Admit it -- except for all the scenes where Cameron Diaz is screaming and running around in circles, the commercials for Knight and Day make it look like a fun movie. And, except for those scenes, it is. The story has some logic holes, and the romance feels a little forced, but the action is pretty spectacular (if largely comedic), the supporting cast is fun, and Tom Cruise plays a goofy, likable character the likes of which we haven't seen since A Few Good Men. As long as you don't mind Cameron Diaz, and don't let a little couch-jumping affect your enjoyment of the Cruise, it's a fluffy, lightweight romance with a body count.
With Tron Legacy poised to eviscerate our eyeballs, it's never seemed like a better time for studios to raid their back catalogs and turn their most iconic movies into franchises. Sure, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps didn't exactly set the box office on fire, but, to be fair, it was a movie about banking. And why make a movie about a street when you can make one about a highway... to the danger zone? That's right, Paramount is supposedly looking to make a sequel to Top Gun, and they may even get original director Tony Scott to direct. Sure, the sequel could end up focusing on computer techs who pilot drone planes by remote-control (which should make for an interesting beach volleyball scene), but Tom Cruise would still be front and center, ready to sing a little karaoke. With that news, we'd like to see Cruise revisit most of his iconic '80s and '90s roles -- here are some sequels that we want to see.
Have you noticed this? In the midst of all the 17 Again success, that little powerhouse of sweepy do's and fake varsity basketball production numbers, Zac Efron has been getting compared to a young Tom Cruise a lot this month. I guess it makes sense? When Tom Cruise was 21, he was also very pretty and famous, so it makes total sense to compare the two, because 1) no one other than Tom Cruise has ever exhibited those two characteristics, and 2) it's not like calling someone "the next Tom Cruise" has any negative and/or terrifying connotations or anything, media. It makes perfect sense! Excellent work. Anyway, apparently they mean it as a compliment, because Tom Cruise is quite successful, busy and wealthy, despite all his bad personal press, and I say there's no reason the same can't be true for Zefron. Here are a few ridiculous steps in the shadow of Cruise for him to follow. (Note to Zefron: I love you, so please, for the love of god, don't do any of these things.) And a 5, 6, 7, 8!
There's always that conundrum for American-made, American-marketed films that depict something taking place in a foreign country. On one hand, it's ridiculous for the people in the film to be speaking English if they're in a non-English-speaking country like ... say, Germany. On the other hand, it would be hard to market said movie if it were in German with English subtitles.
The release of Tom Cruise's upcoming Valkyrie just got moved. Again. For the third time. The film, which tells the story of a German officer (Cruise) and his failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, has had myriad problems getting to the screen. It has been through everything from rows with the German government to reshoots to rumors about its quality (or lack thereof). Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie was originally slated to be released in June of 2008, got pushed back to October, and then had to film additional scenes in the month it was originally supposed to have been released. It got pushed back again to February of 2009.
Tom Cruise is really getting into recycling these days, it seems, and he's not stopping at separating the glass from the plastics before putting them out on the curb. No, he's recycling his actual career, according to an article in Variety. The actor is gearing up to play yet another secret agent in Columbia Pictures' Edwin A. Salt. According to the article, Cruise will play "a CIA officer who's accused of being a Russian sleeper spy." Naturally, "[he] must elude capture long enough to clear his name." Early bets have him spending most of the movie looking frantic, running around, jumping off buildings and/or geographical features, blowing things up and being nearly blown up himself. He could save himself the trouble and recycle footage from his past movies.
Stop me if you've heard this before: Tom Cruise's troubled WWII movie Valkyrie is having problems. The film, which is in the can and tentatively scheduled for release on December 26th, is now the subject of a lawsuit brought on by twelve German extras. E! Online reports the actors were appearing in a "less than action packed sequence in Berlin" that turned into an injury packed tour de force: the actors fell out of an improperly loaded truck. I guess the force they toured was gravity. I know studios are cheap, but this is one case in which United Artists doesn't want to buy something that fell off a truck. It might cost them $11 million.
... he's going to turn into Angelina Jolie! He will complete the transformation by hooking up with Brad Pitt and birthing their twin babies in France while the rest of the world grinds to a halt. Oh, OK, not really. In reality, it's just a role swap. Cruise had long been associated the titular role in Columbia Pictures' Edwin A. Salt, but it looks like the role of a CIA officer on the run will now go to Jolie, according to Variety. No reason has been given for the the presto change-o, and it's a bit of a puzzler. There were rumors of Cruise's ridiculous salary demands, but less than a month ago he was still attached to the project. I'd like to think he read the Moviefile last month and went, "Damn, I really do recycle some of my roles!" And then he decided it was time for a change.
Heads are rolling down at TMZ headquarters this morning, I can almost guarantee you. Somehow, some way, at some point in history, Tom Cruise dated Cher and so far as I know, none of the tabloids broke the story. It took Tom Cruise's second stint of sofa sitting on Oprah's couch for that gem of news to pop out of the rough, and I end up reading about it on CNN of all places. All of me, from the responsible part that thinks CNN would do better using its resources sussing out facts and stories on the economy or the war, to the slightly louder part of my personality that is a proud check-out line reader of gossip rag filth, must say: That's not right.