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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Oblivion' and More

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This week: Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman make an "effective team" in director Joseph Kosinski's eye-popping sci-fi think piece "Oblivion," which also stars Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Also new this week is Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in the intense crime drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," the infuriating documentary "West of Memphis" and the earth-shatteringly stupid horror flick "Aftershock" starring Eli Roth. Get More »

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Is 'After Earth' a Scientology Movie?: Church of Scientology Responds

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UPDATE (6/12/13): The Church of Scientology's media center emailed us with this reaction to the piece:

The myth launched by a handful of self-promoters that After Earth is about the Scientology religion and its tenets is silly nonsense. After Earth has as much to do with Scientology as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Moby Dick, King Arthur, Homer’s The Odyssey or countless other stories about protagonists overcoming fears and opponents. The Church’s website,, contains accurate information on the Church and the many social programs it supports.

When the first trailer for the new Will Smith sci-fi epic "After Earth" came out, pundits immediately noticed the surface similarities to the Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," as both films deal with solitary heroes trying to survive on a future version of our own ravaged homeworld. Now, though, a somewhat less obvious parallel is being drawn by some critics who are suggesting that "After Earth" is actually heavily based on Scientology, the religion that Cruise helped make famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view). Get More »

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Dear Hollywood: Whatever Happened to a Bright Future?

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Once upon a time, the future was going to be awesome. We were promised flying cars, robots that would wait on us hand and foot and possibly jet packs, just for the hell of it.

And now that we're actually living in that future, it is, in fact, awesome. Sure, we might not have any of those specific things, but we do have smartphones, the Internet and Video On Demand, allowing us to watch movies in high definition at our own convenience. Yes, the future is awesome.

Except in the movies. Because in the movies, man, the future royally sucks. Get More »

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'Pain & Gain' Keeps Box Office Seat Warm For 'Iron Man 3'

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There was good news and bad news for "Pain & Gain" at the box office this weekend according to The good news: Michael Bay's new comedy, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, took the top spot with an estimated $20 million debut. The bad news: It's going to get absolutely steamrolled by "Iron Man 3" next weekend, as Marvel's latest superhero epic earned over $195 million in its international opening.


And the feeling that this weekend was just the calm before the storm carried over to the rest of the box office, which was down nearly 20% from last year. "Oblivion" managed to hold onto second place with an estimated $17.6 million, but the new romcom "The Big Wedding" was a big flop, drawing just $7.5 million in its opening weekend.

For a full rundown of this weekend's box office figures, head to

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'Oblivion' Saves Box Office From Oblivion

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Tom Cruise proved once again that you just can't keep him down, as the ageless action star powered "Oblivion" to an easy win at the box office this weekend to the tune of $38.2 million according to

Of course, some of the credit for "Oblivion's" strong performance goes to the fact that there weren't any other new releases this weekend. So having no competition certainly helped. And it also helped returning films like "42," which finished in second place with $18 million, and "The Croods," which hung onto the third spot with $9.5 million.

Still, a win is a win. And this is a win Cruise will be taking straight to the bank.

For a full rundown of this weekend's box office top 10, head to

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The Top 10 Dumbest Lines in Tom Cruise Movies

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We like Tom Cruise. Yes, the man be crazy, but he's also an endlessly charming rogue and a damn fine actor. But wow, does he sometimes have to say stupid things in his movies.

"Oblivion" has stunning production design and a sweet M83 score, but there's no doubt it contains at least one groan-inducing line of dialogue. Here are Tom Cruise's Top 10 most unfortunate quotes.

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Oblivion' & More

"I'll see you in another life when we are both cats." –Tom Cruise, 'Vanilla Sky'

Greetings from the apocalypse! You might think that this particular Mad Max would enjoy watching Tom Cruise fight evil robots in a future nuclear-blasted wasteland, but NOPE! "Oblivion" is a dud, though that doesn't mean we can't make it through the next few days as long as we stick together and don't cross the DMZ. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, troops, we're goin' in … Get More »

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Infographic: Tom Cruise Vs. Everything

Tom Cruise does a lost more in his movies than just flash his million-dollar smile and have nervous breakdowns in locker rooms with Cuba Gooding Jr., you know. Over the course of his nearly 40 years in movies, Cruise has taken on a wide variety of formidable enemies, whether they be made of flesh and blood or something else. Like any true movie hero, the man just can't get away from conflict.

In honor of the release of "Oblivion," which has Cruise taking on yet another new opponent, we've created an infographic that illustrates just how much fightin' Tom has done over the years — and who (or what) has been on the receiving end of his furious wrath.

Click on the image for the super-large version, and refer to the handy dandy key below it if you're stumped on any of the imagery.

Tom Cruise vs. Everything

Clockwise from top:

Helicopters: "Mission: Impossible" (1, 2 and 3, 1996-2006)

Martians: "War of the Worlds" (2005)

Sports Agents: "Jerry Maguire" (1996)

Sex cults: "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)

Stock cars: "Days of Thunder" (1990)

Hitler: "Valkyrie" (2008)

Tim Curry with Horns: "Legend" (1985)

Samurai: "The Last Samurai" (2003)

Fighter Jets: "Top Gun" (1986)

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Hollywood Height Chart: The Actors You Didn't Know Were Shorties

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Tom Cruise is Not. That. Short.

OK, so no one's saying that 5-foot-7 is tall or anything, but, for as long as we can remember, Cruise's height has been a hot topic of conversation. Which is particularly amusing because we don't recall anyone mentioning anything about Robert Downey Jr. or Javier Bardem's stature. Yet, they too stand 5-foot-7. Get More »

What the Apocalypse Looks Like: 1927-2013

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Apocalyptic and dystopian stories have always intrigued us. If societal structure was to break down, the void left behind would expose the basest of human impulses. And over the last century, movies have taken a sick sort of pleasure in showing us what the worst case scenario might look like, with ominous features of the future mirroring the most pressing concerns of the present.

Seeing as how Tom Cruise's new film "Oblivion" is opening in the not-too-distant-future (April 19), we're taking a look back at pessimistic looks forward. Get More »

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