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No surprise, Legos still awesome with moviegoers

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“The Lego Movie” topped the box office once again, adding another $31,450,000 to its growing gross and inching closer to $200 million in North America in just three weeks. It has brought in an estimated $183,160,096 since release. 
 
Here are the early numbers, courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “The Lego Movie” — $31,450,000, for $183,160,096 so far. 
2. “3 Days to Kill” — $12,300,000.
3. “Pompeii” — $10,000,000.
4. “RoboCop” — $9,400,000, bringing its gross to $43,600,106 since release. 
5. “The Monuments Men” — $8,100,000, or $58,044,684 to date. 
6. “About Last Night” — $7,400,000, for $38,146,290 since release.
7. “Ride Along” — $4,667,110, or $123,172,910 so far. 
8. “Frozen” — $4,357,000, bumping its phenomenal gross to $384,061,335 since Thanksgiving. 
9. “Endless Love” — $4,300,560, for $20,141,815 so far.
10. “Winter’s Tale” — $2,130,000, or $11,223,901 since last week’s release. 
 

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Lego sequel gets a 2017 date

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In three years, will Lego love will rage? Probably more than ever.

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Warner Bros. will open a sequel to “The Lego Movie” on May 26, 2017.

 

The movie has been a critical and commercial success, attracting children, families, adults and just about anyone who ever played with a set of Legos or bought them as a gift. 

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Oscars add Pink to lineup

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Latest announcement from the Academy about the March 2 Oscars:

Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

"We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time," said Zadan and Meron. "She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.”

The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.

Acting under her given name, Alecia Moore, she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2013 ensemble drama “Thanks for Sharing,” which starred Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

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Christoph Waltz to present at Academy Awards

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Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC. 
 
Last year Waltz won his second Oscar for his supporting performance in “Django Unchained.” He joins fellow returning winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway in the growing list of announced presenters.
 
He received his first in 2009 for his supporting role in “Inglourious Basterds.” Waltz’s other feature credits include “Carnage,” “The Green Hornet” and “Water for Elephants.”  Waltz will next be seen in “Big Eyes“ and “Horrible Bosses 2.”
 
Photo of Waltz backstage at Oscars by Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. 
 
 

 

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Bette Midler to perform on Oscar telecast March 2 on ABC

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
 
The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
 
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
 
Midler received Oscar nominations for actress in a leading role for “For the Boys” and "The Rose.” 
 
She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. 
 
Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). 
 
She has been honored with three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. 
 
Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and  “Ruthless People,” Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”

 

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