Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s New Sci-fi Film Blockbuster Hit Around the World

Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion has rocketed to the top of the global box office a week before its U.S. release.

The film, in which Cruise stars alongside Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, has hit the number one spot in 48 of the 52 territories it debuted in over the weekend, raking in $61.1 million – half the movie’s budget – in the process.

The sci-fi spectacular’s success has given Cruise his biggest opening in Russia, where he premiered the film earlier this month with Kurylenko.

The movie also shot to the top of the box office charts in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Korea, Mexico and Australia.

Oblivion opens in North America and seven more international territories on Friday.


Police Called To Tom Cruise’s Home

Police were called to Tom Cruise’s Los Angeles home over the weekend after a member of the actor’s security team spotted an intruder on the grounds.

A guard saw a man “climbing a fence to gain access to the property” and he used a stun gun to detain him as police raced to the scene.

The Associated Press reports a 41-year-old man, who lives in an adjacent property, was treated at a nearby hospital before being taken into custody for trespassing.

Cruise was not at the home in Beverly Hills when the drama occurred.

Police say the man was intoxicated at the time of the incident and that “he may haev confused himself and entered the wrong property.”

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Sign Divorce Settlement

What looked like could be a long and bitter divorce battle for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has already ended with the pair quickly reaching a divorce settlement. The agreement has been signed and their divorce is official, Holmes’ lawyer Jonathan W. Wolfe announced Monday. The settlement comes less than two weeks after Holmes’ June 29th divorce filing.

“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life,” Wolfe said in a statement.

“We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution,” he added.

Details on the settlement, including the custody arrangement for the couple’s 6-year-old daughter Suri, have not been released. In a joint statement released Monday before news of the settlement broke, Holmes and Cruise said they remain committed to parenting Suri together.

“We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” the pair said.

This was the first marriage for Holmes, 33, and the third for Cruise, 50. The Rock of Ages star was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman.

Tom Cruise Will File Rival Divorce Case, Lawyer Says

Last week, Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, making a bold move by asking for sole custody of their six year-old daughter Suri. And the media has been on her tail ever since, and eagerly anticipating Tom’s next move.

Cruise has been relatively silent about Holmes’ divorce petition only, saying only that, “he was deeply saddened,” through a spokesman. But his silence shouldn’t be taken as a sign that he won’t put up a fight for custody of Suri.

Speaking to BBC 1 radio, Cruise’s divorce attorney, Bret Fields said, “We are letting ‘the other side’ (Katie’s legal team) play the media until they wear everyone out then we’ll have something to say.”

Fields confirmed that Cruise will file a rival divorce claim, but did not indicate where, which will impact the way custody is awarded. He told BBC Newsbeat, “Tactically, we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he will be seeking joint custody of Suri.”

Scientology has been thrust into the spotlight again since Katie hired a team of divorce lawyers. Many in the media have speculated that Katie wants to keep Suri from being drawn deeper into the religion, which is the subject of much controversy, with defectors claiming physical and mental abuse as children by church leaders and members.

Cruise is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, and with all that money and power this could end up being a nasty child custody case.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after almost six years of marriage.

Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields said Holmes had filed divorce papers on Thursday. His representative Amanda Lundberg said: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”

Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People magazine: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

Cruise, 49, and Holmes, 33, were married in November 2006 after a year and a half together. He raised eyebrows by jumping on to a couch to declare his love for her on the Oprah Winfrey show, saying: “I can’t be cool. I can’t be laid-back. Something happened and I want to celebrate it.” Holmes revealed she had had a crush on the Top Gun actor as a girl.

He proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005, and they were married at a 15th-century Italian castle in a ceremony conducted by a Church of Scientology minister in front of A-list guests.

Cruise had recently attended the premiere for Rock of Ages alone, and was also without Holmes when he picked up a Friars Club entertainment icon award this month. At the time, he said she was abroad and the family would reunite in time for Father’s Day.

Tom Cruise Talks About Being a Rock Star

Tom Cruise embraces ’80s style in a new photo spread for W Magazine.

Cruise appears in the magazine to promote his new movie “Rock of Ages,” based on the Broadway musical and directed by Adam Shankman. He plays a fading rock star from the eighties hanging on to the limelight.

Clad in leather and fake tattoos, he posed shirtless in a number of photos including a few with two blonde models for the magazine. See the photos .

The actor told W Magazine that Shankman did not know whether the actor could sing when he started the project. Cruise remembers being asked if he could “carry a tune.”

“I said, ‘We’ll see, won’t we? This is either going to work or it’s going to be dreadful.'”

Cruise sings the Guns N’ Roses song “Paradise City” during the opening credits of “Rock of Ages.” He said he also had to learn how to play guitar and build up some courage to play the part and get the bad-boy persona down. Read more>>

Tom Cruise Threatens Legal Action Against Tabloids

Tom Cruise has no hesitation when it comes to threatening tabloid editors with legal action if they print fabricated reports about his family, because he feels some publishers need a wake-up call whenever they go too far.

The Mission: Impossible star has successfully sued over allegations about his marriage to Nicole Kidman and his sexuality, but that hasn’t stopped some magazines from repeatedly speculating about his life with his third wife Katie Holmes and their six-year-old daughter Suri.

Cruise continues to keep a close eye on rumors about his personal life in a bid to stop reporters from printing blatant lies before they get out of hand – because issuing denials after the fact do not reverse the damage done.

In an excerpt from his upcoming Playboy magazine interview, obtained by, he says, “They know I mean it, that if I have to, I will sue.

“You start with a letter saying, ‘OK, you know it’s not true. Apologize.’ But with certain ones you have to go, ‘OK, you crossed a line, and now you have the attention of my lawyers.’ When it involves your kids, you have to go, ‘Here’s the line.’

“Does refuting things help? Not really. There comes a point when you just have to go, ‘You know what? Here’s how I’ve lived my life: I’ve never been late to a set. I make films I believe in. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love.’ You just have to keep going and remember that.

“I hear it (the rumors), I read it, I get it. But life is not a matter of trying to prove anything to anybody.”

Can Demi Moore Rescue Her Career In 2012?

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At her peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Demi Moore‘s career seemed to be unstoppable. After appearing in a string of globally successful blockbuster movies from 1990’s Ghost to 1994’s Disclosure, Moore was one of Hollywood’s most respected and highly-paid actresses. However, after the much-derided Striptease, released in 1996, her star began to wane somewhat. Marred by problems in her personal life, Moore recently announced that she intended to divorce Ashton Kutcher, her husband of six years. However, with a part in the all-star cast of Margin Call, Moore could well be on the right path to getting her career back to its former glory.

She first came to the attention of the movie-going public in 1985, with the release of Joel Schumacher’s coming-of-age drama St. Elmo’s Fire. Now a cult classic, the film featured a cast of Brat Pack stars, including Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Judd Nelson, as well as Moore herself. In her early twenties at the time, the actress played the role of Jules Van Patte, a party girl with a coke habit and an addiction to flashing her cash, a reflection of the burgeoning ‘yuppy’ culture of the day.

St. Elmo’s Fire focuses on a group of friends leaving university and facing the trials of growing up – something that Demi certainly did with the release of Ghost – her next major Hollywood venture. Ghost was a phenomenal success across the globe, grossing over $517,000,000 in box office sales. Aside from the film’s commercial success, it was notable for the steamy scenes between Moore and her co-star Patrick Swayze, which have gone down in cinematic history as iconic love scenes. Moore’s solid performance propelled her into the Hollywood A-list and she began to be cast in serious high profile lead roles, such as the naval investigator and lawyer Lieutenant Commander Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men.

The naval drama became another iconic film of its time, though perhaps its most memorable scene was between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Their court-room scene with Cruise’s lines “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth” has become a notorious movie moment. A Few Good Men was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and, like Ghost, has grossed over $15 million in box office receipts. The credibility of Moore’s career continued to grow and she was soon cast in Indecent Proposal, which raised eyebrows at the time, due to its controversial plotlines.

The film focuses on a newly-wed couple who go to Las Vegas to try and win enough money to finance the building of their dream home. Demi Moore plays the role of the wife who, with the consent of her husband (Woody Harrelson) has sex with a wealthy businessman (Robert Redford). The film caused a stir at the time of its release for its raunchy scenes but only cemented Moore’s status as hot property in Hollywood. Media attention surrounding the actress was also at a peak around this time, not least in part due to her notorious appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. She was photographed for the cover of the popular lifestyle magazine, completely naked bar for a pair of earrings and heavily pregnant at the time. The shot, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz sparked huge debate, mostly centering on whether or not the image was an artistic portrayal of a pregnant sex symbol or whether it was an exploitative example of sexual objectification. Whatever the outcome, the debate ensured that Demi Moore remained a household name whilst she took a brief break from acting to have a child, with her now ex-husband Bruce Willis.

Continuing her trend of appearing in films which sparked debate, the actress starred in the 1994 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel Disclosure, opposite Michael Douglas. The film combines mystery with sexual politics in the workplace, and its star cast ensured its financial success, despite mixed reviews from film critics.

Just a couple of years later, though, the trajectory of Demi’s acting career hit a stumbling block. In Hollywood, it can only take one poorly-received film to turn a career on its head and it seems that could be what happened when Moore decided to take the lead role in Striptease. The ‘sex-comedy’ was largely panned by film critics, despite its respectable cast list, which included Ving Rhames and Burt Reynolds. With the benefit of hindsight and 15 years after its release, Striptease is widely believed as the film that ruined Demi Moore’s career.

Casting a glance over the actress’ CV from 1996 onwards, it looks bleak. It was hoped that G.I. Jane would rejuvenate her credibility and although the film was a financial success at the time of its release, its reputation has not fared well over time and certainly hasn’t retained the popularity of her earlier work, such as Ghost.

Moore may not have slipped from view to such a dramatic extent as some of her fellow Brat Pack actors – her marriage to Ashton Kutcher ensured that she retained a place in the tabloid headlines, if nothing else – but she has struggled to claw back even a fraction of the credibility and Hollywood pulling power that she once had. In recent years, her personal life has overshadowed her professional one. Her directorial debut, Streak, came and went in 2008 without the merest flutter of mainstream interest, whilst her young husband maintained a life in the public eye both behind and in front of the camera.

With the recent news, however, that she intends to divorce Kutcher after his widely-reported infidelity, it seems possible that Moore may be turning her career around whilst she takes control of her personal life. The sympathy that the public will undoubtedly extend her will, no doubt, help revitalise her popularity. Equally, though she can’t possibly have planned it, the release of Margin Call is a timely one. Joining an ensemble cast, including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Paul Bettany, the financial drama was premiered at the respected Sundance Festival and, with a wider release in October 2011, the film already has a handful of award nominations under its belt. The New Yorker went so far as to say that it is “the best Wall Street movie ever made”, which would place it on a pedestal overlooking Oliver Stone’s Wall Street from 1987 and 2010’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Demi’s former co-star Michael Douglas.

Margin Call marks the first time since 2006’s Bobby that Demi Moore has been involved in a film that has attracted serious critical praise. She may have the trouble of divorce proceedings to contend with but Moore is in a prime position now, with her children reaching maturity, to focus on her career choices and rebuilding a reputation that was all but shattered with a few ill-considered decisions in the mid to late 1990s. Margin Call could well turn out to be a very good call, indeed.

And so to the latest news – that Moore has reportedly taken a major role in the forthcoming biopic of adult movie star Linda Lovelace, who will be played by Amanda Seyfried. The actress is set to play the feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem in a movie that is already being tipped for great things before a single scene has been committed to celluloid. 2012 could prove to be the year that Demi Moore once again became a serious player in Hollywood.