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Next Bond film delayed?

This probably has something to do with Sam Mendes opting not to return, but MGM said the next James Bond film will come out in the next three years. “Skyfall”, which starred Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes, earned more than $1 billion worldwide, more than double what any previous Bond film made. Original plans had the next film coming out in 2014, a two year gap between films. But now that three year window could push it to 2015, or even 2016.

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

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Bill Murray, Angela Lansbury and Jude Law are in for Wes Anderson’s follow up to ‘Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Now, reportedly Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort, “In Bruges”) may join the cast.

Can’t wait. Only bad news is Anderson recently said Johnny Depp is not in the film.

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

For the rest of the year, my most anticipated film is easily “Cloud Atlas”. Featuring the creators of “The Matrix” trilogy, the director of “Run Lola Run” and an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess and more, nothing comes close. But there is one film no one is talking about, one that should be high on people’s lists as well. “Seven Psychopaths” hits theaters this November and stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Abbie Cornish. That’s a pretty strong cast right? But, it’s the talent behind the camera that should get you excited. The film follows Farrell, who plays  a struggling screenwriter, while they portray the oddball friends who get him into trouble with a ruthless gangster (Woody Harrelson) by kidnapping the thug’s beloved Shih Tzu. Sounds like it could be fun right?

I say fun because director Martin McDonagh may be Hollywood’s best unknown talent. He directed the great short “Six Shooter” and the even better film, his feature length debut, “In Bruges”, which also starred Farrell with Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. That film was twisted and dark, but also fun, clever and entertaining. Farrell gave one of his best performances in that film and I think deserved award attention. That being said, McDonagh has shown he has an eye for funny, politically incorrect and just flat out darkly humorous and entertaining films.  It’ll probably be overshadowed coming in between higher profile projects like “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and “The Hobbit” in December, but check this one out. It may not make that much money and “Cloud Atlas” will continue to be my most anticipated, but “Seven Psychopaths” may just second on my list.

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

 

Here’s the brand new trailer for James Bond’s upcoming adventure “Skyfall”.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and more.

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

First “Skyfall” trailer!

Here’s the very first trailer for the new James Bond film “Skyfall”. 

The film stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Tonia Sotiropoulou.

I’m excited for this one. I like Craig’s version of Bond and I’m willing to chalk “Quantum of Solace” up to being affected by the writers’ strike.

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

Two new movies try to unseat “The Hunger Games”. Will either succeed?

The short answer is no. Even if “The Hunger Games” suffers a slightly more than 50 percent drop, it is still going to make around $70 million. But, if any of the movies will knock it off it will be “Wrath of the Titans”. Sam Worthtington returns as Perseus as does Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ralph Fiennes (Haydes) as well as new cast members Bill Nighy and Danny Hutson. The marketing campaign harkens back to the original and it looks like a fun, special effects driven action film. That would normally mean a slam dunk, but “The Hunger Games” has really stolen a lot of its potential hype.

Also, the lukewarm reception to the first one means that the first one’s not going to get the normal “sequel bump” in box office. All things considered, it’ll open up a little softer than “Clash” did.

Opening weekend: $51-54 million

Total box office gross: $110-115 million

“Mirror Mirror”, the first of two Snow White films released this year, has a big problem. It marketed itself so much toward younger girls that when “The Hunger Games” broke out like it did, it was clear this movie is in danger of flopping. Julia Roberts isn’t the draw she used to be and, quite frankly, I think more people are excited about “Snow White and the Huntsman”.

Opening weekend: $18-21 million

Total box office gross: $65-70 million

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

Wrath of the Titans trailer!

Here’s the first trailer for “Wrath of the Titans”. You can watch it here. The sequel to “Clash of the Titans” once again stars Sam Worthington (Avatar) as Perseus. Also returning is Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ralph Fiennes (Haydes). The sequel also stars Bill Nighy (Underworld).

My thoughts: Sequel looks good. Though it also deals with the titans, I hope that this film is a hell of a lot better than “Immortals” was. And it looks like it will be. I thought “Clash” was an ok film, this looks to ratchet up the action. And looks like the titans will be more than just stupid guys running around all hyper.

What do you think?

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

As the posters say, it all ends here. But does Warner Brothers’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” send Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) off with a high note or a whimper?

The Good

As is the strength with all the Potter films, the supporting cast is amazing. From Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) to Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) to Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) every time they’re on screen the movie is at its best. The special effects are very pretty to look at. There is a real sense of danger and threat for Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) as Hogwarts becomes a battle ground.

Harry Potter earned almost $170 million in its opening weekend.

In stretches, the last Potter film approaches greatness, such as the sequence after Harry realizes the sacrifice he has to make. There’s a lot of emotion there, and you see just how far he has come as an actor since 2001. Also, though it might bea little too sentimental for some, the end is also extremely emotional, if only for the fact that you realize this is the last time you’ll see these characters on the screen.

The Bad

I’m going to be honest, as a whole, I’m not getting all the good reviews surrounding the film. Though the special effects are great, you don’t ever get to experience much of the battle for Hogwarts. Also, I thought the decision not to show several characters’ deaths was a very bad choice. These characters, all recognizable, aren’t given the send off they deserve or, frankly, did I really care that they died. Had I seen the deaths on screen I would have felt more emotions for them, but I just didn’t.

Also, I didn’t think the decision to split the movie was a smart one. This one had extreme pacing problems to me and for too much of the film was all the actors mainly reduced to shouting things like “Take cover!” and “Harry!”.

The Final Word

The film is enjoyable, especially for the die hard Potter fans. And, it’s definitely a lot better than most adaptations. Still, Potter was a missed opportunity to send the movie series out on a high note. Instead, it leaves the audiences with a good, but not great film.

Lukas Eggen