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Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Inception”) is returning to science fiction with “Interstellar”. Now reports are that Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”) has joined the cast. Great news. Affleck is a great actor. He joins Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Michael Caine (“Now You See Me”) and Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”).

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

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A couple of years ago we had “W.” from Oliver Stone. Now we have another film about a current politician coming up, this time about Hillary Clinton with “Rodham”. Reports are that Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfreid are up for the role. All four have had roles playing real life people, probably the most notable ones being Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” and Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”. I’m not sure who I’d prefer to see star. What about you?

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

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is picking up the pace. James Gunn is directing. Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”) is Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) is playing Gamora and Dave Bautists is Drax the Destroyer. Now Lee Pace (“The Hobbit”) is playing an unknown villain in the film. Thanos is sure to be one of the villains, but if Pace is not Thanos, who could he be? FirstShowing.net has a theory that he’s playing a character known as The Collector.

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

Robert De Niro is in part responsible for perhaps the greatest boxing film (sorry “Rocky”) ever…”Raging Bull”. Now he’s returning to the genre in “Hands of Stone”. He’ll take over the role that was attached to Al Pacino at one point, playing trainer Ray Arcel. Edgar Ramriez, who was last seen in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Wrath of the Titans” will play boxer Roberto Duran, who quit in the middle of a much hyped fight against Sugar Ray Leonard.

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

After getting an Oscar nomination for “Zero Dark Thirty” and starring in a hit horror film “Mama”, Jessica Chastain is headed back to the horror genre. Not for “Mama 2”, but she is reteaming with Guillermo del Toro for “Crimson Peak”. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Emma Stone. Here’s what del Toro said about the film: “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern, take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Can’t wait.

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

For a big blockbuster that’s set to come out next summer, we’ve heard little about Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. James Gunn (“Slither”) is directing and Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”) is playing Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. Former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista is playing Drax the Destroyer, a former human who was killed by Thanos and resurrected as a green warrior looking for revenge. He can sense Thanos’ presence, which I’m guessing is important for the film. Anyways, earlier reports had Jason Momoa being offered the role, but reports are that they disagreed on pay.

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

Tarzan finds its Jane?

Director David Yates’ “Tarzan” has been light on news. Rumors had Alexander Skarsgard (“Battleship”, “True Blood”) as Tarzan and Samuel L. Jackson as a Civil War vet, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Now reports are that Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Help”) is up for the role of Jane. Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie are writing the script based on the novel “Tarzan of the Apes”.

Sommers’ involvement makes me worried, but if this cast pans out, I’d be up for giving this a chance.

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.

Jason Clarke: rising star?

This looks like a good time to be Jason Clarke. He had supporting roles in “Lawless” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. He can be seen in the upcoming films “White House Down” and “The Great Gatsby”. Now he is joining Chris Hemsworth in “Candy Store”, a new crime thriller which was written and will be directed by Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”). He also has a leading role in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. Looks like he’s going to get his shot to become a Hollywood A-lister.

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

It’s officially over. The Oscars have been given out, the awards season is done and…the results were there was something for a lot of films. “Argo” ended its run with a Best Picture win, Jennifer Lawrence beat Jessica Chastain, Ang Lee surprised in Best Director. Lee’s win totally shocked me. I didn’t give him any real shot of winning. My biggest disappointment was Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor. Look, I enjoyed his performance, but out of that whole group, I actually thought he was least deserving. I also would have liked to see “Moonrsise Kingdom” get Best Original Screenplay. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a BIG Tarantino fan, but “Django” just wasn’t my favorite film, I enjoyed “Inglourious Basterds” a heck of a lot more and “Moonrise Kingdom” deserved to win something. What did you think of the Oscars? Share your thoughts!

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

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hankie
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, 
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

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

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNER
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER

Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNER
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria–WINNER
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

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

Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption
Inocente
–WINNER

Best Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew–WINNER
Death of a Shadow 
Henry

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

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

Best Animated Feature
Brave–WINNER
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNER
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER