New Trailer for Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is Worth a Look

- 03-25-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Right off I have to admit that I’ve taken my cheap shots at Tom Cruise over the past couple of years. He’s kinda deserved it, but then I sat down and watched Oblivion… and didn’t hate it. Now Cruise has another Sci-Fi epic Edge of Tomorrow coming to the big screen and although that cringing “Travolta-Battlefield-Earth-Scientologist feeling is still rattling around in the back of my head, this trailer left me wanting to see more. (more…)

Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Announced

- 12-05-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)

International Trailer for ‘Oblivion’ Starring Tom Cruise

- 02-13-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The International trailer is out for Joseph Kosinski‘s (Tron Legacy) new scifi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. We’re getting a little better look down this scifi rabbit hole. The tone of action in this trailer is a bit more intense then the last one, which seemed to key more on Cruise’s characters confusion. There’s an interesting block of text that appears after the video ends which says:

A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveller causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission and himself.

Which is considerably different to the earlier tag text from the first trailer:

On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

What do you think so far? I’m planning to check out this movie at the theater and from all I’ve seen so far it looks like a fun movie. It’s certainly nothing like fellow Scientologist John Travolta‘s Battlefield Earth boondoggle.

Oblivion opens in theaters everywhere April 19th with early screenings in IMAX starting April 12th. (That’s another new Hollywood trend, premiering the movie in the more expensive IMAX form at an earlier date to boost opening revenue.)

Joining Cruise are Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo

Via: Comingsoon

‘Evil Dead’ Moves Release Date – Find Out Why

- 01-30-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter
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News that the release date has been moved up one week for Fede Alverez‘s remake of Sam Rami‘s 1981 cult horror movie Evil Dead was brought to us by none other than the original star and producer of the remake, Bruce Campbell. You can check out Campbell’s tweet below, his usual flair and style come through, even with only 142 characters to work with.
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Why would they really move the movie forward a week? Was there some wellspring of demand, or was this just a dollars and cents decision? Let’s take a look at what else is releasing April 12th:

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There are a couple more movies, but nothing in the class of Oblivion, Scary Movie 5, and Dark Circles.That sets the stage, a major tent pole star Tom Cruise movie that also garners the Sci-Fi crowd, A long running comedy horror franchise movie and another horror movie.

Now let’s take a look at what’s coming out April 5th:

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Wow, the biggest thing is a 3D re-release of a 1993 hit movie. No other horror movies, no big tent pole actor movies, nothing to get in anyone’s field of vision while stepping up to the box office window to buy tickets. This may be the Hollywood-Smart-Move-of-the-Month. Those are few and far between my friends, few and far between.

I’m going to recommend this movie not for it’s delightful comedic horror and special effects. I’m going to recommend it to you because we should support people in Hollywood making decisions that make sense. Now if only we could get one of two of those people to work at Cartoon Network . . .

Mark your calender, April 5th, Evil Dead.

OH, here’s the trailer, if you haven’t already seen it a bazillion times already.

Via: Comicbookmovie

Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ Gets A New TV Spot

- 01-21-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

A new television spot for Oblivion has hit the Internet. Director Joseph Kosinski and star Tom Cruise plan to take us on a sci-fi, action packed, psychological roller coaster thrill ride of a movie. At least that’s what the official movie site says.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

The set and design of the movie look fantastic. The juxtaposition of clean high tech against the dirty, dark background of a devastated Earth is a powerful visual medium.

The TV spot focuses on the title character Jack (Cruise) whose eyes are about to be opened to the hidden truth about the war and it’s consequences.

Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo. The movie hits theater screens on April 19th.

Via: comicbookmovie

25 Nerdy Movies to Watch For in 2013

- 01-09-13Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It’s a new year, and along with the resolutions you’ve probably already broken, there’s a fresh slate of films to look forward to, and Nerd Bastards has chosen 25 to keep your eye on. Some titles you’ll know, others you might not, but one thing’s for sure, by the end of the year you’ll think some of them rocked and the rest of them sucked. As to which films will go which way, I’ll let that be a pleasant surprise.

Here are the 25 Nerdy Movies to Watch For in 2013: (more…)

Check Out a Handful of New Images from ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’, ‘World War Z’ and More!

- 01-04-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

As we begin 2013 it’s time to start getting excited about all the potential blockbusters releasing this year. In anticipation, USA Today has released new images from a variety of box office-smashing hopefuls: Man Of Steel, World War Z, Oblivion, Oz The Great And Powerful, The Great Gatsby, Epic, After Earth, and Despicable Me 2.

Nothing jaw-dropping here, just some quick looks at what you’ll being seeing in theatres this year,

Of all these upcoming flicks, which are you most amped for?

Source: Bleeding Cool

First ‘Oblivion’ Trailer with Director Commentary

- 12-31-12Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

A lot of people are anticipating the release of director Joseph Kosinski’s (Tron: Legacy) new sci-fi project, Oblivion.  With just a few months to go, the first trailer for the film has been released and IGN Rewind Theater has gone one further by giving Kosinski a chance to talk about the images we see in it.

Check out the video and see what you think:

Well, I can’t say much for the skill of the interviewer (who seemed to be high the entire time), but the movie looks pretty and interesting if nothing else.

And in case you don’t know anything about the story, here’s the official synopsis:

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth.  Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.  Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Oblivion was shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland.

Look for Oblivion to release in April of 2013.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

The ‘Oblivion’ Trailer – Now With Commentary

- 12-21-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

With it’s chin-stroke worthy premise and backing of Scientology icon Tom Cruise, Sci-Fi film Oblivion is on the fast track to being one of 2013’s most visually impressive and interesting films. I can’t believe I just used the words “impressive” and “interesting” in the same sentence as Tom Cruise. This really must be the end of times…

Just recently director Guillermo del Toro offered a commentary track to the trailer of Pacific Rim. Following this trailer-commentary trend, is Joseph Kosinski.

Jim Vejvoda of IGN sat down with the Oblivion director for a scene by scene breakdown of the trailer; picking his brain for as much information as Kosinski would let out. The pair discuss everything from location of the film and it’s Northeast United States setting, to coy details on Jack Harper’s background and the “Scavs”.

What’s interesting is Kosinski’s inclusion of setting the film 60 years after an alien war on the planet, and the repercussions it held long after the war has ended. It’s rather intriguing.  Check it out below:

Unlike most Sci-Fi films that capture audience’s attention with over the top action and visual effects, Oblivion seems to be able to blend action and substance seamlessly and effectively.

As long as Universal Pictures and Kosinski can keep the momentum going, Oblivion could very well be one of the next big hits for Tom and science-fiction fans.

Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in theaters everywhere April 19th, 2013 with exclusive showings on IMAX starting April 12th, 2013.

Source: Collider

 

‘Oblivion’ Director Says His Movie is Like ‘Mega Man’… And ‘Silent Running’

- 12-14-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Joseph Kosinski‘s got a lot of good will, not necessarily from how TRON Legacy turned out, but because he’s one of the few Hollywood directors that’s pushing legitimately visionary sci-fi. But has he gone off the rails a bit? In talking to MTV, Kosinski was asked about his upcoming new film Oblivion, and in progress made a pretty interesting comparison between his movie and other properties.

“I started writing this small character-driven science fiction story that was in the vein of those science fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization, like ‘Mega Man’ or ‘Silent Running’ it was kind of in that vein. I thought if it was going to be my first movie it would have to be something very small and contained in order to even get a chance at pulling it off. So it’s the story of a drill repair man, Jack Harper, who is one of the last human beings left on earth after a massive war, which was the result of an alien invasion. Even though humankind won the war, Earth was left in such a state that we had to look for another place to settle, and Jack is left behind to monitor and secure the resource gathering operation that’s happening where we’re gathering the last bit of energy out of the earth’s seawater in order to move onto the next step.”

Kosinski also talked about the graphic novel inspiration for the film:

“That was the original treatment, the story. At the time I was ready to turn it into a screenplay, WGA went on strike and we couldn’t actually hire a screenwriter to work on a screenplay at that point. So in order to keep the process moving forward I teamed up with Radical Comics to develop and illustrate a novel in parallel based on this story. And we did that over a couple years, and then I got pulled into ‘Tron,’ which was a couple years, and as ‘Tron’ was in post [production] I had enough between the story and the illustrations I had done with Andre, the artist, I had enough of a package to go out and set the project up at a studio which is what I did. And then I went into feature mode so, we never actually finished the graphic novel because once it got picked up I realized that the way I wanted this story to be experienced was on the big screen and not out of the book.”

And he also talked about how he convinced leading man (and sci-fi mainstay) Tom Cruise to sign up for the film:

“It was our final Comic-Con for ‘Tron,’ and while I was showing the big Comic-Con trailer and we were doing our big song and dance for ‘Tron: Legacy,’ I was also launching an ashcan for ‘Oblivion’ which was just kind of like an introductory chapter with eight images at the Radical [Comics] booth. And the day after I got back from Comic-Con, I got a call from Tom’s agent saying that Tom had seen the ashcan and wanted to meet me and talk to me about it. I went over and met him at his hanger and I pitched him the full story ’cause he had just read that introductory beat there wasn’t a script at that point it was a story in my head. And I pitched him the whole story over about two hours and at the end of the meeting he said, ‘Let’s do this. I want to do this. I want to do this movie with you.’ … The role fits him like a glove. I just can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.”

Oblivion, starring Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo will be in IMAX theaters on April 12 and regular theaters on April 19.

Source: Coming Soon