Don’t Forget: ‘Mission: Impossible 8’ Is Coming to the Biggest Possible Screen Next Spring

Don’t Forget: ‘Mission: Impossible 8’ Is Coming to the Biggest Possible Screen Next Spring

May 20th, 2024
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This time, Mission: Impossible is getting its due time on IMAX. The way it’s supposed to be seen specially since it’s been shot for IMAX.

The Tom Cruise-led action franchise is getting an extended run in the premium IMAX format.

IMAX has announced that the highly anticipated Mission: Impossible 8 will have a three-week exclusive run in its premium format theaters next year. This announcement comes after the film, previously titled Dead Reckoning – Part Two, faced a significant delay of almost a year. The extended IMAX run is a strategic move to give the film a competitive edge, following the lessons learned from the release of its predecessor, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

Dead Reckoning Part One faced a tough battle at the box office last year. Its release came just a week before the unexpected “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, which saw Barbie and Oppenheimer dominate the box office, effectively sidelining Mission: Impossible. A significant blow was losing its premium format screens to Oppenheimer merely a week after its debut. Despite this setback, Dead Reckoning Part One managed to gross $567.5 million worldwide, a figure bolstered by a $71 million insurance payout due to COVID-19-related production delays.

Bruce Markoe, head of IMAX post-production, revealed that IMAX had initially approached Paramount before the release of Dead Reckoning Part One to suggest a date adjustment that would allow the film a clearer run on IMAX screens. The goal was to give the film a larger share of the premium format audience. However, Paramount chose not to take the advice, resulting in a crowded release window that hampered the film’s box office potential. Learning from this experience, Paramount has now secured an uninterrupted three-week IMAX run for Mission: Impossible 8, ensuring the film maximizes its exposure in premium theaters.

A Title Change for ‘Mission: Impossible 8’

Another significant change is the film’s title. While Dead Reckoning Part Two indicated a continuation, it may have contributed to the previous film’s underperformance. Commentators suggest that the title might have deterred casual viewers, who were less inclined to invest in a lengthy film that ended on a cliffhanger. This mirrors issues faced by other franchises, like Marvel’s initial approach with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame as Parts 1 and 2, which they later rebranded to create distinct entities. The new title aims to attract a broader audience by presenting the film as a standalone experience.

With the exclusive IMAX run and a more accessible title, Mission: Impossible 8 is positioned to capitalize on the premium format’s immersive experience, attracting both dedicated fans and new viewers. The series, known for its high-octane action and intricate plots, stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, alongside Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust and a stellar ensemble cast.

As Mission: Impossible 8 gears up for its 2025 release, the strategic adjustments in its rollout reflect lessons learned from past releases. The extended IMAX run promises a more favorable box office environment, while the title change is expected to broaden its appeal. Fans can look forward to another thrilling chapter in the Mission: Impossible saga, optimized for the best possible viewing experience. 2025 will also see Brad Pitt’s Formula One movie and Joker: Folie à Deux hit the screens on IMAX.

Stay tuned for more updates on Mission: Impossible 8 and its exclusive IMAX premiere.

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Tom Cruise To Star In Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Next Film At Warner Bros. And Legendary

Tom Cruise To Star In Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Next Film At Warner Bros. And Legendary

May 14th, 2024
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Deadline exclusive report:

Sources tell Deadline that Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are in negotiations for an untitled Alejandro G. Iñárritu film starring Tom Cruise. The project would mark Iñárritu’s first English-language pic since his 2015 smash The Revenant.

The film is produced and directed by Iñárritu with a new script he co-wrote in 2023 with Sabina Berman as well as Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone, his co-writers on Birdman, reuniting a decade later. This also marks the first film for Cruise (who will also produce) following the announcement of his strategic partnership with Warner Bros last month. It’s expected Legendary will also produce.

This project is being treated as top secret, with no plot details available other than it being a new original story written by Iñárritu. What is known is that the Oscar-winning director has been taking meetings with a select few actors in recent weeks, with Cruise being one of the first. The A-list star has been hungry to find that next project and moved quickly to get a meeting with Iñárritu once he was made aware the director was moving forward with his next big studio film. As soon as the meeting finished, Cruise was on board.

The project fits in with what Cruise, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and WB studio chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy had in mind when the movie star signed his strategic partnership last month, specifically something that is both original and meant to be seen on the biggest screens around the world.

The film would mark Inarritu’s first major studio film since directing The Revenant, which not only went on to gross more then $500 million at the worldwide box office but also led to his second straight Best Director Oscar win (and Leonardo DiCaprio’s first win for acting). Iñárritu took a break after an exhausting stretch that also included directing his Best Picture winner Birdman. He had been toying with some ideas in 2019 but ultimately turned his attentions to his passion project Bardo at Netflix and tabled his next big studio pic till now.

As for Cruise, while he had spent the past decade making blockbuster tentpoles like his Mission: Impossible films and Top Gun: Maverick, he never has shied away from challenging himself with top-tier directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson. While Cruise hasn’t won an Oscar, he has earned four nominations, three of which came for acting, and given Iñárritu’s track record of delivering Oscar noms to actors who have starred in his movies, Academy voters are sure to take notice once this film makes it to theaters.

Cruise and Iñárritu are repped by CAA.


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Mission: Impossible 8 – On Set Pictures

Mission: Impossible 8 – On Set Pictures

May 13th, 2024
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I’ve uploaded many pictures from the set of Mission: Impossible 8 (Title still unknown). Enjoy the photos!



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Happy Top Gun Day!

Happy Top Gun Day!

May 13th, 2024
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It’s Top Gun Day!



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

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

January 20th, 2024
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Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One received the Golden Tomato Awards for Best Reviewed Action & Adventure Movie of 2023


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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

January 19th, 2024
Annie

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.


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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

July 15th, 2023
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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. ♥














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The True Story Behind ‘The Last Samurai’

The True Story Behind ‘The Last Samurai’

July 15th, 2023
Annie

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.


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

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

July 5th, 2023
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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





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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

June 30th, 2023
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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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