The forum might be down until tomorrow. The server is being upgraded. Sorry for the trouble.
The forum might be down until tomorrow. The server is being upgraded. Sorry for the trouble.
Secondly, here are some beautiful (and some never before seen) pictures from HOLA! Magazine (during the Vanilla Sky press tour) sent by Alberta (from Italy), who is the absolute best. Check them out here
And lastly, Tom’s appearance on the TODAY show last June promoting Minority Report. Enjoy it!
New layout! What you think? Better than the green, right?
I’ve re-formated mostly all pages…, if you see anything broken, let me know.
I’ve been given a link to the TLS script, so for anyone who might want to read it, e-mail me. I’m not responsible for the spoilers, because it’s your choice to read it.
And now, enjoy a preview of The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise gets to swing his samurai sword in this historical epic set in 1870s Japan. But can he cut it as a kendo warrior and look good in a kimono?
After the back-to-back popcorn thrillers of Minority Report, Mission Impossible II and Vanilla Sky, Tom Cruise gets serious again with this historical epic set against the backdrop of Japan’s rapid transition from feudal society to a modern nation. He plays Woodrow Algren, an American Civil War veteran turned spokesman for the Winchester gun company. He is hired by Emperor Meiji to come to Japan and train a new imperial army in modern warfare. Meiji’s aim is to wipe out the samurai, the last remnants of the old guard. But when rebel warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) captures Algren, he begins to learn about the way of the samurai and is forced to reassess where his loyalties lie.
There are definite shades of Dances With Wolves here, as well as obligatory references to the films of Akira Kurosawa, and Warner Bros will be keen to keep these associations foremost in people’s minds come the award season. The $100 million film is scheduled for a prestigious end-of-year American release and director Edward Zwick has a good track record at the Oscars, having made Civil War drama Glory, and redeemed himself after directing misfires like Courage Under Fire and The Siege by producing Shakespeare In Love and Traffic.
Cruise, for one, seems to have confidence in the project. Choosing this over Anthony Minghella’s forthcoming Civil War epic Cold Mountain, the star (who is also on producing duties alongside partner Paula Wagner) reportedly gave up his normally huge up-front salary to keep costs down. Given that every effort has been made to be respectful to Japanese history and culture – Cruise even learned some Japanese for the role – it’s safe to say that The Last Samurai won’t be relying on his winning smile to succeed. Indeed, Cruise aside, most of the cast have been assembled on acting prowess, rather than star wattage, with notable parts for British thesps including Timothy Spall as a translator and Billy Connolly as a Algren’s long-serving comrade-in-arms.
Filmed mainly on location near New Plymouth on the North Island of New Zealand between January and May 2003, the film did run in to a little controversy over its use of Mt Taranaki as a stand in for Mt Fuji. A sacred site for local Maori tribes, some groups claimed they should be compensated for using images of the mountain in the film, even though the production had already made an “undisclosed” donation to a tribe to bless the film’s locations. The New Zealand film industry body Film NZ dismissed the furore as a “storm in a tea cup”.
After The Lord Of The Rings, though, we can confidently assume these locations will provide The Last Samurai with suitably dramatic settings and, with a trailer hinting at some epic battle scenes, expect plenty of samurai slicing and dicing as well. Cruise trained for eight months with fight co-ordinator John Powell (Gladiator, Braveheart) to master kendo and karate, and practised his sword style for a couple of hours each day on set before shooting started. His Japanese co-stars even gave him respect for looking good in a kimono.
Lastly, me being nice, and Marta being absolutely wonderful for sending me this, here are some pictures of Tom , Penelope and his kids in New York
Annie, how ’bout a blue background?
Anyway, look at the beautiful pictures Vanesa (from the forums) scanned from HOLA! magazine, which features Tom and Penelope in Rome. Here they are:
Yes, I’m still alive Just in case you were wondering….
I’m on my last vacations days and I’ve been working on my sites for the whole month and I start back on college on monday, so I’m taking those last fews to prepare myself.., mentally, to go back
Fanny is keeping you all informed and with lots of eye candy!!
Aren’t you all tired of that green layout? I need to make something new…, maybe blue? maybe red? definatelly not orange anymore…, I do like that header.., maybe change the color? sorry, I’m rambling…
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Tom Cruise, who took a break from rehersing COLLATERAL (and just got out of the shower, as he tells Access Hollywood) attended the HFPA’s Annual Installation Luncheon, to pick up a check for his FIlm Foundation.
Tom Cruise, was among stars who have attended a donation ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in California.
The charity donated $600,000 (£370,000) to film schools and non-profit organisations at the glitzy Beverly Hills Hotel lunch event. Cruise accepted a donation of $150,000 (£93,000) on behalf of The Film Foundation, which aims to preserve and restore films.
The Association has contributed more than $3.5m (£2.1m) over the last nine years.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – At its installation lunch Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which mounts the Golden Globes, handed out $601,500 to charities associated with the film world. It was the largest annual donation in the group’s history.
Newly elected president Lorenzo Soria presented $150,000 to Tom Cruise, who accepted on behalf of the Film Foundation, the film-preservation and -restoration group founded by Martin Scorsese and others in 1990.
BTW, Tom also told Access Hollywood, that he plans to shave his beard after the Last Samurai has been shown to the preview audiences, incase they need to do some pick up shots.
You can find all the pictures from the event Here
Also, Tom will be on the cover of PREMIERE magazine in Sept.
Here’s a preview
TOM CRUISE was in St. Louis over the weekend celebrating the grand opening of a new educational training center –specializing in the study techniques of Scientology founder and author L. RON HUBBARD/
When Tom wasn’t talking education, he did speak about his upcoming epic film ‘The Last Samurai.’ “There are many exciting aspects of shooting ‘Last Samurai,'” he revealed. “We had a great cast, it’s a simple yet very moving story. I’m really excited for an audience to see this!”
Applied Scholastics is a non-religious organization that teaches educators the learning methods developed by Hubbard. Noticing that declining educational standards were affecting the learning abilities of people he was attempting to instruct, Hubbard developed “Study Technology” in the ’60s to teach students how to learn properly. The new Applied Scholastics International campus will provide workshops and courses to train teachers, corporate trainers, tutors and other education consultants with Hubbard’s system.
Here is another, more detailed article.
More on Tom Cruise in Rome
TOM CONSOLED PENELOPE FOR HER GRANDMOTHER’S DEATH
The actor traveled to Italy, where she’s shooting a movie, which didn’t allow her to attend her grandmother’s funeral.
Isabel Sánchez, grandmother of the Madrid-born star, died on July 18 after a longtime illness. Penélope couldn’t attend the funeral because of her professional duties. Right now she’s shooting the movie Don’t Move in Italy. The one who moved was Tom Cruise, who jetted there to console his girlfriend in this sad moment of her life.
The visit by Cruise, who turned 41 a short time ago, was revitalizing for Penélope. The couple dined at a well-known restaurant in the Italian capital.
They were smiling when they came out of the restaurant, and Tom even waved in many occasions at the journalists and photographers. When they already were in their car, Tom Cruisecould be seen hugging his girl.
Here is another article: TOM CRUISE REUNITES WITH PENELOPE CRUZ IN ROME
Quick visit today in Rome by U.S. actor Tom Cruise, who came here to see his girlfriend, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, right now working in Italy for a movie directed by Sergio Castellitto, “Non ti muovere”. The surprise blitz of Tom Cruise caused a commotion in the center of Rome, because of the frenzy he produced amongst paparazzi and curious bystanders alike”.
“It was a case of Penelope Snooze as Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise’s girlfriend snuggled up for 40 winks in the back of a taxi. Sexy Spanish star Cruz drifted off to sleep in her lover’s arms after the couple enjoyed a meal in Rome. Tom jetted in for a holiday to visit Penelope, 29, who is in the Italian capital shooting her latest film Non ti muovere. Although she is making a name for herself in Hollywood, Penelope still makes foreign movies. But the pace of life at the top seems to have caught up with her – so a snuggle with Tom did the trick”.
Thanks to Marta and Betty for all the news!