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On The Lot: Lego domination, LaBeouf's downward spiral, LA's new film czar and more
Assembling February 7, 2014! Assembling February 7, 2014! "The LEGO® Movie," the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Follow us on Twitter:
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"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.

Yesterday, Woody Allen responded to Dylan Farrow's letter in the Sunday NY Times. Rebecca Keegan followed up with a piece about how younger women have been Allen's most vocal critics.

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.