Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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Just as the title says, call this a confirmation of some of the early stories about the fourth Mission: Impossible film. Specifically, reports said that a second actor would be sought who could continue the series in the absence of Tom Cruise, who has anchored the first three films and is presumably the lead character in the fourth, which has been shooting for the past couple months. Jeremy Renner was cast as that second character, and now he says that, should the studio decide to move forward in the future, the burden of carrying the series would fall on his shoulders. Read More »

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Brad Bird is pulling together quite a cast for the fourth Mission: Impossible film, which is now shooting in Europe. Specifically, the evil end of the spectrum is now well-represented by a core trio of actors.

Michael Nyqvist from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the lead baddie, but now Anil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire and French actress Léa Seydoux have both signed on as evildoers — or at least the opponents of the Impossible Mission Force — in the series’ third sequel. Read More »

Josh Holloway Joins Fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’

We’re not trying to overwhelm you with bits and bites about the production of the fourth Mission: Impossible film; it just happens today that there have been a couple new pieces of info that were spaced just far enough apart.

In addition to the report of the film shooting soon in Dubai, we know now that Josh Holloway will be part of the cast, as a member of the Impossible Mission Force, which also counts Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner as members. Read More »

Fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’ Will Shoot in Dubai

Briefly: A few weeks of the shooting schedule for the fourth Mission: Impossible film will take place in Dubai, the emirate’s media office said today. “The latest installment of the globally renowned action thriller ‘Mission: Impossible,’ starring Tom Cruise, will be filmed in Dubai within the coming few weeks,” the office announced. Note that the film is still being referred to as the latest installment of the franchise — there’s no final title at this point.

The media office also says that location shooting will go on longer in Dubai than in other cities that will host the production over the next few months, with the Dubai schedule reportedly set at three weeks or more.

Brad Bird is directing Tom Cruise, Jeremy RennerPaula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Michael Nyqvist in this fourth film in the series. The scheduled release date is December 16, 2011. [ComingSoon]

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Tom Cruise already has his team of new and returning operatives set for the next as-of-yet-untitled Mission: Impossible movie—Jeremy Renner is his right-hand man, Paula Patton is a young female operate (can we expect a romantic entanglement of some kind? Probably), and Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are returning to their former roles—but what good is a team of secret agents without an ambiguously European bad guy for them to take down?

Problem solved: Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for his work as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium trilogy (only the first two of which—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire—have been released in the US) has been cast as one of the film’s lead villains. Read More »

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Briefly: Last week three actresses were testing for one of the plum female roles in the new Mission: Impossible film, to be directed by Brad Bird with Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner starring. Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) were all in the running, but now Paula Patton has been handed the part. (As we guess, I might add.)

Deadline says she’ll play ‘a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character.’ No new info there. The report also reiterates that the film won’t be called Mission: Impossible 4, which means we’ll now spend some time calling it ‘the next Mission: Impossible‘ until Paramount coughs up a new title.

JJ Abrams Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible 3

When it was first announced that JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise were reteaming to co-produce a fourth Mission Impossible film, a lot of factors were unknown. Would it be a reboot, a spinoff? Would Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt? Would JJ Abrams also direct? Well now we finally have our answer — Paramount Pictures has signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in M:I-IV. The bad news is that JJ Abrams is sitting this one out.

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JJ Abrams Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible 3

It looks like another pair of writers who worked with J.J. Abrams are being tasked with the screenplay for Mission: Impossible IV. Variety is reporting that Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, formerly co-exec producers on Alias, are working on the next entry in the MI series which will be co-produced by Abrams and Tom Cruise (as we’ve reported earlier). They will be taking over screenwriting duties for Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are currently busy with Fringe and the next Star Trek film. There is no confirmed director as of yet (Abrams is pretty busy these days, after all), and it seems that we’re not even sure how involved Cruise’s Ethan Hunt will be in the film.

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