Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One received the Golden Tomato Awards

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One received the Golden Tomato Awards

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One received the Golden Tomato Awards for Best Reviewed Action & Adventure Movie of 2023

New Photos of Tom Cruise in London

New Photos of Tom Cruise in London

Tom Cruise has been around London Heliport and Mayfair Club, here are some pictures:

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning to start free streaming without “Part One” on title

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning to start free streaming without “Part One” on title

News comes from IGN, where it says it’ll be on Paramount+ next week, and it’ll have the Part One dropped from titled. I’m sure this kind bums all of the merchandising people got.

A week from now, you can watch the latest Mission: Impossible film on Paramount+.

In a press release, Paramount Pictures confirmed that Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning will arrive on its streaming service Paramount Plus on January 25. Perhaps more interesting, however, Paramount has dropped “Part One” from its title.

Its sequel was previously called Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part 2, which was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike last year and is now set to release in theaters on May 23, 2025. In announcing the delay back in October, Paramount simply called the eighth film in the franchise “Mission: Impossible,” without any numbers or subtitles.

We don’t know if that means the next installment will take a Scream (2022) or Halloween (2019) approach, but between that and today’s news, we can safely assume it’ll no longer be called “Dead Reckoning Part 2.”

Released last July, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning has Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, and his crew facing off against an advanced sentient AI. The film’s story even influenced President Joe Biden, who said he was more concerned about the use of artificial intelligence after watching the film.

Despite a strong opening weekend, with the film making $56.2 million domestically, it was later reported by Variety that the film was on track to lose $100 million. It was no doubt impacted by opening just a week ahead of the box office phenomenon that was Barbenheimer, the name given to the simultaneous release date of Barbie and Oppenheimer.

In our review of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, we said: “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning sees Tom Cruise’s anti-algorithm crusade take hilariously literal form in a fun, intense, and self-reflexive action saga that works despite itself.”

Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

Magazines & Newspapers Mega Update (1980 – 2023)

Magazines & Newspapers Mega Update (1980 – 2023)

Here comes a mega update in Magazines and Newspapers category. We’ve got a LOT of new photos, and a lot of new interviews added. Huge thanks to Twitter’s @Kiwirazzi for all the work on scanning so many of these precious treasures! I’ve also added a whole bunch of backlogged magazines I hadn’t added. It’s a total of 423 new albums.
In many magazines we didn’t have an specific date or month of release, just a year, judging by it’s content, so if you see a ca1980 or ca1987 for example it means it was published in the 1980’s decade or 1987 year. If you happen to know the exact date, please send an email in! Also, if I forgot to credit anyone, please let me know!

If the article is in a language you don’t understand, right click the image and choose the option > Search with Google > then click on Translate

I won’t be listing all the magazines names as it’d be a freaking huge list, but I’ll post an image from each folder, from oldest to newest. You can browse the gallery via Last Uploads or going by Year.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Warner Bros. MPG And Tom Cruise Develop And Produce Original and Franchise Films

Warner Bros. MPG And Tom Cruise Develop And Produce Original and Franchise Films

Warner Bros. Press Release about a new joint contract with Tom Cruise.

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group’s Co-Chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca & Pam Abdy and Tom Cruise today announced they will jointly develop and produce original and franchise theatrical films starring Cruise in 2024 under a new strategic partnership between Cruise and Warner Bros. Discovery. Cruise and his production company will have offices on the Warner Bros. Discovery lot in Burbank.

The partnership marks a return to Warner Bros. for Cruise, whose storied filmography with the studio includes Edge of Tomorrow, Rock of Ages, The Last Samurai, Eyes Wide Shut, Interview with the Vampire, Risky Business, The Outsiders, and New Line’s Magnolia.

Said De Luca and Abdy, “We are thrilled to be working with Tom, an absolute legend in the film industry. Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days, and, in fact, when we first sat down with David Zaslav to talk about joining the Warner Bros. Discovery team, he said to us, ‘We are on a mission to bring Warner Bros. back – we have the best resources, storytelling IP, and talent in the business – and we need to bring Tom Cruise back to Warner Bros!’ Today, that becomes a reality and we are one step closer to achieving our ambition. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Tom back to Warner Bros. and look forward to bringing more of his genius to life on screen in the years ahead.”

Said Cruise, “I have great respect and admiration for David, Pam, Mike, and the entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery and their commitment to movies, movie fans, and the theatrical experience. I look forward to making great movies together!”

Tom Cruise is a global cultural icon who has made an immeasurable impact on cinema by creating some of the most memorable characters of all time. Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over five decades, Cruise is a three-time Oscar® nominee whose films have earned nearly $13 billion in worldwide box office—an incomparable accomplishment.

Fueled by a lifetime goal to entertain audiences around the world, Cruise has worked over the last 40 years to produce and star in movies that stand the test of time.  As a result, he has played a leading role in numerous legendary films such as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Risky Business, Minority Report, Interview with the Vampire, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Rain Man, Collateral, The Last Samurai, Edge of Tomorrow, Born on the Fourth of July, The Color of Money, and the Mission: Impossible series, among many others. Dialogue and scenes from Cruise’s films are part of the very fabric of global culture and are regularly referred to and quoted by four generations of worldwide fans daily.

Tom pics from play “The Motive And The Cue”

Tom pics from play “The Motive And The Cue”

Last week, Tom attended the “The Motive And The Cue” at the Noël Coward Threatre. Some photos below. I’ve also updated with the missing 2023 Candids.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One – New York Premiere + Candids + Washington/Toronto/Atlanta/Miami

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One – New York Premiere + Candids + Washington/Toronto/Atlanta/Miami

On Monday was the New York premiere of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One. Pictures are below. On Tuesday, Tom and Chris McQuarrie decided to do a mini-tour around Washington, Toronto, Atlanta and Miami to surprise fans. There are also candids from all that flying around and around his hotel. Previews below, hope you enjoy. ♥

The True Story Behind ‘The Last Samurai’

The True Story Behind ‘The Last Samurai’

Beautiful article by Jason Shomer for Collider.

Tom Cruise plays an American who winds up fighting alongside the Samurai. But how much of this story is based on real history?

When you see a movie poster that says that it’s “based on a true story,” it’s fairly understood that there are going to be at least some Hollywood changes made to the story, making the film not 100% historically accurate. However, before it was easy to research on the internet what was fact from fiction, it was tough to know whether you were watching an accurate history lesson or a blend of Hollywood and an encyclopedia. One film that left many moviegoers wondering was 2003’s The Last Samurai. Although this movie was constructed to resemble a first-hand account of Japan’s past, the truth was that plenty of it was created for entertainment purposes. This leads to the question of what was the real story behind The Last Samurai?

What Is ‘The Last Samurai’ About?

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiThe depiction of the Samurai is nothing new in TV and film. This Edward Zwick-directed movie starred Tom Cruise as an American military officer who has been hired by the Japanese government to train their army to combat the rising rebellion led by a group of outcast Samurai warriors. These warriors fight to resist Japan’s rapidly growing modernization, which has been influenced by Western cultures. Cruise’s character, Captain Nathan Algren, is clearly there for a paycheck with no allegiance to the Japanese government whatsoever. In fact, Algren is facing his own demons with his involvement in the American Indian wars.

The leader of the Samurai warriors is Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), a compassionate yet deadly swordsman who heads the rebellion. In the first battle between the Algren-led Japanese forces and the Samurai, the American leader defeats a prominent warrior, resulting in him avoiding execution when captured. However, during his time with the Samurai, Algren learns to not only respect and understand the reasons for this rebellion but also how to fight like a Japanese warrior. Eventually, he joins the rebels to fight alongside them against the Imperial army. All of this makes for a highly entertaining film, yet it only somewhat borrows from the actual events that occurred during that time period.

The Real Events That Led To War

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiHistory, as well as many old and new Samurai productions, has taught us that the Samurai are highly skilled warriors from Japan, emerging during the Heian period, which fell between the years of 794 to 1185 AD. Following a strict code of conduct and ethics called Bushido, the leading warrior faction at the time focused on loyalty, self-discipline, and especially honor. Contrary to what many might believe, the Samurai were not only swordsmen but also served as protectors and guards, possessing many other skills such as archery and horse riding. There is no doubt that the Samurai were a force to be reckoned with.

By the mid-1300s, the Samurai had become a well-established military elite culture separate from the commoners. They grew so powerful that they began to obtain political influence during Japan’s period of government instability. Somewhere between 1400 and 1600, known as the Sengoku period, the Samurai reached the peak of their political and physical strength, possessing significant influence over the country. Their will and discipline helped unify Japan and brought stability to the nation.

With this new stability, the Samurai became more involved in government and civil issues as battles became less frequent. The combination of politicians and Samurai brought in a period of more cultural and intellectual pursuits. However, in the late 19th century, Japan underwent rapid modernization under the influence of Western powers. The Samurai, intensely focused on preserving their culture and heritage, rejected this expansion and change, resulting in them becoming outcasts of rebellion and ultimately leading to the Boshin War. This type of conflict is nothing new, as there have been plenty of Japanese stories depicting wars and battles.

The Actual Man Who Influenced Tom Cruise’s Character

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiThe story of The Last Samurai was fictionalized for the most part, but Tom Cruise’s character, Captain Nathan Algren, is based on a real person named Jules Brunet, who was involved in the Boshin War. The Boshin War took place between 1868 and 1869, and was a clash between the Japanese government and the Samurai rebellion. Brunet was brought to Japan (more like rented) to train and advise the Japanese national army to combat the Samurai. But this fact was not the only connection to the fictional character Cruise portrayed in The Last Samurai.

Much like other characters’ features in other Samurai films, there are often as many untruths as there are facts. For example, true is the fact that Brunet developed sympathy for the Samurai’s cause and eventually sided with them to fight against the imperial Japanese forces. Close to the epic conclusion of the film’s last stand, the real American military leader became part of the Battle of Hakodate, where the Samurai made their final resistance against their enemy forces. However, the fate of the character and the real-life person did not align. While at the end of The Last Samurai, Captain Algren ends up returning to America, Brunet decided to stay in Japan, got married, and continued his career as a military advisor to the then-fully established and modernized Japanese Imperial army.

Katsumoto Was Based On a True Samurai Leader

Ken Watanabe in The Last SamuraiOf course, when telling the story of a country’s historical battle, there has to be two sides. As for the leader of the rebel force, Ken Watanabe portrayed the character Katsumoto, who held a significant role. And just like Tom Cruise’s character, this character was also fictionalized but based on a real Samurai warrior. Katsumoto can be directly linked to the iconic Japanese Samurai Saigō Takamori. Takamori strongly opposed and resisted the Japanese government’s sudden transition from traditional culture and feudalism to Western-like modernization. His vocal opposition caused a rift between the traditional faction and the Meiji government.

Like the character in the film, Takamori would not budge from his commitment to traditional Samurai culture, values, and an intense sense of honor. He and the rest of the rebels believed that preserving the core values of Japanese culture was paramount, even over the growing influence of foreign Western powers on the country’s government. In addition to these values, the Samurai possessed incredible skill in the art of war and the concept of Bushido.

The eventual demise of Takamori was portrayed at the end of The Last Samurai, with the leader fighting to the death to defend his people and what he believed in. However, in reality, the Samurai warrior was only injured, and the exact way he met his end remains unknown. Nevertheless, his principles and actions for the Samurai and their cause were significant enough to be passed down through history, eventually inspiring the fascinating character in the film.

‘The Last Samurai’ Was Overall Fairly Close to History

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiWhen comparing the real-life main characters of ‘The Last Samurai to actual history, it’s also interesting to examine the reality of the Japanese conflict itself. The Meiji Restoration, which occurred from roughly 1868 to 1912, marked the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the rise of imperial control under Emperor Meiji. The government, previously connected with the Samurai and their traditional values, was replaced by military rule focused on modernization.

With increasing Western influence in the Meiji Empire, the Samurai felt they had no choice but to separate and form a rebellion to reclaim their rapidly changing country. In contrast to what The Last Samurai portrayed, the clash between the government and the rebels lasted longer than a few uneven battles. Despite the noble efforts of the Samurai, they were eventually defeated by the Meiji Imperial forces, and the focus on modernization and industrial progress continued to shape Japan’s government.

As mentioned earlier, the character portrayed by Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast are fictionalized but are loosely based on actual historical figures. However, the real Samurai rebellion was much more complex than what The Last Samurai depicts. The rebels were not just warriors who broke away from the Japanese imperial government; they were also advocates for preserving the country’s centuries-old values and culture, resisting the Western-driven financial progress. Despite the historical inaccuracies, the film does a commendable job of presenting a condensed and to-the-point version of what happened during that time, making it more accessible for a general audience.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Fact Checking

Epic period films have been a staple in theaters for decades. Separating fact from fiction has become easier than ever with access to vast amounts of information on the Internet. Filmmakers can no longer simply present depictions of the past without disclaimers and comparisons between what’s true and what’s made up. When The Last Samurai was released in 2003, it fell somewhere in between the era before this type of public revelation and the present time when we can evaluate how accurately films like this one portray historical events.

Let’s face it, with TV, film, and even animation, Hollywood’s goal is to entertain and attract audiences. While many historically accurate Samurai-based pieces come in the form of documentaries and series, there is still a fascination with stories that blur the lines between fact and fiction, especially when exploring the history of different civilizations.The Last Samurai is the type of story that has been copied and reproduced in various ways over the decades in cinema. Now, with the luxury of the Internet and connections with other interested individuals, it’s fascinating to look back and examine the true story behind the film and how closely it aligns with historical events.

By revisiting the past and examining the accuracy of movies like The Last Samurai, we can gain a deeper upstanding for how history played out, and the challenges faced by different factions of societies during different country-wide changes. While the film may take creative liberties for the sake of storytelling and entertainment, it still manages to capture the essence of a captivating time in Japanese history.

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 – Sydney Premiere, Photocall and Candids

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 – Sydney Premiere, Photocall and Candids

Here are photos from yesterday’s Premiere of Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1, Photocall from Sunday and Candids from Saturday.
I haven’t been able to make a video compilation of any premieres, but I’ve RTweeted a lot of the site’s Twitter

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part 1 – South Korea Premiere, Press Conference and Candids

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part 1 – South Korea Premiere, Press Conference and Candids

Tom was in Seoul with the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part 1 for the Premiere and Press Conference. Here are photos, and I’ve also RTweeted a lot of fanpics on the site’s twitter: @TomCruiseFanCom

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