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Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

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

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At one point, the film “Big Eyes”, which is about artists Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings depicting women and children with wide eyes, was set to star Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewsk penned the script and were going to direct. Now Tim Burton is stepping in to helm the film and Reynolds and Witherspoon are out with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in. Frankly, I like the new actors and it’ll be nice to see Burton take a break from doing mega budget blockbusters.

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

This is getting confusing. “The Muppets…Again!” won’t have Amy Adams or Jason Segal involved. It does star Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ray Liotta (?) are in. Christoph Waltz was in, but then was replaced. Turns our Gervais revealed that Waltz will still appear in the film. That’s good news, even if it’s just a cameo, but the casting news is getting as confusing as “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”.

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

Ok now we’re in crunch time for the Oscars. Today, I’m looking at the Best Supporting Actor race. Out of any category, this one appears to be the most wide open. The nominees are: Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln”, Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Alan Arkin for “Argo”, Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained”. Every single one of these nominees have won an Oscar before, so there’s no chance of someone getting a “we owe you” Oscar this year. It’s safe to put Hoffman on the not going to win list. “The Master” just lacked the buzz this year after it’s release. Waltz won the Golden Globe, though personally, I hope he doesn’t win. I still think Leonardo DiCaprio was the more deserving actor from that film to be in this category. But he has to be considered one of the front runners. My dark horse is Arkin. The big question is with “Argo” gaining all this momentum because of Ben Affleck getting snubbed, will that carry into other categories, or just Best Picture? Arkin, of course, could sneak past the other nominees if the Academy gives in to the film’s momentum.

De Niro gives an absolutely great performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”. I just get the feeling that film is going to get largely overlooked, aside from perhaps Jennifer Lawrence. My pick is Jones in “Lincoln”. Let me put it to you this way: Daniel Day-Lewis is considered a lock for Best Actor. And for me Jones was much more memorable. End of story.

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

“Argo” once again a big winner

Since being snubbed by the Oscars in the Best Director category, Ben Affleck and the film he directed and starred in, “Ar’go”, is on quite a roll. The film won Best Picture and Best Director at the BAFTA Awards. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress. Christoph Waltz took home Best Supporting Actor while Anne Hathaway took home Best Supporting Actress. “Brave” won Best Animated Film.

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

Quentin Tarantino has had massive hits (“Pulp Fiction”, “Inglourious Basterds”) and some huge flops (“Grindhouse”, “Jackie Brown”) but last weekend “Django Unchained” officially became Tarantino’s highest grossing film ever. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Do you think “Django” was his best effort?

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Now that we’ve all had time to digest the nominations, what was the biggest Oscar snub? This year was quite a head scratcher. Let’s start with Kathryn Bigelow. I haven’t seen ‘Zero Dark Thirty” yet, but by all accounts the film is a great film. And though she just won a Best Director for “The Hurt Locker”, it seems pretty shocking that she didn’t get nominated this year. Out of the directors nominated, I gotta say, Bigelow is a stronger director than a few of them on that list.

An even bigger surprise for me though was “Rise of the Guardians” not getting into the Best Animated Film category. Look, I’d give the award to “Wreck It Ralph”, but for my money, “Rise of the Guardians” was by far better than “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman”.

Also, though Christoph Waltz got a nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio for his absolutely evil performance and Quentin Tarantino, heck maybe even Jamie Foxx all got snubbed in acting and director categories as well.

Of course the biggest head scratcher that makes no sense to me is Ben Affleck not getting a Best Director nomination. Are you kidding me? “Argo” received near universal acclaim, was a hit at the box office and the film was by far and away an improvement over his last outing, “The Town”. And yet, not even a nomination? That’s ridiculous. Not to mention “Cloud Atlas” not even getting nominated for Best Makeup. Also, for the second year in a row, only nine films were nominated for Best Picture, leaving out deserving films like “Moonrise Kingdom”.

This year I think the Academy got some things very wrong. What’s your biggest snub?

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

Here’s the entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Directing
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” – Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – David Magee
“Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

Cinematography
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary – Short
“Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”
“Redemption”

Film Editing
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Short Film – Animated
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
“Paperman”

Short Film – Live Action
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Curfew”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
“Henry”

Sound Editing
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

My initial thoughts:

I wish they would have nominated 10 films for Best Picture. A film like “Cloud Atlas” or “Moonrise Kingdom” really deserved to get recognized. Looks like Joaquin Phoenix’s little Oscar rant didn’t cost him a nomination after all. Stay tuned here in the coming days for predictions of all the categories!

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.

Quentin Tarantino is back. After tackling the Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds”, Tarantino takes on slavery in “Django Unchained” starring Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. How does this stack up?

The Good

Let me just say this right off the bat. If you’re a Tarantino fan, you’ll love this film. This is one of my favorites of his. The dialogue is smart, witty and funny. Foxx is solid, but the real star here (again) is Waltz. HIs performance is once again top-notch. Speaking of top notch, DiCaprio shows us once again why he’s one of the best actors out there. His turn as a despicable plantation owner is just…I don’t know if good is the right word. But trust me, you’ll want him to to bite the dust. Foxx may be overshadowed by over the top performances from Watlz and DiCaprio, but I really enjoyed Foxx as Django. And for that matter, Washington did a fantastic job in the limited scenes we see her in.

The Bad

If you’re not a Tarantino fan, stay away. At times, I did get a little uncomfortable with some of the scenes and the idea that Tarantino is reducing slavery to a spaghetti Western. Also, as with all Tarantino movies, there’s a lot of blood so be warned. As a whole, I’d say I’d rank “Basterds” ahead of this one on my list of Taraintino films.

The Final Word

Smart, funny, violent and wonderfully entertaining, “Djanog Unchained” is a great film. Just be warned, if you didn’t like Tarantino’s other films, this won’t change your mind.

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