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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it.s time or has aged like a fine wine. This week we.ll be examining The Way Of The Gun, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie.s violent crime pic starring Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro, released theatrically in September, 2000. The Story: Two »
- Paul Shirey
It’s going to be incredibly tough to top director Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but it appears that Tom Cruise is officially up for the challenge. Cruise has now signed a deal to star in and produce Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. There’s no official word on who will be writing and/or directing the next installment of the franchise, but Cruise’s Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is supposedly in line to take the gig. Hit the jump for more, including a refresher on Cruise’s upcoming schedule. Per Deadline, Cruise has signed on to star in and produce the fifth Mission: Impossible film. The writer/director of the pic is expected to be announced shortly, and that person (probably McQuarrie) will develop the film with Cruise and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. With the last two installments, Cruise has used »
- Adam Chitwood
Last year's Tom Cruise actioner “Jack Reacher” held a trifecta of curious elements: The controversial casting of its star, Werner Herzog's brief villainous turn, and, most importantly, the return of Christopher McQuarrie to the director's chair. After helming “The Way Of The Gun” in 2000, McQuarrie shunned the spotlight to serve as script doctor to Hollywood's elite, but after his latest film experience, he's re-emerged to comment on his career in his typically candid manner. In an extensive interview with Empire promoting the “Jack Reacher” DVD release, McQuarrie spoke on a wide variety of topics, from Oren Peli's creative freedom with “Paranormal Activity,” to contrasting it with struggles to get his unproduced screenplays “Booth” and “The Last Mission” made in the Hollywood system (both are movies “I have to ask permission” to make). Indeed, the industry has been a mixed blessing for the director -- McQuarrie learned while making “Valkyrie” with Cruise. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The stand-up comedian and star of Wreck-It Ralph on teenage bed-wetting and defending men dressed as chickens from street hoodlums
Hello Sarah. You've done voiceovers before (1), but none for a Disney production (2).
My show (3) was very adult in many ways but kids loved it because it was very colourful and it had music. I love it when kids approach me; much more than creepy 50-year-old men – no offence to any creepy 50-year-old men who may be reading this.
What's the creepiest thing a 50-year-old man has said to you?
It's the 50-year-old men who live with their mums who have stacks of pictures for me to sign. I just think: "What are you doing with your life?" They sell them on eBay. I don't know what you can get for a signed copy of my picture, but I can't imagine it's anything over five dollars. You can work at McDonald's for more. »
It's probably safe to say that "Jack Reacher" didn't quite do the business that Paramount was hoping for. After Tom Cruise took "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" to nearly $700 million worldwide, we can't blame anyone for thinknig that the actor had rebounded from bad publicity and middling efforts like "Knight & Day." So he was put in the lead of "Jack Reacher," a potential franchise starter that will likely wind up with nearly $200 million worldwide. Profitable for sure, but with Asian audiences essentially deciding if the series lives or dies, it's not the outing everyone involved was hoping for. Which brings us to Christopher McQuarrie... The director admitted that following "The Way Of The Gun," he was in director's jail for basically the next decade or so, until Cruise (for whom he wrote "Valkyrie") essentially yanked him out. And Cruise has been his benefecator, not only getting »
- Kevin Jagernauth
5 items from 2013
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