If the first trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion made Tom Cruise look like a human Wall-E, the second turns him into a more typical sci-fi action hero. Not that that’s a bad thing. The new video offers a better idea of just why Jack is so intrigued by the mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) in the spacecraft, and what’s at stake when he decides to go against orders. Hit the jump to watch.

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New Photo: Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’

Universal Pictures has released this new photo of Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Hit the jump to see the full image.

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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 »


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2013’s looking like a very promising year for sci-fi, and one of the projects we’ve been following closely Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Tom Cruise plays a lonely technician repairing droids on a post-apocalyptic, depopulated Earth. Then a beautiful woman (Olga Kurylenko) crash-lands on the planet, and everything changes.

The first trailer, released earlier this month, intrigued us with its gorgeous visuals and tantalizing plot teases. But there’s only so much information a two-and-a-half minute video can really convey, so today we have a 12-minute commentary track from the director himself about the trailer. Listen to it after the jump.

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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 »

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 »

2013 won’t even start for another four months, and Universal’s already shaking it up. The studio just announced a slew of scheduling changes for next year, some minor and some not so minor.

The most significant shift is the one for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, which you may recall was originally scheduled to open this fall before Universal moved it into February 8, 2013. Now it’s moving yet again, to Christmas 2013. It’s well known that the 3D samurai epic has suffered its share of behind-the-scenes issues, so the ten-month delay can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. On the other hand, studios tend to reserve those ultra-competitive year-end slots for their most promising titles.

Also set for new dates are Jurassic Park 3D, Identity Theft, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Oblivion, Rush, and more. Hit the jump for details.

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It’s a slow news day in Hollywood; a perfect time to mess with the release schedule, and that’s just what Universal has decided to do. The biggest news is that Joseph Kosinski‘s sci-fi epic Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, has been moved from April 26, 2013 to April 19, 2013 in traditional theaters and April 12, 2013 IMAX theaters. Yes, IMAX will have an exclusive one week run on the film before anyone else.

Next up, they dated the previously homeless Ron Howard-helmed, true Formula One story Rush for September 20, 2013. The film stars Chris Hemsworth. And finally, the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, has been pushed from its October 2012 release to January 18, 2013. Read More »

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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 »