April 17, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Shame
This week, pickings are slim yet again, but at the very least, most of the choices we do have are pretty good ones. As usual, we will note that there are some other things hitting home video shelves, like Frozen Planet, the BBC nature series by the same guys who brought you the stunning Planet Earth and Life; and a new Criterion of ˇAlambrista!, the 1977 Robert M. Young film about immigration. Aside from those, though, we'll be covering the latest Ethan Hunt adventure, the Michael Fassbender-powered film about sex addiction, a doc about animal orphans, a post-apocalyptic thriller, and a classic from Japanese auteur Yasujiro Ozu. Click through for the full list!
January 3, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Mission: Impossible Stays On Top
This weekend Tom Cruise rang in 2012 by being the top draw around the world once again as his latest action sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol topped the box office over the long Friday-to-Monday New Year's holiday weekend. The Paramount release saw its four-day gross dip 13% to an estimated $38.3M which lifted the cume to a sturdy $141.2M allowing the new chapter to surpass the $134M final domestic take of the previous film in the series, 2006's Mission: Impossible 3, in a mere 18 days of release. Successfully reviving a franchise that was thought to be dead, the $145M-budgeted Ghost Protocol is now on track to reach the $200M mark while the global gross is on a trajectory to smash the $500M barrier.
December 26, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Cruise Claims #1 Spot at Christmas
Scoring his first number one film in a lead role since his last turn as Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise scaled to the top of the charts over a sluggish Christmas session with his latest spy sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol which topped the North American box office in its first round of wide release. The top three spots were all sophomore sequels playing musical chairs from last week's rankings as the batch of new holiday releases were met with more modest turn-outs settling for slots in the middle of the top ten. Overall sales were disturbingly slow but studios are hoping that the week ahead will see heavy traffic at multiplexes thanks to the extra time off so many people will have. Monday is a national day off and should see a strong spike in activity for all films.
December 15, 2011
Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes Plays a Good Game
This week at the movies, we've got a brilliant detective (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law), secret agents (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg), singing rodents (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, starring Jason Lee and David Cross), and a prodigal daughter (Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt). What do the critics have to say? Purists griped about the first Sherlock Holmes, but audiences didn't seem to mind the famously logical detective in full on action mode. Critics say you'll get more of the same with A Game of Shadows.
October 28, 2010
Fourth Mission: Impossible to Be Titled Ghost Protocol
Paramount has announced that the official title of the fourth "Mission: Impossible" will be "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" -- and Tom Cruise says the plot will see him spending "many days, many hours" on the side of the world's tallest building.
October 28, 2010
New Line Wants Tom Cruise for Rock of Ages
Tom Cruise is the belle of the ball lately: with "Mission: Impossible" and "Top Gun" sequels in the works, he's also reportedly been offered a role in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" adaptation.
August 6, 2010
Tom Cruise Takes a Pay Cut
With "Knight and Day" underperforming and studio budgets shrinking, Tom Cruise has agreed to take a substantial up-front pay reduction for "Mission: Impossible 4."