Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Beats Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher Sequel At The Box Office

It was a pretty low weekend for all films at the box office, and that makes me happy because the big releases were all sequels. It’s always delightful to see a sequel fail.

The two films at the top of the box office failed to reach the $30 million mark. Tom Cruise and his action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back made just $23 million this past weekend, which has to be a little disappointing because the film was heavily promoted.

The mostly negative reviews probably hurt the sequel a bit. It scored a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while the number one film at the box office received a 29% rating, it didn’t matter as much because it was a comedy.

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween grabbed the top spot at the box office with $27.6 million. Not bad at all, considering its budget was just $20 million. It’s all going in the bank now and will probably help to produce another sequel soon.

And the data shows that the Madea franchise is expanding its audience. The films usually have an audience that’s around 85% African-American, this latest movie was at around 60%.

David Spitz, co-president of domestic distribution at Lionsgate told The Huffington Post the following…

“The film crossed over and it expanded the audience. Madea is such a beloved character and the timing helped. There are not many comedies in the marketplace right now and Halloween is right around the corner.”

Keep your eyes open for the next Madea film. Perry is going after all the holidays now. Watch out for A Madea Groundhog Day in Feb. 2018.

Jerry Bruckheimer And Tom Cruise Continue To Tease Fans With ‘Top Gun 2’ News!


Fans of the 1986 film Top Gun have to be getting a little annoyed by now. They have been teased for decades with promises of a sequel to their favorite film. And there have been a few times where it actually seemed like a sequel was imminent, but then something would happen and we wouldn’t hear about it again for a few more years.

Hopefully this time is different, but we’re not getting our hopes up. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer posted a photo with Tom Cruise on his Twitter account earlier this week.

And he captioned the lovely photo with, “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”

What a tease, right? But honestly, it does feel like a sequel might actually happen this time. Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed last year that the project was being developed. He revealed there was “an amazing role for Maverick” while talking with Collider.

Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.”

We’ll see what happens. At least we know there are face-to-face meetings happening. That has to be a good sign.

Val Kilmer Confuses Everyone With ‘Top Gun 2’ Facebook Post, What Does This Mean For The Sequel?


Did you hear all the screaming yesterday? Top Gun star Val Kilmer caused a disturbance on Facebook Tuesday when he shared a post claiming he was a lock to return to his role of Iceman in Top Gun 2.

He revealed that he just got offered the role and said “yes” without even reading the script. Kilmer also gave examples of other things he’d automatically say “yes” to, not realizing that would confuse people and make them believe the fine folks mentioned in his Facebook post would also be working on the sequel.


The post was shared over 1,000 times in just one hour and several websites picked up the story, but no one knew exactly what Mr. Kilmer meant. Did he just confirm that Top Gun 2 was locked and loaded? Ready to go? WOULD FILMING START NEXT WEEK?

No, no, no! The 55-year-old actor jumped back on his Facebook page to clear up the confusion, “Being offered a role is very different from doing a role. [It’s] an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.” He wrote.

He also made it clear that Gene and Francis aren’t involved…


So what does this all mean? It means we are that much closer to a sequel. Kilmer being offered the role is a very good sign. Tom Cruise has not publicly accepted a role to return; however, we know there won’t be a sequel without him. The production company handling the film has already said, “There is no Top Gun without Maverick.”

Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) has been working hard on the script, and everyone seems pleased with what he has created so far. Things are looking good for a sequel.

MOVIE REVIEW: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Delivers Without Trying To Get Too Cerebral

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I want to hate Tom Cruise. I really do. He kind of weirds me out and I heard that he makes actors taller than him (which is just about everyone) squat slightly so they’ll always be the same height as him. Despite that, when I’m faced with movies like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, I’m forced to admit a grudging respect for his acting skills. Despite the fact that this is the fifth sequel, and the whole series should be floundering by now, this latest installment proves that Cruise is doing the impossible. He’s making sequels that are better than the original.

Cruise returns as Ethan, a man working for IMF, the Impossible Mission Force. The problem this time is that Hunley (Alec Baldwin), the director of the CIA, thinks that the entire department is unnecessary and shuts it down. Despite his unemployed status, Ethan still has buddies like Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Brandt (Jeremy Renner). With their help, he decides to continue his pursuit of the Syndicate, and its evil shady leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).


The franchise has the same suspenseful energy that generally gives me hand sweats and heart palpitations. That’s surprising, because you’d think I’d be desensitized to that by now. But I genuinely flinched during the sideways motorcycle scene and had to look away a few times. That’s the sign of a good suspense right there, because I never flinch away from the screen.

Another strong point I’ve always found with this franchise is unlike most action franchises, they actually manage to portray females as more than Madonna saints or ‘fighting f-toys’.  Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a British spy, is more than just a love interest or damsel in distress. She’s a show stealer in her own right.


Tom Cruise manages to still come across with the energy of a much younger man and he’s in rare form in this movie. I have to say, the only time I like him is during the Mission Impossible movies and he has not let me down yet. When he does these movies, he stops being that creepy scientologist guy, and instead oozes charisma. In this one, he was pure magic.

Mission Impossible is a franchise that respects the genre. Unlike other action franchises, (James Bond comes to mind) they don’t force complicated storylines and plot twists. Instead, they keep the story simple and deliver exactly what action fans want. Pure escapism.


Sean Harris with his strangely raspy voice is the perfect villain. Alec Baldwin brings back shades of Jack Donaghy with his corporate portrayal of the most powerful man in the CIA. None of the actors in the movie laid down on the job.

Mission Impossible continues to be both commercially and critically successful because they respect their formula and they stick with it. I don’t want to have to rewind to figure out what the heck is going on in an action movie. I want to watch explosions and people getting beat up. Mission Impossible delivers without trying to get too cerebral. Because of that, I have to give this one a worth the watch.


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Tom Cruise Is Down For ‘Top Gun 2’ But Only If There Is No “CGI On The Jets”

Tom Cruise is ready to take our breath away once again. Even though he’s currently promoting his new Mission: Impossible movie, the 53-year-old actor seemed excited to step back for a moment to talk about Top Gun 2, the sequel that has been on and off more times than Lieutenant Dan trying to ride a mechanical bull.

While talking with Extra, Mr. Cruise said he would love to film the sequel, but only if the jets were real…

“I’d like to fly those jets again. But we’ve got to do all the jets practical. No CGI on the jets. I remember when I did the first one, I said ‘Look, in my contract I had to have three flights in the F-14.’ And it had to be in the film, a shot from that. So we had to film it. And luckily they wanted me bad enough to do it, so I was able to do that. I’m saying right now – no CGI on the jets.”

Of course. Would you expect anything less from Tom Freakin’ Cruise? The man is insane. But still, don’t get too excited for this sequel. A lot of important people in Hollywood have been trying to make this thing happen for years now.

Producer David Ellison did reveal recently that a new screenplay for the sequel was in development, with unmanned drones replacing the pilots…

There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick.

We’ll keep you posted. And if you need some Tom Cruise in your life right now, be sure to check out Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation in theaters this Friday!

Remember The Adorable Kid From Jerry Maguire? He Has A Special Father’s Day Message For Tom Cruise (VIDEO)

If we replaced “The Adorable Kid” in the title with “Jonathan Lipnicki” you’d probably be pretty confused. Trying to figure out who Jonathan played in the movie, “Was he that strange nanny dude?

No, no, no. Lipnicki was, well, that adorable kid. He played little Ray Boyd in the 1996 hit, and he absolutely stole the show. People thought he was going to be the next Tom Cruise! And for a few years after Jerry Maguire, he was the kid version of Cruise.

Landing starring roles in The Little Vampire, Like Mike, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2. But do you notice how three of those films had the word “little” in their title? Jonathan couldn’t stay little for long. He started to grow up, and the important people in Hollywood didn’t like that. They wanted him to be that cute kid forever.

But life happened, and now Mr. Lipnicki is a 24-year-old competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. He’s also still an actor; however, as we mentioned above, there aren’t a lot of directors out there giving him a shot.

Thankfully, Screen Junkies, allowed him to voice his frustration in a hilarious Father’s Day rant directed at his onscreen dad, Jerry Maguire.

Check out the video below. And if you’re a director in Hollywood, please contact Jonathan and give him a job…


Tom Cruise Is Not Human, Held His Breath For Over 6 Minutes While Filming Underwater Scenes For MI5

You have all heard the stories. Tom Cruise loves doing his own stunts, even when he clearly shouldn’t do them because there is a decent chance he might die. But after five Mission: Impossible films, it’s clear that nothing is impossible for Cruise.

Who remembers seeing these photos of the insane actor clinging to the side of a military plane 5,000ft above the ground?

We honestly thought this was the most impressive stunt coming from the new Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation film, but the 52-year-old actor surprised us once again.

In the new trailer for the film, you see Cruise’s character almost die underwater. And if you’re thinking, “Damn! What an actor, I really felt like he was fighting for his life.” It’s because he was fighting for his life. Cruise worked extensively for the underwater scene shot without a cut.

The actor talked about the stunt in a new interview with USA Today…

“It’s something I have always wanted to do. [Director Christopher McQuarrie] and I have been thinking about it since working on Edge of Tomorrow. I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts. So doing that sequence was really interesting. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 61/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.”

That’s right, 6 freaking minutes! I didn’t even think that was possible without suffering some brain damage, but apparently I just don’t realize how impressive the human body is. A man by the name of Stig Severinsen holds the world record for holding his breath under water for 22 minutes, although, he was allowed to take in pure oxygen before attempting to break the record.

Check out Tom Cruise in action in the new trailer below. The film hits theaters July 31, 2015. Please go see it. Cruise almost died for you.


Must See Photos: Tom Cruise Performs His Craziest Stunt Ever In Mission: Impossible 5!


Tom Cruise is proving that no mission is impossible, even at the age of 52. We all know Tom Cruise likes to perform his own stunts in movies. To dangling from the side of the world’s tallest building in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, to jumping off couches on the set of Oprah’s daytime talk show. This man is clearly dedicated to keeping us entertained. You can hate on his personal life all you want, but you can’t deny that he’s one of the hardest working actors in the business.

And he proved that again recently while filming the latest Mission: Impossible film. For some reason during the film, Cruise’s character finds himself hanging on the outside of an Airbus A400M. The Daily Mail shared the photos recently, and they claim the military plane went 5,000 feet in the air while Tom Cruise performed his insane stunt.

Obviously they made sure he was secure with two safety harnesses, but we can’t imagine there are too many movie stars who would do something this dangerous. That’s why you hire someone less important to risk their life. If some stunt double falls off the plane, they can just hire another stunt double.

But if Tom Cruise falls off the plane? The movie is over. Money is wasted. People get fired and Tom Cruise’s soul will enter another meat body and he’ll live another amazing life.

Check out the impressive photos down below, and be sure to catch the film in a theater near you sometime in late 2015.





‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Begins Shooting: Behind the Scenes Photos and Cruise Takes the ALS Challenge


Just in case you were wondering if Tom Cruise was getting a little long in the tooth to play Ethan Hunt, think again. This man has found the fountain of youth. These behind the scene photos from the filming of MI:5 has Cruise looking more than ready to reprise the challenging role.

Shooting began on Wednesday as Cruise was strapped to a safety harness practicing and shooting scenes atop the Vienna State Opera House in Austria. At one time he was joined by his co-star in the film Rebecca Ferguson.

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There are high hopes that MI:5 will surpass the success of ‘MI:4 Ghost Protocol’ the most successful of the franchise to date, grossing $694,000 Worldwide. Ving Rhames who played Luther Stickell in previous films, who only had a cameo in MI:4 is reported to be back in this installment. MI:5 will be the first directed by Christopher McQuarrie and is also the reason Christopher appears with Cruise during his ice bucket challenge shown below.

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Mission Impossible 5 is expected to hit theaters on December 26, 2015.




Movie Review: The Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Oh, Tom Cruise, you will never give up will you? At the tender age of 51, you just keep trying. Sometimes, you hit the nail on the head, like “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” while other times you leave me staring at the screen going WTF? (see Oblivion). But this time, you might have just proven that you are not too old to keep playing angst filled action stars. It must be those boyish good looks.

The “Edge of Tomorrow” is a near future alien flick where an alien race is attacking earth and just giving it a good old fashioned smack down. Enter Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) a completely unseasoned military officer who has never seen a day of combat. Seeing how useless he is, the military sends him on a suicide mission, where he is almost instantly killed. Then starts a kick ass Groundhog Day premise, where Cage is forced to live out the same battle over and over and over again, getting increasingly better every single time. He is assisted in his mission by butt-kicking chick Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who is stuck in the same time loop with him. The only way they can escape it is to defeat the enemy.

Cruise seems to have gotten out of his ‘high-intensity all the time’ mold and has made this character more human and relatable. In most movies I’ve seen him in; he seems incapable of showing fear. In this one, he actually seems the best when he’s most afraid.

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The premise is a good one and Cruise shines in these sci-fi style movies that he’s grown so much in. This is not your Cruise of Top Gun fame anymore. Instead, he’s a flawed captain who you want to see triumph.

I liked the fact that the female lead was tougher than the guy in this one and Blunt shines as Special Forces Warrior Rita. She isn’t just ‘the girl’ as often happens to females in action roles. Instead, she is a fully fleshed character in her own right, whose story unfolds throughout the movie.

Usually with these Groundhog Day movies, the repetition can become too drawn out and make you a bit sick of the movie. In this one, because Cruise gets a bit further each time, you never feel like you’re watching the same tedious scene over and over and over again. Instead, each new trip in the loop is filled with new revelations and new excitement. Cruise’s character goes through his own gradual transformation during these trips, no matter how many times he’s brutally killed.


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As for my complaints on the movie, the special effects really weren’t that special. The aliens were giant metal space bugs…so overdone. Cruise has a scene where he has to make it to the bottom of the fully submerged Louvre. The scene is reminiscent of The Davinci Code…which is something that all movie makers should avoid under all circumstances.

Also, cruise in a giant metal suit is too overpowering. He looked like a little boy dressing up in his big brothers’ Transformer’s uniform.

But other than that, the movie is tense, exciting and full of surprises. If you every wanted to see what would happen if Groundhog Day had Transformers and giant metal space bugs, the Edge of Tomorrow is worth the watch.  Watch the official Trailer Below

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