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The Matrix. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Independence Day. Star Wars. Wall-E. If you know and like those movies (and at least one more we won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything) you’re going to find Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion incredibly familiar. The filmmaker’s second film directly references and was indirectly influenced by a plethora of classic films, giving his “original” story a not-so-original feel. It’s almost as if Kosinski’s love of sci-fi was so big, he simply had to stuff it all into one big movie.

Yet even with those influences bursting from its seams, Oblivion is a delight. It is a gorgeous, exciting and satisfying film filled with beautiful visuals, eye-popping action and confident storytelling.

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AMC is already a favorite TV destination thanks to shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men, and now the channel is getting an intriguing new project that has the potential to draw more of a genre audience. Ballistic City is a “futuristic drama” directed and exec produced by Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and written and exec produced by Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham.

The show is being called “Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica” and takes place in the criminal population of a ship cruising through deep space. Read More »

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Mondo, best known for being the limited edition poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, is well on its way to becoming a big limited edition vinyl boutique as well. It has only released a handful of scores so far, but more are coming and each has been more beautiful than the last. The biggest release so far was last month’s Drive release with hot pink vinyl and artwork by Tyler Stout.

Next up is their first new release, the score for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Much like Kosinski did with his first film, Tron: Legacy, he employed a very talented, but very non-traditional composer for his sci-fi film: Anthony Gonzalez of M83. Gonzalez, along with Joseph Trapanese (who worked on Legacy, The Raid: Redemption and more) has created a unique, exciting and pulse-pumping score combining electronics and orchestra. It’s score that you’ll soon be able to pick up on vinyl the gorgeous artwork of Killian Eng thanks to Mondo. Check it out below. Read More »

Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion

Universal is releasing a steady flow of featurettes about the making of the Tom Cruise film Oblivion, many of which focus on the unique aspects of crafting a future version of Earth. For the new one, as with some of the other behind the scenes looks at the film, there’s a focus here on the degree to which the film avoided using CG to create the landscapes and scenery that we see in many scenes.

Last week we saw a featurette for Oblivion that followed the crew of Joseph Kosinski‘s film during the first day of shooting in Iceland. This week there’s another that catches up with the production after it has been in the country for a while, and which really focuses on the logistics of shooting in a remote locale. Vague shades of the crafting of Middle-Earth here. Not that Peter Jackson was by any means the first director to take a crew off the grid, but he has set the tone of late as far as documenting the process. Kosinki’s crew seems to be doing good work, however, even with a far more constrained cast. Read More »

The Black Hole

A few years back, Jon Spaihts became popular in Hollywood thanks in part to his still-unproduced sci-fi screenplay Passengers. That led to a gig writing what became Prometheus. Most of us don’t know precisely how Prometheus would have played if Spaihts had been the lone writer on the project; his draft has never been read by many fans. (We can, however, get some idea about Spaihts from The Darkest Hour, which he wrote.)

Now Spaihts has been tapped to write another modern take on a well-known piece of filmed sci-fi. He’ll rewrite the Travis Beacham script for Joseph Kosinski‘s remake of The Black Hole. Read More »

Hot Tub Time Machine

There’s a lot to look at in today’s Sequel Bits, including concept art for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a bloody new image from The Raid 2: Berandal. Also after the jump:

  • Director offers status update and possible title for Tron 3
  • John Cusack may be back for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this summer
  • Transformers 4 will shoot in May; is Shia LaBeouf returning?
  • Producer says a G.I. Joe / Transformers crossover is “possible”
  • Lindsay Lohan parodies herself in a Scary Movie 5 image

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The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.

This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.

Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »

GI Joe Retaliation / Oblivion

If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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