Best Visual Effects Oscar Semi-Finalists: Tom Cruise, James Bond Movies Out

Best Visual Effects Oscar: Tom Cruise action thriller 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' bypassed. 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists: 'Ex Machina,' 'The Revenant' surprisingly remain in the running A couple of weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the semi-semi-finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects Academy Award. There were 20 movies on the list. On Monday, Dec. 21, the Academy […]

'Fantastic Four' Box Office: Worst Big-Budget Superhero Movie Opening This Century?

'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards a.k.a. Mister Fantastic in box office bomb-in-the-making. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening […]

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise – The Last Action Hero

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand on the driver's side window (Detroit, get on that). The other impossible mission, one that […]

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' Trailer: Tom Cruise and Hilarious Stunts

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo “Desperate times. Desperate measures,” says Tom Cruise a.k.a. Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation trailer a.k.a. the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is […]

'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fi Movie 'Exceptionally Entertaining'

'Edge of Tomorrow' review: Tom Cruise, the Last Movie Star, makes latest alien invasion movie 'exceptionally entertaining' (image: Tom Cruise in 'Edge of Tomorrow') Hiroshi Sakurazaka's popular illustrated novel All You Need Is Kill was originally published in 2004, and has seen a number of adaptations and republications, including serialization as an even more popular manga in Japan and, translated from the original, an American […]

Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson Together Again?

Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson: 'A Few Good Men' stars to be reunited in 'El Presidente'? Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson together again in a movie named El Presidente? Well, that's a possibility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise has been trying to convince his A Few Good Men co-star to play the title role in the comedy (for now) to be directed Doug Liman. […]

'Iron Man' Movie Sequel: Second Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend Ever?

'Iron Man 3' with Robert Downey Jr. 'Iron Man 3' box office: Second biggest domestic debut ever? May 4, '13, update: Directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man 3 will likely boast the second biggest opening weekend ever at the North American box office – not factoring in inflation. According to studio estimates found at, Iron Man 3 grossed $68.31 […]

'Oblivion': Tom Cruise Best Opening in Nearly a Decade?

'Oblivion' with Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise Oblivion easily tops North American box office; Cruise's best opening since 2006 Tom Cruise is back on top at the North American box office, having had his biggest domestic opening weekend in seven years. According to April 19-21 weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo, the Tom Cruise sci-fier Oblivion collected $37.05 million at 3,783 sites, including […]

Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Beating Steven Spielberg & Harrison Ford?

Tom Cruise (Top Gun 3D) to beat Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford? Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, which opened in late December 2012, hasn't been a major hit at the domestic box office. (See more info below.) However, Cruise can boast a solid early 2013 North American opening – in limited released and on 3D, no less: This weekend, Top Gun, Tony Scott's 1986 action flick […]

Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' 3D Trailer: The Need for What?

Tom Cruise in Top Gun 3D IMAX Trailer (in 2D) Tom Cruise tells Anthony Edwards: “I feel the need … The need for speed.” High five. Whether you find that hip and cool, or if you feel the need to roll your eyes in disgust, thus begins the 2D trailer for the IMAX 3D rerelease of Tony Scott's Top Gun, the bombastic 1986 action flick […]

'Jack Reacher': Tom Cruise Flops? + Barbra Streisand Bombs & Bette Midler Surprises

Jack Reacher movie with Tom Cruise. One of the top box office stars of the last three decades – e.g., Top Gun, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, Mission: Impossible & sequels – Tom Cruise has had his ups and downs at the domestic box office in the last five years or so. Mission: Impossible III (2006) performed below expectations, Lions for Lambs (2007) bombed, and neither […]

Rupert Sanders 'Van Helsing' Director?

Rupert Sanders to direct Tom Cruise in Val Helsing? Rupert Sanders, at this point in time known less as the director of Universal's summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman than for the late July “scandal” involving SWATH star Kristen Stewart, has been tapped to direct Tom Cruise in the studio's Van Helsing reboot. Initially, there was talk that Sanders might helm a sequel to […]

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce: 'Jack Reacher' Box Office

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce, Scientology, and Jack Reacher (photo). Tom Cruise has been much in the news lately because of his impeding divorce from Katie Holmes. Much speculation has been bandied about on whether Cruise's Scientology beliefs negatively impacted his marriage to Holmes – and, for now at least, it's only that: speculation from those who want to sell magazines, tabloids, and/or get […]

Tom Cruise 'Jack Reacher' Movie Trailer HD

Tom Cruise Jack Reacher movie trailer Tom Cruise Jack Reacher movie trailer. The "international” trailer for the latest Tom Cruise movie, Jack Reacher, first appeared online a couple of days ago. Now comes the official Jack Reacher trailer for the North American market. And in HD, too. Well, make that the official “teaser trailer” for the Tom Cruise thriller. (Say that three times really fast, […]

Tom Cruise 'Jack Reacher' Trailer International

Jack Reacher trailer: Tom Cruise in Russian Jack Reacher trailer with Tom Cruise, Russian narration. Various websites describe this Jack Reacher trailer as the film's “international” trailer. For some, one size fits all. In fact, this is the Russian trailer, which features Tom Cruise's name spelled in the cyrillic alphabet. I'm assuming the Swedish, Japanese, and Egyptian trailers will – at the very least – […]

'That's My Boy': Adam Sandler Biggest Box Office Bomb? + Tom Cruise Rock and Roll Movie Flops

'That's My Boy' with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. 'That's My Boy': Worst Adam Sandler box office flop? June 17, '12, update: The R-rated father-and-son comedy That's My Boy will quite possibly become the biggest box office bomb in Adam Sandler's career since the lowbrow comedian became a (mostly domestic) box office powerhouse following The Wedding Singer back in 1998. Sandler's That's My Boy movie […]

Tom Cruise 'A Star Is Born' + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Christopher Plummer 'Barrymore' Movie

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Rock of Ages Tom Cruise as Beyoncé 'A Star in Born' Rocker? Tom Cruise to play opposite Beyoncé Knowles in Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star Is Born? That's a possibility, according to, which says Eastwood is in talks with Cruise. Or vice-versa. Cruise, who turns 50 next July 3 (Oliver Stone's movie was off by a day), plays […]

Meryl Streep & Husband Don Gummer + 'Other Partner' J. Roy Helland & Tom Cruise

Meryl Streep, husband Don Gummer: Oscar 2012 Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer at the Governors Ball after 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. (Image: © A.M.P.A.S.) While picking up her Oscar – her third […]

Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn. Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim Gunn upon her arrival at the 2012 Academy Awards on Feb. 26 in Hollywood. Jovovich […]

'MI4': Tom Cruise to Save Domestic Box Office? + Two Steven Spielberg Underperformers

MI4 Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Even though there's no chance Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol a.k.a. MI4 will reach the (inflation-adjusted) domestic box office heights of the first two entries in the Tom Cruise-led film franchise, the Brad Bird-directed thrill ride is officially the biggest December 2011 release in North America, having surpassed another roller-coaster sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of […]

'Game of Shadows' 'Flopping' & 'New Year's Eve' Bombing + Tom Cruise to the Rescue?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Noomi Rapace and Robert Downey Jr. Guy Ritchie's special-effects-laden thriller Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows stars Robert Downey Jr. as a witticism-spewing Iron Man version of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, while Noomi Rapace more or less replaces Rachel McAdams as the female “lead.” To date, A Game of Shadows has been a domestic box office underperformer – […]

Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Sequel?

Tom Cruise as Maverick in Tony Scott's Top Gun Paramount Pictures, the studio that brought you (or your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents) Cecil B. DeMille epics, Billy Wilder comedies and dramas, The Godfather I-III, now brings you … Top Gun II? Well, Vulture says Paramount has “made offers” to both Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott, the producer and director responsible for one of the worst […]

'Vampires Suck' Sinks & Tom Cruise $200 Million 'Flop'

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in James Mangold's action comedy-thriller Knight and Day Aug. 26 '10 update: Tom Cruise's vehicle Knight and Day was labeled a “belly-up flop” in the United States because it opened in late June with $20.1 million on its initial weekend (the spy caper had been out since Wed. that week). Not helping matters was Cruise's reputation as a Couch-Jumping Scientologist. […]

'Knight and Day': Tom Cruise Not Responsible for Box Office Misfire?

Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day June 28 update: “Blame me, don't blame Tom Cruise. We did lots of focus groups for this film, and no one ever said there was a star problem. Never. Tom Cruise was not the issue. I take full responsibility. And if the movie ends up going to $100 million, I want full responsibility too.” That's Fox's co-president of […]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In & Megan Fox Out + Tom Cruise Les Grossman Movie?

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Replaces Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3' Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cast as Megan Fox's replacement in Michael Bay's Transformers 3. She has no acting experience – not that much emoting will be required from her. The robots will provide all the necessary acting in the action/sci-fi flick. Megan Fox and Bay had an ugly public rift following Transformers: Revenge of […]

Tom Cruise & Reese Witherspoon Movie? + Hollywood Icon Terminally Ill

Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz Knight and Day. Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon may be paired up in Paper Wings, a rodeo-driven love story, according to Steven Zeitchik's Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames. Paper Wings is currently being developed at Sony. According to the report, Cruise would play a rodeo champ while Witherspoon would be the country singer with whom he falls in love. Four […]

Beyoncé & Jay-Z + Tom Cruise & Double Winner Kate Winslet + Biggest Loser Meryl Streep: Eclectic Golden Globes

Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Pop celebs such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z mingled with movie celebs at the 2009 Golden Globes ceremony. Beyoncé, a.k.a. Beyoncé Knowles, was in the running in the Best Original Song category for the Cadillac Records ditty “Once in a Lifetime,” which she co-composed. The winner, however, was another pop idol, Bruce Springsteen, for The Wrestler's title song. Beyoncé had two previous Golden Globe nominations, […]

'Valkyrie': Tom Cruise Film Receives 'Muted Praise' in Germany + Gay Slamdance Entries & Dubai Winners

Valkyrie film with Tom Cruise as Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the man who wanted to kill Adolf Hitler. The failed plot to assassinate the German Führer led to von Stauffenberg's execution at age 36 in July 1944, less than a year before the end of World War II in Europe.[1] Bryan Singer-Tom Cruise collaboration 'Valkyrie' receives 'muted praise' from German critics Directed by Bryan […]

Kate Winslet Golden Globes Double Dose + Meryl Streep Breaks Record & Nicole Kidman Snubbed

Kate Winslet in The Reader. Double Golden Globe nominee Kate Winslet is in the running as Best Actress – Drama for her performance as Leonardo DiCaprio's dissatisfied suburban housewife in Sam Mendes' 1950s-set Revolutionary Road and as Best Supporting Actress for Stephen Daldry's (partly) 1950s-set The Reader, in which she portrays an illiterate German woman who, some time after becoming emotionally and physically intimate with […]

'Yellow Face' in Hollywood + Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep & Robert Redford Premiere: AFI FEST

Paul Muni is a Jewish-Austrian-Hungarian Chinese in The Good Earth. Today it'd have been simpler. Muni would have been merely a Jewish-Ukrainian Chinese. Hollywood Chinese, Arthur Dong's documentary about the portrayal of Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Hollywood films, will have its Los Angeles premiere at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the AFI FEST 2007, held at the ArcLight theater complex in Hollywood. Recently nominated […]

AFI FEST Movies: Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Abortion & Nazis

AFI FEST Featuring the likes of Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, John Sayles, Wayne Wang, John Landis, Laura Linney, Ellen Page, Jason Reitman, Javier Bardem, the voices of Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux (in Persepolis), and veterans Nancy Kwan, Turhan Bey, and Luise Rainer (all three in the documentary Hollywood Chinese), Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2007 will be held November 1-11, 2007, at the […]

Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Robert Redford to Open AFI FEST

The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival – in press releases referred to as “AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi” – has announced that Lions for Lambs (see trailer below) will be its Opening Night Gala screening on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Theatre. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and directed by Robert Redford, the film stars Redford, Tom Cruise, […]

'Born on the Fourth of July': Tom Cruise-Oliver Stone Controversial Oscar-Winning Collaboration + Jacques Rivette

Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July. Oliver Stone's 1989 best picture nominee Born on the Fourth of July will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Actor Raymond J. Barry, sound effects editor […]

Viacom vs. Tom Cruise + Robert Greenwald vs. Iraq War Profiteers + 'Perfume' Debut

Viacom vs. Tom Cruise Hardly “alternative film” news, and hardly “news,” period, at this point … … But after 14 years of marriage, Paramount – following orders from 83-year-old Viacom top dog Sumner Redstone – has split up with Cruise/Wagner, the film company owned by Tom Cruise and his former agent, Paula Wagner. For those not in the know, the Viacom octopus owns Paramount, DreamWorks, […]

Tom Cruise 'War of the Worlds' Discussed + First Maori Film Festival

Tom Cruise & Steven Spielberg 'War of the Worlds' movie 2005: H.G. Wells' sci-fier for the 21st century U.S. "Aren't you afraid that audiences in some parts of the world may even applaud when they see Americans lying on the ground?" asked the German weekly Der Spiegel to War of the Worlds director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Cruise during an illuminating interview about the […]