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On the heels of major disappointment critically and commercially with “After Earth”, from M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith shared some news on “Men in Black 4”. “Men in Black 3” of course starred Smith, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was pretty well received, but Smith had this to say to Collider:

“I think three is enough for me,” said Smith. “Three of anything is enough. We’ll look at it, and consider it, but it feels like it might be time to let someone else do that.”

Of course that’s far from a definite no and maybe he’s just licking his wounds after he and Jaden Smith’s disastrous “After Earth”. But if Smith isn’t willing to give it a go, I’m not sure I’d want to see a rebooted or recast MiB.

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

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“Men in Black 4” coming

“Men in Black 3” was a mild box office success domestically, though it earned more than $600 million worldwide. That film starred Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. Now Sony is pressing ahead with “Men in Black 4” and going all in with writer  Oren Uziel. Uziel wrote the webseries “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” and is not only writing the new MiB but also rewriting “21 Jump Street 2” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

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

Ok now we’re in crunch time for the Oscars. Today, I’m looking at the Best Supporting Actor race. Out of any category, this one appears to be the most wide open. The nominees are: Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln”, Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Alan Arkin for “Argo”, Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained”. Every single one of these nominees have won an Oscar before, so there’s no chance of someone getting a “we owe you” Oscar this year. It’s safe to put Hoffman on the not going to win list. “The Master” just lacked the buzz this year after it’s release. Waltz won the Golden Globe, though personally, I hope he doesn’t win. I still think Leonardo DiCaprio was the more deserving actor from that film to be in this category. But he has to be considered one of the front runners. My dark horse is Arkin. The big question is with “Argo” gaining all this momentum because of Ben Affleck getting snubbed, will that carry into other categories, or just Best Picture? Arkin, of course, could sneak past the other nominees if the Academy gives in to the film’s momentum.

De Niro gives an absolutely great performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”. I just get the feeling that film is going to get largely overlooked, aside from perhaps Jennifer Lawrence. My pick is Jones in “Lincoln”. Let me put it to you this way: Daniel Day-Lewis is considered a lock for Best Actor. And for me Jones was much more memorable. End of story.

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

Full list of Oscar nominations!

Here’s the entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Directing
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” – Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – David Magee
“Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

Cinematography
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary – Short
“Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”
“Redemption”

Film Editing
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Short Film – Animated
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
“Paperman”

Short Film – Live Action
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Curfew”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
“Henry”

Sound Editing
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

My initial thoughts:

I wish they would have nominated 10 films for Best Picture. A film like “Cloud Atlas” or “Moonrise Kingdom” really deserved to get recognized. Looks like Joaquin Phoenix’s little Oscar rant didn’t cost him a nomination after all. Stay tuned here in the coming days for predictions of all the categories!

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

First Josh Brolin played Tommy Lee Jones in “Men in Black 3”. Now the actor is taking over the character of Dwight  from Clive Owen in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”. That’s because in the graphic novel, Dwight undergoes major plastic surgery. Brolin joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni as new faces joining the film, which is already in production. They join Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis Haysbert and Jamie Chung. Robert Rodriguez is directing the anticipated sequel.

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

“Lincoln” review

Steven Spielberg’s latest tackles an important stretch for one of the nation’s greatest Presidents: Abraham Lincoln. It’s got a stellar cast, but does this film live up to the hype?

The Good

Of course, Daniel Day-Lewis is masterful. He’s absolutely spellbinding and, while this may not be his best ever performance, it still ranks right up there. But the rest of the cast is right up to par as well. Sally Field is exceptionally strong as the unstable Mary Todd Lincoln, David Strathairn (“Good Night and Good Luck”) as William Seward and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens were my favorite performances among a multitude of strong performances. What really surprised me is how intentionally entertaining this film is. The subject matter is serious, of course. And Spielberg treats it with a great deal of respect. Yet there are also parts where they were laugh out loud funny and they were meant to be. This is my favorite Spieberg film in a long time and easily his best since “Munich”. Also, focusing on the passing of the 13th Amendment really gives this film focus without getting lost in trying to cover his entire life.

The Bad 

This film is very good. But, as I’ve felt with most of Spielberg’s more recent films, it just didn’t feel amazing to me. It was a great historical drama. But will I be listing this among my favorites of the decade? More than likely not. That’s my problem with Spielberg. It’s a film that on paper should seem like a slam dunk and a film that sticks with us. Instead, we’re left with a very good, but just not quite great, film.

The Final Word

After dabbling with blockbusters in “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and directing the overrated “War Horse”, this is Spielberg’s finest since “Munich”.

It’s finally here (thank goodness). “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” hits theaters ending the series. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and features Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and more. There’s always anticipation of a film being the last in a series. Anticipation is high as fans of the series will flock to this film all weekend. I don’t think it’ll open quite as high as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” only because the series appeal isn’t as wide. But, look for it to set a new franchise record on its way to more than $300 million.

Opening weekend: $150-155 million

Really, the only other new release is “Lincoln” which expands into more theaters. It’s been getting rave reviews, some of the best Steven Spielberg’s seen in years, and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and a host of others. It’s still going to appeal to only older viewers, much like “Munich” from six or seven years ago, which will prevent this from reaching $20 million.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

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

Here’s a new two-minute TV spot for “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

With lots of new footage, this film looks absolutely stunning. Can’t wait. Steven Spielberg directed and the movie also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earl Haley, Jared Harris and more.

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

Director Barry Sonnefeld has made a career out of directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the “Men in Black” series. The films are about a secret organization protecting the world against aliens. Now, Sonnefeld is set to direct Dwayne Johnson in “Lore”, which tells the story of a secret organization which protects the world from mythological creatures.

While the film sounds entertaining, writers Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott were responsible for “Priest”, so I’m not sure I should have much hope for this one.

Trailer for “Lincoln”

Here’s the full length trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”.

The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earl Haley, James Spader, Jared Harris and more.

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