Written by Annie

A New Project

C/W Productions (Cruise/Wagner) has optioned a book about a 1947 industrial accident in Texas City, Texas, which killed 700 and led to the first civil class action suit against the U.S. government, reports Variety. No word if Cruise will star in the big-screen adaptation of City on Fire: The Forgotten Disaster that Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle.

Thanks Architect for the news.

Jun 09, 2003
Written by Annie

The Last Samurai’s trailer gets an award:

Cinema: The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise, won the Golden Trailer prize
(ANSA) – ROME, June 6th – Tom Cruise is world cinema’s Last Samurai. In fact the American actor is the star of director Edward Zwick’s latest movie. Thousands of extras, dramatic fights, Cruise’s charm in the role of Capt. Algren, the mysterious world of 1870′s Japan and a powerful score are the winning ingredients of the trailer for The Last Samurai. The movie, which will open in Italy on January 9th, won the award bestowed in Taormina [Sicily] by a specialized jury formed by over 400 experts belonging to the Italian moviemaking world.

Here is another interesting article worth a read:
Mayor Pam Iorio talks up Tampa during a sit-down dinner with Tom Cruise.

Here is another article:

in the TV production program at William T. Dwyer High School soon will be handling new high-tech video cameras, courtesy of the Northern Palm Beach County Entertainment Council.

The Entertainment Council, brainchild of former Jupiter Mayor Mary Hinton and Town Councilor Babs Henderson, has the goal of providing education and skills to young people looking for opportunities in TV or the film industry.

Tapping her connections to the industry, Hinton was able to convince actor Tom Cruise to give “a significant amount.” And Henderson’s advocacy has helped propel the momentum of the Entertainment Council’s activities.

A big thanks to Bettyblue and Teresa for all the links!!

Jun 08, 2003
Written by Annie

Hi guys! Teresa sent me a couple of articles talking about Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise working on COLLATERAL. It’s the same news, that Adam Sandler is in talks to star opposite Cruise in the Micheal Mann film.
Here are the full articles. Please read them!!

Article one
Article two
Once again, thanks to Teresa.

Jun 06, 2003
Written by Annie

The wonderful Denise has sent me this:

Adam Sandler Weighed as Cruise Co-Star
By Zorianna Kit
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Adam Sandler, who stepped out of his usual comedic mold to star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love” last year, appears to be eyeing another left turn in his choice of characters.

On Wednesday night, Sandler was scheduled to meet with filmmaker Michael Mann to discuss the possibility of starring opposite Tom Cruise in the director’s “Collateral” for DreamWorks.

If he joins the project, Sandler would play Max, the meek cab driver who picks up a passenger (Cruise) who takes him hostage.

From: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

And from Chantal:

Role Call: Cruise Kills in Collateral, Goyer Helms Blade III
Ali direct Michael Mann will helm the drama Collateral for DreamWorks. The pic, expected to start in October, will star Tom Cruise in the lead role of a contract killer … David Goyer, who wrote all three installments of the Blade franchise, will also take the helm for Blade III. Goyer and star Blade star Wesley Snipes have not met to sign off on dates, but New Line Cinema expects to start production in Vancouver this summer. Goyer and Snipes previously worked together on ZigZag … Brittany Murphy has signed on two Warner Bros. projects, the comedy Major Movie Star and the CGI-animated project Happy Feet. Both films call for Murphy to sing.

Source: Hollywood.com

June 3, 2003 | TOM CRUISE may be going bad. The superstar, according to Daily Variety, could take on the role of a hitman in director MICHAEL MANN’s next project, ‘Collateral.’ The movie reportedly happens during a single terrifying night in which a cab driver picks up a fare and winds up being taken hostage. The passenger then forces the cabbie to squire him around town while he takes care of business.

Source: ETOnline

I also have a bunch of articles on the supposed break-up. I won’t publish because it’s not true. If ET announces it, I’ll believe. Otherwise, I wont. ;)

Jun 06, 2003
Written by Annie

Tom and Penelope AREN’T breaking up!

Both of the actors’ reps have denied the claims, but that hasn’t stopped The National Enquirer from declaring the couple are “one headline away from announcing their split”.

The rumour appears to have been fuelled by the absence of the former Mr Nicole Kidman from Cruz’s side on the red carpet in Cannes last month. Cruz excused her boyfriend’s absence, saying he had work commitments. But the reports suggest he had finished filming The Last Samurai in New Zealand and headed straight back to the US rather than join her in France.

The Enquirer has alluded to the oft-repeated rumour he still holds a candle for his flame-haired ex. Other sources have claimed that Cruz’s pressure for a commitment was the catalyst for the split.

Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Field, has denied that the couple are about to split and the actor’s publicist, Pat Kingsley, put it more strongly.

“This story is absolutely not true,” she insisted. “They are very much together. “Both of them are spending time together on the east coast [of America] right now.”

Thanks Betty for the article!!

Jun 05, 2003
Written by Annie

Death Becomes him

Is this a match made in heaven? Director Michael Mann has announced his next project – and he’s looking for Tom Cruise to be his leading man. Mann has been linked to various films since finishing work on Ali – among them one on a superhero on the pull – but it was announced today that Collateral will be the first one to begin shooting.

The action, according to Variety, takes place all on one night when a taxi driver picks up a contract killer who forces him at gunpoint to drive him around Los Angeles in pursuit of his quarry. Mann apparently wants Cruise to play the killer, which will be a refreshing change. It’s been some time since we saw Cruise play an out-and-out baddy (and before you email us – his role in Magnolia doesn’t count – that was unlikeable rather than evil).

Although Cruise hasn’t signed on the dotted line, it’s expected he will come on board very soon – both he and Mann have been trying to find a suitable project to work on together for some time.

Another related article

Also, the last samurai official site has been updated! And here’s an ancient video of Tom Cruise on ET, which Bettyblue posted. Click here to watch it!

Jun 03, 2003
Written by Annie

I have some e-mails from Chantal…, so let’s post some! Some are quite old since I took too long to post…

Cruising for a bruising
Actor threatens MP over ‘chicken’ comment

Tom Cruise has lashed out at tourism minister Kim Howells for suggesting the pint-sized actor is ‘too chicken to fly’ to Cannes. In a misguided attempt at boosting the number of visitors to the festival, and Europe in general, Howells had laid into Hollywood stars for their refusal to fly. Sadly for him, he made the mistake of not checking how many US actors made it to the film festival (quite a few), and of singling out Cruise for criticism. His lawyer immediately threatened to sue over the ‘false and defamatory’ comments made about the ‘courageous’ actor. ‘Mr Howells had better cross the street if he sees me or Tom,’ he said gleefully. Cruise rubbished the outspoken minister’s comments, blaming his absence from Cannes on ‘work commitments,’ while a publicist observed wisely: ‘It’s pretty hard to be in two places at the same time.’ ‘These people portray themselves as great action heroes,’ Howells had scoffed. ‘One would assume they had the balls to do a simple thing like fly to Europe. They love playing great heroic role with their big guns and big chests.’ Along with many of her purportedly Europe-fearing colleagues, including Austrian-born Arnie, Spaniard Penelope Cruz – cheerfully free of the testicles and big chest Howells had ascribed her – confirmed Cruise really did have other commitments.

From: People News

On Guard!

Up until now the only proof we’ve had that Tom Cruise has even been making a film down in New Zealand has been his word and a couple of slightly insubstantial teaser trailers featuring wind-chimes and groovy Japanese symbols. However, we’re pleased to announce that the first full trailer to Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai is here and it’s looking rather good.

If you’re expecting to see Cruise take to the air like Chow Yun-Fat, you’re in for some disappointment, and truth be told there’s not even a wealth of samurai swordplay on display. What there is though is a pretty impressive rendering of nineteenth century Japan (the costume designer deserves a knighthood) and a hint of bigger and better things to come. Highlights include beardy Cruise looking sensitive yet deadly and an appetite whetting shot of him charging into battle in full samurai armour. Click Here.

And for a look at the film’s new poster, click below.

From: Empire Online

Did you guys see The Last Samurai Teaser Trailer yet? Check the official website at http://www.lastsamurai.com.

Jun 01, 2003


Written by Annie

First post of the month! I know…, the news? In a few….

Jun 01, 2003
Written by Annie

I took off the counter that was on the left…, not this part loads A LOT more faster!! Stupid counter…
Chantal has sent a few news…, I’ll post them tomorrow, and, hopefully, I’ll update the galleries! I know! I’ve been promising for like a month, but I’ll try okay?

May 30, 2003
Written by Annie

A brand new layout! All green :D
what you guys think?

May 23, 2003
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