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Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia Neal was one of those performers – e.g., Jean Arthur, Anne Bancroft – whose film career didn't start out all that well, but who, by way of Broadway, managed to both revive and magnify their Hollywood stardom. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating Sunday, Aug. 16, '15, to Patricia Neal. This evening, TCM is showing three of her best-known films, in addition to one TCM premiere and an unusual latter-day entry. 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Robert Wise was hardly a genre director. A former editor (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons »
- Andre Soares
Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but Disney has just released a first look at the cast of the upcoming spinoff film about a group of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans from the Death Star. Thanks to D23, the very first official photo has been revealed, featuring the cast which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk are also announced to be joining Star Wars: Rogue One, along with Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.
Unlike the previous live-action Star Wars films, Rogue One will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force. The film is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, during the »
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, »
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008's Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let »
There are few real-life figures more beloved in American cinema than Steven Spielberg. He’s earned that adoration without question, but his worship retards the dialogue around his work. Like his buddy Colonel G. Lucas, Spielberg is a brand first, a businessman second, and a filmmaker last.
It’s time to loosen up the conversation. Spielberg is less an auteur and more Hollywood’s greatest journeyman, a master craftsman whose natural talent allows him to tackle almost any material. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t common themes that run throughout his work. A lot of breath has been devoted to his sense of wonder and awe, his parent’s divorce, his love of children. But there’s a darker current to his work, one that appears less subtly in thrillers like The Conversation, Three Days of the Condor, and other conspiracy films of the New Hollywood era. It’s a sense of paranoia, »
- Nathan Smith
What would you do if you saw a man on fire flying through your neighborhood? Thanks to a clever marketing stunt ahead of the release of “Fantastic Four”, you no longer have to ask yourself that question. Inspired by Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, Thinkmodo created a human-shaped drone, set it on fire, and sent it sailing trough the night skies of an unsuspecting neighborhood. In a cute nod to Johnny’s famous catch phrase, the remote switch that sets the drone ablaze is labeled “flame on”. Frankly, if this were an area populated by humans rather than what appears to be a haven for renegade demons, the stunt would inspire at least a minor panic if not "War of the Worlds"-like pandemonium. I’m not sure what says “the end is night” more than a man-sized fire drone sailing past your bedroom window. Any reasonable »
- Roth Cornet
In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:
• Superb Korean debut promises more international growth for Mission: Impossible
Tom Cruise’s box-office purchase has actually been on the wane this decade, with diminished openings and final grosses for his run of work from 2010’s Knight and Day through Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, to two fairly strong sci-fi films in the shape of Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. The $56m (£36m) Us debut for the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a tonic for the Cruiser then, reaffirming his A-list status in his fourth decade of stardom: his third-biggest debut behind 2006’s War of the Worlds ($64m) and 2000’s Mission: Impossible II ($57.8m).
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- Phil Hoad
The anti-Cruise factor seems to have dissipated, at least among cinemagoers, judging by last weekend's opening for Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation.
The $150 million Paramount/Skydance picture amassed $5.15 million, including $137,000 in previews, up 21% on the 2011 debut of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
In 27 of 32 international markets, the action-adventure co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner registered the biggest opening of Cruise.s career. (His personal best here is still The War of the Worlds. $6.5 million in 2005).
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, which he also directed), the fifth instalment of the franchise rang up $55.5 million in the Us and $64.5 million in the rest of the world.
Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »
- Don Groves
Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the box office by storm this weekend, taking in an estimated $56 million for an easy win over New Line's comedy remake Vacation. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took in an impressive $14,156 per-screen average from 3,956 theaters this weekend, propelling it to victory over Vacation, which took in just $14.8 million in its first weekend in theaters. The opening weekend tally is the second highest for the action-packed franchise, behind Mission: Impossible 2's $57.8 million opening weekend back in 2000.
The opening weekend take is also the third-highest opening weekend for star Tom Cruise, behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million) and Mission: Impossible 2. Over 85% of the audience were over the age of 25, setting up an interesting showdown next weekend with 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, Fantastic Four, which is tracking very well with males under the age of 25. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation was released in 369 IMAX theaters this weekend, »
Tom Cruise is no doubt a tabloid staple but many wondered if his name still carried clout at the movies, that was until he broke out at the box office this weekend with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” The film’s $56 million debut was the best for Cruise since 2005’s “War of the Worlds” rolled out with $65 million. It’s also the franchise’s best since “Mission Impossible II” debuted to $57 million in 2000. And Sunday, Paramount Pictures confirmed the all-but-obvious given the big debut: there would be an “M:i-6.” Cruise’s box-office cache had been in question after his last three. »
- Todd Cunningham
Mission: Impossible takes off! Tom Cruise was back in action this weekend, putting Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation on top at the box office with an estimated opening of $56 million! The fifth entry in Cruise's espionage franchise marked the third-highest opening for the superstar behind the (unadjusted) openings of $64.8 million for War Of The Worlds and $57.8 million for Mission:... Read More »
- Dave Davis
Beating studio estimates by as much as 40%, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened to $56 million in North America which was the third-best domestic opening of a Cruise film for all time behind only "Mission: Impossible II" ($57 million) and "War of the Worlds" ($65 million).
The film was even bigger overseas with $65 million from 40 territories, delivering Cruise his biggest opening in 27 markets. The film's A- CinemaScore indicates audiences seemed to have embraced the film as much as the critics.
Not faring so well was the "Vacation" reboot which made $14.9 million for the weekend and $21.2 million since its Wednesday opening, that's around half of what the studio was estimating. Reviews for the comedy were not good.
Disney's "Ant-Man" passed the $300 million global haul, "Inside Out" made it past the $600 million worldwide mark, and "Minions" is at $854 million. "Pixels" dropped 57% in its second weekend with a $10.4 million haul, while the John Green Ya film »
- Garth Franklin
The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3 million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise — and signaling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7 million.
The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” outperformed forecasts by a significant margin. It had been on track for an opening weekend of $40 million, according to recent studio estimates.
The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2 billion. »
- Dave McNary
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
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” roared out of the gate with an estimated $20.3 million Friday, blowing away two-time defending champ “Ant-Man,” the raunchy “Vacation” sequel and analysts’ projections on its way to an opening weekend north of $50 million at the box office. The fifth film in Paramount Pictures’ 19-year-old action franchise is on pace for its biggest opening since “Mission Impossible II” debuted with $57 million in 2000, and will be the best for Cruise since 2005’s “War of the Worlds” rolled out with $65 million in 2005. It’s well ahead of the expectations of Paramount, and reestablishes Cruise’s action-star credentials »
- Todd Cunningham
Last year, Tom Cruise starred in Edge of Tomorrow as a smarmy Us Army deserter caught in a time loop that keeps bringing him back to the previous morning after he is repeatedly killed by alien invaders. A cross between War of the Worlds and Groundhog Day, Doug Liman’s futuristic fantasy featured one of the 53-year-old’s smartest, most layered performances in a filmography spanning more than three decades. Many critics could not resist drawing parallels with Cruise’s own bumpy career, which time and time again has seemed to be on the verge of crashing, yet keeps bouncing back
- Stephen Dalton
There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.
As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.
Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.
"Mission: Impossible" (1996)
1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."
2. De Palma designed many of the »
- Phil Pirrello
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. This week’s pick is Minority Report.
Minority Report takes place in 2054 where all crime is predicted and controlled by the PreCrime task force. Trouble brews when one of their best agents, Anderton, finds his name on this list and gets hunted down before he can commit the pre-destined murder.
- Kat Smith
Review by Dane Marti
Starting with a kid zooming through his neighborhood on bike while Cheap Trick blazes on the soundtrack, I was immediately hooked: The year is 1982. Actually, I hoped that most of the film would take place during this time, an era when many of us were coming of age, but…how silly of me! It’s 2015, and as much as I find recent times to be banal and abrasive, this is the age that modern kids live in. The makers of the movie are obviously hoping for many youthful viewers ‘accompanied by their parental units, of course. I also believe this film should and will make a hefty sum at the box office, as long as kids »
- Movie Geeks
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