Thursday, April 25, 2024

“Jack Reacher” Is Still on Track for Friday Opening


The Tom Cruise movie “Jack Reacher” is opening on Friday, one way or another.It’s too late to turn back now, even though “Reacher” opens with a scene in which a sniper, training his gaze through a scope on a rifle, bloodily picks off five people in a mall. The timing couldn’t be worse.

“Reacher” in an unfortunate situation. Paramount postponed yesterday’s “premiere” in Pittsburgh, but rescheduled it to Wednesday sans a red carpet or glitz. (I’ll restrain myself from making a snarky comment here.) The Film Society of Lincoln Center cancelled tonight’s event, which was Cruise’s only public media moment in New York or L.A.– although it was underscored before the Newtown tragedy that the Film Society thing was “media not invited.” Anyway, Cruise did do Letterman today and will appear on Jimmy Fallon this week as well.

What can Paramount do? The theaters are booked, the ad money has been spent, everything is in place. The movie’s getting pretty good notices. I’ll tell you more about it after I see it on Wednesday at the all-media screening. If it’s good, none of this will matter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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