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All Tom Cruise Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer
From his teen idol days in the early ’80s to his status as a marquee-lighting leading man today, Tom Cruise has consistently done it all for decades — he’s completed impossible missions, learned about Wapner time in Rain Man, driven the highway to the danger zone in Top Gun, and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements in Risky Business, to offer just a few examples. Mr. Cruise is one of the few honest-to-goodness film stars left in the Hollywood firmament, so whether you’re a hardcore fan or just interested in a refresher course on his filmography, we’re here to take a fond look back at a truly impressive career and rank all Tom Cruise movies by Tomatometer.
Adjusted Score: 8936%
Critics Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.
Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38654%
Critics Consensus: Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe.
Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest... [More]
Adjusted Score: 8530%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A teenager (Tom Cruise) and his buddies drive to '60s Tijuana with a woman (Shelley Long) looking for a quick... [More]
Adjusted Score: 34879%
Critics Consensus: Despite its powerhouse cast, Lions for Lambs feels like a disjointed series of lectures, rather than a sharp narrative, and ends up falling flat.
Inspired by their idealistic professor, Dr. Mallery (Robert Redford), to do something meaningful with their lives, Arian (Derek Luke) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52028%
Critics Consensus: Monotonously formulaic, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is one action thriller sequel whose title also serves as a warning.
Investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42191%
Critics Consensus: Not even Ridley Scott's gorgeously realized set pieces can save Legend from its own tawdry tale -- though it may be serviceable for those simply looking for fantasy eye candy.
Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42651%
Critics Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.
In the fast-paced world of NASCAR, a rivalry brews between rookie hotshot Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) and veteran racer Rowdy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48761%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious mix of genres, Vanilla Sky collapses into an incoherent jumble. Cruise's performance lacks depth, and it's hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe reunite after "Jerry Maguire" for "Vanilla Sky," the story of a young New York City... [More]
Adjusted Score: 51869%
Critics Consensus: Its exuberant silliness is almost enough to make up for its utter inconsequentiality, but Rock of Ages is ultimately too bland and overlong to justify its trip to the big screen.
The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50610%
Critics Consensus: Handsome and simplistic, Far and Away has the beauty of an American epic without the breadth.
Joseph (Tom Cruise) and his landlord's daughter, Shannon (Nicole Kidman), travel from Ireland to America in hopes of claiming free... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63541%
Critics Consensus: All the Right Moves is an uncommonly grim coming-of-age drama that overcomes numerous clichés with its realistic approach to its characters and setting.
Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise), the star player of his high school football team, is desperately hoping that his football talents... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59848%
Critics Consensus: It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) chats up her charming seatmate on a flight out of Kansas, but she doesn't realize that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63507%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.
In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64615%
Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.
The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62824%
Critics Consensus: Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.
Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of "Mission: Impossible." This time Ethan Hunt... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68922%
Critics Consensus: Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) serves Germany with loyalty and pride but fears that Hitler will destroy his country... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71975%
Critics Consensus: The cracks continue to show in Coppola's directorial style, but The Outsiders remains a blustery, weird, and fun adaptation of the classic novel.
A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67434%
Critics Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer. Suicidal after... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70615%
Critics Consensus: Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.
One morning in an ordinary town, five people are shot dead in a seemingly random attack. All evidence points to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69438%
Critics Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his mentor, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), go on a covert assignment... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72756%
Critics Consensus: With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.
Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69390%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Bunker Hill Military Academy has been targeted by real estate developers for demolition. The students, outraged at the thought of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79670%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.
Retired from active duty, and training recruits for the Impossible Mission Force, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces the toughest... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79525%
Critics Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
A young lawyer joins a small but prestigious law firm only to find out that most of their clients are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82227%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85844%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells' classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.
Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91388%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89299%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89661%
Critics Consensus: Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88393%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned courtroom drama with a contemporary edge, A Few Good Men succeeds on the strength of its stars, with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and especially Jack Nicholson delivering powerful performances that more than compensate for the predictable plot.
Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88654%
Critics Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
In the mid 1960s, suburban New York teenager Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) enlists in the Marines, fulfilling what he sees... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94839%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
A cab driver realizes his current fare is a hit man that has been having him drive around from mark... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105276%
Critics Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.
Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93097%
Critics Consensus: That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.
Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94157%
Critics Consensus: This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.
When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97592%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, "Minority Report" is an action-detective thriller set in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104406%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95187%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.
Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) cuts loose... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106614%
Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102856%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 124077%
Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.... [More]
In this TV edition of Review Roundup, we share the Tomatometer scores for new fall shows Constantine (NBC), and Mike Tyson Mysteries (Adult Swim).
See our interview with Mike Tyson and Jim Rash of Mike Tyson Mysteries, and keep track of all the new fall shows here!
Mike Tyson and Jim Rash of Mike Tyson Mysteries explain the surprising effect of watching their new series to Senior Editor Grae Drake.
Season one of Mike Tyson Mysteries airs Mondays at 10:30 pm on Adult Swim.
Also opening this week in limited release:
The Taviani brothers‘ Caesar Must Die, a documentary about a group of prison inmates staging a production of Julius Caesar, is at 90 percent.
Raul Ruiz‘ Night Across the Street, a drama about an elderly man both reflecting on his life and delving into his imagination, is at 89 percent.
Lore, a drama about a group of German children who undertake a perilous escape after their Nazi-affiliated parents are arrested by Allied troops, is at 85 percent.
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, a doc about the legendary beat poet, is at 50 percent.
The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker in a drama about a group of siblings who seem to exist in a separate world from their hard-partying parents, is at 50 percent.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, starring Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray in a comedy about a man whose fantasies spiral out of control after his girlfriend leaves him, is at 18 percent.
The Sorcerer and the White Snake, starring Jet Li as a sorcerer who attempts to save a man who has fallen in love with a snake disguised as a woman, is at 18 percent.
This week in family viewing brings the theatrical re-release of an iconic 1980s action flick (Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer) and a mixed martial arts comedy on DVD (Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek). Read on to find out what’s appropriate for the whole family.
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This Week’s Ketchup covers movie development news stories about potential roles for James Franco, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington, the superhero sequels Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and Thor: The Dark World, remakes of The Rocketeer, Videodrome and the Jack Ryan franchise, as well as a reflection on the impact following the death of one of Hollywood’s most successful directors.
This Week’s Top Story
R.I.P. DIRECTOR TONY SCOTT, 1944-2012
On Sunday, August 19th, director Tony Scott (and brother of Ridley Scott), committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles. Scott left behind over 15 major Hollywood productions which included Top Gun, True Romance, Enemy of the State, and four films with Denzel Washington (Man on Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Unstoppable). Like many of Hollywood’s top directors, Scott always had a full slate of films in development for the future, and his death leaves most of them in an unknown state, as Scott’s industry friends are still reeling in shock. The highest profile of those planned projects is the Top Gun sequel that Scott and Tom Cruise were scouting locations for as recently as two days before his death. Scott’s development slate also included two remakes: one of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, and one of Walter Hill’s The Warriors. In 2009, Tony Scott spoke to Rotten Tomatoes exclusively about his plans for the remake of The Warriors, which included a massive gang ensemble crowd scene to be filmed on the very bridge from which Scott took his own life. Other projects that he was attached to included the military crime thriller Narco Sub (which is about exactly what it sounds like), a Mickey Rourke mob thriller called Potsdamer Platz, and a Vince Vaughn film called Lucky Strike set in the world of “jet repossession.” This column is normally dedicated to covering the movies that will be in your theater in the near future, but this week, our headline is dedicated to the loss felt by Scott’s friends and families, and the films we will never see.
Fresh Developments This Week
#1 BRAD PITT AND DENZEL WASHINGTON MAY HEAD DOWN TO THE CANDY STORE
Writer/director Stephen Gaghan hasn’t directed a movie since Syriana in 2005, but despite the delay, his return is attracting some major A list star attention. Candy Store is described as a crime thriller about a Brooklyn beat cop who discovers that a global criminal organization is operating right in his neighborhood. Brad Pitt is currently the top choice, and is in negotiations, to play the cop, with the other major role being discussed with Denzel Washington. Christoph Waltz is also in talks with Lionsgate for a supporting role. If the deal can’t be worked out with Brad Pitt, other possibilities include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Matt Damon. If Denzel Washington drops out, Jamie Foxx has also been mentioned as a possibility for that role. Stephen Gaghan also won an Academy Award for adapting the screenplay for Traffic.
#2 SOON, FEMALE ACTION STARS WILL BE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES… IN A FEMALE VERSION OF THE EXPENDABLES
With The Expendables 2 in theaters this past weekend, that movie is obviously going to be getting a lot of press in this late-August, nothing-much-else-going-on, dog-days-of-Summer period. Enter independent action producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd 3D, Killing Them Softly), who has announced that he has his own trick casting project in development. Although his film would have no official ties to The Expendables, basically what Adi Shankar is working on is a female version of The Expendables. This has led to movie bloggers and columnists all around the Internet to start compiling their dream casting lists, which usually start with Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton, move on to Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, and Kate Beckinsale, and sometimes name check the likes of Gina Carano, Lynn Collins, or Michelle Rodriguez. Of course, this would be a very good place to note that Adi Shankar’s announcement didn’t mention any actress, specifically, so we don’t actually know for sure who may or may not end up signing up for this movie. In other news, Adi Shankar’s company (which is called 1984 Private Defense Contractors… really), also made the news this week by starting development on an action movie based on the 1990s Rob Liefeld comic book series Bloodstrike. Basically, all that one needs to know about Bloodstrike is that they were super powered government assassins who were brought back from the dead, and two of their members looked a lot like Deadpool and Wolverine.
#3 KURSE IN THOR: THE DARK WORLD WON’T MISTAKE COINCIDENCE FOR FATE
A while back, Christopher Eccleston was cast as Malekith the Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, in Thor: The Dark World. Just as Loki wasn’t the only villain in the first Thor, Malekith is going to have company in this sequel as well. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who fans of TV shows with very short titles know as both Adebisi (OZ) and Mr. Eko (LOST), has been cast as the Dark Elf warrior Algrim the Strong, AKA Kurse. Eccleston and AAA will be joined by several returning cast members from the first film, which this week we learned will include Kat Dennings as Jane Foster’s friend Darcy Lewis. Marvel Studios has scheduled Thor: The Dark World for release on November 8th, 2013.
#4 THE TOM CLANCY REBOOTS MAY BE A REUNION OF THE STARS OF… THIS MEANS WAR?
Although the film earned a worldwide box office take of $155 million, the 2012 spy-romance-action film This Means War is generally seen as at least a critical flop (25% on the RT Tomatometer). One might think that would be bad news for that film’s male leads, until one remembers that Chris Pine is still the new Captain Kirk, and Tom Hardy had a little movie this summer where he traipsed around with a metal octopus thing over his mouth. Paramount Pictures has had Chris Pine attached to star in their reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character for a while now. This week, it was revealed that for the character of Navy SEAL-turned-CIA-operative John Clark, who will get his own spin off in Without Remorse, Paramount is looking to cast Pine’s This Means War costar, the aforementioned Tom Hardy. Kevin Costner has also been confirmed as accepting an offer to star in both films as the CIA liason for both Jack Ryan and John Clark. The premise of Tom Clancy’s original Without Remorse novel is definitively set during the Vietnam War, which will probably be updated to some place like Afghanistan. The Jack Ryan reboot film is currently scheduled by Paramount Pictures for late 2013, with Without Remorse probably to be expected later on in 2014 or 2015.
#5 JIM CARREY MIGHT LEAD JUSTICE FOREVER IN KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL
Back in 2010, during Conan O’Brien’s “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,” Jim Carrey joined O’Brien on stage for a musical number wearing a green-and-yellow-striped Kick-Ass costume. Now, Universal Pictures is apparently attempting to take advantage of Carrey’s status as a Kick-Ass fanboy by starting negotiations for Carrey to actually costar in the sequel, now known as Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. If the deal goes through, Jim Carrey would play an ex-mafia member called Colonel Stars, who with his brother Lieutenant Stripes forms a superhero group called Justice Forever, who find themselves countered by a team of villains led by the villain from the first film. All of this is based on Mark Millar’s second Kick-Ass mini-series, and Millar is already working on Kick-Ass 3 (the comic book). In addition to returning cast members Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz, the sequel’s new cast includes Morris Chestnut, Donald Faison, and John Leguizamo. Universal Pictures has already scheduled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall for June 28, 2013.
#6 THIS WEEK IN JAMES FRANCO NEWS: AS I LAY DYING, HOMEFRONT, THIRD PERSON
Some weeks, you have to figure that an actor tries to get a bulk discount with their publicist by having them announce multiple movies simultaneously. The winner of this week’s Publicist Blue Plate Special is one James Edward Franco. First up, let’s discuss Franco’s directorial debut with As I Lay Dying, based on the novel by William Faulkner, about a family fulfilling a dying woman’s last wish to be buried in her Mississippi hometown. Like the novel, Franco’s film will be an ensemble affair, telling the story from twelve different perspectives, and this week, we learned that the cast will include Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, Jim Parrack, and James Franco, himself. Filming is scheduled to start in Mississippi in October. Next up on the James Franco Express is an action movie called Homefront, which will be directed by Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, Don’t Say a Word) from a script by Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham will play an ex-DEA agent who moves to a small town hoping to find some peace and quiet, but instead he gets into trouble with the local meth kingpin named Gator and his biker chick girlfriend, played by James Franco and Winona Ryder, respectively. Finally, there is Third Person, from writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah), which tells the story of three different love stories in three different cities (New York, Paris, and Rome). Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde were already cast in Third Person, but this week, Mila Kunis also signed on, and James Franco and Casey Affleck are also in talks for roles. There’s no word yet as to whether Franco might also take roles in Candy Store, Bloodstrike, Thor: The Dark World, Without Remorse, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, Maleficent, or the remakes of The Rocketeer and Videodrome.
Rotten Ideas of the Week
#3 ANGELINA JOLIE’S CLEOPATRA LOSES A DIRECTOR, AND MALEFICENT GAINS A DAUGHTER (SORT OF)
This week saw Angelina Jolie’s name mentioned in two very different stories, although the characters at the heart of both films arguably have some things in common. First up (and the reason this story is a “Rotten Idea”) is the news that director David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) has dropped out of Sony Pictures’ planned Cleopatra biopic, based on the book by Stacy Schiff. The “only so-so” box office results of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are reportedly being at least partly blamed for the cooling off between David Fincher and Sony Pictures. It’s worth noting, however, that Fincher is hardly to blame for that film not setting the world on fire. The fact that its release came so recently after the (quite excellent) Swedish film starring Noomi Rapace has to bear some brunt of the responsibility (especially globally). Sony Pictures hasn’t given up on the Cleopatra biopic, however, and is considering other directors, including Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), whose The Life of Pi has a really fantastic trailer in theaters right now. In other news, a young four-year-old actress named Vivienne Jolie-Pitt has been cast as the young Princess Aurora in the Disney 3D film Maleficent, which is a live action adaptation of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning plays the older Princess Aurora, and Jolie-Pitt’s mom (not at all coincidentally) plays the title character. Maleficent is currently in production and scheduled for release on March 14, 2014.
#2 DISNEY MAY RELAUNCH THE ROCKETEER
The 1991 live action adaptation of the graphic novel The Rocketeer is arguably the rare film that is both a throwback to an earlier time, distinctly of its own time, and also ahead of its time. The reasons The Rocketeer pulled off those distinctions is that it was a “retro action film” set in the 1930s (ala Raiders of the Lost Ark), but as a superhero movie, it arguably was made a decade too soon. Well, there’s now new management at Walt Disney Pictures, and reportedly the studio is looking to revive and remake The Rocketeer. As of yet, there are no creative people attached to the project, but Disney is starting to take meetings with writers. And now, some more back story: The Rocketeer got its start in the 1980s in independent comic books, created by the late Dave Stevens. The premise of The Rocketeer was intended as an homage to old serial heroes (Flash Gordon, King of the Rocket Men, etc), and it’s pretty simple: a pilot in 1930s Los Angeles finds a jet pack designed by Howard Hughes, and uses it to fly around and fight bad guys, save the girl, etc. The 1991 movie was directed by Joe Johnston, who would go on to direct another nostalgic superhero movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. The film was perceived as a box office flop at the time, but it retains a “Fresh” Tomatometer score (61%), and has, over the last 20 years, developed a loyal fanbase. The idea of remaking The Rocketeer still, however, seems like something of a cash grab, and that’s why it’s one of the week’s Rotten Ideas.
#1 THE VIDEODROME REMAKE SUGGESTS THAT SOMEONE AT UNIVERSAL DIDN’T ACTUALLY SEE VIDEODROME
Back in 2009, the Weekly Ketchup covered news of Universal starting development on a remake of David Cronenberg’s graphic and freaky Videodrome. For a while, it had seemed like Universal had wised up and long since ditched those plans, but this week proved that not to be the case. Universal Pictures is now in talks with commercials director Adam Berg for him to make his feature debut on a remake of Videodrome. This Videodrome remake was written by Ehren Kruger, writer of such films as Scream 3 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, who is also producing the remake. James Woods starred in the original Videodrome as the head of a sleazy cable channel always on the lookout for sexy and violent material, whose interest in a satellite feed of torture called Videodrome leads him into an experience where reality and fantasy cross. If you’ve ever seen images of James Woods holding a “flesh gun”, or with a huge gaping hole in his abdomen, that was Videodrome. Now, Universal wants to take what was an essentially small story of a man going insane and “blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller” and “infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology.” It was a crazy idea in 2009 (when this writer wrote much of the previous text, by the way), and it’s still one today, and that’s why it’s the week’s Most Rotten Idea.
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Tony Scott, the British director of such muscular action films as Top Gun, True Romance, and Unstoppable, committed suicide Sunday by leaping from a bridge in Los Angeles. He was 68.
As a 16-year-old, Scott starred in his brother Ridley’s short Boy and Bicycle. Though he studied to be a painter, Scott was inspired by his brother’s success and turned to filmmaking himself, directing a number of commercials before making his theatrical debut with the vampire film The Hunger in 1983. His next film, Top Gun, was a huge commercial hit; the tale of a group of hotshot Navy pilots elevated Tom Cruise to superstardom, spawned a wildly popular soundtrack, and inspired a wave of armed forces enlistees.
Scott re-teamed with Cruise for the less successful Days of Thunder in 1990, and directed True Romance, a wild crime movie written by Quentin Tarantino, in 1993. In 1995, Scott directed Crimson Tide starring Denzel Washington, beginning a fruitful collaboration between director and star that would include Man on Fire (2004), Déjà vu (2006), and the critically-acclaimed Unstoppable (2010), his final feature. He also worked with Will Smith on the critical and commercial hit Enemy of the State in 1998.
In addition to his film work, Scott teamed with his brother to produce the series Numb3rs and The Good Wife for television. In addition to his brother, Scott is survived by his wife Donna and their twin sons.
For Tony Scott’s complete filmography on RT, click here.