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Box office update: 'Lego' stacks up $7.34 million Friday; 'Pompeii' falls with $3.4 million debut

While The Lego Movie continues to play in the No. 1 spot — and sets a release date for its sequel (May 26, 2017, for the long-range planners among us) — the weekend’s new releases eked out expectedly mild Friday debuts.

The tiny building blocks enjoyed a $7.3 million Friday, bringing their domestic total to $159 million and worldwide earnings to $215 million. This weekend should net out in the mid-$30 million range.

Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill — the McG-directed spy thriller about a CIA agent one job away from retirement — snagged the second-place spot, opening to an estimated $4.01 million. Relativity’s modestly budgeted action pic (in the $28 million range) opened in 2,872 theaters and will likely bring in around $12 million when the weekend closes. Reviews haven’t been great, but perhaps audiences are interested in seeing a Costner comeback. Even though EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a C-, he writes: “Costner, grizzled and downbeat, escapes with his gruff charisma intact.”


Box office report: 'The Lego Movie' beats 'About Last Night' with awesome $48 million

While The Lego Movie and About Last Night may have been neck-and-neck at the box office on Valentine’s Day, it was the former which ultimately won the weekend with awesome ease. In all, The Lego Movie constructed an estimated total of $48.81 million for the three-day period, making for a cumulative total of $129.11 million in its second week of release. About Last Night earned $13 million on Friday, just a smidge less than The Lego Movie, and received an A- cinemascore. But the Kevin Hart-starring romantic comedy could not compete with Lego once love began to disappear from the air, ultimately earning an impressive but not Lego impressive $27 million over the three-day frame.


Box office preview: 'RoboCop' and the love stories are no match for 'The Lego Movie'

It’s a 1980s showdown at the box office this icy Presidents Day weekend. Remakes of RoboCop, About Last Night, and Endless Love all open wide (even Winter’s Tale is based on a 1983 book!), but The Lego Movie will undoubtedly reign supreme in its second weekend in theaters.

Here’s how things might play out: READ FULL STORY

New 'Robocop' trailer: 'Dead or alive, you're coming with me' -- VIDEO

The newest trailer for this month’s RoboCop remake promises a movie filled with nonstop futuristic action, action, action. And the advancement of special effects in the 27 years since the first RoboCop means that, if nothing else, the new movie will have way more scenes with robots punching each other while falling several stories. The video also prominently features an appearance by a Villainous Michael Keaton, always a delight. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Joel Kinnaman gives the 'RoboCop' remake a fresh new face -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 RoboCop is widely hailed as a sci-fi-action classic, and if you’re the kind of hardcore fan who can spout quotes from memory (“I’d buy that for a dollar!” “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me”), you may be understandably a little wary about Sony’s upcoming remake, which hits theaters Feb. 12.

Actor Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing), who’s stepping into the role originally played by Peter Weller — a mortally wounded Detroit cop turned into a deadly law-enforcement machine by a sinister corporation — totally gets it. Kinnaman grew up loving Verhoeven’s film and admits he wasn’t initially all that interested in signing on to the remake. In the end, he says, he was won over by the prospect of working with filmmaker José Padilha, the Brazilian director of Bus 174 and Elite Squad, who promised a fresh take on the RoboCop story, one that would let Kinnaman delve a little deeper into the character of Alex Murphy, the man inside the metal suit.

“It was important to me that the visor not be covering my face all the time,” says Kinnaman (pictured above with Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who plays the Detroit Chief of Police). He laughs. “It’s hard to act with just your jaw.”

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New 'Robocop' trailer: Samuel L. Jackson demands 'Why is America so Robo-phobic?!'


What should a highly-advanced society fear more — a zombie that once was human, or a robot that’s part man?

A reboot of the 1987 original starring Peter Weller, the newest trailer for RoboCop begins with director José Padilha comparing the “automated violence” of the earlier film to our current use of  drones and bots in warfare. The OmniCorp CEO, played by Michael Keaton, wants to bring robot-law enforcers to the streets. But they’ll need someone to wear the robotic armor. That’s where good cop, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) comes in as the RoboCop. Some highlights? The commanding presence of Samuel L. Jackson (sporting some serious Al Sharpton hair), who’s booming voice delivers the pro-robot sermon. The cast also boasts Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley.

What do you guys think of the new RoboCop? Watch the new trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'RoboCop' reboot trailer: Joel Kinnaman goes back to the future -- VIDEO


People are clearly nostalgic for RoboCop these days, what with Fox’s android-police show Almost Human premiering this fall and Matt Damon running around Elysium in a mechanized suit. And pretty soon their robot-lawman prayers will really be answered when the 1987 movie’s reboot is released next year.

In the first trailer, superfans will already notice some differences from the original (Joel Kinnaman’s RoboCop has a new backstory, for one), but they’ll also notice a slew of awesome new touches — not to mention an all-star cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Abbie Cornish.

Check it out for yourself:

'Mortal Instruments,' 'RoboCop,' and 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' at the Sony Comic-Con panel

The Projects: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the bigscreen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s YA book series. RoboCop, the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s action classic. And Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs that you’ve been waiting for, according the producers of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. (Collectively, they were the opening act at the Sony panel for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.)

The Panel: For Mortal Instruments, Clare and director Harald Zwart were joined by stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Godfrey Gao, Kevin Zegers, and Robert Sheehan. For RoboCop, director Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Freaking Keaton, Samuel L. Motherf—ing Jackson. For Cloudy, directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn were onstage with stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and embryonic cult icon Terry Crews. READ FULL STORY

TV anchor, 'RoboCop' actor Mario Machado dead at 78

Emmy-winning TV news anchor Mario Machado — who also played a newsman in television and movies for more than 30 years — died Saturday of complications from pneumonia, his daughter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 78.


'Elysium' pushed to summer 2013, 'Robocop' to winter 2014

Audiences will have to wait a little bit longer to make it to Elysium.

EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has pushed director Neill Blomkamp’s ambitious science fiction thriller — named after a space station for the ultra-wealthy that orbits a poverty stricken and pollution-choked Earth — from its initial March 1, 2013 release date to Aug. 9, 2013. That is roughly the same weekend that Sony released Blomkamp’s District 9, and suggests the studio is keen on giving the film, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, a wider platform (and, perhaps, a second go ’round at San Diego Comic-Con).

The move meant that Sony had to find a new release date for its remake of Robocop, which had been set for the Aug. 9, 2013 date. READ FULL STORY

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