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In 1999, Universal Studios had an unlikely hit in a horror/action movie starring Brendan Fraser called The Mummy. It banked on the sort of formula that has since made box office hits of movies like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, favoring big, loud spectacle over any kind of substantive content. It spawned a couple sequels and a slew of spin-off movies based off of The Rock’s character, the Scorpion King. Now, the time has come to reboot the franchise and, fortunately, Universal is moving away from the Fraser-based franchise and putting a different spin on the Mummy story. The movie, which is to be part of Universal’s fledgling Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, just started filming and new pictures have emerged from the set featuring starring actors Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. Check them out below!

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It was almost 85 years ago that Universal Pictures released The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, who had just a year earlier appear as the Monster in Frankenstein. Coincidentally, Universal also released Dracula in 1931, and in the space of a couple of years, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy would be joined by Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, Werewolf of London and Bride of Frankenstein, firmly ensconcing Universal with the reputation of being the House of Fright. Eight decades later, they’re of course trying to do it all again, starting with The Mummy. (more…)

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Johnny Depp will soon not be seen on screen as The Invisible Man, a new version of the classic H.G. Wells story that was first filmed way back in 1933. Forming part of a planned Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe (UMCU?) along with the already announced Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy, due June 2017, and a future Bride of Frankenstein for which Angelina Jolie is being courted, it marks a big gamble by the Hollywood studio. (more…)

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Get ready, Universal is gearing up to create a monster universe, and first up on the slate is a remake of the popular 90’s film, The Mummy, originally starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.  In line with other recent reboots such as Ghostbusters, the new mummy will be a lady.   Algerian actress Sofia Boutella is in talks to play the titular role in the creature feature helmed by producer/director Alex Kurtzman.  Doctor Strange co-writer Jon Spaihts has penned this screenplay, as well as one for the next monster movie, Van Helsing, although both he and Kurtzman are keeping mum about the plot details.   (more…)

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Who would guessed that by the end of 2015 we’d all be more eager in our anticipation for the next Mission: Impossible movie as opposed to the next James Bond movie? ‘Tis true. Spectre may end up making more bank than Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but if we were to go action for action between the two, there was no more thrilling spy movie this year than the one that kicked off with Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane. For real! It should come as no surprise then that Paramount wants the man that authored that success back in the director’s chair for Mission: Impossible 6, which has now been confirmed. (more…)

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There’s been some talk about Top Gun 2 with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer attached to the project, but now it seems that the long-awaited sequel is starting to ramp up a bit. Earlier today a very excited Val Kilmer posted an announcement on his Facebook page that will have Top Gun fans ready to get back to theaters. It seems that Kilmer received an offer for Top Gun 2. That’s right, the Iceman cometh! (more…)

A late summer treat has arrived in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the latest film in the spy film series that seems to be getting better with age. Indeed, each chapter of the Mission: Impossible franchise seems to refine what’s come before, building one on top of the other by taking away what doesn’t work and keeping the things that do work. As a result, this new mission is the best Mission yet. A high-stakes thrill ride of big action set pieces tied together with a compelling story and all the usual spy movie trappings. No one’s reinventing the wheel here, but like the man said, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  (more…)

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Just when you thought the rumors surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII couldn’t get any stranger, here’s one that should rattle your brain a bit. According to the ever-elusive and mysterious “sources”, action superstar and Scientology guru Tom Cruise may be making a wee bit of a cameo in the new flick. Read on for all the rumor-y goodness. (more…)

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It’s a rarity to be pleasantly surprised at the movie theater these days, especially in the summer when studios want to give the people what they want, and what they want is usually the same old, same old. Edge of Tomorrow is a pleasant surprise. A Hollywood blockbuster with a tried and true formula, but employed with gusto and playfulness. This is the kind of summer movie we all say we want, popcorn-munching entertainment of the highest quality that takes you in some unexpected directions and plays against type. Godzilla is fine, the X-Men were good, but summer really begins with Tomorrow. (more…)