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Let’s get made; American Made!

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“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”
Doug Liman

Originally titled Mena, American Made is set to hit the big screen on September 29th, 2017 and I’ll just have to bear it and wait patiently (Originally, it was supposed to have a Jan 2017 release). I’ve read Seal’s story and I’ve been excited for the film since filming began in 2015. 

This is the movie I’m most excited about for 2017!

The film is set in the 1980s.

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Tom Cruise will play Barry Seal, a hustler and American pilot who gets coaxed by the CIA into participating in a covert operation that involved Seal going from drug smuggler to drug informant. While working for the CIA, he spied on the infamous Medellin Cartel, including leader Pablo Escobar, during the height of 1980s cocaine drug trafficking. He also ended up involved in Nicaraguan and Contra politics, which played a role in the Reagan Administration’s Iran-Contra scandal.

We are family: Barry and Debbie in 1981 with their children, from left Aaron, Christine and Dean. At the time he was smuggling drugs from Colombia for the Medellin cartel with the US authorities in complete ignorance

‘The exciting thing to me is to get into a life and death situation,’

Barry Seal

Known as a rebel adventurer, Seal was the first American to see the inner workings of the powerful Medellin cartel. He was fearless while undercover and his inside information led to prosecutions. At that time, the Drug Enforcement Administration was battling the cocaine explosion.

A price was put on his head for turning federal witness and Seal died in a hail of bullets at the hands of Colombian hitmen. *Cringes* 

And TC does justice to any uniform he puts on. This time, a pilot’s…

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Back in action: Tom Cruise was spotted in a pilot's uniform and free from bruises on the set of the new crime thriller Mena in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday

The film is directed by Doug Liman, who previously collaborated with TC on Edge of Tomorrow. TC always want to give the audience their money’s worth and this film is going to be a masterpiece if things go according to Seal’s story. TC had to gain weight for the role for Barry Seal weighed 280+ pounds and was known as ‘El Gordo’ (The Fat Man), but the actor did not pile on the pounds.

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Barry Seal

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I like what I’ve seen of TC’swardrobe so far on the set:

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The brown leather jacket has already gotten rave reviews and many people are asking where they can order it.

Costume: The father-of-three was dressed in double denim sporting a chambray shirt and trousers

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I’ve always wanted to see Tom Cruise run in Paris!

Mission in Paris? Well, I certainly hope so because I’ve always wanted to see Tom Cruise run in Paris.

While it is yet to be made official and cemented in ink, reports are circulating that key scenes from the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible will be shot in Paris, France. My girl Rebecca Ferguson who is returning as the lethal Ilsa Faust confirmed that the French capital will be featured during her interview with Cinema Blend:

“I’m doing stunt work right now, so I’m not missing it. I’m on break for a minute. But it’s lovely going into it not knowing what the big sequences are going to be. Because they don’t really present it all at once, and then you train for it. You train in martial arts, and you learn the technique, and then you break it up, and from that comes movement. I’m going to New Zealand and Paris!

So, I’m holding my breath for Paris.

Meanwhile, *groans* they’ve added more British cast to the 6th installment.

Just call the upcoming Mission: Impossible the battle of the British. After the incredibly boring Henry Cavill was added to the 6th MI, they added someone by the name of Vanessa Kirby…

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… and Sian Brooke.

Reports are saying that Vanessa was brought in to play the lead opposite Tom Cruise. If Rebecca Ferguson is returning, there is no need for this Kirby woman to be lead. I do not care about anyone else being Ethan’s love interest if it isn’t Faust.

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What’s next? Inviting the Queen for a cameo appearance?

MI TRIVIA: The Ilsa Connection

In 2010, Tom Cruise told People magazine that his first celebrity crush was Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946).

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After he saw Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen TC thought she looked like Ingrid and cast her in Rogue Nation. 

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Where’s the trivia in this? Ferguson’s character is named Ilsa just like Bergman’s character in Casablanca (1942). If you watched Rogue Nation and paid attention, then you would’ve appreciated the homage when Hunt and Benji tracked Ilsa to Casablanca at some point in the film.

Both Christopher McQuarrie (writer/director) and Tom Cruise shares an obsession with Casablanca’s Ilsa. I’ve never seen the movie and I don’t intend to.

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 It’s a cine fact that NO ONE outruns Tom Cruise on screen

Criminal Minds: a Reid update

*sighs* Criminal Minds what you’re doing to my boy Reid is dangerous and if we lose him by the end of the season, then I’m done with this show regardless of the history we share.

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I honestly don’t mind the arc that the writers threw Reid, but week after week, him being in prison is being drawn out with no real purpose and it’s getting pretty boring now. Do I have to wait 99 years for them to get down to the bottom of the matter and for Reid to be released? And where the heck is his lawyer?

I must commend Matthew Gray Gubler for bringing the wonderful Spencer Reid alive week in and week out for the past 12 years. Watching him evolve over the years into the beloved character is amazing. His commitment to making the character even better through his failures and successes is greatly appreciated. Just when you think that you’ve unraveled Spencer Reid and figured him out, he takes a u-turn and makes us stop and ponder.

So, thanks for this MGG. Your uniqueness is what makes Reid simply the best.

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For all the Derek Morgan fans out there, he is back for the season finale to help take down Mr. Scratch (Yes, you can start being worried for Reid now). It’d be weird for Reid to be in trouble and Morgan not help. I mean…

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Of all the TV friendships I’ve seen, this one wins hands down for best bromance ever. 

Shemar Moore departed at the end of the 11th season and I haven’t missed him since, but he’s back for the big one which airs on May 10th and he’s bringing a lead case against the escaped convict Mr. Scractch.

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#PrisonSlumberParty

And with ratings like these, there is still hope for a 13th season, but I hope they put this show to bed soon.

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The Mummy: TC pulls off historic Zero-G stunt

The Mummy:

“I said Annabelle… I said we’re gonna go in Zero G.”

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Tom Cruise is at it again. He can’t stop bringing awesome stuff to the table. In this case, the awesomely shot plane scene in The Mummy trailer. It was all his idea to put a set inside the plane and to design the plane crash “so that we’re shooting it live.” It happened in real time and there is no edit. Kudos TC! 

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This stunt was something that was on TC’s mind for years and he’s finally getting to see it materialize in this film. Also, I just knew he had something to do with that plane scene! I would’ve been disappointed if he didn’t have anything to do with it. 🙂

I am eagerly anticipating this film more than I was before. The clip below takes you to the plane stunt scene in Bordeaux, France. Watch the happy expression on TC’s face as he listens to the Frenchman talk about Zero-G. He was the happiest person in the room. And this is the reason why I like him. He is always eager to learn and he makes the sets his classroom.

*Groans* The incredibly boring Henry Cavill joins MI6

*Grunts* Why?

Henry Cavill might be cute, hot, gorgeous, whatever, but he is an incredibly boring actor. He is the reason why I’ve stopped watching Superman in live action roles. His only super power is boring the audience, like, seriously! He even talks boring. Just thinking about him is making me *yawns*.

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Boring Cavill will reportedly play a member of Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) unit. We already have our British love muffin in Simon Pegg. We don’t need Cavill… unless Pegg is leaving! Let me calm down. I’ll be right back to finish this.

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Christopher McQuarrie, the director for MI6 made the announcement in an Instagram capture that read, “Say, @henrycavill. Had a thought. Curious if you’re interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.”

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You could’ve said no, bro.

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Next, I might be reading about Cavill being the next James Bond. He can have that role. I am not a fan of James Bond. Cavill replaced TC in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in 2015 and now here he is. Alongside TC. Why? I’m certain he only said yes because he wants to add that he worked alongside the ultimate action star on his resume. 

He better prove me wrong because I’ll be watching him like a hawk during this film.

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STAR: Jahil’s pain (season finale)

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“I am who I am. I don’t make no excuses for that.”

Jahil

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WARNING: Spoilers ahead. If you’re watching Star and is yet to see the last episode and you hate spoilers, now is the time to look away.

The season finale of Star came to an end on Wednesday night and what a painful night for Jahil! The man can’t catch a break!

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In a nutshell:

^ Alex and Derek decides to keep the baby. They’re so cute, they should consider getting married in real life.

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^ Derek is paralyzed. 😦

^ Otis’s wife confessed to killing him. I called this so I’m still grinning like an idiot.

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^ Big Boi played Big Trouble and I laughed until my sides hurt because I called this over on Twitter. I knew he didn’t want to sign them. He was interested in Eva all along, but that’s what the girls get for stabbing Jahil in the back.

Big Trouble won the Atlanta Fest. Duh! It was always about them.

^ Cotton is arrested for grand theft and rightfully so. I don’t know why fans were feeling sorry. Theft is theft. It ain’t yours.

^ Carlotta is the new manager of Big Trouble. She’s like a snake. She was always waiting in the bushes to snatch what Jahil created. I think she might have some leftover feelings for him as well seeing that they were a thing. She wants the glory days back. The glory days that never took off. The glory days that she’ll be reliving through the girls.

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^ Eva and Hunter are dead dead dead! The human trafficking people received a tipoff from Arlene (Hunter’s mother) and they sent someone to Jahil’s home. The downside? He wasn’t there. The upside? Eva and Hunter were there making out in his bed. The stupid gunman didn’t even check to make sure it was Jahil before offing Hunter and Eva, but they got their just desserts. I wish they could’ve kept Hunter, though. His character could’ve reformed.

Jahil releasing the trafficked girls remains my favorite moment of the season.

^ The season ended on a high note especially with the song “Ain’t About What You Got”:

How could someone so sexy
be so damn repulsive, babe?

It ain’t about what you got
It’s all about what you do.

Yes! Never judge someone on his/her great looks because they might not be who you’re expecting them to be. It’s all about action!

This is how you end a season finale. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR SEASON 2

After that wonderful shocking season finale, I have some thoughts for the second season.

^ Is Jahil going to be framed for the murders of Hunter (his nephew) and Eva (his ex)? Or will he run off and lay low for a while?

^ Would Cotton ever get that surgery? 

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^ Would Alex miscarry? I don’t know. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about. The girls just won the contest and there’s going to be pressure for them to become stars and with Derek paralyze, I expect them to worry about their future.

^ Does getting rid of Hunter (Star’s ex) and Eva (Jahil’s ex) means that Jahil and Star are going to be an item?

^ And can we please stop with Queen Latifah’s wigs? It’s annoying.

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Erm, no you’re not!

I am not too excited for the second season, so they can take their time.

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