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Larocca had been senior VP at Chernin Entertainment and is an executive producer on Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming comedy “Spy.” He also worked on “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy; “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” starring James Franco and Andy Serkis; and the Tom Cruise sci-fier “Oblivion,” directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Prior to working at Chernin, Larocca was an executive at Spyglass Entertainment.
The news about Larocca was first reported by THR.com.
- Dave McNary
Check out our roundup of this week's hottest movie trailers -- and let us know your favorites below! Top 5 Hottest Trailers This Week Click on the image below to watch new trailers for some of this summer’s most anticipated films! 1. Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation (in theaters July 31) Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) readies his team for their toughest mission yet: taking on a villainous group called the Syndicate, who are just as lethal and highly...
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You may have been somewhat familiar with the religion of Scientology if you are a fan of two of its most famous adherents, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but Alex Gibney’s striking documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, making its debut March 29 on HBO, goes way beyond the external facade to reveal an — at best, weird; at worst, frightening, abusive and borderline fascistic — organization. Cruise and Travolta are, of course, featured in prominent portions of the documentary (although both declined to participate in the film, archival footage is offered, including a segment with Cruise speaking … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
According to Alex Gibney's Going Clear, which airs on HBO Sunday night, the Church of Scientology is a vindictive, repressive cult responsible for decades of criminal harassment and abuse. But, as numerous Church members will tell you, that's just half of the story. The other half is the testimony of Scientology's devoted celebrity members, who credit the religion with extraordinary healing powers. Their stories are literally incredible! According to its adherents, Scientology can ... Cure dyslexia.Tom Cruise struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood, and says he was "functionally illiterate" when he graduated high school. That changed in 1986, when Cruise discovered Study Tech, L. Ron Hubbard's educational method that emphasizes learning through physical representations of subjects. (Educators have called it "moronic," but "fairly harmless.") Cruise credits Study Tech with curing his dyslexia, and has since started the Hollywood Education Literacy Project to recruit others to the cause — of literacy! »
- Nate Jones
The 20th Jameson Empire Awards takes place in London this Sunday in a flurry of red carpet glamour and confetti-strewn celebration of the medium we all love. At the heart of the festivities will be acting great and national treasure Ralph Fiennes, the newly-announced recipient of this year’s Empire Legend award. The Suffolk-born actor follows in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.Even by the vaulted standards of his 25-year career, Fiennes is experiencing a purple patch. A Golden Globe nominee for his exceptional comic turn as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s also kicked-started his directorial career in fine style with contrasting period pieces, Coriolanus (2011) and The Invisible Woman (2013), in recent years.Fiennes, of course, is twice Oscar-nominated. He was first recognised by the Academy for his indelible depiction of SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, »
London — Actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” franchise and M in the next James Bond film, will receive the Legend Award at the Jameson Empire Awards, which takes place in London on Sunday.
Fiennes, who has starred in more than 30 films, first came to international attention for his portrayal of the concentration camp commandant in “Schindler’s List,” for which he won the BAFTA and was Oscar nominated in 1994.
He was again nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for “The English Patient.” He has received multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, most recently for his performance as the concierge M. Gustave in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and the new Bond installment “Spectre,” in which he plays M.
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- Leo Barraclough
The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.
Since his BAFTA-winning breakout performance in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993), Fiennes has starred in more than 30 films including The English Patient, the Harry Potter franchise, The Constant Gardener and The Reader.
More recently, his leading role as meticulous concierge M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and the new James Bond feature, Spectre, in which »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Don't worry everyone, there will be two interviews from the Empire Podcast team unleashed on the world this week - it's just that one, with Antonio Banderas, comes in its own special episode (up soon), while Kenneth Branagh is allowed to be king of the regular pod without any competition.So, in short, Sir Ken is the guest on this week's show, a show where one of us nearly dies, and there's a good deal of thought given to ways that Tom Cruise could die, depending on what happens with the next Mission Impossible movie. As ever, it makes sense in context, promise.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Like mother, like daughter! Katie Holmes took to Instagram on Thursday to share an adorable pic in which she and daughter Suri Cruise are both applying makeup together, and it's safe to say this mother-daughter duo is killing us with cuteness. "#girltime," the 36-year-old former wife of Tom Cruise appropriately captioned the black-and-white shot, which also features another pal and sees the trio all gazing into a giant mirror. The protective parent kept Suri's sweet face covered up in the pic, but we can still get a glimpse of the 8-year-old fashionista's outfit as she sports a basic sweater teamed with a big bow tied around her ponytail. Photos: Cutest »
#girltime A photo posted by Katie Holmes (@katieholmes212) on Mar 26, 2015 at 12:12pm Pdt Her little mini-me is growing up! Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise took their time getting ready in front of the mirror on Thursday, Mar. 26. The mom and daughter duo rolled up their sleeves to apply some makeup alongside one of the actress' pals. The Dawson's Creek alum, 36, shared the rare black-and-white photo with her thousands of Instagram followers. "#girltime," she captioned. Tom Cruise's baby girl kept her face hidden for [...] »
It always seems documentary filmmakers have a hard time walking the line between commentator and story teller. Separating themselves from the subject and allowing the nature of the story they are telling to tell itself rather than manipulating it for their own means. This is a problem I've always had with Michael Moore's documentaries as he seems only interested in preaching to the choir rather than exploring both sides of the debate. When it comes to Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, I genuinely feel he has done his absolute best to stand back and observe rather than inject himself or his opinions. He details an organization that, rather than respond to accusations, chooses to attack when confronted, and this has been going on even before the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2015 and continues to this very day. »
- Brad Brevet
With the release of the trailer for Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the franchise, we finally confirmed what we've known deep down all along. Tom Cruise is insane. When you watch Ethan dangling on the side of a jet as it takes off, you might have thought about how the special effects team made that shot look so real. But it's real because Tom Cruise is actually hanging onto the side of a plane as it lifts into the air! See? Insane. But everyone knows Tom Cruise always prefers to do his own stunts, much to the horror of his directors, lawyers, loved ones and crew members, because almost all of them have stated how nervous they were watching this Hollywood icon put his »
Now here’s a pairing none of us saw coming: hot off an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse leading turn in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations to take the reins on a Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born that was previously being circled by Cooper’s Sniper director Clint Eastwood. The redo, which has been in the pipeline for many years, had courted Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise over the years to star, but it’s expected that Cooper will also take on the male lead.
As for the equally important female lead, the project is apparently still angling for pop royalty, with eyes for veritable Queen of the World Beyoncé Knowles. Of course, Beyoncé has not yet been approached, but the producers are hoping to do that very quickly if Cooper signs a deal to direct.
- Isaac Feldberg
In the works for a while now, the new version of the film was initially set to be directed by Cooper’s American Sniper director Clint Eastwood, but went on the back-burner after Eastwood chose to make Sniper and last year’s Jersey Boys instead. Word is that once Cooper has finished his run in The Elephant Man, which moves from Broadway to London’s West End very soon, he will start work on the film.
In addition, the studio are hoping that Cooper will take on the male lead in the film, which had Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Will Smith (Focus) and Christian Bale (Knight of Cups) all rumoured for at different points, »
- Scott J. Davis
'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »
- Andre Soares
In theory, the idea of Warner Bros. pairing up Bradley Cooper and Beyonce to star in a remake of "A Star is Born" is smart thinking. Cooper has become a megastar thanks to "American Sniper" and the studio clearly wants to keep him in the fold. Beyonce, on the other hand, is arguably the biggest pop star in the United States (maybe the planet) and she'd only cement her legacy by following in the steps of legends Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand who also appeared in adaptations of the original 1937 movie. There's a kicker, however. Warner Bros. is negotiating with Cooper to direct. According to Deadline, Cooper would take the reins from Clint Eastwood who was the last filmmaker associated with the project. This would also be Cooper's directorial debut and it seems like very dicey material for a first-timer. The material certainly isn't on par with a Samuel Beckett play, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bradley Cooper is stepping behind the camera, and he wants Beyonce to be his leading lady. The three-time Academy Award-nominated actor is in talks to make his directorial debut with Warner Brothers' long-in-development remake of A Star is Born. Based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the film centers on an aging, self-destructive actor who helps an aspiring actress achieve her dreams of stardom. Cooper will also produce alongside Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk, and Deadline reports that they have their eyes set on Beyonce Knowles for the female lead. Beyonce was previously courted for the picture when Clint Eastwood attached to direct. Eastwood tried to get the project off the ground at Warner Brothers for years, looking at a number of A-list actors for the male lead including Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cooper himself. Eastwood's version of the film fell apart with Beyonce's pregnancy, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Clint Eastwood, who directed Cooper in “American Sniper,” became attached to direct “A Star is Born” in 2011 with Beyonce Knowles set to star. She later fell out of the project after becoming pregnant while Eastwood put it aside for “Jersey Boys.”
It’s unclear if Cooper will star in the film or if Knowles will rejoin the project. Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have all been mentioned at various points for the movie star role. The latest script was written by »
- Dave McNary
I actually thought this project was dead. Our last update on it was 3 years ago, when it was announced that Beyoncé had dropped out of Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" remake, citing a jam-packed schedule; and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding was said to be Eastwood's next choice for the role. Although it was never reported officially that Spalding was ever cast. Warner Bros. had no comment, with the project, at the time, still searching for its male lead, in what had been a casting carousel that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and, most recently, Bradley Cooper, who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Flickering Myth writing team react…
We got a small teaser on Sunday and then the full trailer yesterday – we’ve got our first look at Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Tom on a plane, eh?
But what did the Flickering Myth writing staff make of it all?
Eddy Gardiner: Looks like I’ll love it as much as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Scott J Davis: Looks fan-bloody-tastic. If the upward curve in quality continues, then this could be the best yet. Unless of course Cruise Kills Himself on screen in Mission: Impossible 6…
Chris Cooper: That’s the only way he’d do a death isn’t it? Bat-shit crazy he may be, »
- Luke Owen
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