Written by Annie

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

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May 14, 2014
Written by Annie

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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May 09, 2014
Written by Annie

In his signature roles as Maverick in Top Gun and Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movies, Tom Cruise has always found it easy playing the hero. But in new movie Edge Of Tomorrow his Bill Cage is much more reluctant to save the day – in fact, says director Doug Liman, this PR guy is something of a “coward”.

“We were trying to come up with the biggest anti-hero we could,” the Swingers and Bourne Identity helmer tells SFX. “In this case it was somebody who sold other people on fighting, but had no interest in ever fighting himself. He’s a coward and totally inept.”

In the movie (based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill), Earth is at war with alien invaders known as “Mimics”. After a chance encounter with one of these Mimics, Cage finds himself thrown back in time to the day before a devastating battle every time he gets killed – a useful Groundhog Day-like “skill” that could help him learn how to win the war. Despite constantly revisiting the same day, however, Liman says the movie shouldn’t get boring.

“We always found ways to do things differently, so it never feels repetitive. That’s one of the things I’m most proud of in this film, given that it is the same day over and over again – there isn’t a moment that drags.”

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May 05, 2014
Written by Annie

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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.

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Mar 16, 2014
Written by Annie

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.

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Mar 07, 2014
Written by Annie

Good news! Mission: Impossible 5 has a director! Still no release date though.

Paramount and Skydance Productions today confirmed that Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way Of The Gun) will direct the next installment of their Mission: Impossible franchise. McQuarrie Tweeted the message “Mission: Accepted” and will reunite in the pic with his Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise. Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported that McQuarrie was being eyed to direct the action sequel which will see franchise star Tom Cruise return as super spy Ethan Hunt. “The Mission series is special for its signature directors; Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving,” said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions with Cruise and JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot also producing. McQuarrie is repped by CAA.

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Aug 06, 2013
Written by Annie

Recap from ComingSoon.net, plus the new poster!

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Once I get over my bitterness of the title change from All You Need Is Kill to the tamer but more descriptive Edge of Tomorrow, I think it could be an incredibly entertaining sci-fi action film. It’s been described to me as “Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers”, and the footage we saw definitely conveyed that. Also, mech suits make everything better. Just imagine how much better Terms of Endearment would have been with mech suits.

Producer Erwin Stoff, writer Christopher McQuarrie, director Doug Liman, Emily Blunt, and Tom Cruise take the stage. “Congratulations on being Tom Cruise. That’s awesome,” says moderator Chris Hardwick. We then get to see the first trailer for the film.

It’s a dramatic trailer than felt a bit derivative because it used the same song from the trailer for another alien invasion flick, Battle: Los Angeles. But once you set the marketing similarities aside, you have what could be a very exciting film thanks to the mech suits. I don’t want to boil it down to that, but these trailers are designed to sell action more than plot, and what leaped out to me is that everything isn’t high-tech. One scene has Cruise in his mech suit crawling up a speeding car, and it’s a regular car going through a back country road. It’s an eye-catching blend of future tech and a real setting where “real” is divorced from it’s usually accompanying adjective “gritty”. It’s important to note that the story and character weren’t completely forgotten, and it looked good as well, and I’m intrigued by the relationship between Cruise and Blunt’s characters.

After the lights come up, Liman provides brief recap of the plot, the story takes place in the future, and Cruise’s character has the ability to relive the day, and it’s a critical day when human soldiers are fighting against an alien force. “It’s so rare to find a piece of material that’s so original and also so satisfying,” says Liman.

Jul 20, 2013
Written by Annie

Tom Cruise is at Comic-Con this year promoting Edge of Tomorrow. Some footage of the movie was shown (and I’d love to see it online!). Pictures are coming up next, here’s an article from Empire:

Just when we thought there could be no more excitement in Hall H this morning, Edge Of Tomorrow appeared on the big screen and producer Erwin Stoff, writer Chris McQuarrie, director Doug Liman, actress Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise turned up to talk about it. Things kicked off when Cruise duetted with moderator Chris Hardwicke after learning that they’d both played Stacie Jaxx in Rock Of Ages.

“It’s set just a few years in the future,” says McQuarrie of the story, “and Cruise’s character develops a very special power to relive a day, and it happens to be a day when a very crucial battle is happening between humanity and an invading alien force. It’s hard to find a piece of material as original as this film is but still satisfying in the way this film is.”

“We did a couple of months preparation beforehand,” said Blunt, “and I learned krav maga and everything you could imagine. Every day we’d have to get trained up because the suits were really heavy to wear so if you didn’t stay fit you’d throw your back out. Doug said our personalities did a 180 as soon as we put the suits on. We’d go from being gregarious to being snappy.”

“I always wanted to work with Doug Liman,” said Cruise. “I think what he does with genre is unique; he turns it on its head. Chris McQuarrie’s script and what they did with the structure was unique. The alien invasion film is now a trope; people understand the language of the genre so we can get into the character journey. The film is emotional and has a tremendous amount of action. And to work with Emily – they call her Valkyrie One; the soldiers call her the Full-Metal Bitch in the film, affectionately. It’s a great romantic story also. Bill Paxton is in the house, and he’s in the film with us.”

“Bil (Cruise’s character)l is a guy who’s having a very easy war, who’s overseeing army PR, and through a series of mistakes he makes he ends up in an exo-skeleton fighting this war,” explains Cruise of his character. “He’s basically a coward, and Tom Cruise makes a brilliant coward,” says Liman.

“This movie has a perverse humour to it that works on so many levels,” says Paxton, now onstage. “That really buoys it along. The human story is his, because he’s such a fish out of water, and I’m his character’s sergeant and basically his worst nightmare.”

“Bill’s character basically thinks winning a war and dying gloriously on the battlefield has equal value,” says Liman.

“The structure of the piece is so complex for a writer to do, and the story,” says Cruise. “How to keep the story evolving and keep the characters going in every scene is so involved. My character remembers what’s happening, but the pace never stops and the burden fell on McQ to make that work.”

“The challenge for the relationship between mine and Tom’s characters is that they’re meeting every day – he remembers what’s happened but I’m meeting him for the first time each day,” said Blunt.

“We talked a lot about the suit we’re wearing,” said Cruise. “Emily’s suit was about 85lbs and mine was about 120lbs, depending on what was on it. We were doing stunts in it and you had to learn how to fall in those things.”

“You have to understand with Tom Cruise, you hoist him 100′ and he says, “Why not higher?” He just wants people to have something they haven’t seen before,” says Liman.

Edge Of Tomorrow hits on June 6, 2014. Look out for it.

Jul 20, 2013
Written by Annie

W Best Performances of 2013 Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher

“I was 19 when I made Taps, and my character loved weapons. In one scene, I was firing a machine gun out a window, and I looked down and there was a guy shooting back at me. This was my first experience with stunts—and an expert marksman was aiming at me! I didn’t want to look like I was dumb, but between takes I pulled the guy aside and said, ‘Have you done this before? You’re not going to shoot me, are you?’ I was terrified that my first big part would be my last.”

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Jan 18, 2013
Written by Annie

Here’s the Jack Reacher review by Ain’t It Cool News. Jack Reacher opens in US on December 21st (for International release dates, check here)

JACK REACHER is a smart brutal suspense flick… just what I’d hope Christopher McQuarrie would make!

I’ve seen JACK REACHER for about a month now. Just cleared the embargo stage so let’s hop right into it. Why should you give two shits about this film? Well, it is based on a series of books by Lee Child that has huge fans. Reacher is essentially the most badass Military Detective that there ever was. He found problems. That life is in the rearview and now he wanders the earth like Kane from Kung Fu having adventures. Now, there’s no Eastern philosophy. Jack Reacher is a bit more like John Rambo… except a whole lot more functional. Rambo’s zero to sixty is almost instantaneous. Jack Reacher has that kind of acceleration of violence, but he has a rather intense personal code. I’m pretty sure he belongs behind bars… but he’s kinda like the whole damn A-TEAM boiled into one very lethal Tom Cruise.

Reacher is probably a bit more talkative than his character in the book, but McQuarrie’s dialogue for Reacher is so choice. In fact if you watch Cruise’s Jack Reacher… efficient & precise describe his actions, dialogue and line of thought. Shortest distances. He keeps things explosive, even if they’re barbs of the verbal side.

You should not be surprised. This film is the second feature film directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The first is an intensely violent crime film called THE WAY OF THE GUN. McQuarrie is all kinds of sharp. He writes and directs like a clockwork mechanism. You always can look and marvel at the film as it comes together. It is deliberately clever & I really respond to that in a film like this.

JACK REACHER is an old school man with internally created way of life. He’s a man like The Outlaw Josey Wales. And that’s a very good film to conjure when talking about this movie. You’re talking ex-Military badass, never able to return home. Living day by day the way he lives. He’s a violent man. He stays off the clock, between the shadows. He uses the Greyhound bus system to travel. No ID checks, no tracking. You get the idea… trouble finds him… you also get the idea that people around him get hurt and he moves forward. Always forward. He doesn’t do anything that he can’t live with.

Now the bad guys in this are into political corruption, they’re part of the infection feeding on society, but that’s getting ahead of myself.

The film starts off with a sniper mass murder spree. Brutal and not glorified. It isn’t a cool scene… it’s an oddly familiar one. The kind of thing you wouldn’t be surprised to have explode into tomorrow’s media. They quickly capture the “guy” – he’s disenfranchised, ex-military… even had a history of this kind of thing. All the evidence points to him and there is an OVERWHELMING CASE against him. He says, GET JACK REACHER.

Like I said, this crime has the media circus swirling and even a transient badass like Reacher sees the news and he had sworn to this killer that… Well, that’d be telling too much. Rosamund Pike plays the lawyer defending the mass murderer against her DA Father. Things occur, Reacher begins helping the Defense after checking out the evidence. He smells a frame. Rosamund suffers a bit in the film from that Sondra Locke in JOSEY WALES syndrome. When you have Josey Wales in a movie, do you really crave anything else? She isn’t bad… she’s just doesn’t have THE part, ya know? Between Cruise and… WERNER HERZOG!

Now – I love films like this. Trail mysteries where each breadcrumb leads to the next – and then… eventually people are being killed in Werner Herzog’s fucking presence – because WERNER HERZOG is one of the scariest men ever. God bless him. He’s our Eric Von Stroheim and I adore him. People remain mysteries when they’re tough and when you hear the story Herzog tells about his character’s origin…. It is SO AWESOME – it’s a classic McQuarrie criminal bedtime tale – and I can’t get enough of these. It isn’t as operatic at Keyser Soze, but you can bet Keyser likes The Zec’s style.

If you love PARKER movies, this is a movie and a character of that kind of determination. JACK REACHER is made of that pulp – and McQuarrie knows that pulp. Cruise smartly puts himself in McQuarrie’s hands and the film that comes out of that has a wonderful swagger.

OH and Robert Duvall is a retired Marine with a Shooting Range that Reacher ends up at… and Duvall is totally in the Chief Dan George – CHARACTER & COLOR mode. He’s awesome. Just like Chief Dan George was awesome in Josey Wales.

Now I know, I’ve brought up THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES so I assume you have to want to know, what’s better? Well, OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. Duh. By miles, because that’s my favorite Eastwood western. Love it. And to have a film set in the current world that evokes that iconic man of mystery. The alley angel you hope is out there maybe putting a few wrongs right the wrong way.

This film is called JACK REACHER and after you see it, you’ll know the name and what it stands for.

Also keep your eyes on David Oyelowo, he’s the investigatind Detective on the case that starts the film. He does real good work in a role that lets him have some fun. He keeps doing really wonderful work in film. Can’t wait to see what he has for us next.

I’m so happy that McQuarrie finally has that career fire burning that I’ve wanted for him ever since I saw WAY OF THE GUN. Can I mention that film enough? And if McQuarrie gets to make a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film like it looks like, it’ll be one helluva caper flick… hope there’s some genuine flim flam going on.

12 years between his first and second feature and McQuarrie is improving with age! Now it gets really interesting.

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