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“Fast and Furious 6” is probably my favorite film of the summer so far. From director Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Luke Evans, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot and a lot more, the film is a total blast. SPOILERS: the most entertaining scene? The third act where they take down a plane. Here’s a featurette that shows how Lin and the crew tried to shoot as much of that as possible.

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

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Only one new major release this weekend as Tom Cruise returns to theaters in “Oblivion”. Cruise’s “Minority Report” is a fan favorite and was successful last decade. Can “Oblivion” live up to those expectations?

Cruise is coming off of “Jack Reacher”, which underperformed at the box office. But this one is an ambitious sci fi epic from the look of the trailers and the film is clearly looking to bring in summer sized audiences. Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) is directing and so far reviews have been OK, praising the visuals and Cruise, but criticizing the story. That could spell trouble in the long run because sci fi films tend to live or die based on whether its story can stand up to the action and special effects. Still, its opening weekend should be sizable given the lack of sci fi films like this in recent months. The promise of action and intrigue will be enough to get the sci fi die hards out in large numbers. Universal has had success in April with “Fast and Furious” and “Fast Five” both doing big business in the month, so while this one won’t reach astronomical numbers, expect a strong opening. The biggest worrisome thing is there were plans to release the film a week early in IMax to build word-of-mouth buzz. But those plans were cancelled, which in my mind means the studio realized it didn’t have a great film on its hands.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Expect “42”, the film about Jackie Robinson to hold extremely well and earn about $20 million in its second weekend.

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

I think everyone was a bit surprised when Justin Lin, the director of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Fast and Furious”, “Fast Five” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious 6” announced he would not return for “Fast and Furious 7”. Since then a couple names have been thrown around. Reports are surfacing that Universal is close to signing a director that may surprise you.

James Wan is reportedly close to becoming the director for the seventh film. Wan directed “Saw”, “Death Sentence” and “Insidious” but this would be the largest film he’s ever worked on.

Meanwhile, “Fast and Furious 6” hits theaters next month and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Gross and more.

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

Thanks to “Fast and Furious” and really “Fast Five”, the Fast and Furious franchise is stronger than ever, both commercially and critically. “Fast and Furious 6” is about to hit theaters with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and a host of others returning. “Fast and Furious 7” has already been green lit with Jason Statham rumored to play the villain. But the man responsible for much of the increase in quality, director Justin Lin, has opted out of the seventh film. No word on a replacement, but with the sequel set to film later this year, expect Universal to move very fast (no pun intended).

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

“Fast Five” reignited the “Fast and Furious” franchise. “Fast and Furious 6” is one of my most anticipated films of the summer, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano. We know that a seventh film is on the way, with Jason Statham rumored to be playing the villain in that one. Now in an interview with Empire, Johnson said a spinoff film about his character Luke Hobbs could be coming, possibly before the seventh  film!

“[It could arrive] possibly after this one or after the next one, possibly,” Johnson said. “I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait.”

This might be FF overload, but if the quality can be kept up, I’d be up for this.

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

Bleeding Cool is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he will be back for “Terminator 5”. “The Last Stand” was supposed to be Schwarzenegger’s big return to leading man status, but that film tanked very badly. Perhaps this will help. He was not pleased with “Terminator Salvation”, which starred Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, but no word on the plot for the fifth film or how he’ll fit in it. Right now, there’s no director either as Justin Lin left the project to focus on the “Fast and Furious” sequels.

So, we’re going to get more Conan and Terminator from Schwarzenegger. I suppose that’s a good thing.

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

It’s zombies vs. animated sea creatures as “Resident Evil: Retribution” and “Finding Nemo 3D” aim for the top spot.

This one will go to RE. Milla Jovovich is joined by series stars Michelle Rodriguez (“Avatar”, “Fast and Furious”) and Sienna Guillory. The previous film earned more than $230 million internationally, an impressive total. It’s made for international audiences, with the tag line “Evil Goes Global”. But, it will have limited appeal and open within range of the other entries.

Opening weekend: $25-27 million

Total box office gross: $65-70 million

It was this time last year that “The Lion King” earned more than $30 million on its way to $94 million. “Finding Nemo” is the most well attended Pixar film ever. So, it should be a smash right? Except, it’s hard to argue that it’d have more fans than “Beauty and the Beast” and that film only opened to $17.8 million earlier this year. And, “Titanic”, the highest grossing re-release of 2012 earned just $57.9 million. Not to mention, this film came out less than a decade ago and most families probably already own the film.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

Total box office gross: $45-50 million

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

 

After the huge success of “Fast Five”, it’s no surprise they’re back for more. After rumors swirled that Jason Statham might join the film (he’s not), the film’s cast has taken shape over the past few months with Luke Evans joining as the villain, joining Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Eva Mendes (maybe?) and more. Now, model Clara Paget is joining the cast as well.

This will be Paget’s biggest project. She’s previously acted in “Johnny English Reborn” and “One Day”.

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

Vin Diesel has had quite the action resurgence lately with “Fast and Furious”, “Fast Five” and the upcoming Riddick movie. But, he’s returning to the family genre. Yes, after doing “The Pacifier”, Diesel is now set to star in “The Machine”, which is being written by Alfred Gough and Miles Milar, who wrote “I Am Number Four”. The plot revolves around a machine created by the government to be a weapon and was decommissioned. 20 years later, a boy befriends him.

So…it’s the live action version of “The Iron Giant”?

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

“Need For Speed” is picking up steam. After John Gatins (“Reel Steel”) pitched a concept for the franchise to studios, the studios apparently like the idea of adapting the video game. Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”) is reportedly in talks to helm the project.

I would guess that it would try and be the new “Fast and Furious”, especially since that franchise is turning more toward heist films than car racing.

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