Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Report: Tom Cruise Cannes Retrospective Cuts Nicole Kidman Out of Clips, Star Comes Off as Robotic, Scripted


Tom Cruise appeared in Cannes this afternoon for a career retrospective discussion live on stage in front of an audience.

It was NOT a Q&A because the audience was not allowed questions. The moderator just allowed Cruise to ramble on, making inane and blank statements about filmmaking.

I know all this because both Variety and the New York Times covered it on Twitter. Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh also posted videos.

Setoodeh noted that in the montage of Cruise’s films, the only co-star omitted was Nicole Kidman, his ex wife. They made three films together: “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Days of Thunder,” and “Far and Away.”

The moderator apparently just let Tom talk and talk espousing drivel. He compared making films to growing flowers, and said he “learned a lot” from making sequels.

From the videos and reports, Tom came across as a combination of Chauncey Gardner, Robert Redford’s “Candidate,” and Hal Phillip Walker from “Nashville.”

There were no questions about his actual life, his children, or when the last time was he’s seen his 16 year old daughter, Suri. Or whether she’ll get a discount pass to see “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Here’s an absolutely nauseating video:

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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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