Below is an exerpt from an interview with John Ottoman, who is both editor and composer on Valkyrie.  He has some interesting things to say about the internet! {nl}_____________________________________  {nl}MM: You mentioned it being marketed as a thriller. The marketing has been sort of public for this movie. There’s been a lot of… {nl}JO: There’s been a lot of bullshit about this movie. (laughs) It was actually one of the most interesting films to do, I was really having a blast doing it when we were seeing the footage and so forth. And then you start hearing this crap on the Internet and it’s very frustrating because I don’t have the right to go out and counteract it on the Internet. [The studio would] probably shoot me if I did. And they were saying, “Let’s be above the fray and not get down in the dirt with these people, these gossip sites.” So we just kind of let it go. {nl}I felt like I was reliving the Dukakis campaign again, where all that crap was being said about Dukakis and he never said anything! (laughs) It was very frustrating, but you got to just keep doing your thing and hopefully it’ll go away. But it just started festering and I discovered that the Internet is one of the most hateful things in existence. It’s basically for sex and hate. Because I’d read the stuff and think, ‘Where’s this coming from?’ {nl}READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE{nl}Source:  Andrew Gnerre, MovieMaker

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 31 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interviews
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Check out our gallery for pics of Katie and Suri returning to their apartment after last nights show.  {nl}Arriving Apartment – December 29th 2008{nl}

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 30 December 2008 | Filed under News
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Enjoy these new promotional stills of Valkyrie recently added to our gallery!{nl}Valkyrie Promotional Stills{nl}

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Though the Tom Cruise movie “Valkyrie” received mixed reviews in the United States, it has been greeted with a measured and hospitable reception in Germany, where it was once viewed with suspicion, Reuters reported. In “Valkyrie,” Mr. Cruise, left, plays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a Prussian officer who led an assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944. During the film’s production, the German Defense Ministry briefly refused to allow filming at the Bendlerblock memorial in Berlin, citing Mr. Cruise’s beliefs in Scientology (which is not a recognized religion in Germany). Stauffenberg’s son, Berthold Stauffenberg, told Der Spiegel, “I fear that only terrible kitsch will come out of the project.” But in writing about “Valkyrie,” the newspaper K

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 30 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie
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{nl}The makers of Valkyrie seemingly faced a mission impossible: create suspense out of a failed plot (spoiler!) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. {nl}{nl}And yet the glossy Hollywood product works like gangbusters — a historical thriller loaded with tension and paced like a Messerschmitt.{nl}Valkyrie isn’t perfect, but the film is perfectly entertaining. Viewers looking for insight into the motivations of the major players should explore other options.{nl}When the audience meets Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), the German colonel has already made the distinction between serving his country and serving the Fuhrer.{nl}READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE{nl}Source:  Nick Chordas, The Columbus Dispatch

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 30 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Reviews
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{nl}The tight World War II thriller “Valkyrie” lugs a steamer trunk full of undeserved baggage: producer/star Tom Cruise’s celebrity meltdown, chatter about a rough production, speculation about accents. There’s also the ridiculous cultural expectation that every WWII movie since “Saving Private Ryan” has to be some kind of Oscar-baiting Important Statement About War. {nl}I hope gossip-choked moviegoers can see past all that because it has nothing to do with what matters: the story onscreen. “Valkyrie” works as intended: as a taut, unpretentious and unapologetically old-school WWII flick where the accents are all over the place and you’re too caught up to notice. {nl}The film reunites director Bryan Singer with “The Usual Suspects” screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (working with Nathan Alexander), and has more in common with men-on-a-mission classics like “The Great Escape” or “Von Ryan’s Express” than it does with “Private Ryan” or “Flags of Our Fathers.” {nl}Like “Suspects,” “Valkyrie” concerns smart men and failed heists. This time, the smart men try to steal a government. It’s based on the true story of disgusted German military leaders (played by Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp, Bill Nighy and others) who staged a failed coup against Hitler on July 20, 1944. Their risky plan involved killing the F

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 30 December 2008 | Filed under News, Valkyrie Reviews
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High stakes, high tension: Riveting WWII thriller a must for history buffs{nl}“Valkyrie” pits Tom Cruise against Adolf Hitler in what at first blush sounds like a particularly surreal title bout in MTV’s claymation smackdown series, “Celebrity Deathmatch.”{nl}Casting the Tominator as Count Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the German army officer who led a near-miss plot to assassinate Der F

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Eric Lomos, head of worldwide distribution for MGM, speaking to the Los Angeles Times has stated that “The public speaks louder than anyone else.” with regard to the weekend success of Valkyrie, which exceeded expectations by taking in 21.5 million over three days and 30 million over four days.  {nl}Source:  Los Angeles Times

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Even the overly critical Associated Press had to admit the obvious:  VALKYRIE IS A HIT !!  {nl}____________________________________{nl}After the reasonably strong box office performance of “Valkyrie” over the weekend, skeptics were robbed of the chance to declare “Flop!”{nl}The Tom Cruise WWII thriller earned $21.5 million over the weekend, with a four-day haul of $30 million since it opened on Christmas Day.{nl}That was a solid and better than expected box-office draw for “Valkyrie,” which cost a reported $90 million to produce (director Bryan Singer has pegged it at closer to $75 million) and perhaps more than half that to market it.{nl}”This totally robs the nay-sayers of their ability to deem it a flop, because it’s not,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “It does show the renewed star power of Tom Cruise.”{nl}Dergarabedian credited Cruise’s comic (and Golden Globe nominated) performance in the summer’s “Tropic Thunder” in helping audiences again embrace the actor.{nl}He also noted that a film about Nazis wouldn’t have earned nearly as much without Cruise’s star power and a savvy marketing campaign. That campaign

Posted by Tom Cruise Forever Staff on 30 December 2008 | Filed under News, Press Valkyrie
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The final numbers are in and Valkyrie did extremely well over the 4 day Christmas weekend.  {nl}It took in just over 30 million dollars over the long four day weekend and 21.5 million for the 3 day weekend putting on par with The Last Samurai, Collateral and Vanilla Sky.  The film looks to be positioned to take in over 100 million dollars in it’s theatrical domestic run.  Very good news indeed!!{nl}Sources:   Variety, Associated Press, Box Office Mojo, Reuters, USA Today {nl} {nl} {nl} 

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