Tropic Thunder was 2008, right? Tom Cruise has reprised his role as movie exec Les Grossman to “produce” June 6’s MTV Movie Awards — or at least star in a couple of promos for it. In one, we see him deal with the news that Robert Pattinson wants to wash his hair for the ceremony. In another, we see how he stripped Tom Cruise down to his underwear for Risky Business. As big of a “get” as Pattinson and Cruise are, I’m still partial to the promo featuring host Aziz Ansari and Justin Bieber watching The Hurt Locker with Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. Watch them all below. READ FULL STORY
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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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‘Mission: Impossible IV': Why Brad Bird should direct it
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog reported that Brad Bird, director of the animated Oscar winners The Incredibles and Ratatouille, has emerged as a contender to helm Mission: Impossible IV. I chatted with Bird in 2007, when EW ranked The Incredibles No. 25 on our list of the greatest action films ever. Read a few of his comments and tell me if you’re not rooting for him, too:This week,
• “People think that the explosions are it, but the greatest special effect is caring about the character that’s going through the explosions. That’s the one that people don’t spend enough energy on,” he said. “Many movies have giant explosions, but very few of them have characters that you worry about. The best action heroes are more often than not ones who show a little bit of fear.” Bird talked about Sean Connery as James Bond — when he got in trouble, you could see his life pass before him. Same thing with Bruce Willis as John McClane in the first Die Hard, and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. “They let you know that they’re mortal even while they’re doing completely amazing things,” he said. “He’s not gonna die, but it’s gonna hurt.” READ FULL STORY
It’s no secret that the public perception of Tom Cruise seems to morph more often than Lady Gaga’s outerwear. So now that he’s signed on for yet another Mission: Impossible sequel, it’s worth taking a quick look at what’s transpired in Tommy’s World since the last MI movie released back in 2006.
On one side of the coin, the last few years have been hard on his public image: He and Katie Holmes’ relationship has only gotten bigger and crazier, inviting ridicule from fans and press. There’s also his continued relationship with Scientology, which never seems to become a moot point. Plus, those crazy videos. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, his recent movies Lions for Lambs and Valkyrie, frankly, underwhelmed.
On the flip side, however, Cruise has managed to rehab his image a bit as well: A surprisingly funny turn in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, which got raves; a funny roast of Matt Lauer; and his and Holmes’ lil’ tyke, Suri — well, I think the goodwill for her cuteness has spread to Mr. Cruise himself.
So, all you former/current Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible fans: Are you ready to love him again? Could Mission: Impossible IV be the movie that brings you back into the Cruise fold? Are you willing to put his past aside and embrace what could possibly be another great movie from him and J.J. Abrams? Sound off in the comments below!
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Nicole Sperling: Tom Cruise has signed on for ‘Mission Impossible IV’
On the scene: Tom Cruise helps roast Matt Lauer!
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Can ‘Tropic Thunder’ Make Tom Cruise Cool Again?
Any trailer that got me past the lamely punny title Knight & Day is worth watching. Any trailer that got me excited about Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise again, even moreso:
I still don’t know exactly what it’s about, and that’s what’s so cool. What’s even cooler? These two superstars reminding us why they’re superstars. Cameron Diaz is playing her trademark likable everygirl in an action-packed premise (half Charlie’s Angels, half My Best Friend’s Wedding). And Tom Cruise somehow seems to be combining his greatest hits — the flirtatious charm of Top Gun, the gun-toting swagger of Mission: Impossible, the self-deprecating (but still sexy!) humor of Jerry Maguire — into one enigmatic character here. I didn’t think about Scientology or couch-jumping for one second of this trailer. I just thought, “Oh, right, this is how we came to like this guy.”
But what did you think, PopWatchers? Are you psyched for Knight & Day after seeing this trailer? Can you think of something else we can call this movie before the title makes us hate it?
Last night’s second episode of The Jay Leno Show introduced a new segment, TEN@TEN, during which Jay “makes house calls” via satellite video to stars. New cohabitants Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz answered 10 completely unrelated questions from the set of their 2010 film Wichita, which is obviously being filmed in Worcester, Mass. The whole interview — embedded after the jump, due to auto-play — is pretty surreal (and at times Suri-eal, whoa!) and stilted except for the 20 or seconds during which the pair bicker in the style of an online-dating success story commercial about who laughs more. He laughs all the time! It’s nonstop with her! Constantly laughing! First thing in the morning, it’s like “Cameron, please!” Get ready to sign up for eHarmony, y’all.
It’sofficial: We’re 100! And not looking too bad on it, even if I do say so myself! I know, as a woman , I should never discuss my age, but I’ve got to just express how happy we all are that the show is still such a success after all this time. In England you receive a telegram from the Queen when you turn 100 …. I’m still waiting for mine, Ma’am!
Tuesday’s show was made extra special due to the fact that Ellen DeGeneres joined us on the judging panel. She really was a lovely lady! She hit just the right balance between judge, comedienne, and superfan. Ellen made the show so much fun, and I know the dancers loved her being there. It’s great having a new input on the show — itjust mixes up the dynamics. Portia also came down to the studio and we wereintroduced when I was standing in the tower and she was standing on the studiofloor — not the greatest angle in the world! I had to apologize for the fact thatshe was not only introduced to me, but also to my nasal passages! Fun!
There are multiple reports surfacing online that Katie Holmes will perform on So You Think You Can Dance in what's rumored to be a massive movie musical number by regular SYTYCD choreographer Tyce Diorio and featuring several SYTYCD alums. Although no one connected with the Fox series will comment to EW.com about it, judge and exec producer Nigel Lythgoe let slip to some paparazzi that he's met with Mrs. Tom Cruise, and that the show has something "very, very, very special" in the works. Some are speculating that the plan is for the number to air on the show's 100th episode in July, while others are wondering why the program would celebrate that milestone with, of all people, Katie Holmes. Can we say random?
Well, can we also say why the heck not? The show is supposed to be about discovering new dancers, and if the one-time Dawson's Creek star is a closet hoofer, SYTYCD would certainly be the least risky way of showcasing that hidden talent — Broadway could be too nerve-wracking, and Dancing With the Stars too C-list-y. And, besides, Holmes already showed off some nascent dancing skills last year on ABC's nearly-departed Eli Stone, so it's not like this is entirely out of the blue. Check out her moves from that show in the clip below, and then tell me, PopWatchers, are you looking forward to Katie Holmes shaking what her mamma gave her for Nigel, Mary Murphy, Cat Deeley & Co.? Or is this all just one more wobbly step in Holmes' peripatetic post-Tom Cruise career?
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The New York Daily News reported today that Shia LaBeouf has signed on to star in The Associate, the adaptation of John Grisham's latest best seller. So is the author happy with this news? Of course, considering he hand-picked LaBeouf himself! "I think he'll be wonderful!" Grisham has told reporters. "He's a very talented actor, and he's hot. He's the hottest 22-year-old actor in America."
First of all, I have to say, that is one very specific, very definitive, very creepy statement, Mr. Grisham. But is the author a secret Even Stevens fan, or is he correct in thinking that LaBeouf could easily fill the shoes of actors like Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Matthew McConaughey, all of whom have starred in Grisham adaptations in the past? LaBeouf has been riding that "next big thing" wave for a few years now, and he has earned enough acting accolades from critics to balance out his tween heartthrob image that comes from starring in films like Transformers. Plus, he has raked in a pretty penny for studios, between that robot movie, Disturbia, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I, however, just can't see it. Maybe it's impossible for me to look at this 22-year-old actor and not think of him as a slightly stretched-out version of his 12-year-old Disney self, but I've had a hard time enjoying LaBeouf in anything but Holes and his SNL MacGruber sketches. Let alone considering him "hot."
I'm sure I'll eat my words eventually — after all, this is coming from someone who claimed that people would tire of Britney Spears after she released her "Sometimes" sequel. But do you think LaBeouf could maintain a career like Cruise, Damon, and McConaughey have (or, at least, did for so long)? And if he does, in which direction would he go? Blockbuster star-turned-couch jumper, thoughtful award-winning actor-turned-action star, or perpetual shirtless star-turned-…perpetual shirtless star? Finally, is LaBeouf indeed the hottest 22-year-old actor in America?
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