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While audiences haven’t always rewarded big, blockbuster properties treating themselves so seriously (hello, DC Films), Universal is rolling those dice for “The Mummy” in their contemporary spin on the classic movie monster. Tom Cruise takes a break from whatever “Mission: Impossible” stunt he’s working on to star in the film about an ancient evil that’s unleashed that he has to stop or else the world will turn to darkness or whatever. Continue reading Tom Cruise Finds Adventure In New International Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ at The Playlist.

Tom Cruise already has one bread and butter franchise with “Mission: Impossible,” but it looks like he might have another, taking the lead in Universal’s first monster movie universe movie with “The Mummy.” And a new trailer highlights its blockbuster ambitions. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, and co-written by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus“) and longtime Cruise bud Christopher McQuarrie, the film features Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Star Trek Beyond“) as the titular monster, whose ancient power is unleashed. Continue reading Ancient Power Is Unleashed In New Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ Starring Tom Cruise at The Playlist.

So, like it or not, we’re getting a monster movie universe now courtesy of Universal. The studio is bringing their well of classic cinematic monsters back to the big screen, with Marvel-style connectivity. And they’re not holding on back on hiring big guns to get asses in the seats, with Tom Cruise still somewhat unbelievably starring in “The Mummy.” Clearly, the ambition is high for this picture which sees “Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Sofia Boutella playing the titular creature, with Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Continue reading Tom Cruise Faces ‘The Mummy’ In First Trailer For Universal’s Monster Movie Reboot at The Playlist.

Say what you will about the Brendan FraserThe Mummy” movies, but they never took themselves too seriously. But it seems that as Universal gears up their planned monster movie universe, they are going for po-faced and gritty, which begs the question, when will this approach to franchise material start getting old? The first footage from “The Mummy” has arrived in advance of the full-length trailer on Sunday and…. Continue reading First Footage From Monster Movie ‘The Mummy’ Starring Tom Cruise Revealed at The Playlist.

BEVERLY HILLS – Ridley Scott may still be looking for his first individual Academy Award, but with his 80th decade almost over the legendary filmmaker is starting to receive an inevitable number of lifetime achievement honors. On Friday night the American Cinematheque saluted both Scott and Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll in a star studded ceremony that was remarkably candid and classy at the same time. Continue reading Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver slay at American Cinematheque’s Ridley Scott tribute at The Playlist.

Hitting his stride in the late ’90s, 25 years into his career, the director of ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘Wonder Boys’ and ‘8 Mile’ was an unpretentious all-rounder touched by occasional genius.read more

Editors note: Pete Hammond’s video review of The Nice Guys is not available. When I think of the Cannes Film Festival, The Nice Guys — a very commerical, somewhat amusing and brutally violent movie — is decidedly not your typical art house fodder that populates the Official Selection being showcased at the Grand Theatre at the Palais. Yet here it is, making its world premiere last night out of competition in front of a black-tie crowd. Score one for Warner Bros, which…