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Plenty of Hollywood blockbusters, from “Skyfall” to “Mission: Impossible III,” were at least partially filmed in China, as film execs want to continue to appeal to the world’s second-largest movie market – and likely soon to be the biggest. But there haven’t been many Chinese movies that have chosen to shoot in the U.S. – yet. Chinese actor and director Chen Sicheng is shaking that up, as he’s currently filming his next movie, “Detective Chinatown Vol. 2,” in New York City. And once the film was written, he had little choice – the Big Apple is a central part of. »
- Matt Pressberg
Maggie Q’s real name is Margaret Denise Quigley. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 22, 1979. She grew up in Hawaii and attended Mililani High School. As a bright student, she originally intended to pursue a career as a vet and got a place to study veterinary science at a private university but her parents were unable to support her financially. Instead, she left Hawaii to pursue other career options. She is now a model and an actress who became famous when she starred in ‘Mission: Impossible III’. Maggie Q is now best-known for playing the role of
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Maggie Q »
- Nat Berman
When Mission: Impossible 6 star Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt back in mid-August, there were reports that production could be shut down for upwards of four months. Either those reports weren't accurate, or the action star as mutant-like healing powers, since Tom Cruise was spotted on the Mission: Impossible 6 set, just seven weeks after the initial injury happened on the set, with new photos and videos. There were other reports that claimed the actor would need either eight or nine weeks to recover, half the time listed in the original, unconfirmed report, but the actor managed to heal up quicker than even those expectations.
When Mission: Impossible production resumed yesterday, Tom Cruise, who returns as Ethan Hunt for this sixth installment of the action-packed franchise, was certainly not taking it easy. A new report with photos and brief video show that the actor spent his »
Star Wars 9 is back on track, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to replace fired director Colin Trevorrow. The studio has issued a new December 20, 2019 release date, and the project seems heading in the right direction. However, J.J. Abrams' sudden emergence at the helm of this franchise finale was a direct breach of his contract that was re-negotiated at Paramount after he left to direct the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A new report reveals that Paramount was "jilted" when he left to direct Star Wars 9, which lead to Paramount extracting a small sum of money for their troubles, but not nearly what the studio's overall deal with the director is worth.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that newly-minted Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos was not pleased that J.J. Abrams was "poached" yet again by Disney to direct this highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel, but he ultimately accommodated the deal, »
Given the chance, few filmmakers would turn down the dream of one day directing a Star Wars movie, and fewer still would refuse that offer twice.
And yet, The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams found himself in that exact position earlier this month. With Colin Trevorrow off Star Wars: Episode IX entirely, it didn’t take long before Lucasfilm came calling. The vocation? An opportunity to journey back to that galaxy far, far away and essentially close the circle in this current Star Wars trilogy. Abrams accepted, and the rest is history.
But as The Hollywood Reporter reveals, Paramount and CEO Jim Gianopulos were none too pleased with the decision. Since his work on Mission: Impossible 3, J.J. Abrams had struck a deal with Paramount that resulted in such lucrative blockbusters as Super 8 and a pair of rebooted Star Trek movies. Said to worth $10 million a year when accounting for overheads and development, »
- Michael Briers
David Crow Sep 18, 2017
Arguably, James Cameron’s True Lies has not aged as gracefully over the years as some of his other action blockbusters. It's certainly not a perfect film, but it's still pretty damn hilarious, and a pretty clever riff on the spy genre. Mixing matrimony and spymania has often been something filmmakers have toyed with, from Mr. & Mrs. Smith to Mission: Impossible 3. Still, no one does it better, in terms of ‘90s action glee, than a pun-dispensing Arnold Schwarzenegger - so it was probably inevitable that True Lies would get a reboot of some sort.
Enter Fox’s newest television remake prospect.
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Gilroy has come on board the project formerly known as “Methuselah,” “Beauty and the Beast” producers join “The Punch Escrow” and Almost Never Films hires executives.
If the deal goes through, it will be Gilroy’s first directing gig since 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner. Gilroy also co-wrote the script for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with Chris Weitz.
The Warner Bros. project, formerly called “Methuselah,” has been in the works since 2009 at Warner Bros. and had Tom Cruise attached at one point. Based on the character from the Bible, the story follows a man who lives for hundreds of years and has used his time to develop an incredible set of survival skills »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In what will be his first big film for Warner Bros since 2008 Best Picture nominee Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy is in final talks to write with an eye to direct an untitled thriller that David Heyman will produce, with Heyday’s Jeffrey Clifford also producing. Gilroy has worked out his own take on a project that has been at Warner Bros 15 years under Methuselah, a thriller originated by James Watkins that most recently had Tom Cruise attached to star and Pirates… »
American Made, 2017.
Directed by Doug Liman.
A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
There’s an unshakeable feeling that Tom Cruise is actually trying in American Made, Doug Liman’s derivative if not entertaining Goodfellas-lite comic thriller. Cruise has been the movie star for the past two decades, but his on-screen persona only exists as a parallel to Cruise as the movie star. Few risks are taken, so American Made, albeit steeped in cliché, is a rather welcome detour away from the glamour and stunts of the monolithic blockbusters he finds comfort in.
- Amie Cranswick
The Imf has called for some impromptu downtime.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, and in light of Tom Cruise’s “serious” on-set injury, production on Mission: Impossible 6 has officially shut down to lend Cruise adequate time to recover. The action sequel will now remain on hiatus for eight to nine weeks, and though one might assume that this lengthy spell on the sidelines would adversely affect the July 27th, 2018 release date, Paramount is sticking to its guns.
The studio has now issued a statement addressing Tom Cruise’s injuries, revealing that the Mission: Impossible mainstay broke his ankle while performing a rooftop stunt in London earlier this week. Footage captured by TMZ showed Cruise, who is widely known for tackling daredevil feats without the need for a stand-in, leaping between two office blocks. It looked to be a fairly routine stunt – by Cruise’s lofty standards, at least – but »
- Michael Briers
Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Logan Lucky, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie heist scene or sequence?” Ethan Anderton: Mission: Impossible III The Mission: Impossible franchise may not immediately come to mind when you think of heist movies since they’re action adventure […]
The post /Answers: The Greatest Movie Heists appeared first on /Film. »
- /Film Staff
Earlier this week, we reported that Tom Cruise was injured on the set of Mission: Impossible 6, during a building jump stunt, and now it seems the injury was far worse than imagined. Production has now been shut down for upwards of four months, with the actor suffering two broken bones in his ankle after the stunt gone wrong. After X-rays revealed the injury on the London set was far worse than expected, Tom Cruise is expected to head back home to the United States for treatment. Here's what an unidentified source had to say about the injury.
"The injury is worse than was at first feared. Tom did serious damage and will need months to recover. He is the film's biggest star and everything revolves around him. The movie's bosses had no choice other than to postpone the filming."
The Sun reports that the injury will "wreak havoc" on the production's tight schedule, »
Jon Kortajarena, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Alice Aufray, and Barbara Meier have also been added to the cast. Julien Landais is directing from an adaptation of the Henry James novel. Landais co-wrote the script with Jean Pavans and Hannah Bhuiya.
The film is set in Venice in 1885 with Rhys Meyers portraying Morton Vint, an ambiguous young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern as he strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana (Redgrave). Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Richardson), whom Morton tries to seduce.
Production is currently underway in Venice, Italy.
Gabriela Bacher is producing for Film House Germany’s Summerstorm Entertainment, alongside Landais for Princeps Films. The executive producers include Charles S. Cohen of Cohen Media Group, James Ivory, »
- Dave McNary
Over the weekend, both Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie took to social media to thank the people of New Zealand, as their shoot for Mission: Impossible 6 wrapped in the country. Tom Cruise took the opportunity to also share a new photo, featuring his character Ethan Hunt surrounded by his trusted team of Luther Stickle (Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). Director Christopher McQarrie also shared that same photo on social media. Here's what Tom Cruise had to say to his New Zealand fans.
"Thank you to the amazing people of New Zealand! I've had a great time filming the next Mission: Impossible here."
Shortly after the photo surfaced on Tom Cruise's Twitter, director Christopher McQuarrie shared a message of his own, stating, "Kia Ora, New Zealand. Thanks to everyone there who helped us achieve the Impossible." He also added, "Leave a light on, »
Last week, Mission: Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie took to social media to post a new photo of Michelle Monaghan, confirming that the actress will be returning to reprise her role as Julia Meade from Mission: Impossible III and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. The character wasn't seen in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but she married Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt at the end of Mission: Impossible III and had a brief appearance in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Just days after sharing that photo, the filmmaker has posted another image that showcases the women of this sequel.
Christopher McQuarrie shared this image on both Twitter and Instagram, which features Michelle Monaghan alongside franchise newcomers Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Angela Bassett, along with Rebecca Ferguson, who returns as Ilsa Faust from Rogue Nation. Unfortunately, the director didn't share any details about Vanessa Kirby or Angela Bassett's characters, or reveal anything »
Universal launched its new Dark Universe franchise with The Mummy reboot, which boasted the star-power of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in a world where they will bring several iconic monsters and creatures back to life, in present day. The studio didn't quite get the results it was looking for at the domestic box office, with a lackluster debut of $31.3 million, debuting in a distant second place to Wonder Woman ($58.5 million) in its second weekend. The movie was also a dud with critics, with a paltry 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many wondering how a movie with so much talent behind and in front of the camera, could fail so badly. A new report claims that a majority of the blame should be placed on Tom Cruise's shoulders, due to the immense amount of creative control he had on the project.
Variety reports that Tom Cruise had almost complete »
There were few signs that a major blockbuster was about to premiere when “The Mummy” rolled into Manhattan last week. The marquee of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatres had gone blank. The carpet was totally covered with black plastic. Security only let guests past barricades after quizzing them about what they were there to see, and everybody had to walk through two imposing metal detectors.
Inside the theater, Tom Cruise was jubilant, as he stood in front of the crowd. “Hey y’all,” said the 54-year-old actor. He introduced Alex Kurtzman, the film’s director, as well as the cast members, who stood quietly as Cruise delivered a 10-minute improvised speech. “Movies aren’t made by single people,” he said. “It’s a team effort.”
But in the case of “The Mummy,” one person–Cruise–had an excessive amount of control, according to several people interviewed. The reboot of »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Mission: Impossible 6: Michelle Monaghan has confirmed that she will be reprising her role as Julia in Mission: Impossible 6. Director Christopher McQuarrie first shared a photo of her without explanation via social media; the actress then shared the same image and wrote: "Can't wait to show you guys more of Julia's story." The character appeared previously in Mission: Impossible III (above) and again briefly in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The movie is set to open on July 27, 2018. [Twitter] Mission accepted. So thrilled to be reuniting w/ @TomCruise for #MI6! Can’t wait to show you guys more of Julia’s story ?? #missionimpossible pic.twitter.com/YQjfIS8qob — Michelle Monaghan (@realmonaghan) June 13...
- Peter Martin
Mission: Impossible 6: Michelle Monaghan has confirmed that she will be reprising her role as Julia in Mission: Impossible 6. Director Christopher McQuarrie first shared a photo of her without explanation via social media; the actress then shared the same image and wrote: "Can't wait to show you guys more of Julia's story." The character appeared previously in Mission: Impossible III (above) and again briefly in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The movie is set to open on...
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Michelle Monaghan is to return to the Mission: Impossible franchise for the in-production sixth film in the series. The actress first appeared in Mission: Impossible III as the wife to Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt, and then briefly appeared in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The Mission Impossible 6 cast news was reported by Deadline.
The news that Monaghan was returning to the franchise was confirmed by writer/ director Christopher McQuarrie on his Instagram page. An image of Monaghan was posted to the social media website late yesterday.
A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Jun 13, 2017 at 11:08am Pdt
Monaghan also commented on her return to the franchise on her Twitter page shortly afterwards.
Mission accepted. So thrilled to be reuniting w/ @TomCruise for #MI6! Can’t wait to show you guys more of Julia’s story ? #missionimpossible pic. »
- Paul Heath
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