This week, David, Jeff, and Devindra discuss the tennis drama Battle of the Sexes, get amazed by Gerald’s Game, and praise the second season of Better Things. Special guest Lindsey Romain joins us for our review of American Made. Watch the “Papyrus” sketch on SNL.
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An actor playing a young version of former President George W. Bush has a brief cameo appearance in American Made, the newest film from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), but the filmmaker’s drug smuggling period piece very nearly included an appearance from another former president. According to a new report, Bill Clinton was nearly depicted getting a lap dance in an Arkansas strip club. The Tom Cruise movie establishes a small Arkansas city as a hub of the Columbian drug trade, and Clinton was the state’s governor at the time.
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Filmmaker Doug Liman and superstar Tom Cruise have a good thing going at the moment. After making one of the most enjoyable popcorn movies in recent memory, Edge of Tomorrow, the two started working together on a few projects, including their latest film, American Made. As he did with Edge of Tomorrow, Liman focused on bringing out more of Cruise’s comedic chops with the rise-and-fall tale that’s based on a true story.
As Barry Seal, Cruise plays a happy-go-lucky, adventure-seeking pilot who doesn’t give much thought to consequences. The actor makes the character an enigmatic, empathetic, and highly-skilled goof, someone who’s easy to root for even when he’s making a lot of bad decisions. Seal has a surprising amount of charm – something Cruise can deliver in spades.
When we recently spoke with Liman, the filmmaker behind The Bourne Identity, Swingers, and Go gave us a little insight into his relationship with Cruise, his interest in Barry Seal, and the adventure and uncertainty he desires with each project. Below, check out our Doug Liman interview.
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Right now Tom Cruise is out of commission with a broken ankle, halting the production of Mission: Impossible 6 for anywhere from six weeks to three months. But if you still need your fix of Cruise in the meantime this fall will deliver a big dose of the international superstar in the true story of an airline pilot turned drug and gun trafficker and money launderer for the government.
American Made tells the real story of a man named Barry Seal who was recruited by the CIA to do some shady business dealings with some of the most notorious drug kingpins of the 1980s, and he was paid handsomely for it. For those who maybe don’t know about the true story, a new American Made featurette shows Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman recounting what they learned about the real Barry Seal, complete with new footage from the movie itself. Read More »
Actor Tom Cruise has been flying for over 20 years. Literally. After Top Gun, he embraced flying as a hobby and worked towards getting his pilot’s license in 1994. He’s flown some incredible planes, including a World War II fighter jet and a Gulfstream IV with a screening room. With his upcoming film, American Made, not only does he get to fly an aircraft as a part of his day job, but we’ll get to see him step outside of one…while it’s in the air and occupied by no one else.
Director Doug Liman recently talked all about the American Made plane stunt.
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Just recently, we found out that Tom Cruise will get back in a fighter jet for Top Gun: Maverick. Before that, he’ll be in a different pilot’s seat, running guns and drugs for the CIA in one of the biggest covert operations in the agency’s history.
American Made (formerly known as Mena) is based on a true story and follows Tom Cruise as a commercial airline pilot turned smuggler in the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. It looks like the kind of blend of comedy and action that made Liman and Cruise’s last collaboration in Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat) so fun to watch, and you’ll see what I mean in the first trailer that just debuted online before hitting theaters with The Mummy this weekend.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, a genuinely thrilling sci-fi actioner that made the most of Tom Cruise‘s charisma and turned Emily Blunt into a bonafide action star. So when we heard Liman and Cruise were reuniting for Mena, we were all in. But it looks like it’ll be a while before we find out how their new project actually turned out.
Universal has pushed back Mena by over eight months, from January 2017 to fall. And while they were at it, they slapped on a new title as well: Mena will now be titled American Made. Read More »