DAYTONA BEACH — Actor Tom Cruise will drive the Chevrolet Camaro pace car at the start of Sunday’s Daytona 500. It’s a bit of a familiar scene for news, coming 19 years after his movie character Cole Trickle stormed Daytona in the movie, “Days of Thunder.” The invitation and acceptance was facilitated by NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who 19 years ago supplied the race cars used in that movie. Cruise was a guest of Hendrick’s this past December in New York City at the annual NASCAR awards banquet. With today’s announcement, the 51st running of the Daytona 500 has suddenly become fodder for the celebrity tabloids. Not only will Cruise attend, along with wife Katie Holmes, but Cruise’s ex-wife, and “Days of Thunder” co-star, Nicole Kidman will be here with husband Keith Urban, the country crooning Aussie who will perform a pre-race concert. In recent years, the Daytona 500 pace car has been driven by baseball half-of-famer Cal Ripken Jr., talk-show host Jay Leno, and racing legend Junior Johnson. NASCAR will insist that Cruise take some laps in the Camaro Sunday morning, to make sure he’s comfortable on the track. Also, Hendrick will ship two of his “Days of Thunder” cars to Daytona, and they will be on display during Sunday’s pre-race hours. {nl}Source: Cfnews13

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 13 February 2009 | Filed under News
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{nl}Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise will face off in a big-budget adaptation of “The Matarese Circle,” a thriller based on the novel by Robert Ludlum.{nl}Cruise is in final negotiations to take on the role of the Russian spy Vasili Taleniekov, mortal enemy of American intelligence operative Brandon Scofield, to be played by Washington.{nl}Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg (“Eastern Promises”) will direct the potential globetrotting franchise for MGM.{nl}The “Matarese” storyline follows two arch-enemies who are forced into a distrustful collaboration against a wide-reaching political conspiracy orchestrated by a mysterious organization called the Matarese.{nl}Ludlum drew inspiration from David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission in the 1970s. But Cronenberg and “Wanted” scribes Derek Haas and Michael Brandt have updated the timeframe from the Cold War to a contemporary setting.{nl}“Matarese” represents a return to the high-tech action milieu that served Cruise well in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. He most recently starred in the World War Two thriller “Valkyrie,” which has grossed $139 million worldwide.{nl}Cruise, a partner in MGM’s United Artists division, had been considering several projects, including the Spyglass Entertainment thriller “The Tourist” and the Universal comedy “Food Fight.”{nl}MGM and independent financier Relativity Media spent about $4 million for the “Matarese” book and writer package in April, with Washington attached to star. Relativity is no longer involved in the project.{nl}Ludlum wrote a follow-up to “Circle” in 1997 called “The Matarese Countdown,” but MGM does not have the rights to it. the late author is a good gamble for MGM, especially with international draws on board like Washington and Cruise. The “Bourne” trilogy, also derived from Ludlum novels, grossed $945 million worldwide for Universal. Several other Ludlum properties are in development at Paramount, Universal and Summit. {nl}Source:  The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC, Reuters

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 12 February 2009 | Filed under News
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Tom Cruise is in talks to star with Denzel Washington in “The Matarese Circle,” the David Cronenberg-directed adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller that MGM will put into production this year. {nl}Cruise will go mano a mano with Washington as two bitter enemy spies who, after spending two decades trying to kill one another, find themselves in the crosshairs of the Matarese, a powerful group at the root of a conspiracy. The script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“Wanted”) contemporizes Ludlum’s original Cold War premise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler will produce with Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith’s newly formed Captivate Entertainment. Henry Morrison is exec producer. {nl}The deal is coming together quickly, and it is unclear whether it will be structured in such a way that MGM can tap the Merrill Lynch production funding that was raised when Cruise became an owner of UA. {nl}Project becomes the marquee film under the new regime of MGM topper Mary Parent, and the film is expected to be released in 2010. {nl}Cruise, who’s coming off “Valkyrie,” is expected next to star with Charlize Theron in “The Tourist” for Spyglass. {nl}Source:  Michael Fleming, Variety

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 12 February 2009 | Filed under News
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With the tremendous influx in news, interviews and pics over the past couple of weeks which kept everyone busy, we’re just getting around to posting some additional video’s from Tom’s international press tour. This one is from Moscow and the press conference he gave before the premiere.

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 10 February 2009 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Interviews
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Tom’s worldwide appeal continues.  He’s the cover subject of numerous international magazines this month.  Below are just a couple of them.{nl}{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 9 February 2009 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie
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“It was… It was interesting. There’s been a few different guys that we talked to. And early on there were discussion about having an Ocean’s Eleven cast. Tom Cruise and whoever. I went to him. He called me after 300 just to say that movie was awesome and ask what was I doing. And I said I was working on this thing Watchmen and he said, ‘Well, come tell me about it.’ So I went over to his house and we just kind of rapped about it. And we really didn’t go much further than that. “And then the other day, I went over there and showed him our first trailer and he was like, ‘This is frickin’ cool.’ Which is cool. He’s a pretty cool guy. And I think he’s just genuinely interested in the movie. Everybody was like, ‘Oh he’s Tom Cruise, he must have an ulterior motive about wanting to be in it or something.’ But I really just think he just wanted to see it. {nl}Source:  IGN

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 9 February 2009 | Filed under News
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 7 February 2009 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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THESE VIDEOS ARE A MUST SEE FOR ANY CRUISE FAN!!{nl}Tom speaks in depth about the preparation and filming of ‘Valkyrie’, Bryan Singer as his director, as well as the real incident that inspired the film and his personal feelings about Operation: Valkyrie. This is Tom at his best and most exciting speaking about something he loves.  Enjoy the video’s{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 7 February 2009 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Interviews
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 7 February 2009 | Filed under News
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We’ve added lots of scans to our gallery. They’re from this weeks Spanish magazines, which are reporting on Tom’s visit to Madrid. We have Hola, OK and other ones HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Enjoy them!{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 6 February 2009 | Filed under News
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