Melissa Leo

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

 

2011 Oscars: The King Stands Victorious

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Well folks, here ends the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

It wasn’t the most thrilling, surprising or even as heartwarming as previous shows have been – but it was still a fairly good show!

It started off with a standard cold open, with hosts James Franco (who looked high the whole night) and Anne Hathaway parodying all the major movies nominated, with special guests Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.

There were some cute moments with the pair throughout, most notably Hathaway belting out an amazing rendition of “On My Own” making fun of Hugh Jackman, and Franco coming on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. But, like all Oscar hosts, they really did not do much other than introduce people and occasionally make humorous observations. I am impressed that the Oscars decided to go with “hip” hosts, but it was a little on the nose, don’t you think?

Other than that, the greatest moments were when Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo inadvertently dropped the first and only F-bomb of the night during an extremely surprised speech, Kurt Douglas making everyone laugh with his amazing wit and talent (despite having a stroke a few years back), Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s funny skit in their category presentation (They should host the Oscars. Just sayin.) and Billy Crystal‘s tribute to the great Bob Hope. Oh, and Annette Bening looked like Madame Webb. This amused me.

The main question is always if there were any surprises. Ya! Corey Haim didn’t get mentioned in the dead actor memoriam. Fuckin’ bullshit! Anyway, in the big categories, not really.

The King’s Speech walked away with Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Actor (Colin Firth). While Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swan like everyone knew she would (she oddly mentioned Michelle Rodriguez in her acceptance speech, perhaps for advising her on how to pleasure a woman?), and Best Supporting Actor went to Jesus Christian Bale for The Fighter (who forgot his wife’s name in his acceptance speech).

However in the smaller categories, there were a few twists!

Pixar‘s animated short “Day & Night,” which aired before Toy Story 3 lost to “The Lost Thing,” while Best Original Screenplay went to The King’s Speech instead of the incredibly surreal and thought-provoking Inception, and Best Foreign Film went to a film from Denmark entitled “In a Better World” instead of the favorite from my neck of the woods, Canada, called “Incendies.”

As for fashion, Anne Hathaway looked gorgeous in everything she wore, as did Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. Frankly, all the guy’s looked the same to me.

I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a big fashion blow-by-blow of the big winners and losers of the night, but it is just not my forte. But hell, check your local newspapers and magazines tomorrow, as they’ll have all the coverage you could ever want and more! But, I do have one fashion related note to be given: Cate Blanchett, you are not a member of the Tellitubbies, so do not dress like one.

What did you think of tonight’s show? Did anything surprise or disappoint you? Anyone left out that you felt deserved to win?

For a full list of all the winners, click below the jump.

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