Tom Cruise and MGM should be saluted. Valkyrie has endured more negative speculation than any movie in recent memory, but rather than succumbing to the bad buzz, they turned it around and created one of their first self-generated hits. Their weekday numbers have been respectable and after the upcoming weekend, this WWII spy drama will have crossed the $60 million mark after only 11 days in theaters. {nl}Source:  Entertainment Weekly

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As of yesterday, New Year’s Eve, ‘Valkyrie’ has now surpassed the 40 million dollar mark just 7 days after it’s Christmas Day release.  The current box office total is estimated at 40.9 million!!{nl}More kudos to Tom, the impressive cast, Bryan and the whole gang at UA!  You go guys and gals!!  {nl}Source:  BoxOffice Mojo

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{nl}The moment I walked out of my screening of Valkyrie a few weeks back, I knew I wanted to talk with both director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. While I didn’t get to talk with Singer (next time!), MGM did get me some time with Christopher McQuarrie, who turned out to be a fascinating person to talk with, because not only did he write the screenplay for Valkyrie, but he produced the film as well. If you’re at all interested in hearing a lot more about the inspiration behind Valkyrie or the extensive research that went into it, then you definitely need to read this interview. Or if you love screenwriting and just want to get a grasp on how they formed this impressive screenplay, definitely start here.{nl}I gave Valkyrie a 9 out of 10 in my review of it a few weeks ago. Not only did I love Bryan Singer’s directing and most of the actors, but I especially thought McQuarrie’s screenplay was top-notch. Going into this interview there was a lot that I was hoping to cover just purely out of interest in hearing about how they came up with all aspects of the script and how they turned a fascinating historical WWII story into a great bit of cinema. From there, McQuarrie and I just went into so much more, covering the accents, historical accuracy, the characters, and even the idea of actually having Stauffenberg kill Hitler. Read on!{nl}Q:  It’s been a while since you’ve last written anything and so I’m wondering how you first got involved with Valkyrie and what was it that really interested you in that story?{nl}Christopher McQuarrie: I was in Berlin in early 2002. And I was on a tour of the city. The last place my tour guide took me was the Benderblock which is where a lot of the events of July 20th took place and where the whole story came to an end. And the Bendlerblock is now a monument to the German resistance. And as he was telling me about this

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{nl} {nl}World War II. The Holocaust. Adolf Hitler. To merely speak these words evokes emotions of sadness, horror, and even hatred. It is a one of the low water marks in human history, a time a foolish ideas supported by foolish people. And over sixty years later, the lessons learned and the relevance of World War II era movies remains as strong as ever.{nl}But as time moves on, the full story of World War II and the Nazis becomes more and more fleshed out. Stories you have never heard about come to light. Unsung heroes get their moment in the sun — names like Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg finally get the recognition they deserve.{nl}Valkyrie (currently in theaters) is his story.  Colonel Stauffenberg, as played by Tom Cruise, was the leader of a group whose intent was to assassinate Adolph Hitler and overthrow the Nazi party.  Obviously, the attempt failed, but the story remains riveting, nonetheless.{nl}{nl}”You know what, ” says Cruise, “when I read the script I first thought about how incredibly suspenseful this was and what a really great thriller it was [Director Bryan Sinter] is someone that I’ve always wanted to work with since I saw his film The Usual Suspects.  We actually met at the premiere of Mission: Impossible, the first one and I said, ‘I want to work with you.’  Then when I put the script down I thought, ‘This can’t be true, this story.  How much of this is actually true?’  From sitting down with Bryan then and find out that it’s a true story I just thought it was great.  I’d never heard it before.”{nl}No doubt part of the attraction for moviegoers will be seeing such a fantastic story for the first time – an assassination attempt on Hitler – and find that it is actually based on a real historical event.  History at times has a way of not crediting all of it’s contributors, so movies like Valkyrie really serve to help tell the full story of Hitler and World War II.  The fact that we know how the story ends (Hitler survives the assassination attempt only to commit suicide a few months later) doesn’t take away from the thrill factor of the story either, Cruise says.{nl}”If you look at Apollo 13 and Titanic or any film that’s made out of a book, people know how it’s going to end,” explains Cruise.  “I had an idea when I read it and of course I’ve heard of the briefcase and the table, but there’s no way that…..when I read it I thought it was so surprising to me, the story and the details.  I was surprised in reading it that I was that caught up in it.  I was ripping through the pages.”{nl}One can suppose that even though the story of Hitler is pretty well known, the story of individual Germans like Colonel Stauffenberg has remained relatively obscured.  Cruise details the background of the rogue officer.{nl}”He had actually court martialed friends of his for war crimes,” says Cruise.  “His uncle was concerned for him and arranged for him to go to Africa.  He was that outspoken with Generals.  He was a supply officer.  He wasn’t necessarily on the front lines, but he was behind them saying ‘What’s happening?  How can this happen?  Why is this happening?  This guy is a liar.  This is not the country we want, that I wanted.’  The amount of desperation and pain for him, because he loved his country and wanted a moral country, but one that was a part of and participated in the world, not annihilating it.  Not the Holocaust.  Not world domination.  He was a man that was able to really think for himself within all of that propaganda and recongnized very early on that insanity.  At first he was thinking, ‘Someone was to stop him.  Let’s overthrow him.”  Then it was, ‘Someone has to shoot that bastard.’  That’s a quote of his as early as 1938.  Then suddenly being moved into the place after Africa, his uncle sent him away, and it’s ironic that those injuries actually put him in the position of high command where he got on the inside and realized that the only way to stop this was from the inside.”{nl}For director Singer, he spared no expense and no detail was too small, according to Cruise. {nl}”I have great respect for [Singer] as a filmmaker, as a storyteller and that’s the way that it is when you’re going into a film like this.” states Cruise.  “On a scale of one to ten, I think that this film is about a twenty in terms of being a challenge to make.  The level of the detail in the film from top to bottom even down to Hitler’s signature that he timed at that time period and the same with Stauffenberg.”{nl}Adding to the difficulty was the fact that Stauffenberg had lost his eye and his hand.  For the role, Cruise wore an eye patch, which proved to be more difficult that he thought, greatly affecting his balance.  {nl}”I was surprised,” admits Cruise.  “When we started working on it, it did [affect my balance] and especially when it was dark.  I lost depth perception and balance and also in terms of visual cinematic storytelling it was a challenge I think for Bryan too.”{nl}But Cruise is never one to back down from a challenge, Neither he nor Singer took the easy way out with CGI.  Nope.  In a testament to his dedication to authenticity, Cruise even took the reigns of a Mustang.{nl}”I fly the P-51′s myself and by the way, all the airplanes are real,” Cruise proudly proclaims.  “There are no computer generated airplanes.  All of those planes were real.  We’re in them.”{nl}Although World War II remains as one of the darkest of human eras, the stories of the heroes that rose from the chaos can be an inspiration to us all. And as time goes on, movies like Valkyrie will bring those stories, like those of Colonel Stauffenberg, the recognition they deserve.{nl}Source:  Carlos Delgado, IF Magazine{nl}{nl} 

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Excellent HQ pics of Tom, Kate & Suri leaving the theater after Kate’s performance in “All My Sons” and arriving their apartment have been added to our gallery!  Enjoy them!!  {nl}Leaving Theater & Arriving Their Apartment – December 30th 2008{nl}

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Enjoy these pics of Tom, Kate & Suri leaving their apartment and heading to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater yesterday evening.  They’re in the gallery!{nl}Heading to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater – December 30th 2008{nl}

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United Artists’ second release, “Valkyrie,” got off to a strong start over the Christmas holiday weekend, grossing $30 million in four days. But the movie will have to hold well domestically and score all over the world to make back its production and marketing costs worldwide, which amount to an estimated $150 million or more. {nl}A lot rides on the success of the film

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{nl}In their year end review, Access Hollywood have put Tom and Katie on their list of “Top 5 Couples of 2008″.  Tom and Katie come in at # 4.  Also included on the list are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Victoria and David Beckham, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Barak and Michelle Obama.  {nl}Check out the video HERE

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{nl}Tom Cruise will visit Korea for the first time in seven years as part of a promotional tour for his upcoming movie, “Valkyrie.’’The 46-year-old actor will arrive with filmmaker Bryan Singer and stay for two days, appearing at a red carpet event, Jan. 17 and at a press conference at the Grand Hyatt Seoul, Jan. 18. According to 20th Century Fox Korea, Korea is the only Asian country the two figures will visit during their tour.Based on a true story, “Valkyrie,’’ is set in Nazi Germany during World War II and tells the story of German officers scheming to assassinate Adolf Hitler.Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the key plotters in the film.The star of hit movies “Mission Impossible’’ (1996) and “Jerry Maguire’’ (1996), Cruise has visited Korea three times to promote “Interview with the Vampire’’ (1994), “Mission Impossible 2’’ (2000) and “Vanilla Sky’’ (2001).He recently received rave reviews for his comic performance in the film “Tropic Thunder,’’ which also gained him a Golden Globe nomination.While Cruise will be meeting local fans for the fourth time, it is the first visit to Korea for Singer, who has a large fan base among science fiction and comic book fans for the hit movies “The Usual Suspects’’ (1995), “X-Men’’ (2000) and “Superman Returns’’ (2006).Valkyrie will be in local theaters, Jan. 22.{nl}Source:  Hang Sang-hee, The Korea Times

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Below is an exerpt from an interview with John Ottoman, who is both editor and composer on Valkyrie.  He has some interesting things to say about the internet! {nl}_____________________________________  {nl}MM: You mentioned it being marketed as a thriller. The marketing has been sort of public for this movie. There’s been a lot of… {nl}JO: There’s been a lot of bullshit about this movie. (laughs) It was actually one of the most interesting films to do, I was really having a blast doing it when we were seeing the footage and so forth. And then you start hearing this crap on the Internet and it’s very frustrating because I don’t have the right to go out and counteract it on the Internet. [The studio would] probably shoot me if I did. And they were saying, “Let’s be above the fray and not get down in the dirt with these people, these gossip sites.” So we just kind of let it go. {nl}I felt like I was reliving the Dukakis campaign again, where all that crap was being said about Dukakis and he never said anything! (laughs) It was very frustrating, but you got to just keep doing your thing and hopefully it’ll go away. But it just started festering and I discovered that the Internet is one of the most hateful things in existence. It’s basically for sex and hate. Because I’d read the stuff and think, ‘Where’s this coming from?’ {nl}READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE{nl}Source:  Andrew Gnerre, MovieMaker

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