{nl}{nl}”From the start, it was very comfortable,” Singer says. “Here was a person giving me complete trust and respect as an actor, and I know that he’s just worked with Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg and Michael Mann — the list goes on. That immediately put me at ease. And ultimately, Tom brings out the best in you.”{nl}”And I think that’s the way you directed me, right from the beginning, with your ideas on the character and the exploration of the character, your generosity as a filmmaker,” Cruise interjects. “When we’re making a movie, I’m an actor. I love acting and I want to be directed. I don’t want to direct myself. And Bryan has an uncanny thing; he knows when it’s right. He knows when things are there.”{nl}By way of example, Cruise singles out one tense scene in which Stauffenberg, having just returned to Berlin after detonating the bomb, phones Olbricht, only to learn of the kinks that have already developed in their can’t-miss plan. “So here we were, working on this scene,” says Cruise. “We tried it a bunch of different ways, and this one time Bryan came in and said, ‘Now, after that line, I want you to hold the phone down. Just say the line and then hold the phone down.’ And I knew exactly that that behavior was perfect. That’s the kind of thing — together, you know we’re going to figure it out. It might seem like a little thing, but that moment — that’s Stauffenberg. That’s someone who’s right there at the edge about to lose control and realizes…he just puts that phone down to gather himself under such tremendous stress. The character was built around these very specific moments.”{nl}The result is a solid performance in exactly the type of role that has long been Cruise’s strong suit: a man of means and determination who, even when thwarted by circumstance (or forced, as in Rain Man, Magnolia and Jerry Maguire, to confront his own shallowness), reliably emerges better, stronger and even more focused than he was before. It’s the archetypical hero’s journey as canonized by Joseph Campbell, and Cruise was born to play it, even if it’s debatable whether or not he was born to play a German officer.{nl}Indeed, Stauffenberg is only Cruise’s third character of foreign extraction, and the previous two (the French bloodsucker Lestat in Interview With the Vampire and the Irish farmer Joseph Donnelly in Far and Away) were emigr

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Check out our gallery for some tender images of Kate & Suri out and about NYC this morning{nl}Out & About NYC – December 23rd 2008{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News
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“An unfussy, adult and stoic Tom Cruise anchors the World War II thriller Valkyrie. In a compact performance of nerve and rare glimpses of emotion, Cruise is a leading man who takes us through a complex story, and ennobles and personalizes events that have now almost faded into history. In Cruise’s hands, von Stauffenberg comes off as a very human window into this history and this engrossing and involving movie.” Roger Moore, OrlandoSentinel.com “Tom Cruise’s portrayal of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is noteworthy of praise. Cruise is able to hold his character surprisingly well for the duration of the film, and shocks the audience by not overdoing the role.” Kara Hallett and Michael Stange, IESB.net “Despite all the mostly non movie related mumblings about Cruise in the press, he is a good fit in the role as Stauffenberg.” Ahmad T. Childress, Craveonline.com “Cruise presents this character as an inexorable and immortally bold patriot who soldiers on despite the terrifying reality of the mission, galvanized only by the threat of collapse of his beloved and sacred country of which he finds worse than the loss of his own life.” James O’Neil, BlogCritics.org “Tom Cruise has an incredibly strong and stellar presence onscreen. It’s really amazing. You remeber why he is, or was, America’s favorite movie star.” Andrea Feczko, E-AsylumTV “Tom Cruise is great in the role of the plot’s ringleader, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. Frequently dismissed as a celebrity personality more than a true actor, Cruise is excellent in the part.” Tony Dayoub, BlogCritics.org “Valkyrie is every bit as good as most commercially-minded Tom Cruise pictures (think The Last Samurai or Minority Report) and reminds viewers that, personal issues aside, Cruise is one of the biggest movie stars of the last fifty years for a reason. He is a solid actor, has uncommonly good taste in material, and continues to work with the very best directors possible.” Scott Mendelson, HuffingtonPost.com “With Tom Cruise you get usually a phenomenal performance, and in this case I think he pulled out another one.” Jordan Hoffman, UGO.com “Tom Cruise is subtle and very real, bringing a lot of complexity.” Didgeridoo, Aintitcool.com “Tom Cruise is brilliant as the aristocratic colonel intent on changing the course of European history. With a patch over his lost, left eye, albeit occasionally with the replacement by an apparently uncomfortable glass prosthetic, he convinces as a charismatic figure brash enough to counteract the warnings of some who outrank him.” Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve.com “Cruise is terrific as Stauffenberg portraying a man of rank but torn between his vow of loyalty and knowing that Hitler had to be stopped.” Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com “Tom Cruise is back! But did he ever really go away? He’s spent the last few years as more of a tabloid figure than a box office draw, but the magnetism and intensity that made him a gigantic movie star have never left him. Cruise fits right in, never letting an overacting tendency get the best of him. ” Katey Rich, CinemaBlend.com “Tom Cruise is perfectly satisfactory, if not electrifying, in the leading role.” Roger Ebert, chicago.suntimes.com

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News, Valkyrie Reviews
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 23 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Below are links to several interesting and insightful interviews with ‘Valkyrie Screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, Director Bryan Singer and Composer John Ottoman.  Enjoy them!!  {nl}Interview with Screenwriter Chris McQuarrie{nl}Interview with Director Bryan Singer{nl}Interview with Composer John Ottoman{nl} 

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 23 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}{nl}“Valkyrie,” Tom Cruise said of his WWII drama, is not a comeback.{nl}For the one-time box-office champ whose “Lions for Lambs” sank like a stone last year, this return to the big screen follows a tumultuous period in which he left his unofficial home studio, Paramount Pictures, married Katie Holmes and generated controversy for his Scientology views.{nl}“I had my daughter. She was born,” he said, referring to now 2-year-old Suri, “and I’ve been making films.”{nl}His fat-suited cameo in ‘Tropic Thunder’ earned him a Golden Globe nomination and now Cruise, 46, plays a German anti-Nazi hero Claus von Stauffenberg, the leader of the audacious July 20, 1944 assassination attempt against Adoph Hitler.{nl}For Cruise, “Valkyrie” – the code name for military operations if Hitler died – was a no-brainer.{nl}{nl}First, there was director Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) – “I’d wanted to work with Bryan since ‘The Usual Suspects’ ” – and a remarkably factual screenplay.{nl}“You know what? When I read the script, I first thought about how incredibly suspenseful this was,” Cruise said in an interview at New York’s Regency Hotel. “When I put the script down, I thought, ‘This can’t be true, this story.’ I’d never heard it before. Really, a great thriller. And Bryan was always very specific about what this film was going to be: A suspense thriller about killing Hitler.”{nl}Cruise grew up like most American kids, “wanting to kill Nazis” from seeing them as bad guys in countless World War II movies. “Valkyrie” details a vast, complex conspiracy – and the film itself generated Internet buzz, location lawsuits in Berlin and several release dates.{nl}“I know there have been a few things written about this film before people have seen it. Just a couple,” Cruise said, then laughed.{nl}But he’s been here before. “So many times in my career, people have said, ‘Well, why are you doing that?’ Even back as early as ‘Top Gun’ or ‘Born on the Fourth of July.’ ”{nl}With “Rain Man,” one of his biggest hits, “We went through four directors and it took two years to make. ‘Interview with a Vampire’ was another one. I’ve always chosen things that I felt would be challenging, but I’ve always wanted to entertain an audience.”{nl}Source:  Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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We’ve just added pics of Kate and Suri returning to their apartment last night after shopping at J. Crew in the Time Warner Center.  Be sure to check them out!!{nl}Arriving Apartment – December 21st 2008{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News
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Take a look at this little preview of Tom on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ playing “touch the head”.  Jimmy can make you do the silliest things!  Be sure to tune in tonight and see Tom on Jimmy!  It’s a really fun show!!{nl} {nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News
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PROGRAMMING REMINDER:{nl}Tom will join Jimmy Kimmel on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” tomorrow night (Monday/Early Tuesday) at 12:05 AM on ABC.  Don’t miss it!!  It’s hilariously funny!! 

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}Tom Cruise has recieved praise for his role as a Nazi assassin in his latest film ‘Valkyrie’ from none other than the grandson of the soldier he is playing in the controversial film reports New York Daily News.Philipp von Schulthess, the soldier’s grandson who also has a small role in the controversial war drama, insists the actor represented his grandfather “wonderfully”. He defended the actor despite criticism from his own family about the film.Cruise plays injured World War II Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who led a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in the film.The history-making Colonel’s children voiced objections to Cruise playing their father.”Most of them (von Stauffenberg’s children) haven’t seen it. They’re crossing their fingers this turned out well. I think it did, and hope they agree.” Von Schulthess told the New York Daily News. {nl}Source:  Press Trust of India

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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