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Universal Picks 2013 Release Dates for Howard Racing Pic 'Rush,' Sci-Fi Epic 'Oblivion,' Del Toro's 'Mama'

Universal Pictures has solidified release dates on several 2013 openings including Ron Howard's latest, "Rush" (September 20), Guillermo del Toro thriller presentation "Mama" (January 18) and Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," which will move up from April 26 to April 19, 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2012 6:41 PM
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In the Works: 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Names a Writer, Penn's 'Crazy for the Storm' & Ronan for 'Mary Queen of Scots'

-Saoirse Ronan is attached to play the ill-fated title role in "Mary Queen of Scots." Working Title is producing, with a script by Michael Hirst. Eighteen-year old Ronan may seem young to play a queen, but Mary was named Queen of Scotland when she was six days old...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • August 10, 2012 12:52 PM
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Trailer Watch: Tom Cruise is Not A Hero & Has Nothing to Lose as 'Jack Reacher'

After box office misfire "Rock of Ages," Tom Cruise is back in his wheelhouse with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie's actioner "Jack Reacher" (previously titled "One Shot").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 4, 2012 12:53 PM
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In The Works: Scorsese Producing Rolls Royce Love Story; Roach, Downey Jr. & Cruise Wanted for 'El Presidente'

Jay Roach ("Game Change," "The Campaign") is in negotiations to direct "El Presidente," from "Parks and Recreation" writer Dan Goor. The Warner Bros. comedy follows an overzealous secret service agent who is relegated to guarding America's worst former president. The plan is to offer Tom Cruise the role of the agent, and Robert Downey Jr. the role of the sleazy ex-president. Vulture has the scoop.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 8:02 PM
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'All You Need' is Emily Blunt? Actress in Talks for Cruise/Liman Pic

Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 17, 2012 11:22 AM
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Melissa Leo Heads Into 'Oblivion' with Cruise, Freeman, Riseborough, Kurylenko

Melissa Leo is joining Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseboroigh and Olga Kurylenko in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The "TRON: Legacy" director wrote the comic book upon which the film is based with Arvid Nelson, while William Monahan ("The Departed") wrote the screenplay with him...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 7:48 PM
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Box Office Update: 'Mission Impossible' and 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequels Top New Year's Weekend

With the four-day New Year's Weekend grosses tallied, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continued to stake the top two spots.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 2, 2012 4:25 PM
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Holiday Box Office Caps Disappointing Year; Only 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Scores

If Hollywood was hoping that the holiday box office during the highest-volume ticket-selling period of the year would turn around their fortunes they were mistaken. Only one of the big-ticket studio tentpoles scored really big over the four-day holiday weekend, Friday through Christmas Day, which fell on a Sunday this year. This means that Saturday night was indeed silent at the box office. Compared to last year's four-day holiday weekend, which included Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this year's box office is up 8%. The box office should improve Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2011 1:54 PM
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John Knoll Talks 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and Brad Bird

For John Knoll, it didn't matter that "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" only required 700 VFX shots, and most of them invisible. It was the opportunity to work with director Brad Bird, whom he's known for years, on his first live-action film away from animation stardom at Pixar.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 23, 2011 6:35 PM
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Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Returns Cruise to Giddy Action

Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer
The supremely imaginative director of "The Incredibles" meets Hollywood’s most determined, career-committed star for the former’s live-action debut and the latter’s reboot of the spy-thrills franchise that keeps on giving as far as his career is concerned.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 7, 2011 6:08 PM
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