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Chances are when Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Great Gatsby”) team up you’re in store for a great film. Here’s the trailer for “The Wolf of Wall Street” based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort featuring music from Kanye West.

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


“Rodham”, the biopic about Hilary Clinton from director James Ponsoldt (“Smashed”) appears to have its titular character. Last week, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried  were up for the lead role. But now comes news that Carey Mulligan is in the lead to nab the role. Mulligan was last seen in “The Great Gatsby” and has films like “Drive” and “Shame” to her credit, so she’s a solid actress. What do you think about the casting choice?

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

One month is in the books for the summer movie season. What was your favorite? A little note, I didn’t get to see really any of the smaller releases since I don’t live in a major town. But I did my best.

Here’s how I would rank them:

1. “Fast and Furious 6”: This may not be the “best film” in terms of acting and script, but it’s the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time. It’s big, loud, completely outrageous and a heck of a good time. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and the rest provide one of the best summer action movies I’ve seen.

2. “Iron Man 3”: Erased “Iron Man 2” from my memory (for the most part). I loved the Ben Kingsley twist and, aside from a few misgivings, was an enjoyable romp.

3. “Star Trek Into Darkness”: It’s an uneven film tonally and pace wise. Also, is very emotional in parts, yet glosses over other parts. Still, a solid film, but not the leap forward many of us were hoping for, despite Benedict Cumberbatch providing a great Khan.

4. “The Great Gatsby”: I wanted to like this film. But, as I stated in my review, it seems Baz Luhrmann romanticized the very thing the book sought to de-romanticize. It was a waste of a great performance from Leonardo DiCaprio.

5. “Now You See Me”: Great cast wasted on poor story and poor execution.

6. “The Hangover Part III”: Just god awful.

7. “After Earth”: Even more awful.

I didn’t see “Epic” and have yet to see “Before Midnight”. What was your favorite film of May?

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

With “The Great Gatsby” still doing decent business, director Baz Luhrmann revealed he turned down a huge movie. According to Digital Spy, Lurhmann was offered the director’s chair for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, the first film in the hugely successful Harry Potter series.

“The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, ‘What’s that?’ And said, ‘Well that sounds interesting, but I’m thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical’, and that was Moulin Rouge….So I’m an obvious idiot, because I should have taken Harry Potter,” Luhrmann said.

Lots of people love “Moulin Rouge”, but I can’t help but wonder what a Lurhmann directed Potter film would have been like. Many agree that the first two installments, directed by Christopher Columbus are the worst in the series.

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

With “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby’ performing well, some movie had to underperform. It looks like that’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”. The film earned $70.6 million over the weekend and $84.1 over its first four days, which is actually a tad bit lower than the last film made and well below expectations of a $100 million four-day start. It’s not so much that J.J. Abrams’ latest was bad, it got an “A” score from audiences. But with steep competition and anticipation for “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6” next weekend, it’s likely this film just didn’t appeal broadly enough to draw in audiences. It’ll be a fight to get to $200 million now with steep competition the rest of the summer. “Iron Man 3” officially became the highest grossing IM film domestically, raising its total to $337.1

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There’s a JFK assassination movie coming. And the best news is Oliver Stone isn’t directing it. Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Great Gatsby”) and Robert De Niro are set to star in “Legacy of Secrets” based on the book of the same name. The book follows the saga of FBI informant Jack Van Laningham. DeNiro would play Mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello, who confided to Van Langingham that he ordered the hit on Kennedy.

David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is writing and will direct the film.

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

It’s been a good first few weeks for the summer movie season. “Iron Man 3” had the second biggest opening weekend ever. “The Great Gatsby” exceeded expectations. Now that hot streak should continue with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and more. How big will it open?

Well opening tonight obviously will hurt its opening weekend. But this has turned into a must-see movie event. The first film opened to $79 million and while four years between films is a long time, it could have a similar effect like “The Matrix: Reloaded” had for pent up demand. It should be in line for a huge opening tonight/Thursday, earning at least $25-30 million. That momentum should carry it into the weekend. but opening a day early will prevent it from cracking $100 million this weekend. Still, an opening around $90 million is certainly possible. The big question will be how much will it earn in its entire domestic run? There’s a lot of competition this summer, starting next weekend with “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hangover Part III”. Then there’s “After Earth” and “Man of Steel” not far on the horizon. That means unless this is universally loved as not just a great summer movie, but one of the best films of the decade, this film is going to make around the same total gross that the first film made, which would put it in the $280-290 million range.

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

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” exceeded expectations at the box office last weekend. The film earned $51.1 million, significantly higher than the low $40s that most had predicted. The lack of competition for women audiences and a strong cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. “Iron Man 3” in its second weekend earned $72.4 million, raising its total above $280 million.

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

Baz Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel finally hits theaters. Is this another “Australia” or “Moulin Rouge!”?

The Good 

As with most Baz Luhrmann films, this movie is visually beautiful. Except this takes it to a whole new level. For the first half of the film, Luhrmann’s eyes for grandiose, over-the-top, eye catching visuals is on full display. Let’s just say when it comes to the party scenes, it seems like Luhrmann was born to direct them. And, despite lots of worries beforehand, Luhrmann stays true to the book and this is undoubtedly F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. That might not seem like high praise, but coming from a director like Luhrmann, this is a big accomplishment.

Leonardo DiCaprio shines in this film. He has that perfect mix with the self-confidence and the bravado, but also the self-doubt that it’s all false. It amazes me that DiCaprio has grown into the actor he is today. And he’s clearly the highlight acting-wise of the film. From the music to the visuals, the film gives off a very “cool” vibe, which is no small feat. The film could have easily turned into a silly, campy film.

The Bad 

Full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of the novel. But, I had some huge problems with this film. The first is the film romanticized the very thing the novel sought to disillusion people about. For a story that really relies on the characters interacting, it seems as though several of the other actors just never felt fully comfortable and Luhrmann doesn’t give them a chance to interact like they should. Carey Mulligan (Daisy) in particular just didn’t cut it for me for the most part. The biggest problem with the movie is that it may be “cool” but it’s not moving. And that’s a fatal flaw for an adaptation like “The Great Gatsby”.

The Final Word

When this film works, it’s fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, too many times the film drags and sacrifices acting for Luhrmann’s love of visual flair. Not as bad as “Australia” but this film could be the biggest disappointment of the summer because of what it could have been.

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

Martin Scorsese is one of those directors who could do almost anything and I’d go see it. His passion project “Silence”, an adaptation that he completed a script for in the 90s, has its leading man in Andrew Garfield .Garfield was the new Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man”. There are also reports that Ken Watanabe will join the cast as well. Scorsese’s latest film “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio hits theaters later this year.

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