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This could be very interesting. Bonnie and Clyde have fascinated people and Hollywood for ages. In fact Emile Hirsch is set to star in a mini-series about the famous pair for the History Channel. Now director John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) is developing ‘Highwaymen”. The film would focus on the rangers charged with hunting down, and eventually killing, Bonnie and Clyde. It’s reported that he is going after Woody Harrelson (“The Hunger Games”) and Liam Neeson (“Taken 2”, “The Grey”) to star in it.

Pairing these two actors gets me very excited and this would be a side of the Bonnie and Clyde story that Hollywood hasn’t really explored yet.

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

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All of a sudden, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is one of my most anticipated comedies. From Seth MacFarlane (“Ted”) comes the western that he will star in and direct. Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried are in. Now Liam Neeson (“The Grey”, “Taken 2”) and Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) have joined the cast as well. This looks like this one could be a classic!

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

He’s kicked some serious butt in “Taken”. “Taken 2”, “The Grey”, “Unknown” and more. Now get ready to see Liam Neeson as…an evil raccoon? Yep he will provide the voice for an evil raccoon for the upcoming animated film “The Nut Job”. From ToonBox, the film also features the voices of Will Arnett , Brendan Fraser, Jeff Dunham, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang and Sarah Gadon. That’s a solid voice cast for a film from an unproven company.

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

The last weekend in January sees three R-rated films hit theaters mainly hoping to draw in the young male crowd. Will any succeed?

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” stars rising star Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”, “The Bourne Legacy”) and Gemma Arterton. The film seems like a mix of “Van Helsing”, “Underworld” and “Resident Evil”. Much to my annoyance, the “Resident Evil” films keep spawning more and more (and arguably worse) sequels, so they could be hoping for something similar here. Still, the trailers don’t look all that great, it’ll probably get trashed by critics and frankly, aside from Liam Neeson with “Taken” and “The Grey” there hasn’t been many hits released at the end of January. I don’t think that will change with this one.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

“Movie 43” stars Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Common in a series of shorts. I’m shocked so many great actors and actresses are doing the low-brow humor. And frankly, the studio doesn’t seem to have much confidence in the film since it’s only being released into 2,000 theaters and not screened before critics. Still, it should be the second choice for young males who don’t want some action.

Opening weekend: $13-15 million
“Parker” is based on a popular novel, but don’t let that fool you. They are hoping Jason Statham fans will come out in full force for this one. Also starring Jennifer Lopez, Statham usually gets you in the range of an $8-11 million opening for his films. Expect more of the same here.

Opening weekend: $8-10 million

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

My favorite films of 2012

Most of these films are in no particular order, but here are some of my favorite films of 2012.

“The Grey”: Whoever marketed this film should be fired. I came in expecting just another Liam Neeson action film. What I got was a surprisingly emotional and powerful film.

“Argo”: For my money, this film was leaps and bounds better than “The  Town”. Ben Affleck created a film that, even though I knew the ending coming in, was tense and exciting.

“Lincoln”: If I would have picked a film to be most over hyped coming into the year, it would have been this one. But Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing and Steven Spielberg directed a surprisingly entertaining and great film.

“Moonrise Kingdom”: The only comedy of the year that had me laughing the whole way through. Just see this one.

“Django Unchained”: Violent, funny and, in true Quentin Tarantino fashion, wildly entertaining, this one may not be his best, but it’s still fantastic.

“Seven Psychopaths”: Twisted, funny and it has Christopher Walken. Just see this one. It’s a real treat.

“Pitch Perfect”: Look, this isn’t going to win any Oscars or anything. But it was my biggest surprise of the year. Genuinely funny, great performances and just a lot of fun. Nothing wrong with that, right?

“The Hunger Games”: Why? Because for the first time a book that I’ve really liked other than Harry Potter” was made into a good movie. And that deserves to be recognized somehow.

And my favorite film of 2012 is…”Cloud Atlas”.

Yep, the love it or hate it film of the year, let me just say this. “Cloud Atlas” is unlike any other movie you’ll see. It’s powerful, emotional, funny, exciting, thrilling and it makes you stop and think. I know, a film that requires your attention and probably multiple viewings scares people, but this film is beyond amazing. This is, like “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Blade Runner”, is a film that will be appreciated more and more as time goes on. Just do yourself a favor. Buy this movie. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

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

Unlikely Oscar contender emerging?

It’s rare to see a movie released in January getting some awards consideration. But Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” is doing an awards re-release to try and bring award consideration to the film. The movie, which stars Liam Neeson, is very good. It’s surprisingly emotional, beautifully shot and features a great performance from Neeson, so it’s nice to see a film like this get some more recognition. Hopefully it avoids the same fate of “In Bruges”, which was also released early in the year in 2008 but was largely left out of the awards season.

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

Given that “Expendables 2” opened at No. one at the box office, there’s no surprise talks have started on a threequel, possibly bringing aboard Clint Eastwood and Nic Cage. But, the more interesting news is that producer Adi Shankar (“The Grey”) is looking to do a female version of the film. It’s in the very early stages and no names attached yet. But, think about it. Carrie Ann Moss, Zoe Saldana, Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman and Michelle Rodriguez? Sounds pretty kick-ass to me. Who else would you like to see in the movie?

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

James Badge Dale, who starred in “The Grey” and “Shame” has signed on to join Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man 3”. Dale will reportedly play Eric Savin. According to Variety,  “In the Marvel comicbooks, he’s a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood.”

The sequel also sees stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow return.

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

“The Grey” review

Action star Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken) is back and kicking ass in “The Grey”. Is his latest film a success or a major flop?

The Good

Director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces) has made what is possibly his best film to date. “The Grey” isn’t exactly what you’re probably expecting from this film. It’s been marketed as the next “Taken” just with wolves. But, it’s much more than that. Neeson and the rest of the cast give surprisingly emotional performances. The focus is on man surviving in nature, having more in common with “Into the Wild” than it does “Taken”. None of the character’s stories are ever fully explained. Yet, enough is known that you feel for these characters.

The wolves show up, yes. But, there’s no gigantic action set piece with them. But, there’s genuine moments between the characters that steal the film. This is a character-driven, not an action driven, film.

The Bad

For better or worse, the wolves largely take a back seat in the plot. They rarely show up. But, when they do it’s at least memorable. It is an emotional ride, but, that doesn’t stop the film from being a little predictable. And, the dialogue doesn’t always work.

Though it is emotional, I really didn’t find any of the supporting characters memorable after the film. None of them really stick.

The Final Word

It’s not a classic, but “The Grey” is a very intense, surprisingly spiritual and emotional ride. If you’re looking for the next “Taken” you’ll be disappointed. But, “The Grey” is a good film.