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Tom Cruise attached to 'Van Helsing' reboot from writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Star Trek and Transformers screenwriter/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will tackle developing the reboot Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star as the famed fictional vampire hunter, studio Universal Pictures announced today. (Hugh Jackman’s 2004 Van Helsing pulled in $300 million worldwide, but it is largely considered a creative failure, and the potential franchise was shuttered.)

The project is part of a first-look production deal between Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products production company and Universal Pictures. As part of the deal, the pair will also develop a reboot of The Mummy with Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts and producer Sean Daniel, who oversaw producing the last incarnation of the Mummy franchise.

Kurtzman and Orci’s next project is the family drama People Like Us (out June 29), which they wrote and Kurtzman directed.

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CinemaCon 2012: Tom Cruise dives from heaven to hell in 'Oblivion' footage

Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi epic Oblivion has just started shooting, but Universal is already unveiling footage from the secrecy-shrouded project.

“It’s very rare when you feel equally excited about the words in a script and the visuals from a director, but Oblivion offers that combination,” said Universal Pictures chairman Adam Folgeson. “It’s one of the most beautiful scripts we’ve ever come across.”

The clips previewed at CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas convention for theater owners, were a combination of early concept art, rough animation, and unfinished dailies. “It does not begin to demonstrate how spectacular the film will look,” Folgeson said, adding with a laugh: “And it gives you virtually no idea what the film is about.”

Well, that last part isn’t exactly true. READ FULL STORY

CinemaCon 2012: Tom Cruise brawls as Jack Reacher in 'One Shot' footage

If Tom Cruise gives you the option of backing off before he kicks you squarely in the crotch — take it.

Monday night’s (ahem) kickoff to CinemaCon, the annual theater-owners convention in Las Vegas, revealed the first footage of Cruise as a street-fighting man, playing the rugged drifter Jack Reacher in next December’s crime drama One Shot. Let’s just say he’s not interested in a fair game of fisticuffs.

The scenes aren’t being released yet, but EW has all the details after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emily Blunt teaming up with Tom Cruise. Plus: Mark Ruffalo, T.R. Knight, Jared Harris

Mark Ruffalo is in talks to play real-life Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz in Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller‘s biopic about John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic and scion of the du Pont chemical dynasty, who created a wrestling facility called “Team Foxcatcher.” Channing Tatum would play Schultz’s younger brother, also an Olympian. [Variety]

• Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight has joined the roster for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, playing a travel secretary for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Chadwick Boseman is playing the groundbreaking baseball legend, and Harrison Ford is Dodgers manager Branch Rickey. [THR]

• Jared Harris — the man who gave Pete Campbell a knuckle sandwich on Mad Men last night — is set to topline The Quiet Ones, a supernatural horror pic about a professor who ropes his students into creating a poltergeist. The class is called “You Are Going to Die If You Take This 201.” John Pogue (Quarantine 2) is directing. [Deadline]

• Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) is in talks to join Liam Hemsworth in Paranoia, a spy thriller to be directed by Robert Luketic (21, Killers). Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are also zeroing in on a deal for the film. [Variety]

• Christine Lahti has signed onto the indie drama Truck Stop, opposite Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Juno Temple (Greenberg). [Deadline]

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'Rock of Ages' trailer: Tom Cruise sings! Plus: Director Adam Shankman on the film's 'biggest lie'

The newest trailer for the jukebox musical Rock of Ages gives us a few more peeks at the movie’s plot. There’s a kid (Diego Boneta) who yearns to be a rock star; his girlfriend (Julianne Hough) with the big-voiced talent and, in one shot, even bigger hair; and an unscrupulous record business so-and-so (Paul Giamatti) who tells the kid to forget love, ’cause he’s providing fame, baby. But really, all you need to know is, yes, we do finally hear Tom Cruise sing as perpetually shirtless rock god Stacee Jaxx. And he sounds…pretty good!

Granted, Cruise is just singing one line from Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” with what sounds like some considerable reverb. But the dude has a leather-jacket-wearing macaque named “Hey Man” with some righteous-looking teeth, so I’m not about to complain. Check out the trailer, and director Adam Shankman’s thoughts on re-creating 1980s rock-and-roll, below:  READ FULL STORY

'Top Gun 2' goes to 'Town' writer -- report

Peter Craig, who wrote the 2010 Boston heist thriller The Town, is the most recent writer to tackle a Top Gun sequel, according to Variety. Paramount had no comment on the report, but the trade newspaper said that Craig will be starting from scratch. Two years ago, Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) was tapped to bring Tom Cruise’s Maverick back to the screen, and last year, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) reportedly took a shot.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott are involved in the in-development project, as is Cruise, whose Maverick would inevitably be the focus and star of any sequel.

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Oscars 2012: EW goes inside the star-studded rehearsals for tonight's show! -- PHOTOS

Billy … who?

In a place full of celebrity sightings, sometimes even the host can find himself camouflaged.

Tonight the 84th annual Oscars bring a close to Hollywood’s award season, but before that, EW takes you behind the scenes as stars gather to rehearse the big telecast.

Here’s what happened when Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, and the ladies of Bridesmaids (among others) came together to put on a show. Even past Oscar-winners like Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured here, can have a “d’oh” moment.

Among the stories from backstage over the past two days is the hilariously bizarre account of what happened when the voice of Darth Vader met Miracle Max — and said he mistook him for “a hoodlum.”


Image Credit: Chris Carlson/AP

It’s rehearsal time for the Academy Awards, and a woman striding offstage pretending to be a winner is holding an Oscar so fake it could be a child’s art project.

In the shadows beside a great velvet curtain, the stand-in for best actress comes face to face with none other than the real Tom Cruise, who has an envelope clasped in his hands and is waiting for his cue to walk out and practice presenting the next award.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The Mission: Impossible star tips a slight bow and raises his eyebrows with a wry, mega-watt smile. “Congratulations!” he declares, like he really, really, means it. Really. He chuckles, and – after a beat – so does the stunned stand-in.

If sincerity is the goal, it is surely one of Cruise’s worst-ever performance. But he’s just goofing around.

That’s the great thing about being backstage in the final few days before the Academy Awards — guards are down, and a guy like Cruise can just kid around. Though the crew is working hard, the stars are literally going through the motions.

Tonight when the real show begins (8:30 p.m. Eastern and 5:30 Pacific, on ABC), the pressure returns for everyone with a vengeance.

MORE ON REHEARSALS: Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. and the shadow dwellers

For more Oscar news tonight, follow @Breznican on Twitter.

Warner Bros. shuffles 2012/2013 schedule: 'Rock of Ages' and 'Jack the Giant Killer' pushed back, 'Arthur & Lancelot' dropped

EW has confirmed that Warner Bros. has postponed several high-profile projects on its 2012-13 schedule, starting with Rock of Ages, in which Tom Cruise makes his musical debut as licentious rock star Stacee Jaxx. The film, originally slated for June 1, will release two weeks later on June 15. The studio issued a more dramatic push-back for Jack the Giant Killer 3D, Bryan Singer’s fairy tale redux starring Nicholas Hoult and Ian McShane. Jack will now drop nine months after its original release date on March 22, 2013. Fans of Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) will be disappointed to learn that their star turn in Arthur & Lancelot — the Medieval epic from Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin (also a producer on Jack) — has been removed from Warner Bros.’ schedule indefinitely.

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Box office report: 'Mission: Impossible' pops champagne with $31.3 mil over New Year's weekend

Tom Cruise rang in the New Year smiling, as Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol led the box office with an estimated $31.3 million over the three-day (Friday to Sunday) weekend. That represents a 6 percent jump from Christmas weekend.

However, nearly every wide release saw their grosses rise compared to last weekend. The weekend after Christmas has historically been a strong box-office period, as many families are still on break but are no longer occupied with holiday preparations.

Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in the action franchise, has now cumulatively tallied $134.1 million, surpassing the final gross of Mission: Impossible III ($134 million). The PG-13 movie, which was helmed by Pixar animation director Brad Bird, will now attempt to catch up with the first Mission: Impossible, which collected $181 million in 1996. That figure should be within reach for Ghost Protocol. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Mission: Impossible' tops Friday with $10.7 mil as the year crosses $10 billion

Even though 2011 will go down as the least attended year at the movies since 1995, this year’s box office did pull off a neat trick by crossing $10 billion earlier this week. Granted, if we adjusted for inflation, many other years would also reach $10 billion in total ticket sales, but 2011 is only the third year (joining 2009 and 2010) to hit the milestone in real dollars.

Leading the charge on Friday was Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, which jumped 10 percent from last Friday to take in $10.7 million. The fourth entry in the “Tom Cruise can do anything” action series should finish the weekend with around $30 million, bringing its cumulative tally to nearly $133 million. On Monday, the film should pass Mission: Impossible III‘s $134 million domestic total, and will then set its sights on the first Mission: Impossible, which collected $181 million in 1996. READ FULL STORY

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