Aug. 25, 2014 | 4:01 p.m.
Tom Cruise is embarking on a new mission. Production kicked off Monday on the fifth film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise; the upcoming release will see Cruise reprise one of his most successful roles, super-spy Ethan Hunt, for director Christopher McQuarrie. The actor is also producing the film, which McQuarrie wrote with Drew Pearce and Will Staples. The production is scheduled to shoot in Vienna, Morocco and London and will see franchise veterans Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames join Cruise on screen. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are also set to appear in the film. The previous film in the series, 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” directed by Brad Bird, earned nearly $700 million at the global box office to rank as Cruise’s highest-grossing film. Since then, though, the actor has appeared in several projects that had […]
June 05, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.
Less than 15 minutes into the sci-fi action thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” Tom Cruise does something unusual. It’s an act he’s only committed on-screen a couple of times in his extensive filmography, specifically, in 2008’s Hitler-assassination drama “Valkyrie” and the hit-man pot boiler “Collateral.” He dies. Throughout the first third of “Edge of Tomorrow,” Cruise’s cowardly military officer character — facing off against an overwhelming force of alien invaders and stuck in a time loop a la the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day” – dies again and again, only to reincarnate over and over, until he can figure out how to topple an otherworldly armada bearing down on Earth with overwhelming fire power. And these are not peaceful deaths. You see Cruise die in gruesome, violent, painful fashion, in ways involving broken bones, concussive pratfalls, bullets to the head and […]
April 25, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
For the cast, crew and a platoon of weary extras shooting the 3-D sci-fi extravaganza “Edge of Tomorrow” at England’s Leavesden Studios in late 2012, the beach set became synonymous with suffering. Built to recall such World War II coastal conflicts as the Invasion of Normandy or the Battle of Dunkirk, the sandy set proved to be as loathsome as the brutal alien marauders known as “mimics” that star Tom Cruise battles while wearing an 85-pound metal exoskeleton in the film (which reportedly cost between $175 million and $200 million and is due in theaters June 6). “That beach became known by everyone working as ‘the Bitch,’” said “Edge of Tomorrow” costar Emily Blunt. “It was England. It was cold. The sand was so cumbersome. There were explosions. And everyone was running around in the metal suits. It became like […]
April 19, 2014 | 5:00 p.m.
“Godzilla” might have made the most waves at the Warner Bros. WonderCon panel in Anaheim on Saturday, but the audience in the arena of the Anaheim Convention Center still had lots of love to give to Bill Paxton, famed for his roles in “Weird Science” and “Aliens,” among many other genre favorites. Paxton was on hand Saturday to discuss his role in the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow,” and he told the audience that he suspected it was “Aliens” that got him the job: “They needed someone to yell ‘Game over, man,’” Paxton joked, recalling his famous line from “Aliens” as panicky space marine Hudson. In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Paxton plays a platoon sergeant who must whip a new soldier (Tom Cruise) into shape to stage a Normandy-style retaking of Europe from a conquering alien horde. […]
March 25, 2014 | 1:35 p.m.
Tom Cruise finds himself in a life-and-death situation — over and over again — in “Edge of Tomorrow,” the latest film from director Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”). Set for release June 6, the sci-fi action adventure is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award-winning novel “All You Need Is Kill” and sees Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer dropped onto a futuristic battlefield only to die. He then finds himself reborn again and again at a moment before the siege. The cast includes Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver and Jeremy Piven, among others. The latest trailer for the summer blockbuster title spotlights the relationship between Cruise and Blunt’s characters, and begins to explore the time-bending premise in more detail, while also offering a detailed glimpse at the movie’s large-scale spectacle, with scenes of futuristic battlefields […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Dec. 11, 2013 | 12:01 p.m.
Tom Cruise finds himself in a life-and-death situation — over and over again — in the new trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow,” the latest film from director Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”). Set for release in 2014, the sci-fi action adventure is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award-winning novel “All You Need Is Kill” and sees Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an officer dropped onto a futuristic battlefield only to die. He then finds himself reborn again and again at a moment before the siege. The cast includes Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver and Jeremy Piven, among others. The high-concept outing comes on the heels of Cruise’s recent “Oblivion,” released earlier this year. That film, adapted from a 2010 graphic novel Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) penned with comic-book writer Arvid Nelson, takes place on a future Earth […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.
Zack Snyder’s announcement of a planned Superman and Batman film may have generated the most buzz out of Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday, but it was footage from Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller “Gravity” that had the hall’s 6,500 attendees in silent, rapt attention. “Gravity,” a suspense-filled story about two astronauts stranded in space, features only the faces of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. “If I was going to be stranded in space, I wouldn’t mind being stranded with them,” Cuaron quipped during the panel. When Bullock walked onto the stage with producer David Heyman, she was greeted by loud cheers, and several people screamed, “I love you, Sandra!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 She recalled the intense physical demands of the role, which required her to be in a 9-by-9-foot, LED-lit cube for the majority of filming, suspended from […]
April 20, 2013 | 4:59 p.m.
Tom Cruise is expected to win the weekend at the box office with his new sci-fi outing “Oblivion,” which has garnered some notably warm reviews. The Times’ Kenneth Turan, for example, described the movie as a “throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots.” After an early IMAX screening of the Universal film in New York this week, Cruise and “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) talked about their on-set collaboration as one of the secrets to the movie’s creative success. “I don’t know how you wouldn’t collaborate with your actors,” Kosinski told Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan during an interactive Q&A in which people nationwide were invited to participate via Twitter. “They are telling your story for you. It’s so important that the director and the actors are all […]
April 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
In the new film “Oblivion,” Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a former astronaut tasked with remaining behind on a future Earth. He collects small items — a Yankee ball cap, Led Zeppelin albums, chewing gum — that offer some telling insights. “This is a guy who’s in love with a time that exists before he was born,” said director Joseph Kosinski. “He’s on the surface and finding these trinkets. There’s certain things he finds that have a special connection but he doesn’t know why he’s attached to them. That’s part of the fun of this story.” Hero Complex hosted an early screening of the Universal film Monday night in New York and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star and the director talked about the majesty of the “stunning” Icelandic […]