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On The Lot: Lego Batman, China and Hollywood

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09:  Action Figures and Statues of
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Action Figures and Statues of "The Lego Batman Movie" on display for the New York Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on February 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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The first Lego movie brought in almost $500 million worldwide, so no surprise that Warner Bros sees the animated building blocks as a foundation for a big franchise.

Lego Batman topped the weekend's box office, and Vanity Fair's Hollywood correspondent, Rebecca Keegan, says there are other Lego movies in the works, and the plastic blocks appear to have a big future on the big screen.

Keegan also updates us on one area that has Hollywood execs nervous - US/China relations. Although, we import vast quantities of Chinese goods, movies are one area in which we actually export goods to China. So the film industry is watching how the Trump Administration is approaching China, and hoping they'll continue to have access to the world's largest movie market.

Finally, BAFTA, Image Awards, Scripters. Keegan helps us understand the relative importance of all the various awards leading up to the Academy Awards, and which ones might actually help predict winners.

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