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Tom Cruise Releases A Hip Hop Mix Tape For 'Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol'

8 August 2011 12:22 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nah, It's Just A Crummy New Photo So what happens when the Paramount marketing department decides to go after the "young, urban demographic." This. A new still has arrived from the upcoming "Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol" and it appears that Tom Cruise has signed with No Limit Records and put out a mixtape. Or maybe he's just become wise to who Lady Sovereign is/was and what her Save The Hoodie campaign was all about. Anyway, it's a pretty hilariously terrible image which reeks of Trying Too Hard. And it also has a distinct stench of Bad Photoshop. Couldn't they just get… »

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Music: Music Review: Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy

16 May 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Over the years, UK rappers—particularly those falling under the increasingly meaningless “grime” designation—have had trouble translating their overseas hype into success on these shores. (Just ask The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, and Lady Sovereign.) Britain’s latest Next Big Thing hopeful, Tinie Tempah, comes saddled with two No. 1 singles and an album, a couple of Brit awards, and comparisons to Kanye West—weighty expectations just waiting to be dashed by the capricious American public. Tempah’s full-length debut, Disc-Overy (which has been rejiggered with three new songs for its American release) mitigates that risk by covering as many »

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First sight: Lucy Punch

17 February 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Who is she?

A little known British actor who was pipped by Nicole Kidman to a part in Woody Allen's latest London-set movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. At the time, the 33-year-old hadn't worked in a year, and her mum was suggesting she start working on Tefl courses in Spain.

We feel a happy ending coming on.

You bet. Kidman pulled out because of a filming clash and Punch redoubled her efforts for the next round of auditions: fake tan, big hair, trampy clothes.

Isn't that taking the casting couch a bit far?

Eeugh, don't be disgusting. It had nothing to do with the casting couch and everything to do with the character: she plays a gold-digging escort called Charmaine, who marries Anthony Hopkins and dresses like an 80s page three stunna. Punch modelled gobby Charmaine's voice on Lady Sovereign.

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- Cath Clarke

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