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Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to play the Exterminator in the upcoming remake of “The Toxic Avenger”. The Exterminator trains Toxie, formerly known as Melvin who gets tossed into toxic waste, turning him into the Toxic Avenger. John Travolta was at one point rumored to be involved and Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) was attached to direct. After “The Last Stand”, maybe Arnold should just pass on this project.

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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.

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

The TV show “Friday Night Lights” was an amazing series. My favorite ever. The series featured some of the best performances from Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki, Aimee Teegarden, Jesse Plemons, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly and many more. And yet, none have found any mainstream success since the series ended its incredible run. Why?

Kitsch’s case is the most easy to identify. Three films last year that all pretty much underperformed, including two giant bombs in “John Carter” and “Battleship”. And Kitsch struggled to show much charisma on screen. Kitsch is a great actor, but I don’t think he is the actor to call on for the action movie generic lead. He’s at his best playing a flawed character, something I’d like to see him take in future roles. Chandler deserves to be successful. He’s had great smaller roles in films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Super 8”. He can pull off being an ass hole, like he was in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” remake and, as obvious from his role as Eric Taylor, can be a complex, deep character as well. He may not have the name recognition, but this one annoys me. He deserves a chance to carry a movie. Get him with a director like Martin Scorsese and you’re in for a classic.

Britton may have had the most success. She was in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake and had a  nice run on “American Horror Story”. Not big success, but not to shabby either. Kelly should be the most successful. She’s beautiful and talented. But aside from “The Roommate”, we really haven’t seen much of her. She was in the failed “Charlie’s Angels” TV show redo. Hopefully she gets a breakout role soon. Palicki has had her share of films. Whether they’ve been good films is another issue. “Red Dawn” and “Legion” aren’t exactly classics. She is also in the upcoming “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, so maybe that will get her more mainstream appeal, but she has to choose better projects. Plemons was in “The Master”, but really haven’t heard much of him at all. Gilford I feel the most sorry for. He’s a great actor. But all the projects he’s done have just failed. From “The Last Stand” to shows like “The Mob Doctor” he just can’t seem to catch a break.

So why aren’t any of FNL actors breaking out? It’s not for a shortage of trying or a lack of talent. It would seem that either they don’t get their chances (Like Chandler) or the projects they are choosing just are plain bad (pretty much everyone else). Hopefully that will change soon.

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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Presidents Day weekend is here. John Mclane is back. How big will “A Good Day to Die Hard” open?

I got to be honest. I was skeptical of this film. And, if you come back and read my review later this weekend, you’ll find out if I had good reason. Anyways it’s been half a decade since “Live Free or Die Hard” came out. That one earned more than $130 million so it seemed like a no brainer that Bruce Willis would come back. This time he’s paired with his son Jack (Jai Courtney). But things have changed.

We’ve had three bona fide flops in “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “Bullet to the Head”. This one should avoid the same fate because of its brand, but this won’t open nearly as big or finish with nearly the amount of money the last Die Hard made. It’ll finish on top easily, but don’t expect this one to be a huge hit. It’ll be more in line with “DareDevil”.

Holiday weekend: $40-45 million

Next up is “Save Haven” starring  Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders. All I have to say is it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Won’t be as big as say “The Vow”, but it’ll have a solid opening, especially cause of Valentines Day coming so close.

Holiday weekend: $20-25 million

Finally is “Beautiful Creatures” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Emma Thompson. It’s hoping to become the next “Twilight” but doesn’t have the same appeal or buzz.

Holiday weekend: $10-15 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.

“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

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Bleeding Cool is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he will be back for “Terminator 5”. “The Last Stand” was supposed to be Schwarzenegger’s big return to leading man status, but that film tanked very badly. Perhaps this will help. He was not pleased with “Terminator Salvation”, which starred Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, but no word on the plot for the fifth film or how he’ll fit in it. Right now, there’s no director either as Justin Lin left the project to focus on the “Fast and Furious” sequels.

So, we’re going to get more Conan and Terminator from Schwarzenegger. I suppose that’s a good thing.

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

This weekend was a good weekend to be Jessica Chastain. Chastain starred in the top two films at the box office. Guillermo del Toro’s horror film “Mama” opened above expectations, earning $28 million over the three-day weekend and an expected $33 million including Monday.

“Zero Dark Thirty” took the second spot, earning $17.6 million.

Unfortunately for Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Arnold Schwarzenegger , their films tanked. “Broken City” earned just $9 million, which is less than half of what Wahlberg’s film “Contraband” earned over the same weekend last year.

“The Last Stand” did worse, earning just $6.3 million.

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

Trailer for “The Last Stand”

And no, they’re not remaking “X-Men: Last Stand”. This is the trailer for “The Last Stand” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zach Gilford, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Eduardo Noriega, Peter Stormare, Harry Dean Stanton and Genesis Rodriguez.

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