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Top Gun 2 has been in development for almost five years now. When the project was first being revived, Tom Cruise was planning to return for a small role. Since then, the project has ballooned, and Cruise will have a starring role in the sequel.

During a group interview at the press day for Terminator Genisys in Berlin, Skydance CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg were asked about the status of Top Gun 2, and what we can expect from the film, which is currently being written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li).

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Ellison confirms that Tom Cruise is starring in this one when he says “Maverick playing Maverick”. What makes me curious is that this clearly can’t be the same cocky kid from the original movie. I’m interested to see what that character looks like almost 30 years later, especially since his profession has changed so drastically. He used to be the hot shot, and now it appears he’ll be the fossil.

In addition to confirming that the movie will be in 3D and IMAX (there will also be practical effects because that’s how Cruise rolls), Ellison went into more detail about what he meant when he talked about what the Navy has become and how it relates to Maverick:

ELLISON: Absolutely, I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.

So it sounds like this movie isn’t going to be in the vein of the deadly serious Good Kill, although this is still a difficult line to walk. Drones are killing lots of people, and it’s a complex issue. We have the power to summon death from above with no risk to us. However, it also reduces the number of soldier we have to send to dangerous places. I’m not sure how a character like Maverick fits into that, but I’m curious to find out.

Head over to Collider for the full interview with David Ellison

When you think he topped his own stunt with Ghost Protocol, he pulls another! Via Yahoo!:

Forget rock climbing, scaling skyscrapers and flying on the wing of a jumbo jet. Tom Cruise’s most breath-taking feat involves not taking a breathing at all.

Cruise, the A-list daredevil who’s known for taking on the most death-defying stunts for his movies, told USA Today that the incredible underwater scene that we saw earlier this week in the new Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation trailer was done all in one take, a stunt that required him to defy the normal bounds of the human body. For six and a half minutes.

“It’s something I have always wanted to do,” he told the newspaper. “I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts…. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 6 ½ minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff [on-set]. It was very taxing stuff.”

To give you some context for this insane cardiovascular accomplishment, the average human can hold his or her breath for 30 to 40 seconds. The further one dives, the harder it is, and Cruise is swimming all over the place in the clip (which you can see below).

The record for breath-holding was broken last year by a German diver named Stig Severinsen, who was dropped into a temperature-controlled tank and stayed down there for over 22 minutes on one single breath. He was completely still the entire time — that’s called static apnea — while Cruise was performing dynamic apnea, which meant that he was moving the entire time. And of course, it’s much harder to hold your breath in that state.

It requires years of training and meditation to even reach six minutes, but Cruise says he only began thinking about attempting this stunt while making last year’s action movie Edge of Tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to the third trailer, in which Cruise will presumably turn into a dragon and fly through space.

We have a release date for Mena: January 6th, 2017!

Mena, the team-up between Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman that Deadline broke back in January, now has a full flight plan and a January 6, 2017, release date. Universal Pictures has confirmed that Cruise is reteaming with his Edge Of Tomorrow helmer (a most underrated film) for the true and truly outrageous exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Given Cruise’s penchant for doing his own Mission: Impossible stunts and his prowess as a pilot, this one ought to be an adventure, and it likely will be impossible to get him out of the cockpit. Joining Cruise is Ex Machina‘s Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Friday Night Lights‘ Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Benito Martinez, E. Roger Mitchell, Lola Kirke and Alejandro Edda. Cross Creek is fully funding, with Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Kim Roth, and Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison.

“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”

Via Deadline

Rejoice, Tom Cruise fans and dads everywhere! Jack Reacher, Cruise’s exceedingly satisfying adaptation of Lee Child’s popular literary hero, is getting a sequel. Deadline reports that Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2, and in doing so will reteam with The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick and producer Marshall Herskovitz. Zwick and Herskovitz will reportedly rewrite the existing Jack Reacher 2 script by Richard Wenk, and Zwick will ultimately direct the film.

Child’s Reacher, who’s appeared in 19 novels and counting (book 20 comes out in September), is a former military policeman who now wanders the country acting as a freelance do-gooder. In the first Jack Reacher film, based on the ninth book, One Shot, Reacher arrives in Pittsburgh shortly after a man with a sniper rifle murders several innocent people along the North Shore Trail. The prime suspect in the case wants Reacher’s help in clearing his name, and he provides it, teaming with the man’s defense attorney (Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike) to uncover a deadly conspiracy. The sequel will be based on the series’ eighteenth novel, Never Go Back. Here’s the plot synopsis:

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet — in person — the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal even to think about.

Like a good mystery novel, Jack Reacher, which was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who’s now directing Cruise in the new Mission: Impossible) was lean and entertaining. It wasn’t fancy or spectacular, but effective and efficient in a way that would surely have pleased its main character. (You can read my review of the first film here.) The role of Reacher gave Cruise the opportunity to swagger and run really fast, to act like a genius, and to beat up five guys at once. In other words, it was a great combination of star and subject, and given the vast amount of Lee Child stories to draw on, would make an ideal ongoing series. So bring on Jack Reacher 2. I’m just bummed Werner Herzog, who played the villain of the first film, won’t be back for the sequel.

Via: Screen Crush

Tom Cruise hung off the side of an airplane a death-defying eight times for the most memorable stunt in the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the actor revealed to theater owners Tuesday at CinemaCon.

The sequence required the star to an Airbus A400M as it soared 5,000 feet in the air, something that necessitated wearing special contact lenses so he could keep his eyes open despite the wind pressure.

“I’ve always wanted to do that,” Cruise quipped, as he presented behind-the-scenes footage of his air flight, adding, ” I want to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

In past “Mission: Impossible” films that’s resulted in Cruise scaling mountain peaks or hanging along the exterior of the Burj Khalifa. But this may have been his most dangerous mission yet. Cruise admitted that the crew did their best to make certain that there were no birds that could collide with the actor or jet fuel fumes to contend with, but at a certain point…it was up to the fates.

“He’s actually out there doing these things,” marveled Rob Moore, vice-chairman of Paramount, the studio behind the hotly anticipated sequel.

The ever affable Cruise laughed off the risks, but copped to a few twinges of anxiety. There was one shot of the actor giving the crew a thumbs up sign indicating he was ready for takeoff.

“I’m actually scared sh–less,” Cruise said.

The behind-the-scenes look at the signature stunt was part of Paramount’s presentation of its upcoming slate of films. The studio also screened two nearly finished scenes from the film, one that showed a shirtless Cruise drugged and hanging from a lead pipe as he’s beaten by a muscled bad guy called the bone doctor. Think the “Marathon Man” interrogation scene with a WWF star filling in for Sir Laurence Olivier.

The other scene centered on Cruise and Simon Pegg’s sidekick character Benji engaged in a high speed car chase through the streets of Morocco.

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Spoiler Alert: Tom Cruise dies a lot in Edge of Tomorrow. Ok, that’s barely a spoiler, as the premise of the film involves Cruise’s character living the same day over and over, as it resets every time he dies. With that said, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to skip this video, as this darkly amusing “death edit” is kind of spoilery. You know he dies a lot, but seeing those scenes for the first time is better in context.

Edge of Tomorrow really does have a high re-watchability factor. I confirmed as much the second time I saw the film in the theater. But watching the video above has me feeling especially excited for the home video release, which is presumably the intention of the Edge of Tomorrow Live. Die. Repeat death edit. The video was shared this week on the EoT Facebook page, along with a caption that reminds us that Edge Of Tomorrow makes its Blu-ray debut on October 7.

The supercut highlights some of the best death moments for Tom Cruise’s Major William Cage, a man who’s dropped into an intense battle against invading aliens almost completely unprepared. When Cage inherits the aliens’ ability to reset the day, he eventually figures out how to improve his fighting skills. So yeah, it’s Groundhog Day with aliens, and this is obviously a sci-fi action film, as opposed to a Bill Murray comedy. But the video highlights, Edge of Tomorrow isn’t without its lighter moments. In fact, it’s willingness to acknowledge the humor of the situation — and Cruise’s ability to capture that tone and work it in favor of his character’s slow but noticeable evolution — is one of the big reasons Doug Liman’s film works so well.

“On your feet, maggot!”

It’s unfortunate that tone didn’t come through as much in the original promos for Edge of Tomorrow, as the thriller might have secured a bigger audience stateside. Alas, perhaps it’ll pick up more steam with its home video release. As mentioned, the Blu-ray arrives next week. However the film is already available to purchase digitally. And of course, those who want to read the book on which the story was based can check out Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill. It’s different from the film, but a pretty great (and relatively quick) read.

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Actor Tom Cruise is being honored with the Japan Cool Content Contribution (J3C) Award for acting for his performance in EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014) from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles. The 2nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony will be held on September 13, 2014 at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.

For the first time, the J3C Awards will be held in conjunction with the LA EigaFest (Japan Film Festival). The 4th Annual LA EigaFest, presented by the Japan Film Society, will be held September 12th – 14th at the Egyptian Theater.

EDGE OF TOMORROW was based on the Japanese sci-fi novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and starred Cruise as Major William Cage, a reluctant soldier stuck reliving the same day.

Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie recently took a break from filming MI5 to participate in the icebucket challenge by accepting the challenge from actor Hugh Jackman.

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Mission: Impossible 5 Is a go!

Posted by Annie on
August 18th, 2014

Good news for Misson: Impossible 5.

While Tom Cruise is certainly the true headliner of the Mission: Impossible franchise, he’s not the only recurring star. He only had a cameo appearance at the end of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but Ving Rhames is the only actor other than Cruise to appear in all four of the series’ titles. We had very little doubt that he wouldn’t be getting the call to return for the in-development Mission: Impossible 5, but now it seems the deal is officially sealed.

If Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie’s official Twitter feed can be considered a reliable source (I think it’s safe), then it seems that Ving Rhames has officially come aboard for the sequel:

In the Mission: Impossible movies, Rhames is known for playing Luther Stickell, an IMF agent who works alongside Crusie’s Ethan Hunt to help stop terrorists and global disasters. He’s a particularly skilled hacker, which is typically how he is best utilized within a unit

Looking at the “cc’s,” the social media message also further confirms two more actors who will coming back to the Mission: Impossible series after previous tours of duty. Jeremy Renner’s highly-skilled yet extremely cautious William Brandt is set to come back after the events of Ghost Protocol, and Simon Pegg will be back to play Benji Dunn a third time, first starring in Mission: Impossible III. It will be interesting to see how Mission: Impossible 5 handles the presence of both Luther and Benji, as the characters having overlapping skill sets when it comes to using computers. It could wind up creating a fun little conflict – provided that both actors are actually playing full supporting roles in the sequel and one isn’t just being pinned to the sidelines.

Exciting as it is that Cruise, Rhames, Renner and Pegg are all coming back, there is still an important IMF agent missing: Paula Patton’s Jane Carter. The end of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol suggested she would be around for another call of duty, and the actress has her own personal Twitter (albeit not a very active one), so why is she not listed here with the boys? She was a great presence in the last movie, and it would be a true shame for her to be the only one of the main stars not to come back.

Mission: Impossible 5 is still in pre-production, with a script written by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, and Paramount Pictures currently has the film dated to be released on December 25, 2015. It’s been reported that actress Rebecca Ferguson has signed on in a key role, and Alec Baldwin may be coming aboard as well.

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Total Film July 2014 Scans

Posted by Annie on
May 14th, 2014

Scans from the July issue of Total Film featuring Edge of Tomorrow are up in the gallery, thanks Lindsey!

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Looks like Tom will be busy!

Tom Cruise is known in Hollywood as one of the hardest working stars in the business. At last year’s Produced By Conference, he claimed to have come up with the idea of holding red carpet premieres in cities all over the world. He’s about to outdo himself for the premiere of Warner Bros.’ “Edge of Tomorrow,” traveling to three cities — London, Paris and New York — in a single day.

The May 28 premiere will start in London for a 7 a.m. red carpet (!!!) followed by a 9 a.m. screening. Cruise, his co-star Emily Blunt, director Doug Liman and select press will then travel to Paris for a 2 p.m. red carpet and 4 p.m. screening. The final red carpet is scheduled for 10 p.m. in New York, with the screening to start by 11:59 p.m. With a running time of 113 minutes, it’s doubtful Cruise and company will be able to catch the movie on the European continent. The itinerary follows the arc of the movie, as Cruise and Blunt relive a time-looped day starting in London facing alien invaders.

Fans can follow the premiere(s) via live stream and social media with the hashtag #EOTlive.

Even as Cruise’s box office draw at home is fading, his star power overseas seems undiminished. His last film, “Oblivion,” topped the domestic box office at $37 million last April, but bowed even more strongly overseas with $60 million in its first weekend. The film cumed $286 million, with $197 million accounted for internationally. Cruise promoted the film in Beijing (even climbing the Great Wall), Tokyo, Taiwan, London, Dublin, Vienna, Moscow, Rio and Buenos Aires.

“Edge of Tomorrow” opens in the U.S. on June 6.

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