Tom Cruise the movie mogul

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Tom Cruise re­port­edly brought down the house at a re­cent Hol­ly­wood preview of Tropic Thun­der, in which he has an un­cred­ited cameo as a bald, hairy-chested, foul­mouthed movie mogul who’s only too happy to throw an ac­tor to the wolves when his pop­u­lar­ity slips.

Coin­ci­den­tally, in Au­gust 2006, af­ter star­ring in some huge hits for Paramount, Cruise was dropped by Sum­ner Red­stone, the chair­man of Vi­a­com, the stu­dio’s par­ent com­pany.

A Paramount pro­duc­tion di­rected by Ben Stiller, Tropic Thun­der is an ac­tion com­edy about ac­tors whose jun­gle war movie turns un­ex­pect­edly real. It stars Stiller, Robert Downey Jr (who spends most of the movie in black­face), Jack Black, Nick Nolte and Matthew McConaughey, and opens here on Septem­ber 19th.

Mean­while, the re­lease of Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, star­ring Cruise, sport­ing a black eye patch as a Ger­man of­fi­cer who plot­ted to as­sas­si­nate Hitler, has been de­layed for a sec­ond time. It’s now set for Fe­bru­ary 2009.

Drama on the Bur­ren

Shoot­ing be­gan in Co Clare last week on Love and Sav­agery. The Cana­di­anIr­ish co-pro­duc­tion, di­rected by John N Smith (Dan­ger­ous Minds), is set in 1968, when a New­found­land ge­ol­o­gist (Allen Hawco from Clos­ing the Ring) is ex­plor­ing the Bur­ren, He falls for a young lo­cal (Sarah Greene from Eden), but she is com­mit­ted to en­ter­ing a re­li­gious or­der. The Ir­ish ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer is Tris­tan Or­pan Lynch of Dublin-based Subot­ica En­ter­tain­ment.

Celtic me­dia in fo­cus

Jimmy McGovern, the award-win­ning writer of Cracker, Hills­bor­ough and Priest, is among the guests at the Celtic Me­dia Fes­ti­val, which runs from Wed­nes­day to Fri­day next week in Gal­way. Speak­ers will in­clude Once ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer David Collins; Garage pro­ducer Ed Guiney; pi­o­neer­ing fly-on-the-wall doc­u­men­tary di­rec­tor Paul Wat­son; and pro­ducer Philip Edgar-Jones, who has over­seen the UK se­ries of Big Brother. www.celtic me­di­afes­ti­

Film School/ Screen Academy

The Na­tional Film School at the In­sti­tute of Art, De­sign & Tech­nol­ogy, Dún Laoghaire, is a part­ner with Screen Academy Scot­land (at Napier Univer­sity in Ed­in­burgh) and the Baltic Me­dia School in Tallin, Es­to­nia, in EN­GAGE, a project to help film and TV stu­dents and grad­u­ates col­lab­o­rate across fron­tiers. The 24 se­lected par­tic­i­pants will learn about script de­vel­op­ment, fi­nance, pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion in an in­ter­na­tional con­text through a se­ries of work­shops, the first of which be­gins in Dublin to­day.

Krasin­ski be­hind the cam­era

John Krasin­ski, who plays Jim Halpert in the US ver­sion of The Of­fice, is fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of Ge­orge Clooney, his di­rec­tor and co-star in Leather­heads, (open­ing to­day and re­viewed on page 11). Krasin­ski is in post-pro­duc­tion on Brief In­ter­views with Hideous Men, his first fea­ture as writer-di­rec­tor. It stars Ju­lianne Ni­chol­son as a jilted stu­dent ex­plor­ing the male psy­che for her grad­u­a­tion dis­ser­ta­tion, with Do­minic Cooper, Christo­pher Meloni, Bobby Can­navale, Max Minghella and Tim Hut­ton.

Three movies for Swift

Jonathan Swift will be cel­e­brated with three screen­ings in the Dublin: One City, One Book event. The 1939 an­i­mated ver­sion of Gul­liver’s Trav­els is play­ing the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute at noon to­mor­row, with Mary McGuck­ian’s Words Upon the Win­dow Pane, fea­tur­ing Jim Sheri­dan as Swift, there at noon on Sun­day. Kieran Hickey’s doc­u­men­tary Jonathan Swift will be shown at Cen­tral Li­brary in the Ilac Cen­tre at 1pm daily from April 21st to 26th. Ad­mis­sion to all screen­ings is free. www. dubli­nonecity­one­

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