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Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster, the critically acclaimed Edge of Tomorrow, got off to a somewhat rocky start at the box office before picking itself up and becoming one of last summer's most welcome sleeper hits grossing over $369M at the worldwide box office. The Doug Liman-directed film, which also co-starred the very talented Emily Blunt, went on to reach an even wider audience when it hit home video, debuting at #1, and managing to make a killing in home video sales raking in another $25-30M. Check out the brand new featurette, which gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the film's epic final battle that featured Cage, Vrataski, and the J-Squad infiltrating the ruins of the Louvre to hunt down the Omega, below: Oscar nominee Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," under the direction of Doug Liman. »
Sadly, audiences didn't head to theaters in greater numbers to see Edge of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat as it's now known on home video). It's a shame, because the Tom Cruise vehicle proved to be far more entertaining the even the trailers led on, and it's a fantastic and fun sci-fi action adventure. And if you're just now stumbling upon the greatness that is Edge of Tomorrow, perhaps you'd like to know more about the visual effects. Thankfully, Academy Originals just released a new installment that looks at how the final sequence in Paris was created, mostly with visual effects, and it's an impressive look behind the scenes. Here's the Academy Originals latest Behind the Scene of Edge of Tomorrow from YouTube: Edge of Tomorrow is set in the distant future during war between a race of aliens called Mimics and the human race. A soldier fighting in a »
- Ethan Anderton
I feel it is safe to assume if you're an online movie junky you are excited for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. Sure, I can understand a little bit of skepticism or concern over what may or may not be a movie without a story and only a sh*t ton of explosions and insanity, but my god how insanely great does this film lookc Said to be budgeted at $150 million, the film has taken some time to make its way to theaters and while those of us that eat up every little bit of movie information online may be excited to see it, I can't tell just how excited the general public will be. After all, this is a sequel to a franchise that began over 35 years ago and hasn't had a new entry since 1985's poorly-received Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Of course, it does have Tom Hardy, »
- Brad Brevet
The hosts of “The View” were less surprised by Bruce Jenner’s announcement that he’s a woman than they were by Jenner’s disclosure that he’s a Republican. “Maybe Bruce will make Kanye a Republican,” conservative co-host Nicolle Wallace said. Fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg laughed at the idea, saying “In America, everything is possible.” The discussion about West arose as the hosts discussed Jenner crediting the rapper with helping his stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian-West, understand his transition. See Photos: 15 Jaw-Dropping TV Interviews Before Bruce Jenner: From Whitney's 'Crack Is Whack' to Tom Cruise's Couch-Jumping “Kanye, thank you, »
- Joe Otterson
"Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman will re-team with Tom Cruise on "Mena," which is now hoping to add Domhnall Gleeson to its cast. The 31-year-old Irish actor is in talks to star in this film based on Gary Spinelli's 2014 Black List spec, which Universal dropped $1 million on in 2014. Originally Ron Howard was set to direct. He's off the project, but his Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer will producer this thriller about Twa pilot Barry Seal, who's recruited by the CIA "provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal," reports Variety. He was eventually gunned down in Baton Rouge. Sarah Wright costars in the film. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bruce Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner sent celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton a “f–k you” on Twitter after he called her out for not giving any comment to ABC News for Friday’s “20/20” special, during which Bruce officially declared he identifies as a woman. “Kris Jenner has no comment for ABC news and the #BruceJenner interview. His other two ex-wives give supportive statements,” Hilton tweeted on Friday night. And that’s not all he had to say about Kris, either. See photos: 15 Jaw-Dropping TV Interviews Before Bruce Jenner: From Whitney's 'Crack Is Whack' to Tom Cruise's Couch-Jumping »
- Greg Gilman
After setting release dates for Fast & Furious 8 and the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, Universal Pictures has now been rejigging and finalising its slate for the next few years.
Duncan Jones’ Warcraft has been pushed back from March 11th next year to June 10th, which has had a knock-on effect for The Mummy, the upcoming relaunch of the Universal Monster universe; originally set to arrive on June 24th 2016, it will now land on March 24th 2017, followed by a second as-yet-unrevealed monster flick on March 30th 2018.
Fans looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s own monster sequel Pacific Rim 2 will now have to wait a further four months, with the film now set for August 4th 2017, while Doug Liman and Tom Cruise’s Mena has landed a January 6th, 2017 date.
- Gary Collinson
This story first appeared in the May 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. What type of birthday gift does Tom Cruise give? If you're his loyal lawyer, the answer is a thoughtful one. Bert Fields turned 86 on March 31, and Cruise gifted the Greenberg Glusker partner with a "fabulous cake with numerous decorations depicting various aspects of my life," Fields tells THR. "He also gave me an extremely rare edition of Holinshed's history of England. He knows I write about English history, and this is a fantastic prize."
- Chris Gardner
Brad Bird got his start in animation, so it would be totally appropriate for him to include animation in his live-action work. Unfortunately, we never got to see a cartoon Tom Cruise running around in a special sequence of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. And also unfortunately, we won't get to see animated sequences produced for his latest, Tomorrowland, as part of the movie. But we do at least get to see those sequences by themselves, online. These little animated shorts now function as a two-part backstory prequel laying out some alternate history informing the plot of the upcoming feature, which is inspired by the same-named section of Disney's theme parks. Here we learn that Jules Verne, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Gustave Eiffel came together as a kind of...
- Christopher Campbell
Tom Cruise clings to his action-stardom with the same ferocity with which he holds onto Scientology, but he might be returning to comedy for a brief stint. Disney has reportedly been eyeing Cruise to star in one of their upcoming musical comedies, Bob the Musical, for quite some time, and now it looks like it.s closer to happening. According to The Wrap, Cruise hasn't officially signed on for Bob the Musical, but he's circling the lead role, that of a regular guy who suffers a blow to the head. Now he can hear the inner songs of everyone.s heart, which, to his dismay, transforms his life into a musical. As the trade notes, the film has been in development since 2004. While The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is being courted to helm the picture, The Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as Adam Shankman of »
Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs messaged her staff with the news, expressing her “great sorrow” at the death of a man who she said “had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep.”
“It’s not clear that Richard ever slept, for the sheer expanse of his knowledge and writing defies the normal contours of professional life,” Gibbs added.
Corliss, 71, suffered the stroke a week earlier, according to an obituary on Time’s website. He died in New York City and his magazine declared that it, “along with all lovers of film and great critical writing, will have a hard time recovering.”
The critic reviewed films tirelessly—more than 1,000 of them, while also authoring four books and writing sweeping narratives on »
- James Rainey
Though Universal spent its time at CinemaCon revealing dates for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels and announcing a new release date for Furious 8, there are more properties getting shuffled than just those two. In particular, today brings some bad news for monster fans and sci-fi action aficionados.
Universal’s planned ‘Universal Monsters’ franchise has been considerably delayed, with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy shifting nine months from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017. That move also impacts the next, untitled monster movie, which was set to open April 21, 2017, but has been re-slotted for March 30, 2018.
Many are anticipating that The Wolf Man, which Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is scripting, will take that second date, but Scarlett Johansson is currently being courted for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, so it’s unclear whether that title will get priority should she sign up.
- Isaac Feldberg
In a surprising turn back in 2012, superstar Tom Cruise ventured into musical territory for the 80s rock infused Broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. The actor wasn't actually all that bad, and was easily the best part of a fun but somewhat messy musical. Now it looks like he might head back to the genre as The Wrap reports Cruise is circling the title role in the gestating Bob the Musical. He's not officially attached yet, but Disney has been circling Cruise for the role since January, and it sounds like he's still interested. Of course, there's plenty of movies Cruise is linked to, but they don't all come to fruition with him involved. It certainly sounds like it would be an interesting project to see Cruise tackle as it follows a regular guy who, after a blow to the head, suddenly can hear the inner songs of everyone’s hearts. »
- Ethan Anderton
Following on from release date announcements for the "Fifty Shades" sequels and "Fast and Furious 8" earlier, Universal Pictures has also announced a shifting around of several of its other major movies in the works - some by half a year or more.
"Warcraft," Duncan Jones' 3D film adaptation of the popular "World of Warcraft" video game franchise, has been pushed back by three months and will now open in the height of next Summer - June 10th 2016.
Universal's "The Mummy," the remake of the classic Universal Monsters film, was slated to open in the same month but has now been pushed back by a whopping nine months and will open March 24th 2017.
As a result of that delay, the second and yet unannounced film in their proposed Universal Monster Cinematic Universe has been moved back a fully year and will now open March 30th 2018.
- Garth Franklin
Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”
Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.
Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.
Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »
- John Hopewell
Universal Pictures has made some changes to its movie schedule for the next few years, pushing most back a bit.
First up, the adaptation of video game Warcraft has been delayed until June 10, 2016 from its original March 11 slot. The new date will put it up against some strong rivals, including Warner Bros' Conjuring 2, Lionsgate's Now You See Me 2 and Sony's Uncharted.
The Mummy reboot has also been shifted, moving from June 24, 2016 to March 24, 2017. Meanwhile, Pacific Rim 2 is going from April 7, 2017 to August 4, 2017.
The studio has also set its sights on an April 14, 2017 date for Furious 8, as well as February 10, 2017 for 50 Shades Darker and February 9, 2018 for 50 Shades Freed.
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The film, which is widely hoped to break the videogame movie curse, had already been put back from December 2015 to get it out of the way of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now though, it's being moved into a high summer slot, as the film will arrive on June 10th 2016.
Then, a blockbuster that had been planned for 2016 is moving back to 2017. That'd be The Mummy reboot, that Alex Kurtzman is set to produce and direct. Its release moves from June 2016 to March 24th 2017 (where it'll arrive just ahead of Fast & Furious 8).
Pacific Rim 2, which had been scheduled for »
In attempt to get ahead of the rest of the field and lock down dates for the next installments in two of its most lucrative franchises, Universal announced release dates for Furious 8, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed today at its CinemaCon panel. We learned earlier this month the Fast & Furious franchise operates a bit backwards, locking down a firm release date and then building the key action set-pieces in the film before finally writing a narrative to connect each sequence, and now it seems the first step in that process is complete as Furious 8 will bow in theaters April 14, 2017. Furious 7 continues to light up the box office with little standing in its way until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next week, as its worldwide total now stands at $1.158 billion. readmore postid="173096" amz asin="B00NCDVVLY" size="small"In other sequel news, Fifty Shades Darker (teased above »
- Jordan Benesh
“Warcraft,” based on Blizzard Entertainment’s hit videogame “World of Warcraft,” has shifted from March 11, 2016, to June 10, 2016. Duncan Jones will direct from a script by himself and Charles Leavitt.
Universal has also dated an untitled monster franchise film on March 30, 2018, which has been moved back from its original April 21, 2017, date. The series »
- Alex Stedman
Studio executives used the CinemaCon platform to unload dates for two of its biggest franchises as well as a host of others.
Fast & Furious 8 will open on April 14 2017, while the studio reserved Valentine’s Day slots for Fifty Shades Darker (February 10 2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (February 9 2018).
Legendary’s Warcraft moves to June 10 2016 in a big show of confidence for the 3D video game adaptation that had been set for March 11 2016.
The Mummy moves from June 24 2016 to March 24 2017, while Legendary’s 3D Pacific Rim 2 will move from April 7 2017 to August 4 2017.
Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film moves from April 21 2017 to March 30 2018.
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