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Mission Impossible's success inspires a sequel and Top Gun 2 as well

Dec. 23, 2011by: Paul Tassi

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is turning out to be one of the best success stories of the winter, and executives are pleased as punch with the film's performance.

Tom Cruise was thought to be an iffy commodity, as his last few offerings like KNIGHT AND DAY and VALKYRIE have failed to impress, and some thought his star may have faded since his blockbuster days.

But MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL turned that school of thought upside down. Cruise seemed like the action hero he once ways, and tanks to Brad Bird's expert direction, the film has garnered great success both critically and commercially, bringing in &121M worldwide already even in limited release.

According to Moviehole, this has sparked movement on a sequel, which seems fairly obvious, but also on TOP GUN 2, as it's now believed that Cruise's star power would be able to carry such a project. It should also be noted that at one point, MI:GP was meant to be a torch passing of the franchise from Cruise to Jeremy Renner, but it appears that Tom isn't going anywhere.

Extra Tidbit: (Slight spoiler) The doomsday nuke heading through San Francisco is actually pointed to where Pixar's headquarters are.
Source: Moviehole

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5:19PM on 12/29/2011
Can you just proofread like once before you post? Noticed 3 errors just skimming through.
Can you just proofread like once before you post? Noticed 3 errors just skimming through.
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2:31PM on 12/26/2011
They should just skip directly to 'Top Gun 3' and allow everyone to imagine a more entertaining 'Top Gun 2' for themselves.
This also applies to 'Ghostbusters 3'.
They should just skip directly to 'Top Gun 3' and allow everyone to imagine a more entertaining 'Top Gun 2' for themselves.
This also applies to 'Ghostbusters 3'.
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12:31PM on 12/26/2011
Mother F**cking tom cruise!
Mother F**cking tom cruise!
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7:13AM on 12/26/2011
Even though Ghost protocol was a dissapointment (mainly because of bad direction, awful cinematography, way too much humor), still so can't wait for the next part in one of my favorite franchises ever (and i just loved part 1).
there just isn't any other "real" spy movie (maybe bourne a bit). hope it will go back to a much darker version (like m:i 1) in the future, but that's obviously doubtful. anyway, the new team finally is great again and can't wait to see cruise in anything anway (the
Even though Ghost protocol was a dissapointment (mainly because of bad direction, awful cinematography, way too much humor), still so can't wait for the next part in one of my favorite franchises ever (and i just loved part 1).
there just isn't any other "real" spy movie (maybe bourne a bit). hope it will go back to a much darker version (like m:i 1) in the future, but that's obviously doubtful. anyway, the new team finally is great again and can't wait to see cruise in anything anway (the only real hollywood movie star left - mel gibson aside)
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7:22AM on 12/24/2011
"Cruise seemed like the action hero he once ways, and tanks to Brad Bird's expert direction"

Paul, you and your grammar will sure be missed. Wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Take care buddy. Maybe now you'll have time to take a few writing courses. lol I keed! I keed! Just joshin' squid. I'm sure you'll go on to win a Pulitzer for your writing. Good ridden... I mean good bye dear old friend. You'll be missed. On behalf of myself, Joblo.com, and all of us "Grammar
"Cruise seemed like the action hero he once ways, and tanks to Brad Bird's expert direction"

Paul, you and your grammar will sure be missed. Wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Take care buddy. Maybe now you'll have time to take a few writing courses. lol I keed! I keed! Just joshin' squid. I'm sure you'll go on to win a Pulitzer for your writing. Good ridden... I mean good bye dear old friend. You'll be missed. On behalf of myself, Joblo.com, and all of us "Grammar Nazis".
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2:04PM on 12/25/2011
is he leaving? i wouldn't mind it at all.
is he leaving? i wouldn't mind it at all.
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8:00PM on 12/23/2011

Umm ? He's the man..

I have been saying it over, & over again... He's the man. Im so glad Ghost Protocol went well for him, & society's back on board.
A side note, i totally agree with FILMADDICT's comment. Cruise's credibility as an actor should never have been in question. If critics were more concerned about his top notch acting, instead of tabloid impressions. The backlash wouldn't have lasted as long.
I have been saying it over, & over again... He's the man. Im so glad Ghost Protocol went well for him, & society's back on board.
A side note, i totally agree with FILMADDICT's comment. Cruise's credibility as an actor should never have been in question. If critics were more concerned about his top notch acting, instead of tabloid impressions. The backlash wouldn't have lasted as long.
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7:34PM on 12/23/2011
I don't care what people think, but Valkyrie is a great fucking movie. Great history lesson also that not too many people know about.

Skellington's post is out of line, ban his ass.
I don't care what people think, but Valkyrie is a great fucking movie. Great history lesson also that not too many people know about.

Skellington's post is out of line, ban his ass.
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7:04PM on 12/23/2011

C'mon, Tassi

Red star for the writing - not the news. I wrote this on your last Cruise-related post on JoBlo, and since you seem intent on selling the "Cruise lost his star and his movies flopped" deal that tabloids perpetuated but was never really all that true, here's a copy-and-paste job of my previous response to you. (I will add one fresh item: Cruise has starred in five films since his couch-jumping episode, and all five have made money for the studios, regardless of whether two of them - and it was
Red star for the writing - not the news. I wrote this on your last Cruise-related post on JoBlo, and since you seem intent on selling the "Cruise lost his star and his movies flopped" deal that tabloids perpetuated but was never really all that true, here's a copy-and-paste job of my previous response to you. (I will add one fresh item: Cruise has starred in five films since his couch-jumping episode, and all five have made money for the studios, regardless of whether two of them - and it was only two! - might have underperformed domestically.)

The logic that Cruise hasn't been "pumping out the hits" in recent years has become accepted, but it's not really logical. It was kind of an extension of the tabloid fodder surrounding his War of the Worlds/MI3 promotion breakdown. The fact is, Cruise has often spread his films out across a couple years, and while a couple of his movies may have suffered domestically due to his tarnished image, they were still hits internationally: if he weren't a star, MI:3, KNIGHT & DAY and even VALKYRIE (a WWII drama released at Christmastime) wouldn't have crossed $100 mil overseas.



I do agree that a lot of that anti-Cruise backlash has subsided and MI4 is primed for blockbuster status (and probably the best reviews of the franchise), but let's not pretend he ever really stopped being a star, or that he slowed down his output. Yes, a couple of his films under-performed domestically, but the tabloid shit gets taken out of proportion and at this point the whole "Tom Cruise lost his star power" thing is more a myth based on all that gossip rag shit than any kind of factual account of the last half-decade of the man's career.



Anyway...sorry for the rant. Just get kinda tired of seeing those comments on every JoBlo article about Cruise over the past few years because the more that stuff is printed the more it seems to appear to be true even when it's not.
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4:30PM on 12/23/2011

grammar

I would proofread your articles before you post them. There's a couple errors with grammar. I've been seeing it a lot lately and it's sort of unprofessional looking.
I would proofread your articles before you post them. There's a couple errors with grammar. I've been seeing it a lot lately and it's sort of unprofessional looking.
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5:35PM on 12/23/2011
He should be tankful more people don't notice the mistakes.
He should be tankful more people don't notice the mistakes.
2:08PM on 12/25/2011
at cream, we notice...it's just that saying anything isn't going to help...moot point...his articles are always rush jobs riddled with mistakes...and that's that.
at cream, we notice...it's just that saying anything isn't going to help...moot point...his articles are always rush jobs riddled with mistakes...and that's that.
4:19PM on 12/23/2011
Skellington needs to be deleted. Hes harassing the joblo editor. this shit needs to stop! Get this guy out of here.
Skellington needs to be deleted. Hes harassing the joblo editor. this shit needs to stop! Get this guy out of here.
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3:05PM on 12/23/2011
Another Mission Impossible film is one thing, good for him! But Top Gun 2? Let's not over do it here...
Another Mission Impossible film is one thing, good for him! But Top Gun 2? Let's not over do it here...
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2:47PM on 12/23/2011
GHOST PROTOCOL has only made 26 million domestic out of it 145 million production budget. Not counting the Marketing which probably cost an extra 20-25 million bringing total to 165-170 million. The movie is doing much better in the foreign market making 95 million. But I seriously question the studio using the word success. GHOST PROTOCOL has a long way to go in order to break even.
GHOST PROTOCOL has only made 26 million domestic out of it 145 million production budget. Not counting the Marketing which probably cost an extra 20-25 million bringing total to 165-170 million. The movie is doing much better in the foreign market making 95 million. But I seriously question the studio using the word success. GHOST PROTOCOL has a long way to go in order to break even.
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2:17PM on 12/23/2011

Righteous.

While I liked GHOST PROTOCOL, the movie didn't have the gravity of M:I:III - the desperation and pressure that really was the Mission Impossible franchise's grail.

Also, two things occurred to me while watching it:

1) In the time that Mr. Badguy's nuke was in the air, the U.S. would have launched a sortie of ICBM's at Russia - and they most likely would have detonated since the L.A. bound nuke didn't abort until the last second... so Mr. Badguy would have gotten his nuclear war anyhow in
While I liked GHOST PROTOCOL, the movie didn't have the gravity of M:I:III - the desperation and pressure that really was the Mission Impossible franchise's grail.

Also, two things occurred to me while watching it:

1) In the time that Mr. Badguy's nuke was in the air, the U.S. would have launched a sortie of ICBM's at Russia - and they most likely would have detonated since the L.A. bound nuke didn't abort until the last second... so Mr. Badguy would have gotten his nuclear war anyhow in the end.

2) I became very conscious of the D.P.'s camera angles in the third act - specifically the ones that are designed to make Tom look taller than he actually is when compared to his co-stars.

But... overall, it's a great popcorn flick, so definitely go see it :)
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3:25PM on 12/24/2011
2) Haha I thought the same thing. When I saw Paula Patton stepping out of the car with her heels and yet Cruise was as tall as her it made me think of the camera tricks they used in Lord of the Rings for the height differences between Gandalf and Frodo/Bilbo :D
2) Haha I thought the same thing. When I saw Paula Patton stepping out of the car with her heels and yet Cruise was as tall as her it made me think of the camera tricks they used in Lord of the Rings for the height differences between Gandalf and Frodo/Bilbo :D
8:40PM on 12/24/2011
thumbs down for the minor spoilers
thumbs down for the minor spoilers
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2:10PM on 12/23/2011
"Cruise seemed like the action hero he once ways, and tanks to Brad Bird's expert direction, the film has garnered great success both critically and commercially, bringing in &121M"
I think a particular article writer has started a tad too early on the Xmas sherry.
"Cruise seemed like the action hero he once ways, and tanks to Brad Bird's expert direction, the film has garnered great success both critically and commercially, bringing in &121M"
I think a particular article writer has started a tad too early on the Xmas sherry.
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1:10PM on 12/23/2011
""Cruise seemed like the action star he once ways"" What ? He once WAYS ? How the fuck did that word get there. Seriously man, proofread your shit before you publish. There is not one article without a stupid mistake like that. It's getting old. Fucking amateur.

P.S. I'm drunk and pissed, can't you tell ?

P.P.S. Can't wait to see Ghost Protocol.
""Cruise seemed like the action star he once ways"" What ? He once WAYS ? How the fuck did that word get there. Seriously man, proofread your shit before you publish. There is not one article without a stupid mistake like that. It's getting old. Fucking amateur.

P.S. I'm drunk and pissed, can't you tell ?

P.P.S. Can't wait to see Ghost Protocol.
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2:03PM on 12/23/2011
WOW a typo! Time for him to face the firing squad.
WOW a typo! Time for him to face the firing squad.
5:41PM on 12/23/2011
This guy reeks of whiskey and mom's basement, relax Skellington
This guy reeks of whiskey and mom's basement, relax Skellington
8:37PM on 12/24/2011
oh so your a drunk who turns into a deliberate asshole or are you just a douche bag all the time. im going with the former and the latter. whats the problem cant you figure out what he meant to say because some words had an extra letterr and some words were a letter shor? merry christmas dick,let me guess your offended by my merry christmas. are you drunk and pissed cause your alone on christmas and your girlfriend filed a pfa on your beligerant ass? the only thumb up you got is the one stuck
oh so your a drunk who turns into a deliberate asshole or are you just a douche bag all the time. im going with the former and the latter. whats the problem cant you figure out what he meant to say because some words had an extra letterr and some words were a letter shor? merry christmas dick,let me guess your offended by my merry christmas. are you drunk and pissed cause your alone on christmas and your girlfriend filed a pfa on your beligerant ass? the only thumb up you got is the one stuck up your ass!
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12:55PM on 12/23/2011

thank GOD

they're not giving this franchise to Renner too... keep it goin Tom!!
they're not giving this franchise to Renner too... keep it goin Tom!!
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12:54PM on 12/23/2011
Both "Valykrie" and "Knight And Day" did good business and turned a profit. Studio execs are just dumbasses that have their heads up their asses that they don't know left from right. His "star power" never went away. "Valkyrie" made good money for being a movie that everyone knew the ending too and came out non-summer and non-winter.
Both "Valykrie" and "Knight And Day" did good business and turned a profit. Studio execs are just dumbasses that have their heads up their asses that they don't know left from right. His "star power" never went away. "Valkyrie" made good money for being a movie that everyone knew the ending too and came out non-summer and non-winter.
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12:46PM on 12/23/2011
Now if Del Toro's Pacific Rim does well then I imagine At the Mountains of Madness will be a go.
Now if Del Toro's Pacific Rim does well then I imagine At the Mountains of Madness will be a go.
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1:03PM on 12/23/2011
Ditto. Was really looking forward to seeing Cruise and Del Toro partner up on that. Really hope it still happens
Ditto. Was really looking forward to seeing Cruise and Del Toro partner up on that. Really hope it still happens
2:49PM on 12/23/2011
Oh man, that would be sweet. I still can't figure how the studio let "At The Mountains Of Madness" go. Sometimes I think those big companies are run by complete idiots.
Oh man, that would be sweet. I still can't figure how the studio let "At The Mountains Of Madness" go. Sometimes I think those big companies are run by complete idiots.
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