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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
During the premiere of “The Agent,” a surprisingly good Esquire network docuseries about sports representatives, a key participant explicitly states the obvious: Courting college players to become clients is “a lot like dating,” he says — only these suitors see dollar signs, not hearts, dancing around the objects of their affection. Sparely told and tapping into the fascination with all things football, the show should be a winner for a network that has thus far struggled to tackle its programming identity. If nothing else, it’s an excellent illustration of all the stooping and butt-kissing that precedes the contract signing.
Esquire has rather lazily described the program as featuring four agents who provide glimpses of a “real-life ‘Jerry Maguire,’” relying on Hollywood pitch-meeting shorthand as a crutch. Actually, the series isn’t one of those reality shows that simply replicates a movie — much to its credit — as it flits around the country, »
- Brian Lowry
Frank Gifford, the former New York Giants star who successfully transitioned to a long career as a sportscaster on TV and radio, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Connecticut. He was 84.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”
Gifford’s name was practically synonymous with Espn’s popular “Monday Night Football” telecast, for which he »
- Richard Natale
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
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 »
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
Since 2006, Tom Cruise has been reduced to, for lack of a better phrase, a global joke; a quick source for derision, slander, and mockery among the A-List Hollywood performers for the masses to prod at. There was his Jumping the Couch moment on Oprah, the uncomfortable Scientology interview, his termination with Paramount studios, and M:i:iii underperforming at the box office. In short, 2006 was not a good year for the iconic A-Lister.
Despite such set-backs Cruise still produces and stars in critically and financially successful movies, which proves his presence in Hollywood is unscathed. One needs only to look at 2011’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which would become Cruise’s highest grossing film to date, or the last few films that have received critical acclaim i.e. Edge of Tomorrow. Further, when one looks at Cruise’s career, one gets a sense that »
- Matthew Lee
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
How much do you love Jerry Maguire? I.m going to guess that rather than insisting it.s one of your favorite films ever made, you.re simply happy to be reminded of a virtuoso Tom Cruise performance and a witty if slightly over schmaltzy Cameron Crowe script. But two Jerry Maguire fans have found a unique way to showcase their adulation for the 1996 rom-com. They want to build a pyramid in a Californian desert using every single VHS tape ever printed of the film. Seriously. The brains behind this rather unique operation are Nick Moore and Dimitri Simakis, who run the website and collective Everything Is Terrible. This team, which is obviously diametrically opposed to everything The Lego Movie has ever taught us, re-edit clips from VHS tapes for online content and live performances. But back in 2008 they set out on a mission that even Tom Cruise.s Ethan »
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 at the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise has had an extensive and wide-ranging career. Granted, he is most closely associated with films like last week’s subject Top Gun and the aforementioned Mission Impossible franchise, but he’s done much more than that. Some of his earlier years had him star in Ridley Scott’s Legend as well as the romantic period film Far and Away, one of the three films »
- Kat Smith
Director: Ken Scott
Special Features: Show Me Your Business / Gallery/ Theatrical Trailer
Unfinished Business is sold as one of those ‘unimaginable outcomes’ movies but, disappointingly, everything about it is obvious and been done before and with a whole host more of natural laughs. The film does have a good heart beneath the bravado because it really does aim for the right targets with themes of family and finding yourself, but despite a decent cast, there’s not much here to embrace.
Initially set around the moment salesman Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) is fired by his boss Chuck, played by Sienna Miller trying her best Rose Byrne but not hitting the mark, he decides to set up a business of his own Jerry Maguire-style and aim for a first big deal to get the company off the ground. »
- Dan Bullock
Remember Jonathan Lipnicki? He was the cute glasses-clad “Jerry Maguire” kid who taught you about the human head weighing eight pounds and how his next-door neighbor had three rabbits. Yeah, you remember. This kid. .. The thing is, he kind of doesn’t want people to remember him like that anymore — especially those Hollywood honchos who make casting decisions and stuff. At least, that was the take-away we got from this hysterical (and also kind of frightening) Father’s Day video he did for his on-screen stepdad. »
Jonathan Lipnicki, who got his start as the precocious kid in "Jerry Maguire," hasn't forgotten his roots ... because Hollywood won't let him! As part of Screen Junkies' "Dads of Our Lives" series, the now-24-year-old star pokes fun at his child star past while paying tribute to his TV dad, Tom Cruise. "I'm here to thank you, Jerry Maguire, for everything you did for me - from drunkenly brooding on my mom's couch having a nervous breakdown to dropping completely unnecessary f-bombs when I wanted to go to the zoo," he says in the clip below. "Sure, you were probably experiencing an episode of clinical mania, but hey, it was never a dull moment." Lipnicki goes on to explain how hard it is to only be remembered for his role in the movie. "How could one child be so ludicrously, almost illegally adorable? And who could forget those glasses, am I right? »
- tooFab Staff
Jonathan Lipnicki made the world say, “Awwww,” in unison with his supporting performance in 1996’s Jerry Maguire. Seriously, the kid was so fricking cute he could have stopped wars and stuff. But Jerry Maguire was released 19-years-ago, and Lipnicki is a tad furious that he’s still primarily associated with that film. In fact, he’s so angry he’s created a hilarious video that involves him shouting at Tom Cruise. It’s well worth a watch. Thanks to Screen Junkies for the creation of the above video, and for Lipnicki for providing such a superlative take on himself. It was probably his most convincing performance since Stuart Little 2. There are a few things that we’ve learned thanks to the above video. Firstly, Jonathan Lipnicki deserves mad props for honing such a bodacious body. While it also looks as »
I’m a big fan of positivity, especially when it comes to the film industry, since it seems to be at a premium most of the time. Two weeks ago, filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s latest movie Aloha opened to rather poor reviews, some of which began to look back and degrade his canon on the whole. In an attempt to keep it positive, I wanted to look back on Crowe’s filmography and rank his work to date, especially since I’m one of the few who feel that he’s basically never had a true “bad” movie. Some of his films are better than the others, of course, but they all have value… Here’s my ranking of the films from writer/director Cameron Crowe: 1. Almost Famous – Crowe’s masterpiece and one of the best films of the last 25 years (along with one of my five favorites of »
- Joey Magidson
This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and I talk about the films of writer-director Cameron Crowe. We go through and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all of Crowe's features--Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha--as well as his breakthrough screenwriting work for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Over the course of our talk, we try to figure out what defines a Cameron Crowe film and why the quality of his work has declined over his past several films. Click here to download the latest episode of The Collider Podcast or listen below; click here for last week’s episode ("Tomorrowland"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. We’ll think you’re a terrific person! If you don’t like the podcast, feel »
- Matt Goldberg
Aloha came out last weekend, and the romantic comedy's tropical setting isn't the only thing that will remind you of other movies. The Bradley Cooper/Emma Stone movie comes from the mind of writer/director Cameron Crowe, who has created some iconic films, like Say Anything and Jerry Maguire. Crowe has a distinctive style, and if you've seen a few of his films, you can recognize some of the trademarks. Here's a little field guide to elements that are always in his films. »
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