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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you've resisted “The Lego Movie” for any reason, reconsider before it leaves the big screen. The little plastic blocks that have captivated kids and bedeviled vacuum cleaners and bare feet for generations absolutely fit their larger-than-life treatment. A script as smart as the animation helps. Together they create a massive collision of subversive humor, hyperkinetic energy, mind-jangling design and spinning colors with about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem - "Everything Is Awesome" - to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
"The Lego Movie" already is blocking out a big following -- even before it has hit theaters. The computer-animated movie from Warner Bros., the first full-length feature film centered around the Lego toys, is on track to become Fandango's second-biggest advance ticket-seller among all animated films, behind Pixar's 2010 hit "Toy Story 3. " As of Thursday morning, Fandango's “Lego” sales are surpassing advance ticket sales for “Frozen,” “Despicable...
NEWS
March 22, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Legoland Florida recently received the first shipment of 32 Lego models for the kiddie theme park, which is scheduled to open in October at the former Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, about 40 miles from Disney World. Photos : Ride-by-ride preview of Legoland Florida Built in Europe, the handmade Lego models include a 40,000-brick blacksmith destined for the Castle Hill area of the park, a wizard designed for the indoor section of the Dragon roller coaster, an axe-wielding knight, a howling wolf and a snoring grandfather sitting on a park bench.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Lego, Europe's biggest toy maker, said U.S. consumer sales climbed a record 38% last year, as parents sought cheaper, more durable toys for their children in the sputtering economy. Sales in 2009 may continue to grow, said Soren Torp Laursen, who heads the company's Americas unit. The Billund, Denmark-based company will offer a wider selection of lower- and medium-priced products to appeal to consumers struggling with falling home values and the highest unemployment rate in 16 years.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
A Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine Lego set? Yes please! Lego has announced that it will start to put a new Lego set featuring the Delorean time machine, a Lego Doc, and a Lego Marty McFly on a hover board, into production in the next year. Exact timing and pricing are not currently available, but hopefully you just got plenty of Christmas goodies to keep you occupied while you wait. The Delorean Time Machine set came out of the Lego CUUSOO website, where Lego enthusiasts are invited to submit ideas for new Lego sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"The Lego Movie" is expected to stack up plenty of cash in its box-office debut as it easily beats fellow new contenders "The Monuments Men" and "Vampire Academy. "  The animated comedy based on the veteran toy brand could gross around $50 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre -release audience surveys, though heavy snow on the East Coast could make for a smaller number.   That total would give the Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mid-flight thriller "Non-Stop," the latest action movie to star Liam Neeson, flew just higher than "Son of God" to top the box office over the Oscar weekend.  "Non-Stop" grossed a studio-estimated $30 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada through Sunday, while the New Testament retelling took in $26.5 million. After three weeks at No. 1, "Lego Movie" landed in third place with $21 million in revenue. It has generated $209 million domestically so far.     Released in North America by Universal Pictures, "Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal trying to save a crowded airliner.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES  Animal Practice:  After a sneak peek last month, this sitcom starts its regular run with Justin Kirk as a New York veterinarian who has an unorthodox style and a penchant for hitting on his clients (8 p.m. NBC). The Middle: Mike (Neil Flynn) accidentally reveals who his favorite child is in the season premiere of the family comedy (8 p.m. ABC)
BUSINESS
September 6, 1999 | LEE DYE
Computer scientists at Brandeis University say they have taken a significant step toward creating robots that will evolve into ever more sophisticated machines, capable of repairing and modifying their own hardware. What they have come up with isn't exactly the "2001" film star, Hal, or even R2D2 of "Star Wars." But they have produced software that allows a computer to design structures, such as bridges and cranes, without human intervention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1999 | MASSIE RITSCH and MARTHA L. WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mastering classical music within the Hsieh family means practice--and lots of it. The two Hsieh children--Tiffany, 14, and Timothy, 10--spend hours every day practicing, just as each has done since before their fifth birthdays. But they have a lot further to go to catch up with their mother, Shirley Hsieh, who studied piano with top-ranking teachers for 25 years and is now a teacher herself.
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