Happy birthday, Tom Cruise? With wife Katie Holmes filing for divorce from the actor just four days ago, it seems like this may not be the happiest of birthdays for the star, but even in the midst of the conspiracy-laden split, anyone would have to admit Tom Cruise still has a pretty great life. So, in celebration of Maverick’s 50th, we’ve put together a list of 50 reasons why it’s still great to be Tom Cruise:
1. He’s been in 34 movies, including classics like Rain Man, The Outsiders, Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, Born on the Fourth of July, Minority Report, Cocktail, A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible (1, 2, and 4, anyway) and already has several more in production.
2. He’s been nominated for three Academy Awards, and has won three Golden Globes.
3. He still has great hair.
4. He has a really nice house (or should we say, a $30.5 million mansion in Beverly Hills that has over 10,000 square feet of living space, including seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms). Potato, potatoh.
5. No matter how “Far and Away" Tom is (he’s currently working in Iceland, of all places) he still makes headlines.
6. He, against all odds, made tighty whities cool, thanks to Risky Business.
7. He’s the only movie star who will ever dangle from the Burj Kalifa.
8. He’s probably the only movie star who could get away with jumping on Oprah’s couch. Shoe marks on fine leather are not a favorite thing.
9. He’ll always be Maverick.
10. He’s worked with Hollywood legends, including Paul Newman, Martin Scorcese, and Stanley Kubrick.
11. He’s been a samurai, special agent, samurai, contract killer, pilot, race-car driver, senator, magazine owner, lawyer, sports agent, student, vampire, soldier, bartender, and pool player.
12. He brought back the Oscars post 9/11.
13. People magazine rated him among the top 50 most beautiful people in the world three times.
14. People went to see War of the Worlds even after the “jumping on Oprah’s couch” incident.
15. He wasn’t afraid to put on a fat suit and a bald cap for the sake of comedy in his over-the-top Tropic Thunder role.
16. In fact, his role in Tropic Thunder was so outrageous that it temporarily made people forget about his off-screen antics.
17. He perfected scream-o acting.
18. Before Twilight or True Blood, Tom Cruise was the original sexy vampire in Interview with a Vampire.
19. … and he was so good in Interview with a Vampire that author Anne Rice, who had initially been very vocal about being displeased with Cruise’s casting, published an apology letter praising his performance.
20. He was in TWO movies with the word “Thunder” in the title, thus making him the pinnacle of masculinity.
21. He started starring in the Mission: Impossible franchise sixteen years ago, but it is still going strong with him as the leading man today. Take that, every other franchise with an aging protagonist!
22. Even at age 50, he gets to play as rock n’ roll sex icon in Rock of Ages. (Too bad no one saw it.)
23. Rosie O'Donnell made him synonymous with the title of "cutie patootie."
24. He’s spawned countless lookalikes, like Peter Facinelli and Miles Fisher (who happens to do a killer impression of him.)
25. He is the only celebrity with a Japanese holiday in his honor. On October 10, 2006 was officially declared Tom Cruise Day by the Japan Memorial Day Association.
26. Only one person can ever really boast that Jack Nicholson actually shouted “You can’t handle the truth!” at them, and that’s Tom Cruise.
27. He handled the truth.
28. He is only 5’7”, but is still one of the biggest movie-star/sex icons in the world.
29. He’s not Mel Gibson.
30. He's also not John Travolta.
31. Whenever anybody hears “Highway to the Dangerzone,” they automatically see Tom Cruise on a motorcycle.
32. He overcame dyslexia (with the help of Scientology, apparently.)
33. Even with his impending divorce, he still has enough money to never work again – and probably buy several Pottery barns, where he could spend the rest of his days testing out couches.
34. People have long since learned to “show [him] the money.”
35. Even though he spent a year at a Franciscan seminary in Ohio, and even took a vow of celibacy, he’s managed to become one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the world.
36. Thanks to the all-time classic corny line “You complete me,” he helped make other cinema moments, like Austin Powers’ Doctor Evil, even more hilarious.
37. He won an MTV Generation Award.
38. No matter what people may say about his personal life, he’s given some memorable performances, like Born on the Fourth of July, and nobody can take that away from him.
39. He dated stunner Penelope Cruz. Well played, sir.
40. He’s been married to three Hollywood starlets: Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Which can only mean one thing, wife #4 will undoubtedly be younger and taller than he is.
41. He can destroy countless BMW i8’s without consequence.
42. He regularly gets roles where he gets to do an impressive amount of swearing. F***king recall, if you will, “I will massacre you!” rant in Tropic Thunder, and the “Respect the **** and tame the ****!” infomercial in Magnolia.
43. The Friars think Tom Cruise is really awesome, and gave him the Entertainment Icon Award, which only three other people have ever received in the 108-year history of the club: Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks.
44. He taught a generation of people that sometimes you just gotta say, “What the f**k?”
45. He can sing!
46. In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked him as the most powerful celebrity in the world.
47. His daughter Suri is probably the most-stalked celebrity child in the world. Sorry, Suri.
48. There is an entire satirical website dedicated to producing fake news about him called www.tomcruiseisnuts.com.
49. He’s practically Spider-Man, with his amazing ability to jump from car to car in the brilliant, but underrated Minority Report.
50. Xenu loves him. Don't stop believin'
Tom Cruise Turns 50
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The Top Gun actor became the fourth recipient of the group's Entertainment Icon Award at a star-studded gala, following in the footsteps of showbiz icons Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
Cruise was set to accept his prize from Lewis, but the veteran entertainer fell ill shortly before the event and was taken to hospital to be treated for low blood sugar.
Picking up his award, Cruise told the crowd, "I am sorry Jerry couldn't be here tonight, but I know he is going to be fine."
The 86-year-old actor was released from hospital later that evening, according to the New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The evening, which was a toast to Cruise and not a roast, featured speeches from his former co-stars, including A Few Good Men's Kevin Pollak and Jerry Maguire's Cuba Gooding, Jr., as well as performances from Corinne Bailey Rae and Robin Thicke.
Alec Baldwin, who worked with Cruise on new movie musical Rock Of Ages, hosted the celebration at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The man of the hour turned the evening into a family affair - he brought along his six-year-old daughter Suri and son Connor, 17. However, there was one important person missing - his wife Katie Holmes was in Asia to promote figure-skating show Artistry On Ice.
With the release of The Tourist today, we’re witnessing a moment in Hollywood history; the pairing of two stars that are sure to become icons of tomorrow. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp have reached that untouchable level of super glamorous stardom and it was only a matter of time before someone decided to combine their illustrious powers in a full length feature. In celebration of this classic and almost annoyingly gorgeous onscreen couple, let’s take a look back at Old Hollywood’s best couplings and make a few predictions about who might be next to ascend to the glitzy throne next.
Classic Couple: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
The modern Humphrey Bogart: Robert Downey Jr.
Now, I know that since you can’t say classic Hollywood without thinking Bogart, any suggestion that someone may be the second coming will be met with resistance (and quite possibly antagonism). With that, I’m not saying RDJ is a replica of Bogie, rather the 21st century version of him. Careless, yet cocksure swagger. Check. A bit of a bad-ass? Check. Enough charisma to put men and women alike under his onscreen spell? Check. Add in his incredibly snarky style and you’ve got the closest thing we’ll ever see to a modern Bogart.
The modern Ingrid Bergman: Marion Cotillard
Like Bergman before her, Cotillard turned her creative credibility in France (for Bergman it was Europe in general) into a crossover career that landed her firmly on the Hollywood A-list. After winning the Oscar for her performance en La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has become a symbol of lasting, classic Hollywood beauty and she’s landed roles opposite the biggest names in the business as a result. Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio have all had the pleasure of calling the exquisite actress “co-star.”
Rebel Without a Cause, 1955
Classic Couple: James Dean and Natalie Wood
The modern James Dean: James Franco
Before you get up in arms, yes, I am aware that Franco took on Dean in a made-for-TV biopic. While that initially steered me away from the comparison, I had to admit that the similarities are undeniable. Both young stars serve as mysterious, smoldering cultural icons. Dean’s persona was embodied in this classic film and remains long after his unfortunate death. While Franco hasn’t quite hit his Rebel Without a Cause moment, it seems that he’s taken to the public sphere to give us a modern, performance art version of it as he continues to puzzle us all with his defiant antics.
The modern Natalie Wood: Emma Watson
This is a bit of a prediction because she hasn’t done much outside of the Harry Potter films, but like Ms. Wood, Watson’s staggering beauty is sure to keep her from fading. Both actresses began their careers as children – Watson in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Wood in Miracle on 34th Street – and grew into gorgeous young women before the public’s eyes. Watson still has many years ahead of her, but I think it’s safe to say she won’t become just another child star that burns out.
Some Like It Hot , 1959
Classic Couple: Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe
The modern Tony Curtis: Leonardo DiCaprio
Curtis was considered one of the most handsome actors of his time, his looks landing him a slew of mild roles that allowed him to showcase little more than his face, but he soon proved that he was not only a good actor, but he had range for days. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? DiCaprio started out in a similar vein (ahem, Titanic anyone?), but with fantastic performances in films like Blood Diamond and The Departed, I’m certain Leo’s star it’s on its way to joining that illustrious list of untarnished stars.
The modern Marilyn Monroe: Christina Hendricks
Could it be anyone else? Ms. Hendricks is practically a red-headed reincarnation of the former sex symbol; the measurements of her dangerous curves are almost identical to Monroe’s and she’s even got the whole high-pitched, breathy whisper down. While she’s yet to rack up starring roles in a slew of films, her role on Mad Men has pushed her right to the top of the celebrity elite; and besides, Marilyn started out by reprising her one-note act. It’s just a matter of time before Hendricks breaks out of her mold too.
Classic Couple: Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak
The modern Jimmy Stewart: Tom Hanks
Both actors are like the Hollywood fathers we all grew up with; both are infinitely successful and comfortably familiar. Stewart became a legend of American cinema, showcasing his consistent and versatile talents in many of our favorite films like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Like Stewart, Hanks is infinitely likable and has given us years of great cinema with films like Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, but he’s shown versatility in movies like You’ve Got Mail and Toy Story. He’s now cemented as a beloved Hollywood face that won’t fail to be a part of the permanent Hollywood legacy.
The modern Kim Novak: Scarlett Johansson
Ms. Novak didn’t necessarily gain fame for her great acting abilities, but she was mostly solid and her classic good looks made her a pleasure to watch. After starring alongside Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, her status as a Hollywood legend was locked. Like Novak, Johansson is infinitely watchable and stunning. While her past performances never reached the level of many other actresses who’ve achieved similar levels of fame, her name is sure to be a solid fixture in the history of Hollywood for years to come.
To Catch a Thief , 1959
Classic Couple: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
The modern Cary Grant: George Clooney
George, George, George. From the time he started breaking hearts on ER, we knew he was going to go on making us swoon for years to come. Like Grant, Clooney shares the classic C.G. initials that worked so well for Gary Cooper and Clark Gable and oozes infinite charm. Grant was capable of physical comedy, sincere drama, intense action, all while maintaining his immaculate suaveness; I would point out which pieces correlate to Clooney, but it’s safe to say they all do. Grant was named AFI’s "Greatest Male Star of All Time" and while Clooney’s not quite there yet, I think he could one day make a close second.
The modern Grace Kelly: Natalie Portman
While she isn’t a princess, per se, Portman carries all the modern style, grace, and composure that “Princess Grace” was known for. Kelly became a staple of American cinema, gracing the screen with her talent and beauty in a slew of now-classic films including Rear Window, To Catch a Thief and Dial M for Murder. Portman is just now coming into that phase of her career fresh off the praise for her performance in Black Swan, but she’s on her way to becoming the epitome of elegance in this modern age of Hollywood.
On June 26, 1953, Marilyn Monroe received her star along Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She wrote her name in the wet cement in front of Grauman''s Chinese Theater and dotted the "i" in her first name with a rhinestone.
The blonde bombshell had quickly become Hollywood's darling, a legendary movie star, and would soon become one of the biggest silver screen icons of the 20th century.
On Friday, to celebrate what would have been Monroe's 75th birthday, cable network AMC will premiere Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, a feature-length documentary chronicling the tragic last months in the life of Hollywood's sweetheart.
The documentary will include the premiere of the edited, 37-minute reconstruction of her final film, Something's Got to Give.
The film was a remake of the 1940 romantic comedy My Favorite Wife, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. The footage languished for nearly 40 years in 20th Century Fox's vault.
The rise to stardom wasn't easy for Monroe, born was Norma Jean Baker. Having grown up in a string of foster homes and an orphanage, she eventually found her talent in modeling. She quickly moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s to launch a movie career.
Scoring bit parts in such films as John Huston's Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve was enough for Monroe to catch the attention of many studio producers in the 1950s. Monroe's curvaceous body, platinum hair and breathless voice were just some of the traits which led studios to knock on her door with movie deals.
The American Film Institute, dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of the moving images, has included Monroe on three of its Best 100 movies list.
An AFI panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community ranked Monroe's 1959 film Some Like It Hot as No. 1 on the "Funniest Movies" list and No. 14 on its "Greatest Movies" list. She also is No. 6 on the AFI's list of "Greatest American Screen Legends" for actresses.
Her status as a sex symbol began to solidify when she graced the first issue of Playboy magazine in 1952.
"Marilyn Monroe is the playmate of all time," Elizabeth Norris, director of public relations for Playboy, said.
The actress not only appeared on the magazine's first cover, but also was its first playmate, Norris said. Monroe has been featured eight times in Playboy but she never posed for the magazine. Playboy purchased the pictures.
"She was a flagship model [for Playboy]," Morris said.
Monroe's image has been forever preserved as a result of crooning "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy or standing with a billowing skirt over a subway gate in Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch.
She died in August 1962 of an overdose of barbiturates. Her last completed film was The Misfits. She never completed Something's Got to Give.
Kevin Burns, executive producer of AMC's Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, found nearly 9 ½ hours of raw footage of her last film, Something's Got to Give, in 1996.
Most of the footage was faded badly, but it was restored and color corrected using technical video technology.
After restoration, "the quality was better than we feared," Burns recalled. "There was a lot more footage than we thought existed."
Producers had to string together pieces of the film following the order they thought the plot would fall into. But the actress' performance seemed promising as she played the part of a "flesh-and-blood person," Burns said, having matured as a woman and an actress in the final years leading up to The Misfits.
"Marilyn looks beautiful, although she was not in great emotional or physical condition," Burns said. "She seemed to have difficulty remembering lines and seemed to have physical and emotional problems."
Monroe's personal physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, will discuss publicly for the first time in the documentary Monroe's emotional instability, chemical dependency and general poor health during the period of filming.
It is difficult to say how Something's Got to Give would have fared at the box office since it's incomplete, Burns said. Monroe wasn't present in all of the found footage. Her illnesses led to her absence from the set 17 of 30 days scheduled for shooting.
"It would have probably been one of the featherweight comedies of the 1960s," Burns said. "It would have been cute and charming."
It is hard to predict what Monroe would be doing today if she was still alive, but Burns assumed that she would continue being the charming, yet vulnerable, person that she was.
Burns pondered whether Monroe could have survived losing her looks, because she didn't have a strong personality. She was sweet yet very fragile, he said.
"It's intriguing to watch a woman like Marilyn, and yet know that she was full of doubt, insecurity and pain," Burns said. " [Marilyn's] death was part of who she was."
Burns promises that the charm which people love about Monroe will come across in the documentary.
The documentary is a part of a daylong celebration of Monroe's 75th birthday, ending at 4 a.m. EST Saturday. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days will premiere at 8 p.m. EST.
To coincide with Monroe's birthday, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment launching Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection. The collection features the debut of Monroe's most celebrated and colorful films on DVD, such as The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop and more. Almost a million copies were pre-ordered before the collection's release.