We’re getting mixed messages from Mission: Impossible 5. On one hand, Paramount moved the Tom Cruise film up from a Christmas 2016 release to a July 31 date. (No doubt partially inspired by fear of Star Wars.) But that doesn’t mean that everything is going perfectly well with the film, and reports now say the Mission Impossible 5 ending needs some work, and so the movie has taken a break from production in order to rework the ending, which “was deemed unsatisfactory.”
Update: Director Christopher McQuarrie has responded, briefly, to the report.
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Interviews with Paul Thomas Anderson are still cropping up left and right as he’s out in the public eye doing promotion for Inherent Vice, and we’re not complaining. In a couple of new talks, the director expressed his enthusiasm for Edge of Tomorrow, a film we felt strongly about last year, and also talked about the process of choosing the excellent collection of music that brings additional life to Inherent Vice. Read More »
Edge of Tomorrow wasn’t the spectacular financial success it might have been, but it was a damn good movie. And so Tom Cruise, who of late has frequently done multiple projects with writers and directors he likes, is setting up an Edge of Tomorrow reunion with director Doug Liman. Their new project is set in the 1980s and is a “drug thriller” called Mena. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by David Chen
Maverick was a phony.
So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New York, Part 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a tough guy.
Hit the jump to check out the Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun video essay and see if you’re convinced.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
That Steve Jobs biopic has been through a quite a few potential Steve Jobs-es already. Christian Bale was one of the first names we heard, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale again, and now Michael Fassbender. But we’ve now learned there was yet another A-list actor in contention as of a couple months ago.
Sony apparently wanted Tom Cruise for the part, as revealed by emails from the Sony hack. In addition, Tobey Maguire and Matthew McConaughey reportedly also lobbied for the part. More details after the jump on the Tom Cruise Steve Jobs casting that never happened.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Not only is Beca back for Pitch Perfect 2, so is her signature plastic cup. Also after the jump:
- Felicity Jones will join Tom Hanks in Inferno
- Mel Brooks signs on for Hotel Transylvania 2
- Stephen Hawking would like to be a Bond baddie
- The Paranormal Activity franchise is going 3D
- The Wanted 2 script is still being written
- The Rocky spinoff Creed is looking for extras
- Silent Night, Bloody Night 2 is in the works
- Tom Cruise has a close call while shooting M:I 5
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“There can be only one (sexiest man alive)!” There is going to be a Highlander reboot, and the producers reportedly want Tom Cruise to be in the film. But he wouldn’t be the hero who learns that his own strange birthright automatically enrolled him in a violent game amongst immortals competing for the ultimate price. No, Cruise is being eyed for the revamped version of Sean Connery’s original role. So his part would be of the wise and experienced mentor/swordsman who helps the Highlander come to terms with his life and immortality. Get a few more very cautious details of the possible Tom Cruise Highlander deal below.
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Tom Cruise likes to do his own stunts whenever possible, and for Mission: Impossible 5 he has gone to daredevil heights to entertain us. For the last Mission: Impossible film Cruise was suspended from the side of the Burj Khalifa, aka the tallest building in the world. And the footage, filmed with IMAX cameras, was very impressive. But one Mission: Impossible 5 stunt suggests that Cruise is ready to outdo that last going — for this sequel he was strapped to the outside of a military plane as it cruised over England at 5,000 feet. Read More »
We’re accustomed to thinking that any given sci-fi film is going to be mostly CG, perhaps thanks to the legacy left by the Star Wars prequels and many films that followed. But some still use a great deal of practical makeup and effects work. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one good example. The under-seen Edge of Tomorrow, from Doug Liman, is another. In the behind the scenes footage below you’ll see how Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wore their bulky power suits during shooting, and how they threw themselves around the sets to create the film’s impressive battle sequences. Watching these Edge of Tomorrow practical effects is captivating enough that I’d love to see a cut of the film with all digital work removed. Read More »