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Point/Counterpoint Review: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt And Bill Paxton

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 22, 2014 5:00 PM
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Masks have always fascinated Tom Cruise. There are masks in "Minority Report," "Eyes Wide Shut," and "Vanilla Sky," and they serve a key purpose in all four "Mission: Impossible" movies (movies, it just so happens, that Cruise also produces). In films like "Interview with the Vampire," "Valkyrie" and "Tropic Thunder," Cruise transforms himself physically with the help of advanced prosthetics, to the point that these augmented bits become a part of him; he is the mask. It's very apparent that Tom Cruise is obsessed with the idea of being anyone but Tom Cruise. This idea reaches its logical zenith in his latest movie, the brilliant sci-fi extravaganza "Edge of Tomorrow," in which Cruise plays a man who dies on the battlefield and is instantly reborn. Every day, Cruise could be someone else. The fact that he chooses to be himself is what's really impressive.

Review: 'Million Dollar Arm' With Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin & Bill Paxton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 14, 2014 6:02 PM
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Million Dollar Arm
In terms of in-house branding, the "Disney sports movie" has almost as much instantly recognizable cachet as something like their animated princess movies or Marvel superhero flicks. Movies like "Cool Runnings" up through "Remember the Titans" and "Miracle" have the same general, crowd-pleasing formula of being based on a true story, set in the past (either immediate or distant) and featuring a truly likable lead who, against all odds, triumphs at the end. These movies are as warm and comforting as your favorite old sweatshirt. And usually they're just as surprising. With "Million Dollar Arm," the awkwardly titled new Disney sports movie, the studio mixes up the formula with mostly winning results; the unpredictability does them some good.

Watch: Tom Cruise Goes To The 'Edge Of Tomorrow' In New Trailer For Doug Liman's Sci-Fi Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 1:05 PM
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"If you love Tom Cruise, you see him giving a genius performance, and if you hate Tom Cruise he dies like 200 times in the movie," director Doug Liman told European press earlier this month, in what must be the oddest promo quote for a summer movie you're likely to hear. But it's also true as Cruise undergoes the worst "Groundhog Day" ever in "Edge Of Tomorrow."

Ron Howard To Helm Drug Tale 'Mena,' 'Tabu' Director Miguel Gomes Lines Up 'Arabian Nights' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 9:40 AM
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While the disappointing box office of Ron Howard's underrated "Rush" caused a shakeup at production house Exclusive Media, that doesn't mean no one is banking on the director. And Universal has stepped up, putting down $1 million on a spec script by Gary Spinelli (whose only credit is the Dolph Lundgren starring "Stash House") for Howard to helm.

Michael Cera & John Hawkes To Star In Charlie Kaufman's FX Pilot 'How And Why'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 12:36 PM
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It has been six years since we've had anything on any screen from the mind of Charlie Kaufman. It was 2008 when he delivered "Synecdoche, New York" and since then, while the promise of this Hollywood satire/musical "Frank Or Francis" has been teased, it has yet to find the momentum or money/support to get made. But once again, television is giving someone of Kaufman's unique talent a place to flourish. Last spring came word that over at FX, Kaufman was writing a TV series called "How And Why," but there were few other details. But today, not only does it have stars but we now know a little of what it's all about.

Review: '2 Guns' Starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 31, 2013 8:59 AM
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2 Guns
Did “2 Guns”… happen? It seemed there was a screening for the new action film. And it had Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Or is that just a memory from the overt billboards and advertisements, boasting both stars aiming guns with the title superimposed in front of them. There was some shooting, right? Why does it feel like the memory of this film is clutched in Leonardo DiCaprio’s arms as he whizzes through crumbling architecture to the braaaaaaaams of Hans Zimmer’s score? Should “2 Guns” be explained by Ellen Page frantically asking a series of questions?

Watch: First Trailer, Poster & Pics For Terrence Malick Produced 'Red Wing' Starring Luke Perry & Bill Paxton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:52 AM
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Fans of Terrence Malick know that his career has seen him put on his producer's hat every now and again, putting him name to David Gordon Green's "Undertow," Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace," Zhang Yimou's "Happy Time" and a handful more. And they've mostly all resulted in respectable, even acclaimed films, but it appears that the Malick touch doesn't always work.

Bill Paxton, Not Pullman, Joins Tom Cruise In 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 6:13 PM
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It looks like Kevin Costner isn't the only one from this summer's miniseries hit "Hatfields & McCoys" who is going to get a nice career bump. His co-star Bill Paxton is now lining up his own big budget role, alongside none other than Tom Cruise.

Amy Ryan & Dane DeHaan To Tie 'The Devil's Knot'; Bill Paxton Draws '2 Guns'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 4:58 PM
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From a based-on-a-true-story drama to an action vehicle... Nothing really brings these two movies together, other than the solid talent being added, so let's get right to it...

Bill Paxton To Direct Big-Screen Version Of 'Kung Fu' TV Show, Grasshopper

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 1, 2011 1:02 AM
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Bill Paxton - a favorite of James Cameron, a tornado chaser, an Apollo astronaut, a Mormon wife-collector, and a friend of Joe Young. And also, it's sometimes forgotten, occasional director. The veteran character actor made his feature film directing debut a decade ago with the decent thriller "Frailty," and followed it up a few years later with the well-received Disney golf drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a sort of "Legend of Bagger Vance" without the questionable racial elements. With Paxton starring over the past few years in hit HBO drama "Big Love," his directorial ambitions have been on ice, but with the show wrapping up earlier this year, it looks like he's set to step behind the camera again.

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