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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
This article contains spoilers for Cobra. We suspect we're the only website to have written those words in recent times....
Had Sylvester Stallone had his way, the now cult classic Beverly Hills Cop would have been a much different film. Before Eddie Murphy was cast in the role that would define his acting career, the part of Axel Foley was offered to Sly. Yet the Italian Stallion had other ideas in mind for what he wanted the film to be, so he took it upon himself to rewrite the script, moulding it to suit his strengths as a white-knuckled mortal terminator. As screenwriter Daniel Petrie Jr told us last year, whilst it was "considered a coup to have written a script to attract »
This week, Neil Calloway looks at how winning in Cannes affects a film’s box office…
Cannes remains the most important film festival in the world, and one of the most important events of any type (think of an annual event that gets the same coverage and you’re searching for a while). The latest festival ends tonight.
There are three parts to Cannes – the market, where bad movies get sold to international distributors so the producers can finance their next straight to DVD Nazi-Vampire-Kung Fu flick, there’s the promotional part, where young, pretty actresses get photographed next to old directors, and there is the competition.
The top prize at the competition, and unquestionably the top prize at any film festival anywhere, is the Palme d’Or. Does winning it help a film, though?
Looking at films who won over the past ten years – even when directed by »
- Neil Calloway
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fake Commercial of the Day: How does Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters get so full in X-Men: Apocalypse? With this 1983 recruitment ad starring Jubilee and the voice of Stan Lee: Character History of the Day: In anticipation of his return in X-Men: Apocalypse, here's a look at the evolution of Wolverine in movies and TV: Movie Tribute of the Day: Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman recognizes this week's Top Gun anniversary with a photo of him and his jet: In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the move Top Gun and, of course, the all important #Tbt - call sign Wolverine pic.twitter.com/IiqDLSumHe — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) May 19...
- Christopher Campbell
The guys have the lo-down on Mark Hamill and the Star Wars Episode VIII cast arriving in Cork airport and the subsequent Irish shoot. Angry Birds and The Green Room get reviewed and we have an exclusive look back at 30 years of Top Gun Tom’s Trivia Three – Awesome movie stuff, you never knew before!!Reviews – The Green Room, Angry BirdsA critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Top GunNews – Star Wars in Cork, How much the McU has made iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe!Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to downloadStitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android This is our latest, epic, episode! »
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Featuring high-flying Navy jets, rising young Hollywood hotties and a hit soundtrack led by Kenny Loggins’ soulful vocal on “Danger Zone,” “Top Gun” was the highest-grossing movie of 1986, earning $356.8 million worldwide. It launched the careers of Anthony Edwards (Goose), Tim Robbins (Merlin) and Meg Ryan (Goose’s wife, Carole) — and sent Tom Cruise (Maverick) into an elite stratosphere of stardom. What’s more, the film’s soundtrack topped the Billboard albums chart and featured Berlin’s love theme “Take My Breath Away,” the winner of that year’s Best Original Song Academy Award (“Top Gun” was nominated for three other »
- Meriah Doty
With today being the 30th anniversary of Top Gun’s theatrical release, we figured it's a good time to go over everything we know so far about the action classic’s long-awaited sequel. It’s closer than ever While not officially green-lit, Top Gun 2 is in development at Paramount, and according to Jerry Bruckheimer, the studio is excited about it. Talking to Extra last month, the returning megaproducer said, “We hope Top Gun 2 is happening. We’ve been...
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If Top Gun was the highway to the danger zone, then that volleyball scene must have been the onramp to Homoerotic Blvd. And we mean that in the best way possible. Smack dab in the middle of this macho movie about fighter pilots is two glorious, glistening, bulging minutes of hot dudes jumping around in the sand, and we would like to thank whoever made that cinematic decision. We hear it was added after principal filming was completed because the studio thought fans wanted to see more of Tom Cruise shirtless. You will not hear complaints from us regarding that choice. Since today is Top Gun's 30th anniversary, we would like to honor that iconic volleyball scene and give thanks to all those shiny, shirtless men. We »
True Story: Top Gun is the movie that made me really start noticing the style of different filmmakers, which in turn made me into the movie geek I am today. I used to catch Tony Scott's Revenge whenever it played on HBO and loved the distinct camerawork, editing, shots, etc. and then one day, I caught Top Gun on TV and noticed how similar they were in style. This was long before the Internet, so I went to... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
Thirty years after its first release, Neil Calloway takes a look at Top Gun…
Thirty years ago this week – 16th May 1986, to be precise, Top Gun was released and pop culture was changed forever. With the possible exclusion of films where Spielberg and Lucas were involved, it is arguably the most iconic film of the 1980s, certainly if you only consider films aimed at men.
If nothing else, it turned Tony Scott into a major Hollywood player and put Tom Cruise at the top of the firmament where – couch jumping incidents aside, he has remained ever since. It gave an early role to Meg Ryan three years before When Harry Met Sally, Tim Robbins and Anthony Edwards appear eight years before The Shawshank Redemption and E.R. made them stars. Adrian Pasdar has a tiny role a full twenty years before Heroes. Add Val Kilmer (five years before The Doors), and »
- Neil Calloway
Could there be a more quintessentially 1980s movie than "Top Gun?"
All that lovingly-photographed military hardware, that synth-pop soundtrack featuring two Kenny Loggins tunes, and a grinning Tom Cruise at his cockiest. He felt the need for speed, and for 30 years (since the film's release on May 16, 1986), you've been watching Cruise's Maverick soar in his fighter jet and overcome his paternal-abandonment issues.
Still, as many times as you've re-watched "Top Gun," there's a lot you may not know about the this '80s classic. Here are the Navy pilot saga's secrets, declassified.
1. The film originated as "Top Guns," a 1983 article by Ehud Yonay in California Magazine. It profiled the Navy pilot training center at Miramar, in San Diego, and featured aerial photography by a Top Gun pilot. Co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. researched the script by attending Top Gun classes and getting flown around in an F-14.
2. Tom Cruise wasn't actually »
- Gary Susman
Do you feel the need... the need for speed? “Top Gun,” which was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry last year, turns 30 this week. Many think this Tom Cruise-starring popcorn flick from director Tony Scott is about nothing more than a cocksure aviator climbing the ranks in the Top Gun school at Nas Miramar. Read between the lines, though, and it’s actually an allegorical tale of a young actor’s climb to success! Don’t believe us? We’ve got the pictorial breakdown just for you. Check it out below. 1. Strong, bold choices often lead to booking the gig! Or in the case of “Top Gun,” getting into the Top Gun school. 2. True actors don’t choose acting; acting chooses them. 3. Actors quickly learn to listen to their instructors…even when they’re scary. 4. All actors love to sing—let’s just hope they have proper training! »
Tom Cruise is one of our few remaining movie stars, as they just don’t make them like they used to. There aren’t many actors who can dominate the action genre while still working with the most iconic directors in smaller dramatic films, and gaining accolades for basically every performance.
This year, Cruise is celebrating two major movie anniversaries back to back. It’s been thirty years since Top Gun as of May 16th, and twenty years since the first Mission Impossible movie, which came out on May 22nd, 1986. The most astonishing part of all this is he is still going strong, still headlining Mission Impossible films, and is still the go-to action star of his generation. »
- Amanda Wood & Adriana Floridia
In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been parodied and oft-mocked for its not-so-subdued sexuality, set to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With the Boys.” Director Tony Scott knew full well that women and men alike would likely be titilated by the sight of shirtless actors Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Val Kilmer(Iceman) and Rick Rossovich (Slider) — and eagerly put the film’s pretty-boy pilots on fully oiled display. “I didn’t have a vision of what I was doing other than just doing soft porn,” Scott recalled with »
- Meriah Doty and Matt Hejl
Next week, the classic Top Gun will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release on May 16, 1986. You can take part in the celebration a week early, with the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of director Tony Scott's blockbuster, which made Tom Cruise a household name and propelled him to stardom. This 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack debuted last week, and with the Digital HD arriving today, May 10, we have a contest where you can bring this Blu-ray home.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of Top Gun captured the imagination of moviegoers upon its release on May 16, 1986, ultimately earning a worldwide box office of over $350 million. Tom Cruise is superb as the cocky but talented pilot Maverick and Kelly McGillis sizzles as the civilian instructor who teaches him a few things »
It's been 30 years since Tom Cruise starred as Lieutenant Maverick in Top Gun - and now to celebrate the film's upcoming anniversary, fans can get a copy of the 1986 action movie plus new interviews with Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. And in a sneak peek at one of the interviews, shared exclusively with People, Cruise revealed he enjoyed working with costar Val Kilmer, who played Iceman. "Val and I, I really enjoyed the scenes I did with him also," said Cruise in the above video clip, which also featured scenes from the movie. "I remember he was shooting a film in London. »
- Mariah Haas
As “Top Gun” nears its thirtieth anniversary, The Wrap counts down thirty facts about the iconic movie you may not have known. The facts not directly cited in this gallery came from the 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD of “Top Gun.” The role of Maverick was written expressly for Cruise — whose performance in “All the Right Moves” gave the writers inspiration for the part. Also Read: 'Top Gun' 30th Anniversary: Anatomy of the Iconic (and Homoerotic) Volleyball Scene Thirty years ago, “Top Gun” took the world by surprise and launched the careers of Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan, »
- Meriah Doty and Matt Hejl
In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been parodied and oft-mocked for its not-so-subdued sexuality, set to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With the Boys.” Director Tony Scott knew full well that women and men alike would likely be titilated by the sight of shirtless actors Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Val Kilmer (Iceman) and Rick Rossovich (Slider) — and eagerly put the film’s pretty-boy pilots on fully oiled display. “I didn’t have a vision of what I was doing other than just doing soft porn,” Scott recalled with »
- Meriah Doty
With the UK release of Knight of Cups this weekend, Neil Calloway looks at a unique directing talent…
Terrence Malick has directed seven films since his debut with Badlands in 1973. That might not seem like many, but when you factor in the fact that between the release of Days of Heaven in 1978 and The Thin Red Line in 1998 he didn’t make a single film, he’s got quite an impressive work rate.
Despite so few films being made, his influence on other film-makers is huge. When Malick’s The Tree of Life was released, Christopher Nolan spoke of his influence on his own films. While that’s hard to see, it’s undoubtedly true that Malick’s films has influenced many writers and directors. True Romance is Tarantino’s homage to Badlands, David Gordon Green’s work shows his influence. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood contains very Malickian scenes, »
- Neil Calloway
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