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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Comparison of the Day: In honor of the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Couch Tomato amusingly presents 24 reasons Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is the same movie as If Looks Could Kill. Supercut of the Day: Speaking of Tom Cruise movies, here's a new clip compilation from Jacob T. Swinney for Slate of the actor staring intensely: Fan Art of the Day: Artist Dave Pollot continues to add pop culture characters to paintings he finds in thrift stores, such as this one with Groot and Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. See more at Geek Tyrant. Movie Takedown of the Day: Inside Out could have ended much, much...
- Christopher Campbell
Forecast Update: Living up to the studio's estimates Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opened on 2,764 screens on Thursday (starting at 8Pm) and clocked in $4M in evening showings. In its report Paramount makes comparisons to Mad Max: Fury Road, which had a $3.7M Thursday evening, on its way to a $45.4M weekend on 3,702 screens; World War Z, which earned $3.6M on its way to a $66M weekend on 3,607 screens; and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $4.1M on its way to a $72.6M weekend on 3,967 screens. Mission is on 98 more screens than Fury Road and is getting equally rapturous reviews. That $40M opening estimate seems conservative. Forecast: Paramount is estimating that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the latest offering from one of the last, semi-dependable, overseas box-office draws, Tom Cruise, will have a domestic opening of $40M on 3,800 screens. That $10,526 per theater seems a bit shy for the fifth, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Cruise can do no wrong, in my opinion. I was listening to a Grantland podcast episode recorded as part of the site's Tom Cruise Week coverage, and the Grantland team was talking about Cruise as Hollywood's "most effortful" action star. Now that I know effortful is an actual word in the English language, I think it perfectly captures what I like about Cruise. He tries. He tries hard. If a Cruise movie is going to fail -- and these days, if they don't carry the Mission: Impossible brand name, they often do -- it won't be for the star's lack of trying. For instance, I didn't care for Oblivion, but I liked what Cruise was going for and I liked that he was pushing to make something interesting. Cruise is well-known for his impressive stunt work, sitting atop and dangling from the world's tallest building in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, »
- Jordan Benesh
A franchise famous for its leisurely pacing between entries is not letting its recent resurgence of vitality go to waste.
With the fourth film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" becoming a massive worldwide box-office success in 2011, and this week's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" not only garnering rave reviews but expected to score the series' biggest opening to date, it comes as little surprise that Paramount wants to move forward fast.
Appearing on The Daily Show last night, Cruise revealed to host Jon Stewart that work has already begun on the next entry in the series with production aiming to begin next Summer: "We're starting to work on [Mission: Impossible 6] now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer [in 2016]."
- Garth Franklin
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
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
Director Rupert Wyatt's Gambit movie may be in serious trouble now that it's been revealed that Channing Tatum could possibly leave the project. Whether or not he goes, however, the film will continue, and that means adding to the cast. Apparently while dealing with the Tatum situation, Fox is working to cast the movie's female lead, and it appears that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star Lea Seydoux is a candidate for the part. In The Wrap's report about Channing Tatum's deal with Fox falling apart, the trade offhandedly mentions that the film is currently working to find a female lead, and that French actress Lea Seydoux is one name that they are considering. Unfortunately, the report makes no mention of exactly what the part will be - but there have been a few clues. This past weekend, a casting call found its way online, and it detailed »
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens this week and to get you all caught up and in the mood for some superspy action, we've compiled a kickass tribute to the franchise that covers the entire series; from Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible to John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 to J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3 to Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
The fifth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series, 'Rogue Nation,' had its world premiere in Vienna earlier this week ahead of a global launch late next week.
The series has had a rocky history though there's no question that the John Woo-directed second film is seen as an outright dud. Whether Brian DePalma's espionage-oriented first film or J.J. Abrams action-driven third film is better depends upon whom you talk to though both seem to be pretty close.
What is clear is that Brad Bird's fourth film, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," was a winner both with audiences and critics - garnering good reviews and way more box-office than any of the previous entries, revitalising the brand.
The good news is reviews for 'Rogue Nation' so far indicate writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has continued the uptick in quality and has delivered something at least on par - »
- Garth Franklin
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
The new trailer is pretty spectacular
A helicopter doing a midair cork-screw, a tip of the hat to the On Her Majesty's Secret Service theme... and was that Blofeld? The latest trailer for Spectre is something of a corker and promises to be an homage-packed action-fest aiming to top Skyfall. Consider us excited.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
Remember in 2006 when Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone was mad at Tom Cruise, called him “embarrassing” and basically canceled his production deal with Paramount? Things had gotten so bad for Cruise following his jumping the couch moment on Oprah that the studio was looking to hand off the “Mission: Impossible” series to another actor and hired Jeremy Renner to possibly take the mantle. Fast forward to 2011, when “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” was finally released, and all was forgiven. ‘Ghost Protocol’ becomes the highest grossing entry in the series by more than $100 million (nearly $700 million worldwide), and any plan for Ethan Hunt to retire became a distant memory. Read More: Best To Worst: Tom Cruise's Action Movies Ranked And now comes "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation." The film' release was moved up to this summer from its originally planned fall/winter release date, with any suggestion of trouble on set disappearing into the. »
- Edward Davis
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the latest film to be 'tracking softly'. But why are we so keen to lambast films we've not seen?
And so here we go again. We're two weeks away from the release of a blockbuster movie, and the dreaded term 'tracking softly' has reared its head. This time, it's apparently the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation that's reportedly set for a lower than expected opening weekend when it arrives in cinemas at the end of July. Not withstanding the fact that very few people have seen the film yet (and early reactions from those that have are very positive), and that box office success is rarely determined by American takings only, it's still an indicative state of where we are with big movies right now.
Let's do the factual basics first though.
When a film is said to be 'tracking softly', it means »
It's almost time to light the fuse as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is almost here! The upcoming film is currently tracking for a $40-50M debut, which is less than what all three of the first three films did in their opening weekends, but higher than the $29.8M debut of the last installment, the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which ended up with a final worldwide gross of over $694M. Many analysts predict Rogue Nation could ultimately perform better than Ghost Protocol, thanks to a strong word-of-mouth and a more powerful global box office. Also, with favorable critical reviews and no major big-budget releases in August, outside of Fox's Fantastic Four, an extended August-September run should help its cause, similiar to how it boosted Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy last summer. Earlier today, director Chris McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) went to Twitter to announce that his finishing »
The long-running Tom Cruise franchise is going to have to push hard on the TV promotional front it would seem for its newest outing.
Two weeks out from release, tracking figures for Paramount's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" indicate the action spy thriller is headed towards a roughly $40 million opening weekend. That's ahead of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" which opened to $29.8 million, but behind the first three films in the series.
The big question is will the film have 'Ghost Protocol' style legs? Rave reviews from critics and audience polls meant that movie had staying power and ended up with nearly $210 million in the U.S. as part of a whopping $694.7 million haul around the world.
The hope is 'Rogue Nation', which should reap the benefit of the good will towards 'Ghost Protocol,' will do the same and overseas numbers could compensate for any shortfall States-side.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Always keen to make footage as real as possible, which often means he puts himself through dangerous stunts, Cruise has this time allowed cameras to film him hanging off a plane during take off... eight times:
In the video, stunt co-ordinator Wade Eastwood said in a normal world he wouldn't want to "hang a multi-million-dollar star off the side of an aeroplane and fly around" but "Tom wanted to be on the outside of that plane".
And what Mr Cruise wants for the good of the movie, Mr Cruise gets.
Speaking about the stunt himself, Cruise said: "I couldn't sleep the night before - and then came the day and I was like, 'Ok, this is gonna happen'."
The video shows Cruise getting »
Movies today are just as much about the trailers and marketing as they are the movies themselves. In fact, it makes me wonder if people would pay a dollar to see a trailer early if studios began offering it. To that point, how much would fans pay to watch a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens right now as opposed to waiting until this Fall, which is when it sounds like the next bit of marketing will arrive. I mention this because a report at Entertainment Weekly, discussing the fact Disney is bringing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the fans this Friday at San Diego Comic Can, says the presentation will not include any new trailers, clips or footage, but instead "will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highly secretive film, which was completely locked down to press during production." Director J.J. Abrams, »
- Brad Brevet
Update: Looking further into this, it seems while Jeremy Renner was filming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation he was also going through a custody battle with his ex-wife, which appears to have been resolved in early April. This is the added source of tension the actor was up against while shooting both M:i 5 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, especially given how far away he was at the time of shooting. For more on the story click here. I typically stay away from this kind of personal stuff and wouldn't have written about his comments had I looked deeper from the start. For that I apologize. My original article follows. As far as the rest of Summer 2015 is concerned, the film I'm looking most forward to seeing is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Paramount originally slated the film for a December release, but bumped it up to July 31. Whether that »
- Brad Brevet
As far as the rest of Summer 2015 is concerned, the film I'm looking most forward to seeing is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Paramount originally slated the film for a December release, but bumped it up to July 31. Whether that was because they thought Terminator Genisys would be the stinker it turned out to be and were hoping for a true summer hit or whatever other reason they may had, I'm happy to see it a month early. I just hope they haven't sacrificed quality for release date, and if you're one to believe everything that comes out of a film producer's mouth (trust me, don't do that) then you'll believe they haven't sacrificed anything. Speaking with Collider, Skydance exec Dana Goldberg spoke of preview screenings for the film where it is testing higher than the very well received Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: It is getting better and better with each episode. »
- Brad Brevet
In case you haven't heard, at a recent test screening, the Chris McQuarrie-directed Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation actually tested higher than the previous installment, the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. That's extremely high praise, especially considering that the previous film was universally acclaimed by both fans and critics. This is definitely good news for Paramount as it's starting to look more and more like they may have another huge home run on their hands when the highly anticipated Tom Cruise-starrer hits theaters July 31st! Check out five new character photos below with Cruise leading his Imf team that features Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Rebecca Ferguson! Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Imf. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation will feature: Director: Christopher McQuarrie »
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