Tom Cruise Hangs from a Plane 5,000 Feet in the Air on the Set of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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Tom Cruise had a blade less than an inch away from his eye during a fight scene with Dougray Scott in Mission: Impossible 2, he was pummeled by 16 tons of water when that enormous fish tank burst open in Mission: Impossible and he ran down the world’s tallest building in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  Is it really that surprising that the guy’s busy hanging from a plane 5,000 feet in the air while shooting Mission: Impossible 5?

A bunch of photos just surfaced from the Great Britain set of the franchise’s latest installment featuring Cruise holding tight to the door of a moving Airbus A400M in a full tailored suit.  I’d say that’s pretty typical – for Cruise at least.  Hit the jump for more on the Mission: Impossible 5 stunt.  The film is set to open on December 25, 2015 and also stars Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alex Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, TIFF, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film’s definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how Pegg’s childhlike curiosity made him perfect to play Hector, the guerilla-style filmmaking they employed for some of the scenes, script changes, deleted scenes, future projects like Star Trek 3 and Mission Impossible: 5, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Cast Images Feature Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames

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Just last week I was saying how excited I was more excited for Mission: Impossible 5 than I have been for any other film in the franchise.  All of the elements just add up to it being the first one I’m actually looking forward to as opposed to being something I’d just wait for passively.  Not only did I really like  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but I think director Christopher McQuarrie recently showed that he is in fine form with his recent Tom Cruse collaboration, Jack Reacher (not to mention his great script work on Edge of Tomorrow).

While last week’s report of Sean Harris joining the cast was subsequently confirmed by McQuarrie himself, he doesn’t figure into this new photo as it’s a shot of the film’s team reuniting (as actors, not characters).  So that would be Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames.  Hit the jump for a better look at the pic.  Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson also star in the film.   Mission: Impossible 5 opens December 25, 2015.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Close to Super Creepy Villain in Sean Harris

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I’m more excited for Mission: Impossible 5 than I have been for any other film in the franchise.  It seems like the series finally hit a nice stride in the 4th installment, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so hopefully they used what worked about that film as a blueprint moving forward.  It’s also great news that Christopher McQuarrie is directing this time out.  I really enjoyed his prior collaboration with Tom Cruse, the adaptation of Jack Reacher, and he’s also coming off some seriously high praise for his script work on Edge of Tomorrow.

We’ve known for a while that Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner will be returning and that Ving Rhames is also going to rejoin the team.  We also know Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson will show up.  But what we haven’t heard much about until today is the villain, and now we’re getting word that Paramount has offered that part to Sean Harris (Deliver us From Evil, Prometheus).  Mission: Impossible 5 opens December 25, 2015.  Hit the jump for more on Sean Harris potentially signing on as the film’s villain.

Jeremy Renner Says “There Are Rumblings” of Hawkeye Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Talks Upcoming Schedule

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It’s no secret that when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel Studios film, his or her contract also contains options to appear in X number of films for the studio.  The number varies from actor to actor (Samuel L. Jackson signed for nine movies, Chris Evans signed for six), but it helps ensure that the folks at Marvel can call on one of their many comic book characters to appear in any combination of films.  Since The Avengers, the team of superheroes has become more close knit, and so it makes sense that they would begin to populate each other’s movies going forward.  In the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel opted to have a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy sequel with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jackson’s Nick Fury playing major roles in the second Cap film.

Production just began on Marvel’s Ant-Man, but the next Marvel film set for release after the Paul Rudd-fronted feature is Captain America 3.  Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are likely fine-tuning the script for the third Cap film as we speak, and when we recently spoke with Jeremy Renner in anticipation of his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, he revealed that there are “rumblings” that Renner’s Hawkeye might have a supporting role in Cap 3.  More after the jump.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Welcomes Back Ving Rhames

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol felt like a mini-reboot for the franchise as it came off more like a team movie rather than Ethan Hunt and Friends.  Oddly, it was a team movie missing Hunt’s long-running teammate, Luther Stickell, who was played by Ving Rhames, although he did have a cameo at the end.

Thankfully, it looks like Luther is back in the IMF as Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie has tweeted “Welcome Back, Mr. Rhames” and then CC’ing the Twitter handles for co-stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner.  While I’m a little bummed that Paula Patton isn’t returning, I’m glad Rhames is back in the mix.  As we previously reported, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson may also join the picture.  Mission: Impossible 5 opens December 25, 2015.

Alec Baldwin in Talks for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 and Sony’s Football Concussion Film Starring Will Smith, Plus He’s Developing a Rob Ford-Inspired TV Show

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If you wanted a trifecta of Alec Baldwin news, well then, my friend, you came to the right place!

  • Baldwin is in talks for Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, in which he would play the head of the CIA.  Jessica Chastain has declined the female lead in the film, but Paramount and Skydance have their eyes set on another.
  • He’s also in talks for the untitled Sony Pictures football concussion picture produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Peter Landesman, and starring Will Smith.
  • In the bonus round, Baldwin is reportedly developing a TV show with NBC Productions in which he would play the Mayor of New York City, a politician modeled after Canada’s own Rob Ford.

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Jessica Chastain Offered Lead Role in Second Season of HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE [Update: Reps Deny Involvement]

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Ever since Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) made their mark in the first season of HBO’s taut drama True Detective, fans have been wondering just who would star in the anthology’s follow-up season.  If tonight’s news pans out, one of those leads could very well be Jessica Chastain.  The successful show, which is boldly vying for a Best Drama Series instead of Miniseries at this year’s Emmy Awards, was rumored to see a change in genders of the lead roles in its second season, so the Zero Dark Thirty actress would certainly be an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for more. [This story has been updated after the jump]

Will Staples to Write MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Script

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Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 5 have already secured director Christopher McQuarrie and a Christmas Day 2015 release date, but now the studio and star/producer Tom Cruise have tapped Will Staples to pen the script.  Who’s Will Staples, you ask?  Well the bulk of his resume takes place in the world of video games such as Need for Speed: Rivals and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  He is, however, attached to several films in development, including Warner Bros.’ Ben Affleck-starrer and directing vehicle Blood & Treasure, Fox’s Myth, and the Jeremy Renner vehicle King of Heists

Cruise will return as operative Ethan Hunt, alongside Simon Pegg and the rumored Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton.  Drew Pearce was the previous screenwriter attached to Paramount’s upcoming franchise action picture, but that was before McQuarrie came on board last summer, so it will be interesting to see how the new writing/directing pair get along.  (Via THR)

Simon Pegg Confirms Return for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5; James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Casts Nick Eversman as Mick Jagger

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In today’s continuing casting news:

  • Simon Pegg, who starred as tech specialist Benji Dunn in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, recently confirmed his return to the franchise in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, due out Christmas Day, 2015.
  • Nick Eversman (The Runaways) has been cast as a young Mick Jagger in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman (42).

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Opens December 25, 2015

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Director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and star Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have set a dubious task for themselves: to reclaim the box office from Star Wars: Episode VII when their upcoming film Mission: Impossible 5 opens a week later.  Paramount has set a release date of Christmas Day, 2015 for the spy thriller.  Cruise will return to the fifth installment of the series to play Ethan Hunt; Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg are rumored to return but no official announcements have been made.  Scripted by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), Mission: Impossible 5 reunites the director/star team-up of McQuarrie and Cruise from the surprise worldwide hit, Jack Reacher.  Hit the jump for more.

Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Sci-Fi Anime Adaptation STAR BLAZERS; Filming on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Begins February 2014

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While doing the press rounds for Jack Reacher, director Christopher McQuarrie was not shy in admitting that he had spent the past decade in director’s jail following the disappointment of his 2000 feature directorial debut The Way of the Gun.  Luckily, it looks like that slump is very much over.  McQuarrie is currently prepping Mission: Impossible 5 as his next film, and he’s now added another project to his to-do list.  Deadline reports that McQuarrie will direct and produce an adaptation of the 1970s anime Star Blazers for Skydance Productions.  The sci-fi story revolves around an old spaceship in the year 2199 that must go to another planet and pick up a device that can save the Earth, which has been under siege from hostile aliens using radioactive warfare.

Hit the jump for more, including the news of when M:I 5 will start production.

Christopher McQuarrie Officially Set to Direct MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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The fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise may now officially have a director.  Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has been mentioned as being in talks to take the gig for quite some time, and with Cruise recently dropping out of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus his efforts on Mission: Impossible 5, we assumed that production was poised to begin sooner rather than later.  Earlier today, McQuarrie took to Twitter with the simple message, “Mission: Accepted,” seemingly indicating that he has agreed to sign on as the director of M:I 5.

Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) was tapped to pen the script for Mission: Impossible 5 a few months ago, and Cruise is officially onboard to produce and star in the follow-up to Brad Bird’s nearly $700 million-grossing fourth installment.  Simon Pegg recently told us that his 2014 schedule would include the filming of another Mission: Impossible, so it appears that Benji will (thankfully) return as well. [Update: Paramount has confirmed McQuarrie's involvement.  Read the full press release after the jump.]

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg Talk THE WORLD’S END, What They Collect, the TINTIN Sequel, STAR TREK 3, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5, MAN OF STEEL, and More

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While I did a lot of fun interviews at Comic-Con, what you’re about to watch might be my favorite.  That’s because during my ten minute video interview with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, not only did we discuss their great new movie The World’s End (read Matt’s review here), we geeked out over what they collect, future projects, how we first met nine years ago at Comic-Con (Pegg tells a great story about waiting in line for Carrie Fisher‘s autograph), and a lot more.  Also, since Frost and Pegg have been best friends for so many years and are extremely funny, they have the ability to make every interview feel organic and in the moment, and their answers are always great.

Also, Pegg and Frost revealed they just spoke to Peter Jackson and they might be doing the Tintin sequel next year.  Pegg also says he’s going to be back in Mission Impossible 5 (filming next year), he hopes they’ll be able to make the next Star Trek sequel in time for the 50th Anniversary, and talks about his problems with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tom Cruise Drops Out of MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. to Focus on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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In a rather unexpected development, director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has lost its leading man.  Tom Cruise was originally set to star in the Warner Bros. spy pic, which is being planned as a potential franchise-starter, but with a fall production start-date looming Cruise has now vacated the starring role in order to focus his efforts on getting Mission: Impossible 5 off the ground. The film had recently started filling out its cast with Armie Hammer signing on to co-star and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) entering talks to play the film’s female lead, but Ritchie must now start searching to fill his leading role .  Hit the jump for more on the future of both U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible 5.

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