Like a freshly-turned vampire immediately stumbling out into the sun, Dark Universe died before it could really get started. Universal had hoped to launch their own cinematic universe based around their classic monsters, but the first entry – The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise – was a complete dud. Afterwards, future Dark Universe projects were put on hold, and it seems like the idea is – for the time being – dead and buried. Now, Alex Kurtzman, who oversaw the Dark Universe writers room and directed The Mummy, is opening up about the fiasco, and confirms he definitely has nothing to do with the Dark Universe anymore. See Kurtzman’s explanation about what happened to the Dark Universe below, I have a soft spot for the Dark Universe. There’s just something very amusing to me about Universal Pictures going all-out to create their own cinematic universe, and having it fail immediately. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were hired to oversee … [Read more...] about Dark Universe Architect Alex Kurtzman Says Making ‘The Mummy’ Was Just As Painful As Watching It
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Welcome to 2019! It’s time to stream more movies! In the latest edition of Now Stream This, I bring you the chance to stream three of last year’s best films. In addition to that, there’s a ghost story with George C. Scott, a heist flick with Walter Matthau, a fun Indiana Jones knock-off, an underrated biopic, and more. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming! The Best Movies Streaming Right Now 1. Annihilation Streaming on Hulu January 5 Release Date: 2018 Genre: Sci-Fi Director: Alex Garland Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac If you skipped Alex Garland‘s challenging sci-fi horror film in theaters (and there’s a good chance you did!), here’s your chance … [Read more...] about Now Stream This: ‘Annihilation’, ‘Hereditary’, ‘Leave No Trace’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Changeling’ and More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, it’s all about Tom Cruise with a breakdown of an incredible stunt sequence from Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and a recap of some of the dangerous stunts that almost killed the actor on camera. Plus, the daring actor somehow convinces James Corden to go skydiving at 15,000 feet. First up, director Christopher McQuarrie breaks down a skydiving sequence that might seem like it’s created entirely using visual effects, but Tom Cruise actually jumped out of a plane at 25,000 feet while a skydiving camera operator follows his every move. The camera operator even has to do things like pull focus while he’s falling through the damn sky. Tom Cruise is known for doing his own stunts, … [Read more...] about The Morning Watch: Tom Cruise Edition
The last couple of years have not been kind to Tom Cruise’s status as an action hero. In 2016, he again played the taciturn Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, following that in 2017 as the lead of The Mummy and American Made. All three of those movies stumbled in one way or another — American Made acquitted itself best of all and received strong reviews, but it was not exactly a runaway hit, while The Mummy doomed a shared universe before it began and Jack Reacher earned $56 million less globally than its predecessor. As Cruise is only four years away from 60 — yes, really — it’s not wrong to wonder if his action-star days are far behind him. But Mission: Impossible – Fallout suggests he’s got some life in him yet. Throughout the last two decades, Cruise has excelled when he plays IMF agent Ethan Hunt. Hunt was first introduced in the 1996 adaptation of the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, pulling off a daring and … [Read more...] about ‘Mission: Impossible’ and the Duality of Tom Cruise
DID you spot this prop from the 1999 movie in the new The Mummy? By Hanna Flint Sunday, June 11, 2017 Annabelle Wallis makes use of an 1999 The Mummy prop in the new film starring Tom Cruise [Universal] WARNING: This article contains a mild spoiler from The Mummy If you're a fan of Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz's original film you'll see more than a few mementos in the new film. One that stands out in particular is the Book of Amun Ra, AKA the Book of Life, which Annabelle Wallis' Egyptologist, Jenny Halsey, uses to knock out Malik (Marwan Kenzari), the assistant of Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll while she and Cruise's Nick Morton are under attack from Mr. Hyde. You'll remember that the book was used to defeat Imhotep by turning him into a mortal so they could end his life for good. The Book of Amun … [Read more...] about Did you spot this prop from the 1999 movie in the new The Mummy?