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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Melissa Leo Joins Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’

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 »

In addition to dating Jurassic Park 3D Thursday afternoon, Universal has moved their Joseph Kosinski sci-fi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise from July 10, 2013 to April 26, 2013, officially kicking off next Summer. The new release date positions Oblivion (formerly called Horizons) before Iron Man 3 as the first official, big movie of the summer, which is very similar to what the studio did last year when they positioned Fast Five in a similar slot. That move seemed to work. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]

After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »


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Joseph Kosinski is set to follow Tron Legacy with an original sci-fi idea that he hatched as a proof of concept graphic novel a couple years ago. The film is Oblivion (which has also been called Horizons, and said to be untitled as well) and was originally housed at Disney before the studio cut it loose. But the film ended up at Universal with Tom Cruise in the lead role, and now Morgan Freeman has joined the cast in an important role. Read More »

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has seen a few things change with his film Oblivion over the last year. The title, for one: the film started out as Oblivion, then was Horizons for a while, then Oblivion once more, and is now untitled.

The film left Disney and went to Universal, where Tom Cruise signed on to play the lead, a soldier stationed on a future Earth, whose discovery of a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod sets off a chain of events that cause him to question everything he knows.

For some time, Jessica Chastain was attached to play the other lead female roles, the wife of the main character. But scheduling conflicts came up with Katheryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden film, and Chastain has moved on. Kosinski, however, has finally settled on his two female leads: Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough. Read More »

Apparently Joseph Kosinski‘s Horizons (a.k.a. Oblivion) is the plum gig for actresses in Hollywood right now. Last month, Jessica Chastain beat out a list of up-and-coming actresses — including Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace, and Olivia Wilde — for one of two lead female roles; this weekend, Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, and Kate Beckinsale will vie for the other. Whoever lands the sci-fi flick will be starring opposite Tom Cruise, who leads the cast as soldier and drone repairman Jak. Most details after the jump.

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Jessica Chastain‘s star continues to rise. The actress shot two films some time ago (The Debt and The Tree of Life) which both saw release this year along with Take Shelter, Wilde Salome, The Help, Texas Killing Fields and Coriolanus. That’s a lot of late-2011 exposure for an actress that was basically an unknown to the public as recently as this past May, even if much of it is only via festival appearances.

She’s also shot roles in The Wettest County in the World and Terrence Malick’s next film, and is set for the film Mama. And now she’s been tapped to co-star with Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski‘s Tron Legacy follow-up Horizons. (Once titled Oblivion.) Read More »

Briefly: You can probably call this the constant lineup of actresses that will test or be wishlisted for a great many lead female roles over the next year. Variety reports that Joeseph Kosinski is testing Jessica Chastain, Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde for the lead female role opposite Tom Cruise in his latest film. The movie has been called Oblivion, and at once point looked like it would be renamed Horizons. When it moved to Universal from Disney, Oblivion was the title in play once more, but it looks like they’re going back to Horizons for the time being.

Regardless, the plot is the same:”In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.” Karl Gajdusek‘s rewrote William Monahan‘s script, which in turn was based on the original story hatched by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson.

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Universal just added one entry to the 2012 Oscar race and two to the 2013 Summer box office bonanza. They just announced that Oliver Stone‘s adaptation of the Don Winslow novel Savages, starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman and John Travolta (wow), will bow on September 28, 2012, the sequel to the 2010 hit Despicable Me, cleverly called Despicable Me 2 for now, will hit theaters July 3, 2013 and the Joseph Kosinski-directed sci-fi epic Oblivion (which we’ve covered in excruciating detail) starring Tom Cruise will be released July 19, 2013.

Those last two are the first movies to get release dates in the July 2013. Get em while they’re hot!