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5 Things We Would Like To See In The “Top Gun” Sequel

We’re approaching July 4th, and that means celebrating our country via lots of drinking, eating, and pyrotechnics. Here’s some news that could add an extra dash of excitement to your Independence Day—there is talk of Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer working together to make a “Top Gun” sequel. There are few movies that get more A-mur-rican than “TG,” what with the arena rock, fast planes, machismo and vague wars. In a recent interview, Bruckheimer said that ideas for the project have been “kicked around” but that they are having trouble figuring out a way to: a) incorporate today’s technology and b) work Cruise’s character Maverick as an older dude into a story that still has the same kick-butt cheesy vibe as the original. [MTV]

Well, we have some ideas! Here are our suggestions on how to make this potential sequel fresh without losing the patriotic ’80s flavor that made it a classic. Keep reading »

Style By Jury: Cameron Diaz Goes Summer Casual

What do you think of Cameron Diaz's summer look?

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Les Grossman Movie Is In The Works

Because Tom Cruise is an enterprising actor under all that craziness, and because America seems to always be ravenous for people in fat suits, we have a potential Les Grossman movie on our hands. After a successful reception for his reprisal of the abrasive producer at the MTV Movie Awards, Cruise hinted that the ball was already in motion for a movie centered on the character. Other than this acknowledgment, the actor didn’t divulge any details about what to expect from the film, which leaves us the responsibility of making some educated guesses. While I believe we have all enjoyed our second dose of Grossman, arriving two years after his “Tropic Thunder” debut, forcing an entire feature film on us might be a bit of overkill. But I was also one of the individuals who voted that the character was never amusing to me in this week’s poll, so perhaps I’m biased. Keep reading »

Tom Cruise: Are We Liking Him Again After The MTV Movie Awards?

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Les Grossman Is Tom Cruise’s Best Character Ever


I can acknowledge that Tom Cruise is a pretty good actor, but I have a very hard time separating who he is in real life (weird and creepy) with his characters. Except for Les Grossman, who has to be his best role ever. Tom first played Grossman, a middle-aged, balding movie studio exec, in “Tropic Thunder,” and the result was pretty genius. Cruise has now revived the character for a series of commercials promoting Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. Above, Grossman “counsels” Robert Pattinson, who is considering cutting his famous greasy locks. Honestly, if Tom would just stay in character — this character, not some smiley son of Xenu cyborg thing — I might actually like him. After the jump, check out a few more. Keep reading »

Quotable: Tom Cruise Was Broke When He Got His Big Break

“The audition [for 'Taps'] was in New York. I said one line. That was it. I had long hair at the time, so they said, ‘Hold up your hair.’ Then ‘Thank you.’ I don’t know why, but… I thought I’d get it. It wasn’t arrogance. I had a quarter in my pocket — and that was it. I’m telling you: I didn’t have bus fare to get back to where my mom was living in Jersey. I remember… standing outside the Holland Tunnel, and hitchhiking.”

— Tom Cruise tells Esquire about his big break. I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I read accounts like these — and celebrities all seem to have a similar story — I always think the key to success (or maybe just fame?) is being broke. But then why didn’t anything ever come out of my twenties? Keep reading »

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