April 19, 2014

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“Top Gun” sequel in works, with part ready for Tom Cruise

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher McQuarrie feels the need … the need for speed!
Why should that concern us? Because the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Usual Suspects,” “Valkyrie” and December’s “The Tourist” has been asked to punch up a sequel to the campy flyboy fairy tale “Top Gun” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. According to Vulture, there’ll even be a small role for original Maverick, Tom Cruise.
We hear that Cruise has to agreed to take a smaller role in the film, provided it’s not too “obvious” a part, i.e. Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as grizzled Top Gun flight instructor. – Vulture reports.
A reboot of a long-dormant franchise isn’t a novel concept. In today’s idea-starved industry, recent reboots or remakes of valued ‘80s properties such as “The A-Team” or “The Karate Kid” even have shown the ability to turn a healthy profit, when treated properly.
Eyeing McQuarrie is a good first step. Beyond “Tourist,” his treatment of a “Wolverine” sequel reportedly has 20th Century Fox executives celebrating. That script must be impressive if Fox was able to use it to lure Darren Aronofsky into the mutant universe (or, at least, consider it).
And Cruise could use the boost that normally comes with revisiting an old role. “Knight & Day” underperformed at the summer box office. The last picture the once-bankable actor carried past the $100 million mark was “Mission: Impossible III” in 2006.
What do you think? Do you want to see a new “Top Gun” film? Could Chris Pine, who’s already in the Paramount “family,” make a cocky sparring partner for elder statesman Cruise? Stay tuned.
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Tom Cruise’s ‘Knight and Day’ is his worst performance since 1992

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Tom Cruise can only look at the box office results for “Knight and Day” and shudder.
The film will cross the $70 million mark this week. But it’s unlikely it will get to $75 million domestically. It’s his worst performance at the box office since “Far and Away” in 1992.
Even “Valkyrie” did better, with a total of $83 million. It would be hard to imagine “Knight and Day” ever getting close to that number.
Internationally, “K&D” has done better of course. Where English has not been a first language, audiences haven’t minded the travelogue vanity caper. The film has yet to open in the U.K., Spain, France or Italy. Cruise may get some action there. So far the box office abroad has come to just over $60 million.
But just think: “Inception” has made in four days what it’s taken “K&D” almost a month to rake in.
The only movie with which Cruise has been associated recently that’s done worse was “Lions for Lambs,” but that was a film that also featured Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in a kind of weird experiment.
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Tom Cruise’s ‘Knight and Day’ opens to a mere $3.8M

HollywoodNews.com: It’s bad news for Tom Cruise. “Knight and Day” took in only $3.8 million last night at the box office. The $100 million film now stands to make around $20 million, if 20th Century Fox is lucky, for the five day opening run.
What makes this worse than ever: Cruise’s last movie, the godawful “Valkyrie,” made $8.5 million on its opening day. Of course, it was Christmas, but still…”Valkyrie” didn’t even have Cameron Diaz in a bikini or fancy exotic locations.
After the millions Fox has spent to promote this thing, especially overseas, “K&D” is a disappointment, certainly. But there were warning signs, as I said last week: no U.S. premiere, and then the 500 sneak previews on Saturday.
Bad reviews didn’t help. “K&D” has registered only 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even those reviews counted as positive weren’t so good. They were stretching. And hyping “Jerry Maguire” in the TV ad quote has only made the studio seem more desperate.
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The Top 10… Tom Cruise Performances

HollywoodNews.com: Five years ago, Tom Cruise — as big an A-list movie star as Hollywood has ever known — blew up his own career.

He went on “Oprah” and jumped up and down on a sofa; he gave an interview in which he condemned Brooke Shields for taking medication for her post-partum depression; and he went on “The Today Show” and lectured Matt Lauer about the history of psychiatry. Hard as it was to believe, the all-American actor with the boyish grin who everyone loved had become a self-important bully who everyone loved to hate.
Flash-forward to the present, though, and the difference is remarkable: Cruise (and his PR team) have managed one of the greatest resurrections since Jesus himself. How did he do it? Well, he apparently learned to laugh at himself. After a run of box-office disappointments (“Mission: Impossible III” in 2006, “Lions for Lambs” in 2007, and “Valkyrie” in 2008), Cruise made a “cameo” — if one can really call it that, since he was virtually unrecognizable — as a fat, bald, vile producer in Ben Stiller’s no-holds-barred comedy “Tropic Thunder,” winning countless guffaws and widespread praise. Then, to mark the occasion of his 25th year in films, he launched a Web site expressly to thank his fans for their enduring support. And slowly but surely, he began making amends for his prior behavior. He appeared on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” and jovially mocked himself. He offered a heartfelt apology to Shields. He attended a roast of Lauer where he really roasted himself. And he recently returned to Oprah’s couch — and remained seated.
Last week, Cruise made a surprise appearance on the MTV Movie Awards, reprising the role of Les Grossman and delivering an utterly hilarious rant and expertly choreographed dance that has had people talking ever since. Two weeks from today, his next film, “Knight and Day,” an action-packed comedy, will be released nationwide, and early indications are that it will mark his return to the top of the box-office. And today — since everyone else seems to be reassessing Tom Cruise — I’d like to share with you my list of the ten best big screen performances ever delivered by Cruise. (Note: I’ve disqualified his appearance as Les Grossman because it really was just a cameo… but, for better or worse, I suspect that it may take on a life — and film — [...]