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Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Tom Cruise never really went everywhere, and yet he was gone for a while. Something inexplicable happened around the Katie Holmes era (Ok, it wasn't inexplicable. In fact it was discussed constantly. But for dramatic purposes, let's be vague) when the star of Top Gun, A Few Good Men and Jerry Maguire became... Unpalatable. It wasn't that he had a few flops. Heck, Brad Pitt and George Clooney's names do nothing at the box office. Denzel Washington has made the same troubled-hero film about eight times now. And did you know that Johnny Depp sometimes makes films not directed by Tim Burton or about pirates? We generalize. But for real, the very name Tom Cruise just hasn't been »
With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…
The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.
Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »
- Neil Calloway
Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
In 1950 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Prods., and the huge success of “I Love Lucy” turned Desilu into a powerhouse that created many more TV series and owned two studio lots. Many successful years later, Variety ran a story on Aug 17, 1966, saying Desilu had firmed a lucrative deal with CBS for a fifth season of “The Lucy Show” and was debuting two one-hour series in the fall: “Star Trek” on NBC and “Mission: Impossible” on CBS.
That’s a pretty good slate for one year.
The series “Mission: Impossible,” under creator-producer-writer Bruce Geller, ran from 1966-73, but it was much slower to transfer to the bigscreen than its stablemate (the first “Star Trek” movie debuted in 1979). The film “Mission: Impossible,” which marked Cruise’s producing debut, »
- Tim Gray
Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings to mind Cruise’s prime days (“Top Gun,” “Jerry Maguire,” etc.) on the Hollywood A-list.
Here are five reasons “Mission: Impossible 5” is the strongest film in Paramount’s 19-year-old spy franchise.
(1)It’s sleeker than any James Bond movie you can remember.
The first “Mission: Impossible,” which opened nearly two decades ago in 1996, was a standard bigscreen reboot of a TV show. But the franchise received a jolt in 2006 with J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3,” which interwove the heart-pumping twists of “Alias” (season one) into a theatrical recipe that could give Daniel Craig as 007 a run for his money. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Tom Cruise isn't quite the box office king he was back in 1996 when the first Mission Impossible hit theaters, yet the franchise is still surprisingly strong and the fifth movie in the series is poised to open pretty big this weekend. It's also scored surprisingly strong reviews with a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has a 93 percent rating.)
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Tom Cruise movie? Feel free to vote for one of his »
Every Friday for the last few weeks we’ve been looking at a different cinematic classic featuring a certain Tom Cruise. Past editions have focussed on Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, and Minority Report, now our attention turns to his one franchise, the Mission Impossible series.
Tom Cruise had his first taste of fame in the 1980’s and, unlike many of his peers, has never really left the spotlight. His body of work features an impressive 38 films giving him the opportunity to work with many acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Oliver Stone, and Stanley Kubrick. He’s also done pretty much every genre under the sun, giving him a wide ranging show-reel. He’s also been the first actor to get his own Sky movies channel devoted purely to films he stars in (available now for a limited time). This week sees his latest »
- Kat Smith
Tom Cruise is a major box office star and a beloved actor. He had us at hello in "Jerry Maguire" and cemented his place as an action star in films like "Top Gun" and "Minority Report." Now he's bringing back Imf agent Ethan Hunt for the fifth time in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation."
Even though he's been in the spotlight since the '80s, there are still some things you might not know about him. From the cartoon character based on him to his own holiday, here are 12 things you might not have known about Tom Cruise.
[Sources: IMDb, Playboy, People, Interview] »
- Rachel Horner
It started in March with vague teasing, but Hugh Jackman confirmed back in May that the currently untitled third Wolverine film will be his last time playing the eponymous clawed mutant. Earlier this week, Jackman turned to social media to hear what people want to see for his final outing. The query received waves of suggestions from fans, but Ryan Reynolds also threw his two cents in, and it involves his own character, Deadpool. On Tuesday, Reynolds posted this Tweet suggesting that Deadpool and Wolverine get together for a Top Gun-style crossover, which would no doubt be insanity and humor at its finest. Take a look! Not sure if it's been done, but what if Logan and Deadpool enlist in the Navy's elite Top Gun Program? #volleyball https://t.co/Pi9UbxcJ0z. Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 28, 2015 Deadpool and Wolverine have gotten into a lot of shenanigans in the comics, »
What's your favorite Tom Cruise character? You know you have one. We all do. Is it Brian Flanagan, the cocky bottle-juggling bartender from Cocktail? Maybe you have a need for speed - and shirtless volleyball players - so Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from Top Gun is more your style. From adrenaline-pumping action hero to innocent high school student to obnoxious talent agent, Tom Cruise has played it all in his spectacular career that has spanned over 30 years. Check out this...
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Rumours began to surface a few months ago that a sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series was already in development and now star Tom Cruise has confirmed during an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that Mi:6 is definitely going to happen.
During the interview Cruise said: “We’re starting to work on it now…we’ll probably start shooting next summer.”
Cruise was reluctant to give up any more juicy details and it’s difficult to determine from his comments just how far along in development the sixth movie is but considering Cruise is also a co-producer, it sounds like they’re only in the first-draft scripting phase. It’s also likely that Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write the script.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set to open in theatres today and early reviews have been quite positive. Although plot details for the sixth movie have yet to be revealed, »
- Gavin Logan
Tom Cruise has confirmed 'Mission: Impossible 6' is in pre-production stages. The 'Edge of Tomorrow' star was promoting the current 'Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation', while on America's 'The Daily Show' when he shared progress has been made on the next film in the franchise. He said: ''We're starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer.'' However, Paramount are yet to comment on the actor's claims. Meanwhile, the 53-year-old actor also hinted it would be ''fun'' to reprise his role in 'Top Gun'. He shared: ''It would be fun. I would like to get back into those jets.'' But he previously said he would only want to take the role back if it's shot ''like the first one'' Tom said: ''It would have to be practical. I don't want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one. »
Tom Cruise is one of those rare actors who climbed to superstar status and never really vacated the position. Since the early .80s he.s consistently turned out top-notch, entertaining movies, and he has another on the way this weekend with Mission: Impossible.Rogue Nation. To mark the occasion of his fifth time playing international secret agent Ethan Hunt, we thought what better time to count down his ten best characters. This was a tough list to make. We have some die hard Cruise fans among us (Top Gun shaped my life more than I.m entirely comfortable admitting), and as we all have our favorites, there were some heated arguments had during construction. There are great movies where the character may not have been the most memorable, on the on other side of that coin, there are great roles in less notable movies. That said, we think this is »
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens worldwide in two days and to get fans even more excited for the critically acclaimed Chris McQuarrie-directed action sequel, Paramount has released a one-minute clip giving us a slight tease at the film's opening action sequence, which is of course the high-octane, beyond insane plane stunt that has star Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) hanging off the side of an Airbus A400M. If this is the film's opening, imagine how many other goodies Cruise & McQuarrie have packed into the massive film! Check out the clip below: Also, on Monday night, Tom Cruise paid a visit to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and found himself locked in one of Fallon's famous Lip Sync battles. As per usual, Cruise delivers a must-see performance and even pays homage to his 1986 classic Top Gun. Check out Cruise & Fallon in action below: With the Imf disbanded, and »
Film Nerd 2.0 is an ongoing series in which we explore the ways we share media with our kids, particularly those of us who grew up deeply in love with movies. The media landscape has changed completely, and parents need to be more engaged than ever in what their kids watch and what they take from that entertainment. "Daddy, why did the Karate Kid Johnny die?" When "The Outsiders" was released in 1983, I was 13, and I already dearly loved the S.E. Hinton novel. It's melodramatic as hell, but that's how it feels to be a teenager, no matter what era you're talking about. I may not have had to deal with Socs or Greasers, but navigating the turbulent emotional landscape of adolescence was something that informed every line of Hinton's book. Francis Ford Coppola's film is burnished and beautiful, and it featured a young cast made up of actors on »
- Drew McWeeny
A franchise famous for its leisurely pacing between entries is not letting its recent resurgence of vitality go to waste.
With the fourth film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" becoming a massive worldwide box-office success in 2011, and this week's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" not only garnering rave reviews but expected to score the series' biggest opening to date, it comes as little surprise that Paramount wants to move forward fast.
Appearing on The Daily Show last night, Cruise revealed to host Jon Stewart that work has already begun on the next entry in the series with production aiming to begin next Summer: "We're starting to work on [Mission: Impossible 6] now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer [in 2016]."
- Garth Franklin
Christopher McQuarrie penned and directed that adaptation based on the tenth Reacher novel "One Shot," and it has subsequently had a strong life on disc, VOD and cable - so much so that a sequel based on the novel "Never Go Back" was greenlit.
One surprise though came in May when it was announced that McQuarrie was out and Cruise's "The Last Samurai" director Ed Zwick and writer Marshall Herskovitz would take over the follow-up from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. McQuarrie is remaining onboard though as executive producer.
Out doing promotion for "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" which he penned and directed, McQuarrie revealed that he couldn't return to do the second "Jack Reacher" due to his commitments to 'Rogue Nation'. »
- Garth Franklin
Tom Cruise performed The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” when he faced off against Jimmy Fallon in an epic lip sync battle on Monday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Tom Cruise Lip Sync: The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” Cruise appeared on The Tonight Show Monday night to promote Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Tom Cruise went all out when he hit the stage for a lip-sync battle against Jimmy Fallon on Monday. When the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation actor appeared on The Tonight Show, he and his epic dance moves had the crowd cheering as he performed "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd and "Paradise By The Dashboard Light." Tom really got into it, and at one point there were echoes of that epic Risky Business scene when he slid toward center stage with the mic. Later, he and Jimmy made their way into audience, where they serenaded a fan and recreated that memorable Top Gun moment. Watch the can't-miss clip above, and, just for fun, check out that memorable scene below before you relive more of the best lip-sync battles. »
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