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Catching up with Joseph Trapanese is like getting a summary experience for a hustling composer. In the past year, he's scored, worked in sound design and arranged for a diverse array of films, including franchises like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and the "Divergent" series; remakes like "Annie"; a sequel like "The Raid 2"; and original scripts like "Nightcrawler." He's dipped into TV like for "Wonder Woman," and nabbed further video game gigs like he did for racing title "The Crew." On top of all that, he's still active in the pop music sphere, having just completed work with repeat customer Kelly Clarkson and collaborating with acts like M83 for live performances. I sat down with Trapanese back in January, after "Raid 2" punched Sundance in the face, and even after only 10 months, it was time we caught up. This week, during our chat, Trapanese exclusively revealed that he's on tap as »
- Katie Hasty
Josh Hutcherson helped bring in over $123 million this weekend with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. And at 5'7", he joins a distinct group of leading men who may loom huge on screen but, in person, aren't quite as tall as you might imagine. We're breaking down Hollywood's "short list," from tallest to shortest.
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Josh's Hunger Games co-stars may significantly tower over him but he's certainly not alone in the fight--Hollywood A-listers Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise are also 5'7". And even though the biggest action stars of all time is on the shorter side, he has previously wed glamazon women like Nicole Kidman (5'11") and Katie Holmes (5'9").
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HBO, no stranger to courting controversy with its ever-broadening documentary slate, commissioned Gibney's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" just after the nonfiction book was published in January 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibney is now "putting the finishing touches on a film that tackles the Church of Scientology and its Tinseltown tentacles." The book analyzes the history of L. Ron Hubbard, and of Tom Cruise and John Travolta's various, and wildly public, relationships, among others. Wright gained notoriety in 2011 when he profiled screenwriter/director Paul Haggis—who broke from the Church in 2009 in the wake of its startling pronouncements about Prop 8—in The New Yorker. In anticipation of the Church's legal retaliation, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told THR that roughly 160 lawyers are looking at the film, which could land at the Sundance Film Festival in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. Related News Nuggets: Ama Awards best dressed were Selena Gomez, Fergie, Kate Beckinsale -Break- What is your choice as worst film turkey? Espeon: Very few films piss me off, as for something I paid to see in a theater that pissed me off was Rock of Ages. I thought the following before I saw this, I liked Hairspray same director cool, this looks like an interesting role for Tom Cruise to take, I'm excited to see Catherine Zeta-Jones in another musical, this might not be great but it can be a lot of fun. A fun time was all I asked of from this, it felt the complete opposite of fun and slowly drove »
What makes a Movie Star? A dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-God Movie Star, especially in the 21st Century? Movie stars aren't just talents that set fire at the box office, or pick up statues at the Oscars. Movie stars sometimes aren't the finest actors, or the quantifiable difference between a hit and a flop. Movie stars have a little something extra, an added note in their chord, a spark that is recognizably different that sets them apart from "romantic interest" or "lead female" or "that guy from those comedies I watch on a basic cable binge." We had debates raging in the HitFix newsroom. Could actors like Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise be the Aughts' biggest stars, despite beginning their reigns in earlier decades? What about someone like Jennifer Lawrence, who really only stepped out as a star in 2010? How about franchise juggernauts like Tyler Perry, Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart? Could filmmakers »
- Katie Hasty
Suri Cruise knows exactly what she wants for Christmas.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Katie Holmes revealed that her adorable eight-year-old daughter Suri has a very specific list when it comes to writing Santa.
"She's very organized and I start to, like, get a little bit of a panic because you cannot screw up talking to Santa," Katie told Ellen. "You cannot miss any item on that list because if you screw that up that's years and years of hearing about it. And then probably therapy."
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And what kinds of things does Suri ask for?
"She’s practical, she's just very specific," Katie said. "'I want a puppy and then I want a pink collar that has sparkles on it that says the puppy’s name. Then I want shoes for the dog.' ... 'Then I want a purple clip.' Like, it's all very »
There is one universal fact of the world: When people are by themselves at home or getting dressed to go out, they dance around to pop music in their underwear.
Tom Cruise did it in Risky Business to the hit "Old Time Rock and Roll," Cameron Diaz did it in Charlie's Angels while listening to "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," and Niall Horan from One Direction apparently does it while listening to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
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After Rocsi admitted that she dances in her underwear to the records of One Direction, she asked the guys who they listen to while rocking out in their boxers.
"'Shake It Off' »
Between all the new trailers, casting news, TV renewals and cancellations, a few noteworthy entertainment news stories have flown under the radar. Now's your chance to catch up. In this installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The 2017 spin-off "Lego Batman" will "acknowledge" previous screen versions of the Dark Knight. Also: Will Tom Cruise be the new Sean Connery in the "Highlander" reboot? Plus: Penelope Cruz is joining Ben Stiller in "Zoolander 2," BBC America orders up more Idris Elba and "Luther," The CW renews "America's Next Top Model," "Game of Thrones" vet Sean Bean signs on for a new TV show, and more. See what you might have missed here: »
- HitFix Staff
Summit Entertainment is still looking to get their remake of Highlander off the ground and into production. The movie has been in development for years, and now they are looking to cast Tom Cruise in the role of the mentor, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who was previously played by Sean Connery.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says the interest is only one-sided for now, as Cruise is completely focused on Mission: Impossible 5 at the moment. He definitely shouldn't be focussing on other things while he's hanging outside of an airplane while in midair.
Even though this would be a co-starring role, the studio is willing beef it up to accommodate the actor if he wanted a bigger part. Cruise has taken smaller roles in the past, so I think as long as the character is interesting to him, it's something he might take on without having to enlarge the role. »
- Joey Paur
It's been over a year since visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his directorial debut on Highlander, a reboot of the film franchise of the same name that's set up at Summit Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds was once going to star in the film, but fell away from the project last summer. The hunt is still on to find someone to take the lead role, and they might get a boost to finding a big name, because The Wrap is looking to land a superstar for the role of Ramirez, the man who mentors and trains an immortal Scottish swordsman seeking revenge against a barbarian chasing him across time. Tom Cruise is currently the target to take the role of Ramirez, but one of Cruise's representatives said the actor is "one of many projects that come to him" but he's "far from talks" as far as progress goes towards taking the role. »
- Ethan Anderton
Looks like the wheels are churning once again over at Summit Entertainment on their long-gestating Highlander reboot/remake, in that reports have come in now that the filmmakers are hoping to court Tom Cruise to play the mentor role of Ramirez, previously brought to life by Sean Connery. Come inside for the details!
The Highlander reboot over on Summit Entertainment has been in the works for a Long time. Sadly, after changing directors a few times, it still hasn't seen much movement in a while. So imagine my surprise when last night, The Wrap dropped a scoop last night pertaining to Highlander:
At this point, the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise has been busy shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” and isn't focused on future projects at the moment. Should Cruise decide to engage with the project, it's possible that the mentor role could be beefed up to accommodate a star of his magnitude. »
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With the Highlander reboot back on track with a new director, it was only a matter of time before new casting rumors began to emerge. Now that process has begun, and the production seems to be aiming very high with their first targeted actor: the legendary Tom Cruise. While there aren't any actual negotiations going on just yet, The Wrap is reporting that Highlander has taken an interest in Tom Cruise to play the mentor role played by Sean Connery in the original. Insiders have pegged the actor as Summit's top choice for the part, and even have noted that the character's role would even possibly be expanded just to fully take advantage of Cruise's star power. The idea would be that Cruise would be teamed up with a younger actor playing Connor MacLeod, the immortal Highlander looking for revenge against a barbarian known as The Kurgan. Before you get »
Plans for a Highlander reboot have been doing the rounds for years now, with Ryan Renyolds once in line to take on the lead role of immortal Scottish warrior Connor McCloud, and both Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) and Juan Carlo Fresnadilo (28 Weeks Later) both attached, and ultimately passing, on the project. A new director for the cult classic urban fantasy has been found in the form of visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, making his directorial debut. Now the studio behind the project, Summit Entertainment, have set their sights on an epic piece of cast, with The Wrap reporting that Tom Cruise is being courted to play McCloud's mentor Ramirez, originally played by Sean Connery. It's an ambitious aspiration, considering how big a star Cruise is, and if they do manage to bag him for the role, it will definitely raise the profile of the beleaguered project. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Summit Entertainment is courting Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming Highlander reboot as Juan Ramirez, the character played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander. Ramirez served as a mentor to Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the 1986 film that spawned the long-running Highlander franchise.
The Wrap reports that it isn't exactly known if Tom Cruise is even interested in the role, since he is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 and he isn't focusing on future projects at the moment. A rep for the actor acknowledged that he has been approached for the remake, although they are "far from talks" on the project. A rep for Summit made it clear that negotiations are not under way yet, but didn't deny that Tom Cruise was their top choice.
Well, you can't fault them for aiming high.
Even though it's unlikely to go anywhere, The Wrap is reporting that the producers of the Highlander remake are trying to court none other than Tom Cruise to play the mentor role in the film. In the original movie, the character was named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and was played by a certain iconic Scot named Sean Connery. Connery was quite a "get" for that production, though it was probably made easier thanks to the fact that his career had plateaued by the early to mid-1980s.
Cruise's career, however, has been on an upswing ever since Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. That film did fantastic numbers, revived the franchise, and brought Cruise back into the A-list. Perhaps if the Highlander people had reached out to him in the middle of his couch-jumping, public relations downward spiral a few years back they could've nabbed him for this, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
VFX supervisor and second-unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is set to make his feature directorial debut on the big-budget project. The reboot is expected to go back to the original 1986 film which starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor Juan Ramirez. Summit is said to be keen on Cruise playing the role Connery did.
The story followed an immortal Scottish swordsman on a quest for revenge against a barbarian who has chased him across time as they battle for 'The Prize'. The franchise that spawned ultimately consisted of five films, two TV series, several novels and various animated projects.
A Cruise representative says the project one of many on offer to him and he is "far from talks". Another insider says Summit is not in negotiations with Cruise, »
- Garth Franklin
2014 was an exceptional year for blockbusters. Marvel proved that their superhero films were anything but one-trick ponies by following the paranoid conspiracy thriller vibe of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with the sharp-witted, rebellious sci-fi Guardians Of The Galaxy; Tom Cruise completed his career rehabilitation after Sofagate by starring alongside Emily Blunt in wildly inventive action film Edge Of Tomorrow; the X-Men franchise got back on track with Days Of Future Past; and that fourth Transformers film, um, happened. Less said about that the better.
With all that popcorn fodder vying for your attention, and with Hollywood unleashing their big guns even before the summer window has fully been cracked, it’s possible your attention was drawn away from some of the smaller, more interesting cinematic releases of the year. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all like shiny things, like explosions and Sebastian Stan’s glittering eyes. »
- Tom Baker
While a Highlander remake has been in development for some time, there hasn't been much word on the street since Ryan Reynolds left the project early last year. Well, it's about that time and the latest casting buzz is that Tom Cruise is being approached for the role Sean Connery made so popular in the original. I'm sure there are literally dozens of options for Cruise once he wraps up Mission Impossible 5, but if he sees what he likes and is itching to work with first »
- Sean Wist
The actor is wanted for a role similar to Sean Connery's in the original 1986 film, reports The Wrap.
A representative for Cruise said that the film is one of "tons" of offers and that he is "far from talks".
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct the film, intended to relaunch the franchise about a race of warring immortals.
Cruise has most recently been shooting Mission: Impossible 5.
Watch a trailer for Highlander below: »
The site notes that, while Cruise is very much on the studio’s radar for the part, “the interest appears to be one-sided.” Cruise, who starred in this year’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, is often offered big projects,is “far from talks” for this Highlander film, and isn’t focused on future films right now, as he’s busy working on Mission: Impossible 5.
TheWrap notes that the role could very well be beefed up to accommodate a bigger star like Cruise, who doesn’t take smaller, supporting roles very often.
- James Garcia
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