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In recent history, it’s tough to find a Christmas movie that stands out. “Elf” certainly has become a modern classic. But other than that, films have tried but failed. Now “A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle” looks to break that trend. Before you write it off because of the title, let me try and sell it to you. It stars Joel McHale (“Community”), Robin Williams, Wendi McLonden-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Amara Miller (The younger daughter in “The Descendants”) and more. Phil Johnston, the writer of “Wreck-It Ralph” is penning the script. There’s a lot of talent here, let’s hope this turns out well.

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


Both “Les Miserables”, starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfriend, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and more and “Django Unchained” starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are off to good starts.

The former has eared $18 million on Christmas day, the second biggest opening, while the latter has earned $15 million, good for the third biggest opening on Christmas Day.

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

Before a plethora of movies hits theaters on Christmas Day, three new movies get released this weekend. Can any unseat Peter Jackson or will “The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’ have a “Return of the King” weekend.

Opening a movie before Christmas probably doesn’t seem like a good idea. But the good news is those movies are almost guaranteed to have legs through the next week. That being said the film that will do the best of any new movie is “Jack Reacher” starring Tom Cruise. Cruise in an action role seems like solid money once again, thanks to the surprising success of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. This, though based on some popular novels, won’t have the same name recognition. Still, it should open well and be a solid choice for a couple days.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Judd Apatow returns with a sort of sequel to “Knocked Up” with “This is 40” which brings back Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from that film. Its reviews aren’t great and “Funny People” rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Still, this one should have solid legs.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

The final new movie to be released is “The Guilt Trip” starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. I doubt Rogen’s fans want to see him in a PG-13 film and I’m not sure Streisand fans will flock out to see this one opening weekend.

Opening weekend: $7-12 million

Check back early next week for a special Christmas edition of the Box Office Battle!

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

And the shuffling continues. Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” both moved out of the Christmas Day release. Now, “Les Miserables”, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, moved to Dec. 25, leaving “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as the only new release on Dec. 14. Dec. 25 is still crowded with this film, “Django Unchained”, “The Guilt Trip” and “Parental Guidance” all opening.

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

“Black Nativity”, a musical that centers around Christmas carols sung gospel style, already had Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett attached. Yet, the film has been delayed, perhaps forever. Why? Because Fox Searchlight couldn’t find a male lead after Samuel L. Jackson and Laurence Fishburne passed on the role.

It does make one wonder just how good this script is if they’re having this much trouble finding a lead. One would have to imagine someone like Jamie Foxx could fit the bill pretty well here.

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

It would have been an interesting battle to watch on Christmas Day, but no longer will Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” go head to head. The latter has been delayed until summer 2013, with WB stating will be the perfect summer movie around the world. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Toby Maguire. “Django Unchained” also stars DiCaprio along with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington.

Makes me wonder why WB isn’t confident enough to keep its release date. Anyways, it’s the second big film of the year to be pushed back pretty close to its release date.

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

Here’s the newest trailer for “Rise of the Guardians” from DreamWorks Animation. The film features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Jude Law and Isla Fisher.

The film hits theaters Nov. 21 and is directed by Peter Ramsey.

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