U.N.C.L.E. movie stars attend Warner Bros. presentation

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. teaser poster

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. teaser poster

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, the stars of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie, participated in a Warner Bros. presentation in Las Vegas on April 21.

The event was CinemaCon, a national trade show for motion picture exhibitors. By sheer coincidence, it’s at Caesar’s Palace, where the last official U.N.C.L.E. production — the 1983 television film The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. — was filmed.

Cavill and Hammer, who play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in the U.N.C.L.E. film, were part of a Warner Bros. panel. Both showed up in beards and light-colored suits and no ties.

During the presentation, Cavill and Hammer showed new footage from the U.N.C.L.E. movie, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The trade publication didn’t provide details.

Earlier, Tom Cruise appeared at CinemaCon to plug Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. According to THE WRAP, the actor-producer explained how the movie’s signature sent was performed where Cruise is hanging from the side of an aircraft.

Cruise also showed two clips from the film. For more details, CLICK HERE to read a story by The Associated Press.

The Mission: Impossible film will debut on July 31, with the U.N.C.L.E. movie coming out two weeks later.

What follows are Tweets From MTV and Warner Bros. of Cavill and Hammer.

UPDATE (11:25 p.m.): We embedded an MTV video where Cavill and Hammer were interviewed. An hour later, it stopped working. So we went ahead and stripped it out.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’s trailer debuts

MI RogueThe first trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation debuted around 11 a.m. New York time on the movie’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

The trailer, which lasts about 2:40, is similar to the commercial for the movie released March 22, just with some more detail. For example, there’s a move afoot in Washington to disband the Impossible Missions Force. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is “out tracking the Syndicate,” but a bureaucrat played by Alec Baldwin asks why the CIA has never turned up any information regarding the shadowy group.

Later, Hunt tells his colleagues that the Syndicate “is coming after us with everything they’ve got” and “this very well may be our last mission.” There’s also a bit more of the movie’s signature stunt of Cruise handing on the side of a plane.

This is bound to draw comparisons with SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, now in production. That film features a 21st century version of the criminal organization featured in early 007 films. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation features a 21st century take on the Syndicate, which in the original televisions series was just another name for the Mafia.

Here’s the trailer:

UPDATE: The Double O Section’s Tanner has penned A DETAILED ANALYSIS of the history of the Syndicate on the series and how it will differ in this movie.

New M:I movie title is Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Paramount said today that the fifth Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible movie will be titled Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and the movie’s trailer is due out March 23.

The studio also released a television commercial, a kind of teaser to the teaser trailer. According to the video, the title refers to the Syndicate, “a rogue nation trained to do what we do,” in the words of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.

In the original 1966-73 television series, the Syndicate referred to the Mafia and organized crime. M:I and other shows of the era — including Mannix, a private eye drama from the same production company — avoided direct references to the Mafia.

The existence of the 21st century version of the Syndicate was teased at the end of 2011’s Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Paramount originally planned to release Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation on Dec. 25, but moved it up to July 31.

Here’s the commercial released today:

UPDATE: Vanity Fair has an article how Cruise performed the signature stunt shown at the end of the video. To view it, CLICK HERE.

Director says M:I 5 wraps production

Director Christopher McQuarrie said on Twitter that Mission: Impossible 5 has completed production.

McQuarrie said he took a “12 hour vacation” before starting post-production on the movie starring and produced by Tom Cruise. Paramount moved up the film’s release date to July 31 from Dec. 25.

The tweets are below.

M:I 5’s director says title, trailer coming soon

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise


Christopher McQuarrie, director of the Tom Cruise movie Mission: Impossible 5, last week revealed a little detail in a Q&A session on Twitter.

McQuarrie said March 7 the movie’s actual title will be revealed soon. Also, he said, a first trailer is coming soon. No specific details, however.

The director also was also asked if the movie’s ending had to be reshot. “No. We had to prep it. Shooting it now.”

Paramount moved up the movie’s release date to July 31 from Dec. 25. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reported last month that the production had “shut down for a week or so in London because the film’s ending was deemed unsatisfactory.”

In response to one question, the director said: “we are constantly rewriting and have been since day one. Not unusual. Story was a reach.”

Anyway, here are some of the tweets by the director:

Mission: Impossible 5 resumes production

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible 5 is back in production after a short break to revamp its ending, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY SAID ON ITS WEBSITE.

An excerpt:

EW has confirmed that production on Mission: Impossible 5 halted for one week so that the ending to the film could be reworked. The production, which is shooting in London, has now resumed and is currently in the process of filming the revised ending.

The delay to change the ending was reported earlier by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Director Christopher McQuarrie earlier in the week has said via Twitter the movie hadn’t completed production yet.

None of this would have been a big deal except Paramount moved M:I 5’s release date up to July 31 from Dec. 25. This occurred more or less at the same time the production team concluded the ending needed to be changed.

The M:I movie franchise, featuring star-producer Tom Cruise, has been a financial success for Paramount. The studio has some experience with high wire acts, such as World War Z, directed by Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster, which had a totally changed ending.

Director’s Mission: Impossible 5 update

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

UPDATE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reported today that Mission: Impossible 5 shut down production “for a week or so” recently to revamp the ending.

Brief excerpt:

Director Christopher McQuarrie was given the extra time to work out a new and improved finale with a writer friend whose identity remains a mystery and who will neither be paid nor credited.

ORIGINAL POST: Christopher McQuarrie, the director of Mission: Impossible 5, this week provided a brief update via Twitter, including the fact the movie is still in production.

Paramount moved up the film to July 31 after originally scheduling it for Christmas. There isn’t a teaser trailer yet. McQuarrie said on Feb. 16 it’s, “In process.”

M:I 5, to date, hasn’t been publicized as much as other entries in 2015’s “Year of the Spy.” SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, had the usual media coverage that occurs with the start of a 007 film’s production. It got a new burst of publicity this week as filming began in Rome.

Kingsman: The Secret Service geared up publicity with last year’s San Diego comic book convention and arrived in U.S. theaters this month. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie’s teaser trailer debuted on Feb. 11, accompanied by stories in Entertainment Weekly and People.

M:I 5’s profile presumably will be raised soon with the new release date. The movie has a high-profile star-producer in Tom Cruise and the series’ most recent entry in 2011 was a big hit.

Anyway, here’s McQuarrie’s post on Twitter:

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