The Lego Movie Clicks, Paul Bettany Gets The Vision, Shia LaBeouf Gets Bagged, Bobsledder Trapped in Sochi, Sheen vs. Kutcher
02.10.14 by BJSprecher
BOX OFFICE Most studios avoid opening family fare in February, but with The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. proved that a good family movie can open any time of the year. With super strong brand recognition — who hasn't tinkered with the little plastic blocks at some point? — and great reviews, The Lego Movie easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $69.1 million. It is the second all-time opener for the month, after The Passion of the Christ, and one of the highest opening original (non-sequel) animated movies of all time.
The Monuments Men debuted in 2nd place, with a $22.7 million opening weekend, the highest opening ever for a George Clooney-directed movie. Rounding out the top 5, Ride Along came in at #3, with $9.4 million, Frozen at #4 with $6.9 million and That Awkward Moment at #5 with $5.4 million. The latest movie to try to capture some of Twilight's YA audience, Vampire Academy, failed miserably, taking in only $4.1 million from 2,676 locations.
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MARVEL British actor Paul Bettany, already familiar to many Marvel-philes as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) A.I. assistant, since the first Iron Man, will embody the android Avenger known as The Vision in the 2015 sequel to The Avengers, reports THR. Originally created by Ultron, the incredibly powerful robot that will threaten the Earth in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Vision has been an Avenger since the '60s and even married another Avenger, the Scarlet Witch. The classic look of the character is red-faced, with a green bodysuit and yellow gloves, cape, boots and briefs. However, the character did sport an all-white look briefly and that may be what we'll see in the movie, with ScreenRant reporting Bettany was seen on set wearing "chalk white" makeup.
LaBEOUF It's had to tell anymore if actor Shia LaBeouf is really having some sort of meltdown of if he's simply messing with the press. After his plagiarism debacle, LaBeouf vowed to "retire" from public life, but then got into a social media battle with Jim Carrey that ended with LaBeouf signing off with "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE." LaBeouf then turned up in England, where he accosted a pub patron for disrespecting his girlfriend's mother, before being spotted in Glendale, California, wearing a paper bag on his head.
LaBeouf has taken his bizarre behavior on the road yet again, appearing in Berlin at the press conference for Lars von Trier's new movie, Nymphomaniac, Volume I, looking dirty and disheveled and missing a tooth. When asked about the sex scenes in the movie, LaBeouf responded by borrowing a line from French soccer legend Eric Cantona before storming out of the conference:
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.
LaBeouf cleaned up for the premiere of the movie later that night, ditching his grungy attire for a tuxedo and bow tie, but the paper bag returned, this time emblazoned with his catch phrase: "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE." For someone who supposedly doesn't want the attention anymore, LaBeouf sure knows how to generate it.
Variety reports that Fox and Warner Bros. TV have selected former The O.C. star Ben McKenzie to play the young police detective who will one day aid Batman as Commissioner Gordon in the Gotham TV pilot. The series will feature the origins of such classic characters as the Riddler, the Penguin and Catwoman, and follow the progress of "young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape." Donal Logue was recently cast as Det. Harvey Bullock, a character described as being a mentor to James Gordon.
BAD (TIGER) BLOOD Charlie Sheen had been haranguing Ashton Kutcher about "stealing" his job on Two and a Half Men for some time when Kutcher finally had enough. In an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kutcher made a public plea to Sheen to "shut the f**k up" about it. Initially, it seemed like Sheen got the message, tweeting that he was "so sorry" and adding, "I was
pissed at other crap & took it out on you." Sheen's tiger blood must have been simmering, however, because it boiled over two hours later, with Sheen tweeting:
but news flash Dood, you ever tell me to shut the F*** up, EVER again, and I’ll put you on a hospital food diet for a year. c #YaFeelMe Jr?”
PREACHER Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's violent comic book series about a tough Texas preacher who goes off in search of God after finding out the Creator has left heaven and abandoned his duties is finally being adapted, though as a TV series for AMC, rather than as a feature film. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) will write and executive produce the series, with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) executive producing and acting as showrunner.
SOCHI We've all heard the reports from Sochi about the conditions of the hotels, with dozens of journalists documenting missing light bulbs, door knobs, doors and other amenities, but now one of the Olympic hopefuls has fallen victim to one Russia's hastily-fabricated hotels. US Olympic Bobsledder Johnny Quinn found himself trapped in his hotel bathroom and had to bust a giant hole in the door to escape. He tweeted:
was taking a shower and the door got locked/jammed... With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak
Quinn posted a picture of the door and later posted a doctored picture of himself triumphantly peering through the hole in the door.