Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook makes his English-language debut with the thriller Stoker, featuring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska. The Hitchcockian film seems to illustrated a creepy triangle of infatuation and manipulation that develops in the Stoker family when a mother (Kidman) and daughter (Wasikowska) are caught in the thrall of Uncle Charlie (Goode), who arrives in town in the wake of the death of his brother, the Stoker patriarch.
Trailers for the film have looked good, and now we’ve got a full track excerpted from the score. Clint Mansellcreated the music for the film, and you’ll recognize his sound right away. Hear that track after the break, followed by a video of M83 recording a back and forth drum battle that will be part of the score for an action scene in Oblivion.
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The year has just begun, but that means we’re a mere five months from the opening of blockbuster season in May, and so it’s time for studios to make sure that we know all about the films they’ve spent millions upon millions of dollars making, and possibly even more to promote.
So here are new images from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Marc Forster‘s delayed World War Z, one more from Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful, to complement the few we presented yesterday, and a cute shot from Despicable Me 2 to round things out.
None of these will reveal much new about any of the films in question, but each is a good reminder of what’s to come this summer. Read More »
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. “If the idea is good enough, we’ll do it.” It’s the tried and true response from Hollywood filmmakers when asked about a potential sequel to a popular film and the implications are two fold. First, it implies the first film was made without an idea for a sequel, which is probably why it was good in the first place. Second, it means they have no idea what that sequel could be.
In the case of Tron 3, which is the title we’re using for the sequel to Tron: Legacy, there is an idea. Screenwriter Jesse Wigutow is writing it and star Garret Hedlund is expecting to come back. If that happens, he’ll return under the eye of Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski, the director of the upcoming Tom Cruise film Oblivion, recently spoke about the idea for Tron 3 and said “it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea.” What could that idea be? He didn’t say, but he hinted at a few things and we can speculate together after the jump. Read More »
Anyone who has seen Tron: Legacy saw this one coming from a mile away, but Garrett Hedlund has confirmed that he will be back for Tron 3. Details are scarce but the film is currently undergoing a rewrite over at Disney by screenwriter Jesse Wigutow. The news certainly confirms that the story will continue where we left off in Tron: Legacy, with the son of Flynn bringing a computer program out into the real world and the implications of that. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Get past the idea that Tom Cruise plays a lonely technician — or we’re meant to believe he does, at least — and this first trailer for Oblivion, the new film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, looks pretty appealing. While I have trouble buying Cruise as the last everyman on Earth, there’s a lot of good stuff here. The trailer is, as we expected from Kosinski, full of great designs. And there’s a lot of classic sci-fi reference in here, as well as some nods to much more recent work. (The poster doesn’t just pull the basic aesthetic made popular by Christopher Nolan’s Batman films; the movie even apes the football stadium push-in from The Dark Knight Rises.)
So have a look at this vision of a decimated future Earth, on which Tom Cruise discovers that there’s more humanity left than he thought, when he runs across Morgan Freeman and a band of ragged survivors. Read More »
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Here’s the first official poster for Oblivion, the new film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The movie casts Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who is stationed on an Earth that has seen better days, to put things mildly. The first image sells a grand vision of an almost fossilized Manhattan, with Cruise in the now-standard poster stance. After Tron I’m not certain about Kosinski’s storytelling chops, but I know he can deliver visual spectacle, and this poster certainly promises big imagery.
Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo also star, with the script by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek, and Michael Arndt based on a graphic novel that Kosinski created.
The trailer will hit on Sunday, but for now you can see the poster below. Read More »
When Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski chose French dance/electronica duo Daft Punk to score the Tron sequel, it seemed like a stroke of genius. The duo’s tunes and media image owe more than a small debt to Tron, and their music turned out to be one of the highlights of the final film.
Kosinksi is working in a similar mode for his follow-up Oblivion, which stars Tom Cruise as a repairman who gets into some weird stuff after he discovers a crashed vehicle containing a live woman on the scorched surface of a future Earth. The director has tapped another French electronica act, M83, to score the film. That makes another great choice for Kosinski, as M83’s songs have often sounded like they aspired to soundtrack status. Read More »
Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon, Universal Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up and beyond. Included in the presentation were clips from Snow White and the Huntsman, Oliver Stone‘s Savages, Seth MacFarlane‘s TED, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40, Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, and R.I.P.D.. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.
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Briefly: The latest addition to Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, the sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, is Melissa Leo (The Fighter). We don’t have any word on her role, but simply knowing she’s in the cast will do just fine. Oblivion is shooting now and was just moved to April 2013 in order to be one of the first summer movies out of the gate. Oblivion also features Morgan Freeman and Game of Thrones co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Read More »