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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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Do we have our first big blockbuster of the year? Or do we have another flop?

Sam Raimi and Disney are hoping people will be off to see the wizard in big numbers as “Oz the Great and Powerful” opens. Drawing comparisons to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, this film stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. Oz is a powerful brand with a bunch of books and the classic 1939 “The Wizard of Oz”. But Raimi and Franco aren’t as big as Burton and Johnny Depp. And I get the feeling that this won’t open nearly as big as Alice did. But this one could wind up near $300 million if word of mouth turns out to be strong. And this will have the biggest opening of the year so far and become the top grossing film of the year until summer rolls around.

Opening weekend: $80-85 million

The other new film is “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. It’s a strong cast, but a subdued marketing campaign and going up against Oz will make this one bomb. Also, the last few crime films, “Snitch” and “Broken City” both tanked.

Opening weekend: $5-10 million

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

 

New trailer for “Epic”

Here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming animated film “Epic”.

I know, it looks a little bit like “Fern Gully” but this animated film is one of the more interesting offerings in a few years. The cast features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Steven Tyler. This trailer’s actually got me interested greatly in the film.

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

Since playing the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s underrated “Watchmen”, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has struggled. There was the underrated “The Losers” followed by bad films like “The Possession” and “Red Dawn”. Now he is set to get back on track by joining the film “Solace”. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.

From FirstShowing.net: Hopkins will be starring as a former doctor with psychic abilities who’s recruited by a veteran FBI agent (Morgan) to track down a serial killer (Farrell). The trouble arises when the specialist realizes that the killer also has psychic abilities, meaning the two men can detect the other’s next move.

This has some potential. Hopefully it won’t quite be like “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”.

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

Colin Farrell has joined Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming thriller “Solace”. The film, directed by Afonso Poyart centers around a doctor who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Peter Morgan did rewrites on the script.

After “Seven Psychopaths” and the fun “Total Recall” remake, I’m pretty high on Farrell right now.

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

“Fright Night” getting a sequel

“Fright Night’, starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and David Tennant, was an enjoyable film, but tanked badly. But, that’s not stopping “Fright Night 2” from happening…in a direct-dvd sequel. None of the stars are returning. No word on the plot for the sequel. There was a “Fright Night 2” that saw the heros from the first film battle the sister of the vampire of the first film.

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

Ben Affleck turned down big role

Ben Affleck is on quite a streak. “The Town”, in which he both directed and starred, was one of the most critically acclaimed films a couple years ago and did pretty well at the box office. His new film, “Argo”, is getting a lot of Oscar hype. He’s come a long ways from “DareDevil”, which he starred in with Jennifer Garner in 2003. It appears Fox is ready to let the rights to that property revert back to Marvel, despite a Joe Carnahan reboot trying to get off the ground. In an interview with MTV, Affleck said he was approached for a DD reboot, but turned it down.

“They’re rebooting it,” he said. “I got contacted about it, and I was like, ‘That wouldn’t be a reboot [if I was involved],’ but I really hope they do a good job, because that’s a great property and deserves something really, really good.”

Affleck didn’t rule out playing a super hero, though, saying if the right character and right story came along, he would be up for it. He also said rumors that he would direct a “Justice League” film are false. Would you have wanted to see Affleck be DareDevil again? And. if they were willing to offer him a role again, let’s bring back Colin Farrell as Bullseye! Or, as it was originally going to be planned, let Farrell be DareDevil!

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

Len Wiseman (“Underworld”) already has one remake under his belt with this summer’s “Total Recall”, starring Colin Farrell. Now, reports are that Wiseman is up for consideration to reboot “The Mummy”, which was directed by Stephen Sommers in 1999.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the film and said in a recent interview it is a horror film first and an action film second. Kurtzman said they drew inspiration from Michael Chrichton books.

This looks like a pretty big change of pace from the 1999 version which was very light hearted. One can guess that Kate Beckinsale will be involved in some capacity.

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

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming film “Seven Psychopaths” from director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”). This film looks absolutely great.

The film stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko and Christopher Walken. In short, this is one heck of a cast for one of Hollywood’s best up and coming directors.

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

For the rest of the year, my most anticipated film is easily “Cloud Atlas”. Featuring the creators of “The Matrix” trilogy, the director of “Run Lola Run” and an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess and more, nothing comes close. But there is one film no one is talking about, one that should be high on people’s lists as well. “Seven Psychopaths” hits theaters this November and stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Abbie Cornish. That’s a pretty strong cast right? But, it’s the talent behind the camera that should get you excited. The film follows Farrell, who plays  a struggling screenwriter, while they portray the oddball friends who get him into trouble with a ruthless gangster (Woody Harrelson) by kidnapping the thug’s beloved Shih Tzu. Sounds like it could be fun right?

I say fun because director Martin McDonagh may be Hollywood’s best unknown talent. He directed the great short “Six Shooter” and the even better film, his feature length debut, “In Bruges”, which also starred Farrell with Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. That film was twisted and dark, but also fun, clever and entertaining. Farrell gave one of his best performances in that film and I think deserved award attention. That being said, McDonagh has shown he has an eye for funny, politically incorrect and just flat out darkly humorous and entertaining films.  It’ll probably be overshadowed coming in between higher profile projects like “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and “The Hobbit” in December, but check this one out. It may not make that much money and “Cloud Atlas” will continue to be my most anticipated, but “Seven Psychopaths” may just second on my list.

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