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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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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 »

How things change in a year. The last time we got an update on The Last Days of American Crime, it was that Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray had signed on to direct Sam Worthington. Now it seems Gray and Worthington are both out, while commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler has entered talks to make his feature debut on the comic book adaptation. Meanwhile, on the other side of the camera, Noomi Rapace may or may not still be attached to star. More details after the jump.

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Gale Anne Hurd Producing ‘Area 51′ TV Show

Gale Anne Hurd, the producer who started her career with Roger Corman and whose resume includes The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon and The Walking Dead, is going to Area 51. Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has optioned the Annie Jacobsen book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base to develop as a TV series. Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me, the Nic Cage film Trespass, Oblivion) will script and act as showrunner. Read More »

Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll have been offered the leads in Rosaline, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet that’s told from the perspective of the girl Romeo ditches to be with Juliet. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, which in turn is an adaptation of Rebecca Serle‘s forthcoming debut novel When You Were Mine. The comedy will use modern-day dialogue in a 16th-century Verona setting.

Woll would play the title character, while Franco and Steinfeld could play Romeo and Juliet, respectively. If Steinfeld signs on it’ll be her second time playing the iconic character, as she’s also lined up to play Juliet for Carlo Carlei’s more straightforward adaptation. Much as I like Steinfeld, her casting here strikes me as a bit off since she’s eleven years younger than Woll and Franco — but maybe that’s part of the story? [Showblitz]

After the jump, Anne Hathaway becomes a producer, and Sawyer from Lost explores the world of competitive international breakdancing. Really.

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Last year Disney picked up the film rights to Oblivion, the graphic novel that Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski conceived years ago as a sci-fi story in which “a soldier, assigned to patrol a desolate planet, meets a mysterious traveler.” The graphic novel was meant to be the basis for a film, and so far, so good.

Last time we updated on the film The Departed screenwriter William Monahan had been hired to adapt the graphic novel into script form. Now there’s a new writer on board, and the film version has been given a new name: Horizons. Read More »

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