Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell and Penélope Cruz (who was cast as Sofia in both Alejandro Amenábar’s 1997 original and Crowe’s 2001 remake). With all-new enhanced content, a filmmakers’ commentary, and alternate ending, Vanilla Sky makes its Blu-ray debut on June 30th.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise delivers one of his finest performances in this unforgettably powerful film that reunites him with his Jerry Maguire director, Cameron Crowe. Young, handsome and wealthy, publishing tycoon David Aames (Cruise) can have anything his heart desires. Still, David’s charmed life seems incomplete. One night, David meets the woman of his dreams (Penélope Cruz) and believes he may have found the missing piece. But a fateful encounter with a jealous lover (Cameron Diaz) suddenly sends David’s world out of control, rocketing him on a roller coaster ride of romance, sex, suspicion and dreams… to a shocking, final awakening you will never forget.
Vanilla Sky, a Cruise/Wagner-Vinyl Films Production, is a remake of the 1997 Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Released by Paramount Pictures in 2001, the film was directed by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire), with an eponymous song, “Vanilla Sky,” composed by Sir Paul McCartney. The song was nominated for both the 2001 Academy Award for Music (Original Song) and 2002 Golden Globes for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. Cameron Diaz also received nominations (2002 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award) for her supporting role in the film.
The Blu-ray release will contain two versions of Vanilla Sky: the 2001 original theatrical cut and the new Alternate Ending Version. Special features include:
- NEW – Alternate Ending Version of the Film
- NEW – 13 Deleted, alternate and extended scenes with commentary by director Cameron Crowe
- NEW – Vignette: Mask Test
- NEW – Vignette: Kurt Russell Single Take
- Feature Commentary by Cameron Crowe, Nancy Wilson and Tom Cruise
- Photo Gallery with audio introduction by photographer Neal Preston, including new behind the scenes photos
- Interview with Paul McCartney
- Music Video “Afrika Shox” by Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa
- Gag Reel
- And More…
Tom and Connor were spotted at Maryland Terrapins vs Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Women’s Final Four Semifinal at Amalie Arena, in Tampa, Florida yesterday. Enjoy HQ’s in the gallery.
Here you have another new awesome pic from the movie. Enjoy the HQ in the gallery.
Tom told Yahoo Movies that a sequence in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is undoubtedly the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done.
The scene in question, which can be seen at the end of the brand new trailer, sees his character Ethan Hunt strapped to the side of an Airbus A400M plane as it takes off… and Cruise was doing it for real.
We spoke to the 52-year-old star, along with director Christopher McQuarrie, in depth about the mind-blowing stunt.
How did the stunt come about?
Tom Cruise: I knew I wanted to have an airplane sequence. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. As a kid I remember flying on an airplane and thinking: ‘what would it be like out on the wing or on the side of the airplane?!’
Christopher McQuarrie: We knew we needed a stunt. The bar had been raised to such a point [with the Burj Khalifa scene in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol] that the expectations was so high. We kept looking for a location. Unfortunately when you’ve climbed the tallest building in the world you cant have an action sequence on the second tallest building in the world! So any skyscraper was out.
So we came up with two incredibly physically punishing things for Tom to do and we ended up using both in the film. The first is the Airbus A400M scene, the second has only been fleetingly alluded to in the trailer.
While searching for different locations, the production designer James Bissell bought me a model of this Airbus airplane and presented it as something we could use in the movie. I suggested to Tom ‘what if you were on the outside of this thing when it took off’. I meant it as sort of a half joke, but he said back to me: ‘yeah I could do that!’
How did they do it?
Tom Cruise: The things we had to figure out were: the engineering of putting a camera outside the airplane; figuring out where I could go outside the airplane and the images that we had in mind for it.
Then it was physically getting the shot because we wanted to climb at a steep angle so you could see the ground rush away from below me. And that’s a very big airplane. So we met with the test pilot and the guys who created the A400m Airbus and we just talked the numbers on how it could be done.
Then we had to design the rig [for the camera] – because anytime you’re using that kind of power from the engines with that speed you want to make sure the camera doesn’t break off and hit me!
What were the dangers?
Tom Cruise: The things we we’re all very concerned about were particles on the runway and bird strikes. We spent days clearing out the nearby grass of any birds, and they brushed the runway as best they could. My stunt coordinator would poke me if he got reports of bird strikes. The pilot had to be on the look out for anything in the air that could impact me in any way.
I also was testing how to keep my eyes open so you have a shot – I can’t have my eyes closed the entire time. The thing that no one else was thinking about, but I was, was the fuel. You have jet fuel coming right out of the back at me because I’m on the wing above the engine. Even when we were taxying I was also inhaling the fumes and they were going in my eyes.
So we came up with this idea of a lens that covered my entire eyeball. So that when I opened my eyes my pupils and retina had protection from any particles and hard air from the runway.
I remember one time we were going down the runway and there was just a little particle that just hit me, it was smaller than a finger nail. I was thankful it didn’t hit my hands or face, if it did I’d have a problem because those parts were exposed, but it still could have broken my ribs!
Also there was the temperature because we’re in England, because it gets colder every thousand feet. It was so cold, especially because I wanted to wear a suit on the side of the plane!
Christopher McQuarrie: As dangerous as the Burj Khalifa was [in M:I 4] – and it was incredibly dangerous – the Burj Khalifa was static. And here you’re moving at such high speeds.
If a bird hit him at that sort of a speed, that would have been it. That was the one variable that we were constantly aware off.
But the flying wasn’t nearly as bad as the taxiing on the runway because of the exhaust fumes he was inhaling. You cannot understand how physically punishing that stunt was.
I read about a guy in the 70s who did something similar, who’s name was something like “the human fly”, and it started raining and the rain was actually cutting his skin and they had to touch back down. Certainly nobody’s ever done it in a business suit!
How did they complete the scene?
Tom Cruise: Once I was on the side of the airplane that was it. We had a loading station where everyone got in and checked the cameras. Then they wire we me up for sound. Then I’m on. There’s no way to get me off the airplane half way through!
I’m on the side of the plane from the moment the engine starts to the moment the engine shuts down. The climb, the taxi, down the runway, getting the shot, leveling off, turning around and landing. And I did it EIGHT TIMES to get the shot.
Christopher McQuarrie: I’ve never been more stressed my entire life than I was watching that plane take off and land. True to form the big note that Tom gave me before we took off was ‘just remember if I look like I’m panicking, I’m acting! Do not cut unless I do this’ and he touched the top of his head. Sometimes it was difficult to distinguish one from the other. But the truth of the matter is he had a great time doing it.
Tom Cruise: I fly warbirds (vintage military aircrafts), I fly aerobatic airplanes, but this was pretty damn exciting and exhilarating. The adrenaline was flowing!
When that thing was going down the runway it was everything to keep my feet down, then it went up and my body was slamming on the side. I was like whoa, this is intense.
It’s the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done to be honest. The Burj Khalifa scene [from Mission: impossible – Ghost Protocol] was incredibly dangerous, so was Moab [the climbing scene in Mission: Impossible 2]
Motorcycle scenes are dangerous because I can’t wear pads and I don’t wear a helmet. I’m going at high speeds and anything can happen. But I’m in control on a motorcycle… I can put the breaks on.
But outside the airplane there’s so many factors. Just too many things can happen. You don’t want to do it. Once we had it, it was ‘we’re not doing it anymore’!
Source: Yahoo Movies.
Here you have the very first teaser for Mission. Impossible-Rogue Nation. If you are so speechless and eager to see more footage as us you won’t have to wait much since the full trailer will be released tomorrow.
Here you have the first promotional pics from Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation. Enjoy HQ’s in the gallery.
Normal airline passenger boarding isn’t good enough for Tom Cruise anymore. Cruise just wings it as he steps back into the role of superspy Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
“I’ve often sat on airplanes, looked out and thought, ‘What it would be like out there on the wing?’ ” says Cruise. “This is the (stuff) I think about.”
Being Tom Cruise in the fifth chapter of the high-octane Mission: Impossible franchise (in theaters July 31), the situation only gets more intense. Amazingly, Cruise strapped himself to an Airbus A400 for a stunt that put the Hollywood superstar outside the plane during takeoff and landing.
As the first trailer (to be released Monday) will show, the initial ascent is so steep that Cruise’s feet dangle precariously in the air.
“That’s me the whole time. I was standing right over the tires when we landed,” says Cruise, 52, proudly. “It’s nerve-racking for everyone else, but pretty exciting for me.”
The rare stunt shows the spectacular bar that Cruise must surpass each time up for the franchise, which has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Mission: Impossible and Cruise have produced iconic action images since the series started nearly 20 years ago — from Hunt breaking into CIA headquarters, suspended from the ceiling, in 1996’s Mission: Impossible to scaling the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai for 2011’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
“We knew anything we did was going to be compared with the Burj. But it’s not like you could wait for someone to build an even taller building,” says director Christopher McQuarrie. “We keep pushing the envelope.”
The new flick finds Hunt’s highly effective but destructive Impossible Mission Force (IMF) disbanded by vengeful Washington bureaucrats such as the CIA chief (played by Alec Baldwin). But Hunt pulls his team together (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) to battle the shadowy force known as “The Syndicate” and its elusive leader (Sean Harris).
Stunts that involved speeding on motorcycles, getting airborne in cars and holding his breath underwater for a lengthy period were executed in Morocco, Vienna and London. So there’s little time for rest, even after riding outside an A400 for two days.
“I was pretty exhausted, but there’s always more work to be done on a Mission movie,” says Cruise. “It always seems like there’s not enough hours in the day making them.”
Source: USA Today
Rebecca Ferguson’s first day of work on Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation was pretty standard — you know, rappelling 100 feet from the roof of the Vienna Opera House with her legs wrapped around Tom Cruise.
“And it really just escalated from there,” says the 31-year-old Swedish actress, who joins the fifth installment of the adrenaline-fueled Mission franchise as lethal agent Ilsa Faust. “They didn’t tell me a lot about what I’d be doing. But knowing it was a Mission movie, I pretty much knew what would be expected.”
This kind of action should have been a problem for someone with a perfectly normal fear of heights and extreme-speed car chases. In Rogue Nation (opening July 31), Ferguson took on underwater stunts and a solo 120-foot free fall — a shot she had to do 10 times.
“That’s immensely scary, especially if you’re scared of heights,” says Ferguson. “But Tom Cruise is like walking cognitive therapy. I had vertigo, I had claustrophobia. I don’t really anymore. You put yourself in these situations where you just do it. I realized I had this bit of me where I could push myself over the edge.”
Ferguson appeared as strong single mother Ergenia in 2014’s Hercules, but required Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to do her killing. She holds her own in Rogue Nation, even calling her martial arts-proficient character “a female Ethan Hunt,” after Cruise’s lead spy character in the $2 billion-grossing franchise.
Producer Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie were hooked after watching how she carried herself in a non-action audition tape. Ferguson’s charisma burst through.
“She leapt off the screen,” says Cruise. “We got lucky. She’s amazing.”
Before filming began, Ferguson trained for four weeks, six days a week, learning everything from martial arts to firearms. She took quickly to guns, especially a custom-built rifle she had to assemble herself.
“They had to rip it out of my hand at the end — I just loved it,” says Ferguson. “There’s a crazy empowerment to holding a gun like that, which I question morally, since I always called myself a pacifist.”
She also gradually worked her way up in height for rappelling, from 10 feet to 20 and onward, until she was ready for the big-time opera house.
She’s now as dangerous as she looks in a killer ballgown during a scene in which Faust’s martial art skills are on full display. Ferguson had stunt help with the most lethal kicks, “but I did quite a lot myself,” she says.
Her fluid dress and four-inch stilettos were designed to allow maximum mobility as she ran along with Cruise.
“But running on those was nearly worse than jumping off the Vienna Opera House roof,” Ferguson says.
She was so into the Mission zone that it was only after filming ended that she was able to contemplate what had taken place.
“I’m actually just realizing where I have been and what I have been through in the last months,” says Ferguson, laughing. “I’m going through some post-shock.”