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Edge of Tomorrow

It’s a real shame that no one has thought to craft a trailer for Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow set to the all-soaring, all-twirling charms of Steve Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.” Perhaps this latest trailer for the Tom Cruise-starring future-set actioner will provide the mash-up geeks out there with more material for such a dreamy scenario, but for now, we’re stuck with the clanging sounds and cool kid techno tones of one hell of a weird future. In the film — previously titled All You Need Is Kill, lest you get confused about why a film about deja vu sounds so weirdly familiar, though with the wrong title — Cruise stars as “not a soldier” Lt. Col. Bill Cage (not a soldier? weird about that military rank then), a man who gets trapped in time loop that keeps bringing him back to the same day. It’s like Groundhog Day, but with a world war, because the particular day that that Cage is trapped inside is the day he dies, over and over, and the day of a major military assault on an alien army. It’s a bad day, okay? 

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MGM has no qualms about dipping back into their library to mine for reboot gold, with RoboCop and Poltergeist remakes on their way in 2014 and Death Wish and WarGames projects in development soon to follow. Their reimagining of the western classic Magnificent Seven has been in the works for quite some time now, gaining more ground when Tom Cruise attached his name to the film in 2012. But now, Cruise has exited the project, citing his “busy plans” as his excuse for backing out. Heading into 2014, the film needs a new star and a new focus to match the writer added to revamp the much-beloved western — Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock.

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Edge of Tomorrow

#LiveDieRepeat is the hashtag that adorns the end of the first Edge of Tomorrow trailer. Like so many trailers these days, the social media marketing phase has already begun, only this time we get a hashtag that also simply and perfectly breaks down the somewhat high-concept sci-fi action extravaganza with three simple words. Tom Cruise plays a neophyte soldier in a futuristic war who dies in battle only to wake up right back at the beginning of his final day. As the trailer unfolds, it shows off plenty of big action to go along with its cyclical story: it’s like an epic version of Groundhog Day with badass mech suits.

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If you’ve read FSR for a while you know that unlike some movie sites we like to add commentary and opinion to the news we’re reporting, and since a lot of what Hollywood produces are sequels and remakes you’ve probably also noticed that once in a blue moon our opinions can lean toward the critical. But seriously, they’re remaking Poltergeist and Videodrome, so can you really blame us? But while negativity breeds louder and funnier jokes, not all such announcements meet our ears with the expected skepticism and disappointment intact. Case in point are a pair of news items that hit over the weekend and immediately put a smile on my face. It’s worth noting that neither represents an official announcement and production starts on both are at least a year or two away, but hot damn this is good news all the same.

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“This is not a documentary,” Alfonso Cuaron said of his new movie Gravity to CollectSpace.com. No kidding. Nobody in a documentary talks the way George Clooney and Sandra Bullock do in this spectacular yet sometimes silly space-set thriller. But I’d love for it to be a gateway to some great documentaries about astronauts and NASA missions and the like, so I’ve compiled a list of favorites that are relevant to the plot. Sure, I could have opened this week’s Movies to Watch list to fiction films, too, but there is less need for me to highlight obvious movies like Apollo 13 and Space Buddies. Also, I’d like to use this opportunity to give a shout out to Dan Schindel’s Doc Option column over at our sister site Nonfics. This week he chose to recommend two true stories for your listening pleasure that relate to Gravity because they involve spacewalks gone wrong. Since he (cleverly) didn’t go with one of the docs I’d have picked, now I get to list them all below.

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If the title Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because it’s what we’re now calling a project that started its development under the name All You Need is Kill, then went through a period where it was experimenting with other titles, and eventually settled on this. It’s that upcoming Doug Liman movie where Tom Cruise puts on a crazy looking robotic exoskeleton to battle aliens, dies, and then has to relive the same battle over and over again, Groundhog Day-style. Oh, and also it has Emily Blunt. One should never fail to bring up Emily Blunt when appropriate. But anyway, on to the point. What the film hasn’t ever had, up until now, was a supporting role played by Jeremy Piven. That didn’t seem like so much of a problem at first—a lot of movies don’t feature supporting roles played by Jeremy Piven, after all—but Deadline is reporting that, despite the fact that principal photography on the film is over, Liman is going to get some resources together to shoot some more scenes which will involve the newly cast Entourage actor playing a character named Colonel Walter Marx.

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Update: Paramount has confirmed that Christopher McQuarrie will direct Mission: Impossible 5. Producer/star Tom Cruise said, “Chris is an extraordinary filmmaker who will deliver the heart-pounding action and thrills that audiences around the world have come to expect from the Mission: Impossible franchise.” It took 12 years for director Christopher McQuarrie to follow up his divisive 2000 debut, The Way of the Gun, with a sophomore effort, but it’s looking like we’re not going to have to wait nearly as long between his second film and his third. That second film, Jack Reacher, didn’t look like a sure thing by any means. It had a generic title that wasn’t likely to capture the imaginations of casual audiences, it defied fans of its source material by casting minuscule pretty boy Tom Cruise in the role of the protagonist, who was traditionally viewed as being a hulking lump of a man, and it was being brought to us by a director who had only made one small action film that only managed to amass a small, cult fandom. Despite any unease audiences had going in, however, Jack Reacher proved to be a really entertaining action movie, and an entertaining Tom Cruise-starring action movie to boot. So as soon as it came out and didn’t get savaged by audiences and critics, rumors started flying around that Paramount was looking to put him on the next installment of their most valuable Cruise-led franchise, the Mission: Impossible series. Well, it’s looking like those rumors weren’t […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

Earlier today, Warner Bros. previewed some footage for its upcoming sci-fi adaptation Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The story revolves around an untested military officier (Cruise) who is dropped into combat and subsequently is killed by a large alien. His problems don’t end there, as his contact with the alien throws him into a time loop. When he wakes up, he must relive the day of his death over and over again. Think Groundhog Day meets District 9 or Starship Troopers. But with more wicked technology. The latter of which is on full display in two new Comic-Con exclusive posters and photos from the Convention Center show floor. 

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Iron Man Extended Look

Today in life imitating art news, Robert Downey Jr. is one step closer to becoming an actual genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist. Forbes has released their annual list of Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Actors, and the Iron Man star comes in at a firm number one, having made $75m between June 2012 and June 2013. There is no contesting that Downey Jr. is box office gold. He has starred in six films that have all grossed over $500m, and The Avengers and Iron Man 3 both earned over $1b during their runs. The Avengers, the third-highest grossing movie of all time, featured Downey Jr. once more in his beloved Tony Stark role – and it’s easy to argue that he stole many a scene throughout the blockbuster.

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Edge of Tomorrow

All You Need is Kill is a pretty aggressive, albeit fun title. So it comes with little surprise or fanfare that the film version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s manga that at one point was called We Mortals Are, more recently was All You Need is Kill and is now officially (we hope) called Edge of Tomorrow. Either way, it’s a mech-warrior apocalyptic invasion film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Based on this new Comic-Con exclusive poster, it looks a lot like Elysium, Starship Troopers and Jack Reacher (based solely on posture) mixed together by a marketing department. But with Doug Liman in the director’s chair and a quality bit of source material, this crazy idea just may work. Good thing we’re not talking about how movie audiences have apocalypse fatigue or anything…

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All You Need is Kill Suits

If you’re going to battle aliens, you need an awesome suit. If you’re going to relive the same day of battling aliens over and over, you need whatever Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are wearing in this new, clear look at All You Need is Kill. It’s kind of an awesome weapons system even if it looks impossible to carry around. In the future, you have to do a ton of cardio and snatches to be a supersoldier. The movie from director Doug Liman hits theaters next summer, and with Comic-Con around the corner, we’ll probably see more soon.

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In recent years some of the luster has come off of Oliver Stone’s career. He wasn’t always the guy who made movies like World Trade Center and Savages. Far from it, actually. He used to be the sort of respected director who cleaned up at the Oscars. One of the best-loved and most respected of the works from his peak was Born on the Fourth of July, a drama that not only earned him an Academy Award for Best Director and a nomination for Best Picture, but also went a long way toward making a serious actor out of its star, Tom Cruise. Cruise had become a huge name in the business thanks to roles in things like Risky Business and Top Gun, but before he did things like this and Rain Man, he still might have proved to be just a flash in the pan who opened a couple of big movies thanks to a pearly grin and a haircut, and then became a footnote. Even after all of these years though, Born on the Fourth of July is still considered to be one of the big entries in the highlight reel of Cruise’s career, and an argument could even be made that it still contains his very best performance. Ted Kotcheff isn’t a director whose career ever came near the heights of Stone’s. You might not have even heard of him if you aren’t a big fan of Weekend at Bernie’s or The Red Shoe Diaries. One big […]

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Want to drop a major piece of casting news? Let it loose on the Friday before the season’s first holiday weekend. Deadline Hollywood reports the genuinely surprising news that Tom Cruise has quit the already-beleaguered The Man from U.N.C.L.E. feature he has been attached to since March. The film has already been through a few incarnations, most notably when it was set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney starring, but it looked to finally be on track with Guy Ritchie directing and Armie Hammer co-starring as one half of an agent duo from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. Cruise has reportedly stepped aside because of good old-fashioned scheduling conflicts, as he is now turning his attention to producing and starring in that upcoming Mission: Impossible sequel (the fifth film in the franchise). With U.N.C.L.E. still set to film this fall, Cruise seemingly had way too much on his plate to do both.

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I’m usually not all that interested in a film’s box-office haul because it has no bearing on the quality of the movie, but I make exceptions when it’s a film in need of a sequel. Jack Reacher deserves a sequel. American audiences weren’t much help here as they failed to turn out in big numbers for what is essentially a mid-budget action throwback. Thankfully though the addition of overseas earnings was enough to nudge Paramount in the right direction. The film is only the second with Christopher McQuarrie in the director’s chair (with his first coming twelve years prior), and it stars Tom Cruise in the title role as a drifter seemingly unable to avoid trouble. It’s a damn fine movie and hopefully not the last adaptation we see of Lee Child‘s bestselling novels. Keep reading to see what I learned from the commentary track for Jack Reacher.

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news mission impossible 5

File this announcement under “Duh.” While it’s been rumored since Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol banked nearly $700 million worldwide it’s only just become official that Tom Cruise will be returning for a fifth impossible mission. You’d think by this point the IMF would simply accept that the missions being given to Ethan Hunt are actually possible after all, but I’m no secret agent so what do I know. Details as to who will direct, write and co-star are still probably months away (at least), but it’s confirmed that Cruise will produce alongside J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle. Brad Bird directed the fourth installment to the series’ greatest heights, but the rumor mill has Christopher McQuarrie on tap to helm the latest.

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kosinski

With only two films under his belt, director Joseph Kosinski‘s architectural background rings loud and clear. From his approach to framing to the elaborate sets, everything feels deliberate. For Kosinski, that purposefulness doesn’t purely derive from painting a shiny picture, but from building character. For his second feature film, Oblivion, the director follows his dissatisfied protagonist, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), through isolating and contrasting settings highlighting his dillema. Jack’s conflict is what drove Joseph Kosinski to spend the past few years of his life developing the project based on an idea of his own. The TRON: Legacy director wanted to make a character-driven science-fiction film, not a set-piece one. Kosinski’s film isn’t one packed with set pieces, making the movie rest on Jack and Cruise’s shoulders. Kosinski, despite his busy schedule, made the time to speak with us this week after the film’s successful release. Here’s what he had to say about the heart of the film, his favorite set, and how video games differ heavily from movies.

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Oblivion

Oblivion is the kind of science fiction movie that plays with a lot of other movies’ toys and forgets to clean them up afterward. Then we all step on a HAL 9000 doll in the middle of the night when we’re going for that last piece of fried chicken in the fridge, and the bruise reminds us to yell rhetorically at the Tom Cruise-starring movie the next morning. How many times have we told it to pick up its things? The movie’s created some mixed responses, but it’s also left behind some huge questions. Plot holes, really, if we’re being honest. It’s messy for how hard it tries to be smart. Some of those questions are inconsequential, some slightly annoying and some vital to what could have been sci-fi success. On their own, they could have amounted to nitpicks, but the sheer number of them (and the severity of a few) made for a truly confused experience. Spoilers for Oblivion abound so beware, but if you’ve already seen or just plain don’t care, let’s dive in to the bizarre question marks looming high in the sky over Joseph Kosinski‘s latest film.

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review oblivion

Oblivion is many things. [pause for laughter from readers who've seen the film] It’s a thrilling mix of science fiction, action and discovery. It’s visually stunning and filled with beauties both CGI and natural. It’s a major step up from director Joseph Kosinski‘s debut film (Tron: Legacy). It’s a thinly-veiled commentary on drone warfare. It’s scored with occasional energy and life by M83. It’s a rare example of a film that almost demands to be seen on an IMAX screen. It’s the near epitome of style over substance. And it’s the most derivative sci-fi film since Avatar. Jack (Tom Cruise) is a repairman whose sole duty is keep defensive drones functioning. He and his teammate, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), are the last remaining humans on Earth after a devastating alien attack sent our species scrambling for new digs on Saturn’s moon, Titan. A handful of humans including Jack and Victoria’s commander sit aboard a space station orbiting above them, but when Jack’s curiosity regarding alien actions on the planet’s nuclear pock-marked surface causes friction he’s thrown into an unexpected adventure with far-reaching implications.

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Whether you think of him as a cocktail-slinging flair bartender, a hotshot fighter pilot, or a highly trained secret agent, there’s no question that Tom Cruise is one of the biggest movie stars the entertainment industry has ever seen. Heck, his new sci-fi blockbuster, Oblivion, has already made over $61 million, and it hasn’t even opened in the United States yet. So, seeing as movie producers like to make money, and movie audiences seem to like watching Cruise doing sci-fi action stuff, everyone has decided that the next logical step is to have the veteran actor star in another sci-fi action film, this one called Yukikaze. If that title sounds Japanese to you, that’s because it is. The scoop of Cruise’s casting comes from Deadline, who reports that Universal is putting together this adaptation of Japanese author Chohei Kambayashi’s modern classic science fiction novel of the same name. Not only is this project notable because of the respect that Kambayashi’s work gets in the science fiction community, but also because it combines two of the subjects that Cruise has historically tackled very successfully: piloting aircraft and dealing with alien invasions.

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Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion is a lot like a fireworks display on a Tuesday. It has no real reason to exist, and while the visuals are exciting, they only impress for fifteen minutes before things get faulty and repetitive. In other words, leave it to Kosinski to make fireworks boring. In the film itself, those fifteen minutes are scattered unevenly through a wasteland that feels much longer than its runtime. Around the third hour of the two-hour-long movie, Morgan Freeman‘s gruff survivalist character describes an outside threat as without a soul, without humanity, merely a beautiful machine. He might as well have been talking about this movie. Jack (Tom Cruise) is a handyman soldier stationed at a beautiful house that stands above the wreckage that used to be the planet. His job is to repair drones that have malfunctioned or been brought down violently by Scavengers — the enemy that destroyed the Moon, that doomed mankind to head for an interstellar refuge and that still lives in small numbers despite the utter devastation caused by earthquakes and floods. That war was sixty years ago, but Jack and his romantic colleague Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are doing a tour of earthbound duty  to ensure that a few giant, floating rigs are able to suck up the remaining sea water in order to harvest energy. However, Jack is plagued by dreams of a woman (Olga Kurylenko) standing atop the pre-war Empire State Building and can’t shake the feeling that he knows her. Eventually, that […]

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