‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looking To Land At CinemaCon
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looking To Land At CinemaCon

CinemaCon viewers are in for a treat!

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: The most highly anticipated sequel of arguably the last 36 years, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, is firing up its jets heading into its Memorial Day opening weekend on May 27.

We hear that exhibition is likely set to see the movie first during Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 28. No word if Cruise will be making an appearance. Theater owners already got a taste of the Joseph Kosinski directed movie back in August when Paramount showed off the pic’s 13 opening minutes, in addition to Cruise’s next big stunt in Mission: Impossible 7, which entails jumping a motorcycle off a cliff and parachuting.

In addition, Deadline understands that the global premiere of Top Gun: Maverick will be in San Diego, CA on May 4 on a retired aircraft carrier. The city is hallowed ground for the movie as much of it was shot around there. In fact, it was at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when Cruise made a surprise appearance in Hall H to show off the first trailer to Top Gun: Maverick, the star appearing at the tail-end of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel.

All of this precedes the Cannes Official Screening & Tom Cruise Tribute in Cannes, France on May 18, which we previously reported.

Following that, there will be a Royal Film Performance of Top Gun: Maverick in London on Thursday, May 18. The UK premiere of the sequel marks the 72nd Royal Film Performance delivered by the charity in its near 100-year history. The Royal Film Performance is the flagship fundraiser for long-time Paramount non-profit partner, The Film and TV Charity, an organization that supports the tens of thousands of people working behind the scenes in the UK’s world-leading film and television industry.

In the sequel, after more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it. Top Gun: Maverick also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris.

The first Top Gun in 1986 made $180.2M domestic, $357.2M WW and was directed by the late Tony Scott. The soundtrack became one of the most popular ones to date, going 9x platinum in sales and winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” performed by Berlin. The pic was also nominated for three other Oscars including Sound, Editing, and Sound Effects Editing.

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Tom Cruise To Be Feted In Career Retrospective At Cannes, Followed By ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Premiere; Full Details
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Tom Cruise To Be Feted In Career Retrospective At Cannes, Followed By ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Premiere; Full Details

The Official Premiere and Tribute to Tom to be shown at Cannes on May 25th.

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has the scoop on what is happening with Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick and the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

It has been rumored for months that Cannes head Thierry Frémaux wanted Cruise and his eagerly anticipated Paramount sequel to be part of the Croisette proceedings this year. Deadline can reveal that the film will premiere May 18 in an Official Selection screening at Cannes. But it’s much more than that. Cruise will be in attendance at the Palais des festivals, and the evening will begin with a special tribute to the actor-producer and his illustrious film career. On the day of his tribute, Cruise will also be in conversation with journalist Didier Allouch, followed by the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

This tribute comes 30 years to the day after Cruise attended the closing ceremony of the 45th edition of Cannes for Ron Howard’s Far and Away on May 18, 1992. That evening, he presented the Palme d’Or to Billie August’s Best Intentions.

A decade ago, I interviewed Cruise for Playboy Magazine, and was fascinated by the genesis of his tireless international promotion of his films. Cruise told me that when he started landing leads, he would press the studios to send him overseas to as many countries as possible to do press. At the time, studios were focused on domestic returns and they were reluctant to spend the money. Cruise said that his motivation was a simple desire to see the places he had observed in the movies he grew up watching. When he was a kid his family didn’t have the money to travel, and so he spared some time in those later press tours to see the world. His promotional strategy became a playbook for stars who wanted to build themselves into global stars.

Paramount Pictures will release Top Gun: Maverick on May 25 in France and May 27 in the U.S. The Cannes lineup has been scheduled to be announced in full on April 14.

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Top Gun: Maverick expected to screen at Cannes Film Festival
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Top Gun: Maverick expected to screen at Cannes Film Festival

It looks like Top Gun: Maverick may be hitting Cannes Film Festival in May for a screening!

In what has seemed likely for quite some time sources tell Deadline Paramount and Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick is expected to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Speculation has gone on for several weeks with many believing that even with Tom Cruise’s busy schedule, things could be worked out and the film would likely land at the festival. Sources add the world premiere is still expected to happen in San Diego and that this would come after.

Paramount had no comment.

The Cannes Film Festival has been a launching pad for years for major tentpoles to go along with its usual festival fare and the highly-anticipated sequel has been on the top of everyone’s list to one of a handful of films bowing this summer to make screen at the festival.

Via Deadline.

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Tom Cruise Opens Up About Berating MI7 Crew Over COVID Protocols
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Tom Cruise Opens Up About Berating MI7 Crew Over COVID Protocols

Late last year, a video of Tom Cruise berating the Mission: Impossible 7 crew surfaced, with Cruise going on a tirade about those who allegedly broke COVID-19 protocols. Despite the video becoming public, Cruise stands by what he said and offered details about what transpired and why.

During a new interview with Empire magazine (via ET Canada), Cruise was asked about the moment caught on tape. “It can get fraught. Fraught and personal,” Cruise said. “I said what I said. There was a surge happening in England also at that point. And there was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people. And the wonderful thing is that we never shut down again. And here we are, continuing to film.”

Cruise added that avoiding any additional shutdowns and getting back to filming, in general, was a huge relief for him. “All those emotions were going through my mind,” Cruise said. “And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief… it was very emotional.”

Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.

The Mission: Impossible franchise spans almost 25 years and six films, starting off with modest critical and major box office success in the first two films before launching its lead protagonist into grittier and more explosive stories, each film getting progressively better reviews than its predecessor, with the most recent installment, Fallout, earning the highest reviews for both the franchise and the action genre, currently maintaining a 97% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes while also acquiring the highest box office gross of the franchise at over $790 million worldwide.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set to premiere on May 27, 2022, followed by Mission: Impossible 8 on July 7, 2023.

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Tom Cruise Returns Golden Globes Statues Amid HFPA Controversy
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Tom Cruise Returns Golden Globes Statues Amid HFPA Controversy

Tom Cruise has joined the protests against the HFPA lack of diversity and refusal to change it’s structure:

Via THR:

Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes statues amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Cruise won the best actor honor in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July and in 1997 for Jerry Maguire, as well as a best supporting actor award in 2000 for Magnolia.

Earlier today, NBC announced that it would not be airing the 2022 iteration of the Golden Globes. Said the network in a statement: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”

The backlash began after an L.A. Times report detailing that the organization counted zero Black journalists among its then-87 members. Last week, the HFPA’s membership voted to approve a proposal of reforms aimed at addressing its lack of diversity and other ethics issues, but many in Hollywood, including Time’s Up and a coalition of PR Firms, noted that the reforms do not go far enough.

Monday’s news comes after Netflix and Amazon Studios each announced they would no longer be working with the HFPA until the organization enacted sweeping changes.

Cruise is the latest Hollywood talent to express their disapproval with the HFPA. Scarlett Johansson, who has been nominated for four Golden Globes awards, urged Hollywood to take a “step back” from the HFPA, while Golden Globe winner Mark Ruffalo recently offered a statement: “Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past.”

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Tom Cruise To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the International Space Station
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Tom Cruise To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the International Space Station

Well, it looks like Tom has run out of EARTH defying stunts. He is now going to space to shoot a film. The NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, confirmed Tom will be filming on the International Space Station. Read the articles below:

From Deadline:

Out Of This World! Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film – an action adventure – to be shot in outer space. It’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage but look for more news as I get it. But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.

Mission: Impossible Fallout took a break, literally when he broke his ankle in a leap from one rooftop to the other and he also hung from a helicopter; he hung from the side of a jet plane during takeoff in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, and in Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol he scaled the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai skyscraper, and executed stunts 123 floors up. He is meticulous in preparing these stunts he does, which are frightening just to watch.

There has never been a leading man (Jackie Chan might dispute this) who puts himself at risk as often as does Cruise, in the name of the most realistic action sequences possible. If he is successful shooting a project in Musk’s space ship, he will be alone in the Hollywood record books. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Tuesday confirmed Deadline’s scoop.

From Collider:

Tom Cruise Is Making the First Action Movie in Outer Space, Because of Course He Is

Space. The final frontier. Or so it seems for Tom Cruise, who is reportedly teaming with Elon Musk‘s Space X and the brainiacs at NASA to shoot an action movie in outer space.

Take that, Tom Hanks (Apollo 13), Ryan Gosling (First Man), Matt Damon (The Martian), George Clooney (Gravity) and Brad Pitt (As Astra), among countless others! Those guys have only pretended to be in outer space. Tom Cruise is actually planning to do it, and hey, if anyone can pull it off, it’s him, right?

Deadline has the news, writing that this would not be a Mission: Impossible movie, and there is no studio involved at this time, as the projects is “in the early stages of liftoff.”

Does it make sense that Cruise would be the first movie star to launch himself into outer space for his art? Of course it does! This is a man who has scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hung from both a helicopter and the side of a jet plane, and shattered his ankle jumping between buildings. And you thought he’d rather shoot on a green screen rather than become an actual astronaut? You don’t know what dedication is until you’ve met Tom Cruise.

Now, it’s unclear when we’ll see this project come to fruition, as Cruise still has to shoot a pair of Mission: Impossible movies, and there’s no telling what could happen to him as he tries to top his last few onscreen stunts. But on the bright side, there’s no coronavirus in space, so at least he won’t have to worry about that — though he’ll still have to wear a mask and gloves.

And, this is not the first time Tom has tried to go to space, check out the article from W Magazine:

It’s safe to say people are likely dreaming of ways to get off this planet right now, but Tom Cruise might actually do it. Earlier this morning, Deadline ran a short item that Cruise and Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, in conjunction with NASA, were in the early phases of discussing the possibility of shooting a movie in space.

Somehow, this managed to attract less attention than Musk allegedly naming his newborn child X Æ A-12. This is perhaps not even the craziest rumor we’ve ever heard about Tom Cruise.

Yet, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter by the end of the day that, indeed, this is something which may actually occur. Though, his tweet mentions nothing of Musk or his company.

The Deadline item clarifies that the film would not be part of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but does heavily imply that Cruise would star in the film.

Matters like plot, of course, have not been confirmed. Nor is there any indication about how much of the film would be actually shot in space—just a pivotal scene, or the whole thing?

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. This isn’t even the first time Cruise has entertained the idea of shooting in space.

A few years ago, the inordinately ambitious director James Cameron revealed that in around 2000, he discussed the possibility of shooting a film in space with Cruise.

“I actually talked to [Cruise] about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3-D documentary there,” Cameron told Empire. “And I thought, ‘S—, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Russia’s Soyuz space shuttles did, for a short time, allow some form of space tourism (Remember when Lance Bass almost went to space back in 2002? Yeah, that would have been on Russian shuttles).

In fact, through one of those Soyuz flights, the first short film ever shot in space was made possible. Back in 2009, video game entrepreneur Richard Garriott booked a seat to the International Space Station and recruited a few actual astronauts and cosmonauts to act out a nine-minute film called Apogee of Fear.

We imagine Cruise would aim for something a little more professional.

Ultimately, though, Cruise’s allegiances remain with America. In another odd story, he apparently inspired and took part in the redesign of NASA’s official website at some point. He’s a confirmed space nut, despite the fact that he has surprisingly few space-centric films in his body of work.

Though, America has not had its own space shuttle program since 2011. So, we imagine, that’s where Musk’s SpaceX comes in. The company already has contracts with NASA to shuttle both supplies and astronauts back and forth between earth and the International Space Station. What’s one more roundtrip for Tom Cruise?

The film would be a milestone, but it does put things in perspective. In the ’60s, the space race represented the pinnacle of mankind’s scientific achievement. Today, space is just the next frontier in the content wars.

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‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Filming Halted in Italy Due to Coronavirus Concerns
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‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Filming Halted in Italy Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Filming for Mission: Impossible 7 has been delayed before it even begins due to Coronavirus in Italy. Here is the report from Collider:

Filming didn’t even begin on Mission: Impossible 7 for the film’s first production hiccup to arrive. The highly anticipated sequel had planned to kick off production with a three-week leg of shooting in Venice, Italy, but the crew have been sent home and the plans halted due to the spread of the Coronavirus. An outbreak occurred in the country and now more than 150 cases have been confirmed, with the government halting all public gatherings.

As a response, Paramount Pictures said in a statement that Mission: Impossible 7 filming plans have been altered:

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7. During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

Filming details for Mission: Impossible 7 have thus far been kept under wraps. After successfully spearheading both Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Fallout as writer and director (and Ghost Protocol as screenwriter), Christopher McQuarrie signed on to write and direct both Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8. Thus far, McQuarrie has confirmed that Nicholas Hoult, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, and Pom Klementieff are joining the ensemble with Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Simon Pegg confirmed to return alongside franchise star Tom Cruise. And recently, we learned that Henry Czerny will be reprising his role as Kittridge from the first Mission movie.

It’s unclear where else McQuarrie and Co. planned to shoot Mission 7, but this isn’t the first time he’s had to alter plans on the fly. McQuarrie famously came in and extensively reworked the script for Ghost Protocol during production, conceived of, wrote, and shot the third act for Rogue Nation in the middle of filming, and similarly reworked characters and plot machinations during the production of Fallout. Such is the process of making a Mission: Impossible movie—a process with which McQuarrie has made peace. Although I’m not quite sure it’s ever happened this early.

But health and safety come first, so it’ll be interesting to see if production scraps its planned sequences in Italy and moves elsewhere or if they’ll return later on in the filming process to capture the necessary scenes.

Whatever the case, Mission: Impossible 7 arrives in theaters on July 23, 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 opens on August 5, 2022.

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Pushed Back to 2020
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Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Pushed Back to 2020

Looks like we’ll have to wait another year until we wee the Top Gun sequel. Well, if that means they just have more time to work on it and perfect it, I’m fine with it. Here’s the article:

Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” has been pushed back nearly a year from July 12, 2019, to June 26, 2020.

Paramount Pictures made the announcement on Wednesday. The extra time will give filmmakers the opportunity to work out the logistics of presenting flight sequences with new technology and planes. The sequel will be set in a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, with Cruise portraying a flight instructor. In May, Cruise posted a photo of himself in front of what appeared to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.

“Oblivion” helmer Joe Kosinski is directing the film, a sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun,” from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first movie with the late Don Simpson, will produce with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.

“Only the Brave” star Miles Teller will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s new protege. Goose, the co-pilot to Cruise’s character in the original, was played by Anthony Edwards.

Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the sequel. Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro round out the cast.

The original film was a massive success, grossing more than $350 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.

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Tom Cruise Becomes First Actor To Receive The Pioneer Of The Year Award

Tom Cruise will be receiving The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s 2018 Pioneer of the Year Award on April 25 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Cruise is the first actor to receive the honor, as the award has traditionally been bestowed to industry executives. Past Pioneer of the Year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Tom Sherak, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck and last year’s honoree, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

The Pioneer of the Year Award is given to a respected member of the motion picture community whose professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy is exemplary. The $9 billion-grossing blockbuster star and three-time Oscar nominee will receive the Award at the Pioneer of the Year Dinner – the annual fundraiser benefiting the WRMPPF’s Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF) which provides financial support and services to individuals in the theatrical entertainment community who are encountering an illness, injury or a life-changing event.

Cruise has a platinum reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty as a star, rolling up his sleeves and serving as a producer on the films he headlines in all aspects of production. Currently he is filming the sixth installment of Paramount’s Mission Impossible (July 27, 2018) which will be followed up by Top Gun: Maverick (July 12, 2019), the studio’s long-awaited sequel to the Cruise classic Top Gun.

“We are delighted that Tom will be receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Kyle Davies, In-coming President of WRMPPF and President of Domestic Distribution at Paramount Pictures. “His contributions to the film industry as both an actor and producer, including his tremendous support of the exhibition community, has made him a true pioneer in his field. He has starred in the most celebrated films of all time, inspiring audiences everywhere. We look forward to commemorating Tom’s philanthropic contributions and career achievements at the Pioneer of the Year Dinner, as well as raising much needed funds for the Pioneers Assistance Fund.”

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