In honor of the upcoming fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible movie series, we have compiled a gallery of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol images. The new film reunites Tom Cruise with his Ethan Hunt character, this time in an attempt to clear the name of his organization, IMF, when they are framed for a bombing.
Brad Bird, director of Ratatouille, brings the Ghost Protocol film to life on Dec 21. The cast also includes Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames.
Click the image below to see our full Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol gallery, with more building-hanging.
Paramount today unleashed a new trailer for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the fourth chapter in the blockbuster action saga. We got a chance to check out some IMAX footage from the film last week. Check out the trailer below, and read on for our recap of the IMAX preview:
"So that’s why they’re releasing it early in IMAX."
Such was the consensus reaction last week after Paramount screened footage from its upcoming big-budget action sequel, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, for a group of local journalists at the Rave 18 IMAX in Los Angeles. The studio had surprised many in Hollywood when it announced in September that it would be releasing the Tom Cruise tentpole five days early in IMAX theaters, but shortly after the presentation began, the logic behind the decision became abundantly clear: Director Brad Bird has fashioned this film to be seen on as large a screen as possible.
Paramount screened two scenes, the first of which was the clear highlight. It takes place shortly after the IMF has been shuttered by the president after some sort of cataclysmic event. Superspy Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF refugees, played by Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton, are en route to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa -- the tallest building in the world – where, we are told, two very bad people are scheduled to meet. With limited resources and time running short, they hastily concoct a scheme to prevent the meeting that, naturally, calls for the most hazardous and complicated approach possible. Using a pair of high-tech adhesive gloves, Hunt attempts to scale the side of the building to access a room above him, but things go awry and he’s forced to improvise.
This scene has already been teased in M:I 4 trailers and this featurette, but it is staggeringly cool when glimpsed on the large-format canvas. Most impressive to my eyes was the establishing shot of the building, a sweeping aerial dazzler in which the camera soars up to and then over the towering edifice, slowing down at the top and peering directly down at it. The moment, in which we are essentially suspended 2,700 feet in the air, is positively knee-knocking.
Also evident in the scene is the sense of humor of Bird, who made it a priority to bring a degree of levity to Ghost Protocol. The interplay between the characters crackles with a wit not seen in previous Mission: Impossible films, but without feeling forced or tonally inappropriate. Renner’s character, at least in this footage, seems positioned to be the comedic whipping boy.
The second clip depicted a chase scene that begins with a low-angle shot of Hunt running from a building in pursuit of a fleeing bad guy as a massive sandstorm approaches. Seen on an IMAX screen, Cruise’s trademark stride becomes almost freakishly intense. As the blinding snowstorm sets upon them, the two careen through the streets of Dubai, first on foot and then in BMWs, the diminished visibility adding another layer of suspense to the chase.
All told, Bird shot nearly 30 minutes of footage for Ghost Protocol using IMAX cameras, and if what I saw is any indication of what to expect when the film opens in IMAX on December 16, it should easily become the format’s most successful release to date.
Douglas McGrath’s new movie I Don’t Know How She Does It is based off of Allison Pearson’s wildly successful novel of the same name that was on The New York Times’ hardcover bestseller list for 23 weeks. Both mediums focus on the complicated life of Kate Reddy (played by an I'll admit it enjoyably perky Sarah Jessica Parker in the movie) who is the woman all working mothers want to be: smart determined and fiercely passionate about doing everything she can to balance her family with her high profile job at an investment banking firm. She’s the mom who’s thoughtful enough to try and distort a store-bought cherry pie with a rolling pin so it looks more homemade for her daughter’s bake sale and the one who finds joy in searching for a clean blouse that doesn’t have the marshmallows from her son’s Rice Krispies Treats soaked into it. Of course Kate dreads leaving her children each day but she loves her job very much and allows herself to part ways with them by concentrating on the belief that one day they’ll understand how much she genuinely wanted to go to work. And while it’s clear the movie’s goal is to humorously depict the lives of women who work and have families it shockingly shies away from ending the still-popular belief that women are best "pregnant barefoot and in the kitchen."
Within the first minute of the movie the fourth wall is broken -- and continues to break throughout the movie -- and several of Kate’s colleagues and friends verify that Kate is an outstanding mother and a supremely productive member of the work force (which was pretty unnecessary considering how we were just going to see all of Kate's talents anyway). Her friend Allison (played by Christina Hendricks) opens up a bit more than the others and unveils that even though Kate's totally great she really wasn't doing very well with her responsibilities last winter. Then we flash back three months and watch as Kate goes from being an unnoticed employee at her Boston firm to writing a proposal and catching the interest of Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan) at the branch’s New York office. Jack is enthusiastic about Kate’s ideas and decides he wants to take the proposal and present it to a major client which excites Kate because it would be great for her career. However the problem is the proposal needs a lot of work before it can be shown to anybody and Jack is careful to ask if Kate is comfortable traveling between Boston and New York and working day and night for two months until the whole thing is finished. In the back of her mind she knows she should be spending heaps more time with her family instead of agreeing to take on more responsibilities at work but she decides to do it anyway because as the saying goes “if it ain’t hard it ain’t worth it.”
So Kate and her assistant Momo (played by a finally enjoyable Olivia Munn) begin working overtime. She spends three days a week in New York and the other four days glued to her computer in Boston. When she does make plans with her kids to do something like build a snowman she ends up flaking out because something happens at the last minute regarding the proposal and she needs to drop everything to go work on it with Jack in New York. As angry as the kids are with their mom Kate’s husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) is even angrier because since his wife is away and working all the time he becomes the caregiver by default.
Now here’s where things get a little dicey: Richard is an unemployed architect and so I was surprised to watch him give his wife so much grief for working to keep their cute children fed. However the audience is supposed to understand where he’s coming from: we’re supposed to applaud Richard’s courage to make Kate feel guilty for being with Abelhammer instead of with her kids and we’re supposed to take his side as he repeatedly tries to convince her that she should be ashamed of putting her work ahead of her family. We're supposed to figure out that Richard feels bad for not working and understand that when he's screaming at Kate for having a job he's really just venting about how frustrated he is that he's unemployed. And here’s where the movie has the opportunity to open up and blossom and be symbolic of how a woman should never have to apologize for having a career. Exactly here is where the movie should have stretched out its wings and showed Kate yelling from the top of her lungs about how unfair it is that women are frowned upon for having a job and a family whereas it’s completely fine for men to have both. But instead of defending herself like that Kate responded to her husband’s grievances by bowing her head down and acknowledging that she’s wrong for working so hard for being away from her children for making bad choices and for making her husband’s life harder. But the thing is that she hasn’t made bad choices! She’s made all the right ones because her husband doesn’t work! The point is McGrath had the opportunity to really emphasize how men with families and women with families are treated differently in the workplace -- but he ended up depicting how dangerous it is to be a woman with a job because it means that one day her husband might resent her and make her apologize for it. And so instead of significantly expanding upon Pearson's efforts to level the ground for women with children in the workplace McGrath (rather confusingly) stopped just short of following her lead.
The web is abuzz over the sudden surfacing of a full-length trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment of the blockbuster espionage saga, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), produced by J.J. Abrams, and starring Tom Cruise. Behold the return of Ethan Hunt:
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Ving Rhames. It is slated for a December 2012 release.
Check out the latest photos from the set of The Muppets, the upcoming Muppet movie written by and starring Jason Segel (who also wrote the underrated Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and co-star Amy Adams! It looks like Kermit, Beaker, and Miss Piggy decided to hang around set, too.
Simon Pegg emotes on the set of director Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible 4, currently in production in Europe.
Tom Cruise double feature: muscled and mustachioed.
Oh, hello Paula Patton!
Photos courtesy of Screen Crave, Screen Rant, and Accidental Sexiness
Mission: Impossible IV (M:I IV for short, ‘meev’ for shorter) cashed in on a lot of frequent flier miles when bringing in the baddies for the film. Seems that they didn’t get the memo about how the more bad guys that appear in a sequel, the worse the movie is.
We already knew that Swede Michael Nyqvist (that’s Mr. Nyq.. Ni-quest? Nee-quest? Nu-quest? Ah forget it) of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo fame would be one villiain. However, reports have come in that Frenchie Lea Seydoux (that’s Miss Say-do... Sigh-do? Sigh-dough? Man this is hard) and Indian Anil Kapoor (Got this one!) will be causing trouble for Ethan Hunt.
Kapoor is best known for his pronunciation of 'millionaire' while screaming it in Slumdog Millionaire. Seydoux was most recently in Robin Hood but since you and I both know you didn’t see that movie, she was in the opening scene (if you can call something that lasts for 20 minutes a scene) of Inglourious Basterds.
And here’s my problem with this movie. It has a ton of talent in it like regulars Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new recruits Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Josh Holloway. Brad Bird is directing and as mentioned above some incredible foreign talent has signed up for the antagonists, but it will probably feature more of Tom Cruise showing off how well he looks shirtless than it does showcasing the abilities of its supporting cast. Hopefully I'm wrong and this will be the most well-rounded Mission yet.
Source: Deadline and Hollywood Reporter
September 28, 2010 12:56pm EST
In his first major (and confirmed) career move since wrapping six years of Island adventures on ABC's Lost, Josh Holloway, who infamously played James "Sawyer" Ford, has joined the ever-expanding international cast of Paramount Pictures Mission Impossible IV. He joins star Tom Cruise and a strong supporting cast that includes Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nyqvist.
Brad Bird is directing the fourquel, with M:I:III director J.J. Abrams back in action as producer. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec penned the screenplay for the film. Holloway will play a member of Ethan Hunt's new IMF team. The film will shoot all over the world, in exotic locations like Dubai and Prague, starting this December for a December 16th 2011 release.
For Holloway, the deal heralds a much-deserved sigh of relief. The TV vet has been trying to lock a project since Lost ended, but hasn't had much luck. He was rumored to play Gambit in last summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but lost the part to the much younger Taylor Kitsch (his rigorous Lost production schedule kept him from the part). Since then, he's been attached to a reboot of NBC's The Rockford Files that has never gone to pilot. I'd love to see him take over for James Garner as the easy going PI, but Holloway has earned a shot at the big screen, especially after losing out another high profile job (that would be Hawkeye in Paramount's upcoming superhero spectacular The Avengers) to his newly minted M:I:IV co-star Renner!
September 27, 2010 10:30am EST
Nyqvist, who won acclaim for his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will battle Cruise in director Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cruise last faced-off against Philip Seymour Hoffman in the franchise, for 2006 blockbuster Mission: Impossible III.
Nyqvist joins an all-star cast for the follow-up, including returning stars Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, and new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov.
M:I 4 is scheduled to start shooting in Canada, Dubai and the Czech Republic later this year (10).
Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the international hit thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is about to make the jump to Hollywood. According to Heat Vision, the 49-year-old actor has been cast as the lead villain in Paramount's upcoming Mission: Impossible 4, opposite Tom Cruise and new addition Jeremy Renner.
According to Swedish tabloid Nojes Bladet, Nyqvist just landed in Prague, where filming is set to begin this week. "I'm having to train kickboxing and such every day," Nyqvist told the paper (via Google Translate). "In the end, Tom Cruise and I have a fight as it will take three to four weeks to film, there will be stunts where we are using ropes and such." Adds Nyqvist, "I like Tom Cruise. He is damn nice."
While Paramount hasn't issued any kind of statement as to who Nyqvist's character will be, certainly a third act showdown between Tom Cruise and the Swede hints at an arch villain-type role of one kind or another.
Former Pixar director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is set to direct with a script from Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, with a healthy dose of oversight from producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams. Principal photography begins with Nyqvist, Cruise, Renner, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg on location in Vancouver, Prague, and Dubai this month, ahead of a December 2011 release.
Source: Heat Vision
Not sure if you could tell or not, but Vladimir Mashkov is Russian. And he could probably crush you. Then drink a bottle of vodka and throw on a bear fur coat and do that dance with the legs kicking out. Some other Russian stereotype.
Anyway, Mashkov has been cast in Mission Impossible IV. Main players from the first three are returning, so we get another dose of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, and hopefully Simon Pegg, who is rumored to return as analyst Benji (his deal has yet to close at the time of this writing). New faces that Mashkov joins are Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. And just to throw another name at you Brad Bird will be directing.
At this point does it even matter who is in the movie? They’re pulling in some heavy talent for this film, but really it could all be arbitrary and we would still watch it. Shame on Paramount for attempting to create a film worthy of our hard earned dollars. How dare they attempt to create a story with a well respected director and nuanced actors! At least they brought back Tom Cruise, that’s the only smart move they’ve made so far.
Source: The Wrap