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Lego Unveils Massive Joker Manor Set From 'Lego Batman Movie'

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This Lego set is no laughing matter.

Lego today unveiled The Joker Manor, a massive building set tied to The Lego Batman Movie that clocks in at 3,444 pieces.

The set, which is to retail for $269.99 and is intended for the 14-year-old-plus age bracket, is a Jokerized version of Wayne Manor straight from the movie. It features a roller coaster encircling the whole building, a huge buildable Joker head with a trapdoor and slide, punching boxing gloves, a rocking Joker sign and rotating big eye tower. And that’s just the outside.

The set also comes with 10 (10!) mini-figures, »

- Borys Kit

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Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'

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Netflix has gathered Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci and Chris Parnell for its feature comedy The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin. Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. is producing. Production starts this week in New Orleans.

The Last Laugh centers on talent manager and widower Al Hart who reunites with his former client Buddy Green after 50 years. Though Buddy gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian to settle down and have a family, Al convinces him to perform on a bucket list tour of classic stand-up venues across America, »

- Ashley Lee

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Oscars: Philippines Selects 'Birdshot' for Foreign-Language Category

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The Philippines has chosen 24-year-old filmmaker Mikhail Red's Birdshot as its contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film category at the 2018 Oscars.

Equal parts coming-of-age drama and thriller, the film follows the story of young girl who accidentally shoots an endangered Philippine eagle. The film premiered last year at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where it won best film in the Asian Future section. It was later selected for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at the Goteborg Film Festival.

The Film Academy of the Philippines' official Oscar selection committee announced its choice Tuesday. The organization said its »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Wme Signs ‘The Mermaid’ Co-Writer Lu Zhengyu (Exclusive)

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Wme has signed Chinese actor-filmmaker Lu Zhengyu, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Lu is a protégé of Hong Kong-based superstar director Stephen Chow and served on the writing team for 2013’s Journey to the West and 2016’s The Mermaid, which at $527 million was China’s all-time highest-grossing film until that record was broken by Wolf Warrior 2 last month. Lu appeared onscreen in both Journey to the West and The Mermaid and served as executive director, a position similar to first assistant director in the U.S. but described as having more responsibilities.

In the vein of Chow’s own »

- Rebecca Sun

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Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury

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Trine Dyrholm, the Danish star of such films as The Celebration, In A Better World and The Commune, will head up this year's international feature jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna »

- Scott Roxborough

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China's Weiying-Maoyan Merger Creates Monster Movie Ticketing Service

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And then there were two...

The battle for dominance in China's wildly competitive online movie-ticketing market reached a fever pitch Friday when rival Tencent-supported platforms Maoyan and Weiying revealed that they would merge.

The combined Maoyan-Weiying entity will now take on Alibaba's Tao Piao Piao ticketing platform head-to-head, with both companies controlling an unprecedentedly huge share of ticket sales in the world's second-largest movie market.

Analysts estimate that more than 85 percent of all movie tickets are sold online in China. The sector has seen a wave of mergers, acquisitions and startup failures in recent years as deep-pocketed tech giants spent »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Alamo Drafthouse Severs Ties With Harry Knowles Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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The Alamo Drafthouse is severing all ties with Harry Knowles in the wake sexual assault allegations against the Ain't It Cool News founder.

Drafthouse CEO Tim League, already reeling from the Devin Faraci scandal, released a statement on Monday night which said the company had "severed all ties with Harry Knowles and he is no longer affiliated with the company in any capacity."

League added that the company was "striving to better respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and will take actions so those who work at the theater or attend as a guest are not »

- Abid Rahman

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Leads Set for Broadway-Bound 'Pretty Woman' Musical

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The perennially popular 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman, about a Hollywood Boulevard hooker who gets rescued by a wealthy businessman and then rescues him right back, is one step closer to its new incarnation as a stage musical.

Lead producer Paula Wagner has announced plans for a Chicago tryout in spring 2018 before bouncing to Broadway in the fall. Also confirmed are the lead actors taking on the roles played onscreen by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

Samantha Barks, best known as Eponine in the 2012 movie version of Les Miserables, will play down-on-her-luck prostitute Vivian Ward, while Steve Kazee, a »

- David Rooney

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'Marshall': Film Review

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It was a pre-racial-integration case like many others, a poor black man accused of assaulting and raping a wealthy white woman; one person's word against the other's, and guess who wins. But this one was a bit different in that one of the two attorneys for the defense was Thurgood Marshall, in the early 1940s working for the NAACP and two decades later to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall is a solid, straightforward courtroom drama with proud liberal credentials, one that could have been made by Norman Jewison around 1967. But it »

- Todd McCarthy

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Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Film Festival Jury

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Tommy Lee Jones will head the jury at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), organizers announced Tuesday at the lineup press conference.

Jones will be joined on the jury by Chinese actress Zhao Wei, Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi, French director/writer Martin Provost and local actor Masatoshi Nagase to judge the 15 features in the main competition. 

The opening film will be Fullmetal Alchemist, a live-action take on a popular manga/anime franchise, the first local production to open the event in a decade. Organizers were aiming for a big international film for the 30th edition of the festival, having settled for Florence »

- Gavin J. Blair

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