Sunday, December 29, 2013

Edge of Tomorrow

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Tom Cruise in "Edge of Tomorrow"

People see Tom Cruise the star, and his image is so carefully controlled that it is difficult sometimes to know what the real person is like.

Recently, British actress Lara Pulver had a chance to star with Tom in "Edge of Tomorrow," another Tom Cruise science fiction flick (like "War of the Worlds," "Vanilla Sky," "Minority Report" and "Oblivion"). It is a breakthrough role for the actress, who to date had only appeared on the small screen.

Pulver is known for starring in "Sherlock" opposite Benjamin Cumberbatch as Irene Adler. About Cumberbatch, who is something of a sensation in Great Britain, and Cruise, she says:
What they’ve got in common is that they are bloody good actors. And what’s been brilliant with all of them is that they’re not scared to try things out. Tom loves what he does. The passion is infectious.
Now, Lara is quite a famous television actress herself in England, but she was quite self-conscious when making small talk with a movie star of Cruise's stature:
There was this brilliant moment where he asked me, “Whereabouts do you live?” and I said, “Oh, just in the Hollywood Hills.” I then started saying that one day I hoped to live mortgage-free somewhere and suddenly thought, “I’m talking about mortgages with Tom Cruise, who has probably never needed to apply for a mortgage in his life! Tom Cruise…mortgages…shut up, Lara!’
Below is the trailer for "Edge of Tomorrow," a combination of "Groundhog Day" and "Starship Troopers."

Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the "Mission: Impossible" films, "Collateral," "Jerry Maguire") and Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada," "The Adjustment Bureau") star in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," under the direction of Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith").

The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Suri Cruise Breaks Arm

Suri Cruise in Pain

Katie Holmes brought little Suri out to Cleveland, Ohio, where Katie is filming "Miss Meadows." Things, however, did not go smoothly.

Suri somehow broke her arm. Considering she is just seven years of age, one wonders what she was up to that might break her arm. Details have not been revealed. Holmes' rep confirmed the incident: "Suri did break her arm, but she is okay." Well, A-OK then.

Suri and Katie live in New York City and have been there since Katie staged her dramatic exit from Tom's life in 2012.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tom Talks about Katie

Katie Holmes "Surprised" Tom Cruise

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Time heals all wounds, and it is doing its work on that caused by Katie Holmes' abrupt departure from the life of Tom Cruise. Cruise has been pretty quiet to date about his 2012 breakup from Katie Holmes, but as he tours the world to promote his sci-fi film "Oblivion," he's finally opening up a little bit about it. In a television interview with German TV network ProSieben, Cruise reveals that he was surprised when Holmes filed for divorce on June 29, five days before his 50th birthday.

"I didn't expect it," he confessed about the end of his five-year marriage to the star, with whom he shares daughter Suri, 6.

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Tom, Katie and daughter Suri post-breakup

That was only the beginning. Afterwards, he says, he "had an unbelievable amount of time to think about it" as he threw himself into his acting. The main lesson that he learned was that "Life is a challenge."

"To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you -- this is it, what life can do to you," he confided to ProSieben. "Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor."

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Indeed, now that the initial shock of the divorce has worn off, Cruise is back to his usual cheerful self. Recently, Cruise's "Rock of Ages" director Adam Shankman spoke about his own understanding of what was happening. He said that both the actor and his ex-wife are doing well and moving on with their lives.

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"They are incredibly happy," Shankman said of the former spouses. "I've just been emailing with [Tom]. He's coming back. He's shooting [All You Need Is Kill] in London and seems as happy as a clam. I know he sees his daughter."

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The once-happy couple and the Smiths

Holmes has moved on with Suri in New York City. The 33-year-old actress recently wrapped up a run on Broadway in the play Dead Accounts and has been busy promoting her fashion line, Holmes & Yang, which made its New York Fashion Week debut in September 2012. Clearly, she has her own projects and is working on them.

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Happy together, once

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tom Goes Sailing

Tom Cruises Through San Francisco Bay with Son Connor

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Tom Cruise took to the water in July 2013 with his 19-year-old son Connor during the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco. They watched as the Emirates Team New Zealand won a race, then climbed aboard themselves. Tom had a chance to take the wheel for a cruise around the San Francisco Bay. Tom was fresh off of celebrating his 51st birthday at the beginning of the month, and he also stopped by Comic-Con to promote his next film release, Edge of Tomorrow.

The father and son were more than just passengers on the huge catamaran – they worked the sails and took turns at the helm.

After his water adventure, the “Top Gun” star said, “It was really extraordinary… We got to work with the crew. It’s remarkable.

“We thought we were just gonna get on and we were gonna be just cruising… and the next thing we know, it was like, ‘You’re on this one, you’re on that one. Go, go, go… Stop. Faster. Faster. Stop…’ It was a real privilege. We wish the team great success.”

The team was happy after beating Italy’s Luna Rossa crew by more than three minutes in their final meeting in the America’s Cup challenger series.

The New Zealanders advanced straight to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals, on August 17, the winner to face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup in September.

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Tom Cruise with Emirates Team New Zealand

Tom Cruise with Emirates Team New Zealand

Tom Cruise with Emirates Team New Zealand

Tom Cruise with Emirates Team New Zealand

Tom Cruise with Emirates Team New Zealand

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top Gun 2 (Probably) Coming!

Both Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer Want it Done, So It's Likely Coming

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Tom Cruise is on board

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who seems to have his hand in all sorts of spectacular gestating film projects these days ("Pirates of the Carribbean 5," for instance), wants a sequel to the original "Top Gun." Fortunately, the other must-have talent, Tom Cruise, also is interested in doing it. There is no timetable, but it was something that the late Director of the original "Top Gun," Tony Scott, was working on.

According to Bruckheimer:

"For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it."
Bruckeimer also wants Tom Cruise to be part of the new project:

"What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It’s something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made." 
Rumor has it that Tom would play an instructor (the Tom Skerritt role) who is training pilots to fly (remotely, presumably) drones.

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Maverick making a point
Let's hope it gets made while Tom still looks 30!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tom Cruise: Modern Vampire?

What is Tom Cruise's Secret, is he a Modern Vampire?

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Think about it... 1986!
Tom Cruse was about 23 when he made "Top Gun" (1986) directed by Tony Scott (now unfortunately deceased). In 2012, Tom Cruise turned 50. Kelly McGillis, meanwhile, was about 28 during filming of "Top Gun," and in 2012 hit her 55th birthday. Do you think the five-years age difference is enough to account for that?
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Tom Cruise 1986 : "Man, I look about 30, don't I?  Cool."
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Kely McGillis, cute as a button, looks younger than Tom Cruise in 1986
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"Tom, I'm ... growing ... old"
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Tom Cruise 2012: "Man, I look about 30,  don't I? Cool!"
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Kelly McGillis 2012 at an art show

Since you're here, below are a couple of videos from "Top Gun," the trailer and a music video:


Oblivion (2013) - Cruise as WALL-E

Tom Cruise Gets to Fight With Himself

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Films set in post-apocalyptic settings are a Hollywood favorite. In animation, you have works such as Akira (1988); in live action films, the "Planet of the Apes" collection; in television, Steven King's "The Stand." "Oblivion" (2013), directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by , is the most recent addition to this science fiction oevure, featuring Tom Cruise right after his own apocalyptic divorce from Katie Holmes (it was filming during that breakup). The film that "Oblivion" most resembles, though, is the recent animated classic "WALL-E."
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Jack looking out from his tower

It is 2077, some sixty years after aliens known as the "Scavengers" attacked earth. The resulting battle left the aliens in possession of the planet, destroying civilization and forcing the remnants of humanity to flee to a large space station known as the "Tet." Jack Harper (Cruise) is stationed on the planet to remove useful items from earth for use in a colony on Saturn's moon Titan. Jack lives with his girlfriend Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) in a tower  high above the planet's surface, where he maintains airborne drones that battle the Scavengers and protect the machines doing the mining.
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Victoria communicating with Sally at Tet

Their commander on Tet, Sally (Melissa Leo), communicates with them via video link, and Jack and Victoria only have two weeks left before they leave for home. As part of their mission, they have had all memories of their past removed.
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Jack on a mission

Jack has disturbing nightmares about a woman at the Empire State Building before the Scavenger invasion. He retreats periodically to a cabin on a lake which he has stocked with human relics he has found. One day, a spaceship, the "Odyssey," crash-lands on the Earth's surface. It carries hibernating passengers, one of whom, Julia (Olga Kurylenko) Jack manages to save from the Scavengers, the others being killed. Julia, Jack realizes, is the woman from his dreams. From the ship's wreckage they recover the log, but Jack and Julia then are captured by Scavs. They are humans living in an underground fortress, led by Malcolm (Morgan Freeman).
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Jack running on Earth

Malcolm argues that there are no "Scavengers" and that the true enemy is the people living in Tet. In order to free earth from Tet's domination, Malcolm wants Jack to blow it up with a nuclear bomb. Jack refuses, but Malcolm allows him to leave with Julia anyway, explaining that Jack will learn the truth from restricted zones near where he lives. After leaving, Jack and Julia climb the Empire State Building. At the top, Julia claims that she is Jack's wife, and that the Empire State Building is where Jack proposed to her. Julia explains that she is a NASA astronaut. Victoria, meanwhile, sees Julia and gets upset, so Sally activates a killer drone that kills Victoria but is shot down by Julia.
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Jack looking out over Earth

Fleeing, Jack and Julia escape to the radiation zone mentioned by Malcolm. They meet "Tech 52," a clone of Jack, who Jack defeats in battle. Julia is wounded during the battle, and they take the clone's ship to another tower that is just like his own, complete with a carbon copy of another Victoria. Returning to Malcolm, Jack learns that he is a clone himself, of an astronaut from before the Scavenger invasion. Furthermore, there is no colony on Titan, and Tet is actually an alien being. Jack is but one of thousands of clones being used by Tet to pillage Earth, and the drones he maintains actually are used to eliminate human survivors.
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Jack and his ship

Jack concludes that Malcolm is telling the truth, so he assists in preparing a drone to fly to Tet and destroy it with a nuclear weapon. Sally, meanwhile, comes looking for him, programming three drones to kill him. The drones attack Malcolms's base with devastating results, severely wounding Malcolm. Julia suggests that Jack deliver her to Sally as ordered, since Sally now wants to clone Julia as a work partner for Jack. Listening to the flight recorder from the "Odyssey," Jack learns that his original self was the astronaut who went to investigate Tet on the Odyssey with Victoria as his co-pilot. As a ship designed to colonize Titan, the Odyssey carried Jack's wife and colleagues in hibernation, and it remained in space after Jack's capture by Tet's drones.
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The tower where Jack lives with Victoria

 Returning to Tet, Jack sees that it contains numerous clones of himself and Victoria. Sally is an alien disguised as a human. Instead of Julia, Jack has brought Malcolm in the hibernation capsule along with the nuclear weapon. He detonates it, destroying the three of them, Tet, and all the alien drones on earth. Years later, Julia gives birth to a child, and humanity begins to rebuild.
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Malcolm interrogating Jack

"Oblivion" references several classic science fiction films. The most obvious is Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey, with the name of the ship and references to life on a moon of Saturn. The idea of a ravaged Earth being tended by an isolated couple clearly echoes "WALL-E," which itself is often mentioned as resembling "2001." The script comes from a graphic novel written by Kosinski and Arvid Nelson, and was picked up by Universal Pictures after Disney decided it was too edgy for their family oriented reputation. Tom Cruise liked the script and fought for the part.
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Malcolm is played by Morgan Freeman

Because Tom Cruise is a bigger international star these days than he is in the United States, "Oblivion" opened overseas a week before it premiered in the United States. It generally was received positively, and did well at the box office, earning back more than its budget in its first few weeks. The biggest complaints were with the script, but Cruise himself received a lot of praise for his performance. It marked a welcome comeback for Cruise, whose previous two films had not done well at the box office.

Below are the official trailers for "Oblivion."


Sunday, April 21, 2013


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Tom Cruise in "Top Gun"

Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is one of the very few truly global stars. Part of his mystique is that he is more popular outside of the United States than he is within it - but he is still very popular there, too. I will be adding posts to this blog on a regular basis as we follow the eternally youthful Tom Cruise!