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6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

Tom Cruise Bails On Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' To Gear Up 'Mission: Impossible 5' Instead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2013 1:33 PM
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This is probably not how Warner Bros. wanted to head into the Memorial Day weekend. With the studio seemingly to finally get their long developing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." movie going, with Guy Ritchie attached to direct and Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander coming in supporting roles, they've just lost their leading man.

'300: Rise Of An Empire' Bumped From August To March 2014; Tom Cruise's 'Kill' Takes Primetime Summer Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 9, 2013 10:33 PM
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Every year studios tend to overestimate their tentpoles and then end up delaying them a year or more. 2013 saw an unprecedented amount of blockbusters originally slated for 2012 get pushed back six months off their originally intended bow: "The Great Gatsby," "World War Z," "Man Of Steel," "Jack The Giant Slayer," the list goes on (we took a deeper look at these films earlier in the year, see "The Delayed Films Of 2013: Why They Were Pushed Back & Which Ones Will You Be Seeing?"). The latest casualty is Warner Bros. "300: Rise Of An Empire," and it's easy to see why.

Alicia Vikander Joins 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' As The Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2013 6:59 PM
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Alicia Vikander
Weren’t we just saying the pretty and talented Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was on the rise and would soon be leaving the period-piece ghetto? Frankly, we’ve had our eye on the actress for a while. We called her one of the actresses to watch in early 2012 and she’s fulfilled her promise with excellent turns in “A Royal Affair” and “Anna Karenina.” She can act and it hasn't gone unnoticed. She was up for the lead role in “Cinderella,” and while she didn’t land the part, she’s scored another plum role, the lead role in Warner Bros.' “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

It's Official: Tom Cruise Will Be Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2013 6:17 PM
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Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
While the varying results of "Rock Of Ages," "Jack Reacher" and "Oblivion" may suggest that Tom Cruise isn't always a guaranteed box office draw, at least within the franchise of "Mission: Impossible" he's unstoppable. "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" was the highest grossing of the bunch, reaching nearly $700 million worldwide, almost $150 million more than the next most successful effort, "Mission: Impossible II." Naturally, Paramount didn't waste any time in putting a sequel into development, and while that was over a year ago, the project is now beginning to come back to life.

Armie Hammer Joins Tom Cruise In Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 24, 2013 7:09 PM
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Armie Hammer
It's incredible to think of the ups and down actor Armie Hammer has had. His career was launched in 2010 as the Winklevi twins in David Fincher's "The Social Network," a small but crucial role that earned him just the right amount of attention. But about two years before that Hammer must have assumed he had scored his first real break -- playing Bruce Wayne and Batman in George Miller's "Justice League" film that came close to shooting in 2008, down under, but Warner Bros. eventually pulled the plug.

Box Office: Moviegoers Fall Into 'Oblivion' As Studios Prepare For Start Of Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 21, 2013 12:01 PM
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Tom Cruise could be seen as a leading man in a holding pattern right now. The fans still come out for his films, but maybe the base hasn’t grown despite an impressive box office record carried into the 2000’s. Though it depends where you consider that base should come from. “Oblivion,” his latest, banked a solid non-3D $38 million by the end of Sunday. One wonders what that does for the Cruise brand: consider that back in 2001, Cruise guided “Minority Report” to a very similar gross. Given more than a decade of inflation and absolutely zero competition as studios clear the decks for “Iron Man 3” in May, shouldn’t you expect more?

Tom Cruise Before He Was Famous: His First 5 Films

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 19, 2013 11:30 AM
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Tom Cruise, pre fame feature
From tiny, acne-ridden, squeaky-voiced acorns, massive oaks of megastardom can grow. Not literally, of course, in Tom Cruise's case (obligatory height reference), but in every figurative way possible, he is an enormous presence in Hollywood, as a producer, as a celebrity and most importantly as a greenlight-giving, budget-busting, bona fide movie star. For better or worse, we've few enough left of those. For anyone who grew up watching movies any time in the eighties, nineties or even noughties, Tom Cruise is simply a fact of life: an immovable object; a mathematical constant like Pi, that we'll never quite get to the end of defining. His movies succeed, his movies fail (all judged on the warped power-of-n matrix of the tentpole), but Tom Cruise TM endures, and will be jumping out of a building on a movie screen near you very soon, if he isn't doing just that, right now.

Watch: Complete Anime Series 'Yukikaze' That Will Now Become A Tom Cruise Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 8:54 PM
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Man, Tom Cruise sure loves his sci-fi. Between "Minority Report" and "War Of The Worlds" with Steven Spielberg, this weekend's "Oblivion" and next year's "All You Need Is Kill," you would think that the actor would have had his fill of futuristic worlds. You would be wrong, and he's lining up yet another sci-fi spectacle that sounds like "Top Gun" in outer space.

Review: Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Is A Mostly Involving, Visually Spectacular Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Tom Cruise, Oblivion
Only a few years ago, big sci-fi action spectacles were confined pretty much to the summer months. But now, the season has crept out to the extent that it essentially lasts from the middle of February (see the release of "A Good Day To Die Hard" this year) to... pretty much the rest of the year, with barely a few weeks going by without a major tent-pole arriving. Even the once-barren month of April isn't safe anymore, with the arrival of "Oblivion," an expensive, visually lavish sci-fi picture top-lined by megastar Tom Cruise.

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