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'Lego Movie' directors really wanted 'Prince of Persia' in film

Filmgoers who’ve seen “The Lego Movie” since it came out last weekend have no doubt been tickled by the movie’s pop-culture shout-outs. Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shaquille O’Neal and Gandalf are among those getting loving (and not-so-loving) homages in the new animated movie.<p>In fact, …


9 Big Questions About Summer's Blockbuster Movies

But the real blockbuster pile-up begins in May. Every week for four months, studios will release at least one movie — sometimes two or three — they expect to gross at least $100 million.<p>Some of them — sequels like "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Transformers: Age of …

Film Industry

SF: Airbnb, Craigslist rentals need to 'play by the rules' (Q&A)

The hometown of these peer-to-peer networks is cracking down on short-term rentals. CNET talks to the San Francisco lawmaker who's leading the charge.<p>San Francisco officials are bringing down the hammer on short-term rental services like Airbnb and Craigslist by introducing legislation this week …

San Francisco