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Fresh off his breakout role as rapper Eazy-e in F. Gary Gray's critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, actor Jason Mitchell has signed on for a role in Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) with a script from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will portray an easy going pilot, who will likely be a part of the crew of explorers that find themselves on the mysterious Skull Island, which coincidentally is also the residence of the king of the apes Kong. This move reunites Mitchell with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Iron Man 3). He also joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's impressive run continues as it remains a top 2 film for the fourth week in a row. The critically acclaimed Chris McQuarrie-directed action sequel finished #2 to F. Gary Gray's biopic Straight Outta Compton after raking in approximately $11.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $157 million. Overseas, Tom Cruise and the Imf continued to dominate, pulling in between $25.2 million, possibly more, and raised its overseas total to over $280 million. Its worldwide total gross currently stands at over $438 million with releases in Greece & China still on the way. Also, considering the previous installment, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, collected over $100 million in China back in 2011, the Chinese release should bode well for Cruise & company. Speaking of China, Paramount's other major release this summer, the sci-fi sequel Terminator: Genisys finally debuted there over the weekend and had a huge opening »
After taking on the Fantastic Four and Caeser, it sounds like Toby Kebbell is gearing up to take on something much, much bigger... King Kong! The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Kebbell is currently in talks to join the cast of Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster origin story Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer). He joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). In addition to his villainous roles in Fantastic Four and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which were both produced by 20th Century Fox, Kebbell is also widely known for his roles in the British anthology series Black Mirror and in Walt Disney's Prince Of Persia »
The late summer success of Christopher McQuarrie's particularly enjoyable Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation may yet give Tom Cruise the biggest hit of his career. Right now, the movie has already grossed $373m worldwide, after three weeks on release, and once done, it's got a sporting chance of getting to the $694m taken by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, its immediate predecessor in the series. Even if it doesn't, it's proven lucrative enough for Paramount Pictures to gamble again on Tom Cruise's star power, by getting Jack Reacher 2 before the cameras this year.
Cruise is one of the last few bona fide movie stars, one of the few instantly recognisable faces who can get people along to one of his productions. The problem, in recent times, »
Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.
But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?
He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.
14. Fantastic Four
Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »
Tom Cruise is enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career right now, as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is proving to be a sizeable late summer hit. It's on course to outgross Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and that in turn will make it the most lucrative (in revenue terms) film of Cruise's career.
But is it Cruise's name or the power of the Mission: Impossible films that have helped give the film a springboard? It helps enormously that the film was very good of course, but Paramount Pictures is keen to test Cruise's star power, by moving ahead with Jack Reacher 2 later this year.
Channing Tatum is finally signed and ready to lead Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit. Whether you think it's a smart move for Tatum to hitch his rising star to a superhero movie is up for debate, but the one thing I appreciate about Tatum's film selection is he seems to make movies he wants to make, something he might have learned after starring in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. To be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and plans to begin shooting this fall, the film is now looking to fill out the rest of the cast, beginning with a female lead and Remy LeBeau's (aka Gambit) love since childhood, Bella Donna Boudreaux. Deadline reports Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Spectre), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) are testing for the role. Apparently Bella Donna »
- Brad Brevet
Sean Witzke has put together the following video essay exploring the work of Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird over the Mission: Impossible franchise and it's a fascinating study of influence from a director's perspective and what has come of the franchise, primarily following Abrams' taking over ever since Mission: Impossible III. Witzke spends a ton of time exploring De Palma's contributions and influences when it comes to Mission: Impossible (1996) and as he moves on the time spent on each film decreases, which is interesting in and of itself. Talk of the influence of Alfred Hitchcock on all the films, as well as Ronald Neame's Gambit, Jules Dassin's Topkapi (which I have not seen, but desperately need to) and Roman Polanski's Macbeth are all referenced and he also discusses, as I have before, the fact Woo's Mission: Impossible II is essentially a »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Cruise rules once again! Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the latest installment in his trademark action franchise, has exceeded expectations and opened to an impressive $56 million in North America and another $65 million overseas from forty international markets for a total global collection of $121 million. The Chris McQuarrie-directed film is currently outpacing the previous installment, Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, by 49% overseas and is yet-to-be released in at least twenty-five markets, including China. For comparison's sake, this summer's other action masterpiece, the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road, opened to a nice $45 million domestically. Additionally, here's some more good news: Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore has more or less corroborated star Tom Cruise's earlier comments concerning Ethan Hunt's next adventure in Mission: Impossible 6, telling Variety: “We’re very happy to be developing this movie with Tom, there’s no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film. »
This is going to be quick as I have a brief moment to bring you this weekend's box office results with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation taking number one with a strong, $56 million showing. This is the second best opening for a Mission films since Mission: Impossible II opened with $57.8 million back in 2000. Then again, it's not really fair to compare to Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which had a staggered release back over the Christmas holidays in 2011. What it does say, however, is the Mission franchise is alive and well as Tom Cruise is already teasing a sixth installment filming as early as next summer. Overseas the film opened to an additional $65 million for a worldwide cume of $121 million. In second was a bit of a floundering effort for Vacation, which opened on Wednesday to $3.8 million, but it didn't improve from there as the film finished the three-day weekend with $14.8 million, »
- Brad Brevet
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" earned $56 million domestically this weekend to easily beat another newcomer, "Vacation," for the top spot. While Paramount and the film's major financier, Skydance, have to wonder why it didn't open bigger after rave reviews and an A- Cinemascore rating it could have been much worse. Pre-release polling from some services were as low as a $42-50 million debut. For comparison's sake, "M:i-2" debuted to $57 million 15 years ago. With an estimated production budget of $150 million, "Rogue Nation" will have to fare much better overseas and it's off to a great start with $65 million internationally so far. As for Cruise, you could technically say this is his 20th no. 1 opener, but he wasn't even mentioned in the "Tropic Thunder" billing block or top credits (i.e., his name appears nowhere on the poster) and when you're going to track these things, well, that matters. The 53-year-old actor »
- Gregory Ellwood
Who needs a stunt man anyway? In the 19 years since Tom Cruise debuted as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible, he's made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's biggest in-real-life daredevils.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to re-live these incredible Mission: Impossible stunt moments performed by Cruise himself.
1. The Langley break-in - Mission: Impossible (1996)
Brian De Palma brought his customary directorial flair to the inaugural Mission, and the film's stand-out sequence saw Hunt and co infiltrate CIA headquarters via a precariously dangling wire.
Cruise did all this himself, even dropping coins into his shoes to level out his body. You can cut the tension with a knife.
Mission's climax saw Hunt climb atop a train careening through the Channel Tunnel then taking down »
Today we have new photos from the upcoming "Colonia" thriller, starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Check them out below. Plot: The story of Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Bruhl), a young couple entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schafer (Nyqvist) but is actually a place nobody ever escaped from. The new movie is directed by Florian Gallenberger, who won the Best Short Film Oscar in 2000. It's set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
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
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>
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
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