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“That could be a real problem”: Star Wars Director Was Warned Before Working With Tom Cruise to Save $4B Franchise That Kicked Out Scarlett Johansson

While the entire Mission Impossible series is a major win, John Woo’s 2000’s Mission: Impossible II is a film that couldn’t seem to hit the mark. Following the release of Mission: Impossible, Cruise struggled to find the right story and director to continue the franchise for the third installment.
But in 2004, Mission: Impossible III got on track when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would take over as the director of the threequel. No doubt, Abrams’s Mission: Impossible III saved the franchise and he gave all the credit to the leading producer and actor of the film — Tom Cruise.

J.J. Abrams Gives Credits to Tom Cruise for the Success of Mission: Impossible IIIAbrams shared his experience working with Tom Cruise on the film, praising the actor for his role in his successful directorial debut. J.J. Abrams was previously known for TV work and made his feature directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III. This marked a significant step into a major franchise for Abrams as a first-time director.
In a behind-the-scenes video, director J.J. Abrams discussed the challenges associated with the movie and highlighted the influence of Tom Cruise’s commitment.

“Mission: Impossible 3′ was the first movie that I directed, and it was because Tom gave me the shot,” Abrams said, adding: “And I didn’t know what I was getting into, and people warned me, ‘Oh, the movie star is the producer, that could be a real problem.”
The director said that Cruise was much acquainted with the process of film-making and knew how to produce the best outcome:

“Look, I’m no filmmaker, but I know that if my first job involved working with Tommy Cruise, I’d be a little nervous. As it turns out, though, there was nothing to worry about. It could not have been less of a problem,” Abrams said, adding:
“Tom was as aware of the process of making the movie, of what it needed, as anyone I could’ve imagined. Every day I felt that he and I were in the trenches together in this incredible way where we were both sort of pulling each other up this mountain, and he wasn’t a movie star looking to do a vanity project. He was an incredibly focused, dedicated producer who also happened to be starring in the movie.”

The series is mainly led by Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
Scarlett Johansson and Kenneth Branagh were Kicked Out of Mission: Impossible IIITom Cruise started the Mission: Impossible franchise in 1996, which was his first venture as a producer. He was serious about kicking off this franchise and enlisted director Brian De Palma to turn the TV series into a film. Despite challenges during production, the first movie turned out to be a huge success.
For Mission: Impossible II, Cruise hired director John Woo to take the series in a different visual direction. That also resulted in a blockbuster hit, outgrossing the original by $100 million, with a worldwide total of $546.4 million.
Before J.J. Abrams took the lead for the third movie, Joe Carnahan had almost directed MI 3. Although big names, including Scarlett Johansson, Kenneth Branagh, and Carnahan, departed due to scheduling conflicts, Abrams brought his vision to this action franchise.
Despite this, the movie turned out well! Even Phillip Seymour Hoffman replaced Branagh as the main antagonist, acclaimed as the best villain in the franchise. The film’s success continued the franchise, and Abrams directed to continue more blockbusters like Star Wars, all sheer thanks goes to Tom Cruise’s dedication.

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song’s sons make first public appearance at actor’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song’s sons made their first public appearance at the actor’s Walk of Fame ceremony Thursday.

The Disney Channel alum, 35, was photographed holding their 1-year-old son, Carson, while sitting next to the “Home Alone” actor.

The couple appeared in good spirits as Culkin, 43, leaned down to kiss the tot, who was wearing a sweater vest, tan sweater, blue pants while sucking on a purple pacifier.

Meanwhile, their eldest son Dakota, 2, was sitting a few rows back with a friend of the couple during the ceremony before taking a few pics with mom and dad.

He was wearing a blue sweatsuit fit with black combat boots, as his hair was styled in a mohawk.

“I’d like to thank Brenda. You’re absolutely everything,” Culkin said during his acceptance speech, per People. “You’re the best person I’ve ever known.”

“And after the birth of our two boys, you’ve become one of my three favorite people,” he continued.

The “My Girl” star and Song — who have been together since 2017 — tend to keep their kids out of the spotlight and refrain from posting them on social media.

The duo didn’t even announce the arrival of Carson last year and instead, the actor’s brother Kieran Culkin confirmed the news a few days after an initial report was released.

While talking about his family in an Access Hollywood interview in March, the “Succession” star revealed that he hadn’t met Carson due to his “busy” work schedule and the struggle of traveling with kids.

“Well, the cousins live in Los Angeles, we live in New York,” he said at the time. “I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old [daughter] and as busy as I am there is no getting on a plane and going.”

“I haven’t met No. 2 yet and they haven’t met [my] No. 2 yet either cause we just haven’t been able to figure that out,” Kieran continued, referring to the two kids he shares with wife Jazz Charton.

Carson’s birthdate is unknown while Dakota was born on April 5, 2021.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed Macaulay and Song got engaged sometime after their oldest was born as the actress was seen with a massive rock on her hand in January 2021.

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Emma Stone: A Timeless Journey Through Elegance and Talent

Emma Stone, a beacon of talent and grace in the entertainment world, has graced audiences with her remarkable acting prowess and timeless beauty. In this stunning photo gallery, we embark on a visual odyssey through the various phases of her illustrious career, showcasing her evolution as an actress and a style icon.







Beginning with her early days as a young actress, the gallery showcases Stone’s youthful exuberance and natural charm. As she honed her craft and established herself in the industry, her performances began to reflect a captivating depth and versatility.





Moving through the years, the gallery highlights Stone’s rise to stardom, capturing iconic red carpet moments, movie premieres, and fashion shoots that have solidified her status as a leading lady in Hollywood. Her radiant smile, elegant fashion choices, and down-to-earth persona have endeared her to fans and industry peers alike.





Through this breathtaking visual journey, viewers can witness the evolution of Emma Stone – from a promising talent to an internationally acclaimed actress and a beloved figure in popular culture. Each image encapsulates a moment in time, celebrating her beauty, grace, and immense contribution to the film industry.




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Eva Mendes: A Timeless Portrait of Elegance and Beauty

Eva Mendes, an epitome of grace and allure, has enthralled audiences for years with her talent and timeless beauty. In this stunning photo gallery, we embark on a visual journey through the various phases of her career and the evolution of her captivating style.

Starting from her early days in the entertainment industry, the gallery showcases Mendes’s natural charm and youthful exuberance. As she honed her craft and established herself as a distinguished actress, her grace and sophistication became more pronounced, setting her apart in the world of Hollywood.

Moving through the years, the gallery captures Eva Mendes in an array of mesmerizing settings – from red carpet events to editorial photoshoots. Each photograph exudes her effortless elegance and showcases her fashion-forward choices, solidifying her status as a style icon and revered actress.

Through this breathtaking visual voyage, viewers can witness Eva Mendes’s transformation from a promising talent to an accomplished actress and a symbol of timeless beauty. Each image encapsulates a moment in her remarkable journey, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry and capturing the hearts of admirers around the world.

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