"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
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." — William Faulkner
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. It's that one day of the year where we all get to skip work to gather with our friends and family members and simply reflect on the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for...and then watch NFL football and consume massive quantities of "harvest" food. At ReelzChannel, we're all about movies, so Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete if we didn't take the time to be thankful for all of the great new movies of the year. If you're a movie person, then we consider you part of our extended family. So, before you have that third helping of stuffing and pass out on the couch from all of the tryptophan in the turkey, take a moment to share with us the movies that have excited, thrilled, scared, and moved you in 2012.
Rate the Top 10 Movies to Be Thankful for This Year >>
Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
We laughed (at how bad the movie was), we cried (because we didn't see a different movie), we kissed eight bucks (or ten or twelve or sixteen, depending upon the format) good-bye!
Stale jokes, missing plots, phone-in performances...too often this summer movie season, we found ourselves scratching our heads in wonder at how actors and directors we have come to respect could have strayed so far off course. We probably should have gone back to the box office and demanded a refund for some of the stinkers we endured this summer. If you feel the same way, vent your frustration by helping us rate the Top 10 Worst Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Worst Movies >> Posted 09.27.12 by BrentJS
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Madagascar 3 ||$35.5M ||$120.5M ||Was able to hold the #1 spot for a second week thanks to pair of flops; toon grossed more than Rock of Ages and That's My Boy combined |
|Prometheus ||$20.2M ||$88.9M ||Despite coming in second, this sci-fi pic had a disastrous 73% Friday-to-Friday decline (even worse than last year's bomb Green Lantern) |
|Rock of Ages ||$15M ||$15M ||Had the sixth-highest opening for a musical but still a disappointing debut for a Tom Cruise pic |
|Snow White and the Huntsman ||$13.8M ||$122.6M ||Still trying to get out of the red ($175M budget) to greenlight a sequel |
|The's My Boy ||$13M ||$13M ||Adam Sandler's worst live-action comedy opening since 1996's Happy Gilmore |
Posted 06.17.12 by Chris
For those that aren't aware, the upcoming Rock of Ages is based on the Broadway musical filled with classic rock hits of the 1980s, and just in case the first trailer didn't make it clear enough, the second trailer for the movie version wants audiences to know that the movie will still be filled with cast members singing those songs — even Tom Cruise.
Ostensibly about following your dreams, Rock of Ages follows two aspiring musicians (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta) hoping to capture their moment in the spotlight while contending with eccentric club owners (Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige), money-hungry music executives (Paul Giamatti) and an angry Mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who wants to stop the rock 'n roll madness. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.03.12 by Ryan
Director Bryan Singer's (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns) participation in the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer was cemented when Warner Bros. exercised a contract option that locked Singer to the director's chair and kept him from directing last summer's X-Men: First Class. Production on this riff on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale began last May, and the teaser trailer released last month indicated that Jack was on track to met its June 15th release date. With X-Men: First Class already on DVD and possibly getting a sequel, it doesn't look like audiences will get to look at Singer's movie for a while, since Warners has pushed Jack the Giant Killer's release date, scheduling it for March 22, 2013, instead of this summer.
The move is less dramatic than it appears, at least for Singer's Jack. The same can't be said for Arthur & Lancelot. This lighthearted take on the King Arthur legend from director David Dobkin (The Change-Up, Wedding Crashers) has been put on hold by the studio over concerns about the movie's budget. With Kit Harington (HBO's Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (AMC's The Killing) cast as Arthur and Lancelot, respectively, and a start date set for the spring, THR reports that the movie's budget spiraled from less than $100 million to $130 million, prompting Warners to put the project on hold and schedule Jack the Giant Killer in its place. more about Jack the Giant Killer >> Posted 01.22.12 by Ryan
For those that aren't familiar with the hit Broadway musical, the trailer for the movie adaptation for Rock of Ages may not explain the musical's plot, but it does reveal the comedic — borderline ridiculous — tone of the ensemble movie. Set in 1980s Hollywood, the trailer reveals the movie's large ensemble, filled with rock 'n roll sensations (Tom Cruise), club owners (Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige), club managers (Russell Brand), rock 'n roll haters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and rock 'n roll dreamers (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta).
"This movie is just a giant party," director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) said to MTV about the trailer. "It's a bring-your-friends giant party." And, according to Shankman, no one had more fun at the party than Cruise. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.14.11 by Ryan
Some people use Labor Day to mark the end of summer. In our case, it's when the last of the blockbuster movies have rolled out... and we're left looking ahead to next year's big releases.
What's on deck for Summer 2012? Well, not surprisingly, more sequels, remakes, and lots and lots of 3-D. The Avengers kicks things off May 4, and the season climaxes on July 20 with the release ofThe Dark Knight Rises. See what else we have to look forward to in our preview of the 25 movies we'll be talking about next year.
Summer 2012 Preview >> Posted 09.02.11 by reelz
Bryan Cranston used to be known as "the dad from Malcolm in the Middle" before he was cast in AMC's Breaking Bad, won three Emmys, and became Hollywood's latest go-to character actor (take a seat, Mark Strong).
In 2011 alone, Cranston has appeared as a detective in March's The Lincoln Lawyer, as a high school principal's husband in the drama Detachment (which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April), and will appear as Julia Roberts' lousy husband in this weekend's Larry Crowne. He also has a role in September's action thriller Drive. All that in addition to a fourth season of the excellent Breaking Bad.
He'll be equally visible in 2012. Cranston has already shot roles in the George Lucas–produced, World War II biopic Red Tails (which may finally see release in early 2012) and the sci-fi epic John Carter. He's also lined up roles as the villain in the Total Recall remake and as the mayor of Los Angeles in Rock of Ages. Now Cranston has added two more roles as well. what roles has he added? >> Posted 06.30.11 by Ryan
Tom Cruise rocks some long locks (and some interesting tattoos) in the first photo from the rock musical Rock of Ages.
Cruise plays '80s rocker Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman's musical, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, and Bryan Cranston.
The movie recently started shooting in Fort Lauderdale but there's already controversy brewing. More about the lawsuit >> Posted 06.18.11 by Chris