If there’s one idea that “A LEGO Brickumentary” wants to express, it’s that those little plastic bricks aren’t just child’s play. The documentary about everyone’s favorite construction block toy seeks to educate audiences about the limitless possibilities contained within the very simple design. Just add imagination and see what happens. Directed by documentary vets Keif Davidson and Daniel Junge, with narration by Jason Bateman, “A LEGO Brickumentary” opens up the world of LEGO, along with the people and mini-figurines that populate it.
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One of the many talents of Tom Cruise is the ability to elevate a ho-hum movie format into a goodie box of creative surprises. To me, that’s a skill that even tops doing his own stunts. Cruise has sometimes been a cocky 7 out of 10 as a performer, but as a movie-developing producer he’s dependably a 9.5. His “Mission: Impossible” series has transformed traditional action espionage into high-concept team stories with a crew of clever protagonists, snappy dialogue and gravity-defying stunts.
On the season finale of “The Bachelorette” Monday night, 29-year-old dancer Kaitlyn Bristowe accepted a marriage proposal from 28-year-old personal trainer Shawn Booth, naming him the winner of the season. Minutes earlier, she dumped the runner-up, 34-year-old software sales executive Nick Viall, who angrily left in a limo ride of shame.
What do you do when your bandmate and songwriting partner happens to be one of the most celebrated lead singers in all of rock ‘n’ roll?
The first half of Syfy’s “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” takes itself too seriously, with return appearances by minor characters from the first two films and the destruction of Washington, D.C., landmarks that viewers have seen before with better special effects.
“Ted 2” reunites Mark Wahlberg’s insecure-wallflower character (it’s called acting, folks) with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological and ’80s-reference insults voiced, with movie-saving acumen, by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane.
Though “Seinfeld” has been off the air for much of two decades, the cast of the show has managed to generate quite a few headlines in the past week.
Do you want to be the next “American Idol”? On June 18 you’ll get your chance — your last one.
Every summer, with the sunshine beckoning outside, our TV has to try a little harder to win our attention. That’s probably why this summer’s new shows sound a lot like shows we already like, mashed together in surprising ways. We did the math to find the inspiration for these summer hopefuls. See if any of these new shows are worth skipping some pool time for.
When Iron Man and his band of merry do-gooders start smashing box office records at the multiplex this weekend with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the clamor will ring in the official start of the summer movie season. Between now and Labor Day, Hollywood will unleash a wave of sequels, remakes, reboots, comic-book adventures, high-concept comedies and the usual assortment of wanna be blockbusters, all competing for your attention (and your wallet). Here are some of the movies heading our way over the next four months:
‘Nature I have loved, and next to nature, art.” a quote by 19th century English writer and poet Walter Savage Landor describes the event at Lake Sylvia outside of Montesano on Saturday. If you love art, nature and all aspects of each, head toward the county seat.
LOS ANGELES — “Breaking Bad” may have been off the air for nearly a year, but it was fresh in the minds of Emmy voters. At Monday night’s 2014 Emmy Awards, the series won five statuettes, including for drama series, lead actor, supporting actor and actress, and writing.
The voice. If you heard it once, you never forgot. So distinctive was its smoky, sexual growl, you could pick it out of a lineup.
Godzilla couldn’t do it.Spidey couldn’t do it. Tom Cruisecouldn’t do it.In the end, history may show that it took the combined forces of a gun-toting space raccoon, a talking tree and four crime-fighting turtles to finally break Hollywood’s Great Summer Slump of 2014.
Like many people this past weekend, I went to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” at a nearby multiplex. I bought some concession snacks, donned a pair of 3-D glasses and sat through the half-hour of previews that preceded the James Gunn romp with a fair bit of anticipation, stoked by my returning to the U.S. after three weeks of work abroad to a stack of effusive reviews, as well as email bulletins that the Marvel movie was killing it at the box office.