Tom Cruise just signed onto his 3rd consecutive alien invasion film: crazy?

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You may find it hard to believe that I try very hard to resist these Tom Cruise recaps, but here we are again, lift lovers! Tom is still making the rounds to promote Oblivion, and here he is outside “The Daily Show” yesterday afternoon while working the crowd. I know some of you thought it was actually cool (and somehow not creepy) that Tom showed up to the Los Angeles premiere five hours early so he could fist pump with his fans, but look at what he’s doing in these photos. He’s not even interacting with these people or making eye contact with them at all — he’s merely staring at the camera with a “Look at what a generous guy I am!” expression on his face.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Jon Stewart interviews Tom with aplomb, as always, but Tom is even weirder than usual. He’s still wearing his bad Burt Convy sweaters, but his pants are distractingly tight here. Gross. He also admits to sometimes taking Advil for pain relief after a hard day of shooting. Somebody call Xenu!

In that clip, Tom tells Jon that he makes these stunt-laden movies because “I want to entertain the audience. Something I think will be exciting.” Meanwhile, there’s the question of just how well Oblivion will fare stateside because there’s been very little interest based upon the film’s underwhelming trailer. So far, the strategy (like most recent Cruise pics) is to surreptitiously release the film overseas where not everyone realizes what a freaking lunatic Tom Cruise really is, and then the subsequent soft US box-office isn’t such a big deal. That’s why Jack Reacher will get a sequel.

Of course, Cruise really is in a career rut even though he’d never admit it. The dude doesn’t do indies — he’s beneath anything that isn’t planned as a major blockbuster, but people don’t want to see him do anything really serious like Lions for Lambs, and people are tired of him trying to be funny and unironic like with the Rock of Ages failure. As such, he’s stuck in action mode now and forevermore, and in particular, he’s fixated upon sci-fi flicks based upon alien invasion stories (ahem, Xenu). In addition to Oblivion (which deals with the aftermath of an invasion), he’ll soon be seen crapping his pants in All You Need Is Kill where he fights off aliens in a time loop. Now he’s also signed onto kick more alien ass in Yukikaze according to Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: With a $61 million opening weekend overseas on Universal Pictures’ Oblivion, who could blame Tom Cruise for wanting to stay in science fiction mode? He’s just made a deal to become attached to star in Yukikaze, a big-scale film based on a series of Japanese sci-fi novels by Chohei Kambayashi. Warner Bros acquired the novel series and will finance and distribute. The author has been called Japan’s answer to Isaac Asimov, and the film will be produced by 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally, who developed and produced the sci-fi film All You Need Is Kill that Cruise starred in for Warner Bros and director Doug Liman. Viz Media’s Jason Hoffs will also be producing.

Yukikaze unfolds in the early 21st Century, three decades after the alien force JAM invaded earth through a dimensional porthole that appeared over Antarctica. While humans beat back the attack, they form a special combat force to eradicate the alien threat on its home planet.

[From Deadline]

Tom is so huge in Japan, so I have to admit this is a smart move. I forgive my Japanese ancestors for loving Tom so much, and I guess it’s only natural for Tom to do projects that will be readily embraced by other cultures since he’s not terribly welcome here.

In other talk-show developments, Tom visited Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago, and Kimmel had him deliver a series of one-liners in a “movie star” way. Tom delivered all of them in exactly the same “intense Tom” manner.

Then Tom made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show, and the two of them played Egg Roulette. It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds (Fallon was clearly getting signals from Higgins the egg carrier), and I can’t believe Tom was gullible enough to (spoiler alert!) crack two raw eggs on his head. Everyone knows you spin the egg to find out whether it’s raw or hard boiled. Everyone except Scientologists.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

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  1. Eve says:

    Tom Cruise looking or doing something crazy? That *HAS* to be a rhetorical question.

  2. Lizzie K says:

    Must be his version of reality television.

    Where’s Shelly?

    • Eve says:

      “Must be his version of reality television.”

      ROTFL!!!

      Awww, I’m so jealous right now — this comment should have been mine.

    • Reece says:

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! Comment of the day.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Funny you should ask about Shelly. ;-)

      Tony Ortega’s post today over on his blog has a detailed account of his theory on where Shelly is and what happened to her – as well as her unfortunate assistant, who was just doing her job and who is STILL being punished by Miss Cabbage.

      http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/17/love-in-the-time-of-miscavige-a-scientology-tale/

      Personally I think he stays married to her either because she is no longer capable of signing the divorce papers, because if he is married then his secretary can’t bug him to marry her, or because Shelly Knows Too Much and Miss C may some day wish to take advantage of the law that says a wife may not be compelled to testify against her husband (she can do it voluntarily, though).

      Also, I’m shocked (SHOCKED!) that this bombshell wasn’t part of today’s TC post:

      FIRST PIC OF TC AND SURI SINCE JULY:

      http://www.celebuzz.com/2013-04-15/tom-and-suri-cruise-have-a-daddy-daughter-park-date/

      Celebuzz haz the scoop. Looks legit to me (as in, really them and not an old photo).

      See? Tom doesn’t have to disconnect! He’s Special! A Big Being!

      • TG says:

        I saw that pic over the weekend and didn’t know what to make of it. I guess Katie really is letting him see his duaghter. I don’t understand why she left him the way she did if she was going to give him access to suri. But, maybe her having primary custody and control of education and religion was enough for her. Though, didn’t they put out in the press statement that neither of them could talk about religion around suri? He is such a creep and I don’t understand why there isn’t an investigation into him and his cult.

        Also, regarding Shelly. Has her family reported her missing to the police? If so why hasn’t anything been done about it? I mean wouldn’t a husband wonder where there wife went? And if the husband refuses to tell the police isn’t that an indication of foul play?

    • lucy2 says:

      LOL!

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        Google Flo Barnett to find out why Shelly’s family hasn’t done anything.
        sorry. It’s really bad.

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        Google Flo Barnett to find out why Shelly’s family hasn’t done anything.
        sorry.

    • pop! says:

      Wtf
      I never knew what ‘where’s Shelly’ meant until i just googled it.
      WTF.
      Where IS Shelly Miscaviage? (spelling)
      They’re like holding her captive from what I read. It’s disgusting. Why isn’t someone doing anything?!
      Scientology is evil and i hate my phone for knowing the word ‘scientology’ with Swype.

  3. Mia 4S says:

    This actually fits in with the Snow White thread. Some movies have very little to do with the stars themselves (fantasy/scifi genre). Yes a star can help, but you’re pretty safe to at least break even. Hell, always remember that the biggest movie of all time (by a massive margin) stars Sam Worthington.

    Tommy’s options are more limited than anyone will let on. It’s not a bad plan…just a very obvious one.

  4. Buckwild says:

    How many times can we watch Tom as the “sole survivor/protector” of Earth in an alien invasion? If he is going to do action films, maybe he should consider an ensemble film (like what Bruce Willis has been doing). I don’t dislike Tom that much as others here but I wih he would mix up his roles a bit…surely he has access to better scripts than Rock of Ages or Oblivion. He’s piddling away what “movie star” credits he has left.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think it has something to do with how he’s treated by CO$, exploding his ego to the point he’s only taking roles where he saves the world.

      You’d think after all the good press he got for playing off type in stuff like Collateral, he’d explore that a little more. Instead it’s all more of the same.

  5. Belle Epoch says:

    His hair used to be one of his better features. Not any more!

  6. Julie says:

    all his movies are the same – at some point will it be alien invasions blowing up the nursing home?

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      LOL! Last Gramp Standing!

    • pop! says:

      It’ll be like Gran Torino (only terrible) without the overcoming of racism and have aliens instead of a gang terrorizing the neighborhood.

      *shotgun click*
      “Get off my lawn.”

  7. spinner says:

    Art imitating life?

  8. Bunny says:

    How old is he? 50? I think he is too old for that hero vs. aliens crap movies. It’s pathetic.

    • pop! says:

      It’s not even his age (Liam Neeson, anyone?)
      It’s the incredible deviation from reality he has in his personal life that makes him just… terrible at everything.

  9. Kate says:

    I saw him on Jon Stewart and part of me felt a bit bad for him. There’s something just sad and lonely and pathetic about him, like he’s so off the rest of the world’s wavelength, and just isn’t in on any of the jokes. Him being part of Scientology is his own doing, etc., etc., I know that and it was awesome that Katie Holmes got out of that marriage the way she did, but…there’s something so pathetic about him now I can’t help but pity him.

    As for his career, I think he needs to ditch these action movies, at least for a year or two. He’s not decrepit and will probably be able to scale a building and tackle an alien when he’s 52 if Liam Neeson is in his 60′s and an action star. He can do dramatic roles and can do them well (Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man). I think he should focus on that for a bit. Maybe that would be a harder sell to the audience since we know he’s a bit off the deep end now, but if he teamed up with Renee Zellweger for some romantic drama, that would be the first Tom Cruise movie I’d watch since the terrible Vanilla Sky.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      It’s because you are a good person. Just remember that Tom pities you. He is a big being and you are a small pathetic suppressive person in his eyes.

      • Kate says:

        Hahaha, I know. After I posted that, I thought, “He’s rich. He probably would think I’m so sad sitting here with my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and my body full of Thetans.”

      • TG says:

        And don’t forget he is the only one that can help in an accident so we are so far beneath him. Sarcasm of course.

    • lucy2 says:

      He built his own bubble, now he’s got to live in it.

      If he weren’t part of a cult that treats people terribly, I’d feel bad, he seems like a guy who is never happy and always trying to be something he’s not. But my sympathy goes out the window when other people get hurt along the way.

  10. TG says:

    Look how short he looks in those photos with his pants drooping down? Is he not wearing his lifts today? I see a slight heel in his shoe though. This guy is like Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson in that none of them ever needs to work again yet they are so desperate for power, money and fame that they keep churning out crap. The last movie I saw this freak in was Lions for Lambs and it was so stupid. My husband and I had a disagreement on which movie to see so we compromised and saw the one neither of us wanted to see. I learned my lesson about compromising – never do it. Just go to the one that somebody really wants to see and the next week go to the other persons that way at least one person is happy that night. So I guess that is a compromise but at least somebody is happy. That movie was so lame. The two military guys were in a plane and one of them fell out and the other one waited a few minutes and jumped out as well so he could save his buddy. Of course they end up on the ground together. How could you land in the same place when one jumps/falls out a minute or more sooner than the other? So stupid.

    Of course I will never support anything this controlling freak does again until he admits he was complicit in the alienation of his first kids with their mom and that he was and is trying to do the same with his other kid with Katie. And that he is part of a dangerous cult that harms families.

    Oh, one more remark. Very good @Bedhead catching that tiny tom is only posing for the camer and not the people. Every photo he is looking at the camera rather than engaging the alleged fans. Wonder if they are paid co$ members.

  11. LadyMTL says:

    The sad thing (in a whole list of sad things about TC) is that if he just allowed himself to stretch a bit more as an actor, he could break out of the “Saving the World” rut. I remember him in Magnolia and he was really good! If only he’d take some roles like that instead of this random crap.

    And no, I am not a Tom Cruise fangirl but I do think he’s selling himself – ahem – short.

  12. apsutter says:

    Oblivion is going to bomb. The trailer is terrible and the studio made it known that no information about the film was to be released.

    • carrie says:

      The movie is pretty decent

    • DesertPoppy says:

      I actually think Oblivion looks interesting though I love action and sci-fi movies so I am target audience. But it stars Tom Cruise and I just can’t with him, I wish it stared someone else. I may ultimately see it anyways, it feels like there have been long stretches of crap in the theater for the last year or two.

  13. Karen says:

    I came to Cruise late in life. Minority Report was wonderful and so is Oblivion. Very romantic. He’s hardworking and talented. And yes he probably does put family life on the back-burner sometimes. And yes he’s probably going to end up lonely and weirder. But apparently he had problems with his parents and struggled to read. For those reasons alone he can be admired..he’s come so far. People should give him a break. He deserves a life-time achievement Oscar. Sheesh. Halle Berry has an Oscar. Time he had one too.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      You know who else struggles to read? Children raised in the cult if Scientology. Because education is a scary thing.
      That said – freeloader debt is not legally enforceable. You don’t owe them anything. Don’t route out! Blow!
      There are people out here who will help you.

    • Kate says:

      Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar. Not everyone who deserves one will get one, and there a lot of people who get them who don’t deserve them. He’s a talented guy, and no one would accuse him of being lazy. NO ONE is criticizing him for putting his family on the back-burner so he can work. Katie Holmes didn’t practically flee in the night because Tom was working so darn much. I know he had a hard childhood and a crappy dad, and I do think he loves his children a lot. HOWEVER he is part of a religion (basically the #2 guy in that religion) that is abusive and dangerous. I don’t care that he believes in Xenu and whatever, I care that young children are made to sign billion year contracts to work 14 hour days scrubbing toilets for $50 a week and that Tom Cruise, as a representative of his religion, is basically sanctioning that.

    • pop! says:

      I will never give him a break.

    • gefeylich says:

      Ah, the requisite “random, unbiased” Cruise apologist. They always show up when people start writing about how appalling he and his cult are now, and how awful his movies have been, especially with their overarching “OMG aliens are taking over the world, fight them FIGHT THEM TINY MAN!” plot lines.

  14. Maggie says:

    Let me make it clear. I’m not a crazy Scientologist but I love this guy. I think he’s a terrific actor. He’s the same age as Brad Pitt but appears to be years younger. He was in Toronto a few years ago doing an interview. He was so down to earth and gracious to his fans.

    runs away and hides

  15. c'est la vie says:

    This man is obsessed with action and aliens. Otherwise he’d be doing Jerry Maguire knockoffs.

    I just don’t get his career trajectory – but the mighty Xenu probably does.

  16. TG says:

    How awesome is it that tiny tom was filming “Oblivion” at the same time Katie was fleeing in the night. The symbolism is just amazing. Wonder if it is a coincidence or her father has a sense of humor.

  17. elceibeno08 says:

    Wow so many big-budget movies. He must close to a net worth of half a billion dollars by now.

  18. Chutzpah says:

    He has has waaay too much filler top up in his cheeks recently – he is starting to morph into Peter Facinelli in that last pic…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Facinelli

  19. Lisa says:

    As a loyal follower to this site, I have to say that the tone of this post really bothered me. Just to clear one thing up, it’s not that overseas we don’t know “what a freaking lunatic” Tom Cruise is, it’s just that, unlike the celebrity obsessed culture in the US, we actually see him as an actor with entertaining films and don’t really care about his personal life beyond what he brings to the screen. We don’t have that whole hating on the actor/actress of the week thing.

    • Loira says:

      I do not live in the US, I know about his cult, and all that. I disagree with you because some of us do not like TC anymore. Let alone that his action movies are too much of a last breath in his career. He is older and still doing action movies, whatever good he looks? Eh.

      He is getting old for this, hismovies are over the top. For many people, yes his movies are entertaining, but the demographics are younger now. He is working in franchises like MI because they arerecognizable. I do not forget that if I go to his movies, I would support his cult. No way.

    • doofus says:

      well, perhaps it’s not only “celebrity-obsessed” that we are, but also “anti-cult” and “anti-abuse” and “anti-kidnapping” and “anti-slavery”.

      read up on $cientology and his place in the cult and you’ll see why so many dislike him so much.

      you say you don’t care about his personal life except what he brings to the screen, but you should. for every dime you give him for his films, a portion goes to a very abusive scary cult.

      so yeah, you SHOULD care, but no one can make you care.

  20. annie says:

    I think Tom loves his his kids, and his family very much, he always says his family go with him on location, but the family that go with him for months on end are his mother and his sisters, who I think are all divorced.
    How can a wife who has , or had a promising career at one stage, go with him for months on end, what happens when maybe a mother feels that her child should be in a school, socialising, learning and having little friends, instead of being isolated being taught Scientology, by his sister.
    Seriously, I’m beginning to feel a bit sorry for him now, don’t know why.
    He should have kept to being a scientologist, as opposed to a fanatical scientologist.
    I wonder what he feels, when all his family , his lawyer, people who work for him, are all scie except his little daughter, who he talked about her scie education before she was even born.
    This is maybe not a nice thing to say, but his 18 yr old son has become a high flying DJ..let’s be honest if it wasn’t for dad, doubt at 18 he would have this.
    It’s sad because he was obsessed with his beliefs, it doesn’t come across that he cared what his wife wanted.
    Now his daughter, who I really believe he loves very much , even tho he is absent a lot in her life, lives in NY, his ex wife has all the say in her life, he only has visitation rights, no connection to scie whatso ever, goes to school , like other little kids, has made little friends, just like it should be!
    The thing is…I wonder if he’s angry at Katie for doing this, or does he blame himself just a little for being so pig headed, in his beliefs. My way or no way.
    They havn’t done him any favours, at all