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Tom Cruise is Back with Box Office Gold

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

“The best intentions often come back to haunt you.”

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Present A Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production.  In a Film by Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise stars in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT,” with Executive Producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, and Produced by Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers,  and J.J. Abrams.

Written by  Christopher McQuarrie, and  Dylan Kussman, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the outstanding cast in the next exciting installment of this legendary franchise includes;  Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, and Frederick Schmidt.

About the Film

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

About Tom Cruise

A world wide icon and star, the legendary Tom Cruise has made a lasting and powerful contribution to the history of cinema that stands the test of time.  Emerging as a handsome young star in films including “Top Gun” and “Risky Business,” the actor proved again and again, year after year, that not only was he not going away, but he was just getting better and better.

With “A Few Good Men,” “The Firm,” “Rain Man,” “Collateral,” “The Last Samurai,” and “The Color of Money” cementing the star as a force to be reckoned with as one of the acting greats of our time, “Minority Report,” “Eyes Wide Shut, “Interview with the Vampire,” and “Vanilla Sky” brought out a daring, sexy edge to his work that took his stardom to a whole new level.  With his “Mission: Impossible” series, among many others, Tom Cruise proved himself box office gold, as one of the most successful stars of all time.

A consummate professional and expert of the craft of movie making, Tom Cruise is indeed a filmmaker not only in front of the camera, but also involved in all aspects of film production.  With over 42 films made, his role as a producer and talent has seen the lauded star working with a stellar list of celebrated film directors including; Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ed Zwick, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Brad Bird, Doug Liman and Chris McQuarrie, among more.

Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades, Tom Cruise is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned eight billion dollars in worldwide box office — an incomparable accomplishment.  A stunning 17 of Tom Cruise’s films have grossed more than 100 million dollars in the United States alone, and a record 22 have grossed over 200 million dollars globally.

“Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” released in July 2015 was one of the biggest hits of Tom Cruise’s career, grossing nearly 700 million dollars worldwide. Combined, the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has brought in nearly 2.8 billion dollars since Tom Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them, also starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt.

Tom Cruise received Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” in addition to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination for “Magnolia.” He also garnered three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor wins for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” and one for Best Supporting Actor for “Magnolia,” as well as nominations for his roles in “Risky Business,” “A Few Good Men,” and “The Last Samurai.” In addition, Cruise has earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild®, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.

In addition to his prolific artistic contributions, Tom Cruise has used his professional success as an avenue for positive change, becoming an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education and human rights. Honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world, in May 2011, he received the prestigious  Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award.

And In June of 2012, he received the Entertainment Icon Award from the Friars Club for his outstanding accomplishments in the entertainment industry and in the humanities. He is the fourth person to receive this honor after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

Mission Impossible – Fallout hits theatres world wide on July 27th 2018.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is a Paramount Pictures release. (Work cited: Tom Cruise dot com). Textual, image, and trailer images © 2018, Paramount Pictures, all world rights reserved. Used with kind courtesy of Paramount. Hollywood Sentinel.

 

Tom Cruise Stars in The Mummy

Remembering Humanity

jack reacher--hollywood sentinelJack Reacher Debuts in Theaters on October 21st, 2016

I’ve been watching a lot of older, great films lately. One thing that I am reminded about, when viewing motion picture, is something that I learned in one of my screenwriting classes, and that is that every well developed character in a film needs a backstory. What that means is this…take Will Smith’s character in “The Pursuit of Happyness” for example; We see that he is trying to get a good paying job, and make good money. But why? We quickly learn it is to take care of his young boy. But so what? Why is that? We learn it is because his characters father was not around for him, and he promises himself that he will never do that to his child. He will be there for ‘his’ boy. Now ‘that’ is a compelling motivation. His motivation for success runs deep–beyond the ordinary man. He ‘must’ succeed in order to not only care for himself, but to care for his boy, and to help break the cycle of abuse and abandonment that his spirit carries.

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The Backstory of a Character

When a film has no backstory, that is, when the character’s motivation is not clearly established, we generally feel nothing for them. Why do they do what they do? What are they running from or towards? Are they compelled by love, fear, jealousy, hate, or what? In order to have a powerful character in a film we care about, we generally need to see or understand some of the inner compulsion of the character. Without backstory, without the reason ‘why’ they are doing what they do, we generally have no emotional development, and thus–no care for the character.

The greatest films, fueled by the greatest screenplays, have greatly developed characters that we ‘feel’ for. That we either greatly hate, or most often generally love, or can relate to. Without knowing something deep and personal about the character, we typically feel that the character is empty, shallow, and void of depth or meaning. We don’t care about them, and therefore, do not relate strongly to the film. A great character of depth helps create in cinema what we call the ‘suspension of disbelief,’ whereby our conscious mind momentarily forgets the outside world, and relates wholly to the character on screen, considering their pain–our pain, their truth–our truth, and their victory–our victory.

The Force Within Us

When Luke Skywalker conquers the evil Darth Vadar, it is not just Luke we are cheering for, it is for the universal good in us all. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas tapped in to what Joseph Campbell referred to in his book and video “The Power of Myth,” as the classical archetype, which extends across all time, space, lands, and generations. It is the inborn spirit in humanity that years for truth, for love, and for the greater good. Without archetype, without ‘reason’ in our characters, our stories are often flawed, and our sense of wonderment, awe, and compassion is either lost, or worse still–never there to begin with.

Life Imitates Art

I want to ask you to think for some time about your life as a movie script. How many strangers do you see each day that are not developed in your mind? In other words, how many people out there do you encounter that you know nothing about? That you have no backstory for? The reality is, we ‘all’ have a story. We all have a backstory–a reason for why we do what we do–right or wrong. We all have something we are running from, or towards. We all have hopes, dreams, fears, weaknesses, hates, loves, motivations, and things that inspire and compel us. Yet how can we ‘feel’ any care, compassion, or sympathy, let alone any empathy, for those characters in our lives–those ‘strangers,’ when we have no emotional bond compelling us to see them as anything more than just a blip on the screen of our life? What concern will we feel when that stranger is just as another flat, boring, irrelevant character on the screen, that we know nothing about?

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I want to remind you that ‘you’ are an undeveloped character to someone, to a stranger–just as I am to many. Those that become ‘famous’ have a two dimensional view of them ‘known’ by many, but even this is not ‘knowing.’ How can you know a person? Just as we know a character. We know where they came from, we know where they are going, we know a bit of their soul and what drives them; their passions, their weaknesses, their loves, their fears, their hopes, and their obsessions.

Strangers–The Undeveloped Characters of Our Life

Unlike the movies, the undeveloped characters–those ‘strangers’ in our life really are developed, they really are deep–we just haven’t heard, seen, or read their stories. And yet how many times do we pass by a stranger, giving not a thought nor care to their life, to their feelings, to their humanity? How many hundreds of thousands of homeless on the streets in Los Angeles and every major city throughout the world have a story–a purpose they are not fulfilling, a dream they yearn to see come true?

We are all human, we all have a spirit, a purpose– a soul. I want to remind you as I also remind myself, that while we can shut off the characters on T.V, or in the movies who we don’t feel anything for, we should think twice before shutting off our feelings, compassion, or interest for those we know nothing about in the real world. Everyone has feelings. People matter, whether you know them well or not, they were once an innocent, helpless child, they were once full of life and hope–they had dreams, and yes, somewhere deep inside, beyond all the unknowing, beyond all the fear, regret, pain, remorse, or hate, beyond all their goals not yet achieved–they still may dream of something magical and magnificent. We all have feelings–we all have a passion, a purpose, yearning to break free.

I dare you today, to go out into the world during your day, and help someone in need. Help someone get their hope back that may have lost it, or their faith in the decency of humanity. It is good to get what we want, to have our goals, and achieve them; there is nothing wrong with that, that is healthy, and necessary. But as we do better and better each day, it is also our responsibility to remember others–to help when we can, to do more. Let’s build better characters not only on the big screen, but in our own lives.  And together, we can all watch a life–our life as it unfolds–that we are proud of.

–Bruce Edwin

Copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER:  NEVER GO BACK.  Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives.  On the run as fugitives from the law, Jack Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.  Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.
Jack Reacher text, and image are used with permission with courtesy of Paramount Pictures, copyright 2016, Paramount Pictures, all rights reserved. The Hollywood Sentinel, 2016.