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Tom Cruise drops out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

Even tallest-building-in-the-world-climber action star Tom Cruise has his limits. The guy cannot be in two places at once. Cruise was set to star in the Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of 1960s spy series Man from U.N.C.L.E., but his role as another secret agent in another franchise based on a mid-century TV show is getting in the way. He has dropped out of Man from U.N.C.L.E. due to Mission: Impossible 5 scheduling, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

This isn’t the first time the long-in-development Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie has had a talent change-up. At one point, George Clooney was attached to star, with Steven Soderbergh directing. Now Guy Ritchie is gearing up to direct the project, about a pair of agents work for the international agency U.N.C.L.E, or, United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is still attached to the film. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. delays release dates for '300: Rise of an Empire' and Tom Cruise pic 'All You Need Is Kill'

Audiences expecting to return to the swords-and-sandals-and-CGI ancient Greece of 300 this summer will have to wait until next March. Warner Bros. has pushed the release date of sequel/side-quel 300: Rise of an Empire from Aug. 2, 2013 to March 7, 2014. READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise signs on for 'Mission: Impossible 5'

This message will self-destruct in five seconds: Nearly two decades after kicking off the blockbuster Mission: Impossible series in 1996, Tom Cruise has signed on to star in a fifth installment in the espionage franchise, EW has confirmed.

Cruise’s last outing in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, took in nearly $700 million at the box office worldwide, making it Cruise’s highest-grossing film ever. According to Deadline, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who teamed with Cruise on last year’s action thriller Jack Reacher, is the top candidate to helm the film, but neither a director nor any other casting or plot details have yet been officially unveiled.

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Christopher McQuarrie ‘deciding to direct’ the next ‘Mission: Impossible’?
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Box office report: 'Oblivion' reaffirms Tom Cruise's star power with $38.2 million debut

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If this weekend’s box office is any indication, the couch jumping stigma that has plagued Tom Cruise’s career for the better part of the last decade may finally be thing of the past.

Cruise’s latest, the $120 million sci-fi adventure Oblivion, opened to a solid $38.2 million this weekend. That’s a terrific start for the chiseled star, who has struggled recently at the box office with under-performers like Jack Reacher, Rock of Ages, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day. In fact, only four Cruise vehicles have ever opened higher — and three of them are Mission Impossible movies. (The other is War of the Worlds). Oblivion actually marks the first number one opening for Cruise in seven years, though it should be noted that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opened in limited release and climbed to number one upon its wide expansion.

Cruise isn’t the only star in Oblivion — it also features Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurlyenko — but it was marketed almost exclusively on his appeal. According to distributor Universal, audiences, which were 57 percent male and 74 percent 25 or older, listed Tom Cruise as their primary reason for seeing the film, followed by the sci-fi genre and Morgan Freeman. Those same audiences weren’t in love with what they saw, though, as Oblivion was issued a lackluster “B-” CinemaScore grade.

Domestically, Oblivion opened in 3,783 theaters and earned a fantastic $10,085 location average. IMAX screens accounted for $5.5 million of Oblivion‘s weekend gross. Internationally, the film had a successful weekend, as well. After its $61.1 million opening from 52 territories, Oblivion took in another $33.6 million from 60 territories this time around. The film has grossed $112 million so far (for a $150.2 million worldwide total), and it has high-profile openings in Japan and China still to come.

In second, the Jackie Robinson drama 42 fell only 34 percent to $18 million for a $54.1 million total after ten days. Warner Bros.’ $40 million baseball pic, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, didn’t hold quite as well as The Help, another “A+” racially charged drama, which dipped 23 percent in its second weekend. Thus, while 42 still seems likely to hit the $100 million mark, it doesn’t seem destined for a gross in the same range as The Help‘s $169 million total. Still, 42 is a big winner for Warner Bros., which was in dire need of a box office hit.

The Croods spent the weekend in third place, dropping 28 percent to $9.5 million. After five weeks, the $135 million animation has grossed $154.9 million, a great start in the five-year distribution deal between DreamWorks Animation and Fox.

In fourth, Scary Movie 5 didn’t hold nearly as well. The $20 million spoof from Weinstein’s Dimension fell 56 percent to $6.3 million, giving it a weak $22.9 million total after ten days. At the same point in its run, Scary Movie 4 had earned $67.5 million.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounded out the Top 5 with $5.8 million, marking a 48 percent drop from its prior frame. Paramount’s $130 million film has now earned $111.2 million domestically, a substantially lower gross than its predecessor, but it’s been making up ground overseas, where the film has earned $211.7 million. Retaliation opened in China this week, where it took in $33 million during its first seven days. Worldwide, Retaliation has earned $322.9 million and should pass the $400 million mark with ease.

1. Oblivion – $38.2 million
2. 42 – $18 million
3. The Croods – $9.5 million
4. Scary Movie 5 – $6.3 million
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $5.8 million

The Place Beyond the Pines just missed the Top 5 after expanding from 514 theaters into 1,542 theaters. Pines grossed $4.8 million, yielding a mediocre $3,078 per theater average, which doesn’t merit further expansion. The Focus Features release cost $15 million and has earned $11.4 million total.

Two other quick highlights: Sony’s $13 million Halle Berry thriller The Call passed the $50 million mark this weekend. It’s been a nice mid-level hit for distributor TriStar. Olympus Has Fallen has also been doing terrific business for its distributor, FilmDistrict. After five weekends, the White House thriller has quietly earned $88.8 million.

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Oblivion: EW Review
The Place Beyond the Pines: EW Review
42: EW Review
The Croods: EW Review
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: EW Review

Box office update: 'Oblivion' wins Friday with $13.3 million

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Oblivion topped the box office on Friday with $13.3 million, putting it on pace for an easy weekend win. The $120 million Tom Cruise adventure, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, may earn about $38 million over its first three days, which would be the fourth biggest opener of 2013, behind Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million), The Croods ($43.6 million), and G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5 million). Audiences may have been befuddled by the twists in the film’s plot, as they issued Oblivion a “B-” CinemaScore.

Last weekend’s champ, 42, held strong in second place with $5.2 million and could bat up another $18 million in its sophomore frame. The film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade from audiences, will have $54 million by Sunday’s end. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Oblivion' will Cruise to No. 1

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Only one new film is entering the fray this weekend, the Tom Cruise sci-fi adventure Oblvion. With no real competition, the film should easily top the chart, while The Place Beyond The Pines looks to break out in its wide release expansion.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Oblivion – $38 million
Tom Cruise has become a polarizing star over the past few years, but he’s still a considerable draw in major action tentpoles like the Universal release Oblivion, which cost about $120 million to produce. Oblivion will benefit from being the first big-budget spectacle to hit theaters since G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and it should play very well with young men as a result. (Morgan Freeman’s presence is always a reliable draw for men as well.) The film has gotten a strong, Inception-y marketing push from the studio, and it will get a boost from IMAX screens as well. Out in 3,782 theaters, Oblivion could earn about $38 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Interview with director Joseph Kosinski: 5 things to know before you see 'Oblivion'

In the year 2072, all that’s left of earth is a lot of dust, the remnants of our cities and structures, and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) and Jack (Tom Cruise), the maintenance team just awaiting permission to come join the rest of humanity on a space station before they relocate to another planet. But, not all is as it seems in director Joseph Kosinski’s (Tron) latest sci-fi dystopia Oblivion. When a mysterious stranger crash lands on earth, Jack Harper begins to question everything he knows.

EW spoke with Kosinski about the world creation behind Oblivion, the state of the art technologies he used, and his love of Indiana Jones. Check out the interview below before you see the film, which opens in the US on Friday.

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China's growing importance to Hollywood: Tom Cruise, Joss Whedon, and other industry heavyweights weigh in

The next time the Avengers assemble on the big screen, don’t be surprised if you see them touch down at some point in China. Given the rapid, almost Hulk-like growth of the film market in that country over the past few years, Avengers director Joss Whedon is half-expecting to get a call any day now asking whether he can set part of the superhero sequel in a Chinese locale. “I’m working on the script right now, and if someone came to me and said, ‘We’re looking into doing a chunk of this in China’—well, I’d have to think about it,” Whedon says. “China is on my radar. It can’t not be at this point.”

As North American movie theater owners gather in Las Vegas this week for their annual convention, CinemaCon, the state of the domestic movie business isn’t looking so rosy, with this year’s box office revenue running 12 per cent behind 2012 and 3-D ticket sales continuing to slide. But pan across the globe to China, and the picture couldn’t be more different. If America’s long love affair with movies seems to have cooled somewhat lately, China is in the first blush of a passionate new romance. How passionate? Put it this way: When James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar opened in December 2009, there were only 13 IMAX screens in all of China. Today, there are 110, with some 140 more scheduled to open in the near future. “When I go to China, people will ask me for my autograph,” IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond says, adding drily, “That typically doesn’t happen in other places.”

With box office revenues rising 30% last year to $2.7 billion, China has now edged out Japan to become the second-largest film market in the world following the U.S. New movie screens are sprouting up across the country at a rate of roughly 10 per day, and some project that China could surpass the U.S. as the world’s top film territory within five years. It’s no surprise that Hollywood is eager to capitalize on that torrid growth as much as it possibly can. “China is on most producers’ minds all the time now,” says Barry Levine, producer of the sci-fi film Oblivion, which opens Friday. “It is a giant market if you can reach it. But you have to play it smartly.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tom Cruise attached to star in 'Yukikaze'; Plus, Kate Upton is the other woman, more

• Tom Cruise is attached to star in an adaptation of Chohel Kamayashi’s Japanese sci-fi series Yukikaze. In the first book, when a porthole to another dimension opens up over Antarctica, hostile aliens (known as the JAM) start pouring through and a special combat force is created to force the JAM back through the porthole. The story revolves around Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai, who must travel solo through the passageway to gather as much information on the JAM as he can. “Yukikaze” refers to the call sign for his fighter plane, his only companion. Warner Bros. acquired the series and will distribute the film as well. Cruise is coming off of a particularly good weekend with the $61 million international opening for Oblivion and is probably even more eager for Doug Liman’s sci-fi pic All You Need is Kill to hit theaters on March 7, 2014. Cruise is also still in talks to star in an adaptation of the 60s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. [Deadline]

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'Oblivion' premiere: Tom Cruise and the cast debate the future's best gadgets

With most of civilization wiped out by an alien invasion, the ensuing nuclear counterattack, and the natural disasters triggered by the aforementioned war, Earth 2077, as imagined in the new Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion, is a pretty bleak and empty place.

“When Joe [Kosinski, director] first told me the ideas for what this world would look like, I was instantly pulled in,” Tom Cruise told EW on the black carpet at the film’s U.S. premiere last night at the Dolby Theatre. “I thought seeing iconic landmarks retaken by the Earth would be cool visuals and very different than how we normally see the future portrayed in films. And I loved that despite how destroyed the planet was, my character still found beauty in it.”

As sparse as this future is, it still contains plenty of another sci-fi staple — cool gadgets and transportation — from the aerodynamic ship with rotating driver’s seat and the killer spheres with sniper skills to the future food and exercise tread-wheel found in the most amazing live/work space in the sky. While the cast and crew all agreed that they could do without the war of the worlds, they did wish they could have brought some of the movie’s currently un-invented tech back from the future.

Below are their picks for which toy of tomorrow they’d most like to own today: READ FULL STORY

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