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Tom Cruise: Where to after 'Edge of Tomorrow' fizzle?

The Tom Cruise movie that immediately came to mind in the opening scenes of Edge of Tomorrow, the entertaining Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers movie that opened Friday, wasn’t one of his previous science-fiction blockbusters. It was A Few Good Men.

In the new film, directed by Doug Liman, Cruise plays Major William Cage, a charming, TV-ready spokesperson for the global military who’s successfully recruited millions of volunteers for the war against invading aliens. But he’s hardly a soldier — he coasted through ROTC and then ran an advertising agency — and the commander in charge (Brendan Gleeson) of the imminent counterattack decides Cage would best help the cause by bringing a camera to the beach with the first wave of grunts. It’s an honor that Cage would prefer to skip, and as the stench of his cowardice grows — and he tries to dance his way out of the assignment — you can practically hear the echoes of Col. Jessup scowling at Danny Kaffee and demanding that he “stand there in that fa—-y white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some f–king courtesy.”

It might bother some of you to be reminded that A Few Good Men came out 22 years ago — before many of the moviegoers who made The Fault in Our Stars the weekend’s smash hit were even born. Cruise was only 30 then, and that hit film represented the beginning of another successful string of old-fashioned movie-star roles — including The Firm and Jerry Maguire — that reinforced his place at the top of the Hollywood heap. Times have changed. Hollywood has changed. And Cruise has changed. READ FULL STORY

Let's revisit the Tom Cruise/Oprah's couch incident


It was one of the most-watched moments in the Internet’s relatively brief history. When Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch and declared his love for Katie Holmes, it was the daytime TV moment for a DVR, GIF-ready age.

But, as Amy Nicholson reports for L.A. Weekly, the moment we all thought we saw never happened. He never jumped up and down on the couch; he simply stood. The nitty-gritty of the infamous May 2005 Oprah appearance is but one revelation in her fascinating piece, How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star. READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Top Gun'

Maverick has a problem: Too. Much. Awesome.

Maverick isn’t just a pilot. He’s the best pilot there ever was or ever will be. He’s not the best of the best: He’s the best of the best…of the best. But his superiors can’t handle Maverick. He flies the way he wants to fly — awesomely. His superiors try to teach him the value of teamwork or whatever. The super-hot lady instructor with the boy’s name tries to heal him using totally sweet neon-lighted lovemaking, and also by getting him to deal with his emotionally distant father. Maverick is dangerous. He plays beach volleyball; he plays by his own rules. Maverick is the ’80s. Maverick is America.

Maverick, most of all, is Tom Cruise. Previously the up-and-coming star of Risky Business, Cruise became a superstar in the summer of 1986 with Top Gun. The movie’s mixture of Reagan-era patriotism and MTV-era style proved an uncannily perfect concoction with something for everyone. It was Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson at their mid-’80s peak. The film’s plotline is almost inscrutable, if you look at it on the page: A movie about a super-cool guy surrounded by super-cool guys, who spends most of the movie in what amounts to a high-flying version of a prep-school novel, before ultimately defeating the MiGs, aka Evil Planes from Evilvania. READ FULL STORY

Nicole Kidman says Tom Cruise marriage led her to her 'great love,' Keith Urban

Actress Nicole Kidman opened up about marriage and her relationship with former husband Tom Cruise in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The now 46-year-old actress touched on the high-profile nature of her marriage with Cruise in the 1990s, saying she imagines Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie probably come closest to understanding what it was like for her and Cruise while they were married.

“There is something about that sort of existence that if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating because it’s just the two of you,” said Kidman. “It brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that — because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”

In regards to her current marriage with country singer Keith Urban, Kidman tells the magazine: “With no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now. And I really did not know if that was going to happen. I wanted it, but I didn’t want it for a while, because I didn’t want to jump from one relationship to another. I had a lot of time alone, which was really, really good, because I was a child, really, when I got married. And I needed to grow up.”

Watch 'Archer' ride into the 'Danger Zone' -- VIDEO

It’s a highway to the danger zone with Sterling Archer.

In a promo for the fifth season of Archer, the super spy and the ISIS crew remake Kenny Loggins’ classic “Danger Zone” video.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actors

It pays to be Iron Man.

Between June 2012 and June 2013, Iron Man 3 and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. netted an estimated $75 million, nabbing him the No. 1 spot on Forbeslist of Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Actors. Unlike the Celebrity 100 List, this one is all about money, something that Downey knows a lot about recently. The Iron Man trilogy has grossed over $2 billion while The Avengers is now the third-highest grossing film ever.

A decade ago, if you had said that Downey would be King of Hollywood, you probably would have been met with laughter. Even though he appeared in some well-regarded projects — even receiving a Golden Globe for Ally McBeal and an Oscar nod for Chaplin — his drug abuse and erratic behavior was well documented and prevented studios from investing too heavily in his projects. He soon cleaned up, bounced back, and reinvented himself with his career-making turns in Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. READ FULL STORY

Immortal Tom Cruise supposedly celebrates 51st birthday


Fun fact #1: Tom Cruise was born on the third of July. Method acting!

Fun fact #2: He shares his birthday with noted Top Gun enthusiast Franz Kafka. READ FULL STORY

Trailers often reveal too much about a movie. But what happens when they don't?

“Well, now I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie,” is an increasingly common complaint about movie trailers. Studios’ marketing strategy is frequently to lure viewers into the theater with a peek at a movie’s biggest fight sequence or most compelling twist, a promise of what people will see if they buy a ticket. But there are some trailers in recent years that have mastered the art of creating a sense of mystery and avoiding spoiling key surprise moments.

Speaking of spoilers, WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD for Oblivion, Looper, and Moon. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Vampire Diaries' go to the prom, 'Oblivion,' 'Mad Men' and more

From prom in Mystic Falls, to Tom Cruise’s new Sci-fi adventure, we’ve got your pop culture planner for the week. Check it out below! READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise delivers ridiculous one-liners on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

Tom Cruise is a “no kidding around movie star,” as Jimmy Kimmel pointed out (a few times!) when Cruise stopped by last night to promote his latest blockbuster, Oblivion. Hoping to have a little fun with Mr. Movie Star, Kimmel gave Cruise a series of random lines to read in a “dramatic movie star way.”

The one-liners were, of course, absurd and were accompanied by dramatic lighting and borderline sinister music. The actor was a good sport, giving lines like “Is there a way to get the soup and the salad?” and “You forgot to include the attachment” his all. He skipped only one: “April in accounting needs you to update your W-2s.”

A perfectionist even in an impromptu skit, Cruise insisted a few times that he could deliver the line better and that on film sets he gets a “couple of takes.” Check out his ridiculous one-liners below. READ FULL STORY

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