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“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

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Director Peter Jackson (“King Kong”, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) back at Comic-Con said he wished he could shoot a third Hobbit film. Despite the fact he’s turning one book into “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” to be released in 2012 and 2013, Warner Brothers is in talks.

A decision will come soon WB said. If the studio says yes, the plan is to shoot next summer. Wouldn’t this also mean they would have to recut the two films to allow for a third film?

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

Peter Jackson (“King Kong”) gave fans around the world “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Now, filming has wrapped on the first of two Hobbit films, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, which hits theaters this December. Its sequel, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” hits theaters next year. Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the dragon Smaug while Martin Freeman will play Bilbo.

Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, and Cate Blanchett will all reprise their roles from the trilogy, which of course is based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Next thing for Jackson will be editing the film and going to Comic-Con!

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

 

Here’s a first look at Naomi Watts (“King Kong”)  as Princess Diana. Watts is playing Diana in the film “Caught in Flight”.

The film chronicles Princess Diana’s final two years of her life and how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to achieve her defining successes evolving into a major international campaigner and humanitarian. The film also stars Naveen Andrews and Charles Edwards.

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

Peter Jackson (“King Kong”) showed off 10 minutes from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The reaction? Probably not what he was expecting. Many of the reactions, both positive and negative surrounded the use of 48 frames per second as opposed to the norm right now 24. Just a few thoughts of my own on the issue. First, I do believe 48 FPS will be the new norm. Just like people were unused to 24 FPS when it was first being used, it will slowly catch on, much like what “Avatar” did for 3D. However, I do see the reason why people have a problem with it. While it remains to be seen how much of it is because our eyes are simply not used to it, it has a very BBC type aesthetic look to it. For those who know what I’m talking about, this is not a good thing. Sets look like sets instead of reality. Special effects tend to be not so special anymore. It’ll be fun to watch how this plays out, but the 48 FPS could be a very big drawback for The Hobbit, much like Bane’s muffled voice was to many.

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

I know it’s been out for a little while, but finally saw “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” starring James Franco. Did it add to the legacy or further tarnish Hollywood’s image of making needless prequels, sequels and remakes?

The good

First, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and the special effects are great. All of the apes look startling photo-realistic. Caesar gives as powerful a performance as any of the human actors, and a strong case could be made his was the strongest character with the best acting. Between this and “Avatar” it’s the motion capture performances that have truly taken the next step forward and serious consideration needs to be made in the future to judge them as real acting performances in the Oscars.

Also, the film had a surprisingly strong story. This wasn’t about just apes running wild. In fact, the rebellion they played up so much in the marketing campaign really only comes into play at the very end of the film. Franco (127 Hours, Your Highness) seems to be on a mini Nicholas Cage career path, doing good films and utterly terrible films. He’s back to the top of his game in this film. The action was tense, I felt emotions for the main players, and I found myself completely drawn into the world, completely entranced, not losing my interest for a single second.

The bad

However, this isn’t a perfect film. Much of the film played a little bit like every other virus outbreak film. Also, Tom Felton (Harry Potter) plays a great unlikable character, but his character really seems to serve no significant purpose and makes me wonder if his character could have been developed. Also, the ending, at least to me…was so very much non-nonsensical that it took a lot away for me from the first two acts of the film.

The final word

A enjoyable, tense summer film that ultimately squanders a chance to become a truly great film.