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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…)


Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.

Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. (more…)


Readers of Entertainment Weekly got a nice treat ahead of San Diego Comic Con this week in the form of new promo photos for some of this year’s hottest films. For those of us who didn’t get their issue, or just didn’t buy one, some kind individual scanned those pages and showed off a bevy of new images from the upcoming All You Need is Kill, Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s like buying the magazine already.

First up, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is the British/American science fiction-action film All You Need is Kill, directed by Doug Liman. The single shot , featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt doesn’t reveal much, but gives you a nice look at the suit worn by Blunt.

Check out the candid shot of Emily and Tom below:


The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.

All You Need Is Kill stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh and Charlotte Riley. The film is set to hit theaters June 6th, 2014.

Take a look at the new shots from Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the jump.


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Tom Cruise has left the building, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. production building that is. Cruise is jumping ship to devote more time and energy to Mission Impossible 5. The latest word is that director Guy Richie is bringing in Man of Steel’s  lead man Henry Cavill to replace Cruise. Cavill had been up for the secondary role that eventually went to Arnie Hammer. Now Cavill will fill the big shoes in the movie. Cavill is sure to be a box office draw after Man of Steel crushes ticket sales during the summer.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on the cult classic TV series which ran for four years in the late 60’s. The men from U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) use their charm and wits, along with fantastic spy gadgets to save the world from the evil forces of Thrush (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).

What do you think? Does Cavill have the charm required for the role? I’ve got to say that anyone would have been better in this role than Cruise. He just can’t carry off the suave super spy. Cruise’s much better at playing the super spy that doesn’t play by the rules and pisses everyone off in the process.

It will be interesting to see if Cavill can help jump start a new franchise with the boost his popularity will get from Man of Steel.

Via: Geektyrant

cruise-uncleNow, it’s been a couple of years since we first heard threats rumors that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to get the big screen reboot/remake treatment. When we were younger and more innocent it was going to be Steven Soderbergh directing and Channing Tatum in the lead. Of course that beautiful masterpiece was to much for this world and could not be.

The latest attempt at bringing Napoleon Solo to summer blockbustersberg is being helmed by Guy Ritchie and was to draw on the star power of Tom Cruise. Well, apparently Cruise checked Wikipedia and discovered that U.N.C.L.E. not actually part of the Mission: Impossible franchise cause he just (proverbially) based jumped from the project.

As Deadline reports: (more…)


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This week on the supple Bastardcast, your mother lets Jeremy and Jason out of her bed long enough to talk about Free Comic Book Day, Doctorless Who and the Time Lord’s E-Harmony account, the great Marvel vs. DC debate, and the return of four classic Marvel characters to the Disney owned Marvel Movie Universe that will now be completely ignored after being totally abandoned. So, welcome back Matt Murdock!

Also on the show: Fanboys have Fury over Human Torch casting rumor, Ray-J and Brandy (or possibly another pair of siblings) joining the Avengers if “sources” are to be believed, Jim Gaffigan doesn’t care about your toenails and we don’t care about the resulting controversy, and stop, collaborate, and listen as Ziggy Stardust Jr. compares Tom Cruise to Vanilla Ice.

Do you demand more? Alrighty, Jason performs emergency surgery on a couch that may contain a pathway to another dimension, Charlie Day rides a robot like a bronco while it pinata’s the head of a monster with the whooping stick made of 100% boat, and the boys sing an ode to Grand Theft Auto Trevor, patron saint of fucking shit up and wife-beater tees.

All that, vaginal care products, fresh meat for the Hall of Excellence, and the continuing search for Jeremy’s stolen Batman colorforms on this week’s episode of The Bastardcast.

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The Bastardcast: Please don’t listen to us while you masturbate.




armie hammer

Most of us probably never even heard of the actor by the unlikely name of Armie Hammer until he showed up on the cast list of the upcoming The Lone Ranger flick.  But it looks like that bit of work is leading to more.  In fact, Hammer will be taking his place beside one of the most iconic action stars in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the television spy classic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

He’s not just getting put into the background, like almost every other role he’s played besides the Ranger.  In fact, he’ll be the co-star proper, playing the big screen’s version of Illya Kuryakin to Cruise’s Napoleon Solo.  If ever a man was in a position to start asking for more money, this is probably it.

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.


Tom Cruise certainly appears to be on the sci-fi train right now, what with finishing up Oblivion and already being signed for two more projects, All You Need Is Kill and Our Name Is Adam.  He’s basically become the go-to guy when a movie needs the right combination of a recognizable name, moderate talent and the ability to look actiony.  And it looks like he’s got yet another sci-fi job on his list, that of a flick called Yukikaze.

Being put together by Warner Bros., Yukikaze is based on a series of books by author Chohel Kamayashi.  The story takes place on an Earth that has been invaded by interdimensional aliens via a portal in Antarctica.  Humanity has beaten back the first wave of attacks, but they plan on putting the finishing moves on the alien menace.  Thus, a team of crack special forces dudes is organized (with Cruise at the front) and sent across the portal into the aliens’ homeworld.

While the premise seems interesting enough, I have yet to find anything Cruise has starred in recently to be more than mediocre.  My guess it that it’ll just be another shoot-up fest with an obligatory amount of “deep meaning” lurking vaguely beneath the surface.  Guess we’ll just have to wait to see if anything more intriguing develops with this one.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.


For those of us that were not born more than two decades ago, we missed out on a lot of things prior to our escape from nine months of solitary confinement. We missed things like parachute pants, the early days of WildStorm Productions and, aside from perhaps a few reruns, we missed some great television shows of the late 60s and 70s.

Since then, a lot of those shows have been released on DVD or remade as crappy television reboots that never see anything past a first season. There are, however, a select few that go on to be Hollywood blockbusters. One that has been waiting in limbo for years is the Warner Bros.The Man From U.N.C.L.E. film reboot. Now it appears that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. may finally get its Napoleon Solo, a solid director and take another step closer to actual production.

In a report from Deadline, Warner Bros. is in “early talks” with Oblivion and Mission Impossible leading man Tom Cruise to star. A great decision seeing as the action star is a regular go to for films of the action-oriented variety. But who’s going to direct the once-cancelled feature? That answer comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie, who will return to the film adaptation he was already attached to direct after Steven Soderbergh dropped out.

Starring Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battled the evil  forces of “THRUSH” and their attempts at world domination. Hopefully a deal can be reached and production can begin early next year, which also happens to coincidentally be the fiftieth anniversary of the original Man From U.N.C.L.E. series that ran from 1964 till it’s mid-season cancellation in 1968.

As of right now no other details have been released, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes our way.

Source: Comic Book Movie