{nl}Valkyrie is still out there making money this weekend, so before you go watch Tom Cruise try to kill Hitler, stop here to hear from the man himself, along with director Bryan Singer. They talked about their experience making the movie as partners, how this is totally not a Holocaust movie, and interestingly, what makes up their definitions of success. Tom, do you see this as a comeback?{nl}Tom Cruise: I don’t really see it that way. I’ve just been making movies.  I’ve been making films. Do you think this is an important movie?{nl}Cruise: I think that’s definitely– it’s an important story. I want to entertain audiences. That was a bonus for the film.. It’s important to know, of course, that it’s not everyone. It’s not everybody who felt that and fell into that Nazi ideology. That, to me, was surprising. I grew up wanting to kill Nazis, wanting to kill Hitler. I thought, why didn’t someone just shoot him? Singer: It’s not a Holocaust movie. It’s a conspiracy thriller about assassinating Hitler. As Tom was saying, the bonus is that it happens to be true. Things that you think are Hollywood conventions that happen in the movie, some of the twists and turns actually did happen.Cruise: It’s not a biopic. Every time we’d start talking about the Holocaust and the different characters and trying to put as much into that story as possible, Bryan always went back to, this is a piece of entertainment. We wanted to bring this movie to a broader audience. What is both of your definitions of success?{nl}Singer: Freedom to be able to do the work you want to do. Sometimes that comes with money and financial freedom. Sometimes it comes with having trust in the people in your creative community. As a director, if you’re at a point where you can do what you want to do creatively, then you’re successful, really successful.Cruise: I have to agree with Bryan as far as making films. I’m going to do this for the rest of my life. To have the ability to make the kind of films that I want to make, and work with people that I’ve been able to work with. I just love movies. I’ve always done things that I thought would be challenging, but I’ve always wanted to entertain audiences. I feel very privileged to do that. Personal success for me is raising my kids and my family. As much as I love movies, that’s always been my priority. How does your working partnership work?{nl}Cruise: i have a great respect for him as a filmmaker, storyteller, and that’s how it s when you’re going into a film like this. I think this film is about a 20 [on a scale of 1 to 10] as a challenge. Singer: We had the freedom to spend a lot of time working together. From my experience, there was never any difference. I knew that no matter how many takes I asked him to do, it would never be as many as Stanley Kubrick did. We tried, we experimented, and it was phenomenal. He did anything you asked. It was never a lack of trust. As a director you always feel that nobody cares about the movie as much as you do. The partnership that you see here is a relationship with someone who cares about this movie as much as I do.Tom, what was it like being a producer on this film?{nl}Cruise: I’ve produed a lot of movies beforehand. There’s always the balance of art and commerce. I like to look at that as opportunities as opposed to restrictions. It’s not just having talent, making film. It’s important also to know to surround yourself with great people. I’ve got very good people that I work with. I’ve always tried to surround myself with people that i respect, that I enjoy working with. At the studio it’s actually a very exciting time. I am an actor first and foremost.How did you decide not to do German accents?{nl}Singer: We didn’t want that to be what the movie was about. It’s a thriller, it should be exciting– the audience should be taken on a ride through the film. The actors speak wonderfully the way they do, in their current dialects, and the characters are all supposed to be German anyway. To have everyone putting on affected German accents, when in reality they’re supposed to be speaking German, I promise you after 20 minutes you would be sick of it. Source:  Katey Rich, Cinema Blend

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 28 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}”Valkyrie” is a meticulous thriller based on a large- scale conspiracy within the German army to assassinate Hitler, leading to a failed bombing attempt on July 20, 1944. At the center of the plot was Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, played here by Tom Cruise as the moving force behind the attempted coup, which led to 700 arrests and 200 executions, including von Stauffenberg’s. Because we know Hitler survived, the suspense is centered in the minds of the participants, who call up the Reserve Army and actually arrest SS officials before discovering that their bomb did not kill its target. {nl}Considering they were planning high treason with the risk of certain death, the conspirators seem remarkably willing to speak almost openly of their contempt for Hitler. That may be because they were mostly career officers in the army’s traditional hierarchy and hated Hitler as much for what he was doing to the army as for what he was doing to the country. Realizing after the invasion of Normandy that the war was certainly lost, they hoped to spare hundreds of thousands of military and civilian lives.Von Stauffenberg was known to be “offended” by the Nazi treatment of Jews in the 1930s and considered the Kristallnacht a disgrace to Germany, which possibly disturbed him as much as the fate of its victims. In any event, little is said among the conspirators about the genocide then underway — although, being alienated from the SS, perhaps they didn’t know what was happening. Perhaps.{nl}Read full review HERE{nl}Source:  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 27 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Reviews
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{nl}Common sense tells us

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 27 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Reviews
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{nl}Hollywood and the people who brought you World War II have been making beautiful music together for decades, and “Valkyrie,” the new Tom Cruise vehicle, doesn’t disturb that melody.The story of a real-life bomb plot against German leader Adolf Hitler’s life — spearheaded by the patriotic aristocrat Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise — “Valkyrie” is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.Certainly the July 20, 1944, conspiracy against the F

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…the movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), “Valkyrie” is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year’s most suspenseful nail-biter.{nl}The story opens in 1943 as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg — who, like much of the regular German army, has long been disenchanted with Hitler — is severely wounded in the North African campaign, losing an eye, his right hand and several fingers of his left hand.{nl}While recovering in Berlin, he’s gradually drawn into the anti-Nazi underground, which already has made several unsuccessful attempts on the Fuhrer’s life; and, in its service, he soon will hatch an even more ambitious effort to assassinate the leader by planting a bomb in one of his high-level strategy sessions.{nl}But knowing Hitler’s death will not destroy the Nazi monster, his larger goal — and the source of the movie’s most intense drama — is a complex scheme to manipulate one of the Nazi’s own fail-safe plans, Project Valkyrie, to neutralize the elite SS force loyal to Hitler, and bring down the entire leadership hierarchy of the Third Reich.{nl}Read the full review HERE{nl}Source:  William Arnold, Seattle Post Intelligencer

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 27 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Reviews
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{nl} {nl}UPDATED Saturday, December 27th!!  {nl}Valkyrie surpassed industry expectations and took in an estimated 8.4 million dollars in 2711 theaters on Christmas Day for a 4th place finish in a crowded field on it’s opening day.  It took in an additional 8 million dollars on Friday for a cumulative take of 16.4 million over two days and is on target to draw over 30 million dollars over the 4 day holiday weekend.  {nl}Congratulations to Tom, Bryan, the full cast and crew and the staff at MGM and UA!{nl}Source:  Variety, Box Office Mojo, BigHollywood.com

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 27 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie
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{nl}So how did Suri deal with the eye patch?That would be Suri Cruise and her dad, Tom, who famously wears a black pirate-esque patch in his new film, “Valkyrie”, a World War II thriller about a plot to assassinate Hitler that opened on Christmas. Cruise plays the coup’s real life ringleader, the aristocratic Col. Claus von Stauffenberg. Suri, often touted as the most powerful tot on the planet, would often walk to her dad as he was ready to leave the makeup trailer, and “she would take my eye patch off,” says Cruise with his trademark laugh. “The girls in the makeup trailer got her a stuffed bear with a patch on it so that she would play with that and start to feel very comfortable.”Suri wasn’t the only one disconcerted by the eye patch. The blogosphere went nuts — not in a good way — when images of Cruise in his character’s Nazi gear first appeared online, but perhaps that’s the fate of being Tom Cruise in the last few years. Every action seems to provoke an unanticipated reaction. Holed up in the Beverly Hills Hotel last week, Cruise is in the middle of the “Valkyrie” press tour, which could also be dubbed the “apology” tour, an elaborate jaunt with stops at some of the media outlets (“Today” show, anyone?) that contributed to his famed couch-jumping, Scientology-spouting, psychiatry-bashing media implosion of 2005.In a green sweater and jeans, the 46-year-old Cruise is thin, friendly and solicitous, with practically the only visible sign of age being the little laugh lines around his eyes. He also appears relaxed — one suspects that was helped in part by the presence of his wingmen, director Bryan Singer and Singer’s childhood friend, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. Unlike many of his peers in stardom, Cruise does not seem to travel with a posse of guy pals, an entourage of buddies from before fame; one can almost imagine him living in a hermetically sealed bubble with wife Katie Holmes, his children Suri, Bella and Connor, his sisters and various Scientologists. But that apparently is not the case.When Cruise is asked if he feels misunderstood, Singer and McQuarrie jump in with the passion of longtime homeboys (well, longtime homies who happen to be intellectual film geeks from Princeton, N.J.). “He’s totally misunderstood. Tom, you need to let us talk about you,” says Singer, passionately, as Cruise looks on vaguely embarrassed. Singer describes the time they all spent with Tom and his family, he and McQuarrie’s circle of family and friends in Germany, and in the desert (where they shot a battle sequence).”You spend the first two weeks waiting for the . . . that you think Tom is to manifest itself. And after a year and half, you realize that is not who he is. . . . He gets a bad rap.””He is a really great guy,” chimes in McQuarrie. “He’s a generous person. He works very hard. He is exceedingly professional. There is no hierarchy of any kind on the set. We would have . . . somebody’s mother came to visit the set and Tom would spend the afternoon having lunch with that person’s mother.”Cruise is more subdued about the vagaries of being Cruise. “I can’t spend my time worrying about it,” he says. As a kid, he moved constantly. “I was always the new kid. I went to different schools and I would hear back rumors about where I came from.”Now it’s the same phenomenon, but “on a world stage, and sometimes it gets even very extreme and you’ve got to laugh about it. And some of it you kind of go, OK. OK, as in breathe, be Zen, ignore what you cannot control.”For those who are not Cruise-ologists, here’s a recap of the various bad news that afflicted the Cruise world in the last few years. Besides the various dents to his image, Paramount severed its longtime relationship with the superstar after the so-called underperformance of “Mission: Impossible 3.” Cruise rebounded by taking over United Artists, but earlier this year his longtime producing partner, Paula Wagner, left amid charges that the duo was not productive enough. Their first film, the political drama “Lions for Lambs,” was perhaps the biggest bomb of his career.Cruise began his image rehab this summer with a hilarious turn as a vulgar studio head in “Tropic Thunder” and received a Golden Globe nomination for his hip-swiveling.Still, the task is not yet complete. A lot rides on “Valkryie,” a $90-million thriller that doesn’t exactly shriek holiday good cheer. (Reviews have been mixed to negative.)The film itself has been dogged with controversy, including the German government’s initial reluctance to let the filmmakers shoot in Berlin’s Benderblock because of Cruise’s practice of Scientology (a policy later rescinded) and changing release dates. And, oh yes, Singer, who’s made such films as “X-Men,” is also coming off ” Superman Returns,” a blockbuster so ill-received that it could have conceivably killed the franchise.One can understand why they were happy to retreat to Berlin to discuss the minutiae of the Nazis for hours on end, make a film about brave men banding together to take down the greatest villain of the 20th century and watch a ton of movies together. “You know we are film geeks,” says Cruise.”And he’s worked with every filmmaker that we would be talking about!” says Singer, recalling how they would grill Cruise for firsthand dope on greats such as Kubrick and Spielberg.Singer says he’s been obsessed with Nazis from a very young age. “I had these two friends that were German, and . . . we had a little Nazi club.” The kids didn’t know what Nazis did exactly, but they were fascinated by the spectacle. One day, Singer, who is Jewish, arrived home with a homemade swastika armband scrawled in crayon. “My mom saw it. She, wow, she exploded at the sink. I will never forget[that]and the lecture.”As kids, McQuarrie and Singer made various 8-millimeter films about Nazis in Singer’s backyard, and once faux-executed a buddy in his basement using a blood pack attached to fireworks.”Nobody got killed during the making of the event,” jokes McQuarrie.And “Valkyrie” isn’t the first feature film Singer has made about a Nazi — he also directed 1998′s “Apt Pupil.”As a kid, Cruise himself had “a German helmet that had blood on it.””It was always how we are going to kill the Nazis and how we are going to kill Hitler,” he said. He also liked to watch WWII documentaries, which left him with a lifelong love of airplanes. (He actually owns a P-47.) “I would look at these images and, of course, I always wondered why didn’t someone just shoot Hitler.” Once he started working on “Valkyrie,” Cruise got what sounds like a personal seminar in Hitler and the Third Reich, led mostly by McQuarrie, who went so far as to actually interview 91-year-old Rochus Misch, Hitler’s last living bodyguard. Cruise refused to go on that fact-finding mission. “I didn’t want to meet him,” says Cruise. “Evil is still evil. I don’t care how old you are.”While Singer and McQuarrie led Cruise into an examination of Nazi Germany, he unwittingly also led them into a study of the circus that follows him.”There was some crazy” stuff, says Singer. Early on, he asked Cruise to come to a coffee shop with him. And he said Cruise told him, ” ‘Yeah, well I can hide. I can lay down in the back of your car. We’ll get out the driveway, maybe the people outside the house won’t follow.’ “”It’s what I call the tail of the comet,” says McQuarrie, recalling a time they went out for pizza with their kids [he has little girls too] in Germany and were peacefully taking a walk when Cruise stopped to help a shopkeeper carry a heavy metal clothing rack from outside her shop in for the night. “As soon as we stopped, the tail catches up to you and you realize that you are being followed by like two dozen people at a distance.””You just have to accept it,” says Cruise, who tries to stay calm, particularly around his kids. “You know you can spend your life living in your single room, but that is not for me. That’s not who I am, my family is or how I want to raise my kids. I don’t want to live that.”{nl}Source:  Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 27 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}When the door opens and Tom Cruise enters the suite of Seattle’s Hotel 1000, it is with that distinctive whirl of charisma and seductive confidence that has made him the world’s biggest movie star of the past 25 years: killer smile, eyes that bore into you, the firmest of firm handshakes held for a few flattering seconds.{nl}His hair is moussed back, and he’s dressed with casual elegance: jeans, Italian boots, a knit shirt with sleeves pushed up to his elbows. At 46, a few lines crinkle the corners of his famous face as he smiles, but he still looks so boyish he probably could get away with playing the lead in “Risky Business II.”{nl}It’s the first week of November, and he has come to town to publicize his new movie, “Valkyrie” (which opened Thursday). Why so early? “Chris (McQuarrie, the film’s writer-producer) lives in Seattle, and we thought we’d give you guys the first crack at it. This is actually my first interview for the film.”{nl}Even so, and even though the film — in which he plays a German officer who tried to assassinate Hitler — is a huge departure and career gamble, he admits he’s having “a hard time focusing” on what’s going on today because last night Barack Obama was elected president, and “everything else seems insignificant right now.”{nl}”Katie (Holmes, his wife) called me from New York last night, and the cheering on the streets was so loud I could hear it over the phone in her hotel room. It’s amazing! It feels like a turning point in history, doesn’t it? A great, great new beginning for the country after all we’ve been through for the last eight years.”{nl}As we take our seats and reminiscence a moment about his last Seattle visit (to publicize 2002′s “Minority Report”), he acknowledges that he, too, “could use a new beginning.” Despite his marriage and “a lot of joy” in his personal life, the past few years “have been a rough period in many ways.”{nl}Rough, indeed. After two decades of unparalleled popularity, the world seems to have turned on Cruise over the past few years. Think of that uproar over his couch-jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. Or his being fired from his special relationship with Paramount because of “his behavior” and the poor box office of “Mission Impossible III.”{nl}He’s been constantly under attack for his Scientology beliefs, especially after a clip of him espousing the religion wound up on YouTube, and his stance against psychiatric drugs made him the bad guy in a public conflict with friend Brooke Shields. When he went to Germany to film “Valkyrie,” much the country wanted him to stay away.{nl}Still, he doesn’t see himself as any kind of victim. “I made some mistakes, and I didn’t handle some situations very well. I’ve learned some valuable lessons from all these experiences. Has it made me cynical? Absolutely not. But, yes, it’s made me more cautious. … In the age of the Internet, you have to be more careful.”{nl}Cruise seems willing to discuss these unpleasant matters, but he’s also noticeably uncomfortable with the subject. What he really wants to talk about is “Valkyrie.” He admits he’s nervous about the film and — since I’m one of the first critics to see it — he wants to know what I thought of it.{nl}When I tell him I thought it was pretty terrific — the most nail-bitingly suspenseful movie I’ve seen all year — he makes a fist, shakes it in the air and gives out an enthusiastic “Yessss!” that startles me. For a moment, I think he might jump on the couch, but instead he just beams and says, “Well, that’s music to my ears.”{nl}”Valkyrie” tells the story of Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German Army officer who tried to rid his country of the Nazi leadership in a complex plot that included a July 20, 1944, assassination attempt on Hitler by planting a bomb in one of his high-level strategy sessions.{nl}”We’ve tested the movie and have a certain amount of confidence in it. But it’s a challenge to keep an audience in a state of suspense when they basically know the outcome of the story — that, you know, Hitler ultimately didn’t get assassinated. And you never know for sure how a movie is going to play to critics.”{nl}The film is the second Cruise has produced under the United Artists banner since he took over the moribund movie company in 2005. The first, the 2007 anti-Iraq war drama “Lions for Lambs,” bombed badly, but Cruise says its failure didn’t “deter his commitment” to make the new UA synonymous with important, prestige movies.{nl}He admits that when the script of “Valkyrie” came to him, he’d never heard of Von Stauffenberg and didn’t know there had been a significant anti-Nazi German resistance in World War II. “But I love history, and I’ve read a lot about the Third Reich and the drama of the man’s quest just really appealed to me from the start.{nl}”It hit me that Von Stauffenberg was an authentic hero … and that his special kind of heroism was worth examining. Movies, of course, are full of heroes and I’ve played a few of them myself. But, while this action-movie (bravado) is fun, it’s not real. It doesn’t give us an honest portrait of a genuinely heroic life.”{nl}Cruise says he tried to play the character with “no phony courage,” as a man dedicated to “his task … risking everything — including the fate of his wife and children, and the certainty of being branded a traitor to his country — because he knew it was the right thing to do.”{nl}As he elaborates, it’s apparent that he identifies with Von Stauffenberg on some personal level that he can’t quite verbalize. And it strikes me that what he’s saying about the man’s character is very similar to what he wrote in his eulogy for his friend Paul Newman in People magazine shortly after the actor’s death.{nl}When I point this out and the conversation shifts to Newman, something comes over Cruise: His manner relaxes, his face brightens and his eyes tear up. He says, “Paul lived with such dignity and left such a legacy — as an actor and a philanthropist — that words can’t do justice to his accomplishment.”{nl}Growing up, Cruise suffered from dyslexia, felt abused in several ways and later told at least one interviewer his own father was a “bully.” And it’s clear that Newman (“He used to call me ‘Cruiser’ “) was a cherished father figure for him — to the point where he’d be happy to sit here all day and talk about him.{nl}Stardom, he says, is an “unnatural” thing to happen to a human being. Most stars “haven’t handled it well” — and plenty “have been destroyed by it.” But “think of Paul’s life. He had a successful marriage, he did great work and he made the most of the responsibility his (superstar status) gave him to do good things for the world.”{nl}Is it important for Cruise to have a role model? “It is, yes. When things get tough — as they invariably do for everyone — we need to be able to look at another person who’s gone before us and draw inspiration from the way he handled his difficulties. Having someone like this in your life is a gift.”{nl}As his publicist enters the room to signal my time is up, Tom Cruise seems to have a small epiphany.{nl}”Now that I think about it,” he says with a smile, “this idea is probably one of the reasons that made me want to make ‘Valkyrie.’ Like Paul, Von Stauffenberg is a good role model. So I guess you could say that both men have been a gift to me.”{nl}Source: William Arnold, seattlepi.com{nl} 

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 26 December 2008 | Filed under News
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Tom is on the cover subject of the Australian magazine FILM INK. Check back soon.  We’ll be posting the scans shortly.{nl}

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