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Before 1996, "Mission: Impossible" was a long-since-cancelled TV spy series, beloved by Boomers but forgotten by anyone younger. Today, of course, it's a popular Tom Cruise movie franchise, known for its twisty plotting and jaw-dropping stunt sequences, whose five installments to date have grossed $935 million in North America and $2.8 billion worldwide.
The change came, of course, with the release of Cruise's first "Mission: Impossible" 20 years ago, on May 22, 1996. Since then, Brian De Palma's clever, convoluted blockbuster has been watched and copied plenty. And while some of the spy franchise's secrets have become widely known, there are still some that have remained classified -- until now.
1. "Mission: Impossible" marked Cruise's debut as a producer. In a deal that would become his then-customary contract, he took no money up front but negotiated a lucrative percentage of the theatrical and video gross profits, reportedly as high as 22 percent. Cruise reportedly pocketed an estimated $70 million for the first "Mission. »
- Gary Susman
Read More: Interview with Nancy Savoca: Co-Writer and Director of 'Union Square' The University of Michigan has announced that filmmaker Nancy Savoca will donate her personal archives to the school's Mavericks and Makes Indie Film Collection. The archives will include a diverse range of her work, including drawings, budgets, research documents, drafts of screenplays, audio and video interviews, press photos, props and even a few notebooks from her high school film class. Savoca will be the first female "Maverick" in the collection, which houses an immense range of material from fellow filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles and Ira Deutchman. Savoca has been an independent filmmaker, working with her husband and partner Rich Guay, for more than 25 years. Her works includes "True Love" (which won the Grand Jury Prize at the inaugural 1989 Sundance Film Festival), "Household Saints," »
- Mike Lown
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