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Tow big releases face off against “Man of Steel”. Marc Forster’s and Brad Pitt’s troubled zombie film “World War Z” finally hits theaters while Disney/Pixar goes back to the well again with “Monsters University” featuring John Goodman and Billy Crystal. Which film will come out on top?

The Pixar brand has taken a hit lately. After the masterpiece that was “Toy Story 3” we got “Cars 2” and the disappointing “Brave”. Now comes “Monsters University”, a prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” That movie is considered one of Pixar’s better movies. But prequels are inherently unnecessary .We already know Mike and Sully become best friends. And, as I’ve written before, without Boo, I think you take away the catalyst to the first movie’s charm. Reviews have been OK, but not great and with “Despicable Me 2” looming, one has to wonder if this will fail to reach the heights of other Pixar films. Opening weekend, however, should be strong.

Opening weekend: $75-80 million

“World War Z” has had such a troubled past with various rewrites and reshooting the third act. But reviews have been surprisingly decent and the trailers play up the end of the world aspect instead of the zombies. Brad Pitt is a big star, but “Inglourious Basterds” was the last film he was in that opened to more than $20 million, and he was really part of an ensemble. The film should battle it out with “Man of Steel” for second place.

Opening weekend: $45-50 million

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

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Fassbender joins Macbeth

Michael Fassbender has wowed audiences so far with roles in “Inglourious Basterds”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Shame” and a lot more. Now Fassbender will play Macbeth in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play. It looks promising from the same company that made “The King’s Speech”. But who plays Lady M is probably equally as important as landing Fassbender.

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

Brad Pitt headed back to WWII

Brad Pitt’s work in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” was amazing. Now he’s headed back to WWII, but in a much more serious tone with “Fury”. The film will center around an American tank crew who operates a tank called Fury during the final days of the war. David Ayer is directing. He helmed last year’s “End of Watch” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. He’s also helming next year’s “Ten”, starring  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. We’ll see how this turns out. I wasn’t in love with “End of Watch” as much as a lot of people were. But it was a solid 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?

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

From “Inglourious Basterds” to “Django Unchained”, director Quentin Tarantino looks to be tackling history through his own twisted eyes. Now the final part in what he calls his “spiritual trilogy” could be a film called “Killer Crow”.

Here’s what he told The Root:

“I don’t know exactly when I’m going to do it, but there’s something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f–ked over by the American military and kind of go apes–t. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an “Apache resistance” — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland…I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it…That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.”

It’d be cool to see Brad Pitt and the rest of the Basterds pop up. That being said Tarantino tends to throw a lot of ideas around so don’t expect this anytime soon.

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

Awards season is flying toward us now. The Oscars are just months away. We know the heavy hitters like “Argo” and “Lincoln” are going to get Best Picture nominations. Which films might get snubbed and which films likely will get nominations that aren’t deserving?

One big snub that I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens is “Moonrise Kingdom”. That film has become one of my favorite comedies of all time. But it seems just too quirky for the Academy’s (Or, older voters’) tastes. Which would be a shame because for the life of me I don’t see why “Midnight in Paris” got all that acclaim last year. It was a good film, nothing particularly amazing in my book, and this is coming from a Woody Allen fan.

Another snub may be “Django Unchained”. It’s hard to tell because the film isn’t out yet, but think about this. The Oscars have a love/hate thing going with Quentin Tarantino. And this subject matter will likely be far less appealing to the Academy than “Inglourious Basterds”.

Lastly, and I realize this isn’t really a snub except probably in my eyes, but “Cloud Atlas”. This film is amazing. It’s different, which always hurts when it comes to the Oscars and it is a thrilling, emotional ride that needs to be seen. Seriously. If you see one film this year, “Cloud Atlas” should be it and it’s not close.

Now to the films that will likely get nominations that don’t deserve to.

“The Master”. Look, it’s a film that can be admired but not loved. The acting was great. Frankly though, as a whole it’s not even close to “There Will Be Blood” .

“Life of Pi”. You know what? This is a good movie. At its best it’s amazing. But it sags in the middle and it just never found the consistency to be a truly great film.

Just some early thoughts. Let me know what you guys think!

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

 

“Inglourious Basterds”, Quentin Tarantino’s last film, was both a hit commercially and critically. Now, he returns with “Django Unchained”, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and more. Are the two connected? There have already been connections to the world of Basterds to some of Tarantino’s other films. Here’s an interesting quote he told Total Film:

Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained bespeak a trilogy. As different as they are, there is a companion piece quality. There might very well be a third one. I just don’t know what it is yet.”

Hm. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Tarantino said he’d always wanted to do a gangster film. He also said he’d like to return to Kill Bill after 10 years, which would be in 2014.

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

David Thewlis, who is best known for playing Lupin in the Harry Potter films, has joined the Terry Gilliam film “Zero Theorem”. The film, according to cinemablend.com, “takes place in an “Orwellian corporate world” where an executive known as Management relies on spy devices dubbed “mancams” to keep track of his various employees.”

The film is also set to star Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Tilda Swinton. This sounds like a great cast to me. Thewlis has also had roles in other good films like the emotional “The Boy in Striped Pajamas” and last year’s “War Horse”.

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

First look at Django Unchained

The first photos of director Quentin Tarantino’s (“Kill Bill”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Inglourious Basterds”) upcoming film “Django Unchained” have surfaced. Needless to say, the film is one of the more anticipated films of the year. The film’s got a heck of a cast, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo and Todd Allen.

Here’s the official synopsis. 

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

Looks like another blast to me. Tarantino’s alternative takes on historical periods have been entertaining. And, Leo and Jamie Foxx? Heck yes.

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