New Zealand Herald reports that Actor Tom Cruise revealed his Christmases past and Kiwi present on an Auckland radio show so a tiny Taranaki school can build a sunshelter.
The Edge had put up a $5000 bounty for anyone who could convince the Oscar-winning actor to call the station and go live to air. Cruise heard the offer and short-circuited the plan yesterday morning by calling in himself. But he told the shocked radio jocks the conversation would continue only if they upped the ante to $7000.
The actor added he would match the amount, neatly arriving at the cost of a project under way in the remote four-classroom Urenui Primary School.
During the conversation he confirmed that his partner, Penelope Cruz, was still in Taranaki with him, but he denied having shifted to Auckland, as he was shooting night scenes on the set of The Last Samurai.He said the film crew had been working 12 to 14 hours a day since arriving and any free time was spent hiking or taking helicopter rides around Taranaki.
He reckoned one of his best Christmases was as a child, when family members had no money for gifts.
“So we pulled names out of a hat and we had to do nice things for them … So we wrote them a poem.”
Asked about his best and worst times in New Zealand, Cruise praised the scenery, adding he had not had a worst time.
Urenui Primary School principal Joel Webby said the 101 pupils would be working hard on thank you cards to win a visit from their benefactor so they could thank him personally.
The nominees for the 75th Annual Academy Awards © were announced this morning in L.A. Minority Report only recieved one nomination fo “Best Sound Editing”. The Oscars will be held on March. 23
Cruz flies in to visit Cruise
From correspondents in New Zealand
SPANISH film star Penelope Cruz flew to New Zealand yesterday for time out with Tom Cruise, local media reported.
The 28-year-old Cruz, who began dating Cruise after he divorced Australian actress Nicole Kidman in 2001, arrived on Cruise’s private jet at the airport in the city of New Plymouth, 320km northeast of the capital, Wellington.
After customs checks inside the plane, the star of Vanilla Sky, wearing tight dark blue jeans, black boots, a black singlet and sunglasses, strolled to Cruise’s waiting helicopter shielded by personal security staff.
Cruz flew to Cruise’s rented Oakura mansion a few kilometres away to join his children, Isabella and Conor, and his mother, who is also currently visiting the 40-year-old as he works on the set of the movie The Last Samurai.
Cruise is spending four months filming what he describes as his biggest movie role, that of a retired US army captain hired by the mid-18th Century Meiji Emperor of Japan to modernise the Japanese army.
Some 80 per cent of the outdoor shooting for the $US100 million ($A169.43 million) movie is to be done at 10 locations round the Taranaki region of New Zealand’s North Island.
Up to 500 Japanese extras are being flown in for major battle scenes in The Last Samurai.
Minority Report tops film awards
Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton won acting awards
Futuristic thriller Minority Report has won three prizes at the Empire Film Awards while Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers took the best film prize.
Minority Report’s stars Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton both picked up acting awards, while Steven Spielberg was named best director.
EMPIRE AWARDS MAIN WINNERS
Best film – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (above)
Best British film: 28 Days Later
Best actor: Tom Cruise
Best actress: Kirsten Dunst
Best British actor: Hugh Grant
Best British actress: Samantha Morton
It is the second year running that a Lord of the Rings movie has won best film, although it only won one award from its seven nominations.
The awards were voted for by readers of Empire magazine and handed out at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.
There are separate categories for British stars, with Hugh Grant winning the best British actor prize for his role in comedy About A Boy.
Samantha Morton, seen as a rising star, was voted best British actress while her Minority Report co-star Cruise was named best actor.
Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst won the best actress prize – but her award was accepted by comic Johnny Vegas, who also stood in for Nicole Kidman in 2002.
This is partly because many Oscar contender films have not yet been seen in the UK, and also because the awards are voted for by fans and not film professionals.
Thanks Chantal for the news!
Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of update. Tom has been out of the media, since his is shooting The Last Samurai, and there haven’t been much news. I have a lot of pictures to add, not much new, but 2 from the time when Tom was recording the voice for Space Station. I’ll have the pictures up by the weekend.
Here are some Minority Report news:
The Empire Awards 2003
The flash of cameras, the cheer of crowds and the glare of spotlights tracing across the sky marked a very special occasion taking place on London’s Park Lane tonight. The Dorchester Hotel was the seat of all the action as Hollywood’s best and brightest joined a choice selection of British movie-making talent for the 2003 Empire Awards.
Next up was the award for Best British Actress and it was Samantha Morton’s part as a shaven-headed psychic in Minority Report that won the vote.
Minority Report bagged a further two awards, becoming the evening’s star performer, with Tom Cruise being named Best Actor and Steven Spielberg Best Director. Neither could be present to accept their trophies in person but both spoke to the audience via recorded video clips, with Spielberg’s including a cameo appearance from another major Hollywood star.
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