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February 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The first movie was made for about $60 million and came out this month. There's no budget yet for “The Lego Movie” sequel, but Warner Bros. certainly has big ideas for the date. The studio has scheduled the follow-up to the building-block blockbuster for May 26, 2017, a prime Memorial Day slot that Hollywood typically uses for its highest-profile  fare. The comedic screenwriters Jared Stern (“The Internship”) and Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely) are on board to write the new movie, with no director hired as yet. There is ample precedent for a first-quarter release getting a spring-summer or holiday sequel; “The Hunger Games” came out in March but its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” was elevated to November.
February 17, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At the 1960 Academy Awards, all eyes were on Doris Day, lead actress nominee for "Pillow Talk," who glittered in a silvery sheath. The gown was actually a costume borrowed from Day's next picture, the lush Ross Hunter thriller "Midnight Lace," which would nab costume designer Irene Lentz her second Oscar nomination the following year. But after cycling through a Hollywood career - starting out as a Mack Sennett extra and rising to be head of costume at MGM following Adrian - by 1960, Lentz was only freelancing in films for stars such as Day. Lentz's clientele was much, much wider - she was dressing fashionable women across the country in Irene, her line of structured suiting and bias silk soufflé gowns that she started with the backing of tony stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus after leaving MGM in the late 1940s.
February 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Despite its status as a world leader in social equality, Sweden clings to a racial and class hierarchy in which one-percenter bankers profit from drug deals and bloodshed at the lower rungs of society - at least that was the critique that made the 2012 thriller "Easy Money" such a stylish and indignant affair. Striving business student J.W. (Joel Kinnaman) ricocheted between the jet-setting "aristos" and the criminal underclass to engineer a money-laundering scheme. The new "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" picks up a few years after the events of the original film.
February 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Insurgent," the sequel to the upcoming dystopian action-adventure movie "Divergent," now has a director:  Robert Schwentke will helm the second installment of the film series starring Shailene Woodley and based on the bestselling young-adult book trilogy by Veronica Roth, Summit Entertainment announced in a statement Tuesday. In "Divergent," which opens March 21, Woodley plays Beatrice "Tris" Prior,  a young warrior in a futuristic society in which citizens are divided into factions based on their personality types.
January 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The actress Elizabeth Banks will make her feature directorial debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," a sequel to the hit 2012 musical comedy about an all-girls a cappella singing group, a Universal Pictures spokesperson confirmed Monday. Banks, who produced the original and had a supporting role as an inappropriately frank color commentator, will reprise those duties in the sequel as well, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are also expected to return.
January 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Snow began falling in parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, the vanguard of a major storm that has already led to the cancellation of thousands of flights, an unexpected closure of some federal offices and even prompted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to drop plans for his inauguration party. The storm could bring eight to 12 inches of snow to Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan area and perhaps more than a foot in Boston as it works its way through New England. The storm -- an unwelcome sequel to the polar vortex whose icy grip choked the Midwest and East earlier this month -- is also expected to bring wind chills as nasty as 10 degrees below zero.  “A wave of low pressure is developing along a strong Arctic front currently sinking southward through the Mid-Atlantic, and this is expected to develop into a strong surface low off the coast of New England,” the National Weather Service said.
January 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
James Cameron will make his return trip to Pandora with some familiar faces, as "Avatar" stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for three sequels, studio Fox announced Tuesday. Though Cameron presumably could have taken the franchise in a different direction, Worthington and Saldana reprising their roles as Jake Sully, the disabled ex-Marine inhabiting an alien body, and Neytiri, the Na'vi huntress, suggests that their story will remain front and center. Given that "Avatar" still holds the record for worldwide gross with nearly $2.8 billion, and that Worthington and Saldana are the film's main characters, it's not particularly surprising that they've signed on for the sequels.
January 9, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Ahead of the premiere of its telepic "Flowers in the Attic," Lifetime has announced plans for a sequel. The followup will be based on the second book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind. " The announcement was made Thursday just before the network's panel to promote "Flowers in the Attic" during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Kayla Alpert, who adapted the controversial novel for Lifetime, is penning the sequel. The story will pick up 10 years after "Attic" ends.
January 8, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
We all know that Ray Allen still has game. But does Jesus Shuttlesworth? Allen, who currently plays for the Miami Heat and starred in the 1998 movie "He Got Game" as Shuttlesworth, said he and filmmaker Spike Lee have been in talks over the last couple of months about a potential sequel.  "Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday before playing the New Orleans Pelicans. "But it's something we've been talking about for the last couple months.
January 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The first week of January has been an auspicious time for horror movies. Industry types would say it's the lack of fresh box-office competition, though it's also always seemed just as likely that the aftermath of the holidays are ripe for a good slasher picture. Two years ago on the same weekend “The Devil Inside” scored an eye-popping $33 million, blowing away expectations. Last year “Texas Chainsaw 3D” - a sequel to a lesser horror property than some of its '80s counterparts - managed a $22-million opening despite being just the third movie in the series over the last 15 years.
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