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Warner Bros. has unveiled the very first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie image from director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series. Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, with the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill subsequently filling the vacant role. This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s Kgb agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization. The 1960s aesthetic is on full display in this debut image, and I’m curious to see how Ritchie handles this inherently fun spy set-up. I imagine a debut trailer isn’t far off. »
- Adam Chitwood
When Disney plopped the first new Star Wars film in a decade on the December 18, 2015 weekend, we knew there would be casualties. No studio wants its movie to be in the wake of what’s sure to be a massive box office run, and we now have another causality to Star Wars’ dominance. DreamWorks Animation has moved the Kung Fu Panda 3 release date from its previous holiday debut of December 23, 2015, pushing the animated sequel all the way to March 18, 2016. The new date sets the film opposite the release of Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, which is the first half of the conclusion to the Divergent franchise. Hit the jump for more, including release date shifts for Pan and Warner Bros.’ horror film Gallows. The release date shift news comes courtesy of Variety. DreamWorks Animation currently has the Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey-led Boss Baby scheduled for March »
- Adam Chitwood
Director Christopher McQuarrie, who is currently in the process of making Mission: Impossible 5, has an interesting quiz for you: can you name the actor who is sporting this surprisingly realistic mask? Hint: it's not the guy who usually wears the masks in this franchise! Guess who: #MI5Diary pic.twitter.com/vGi2LCNaCM. ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) December 10, 2014 So who is this mysterious star? McQuarrie has not yet confirmed the actor's identity on his Twitter page, but we are fairly confident that we know the answer anyway. Instead of Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt, evidence suggests that this is actually Simon Pegg's Benji Dunn - who is evidently going to get his first chance to wear a mask in Mission: Impossible 5! For comparison, check out a close up on the shape of Pegg's eyes below: If true, this little bit of trivia should absolutely delight fans, as Benji »
When it comes to death-defying stunts, even Tom Cruise can have an off day.
While filming Mission: Impossible 5 in London, the 52-year-old narrowly escaped being hit by a red double decker bus. Watch the video above to see Cruise step out in to traffic in Piccadilly Circus, straight in to the bus' path. After some swerving from the (clearly agitated) bus driver, Cruise jumped back to the safety of the sidewalk. Crisis averted!
Watch: Tom Cruise's Top Action Movies
Tom, didn't your mother teach you to look both ways before crossing the street?
If that doesn't look like a movie set to you – you're not wrong. Apparently the film's crew was capturing the scene from cameras on rooftops and in building windows. But was this stunt all part of the plotline? Doesn't look like it – but we'll find out when the film hits theaters in December 2015.
Watch: Tom Cruise Has Never Met a Stunt He Won't »
Why did Tom Cruise cross the road? To get to the other side, of course, but he was nearly flattened in the process! The 52-year-old was filming for Mission: Impossible 5 in London when he absentmindedly stepped into the right in front of an oncoming double decker bus! Fortunately, the bus driver honked loudly and Cruise heeded the warning, stepping out of its path just in the nick of time. (Video of the near-incident shows obtained by Today just how quick the action star was on his feet!) Let this be a reminder to look both ways when you cross the street—especially in the U.K. where cars drive on the opposite side of the road than they do here in the States! Had Cruise not been alert, this could've »
Hanging out of the tallest building in the world doesn't faze him, but it appears Tom Cruise may need a refresher of the Green Cross Code.
The Mission: Impossible star, famous for doing his own stunts, nearly had an accident when he walked into the path of an oncoming London bus.
As Cruise begins to cross the road into traffic, the bus driver sounds the horn, which springs him back to the pavement.
After waiting for an opportunity to cross, a person approaches Cruise before the star turns around and walks briskly in another direction.
It is due for release in December 2015. »
Stunt double needed! Tom Cruise was in need of Ethan Hunt's help for real when he was nearly hit by a red double-decker bus in London recently. The actor was filming a scene for his upcoming sequel Mission: Impossible 5 during the scary close call. Cruise, 52, was caught on camera trying to cut across traffic at the time, not noticing the large vehicle coming around the corner. Luckily, the bus driver honked and slightly swerved away from the star. Cruise took notice and leaped back onto [...] »
Summit Entertainment is still looking to get their remake of Highlander off the ground and into production. The movie has been in development for years, and now they are looking to cast Tom Cruise in the role of the mentor, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who was previously played by Sean Connery.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says the interest is only one-sided for now, as Cruise is completely focused on Mission: Impossible 5 at the moment. He definitely shouldn't be focussing on other things while he's hanging outside of an airplane while in midair.
Even though this would be a co-starring role, the studio is willing beef it up to accommodate the actor if he wanted a bigger part. Cruise has taken smaller roles in the past, so I think as long as the character is interesting to him, it's something he might take on without having to enlarge the role. »
- Joey Paur
Looks like the wheels are churning once again over at Summit Entertainment on their long-gestating Highlander reboot/remake, in that reports have come in now that the filmmakers are hoping to court Tom Cruise to play the mentor role of Ramirez, previously brought to life by Sean Connery. Come inside for the details!
The Highlander reboot over on Summit Entertainment has been in the works for a Long time. Sadly, after changing directors a few times, it still hasn't seen much movement in a while. So imagine my surprise when last night, The Wrap dropped a scoop last night pertaining to Highlander:
At this point, the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise has been busy shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” and isn't focused on future projects at the moment. Should Cruise decide to engage with the project, it's possible that the mentor role could be beefed up to accommodate a star of his magnitude. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Summit Entertainment is courting Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming Highlander reboot as Juan Ramirez, the character played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander. Ramirez served as a mentor to Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the 1986 film that spawned the long-running Highlander franchise.
The Wrap reports that it isn't exactly known if Tom Cruise is even interested in the role, since he is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 and he isn't focusing on future projects at the moment. A rep for the actor acknowledged that he has been approached for the remake, although they are "far from talks" on the project. A rep for Summit made it clear that negotiations are not under way yet, but didn't deny that Tom Cruise was their top choice.
The actor is wanted for a role similar to Sean Connery's in the original 1986 film, reports The Wrap.
A representative for Cruise said that the film is one of "tons" of offers and that he is "far from talks".
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct the film, intended to relaunch the franchise about a race of warring immortals.
Cruise has most recently been shooting Mission: Impossible 5.
Watch a trailer for Highlander below: »
The site notes that, while Cruise is very much on the studio’s radar for the part, “the interest appears to be one-sided.” Cruise, who starred in this year’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, is often offered big projects,is “far from talks” for this Highlander film, and isn’t focused on future films right now, as he’s busy working on Mission: Impossible 5.
TheWrap notes that the role could very well be beefed up to accommodate a bigger star like Cruise, who doesn’t take smaller, supporting roles very often.
- James Garcia
The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise's representatives admitted that Highlander is "one of many projects that come to him and he discusses", noting that the actor is "far from talks". Furthermore, Cruise has been "offered tons of projects".
Which doesn't sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles - he's currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie - it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal. »
Summit has been developing a Highlander reboot for years now but there were a few bumps in the road. Last year, the studio hired visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make Highlander his feature directorial debut. Now Summit has set their sights on their dream casting centerpiece: Tom Cruise. The Wrap reports the studio is courting Cruise to play the mentor role that Sean Connery took on in the 1986 film. Cruise is busy shooting crazy stunts for Mission: Impossible 5, so it's unclear if the in-demand actor is interested. A Cruise representative is direct that the actor is "far from talks" for Highlander: "He is offered tons of projects." At the very least, this suggests Summit has higher aspirations for the property than I would have guessed. If they do land Cruise, I picture the rest of the casting falling into place sooner than later so Summit can rachet up the development process. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The proposed "Highlander" remake has been cooking through the development process for a few years now. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later," "Intruders") was attached at one point, and then Ryan Reynolds was bandied about to lead, but both names drifted away. Then, last fall, visual effects supervisor and second unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan signed on to helm in what would be his feature debut, and now it appears Summit Entertainment want a big name to anchor the redo. The Wrap reports that the studio is seeking Tom Cruise to take on the Sean Connery mentor role in their redo. All the sources stress that this is, at most, a wish on behalf of the studio, with the actor's own reps noting he's busy with "Mission: Impossible 5" at moment, and that Cruise tends to have a lot of things on his desk to look at. And frankly, this probably isn't the most enticing prospect. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adrianne Palicki was introduced as Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 episode A Hen in the Wolf House, and right away, fans knew she would have a strong presence that will surely resonant throughout the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is, after all, an important character in the comic books who has served on various Avengers teams. But it's her on-again, off-again relationship with Hawkeye that has fans most excited.
Will we actually get to see this love affair blossom on the show or otherwise? Right now, it all sounds like it hinges on Jeremy Renner's availability. He is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 right now, has plans for an Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel, and will surely be an important player in Captain America: Civil War.
None the less, Mockingbird herself, Adrianne Palicki, feels pretty confident that we'll see some iteration of the romance blossom »
The Important News Star Wars VII revealed its title as The Force Awakens just as production wrapped on the sequel. Speaking of Star Wars, we learned Christopher Nolan made stop-motion Star Wars movies in his youth. Pixar announced another Toy Story sequel. And Lionsgate announced a Broadway version of The Hunger Games. Loki will be back in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel shared new footage of that movie and Ant-Man. Tom Cruise performed his most dangerous stunt yet for Mission: Impossible 5. Ridley Scott is doing a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey as a TV series. Jake Gyllenhaal beat a board game at the box office. The Hellraiser remake is moving forward. Universal set a...
- Christopher Campbell
Tom Cruise does not have a “crush” on his 22-year-old assistant Emily, as Gossip Cop exclusively reported two days ago. The entirely untrue claim was first floated in the new issue of Us Weekly, which alleged the superstar is “always flirting” with her on the set of Mission: Impossible 5. Cruise's rep even told Gossip Cop that talk linking him to his assistant is “false.” Still, the Daily Mail regurgitated the bogus report on Friday, adding more ridiculous details. »
- Michael Lewittes
Spotted! After Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Tom Cruise is crushing on his Mission: Impossible 5 set assistant, pictures surfaced of the 22-year-old brunette. As previously reported Cruise, 54, is crushing "hard" on his on-set assistant Emily. "He's always flirting with her," a source told Us. "Most people on the film have noticed how into her he is." In photos from September, Emily is spotted helping Cruise on set in London. In one snap, the possible soon-to-be couple are smiling at one another while Cruise exits a car. Although [...] »
One of the 8,000 things my kids are currently obsessed with is the Tom Cruise "Mission: Impossible" franchise. They've seen the franchise completely out of order, because I used "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" to win them over. By far, it's the best of the entire series, and they're already Brad Bird fans because of "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," so when I showed it to them, all I had to do was tell them who made it. Actually, that's not true. The other thing I told them was about the stunt that Tom Cruise did, the highly-publicized climb up the outside of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They're Jackie Chan fans already, and we discussed how Jackie did his own stunts and why that's special. It's something that we've talked about in terms of Buster Keaton as well. I hate to say it, but it's true… there's something special »
- Drew McWeeny
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