Universal Pictures 2013 Preview with New Photos

'Oblivion', 'Fast and the Furious 6', '47 Ronin', 'Riddick', 'Kick-Ass 2', 'Identity Theif', and a whole lot more are coming this year.

Universal Pictures has released their 2013 preview, which showcases their slate of movies for the new year and includes plenty of new photos. The studio's upcoming releases include Mama, Identity Thief, Jurassic Park 3D, Oblivion, About Time, The Fast and the Furious 6, The Purge, Kick-Ass 2, Despicable Me 2, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Riddick, Rush, The Best Man 2, and 47 Ronin.

Mama - In Theaters Now

Mama

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.

Identity Thief - February 8th

Identity Theif

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (Melissa McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson" (Jason Bateman) and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S.

With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Jurassic Park 3D - April 5th

Jurassic Park 3D

Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking masterpiece Jurassic Park 3D on April 5, 2013. With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Steven Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film's original release.

Oblivion - April 12 (IMAX) April 19 (wide)

Oblivion

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

About Time - May 10th

About Time

The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life, so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart.

Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road.

But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

The Fast and the Furious 6 - May 24th

Fast and the Furious 6

Their most dangerous adventure yet! Plot unknown at press time.

The Purge - May 31st

The Purge

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Kick-Ass 2 - June 28th

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)-reborn as The Mother F%&*^r-only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Despicable Me 2 - July 3rd

Despicable Me 2

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.

Christopher Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

R.I.P.D. - July 19th

R.I.P.D.

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

2 Guns - August 16th

2 Guns

Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

Riddick - September 6th

Riddick

The infamous Riddick (Vin Diesel) has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.

Rush - September 20th

Rush

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard directs Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed-handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

The Best Man 2 - November 15th

Best Man 2

When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

47 Ronin - December 25th

47 Ronin

From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Rinsch. Inspired by styles as diverse as Hayao Miyazaki and Hokusai, Carl Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that's never been seen before.


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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Heh, my wallet will thank me for not seeing 5% - 10% of movies this year. I decided to leave Broken City and Mama for the dollar theater. After testing the waters, they both have an average pulse from me, so yeah, dollar

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Very true, although I still have about 25-30 films I'll be seeing in theaters this year, so it'll still be a significant hit to the wallet. And of course, 75% of those will come after August, when the unofficial start of the filmgoing season begins.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. Mr.K

    Hmm.... I'm only interested in seeing Kick-Ass 2, Oblivion,Jurassic Park 3D, Riddick and Ronin 47 3D. The rest looks forgettable.

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  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Lol at the Tom joke. And another lol, your wallet thanks you ;)

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Thanks, man. I try :P

    Seriously though, I won't be seeing any of these. Maybe Fast 6 and Kick Ass 2 on HBO, but that's it.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Oh, crap. I meant to say his career since jumping on Oprah's couch.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. ejk1

    @thedude-abides Cruise's career? Please explain that one.

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  8. ejk1

    @john-m Well, as of now, Keanu Reeves is the only person to show a desire and put plans together for a Cowboy Bebop film, and if he's willing, I say go for it. As far as Fast & the Furious, if you read what it says in the little synopsis above, it says "plot unknown at press time." All I was doing was surmising what will be in the film. I don't have a problem with it, as I like most of the films in the series, but my point was that the plot will basically be the same as before.

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  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Man, you sure know how to make a case

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Haha. Sorry, but no.

    mama -- i've seen this movie a hundred times before

    identity thief -- seen one melissa mccarthy movie, seen 'em all

    jurassic park 3D -- seen it a hundred times before, literally

    oblivion -- the title may as well be a summation of cruise's career

    about time -- a romantic comedy involving time travel? hm, that actually makes Did You Hear About the Morgans seem plausible...or interesting.

    fast 6 -- will be no different from the first 5

    the purge -- ethan hawke. 'nuff said.

    kick ass 2 -- hasn't shaped up well at all

    desp*cable me 2 -- maybe if i had a 2-year old

    r.i.p.d. -- ryan reynolds is all the proof I need that this will suck

    2 guns -- another "safe house/contraband" from denzel and wahlberg

    riddick -- love diesel, but the first one wasn't very good, and this is obviously the same dynamic at play as with the "fast" sequels

    rush -- days of thunder, part ducks

    the best man 2 -- doesn't warrant a reason

    47 ronin -- keanu reeves playing a samurai. okay, this one might actually be worth the price of admission :P

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  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Not even the minions?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. John M

    @ejk1: I would love for live action Cowboy Bebop films, but don't want Keanu Reeves a part of it, unless he helps get it made. Also so what if Fast and the Furious has a simple plot. It works and the films are fun and entertaining.

    Of these films I am looking forward to.

    Oblivion
    F&F 6
    Riddick
    Kick Ass 2
    Ronin (I'm not a big fan of Reeves, but I love samurai so I'm in.)
    2 Guns

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  13. The_Crow2k

    Psssh...respect for the variety, Universal.

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  14. thedude-abides

    There's not one movie on here I would want to see

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. the MovieGhost

    You're forgetting the scantily clad women @ejk1 making out with each other :P

    There were some movies I'd no idea about till now. Oblivion, Fast 6, The Purge, Kick-Ass 2, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Riddick, Rush, and 47 Ronin all look promising.

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  16. justatadmatt

    i'm still shocked no one has acknowledged the giant TORONTO sign on the Kick-Ass 2 picture...

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  17. moviegeek

    They've got a great lineup.

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  18. Dan

    Fast and Furious, The Purge (sounds really interesting, and much love for Headey), Kick Ass 2, 47 Ronin, Rush, Riddick, 2 Guns, and Oblivion.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. ejk1

    @therealGoku I believe I answered your question in my opening statement. It has nothing to do with realism. The book was simply a horrible read. Millar fixed the ailments the first series with the first film, and I hope the same occurs here.

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  20. The Real Goku

    @ejk1 why would you want kick ass 2 to stray away from the comics? It may not be realistic but the violence and gore is what makes the comic what it is. I hope it's exactly the same. Including the ending

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  21. ejk1

    A plot for Fast & Furious 6? Let me guess: cars go fast, fist fights, cars go faster. Done.

    47 Ronin could be interesting, but I'd rather Keanu Reeves make good on the Cowboy Bebop film I've been waiting years for.

    Best Man 2? Isn't that a decade too late?

    Rush may be worthy.

    Wasn't Riddick a king when we last saw him? And now he's been left for dead? What the hell?

    2 Guns seems like Expendables Lite.

    RIPD better be good with all the press it has had over the last two years.

    I hope Kick Ass 2 deviates even further from the book than the first film did. One of the worst comic series' I have ever read.

    I know nothing about The Purge, except that Lena Headey is in the film, which makes it eminently watchable for me.

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  22. The Real Goku

    First time hearing about "2 Guns"! But I'm looking forward to it

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  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Yes to everything minus two films. And I love the Marketing for Desp*cable 2. The minions are a genius move

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