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December 10, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
New trailers out this week for two 2013 science fiction epics, "After Earth" and "Oblivion," feature different stars (Will Smith and Tom Cruise, respectively) who have one thing in common: a dire prediction for the future of humanity on our dear planet Earth. "After Earth" is the new film from M. Night Shyamalan, who has stepped away from directing his own original scripts with this project, which is credited to writers Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta. It stars  Smith as a spacefaring general and his son Jaden Smith playing the general's son, on patrol over the planet Earth 1,000 years after a cataclysmic event that left the planet uninhabited by people.
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August 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The science fiction movie "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise, soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray disc sales chart in its first week in release. The dystopian drama, directed by Joseph Kosinski, had a strong box-office showing in April despite mixed reviews.   "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the action movie featuring Dwayne Johnson ,  Bruce Willis  and  Channing Tatum , held the No. 1 spot among rentals in its second week.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended Aug. 10 for sales and Aug. 11 for rentals, according to Rentrak.  Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Oblivion" (Universal)
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April 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
These days it seems rare to encounter a big sci-fi movie that's not a remake, a sequel, a prequel or an adaptation of a well-known property (whether a novel, a comic book or even a toy). The new Tom Cruise film "Oblivion" is an exception: This story of a solitary drone repairman on a devastated future Earth grew out of director Joseph Kosinski's ("Tron: Legacy") own unpublished graphic novel. According to a number of lukewarm reviews, however, the film's originality is undercut by its derivativeness, as it borrows liberally from the sci-fi canon.
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May 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Given all the different platforms that movies are available on, one might think their value as a form of programming for a cable network would be on the decline. Not so for News Corp.'s FX, which has the rights to many of the top theatrical releases of 2013, including "Iron Man 3," which last week took in over $170 million in U.S. box office. Other theatricals that will run on FX include "Pain & Gain," "Oblivion," "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "The Croods. " Although the titles will have been available on other outlets including HBO ("Oblivion")
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April 23, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"Oblivion," the big-budget sci-fi movie portraying a bleak future that sees Earth ravaged by machines, has us asking two questions: No. 1: Does Tom Cruise age? And No. 2: Why does the food of the future look so ... gross? In "Oblivion," it's all wan-looking soups, water sipped from plastic baggies reminiscent of the kind you'd see hanging by a hospital bedside, and entrees that look like they're made from slabs of seaweed. Photos: Futuristic movies, don't get hungry It's not just "Oblivion," though.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Oblivion" will make you remember, not forget. This Tom Cruise vehicle is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots - think of it as the most expensive episode of "The Twilight Zone" ever made. "Oblivion" is not perfect. Its dystopian story makes no apologies for its familiarity, echoing such films as "The Planet of the Apes," "The Matrix," "2001" and even "Wall-E. " And expecting the wheels not to eventually begin to fall off its pleasantly complicated, head-spinning plot (based on the director Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2001
American evolution: innocence, maturity, arrogance, decadence, oblivion. R.J. EVANS Santa Monica
OPINION
May 8, 1988
Such a sniveling assault on an authentic American hero diminishes his critics to oblivion and dishonor. North will prevail both in stature and in the history of this nation. ROBERT CURLENDER Pasadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1996
No praises for the Pacific Lumber Co., which in its salvage logging of the Headwaters old-growth redwood forest (Oct. 11) has unconcernedly nudged our hapless planet another step toward Shakespeare's last scene of all: biological oblivion, sans what is natural, sans what is miraculous, sans what is beautiful and inspiring, sans everything. MICHAEL H. ROSOVE Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
California's economy cannot afford the tremendous burden caused by the importation of Third World poverty. Unless this issue is addressed and illegal immigration is not only stopped, but reversed, California will continue its inexorable spiral into economic oblivion. Unless a real war is declared on gang-related crime in the Los Angeles/Orange counties area, other Times proposals such as mass transit are meaningless. WALLACE B. ROBERTS, San Clemente
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
At 48, Keanu Reeves is twice the age of his nubile costar Adelaide Clemens in "Generation Um... " and the generation gap might explain why they spend the film staring at each other blankly. Reeves plays John, a driver for an escort service who works nights shuttling Mia (Clemens), a placid baby-doll blond, and her raging cokehead partner, Violet (Bojana Novakovic, often pants-less). The women aren't John's friends, exactly - they alternate between pestering him and pleasuring him in a grotty bathroom, both of which make writer-director Mark Mann's feature debut sound more exciting than it is. After an inert first act in which John eats cupcakes and watches strangers, he finally leaps to action by stealing a video camera.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Moviegoers and movie critics have come away from "Oblivion" raving about the vavoom vehicles in the box-office hit starring Tom Cruise -- especially lead character Jack's futuristic folding motocross bike. Known on the set as "Jack's moto bike," the wispy ghost-white bike wheelies its way across a landscape of desert salt flats -- actually, volcanic sand in Iceland -- and transports the hero into and out of trouble throughout director Joseph Kosinski's dystopian film. The "moto bike," though, was a Honda CRF450X before local motorcycle-fabricator-to-the-stars Justin Kell started transforming it. Kell, whose Glory Motor Works has built or restored bikes for "The Master," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "G.I.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"Oblivion," the big-budget sci-fi movie portraying a bleak future that sees Earth ravaged by machines, has us asking two questions: No. 1: Does Tom Cruise age? And No. 2: Why does the food of the future look so ... gross? In "Oblivion," it's all wan-looking soups, water sipped from plastic baggies reminiscent of the kind you'd see hanging by a hospital bedside, and entrees that look like they're made from slabs of seaweed. Photos: Futuristic movies, don't get hungry It's not just "Oblivion," though.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before trying to avoid talking about Reese Witherspoon. The Skinny: "Mad Men" has developed an annoying habit of introducing a character without providing any background, which leaves viewers wondering whether it's a friend or relative of a main character. If you thought Trekkies were obsessed, you haven't seen anything until you see "Mad Men" watchers dissecting minutiae on Twitter. Monday's headlines include the box office recap and how Hollywood is having a tough year in China.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
After suffering a couple of box-office disappointments, Tom Cruise posted his first No. 1 film opening in years at the multiplex this weekend. The 50-year-old's science fiction flick "Oblivion" was the only new movie to hit theaters this weekend and easily claimed the top spot, debuting with a respectable $38.2 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. That figure includes screenings from Thursday evening, when the movie began playing in many locations at 7 p.m. The film's opening is a win for Cruise, especially considering the movie did not benefit from 3-D ticket surcharges and was not part of a franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before spending another day glued to TV news. The Skinny: Since ESPN has the Redskins for its opening Monday night game, the scheduling gurus at the NFL must be pretty confident that quarterback Robert Griffin III will be fully recovered from his knee injury. Hope they are right. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview, YouTube's latest legal win over Viacom and reviews of "Oblivion" and "Hemlock Grove. " Daily Dose: The Emmy Awards will be a little bit longer this year.
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May 10, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a bum. It's, as one character observes, "the old colored fellow in the funny-looking suit." It's FACTWINO, blasting out of the street on the brassy, jazzy currents of the San Francisco Mime Troupe band to clash with the greatest, biggest, most insidious enemy he's ever faced in his life, drunk or sober--the massive, two-headed ARMAGEDDONMAN!!! Aaaarrrrgh!!!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1986
How nice it was to read about Yoko Ono. After having been blamed for the breakup of the Beatles and attacked by a vicious press, she seems to be in great control of her life. Most rock wives enjoy basking in the limelight set by their famous husbands, but when they become rock widows they sink into oblivion. How many widows can say they recorded three albums and performed a world tour, despite their failures? It takes tremendous strength to continue in the public eye, especially with ridiculing and one disappointment after another.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Unfortunately for Roger Mathey's Seat of Your Pants Productions, the company behind the enthusiastically assaultive "Trainspotting" at the Elephant Theatre, neither the L.A. Drama Critics Circle nor the L.A. Stage Alliance offers an award for most excrement onstage. Or least decipherable Scottish brogue. This production's popularity (it's a reprise of an award-winning version directed by Mathey in 2002 at Theatre/Theater with many of the same actors, and its run has just been extended)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
These days it seems rare to encounter a big sci-fi movie that's not a remake, a sequel, a prequel or an adaptation of a well-known property (whether a novel, a comic book or even a toy). The new Tom Cruise film "Oblivion" is an exception: This story of a solitary drone repairman on a devastated future Earth grew out of director Joseph Kosinski's ("Tron: Legacy") own unpublished graphic novel. According to a number of lukewarm reviews, however, the film's originality is undercut by its derivativeness, as it borrows liberally from the sci-fi canon.
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