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So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this. But, I’m back! Let’s kick this off with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. It’s been two years since the needless reboot of the Spidey franchise. Does this sequel kick the series into a new level?  Or is franchise fatigue setting in?

The Good: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey make this movie go. Their chemistry is undeniable and almost all of the film’s best lines come from the two characters’ banter. I came away especially impressed with Garfield. He’s really settled into this role nicely and, frankly, I think he’s becoming a better Spider-Man/Peter Parker than Toby Maguire was. Also, Dane DeHaan is the best of the new actors to the series. He walks the line perfectly between creepy, yet strangely charming as Harry Osborn and, much like Garfield, I actually greatly prefer his portrayal to James Franco’s from the original trilogy.

The action has been stepped up from the first film, although that’s not saying much. But there are a few set pieces that look great and are fun to watch.

One of the greatest weaknesses of the first film was a story that just seemed too much of a retread from what we had already seen. That’s not quite as much the case in the sequel. The film goes down a couple of interesting paths and there’s a couple moments that have some genuine emotion attached to them. It was refreshing to see a comic book film take something you assume is going to happen and turn it on its head a little bit.

The Bad: Unfortunately, while this film is unquestionably better than its predecessor, it still has a long ways to go to join the genre’s best. The action may be better, but it’s also entirely too short…a big sin in a summer action movie.  Jamie Foxx is forgettable as Electro. I understand what they were going for with his character but, they take it way too far and his character seems way too cartoonish…even in a comic book movie. He also has some of the dumbest lines of dialogue I’ve heard this year.

There’s no villain overload in this film. But, I was particularly disappointed that Paul Giamatti has a glorified cameo and Harry Osborn really should have had a bigger role in this one and, for all the build up about the secret of Peter Parker’s parents…well…I’m not sure it was worth the wait.

The Final Word: This film may not compare to the genre’s best, but “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a fun, energetic and surprisingly emotional movie and a good way to kick off the summer. It’s a step up from the first film and does just enough to keep you invested into the film’s universe.

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

Official video of Electro

Ahead of its Comic-Con panel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has a short little teaser featuring Electro. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and more, the sequel is directed by Marc Webb.

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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.

This is pretty cool. On July 4 at participating Regal, AMC, Cinemark or Carmike Cinema Theaters, active military and veterans will get in free to “White House Down”. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“White House Down” stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and is directed by Roland Emmerich.

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

“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has another hit on his hand. “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opened to $40 million. That’s the biggest opening in Bullock’s career and way ahead of “Bridesmaids”, which opened to just more than $26 million. Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University, however, repeated in first with an estimated $46.2 million. Despite having big star power in director Roland Emmerich and stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “White House Down” opened to $25.7 million, lower than “Olympus Has Fallen”, which had Gerard Butler.

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

The last weekend in June sees the second White House being attacked movie of the year and a delayed buddy cop comedy from the director of “Bridesmaids”.

First up is “White House Down”. “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler earned nearly $100 million earlier this year, a good omen for this film. It has a bigger name director (Roland Emmerich) and much more star power (Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum). But the question remains will audiences pay for a similar movie? Well, sometimes they do. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” were released just two months apart, but “Armageddon” actually earned significantly more, despite coming out second. The star power alone will raise “White House Down” up but fans might be getting a little fatigued with action movies right now.

Opening weekend: $38-43 million

The big winner this week looks to be “The Heat”. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both bona fide box office draws. And director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” was the comedy smash hit of 2011. The combination of those factors should help this take second behind “Monsters University”.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

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

Roland Emmerich is busy promoting “White House Down” starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. But you can be sure he’s been asked about “Independence Day 2”, or as it was at one time supposedly called: “ID Forever Parts 1 and 2”, which would take place 20 years after the original (the first sequel is slated for summer 2015). But here comes news that Will Smith (“After Earth”) won’t be involved.

“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich told the NY Daily News. “It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”

I suppose it sort of makes sense, though you’d think Smith would be more willing to return to these franchises. I mean “Men in Black 3” was his most well-received film in a while.

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

Let the hype continue. The Wachowskis were responsible for my favorite film of 2012, “Cloud Atlas” and I can’t wait for “Jupiter Ascending”. The industry buzz is that this is one heck of a sci-fi film. Channing Tatum, who was promoting his upcoming film “White House Down”, which also stars Jamie Foxx, had this to say about the project:

“We are breaking ground on—I mean it’s a tough shoot,” Tatum told Collider. “We’re doing stuff that’s never been done, inside the camera, in the CG world, and the physical stuff. There’s very little, if not no, digital stuntmen in the movie. All the stuff is really real and it’s been hard figuring it out because they don’t like doing anything that’s been done before. So we’re definitely doing some new stuff, so hopefully everybody likes it. And it’s fun, it’s got some cheek to it. It’s a cheeky movie a little bit.”

The film also stars Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, James D’Arcy, Terry Gilliam and Doona Bae.

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

First came news that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” would not have Mary Jane Watson. But now comes reports that actress Shailene Woodley may not play MJW at all in “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” because of scheduling conflicts with other projects. This is terrible news for the franchise. Woodley was great in “The Descendants” and “Divergent” looks like it has a lot of promise. Marc Webb’s Spidey sequel stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and a host of others.

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

This is surprising. Marc Webb’s spidey sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will no longer have a pretty big character. Mary Jane Watson is out of the second film. Shailene Woodley was slated to play Watson.

“Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film,” Woodley told ComicBookMovie.

It probably gives more credence that Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacey is going to die in the second film. Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker with Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino.

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