Warner Bros., which only has rights to one “Lego Movie” sequel, looks to build an interlocking franchise from its new global smash. “The success of The Lego Movie is great…It set the bar really high for the franchise.” (Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman)

Warner Bros., which only has rights to one “Lego Movie” sequel, looks to build an interlocking franchise from its new global smash. 02/18/2014 by Tatiana Siegel | The Hollywood Reporter A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Given the success of Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie, a sequel is a fait accompli. But the studio plans to expand its Lego franchise well beyond the traditional follow-up treatment — despite a potential bump in the road. VIDEO: ‘The Lego Movie’ Releases Blooper Reel Warners’ greenlight committee will decide during the coming weeks whether to move forward simultaneously with The Lego Movie 2 and a stand-alone Lego Ninjago film, and if so, which will hit theaters first. Sources say the studio faced an original greenlight deadline of November 2013 on Ninjago but received an extension from Denmark-based Lego. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who produced Lego Movie, are on board to produce Ninjago alongside Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) will direct. Adding a Ninjago film to its slate would be an important move for Warners because the studio only has rights to one Lego Movie sequel. Sources say the toy giant and the producers are free to take the property to another studio for any subsequent Lego Movie outings. But Lin and Lee, who have … Read More

AdamWarner Bros., which only has rights to one “Lego Movie” sequel, looks to build an interlocking franchise from its new global smash. “The success of The Lego Movie is great…It set the bar really high for the franchise.” (Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman)

LEGO now expected box office between $60M to $62M for the weekend.

By ANITA BUSCH | Tuesday February 18, 2014 6th UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Final numbers, both 3-day and 4-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, are in from the studios. Some of these distribution executives are very smart in how they’ve been handling their films. Ride Along, for instance, shed 283 theaters and Frozen dropped 359 theaters to both keep their strong holds of only 9% drops. Also holding well is The Lego Movie (-28%), and Monuments Men is only down 30% in its second week in the same number of theaters. Highest per screens, not surprisingly, for the three-day were Lego and opener About Last Night. And, interestingly, Frozen in its 13th week of release and Gravity in its 20th week of release has similar per screen averages of about $2,900 which puts them both above the opening of Winter’s Tale. That hurts, but everyone in this business knows, you win some and you lose some. Here are the studio’s final numbers for the Top 20 via Rentrak: 1). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,775 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $49.8M (-28%) / Per screen average: $13,204 / 4-day cume: $62.4M / Total Cume: $142.7M / Wk 2 2). About Last Night (Sony), 2,253 theaters / 3-day cume: $25.6M / Per screen average: $11,384 / 4-day cume: $27.8M / Wk 1 3). RoboCop (Sony) 3,372 theaters / 3-day … Read More

AdamLEGO now expected box office between $60M to $62M for the weekend.

John Singleton has signed on to direct, re-write, and produce Tupac Shakur Biopic

By JEN YAMATO | Wednesday February 12, 2014 John Singleton has signed on to direct, re-write, and produce Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Tupac Shakur biopic, which is hitting up a summer 2014 shoot. The long-gestating pic about the late iconic rapper and sometimes actor known as 2Pac got renewed momentum last Fall when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films joined Morgan Creek as co-financier. Singleton will work with Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft to revise their original greenlit script. Needless to say, Shakur’s lifelong ambitions as a rap star yielded one of the more colorful and tragic life stories of recent decades. The charismatic Shakur, a legendary West Coast hip hop fixture and one of the best-selling artists of all time, dabbled in an acting career throughout the ’90s with memorable turns in Juice, Above the Rim and later Bullet, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related before he was killed at the age of 25 in a 1996 Las Vegas drive-by shooting that remains unsolved. The new biopic boasts a number of principals who were personally connected to Shakur. Mother Afeni Shakur, who has acted as guardian of her son’s artistic legacy since his death, will have an EP credit on the project which has access to 2Pac’s extensive musical catalog. And Singleton, who earned writing and directing … Read More

AdamJohn Singleton has signed on to direct, re-write, and produce Tupac Shakur Biopic

Client Joel David Moore signs on for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.”

Dave McNary | FEBRUARY 7, 2014 Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.” The Exchange is selling international rights in Berlin. Shooting is expected to start Feb. 24 in Savannah, Ga. Tyson Ritter, the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects, has already been cast as a young Allman. Wyatt Russell will play his brother Duane Allman. William Hurt will play the present-day version of Allman and Zooey Deutch (“Vampire Academy”) will play a groupie. The film is based on Gregg Allman’s biography “My Cross To Bear,” written with Alan Light. Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin are producing, with Miller directing from a screenplay he wrote with Savin. Producers are planning to include original Allman Brothers tracks in the film, along with re-recorded performances by the actor/musicians. “Midnight Rider” was one of the band’s first successful songs. Gregg Allman struggled with drugs throughout much of his life before becoming sober in the mid-1990s and continues to perform at the age of 65. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Dushku will play a small town Southern girl who inspires the song “Whipping Post.” Whitford will play … Read More

AdamClient Joel David Moore signs on for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.”

The Lego Movie: Film Review (The Hollywood Reporter) The Bottom Line – A full-throttle, giddily inventive, all-ages joyride that buoyantly boosts the bar for 3D computer-animated movies.

 2/2/2014 by Michael Rechtshaffen The Bottom Line A full-throttle, giddily inventive, all-ages joyride that buoyantly boosts the bar for 3D computer-animated movies. Opens Friday, Feb. 7 (Warner Bros.) Voice cast Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman Directors-screenwriters Phil Lord & Christopher Miller After successfully testing the computer-animated waters on the smaller screen with the likes of LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Ninjago, not to mention a series of hit video games, everybody’s favorite Danish interlocking brick system has finally been transformed into a big 3D animated feature—with wildly entertaining results. Arriving at a time when feature animation was looking and feeling mighty anemic—essentially reconnecting the same dots until the next big thing comes along—The LEGO Movie shows ’em how it’s done. It’s a non-stop blast from beginning to end, jam-packed with a wacky irreverence, dazzling state-of-the-art CGI (courtesy of Animal Logic) and a pitch-perfect voice cast headed by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell. Backed by an army of executive producers, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow presentation should translate beautifully into whatever corner of the earth it plays, with a laugh-and-you’ll-likely-miss-something potential for repeat viewings. Not that there was ever much doubt about co-directors and writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being the … Read More

AdamThe Lego Movie: Film Review (The Hollywood Reporter) The Bottom Line – A full-throttle, giddily inventive, all-ages joyride that buoyantly boosts the bar for 3D computer-animated movies.

Client Irvine Welsh (“Trainspotting” author) teams with UK DJ Calvin Harris, Will Smith, and Jay-Z for “Higher,” a half-hour comedy series project that has been set up at HBO for development.

By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday January 22, 2014  EXCLUSIVE: Top UK DJ Calvin Harris has teamed with Will Smith and Jay-Z for Higher, a half-hour comedy series project that has been set up at HBO for development. Written by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and developed with Harris’ help, the fictional comedy is set in the world of electronic music. It comes from Overbrook Entertainment, Three Six Zero Group and Marcy Media, with Overbrook’s James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Miguel Melendez serving as executive producers alongside Three Six Zero Group’s Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson, along with Harris and Marcy Media’s Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. This expands the relationship between Smith and Jay-Z who also are producing together the upcoming feature musical Annie.  Harris is a Grammy award winning songwriter and producer, who was the first DJ to win the Ivor Novello Songwriter Of The Year Award. He has two more Grammy nominations this year, Best Dance Recording for Sweet Nothing, and Best Dance/Electronica Album for 18 Months. Released last October, 18 Months has sold over 1m albums and 28 million singles worldwide. The album produced 9 UK top 10 singles, including We Found Love feat. Rihanna, breaking Michael Jackson’s record for the most Top 10 singles from one album (7). Harris is … Read More

AdamClient Irvine Welsh (“Trainspotting” author) teams with UK DJ Calvin Harris, Will Smith, and Jay-Z for “Higher,” a half-hour comedy series project that has been set up at HBO for development.

Dan and Kevin Hageman talk Ninjago, The LEGO Movie, and how to write a screenplay with your brother

By Haley Winters / 3 January , 2014 I’m waiting on line at Urth Caffé when I get a text from Dan Hageman: “You here? We’re out front at a curb table.” The lunchtime bustle at Urth—the most ubiquitously “Los Angeles” coffee spot in downtown—was so crowded that I must have missed Dan and his brother Kevin when I first walked in. The Hageman brothers (Kevin is 40, Dan, 37) are easy to spot, even amongst the sea of hipster locals. They both wear rectangular glasses, collared shirts, and cozy sweaters, and they share enough of the same facial features to clearly mark them as as brothers—although sometimes that similarity is mistaken for something else. “Yeah, a lot of the time people will think we’re a couple,” says Dan. Kevin nods, “We go to a lot of business meetings and the first thing the executives will say is ‘So, how did you two meet…?’” I’ve asked Dan and Kevin to meet me today because I’m enlisting them as the guinea pigs for a new writing project I’m embarking on. It’s been nearly four years since I moved to Los Angeles for college, and in just a few months, I’ll be … Read More

AdamDan and Kevin Hageman talk Ninjago, The LEGO Movie, and how to write a screenplay with your brother

Clients Jason Pagan & Andrew Stark’s “Almanac” has been rechristened “Welcome To Yesterday” and will keep its February 28 release date.

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Monday December 16, 2013  Rookie helmer Dean Israelite’s found-footage pic from Platinum Dunes has been rechristened Welcome To Yesterday and will keep its February 28 release date. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produced the sci-fi film formerly known as Almanac from a 2012 Black List script by Jason Pagan & Andrew Stark. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are exec producing.      

AdamClients Jason Pagan & Andrew Stark’s “Almanac” has been rechristened “Welcome To Yesterday” and will keep its February 28 release date.

Client Israel Broussard named as one of 2013’s Best New Faces in TV and Movies by The Wire

DEC 12, 2013 / THE YEAR IN REVIEW Alexander Abad-Santos, Joe Reid, Esther Zuckerman Every year, there are those actors who make their presence felt and demand a place for themselves in the entertainment landscape. Be they world-weary prostitutes or adorable children. These are the ten who have made themselves the most indispensable. Annaleigh Ashford There’s a reason why Masters of Sex is bringing Ashford, 28, back for its second season: she’s fantastic, a multitalented lady we would call a “firecracker” … if we were in an 1940s romantic comedy. The Broadway veteran—she’s done stints in Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Hair—not only got a Tony nomination for Kinky Boots this year, she also enjoyed a hilarious and weirdly touching stint on Masters of Sex. While Kinky Boots, in which she played a lovelorn and industrious employee of a shoe factory that starts producing footwear for drag queens, showed off her talent for musical comedy, her Masters of Sex role, Betty, proved that she could strike some emotional chords. Ashford had the chance to play Betty’s sadness beautifully, taking her out of a sassy prostitute stereotype. It’s great she’ll be back. — Esther Zuckerman Danielle Brooks Litchfield prison, the setting of the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, might be the least appealing place on television. Federal prisons … Read More

AdamClient Israel Broussard named as one of 2013’s Best New Faces in TV and Movies by The Wire

TimeOut New York names Andrew Orvedahl’s “Hit the Dick Lights” as one of the Best comedy specials of 2013

Our critics weigh in on the year’s best releases from Mike Birbiglia, Louis C.K. Bill Cosby and more, be they on CD, on DVD or self-produced online. By Steve Heisler, Matthew Love and Julie Seabaugh | Mon Dec 9 2013 Maria Bamford, Ask Me About My New God! (Comedy Central Records, CD-and-DVD set $14) Though some of its material overlaps with last year’s The Special Special Special!, the Bammer’s fourth album is her most cohesive and revealing to date. In her previous outings, an inherent contriteness muffled her anxieties and feelings of alienation, but God lays bare her personal struggles—familial interactions, online dating—with striking defiance.—JS Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (New Wave Dynamics; CD $10, DVD $13) Birbiglia’s follow-up to one-man show Sleepwalk with Me isn’t as linear as its popular predecessor, but it does exhibit pronounced personal growth. No bad dreams or dramatic tales about leaping from windows this time around: just a guy coming to terms with some harsh truths about his emotional roadblocks…and allowing himself to be loved in the process.—JS Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? (Kill Rock Stars, $10) “I want to insert stupidity or absurdity into strangers’ lives, because I believe it could make the world a better place,” says Kurt Braunohler early on … Read More

AdamTimeOut New York names Andrew Orvedahl’s “Hit the Dick Lights” as one of the Best comedy specials of 2013