12 rematch against Manny Pacquiao will be even more impressive than their June 2012 fight that Bradley won by a controversial split decision. "He can still punch like hell, but I feel the killer instinct is gone," Bradley said Tuesday in Beverly Hills, where he and Pacquiao launched the promotion of their HBO pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), with more than triple the number of Bradley's knockouts, was asked about that zinger.
February 3, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Mainland China's lunar new year holiday box office got off to a sizzling start this weekend, with an expensive, effects-heavy 3-D telling of “The Monkey King” and a movie based on a hit reality TV show about celebrity dads and their kids taking in a combined $90 million. “The Monkey King,” starring Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok and Donnie Yen, raked in more than $51.1 million (306 million yuan) in its first three days in theaters, data from box-office tracking service EntGroup showed.
January 31, 2014 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Lindsay Heller is punching her way around a boxing ring in a small gym in Hollywood. The 36-year-old mother of two is in the middle of a lesson; Juan Manuel Jiminez, a veteran trainer who goes by the nickname Superman, is coaching her. "Look at my chest," he says, as Heller bounces lightly on her feet. "Never lose sight of your opponent. " Heller has been taking classes at Wild Card Boxing Club for five months. Turned on to the idea by a friend, she was looking for a workout that would exhaust her. "I'm very active," she says, "and I was looking for something that would just waste me. I can exercise a lot and not get tired, but boxing does it. " Among a growing number of people who are taking up boxing not to get in the ring and fight but to improve their cardiovascular health, Heller is looking to tone her muscles with a workout that's challenging, constantly changing and requires the use of the mind in addition to the body.
January 30, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
After the jaw-dropping plane crash sequence in the superb 2012 thriller "Flight," the action in the intimate docudrama "Charlie Victor Romeo," which brings to life - almost verbatim - the black-box transcripts from six actual aviation emergencies from the 1980s and '90s, can't help but pale in comparison. That said, this forceful adaptation of the popular 1999 stage play created by Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory (they're also credited with the screenplay and perform here)
January 30, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Craig has a fancy flat-panel TV at home. What he doesn't have is a cable or satellite subscription, relying instead on his rooftop antenna for local broadcasts. He wants to know if there's a way he can digitally record programs without a cable or satellite box. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions In the past, Craig would have just fired up his VCR and had stacks of videocassette tapes piled around the house. What he needs these days is a digital video recorder, or DVR, which can be included in most cable and satellite boxes.
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