"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, with your help, which movies contributed to making him the superstar he is today. Take off your mask (as our own Richard Roeper pointed out in his book, Cruise wears masks in many of his later films), quit jumping on the sofa and help us choose Cruise's best movies.
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Posted 04.01.13 by BrentJS
We've all heard the tales of how the the vile practices of Hungarian Countess Erzebet Bathory and Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, inspired the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. We've also heard numerous accounts of killers claiming to be vampires or drinking the blood of their victims as part of their murder rituals. But, it's not just the mythical undead of popular fiction and violent deviants that consume human blood — a real medical condition can lead to such nightmarish behavior. Doctors in Turkey have just documented the latest case of a man with a lust for blood so intense that he started attacking people to satisfy his urges. sink your teeth into this >> Posted 02.13.13 by BrentJS
Today's Challenge: Robert Pattinson is probably best known for playing the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, and Tom Cruise also played a famous literary bloodsucker when he took on the role of Lestat in Interview With the Vampire. Can you find a movie link to connect these two sharp-fanged actors?
Our first Facebook movie game, ClusterFlick, plays off that old "six degrees of separation" theory — you know, the one that has a certain Kevin at the center of the Hollywood universe. It's easy to play, but not so easy to win. The goal is to use the major cast of movies to get from Point A to Point B in the smallest number of moves.
Play ClusterFlick >> Posted 05.19.11 by reelz
There's no denying that vampire popularity is at an all-time high or that, thanks to the likes of Stephenie Meyer, it's still on the rise. But despite the popular perception that vampire movies have been taking a "dirt-nap" since the '90s, that's not exactly true.
We look back at the two decades of movie undead that preceded the Cullens, a period that offers some awesome fanged films — and a few that should have stayed buried — in our Vampire Movie Timeline. Posted 10.16.09 by reelz
Actor Robert Downey Jr. has spent the last decade climbing back into the limelight. Now he seems poised to take over Hollywood, one film franchise at a time. Downey Jr. charmed the world as Tony Stark in Iron Man, a film that defied expectations and turned a B-list hero into a $585-million juggernaut. This Christmas, Downey Jr. hopes to capture lightning in a bottle once more by reinventing Sherlock Holmes. With the latest news, it appears Downey Jr. is going for the hat trick.
An unnamed source has revealed that Universal Pictures is looking to resurrect Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles with none other than Downey Jr. as the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort, a character featured in both previous attempts to adapt Rice's books. It's been 15 years since Tom Cruise donned a blond wig and frilly shirt to play Lestat in Interview With the Vampire, and seven years since Stuart Townsend played a black-leathered Lestat in Queen of the Damned — a critical and commercial failure that seemed to spell the end of the franchise.
No further details were offered about which Rice book will be adapted or whether Lestat will be a featured character or simply the narrator. What is apparent is that Universal Pictures is hoping to cash in on the newly invigorated market for vampires, thanks to the HBO series True Blood and the Twilight phenomenon. Posted 08.15.09 by BrentJS