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Here’s the teaser trailer for Disney Animation’s “Frozen”

They’ve had some success with films like “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph”. This trailer seems to take a page out of the “Ice Age” playbook, however. The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. It does seem weird, however, that Disney seems to be coming out with original films while Pixar is going back to what it’s already done (“Monsters University”).

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

In recent history, it’s tough to find a Christmas movie that stands out. “Elf” certainly has become a modern classic. But other than that, films have tried but failed. Now “A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle” looks to break that trend. Before you write it off because of the title, let me try and sell it to you. It stars Joel McHale (“Community”), Robin Williams, Wendi McLonden-Covey (“Bridesmaids”), Amara Miller (The younger daughter in “The Descendants”) and more. Phil Johnston, the writer of “Wreck-It Ralph” is penning the script. There’s a lot of talent here, let’s hope this turns out well.

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

Oscars 2013: Best Animated Film

So over the next couple weeks I’ll be predicting some of the bigger categories at this year’s Oscars. From Best Picture to Best Actress, I’ll be taking a stab at this. First up is Best Animated Feature.

This is a very close race this year with the five nominees: “Brave”, “Frankenweenie”, “ParaNorman”, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and “Wreck-It Ralph”. Frankly, the only ones I don’t see as serious contenders are Pirates and “ParaNorman”. Pirates

You could make a case for the other three, however. “Brave” won the Golden Globe. And it was close to a return to form for Disney/Pixar after the “Cars 2” debacle. “Wreck-It Ralph” won the Producers Guild of America and the Annies award though, giving that some serious momentum. But don’t count out “Frankenweenie”. It may have underperformed at the box office, but the Oscars love stop-motion (just look at this list of nominees) and they could view this as a way to recognize Tim Burton.

That being said, the Oscars love for stop motion could mean “ParaNorman” could be in for the upset. It’s an outside shot, but the film received great review and did well at the box office. Still, with no major wins, it’s tough to see that winning. And Pirates…I would have much rather seen the stronger “Rise of the Guardians” get into this category.

As for my pick: This is a category I could be very wrong in, but I’m going with “Brave”. Here’s why: Out of the serious contenders, it’s the most original film. I didn’t think it was great, but the presence of a strong female lead probably works in its favor as well. My choice on what should win would be Ralph, but honestly, I think it’s video game subject matter will turn away the older Oscar voters.

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

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 entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“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
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

“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)

“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“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
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”

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

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

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Life of Pi”

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

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

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

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

Sound Mixing
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“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.

As many people get their “best films” list together, I thought I’d start breaking down categories. 2012 was a pretty solid year for animated films. From hits like “The Lorax” to “Brave” to “Madagascar 3” and “Ice Age 4” all the way to “Rise of the Guardians”, this year’s had a pretty decent year in terms of quality.

Let me start by saying “The Lorax”, “Madagascar” and “Ice Age” are out of the running for me. Not that any of these were bad films, though “Ice Age” is growing tiresome for me, fast, but it just lacked any real punch that made them stand out. “Hotel Transylvania” is also out of the running. It was a lot better than I thought it would be, but lacked the depth of modern animated classics. Speaking of modern animated classics, Pixar has been responsible for most of them. Unfortunately, “Brave” was just too much of a by-the-books Disney princess movie. It didn’t have that wide appeal across ages and genders and was surprisingly predictable and lacked depth and emotional weight.

This year, my favorite animated film came down to two: “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Rise of the Guardians”. Both surpassed my expectations, both had solid storylines, a great blend of heart, humor and action and were just plain fun to watch.

I am going to give the edge to “Wreck-It Ralph”. Disney seems to have captured some of the Pixar magic. the voice acting was great, especially John C. Reilly, the characters were cute enough to appeal to children but also emotional enough to keep older audiences interested without getting too corny. To be fair, “Rise of the Guardians” also had all of these elements. But the difference for me was that “Wreck-It Ralph” was something new (I know it took cues from video games), where as “Rise of the Guardians” is an adaptation.

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

Golden Globe nominations for film!

Here are the Golden Globe nominations for movies.

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Hotel Transvylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

A Royal Affair
The Intouchables
Kon Tiki
Rust and Bone

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln

“For You” Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” Skyfall
“Suddenly” Les Miserables

Let’s just forget about Nintendo’s ill fated attempt at a live action movie. Mario may be headed back to the big screen. Disney’s “Wreck It Ralph” has made more than $200 million worldwide and the merchandising is probably through the roof. So they are looking to make a sequel and director Rich Moore (“The Lion King”) said he is looking to have Mario in it!

Sounds fun to me.

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

The L.A. Times hosted a fascinating roundtable discussion with Mark Andrews (Brave), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Chris Butler (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph),and Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania). The hour long discussion takes a look at this year’s animated films and these are likely to be some, if not all, of the Oscar’s final nominees for Best Animated film. The only notable animated films that didn’t have representation here in person is Pirates! Band of Misfits, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Madagascar 3:Europe’s Most Wanted.

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

Bond has big opening

Director Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw and more, took in $87.8 million in its opening weekend. That number rises to $90 million when you add in the Thursday preview showings. It shatters the previous high for the series of $67.5 million, set by “Quantum of Solace”. Worldwide, the film has now grossed more than $500 million.

“Wreck It Ralph” fell just 33 percent, “Wreck It Ralph” took in another $33.1 million.

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