Yesterday’s News: April 22, 2013

April 21st: Tom Cruise landed at the top of the box office when his latest film, Oblivion, earned an estimated $38 million at the box office this weekend. This provides Cruise a much needed career boost, gives Universal a solid international hit and helps young director Joseph Kosinski establish himself after his so-so feature debut, Tron: Legacy. The only people this is bad news for: Pun-happy entertainment journalists, looking to feature the headline: Tom Cruise’s career shot to Oblivion. Source: Box Office Mojo

April 21st: Oscar winning actress, Reese Witherspoon was arrested early Friday morning in Atlanta, GA for disorderly conduct, as her husband, CAA agent Tim Toth was detained for a suspected  DUI. During the confrontation with police, Witherspoon reportedly yelled at the arresting officer: “Do you know my name?” and “You’re going to be on national news!” The officer claimed that in an effort to evade capture Witherspoon repeatedly advised her husband to “bend and snap.” Source: Variety

April 19th: Director David O. Russell will receive the Spirit of Independence Award at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. This award was decided on after Lily Tomlin refused to present Russell with the Spirit of Kindness & Professionalism award. Source: Entertainment Weekly

April 19th: Will Smith & son Jayden Smith’s summer tentpole, After Earth, has moved its opening up one week earlier to May 31st. This is a big step down for Will Smith, as King of Post-Memorial Day Weekend just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Source: The Wrap

April 17th: Disney has confirmed that they will be releasing a new Star Wars movie every year starting 2015. Coming to theaters summer of 2027: Star Wars: The Adventures of Anonymous Storm Trooper 32. You never heard him speak. You never knew his name. But now, you’ll know his story. Source: Entertainment Weekly

April 16th: Nick Jonas’ film debut Careful What You Wish For has added Paul Sorvino to its cast, which also includes Isabel Lucas, Dermot Mulroney and, of course, former Jo Bro, Nick Jonas. I will continue to report on this story as it develops, as I find its existence simultaneously fascinating, hilarious and soul-crushing. Source: Deadline

April 16th: A sequel to crowd favorite hit Pitch Perfect has been given the greenlight by Universal for a 2015 release. File under: Can’t Leave Well-Enough Alone. Source: Slashfilm

-Eddie Mouradian
Follow on Twitter @emouradian

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