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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 an estimated $56 million in the Us and $65 million in the rest of the world.
Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »
- Don Groves
Is the fifth time the charm for “Mission: Impossible”? The almost 20-year-old franchise has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but “Rogue Nation” has arguably earned even better reviews than the last installment, Brad Bird's “Ghost Protocol.” Who knew? One reason “Rogue Nation” works so well is because of relative newcomer Rebecca Ferguson. Actually, you might have caught the Swedish actress in last summer’s terrible “Hercules” (she’s probably hoping you forgot), but to most moviegoers this will be her coming out party. As an undercover agent straddling allegiances between the bad guys (the mysterious Syndicate) and the supposed good guys (MI6) Ferguson is never from the action or the storyline. Without her seductive performance much of “Rogue Nation” might have seemed overtly familiar. Director and co-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie probably deserves the lion's share of praise, however. McQuarrie is new to the “Mission” creative team »
- Gregory Ellwood
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
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
This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because
Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible installment, 2011’s Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and company are back, perhaps nervously expecting to pale in comparison to what remains a difficult act to follow. Though an element of surprise is lacking, it’s safe to say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an energetic action comedy manufactured with the utmost attention to detail in its remarkable action sequences. Helmed by favored Tom Cruise scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, directed Jack Reacher, and did uncredited revisions on the last Mi film), the whole endeavor feels like a snug outfit for its headlining celebrity.
- Nicholas Bell
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has crisp action and pacing, but suffers from a slightly nonsensical plot. It's likely that the script was written around the action pieces. While any movie this fantastic needs suspension of disbelief, there's a point in the story where everything could have been wrapped up neatly. But then you'd have a seventy-minute film without the explosive climax. Tom Cruise, who hasn't aged in a decade, will thrill audiences with his death defying stunts. Hanging from airplanes, pummeling Euro baddies bare chested, hurtling through Morocco on motorcycles; this latest installment is a clear testament to Cruise's viability as an action star.
Rogue Nation begins with the Imf disbanded by congress. A snarky CIA director (Alec Baldwin) has had enough of Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) destructive tactics. While Brandt (Jeremy Renner) deals with government bureaucracy, Hunt is captured by a diabolical organization called The Syndicate. He escapes death »
McQuarrie had previously worked with Mi star Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher (which he wrote and directed) and co-wrote the screenplays for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and the sci-fi hit Edge of Tomorrow. With Rogue Nation, McQuarrie follow in the footsteps of previous directors Brian DePalma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird. With the Imf now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation. Click On The Player Below »
Saturday Update: Although we haven't heard directly from Paramount yet, other sources, mostly other studios, are reporting that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation made $20M on Friday (which includes Thursday's $4M evening screenings) on the path to a $50M weekend. That would make the Chris McQuarrie directed Rogue the second best opening in the M:i series, only trailing Mission: Impossible II and its $57.8M weekend in 2000. There's a big, fat caveat to that, however, which is the cost increase of ticket prices from 1996, when the series began, to now. In fact, adjusted for inflation and using the National Association of Theater Owners recently released Q2 average ticket price of $8.61, Rogue's opening weekend falls below the first three films in the series (Ghost Protocol, the fourth M:i opened up in a healthy limited release in fewer theaters so we'll leave that film out of this comparison).
Mission: Impossible - 1996 wknd: $45M - 2015 Adjusted $72.6M. »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ethan Hunt, aka Tom Cruise, is back for the fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise with ‘Rogue Nation’ – a high-octane adventure that sees the Impossible Mission Force pitted against their most nefarious enemy to date.
Starting life back in 1966 as a hit Us TV show, Mission Impossible has grown into a multi-million dollar franchise spawning a series of hit, slick, action movies.
This next chapter in the series sees Tom Cruise reprise his role as daredevil spy Ethan Hunt, – and his team that includes computer whizz Benji played by Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner as special agent Brandt and Ving Rhames as hacker Luther – pitted against ‘The Syndicate’; an anti-imf agency headed up by the menacing Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris.
- Paul Heath
★★☆☆☆ Tom Cruise reprises his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Rogue Nation (2015), the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, this time helmed by screenwriter-turned-director Christopher McQuarrie. While it may deliver on the expected hi-octane thrills and spills with a slew of outrageous stunts, it also delivers a ham-fisted third act and the predictable, woolly plotting will make audiences yearn for the days when the Impossible Mission Force were in the safe hands of Brian De Palma. McQuarrie previously worked with Cruise on several projects, including the abysmal Valkyrie, the more enjoyable Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, a bland effort to reignite interest in Lee Child's eponymous hero.
- CineVue UK
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
London-based production company Gfm Films has rescheduled principal photography to begin in Brindisi, Italy on July 15 before moving on to Rome, working together with Italian producers Eagle Pictures. Production will then move from Rome to the UK for filming in London and surrounding locations.
Cooper, the British actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also known for roles in Need For Speed, Dracula Untold and Mamma Mia!. Upcoming projects include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft.
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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is joining Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce in the upcoming thriller Brimstone. Kit's character was recently killed off in the shocking season finale of Game of Thrones. In Brimstone, he will play an outlaw who has a crucial role in the tale of retribution, replacing Robert Pattinson who was announced as taking on the role during the Berlin film festival and market. Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, Game of Thrones) also is part of the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven, who was behind Dutch box-office hit Winter in Wartime. Read
- Georg Szalai, Scott Roxborough
The film, which is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), stars Dakota Fanning (“Night Moves,” “The Runaways” and the upcoming “Franny”), Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “Lawless”) and Carice van Houten (“Black Book,” “Valkyrie”). Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by Pearce’s character, the diabolical Preacher. The movie is described as “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance.”
Els Vandevorst (“Winter in Wartime,” “The Surprise,” “Dogville”) of Holland’s N279 Entertainment produces, alongside Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) of X-Filme. Antonino Lombardo of Belgium’s Prime Time, »
- Leo Barraclough
White Queen star Ferguson makes her franchise debut in Rogue Nation as Ilsa Faust, an intelligence operative who partners with Ethan Hunt (Cruise).
Faced with a worldwide conspiracy organised by the shadowy Syndicate and the CIA seeking him for arrest, Hunt has to partner with his old Impossible Missions Force team for what could be their final mission.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation bows on July 30 in the UK and July 30 in the Us. »
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, »
The fifth outing of the franchise sees Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt to take on his most impossible mission yet as he battles to eradicate the Syndicate, an international rogue organisation committed to destroying the Imf.
This latest Mission: Impossible movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has previously worked with Cruise on the action hit Jack Reacher, World War II drama Valkyrie and the sci-fi action epic Edge of Tomorrow.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens on July 31 in the Us and the UK.
Digital Spy previews the year's biggest blockbusters below: »
The last we heard anything about sequel to the modestly performing "Jack Reacher" was that Paramount had put the movie on the "fast track." That was in 2013. But it seems engines are revving for the vigilante drifter to get back on the big screen, and the project now has a director. Deadline reports that the movie will mark the reunion between "The Last Samurai" director Ed Zwick and that film's star, Tom Cruise. It's interesting to note that Christopher McQuarrie—who wrote and adapted the first film, and has been Cruise's go-to writer for the past little while (also penning "Valkyrie" and "Edge Of Tomorrow") — doesn't appear to be involved. Could those rumors of rewrites and possible problems about the ending of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" have had some merit? The filmmaker denied it but it does make one wonder. At any rate, Richard Wenk ("The Equalizer") penned the the first draft of the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
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