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Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

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

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Next week, one of the biggest movies of the summer (“Iron Man 3”) kicks off the summer movie season. May sees the releases of “Iron Man 3”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Epic”, “Fast and Furious 6”, “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. Several smaller, but highly anticipated films like “After Shock”, “Before Midnight” and “The Iceman” are all hitting theaters in May as well. Which film are you looking forward to the most?

For me, it’s a tough call. I am absolutely, positively insanely excited to see “Before Midnight” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy from director Richard Linklater. If you haven’t seen “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, do yourself a favor and check them out ASAP. They are wonderful films and I’m hoping the third film can live up to the first two. That being said, it’s hard not to get excited for the big movies. “The Great Gatsby” from Baz Luhrmann is the biggest question mark of the month for me. He has an eye for style and loves to use some surprising music in his films. But “Australia” was overly long and boring and frankly this close to release and all anyone is talking about is the soundtrack. What about, you know, the cast? Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will get me to check this film out, but I get the feeling this is going to be style over substance.

The two films I’m not excited for are “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. For “The Hangover”, the good news is it won’t be the worst in the trilogy, but that’s only because the second film was so terrible. Todd Phillips really didn’t hit it with another road trip comedy, “Due Date” and this one will likely have a few funny moments, but fall flat a a whole. And “After Earth”. All I have to say is this: M. Night Shyamalan. The trailer had the unintended effect of making me laugh. I don’t have high hopes for that film at all.

I am excited for “Iron Man 3”. I think the change in director will do the series some good and Robert Downey Jr. should shine. But part of me does wonder if I’ll get Marvel fatigue pretty soon. “Star Trek Into Darkness” looks amazing. But let’s not forget with expectations sky rocketing, the first film was light on action and if you look at J.J. Abrams’ history, action is not his strongest suit. “Fast and Furious 6”, well there’s nothing wrong with a good action film. “Epic” looks like Fern Gully, but hey, I’m intrigued. “Before Midnight” tops my list of most anticipated film of May with ‘Iron Man 3″, FF6 and “Star Trek” close behind.

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

Here’s the latest trailer for “The Hangover Part III”.

The film sees Bradley Cooper (Phil), Ed Helms (Alan) and Zach Galifianakis (Stu) return. as well as Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) and Heather Graham (Jade). John Goodman joins the cast this time around. Todd Phillips returns as director.

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

I know, the summer movie season is still a ways a way. But we’re getting closer. And Memorial Day weekend has one of the summer’s biggest showdowns. “The Hangover Part III”, “Fast and Furious 6” and “Epic” all hit theaters looking to make a killing at the box office. Which one will come away the big winner?

Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part III” has some work to do. The second film set a Memorial Day weekend record with $103 million over the four days, but then dropped more than 60 percent thanks to terrible word of mouth. There’s finally a (somewhat) new premise and everyone is coming back from Heather Graham to Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. And the reportedly final film in the series, posters poking fun of some of the other hit franchises, and this one should bring in a decent amount of business its opening weekend. But it’ll be a far cry from the second film’s opening. That’s because “Fast and Furious 6” is gunning for the same young male audience. It’s rare for a franchise to be hitting the sixth film but have a unique possibility of being the highest grossing film in the franchise. But that’s where the sixth film is. “Fast Five” earned $86 million its opening weekend on its way to more than $200 million domestically. It was also a significant hit overseas. And, unlike “The Hangover Part II”, the film had critical acclaim and was a very big crowd pleaser. Now Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the crew are back along with the return of Michelle Rodriguez. With a more accessible PG-13 rating, look for this to be able to make a run at “The Hangover Part II’s” Memorial Day weekend mark.

The wild card is of course “Epic”. I’m intrigued by this film. The question will be is this a new animated classic, or a cut below Pixar quality. But it’ll draw in the family crowd, being the first big family film of the summer. Families are just as likely to be going camping or other outdoor activities, however, so this one might have great legs, but have a lower opening weekend. Still, if reviews are good for this one, this could be the film to beat over the holiday weekend.

Predictions for four-day weekend totals:

Fast and Furious 6: $100-110 million

The Hangover Part III: $75-85 million

Epic: $65-75 million

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

 

Here’s the teaser trailer for “The Hangover Part III”.

Todd Phillips returns to direct and the film sees new and returning characters from the first two installments. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman and Jamie Chung.

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

Todd Phillips has made his career with films like “The Hangover”, “Old School” and “Due Date”. In fact, “The Hangover Part III” should be another box office smash for Phillips. His next film may be very different in tone. WB has tapped Phillips to d irect and produce “Trust Your Eyes”, a thriller based on the novel of the same name. Similar to “Rear Window” and “Disturbia”, the main character witnesses what he believes to be a murder.

No casting has been announced. The film should be interesting if for no other reason to see if Phillips is more than a one-trick director.

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

One thing missing from “The Hangover” movies has been a strong female presence. Now, director Todd Phillips is looking to change that. Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) has joined the cast for a smaller role. We know she can do this kind of humor in “Bridesmaids” so I’m actually looking forward to seeing her in the film. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis return for the reportedly final installment in the series.

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

WB has released a very short plot description for director Todd Phillip’s “The Hangover: Part III”: This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

We do know that Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are back, they will at least stop in Las Vegas and several characters are also returning. Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung return as the Wolf Pack’s wives, Ken Jeong and Heather Graham also reprise their roles. John Goodman joins the cast as a new character.

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

About a year ago, it was announced a remake of “The Gambler” was coming. The original starred James Caan, who received a Golden Globe for his performance of a man who gets in over his head in debt to the mob. The first reports had Paramount courting Martin Scorsese to direct the remake. Sounds good right? That fell through so they are looking at a new director. And who might that be? One who has loads of experience doing serious films right? How about Todd Phillips. Yes, the man responsible for “Old School” and “The Hangover” trilogy.  And, yes, I do think this is an extremely terrible idea.

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

“Hangover: Part III” from director Todd Phillips is in talks with John Goodman to play a role in the vein of what Paul Giamatti played in “Hangover: Part II”. The rest of the cast is essentially cast, with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis returning as well as Heather Graham, Mike Tyson, Ken Jeong and Mike Epps.

Considering Giamatti wasn’t even that funny in the second film, I’m not sure Goodman will fare any better. I know the first one was hilarious, but the second one was so terrible, just makes me very skeptical of this third installment.

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