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I can’t wait for this film. Scarlett Johansson has joined “Her” from director Spike Jonze (“Where The WIld Things Are”). From firstshowing.net:

Her is about Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system (not unlike iPhone’s Siri) designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. Johansson will voice the operating system.

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

Some good and bad casting news

One of these pieces of casting news has me genuinely excited. The other…well…you’ll see.

First the good news. Rooney Mara has garnered pretty much all the attention thanks to roles in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network”, but now it looks like her sister Kate Mara will get her chance to shine. Kate’s had some smaller roles in “127 Hours” and “We Are Marshall”. Now comes news that she’s joining the cast of “Transcendence”, the debut directorial effort of Wally Pfister, who is the long time collaborator with Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany so this one seems to be loaded with potential.

On for the bad news. Anyone see ‘The Last Airbender” from M. Night Shyamalan? Don’t worry, there’s not a sequel coming, though there is still that possibility. But I digress. Do you remember Katara played by Nicola Peltz? Even if you don’t, my point is everyone in that film did a terrible job acting. Now Peltz is set for a starring role in another big adaptation. Are you ready? She’s in “Transformers 4”. She’ll star along side Jack Reynor and join the likes of Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the female leads for Michael Bay to look at in the series. Word of advice to Peltz. After working on one of the worst films made in recent memory, don’t use Bay as your “comeback” attempt.

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

Looks like we have our first hit of 2013. “Identity Thief” opened strongly with $36 million, the first R-rated comedy to open over $20 million since last year’s “Ted”. The film, which starred Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy opened higher than director Seth Gordon’s previous highs (“Four Christmases” at $31 million and “Horrible Bosses” at $28 million) and much higher than McCarthy’s “Bridesmaids”, which opened with $26 million. All three of those films earned at least $117 million, meaning this film is well positioned to earn at least $100 million.

“Warm Bodies” fell to second. That left Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” to open in third with $10 million. The film, which stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law had a disappointing opening that was less than half of what “Contagion” opened with.

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

Two very different films hit theaters this weekend. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy star in the comedy “Identity Thief” from the director of “Horrible Bosses”. Next, Steven Soderbergh is back with another (final?) film in “Side Effects” starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. Which one will fare the best?

“Identity Thief” should be the top movie this weekend. The question is how big. “Horrible Bosses” brought in nearly $30 million on its way to more than $100 million total. But it won’t be able to match that, partly because of its February release and partly because, at least in the group I saw it with, it just wasn’t as funny as it should have been. This one should open in the low 20s, but won’t have good legs.

Opening weekend: $21-23 million

This is the film that deserves to be seen, but I fear it will get lost. The movie is different and serious, but it looks fantastic. However, the appeal is pretty limited here. Unfortunately this one looks like it will fare pretty badly.

Opening weekend: $10-12 million

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

The American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was a solid film, earning about $230 million worldwide. That was a hit, but not a gigantic hit. At the same time, Sony wanted to go forward with a sequel. Director David Fincher said he’d like to come back as did stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. So why haven’t we heard news?

Looks like you can blame Craig. The Hollywood Reporter said that Craig wants a pay raise, largely because of “Skyfall” recently earning more than $1 billion worldwide. That being said, Sony saw the lukewarm box office of TGWTDT and for “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, they want to reduce costs, not increase it. THR also reports that Craig’s character could be written out of the sequel, which would be a little awkward since he plays a very big role in the second book. But, we’ll have to see how this plays out!

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

New trailer for “Side Effects”

Here’s the international trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects”.

The film stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more.

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

Here’s the newest trailer for “Side Effects” from Steven Soderbergh.

The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

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

Trailer for “Side Effects”

Here’s the trailer for “Side Effects”, reportedly Steven Soderberg’s final film. The film stars Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law and Channing Tatum.

Hopefully, the rumors about him retiring are not true. But, if they are, this film certainly looks like he’s going out with a bang.

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

Have you ever wondered whether characters from “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games” would win in a popularity contest? Well, here’s your chance. The nominations are in for the MTV Movie Awards. And, in the Best Movie category you’ve got “The Hunger Games”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, “The Help” and “Bridesmaids”.

Here are all the nominees and categories.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (voting stays live throughout the 2012 Movie Awards ceremony)
– Bridesmaids
Director: Paul Feig, Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend (Universal Pictures)
– The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross, Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik (Lionsgate)
– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates, Producers: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– The Help
Director: Tate Taylor, Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green (DreamWorks)
– The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
(Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
– Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
– Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
– Channing Tatum – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
– Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment)
– Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Ryan Gosling – Drive (FilmDistrict)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
– Elle Fanning – Super 8 (Paramount Pictures)
– Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
– Liam Hemsworth – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)
– Shailene Woodley – The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
– Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
– Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
– Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
– Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST CAST
– 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, Brie Larson
– Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper
– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
– The Help (DreamWorks) – Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain
– The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
– Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Johnny Depp – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
– Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)
– Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST FIGHT
– Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
– Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures)
– Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – Warrior (Lionsgate)

BEST KISS
– Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
– Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
– Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Summit Entertainment)
– Rupert Grint & Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE
– 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill & Rob Riggle
Schmidt shoots Coach Walters in the d#@k
– Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper
Food poisoning turns the girls’ dress fitting into a disaster
– Drive (FilmDistrict) – Ryan Gosling
Elevator beat-down
– The Help (DreamWorks) – Bryce Dallas Howard
Minny gives Hilly a pie she won’t forget
– Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures) – Tom Cruise
Ethan Hunt scales to new heights

BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG
– Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help (DreamWorks)
– Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
– Jon Hamm – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
– Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST MUSIC
– “The Devil is in the Details,” Chemical Brothers – Hanna (Focus Features)
Interrogation scene
– “Impossible,” Figurine – Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)
Anna texts Jacob from across the pond
– “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
House dance party
– “Pursuit of Happiness,” Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix) – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The party erupts into chaos
– “A Real Hero,” College w/Electric Youth – Drive (FilmDistrict)
The Driver takes Irene and her son for a fun ride

For the record, some picks I would make (although I understand its mostly adolescent teenage girls that vote for this stuff so I’d probably be outnumbered here):

I’d go with “Bridesmaids” or “The Hunger Games” for best movie. “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” for Best Fight and Ryan Gosling for Best Male Performance. Anyways, what do you guys think of the nominations?

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