"The Monuments Men" opened this weekend. And even with its all star cast, which includes Bill Murray, Matt Damon, George Clooney and John Goodman, it only pulled in a modest $22 million. Surprisingly, it was "The Lego Movie" that dominated the box office. It raked in more than $69 million, far exceeding expectations and having the biggest opening weekend for any movie in 2014.
Here to talk about the movie's success and other Hollywood news is Rebecca Keegan. She writes about film for the Los Angeles Times and she joins us every Monday for our regular chat about the film biz--On the Lot.
In addition to the news about "The Lego Movie," there are a ton of other things going on.
Two young actors making a splash are Shia LaBeouf and James Franco. Both for very different reasons.
The Berlin Film Fest is underway and LaBeouf is using it as an opportunity to continue his recent streak of odd behavior, walking out of a press conference and appearing on the red carpet with a paper bag on his head.
And Franco is acquiring the rights to a book about the awful cult movie "The Room." Looks like he might make another movie about making a movie, like what he did with "Interior: Leather Bar" last year.
Finally, Mayor Eric Garcetti has named a new film czar. It's Ken Ziffren, who's established himself in Hollywood as a well known entertainment attorney.