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It wasn’t so long ago that Jeremy Renner was the next big Hollywood star. From his role in “SWAT” back in 2003, to his lead role in “The Hurt Locker” to turns as Hawkeye in “Thor” and “The Avengers”, Renner looked to be the next leading man. But then “The Bourne Legacy” did OK, but not really that good. And “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was successful, but that was clearly Tom Cruise’s film. So, while his career hasn’t been as disastrous as say Taylor Kitsch, if “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” bombs, where does that leave Renner?

Well, a bomb would leave Renner in an interesting position. He’s been a part of massive box office successes, but that’s just it. He played supporting roles in those films. And though “The Hurt Locker” won Oscars, let’s be honest, how many people actually saw that film? Renner may be entering that territory of great in supporting roles, but unable to carry a film by himself, with films as him as the lead have been moderately successful at best (at least financially). What should be fun to watch is whether Hollywood tries to shove him down our throats as the next movie star a la Ryan Reynolds. But, Renner’s career as a leading man could take a big hit if “Hansel and Gretel” doesn’t perform well.

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

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Now that we’ve all had time to digest the nominations, what was the biggest Oscar snub? This year was quite a head scratcher. Let’s start with Kathryn Bigelow. I haven’t seen ‘Zero Dark Thirty” yet, but by all accounts the film is a great film. And though she just won a Best Director for “The Hurt Locker”, it seems pretty shocking that she didn’t get nominated this year. Out of the directors nominated, I gotta say, Bigelow is a stronger director than a few of them on that list.

An even bigger surprise for me though was “Rise of the Guardians” not getting into the Best Animated Film category. Look, I’d give the award to “Wreck It Ralph”, but for my money, “Rise of the Guardians” was by far better than “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman”.

Also, though Christoph Waltz got a nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio for his absolutely evil performance and Quentin Tarantino, heck maybe even Jamie Foxx all got snubbed in acting and director categories as well.

Of course the biggest head scratcher that makes no sense to me is Ben Affleck not getting a Best Director nomination. Are you kidding me? “Argo” received near universal acclaim, was a hit at the box office and the film was by far and away an improvement over his last outing, “The Town”. And yet, not even a nomination? That’s ridiculous. Not to mention “Cloud Atlas” not even getting nominated for Best Makeup. Also, for the second year in a row, only nine films were nominated for Best Picture, leaving out deserving films like “Moonrise Kingdom”.

This year I think the Academy got some things very wrong. What’s your biggest snub?

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

Here’s the second trailer for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (“The Hurt Locker”) new film, “Zero Dark Thirty”.

The film stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke.

I wish I was there, but we are learning quite a lot from the Toronto International Film Festival.

The first is “Argo” must be considered the favorite to win Best Picture at this point. I know, “Lincoln” and “Django Unchained” and a host of others like “The Master” have still yet to come out. But, reports are that “Argo” was a fan favorite and very popular. Now, as Roger Ebert states in his blog “No Country for Old Men,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” all shared one thing: being fan favorites at the TIFF.

The second thing we’ve learned is that “Cloud Atlas” is going to be a game changer, regardless of how it’s received. Remember, classics like “Blade Runner” received middling reviews when it came out. But, the more reviews that come in and the consensus I’m seeing is stunning visually, stunning action, unparalleled scope and amazing acting and direction. As one reviewer put it: “I know I’ve seen something astonishing.”

The third thing we’ve learned so far is we may see silent films make a comeback. From “The Artist” to this year’s silent film “Blancanieves”, a Spanish film, it looks like silent films may be on the upswing.

The final thing is don’t overlook “The Impossible”. By all accounts this is a deeply moving drama.

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

Here’s the teaser trailer for “Zero Dark Thirty”, the new film from Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong and more.

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

Jeremy Renner is having quite a stretch. After smaller roles through the years in films like “SWAT”, Renner introduced himself to the world with “The Hurt Locker”. The past year, Renner’s been in both “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, “The Avengers” and is in the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy”. Now, he is in the running to play Julian Assange in a WikiLeaks movie. DreamWorks has the rights to two books based on the controversial website, though it is unclear which one, if any, the film will be based on.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) is the favorite to direct.

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

Harold Perrineau (Lost, The Matrix: Reloaded/Revolutions) is joining the ensemble cast for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) Osama bin Laden film.

The film will follow a black ops SEAL team. The cast includes Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Nash Edgerton and Jennifer Ehle.

Pretty solid cast so far. I did like “The Hurt Locker” though I did think it was a little overrated.

The Bourne Legacy trailer

Here’s the trailer for “The Bourne Legacy”.

The film continues the series, but without star Matt Damon. Instead, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers), Rachel Weisz (Constantine) and Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, American History X) will star in the film.

What do you think of the trailer?

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