Tom Cruise is gunning for an on-screen reunion with his A Few Good Men co-star Jack Nicholson in an upcoming comedy. The 76-year-old Oscar winner is enjoying life away from the limelight, but Cruise is hoping to get his old pal out of semi-retirement for his next project.
Titled El Presidente, the comedy will star Cruise as a Secret Service agent and hopefully, Nicholson as the role of a former commander-in-chief who is an alcoholic and womaniser. Cruise's character is assigned to protect the former president after a threat is made on his life.
Cruise has been developing the film since 2010, and he and director Doug Liman are making a final effort to woo Nicholson one last time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise and Liman paid a visit to Nicholson at his Hollywood Hills home last week (begs11Nov13) in a bid to persuade him to sign on to the project.
If he does take the role, it will mark Nicholson's first big screen project since 2010's How Do You Know and 22 years since he and Cruise starred alongside each other in the hit military courtroom drama.
After conquering screens both large and small (remember him on Family Ties?), Tom Hanks is going to give acting without any screen at all a chance. He's signed to make his Broadway debut in a new play by screenwriter Nora Ephron.
Hanks will play Mike McAlary, a New York Daily News columnist who covered corruption scandals in New York in the '80s and '90s before dying of colon cancer at the age of 41. Looks like Ephron (a former journalist) is gunning for a Pulitzer by writing a play about a Pulitzer prize winner. This is quite a change of pace for Hanks and Ephron, who collaborated previously on Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. We're not sure how many jokes can be wriggled out of a play about journalism, corruption, and cancer, but these two can probably find at least a few moments of levity. What's going to be even harder is making Hanks, who is 56, look 15 years younger. If the camera adds 10 pounds, maybe the stage takes away 10 years?
Anyway, the play starts rehearsals in January 2013 and will open a few months later. Get your tickets now. It should be a Big event.
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Between unhooking bras during interviews and dropping condoms on the red carpet, Zac Efron is definitely trying to send the message that the kid from High School Musical whose photo was taped to your little sister's wall is ready for adult roles. While these recent incidents may make it seem like he's gunning for parts on racy HBO dramas, over the weekend the Lucky One star revealed that he has a specific male actor's career in mind. When a fan asked on Twitter, "How do you imagine yourself in 30 years?" Efron joke, “A little wrinklier?” and added, “Hopefully exactly like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Chasing down bad guys.”
It looks like Efron, who revealed last year that Cruise personally taught him how to ride a motorcycle, has already ripped some pages out of the Tom Cruise playbook. Let the transformation begin!
Step One: Learning the Risky Business Ropes
Prove that you can pull off the Risky Business blazer and sunglasses. Of course, the film's quintessential look involves a dress shirt and tighty whities ... which explains Efron's effort to make us notice that he has a hot body, even if it makes us wildly uncomfortable.
NEXT: Bicep Curls!
Step Two: Work Out. A Lot. Prove you have the biceps of a leading man. Efron has already followed in Cruise's footsteps by nonchalantly stripping down on the cover of Rolling Stone.
NEXT: Buff and scruff.
Step Three: Throw Out Your Razor.Proving you have the ability to grow a manly beard is also key. Action stars may be called upon to have period-appropriate facial hair for films like The Last Samurai, and people want to know that a formerly baby-faced Disney star like Efron won't need a makeup artist to glue fuzz on his face every morning.
NEXT: Hello there, Nicole!
Step Four: Get Your Own Nicole. Efron isn't just stealing Cruise's style — he's also making off with one of his leading ladies. Efron co-stars with Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman in the upcoming Lee Daniels film The Paperboy. We won't say an on-set romance is likely, considering that she's married and there's a 20 year age difference, but if Efron is jumping on furniture and declaring his undying love for Kidman a year from now, you heard it here first.
NEXT: Rockin' Out.
Step: Five: The Student Becomes the Master? Apparently, the man crush goes both ways. Between High School Musical and Hairspray, Efron has spent the bulk of his career doing musicals, but for Cruise, singing and dancing as rock legend Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages is definitely a risk. Since Cruise gave Efron lessons on riding a motorcycle, it would only be fair if Efron offered to show Cruise how to sing and twirl like a true Wildcat.
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Those of us across the pond may not have heard of The Sweeney, but it’s responsible for most of those TV cop cliches we know and love. The British series, which first aired in 1975, follows two members of the London police who smoke, drink, and don’t play by anybody’s rules but their own. But in England, the series must have some appeal, as Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy and Orlando Bloom are each vying the lead role.
Fox Searchlight has been working on a film adaptation of the series for some time, with Michael Fassbender and Ray Winstone cast as leads, but the project was dropped due to lack of star power. Which may have been one hell of a mistake, judging by all the roles Fassbender’s been offered lately. Winstone is staying on as sidekick George Carter, but the lead role of Mancunian detective Jack Regan is up for grabs. The range of actors being considered is surprisingly diverse, and the tone of the role and of the film is going to vary drastically depending on who they pick. Daniel Craig or Tom Hardy are the more obvious choices to play a tough detective, but Craig currently has a lot on his plate. I think the most interesting choice for the role would be McGregor, whose proven himself to be highly versatile, and could really use a hit. The only person I can’t see in the role is Orlando Bloom, but I have issues seeing him in any role that doesn’t involve period garb and a wig. I can’t say which actor would be closest to John Thaw’s original Regan, never having seen the show, but it does appear that they’re starting from scratch with Winstone’s Carter, who was 26 in the original show.
Nick Love, of The Firm, has signed on to direct the film, with a script from Ian Kennedy Martin, who created the original TV series and wrote the script for MST3K favorite Mitchell. That’s one hell of a mixed resume, but hopefully The Sweeney will put its own spin on the gritty crime drama genre it helped to define.
The Hollywood studios are already hyping their crop of blockbusters for summer 2002, and it started long before Entertainment Weekly put Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst on its June 29 cover.
The hype went into overdrive in a galaxy far, far away, when George Lucas announced that he would unveil Star Wars: Episode II in May 2002.
In fact, sequels like Episode II seem to be a dominant theme for next summer's big releases. And chances are, if it's not a sequel, it's an adaptation of a cartoon or comic book hero. Could Hollywood be on to something?
"Until recently, sequels were lucky to do 60 percent of what the first film did," Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations said. "But with films like Mission: Impossible 2, Austin Powers 2 and Hannibal, the tide has changed."
Sequels are indeed proving to be a good summer formula. Dergarabedian noted that sequels are now outperforming their original counterparts.
"There is a built-in fan base inherent in sequels. They are pre-marketed," he said.
Video rentals don't hurt the cause either. Austin Powers, for example, found an audience on video that helped fuel the sequel's success.
Is the hype for summer 2002 too much, too soon? Only next summer will determine that. While the formula of sequels and hyping works now, you can only fool an audience so long.
Here are some films to watch out for next summer:
Spider-Man's senses must have been tingling on the set of this Marvel Comics classic. Since shooting began in January, death, injury and theft have plagued the troubled set. Let's hope the film, which explains how shy high school student Peter Parker acquires his web slinging abilities, has better luck at the box-office. Tobey Maguire takes on the role of Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst the salacious Mary Jane Watson and seasoned Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin. (Sony Pictures)
Release date: May 3, 2002
Star Wars: Episode II
Set 10 years after Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, Darth Sidious takes over the Republic, turns it into an empire and controls everything. The Clone Wars reach their pinnacle as the Jedi Knights struggle to defend the galaxy from the forces of evil. Meanwhile, Anakin Skywalker falls in love with Queen Amidala but begins to succumb to the Dark Side of the force. Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman will reprise their roles. Ewan McGregor will take on the part of Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi as a young man. Cool guy Samuel L Jackson will play Jedi Knight Mace Windu. But will the presence of the all-CGI character Jar Jar Binks spawn as many venomous anti-fan Web sites as he did with The Phantom Menace? (20th Century Fox)
Release date: May 22, 2002
How can you go wrong with a group of teenagers who ride around in a van called "The Mystery Machine," solving crimes with their dog, Scooby-Doo? This is a live-action adaptation of the half-hour animated Hanna-Barbera series The Scooby-Doo Show, which aired on ABC from 1969 through 1974. It will be interesting to see how true the film stays to the story and its characters. But will there be a romance between real-life couple Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar who play Fred and Daphne? And will those references we never got as kids be kept in? (Warner Bros.)
Release date: June 14, 2002
Adam Sandler plays a small-town guy who inherits a fortune and moves to the big city where he is quickly besieged by opportunists gunning for their piece of the pie. One of them is a pretty girl played by Winona Ryder. Seems someone finally told the actress that she needs make herself more marketable. Based on the Frank Capra classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. (Sony Pictures)
Release date: June 21, 2002
Steven Spielberg directs this sci-fi thriller set in a futuristic judicial system in which killers are arrested and convicted before they commit murder. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, who also wrote Blade Runner, it stars Tom Cruise as Officer John Anderton. (20th Century Fox)
Release date: June 28, 2002
Men in Black 2
Fans have been anticipating this sequel to the 1997 blockbuster hit based on a Marvel Comics comic book about agents who protect Earth from extraterrestrial aliens. The irreplaceable Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprise their roles as Agents J and K, and Linda Fiorentino as Elle. If the anticipation is too much, check out the WB cartoon Men in Black: The Series on Saturday mornings.
Release date: July 3, 2002
Stuart Little 2
Who ate my cheese? It can only be Stuart Little (voiced by Michael J Fox), the super-intelligent mouse. He returns alongside his adoptive family (Geena Davis,Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki. Melanie Griffith lends her voice to Margalo, a bird out to romance the lovable rodent. (Sony Pictures)
Release date: Summer 2002
Austin Powers 3
Mike Myers is back as the International Man of Mystery. This prequel to earlier Austin Powers films follows the adventures of the world class playboy and part-time secret agent Austin Powesr as he finds his long lost parents. Also starring Heather Graham. (New Line Cinema)
Release date: Summer 2002