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Clint Eastwood adapts a hit musical while a sequel to “Think Like A Man” also hits theaters. Who will come out on top?

“Think Like A Man Too”, from director Tim Story, hits theaters two years after the first one surprised many by opening to $33 million. This one stars Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Adam Brody, Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”). Oh yeah. And a little known comic named Kevin Hart.

The film moves its location to Las Vegas, always a smart choice for a comedy (“The Hangover”, “Last Vegas”, “What Happens in Vegas”, etc.) and this one will benefit from a summer opening. “The Best Man Holiday”, also a sequel, earned more than $30 million about the same amount of theaters as this one. Expect this one to be in the same range.

Opening weekend: $35-40 million.

On paper, Clint Eastwood plus “Jersey Boys”, an award-winning musical, should equal Oscar bait, right?

Clearly not, because Warner Brothers is releasing this one in the summer, not the fall. The last musical they released during the summer was “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise and a host of others. That movie bombed. And I can’t see this one doing much better. In fact, it might do worse.

The film brings much of the stage cast with it, and adds Christopher Walken to the mix. But, this is going to have limited appeal. I don’t see many young people seeing this film. And Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons aren’t the Beatles. Their appeal to people from that generation are also much more limited. On a side note, it can also be argued Eastwood’s last few outings, including “J. Edgar”, “Trouble With The Curve” and “Grand Torino” haven’t been up to par either.

Opening weekend: $10-15 million.

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Here’s the teaser trailer for “The Hangover Part III”.

Todd Phillips returns to direct and the film sees new and returning characters from the first two installments. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman and Jamie Chung.

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

New “Pacific Rim” trailer!

Here’s a new “Pacific Rim” trailer from the Consumers Electrons Show in Las Vegas!

From Guillermo del Toro, the film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.

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

Proving once again Todd Phillip’s “The Hangover Part III” looks like another rehash, Heather Graham is returning as Jade, the stripper Stu (Ed Helms) married in the first film. Mike Epps (Doug) and Ken Jeong as well as Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis are also returning with the film also returning to Las Vegas for part of it.

Remember when you said the Hangover 3 was going to be different Todd? Well…what happened?

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

Back when “The Hangover” first debuted, it was seen as fresh, hilarious and very good. Then, “The Hangover Part II” came out and…pretty much stunk. When Todd Phillips announced “The Hangover: Part III” came out he said we could all expect something different. Since then, it’s been announced the film is headed back to Las Vegas to film some of the movie, all the same characters appear to be back with Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper all returning. And now, Ken Jeong, or Mr. Chow in the films, is also back for an expanded role. Hell, even Mike Tyson may return for another cameo. I don’t know about you, but this sounds exactly the same…again.

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

No, this isn’t some satirical ad. If you live in Las Vegas and you want to see a night movie in IMax 3D…well be prepared to drop around $20 bucks for one ticket. But now, the 4D movie theater, equipped with seats that move with the action and capable of giving off smells, fog and other things to “add” to the movie experience, may be coming to American theaters for test runs soon. Apparently it’s done well overseas with movies like “Prometheus” making use of it. When it does come to America, it’s expected to add another $8 to movie ticket prices. Yes, in some cases that means we’ll be approaching the $20 to $30 price range…for just one ticket.

I hope none of you give in to this. And here I thought 3D couldn’t get any more gimmicky. Once again, I’m proven wrong.

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

Its’ already been confirmed that “The Hangover: Part III” will shoot some scenes in Las Vegas once again. Now, there are reports that some of the film will be shot in Tijuana, Mexico.

Director Todd Phillips returns as will stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. The plot has not been confirmed, but reports exist that it will deal with Alan getting sent to a mental institution with the rest of the Wolf Pack looking to bust him out.

Unless the trailer is really funny when it comes out, I’ll probably be skipping this one.

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

Yes, the Wolf Pack is headed back to Las Vegas. Reports are “The Hangover III” will film both on and off the strip within the month.

The movie will center around the Wolf Pack trying to spring Alan (Zack Galifianakis) out of a mental institution. Director Todd Phillips returns. At least the plot isn’t the same in this one as the first two. Though, the second one was so not nearly as funny as the first, makes you wonder if they can get it back for the third and reportedly final part of the series.

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

Jim Rogers recently had a blog post that you can read here. In short it says that the southern Higher Education institutions should take 75 percent of the State tax revenue since, pretty much because of Las Vegas, southern Nevada generates 75 percent of the State tax revenue.

You know Mr. Rogers, I understand the higher education system has a lack of funding, I experienced it being a Nevada college student the past couple years. But, your thinking is idiotic beyond belief. First, one thing that’s always bothered me is why Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada are essentially seen as separate states. I understand in-state rivalries are great for college sports. But, it’s like the other half the state doesn’t matter. We are all part of Nevada. We ALL are.

I understand the need for splitting the revenue equally, but why should Southern Nevada institutions be entitled to so much more? Let me make a case here. It’s the University of Nevada, Reno that had global attention when it did the first original pronunciation performance of “Hamlet” in centuries after nearly being cut. It was the University of Nevada, Reno’s student newspaper that’s continually won national awards for the best college newspaper in the nation. It was the University of Nevada, Reno that, quite frankly, a majority of the people I know wanted to go to over Las Vegas.

My family lives in Las Vegas. You want to know why I chose the University of Nevada, Reno over Vegas? Because I wanted to leave home. Because I wanted to go to a university that had a very highly regarded journalism school. Both northern and southern universities should receive funding. Throwing one region under the bus does nothing.

Another reason why his philosophy is flawed? If every state took your “advice” then Portland State should receive more funding than the University of Oregon or Oregon State University. I can promise you the answer to university’s funding problems is not to throw the northern schools under the bus.

Grow up Rogers. And how bout trying to present a reasonable solution?

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

In a list of the nation’s top universities by Forbes Magazine, the University of Nevada, Reno was ranked 582nd overall. It was ranked 221st in research universities and 104th in the west. Williams College was ranked No. 1, followed by Princeton.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas was ranked 606th overall.

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