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Australian megachurch franchise Hillsong Church is best known to Americans for its most famous American members: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Hillsong has been compared to Scientology for its heavily produced visual aesthetic, and for using Bieber as a Tom Cruise–style lure to attract followers and attention to the church. Founded in the ’80s as... Of Dirt And Grace">Read more » »
- Molly Lambert
Seven years ago, Heidi and Spencer Pratt were living the high life. The pair were raking in six figure paychecks for their roles on The Hills, plus countless other staged paparazzi shoots and paid appearances, more than $2 million dollars a year. "We were keeping up with the Joneses, but we were going against Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes," Spencer tells People exclusively. "We should have stayed in our reality TV lane." Sure enough, just as quickly as the money came in, it was being spent. "I was kind of playing house," says Heidi, 29, of her splurges. "I felt like I was someone I wasn't. »
- Aili Nahas
Las Vegas is known for having a lot of card sharks, but Sin City is about to be be invaded by a whole different kind of shark on Sunday! Yes, Syfy's epic Sharknado franchise is flooding the Vegas Strip with its fourth installment Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, and People has an exclusive sneak peek. Sadly, the sharknado hits just as Matt Shepard (Hannah Montana alum Cody Linley) is parachuting out of plane alongside new wife Gabrielle (Everybody Hates Chris alum Imani Hakim) - forcing Matt's dad Fin (Ian Ziering) to save the day ... again. But if there's anyone worth betting on, »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Tom Cruise has been pulled into the middle of a police investigation surrounding a potential suicide bomber who made alarming threats to the Church of Scientology. Cops say the man called the Church back in April asking, "Are there any bombings I can do?" The man, who ID'd himself as a Muslim, said he "liked to do suicide bombings." According to police docs, the caller began singing, "Allah Akbar, Tom Cruise" ... the phrase some terrorists have used as they attack. »
- TMZ Staff
Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down. Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige.
- Amie Cranswick
Star Trek Beyond, the latest installment in the classic franchise, features its all-stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto back in action as Captain Kirk and Spock in another adventure that's the level of fun you'd expect from the series. The usual gang is back together in the third movie, including Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, and the late Anton Yelchin, this time facing off with Krall, an intergalactic villain played by Idris Elba. As much as a delight as it is to see Elba on screen, it's another newcomer to the Star Trek universe who really steals the movie. Sofia Boutella plays Jaylah, a badass alien stranded on Krall's planet. Not only does she have the coolest look in the movie, but she's also the film's most dynamic character, who shows extremes of emotional range and tons of charm with what seems like it was supposed to be a sub-supporting role. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »
"I still like theaters, look at all this space I have to myself."
Going to the movie theater doesn’t have the same magic that it once did for me. Don’t get me wrong, movies (for the most part) are still worth seeing. But, the experience of going to the movies doesn’t hold the same value it once did. If you were going by the average cost of tickets and concession stands, apparently it’s gone up in value. But, almost everyone I’ve heard discuss the current movie going experience seems to feel the opposite way.
Date night (New York City): 2 x Movie Tickets = $31.98 ($43.98 for IMAX 3D), 1 Large Popcorn = $8.15, 1 Large Soda = $6.31 (let’s assume you share to be romantic). See that? You just dropped $46.44 before the government even stepped in and got their cut. So, the question is “Is seeing this two and a half hour movie worth about $18.50 an hour? »
- Tyler Richardson
Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.
His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...
The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now. »
Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016
What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...
Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.
The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.
That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »
Production on the first movie in Universal’s planned monsters universe, The Mummy, has officially wrapped. Shooting has been taking place in London over the past few weeks, but that all came to an end at the weekend as Tom Cruise and co. completed proceedings on a location shoot in the heart of the city.
Just Jared managed to post one final set pic which you can see below.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 16, 2016
Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Universal.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping »
- Paul Heath
Not much is yet known about Universal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Monster reboots, which have been racking up quite the cadre of A-list stars over the last several months. While shooting on The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is already complete and two of the other installments -- The Wolf Man and another untitled monster project -- have been given release dates, there are a total of six other films in the series that remain in some phase of development. One of those developing projects is Van Helsing, which is being scripted by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts and will serve as a big-screen vehicle for the eponymous monster-hunter who has been portrayed in various incarnations by Peter Cushing (Hammer’s Dracula series), Laurence Olivier (1979’s Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Hugh Jackman, who embodied the character in Stephen Sommers' »
- Chris Eggertsen
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Cruise and the Peaky Blinders actress were spotted filming last-minute scenes on the streets of London, running square in front of a giant fan. Is it possible that Sofia Boutella’s ancient deity will be whipping up a literal storm in the English capital? Time will tell.
What we do know, however, is a general overview of the story fuelling Alex Kurtzman’s long-awaited franchise overhaul, as the filmmaker looks to unlock Universal’s world of gods and monsters.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, »
- Michael Briers
Tom Cruise's Twitter bio reads "Running in movies since 1981." and with a bio like that, you better believe you're going to see him run in each and every movie he does from now until the end of time, which is always welcome news for fans of the living legend. The weekend was quite an eventful one for The Mummy team as, according to ComingSoon, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film officially wrapped in London after filming a number of scenes featuring Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) where they ran, ran, and ran some more away from presumably the extinction-level threat of Sofia Boutella's titular villain (who wasn't present). Filming began in April, so it's been a fairly lengthy shoot, but considering the epic blockbuster scale of the upcoming reimagining, it's par for the course. While this report doesn't account for any potential reshoots down the line, it's »
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington team up again for MGM’s long-in-development remake of “The Magnificent Seven” (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”). As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Last week, fans got their first look at The Mummy star Sofia Boutella with set photos as production continues. Filming has been under way since late April, when we got our first look at Tom Cruise and his co-star Annabelle Wallis. As production continues, we have even more photos of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis who are seen springing into action.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, featuring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis going on the run from unseen enemies. There is very little we know about the scene itself, except both actors are seen running from someone, or something. It's certainly possible that both stars were running from Sofia Boutella's title character, but we don't know for certain.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella}) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, »
Following last week's first look at Sofia Boutella as the mummy herself, new shots have now gone up of actors Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis conducting the last day of filming on "The Mummy" reboot in London. The film opens June 9th next year.
Alex Kurtzman helms the project about an ancient queen awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, the story kicks off a wave of new monster films from Universal Pictures that share the same universe.
— Mariana da Costa P. (@MariCParreira) July 16, 2016
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- Garth Franklin
Tom Cruise is back in action filming The Mummy reboot, where he bumped into an old celebrity friend. The 54-year-old was recently spotted on the London set with co-star and The Tudors alum Annabelle Wallis, 31, filming a scene and doing some stretches before another one. During his time there, he ran into Chris Rock, who traveled to the city with girlfriend and Arrow actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, 33. Rock, 51, posted a pic of him with Cruise on social media Saturday. "Bumped into Tom in London working on the new Mummy," the actor and comedian wrote on Instagram. "Looks good." The two actors have met before; They hung out together, along with »
Everyone knows A-list movie stars can make a ton of money. But who makes the most money? According to a new report, Dwayne Johnson was the highest-paid actor of the past year, raking in an impressive $64.5 million to beat out the likes of Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., and Jennifer Lawrence. Forbes tallied the “Celebrity 100” — […]
The post Dwayne Johnson Is the Highest Paid Actor of the Past Year appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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