Christopher McQuarrie

After over 20 years and six movies, the Mission: Impossible series is still evolving, and not just because the action is getting bigger and wilder. Mission: Impossible – Fallout contains the biggest action sequences in the franchise, but also the most personal. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is more conflicted than ever as he enters morally murky waters in the well-received sequel.

Following up Rogue Nation, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns not to simply top the previous installments, but to deepen Ethan Hunt and the world of the IMF. The filmmaker gives Ethan Hunt as many personal challenges as physical ones in the sequel, although the action sequences are stunning to behold and mind-boggling in their ambition and scope. Both Ethan Hunt and Tom Cruise always go big, never home.

And as you’d imagine, McQuarrie had a lot to say about the making of the film in our interview.

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Fallout spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Mission: Impossible – Fallout.)

“The end you’ve always feared is coming,” the villainous Solomon Lane tells Ethan Hunt halfway through Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “The fallout of all your good intentions.” If the Mission: Impossible franchise has one specific problem, it’s this: it took a very long time to tell us who Ethan Hunt was. From the beginning, Hunt, as played by Tom Cruise, was a bit of a cipher.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation changed that. The previous entry in the Mission franchise took a step back and finally asked, “Who is Ethan Hunt?” The answer: he’s kind of a crazy jerk. Someone who will risk everyone’s life just to come out ahead. This was a fascinating development in Ethan’s character trajectory, but perhaps director Christopher McQuarrie – who is the first Mission franchise filmmaker to return for a second time – realized it was a bit too much. That the series couldn’t realistically continue if Ethan Hunt remained a borderline sociopath.

Which brings us to Fallout, the most breathless, exciting, action-packed installment in the series yet. I don’t know if I’m quite ready to call it the best entry in the series – Rogue Nation still holds that distinction, as of now – but I am ready to declare Fallout to be the most thrilling Mission. A film so relentlessly entertaining that it might actually exhaust you. Believe the hype: this really is the best action movie since Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Mission Impossible Fallout clip

Tom “Tommy” Cruise is at it again. The seemingly immortal actor is giving a middle finger to death and jumping out of a damn plane, all for the sake of entertainment. A new Mission: Impossible – Fallout clip features Cruise performing one of the film’s most terrifying stunts – jumping out of a plane flying close to 30,000 feet, going about 220 MPH. And that’s not all! There’s also a clip of Cruise punching people and getting punched himself! What more do you need?

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Mission Impossible featurette

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab tickets for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latest film where Tom Cruise laughs in the face of death. Tickets for the spy-sequel are on sale right now, and there’s a new behind-the-scenes featurette as well. Watch the Mission: Impossible featurette below.

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The King cast

Netflix’s upcoming movie The King has found its subjects.

Director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) begins production tomorrow on his William Shakespeare-inspired epic movie, and he’s pulled together a pretty stellar cast to join previously-announced stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior). Read on to learn about the rest of The King cast and who they’ll play in this story of war, legacy, and nobility.
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mission impossible 6

Tom Cruise teased the return of old and the introduction of new faces in Mission: Impossible 6, the next entry in the saga of Ethan Hunt and his death-defying stunts.

The spy action film commemorated wrapping production in New Zealand with a cast photo of the team gazing pensively off in the distance, the New Zealand wind whipping through their hair. It’s a visually pleasing photoshoot — helped by the fact that they’re all gorgeous actors — that gives us a peek at what to expect for the still untitled Mission: Impossible 6.

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Mission Impossible 5 villain

Director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise are already shooting Mission: Impossible 5, but the film has yet to finalize the cast for its antagonist. At the moment, Paramount and Skydance are offering the bad guy role to Sean Harris, known for Prometheus, The Borgias, and other films such as the Red Riding series. We don’t know much about the new film, much less the Mission: Impossible 5 villain, but the details we have are below. Read More »

Want even more evidence that Ridley Scott created multiple variations of his Alien prequel, Prometheus? Several images have now come online that show a completely different version of one of the film’s major set pieces. In the theatrical version of the film, the scene was played with practical effects. However, the entire scene was also completed with a CGI villain in case the practical version didn’t work.

After the jump. we’ll describe the scene, which is from the second act of the film so it’s only a minor spoiler, and show photos from each version of the film. Read More »

I think I’m at the point where I have to stop watching new Prometheus materials. With last night’s long international trailer, the footage cut into new clips seems to have tipped from suggestive to all-out demonstrative. In other words, Fox is ready to show much more of Ridley Scott‘s hand. I’d rather see that in the full film, and so I’m shutting down my own viewing for now.

But I know there are many who want to see all they can. And so here’s the latest in Prometheus marketing: a featurette similar to one we ran last week. This time, the focus isn’t on how awesome Ridley Scott is, but more on what he and screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof came up with for the film. Check it out below, and if the paragraph above isn’t warning enough, beware slight spoilers. Read More »

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We’ve gone from being ravenous for every bit of footage we can get from Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus to being at a point where we might actually be sated until the film’s June 8 opening. I know I don’t want to see too much more than what we’ve been shown in the collection of footage that landed in the past week.

But I’ll take a just a few new spots, including a dire warning from Charlize Theron and a demonstration of the affection between Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green. Those bits and a couple more are part of the new stuff in the first TV spot for Prometheus, which you can see below. The other notable part of this spot is that it finally puts the word Alien right in the marketing for this movie, which acts as a prequel to the 1979 film. Read More »