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Bond has big opening

Director Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw and more, took in $87.8 million in its opening weekend. That number rises to $90 million when you add in the Thursday preview showings. It shatters the previous high for the series of $67.5 million, set by “Quantum of Solace”. Worldwide, the film has now grossed more than $500 million.

“Wreck It Ralph” fell just 33 percent, “Wreck It Ralph” took in another $33.1 million.

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“Skyfall” review

Craig is back. Is “Skyfall” a worthy Bond film? Or does it fall short like “Quantum of Solace”?

The Good

“Skyfall” is entertaining and thrilling. In fact, though I’m sure many will disagree, “Skyfall” is one of my favorite Bond films ever. The action gets going right from the beginning when director Sam Mendes lets us know this isn’t the same Bond we’re used to. Gone are the openings we’re used to . We’re dropped right in the action. And the action in this film is great. No shaking the camera so much so you can’t tell what the hell’s going on. It’s fun, entertaining and thrilling. But Mendes really shines with the performances he gets from his actors.

I won’t give away any more of the storyline that the trailer didn’t. But, I’ll say this. Judi Dench (“M”) gets her time to shine in this film and it’s about time. For too long she’s been limited to saying “Bond!” or “James?” in this series. Finally, she plays a much more integral role and it’s nice to see one of the best actresses to come along get her due in this series. Javier Bardem also steals scenes as the villain. There’s no evil plot to take over the world this time, but, his actions may seem the most justified of any Bond villain in history. This may not quite be to the level that he played in “No Country For Old Men”, but he’s a helluva better Bond villain than we’ve seen in years.

Between this film and “Cloud Atlas”, Ben Whishaw is quickly becoming one of my favorite young actors in Hollywood. This film also really cements Craig as one of my favorite Bonds of all time. There’s also two references for long-time Bond fans that should please them greatly.

The Bad 

I love this film. That being said, I think it fell just a little bit short of the very high praise it’s been getting. Let’s just say, nothing about this film was bad, but I wouldn’t be nominating it for Best Picture on my list. Also, the one thing I liked in “Casino Royale” the most was the vulnerable Bond that we saw. That apparently is gone with Bond becoming just short of a super hero with the stunts he pulls off in this film.

The Final Word

If you haven’t seen a Bond film in a long time, this is the one to jump back in with. “Skyfall” is thrilling, entertaining and one of the best Bond films ever, bar none. It might not be one of the year’s best come Oscar time, but “Skyfall” is a film that shows the Bond franchise is ready to keep kicking for another 50 years.

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

New “Cloud Atlas” TV spot

If you happen to be following my blog, it should come as little surprise that I’m posting the new TV spot for “Cloud Atlas”. I’m hugely excited for this film.

Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, the film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon and a host of others.

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Warning: SPOILERS.

Anyways, here is the first clip from directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ upcoming film “Cloud Atlas”.

I liked the clip and really am getting even more excited for the film. “Cloud Atlas” stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and more.

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Anticipation is high for James Bond’s newest adventure “Skyfall”. Daniel Craig returns and will face Javier Bardem in the film from director Sam Mendes.

Now, audiences in the U.S. who just can’t wait until Nov. 9 can see the film one day early in IMAX on Nov. 8. No word on whether there will be midnight IMAX showings.

The film also stars Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe,  Ben Whishaw and Judi Dench. Will you see this film one day early?

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WB has released seven new banners for its upcoming film “Cloud Atlas”. You can check them all out here. But, here’s one for your viewing.

The film is directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant with each actor playing multiple roles. The film is based on the novel by David Mitchell.

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Cloud Atlas poster

Here’s a high quality version of the new “Cloud Atlas” poster.

The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and a lot more. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer directed the film.

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Here’s the brand new trailer for James Bond’s upcoming adventure “Skyfall”.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and more.

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Here it is. The first trailer for “Cloud Atlas”. Usually, I just wait to post them for you guys until they reach the internet, but WB has since pulled it and…frankly all of you need to see this trailer. Now. Here’s the link. This is an ambitious film based on the bestselling book that follows multiple storylines through many centuries. But, this trailer looks amazing. Visually, it’s beautiful, not surprising considering the talent behind the camera. The big thing here though, at 164 minutes, it’s got enough time to be a big sweeping epic and this trailer, which by the way is almost six minutes long, gives us a very good look at the film. And it looks great.

From The Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, David Gyasi and James D’Arcy.

All I have to say is…this just shot up my list by a lot. All of a sudden, October can’t come soon enough.

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In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), discussed the Wachowskis’ upcoming film “Cloud Atlas”.

“Sometimes in any one week you might be working on three or four characters. It’s a slightly dangerous adventure we embarked on, because to be honest … I don’t know where it’s all heading, despite the wonderful preparation. But yeah, it was certainly very exciting,” Weaving said.

He continued in the interview that “Because the film’s told in a sort of mosaic way, where all six stories are told at once, at the beginning of the shoot you’d move from one character to another. But as the shoot progressed and it got towards the end, you were seeing more links between the characters. And indeed, there might be a cut from one of your characters to another character, so there’s a link between them.”

The film, which is an adaptation of the book of the same name, tells the stories of several different characters through several different ages. The film also stars Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Ben Whishaw. The film hits theaters October 26 of this year. Each actor plays several different roles throughout the film.

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