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He brings up a good point. Apparently Andrew Garfield had conversations with director Marc Webb. We know Mary Jane Watson won’t be in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” but what if MJ didn’t stand for Mary Jane?

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” Garfield told EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield went on to say that Michael B. Jordan from “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” would be a great candidate. I must say, it would be nice to see comic book films embrace that.

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

Well. Here we go. A few weeks ago I wrote against studios using things like Kickstarter to help fund movies (a la “Veronica Mars”). But now that’s going to be put to the test for me. I’ve made it no secret here that “Friday Night Lights” is my favorite television show of all time. Now producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are looking to crowd fund the film partially to bring the series to the big screen. The TV series starred Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Taylor Kitsch and a lot more. I’m still not sure I like the idea of having fans fund a movie then be asked to pay to see the movie afterwards and support it financially. But I must say, I would be excited to see FNL with Eric Taylor come back.

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

By now, fans of “Veronica Mars” know, its Kickstarter reached its goal in less than a day. That means the show from Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) is looking like it’s going to get the big screen treatment and soon. But this development could have far reaching impacts. First, many shows should be very excited Zachary Levi, star of “Chuck” said this is a good sign and that fans should be patient and wait for more news. Warner Brothers owns the rights to both “Veronica Mars” and “Chuck”. On a personal level, this gives me hope for the “Friday Night Lights” movie based on the TV show. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were amazing and that series was, for my money, the best TV series I’ve ever watched. Shawn Ryan, the creator of “The Shield” has also expressed interest in the past about making a movie. HBO’s “Deadwood” could also benefit from this. Clearly this could open the flood gates. The question is whether that’ a good thing.

WB stands to basically ask fans to pay for it twice. Help fund the movie, then pay to see the movie. WB’s investment is minimal and they rake in nearly all profits that way. There’s talk that studios could turn to Kickstarter more and more to fund projects to minimize financial risk. This would be a bad development for a variety of reasons. First, Kickstarter was meant for more independent projects. If you have major studios or big named directors like David Fincher (who tried his own Kickstarter project in the past) using it, it seems to defeat the purpose of the site. Second, the studios using it as a way to fund movies just seems, on a moral level wrong. If they’re not willing to invest their own money in a project, is the project worth moving forward? And audiences are paying enough as it is. You’re telling me that you’re going to ask us for more money?

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

The TV show “Friday Night Lights” was an amazing series. My favorite ever. The series featured some of the best performances from Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki, Aimee Teegarden, Jesse Plemons, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly and many more. And yet, none have found any mainstream success since the series ended its incredible run. Why?

Kitsch’s case is the most easy to identify. Three films last year that all pretty much underperformed, including two giant bombs in “John Carter” and “Battleship”. And Kitsch struggled to show much charisma on screen. Kitsch is a great actor, but I don’t think he is the actor to call on for the action movie generic lead. He’s at his best playing a flawed character, something I’d like to see him take in future roles. Chandler deserves to be successful. He’s had great smaller roles in films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Super 8”. He can pull off being an ass hole, like he was in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” remake and, as obvious from his role as Eric Taylor, can be a complex, deep character as well. He may not have the name recognition, but this one annoys me. He deserves a chance to carry a movie. Get him with a director like Martin Scorsese and you’re in for a classic.

Britton may have had the most success. She was in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake and had a  nice run on “American Horror Story”. Not big success, but not to shabby either. Kelly should be the most successful. She’s beautiful and talented. But aside from “The Roommate”, we really haven’t seen much of her. She was in the failed “Charlie’s Angels” TV show redo. Hopefully she gets a breakout role soon. Palicki has had her share of films. Whether they’ve been good films is another issue. “Red Dawn” and “Legion” aren’t exactly classics. She is also in the upcoming “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, so maybe that will get her more mainstream appeal, but she has to choose better projects. Plemons was in “The Master”, but really haven’t heard much of him at all. Gilford I feel the most sorry for. He’s a great actor. But all the projects he’s done have just failed. From “The Last Stand” to shows like “The Mob Doctor” he just can’t seem to catch a break.

So why aren’t any of FNL actors breaking out? It’s not for a shortage of trying or a lack of talent. It would seem that either they don’t get their chances (Like Chandler) or the projects they are choosing just are plain bad (pretty much everyone else). Hopefully that will change soon.

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

Trailer for “Red Dawn”

Here is trailer for the long delayed “Red Dawn”.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Isabel Lucas, Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”). The film has some strong talent, but, let’s face it. Is anyone expecting a movie shelved for two years to be very good? At least it’s better than that poster.

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

More news about “The Hunger Games” sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” after reports about Robert Pattinson being up for the role of Finnick Odair proved to be false. Three actors are reportedly in the running for that role: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund.

My pick, which may be surprising considering what’s happened to him this year, would be Kitsch. It’s true “Battleship” was far from a classic. But, “John Carter” suffered from a lack of good marketing, not because it was a terrible film. Kitsch has the chops, anyone who saw him on “Friday Night Lights” knows that. Give him a solid script and he’s more than capable.

Hammer would be interesting, but he’s tied up with “The Lone Ranger”. And Hedlund, just no. People talk about Kitsch’s lack of charisma. Hedlund almost made me fall asleep during “Tron: Legacy” he was terrible in “Eragon” and “Troy” he was alright. And I’m not even going to mention “Georgia Rule” or “Country Strong” as factors.

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

Three new movies look to take out “The Avengers”. Do any stand a chance?

If any film is going to beat it, it will be director Peter Berg’s (“Friday Night Lights”) “Battleship” starring Taylor Kitsch (“John Carter”), Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, while it’s been marketed as fun, dumb summer fare, it’s battling quite a bit of skepticism. That will prevent it from really making too big of a mark. That also means it will be the second bomb with Kitsch in the starring role this year.

Opening weekend: $39-41 million

Total box office gross: $90-95 million

“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” looks to be this year’s “Bridesmaids” featuring an ensemble cast including Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock and Brooklyn Decker. The film will draw in lots of female audiences, but I suspect it lacks the Judd Apatow touch and the raunchy humor to really draw in guys as well.

Opening weekend: $24-26 million

Total box office gross: $65-70 million

Sacha Baron Cohen is back with “The Dictator” this time a more scripted film. It opened on a Wednesday, so its three-day total won’t be quite as high. But, a tally for the weekend around $20 million should be in order.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

Total box office gross: $70-75 million

That being said, even if “The Avengers” suffers a more than 50 percent drop, unless its very steep, it’ll still win the weekend with around $50 million.

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

 

 

Is it possible for an actor to be at a crossroads in his career when he’s just starting? That may be the case with Taylor Kitsch. Kitsch, who is best known as Tim Riggins from the widely acclaimed TV series “Friday Night Lights” looked to have a monster year when 2012 began. Somewhat similar to the rise of Sam Worthington, Kitsch had a couple big blockbusters on the horizon that looked to propel him to be one of Hollywood’s new leading men. The problem? The first film, “John Carter” is one of the worst flops on record. And “Battleship”, though it’s done well internationally, looks like it might underperform at the box office as well. Like it or not, Kitsch may have a ton riding on how “Battleship” does. The film reunites him with Peter Berg, who helped bring FNL to the small screen (as well as the movie adaption). But, two big flops in one year? That sounds like a perfect storm to getting Hollywood to be scared of investing in him.

Keep in mind that his other semi-big breaks include “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” which also was seen as a disappointment. Kitsch also appears in this summer’s “Savages”, which is directed by Oliver Stone. But, Stone isn’t such a sure-fire director as he once was. If that movie is panned as well, we could be seeing the beginning and end of Kitsch’s time as a viable leading man. That could mean pretty much all of Kitsch’s films that he’s had at least a somewhat major role in have been critical and often commercial failures. His lone bright spot appears to be his time on FNL.

Look, I love Kitsch as an actor as much as anybody. I adore FNL. And, for my money, “John Carter” wasn’t the complete disaster many thought it was. But, Kitsch’s career is on life support right now. “Battleship” really needs to break out for his career to continue like this. If not, I’m afraid he’ll be a supporting actor at best and probably not get too many major roles.  The question is, would you feel comfortable with your career riding on “Battleship”?

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

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is shaping up to be another great film by director Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”, “The Departed”). The film already has Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, Kyle Chandler, best known as Eric Taylor on TV’s “Friday Night Lights” is joining the cast.

Chandler is one of my my favorite actors. He’s under appreciated and needs a starring role of his own. However, this could help propel him if he knocks it out of the park like he usually does.

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

“Hancock 2” still a go?

Director Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”, “Battleship”) said that “Hancock 2” is still being planned, provided star Will Smith’s and the rest of the crew’s schedules can match up. Back in 2009, Jason Bateman was reported to be in the sequel as well.

Great, just what we need. After one needless sequel no one wanted (“Men in Black III”) let’s do another with “Hancock 2”. The first one was…received with mixed reviews. It started out promising, but then turned into…something that was just plain boring and predictable. Charlize Theron couldn’t save it. My guess is that if MiB 3 falters at the box office, which I have the sneaking suspicion it will, this project will be killed. Let’s hope anyways.

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