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Tom Cruise and 'M:I4' -- the new reality of film deals (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2010 | Claudia Eller

Posted on 02/14/2010 3:09:00 PM PST by abb

It's hardly a secret that Tom Cruise is no longer Hollywood's top-gun star.

The 47-year-old boyish-looking actor has had a rough stretch, from an embarrassing jumping episode on Oprah Winfrey's couch to the clunker "Lions for Lambs." Many believe that his controversial career has peaked.

Now, in order to revive his big-screen role as dashing secret agent Ethan Hunt in Paramount's "Mission: Impossible IV," Cruise consented to a deal that would have once been unthinkable: He's forgoing a preferential slice of the movie's ticket sales, the sine qua non of clout in Hollywood.

Cruise will still earn a handsome payday. He will be paid $20 million of his $25-million fee upfront to star in and produce the fourth "Mission" film, which is scheduled to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2011.

But he won't collect a hefty "first dollar" cut of box-office receipts that entitles stars to skim a movie's revenues before the studio earns back its huge investment and gets a fee for distributing the film, according to people familiar with the deal. If that seems sensible, it wasn't always the case.

Cruise's pay structure illustrates the "new normal" for Hollywood's A-list actors and filmmakers, who no longer can command the super-rich deals that awarded them swollen payouts on movies even when the studios lost money. With once-reliable DVD sales that propped up movie profits in a swoon, the studios are no longer willing to accept second financial billing to talent.

"Over the last 25 years, agents were getting better and better deals for their clients because the studios were star-dependent," said Jeremy Zimmer, a partner at United Talent Agency. "Now, there's a complete retrenchment where the studios are less star-dependent and making fewer movies, so they're more willing to walk away unless a deal makes sense for them."

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KEYWORDS: cruise; dbm; hollywood; movies
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Money's Too Tight (To Mention) Simply Red

I been laid off from work My rent is due My kids all need Brand new shoes

So I went to the bank To see what they could do They said son - looks like bad luck Got-a hold on you

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1 posted on 02/14/2010 3:09:00 PM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 02/14/2010 3:09:36 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Borges; BurbankKarl

Of interest.


3 posted on 02/14/2010 3:11:29 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

“He will be paid $20 million of his $25-million”

Barf...


4 posted on 02/14/2010 3:11:37 PM PST by jessduntno (If Bawney Fwank talks in his sleep, is it considered wetting the bed?)
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To: abb

Cruise’s film career has been controversial?


5 posted on 02/14/2010 3:13:20 PM PST by FTJM
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To: abb

who cares


6 posted on 02/14/2010 3:17:17 PM PST by bobrlbob
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To: abb
Hollywood's A-list actors and filmmakers

Oh, ya mean the Hollywood Fat Cats?

7 posted on 02/14/2010 3:17:37 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: abb

There is a lot of reaearch that A-lists stars have zero impact on the BO. Look at the biggest franchises in recent years. None of them have been star driven.


8 posted on 02/14/2010 3:25:16 PM PST by C19fan
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To: abb

I guess it’s about time for me to see Mission Impossible I, II and III... :-)


9 posted on 02/14/2010 3:26:30 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: abb

Just the move from analogue film to digital recording and distribution; will have a drastic effect on the pay of movie stars.

The film stock for shooting a movie & making thousands of prints costs at least $10 million. Every other expense in movie making and distribution is inflated as a result. A movie needs to draw a huge audience, just to break even. Studios have been willing to pay stars seven figures, in order to “guarantee” a large audience.

With digital recording & distribution, the fixed costs of movie making goes down. Therefore, promotion budgets can be smaller, etc. Therefore, the studio can take a chance on using less famous talent & save tens of millions on pay for stars.


10 posted on 02/14/2010 3:28:46 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: abb

11 posted on 02/14/2010 3:29:01 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: abb

Its ok for an actor to earn $20 mil but not a banker who’s trying to hold this Country together. Where’s the outrage Premier Hussain?

Pray for America


12 posted on 02/14/2010 3:29:57 PM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: abb

His kind of movie just sucks. 12 mercenaries with automatic weapons spraying fire in his direction and MISS. He fires once with his widdle pistol from 200 yards away and HITS. And then you get the gauntlet scene where he runs thru a gauntlet of automatic weapon fire, shooting TWO widdle pistols, one in each hand, and dodging bullets, and hitting targets. And then the explosion in the background where his shockwave blown air speed is faster than the shockwave blown shrapnel speed.

parsy, who gets sick at this kind of movie


13 posted on 02/14/2010 3:30:26 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: abb

http://newsafternewspapers.blogspot.com/2010/02/earnings-season-newspapers-finish-14th.html
Earnings season: Newspapers finish 14th straight revenue-losing quarter; some intel from Wall Street filings

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/redbox/analyst-sales-window-could-drop-redbox-revenue-50-18453
Analyst: Sales Window Could Drop Redbox Revenue 50%


14 posted on 02/14/2010 3:30:56 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

MI3 was pretty good. 2 sucked. 1 was good too.


15 posted on 02/14/2010 3:31:20 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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To: martin_fierro; abb

LMAO!

If you didn’t know the back story ...


16 posted on 02/14/2010 3:32:47 PM PST by maggief
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To: abb

Great tune and apropos for today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VUZKej3LoU


17 posted on 02/14/2010 3:36:35 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

inneresting


18 posted on 02/14/2010 3:37:42 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: abb

Ill take Tom Cruise over some ot the other hollywierd Idiots any day...


19 posted on 02/14/2010 3:38:23 PM PST by crazydad (What)
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To: abb
All you need to know about Tom:

Tom Cruise Crazy

20 posted on 02/14/2010 3:40:46 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: All

Flashback to 3 1/2 years ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/23/business/media/23cruise.html
Fired or Quit, Tom Cruise Parts Ways With Studio

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/23/business/fi-cruise23
Viacom to Break Ties With Cruise


21 posted on 02/14/2010 3:42:52 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

isn’t there “a list” where the studios have a dollar for dollar earnings of each actor and actress?

The list is not made public but the studios use it to determine what a movie with performer X will recieve in budget.


22 posted on 02/14/2010 3:46:43 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: crazydad

Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt are actors.
There is no reason to feel threatened by these guys.


23 posted on 02/14/2010 3:48:39 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: abb

Terrible actor

More terrible person


24 posted on 02/14/2010 3:48:41 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: longtermmemmory

I do not know, but such information would be interesting. Hollywood is all about the money - always has, always will be.


25 posted on 02/14/2010 3:50:17 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
If I was in charge of a major studio, I wouldn't pay Tom Cruse 25 bucks to star in a major film, much less twenty five million dollars.

While he used to be a "star" years ago,

Many, many movie audiences are much less apt to even see a movie if he is in it.

An audience must first "like" a movie actor in order to cheer for them in the plot. People liked Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Jimmy Stewart. I believe they still like Matt Damon (I know, he is strange too), but the Jason Bourne movies prove audiences like his characters.

Cruise has long since worn thin. He is a whack job of a real person, and his Scientology cult has only made him weirder.

26 posted on 02/14/2010 3:51:13 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: abb
Tom Cruise and Oprah Pictures, Images and Photos
27 posted on 02/14/2010 3:52:19 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: parsifal

In one of the MI movies he rides on the skid of a helicopter that flies into the Chunnel and then he jumps from it onto the train.

I have a friend who’s a heli pilot and he says anybody who tries to fly a helicopter into a tunnel will get a quick course in aerodynamics.

If they insist on action heroes being super-heroes with magical powers, they should at least give them a costume and a backstory.


28 posted on 02/14/2010 3:59:56 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Never confuse schooling with education.)
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To: abb
Just this minute finished watching "Collateral". It's a superb Cruise movie.
29 posted on 02/14/2010 4:05:36 PM PST by agere_contra
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To: abb

I can’t watch any movie this guy is in. He just seems so self-conscious and phony.


30 posted on 02/14/2010 4:07:19 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: Sherman Logan

My favorite was a motorcycle chase in MI2 ( I think) where the bikes transition from pavement to dirt. In one second the nike has slicks, the next treds. A miracle!


31 posted on 02/14/2010 4:08:14 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Sherman Logan

That’s now known as “Dazzling special effects!” Dreck is a better word.

parsy, who says Mission Impossible isn’t supposed to be science fiction


32 posted on 02/14/2010 4:11:44 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: SkyPilot

That's Steve Jobs, isn't it?

33 posted on 02/14/2010 4:13:36 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: agere_contra
Just this minute finished watching "Collateral". It's a superb Cruise movie.

Well, it was made in visceral, gritty style by Michael Mann.

And, Cruise had to play a ruthless, unsympathetic villain.

Jaime Foxx was the designated hero that everyone had to cheer for.

Cruise would be wise to take more of those of roles.

34 posted on 02/14/2010 4:13:47 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: abb

My friends and I used to have a running joke back in college about Cruise:

“Hey, you ever see that one Tom Cruise movie...you know, the one where he plays the Cocky Young Guy?”

Well, *I* thought it was funny. :-)


35 posted on 02/14/2010 4:14:16 PM PST by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: parsifal

Agreed. When they go over the top like that it just shatters my willing suspension of disbelief and kicks me right out of the story.

If they’re setting the movie in another universe with different laws of physics they should have the decency to tell us up front, like they did in Lord of the Rings.


36 posted on 02/14/2010 4:17:34 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Never confuse schooling with education.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; All

IMO, this was one of the more significant news articles recently about the industry.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703455804575057551112653666.html

FEBRUARY 11, 2010
Giants Ally on Film in Bid to Promote Family TV
By SUZANNE VRANICA and ELLEN BYRON

The world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, and Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest consumer-products maker, are jointly creating a made-for-TV movie, in an effort to promote “family-friendly” alternatives to what they say is increasingly risqué TV fare.

The two advertising heavyweights have teamed up on the two-hour “Secrets of the Mountain,” to be broadcast in April on NBC. The movie, which focuses on a single mother who brings her family to a mountainside cabin, highlights values—such as generosity, honesty and togetherness—that Wal-Mart and P&G executives say are in short supply on television.


37 posted on 02/14/2010 4:19:55 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: parsifal
His kind of movie just sucks. 12 mercenaries with automatic weapons spraying fire in his direction and MISS. He fires once with his widdle pistol from 200 yards away and HITS. And then you get the gauntlet scene where he runs thru a gauntlet of automatic weapon fire, shooting TWO widdle pistols, one in each hand, and dodging bullets, and hitting targets. And then the explosion in the background where his shockwave blown air speed is faster than the shockwave blown shrapnel speed.

parsy, who gets sick at this kind of movie

I've never agreed with you so whole-heartedly in our online lives.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

38 posted on 02/14/2010 4:24:33 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: abb
"With once-reliable DVD sales that propped up movie profits in a swoon, the studios are no longer willing to accept second financial billing to talent."

Around here there use to be several video stores, now that the Red Box machines are all over the place that you can rent a new release movie for $1 every rental store has closed. Why buy a movie when you can rent it ten times and still only pay half the cost of buying it new?

39 posted on 02/14/2010 4:29:49 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar
Around here there use to be several video stores, now that the Red Box machines are all over the place that you can rent a new release movie for $1 every rental store has closed. Why buy a movie when you can rent it ten times and still only pay half the cost of buying it new?

I try to limit myself to $5 movies. Occasionally, I get lucky, like 20 westerns for $5 or 20 war movies for $5. At least a few are going to be worth the hour or two that each movie runs. I did break the rule for a boxed set of the 3 released Bourne movies - I think it was $24.95 for the set. Trying to clear out inventory before the Blu-Ray version came out, I suppose.

But if you are paying $20 for DVDs, you need to hit the bargain bins.

40 posted on 02/14/2010 4:54:48 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

I refuse to pay $20 myself, but the wife will sometimes cave for the kids who want one of their “must have” collections that come out.


41 posted on 02/14/2010 5:01:50 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: abb
I look forward to the day when actors are wholly unnecessary to produce films. With computer generated characters, the technology isn't too far from creating any image doing any thing. At that time, actors will cease to exist - except in Washington.
42 posted on 02/14/2010 5:16:05 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: abb
Wal-Mart Stores and Procter & Gamble are jointly creating a made-for-TV movie, in an effort to promote “family-friendly” alternatives to what they say is increasingly risqué TV fare.

The movie, which focuses on a single mother....

Of course, they leave out the man / husband / father. When did husbands/fathers become such a taboo? Why does every other drama have to have a single mother? Sheesh.

43 posted on 02/14/2010 5:50:25 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: The Comedian

Have you noticed how these scenes are becoming obligatory now? Sorta like the obligatory sex scenes in the later 70’s and 80’s. Its like they can’t make an action film without it. I think the first “explosion” one was one of the Rambo movies. But I am getting old and my memory is going. At any rate, they are way past tiring. The newer James Bond (about anything past Roger Moore) movies are just silly. I think I read somewhere that these movies are made with the aftermarket in mind and the sophistication level one finds in lower class neighborhoods in the Mid East. I wouldn’t doubt it. But it does make you appreciate “No Country for Old Men” and “In The Electric Mist”.

parsy, the movie critic


44 posted on 02/14/2010 6:33:34 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: dennisw

Not bad but it sounds like somebody got the idea from this classic country number.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jDleaINJKU


45 posted on 02/14/2010 7:04:07 PM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: SkyPilot
Many, many movie audiences are much less apt to even see a movie if he is in it.

That would include me.

Tom Cruise, control freak.

46 posted on 02/14/2010 9:13:33 PM PST by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: Cyropaedia; agere_contra
"Collateral" was the last Cruise film I saw.

I thought it captured his real essence.

47 posted on 02/14/2010 9:16:55 PM PST by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: parsifal

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910905/

Never heard of it until your post.

Thanks for the tip, Film Critic parsy!


48 posted on 02/14/2010 9:22:12 PM PST by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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To: abb

Man, you are right about that. THAT is significant news. Once more companies realize they can be in the film business (now that the cost of making movies has gone way done, as has the cost and trouble of distribution, and fewer projects are star-driven), the studios are goners.

Look at those films made by that little church in Georgia. One was called “Fireproof,” I think. All the actors except one lead were just folks in the congregation, and the film was quite good. It certainly didn’t come off as amateurish compared to a lot of studio drivel.


49 posted on 02/14/2010 9:25:33 PM PST by fightinJAG (Behold the Republican Super-Minority !! (h/t ArchAngel1983))
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To: happygrl

Even the music is great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9752u61LqEg

parsy, who loves this song


50 posted on 02/14/2010 9:26:57 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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