By in January 20, 2009 • Filed in: News, Valkyrie Interviews

PROGRAMMING NOTE:{nl}Tom will appear on the German TV show, Wetten dass on Saturday, January 24th.  If you’re in Germany, don’t miss this very special interview! 



By in January 20, 2009 • Filed in: News, Valkyrie Interviews

Tom talks to ET’s Thea Andrews about ‘Valkyrie’,  filming in Berlin and Kate meeting him in Berlin “in a few hours”.  {nl}



By in January 20, 2009 • Filed in: News, Valkyrie Interviews

{nl}{nl}Australian radio duo, Andy and Horgs traveled to Seoul to interview Tom for their show.  The interview aired in Australia today.{nl}YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE FULL UNEDITED, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW HERE!{nl} 



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

Hollywood star Tom Cruise popped into the BILD offices in Berlin to discuss his new film ‘Valkyrie’, chat to staff and rave about German food!{nl}The actor is in town for the European premiere of his new film on January 22 and took time to take a tour of the BILD editorial office. He charmed the staff by shaking hands with everyone and posing for photos.{nl}He told an audience of BILD employees: “I feel honoured to be here. Whenever I come to Germany I always receive a really warm welcome.”{nl}BILD’s editor-in-chief Kai Diekmann wanted to know why he decided to star in the film about Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, who led a failed plot to assassinate Hitler.{nl}“I wanted the world to know that there was a resistance to Nazism, that even then there were people who were against it. We wanted to pay respect to this resistance.”{nl}When asked if this was the most important film he had ever done he replied: “Definitely”.{nl}He also revealed what it is that he likes most about Berlin: “You get the best beer here





By in January 19, 2009 • Filed in: News

Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have announced their noms for the annual Cadet Choice Award.{nl}The cadets’ nominees are Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in ‘The Dark Knight,’ Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) in ‘Valkyrie,’ Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) in ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) in ‘Milk,’ James Bond (Daniel Craig) in ‘Quantum of Solace’ and John Hancock (Will Smith) in ‘Hancock.’ The winning movie character, as voted for by the 4,400 members of the Corps of Cadets, is the one that best exemplifies West Point leadership. The victor will be announced next month. Last year, Will Smith won for his role as Dr. Robert Neville in ‘I Am Legend.’ {nl}Source:  ETOnline



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

{nl}Tom Cruise in Berlin for ‘Valkyrie’ premiere {nl}BILD: How are you, Tom?{nl}Tom Cruise: Very, very well. I am excited!{nl}Valykrie has already earned $71 million in 2,800 US cinemas in 18 days. The ‘Washington Post’ called it an “entertainment juggernaut.”{nl}Tom has changed over the last years. He is still the $7 billion man – the box office total from his 25-year career – but he also has many other strings to his bow.{nl}He is now a film mogul, financier, producer, world star and family man.{nl}“But believe me – I am who I am. I am still the small boy who saved money so that he could go to the cinema and dream.”{nl}The star will hit the red carpet in Berlin tomorrow for the European premiere of his new film.{nl}BILD: You turned a German hero into an on-screen legend. Germany must thank you. How did you find out about Claus von Stauffenberg?{nl}Tom Cruise: I was a child when I read ‘the Diary of Anne Frank’ for the first time



By in January 19, 2009 • Filed in: News

After two days spent promoting Valkyrie in Seoul, a handprinting ceremony as well as a press conference, Tom attended the premiere of his film this evening. As always Tom was very kind to his fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. Enjoy tons of pics HQ in our gallery.{nl}Premiere In Seoul- January 18th 2009{nl}



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