Paramount has officially super-sized four of its biggest 2011 movies. According to the Wall Street Journal, the studio has announced that it will release J.J. Abrams’ mysterious Super 8, Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Michael Bay’s lunar-tastic Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the curiously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol on IMAX screens. Director Brad Bird actually filmed some action scenes for M:I:GP using IMAX cameras, and both Transformers and Tintin will also be shown in 3-D. Now, this all sounds very exciting, but there’s no way your fragile eyes can handle all these ginormous action films. So tell us, PopWatchers: Out of these four Paramount IMAX releases, which one are you most likely to see on the big big big screen?
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Kids, we’re going to the happiest place on earth: Tijuana! The year is 1965. The music is nonstop incredible. And the mission is simple: Losin’ It. There have been many comedies about teenagers desperately seeking sex — Porky’s, American Pie, this week’s new release The Virginity Hit — but few can lay claim to such a sparkly group of alumni. Losin’ It was directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys). Besides starring future director John Stockwell, future Cheers-dropout Shelley Long, and future comeback-kid Jackie Earle Haley, Losin’ It features a young Tom Cruise at the moment right before Risky Business made him a star.
Let us know in the comments if you remember this barely-available-on-DVD gem, and read on for a discussion about donkeys, Mexican stereotypes, the evolution of Teen Sex comedies, and the secret greatness of War of the Worlds.
Keith Staskiewicz: As soon as Shelley Long gets in the car, you know someone’s losin’ it to Shelley Long. Will it be the sullen one? No. Will it be the balding horndog? No. Will it be the little kid? No. It’s gonna be Tom Cruise.
Deadline.com first reported the story.) According to a source close to the film — which stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, is produced by Cruise and J.J. Abrams, and will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) — it will not be a “reboot” as has been reported, but it won’t be titled Mission: Impossible IV either. As for Patton, she’s reportedly playing an up-and-coming agent working with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. But since the film’s plot will likely remain locked in a pressure-temperature-and-sound-sensitive vault until much closer to the movie’s expected Dec. 16, 2011 release, Patton’s character could be anything from Keri Russell’s character in the Abrams directed Mission: Impossible III (i.e. a platonic teammate), to Emmanuelle Béart’s role from 1996′s Mission: Impossible (i.e. a seductress and double agent). So let’s wildly speculate and write Patton’s first scene! READ FULL STORYEW has confirmed that Paula Patton (Precious) has signed onto the new Mission: Impossible movie as the female lead. (
Tom Cruise carried on a big-screen love affair with high-velocity vehicles in films ranging from 1986′s Top Gun to this week’s Knight and Day. But no role ever captured the star’s hankering for horsepower better than hotshot NASCAR driver Cole Trickle in Days of Thunder, which raced into theaters 20 years ago this week. “Tom really does love to drive fast and dangerously,” says director Tony Scott (Top Gun, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), who credits the star with dreaming up the movie’s premise along with producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. “Cruise and Jerry and Don went to a school where you learn to race Porsches. That’s where it all began. They said, ‘F—, yeah! Let’s do a motor-racing movie!”
Of course, fast cars weren’t the only object of Cruise’s affection on the Thunder set. The star’s future wife Nicole Kidman was just 23 when Cruise (then 28) handpicked her for the part of his on-screen love interest. “Tom and [screenwriter Robert Towne] had seen Dead Calm, and they both had [the hots] for Nicole,” laughs Scott. And while their characters steamed up the screen, Scott says the couple — who married later that year — played it cool during the shoot. “They kept their distance on set, but there was an obvious, very strong connection that grew over the course of the movie. And you know the story from there.”
Why does Tom Cruise belong on our Summer Must List? Because we’re rooting for him. Because we stopped caring ages ago about his religion and those few months back in 2005 when he went crazy. Because we’re tired of people dumping on him. Because at 48, he looks amazing. But mostly because we love movies and we love filmmakers who care about movies — and that would be Tom Cruise. No movie star has a longer, better track record for surprising and delighting us, whether he’s dancing in his briefs in Risky Business or playing a graying hitman in Collateral or losing his s*** in Magnolia or giving his masterpiece of a performance in Jerry Maguire or stealing Tropic Thunder as the profane studio exec Les Grossman. His sketches on the MTV Movie Awards last month remain a highlight of the summer. His new film, Knight and Day, goes well with a box of popcorn, but it isn’t a blockbuster. The truth is, movie stars aren’t the commodities they once were, and Cruise’s name above the title doesn’t guarantee massive box office. But it does mean that even if a film isn’t great, even if it’s not your cup of tea, it’s probably at least as good as it can be. Cruise is one of the most intuitive filmmakers in the business. That’s why the best directors (like Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Stanley Kubrick, the list goes on) have signed up with him. And he has learned a lot from them. We’re looking forward to the day when Cruise isn’t expected to jump off buildings and generate huge opening weekends. We’d like to see him direct, and see him in more character roles that tap into his own anger and complexity and sense of humor. He’s on his way to becoming a kind of elder statesman of movies. Now he’s the guy who can teach young filmmakers a thing or two — and not just that it’s really hard to live down showing too much of yourself to the public.
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To help celebrate EW’s 20th birthday, I threw a party in my office. But nobody came; Ausiello was having a special sale on decorative stickers next door. (Ugh, if you’re bored enough, go vote for that freak to become PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2010.) So instead I sat at my desk in a New Kids on the Block knotted tee and Kelly Kapowski-esque print leggings and wrote this crazy photo gallery about the year 1990. Electric Slide your way down the rabbit hole and click through it Step By Step. Then page your friends to talk about it! Of course, there’s a bunch of nostalgia we missed (like Mariah Carey’s debut), so tell us what lingers with you the most. What was your VISION OF LOVE from 1990?
In conclusion, the following serves as my answer to the headline and an inside tip for anyone with “a case of identity”: You can still buy Caboodles.
- Knight and Day will be released June 23 — two days earlier than studio Fox had planned. Huzzah. [THR]
- In opposite news, Vanessa Hudgens’ Beauty and the Beast-inspired film Beastly has been postponed from July 30 to March 18, 2011. CBS Films decided to move the film, since the original release date coincided with similarly themed Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron. Efron boasts, “In your face, Hudgy!” and sleeps on couch for a week. [THR]
- Matthew McConaughey is teaming up with FX to develop single-camera comedy Kick Ass Militia, which will focus on two brothers who clash, since one is a “survivalist” and the other is a “free-loving cult leader.” And, inevitably, they will clash with neighbors too, due to the racket of naked bongo playing. Alright, alright. [Deadline]
- Spartacus‘ Andy Whitfield is cancer-free after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March. The actor will even begin boot camp training for the show in late July. Jupiter’s c–k, that’s good news! [Deadline]
- DreamWorks has picked up a heist pitch from Shield writer John Hlavin. The studio, however, is shielding (heh) the hush-hush project, and not revealing any other details at this time. [THR]
- The Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to Julian Schnabel’s Miral, starring Frieda Pinto as a 1970s-era woman sent to an Israeli orphanage. [Variety]
- Stephen Herek has been tapped to direct the World Wrestling Entertainment comedy The Chaperone, starring Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Annabeth Gish, and Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter. Because this is the guy you want in charge of the punch bowl. I suppose it’s better than this. Or this. Or this. [Variety]
- A documentary about National Lampoon is in the works, and will feature rare and never-before-seen footage. Like someone watching National Lampoon’s Pledge This! [THR]
- Tom Arnold will star in a CMT comedy pilot about a man “seeking the empty nest and his family who is unwilling to let him have it.” [Deadline]
After much speculation about who would take the helm, now Empire reports that Tom Cruise confirms animation master Brad Bird will direct the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. It’s certainly an interesting decision, considering Bird’s background with movies like The Incredibles and Ratatouille. And I have to say that as a person who’s not deeply invested in the MI franchise, it feels like an inspired choice. It’s boosted my interest level in another Mission: Impossible movie from about 0.2 on a scale of 10 up to near a 3 or — gasp! — a 4. It makes me think the producers might be trying to really shakes things up with this installment, enlisting someone who can bring neat-o things from their very different genre to this one. Then again, it could also just be a big ol’ flop. What do you think? Inspired idea — or future hot mess?
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