{nl}It’s make it or break it time for Hollywood’s former top gun, whose high-flying status is riding on Valkyrie…{nl}Tom Cruise knows you’re talking about him.{nl}Whether it’s your opinions about his wife, Katie Holmes, 2 1/2-year-old daughter Suri, or the couch-jumping incident on Oprah (he tells the Star on reflection, “I could have handled things better”), his ears must be endlessly burning.{nl}But Cruise insists he’s used to it. It’s been that way since he was an 11-year-old going to school in Ottawa.{nl}”Being the new kid, you’re constantly … I dealt with the rumours,” says Cruise, looking straight ahead, fumbling his words as he explains what it was like for a kid whose family was always on the move.{nl}”I’d find out years later where people thought I came from, or who you were. You experience that on some level of, `I never said that, how could you think that?’”{nl}Then Cruise became a movie star and favourite tabloid target. “I’ve been dealing with that for 25 years,” he says with a smile.{nl}Cruise, who was in Toronto for two days last week, hopes his brief trip here will have people talking about him anew, but not about his Scientology beliefs or Oprah antics. He’s seeking to generate buzz in connection with Valkyrie, the World War II thriller directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) that stars Cruise as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer who helped lead a failed plot to assassinated Adolf Hitler in July 1944.{nl}Much is riding on this movie for Cruise, beyond the rumoured $90 million (U.S.) cost of the film. Valkyrie is his second project as co-owner of United Artists. It’s a film that industry watchers say is critical to his continued seat at the high-stakes player’s table in Hollywood.{nl}It’s also Cruise’s chance to redeem himself and prove he’s still got box-office pull after UA’s first movie, the poorly received Robert Redford-directed Lions for Lambs (starring Cruise, Redford and Meryl Streep) barely got out of the gate last year.{nl}Consequently, Cruise can’t be happy Valkyrie was shut out of the Golden Globe nominations, announced two days after he left Toronto. Cruise was, in fact, nominated, but for his comic turn in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, as foul-mouthed and furry studio boss Les Grossman.{nl}The Valkyrie shoot seemed beset by problems, from reports (since denied by both Cruise and Singer) that German officials were reluctant to let Cruise shoot crucial scenes in Berlin because of his affiliation with the Church of Scientology. Then 11 extras were injured on the set and sued. And the movie’s opening date has been shunted around from last June to February 2009

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}{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}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}{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}”A bright candle” is how filmmaker Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) describes the actor and executive producer of “Valkyrie,” a white-knuckle thriller about the real-life German officers who conspired, and failed, to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.{nl}”Alfred Hitchcock explained the difference between surprise and suspense,” says Cruise, casual in an untucked navy-blue shirt and dark pants. “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}”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}”Valkyrie” takes its name from the mythical handmaidens who carried fallen heroes to Valhalla. In the movie Cruise plays Claus von Stauffenberg, hero of the German resistance, who lost an eye, a hand and two fingers on his other hand in battle, and with great difficulty crafts an explosive and smuggles it into Hitler’s quarters.{nl}An Oscar contender in a holiday movie season where everyone, it would seem, dies but Hitler, “Valkyrie” is one in a clutch of Nazi-era movies (“Defiance,” “The Reader,” “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”) coming to your arthouse or multiplex.{nl}Cruise is as puzzled as everyone else by what may have spurred this boomlet. It may be, he allows, that the generation that resisted Hitler or survived his death camps is dying out, and thus there is an urgency to debrief these last eyewitnesses to history.{nl}”I met with von Stauffenberg’s daughter and other family members to get a measure of the man,” he says.{nl}When you think Tom Cruise movie, you think unprincipled contemporary youth who grows a conscience by the final reel (“Risky Business,” “Rain Man,” “Jerry Maguire”).{nl}Yet “Valkyrie” is one in a trio of Cruise historical dramas – along with “Born on the Fourth of July” and “The Last Samurai” – in which real warriors reconsider the morality of war. What makes Cruise the right man for the job, and different from most of his peers, is that even when his character is introspective he takes action. Cruise emotes with his whole body, not just from the neck up. He radiates electricity.{nl}For him it’s more about the mental workout than the physical one. “The fun thing about movies,” he says, “is that I get to enter these historic worlds, to learn history from the figure’s viewpoint.”{nl}He met with Vietnam vet and antiwar activist Ron Kovic while preparing for “Born on the Fourth of July.” And read up on the French mercenary Jules Brunet, on whose life his character in “The Last Samurai” is based.{nl}”When you have a real-life figure to play, you have more clues to approach the character,” Cruise notes, “but greater responsibility to present the figure accurately.”{nl}For an actor who has worked in every genre except the musical, Cruise’s filmography is remarkably thin on comedy. (“Risky Business” and “Jerry Maguire” are coming-of-age stories with comic passages.){nl}Yet on Dec. 11, Cruise received a Golden Globe nomination for his jaw-droppingly funny turn as Les Grossman, profane, insane and unchained studio mogul in Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder.” Though not exactly known for his sense of humor on or offscreen, Cruise revealed the funny bones beneath his character’s hairy, prosthetic forearms.{nl}”It’s not that dying is easy and comedy hard,” Cruise says, referring to the deathbed crack often attributed to English actor Edmund Kean. “It’s that it’s hard to find one.”{nl}”Ben and I” – that would be Stiller – “are working on a concept called ‘Hardy Men,’” about the Hardy Boys all grown up. “And Will and I” – that would be Smith – “are looking for a comedy we could do together.”{nl}But that’s the future and this is now, Cruise’s reconciliation tour. He is making amends for his irrational exuberance in 2005, when he jumped the couch on “Oprah,” effusively declaring his love for Katie Holmes, now his wife and mother of his third child, and delivered a heated anti-anti-depressant rap to Matt Lauer on “Today.”{nl}He’s been looking at the videotapes and has apologized (to Lauer) for his “arrogance.” He admits to recently reviewing his TV appearances from as far back as 1983. “I just saw my first (“Entertainment Tonight”) interview and I was sweating, it’s hilarious,” he says. At the time, he adds, “ET” dismissed him as “just a teen idol.”{nl}”Valkyrie’s” release marks Cruise’s 27th year as a professional actor, his 25th as a star. He made his debut in “Taps” (1981) opposite Sean Penn. If an actor doesn’t care whether he alienates his audience and a star does, then Penn is an actor and Cruise, though he has played unsympathetic in “The Color of Money,” “Collateral” and “Magnolia,” is undeniably a star – with an actor’s chops.{nl}In any generation it’s hard to sustain 25 years at the top of the entertainment industry, even harder today when the industry is so diffuse.{nl}Was it intuition or good advice – or a combination – that has guided him?{nl}”Gut instinct,” he blurts. “And the decision not to make ‘Top Gun 2.’{nl}”I wanted to challenge myself, I wanted to work with Martin Scorsese (“The Color of Money”) and Oliver Stone (“Born on the Fourth of July”),” he says. “I was incredibly fortunate that I got to work with the likes of Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman.”{nl}Cruise laughs heartily telling about stalking his future “Rain Man” costar Hoffman in 1984 in a restaurant in New York during Hoffman’s storied Broadway run in “Death of a Salesman.”{nl}”He was SO cool, wearing this hat and eating Cuban food, and I went over and said hello and said something like, ‘You look at “Risky Business and know how we were indebted to “The Graduate.’ I never dreamed we’d work together.”{nl}This fall, Cruise has been stalking another Broadway actor in an Arthur Miller revival – his wife, Katie Holmes, who is in “All My Sons.”{nl}”I’ve seen it more than 20 times,” he says proudly, “and Suri” – their 2-year-old – “goes to hang out in the dressing room.”{nl}And his older two children from his marriage to Nicole Kidman, Isabella, 16, and Connor, 14, where are they?{nl}”They’re home-schooled, so they can travel wherever we are,” he says. “They’ve been raised on sets and in makeup trailers. We’re nomadic.”{nl}Let other celebrities rent villas when they’re on a movie set. Cruise, Holmes, et al. are bunking down in the Union Square bachelor flat Cruise bought in 1983 with his “Risky Business” earnings.{nl}”It’s small, but we’re snugglers,” he says. “We’re all on top of each other.”{nl}For an instant he looks down at his ring, which boasts so much ice that you would not be surprised to find it in a highball. “I’m not a jewelry guy,” he says, almost apologetically, “but I love being married.”{nl}Source:  Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Enquirer

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 20 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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Check out this hilarious “fantasy interview” between Tom and Guillermo, a character on The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show at the NYC premiere of Valkyrie.  Don’t miss Jimmy on Monday night!!  {nl}{nl}{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 20 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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Here’s little preview of what’s gonna happen on Monday’s interview of Tom on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Enjoy the pics!  The show airs on Monday night (Tuesday morning actually) at 12:50 AM on ABC.  You’ll love Tom playing “Touch the Head”.  {nl}Jimmy Kimmel Live – December 22nd 2008{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 20 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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Check out these five wonderful clips of Valkyrie in different formats and sizes. Enjoy them!{nl}“Redeem Yourself”http://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_med.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_high.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_720p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_480p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_240p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_300k.wmvhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Redeem_Yourself_700k.wmv{nl}“Plenty of Time”http://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_high.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of Time_med.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_720p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_480p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_240p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_300k.wmvhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Plenty_of_Time_700k.wmv{nl}“Not All Like Him”http://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_med.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_high.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_720p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_480p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_240p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_700k.wmvhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/Not_All_Like_Him_300k.wmv{nl}“North Africa”http://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_med.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_high.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_720p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_480p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_240p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_700k.wmvhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/NorthAfrica_LongVersion_300k.wmv{nl}“It Didn’t Go Off”http://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_med.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_high.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_720p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_480p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_240p.movhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_700k.wmvhttp://mgmstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o23/mgm/It_Didnt_Go_Off_300k.wmv

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 20 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 19 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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Read this excellent interview with Tom and Bryan from AskMen.com.  Tom discusses ‘Valkyrie’, filming in Berlin, the lack of need for German accents, release dates, his next project, working with Kate and more!  Enjoy!!  {nl}1- What made you want to do this film? Tom Cruise: When I read the script I just thought how incredibly suspenseful it was; really, a great thriller.I’ve always wanted to work with Bryan [Singer] since I saw his film Usual Suspects. We met at the premiere of Mission: Impossible and I told him then: “I want to work with you.” When I put [the script] down, I thought this can’t be true. Then I sat down with Bryan and found out that it is completely true. I’d never heard it before. There were certain things I thought had to be movie conventions, like Stauffenberg visiting Hitler the day after D-Day. It’s interesting and it actually happened. Actual dialogue in the film was taken out of letters and journals that [the film writers] had studied.2- Do you think this is an important movie to come out among all the Holocaust films, so people can judge a country based on the whole and not individual events? {nl}Cruise: That’s definitely important because I didn’t know the story. It’s important to know that it wasn’t everybody who believed that Nazi ideology. I grew up wanting to kill Nazis, wanting to kill Hitler, and I’d think: “Why didn’t someone just shoot him.” This was a massive, comprehensive story. We could have made it a five-hour, even a 10-hour miniseries. Bryan, though, was always very specific that this was a suspense thriller about trying to kill Hitler.{nl}Bryan Singer: It’s not a Holocaust film. The movies and subject matter that’s happening to come out around this time is a coincidence, but this is far from a Holocaust movie. This is a conspiracy thriller about killing Hitler. As Tom was saying, it happens to be a bonus that this is true. It’s incredibly gripping and you may think they’re Hollywood conventions, some of the twists and turns, but it actually did happen.{nl}3- What’s your definition of success?{nl}Singer: Freedom. To be able to do the work you want to do. Sometimes it comes with money, financial freedom. Sometimes it comes with trust of people in your creative community. Either of those will give you creative freedom. As a director, if you’re able to do the work you want to do, then you’re successful — really successful — and that’s a blessing.{nl}Cruise: I have to agree with Bryan. I’m going to do this for the rest of my life and to have the ability to make the kinds of films I have and work with the people I’ve worked with is… I just love movies. As I’ve told people before, when I was making Taps or Risky Business, I just thought: “I want to enjoy these moments because I don’t know if they’re going to happen again.” Then there’s a certain moment when I started working with Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Spielberg, Scorsese, Oliver Stone, and Bryan Singer. The kind of creative freedom that I’ve been privileged enough to have, I’m really proud of that.But personal success is really being able to have my kids and raise a family. As much as I love movies, I’m very fortunate that my family is happy and healthy. That is the most important thing.{nl}4- Why was the movie pushed back to this release date?{nl}Singer: The movie was originally supposed to be released much earlier, but then the Tunisia sequence set us back.{nl}Cruise: We didn’t move the release date back for awards season. Christmas is a great time of year for audiences; it’s the biggest time of year to go. You want to put your film in a place to reach a broader audience because that’s the type of movie this is. We could have made it four hours long, but we wanted to do a suspense thriller.{nl}Read the rest of the article HERE

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 19 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Katie Holmes spent her 30th birthday performing in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 19 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}ET’s on the red carpet with Tom Cruise’ for the L.A. premiere of his new thriller, ‘Valkyrie,’ and we spoke to the star about the fans’ reaction to his new film, and the special birthday surprises he planned for his wife Katie Holmes. {nl}”It’s been great,” Tom says about the fans positive feedback for the film. “It’s been really great. To see the audiences how entertained they are by the film and people really now understanding the film that we made and putting into context. It’s been very exciting.” {nl}Tom also told ET’s Thea Andrews about some of the special things he planned for his wife’s birthday, and even gave Katie a special birthday shoutout from the red carpet. {nl}”I love you sweetheart,” he says. “Happy Birthday.” {nl}In ‘Valkyrie,’ storming into theaters Dec. 25, Tom plays Col. Claus Graf von Stauffenberg, who helped to hatch a plot to eliminate Adolf Hitler at the height of World War II. {nl}Source: ET

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 19 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie News
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