{nl}The snow over the weekend in Seoul seemed to melt away with the arrival of superstar Tom Cruise, whose latest film “Valkyrie” makes its Asian premiere here Jan. 22.Fans greeted Cruise Friday at Gimpo Airport, and the 46-year-old threw the mass into frenzy as he posed for photos using his own camera and shook hands with a lucky few. The heat wave continued through Saturday as more than 500 people squeezed into a local theater for the actor’s hand printing ceremony.“I love you all. Thank you, I love you,” said Cruise, wearing a wide grin and a finely pressed suit. For over 20 minutes, the “Mission Impossible” star signed autographs and accepted gifts, including a large poster of his daughter Suri, who is almost as famous as her father here. “Thank you for the most unforgettable night,” he said, leaving behind a hand-printed tile to be displayed at CGV Theater-Yongsan.Word of his extended service to fans spread quickly online, with Netizens calling him “Kind Uncle Cruise.” “The nickname is lovely. I would say the same about the country and the people of this country,” the actor told reporters Sunday in a packed hotel ballroom.The “Top Gun” hero appeared younger than ever in his sexy, form-fitting black shirt. When asked about the secrets of his youth, he said that, being a busy actor and family man, he doesn’t “have time to age.”In “Valkyrie” Cruise stars as a German military officer who risks everything, including his loving family, to assassinate Hitler during World War II. “I’ve been thinking of how it must have been like. Nothing is more important to me than my family,” he said “I came to greatly admire (my character Stauffenberg),” he said about his second time playing a historical figure after “The 4th of July.” “I always wanted to kill Hitler ¯ I hate that guy,” the actor continued, explaining that the movie satisfied his long fascination of the World War II period and queries as to why nobody killed Hitler. “It has certainly changed my life in just knowing that there were people trying to stop him,” he added, calling the movie “a very powerful experience, one I will not forget.”{nl} Many viewers, however, may know that Hitler survived Stauffenberg’s assassination attempt. To this, writer/producer Christopher McQuarrie asserted that “knowing the ending is an asset rather than a disadvantage.” Knowing the fate of the character, viewers will be able to establish a stronger bond with them, he said. Director Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) agreed, saying “Valkyrie” works in the same way the movie “Titanic” does.The director re-partnered with McQuarrie, his old friend and “The Usual Suspects” collaborator, to offer what he calls an “unconventional war movie.” “It hinges on suspense” rather than bloody battle sequences, he said. There are nevertheless live action scenes with real planes and equipment, Singer pointed out. In one particular scene, Cruise, who is known to be a pilot, flies in a small 70-year-old German plane. There wasn’t enough room for the makeup artist to board the aircraft, so Singer himself supposedly did Cruise’s makeup.The director went on to say that bringing the movie here was important because Korea has “an extraordinary rising market for film, both international and Korean films.” Singer, Cruise and McQuarrie took the opportunity to mingle with local filmmakers and actors at a party Saturday evening. The visit also has a personal significance for Singer because his father had been a veteran of the Korean War (1950-53). “It’s only a prelude to bringing filmmaking cultures together,” said Singer. “In every society and culture we do everything to support them (artists). As artists we speak a common language,” said Cruise about meeting Korean cineastes.“I am first and foremost a movie fan and lover. When I get an opportunity to make a movie, I want to entertain an audience,” said the actor, hoping the Korean audience will be able to connect with “Valkyrie.”Cruise finished his tour Sunday evening with an appearance at COEX Mall, southern Seoul. About 2,500 people were invited to watch the film preview at Megabox Theater and many more crowded the venue to catch a glimpse of the star on the red carpet. It took the actor almost two hours to walk down the 100-meter-long carpet as he didn’t forget to ask fans’ names when signing autographs. {nl}Source:  Lee Hyo-won, The Korea Times

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Tom attended the press conference for Valkyrie in Seoul with Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie yesterday at the Hyatt hotel. Enjoy the pics in our gallery.{nl}Press Conference In Seoul- January 18th 2009{nl}

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{nl}Tom Cruise’s career has often courted controversy, but his latest role, as the charismatic, young leader of a daring plot to kill Hitler in 1944, proved to be his most controversial and challenging yet.{nl}WHEN Tom Cruise first met Bryan Singer back in 1996, he promised the director that one day they would work together. “And when I say something, I mean it,” says Cruise with that trademark white smile.{nl}At the time, Singer had just announced his arrival on the Hollywood scene with a spectacular flourish. His first film, The Usual Suspects, was a brilliantly executed thriller and along with critics and audiences all over the world, Cruise was hugely impressed. Fast forward 12 years and his prediction finally became a reality with Valkyrie, a historical thriller based on the true story of a daring plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler by a band of German officers led by Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise.Cruise knew from the first time he read the Valkyrie script

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 17 January 2009 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Interviews
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We’ve added numerous pics of the official Handprinting ceremony which took place at the Yongsan CGV Theater in Seoul today. Keep checking back with us throughout the day.  We’ll be adding more pics of the Handprinting ceremony as well as the press conference!  Enjoy!!{nl}Handprint Ceremony In Seoul- January 17th 2009{nl}

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Tom arrived in Seoul, South Korea today, where he’ll be promoting Valkyrie over the weekend. He will appear at a hand-printing ceremony at the Yongsan CGV Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. On Sunday, Tom will appear at a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Seoul, followed by a red-carpet event in the evening. {nl}Here you have pics of his arrival  at the Gimpo airport today, where lots of fans were waiting for him.  As he usually does, Tom spent lots of time meeting with the fans and signing autographs.{nl}Arriving In Seoul- January 16th 2009{nl}

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{nl}And the winner is … us! The Hollywood party scene during awards season can be frenetic and as messy as Drew Barrymore’s hair. Which is why T, Dom Perignon and Andr

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 15 January 2009 | Filed under News
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A huge number of pictures from The Golden Globes including Tom’s arrival, his presentation of the Best Picture Award, Tom socializing with numerous luminaries during the awards, and the after party which he attended with Katie have been added to our gallery over the past couple of days.   Enjoy them!!{nl}{nl}Golden Globes- January 11st 2009{nl}{nl}Golden Globes After Party- January 11st 2009

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 13 January 2009 | Filed under News
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{nl}There are reflective people who take things in, and radiant people who beam light out.{nl}Tom Cruise is definitely of the second kind. His eyes sparkle, his teeth sparkle, and so does his eternity ring, a wedding band inset with serious diamonds at its equator. In his presence, an SPF 30 sunblock is recommended, to protect against starburn. {nl}Cruise made his unofficial comeback in 2008 by starring as a profanity-spewing movie exec in “Tropic Thunder,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy or musical and places the actor in Oscar contention for the role. He has no film due out in 2009, but the momentum will likely carry Cruise into the coming years, including the comedy “Men” in 2010, in which Cruise will play a married man who becomes roommates with his wife’s lover to save his marriage.{nl} {nl}At 46, the eternally boyish actor who has, incredibly, been top box office for 25 years is as polished and gleaming as a freshly buffed Vince Lombardi trophy. And for one who has a reputation as a control freak, Cruise comes across as unguarded and open about his life.{nl} {nl}”A bright candle” is how filmmaker Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) describes the actor and executive producer of “Valkyrie,” the currently showing white-knuckle thriller about the real-life German officers who conspired, and failed, to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.{nl} {nl}”Alfred Hitchcock explained the difference between surprise and suspense,” says Cruise. “If a bomb under a table goes off, that’s a surprise. But if we know that the bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, that’s suspense.”{nl} {nl}”We literally have a bomb under the table,” he says. “In movies, you want to create drama. In the case of ‘Valkyrie,’ which is a conspiracy thriller, the drama is actually true.” {nl} {nl}CLICK BELOW TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW{nl} 

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 13 January 2009 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}Though he didn’t win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, Tom Cruise loved playing entrepreneur Les Grossman in the film Tropic Thunder. That, plus the fact that the comic turn earned Cruise his best reviews in years, has prompted him to find a way to bring the balding, dancing megalomaniac back.He said that he’s been discussing the prospect with the film’s director/co-writer/star Ben Stiller.”We’ve been talking about doing something for the internet,” he told the press at the awards ceremony.Cruise and wife Katie Holmes were apart last night as he attended the Golden Globes and she gave her last performance on Broadway in All My Sons.  {nl}Source:  Radar

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Tom Cruise has revealed that he was unfazed about signing up for WWII epic Valkyrie, insisting that he knew the movie would be controversial. {nl}The 46-year-old stars as Colonel Count Claus Von Stauffenberg, the man who led the 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler using a bomb concealed in a briefcase. {nl}”I knew it would be controversial. We’ve never seen this perspective before. But I couldn’t ignore it because the story is so compelling,” he told the Mail On Sunday. {nl}”It’s about trying to bring down the greatest evil in the world from the inside. That makes for a fantastic thriller.”{nl}The actor insisted that he was prepared for the criticism that the movie courted, including objection from the German government over his Scientology religion, because he has faced controversy throughout his entire career. {nl}”I’ve done controversial films before. With Rain Man they were hanging Dustin Hoffman and me out to dry. With Interview With The Vampire [author] Anne Rice took out a full-page ad against me taking the part. {nl}”When I did Eyes Wide Shut with Kubrick it was controversial. There have always been these things. But I like challenging roles.”{nl}Source:  Lara Martin, Digital Spy

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