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Tom Cruise: 'Oblivion' Q&A - Watch Now!

Tom Cruise: 'Oblivion' Q&A - Watch Now!

Tom Cruise is all smiles while arriving for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday (April 16) in New York City.

The 50-year-old actor signed autographs and took pictures with his fans before promoting his new flick Oblivion, out in theaters on Friday (April 19).

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The day before, Tom was seen attending a private screening of the movie in the Big Apple.

Check out the video below of Tom recently participating in a Q&A for Oblivion.


Tom Cruise – ‘Oblivion’ Q&A

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# 2

He memorized those answers like he memorizes lines.

# 3
Simy Alanes the turd @ 04/17/2013 at 1:51 am

Where is the maniacal Tom Cruise fangirl who uses to post TENS of comments under multiple names. Is she locked in an asylum for the night?

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# 4

at this point he has been asked the same questions over and over a zillion times so if it sounds like he has memorized that’s probably why. get an effing clue.

# 5

Not the most original ideas if you have seen/’read a lot of SF but definitely worth catching inthe cinema. 7.5/10 from someone who loved it.

# 6

He looked so great & young, go on!

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Oblivion - Forbes Review @ 04/17/2013 at 5:27 am

Oblivion is a solid and engaging science-fiction drama. It is less concerned with over-the-top thrills than in establishing time and place while telling a somewhat simple story of self-discovery. It has just enough ideas to justify its narrative journey, and only enough action beats to construct a solid trailer (the film has one very strong second-act chase scene). As a Tom Cruise vehicle, it again shows off why he has remained one of the biggest stars in Hollywood through thick-and-thin, as it shows his unwillingness to deliver a product anything below rock-solid (I’ll assume Rock of Ages was a statistical anomaly). If Tron: Legacy represented basically everything wrong with the modern blockbuster, Oblivion presents a more optimistic spectacle: Thoughtful, patient, rooted in performance, intended for glorious IMAX 2D, and using its special effects to support the narrative rather than suffocate it. Oblivion is not a great film but it is completely solid big screen entertainment that does its job with visual enchantment to spare.

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Oblivion - Q & A Snippets @ 04/17/2013 at 5:30 am

Tom Cruise was on hand Monday night in New York for an early screening of his new Universal film “Oblivion,” hosted by Hero Complex, and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star talked at length about his interest in making the film, citing in particular filmmaker Joseph Kosinksi, calling the writer-director seated beside him “a world creator” and a “true visionary.”

Kosinski, for his part, described how Cruise’s decision early on to star in the film, helped shape his final drafts of the script. “I knew everything I wanted Jack Harper to do in this movie, Tom was going to be able to do it,” Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) said.

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Oblivion - Guardian @ 04/17/2013 at 5:35 am

Tom Cruise lays waste to the opposition in Oblivion

Studio bosses are left wondering what went right as the science-fiction story brings home a surprise result.

Reviews were mixed, and the early April release date suggested a movie falling short of the blockbuster premier league, but there was nothing puny about the opening-weekend box office for Oblivion.

Studios always review results for all their releases, and now Universal is in the happy position of wondering what went right with Oblivion. As a property, it benefited from significantly less pre-existing brand awareness than Jack Reacher, which is based on the popular crime fiction of Lee Child. Sunday sunshine saw dips for films right across the market, including for Oblivion, but the headline number remains robust.

Oblivion - Lainey @ 04/17/2013 at 5:44 am

But when RDJ is done with the action movies, no one doubts that he can just as easily move into “serious” drama, though, as he noted in his amazing interview with GQ, serious dramas have just as much chance as being sh-t as the superhero movies.

And Tom Cruise?

It’s not that he hasn’t shown the ability, but for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways, he’s let us forget; just like Sarah said of Will Smith recently, it seems like he only wants to do one thing, and our resulting assumption there is that he can only do one thing: run fast.

What’s interesting too is that when you’re watching RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, at least part of it is watching him play himself. Or, at least, use elements of himself to connect to the character. And we are still willing to let him call that acting. Tom Cruise? Tom Cruise too is being Tom Cruise all of the time. With Tom Cruise though, we aren’t so generous are we?

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Are ‘WE’ Lainey? NO.

But for some who just want the movie experience without the tabloid fodder, our generosity abounds for TC films.

Oblivion - MTV Geek @ 04/17/2013 at 5:54 am

Radical Studios’ Art Director Jeremy Berger walks us through the process of adapting “Oblivion” for the big screen and retaining some of the original concepts from filmmaker Joseph Kosinksi’s (“TRON Legacy”) original pitch.

Radical Interactive will release an iOS and Android app allowing you to explore the art and universe of the film. “Radical Universe – Oblivion” is being described as “an interactive reading experience” which includes 3D artwork along with the first chapter of Kosinski’s original illustrated novel.

“Oblivion” will be in theaters this Friday.

http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/04/16/oblivion-movie-vs-comic/

Oblivion - Rottentomatoes @ 04/17/2013 at 5:58 am

Audience user Ratings: 28,148 – 98% want to see Oblivion

Oblivion – - – IMAX – - – April 19

Oblivion is the most confusing movie I have ever watched till date!

Just superb :)

Miss Manners @ 04/17/2013 at 11:59 am

Who’s the person doing nothing but quoting articles from other sources? Are you working for Cruise or the studio as a PR person? Don’t you have an opinion of your own? Apparently not. I’ve read all of that. I come here to read what REAL PEOPLE think. Rather than clog up the comments with professional articles written by others, why not share your opinion?

Me thinks there are shenannigans afoot at this site. Cruise’s PR minions spend more time here than fans, which is just sad. If a movie is good, people will see it on good word of mouth or by searching out and reading the reviews of credible critics. We don’t need the PR lackey’s showing up here posting other people’s reviews to make a decsion.

JJ gets worse and worse by the day. No discussion, just some minions paid to promote things.

Oblivion - IMAX - April 19 @ 04/17/2013 at 7:06 pm

@Miss Manners:

BOO-A-HOO!

Oblivion – - – IMAX – - – April 19

Sincerely concerned @ 04/18/2013 at 6:39 pm

Jimmy Fallon said he saw him out talking to his fans for 2 hours. I wonder how many he called a jerk. I wonder if he still walks around in thong underwear. This guy really does creep me out. I really don’t think he has a true personality. Such a fake. Loved the John Russel interview with Conan O’Brian talking about Scientology.

Sincerely concerned @ 04/18/2013 at 6:42 pm

I meant Russel Brand.

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/18/2013 at 7:06 pm

***Tom Cruise will be back on top of box office with ‘Oblivion’***

Even the most oblivious of moviegoers will be well aware of “Oblivion” this weekend, as the Tom Cruise flick is set to claim No. 1 at the box office.

The “Mission: Impossible” actor’s latest film, the only picture debuting nationwide this weekend, is poised to have a healthy debut of around $37 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

Heading into the weekend, older males are showing the most interest in the movie, which Thursday had notched a 59% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes [*critics - 57%, but 29,552 users show 98% want to see it]

Universal Pictures said it and co-financier Elliot Inc. paid $120 million to make the film, which got off to a good start overseas last weekend. Playing in 52 foreign markets, the film collected $61 million and was No. 1 in 48 of the locations where it opened. The film did best in Russia, where its $8.6-million gross was the best opening ever for Cruise in the country. The film is likely to sail past the $100-million milestone this weekend as it launches in seven additional countries.

Cruise’s films almost always perform far better abroad than domestically. With the exception of the box-office disappointment “Rock of Ages,” every film the actor has appeared in over the last decade has made more internationally than in the U.S. and Canada. His last film, December’s “Jack Reacher,” collected 63% of its overall $216.6 global gross overseas.

[re: LATIMES online]

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/18/2013 at 7:21 pm

Review: Tom Cruise tones it down in visually stunning ‘Oblivion’

Cruise surprisingly takes a back-seat to the spectacle, not letting his performance be the focal point. He delivers a chill performance rather than the typical amplifying of his every sentence. The story lends itself to Cruise toning it down and being a little more introspective as he spends the majority of the film alone, either exploring the surface of the planet or hiding out in a lakeside shack listening to LPs, but always in thought about his own purpose.

Despite a derivative second half, credit is due to the extent of detail and identity Kosinski designed for this film. As far as sci-fi adventures go, not much in recent years comes anywhere close to how cool this film looks.

After “Tron: Legacy” and now “Oblivion,” Kosinski has proven he has a most-welcome and unique cinematic vision, a visual style that greatly boosts an exhausted genre. Despite the ho-hum story, there are many reasons to see “Oblivion,” and revisit “Oblivion” again.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/04/18/review-tom-cruise-tones-it-down-in-visually-stunning-oblivion/#ixzz2QrNXNBP2

I give this review 2 THUMBS UP!!!

OBLIVION – - – IMAX – - – TOMORROW!!!

pecantortes @ 04/20/2013 at 2:00 am

I remember there being some poll where Cruise was less popular than Saddam Hussein so people are probably going for Morgan Freeman.

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/20/2013 at 5:50 pm

In Cruise’s 1990′s heyday, Oblivion‘s $13 million would mean a 3x weekend multiplier and a likely debut of $39 million. But today is a more front-loaded time, so a more likely result is a 2.75x weekend multiplier for a still-solid $36 million, which would tie Interview With the Vampire for Cruise’s biggest debut outside of the aforementioned War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible films. Obviously a more front-loaded debut, say a 2.5x ($32.5 million) , could result, but Tom Cruise films usually have decent over/under 3.0x weekend multipliers, befitting his status as a multi-generational movie star who generally releases solid genre product for adults and older kids.

We’ll know more Sunday morning, but with $77 million already racked up overseas (it opened to $60 million in around 50 foreign markets last weekend) and a near-$40 million US debut to go with it, the $120 million Oblivion looks well on its way to profitability, or at least breaking even.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2013/04/20/friday-box-office-tom-cruise-scores-near-record-opening-day-with-oblivion/

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/20/2013 at 5:56 pm

Box Office Report: Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ Headed for $38.5 Million Weekend

Universal’s sci-fi epic will mark one of the actor’s best domestic opening in recent times

Easily topping the Friday box office, Tom Cruise’s Oblivion is now expected to clear a better-than-expected $38.5 million for the weekend.

That would mark one of Cruise’s better openings in North America, although moviegoers only gave the movie a B- CinemaScore. Overseas, he has remained a much bigger star. Opening last weekend in numerous foreign markets, Oblivion has already earned nearly $100 million internationally.

Adult male moviegoers are fueling Oblivion, which cost Universal and Elliot Inc. at least $120 million to produce.

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, opening to $29.6 million in December 2011, turned into a box-office monster, grossing nearly $700 million worldwide.

Universal decided to get a jump on the beginning of the crowded summer box office by opening Oblivion now. The studio has gone aggressively after males by advertising during major sporting events including the NCAA’s March Madness.

Oblivion opens in another seven international markets this weekend.

[re: THR]

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/20/2013 at 6:00 pm

The Harvard Crimson Review – **** (4 stars)

Visuals Breathe Life into “Oblivion”

It’s impossible to ignore the stunning visuals and filmography of the film’s first half. Director Joseph Kosinski, who made his directorial debut with “Tron: Legacy” in 2010, definitely accomplishes with “Oblivion” an original visual spectacle while simultaneously paying homage to science-fiction films of the past.

While “Oblivion” succeeds artistically and features a strong cast, its writing occasionally borders on being overly sentimental and fails to take the film’s unique premise towards a strong conclusion. Science-fiction films such as “Inception” succeed because their premise and plot lend themselves to creative and inquisitive discussion. “Oblivion” strives to do so, with pithy allusions to Thomas Macaulay’s “Horatius” and strong, provocative themes of individuality and free will. However, the film doesn’t attempt to make meaningful forays into these thematic ideas, although such a failure doesn’t change its entertainment value. The film touches briefly on themes such as individuality and free will, but brushes by them on the way to visually satisfying scenes.

In every respect, “Oblivion” surpasses most of the blockbuster productions present in the box office today—it’s bold, beautiful, and engaging. Yet given the potential of its premise, it’s difficult not to wonder if “Oblivion” could have been much more.

"Tom's Sisters" @ 04/20/2013 at 6:21 pm

“Learning to (Re)Love Tom Cruise”
By TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER
(The New York Times)

There’s a scene in 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” the most recent installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise, in which Tom Cruise hangs from the side of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

The scene is riveting — some of it because, I mean, will those gloves even work? And some of it because, naturally, that building. But mostly because, in the last 10 years, our culture has become completely reliant on computer-generated graphics and postproduction fixes, and yet here is a vision of effort being exerted by the person who was paid to exert it. That’s what had me so slack-jawed and tense: Tom Cruise was really doing it. He was really hanging off the building. Our Tom Cruise was really and truly hanging off the tallest building in the world.

The unconscious is expert at detecting exactness, which is why this scene seems so much more thrilling than a thousand scenes cooked up in a hard drive. This is something Cruise and his team (and his insurers, apparently) understand. Something else that Cruise seems to understand is that there is no substitute for a man actually doing the thing he purports to be doing. And there may be no man who continues to fully comprehend that in exchange for his true sweat, we will love him, more than Tom Cruise does.

Who has ever worked so hard for our pleasure? Cruise’s brand as a late-career action hero isn’t Bruce Willis’s putout amusement or Matt Damon’s stoic efficiency or the Rock’s eyebrow-acting. There are no catchphrases in the Tom Cruise oeuvre. Instead, his trademark is just a preternaturally good-looking man trying to get things done.

How odd that our shiniest celebrity, the man whose image once flashed most easily into our heads when we thought of the words “movie star,” a man who, throughout his career, has grappled with all sorts of questions of privacy and secrecy and image control and damage control, has somehow emerged at this late date as the movie world’s most unlikely symbol of old-fashioned authenticity.

Scientology isn’t among the world’s major religions, and when I picture what goes on behind closed doors, it is not unlike that most action-filled scene in “Eyes Wide Shut.” But Cruise isn’t a religious leader, just a religious man, so to me much of our criticism smacks of religious bigotry. I grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish household. Years of wide-eyed observation of people practicing a spirituality that made absolutely no sense to me led me to the conclusion that we’re all entitled to whatever magic we find that makes the world meaningful to us. I have no real proof that the Torah isn’t the “Dianetics” of millenniums past. (Don’t kill me, Mom.)

Good entertainment is getting harder to find. My TV is filled with cheaply made shows about demicelebrities whining at cameras as they vie for a man who is making out with all of them indiscriminately. People are decorating cakes on TV, and this is supposed to thrill us, to glue us to the screen. The most I can hope for from a comedy movie these days is that some jerk will stop smoking pot long enough to interest a sincere and beautiful woman. That jerk won’t run for you. That jerk won’t even get up from the couch for you.

And so I turn to Tom Cruise, who finds me worth taking the risk for, worth doing some situps for. Who’ll climb the side of the world’s tallest building for my pleasure.

[full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/magazine/learning-to-re-love-tom-cruise.html?_r=0

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