Edge of Tomorrow practical effects

We’re accustomed to thinking that any given sci-fi film is going to be mostly CG, perhaps thanks to the legacy left by the Star Wars prequels and many films that followed. But some still use a great deal of practical makeup and effects work. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one good example. The under-seen Edge of Tomorrow, from Doug Liman, is another. In the behind the scenes footage below you’ll see how Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wore their bulky power suits during shooting, and how they threw themselves around the sets to create the film’s impressive battle sequences. Watching these Edge of Tomorrow practical effects is captivating enough that I’d love to see a cut of the film with all digital work removed. Read More »

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Mission: Impossible 5 cast photo

Christopher McQuarrie is currently at work directing Mission: Impossible 5, with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg all returning to the cast. We know there will be some new additions to the cast, including Rebecca FergusonAlec Baldwin, and Sean Harris as the bad guy. The director has given fans a first Mission: Impossible 5 cast photo, and it highlights just that returning crew, however. Read More »

Mission Impossible 5 villain

Director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise are already shooting Mission: Impossible 5, but the film has yet to finalize the cast for its antagonist. At the moment, Paramount and Skydance are offering the bad guy role to Sean Harris, known for Prometheus, The Borgias, and other films such as the Red Riding series. We don’t know much about the new film, much less the Mission: Impossible 5 villain, but the details we have are below. Read More »

Harrison Ford Han Solo

The rumors about Harrison Ford‘s injury continue to snowball and threaten to delay production Star Wars Episode VII. How are filmmakers dealing with the injury and could it impact the release date? Read about that, and all the items below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Several Episode VII action scenes are potentially detailed.
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  • Tom Cruise is rumored to have a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
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See Loads of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Concept Art

Edge of Tomorrow concept art

Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is a terrific summer movie. It leaps off from a seemingly derivative premise (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers) to create excellent action sequences and a couple of solid characters. The script is surprisingly restrained, the alien enemies are unusual and memorable, and the whole film is funny — a lot more funny than the stern ad campaign let on.

A new set of concept art — well, an old set of art newly released to the public — doesn’t give much of a hint to the film’s sense of humor, but it does show off the evolution of the story’s aliens and tech designs. There are some great shots here of the flailing, lightning-quick Mimic aliens. And there are a few of the human soldiers tasked with preventing them from taking Earth as their new playground. While you may have seen the film’s powered exoskeletons in trailers and posters, you can now see how one early design might have transformed some of the human armor into something like the Batpod (above). See much more art below. Read More »

Edge of Tomorrow review

There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.

However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth  - hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »

Edge of Tomorrow clips

In last year’s Oblivion, Tom Cruise wandered around a post-apocalyptic Earth that had been destroyed by battle with hostile alien forces. In this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise will be trying to stop hostile alien forces from destroying Earth in the first place — by destroying himself, again and again.

Which all sounds very grim for the character, but by all accounts Edge of Tomorrow has a sharper sense of humor than you’d expect. The action apparently isn’t too shabby either. Check out four new Edge of Tomorrow clips after the jump.

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