Saturday, May 18, 2024

New Tom Cruise Movie “Oblivion” Opens in 35 Countries Before U.S.


It always intrigues me how the major studios keep shielding new Tom Cruise from bad or poor reviews. The latest, “Oblivion” will open here in the U.S. on April 19th. But between April 10th and the 19th, “Oblivion” will hit screens in roughly 35 countries. They include Belgium, France and Sweden on the 10th, Argentina, Australia, and South Korea (which loves a Tom Cruise movie) on the 11th, and all the others through the 18th. Then finally, after doing as little press as possible, Cruise will open “Oblivion” in the US.

“Oblivion” has already red carpet premieres in Moscow, Dublin, London and Taipei. Dublin was its actual premiere. New York and Los Angeles will get short shrift on this movie.

This is designed to minimize the impact of bad reviews overseas, where no one cares if an action movie makes sense just so long as it has a star. Also, Cruise is still smarting from the Katie Holmes debacle. She ambushed him in June – July 2012 and left with little Suri. What Cruise and his people don’t want is some press person saying, “Katie left you while you were filming this movie. How did that feel?”

So there will be limited exposure for him in the States, same as he did with “Jack Reacher” a few months ago. Just lots of photos with the big smile, signing autographs for fans behind barricades, and loads of waving. But little talking.

PS Cruise’s female co-star in “Oblivion” is the beautiful Olga Kurylenko. She’s been dating Danny Huston, star of “Magic City” and brother of Anjelica Huston, for some time. Yet I’ve seen some strained attempts to link Cruise to her romantically. LOL as they say.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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