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On The Lot: The Mummy Stumbles




Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallace in a scene from Universal's The Mummy
Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallace in a scene from Universal's The Mummy
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Universal's hoped that Tom Cruise could conquer Wonder Woman. He didn't lay a glove on her. The Mummy failed to excite audiences - even avid movie fan A Martinez says he fell asleep during the film. Twice.

Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan tells us Universal is hoping for better box office overseas, but notes the film is the latest in a series of financially disappointing films starring Tom Cruise. She says it wasn't helped by a poor "freshness" rating on the popular movie site, Rotten Tomatoes. And Keegan says that site is becoming increasingly important to the success or failure of films, so much so that it has Hollywood execs alternately praising and damning it.

Keegan also tells us about an interesting event she attended. It featured Jerry Seinfeld questioning Netflix Reed Hastings, and she says the comedian is a remarkably good interviewer. Hastings explained why Netflix recently cancelled two critically acclaimed series, and shed some light on how he sees the streaming business developing.

Click the blue bar to the full conversation with Rebecca Keegan