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Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie might see himself as one of the luckiest men on the planet. The screenwriter won an Academy Award for his second produced screenplay (“The Usual Suspects”) and that launched him into directing. But his first feature, “The Way Of The Gun,” was a box office flop and in McQuarrie’s own words landed him into “director’s jail” for about twelve years. While projects developed in the interim, McQuarrie wouldn’t land another credit until 2008 for “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise. But before the film was made, it seemed as if Cruise had kept the faith, and in 2007 the trades reported that McQuarrie would tailor several screenplays that the superstar actor was considering. All of them he liked, but he had handpicked McQuarrie to bring them up to snuff. “Valkyrie” was one of the few projects of that time that Cruise actually made, and the actor and »
- Rodrigo Perez
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, 2015.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Imf.
Yes, that’s Tom Cruise running on the wing of a cargo plane as it speeds down a runway. Yes, that’s still Cruise hanging from the side of the plane as it’s taking off. And yes, that’s our Tom hanging on the plane at 5000 feet. Why? Simple – because Cruise commits. Cruise delivers. Cruise knows what we want and knows how to get the best from everyone he works with to ensure we get it. He only works with the best, because only the best is good enough. Far too often we have to settle »
- Gary Collinson
'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand on the driver's side window (Detroit, get on that). The other impossible mission, one that is not only accepted and completed, but conquered and victoriously ground into dust, is proving that 53-year old Tom Cruise is still an action star. As Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation demonstrates with cruel ease, Cruise isn't just an action hero. In the post-movie star age, he is, with apologies to a certain Austrian bodybuilder whose drawing power is all but terminated, the last action hero. What makes him thus is not just his supreme confidence, compact good looks, and million dollar smile. The camera has »
- Mark Keizer
If you’ve seen any of the marketing for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you’ve almost certainly seen the image of Tom Cruise gripping the side of a jet plane as it takes off. The outrageous stunt is real, and the laws of modern movie marketing would seem to dictate that this could well be the money shot for the whole movie. So there’s a certain refreshing pleasure in sitting down to watch the film and finding that the plane stunt happens right in the opening sequence. If the trailer’s big wowza moment is just table setting, what could the filmmakers have in store for the final showdown? The answer, as it turns out, is plenty, but also not quite enough. This Mission: Impossible is a remarkably fun and clever continuation of the franchise, but also occasionally frustrating in the way it fails to live up to its own standards. »
- Patrick Dunn
The story of a military officer who is brought into an alien war with the power to reset the day was a cool concept, and when you threw director Doug Liman (Mr. And Mrs. Smith), writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Tom Cruise into the mix, it seemed like a no-brainer. As we all know, the film didn't exactly sweep up at the box office (domestically), but it is widely considered to be one... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Read More: Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a 'Man on Wire' in Thrilling 'The Walk' TrailerThe 28th Tokyo International Film Festival held a press conference today to announce this year's festival venues, Jury President and opening and closing films. Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects," "X-Men") has been selected as this year's Jury President, joining a list of respected filmmakers who have served at previous festivals. The festival will open with Robert Zemeckis' drama "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, and will close with Japanese director Tetsuo Shinohara's film "Terminal," starring Koichi Sato ("When the Last Sword is Drawn"). Additionally, directors Isao Yukisada, Sotho Kulikar and Brillante Mendoza announced the outline of their omnibus film project, "Asian Three-Fold Mirror." The three directors will be filming in various Asian countries and will premiere their completed »
- Sarah Choi
I thought it would be hard to top Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but this franchise just keeps getting better. The latest edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not just the best movie of the summer, it is the best summer movie of the summer, with its smart script and direction from Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects who has a long-standing relationship with star Tom Cruise having penned Valkyrie, Edge Of… »
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
Read More: Watch: How the Famous 'Mission: Impossible' Heist Scene Was Made Nearly 20 years have passed since Brian De Palma first transformed a snazzy television series into a high-wire act of elaborate Hitchcockian suspense with the first "Mission: Impossible" movie. By now, the very idea of an auteur-driven blockbuster sounds downright quaint. While veterans John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird all had the chance to leave a mark on the franchise, with fifth installment "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," relative newcomer Christopher McQuarrie trades ambition for competent action and typically charismatic worldly spies, but little in the way of fresh ideas — about as much as one can expect these days. McQuarrie's screenwriting career stretches back to "The Usual Suspects," but his directing career is comparatively young, with only two previous credits to his name: 2000's "The Way of the Gun" and 2012's "Jack »
- Eric Kohn
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review: Tom Cruise is back in quite possibly the best film in the series. Action-packed, unrelenting, fun-filled and extremely funny, Rogue Nation delivers in spades. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review
It could be questioned as to why the world needed another Mission: Impossible movie. Tom Cruise and his mates have been churning out these films since the mid-nineties, and with him now knocking on into his fifties, we have to ask if he’s still able to keep up with the best of them.
After securing some pretty major directors for the previous four instalments (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird), all stamping their own mark and style on the franchise, number five goes to a former writer turned director (with just two other credits to his name) in Christopher McQuarrie – the man that set the world alight in the mid-nineties with The Usual Suspects. »
- Paul Heath
A new Usual Suspects comic announced at San Diego Comic-Con promises to reveal the origin of Keyser Soze.
Red 5 Comics is releasing a prequel set nine years before Bryan Singer's Academy Award-winning crime thriller (via CBR).
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth will reveal how the mysterious criminal mastermind built his drug empire.
Singer is of course also known for his work on Fox's X-Men franchise, with his next film Apocalypse landing in 2016 and rumors that he could take on Fantastic Four as well.
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth #1 will be released in 2016. A creative team for the project is yet to be revealed. »
Red 5 Comics and Bad Hat Harry Productions has announced that it is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Usual Suspects with a new series of comics based upon Bryan Singer’s 1995 film, the first of which is set to delve into the mystery of Keyser Soze.
As per Cbr, Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth “takes place nine years before the events of the acclaimed film as centers on Soze as he establishes a narcotics empire during the time of President Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs.”
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth #1 is set for release next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation trailer: The final trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise action sequel will quite literally take your breath away. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation final trailer
The final trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has just been released by Paramount Pictures. We’re really looking forward to seeing what Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has done with this movie, which stars Tom Cruise opposite Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Sean Harris, as well as Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Jeremy Renner.
Here’s the plot.
With the Imf disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may »
- Paul Heath
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Thanks to The Wrap, we’ve got a first look photo of the cast for Ricky Gervais’ Netflix original movie Special Correspondents, which sees Gervais starring alongside Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Raúl Castillo (Looking), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Bill Lake (The Hurricane), Meghan Heffern (Chloe), Ari Cohen (Gangland Undercover) and Mimi Kuzyk (The Day After Tomorrow)…
Special Correspondents sees Bana as “a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.” It is set to land on Netflix some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has unveiled the first photo of the complete cast of Ricky Gervais‘ original movie “Special Correspondents,” which debuts exclusively on TheWrap. Eric Bana stars as a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. Gervais co-stars alongside Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Raúl Castillo (“Looking”) and Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”). Also Read: 'Boardwalk Empire's' Kelly Macdonald Joins. »
- Jeff Sneider
In the next Mission: Impossible installment, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg (Star Trek), and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) are all wanted by the C.I.A. With the Imf disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Cruise) out of a job, the boys defy the C.I.A.’s head honcho (Alec Baldwin) and regroup to take down the Syndicate – an underground society of rogue agents that Pegg’s Benji very appropriately calls the “anti-imf.”
In the newest trailer for Rogue Nation, we get a sneak peek at what we an only guess are the film’s big action scenes, as Ethan Hunt jumps fifty-feet into a whirlpool without an oxygen tank and climbs the side of a 727 mid-flight.
- Sasha James
Read More: Cannes Review: Joachim Trier's 'Louder Than Bombs' is a Complex Family Drama Done Right The Orchard has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Joachim Trier's "Louder than Bombs," which premiered at Cannes earlier this month. Trier's first English-language film, "Louder than Bombs" features a remarkable cast, including Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects"), Isabelle Huppert ("The Piano Teacher") and Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), all of whose performances have been lauded by critics. The film's official synopsis reads: "Three years after the death of his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed (Huppert), Gene (Byrne) keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad (Druid). A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah (Eisenberg), to return to the house he grew up in - and for the first time in a very long time, the father and the two »
- Sara Itkis
This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.
Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.
While vacationing in Italy, »
- Heather Wixson
Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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