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'Edge of Tomorrow' Blu-ray: Tom Cruise copters into London's Trafalgar Square

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Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s summer sci-fi movie about a reluctant soldier who’s cursed with the gift of reliving the same day that he’s killed by aliens over and over again—until he navigates through battle safely—wasn’t the blockbuster that it might have been. It inched past $100 million in the U.S. and grossed a total of $369 million, but critics heaped praise on Cruise, whose Major William Cage reminded some of A Few Good Men‘s lackadaisical Daniel Kaffee, and Emily Blunt, who played a heroic supersoldier with a sixth sense for slaughtering the spidery aliens that invaded Earth.

The film’s lukewarm box-office reception was held up as evidence of Cruise’s diminished clout, but those pundits weren’t in London in November 2012, when the city shut down Trafalgar Square so that Cruise and co. could land a helicopter right in the heart of one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. “In the history of England, a helicopter has never landed in Trafalgar Square,” says director Doug Liman, in a Blu-ray extra. “And Tom just gives one of his smiles, and next thing you know, [location manager] Sue Quinn comes back and says, ‘Yes, we’re going to land a helicopter in Trafalgar Square.’”

“We brought London to a standstill,” says stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane, with a mischievous grin. Yes, some Londoners noticedREAD FULL STORY

Box office update: '22 Jump Street' in early lead with a huge $25 million Friday

Two very strong sequels – 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 – are battling for a top spot at the weekend box office, but early indications put the bumbling cop comedy in the lead. Not surprisingly, the R-rated sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum won the derby Friday night with estimates putting the film at $25 million for the day. Sony Pictures, who co-financed the film with MGM, is now predicting 22 Jump Street will gross $60 million for the weekend, putting it above other R-rated summer comedies like Ted ($54.4 million) and Sex in the City ($57 million.)

“This one feels really good,” says Sony’s distribution prez Rory Bruer of Jump Street when reached Saturday morning. “It’s our highest-tested R-rated comedy ever at our research screenings. Focus groups loved it — thought it was hilarious and funnier than the first. We’re going to end up being the second-highest R-rated comedy ever.”

Jump‘s numbers solidly beat out Dreamworks’ animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which nabbed an estimated $18.5 million for the second slot Friday. But things could all turn around today, when families start mobilizing their troops to the dragon flick featuring voice talent from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.

Third place on Friday went to the three-hankie weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which continues its impressive run. The $12 million film based on the popular John Green novel nabbed an additional $6.4 million its second Friday in release, putting its total at $72.3 million.

Disney’s Maleficient is likely to take a tumble with so many young ones opting for Toothless the dragon in its opening weekend. But the reimagined Disney fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie earned an estimated $5.84 Friday, putting its gross at a solid $144.5 million.

Tom Cruise’s starring vehicle The Edge of Tomorrow is likely to suffer the worst in its second weekend. The film took in only $4.56 million on Friday, for a domestic total that now stands at $45 million.

Here’s the top 5:

1. 22 Jump Street — $25 million

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $18.5 million

3. The Fault in Our Stars — $6.4 million

4. Maleficient — $5.8 million

5. The Edge of Tomorrow — $4.56 million

Check back Sunday morning for a more comprehensive report.

'Edge of Tomorrow': A new day for Tom Cruise?

Every new Tom Cruise movie these days almost demands immediate analysis about what his latest means for him and his career. In the case of Edge of Tomorrow, the science-fiction war movie that weds Starship Troopers with Saving Private Ryan with Groundhog Day, it means a lot of fun. Cruise plays a military mouthpiece whose only job is to sell the war against invading aliens to the public, but when the commanding general (Brendan Gleason) orders him to the front on D-Day, he tries to talk his way out of it, gets demoted, and finds himself dropped on the French beach in the middle of a nightmarish fiasco. He bites it within five minutes, but not before an encounter with one of the alien Mimics leaves him with a special gift — or curse. Every time he dies, he wakes up the day before, in the same place, facing the same circumstances. Little by little, he has to learn how to survive and possibly win the war.

The film, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is based on All You Need is Kill, the 2004 novel by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It takes its cues from Groundhog Day, the karmic comedy in which Bill Murray is stuck living the same day over and over again until he finally becomes a selfless human being, as well as modern video games, with their quick-reset learning curve. Emily Blunt plays a cold and calculating war hero who might understand what Cruise’s overmatched soldier is experiencing, and Bill Paxton plays the good ol’ boy sergeant responsible for getting Cruise on the beach.

But c’mon: what does Edge of Tomorrow really mean for Cruise and his career? “He manages to show us why he still matters as a movie star — one of the last in a dinosaur species that once lorded over the multiplex like a colossus,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “Whether you loved or merely tolerated his past few efforts as a leading man, he’s never given less than everything he has. He still cares at a time when caring is dismissed as outdated and square.

Guess what? Many of the nation’s leading critics agree. The Edge of Tomorrow might be Cruise’s best movie since Collateral.

Read more from Nashawaty’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below.

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Box office preview: The teens take on Tom Cruise

This weekend, a powerful genre battles a powerful movie star as the YA sensation The Fault in Our Stars opens against Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow. But who will prevail — especially when Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent is still lurking in the background?

Here’s how things might play out. READ FULL STORY

Emily Blunt finds her inner-action heroine in 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Emily Blunt probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of action heroines. Which is understandable: In movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Looper, and Young Victoria, her characters have inflicted plenty of pain — just not with fists. (Remember when she gut-punched Anne Hathaway in Prada with one well-placed “Shan’t”?)

That’s about to change. In Edge of Tomorrow (out June 6), Blunt plays Rita Vrataski, a super-soldier who teaches Lt. Co. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) how to harness his time-looping ability in a war against aliens. It’s an intensely physical role that feels like an about-face for the British actress, though she says she’s spent years waiting for just the right action part to come along. “I’d always wanted to do something very physical,” she says. “But in most action movies, the woman is a damsel in distress tied to a tree.”  READ FULL STORY

'Edge of Tomorrow' trailer: Tom Cruise is dying to save the world -- VIDEO

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If at first you don’t succeed, brush yourself off and die again.

That could be a more playful tagline for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Set in the near future during an alien invasion, Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer without combat experience who has the power to restart each day after dying, forcing him to go to battle again and again. With the help of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who once had the same power and understands his struggle, Cage gets stronger after each death and one step closer to ending it all. Watch the full trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp

When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.

Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?

Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.

Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer  or perhaps even to 2015.

According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.

Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.

Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.

Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.

The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.

'Edge of Tomorrow': Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt gear up for battle -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

When Emily Blunt met with Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman for the first time to talk about their upcoming sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise didn’t mince words. “Tom made it very clear,” Blunt recalls. “He was like, [intense Tom Cruise voice] ‘Em, this is going to be really hard. Listen: This is gonna be INSANE.’ [Laughs] So I think I was prepped for what was about to be physically the most grueling thing I’ve ever done — but ultimately one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been a part of.” READ FULL STORY

'Edge of Tomorrow' trailer: Tom Cruise fights aliens and keeps on dying -- VIDEO

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Imagine fighting to your death in an epic, explosive battle against aliens. Now imagine reliving that death again and again.

That twisted nightmare comes true for Tom Cruise in the upcoming sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, who gets trapped in a time loop that continues to bring him back to a fatal battle against a hostile alien race. Emily Blunt teams up with Cruise in the film, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill and helmed by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.

Check out the trailer below:
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Casting Net: Tom Cruise developing 'Jack Reacher' sequel; Plus, Jason Momoa in talks for 'Batman vs. Superman,' more

• Tom Cruise is developing a follow-up to 2012′s Jack Reacher with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. The sequel will be based on Lee Child‘s Never Go Back – the 18th book in the series — where Jack is faced with a new commanding officer and a possible return to Army service. No writer or director is attached to the pic, but according to the report, all hope that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the first film and is currently working on prepping Mission: Impossible 5 with Cruise, will return. [Deadline]
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