{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}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 26 December 2008 | Filed under News
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Part 1{nl}{nl} Part 2{nl}{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 26 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Gorgeous pics of Kate & Suri doing some shopping at The GAP Store yesterday evening have been added to our gallery.  Enjoy them!{nl}Shopping at Gap – December 23rd 2008{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News
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Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie
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{nl}How Tom Cruise is helping the victims of 9/11, including my own family.{nl}I make my living interviewing celebrities, so I’m not the one who usually gets star struck. But recently, I found there is one exception to my rule: Tom Cruise. I’ve interviewed Tom many times and he’s always charming, polite and entertaining. But this time I had an opportunity to speak to Tom not just as a producer, but as a wife and mother. It was a conversation I’ll never forget, an experience I’ll cherish forever and one my entire family will be eternally grateful for.{nl}Back in September, I wrote about my families experience on 9/11. I wrote about the terror of holding my four-month-old baby in my arms and watching from the deck of our home as the 2nd plane crashed into the south tower just a mere mile away from us. I wrote about how my husband, Dave, a news cameraman, was covering the tragedy when the first tower collapsed. He came away with some of the most chilling news footage of that day and nearly lost his life in the process.{nl}We know how lucky we were that Dave walked away that morning when so many others died. But like so many families who had loved ones exposed to the toxic dust and smoke of 9/11 — we realized that the danger didn’t end when the debris was cleared. Rescue workers and people like Dave, who spent months on location covering the tragedy, were exposed to dangerous toxins. Now, years later, so many of these people are suffering from a variety of ailments which are a direct result of breathing in that dangerous air.{nl}That’s where Tom Cruise comes in. Tom is a huge supporter and sponsor of the NY Rescue Worker’s Detox Program. The program offers a free 30-day detox to those affected by 9/11, including most recently — my husband, Dave. We had heard stories about how the detox worked to rid the body of these dangerous chemicals, but didn’t really know what to make of it until the day Dave called to tell me that as he sat in the sauna, the towel draped across his body turned blue, yellow and black — a result of the heavy metals and toxins he had ingested on 9/11.{nl}In the craziest coincidence ever, I was scheduled to interview Tom Cruise the day after Dave finished the detox. As we were chatting before our interview began, I mentioned to Tom that Dave had just completed the program. It didn’t matter that he had dozens of interviews waiting — right then and there, Tom Cruise the superstar took a back seat to Tom Cruise the husband, father and humanitarian. He stayed with me and asked me about Dave — what happened to him, how he was feeling and what he thought of the program. He wanted to know everything. This actor was not acting concerned — he was concerned. Instead of asking him questions about Katie and Suri, I found myself answering Tom’s questions about my own family. {nl}We finally broke away and it was my turn to ask the questions — this time about Tom’s new film, “Valkyrie.” We talked about the film, and he mentioned how he grateful he is for his family — his three wonderful children and his beautiful wife, Katie. As our interview wrapped, Tom Cruise put his arms around me and hugged me. “Thank you.” He said. “Thank you for telling me about your family.” {nl}Back when Tom helped bring the detox to NY several years ago, there were concerns and questions about the program. Now, six years later, over 900 rescue workers have been helped, including my husband. The results and support from the rescue worker community have been astounding.{nl}So many people know Tom Cruise as the movie star, the action hero and the one who always saves the day on the big screen. But it seems Tom doesn’t need a script to save the day. He’s doing it every single day. Through his generosity and concern for those affected by 9/11 — Tom Cruise is an everyday hero to so many families, including my own.{nl}Source:  Mom Logic

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 24 December 2008 | Filed under News
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{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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