7 items from 2015
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
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
The only thing trailers love to use more than the "Inception" Braaaahm! is a moody, slowed-down cover of a popular song.
1. "Creep" in "The Social Network" (2010)
Arguably the trailer that started this trend, this preview uses a children's choir cover of Radiohead's song perfectly -- making us want to buy All the tickets to see the Facebook movie.
3. "Once Upon a Dream" in "Maleficent" (2014)
Covering a song from "Sleeping Beauty" in your movie based on that film's villain? »
- Phil Pirrello
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in depth look the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise, born Thomas Cruise Mapothor IV, got into acting during high school, abandoning his original plans of becoming a Catholic priest. He then moved to New York at the age of eighteen to start acting. His on-screen début came in Endless Love where he had a small role. He also has a starred in Taps, The Outsiders, Losing It, All the Right Moves, and Legend before studios started taking notice. »
- Kat Smith
'A Hatful of Rain' with Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Franciosa and Don Murray 'A Hatful of Rain' script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters – in this case, the evils of drug addiction – into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York City locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work (and the pointless use of CinemaScope), this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers – with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. 'A Hatful of Rain' synopsis Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm,* also about drug addiction, »
- Andre Soares
Spurred by Kelly Clarkson's recent comments that she has been unable to find a suitable duet partner, Jimmy Fallon offered his services on last night's The Tonight Show. Together, the couple sang a dozen duets in a four-minute mega-medley. Much like Fallon's ongoing History of Rap series with Justin Timberlake, the late-night host and the "Heartbeat Song" singer take a similar journey through five decades of chart-topping duets, kicking things off with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" before bringing it on home with Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love. »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
7 items from 2015
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