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 »

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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