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Sylvester Stallone is giving an update on’ The Expendables 3″, saying he’s writing the script now. He says there will be “new blood” ages 22-27 and some women who aren’t sex symbols, but “real”. No surprise he’s working on the script. Stallone, Arnold, Jason Statham and Bruce Willis all bombed this year with “Bullet to the Head”, “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Jackie Chan is in talks to join the cast.

Who should some of the new blood be? I realize these actors aren’t in their 20s, but I’d probably say Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Renner, Gina Carano, Michelle Rodriguez and maybe someone like a Tom Hardy or (this would be ironic) Chris Hemsworth.

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No matter what way you slice it, aside from “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, 2013 has been a terrible year so far for film. I’m not just talking about the quality of the movies. Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson all opened action films. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is doing the best and it’s trailing “Live Free or Die Hard” by a significant margin. Even “Safe Haven”, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation couldn’t match some of the recent hits based on his novel. But March should have a number of blockbusters right?

We’ve got horror with “The Last Exorcism Part II”, special effects fueled tent poles in “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Croods”. Gerard Butler joins the action movie game this year with “Olympus Has Fallen” and then there’s “The Host” and “Oz The Great and Powerful”. There’s also more coming out as well. March has seen some huge blockbusters, most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and “300”. But don’t expect any of March’s films to reach those levels.

“The Last Exorcism” will be a success, but only because it doesn’t come with a huge budget. “Jack the Giant Slayer” from Bryan Singer is in big trouble. So far, audience reaction to the trailers have been luke warm at best. It lacks the star power and the known quantity at director to really draw people in. This one may open decently, but will fade fast. “Oz” should open big. But “Alice in Wonderland” big? It’s tough to tell. It is set in the Oz universe, which is beloved by many. But James Franco’s performance in the trailer seems awfully dreadful. And since leaving “Spider-Man”, Sam Raimi hasn’t had a big hit. But this could be the one film to be a bona fide blockbuster by the time March is over.

“Olympus Has Fallen” looks like Die Hard with Butler. And when’s the last time Butler’s made a good movie? This has bomb written all over it. “The Host” is going to struggle much like “Beautiful Creatures” did. There just hasn’t been another book like ‘Twilight” that attracted the young female crowd in droves.

“The Call” with Halle Berry will have limited appeal. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could do well since people may be looking for another all-star high concept comedy. And “The Croods” being the first big family release in a while, should draw in the family crowd in decent numbers. G.I. Joe will open decently, but well below the original. I mean how many people really wanted a sequel? Think about it.

March has become a time when a blockbuster can be released other than the summer and Christmas period. But with so many films coming out and the levels of quality not exactly looking like it’s top notch, be prepared for a lot of disappointments.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Another weekend, another action film, another action star. Can Dwayne Johnson break the bad streak?

So far this year, we’ve seen Arnold with “The Last Stand”, Jason Statham with “Parker”, Sylvester Stallone with “Bullet to the Head” and, to a degree, Bruce Willis with “A Good Day to Die Hard:” all underperform by a significant margin. Up next is Dwayne Johnson, who has a movie coming out for the next three months as well, with “Snitch”. This isn’t a straight up action film, however, and is based on a true story. It probably has more in line with “Broken City”, which starred Mark Wahlberg, though that film bombed as well. Still, Johnson is a hot commodity right now. And the lack of a strong new film means this one will open at No. one, though it’s hard to see this film really breaking out.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

“Dark Skies” is the only other new wide release this weekend. The film has a decent cast, including  Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons, but the fact that it wasn’t screened for critics makes you think this is just another terrible horror film. The studio’s clearly hoping young adults will check it out on Friday before bad word of mouth spreads.

Opening weekend: $10-12 million

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John McLane is back. Bruce Willis’ latest “A Good Day to Die Hard” opened at No. one, earning just more than $37 million over its five day holiday weekend. That was quite a bit off of “Live Free or Die Hard”, which earned $48 million in its opening five days. “Identity Thief” held very well, earning another $27.7 million and has grossed $75 million since its release. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy will cross $100 million. “Save Haven” starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel opened in third with $25 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Presidents Day weekend is here. John Mclane is back. How big will “A Good Day to Die Hard” open?

I got to be honest. I was skeptical of this film. And, if you come back and read my review later this weekend, you’ll find out if I had good reason. Anyways it’s been half a decade since “Live Free or Die Hard” came out. That one earned more than $130 million so it seemed like a no brainer that Bruce Willis would come back. This time he’s paired with his son Jack (Jai Courtney). But things have changed.

We’ve had three bona fide flops in “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “Bullet to the Head”. This one should avoid the same fate because of its brand, but this won’t open nearly as big or finish with nearly the amount of money the last Die Hard made. It’ll finish on top easily, but don’t expect this one to be a huge hit. It’ll be more in line with “DareDevil”.

Holiday weekend: $40-45 million

Next up is “Save Haven” starring  Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders. All I have to say is it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Won’t be as big as say “The Vow”, but it’ll have a solid opening, especially cause of Valentines Day coming so close.

Holiday weekend: $20-25 million

Finally is “Beautiful Creatures” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Emma Thompson. It’s hoping to become the next “Twilight” but doesn’t have the same appeal or buzz.

Holiday weekend: $10-15 million

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“A Good Day to Die Hard”, which once again stars Bruce Willis, is about to hit theaters. And while “Live Free or Die Hard” was a financial hit, could this installment be in some big trouble? Normally I’d say no. It’s an iconic franchise whose popularity hasn’t waned. And yet, in the wake of Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” both tanking, one has to wonder: Are audiences fed up with aging action stars?

I know that “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2” were both successful. But even the sequel, though it earned $85 million, was quite a bit off from the first film. And as Arnold and Sly showed, perhaps action stars who are older making quips about their age are just not the way to go these days. The one exception to this rule seems to be Liam Neeson with hits like “Taken”. But if you think about it, Neeson doesn’t bring up his age in any of his films. And we accept him in his role, I think, because we can see him as an experienced person who has acquired a lot of skills through the years.

This leads me to “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Willis is an action star, there’s no question. But bringing in a younger character usually doesn’t work out in a series. And frankly, Willis is getting up there in age, almost to the point where audiences think, really? He can still do all that? It also doesn’t help that the films are essentially live action cartoons these days. At least “Taken” worked as a believable thriller to a degree. After three straight action film bombs, one has to wonder if the new Die Hard film will suffer a similar fate? With younger action stars like Vin Diesel and the Rock and even Channing Tatum to a degree heating up the screen and comic book films still dominating the box office every year, perhaps the old model of a straight up action flick with a big name just doesn’t sell anymore. People don’t want to see forgettable films like that anymore. They want an experience, something big, bold and grand and with actors that people don’t think should be thinking about social security instead of kicking some butt.

The true test of whether audiences are growing tired of this will be with “A Good Day to Die Hard”. If it fails, or shows some significant signs of fatigue, it could be a big sign that audiences want more than just an aging star cracking age jokes and trying to be like they were in their 30s.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the newest trailer for “A Good Day to Die Hard”.

The film stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com. 

Yep. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is the latest of action films from the 70s and 80s to continue on today. Now, “Kojak” is getting the reboot treatment with Vin Diesel set to star and produce. To be fair, I think Diesel fits the character. But no I don’t have high hopes for the film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Live Free or Die Hard” earned more money than any other film in the franchise, so it’s no surprise that Bruce Willis as back as John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Now, with Jai Courtney starring as his son, he’s back for another installment of what sounds like one long chase film. Anyways, the big question is having another round of McClane, is that good or bad?

What made Die Hard so classic? The humor, the action, the certain tone and charm to it and the villains. This appears to have none of it. And just take a look at this poster. Mother Russia? Really? Also, the fact that its coming out in February, notoriously the time period where studios dump their movies that they think will fail, doesn’t bode well to the quality of the film. This looks like there’s no memorable villain, introducing a son, (which worked so well for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” right?) and, frankly, a film that just looks like any old action film means I think the series is diluted. These aren’t the memorable classics that made the series so endearing. This looks like an aging actor trying to desperately hang on to the roles that made him a star.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here is the teaser trailer for “A Good Day to Die Hard” which hits theaters in February.

Not a whole lot here besides seeing Bruce Willis. The film also stars Jai Courtney and Cole Hauser. This film is set in Russia.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.