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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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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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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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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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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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