By in January 19, 2009 • Filed in: News, Press Valkyrie

Times Now correspondent Janice Sequeira spoke exclusively to Tom at the Seoul premiere of ‘Valkyrie’ about his much talked about second world war drama and much more. {nl}There is also an excellent compliation video of Tom’s trip to Seoul on the Times Now site located HERE{nl}Janice: Whats the biggest complement you’ve received post the screening of Valkyrie  Tom: Its been really nice because the outpouring I’ve got from various friends has been that they were ‘very egaged by the film and found it to be very suspenseful. Different historians have also written in complemented us on the detail in the picture.  Janice: Was it difficult for Bryan Singer to convince the gorgeous Tom Cruise to wear an eye patch considering all your female fans will be a little disappointed?  Tom: You know, I think the eye patch is cool. There was something cool about the eye patch. I mean it was part of the character. Oh yeah I wanted to say congratulations on ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.Janice: Speaking of Slumdog, when are you coming to India? Tom: It has been a dream of mine to come to India. Hopefully in the next year i would come depending on the filming. But I always talk about to friends who have been there and I also have friends that are from India so I cannot wait to go there. For me that would be a dream goal of mine. {nl}Janice: Do you want to say anything to your fans in India? Tom: I am looking forward to coming to visit you.{nl}Source:  Times of India  {nl}

By in January 18, 2009 • Filed in: News, Press Valkyrie

{nl}Tom Cruise, who the Korean press praised for his gentlemanly demeanor and warm rapport with his fans following his arrival in Seoul on Friday, remained calm and serious at a press conference for his film “Valkyrie” at the Grand Hyatt Seoul yesterday. {nl}The conference was part of a promotional tour that began Friday when he landed in Gimpo Airport, and continued Saturday, where a hand-printing event was held at Yongsan CGV. {nl}Flanked by “Valkyrie” director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, both of whom shot to fame following their collaboration on 1995’s “The Usual Suspects,” Cruise fielded a series of questions, primarily about his work on the film. {nl}At one point a reporter asked Cruise, “You do not seem to have aged much since you starred in ‘Top Gun.’ What is your secret?” {nl}”I want to see the reporter,” Cruise said, grinning. {nl}”I’m also curious,” quipped director Singer, referring to Cruise’s ability to remain youthful. “I want to know.” {nl}”I have no idea,” the 46-year old actor/producer answered. “I exercise. I eat. I don’t have time to sleep because I’m working and I have kids.” {nl}”You don’t have time to age,” Singer concluded. {nl}Singer may be on to something. Over 27 years, Cruise has starred in approximately 28 films to date, won three Golden Globes and according to news reports, took over the United Artists Studio with corporate partner Paula Wagner in 2006. {nl}Cruise has been haunted by negative publicity about his religion, Scientology, the wobbly performance of the first film produced by Cruise under the new United Artists, “Lions for Lambs,” and the reported sudden departure of Wagner from the studio. {nl}But his performance as a ruthless film executive in Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder,” won him rave reviews. And rumor has it that he and Stiller might be teaming up again in “Hardy Men.” {nl}Scientology, United Artists or even the lapse of Viacom’s deal with Cruise and Wagner’s production company Cruise/Wagner Productions did not come up at yesterday’s press conference. Though there was a question regarding his daughter Suri, Cruise did not have time to answer it. {nl}The spotlight stayed on Cruise’s second United Artists production, “Valkyrie,” a thriller that documents the failed coup d’etat led by German army officer Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise, during World War II. {nl}Based on the true story of a German count and colonel who made several attempts to assassinate Hitler, “Valkyrie,” according to Cruise, is the second film in which he plays a “real character.” The first was “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989). {nl}”I always wanted to kill Hitler,” said Cruise during the press conference. {nl}”The film is so layered,” Cruise added. “It is all the way down, even to the signature. The film is just layer upon layer of story. With this kind of structure, you have to be almost, haiku, with moments.” {nl}”We have moments there where he is looking at his children and he can’t have those conversations and he must do what he must do for their future and for the future of humanity,” Cruise elaborated, referring to moments where his character is unable educate his children on the wrongdoings of the Hitler regime for fear it would implicate them in his plan. {nl}Director Bryan Singer, who directed “X-Men” and “Superman Returns,” stressed the level of authenticity of “Valkyrie,” stating that it involved real airplanes that were “all shot live.” {nl}”There is even a scene where Tom is in a plane flying over Germany, and I’m doing Tom’s makeup because there is no room for a makeup artist,” he said. {nl}”The film hinges on suspense,” said Singer. “It is not a typical action war film … but there is plenty of action, plenty of excitement.” {nl}When asked why he and the rest of the “Valkyrie” team selected Korea as the first Asian country to showcase the film, Singer answered: “The reason we are in Korea … is because it is an extraordinary rising market for films, both international and Korean films.” {nl}”For me, it is exciting,” he added. “My father was a veteran of the Korean War. He was excited about me coming here to see how the country has evolved.” {nl}Cruise said, “The welcome that I have received here I will never forget and I certainly appreciate it. And I love coming here, that’s why I’m here.” {nl}Following the press conference, Cruise attended a red carpet event at the Megabox Theater in COEX at 6 p.m., putting an end to his Korean tour. {nl}Source:  Jean Oh, Korea Herald

By in January 18, 2009 • Filed in: News, Press Valkyrie

{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

By in January 18, 2009 • Filed in: News

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}

By in January 17, 2009 • Filed in: News, Valkyrie Interviews

{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

By in January 17, 2009 • Filed in: News

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}

By in January 16, 2009 • Filed in: News

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}

By in January 15, 2009 • Filed in: News

{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

By in January 13, 2009 • Filed in: News

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

By in January 13, 2009 • Filed in: News, Valkyrie Interviews

{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}