Want to Make a Hit Movie? Show Tom Cruise Running On Screen

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Take note, Hollywood: The farther Tom Cruise runs, the higher his movie ratings get, CNET reports.

To figure this out, the diligent folks over at Rotten Tomatoes timed every instance of Tom Cruise running on screen and assumed a 10 mph speed (about 14.7 feet per second). They then sorted the movies by Cruise's running distance to see if there were any patterns.

And, it turns out, there were. Movies where Tom Cruise runs more than 1000 feet have a higher average critical score (71 percent approval), and they also bring in more money at the box office, with an average international gross of $538 million. There are a few exceptions to that trend, though. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2012), The Mummy (2017), and Vanilla Sky (2001) were all among the top 10 Tom Cruise films in terms of running distance, but they failed to garner more than a 41 percent critic approval rating.

The film enthusiasts at Rotten Tomatoes also found that Cruise runs farthest in his more recent movies. Five of the films in the top 10 were made after 2010, and all but one of them were made after 2000. That's not shocking—consider the popularity of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

In terms of profits, at least, the results aren't too surprising: More running usually means more action, and action movies have a long history of earning big bucks at the box office. What is unexpected, however, is the critical success of Cruise's action films, as critics tend to rank action movies lower than any other genre. But if anything is capable of changing critics' minds about action movies, it's apparently Cruise's limber legs.

Here’s the list of the top 10 movies where Tom Cruise does the most running:

1. Mission: Impossible III (2006) — 3212 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 70 percent critic approval, 69 percent audience approval

2. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) — 3066 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 93 percent critic approval, 76 percent audience approval

3. War of the Worlds (2005) — 1752 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 74 percent critic approval, 42 percent audience approval

4. Minority Report (2002) — 1562 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 91 percent critic approval, 80 percent audience approval

5. The Firm (1993) — 1241 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 74 percent critic approval, 64 percent audience approval

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) — 1065 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 90 percent critic approval, 90 percent audience approval

7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2012) — 1051 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 37 percent critic approval, 42 percent audience approval

8. The Mummy (2017) — 1022 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 15 percent critic approval, 35 percent audience approval

9. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) — 1007 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 93 percent critic approval, 87 percent audience approval

10. Vanilla Sky (2001) — 832 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 41 percent critic approval, 72 percent audience approval

[h/t CNET]

Breaking Bad Movie's Title, Release Date, and Plot Details Revealed

Frank Ockenfels, AMC
Frank Ockenfels, AMC

While Better Call Saul has been a wonderful way to stave off Breaking Bad withdrawals, fans have been waiting months to get more details on the Breaking Bad movie that was announced earlier this year. And it has finally arrived. Netflix has just announced that the movie, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, will drop on October 11, 2019.

According to the official synopsis, the film will "reunite" fans with Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman following the events of the series' highly acclaimed finale:

"In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad."

According to Variety, "It is unclear whether Bryan Cranston, who played main character Walter White in the series, will appear in the film. Cranston has previously confirmed that the film was happening but would not say whether or not he would be involved."

While Cranston's involvement may be unknown, based on the newly released trailer, it's clear that Charles Baker will be reprising his role as Skinny Pete. (We can only hope that this means Badger will be along for the ride, too.)

Though Breaking Bad aired on AMC, partnering with Netflix makes sense for the film, as the streaming network owns the rights to the series (which remains a popular binge-watch). And Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix with being a key reason for the show’s ultimate ratings success.

While accepting the show’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 (it won again the following year), Gilligan took a moment to acknowledge the integral role Netflix played in helping Breaking Bad find its audience.

“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Gilligan said. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need


Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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