LA Weekly Film Critic Amy Nicholson offers a contrarian take on Tom
Cruise's famous couch-jumping moment in How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last
Real Movie Star
— arguing that the events of 2005
irrevocably changed our relationship with celebrity, and that Cruise's
career as a serious actor was a major casualty. You've seen it, too. You can probably picture it in your head: Tom Cruise, dressed in head-to-toe black, looming over a cowering Oprah as he jumps up and down on the buttermilk-colored couch like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Cruise bouncing on that couch is one of the touchstones of the last decade, the punchline every time someone writes about his career.
There's just one catch: It never happened.
"Days Of Thunder’s script wasn’t complete when shooting started, and Towne reportedly wrote and re-wrote many scenes on the day of filming, which helps explain why a script by a man widely considered one of the greatest screenwriters of all time is filled with rookie mistakes. It’s chockablock with moments where characters tell other characters things they both obviously know, solely for the benefit of an unseen audience. Also, it’s utter garbage."
Nathan Rabin reexamines 1990's 13th biggest movie in The Dissolve's ongoing Forgotbusters series. List of previous Forgotbusters here.
Follow Tom Cruise
as he navigates his way around Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
Greenwich Village set [more inside]
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
Cruise post-Cruz was apparently tired of having ... ecclesiastical pillow fights interfere with his sex life: he needed a devout Scientologist to sleep with. Thus began an elaborate auditioning process ... to find him a drop-dead-beautiful true believer to share his life
charts the rise—and fall—of a celebrity marriage. [more inside]
will now no longer accept
any changes originating from Scientology owned or controlled address space. [more inside]
Recently, everyone who pre-ordered a certain book on Amazon.co.uk received a letter
notifying them "This item has been removed from sale for legal reasons
." Amazon.com claims the book is temporarily out of stock. The book? The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology
by John Duignan. Interestingly, on November 5th, Tom Cruise
attended an "all hands" meeting of Amazon.com bigwigs. Photos.
A random coincidence? What about all those one and two-star reviews that kept disappearing
from books like Dianetics
and Science of Survival
Nutjobfilter. Tom Cruise on Scientology.
It's one link to a video, but it's one link to a video that you really should watch.
"I ask, what is his real agenda?
What is he trying to do? Is this how you treat artists? If I were another actor or filmmaker, would I work at a studio that takes one of their greatest assets and publicly does this?"
Did Isaac Hayes really quit South Park? Last night's show
roasted Hayes for his irate departure
following the now-infamous Scientology episode (banned from the air in Tom Cruise's litigious wake
, full episode here
). In the latest episode, masters of subtlety Trey Parker and Matt Stone depict Chef as having fallen prey to an insidious cult, the "Super Adventure Club", subsequently killing him off in a manner that would make Kenny jealous. But today FoxNews reports
that Isaac Hayes has been in the hospital since Jan. 17th, following a stroke, and never issued a statement. Apparently, the Scientology Center issued it "for" him.
] [previously discussed here here
It might not be funny,
but it's true. An educational episode of South Park, via Waxy.org.
Could Tom Cruise sue South Park for suggesting he is gay?
A discussion of the legal implications of a recent South Park
episode suggesting Cruise was "in the closet." (Link
to the clip in question) (via)
This fall, Professor Tom Cruise
will favor us with a four-part lecture series on The Modern Science of Mental Health
. Personally, I'm looking forward to "Diagnosis and Treatment of So-Called Clinical Depression with the Hubbard Mark Super VII Quantum Electropsychometer
", which may well be on its way to becoming the most downloaded video ever, after Triumph and that Star Wars kid
to Katie Holmes this morning while on the Eiffel Tower. They've been in the news a lot since they first got together.
and more than one person has suggested that this is all too staged
and too much of a marketing thing
. After all, who really holds a press conference 2 hours after you propose to announce it?
Tom Cruise is lobbying politicians for money.
Will the story ofXenu
be taught in schools? Will our govenrment fund it? Will the Thetans
ever recover their god-like powers?
What does The Church of Scientology need money from the Government for? Is the most expensive religion in the world running out of money from Suing and Harrassing
everyone who speaks out against Scientology?
After seeing Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," my mind was churning with amazement and curiosity. Talking to Spielberg and his star, Tom Cruise, I found myself not an interviewer but simply a moviegoer, talking the way you do when you walk out of a movie that blindsides you with its brilliance.
the first 3D IMAX film, opens this week in the US, next week
in the UK. Tom Cruise
narrates. Hanks must have been busy.
"He's not gay, and the judge so ruled,"
says Bert Fields, attorney for Tom Cruise. Yes folks, Tom Cruise is now the world's only legal
heterosexual. While this is old news, I've always been fascinated with how much zeal Cruise prosecutes these allegations. This case, though, is unique in that the ruling in favor of Cruise contains a stipulation which states that Cruise is not, nor ever has he ever been, gay. In other words, Tom's heterosexuality is now enforced by the courts. Should we, the moviegoing public, now file a class-action lawsuit to force Cruise to publicly prove his unique legal status as a compulsory heterosexual? Would Tom being a backdoor boy really
damage your enjoyment of his movies, as Cruise seems to think? Just how stupid do Hollywood stars and their publicists think we are? Discuss.
Memorial to Wang Wei
Note that there is no religion given. This might explain his sudden departure from his role as stunt man for Tom Cruise. God was not his co-pilot. No Wei.
At the bottom of this article,
it says "any questions about Cruise's relationship with Scientology will be the last question [the interviewer will] get to ask." It sounds like Tom's taking to heart the lessons of Frank "T.J." Mackey
Cruise and Kidman, um, get religion?
The story quotes a pair of gossip reporters as saying that the pair are ditching The Religious Technology Center, Inc., er, um, excuse me: The Church of Scientology.