Zoe Bell

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

 

A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.

Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.

Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.

Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3 is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”

Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.

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