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Tom Cruise on Jack Nicholson
I couldn’t wait to play that courtroom scene in A Few Good Men [pictured] with Jack Nicholson. I’d been thinking about it for months. And it was like, here it is, man, I’m going to enjoy every moment of this.

Playing the scene out, Colonel Jessup as a written character is overpowering, so [Jack] needed to give him that power. But he understands the camera in such a manner that the power had to come from stillness. So he made his movements so minimal. I could see the motions becoming less and less. So it becomes like this focus. When it comes to the key point, Jessup doesn’t even realise my character has beaten him, but you can see the flicker of Jack’s eyes; and it’s not calculated, he just understands the power of the frame. That’s what makes him a craftsman.

People came from all around just to watch us play that scene. They were showing up along the edges! So many people. And when the scene ended the first time, there was applause. Everyone around, applauding. God, it was exciting. It was electric.

Working with Jack was really exceptional because you’re working with someone who started out really as a writer – he appreciates good writing, understands it, and knows how to turn certain phrases, even down to little things, like that anti-Semitic comment in the scene, “You, Lieutenant Weinberg.” These are things he discovered on the day.

When you think of the guy from The Last Detail or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and now he’s playing Colonel Jessup, this terrifying military character – the wide range of performances that he’s given is incredible.

Look at that run he was on. Chinatown in 1974. The Last Detail in 1975. One of the all-time incredible performances. Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge… That whole period of cinema was remarkable. What movies they are. And you know, here’s a guy who was writing at the same time! He told me he was also pitching TV ideas!

When you look at The Last Detail, he’s communicating beyond the word. He is communicating the character, the emotion.

One thing doesn’t sum up Jack Nicholson. You can see an evolution in his work. I mean, look at his character in About Schmidt. That’s what I appreciate. You just line up his movies and go, wow!

When you see Jack on screen, you’re looking at him in a frame, and you’re thinking, why are my eyes drawn to that guy? Look at Chinatown – the guy is so alive on screen. He’s so charismatic. I mean, listen, it’s why some people are movie stars.

Jack also understands, I think, the power he has. And he enjoys it. And you enjoy that he enjoys it. That’s key. You know, he’s enjoying it, so we’re enjoying it too.

Since A Few Good Men, any time I see him, I look at him, and I know he’s a friend.

I’ve wanted to work with Jack again since then. And it doesn’t matter how old he is, or whatever, he’s just a guy you want to see on film. It goes to the heart of what it is that makes people who they are and why? As an audience, you want to go on that journey with him.


Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

We know what you’re thinking: a film about a guy who wakes up, only to find he’s reliving the same day over an over? So far, so Groundhog Day. But Edge Of Tomorrow is different: starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the action thriller is directed by Doug Liman, the director of Swingers and The Bourne Identity. GQ attended an exclusive preview screening and Q&A with Liman in London this week to get a glimpse of the final film before its release in May. Here’s everything you need to know.

The “jackets” are seriously cool. Robotic exoskeletons are in vogue at the moment – see Matt Damon in Elysium and the Robocop reboot, for example – but those in Edge Of Tomorrow might be the best yet. Designed by Pierre Bohanna, the designer behind the Harry Potter films and who happened to also help create Christian Bale’s Batsuit, the suits are enormous, clunking machines – but deadly in the right hands.

It’s surprisingly funny. You’d think a film about an alien invasion and repeatedly dying would be a major downer, but Edge Of Tomorrow is funny. Very funny. The dark humour (being immortal allows for plenty of physical comedy), combined with Emily Blunt’s comic chops, is a smart move and something often missing from recent sci-fi efforts (Cruise’s own Oblivion, for example).

There were some “production challenges”. Commenting on “some of the stories of turmoil on the set” (the film has been through numerous writers since its inception in 2010), Liman said simply, “I refused to do this cookie cutter movie.” He also talked about Cruise and the cast’s work rate, revealing that they shot seven days a week with two crews to get an extra 20 shooting days out of the schedule. One of the biggest problems about shooting a film set in one day? The British weather. “It can’t be raining if it wasn’t raining the day before.”

The title change isn’t a big deal. Though the film was originally named All You Need Is Kill like the Japanese novel the story is based on, some internet fans were upset when this was changed in Edge Of Tomorrow. “Right from the beginning I knew we were never going to call it [AYNIK],” says Liman, claiming the title “has nothing to do with story.”

Tom Cruise looks back to his best. From the early scenes we’ve seen, Edge Of Tomorrow is vintage Cruise, a mix of wit and out-of-his-depth nerves last seen around the time of Minority Report. As Liman put it in the Q&A, “There’s something for everyone: if you love Tom Cruise he gives this amazing performance… if you hate Tom Cruise, he dies like 200 times in the movie.”

Edge Of Tomorrow is out on 30 May.


Entertainment Weekly January 14 Scan

Posted by Annie on
January 14th, 2014

Hey everyone! I’ve added a scan from the January 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, featuring a brand new image from Edge of Tomorrow, thanks Claudia:

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Brad Pitt Reteaming with Tom Cruise for Go Like Hell?

Posted by Annie on
December 18th, 2013

Is Brad Pitt ready to reteam with his Interview with the Vampire co-star Tom Cruise? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt is being courted to star with Cruise in Go Like Hell, 20th Century Fox’s car-racing project that will be directed by Cruise’s Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy).

The film is an adaptation of A. J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” which is described as follows:

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, “science fiction on wheels,” but was also called “the Assassin” because so many drivers perished while racing them.

“Go Like Hell” tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.

“Go Like Hell” transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the “pilots” who would drive them to victory, or doom.

Cruise is attached to play Shelby. Pitt was once attached to star when it had Michael Mann on board back in 2009. Lucas Foster and Alex Young are producing.


Edge of Tomorrow Trailer

Posted by Annie on
December 11th, 2013

The first trailer for Edge of Tomorrow is out! Here is the video and caps below:

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New still for Edge of Tomorrow

Posted by Annie on
December 10th, 2013

A new still for Edge of Tomorrow has been released, and the first trailer is expected to debut tomorrow! Edge of Tomorrow opens on June 6th, 2014

Tom Cruise to return for Jack Reacher 2

Posted by Annie on
December 9th, 2013

One of 2012′s most pleasant surprises was Christopher McQuarrie‘s ‘Jack Reacher,’ which starred Tom Cruise as the titular bad ass. As it was based on a series of books by Lee Child it seemed ready to spawn a franchise, but the film’s modestly-hyped Christmas release suggested that Paramount didn’t know if they had a winner. The film was a modest success, and now Paramount is working on developing a sequel.

News comes from Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to adapt the most recent Reacher adventure ‘Never Go Back,’ in which the main character is under suspicion for pummeling a man and impregnating a woman. Currently the project is out to writers. The first ‘Reacher’ was adapted by Christopher McQuarrie, who will not be working on the sequel as he’s currently prepping ‘Mission: Impossible 5.’

Word is that Paramount wants this fast, and may try to try to sneak the ‘Reacher’ sequel into Cruise’s schedule before he returns to Ethan Hunt, though he’s been circling ‘Go Like Hell‘ for Joseph Kosinski. Currently ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ is dated for December 25, 2015, so they don’t have a lot of time on the clock unless they follow ‘Warcraft”s lead and move ‘M:I 5′ away from ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ which is currently scheduled to open December 18, 2015.


Tom Cruise has hosted Ben Stiller’s Hand and Foot Print Ceremony at the Chinese Theatre earlier today, here are pictures:

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Mission: Impossible 5 Gets a release date

Posted by Annie on
November 13th, 2013

Mark your calendars! Mission: Impossible 5 is being released on December 25th, 2015.

Yup, still 2 years to go, but at least we got a release date now!

Gallery Updates: Mission: Impossible 2

Posted by Annie on
October 27th, 2013

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you’re having a good one. I bring now Screen Captures and some HQs Stills from Mission: Impossible 2

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