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Learning to (Re)Love Tom Cruise

"Tom Cruise was really doing it. He was really hanging off the building," writes Taffy Brodesser-Akner in a warm essay for The New York Times about the enduring star, who is now age 50. She's recalling the scene from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" in which Cruise, rather than a stunt double, scaled the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 20, 2013 4:29 PM
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'Oblivion' Hauls in Nearly Half of Friday's Top 10 Gross

With much of the nation's eyes glued to coverage of the Watertown manhunt (which ended after 9 p.m. E.D.T.), Universal's Tom Cruise-starrer "Oblivion" still managed a solid $13 million opening day gross (which includes early shows late Thursday night). The total for the Top 10 films for the day overall was around $29 million, down from $39 million last year and $32 million last week. Grosses for the rest of the weekend will likely improve with competition from real-time drama no longer a factor.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 20, 2013 4:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Oblivion' Director Kosinski Talks Creating Original Sci-Fi Landscape Starring Cruise

With a looming summer season packed with post-apocalyptic sci-fi--from "After Earth" (June 7) and "World War Z" (June 21) to "Elysium" (August. 9)--it's a good thing that director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" is first out of the gate. This Tom Cruise-starrer about a blue collar drone repairman haunted by dreams of a woman he's never met stands apart from the competition, mainly because architect and video game designer Kosinski's follow-up to "Tron: Legacy" is a passion project he's been developing for eight years that allows him to strut his visual stuff.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Can Cruise and Universal Make Kosinski's Sci-Fi 'Oblivion' a Global Hit? Review and Roundup

Tom Cruise went overboard praising Universal execs at the premiere for Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" (April 19). "I've been doing this a few years now," he told the Dolby Theater crowd. "Making films today, it takes a village, as artists it's about problem solving." You need the studio behind you, is what he meant: they need Universal to do a good job selling this movie, which started to open April 10 around the world and has already earned $70 million overseas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2013 1:43 PM
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MVPs of the Movies: Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams Top the List

What does it take to be one of the most valuable actors of all time? 24/7 Wall St. considered this and ranked almost 700 leading actors. They found that in order to top the list, an actor needed to have starred in not just one but several high-grossing franchises
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 2:22 PM
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Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Jack Reacher' Best of So-So New Openers

Warning signs for this year's year-end box office prospects appeared in Friday's numbers. Even though pre-Christmas Friday was two days earlier this year (generally the closer the day is to the holiday, the fewer people are going to movies), the take for the Top Ten was only $28 million yesterday, compared to $37 million on the same Friday last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 22, 2012 5:39 PM
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Post-Apocalyptic Trailer Watch: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' & Will Smith's 'After Earth' UPDATE

As Criticwire's Matt Singer humorously points out, the Hollywood pipeline currently holds two sci-fi films about lone survivors on post-apocalyptic Earths -- and both star Scientologists...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 3:02 PM
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In the Works: Kruger & Yelchin '5 to 7,' Cruise Eyes 'Our Name Is Adam,' Lee Daniels May Direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin

Tom Cruise signs on to another sci-fi project, while Lee Daniels tackles rock queen Janis Joplin in "Get It While You Can."
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2012 1:18 PM
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Warner Bros. Sets Tom Cruise-Starrer 'All You Need is Kill' for March 2014

Warner Bros. has set March 14, 2014, as the date for Doug Liman's sci-fi actioner "All You Need is Kill," starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The film is adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel of the same title, centering on a soldier in an intergalactic war caught in a time loop where the day of his final battle must be played out over and over again. A bit like "Groundhog Day," but with ruthless aliens.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:19 PM
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Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuation...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 4, 2012 2:43 PM
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