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It’s hard to feel bad for Disney. They own Marvel Studios, with “Iron Man 3” becoming one of the top grossing films of all time. They own Pixar and “Monsters University” earned more than $400 million worldwide so far. Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” earned nearly $500 million worldwide. And yet for all its success, the last two years it’s now home to two of the biggest bombs in recent memory. Last year, it was of course “John Carter”. From Pixar darling Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch, the film lost $200 million. First, the good news for Disney. “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, isn’t expected to lose that much. The bad news? It could cost the studio $150 million if current box office projections hold. Makes you wonder if Disney will sever ties with Jerry Bruckheimer. He did bring the studio “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but also “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”.

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

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Tony Stark to sell HTC phones?

Not exactly. But Robert Downey Jr. will be. RDJ signed a $12 million contract to appear in upcoming ads for HTC. One would think that Iron Man would fit selling the HTC One, but plans are for RDJ to appear as himself. RDJ also signed a contract with Disney/Marvel to appear in “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3”. He earned $50 million from “The Avengers”.

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

So some good news and possible bad news for Iron Man fans. “Iron Man 3” has earned more than a billion dollars worldwide already. But Robert Downey Jr. was in the middle of negotiations with Disney/Marvel to return as Tony Stark. Now comes news that he has a deal in place that will ensure his return in “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3”. But back before IM3 came out Gwyneth Paltrow said she wasn’t sure there would be another stand alone Iron Man film. This news seems to support that cause as the contract is only for the Avengers sequels, not another Iron Man film. Are you OK with “Iron Man 3” from Shane Black being the send off to Tony’s stand alone films?

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

One month is in the books for the summer movie season. What was your favorite? A little note, I didn’t get to see really any of the smaller releases since I don’t live in a major town. But I did my best.

Here’s how I would rank them:

1. “Fast and Furious 6”: This may not be the “best film” in terms of acting and script, but it’s the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time. It’s big, loud, completely outrageous and a heck of a good time. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and the rest provide one of the best summer action movies I’ve seen.

2. “Iron Man 3”: Erased “Iron Man 2” from my memory (for the most part). I loved the Ben Kingsley twist and, aside from a few misgivings, was an enjoyable romp.

3. “Star Trek Into Darkness”: It’s an uneven film tonally and pace wise. Also, is very emotional in parts, yet glosses over other parts. Still, a solid film, but not the leap forward many of us were hoping for, despite Benedict Cumberbatch providing a great Khan.

4. “The Great Gatsby”: I wanted to like this film. But, as I stated in my review, it seems Baz Luhrmann romanticized the very thing the book sought to de-romanticize. It was a waste of a great performance from Leonardo DiCaprio.

5. “Now You See Me”: Great cast wasted on poor story and poor execution.

6. “The Hangover Part III”: Just god awful.

7. “After Earth”: Even more awful.

I didn’t see “Epic” and have yet to see “Before Midnight”. What was your favorite film of May?

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

Sam Mendes did a great job with “Skyfall” helping Daniel Craig and James Bond reach new heights. With Mendes gone the search is on for a new director. According to reports the list includes Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) David Yates (“Harry Potter”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and  Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

Who would you want to see get the job?

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With “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby’ performing well, some movie had to underperform. It looks like that’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”. The film earned $70.6 million over the weekend and $84.1 over its first four days, which is actually a tad bit lower than the last film made and well below expectations of a $100 million four-day start. It’s not so much that J.J. Abrams’ latest was bad, it got an “A” score from audiences. But with steep competition and anticipation for “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6” next weekend, it’s likely this film just didn’t appeal broadly enough to draw in audiences. It’ll be a fight to get to $200 million now with steep competition the rest of the summer. “Iron Man 3” officially became the highest grossing IM film domestically, raising its total to $337.1

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The summer’s first blockbuster has reached a major milestone. “Iron Man 3” became the 16th movie to cross $1 billion on Thursday after 24 days with more than $700 million of that coming from foreign markets. This is Marvel’s second movie to cross the threshold. “The Avengers” became the highest non-James Cameron movie ever last summer. Disney now has six billion dollar movies. “Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and more.

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

It’s been a good first few weeks for the summer movie season. “Iron Man 3” had the second biggest opening weekend ever. “The Great Gatsby” exceeded expectations. Now that hot streak should continue with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and more. How big will it open?

Well opening tonight obviously will hurt its opening weekend. But this has turned into a must-see movie event. The first film opened to $79 million and while four years between films is a long time, it could have a similar effect like “The Matrix: Reloaded” had for pent up demand. It should be in line for a huge opening tonight/Thursday, earning at least $25-30 million. That momentum should carry it into the weekend. but opening a day early will prevent it from cracking $100 million this weekend. Still, an opening around $90 million is certainly possible. The big question will be how much will it earn in its entire domestic run? There’s a lot of competition this summer, starting next weekend with “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hangover Part III”. Then there’s “After Earth” and “Man of Steel” not far on the horizon. That means unless this is universally loved as not just a great summer movie, but one of the best films of the decade, this film is going to make around the same total gross that the first film made, which would put it in the $280-290 million range.

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

Drew Pearce helped write Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and more. Now he’s set to write “Mission: Impossible 5”, the sequel to “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol”. Tom Cruise is returning as Ethan Hunt. Brad Bird is out as director and Christopher McQuarrie (“Jack Reacher”) is in. J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) is producing.

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

Here’s the first full promo for Marvel Studio’s upcoming TV show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The show features the return of Agent Coulson. Clark Gregg stars along with  Ming-Na Wen (“Agent Melinda May”), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agent Jemma Simmons”), Iain De Caestecker (“Agent Leo Fitz”), Brett Dalton (“Agent Grant Ward”), Chloe Bennet (“Skye”) and J. August Richards in an unspecified role.

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