The 2012 release was a big hit – making $218 globally on a $50 million budget. It marked the first of many collaborations between Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, who made Edge of Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, and Fallout. The pair are gearing up to shoot the Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back-to-back for summer 2021 and 2022 release dates.
Back then, the future of the franchise was uncertain, given the shake-up of two key creative teams. Now, it seems to be on equally shaky ground, as the studio tries to determine what direction it will take Star Wars in next. The lackluster response to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from both fans and critics probably isn’t helping. On the other hand, the positive response and buzz surrounding The Mandalorian is a promising sign that there could be more good things to come.
Meghan Markle is currently laying low in Vancouver while Prince Harry negotiates with his family about the couple’s decision to step down from senior royal duties. And, apparently, she’s really leaning into commoner life.
The Duchess was spotted picking up her friend, pilates instructor Heather Dorak, from Vancouver’s Victoria International Airport on Thursday (January 16). Markle didn’t arrive at Arrivals in a motorcade—in fact, the The Daily Mail obtained pic of Markle driving herself and a security guard to the airport. (She was wearing a very casual black beanie and chic sunglasses for the trip.)
The rest of the encounter was as low-key as you’d expect from a woman who’s consciously uncoupling from royal life. Markle and Dorak were photographed smiling and sharing a quick hug in the car before Markle drove away. We’d be just as happy if we touched down for a visit with the Duchess of Sussex and didn’t even need to call an Uber.
Details about Dorak’s visit to Markle’s Vancouver residence haven’t been shared. But we can only assume her visit will include plenty of face time with Baby Archie, yoga (Markle’s favorite workout), and a Suits marathon for old time’s sake.
Dorak and Markle have been friends since the time when the Duchess still operated her personal Instagram account. The pair met in Los Angeles, where Markle reportedly took classes through Dorak’s Pilates Platinum brand. Dorak was also among friends including Priyanka Chopra and Serena Williams who attended Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018.
Markle has only been seen a handful of times since she and Prince Harry made their big announcement. On Tuesday (January 14), she visited Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to discuss “issues affecting women in the community.” And Reports from Us Weekly say Markle has been spotted running errands in Vancouver. Markle was seen pulling into a drugstore parking lot, once again driving herself, on Sunday (January 12).
Despite the change in their royal status, the couple still has major plans for the future, including launching a new “charitable entity,” as well as splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.
I read my children Harry Potter, took them to see the films, and I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I don’t remember at what point, but somebody suddenly said, ‘Oh you know they’re going to want a Dumbledore.’ I went through an audition process and it was a process I hadn’t done in a while, and it was fun to do because you also felt like you wanted to make sure you were married to this part. You didn’t want to get it and buckle, because there’s a great responsibility that comes with playing Albus Dumbledore.
But as Nicolas Cage told Extra TV, it’s a massive year for movies and Marriage Story may not be taking home all the Oscars it’s in the running for. This year, Joker, The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite and so forth are up for competing awards as well.
An autobiographical tale, one in which writer/director/star Harrelson plays an on-screen variation of his real-life persona, Lost in London is a buzzy, one-shot achievement (take that, 1917!) that provides thrills and humor in equal measure. Watching it removed from the live element might take away some of its inherent thrill upon its initial broadcast, where in the moment it’s not clear if this whole operation is going to crumble under the cast and crew’s feet in an instant. Even despite that, Lost in London remains a sharp, funny, and altogether entertaining yarn, particularly for Harrelson fans, as well as Daniel Radcliffe’s fans, as he makes a late-minute appearance in the nocturnal, disorienting live movie’s final screen moments.
As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year. It would have been the year that their world domination would have been complete. But it kind of wasn’t. Because of what you said, a lot of original movie [content] came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theaters. That ended up becoming a really, really strong year. I’m really proud to be nominated with the other films that just got nominated. I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP proof status, made its last stand this year.
Actress Marlee Matlin, for example, recently tweeted about her “preferred airline,” Delta, having provisions for various languages and audio description for in-flight entertainment but no closed captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing flyers. That got the attention of Delta, which responded through a spokesperson to say most aircrafts have a wide variety of closed caption content, but Matlin’s flight hadn’t been upgraded yet to that feature. The airline’s statement added, via USA Today, “Accessibility is important to us (and) we apologize and are working diligently to upgrade our remaining fleet.”
Robert Downey Jr. said that he was wary of doing a British accent, because he wanted to differentiate his performance from previous actors. So after Googling and finding information about William Price, he decided he would try to pull off a Welsh accent instead. He admitted that mastering a new accent was, um, a bit of a challenge:
Nerdy video game developer Miles is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the ‘fun.’ Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent.