Tom Cruise ensured his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars could handle G-force for real

Tom Cruise tested some of his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars to make sure they could withstand the G-force actual fighter pilots experience. Since the Mission: Impossible actor first played fighter pilot Maverick in 1986, he has obtained his pilot’s licen…

Tom Cruise tested some of his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars to make sure they could withstand the G-force actual fighter pilots experience.

Since the Mission: Impossible actor first played fighter pilot Maverick in 1986, he has obtained his pilot’s licence and shown off his skills on camera with aerial stunts in films such as 2017’s American Made and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

So, when he reprised the role of Maverick after 34 years, Cruise had much more piloting experience, and he used his knowledge to put the actors through their paces and ensure they could handle the G-force they would experience for real while flying the planes in the movie.

“We hired incredible actors, great cast, brilliant, but they also had to be able to fly in the airplane so we had to train them and actually test to see can they sustain these kinds of Gs because some people can’t fly this way,” he explained on U.S. TV show Conan.

“We spent months, and I tried to figure out how do I train them to be fighter pilots, and then I had to take the fighter pilots (from the Navy) who were flying the aircraft and really teach them about cinematography and editing.”

The action star was determined to carry out practical stunts rather than use digital effects, and accordingly, the team spent a long time figuring how to get the cameras in the planes during flight.

“Part of making this film was I really wanted to shoot it practical, we were working with the Navy, the greatest fighter pilots in the world, and we had to figure out how to get the cameras in there,” the 57-year-old continued. “It took all kinds of amazing engineering to be able to have the cameras be able to sustain the 8Gs it needed to sustain… So, when you’re seeing the G-force, it’s not a computer-generated image, it’s actually the actors in there, being the characters.”

Cruise surprised the audience at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Thursday by making an unexpected appearance to introduce the first trailer of the film, which is due for release in June 2020.

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Vanessa Kirby clueless about Catwoman casting rumours

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Aff…

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies, and earlier this month, rumours began to swirl that the Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress was a contender to portray elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle.

But while Kirby is flattered her name has been linked to Reeves’ film, she has insisted no one has approached her about the part.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she told Entertainment Tonight, before sharing that she would be open to the role. “Are you kidding? I would love to be Catwoman… Oh my God, it would be a dream.”

Kirby then went on to joke that she would have to get into shape to play Catwoman, a role that has been previously been taken on by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’ll have to do lots of squats,” the 31-year-old smiled. “I mean, literally, lots of squats.”

Kirby is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix TV series The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s onscreen sister Hattie in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

The British actress made an appearance to promote the action film at the Hollywood premiere on Sunday, with her co-stars Idris Elba and Dwayne Johnson also in attendance.

The Batman is slated for release in 2021.

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Tom Cruise makes appearance at movie awards to honour Mission: Impossible director

Tom Cruise made a rare awards show appearance at the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Awards on Wednesday (30Jan19) to present his Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie with an honorary prize.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporte…

Tom Cruise made a rare awards show appearance at the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Awards on Wednesday (30Jan19) to present his Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie with an honorary prize.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise was a guest presenter at the 10th AIS Awards at the Steven J. Ross Theater at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, where McQuarrie was presented with the Harold Lloyd Award for achievement in filmmaking.

The 56-year-old action star praised the director of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which took $780 million (£593 million) at the global box office, who he said “applies cutting edge technology beautifully” and “like Harold Lloyd, respects the audience … and understands that story is everything.”

The actor also didn’t go home empty-handed, as he and McQuarrie also accepted the trophy for best scene or sequence, for the acclaimed 2018 movie’s white-knuckle helicopter chase sequence.

In his acceptance speech, McQuarrie thanked New Zealand for being “the only country that would let us shoot the helicopter sequence”, and was similarly generous in praise of his leading man.

“Our single greatest piece of technology is Tom Cruise,” gushed McQuarrie. “I have an unfair advantage. Whatever we come up with, Tom’s response is ‘Yeah, I’ll do that. How are you going to shoot it?’ That sets in motion the development of new technology.”

McQuarrie, who wrote the screenplay for The Usual Suspects, has collaborated with Cruise on Valkyrie, Jack Reacher and the latest two Mission: Impossible movies, Rogue Nation and Fallout, and they are working on two more instalments to be released in 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, other movies recognised for their cutting-edge technology included Ready Player One, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther, which was recognised for best immersive feature, and Bradley Cooper-directed film A Star Is Born, which won an award for creative use of high dynamic range (HDR) in a live-action feature.

Previous recipients of the Harold Lloyd award, named after one of the greatest stars of the silent movie era, include directors Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and Ang Lee.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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Dave Bautista boards Dune reboot

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot. The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – …

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot.

The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress Rebecca Ferguson, according to Variety.

Villeneuve, who directed Bautista in Blade Runner 2049, is co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, and will also co-produce the film, which will be made for bosses at Legendary Entertainment, who acquired the film and TV rights to Dune in late 2016.

It will be a remake of David Lynch’s sci-fi classic, which was adapted from Frank Herbert’s 1965 book of the same name in 1984.

It bombed at the box office upon its release, grossing just $30.9 million (£24.2 million) from a $40 million (£31.3 million) budget. However, it has since become a cult favourite among fans, including Villeneuve, who expressed an interest in revamping the story for a new generation of devotees months before he was approached to take charge of the new movie.

Dune is the first new project Bautista has taken on since the third Guardians of the Galaxy instalment was put on hold following the exit of filmmaker James Gunn.

The man behind the first two Marvel blockbusters was let go by Disney executives in July (18) after controversial mean tweets he sent years ago resurfaced online.

His cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bautista, voiced their support for Gunn by signing an open letter urging studio officials to reconsider his firing, but Disney chiefs have yet to budge, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains without a director.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the action franchise, reprises his superhero role for the upcoming Avengers: End Game, but it’s not yet known if he will return for the next Guardians sequel if Gunn is no longer involved.

He has repeatedly made it clear he stands by Gunn, and in August, he claimed he found it “nauseating” to work for Disney officials in light of their actions.

“I will do what I’m legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” he tweeted. “GOTG w/o (without) @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis (sic). That’s just how I feel.”

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Christopher McQuarrie concentrates on story over genre when penning scripts

Christopher McQuarrie isn’t fazed by genres when he writes a movie.The 50-year-old is well known for his work with Tom Cruise, helming many of the action star’s projects, like the latest Mission: Impossible flick Fallout, as well as writing the scr…

Christopher McQuarrie isn’t fazed by genres when he writes a movie.

The 50-year-old is well known for his work with Tom Cruise, helming many of the action star’s projects, like the latest Mission: Impossible flick Fallout, as well as writing the screenplays.

Asked what interests him when it comes to penning scripts, Christopher admits he’s completely open to any idea, as long as there’s a good story to be told.

“I just go through the door that opens, and when somebody says, ‘You want to write The Tourist?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, I think there’s a story there and we can figure it out’,” he said, reports Collider.

“I don’t always do that, but to me it’s like, a comic book is no different than a gothic romance is no different than science fiction, fantasy, drama – it’s all the same stuff to me. It’s like, that’s the opening through which I can escape into what I like to do, which is make s**t up.”

There have been rumours swirling that the Oscar winner is attached to a Green Lantern reboot, and some fans want to see him direct Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Henry Cavill in Man of Steel 2, an idea The Usual Suspects writer Christopher isn’t opposed to.

“Many, many people have asked, many, many, many times. I had an awesome conversation with Henry Cavill about an awesome version of Superman while we were on set,” he shared. “You’re sitting around of hours, waiting for stuff to be built so I can put Henry in it, and throw him off a cliff, or freeze him to death. And we talked about a really awesome version of Superman.”

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Angela Bassett: ‘It feels good that people wonder about my age’

Angela Bassett has admitted it makes her feel good that people wonder how she stays looking so youthful.The 60-year-old Black Panther star has worn a series of daring looks on the red carpet of late, particularly favouring embellished jumpsuits that sh…

Angela Bassett has admitted it makes her feel good that people wonder how she stays looking so youthful.

The 60-year-old Black Panther star has worn a series of daring looks on the red carpet of late, particularly favouring embellished jumpsuits that show off her gym-toned body. But it was a recent Instagram post of the star on holiday, looking svelte in a black swimsuit, that garnered a huge response.

“That was surprising. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. It feels good that they wonder,” admitted Angela to W magazine about those who are desperate to learn her youth-sustaining secrets.

In a video that went viral in August, the actress was asked about her health and fitness regimen by journalist Laila Muhammad during an interview to promote film Mission: Impossible – Fallout. And she explained that she follows an eating plan that rotates eating carbs and fruit, then protein and veggies.

“No fats those four days, and then the last three days, I flood it with fat. Good fat, though,” she said.

And the mother of two, who has 12-year-old fraternal twins Slater and Bronwyn with her actor husband Courtney B. Vance, combines her healthy diet with daily strength and cardio workouts.

While Angela happily shared the secrets to her youthful success, the public’s preoccupation with her age does at times bring out her sarcastic streak.

When a woman who spotted her bagging up her groceries at a Whole Foods store in Los Angeles whispered to her, “You look so young”, she replied with: “Hearing that is a wonderful thing — seeing as I’m 80!’”

“As we advance, 60 is the new 40, or 70 is the new 50,” sighed Angela. “It keeps getting pushed. But you have to keep the stress down and the attitude hot.”

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Rebecca Ferguson: ‘My character needs to be vital in a film’

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – F…

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.

The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

While she’s fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, Rebecca is picky when it comes to choosing her projects.

“I think it is so important (to play a strong woman) but I think what is so lovely is that both Tom (Cruise) and Chris (McQuarrie, director) believe that their characters and all the people in their films have an arc,” she exclusively told Cover Media. “And for me, when I choose a role and a script, I want her to interest me. I’m interested in the word strength – whether it be vulnerability or character development.

“If I take her out of the story, there needs to be a hole in the story. That’s what I’m going for.”

In the latest Mission: Impossible instalment, Rebecca reprises the role of butt-kicking former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, who audiences last saw in 2015’s Rogue Nation.

Proving she’s just as tough in real life, Rebecca recently revealed that she performed some of her stunts while pregnant, after conceiving when production temporarily shut down after lead actor Tom broke his ankle during a stunt.

“I love doing the stunts and I think 80 per cent of being a part of this film is having the opportunity of actually doing them and enjoying it,” she told U.S. chat show The Talk. “So, we had done most of the kicking scenes… but there were a couple of catch-up scenes that we hadn’t done.

“I came back a little bit larger everywhere and we had to do a couple of jump up sequences, so I had two stunt guys lift me up on top of (castmate) Sean Harris.”

Rebecca welcomed a daughter in May.

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Henry Cavill posts cryptic video after Superman exit rumours

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations …

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations surrounding a cameo in 2019’s Shazam! fell apart due to a scheduling conflict. Warner Bros. subsequently told Just Jared that “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films” and its respect and relationship with Henry “remains unchanged.”

In response to the report, Henry uploaded a bizarre video to his Instagram account which shed no light on his rumoured exit from the D.C. Universe.

Dressed in a Krypton Lifting Team slogan T-shirt, the 35-year-old looks seriously into the camera, as a boxed Superman figurine slowly enters, and then disappears, from the bottom of the screen. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II plays in the background, and the video is captioned: “Today was exciting #Superman.”

The peculiar footage provoked discussion in the comments section, with one fan writing “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS,” while another asked: “Henry what are u trying to tell us bro? Are u trying to get Wb to greenlight a sequel.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s article also claimed that Henry wanted to walk away from the superhero role, because studio executives are now focused on a Supergirl origins movie, which will feature a much younger Superman. Additionally, it was reported that a standalone follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel will not be in development for another few years, and the British star can’t wait for cameras to roll.

“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” an insider told the publication.

In addition to Man of Steel, Henry also played the iconic character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League the following year. More recently, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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Crazy Rich Asians lands third week on top of the U.S. box office

Crazy Rich Asians continues to dominate the U.S. box office. The film has hauled in an estimated $30 million (GBP23 million)-plus over America’s four-day Labor Day weekend, taking its three-week tally to over $116 (GBP89.5 million), while Jason Statha…

Crazy Rich Asians continues to dominate the U.S. box office.

The film has hauled in an estimated $30 million (GBP23 million)-plus over America’s four-day Labor Day weekend, taking its three-week tally to over $116 (GBP89.5 million), while Jason Statham’s shark movie The Meg makes it a one-two double for Warner Bros. with a healthy fourth weekend $10.5 million (GBP8.1 million) take at the box office.

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Operation Finale, which stars Sir Ben Kingsley as Nazi Adolph Eichmann, and Internet thriller Searching round out the new top five, taking the Labor Day weekend tally to an estimated $119 million (GBP92 million), which is up 22 per cent from last year’s (17) four-day haul, according to Deadline.

Christopher Robin, Alpha, Happytime Murders, BlacKkKLansman, and Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22 round out the top 10, while the flop of the weekend is Dennis Quaid, James Franco, and Zoe Kravitz’s family sci-fi movie Kin, which limped into the box office list with a lowly $3.7 million (GBP2.9 million) four-day take.

Kin was hammered by critics ahead of its release on Thursday (30Aug18).

Meanwhile, director Pitipol Ybarra has had another good Labor Day weekend with his new movie Ya Veremos on limited release – the film, which has already made $10 million (GBP7.7 million) in Mexico, opened in just 369 U.S. theatres and still managed to rake in a four-day total of $2.2 million (GBP1.7 million).

Ybarra also enjoyed a family hit over the Labor Day weekend in 2013 with Instructions Not Included.

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