Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson), Marwan Kenzari (The Promise) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
The creative team is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, and Sarah Bradshaw (Maleficent) produce alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.
ZERO-GRAVITY STUNT BACKGROUND
Over the course of his career, Cruise has dedicated himself to accomplishing ever-more ambitious practical stunts, ones that would test the most seasoned stunt performer. His goal is to place the audience right next to his characters…in every single frame captured by the camera.
In the Mission: Impossible series, Cruise free-climbed the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building), gripped the outside of an in-flight transport plane (eight times), made free-water dives of 130 ft., hung from Utah’s jagged Dead Horse Point by his fingertips and leaped from a Triumph Speed Triple motorcycle…only to tackle a co-star mid-flight.
Whether dangling on the 800-ft. edge of Iceland’s Earl’s Peak for Oblivion or slamming his Chevelle into fellow drivers’ cars in Jack Reacher, it’s crucial to the performer that he pushes himself further in each film, and that the audience shares in the adrenaline.
Cruise has long wanted to lens in Zero Gravity, and in The Mummy, one tactical stunt has become his biggest, most demanding maneuver to date. In order to shoot one of the most visceral plane-crash sequences ever filmed, he’d need to take to the skies.
DETAILS OF THE STUNT
Almost four miles above sea level, Cruise, co-star Annabelle Wallis and key crew—all under the eye of The Mummy director/producer Alex Kurtzman—lensed a sequence that is impossible to shoot on land.
Off the coast of France near Bordeaux—over two days and multiple flights—pilots and astronauts of Novespace Airbus (A-310) took the company 20,000 ft. high.
From this altitude, they climbed rapidly to a 50-degree angle to just over 25,000 feet; there, the plane reduced thrust, and free fell from the sky.
For 22-23 seconds during the ballistic phase, the company felt weightless. As the Airbus free fell, cast and crew balanced dialogue, camerawork and choreography for a plane-crash scene that will appear in summer 2017’s The Mummy.
For the stunt, the pilots enacted a total of 60 parabolas (repeated weightlessness sessions). Each parabola allowed for the filming of a key sequence in the scene.
At least 90% of the plane crash sequence is real. The only visual effects will be added in post-production and blend sets together so they look the same size and scale.
PARABOLIC FLIGHTS / AIRBUS ZERO-G TECH FACTS
Under the direction of European Space Agency astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, crew filmed with Novespace, founder of the first parabolic (Zero Gravity) flights in Europe. The Zero-G Airbus is the only plane in the world manned by three pilots simultaneously: one controls pitch, one controls the wings and one controls thrust.
The “pull-up” phase starts at full thrust and max speed from level flight until a 50-degree incline, before the “injection” phase and beginning of weightless (actual freefall, not floating).
During “pull up,” those aboard feel twice their weight on Earth.
The aircraft is briefly injected into orbit, following an elliptical trajectory above the Earth, so passengers live the true weightlessness that astronauts feel.
ABOUT THE SARCOPHAGUS
The largest single vertical structure ever assembled at the Hollywood & Highland gateway, The Mummy sarcophagus stands almost 75 feet in height, 28 feet in width and weighs an astonishing 15,000 pounds.
Princess Ahmanet’s head section alone is 13 feet tall. This extraordinary feat of engineering took two firms a total of eight weeks to construct, and scores of workers more than 160 hours to install. Split into 9 different units, her supposed eternal resting place required more than 2,500 square feet of steel.
The hundreds on hieroglyphics on Ahmanet’s ancient tomb tell the story of betrayal by her people, and their attempts to hold her between this world and the next. To prepare Ahmanet’s sarcophagus for its The Mummy Day revealing, the tomb required 18 wide-load tractor trailers to move all of the elements into place.
THE MUMMY ZERO GRAVITY STUNT VR EXPERIENCE
As seen in Universal Pictures’ The Mummy, there is a plane-crash sequence in the upcoming film that was shot 90% practically.
The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt VR Experience goes behind the scenes with Tom Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis as they perform the intense Zero G stunt.
Almost four miles above sea level, Cruise, Wallis and key crew—all under the eye of The Mummy director/producer Alex Kurtzman—filmed a sequence that is impossible to shoot on land. A set was built inside Novespace Airbus (A-310) to make it look like the interior of C-130 military transport aircraft.
This immersive VR experience is enhanced by Positron’s Voyager platform, featuring custom engineering and software, guided 360-degree motion control, head-tracked 3D audio, and haptic integration—allowing guests to experience the world of The Mummy in a way they could only imagine.
THE MUMMY ESCAPE GAME
In The Mummy Escape Game, an immersive live-action fan experience that also makes its world premiere at The Mummy Day, guests will be recruited as security guards and enter the sweeping story of The Mummy.
They must solve interactive puzzles to save mankind from the revenge of an ancient princess who has awakened in current day.
Ahmanet’s thirst for justice has spanned centuries, and players must outwit the fearless warrior to survive. Turning the storyline into reality by traveling through multiple rooms, up to 10 players work together within a 60-minute time limit to solve the puzzle and defeat the game.
Genres Epic Action-Adventure Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe Directed By Alex Kurtzman Produced By Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, Sarah Bradshaw Executive Produced By Jeb Brody, Roberto OrciThis content is copyright, 2017, Universal Studios, all rights reserved.Hollywood Sentinel
I was interviewing musicians last year, and met a young 19 year old woman here in Hollywood who told me she had been raped 4 times. The first time was when she was just 12 years old…
It didn’t take long for me to realize why this occurred. At 16 years of age, her mother let her move out of the house and live on her own, because ‘that’s the way “she” was raised.’ So essentially, this child had practically no adult supervision. Her father had died when she was young, and her mother was not much of a mother at all, but rather, simply a body who gave birth to her young, and then, worse than some animals, let her own young go off into the wild– fending for herself at no matter what the outcome. At 12, this young girl had no parents to speak of. Her mother was absent, her father was dead, and she got in a relationship with a young adult who violated the sanctity of her body, mind and soul.
Sadly, she told me that she had trouble speaking with people. I spent about an hour outside in public, coaching her for free not only on the music industry, but on the importance of staying ‘clean,’ off drugs, so that she could maintain her good judgement and be more safe, and to only surround her self with people that were ‘clean’ that had moral values. I think she listened.
1, The first important thing to note in order to keep your child safe in Hollywood, is to be there. Be a parent.
2, Don’t buy in to the mainstream media lie that children should be sexualized and every child and teenager should look like and be a tramp.
3, Know what your child is into, and be their friend, so that they are comfortable communicating with you about anything and everything. It’s better to be shocked by hearing about things from your child or their friends that could happen, before they happen, and prevent them, rather than be shocked about things after they happen, that could harm your child, when it’s too late.
4 Let your child be a child. Don’t try to make them grow up too fast. If they want to play with block or dolls, let them. If they want to be silly, allow them to be silly. Don’t stifle their spirit. Let them have fun. Let them dream. Let them believe in the impossible.
5, Give them hope and encouragement.
6, Don’t tell them ‘no’ all the time. Instead, teach them values and consequences, and teach them right and wrong based on a workable moral principle. Teach them to make right decisions on their own.
7, Teach your child good morals, and be a good example yourself.
8, Teach them to have good self esteem. The better self esteem a child has, the less chance they have of becoming a victim. When one respects and honors them self, they will not be an easy target of abuse.
9, Teach your child how to be true to them self and their own sense of morality.
10, Never leave your child alone, unattended in the entertainment industry; whether for a casting, audition, interview with an agent or manager, acting school, modeling go see, job on set, or anything in the industry. Be there with your child at all times. Have them in your sight. Do not let any entertainment industry exec–no matter how rich, famous, or impressive–ever take your child off away from you behind closed doors! Keep them in your sight at all times. If you can’t be there with them then wait until you can–don’t make exceptions just even once. If necessary, let them wait until they turn 18.
I hope this has helped many of you. For more free information on how to keep your child safe in Hollywood, read this article here published every week, or for specific questions, contact me through this site on the contact button on the top front page. If you know about someone who is a suspected child abuser or trafficker that has not yet been brought to justice, contact The Office of Bruce Edwin directly at 310-226-7176.
If you know a parent with children that could benefit from this information, you are invited to forward this link to them.
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This life we have been given is truly amazing. We create what we want. If you want to fly across the world, you can make some money, buy a plane ticket, and do it. If you want to write a book, make a song, dance, or paint a picture, you can do that. If you want to fall in love, you can be loving, meet someone, and fall in love. You can make money, buy a house, and live your dream. The only thing stopping you is you. If you feel stopped, look at what you tell yourself and what others tell you. Validate your self worth, and do not tolerate others who do not tolerate you or your dreams. Dream bigger every day.
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