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Here’s the first trailer for the film “Escape Plan”, formerly known as “The Tomb”.

The film stars  Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vincnet D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan and more.

I suppose for people who grew up watching them, pairing Stallone and Schwarzenegger again is a treat. But for me, it’s a far cry from Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. Also, I can’t get Ryan as Holly from “The Office” out of my head. It’s going to be tough for me to take her in a serious role.

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


“The Expendables 3” already added Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich. Now Sylvester Stallone said that Mel Gibson is close to joining the film to play the villain. Presumably he’d join previous cast members  Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

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“The Expendables 3” added some big names today. Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich are in negotiations to join the action franchise. The second film starred Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Nan Yu, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Sylvester Stallone is giving an update on’ The Expendables 3″, saying he’s writing the script now. He says there will be “new blood” ages 22-27 and some women who aren’t sex symbols, but “real”. No surprise he’s working on the script. Stallone, Arnold, Jason Statham and Bruce Willis all bombed this year with “Bullet to the Head”, “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Jackie Chan is in talks to join the cast.

Who should some of the new blood be? I realize these actors aren’t in their 20s, but I’d probably say Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Renner, Gina Carano, Michelle Rodriguez and maybe someone like a Tom Hardy or (this would be ironic) Chris Hemsworth.

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No matter what way you slice it, aside from “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, 2013 has been a terrible year so far for film. I’m not just talking about the quality of the movies. Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson all opened action films. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is doing the best and it’s trailing “Live Free or Die Hard” by a significant margin. Even “Safe Haven”, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation couldn’t match some of the recent hits based on his novel. But March should have a number of blockbusters right?

We’ve got horror with “The Last Exorcism Part II”, special effects fueled tent poles in “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Croods”. Gerard Butler joins the action movie game this year with “Olympus Has Fallen” and then there’s “The Host” and “Oz The Great and Powerful”. There’s also more coming out as well. March has seen some huge blockbusters, most notably “Alice in Wonderland” and “300”. But don’t expect any of March’s films to reach those levels.

“The Last Exorcism” will be a success, but only because it doesn’t come with a huge budget. “Jack the Giant Slayer” from Bryan Singer is in big trouble. So far, audience reaction to the trailers have been luke warm at best. It lacks the star power and the known quantity at director to really draw people in. This one may open decently, but will fade fast. “Oz” should open big. But “Alice in Wonderland” big? It’s tough to tell. It is set in the Oz universe, which is beloved by many. But James Franco’s performance in the trailer seems awfully dreadful. And since leaving “Spider-Man”, Sam Raimi hasn’t had a big hit. But this could be the one film to be a bona fide blockbuster by the time March is over.

“Olympus Has Fallen” looks like Die Hard with Butler. And when’s the last time Butler’s made a good movie? This has bomb written all over it. “The Host” is going to struggle much like “Beautiful Creatures” did. There just hasn’t been another book like ‘Twilight” that attracted the young female crowd in droves.

“The Call” with Halle Berry will have limited appeal. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” could do well since people may be looking for another all-star high concept comedy. And “The Croods” being the first big family release in a while, should draw in the family crowd in decent numbers. G.I. Joe will open decently, but well below the original. I mean how many people really wanted a sequel? Think about it.

March has become a time when a blockbuster can be released other than the summer and Christmas period. But with so many films coming out and the levels of quality not exactly looking like it’s top notch, be prepared for a lot of disappointments.

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

Another weekend, another action film, another action star. Can Dwayne Johnson break the bad streak?

So far this year, we’ve seen Arnold with “The Last Stand”, Jason Statham with “Parker”, Sylvester Stallone with “Bullet to the Head” and, to a degree, Bruce Willis with “A Good Day to Die Hard:” all underperform by a significant margin. Up next is Dwayne Johnson, who has a movie coming out for the next three months as well, with “Snitch”. This isn’t a straight up action film, however, and is based on a true story. It probably has more in line with “Broken City”, which starred Mark Wahlberg, though that film bombed as well. Still, Johnson is a hot commodity right now. And the lack of a strong new film means this one will open at No. one, though it’s hard to see this film really breaking out.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

“Dark Skies” is the only other new wide release this weekend. The film has a decent cast, including  Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons, but the fact that it wasn’t screened for critics makes you think this is just another terrible horror film. The studio’s clearly hoping young adults will check it out on Friday before bad word of mouth spreads.

Opening weekend: $10-12 million

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“A Good Day to Die Hard”, which once again stars Bruce Willis, is about to hit theaters. And while “Live Free or Die Hard” was a financial hit, could this installment be in some big trouble? Normally I’d say no. It’s an iconic franchise whose popularity hasn’t waned. And yet, in the wake of Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” both tanking, one has to wonder: Are audiences fed up with aging action stars?

I know that “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2” were both successful. But even the sequel, though it earned $85 million, was quite a bit off from the first film. And as Arnold and Sly showed, perhaps action stars who are older making quips about their age are just not the way to go these days. The one exception to this rule seems to be Liam Neeson with hits like “Taken”. But if you think about it, Neeson doesn’t bring up his age in any of his films. And we accept him in his role, I think, because we can see him as an experienced person who has acquired a lot of skills through the years.

This leads me to “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Willis is an action star, there’s no question. But bringing in a younger character usually doesn’t work out in a series. And frankly, Willis is getting up there in age, almost to the point where audiences think, really? He can still do all that? It also doesn’t help that the films are essentially live action cartoons these days. At least “Taken” worked as a believable thriller to a degree. After three straight action film bombs, one has to wonder if the new Die Hard film will suffer a similar fate? With younger action stars like Vin Diesel and the Rock and even Channing Tatum to a degree heating up the screen and comic book films still dominating the box office every year, perhaps the old model of a straight up action flick with a big name just doesn’t sell anymore. People don’t want to see forgettable films like that anymore. They want an experience, something big, bold and grand and with actors that people don’t think should be thinking about social security instead of kicking some butt.

The true test of whether audiences are growing tired of this will be with “A Good Day to Die Hard”. If it fails, or shows some significant signs of fatigue, it could be a big sign that audiences want more than just an aging star cracking age jokes and trying to be like they were in their 30s.

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

The zombie romance movie “Warm Bodies” took the top spot easily, earning $20 million for the weekend. It was the only film last weekend to gross over $10 million. Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” tanked with $4.5 million.

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“Warm Bodies” and “Bullet To The Head” take on the Super Bowl. Will either be successful?

“Warm Bodies” will take the weekend. It’s had a strong marketing campaign that’s portraying this as a funny, unique take on the zombie film. The film features rising stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) and Teresa Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) as well as John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. I think the film won’t have the broad appeal that would allow it to really break out, but an opening near $20 million is well within reach.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

After Arnold’s “The Last Stand” and Jason Statham’s “Parker” bombed, Sylvester Stallone takes his turn with “Bullet To The Head”. Looks like another generic action film. Not to mention it’ll be  incredibly front loaded as its target audience will be watching the 49ers and Ravens on Sunday.

Opening weekend: $7-9 million

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

While doing press for his latest film “CZ12”, Jackie Chan spilled the beans on two future projects. The first is “Expendables 3” which he has joined apparently on the condition that he will have a bigger role than just a glorified cameo. Also, he said that he and Chris Tucker are considering a script called “Skip Tracer” but that Chan said he believes it should become “Rush Hour 4”.

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