tom cruise killed the mummy

The Mummy was supposed to be the start of a new cinematic universe, and a new franchise for star Tom Cruise to notch onto his belt. But scathing reviews and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million seems to have killed it dead.

Of course, as it happens with mega-blockbusters like The Mummy, the Hollywood blame game has started and all signs point to Cruise. Apparently, Cruise’s excessive control of the movie changed the story almost completely, resulting in the mess that became The Mummy, a movie that thinks Cruise is “a young man.”

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Shaun of the Dead Print

With the release of Baby Driver just over a couple weeks away, Mondo wanted to pay tribute to Edgar Wright‘s breakthrough feature film Shaun of the Dead.

The horror comedy is a near-perfect film that is expertly shot, meticulously written, and absolutely hilarious. The film marks Edgar Wright’s first feature collaboration with Simon Pegg, who takes the spotlight in Mondo’s outstanding new print by artist Rich Kelly which has a sparing but stylish use of red.

Check out Rich Kelly’s Shaun of the Dead print from Mondo after the jump. Read More »

mummy

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy.)

Bad news: The Mummy has risen from the tomb, and it stinks! Universal Pictures bet big on the first film in their “Dark Universe” – a cinematic universe meant to capture the magic of the Marvel movies. The studio was hoping that the surest way to success was to take characters they already owned and fit them into an uninspired action movie formula. The results are stunningly inept. Just how did this film go so wrong? Let’s excavate this monster and get to the bottom of it all.

Spoilers ahead.

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Atomic Blonde clip 2

Focus Features has deemed the next few months an “#AtomicSummer” in honor of their upcoming spy thriller Atomic Blonde, and I’m willing to overlook that cheesy name as long as it results in us getting a better look at the movie. They kicked things off with a glimpse at one of the film’s fight scenes, but their newly-released second clip slows things down a little and shows a different side of the spy game altogether, as Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella’s characters flirt in a crowded bar.
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‘The Mummy’ – What Did You Think?

The Mummy sofia

The Mummy isn’t a remake of the 1999 blockbuster starring Brendan Fraser. Nor is it a remake of the 1932 horror classic starring Boris Karloff. Instead, it is Universal’s attempt to launch a brand new cinematic franchise (dubbed “Dark Universe”) that will blend their stable of classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, Van Helsing, and others into a shared world.

So far, reviews from critics have not been kind, but when it comes to the longevity of movie franchises, it’s the audience who really matters. So let’s use this space to talk about The Mummy. Please share your thoughts and feelings and opinions in the comments below!

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The Mummy easter egg

Universal’s The Mummy is out in theaters right now and kicks off the studio’s planned “Dark Universe” of Marvel-style interconnected films, but it looks like it contains an easter egg that doesn’t have anything to do with setting up future movies. This specific shout-out pays tribute to director Stephen Sommers’ 1999 take on The Mummy that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Read on about where to spot The Mummy easter egg if you decide to see the film this weekend.
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Trailers Before Trailers Green Band
If you’re the kind of person who seeks out movie trailers when they debut online instead of passively watching them when you happen to be at a theater, you’ve likely noticed a trend that’s become increasingly prevalent over the past year or two: three-to-five second mini-trailers, featuring snippets of what you’re about to see in the full trailer, are being tacked on to the beginning of full-length trailers on sites like YouTube and Facebook. Call these things what you like – trailers before trailers, pre-trailers, or the industry-preferred term “bumpers” – but they have been annoying me and many of my colleagues for a while now, and since absolutely nothing else of any importance is going on in our country at the moment, I figured this was worth exploring further.

I first noticed this trend about a year ago and quietly hoped the practice would stop, but since I’ve only seen it grow in popularity over the past few months, I decided to reach out to some key players at the studios and some of the world’s top trailer editing companies to learn more about these bumpers, find out why they came about in the first place, and see how they might evolve in the future.
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The Mummy review

Hubris, thy name is The Mummy.

What other word describes a film that kicks off a presumed franchise in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in spite of not gauging whether or not audiences want such a franchise? The ingredients for a compelling single movie exist within The Mummy, yet they never cohere into a genuinely exciting adventure. The pieces are here, but director Alex Kurtzman isn’t able to put them together; he’s too busy trying to make the so-called Dark Universe worth the effort.

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Bride of Frankenstein

While the reviews for The Mummy haven’t been kind so far, Universal has gone all-in on their Dark Universe plans, which will unite all of their classic monsters in a Marvel-style cinematic universe. It remains to be seen if Tom Cruise fighting the Egyptian undead will pack theaters this weekend, but director Alex Kurtzman, one of the franchise’s stewards, is already doing his part to make sure everyone knows that there is more on the way – he’s talking up the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein.

Specifically, he’s calling the screenplay for the remake of the 1935 classic “brilliant” and promising a “relatable” relationship between Frankenstein’s monster and his bride.

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super nintendo world

Universal Studios Japan held a special event to announce the first official details about their upcoming Nintendo theme park land, Super Nintendo World. Keep on reading to learn the details that were revealed about the land’s signature ride and watch the first commercial, which gives us a peek at the new land.

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