"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
"I've always liked working on stories that combine people who are relatable with something insane." — J.J. Abrams
The biggest movie news of the new year — of the new millenium, in some circles — is Disney’s recent announcement that popular television writer-producer and movie director J.J. Abrams has been hired to usher in the new era of Star Wars movies as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII. The news was almost universally celebrated, except within the die-hard fan community, where it ignited a firestorm of controversy among sci-fi devotees who love Abrams’ work, but believe that he is too close to a property that has long been Star Wars’ chief competitor to be handed the reins. If you’re not quite up to speed on Abrams and his work and want to be able to join in on what is sure to be a hot topic for the next couple of years, read on to learn how you can become conversant in J.J. Abrams in under eight hours. why 'the force' is with Abrams >> Posted 01.28.13 by BrentJS
Simon Pegg injected some much-needed humor into Mission: Impossible III as computer geek Benji Dunn. Pegg continued to work with director J.J. Abrams in Star Trek, and will continue his association with Abrams in Mission: Impossible 4. Pegg, MI:4, and a rewrite for new blood? >> Posted 07.19.10 by Ryan
J.J. Abrams is going to be pretty busy for the next year with Paramount giving both his secret Super 8 project and Mission: Impossible 4 release dates for next year. Deadline reports that Super 8 will open sometime in the summer, while MI:4 will be shifted from Memorial Day weekend to December 16, 2011. continue reading about MI: 4 and Super 8 >> Posted 05.08.10 by Ryan
When J.J. Abrams announced he would produce but not direct Mission: Impossible IV, the obvious need for a replacement followed. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer recently decided against taking the job, but THR reports that The Incredibles director Brad Bird could get the job instead. Continue reading >> Posted 03.30.10 by Ryan
Both Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible III director J. J. Abrams will return for the fourth entry in the series. At this point, though, Abrams is only signed to produce. He told TV Guide:
I am incredibly honored that Tom has invited me back as a producer on Mission: Impossible 4. Tom and I have come up with a really cool idea we are pursuing.
Abrams may still sign on to direct M:I 4 or he may choose to direct the sequel to his summer hit, Star Trek. Posted 06.11.09 by Ryan