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Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Inception”) is returning to science fiction with “Interstellar”. Now reports are that Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”) has joined the cast. Great news. Affleck is a great actor. He joins Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Michael Caine (“Now You See Me”) and Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”).

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

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The Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” has officially begun filming. Starring Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”), Mila Kunis (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), Sean Bean (“The Lord of the Rings”), Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas”) and more, the film’s story is as follows (From comingsoon.net): Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

I can’t wait for this one. Wachowskis and science fiction will always have my interest. For the record, for those who haven’t seen “Cloud Atlas”, buy the DVD or Blu Ray in May. You won’t regret it.

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

Yep. Get ready. Tom Hooper, fresh off of “Les Mieserables” is directing a biopic of Freddy Mercury, the former lead singer to Queen. And he wants Sacha Baron Cohen to play Mercury. The film will focus on the band’s formative years to its Live Aid performance in 1985. Now before you laugh too hard, Cohen has had musical experience in Le Mis and “Sweeney Todd”. And the rest of Queen is forming a production company to produce the film and is throwing its full support behind the film. Add in Peter Morgan, who wrote “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon” and all of a sudden this is looking better and better.

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

It’s officially over. The Oscars have been given out, the awards season is done and…the results were there was something for a lot of films. “Argo” ended its run with a Best Picture win, Jennifer Lawrence beat Jessica Chastain, Ang Lee surprised in Best Director. Lee’s win totally shocked me. I didn’t give him any real shot of winning. My biggest disappointment was Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor. Look, I enjoyed his performance, but out of that whole group, I actually thought he was least deserving. I also would have liked to see “Moonrsise Kingdom” get Best Original Screenplay. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a BIG Tarantino fan, but “Django” just wasn’t my favorite film, I enjoyed “Inglourious Basterds” a heck of a lot more and “Moonrise Kingdom” deserved to win something. What did you think of the Oscars? Share your thoughts!

Best Picture
Amour
Argo–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hankie
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, 
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNER
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER

Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNER
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria–WINNER
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER

Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption
Inocente
–WINNER

Best Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew–WINNER
Death of a Shadow 
Henry

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman–WINNER

Best Animated Feature
Brave–WINNER
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNER
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER

Oscars 2013: Best Picture

Here’s the big one. The nine nominees are: “Lincoln”, “Amour”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Argo”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Django Unchained”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi”.

This is another wide open category. To me, this comes down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”. I’m giving it to “Argo”. I think the Academy will do this partly because the film has won pretty much every big award and they might be regretting snubbing Ben Affleck. Then again, maybe this is a big day for Steven Spielberg and company and they want to honor one of the nation’s greatest Presidents. But don’t be surprised if “Amour”, “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Les Miserables” wins the award too. that will depend on if any of the films gains momentum in the other categories. For example, if SLP wins Best Supporting Actor or Actress (Robert De Niro or Jacki Weaver), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Best Director (David O. Russell), this should be a shoo in to win. That being said if Les Miserables wins Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway) and an upset is pulled in Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) perhaps this will be a big night for that film. And don’t forget “Amour”. If Emmanuelle Riva upsets Lawrence in Best Actress, this could be a big night for that film as well.

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

Oscars 2013 : Best Actor

This one also appears to be a lock. But can anyone steal the Oscar from the favorite?

The nominees this year for Best Actor are: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln”, Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables”, Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”, Denzel Washington for “Flight” and Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”.

Like when he starred in “There Will Be Blood”, this seems to be Lewis’ award. Phoenix is a definite no and I’m shocked he even got nominated because of his little anti-Oscar rant. Washington was great in “Flight”, but just not too much sward season buzz for that film. Cooper is the dark horse candidate. But most of the awards attention for “Silver Linings Playbook” seems to be going to Jennifer Lawrence. That being said, if Jacki Weaver and/or Robert De Niro pull an upset in the Supporting Actress or Actor category, it could be an early sign that momentum is in this film’s favor. If that’s the case, don’t be shocked if Cooper takes home the Oscar. But it would seem that only Jackman has any real shot to take the award from Lewis. To be honest, it would seem if Lewis wasn’t in this category, this would be Jackman’s to win, so perhaps voters will throw him a bone since Lewis already is a decorated and respected actor? That’s probably his best chance at winning. But I’ll go with the safe pick Lewis.

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

The favorite is clear. Does anyone stand a chance of knocking her off?

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are: Amy Adams for “The Master”, Anne Hathaway for “Les Miesrables”, Sally Field for “Lincoln”, Helen Hunt for “The Sessions” and Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook”.

Hathaway won the Golden Globe and honestly, I can’t see a situation where she doesn’t win. But if she is going to get upset in this category it’ll be by Field or Weaver. Weaver’s best hope is that “Silver Linings Playbook” gets a lot of momentum as in Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress and if Weaver wins this category, that film moves up my list to win Best Picture. That seems unlikely, however. Field would be my choice as the actress to win if for some reason Hathaway doesn’t. The Oscars love historical films and this is  right up there.

The two actresses with absolutely no chance are Adams and Hunt. For all the hype surrounding “The Sessions”, that film just didn’t generate the buzz after its release that it needed to be an Oscar contender. And Adams, like with Hoffman, will fall victim to backlash with Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”. Clearly, this is Hathaway’s to lose and she seems to be the biggest lock of the acting categories.

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

Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” already will star himself and Charlize Theron. Now reports are that Amanda Seyfreid (“Les Miserables”) has joined the cast as well! This cast is pretty strong and the film is said to be in the same vein as some of the classic western comedies. Here’s the plot synopsis from comingsoon.net:

The plot will follow MacFarlane as a cowboy who, after losing his girlfriend (Seyfried) begins to train as a gunfighter with a famous outlaw. The only trouble is, the cowboy begins to develop feelings for the outlaw’s wife (Theron).

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

When the Oscar nominations were announced, there were few snubs more glaring and head scratching than Ben Affleck’s omission from the Best Director category. After all, “Argo” was both a critical and commercial success and a very tense, very funny thriller. Now it seems that “Argo” has all the momentum to win Best Picture at the Oscars, despite a film not winning Best Picture without its director being nominated in more than two decades.

“Argo” won the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards, an award that the film that’s gone on to win Best Picture has also won for the last five years. “Argo” also took home big awards from the Screen Actor Guild Awards.

Is “Argo” now a lock for Best Picture at the Oscars? It appears so. “Zero Dark Thirty” has lost a lot of momentum. What looked like a sure thing a few months ago now seems that, much like “Munich” or “War Horse”, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” will receive an award for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance, but nothing else. The same looks to be true for “Les Miserables” with Anne Hathaway as a lock for Best Supporting Actress, but not much more. Indeed it seems Affleck’s snub has given “Argo” a late award season boost, one that looks like will carry it all the way to the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars.

The most interesting race will be Best Actress. Clearly Jennifer Lawrence has to be the favorite after her win at the SAG. But Jessica Chastain is right behind her so don’t be surprised if she ends up winning on Oscar night.

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

The Oscars will already celebrate James Bond with a special celebration of 50 years of Bond. “Skyfall” is up for Best Song as well. Now news comes that the Oscars will celebrate some of the musicals of the past 10 years. They will be honoring three in particular: “Chicago”, “Dreamgirls” and “Les Miserables”. I feel like “Moulin Rouge!” should have been included. I know technically it wasn’t in the past 10 years, but as far as Hollywood musicals go, I loved that one. Oh, and where’s “Once”? That’s my favorite musical of all time bar none.

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