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Tom Cruise has too many movies on his plate: Let's help him choose!

Tomcruise_l As EW.com and Variety have been reporting, Tom Cruise’s cup overfloweth something fierce of late. With as many as seven possible movies in the hopper, he recently had to drop two high-profile projects — a rom-com called Lost for Words and a drama called The 28th Amendment. But that still leaves at least five to choose from, and since we here at PopWatch Central consider ourselves a full-service entertainment blog, we figured we’d offer a little unsolicited advice to help Mr. Cruise make up his rakishly handsome noggin.

THE PITCH A group of terrorists attack the President’s motorcade in Los Angeles. Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld) is attached to direct.
PRO It’s officially cool to want to root for the President again, which may be why this movie’s the ostensible front-runner in the What’s Tom Cruise’s Next Project? derby — which counts for something, right?
CON It’s also the project with the most questions-marks around it: Who would Cruise play? The President? The secret service agent? The head of the terrorists? The Secretary of the Interior? Could this movie possibly top the best Presidential assassin thriller of all time, 1993’s In the Line of Fire? And haven’t they already done this on 24? Like, a gajillion times?
VERDICT Leave the Presidential heroics to Jack Bauer.



Katie Holmes on 'Eli Stone': The girl can kick! And act!

Katieholmeselistone_lAs a very loyal Dawson’s Creek fan, I was about as excited as Dawson Leery getting a director’s cut DVD of A.I. for Creek star Katie Holmes’ return to television. She played a clumsy lawyer named Grace on last night’s episode of ABC’s Eli Stone and was surprisingly good. Holmes was sweet and charming and totally made you forget that she’s the woman who gave birth to Suri (oh and the wife of Tom Cruise)! And she displayed impressive singing and dancing skills while performing Duke Ellington’s "Hit Me With a Hot Note" during an Eli hallucination (although I kinda knew that she could sing and dance after watching the Dawson’s Creek True Hollywood Story and I think at least one or two Jules Asner/E! specials on Holmes).

But it did make me wish Holmes would get back to doing films that actually give her characters to play, like Wonder Boys and Pieces of April, instead of bigger flicks, like Abandon and Mad Money, that offer scant challenges and, to be honest, completely blow. I could see Holmes actually carving out an Anne Hathaway-ish path on the big screen.  And if that doesn’t work, well she’s always welcome back on the small screen. What do you think Pop Watchers?

The Footlights: Fall Theater Preview

Watchcentury_lThe hot weather is supposed to be behind us (damn you, global warming!) and chillier nights should play host to the new wave of shows. And while it would be utterly loco of me to include everything between now and early December, I figured it would be a good idea to give you some choice highlights, both in and out of the Big Apple, of the upcoming theater season.

Direct from London, here comes the heartwarming tale of a boy (Daniel Radcliffe), horsies, and how he likes to blind said horsies. Buzz is deafening. And you can even nab onstage seats to get a better view of Harry Potter, uh, up close and personal. (Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, in previews, opens 9/25, www.telecharge.com)

Playwright Michael Weller is busy this season (he also has Beast at New York Theater Workshop right now), but any play with both Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel(ous, always), playing a couple immersed in marital woes, gets the edge. (Lucille Lortel Theatre Off Broadway, in previews, opens 9/28, http://www.mcctheater.org/tickets.html)


Tom Cruise's 'Valkyrie' looks kinda awful

Tom Cruise’s latest flick, Valkyrie, is set in Nazi Germany, and it’s not a comedy, so why does its new trailer (embedded below, or streaming in a higher-quality clip at Yahoo) leave me snickering? Is it the eye patch? Or the way the lightning crashes as Cruise declares "We have to kill Hitler" in his Serious Thespian Voice? Maybe it’s that awful line, "When the S.S. catch you, they will pull you apart like warm bread." (Mission: Carbs!) Or maybe I can no longer separate the tabloid staple from the actor. Whatever the case may be, I’m kind of wondering — especially in the face of Lions for Lambs bombing this weekend — how many other folks share my inability to take Tom Cruise seriously anymore?

50 biggest scandals since '82: What'd we forget?

So this morning we posted EW’s countdown of the top 25 biggest celebrity scandals of the past 25 years. (Online-only bonus: Check out Nos. 50-26 here!) Anyway, the full list of 50 is chock-full of things that make me die inside, including Ted Danson performing blackface while roasting then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg (No. 40), Woody Allen marrying Soon-Yi Previn (No. 6), and Michael Jackson dangling baby Blanket (No. 5). Other usual suspects on the list: R. Kelly, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Mel Gibson.

Now we want to hear from you, P-Dubs: What did we forget to include? Maybe it’s too recent to go down in the annals of "xx"-dom, but seems like Denise Richards’ nasty split from Charlie Sheen (who’s already on this list, natch) and her subsequent involvement with friend Heather Locklear’s ex, Richie Sambora, is tawdry enough to deserve a spot here. What say you?

Trailer Blazer: 'Lions for Lambs,' Things We Lost..., 'Kite Runner'

Three fall movie trailers, which have me respectively feeling: (A) nada; (B) mixed emotions; and (C) the excited tinglies.

Lions for Lambs (Nov. 9) It doesn’t get much more Oscar-bait-y than Meryl Streep starring in a Robert Redford-directed political drama about the war in Afghanistan and its implications in Washington and the world of academia. So how come the trailer plays so stiff and turgid? Lines like, "What is relevant is the implementation of a new strategy" don’t help, but the thing that’s really bogging me down is Tom Cruise’s performance as a powerful U.S. senator. Take his big, hoo-hah question to Streep’s reporter: "Do you wanna win the war on terror? Yes or no? This is the quintessential yes-or-no question of our time. Yes or no?" Doesn’t he deliver this in almost the same exact tone that he once asked Matt Lauer, "Do you know what Aderol is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? Do you understand that?" Maybe my perception’s been thrown off by the photo of Cruise dirty dancing with Katie Holmes in that copy of Us that I accidentally bought last night — yes, accidentally! it can happen! — but I can’t take "Serious Cruise" seriously anymore.


Choose your side: Timothy Olyphant or Josh Duhamel

Josh_tim_lPerhaps it’s only a war in my mind because I’m desperate to see more of Deadwood‘s Timothy Olyphant (pictured, right) at the moment. But play along: Will Olyphant (currently the baddie in Live Free or Die Hard) or his Las Vegas lookalike Josh Duhamel (left), featured in next week’s Transformers, emerge the bigger star this summer? And by “bigger star,” I mean “the one who’ll get offered the roles they’ll both be considered for first.”

The reasons I’m on Team Olyphant:

• He finally found a hair length that doesn’t make him look at all slimy. With that killer smirk, you know this took some work.

• He’s already shown range, while Duhamel has primarily shown skin. (Not that I’m complaining.)

• He uses double guns as assassin Agent 47 in October’s Hitman. And I love double guns. (I hope you’re growing your hair back, Mister.)

• He’s the sports reporter for Indie 103.1 FM‘s morning show with Joe Escalante, which is way cooler than dating Fergie. Olyphant had appeared on the program to promote the third season of Deadwood, and heard the station was planning on hiring a sports guy. He just started calling in every morning. That was over a year ago. Some recent highlights:


Tom Cruise's New Comedy: He's Playing A Nazi!

Cruise_lTom Cruise: Superspy, samurai… Nazi? Reports indicate that he’s planning to play one of the Third Reich rebels who tried unsuccessfully to assassinate Hitler in an upcoming film. Rumors about Cruise’s career moves are like catnip to us entertainment journalists, and coverage of this one hasn’t disappointed. According to the ever-reliable Fox News, "many" think that the film is part of an elaborate effort to get the German government to soften its unfriendly stance on Scientology. (Huh?!) To the wags over at Best Week Ever, it’s yet another piece of evidence that Cruise’s career is in irretrievable free-fall.

For a more plausible explanation of this perplexing development, however, you may want to look back at EW’s own Cruise files. Back in August, our own Daniel Fierman reported that Cruise was quietly looking to add more comedic roles to his seriously serious résumé. A couple of months ago, when word got out that Cruise was indeed teaming with Ben Stiller in guaranteed yukfest The Hardy Men, PopWatch noted the light-hearted turn in his role choices approvingly. But this latest news shows the Hardy project was just a distraction. He isn’t interested in easy buddy-flick giggles. No, Tom’s into some dark, absurdist stuff. Just imagine him in a Nazi uniform, that trademark deranged gleam in his eye, shouting at Goebbels and Himmler to stop being so "glib." Talk about humor via discomfort! Of course he hasn’t announced this project as a comedy — playing it straight is the key to the gag. This guy’ll out-Borat Borat by the time the film is through. I know I’ll be in stitches.

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Spot the fake news item (British Import edition)

16120__prisoner_lAll three of these deals have been reported in actual newspapers recently, but one of them is, apparently, pure fiction. See if you can spot the fake project:

A. Cable channel AMC has greenlit a new series that will be a remake of The Prisoner, the classic 1960s British brain-bending drama that starred Patrick McGoohan (pictured).

B. Victoria Beckham will star as an alien bride in The Thetan, a Tom Cruise-produced sci-fi movie inspired by Scientology lore.

C. ABC is Americanizing the BBC sudser Footballers’ Wives, with Superman Returns director Bryan Singer attached to shoot the pilot.

(See the answer after the jump.)

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TomKat's vows revealed!

15489__cruise_lOK, so it’s PopWatch confession time. Sometimes, on Friday afternoons, when it’s all down to searching YouTube for Jane’s Addiction videos and dreaming of mojitos, my colleague Annie Barrett and I like to play a game called "Celebrity Roleplay." And with the Most Blessed Wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes slated for this weekend, we decided to take a crack at enacting their ceremony. After Annie and I arm-wrestled for rights to wear Kate’s white Target gown (she won, naturally) we assumed our roles and exchanged vows. And they went a little something like this…

Tom: I vow to go for it!
Katie: You vow to go for it!
Tom: I respect women.
Katie: You respect women.
Tom: I love women.
Katie: You love women.
Tom: I promise to save you and Dakota Fanning from the blood-sucking aliens that have put the Northeastern United States in peril.
Katie: I miss Pacey.
Tom: Kate! (broad grin)
Katie: (in monotone) My name is Kate.
Tom: I vow to take you in my arms and kiss you passionately at public sporting events.
Katie: I vow to fake it, too.

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