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Screenwriter Sues Tom Cruise And Paramount For $1 BILLION Over 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

2/4/2014 6:03pm EST
Tom Cruise
A screenwriter is seeking all of the money made by hit action film Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, claiming it was based on a screenplay he wrote in 1998.

Timothy Patrick McLanahan is seeking $1 Billion (with a b) dollars from Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures, and several other production companies involved with the making and distribution of the film.

In document obtained by RadarOnline, McLanahan alleges, “In 1998, I had written a screenplay called Head On. After submitting it to the U.S. Copyright Office, Head On received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author f...

Violence In PG-13 Movies On The Rise, According To New Report

11/12/2013 8:53pm EST
A new study has revealed that violence in the movies is on the rise, more specifically that films rated PG-13 have triple the amount of violence as R-rated movies from the mid-1980s.

Films like "The Terminator" and "Die Hard" were originally slapped with an R-rating when they came out, but their recent sequels have gotten by with only PG-13 ratings despite containing more guns and more violent scenes.

"The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) website clearly says that R-rated films contain more violence. But PG-13 films now contain significantly more violence than R-rated films," ...

Tom Cruise Signs On For A Fifth 'Mission: Impossible'

5/7/2013 10:03am EDT
Tom Cruise Mission Impossible
Tom Cruise will be reprising his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in a fifth installment of "Mission: Impossible."The actor, 50, will star in and produce the film.

According to, Cruise is expected to reteam with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who directed him in 2012's "Jack Reacher" and wrote the screenplay for his Nazi drama "Valkyrie."

The last installment, 2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," made more than $600 million internationally.

Even back then Cruise was open to making additional films in the franchise. He said at the time: "I'll make as many as people...

Tom Cruise 'Working On' Another 'Mission: Impossible'

10/31/2012 9:32am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise wants to reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt for a fifth Mission: Impossible movie.

The fourth installment in the franchise, 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, became the Hollywood star's biggest hit to date after pulling in more than $600 million at the international box office.

Now Cruise, who also produces the high-octane films, admits he's started working on concepts for another adventure.

He tells Total Film magazine, "I'll make as many as people want to see. Because they're very challenging and so much fun to make...

"We're already working on diffe...

Simon Pegg Divulges Tom Cruise's Ice Suit Secret

6/8/2012 7:22pm EDT
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg has revealed the secret to Tom Cruise's toned body - the Top Gun star stays in shape with the help of an ice suit.

The Shaun of the Dead actor was stunned to see Cruise relaxing in the cooling contraption, which soothed his aching muscles during breaks on the set of their 2011 blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Pegg tells ShortList magazine, "He had this special suit. You put it around the muscles that you've been working out and it ices everything. I mean, he's 49 now, and he was working out so intensively that it was important for him to be able to actually m...

MTV Movie Award Surprises: Can 'The Help' Beat 'Hunger Games?'

5/1/2012 3:30pm EDT
MTV Movie Award Surprises
The MTV Movie Awards have their finger on the pulse of 2011/2012 cinema with tons of nominations for The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. If they’re really current, Hunger Games will sweep but there are a few interesting surprises here too.

The Help is a nominee for best picture. Maybe it’ll be the dark horse winner and make up for losing the Oscar? Only if Hunger Games and Bridesmaids split the vote. It’s interesting that MTV acknowledges the popular historical drama, perhaps doing its part for civil rights education.

For best male performance, he...

Q&A: Paula Patton Helps Launch Pepsi Next (sponsored)

4/17/2012 1:17am EDT
Paula Patton
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol actress Paula Patton teamed with Pepsi to help launch new Pepsi Next - and I recently got to chat with her about that and other projects.

Pepsi Next is a new cola with less sugar and sodium, without that "diet" soda taste. You can watch the video below or visit the Pepsi Next Facebook page to find out how you can sample Pepsi Next for free at Wal-Mart locations across the country.

In addition to the launch, Paula talked with me about what it was like to film the hit Ghost Protocol (which arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD today) with Tom Cruise and Jeremy Re...

My Espionage Adventure For 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' Blu-ray Release

4/15/2012 6:46pm EDT
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Life is almost always more interesting in the movies than it is in reality. That’s because Hollywood uses artistic license to entertain us, by embellishing the truth and engaging us with concepts just plausible enough to be real. No place is this truer than in the spy film genre, which is filled with globe-trotting action heroes like James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Ethan Hunt. These characters incite epic car chases, gunfights, and explosions wherever they go, relying on elaborate gadgets in order to accomplish their respective missions. Their films are hardly realistic, but not entirely ...

Check Out The Action-Packed 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' On DVD & Blu-ray April 17

4/8/2012 6:38am EDT
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
The fourth installment of the massively successful "Mission: Impossible" series debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 17.

The Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. Now, in order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book.

But this time they're on their own, and should they be caught, the entire world could be plunged in...

Enter The 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Tax Day Sweepstakes

3/31/2012 9:15am EDT
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
The Impossible Missions Force may not be able to stop tax day from coming, but they can help soften the blow to your wallet.

In celebration of the April 17th Blu-ray and DVD debut of the smash hit film "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," Paramount Home Media Distribution is launching a sweepstakes in which one lucky winner will receive $10,000 to use for any mission, including paying taxes or just buying something really, really cool.

From March 27 through April 24 consumers can visit to enter for a chance to win the cash prize along with a copy of the two-d...

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' And 'Hugo' Dominate 2012 Saturn Award Nominations

2/29/2012 9:57am EST
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The final Harry Potter movie and Martin Scorsese's Hugo will lead the way at the 2012 Saturn Awards after scooping 10 nominations apiece.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Hugo will compete with Immortals, The Muppets, Midnight in Paris and Thor to be named Best Fantasy Film at the prize giving, which recognizes achievement in movie genres such as sci-fi and horror.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams' Super 8 nabbed eight nods and Captain America: The First Avenger scooped seven, while The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol both picked up six nominations.


Mark Wahlberg's 'Contraband' Takes Weekend Top Box Office Spot

1/16/2012 10:55am EST
Mark Wahlberg's new movie Contraband has debuted at the top of the U.S. box office with a $24 million opening weekend take.

The remake of Baltasar Kormakur's cult Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam ended horror film The Devil Inside's one-week run at the top.

Beauty and the Beast took in $18.5 million over the weekend to come in second, while Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible sequel Ghost Protocol falls to four. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton's new choir film Joyful Noise debuts at five.

'Devil Inside' Bumps 'Mission: Impossible' From Top Spot At Box Office

1/9/2012 9:03am EST
The Devil Inside
"The Devil Inside" scared off competition at the box office over the weekend to rake in $34.5 million.

The low-budget project, about exorcists trying to free a woman possessed by evil spirits, bumped Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" from last week's top spot.

The action film dropped to second place with takings of $20.5 million, while mystery movie "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is at three with $14.1 million.

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" earned $11.4 million to land fourth place and family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" rounded out the top five...

Jeremy Renner OK After Bar Brawl In Thailand; Associate Stabbed In Neck & Stomach

1/5/2012 11:17am EST
Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner is nursing minor injuries after he was caught up in a bar brawl in Thailand on Thursday morning.

The "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" star was with pals in Phuket when one of the party, named as Vorasit Issara, reportedly dropped a glass on the floor.

The incident prompted a scuffle between another group of men, said to work at the bar, and Issara was stabbed in the neck and stomach.

Local news reports, obtained by, suggest Renner "walked away with minor injuries," while Issara is recovering in a hospital in Bangkok.

Tom Cruise Leads 2012 Box Office

1/2/2012 2:30pm EST
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise sailed into 2012 with a number one hit at the box office after his new action movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol scored big over the holiday weekend.

The latest addition to the Mission: Impossible film franchise topped the New Year's weekend box office with an estimated $31.3 million in earnings.

It saw off competition from another sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which came in second by taking $22.1 million at the box office.

Family-friendly film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($18.3 million) came in third ahead of War Horse ($16.9 million) and the Am...

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Wins Christmas U.S. Box Office

12/26/2011 9:32am EST
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol's super agent Ethan Hunt has beaten Robert Downey Jr.'s super sleuth Sherlock Holmes to the top of the U.S. box office.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol took over at number one on Sunday with a $26.5 million second-weekend take.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows dropped a spot to two with $17.8 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked claimed the third spot and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo debuted at four. Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin rounded out the Christmas Day top five.

Paula Patton Got Her 'Fingernails Full Of Dirt' Doing Her Own Stunts For 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

12/25/2011 5:00pm EST
Paula Patton
Sexy Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Star Paula Patton steams up the pages of the January Issue of GQ magazine.

The actress, who's married to singer Robin Thicke, was photographed in several skimpy swimsuits by GQ's Mark Seliger, and is nothing short of scorching in her behind-the-scenes video from her photoshoot (watch it below!)

Paula stars along side Tom Cruise in the latest installment in the spy franchise, and reveals that - like Cruise - she did a lot of her own stunts for the film.

"I was doing physical stunts - feet in the mud, fingernails full of dirt, shooting and fighting...

Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise Are All Smiles At NYC 'Mission: Impossible' Premiere

12/20/2011 1:00pm EST
Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes stood by Tom Cruise at the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" premiere in New York City yesterday.

The actress opted for a navy blue dress with a sheer neckline and arms. She wore matching pantyhose, and it seems as though stockings are making a comeback. Tom looked dapper as usual in a matching blue tie with a black suit.

In the film, the Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the International Monetary Fund. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a glo...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' & More

12/19/2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
I’m disappointed to report that I didn’t love Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel “A Game of Shadows.” The first half hour is pretty boring, and although the action picks up pretty heavily toward the middle, Ritchie seems to care more about style than substance in the film. He continues to use Sherlock’s own bullet-time type slow-mo combined with crazy forced perspectives of bullets and shells being shot from guns, which admittedly is pretty darn exciting at times.

What the movie lacks though is the same great banter between Watson and Holmes that was present in the first film. Holmes...

'Sherlock Holmes' Reigns At Box Office

12/19/2011 9:16am EST
Sherlock Holmes a Game of Shadows
Mystery movie "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" has been crowned king of the box office after raking in $40 million at the weekend.

The Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr. detective film premiered at the top spot, ahead of animated family film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" at two with takings of $23.5 million and Tom Cruise's highly-anticipated "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which debuted at three with earnings of $13 million.

Former number one New Year's Eve fell to number four ($7.4 million), while Jonah Hill's comedy "The Sitter" dropped three slots to number five ($4....

Two Jews' Review 'Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol' – Both Think 3 Was Enough (Video)

12/14/2011 1:00pm EST
Mission Impossible; Ghost Protocol
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: While I was watching 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol' directed by Brad Bird, in IMAX, a thought kept drifting through my mind. Why am I finding this film so boring? Why does everything look so familiar?

It wasn't until the drive home that it hit me... Of course, everything looked so familiar because I've seen it all before. The stunts, the chases, the fights, the plot and that is why I found 'MI4'... BORING.

Okay, to be fair not completely boring, but I was expecting so much more.

First there's the plot. The Kremlin has been bombed by a t...

Tom Cruise Risked His Life Filming 'Mission: Impossible' Skyscraper Scene

12/11/2011 1:00pm EST
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise narrowly avoided injury during his Mission: Impossible stunt at the top of the world's tallest building as he kept "slamming" into the skyscraper due to strong winds.

The actor reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and he took the action to new heights by scaling the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai for a high-flying sequence in the movie.

The stunt was far trickier than Cruise made it look and he was left battered after the first few takes.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I remember I came slamming into the building, when I didn't quite make i...

Christopher Nolan: 'Once You See The 'The Dark Knight Rises' Imax Preview, You Won’t Settle For Less'

12/9/2011 2:15pm EST
Next year’s most anticipated movie is the third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Following up the monstrous success and legendary cinema of The Dark Knight, it will be director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, and the last time Christian Bale plays the caped crusader.

Next weekend, you’ll get a chance to see the beginning of the film. A complete six minute sequence, the opening of The Dark Knight Rises, will be a special trailer before Imax screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The entire opening of the film was shot and presented in Imax, so you have to seek out a la...

Tom Cruise Eager To Make 'Top Gun 2'

12/9/2011 8:43am EST
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has confirmed longrunning rumors he's flying back to the big screen for a sequel to 1986 aviation classic Top Gun.

Plans for a follow-up to the hit film began to take shape last year when Tony Scott revealed he was returning to the franchise to direct a new installment, while the Hollywood actor was rumoured to be interested in reprising his role as pilot Maverick, albeit in a smaller part.

But Cruise has now revealed he's officially on board the project.

When asked about "Top Gun 2," the star tells MTV News, "We're working on it. I said to Tony I want to make another movie wi...

December Movie Preview

12/3/2011 9:00am EST
December Movie Preview
Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the ...

Jeremy Renner Almost Threw Up On Tom Cruise, Spoke To Matt Damon About 'The Bourne Legacy'

12/1/2011 10:30am EST
One of the most incredible stunts in the latest Mission: Impossible movie has Tom Cruise hanging from the side of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The rest of his team just looks out from the window, but even that was too much for costar Jeremy Renner.

“Once I hung out [the window], 30 seconds of near vomiting almost happened, but then that went away and Tom was laughing, he’s hanging upside down,” Renner said. “He’s all red faced and he’s like, ‘Look at this view!’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m gonna vomit on you.’”

That gave Renner a taste of what h...

Jeremy Renner Tells DETAILS Acting Comes First, Women Second

11/23/2011 12:00pm EST
Jeremy Renner on Details
Jeremy Renner is featured on the cover of the December/January issue of DETAILS magazine, which hits newstands Nov. 29. He broke out in 2008's "The Hurt Locker" and stars in the upcoming films "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Avengers" and "The Bourne Legacy."

He talked to DETAILS about working in construction, dating and being famous.

On how the hands-on physicality of rebuilding houses compares to filmmaking...

"Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it, but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be ...

Jeremy Renner Nearly Got Sick On Tom Cruise During 'M:I 4' Stunt Scene

11/20/2011 10:30am EST
Jeremy Renner
Action man Jeremy Renner feared he would vomit on his Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol co-star Tom Cruise as they filmed stunt scenes while hanging out of a window in the world's tallest building in the United Arab Emirates.

The stars shot pivotal scenes in Dubai's Burj Khalifa building and one sequence sees Renner almost falling out of a window as he reaches out to save Cruise.

But The Town actor admits he felt so sick to his stomach, he had to warn Cruise to beware.

Renner says, "It doesn't feel very safe when you have just a tiny little (stunt) wire on your pant. You hang out (of ...

Top Celebrities We'd Love To See Rosie O'Donnell Interview On "The Rosie Show"

9/29/2011 1:00pm EDT
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie Show
Rosie O'Donnell has a new show, and wouldn't you know it - it's called The Rosie Show! Premiering Monday October 10th on OWN at 7/6c, Rosie has a new outlet for her opinions and unique way of entertaining us. She was able to get some huge stars on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in the 90s, so we put together a selection of people we'd love to see on The Rosie Show.

For more information on The Rosie Show, visit

Barbra Streisand: Rosie is one of the few people that can get Barbra to make a public appearance - she had the singer on twice for her talk show in the late 90s. It would...

Mary J. Blige Wants To Collaborate With 'Rock' Star Tom Cruise

9/27/2011 3:46pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige would jump at the chance to hit the recording studio with Tom Cruise after witnessing the actor rock out in their upcoming movie musical Rock Of Ages.

The Mission: Impossible star portrays Stacee Jaxx in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit, and Blige admits she was left in awe of his stage presence onset.

She tells, "You guys are going to be blown away. He is insane... he became a rock star. He sang like one, he moved like one, he talked like one. He made us scream when he walked past us."

And Blige is eager to land the Hollywood icon ...