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Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings to mind Cruise’s prime days (“Top Gun,” “Jerry Maguire,” etc.) on the Hollywood A-list.
Here are five reasons “Mission: Impossible 5” is the strongest film in Paramount’s 19-year-old spy franchise.
(1)It’s sleeker than any James Bond movie you can remember.
The first “Mission: Impossible,” which opened nearly two decades ago in 1996, was a standard bigscreen reboot of a TV show. But the franchise received a jolt in 2006 with J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3,” which interwove the heart-pumping twists of “Alias” (season one) into a theatrical recipe that could give Daniel Craig as 007 a run for his money. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Read More: Will You Donate to See Katherine Heigl Marry a Woman in New Indie From 'Beaches' Writer? Mary Agnes Donoghue's credits are star-studded: They include "Beaches," starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; "White Oleander," starring Michelle Pfieffer and Renee Zellweger; "Deceived," starring Goldie Hawn; and "Veronica Guerrin" starring Cate Blanchett. Donoghue also wrote and directed "Paradise," starring then-married couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. But that was 25 years ago. Now she's back in the director's chair with "Jenny's Wedding," a comedic drama about gay marriage, which she also wrote and produced. The feature tells the story of Jenny Farrell (Katherine Heigl), who proposes to her girlfriend (Alexis Bledel) and then has to explain to her conservative parents why she is marrying her "roommate." In addition to the leading ladies, Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel, the film »
- Paula Bernstein
21 year old Lucy Boynton stars in Don't Knock Twice, a supernatural horror feature film which is currently shooting in Cardiff, directed by Caradog James from a script by Howl writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler.
Don't Knock Twice is the story of a guilt-ridden mother, played by Katee Sackhoff, who must encounter the truth behind the legend of a vengeful witch in order to reconnect with the estranged daughter she placed into care.
Lucy (represented by United Agents) started acting aged 11 when she was cast as the young Beatrix Potter alongside Renée Zellweger in the movie Miss Potter. She went on to film Ballet Shoes for the BBC with Emma Watson, as well as playing Margaret Dashwood in the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of Sense & Sensibility.
She'll next be seen on TV in the BBC Two drama Life in Squares, following the entangled lives of the Bloomsbury Group across 40 years, where »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Paul Newman‘s daughter, Susan, is speaking out against Newman’s Own president and CEO Robert Forrester, who she complains has taken her family “hostage.” “Some family members may be angry at me for speaking out, but I feel like the Newman family has been taken hostage by Bob Forrester,” she told Mark Seal in the August issue of Vanity Fair. Forrester took charge of the company and foundation after Paul passed away in 2008, and Susan is apparently not happy with what was left to her in her father’s will. According to Susan, she and her four sisters were shortchanged. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The suit, filed in federal court in New York, alleges that the artists were misled to record work for “This Is It” with the understanding that they were working on a phonographic record instead of a film score.
Sony had no immediate response to a request for comment.
“The Sound Recording Labor Agreement, which Sony has signed, covers only recording sessions for records—and prohibits recording film scores,” the union said.
Afm International President Ray Hair said Sony allegedly refused to sign a letter allowing them to use the Afm Motion Picture Agreement for this recording session. As a result, the union asserted, musicians have been unable to collect residuals on the film.
The film, directed by Kenny Ortega, grossed over $260 million worldwide.
“A fan may wonder »
- Dave McNary
According to The Daily Mail, Working Title Films is hoping to shoot the third movie in the Bridget Jones series this year, with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth said to be in talks to reprise their roles from the first two movies.
“We are keen to try to make it later this year, but there’s still nothing definite yet,” states Eric Fellner of Working Title. “If the script and all our deals with the actors fall into place, then this one will be up and running.”
The third movie, entitled Bridget Jones’s Baby, has been written by author Helen Fielding, and Sharon Maguire – who helmed the 2001 original – is said to be back in the director’s chair. However, Hugh Grant has already opted against a return as Daniel Cleaver, with his character said to be absent from the script.
- Gary Collinson
A third Bridget Jones film could enter production as early as this autumn.
The project - rumoured to be called Bridget Jones's Baby - is being produced by Working Title, the company behind the first two movies.
The Daily Mail reports that Eric Fellner, co-chairman of Working Title, has said that the film is in "aggressive development".
"We are keen to try to make it later this year, but there's still nothing definite yet," he added.
"If the script and all our deals with the actors fall into place, then this one will be up and running."
Based on newspaper columns written by author Helen Fielding eight years ago, »
Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. We do not discriminate; as long as the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best new tunes.Bully, “Six” When I first heard Bully last October, I compared them to Renée Zellweger's character from Empire Records singing on top of the store’s awning. That is still a super accurate comparison, but after listening to their terrific new album, Feels Like, which came out today, I think Hole meets Nirvana is also a fine description. Regardless, they demand your attention. — Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox) Desaparecidos, “Von Maur Massacre” At first, because I don’t tend to listen to lyrics, I picked this track off Conor Oberst’s »
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The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has sued Paramount Pictures for allegedly breaching its master contract by recording the score to Renee Zellweger’s upcoming film “Same Kind of Different as Me” in Slovakia.
The suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court, asserts that the studio has violated provisions of its collective bargaining agreement with musicians that require Paramount films produced in the U.S. or Canada to be scored in the U.S. or Canada.
Paramount had no immediate response to a request for comment.
It’s the second such suit filed by Afm within the past two months. The union filed suit on April 27 against Warner Bros., MGM and Paramount for alleged violations of the union’s master contract for recording film scores outside the U.S. and Canada for “Interstellar,” which was produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount; Warner’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »
- Dave McNary
Attention, Hollywood: The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is on a legal rampage. Afm has filed its third major lawsuit in the past two months. This time, the guild is targeting Paramount Pictures, alleging that the studio lied about the scoring of the upcoming film Same Kind of Different as Me, starring Renee Zellweger. According to the complaint, filed on Monday in California federal court, Paramount has breached the terms of a collective bargaining agreement that requires that films produced in North America shall be scored there. Afm sued all of the big studios over
- Eriq Gardner
Renée Zellweger is proving you don't need makeup to look beaming and beautiful! The 46-year-old actress stepped out in Beverly Hills today looking fresh-faced and gorgeous sans any cosmetics on her face. The Oscar winner looked casual and sporty in colorful sneakers, black workout tights, a shirt and a black hoodie paired with a baseball cap and bag during her shopping trip to the hardware store. The blond beauty was all smiles and seemed happy as could be as she exited the store with her decorator and a few flooring samples in hand. Looking good, Renée! After picking out hardware, the smiley star hugged her pal goodbye, waved to the photographers and hopped in her SUV before driving »
Cameron Crowe has made a career telling stories of flawed men who are saved thanks to young, quasi-magical women. His best films have shown the cracks in these maniacal pixies. Consider the crippling self-doubt of Penny Lane in Almost Famous, or the world-weariness of Renee Zellweger’s Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire. Penelope Cruz’s Sofia Serrano in Vanilla Sky quite literally becomes […] »
- Dan Mecca
Jim Carrey has found love with a much-younger woman! The 53-year-old actor was spotted with his girlfriend, 28-year-old Cathriona White, on Thursday in New York City. The "Dumb and Dumber To" star was seen holding hands with the Irish beauty, who happens to be 25 years younger than him, as they made their way down the street in the Big Apple. The pair first went public with their romance in late 2012, but they split in March of 2013. Judging by these new pics, this couple is definitely back on! The actor recently opened up about love, admitting that he would never get married again. "I just don't see it as necessary at this point," he told Howard Stern last year. "Is it really sacred? I don't know." Carrey was previously married to Lauren Holly for one year and Melissa Womer for eight years. He also dated Renee Zellweger, to whom he was briefly engaged, »
- tooFab Staff
Beaming beauty! Renee Zellweger made her latest appearance in Hollywood on Thursday, May 14, where she looked natural and completely in her element at the SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala. The Bridget Jones's Diary star, 46, dressed in an olive shift dress with black piping embellishing the bodice. Zellweger's blonde tresses — side bangs included — were swept up into a tidy topknot that framed her face. The star wore minimal makeup, accentuating her features with a tiny bit of blush, light eyeliner, a pop of [...] »
As a freak thunder and lighting storm struck Los Angeles on Thursday night, knocking out power in some neighborhoods, you would never have known it inside the Dolby Theatre. The home of the Oscars was soundproof to the outside world, proving that the Dolby DNA reaches deeper into the theatre’s bones than just the cosmetic naming rights might suggest. The acoustics allowed guests to hear from the ill children of the late Paul Newman’s network of camps and their celebrity camp counselors for the night, a group that included Renee Zellweger, Jamie Foxx, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston, »
- Mikey Glazer
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
This week Neil Calloway looks at the possibility of owning shares in Hollywood stars…
Have you heard of Fantex? Unless you’re a fan of American Football or the financial markets, or both, the chances are you haven’t.
That may be about to change, however. Fantex was set up about a year ago, enabling people to buy shares in professional athletes in the Us. The player gets a one time lump sum from the company, and people then buy shares in that star in return for a chunk of their future earnings. The shares then increase and decrease in relation to how well the athlete is doing at the time.
Recently, there have been reports that Fantex are moving into Hollywood, and soon you may be able to buy stock in your favourite movie stars. Sounds good, right? If they do a deal with Daniel Craig I’d certainly buy a Bond bond. »
- Neil Calloway
Greg Kinnear has left his longtime agency CAA for Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He had been with CAA since his career took off with As Good as It Gets 18 years ago. Last year the actor starred in the Christian drama Heaven Is for Real, which grossed more than $91 million domestically on the strength of the faith-based audience. He’s following that up with another inspirational film, Paramount’s Same Kind of Different as Me, based on another nonfiction book by Heaven Is for Real author Lynn Vincent. Djimon Hounsou and Renee Zellweger also star. Kinnear began
- Rebecca Sun
There she is! Renée Zellweger brought a glow to the red carpet last night when she cozied up to boyfriend of two years Doyle Bramhall (and his wild hair) and smiled for the cameras. The 45-year-old actress attended the One Starry Night: From Broadway to Hollywood gala in Los Angeles benefiting the Als Association Golden West Chapter. The two lovebirds were present to support her publicist Nanci Ryder, who has been diagnosed with Als. Zellweger wore a white ombre lace double-breasted overcoat that covered most of her body and hid her attire underneath, with a simple top knot bun and nude pumps. Meanwhile, her beau went for the opposite look by wearing a dark navy outfit and let his crazy curls hang »
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