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With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation opening this week (and with reviews painting it as one of the best movies of the entire franchise), fans are naturally bound to start wondering what’s next for Mission: Impossible. Unlike other franchises, this one usually takes its sweet time between installments (it’s been four years since Ghost Protocol), and Cruise is already 54. Keeping with his current pace, Cruise would be prepping Mission: Impossible 6 for 2019, by which time he’ll be pushing 60 – that’s a pretty tall order for any star, even him.
But last night, during The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Cruise revealed that he’s already hard at work fleshing out the story for Mission: Impossible 6, with an eye to shooting as soon as next summer (skip to the six-minute mark for the discussion of a Rogue Nation sequel):
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- Isaac Feldberg
On the heels of yesterday's Toronto Film Festival announcement, this morning we get the lineup for the 2015 Venice Film Festival and, as always, there's a little crossover with some films set to premiere on the Lido ahead of their Toronto (and/or Telluride premieres). Some of the titles not screening at Toronto (at least not yet) that will premiere at Venice include Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, which is serving as the opening night film, Drake Doremus' Equals starring Kristen Stewart, A Bigger Splash from Luca Guadagnino, Go With Me directed by Daniel Alfredson, Dito Montiel's Man Down, Amy Berg's Janis as well as a new, 16-minute short film from Martin Scorsese titled The Audition and a Brian De Palma documentary directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. There's also buzz building for The Childhood of a Leader directed by Brady Corbet and starring Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo. »
- Brad Brevet
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.
As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.
Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.
"Mission: Impossible" (1996)
1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."
2. De Palma designed many of the »
- Phil Pirrello
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
★★☆☆☆ Tom Cruise reprises his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Rogue Nation (2015), the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, this time helmed by screenwriter-turned-director Christopher McQuarrie. While it may deliver on the expected hi-octane thrills and spills with a slew of outrageous stunts, it also delivers a ham-fisted third act and the predictable, woolly plotting will make audiences yearn for the days when the Impossible Mission Force were in the safe hands of Brian De Palma. McQuarrie previously worked with Cruise on several projects, including the abysmal Valkyrie, the more enjoyable Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, a bland effort to reignite interest in Lee Child's eponymous hero.
- CineVue UK
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens this week and to get you all caught up and in the mood for some superspy action, we've compiled a kickass tribute to the franchise that covers the entire series; from Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible to John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 to J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3 to Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
Brian De Palma‘s first Mission: Impossible film wasn’t packed with action setpieces — there are only three, really, but those three are all top-tier action filmmaking, and one of those three defined the series for years to come. In the two decades since, the series has been tackled by a variety of directors — John […]
The post The Best ‘Mission: Impossible’ Action Scenes appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The fifth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series, 'Rogue Nation,' had its world premiere in Vienna earlier this week ahead of a global launch late next week.
The series has had a rocky history though there's no question that the John Woo-directed second film is seen as an outright dud. Whether Brian DePalma's espionage-oriented first film or J.J. Abrams action-driven third film is better depends upon whom you talk to though both seem to be pretty close.
What is clear is that Brad Bird's fourth film, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," was a winner both with audiences and critics - garnering good reviews and way more box-office than any of the previous entries, revitalising the brand.
The good news is reviews for 'Rogue Nation' so far indicate writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has continued the uptick in quality and has delivered something at least on par - »
- Garth Franklin
Talking about a film’s marketing is possibly a weird way to start off a review, but perhaps apropos for a thrill-based, episodic franchise that has no end in sight. Recent one-sheet posters celebrating the "Mission: Impossible' series touted the memorable stunts that have marked each episode: ‘Ghost Protocol,' defined by its harrowing Dubai-set, Burj Khalifa sequence; Brian DePalma’s inaugural installment delivered its tense wire/robbery scene; and, of course, the “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” poster trumpets the airplane sequences that audiences haven’t yet seen in full (but have been featured heavily in the film's advertising), while declaring itself a new classic you will love and remember fondly. Perhaps this sums up the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series best: a spectacle of enjoyable stunt sequences that are unquestionably for the ages. But the stories, the characters — what drives their motivations? Well, those elements are fairly forgettable »
- Rodrigo Perez
Read More: Watch: How the Famous 'Mission: Impossible' Heist Scene Was Made Nearly 20 years have passed since Brian De Palma first transformed a snazzy television series into a high-wire act of elaborate Hitchcockian suspense with the first "Mission: Impossible" movie. By now, the very idea of an auteur-driven blockbuster sounds downright quaint. While veterans John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird all had the chance to leave a mark on the franchise, with fifth installment "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," relative newcomer Christopher McQuarrie trades ambition for competent action and typically charismatic worldly spies, but little in the way of fresh ideas — about as much as one can expect these days. McQuarrie's screenwriting career stretches back to "The Usual Suspects," but his directing career is comparatively young, with only two previous credits to his name: 2000's "The Way of the Gun" and 2012's "Jack »
- Eric Kohn
The theme that runs like a quick-burning fuse through “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is the tricky relationship between inevitability and chance — or luck, rather, as signaled by the brief appearance of a rabbit’s foot in one of Tom Cruise’s more brutal action sequences. It’s a dynamic that applies to the film as well: If the robust commercial performance of 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” made a follow-up inevitable, then luck turns out to be very much on the side of this unusually spry and satisfying fifth entry, which finds the surviving members of the Impossible Missions Force trying to neutralize an insidious global threat, while struggling to convince their skeptical overlords that there is such a threat to begin with. The result is an existential quandary that writer-director Christopher McQuarrie negotiates with characteristic cleverness and a sly respect for the sheer durability of genre; at once questioning »
- Justin Chang
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review: Tom Cruise is back in quite possibly the best film in the series. Action-packed, unrelenting, fun-filled and extremely funny, Rogue Nation delivers in spades. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review
It could be questioned as to why the world needed another Mission: Impossible movie. Tom Cruise and his mates have been churning out these films since the mid-nineties, and with him now knocking on into his fifties, we have to ask if he’s still able to keep up with the best of them.
After securing some pretty major directors for the previous four instalments (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird), all stamping their own mark and style on the franchise, number five goes to a former writer turned director (with just two other credits to his name) in Christopher McQuarrie – the man that set the world alight in the mid-nineties with The Usual Suspects. »
- Paul Heath
One of things that has been most interesting about the "Mission: Impossible" series has been the way they've played with the iconography of the original '60s show. When I worked as a closed-captioner, we got a contract to do "Mission: Impossible," and I must have done twenty episodes of it myself. I remember being struck by just how minimalist it was in terms of production value, and how clearly they relied on certain things over and over. When the first film was released 20 years, it was interesting to watch fans of the old show freak out at the notion of Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) being revealed as the bad guy. It is exactly what I loved about it, though. Brian DePalma has always loved to tweak genre convention and the language of the thriller, and watching him make this big slick uber-commercial movie that basically cast James Bond as Blofeld, »
- Drew McWeeny
Fans of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma are in for a treat this summer and fall, as The Criterion Collection will release the former's The Brood and the latter's Dressed to Kill on respective Blu-rays.
From The Criterion Collection: The Brood: "A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands »
- Derek Anderson
News came out this week that Andy Muschietti, director of the indie horror hit Mama, is in talks to helm a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic 1986 book It. The project has been in development for years, and at one point director Cary Fukunaga was attached, but he recently dropped out due to budget concerns.
Last time they starred in a movie together, 2008’s “Baby Mama,” Tina Fey and Amy Poehler weren’t quite as big as they are now. They’d made their names on “SNL,” which Fey was two years out of and Poehler was just about to depart, but “30 Rock” was only a year in, and “Parks & Recreation” was still a year away from beginning. Their best-selling books were some time away, they hadn’t yet stormed the hosting gig at the Golden Globes, and Fey’s devastating impersonation of Sarah Palin was still a few months away. Nevertheless, the film was a modest spring success, but bigger things are expected of their 2015 big-screen team-up, “Sisters” (no relation to the Brian De Palma film). Written by their former SNL colleague, the great Paula Pell, and directed by “Pitch Perfect” helmer Jason Moore, the film sees the pair as two semi-estranged siblings who »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Ah, now this looks fun. We can think of a sizeable list of movies that would instantly be enhanced by the addition of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to their cast, and next March, the pair are joining forces for Sisters.
This is the new movie from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, and according to the official synopsis, it's about "two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need".
Hitchcock remakes have ranged from the bland (2007's "Rear Window"-lite "Disturbia") to the blah ("A Perfect Murder") to the godawful (Gus van Sant's pretentious shot-by-shot miscreation of "Psycho"). Often misguided and more often just pointless, these films are cursed to fail. While David Fincher and Gillian Flynn may have cannily dodged that hex by officially basing their forthcoming "Strangers on a Train" update on Patricia Highsmith's novel, they aren't out of the woods yet. Precedent does not bode well. Read: Hedren Talks Devious Hitchcock and 'The Birds' at Academy; "fairy tale" Discovery by Reville There are clever ways of repurposing the master of suspense. While Brian De Palma never could quite disguise his flamboyant homages — whether in "Vertigo"-esque "Obsession" (1976), since reviled by its screenwriter Paul Schrader, sexy "Rear Window" tribute "Body Double" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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