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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“I try to find movies that I think are going to be challenging to make, but also very entertaining for an audience,” he says by phone from New York, somehow making something so obvious sound earnest. Taken at face value, though, it’s a spotless window into the decision-making process of one of the most successful actor-producers in Hollywood. “I’ve made my courtroom drama with ‘A Few Good Men,’ and I’ve never had a conspiracy-suspense thriller like this. With everything that I’ve done, I’ve wanted to entertain an audience.” {nl}It’s hard to wade through the detritus surrounding Cruise the public figure to get to the guts of his new movie, the World War II thriller “Valkyrie,” but it’s worth the effort. Despite prerelease snarkiness about the actor wearing a Nazi uniform and an eye patch to play Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who led a German Resistance attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and overthrow his government, the resulting film is sleek and taut, with a palpable “Whoa, did this really happen?” vibe.{nl}”What blew my mind when I read the script the first time. I put it down and said, ‘This is a great conspiracy thriller.’ Then I thought, ‘Is this true?’ ” Cruise says of the film named for Hitler’s plan to curtail internal uprisings, which was rewritten by the Resistance to turn it against him. Cruise met with co-writer Christopher McQuarrie and director Bryan Singer, last paired on “The Usual Suspects,” “and we looked at the history, and I was saying, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s true!’ I was amazed at how far they got, and Chris’ script – you’re on the edge of your seat just reading it. That’s why I wanted to make it.”{nl}High-profile gamble{nl}The production is the latest high-profile gamble for the nascent studio head – Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner took over United Artists in 2006 and promptly stumbled with last year’s well-intentioned but commercially disappointing “Lions for Lambs.” “Valkyrie” faced widely reported hurdles, including a serious on-set accident, damaged film that required reshoots and changing release dates. The production also met a different kind of German resistance: Officials, including Baden-W

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}”Risky Business” was 25 years ago, but Tom Cruise still looks boyish. In Seattle for a few hours last month, as part of the media barrage accompanying his new film “Valkyrie” (opening Thursday), he grinned when reminded of the anniversary. (Then again, Cruise tends to grin

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 22 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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{nl}”I make a lot of different kinds of movies,” Tom Cruise says, “and I’m always looking for something that’s challenging. But I want to entertain an audience.”{nl}Cruise is describing what drew him to his new movie, “Valkyrie,” which opens Thursday. However indirectly, he’s also describing what it means to succeed at having it both ways: art and entertainment, critics and audience, respect and fame.{nl}One definition of stardom might be as the shortest distance between having it both ways. And while Cruise is a very big star, “Valkyrie” puts that stardom to the test and at a peculiar point in his career.{nl}The film’s directed by Bryan Singer, who made the first two “X-Men” movies and “Superman Returns.” It’s no comic-book extravaganza, though. It’s about a real person, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who was executed after almost succeeding in assassinating Adolf Hitler in 1944. Germans . . . history . . . failure: Is it any wonder that during an interview Cruise keeps calling the film “a conspiracy thriller”?{nl}Box office isn’t the only potential problem. When it was announced Cruise would play von Stauffenberg, a national hero, there were protests in Germany because of Cruise’s connection to Scientology. His involvement in running United Artists (the distributor of “Valkyrie”) has proven, at best, a distraction. And at 46, Cruise has reached an age where hits are harder to come by.{nl}True, his most recent movie, last summer’s “Tropic Thunder,” did well, and Cruise’s over-the-top performance as studio head Les Grossman earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy. But it’s not Cruise’s picture; and the one before that, last year’s “Lions for Lambs,” flopped. The most interesting Cruise picture – certainly, the most prominent one – is the ongoing tabloid franchise that is his life with wife Katie Holmes and their daughter, Suri.{nl}Betting against Tom Cruise has rarely been a smart move, though. His movies have earned aggregate grosses of $6.4 billion – and there’s a reason the tabs keep putting him on their covers. It’s not just what he does but also who he is. “There was that point where, that’s it, he saw the trajectory,” Cruise says of von Stauffenberg. He could be speaking of himself and a different kind of trajectory. Until such time as Will Smith or someone even younger overtakes him, Cruise may be the last real Hollywood star.{nl}In his “Biographical Dictionary of Film,” David Thomson likens Cruise to a latter-day Clark Gable: the confidence, the charm, the staying power. A better comparison may come from literature. Think of Cruise as Jay Gatsby, only he’s a Gatsby unlikely to end up face-down in his own swimming pool. The worst that’s happened to Cruise has been jumping on Oprah’s couch and lecturing Matt Lauer about Ritalin.{nl}Continue reading the full article and hear the audio commentary HERE.  {nl}Source:  Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe

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