Birthday Blitz: Legend (dir. Ridley Scott, 1985)

Day 20, Movie 20 – Legend – Tom Cruise Is A Sparkly Gladiator

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My Week in Film: April 24 to April 30

This is a new feature on the blog. (And hopefully one I keep up with.) In an attempt to keep busy, focused, and actual records of what I watch, I’m going to write blurbs about the movies I see every week. I would say that I am doing this  to share with my many (hah) readers the vast number of films I watch but that’s a lie. I really just want to stop watching shows about the Kardashians and serial killers. I’m worried that this combination will have a detrimental impact on my psyche fairly soon.

So, it is on, Soderbergh!

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Review: Knight and Day (2010)

Knight and Day, a romance-spy thriller directed by James Mangold, could easily be called Charade with Modern Gadgets. Or maybe just Cruise and Diaz like the promotional poster tells us.

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, who reunite on screen for the first time since 2001’s Vanilla Sky, are far bigger than the movie itself. How these star personas play out in the film, however, are two completely different stories.

Knight and Day (2010)

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Les Grossman Steals the Show

Since 2005, Tom Cruise has desperately needed to redeem his public image and he might have just done so at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Decked out as Les Grossman, the grossly hairy and foul-mouthed movie executive from Tropic Thunder, Cruise has been making appearances in promos and the opening sequence. And then Grossman danced with J.Lo to her song “Get Right”. It was epic.

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From Ed Helms dressed as Lady Gaga to Ken Jeong’s leopard print leotard (if you can even call it), this segment stole the show. Grossman has officially become a larger-than-the-movie character who will no doubt make another appearance before the joke runs its course. Especially since it has given Cruise’s career a jolt. Except for Sandra Bullock receiving the Generation Award, this was the best moment of a show overrun by the F-bomb and Twihards.

Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors

Who are Hollywood’s most overpaid celebrities?

In a recent article, Forbes Magazine has designated these 10 Actors and Actresses to be the most overpaid. The rankings were compiled by looking at a star’s past three movies and then dividing their total earnings by the films’ overall income to determine the actor’s payback figure.

1. Nicole Kidman
2. Jennifer Garner
3. Tom Cruise
4. Jennifer Lopez
5. Cameron Diaz
6. Jim Carrey
7. Nicolas Cage
8. Drew Barrymore
9. Will Ferrell
10. Cate Blanchett

I guess in most of these cases “overpaid” is synonym for over-hyped and underwhelming.