tom cruise in once upon a time in hollywood

One of the selling points for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the big movie-star team-up of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. But things could’ve turned out much differently. According to Tarantino, if Brad Pitt hadn’t been available, he would’ve offered another big movie star his role: Tom Cruise. But that doesn’t mean DiCaprio would still be in the movie too. As Tarantino tells it, it was important to get the pairing of his leading men just right.

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Top Gun 2 trailer

Paramount surprised the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con crowd by bringing superstar Tom Cruise out onto the Hall H stage and dropping a surprise trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the highly-anticipated sequel to Tony Scott’s 1980s classic. Thankfully, that trailer has also been officially released online for the rest of us to see, so check it out below and read some of Cruise’s comments from the stage. Read More »

Tom Cruise has always been a risk-taker on the big screen, for good and ill. Lately, the risks he takes center around the physical — the ever-expanding Mission: Impossible franchise is now focused on the question of how far Cruise can push his body for the sake of entertaining the masses. Those risks feel all the more remarkable as Cruise approaches his 60th birthday. (He just turned 57 two weeks ago, a fact that seems…well, impossible.) 

But the more Tom Cruise pushes his body, the further he moves away from the time when his risks were ballsier in spite of not being remotely physical. Just as it’s hard to imagine that Tom Cruise is pushing 60, it’s hard to believe that we’re now 20 years removed from a time when he worked on two massively risky projects that required his mental and emotional chops more than the physical: Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.

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Eyes Wide Shut - Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Twenty years ago, on the eve of the new millennium, Stanley Kubrick invited moviegoers into a mansion where the rich and powerful donned Venetian masks and black hoods to engage in ritualistic orgies. It was the summer of 1999 and Kubrick had passed away months earlier, leaving behind the last entry in his filmography, Eyes Wide Shut, as a posthumous release. The film hit theaters on July 16 and like The Shining — which earned the auteur a laughably shortsighted Worst Director nomination at the first-ever Razzie Awards — it received mixed reviews early on.

Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the leading Hollywood power couple of the day, Eyes Wide Shut wasn’t quite the erotic thriller that its marketing made it out to be. The sole sex scene involving one of the main characters was a fantasy sequence, glimpsed only in flashes of monochrome thought. Instead, audiences settled in for a 160-minute night odyssey that confronted the egocentrism in human nature through the lens of desire. In short: not your typical summer movie fare, unless maybe you were expecting a dark, twisted Christmas in July.

Forget the Illuminati; what really matters in Eyes Wide Shut is sins of the heart and how those affect couples caught up in a world that is beyond their understanding or control. In its own feel-bad, pre-Gone Girl way, this is a movie that might actually qualify as required viewing for anyone in a long-term relationship. The password is fidelio.

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Joe Carnahan interview

Joe Carnahan has once again produced a slick crime movie with El Chicano.Stunt coordinator Ben Hernandez Bray, who worked on The Grey and performed stunts in a long list of major films, co-wrote the script with Carnahan and makes his directorial debut with the Latino-led superhero movie. It’s a $6 million movie that, like Carnahan’s work, stretches every dollar of its budget.

It’s a superhero movie crossed with a gritty crime film, set in East Los Angeles. Carnahan’s is clearly pleased the film will get its due and play in theaters, especially after studios were resistant and sometimes tone def. When we recently spoke to Carnahan, he told us about how cathartic the project was, how the headache of Bad Boys III led him to El Chicano, his advice for first-time filmmakers, and more.

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Mission Impossible 7 and 8

After Mission: Impossible – Fallout, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie gave the impression that he was going to take a break from the franchise for a while. That didn’t last, though, because it was soon announced McQuarrie reunite with Tom Cruise yet again, and helm both Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 back-to-back. This will no doubt be a daunting feat, and McQuarrie isn’t afraid to admit that.

In a new interview, the filmmaker talks about how he’s feeling the pressure to make sure the franchise earns these back-to-back sequels, and his believe that the new films need to “swallow the last three movies whole.”

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tom cruise running

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores how Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen uses his eyes to enhance every single performance in a significant way way. Plus, watch a bunch of Tom Cruise running scenes mapped around the real life locations he sped through, and the cast of Boy Meets World got together for a reunion panel at Emerald City Comic-Con recently. Read More »

edge of tomorrow sequel update

Are you ready to live, die, repeat…again? After little-to-no-word for the past two years, the Edge of Tomorrow sequel is officially back on track. Warner Bros. is developing the follow-up to the 2014 sci-fi action film, with Matthew Robinson, one of the writers of Monster Trucks (!), now working on the script. Stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are both expected to return, as is director Doug Liman…provided they like the script.

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The home video release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – out today on Digital and March 19 on physical media – includes a special feature called “Alternate Universe Mode” which is an extended cut of the film featuring alternate scenes, deleted storylines, additional characters (like Ganke!), and more. One of the more interesting alternate sequences involves Miles Morales training to become Spider-Man…by watching a Spider-Man movie.

Sitting down with filmmakers Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti and Pete Ramsey, I learned about this original subplot. Instead of Miles learning about how to be Spider-Man from an old comic book, he originally learned how to become the webslinger from an audio commentary featuring Tom Cruise and James Cameron.
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Tom Cruise Almost Left Mission Impossible

We all assumed it was supposed to happen, and now we know for sure. Tom Cruise really was supposed to step aside as the Mission: Impossible lead after Ghost Protocol to make way for Jeremy Renner. That all changed, however, when Christopher McQuarrie was brought in to handle rewrites. Now, of course, it’s almost impossible to think of Mission: Impossible without Cruise. But such a reality came very close to happening.

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