Universal Posts $1.8B Best Year Ever At International Box Office

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT

Universal Pictures International has enjoyed a record-breaking 2013, notching $1.8 billion internationally, which breaks the studio’s previous record of $1.794 billion from 2012. That makes this the biggest year in UPI’s history with 14 … Read More »

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Costly ‘Oblivion’ $13.3M Friday And $38.5M Weekend: Tom Cruise’s Bigger Openings

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 9:34pm PDT

Box Office Oblivion Tom CruiseSATURDAY 7:30 AM, 3RD UPDATE: Americans last night did stay glued to their TVs watching the network wrapups about the Boston Marathon manhunt and its captures and killings. (The Boston area itself was … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 22

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 6:19pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 22 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Our awards columnist and host David Bloom talk about the notable films showcased by all the major studios at this week’s CinemaCon; Pete’s take on the just-announced lineup for next month’s Cannes Film Festival; and his take on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ rehiring this week of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as producers of the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

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Theater Owners Forecast Summer 2013 Hits And Bombs: CinemaCon

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:55pm PDT

Theater owners and operators I’ve polled at CinemaCon are most uncertain about Tom Cruise‘s Oblivion opening Friday. They’ve seen the early strong overseas grosses. But stateside exhibitors lament that their audiences don’t widely … Read More »

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Tom Cruise Cracks It Up With Jimmy Fallon

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 3:53pm PDT

The global superstar proved his dedication to the Oblivion campaign trail with a game of “Egg Roulette” Friday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It won’t be the only egg on Cruise’s face if domestic box office fails to follow Oblivion‘s stellar global headstart when Universal’s … Read More »

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Tom Cruise SciFi ‘Oblivion’ Orbits Overseas

By | Saturday April 13, 2013 @ 10:24am PDT

Reviews are decidedly mixed. And domestic grosses still could portend an obit.  But Tom Cruise in his new scifi pic Oblivion is in orbit overseas with a #1 opening in 48 of 52 international territories this weekend. Friday’s gross … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 21

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 3:02pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 21 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Our awards columnist and host David Bloom talk about the passing of Roger Ebert, perhaps the most influential film critic ever, and what it means to be a film critic in an era of Rotten Tomatoes, Reddit and Twitter. Pete also looks at what he thinks is a lock for the Cannes Film Festival, a film that will be vying for Emmy rather than Oscar glory, and reports on Tom Cruise’s premiere-night effort to help ensure the name of sci-fi epic Oblivion, opening overseas this weekend, doesn’t become the film’s fate. Pete also talks about this week’s movie debuts as the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 swings for the fences, and platform releases Disconnect and To The Wonder by director Terence Malick try to connect with audiences.

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5 Films With Something To Prove At SXSW

SXSW isn’t a sales-dominant fest, but two years ago Universal’s Bridesmaids debut here paid off when the Kristen Wiig pic became a $288 million global box office hit. Now studios with spring openers and genre fare are hoping SXSW can be a similar launching pad for strong word of mouth. Here are the mainstream pics hoping to squeeze hot buzz out of SXSW:

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Warner Bros.):
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Cast: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi. Warner Bros opens the Steve Carell – Jim Carrey magician comedy nationwide next week but the mixed critical reaction after its SXSW opening night premiere won’t help.

Related: Abigail Breslin In ‘Haunter’, ‘Lords Of Salem’, ‘You’re Next’, ‘Big Ass Spider’ Lead SXSW Midnighters

Evil Dead (Screen Gems):
Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues. Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore. Producer Sam Raimi’s fingerprints have been all over this quasi-remake, which was the hottest ticket in town on Day One. Raimi didn’t make the trip to Austin to stump for Evil Dead with director Fede Alvarez and fellow producer Bruce Campbell — he was busy opening Disney’s Oz: The Great And Powerful — but the gory R-rated remake made an impression on the late night genre crowd.

Related: Joss Whedon Q&A On Eve Of SXSW
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Universal Shifts ‘Oblivion’ IMAX Date

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

Oblivion IMAXEXCLUSIVE: The Tom Cruise sci-fi tentpole will now open in IMAX and in wide release on April 19. Universal had originally planned to sneak Oblivion in IMAX on … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Oblivion’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 2:24pm PST

Universal has dropped the second domestic trailer for Oblivion — the Tom Cruise sci-fi pic directed by Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski. Cruise plays a drone repairman on an abandoned Earth who after rescuing a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft stumbles upon survivors of a devastating alien … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Oblivion’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 10:08am PST

Here’s an international trailer for Oblivion, the Tom Cruise sci-fi pic directed by Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski. Cruise plays a drone repairman on an abandoned Earth who after rescuing a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft stumbles upon survivors of a devastating alien war. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, … Read More »

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Hot TV Spot: ‘Oblivion’

By | Sunday January 20, 2013 @ 2:54pm PST

Universal has put up a new TV spot for Oblivion. The Joseph Kosinski-directed film stars Tom Cruise as one of the last humans on Earth after a devastating war with aliens. While he’s on duty as a roving drone repairman, he stumbles upon the survivor of a downed space … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Tom Cruise In ‘Oblivion’

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 7:59pm PST

Here’s Universal’s trailer for the Joseph Kosinski-directed Oblivion. It reveals quite a bit more than an international version that surfaced earlier today but has mysteriously vanished. The movie has Tom Cruise as one of the last people on an Earth ravaged by an alien war. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko … Read More »

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Universal Dates ‘Mama’, ‘Rush’ And Moves ‘Oblivion’ Earlier

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 4:46pm PDT

Universal Pictures has set dates for Mama and Rush and slightly shifted the Tom Cruise science-fiction adventure Oblivion. The supernatural thriller Mama “presented by Guillermo del Toro” and directed by Andres Muschietti has been dated January 18, … Read More »

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Melissa Leo Joins Tom Cruise Pic ‘Oblivion’

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 12:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Melissa Leo OblivionEXCLUSIVE: Melissa Leo has been set for Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed futuristic Universal Pictures thriller that stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko. Production just got underway in Baton Rouge. Leo, who won the … Read More »

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Universal Dates Original ‘Jurassic Park’ In 3D For July 19, 2013; Moves Tom Cruise Pic ‘Oblivion’ Up To April 26, 2013

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 3:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has confirmed the speculation that it is retrofitting Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park into 3D. The studio has dated the film to bow Friday, July 19, 2013. Released in 1993, Jurassic Park grossed $915 million worldwide; I’ll … Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Joins Tom Cruise In ‘Oblivion’

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 9:49am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has signed on to costar in director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion for Universal. The sci-fi thriller, starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, is set to begin production in March in … Read More »

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Morgan Freeman Joins Tom Cruise In Post-Apocalyptic ‘Oblivion’ For Universal

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 10:21am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Freeman will bring his regal presence to Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed film for Universal Pictures that stars Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko. Cruise plays the last man on a post-apocalyptic and nearly uninhabitable Earth, who stays … Read More »

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Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, Kate Beckinsale Reading With Tom Cruise For ‘Oblivion’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The hot role for young actresses is in Universal’s Joseph Kosinski-directed Tom Cruise science fiction film Oblivion. Jessica Chastain already signed on for one of two plum roles, and I’m told the studio will read three actresses for the … Read More »

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