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She's precious, she's tough, she's cool and she's so worth of a Hot People Looking Hot gallery.
We're talking about Paula Patton, the lady who went toe-to-toe with Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and is about to plunge into some existential malaise with the likes of Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Bateman in "Disconnect." And, yeah, she makes it all look like a mission totally possible.
See for yourself with our collection of pics of Paula in movies, magazines and on the red carpet.
The sleeper spring break release was downloaded 8.7 million times on populat filesharing site BitTorrent, taking this year's crown for movie people most want to stare at, huddled glassy-eyed at the laptops in the middle of the night, mumbling, "Dude. Duuuuuude." Get More »
Parisienne Léa Seydoux has only been acting for a few years but she's been racking up credits in big-name American films and art house gems alike. (She is also the gamine face of Prada Candy perfume and has appeared in ad campaigns for Prada Resort.)
Seydoux's resume includes "Inglourious Basterds," "Robin Hood," "Midnight in Paris" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," as well as foreign films like "Farewell, My Queen" with Diane Kruger and "Mysteries of Lisbon" by the late Raoul Ruiz. Her latest film, "Sister," is a drama about a preteen boy who steals and sells ski equipment at a fancy Swiss resort to support himself and his older sister. Louise, played by Seydoux, can't or won't keep a job and occasionally disappears for days on end to leave wily Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) to fend for himself. "Sister," which was directed and co-written by Ursula Meier, is Switzerland's official Oscar submission, so between that and Seydoux's upcoming films, you'll be seeing a lot more of this gorgeous actress in the future. Get More »
In this weekend's "The Bourne Legacy," Jeremy Renner picks up a mega-franchise from where Matt Damon left off, but it wasn't long ago that the Academy Award nominee was making his film debut as an underachieving student in the long-forgotten '90s comedy "National Lampoon's Senior Trip."
Renner's interest in acting blossomed relatively late, when the California native decided to pursue a double major in theater and psychology at Modesto Junior College. Shortly after graduation, Renner made his way to Los Angeles to parlay his passion into a career. His first opportunity came via the play "Search and Destroy," which earned him early buzz from critics. From there, Renner jumped into his first film role at the tender age of 24 with "Senior Trip." Get More »
Katniss Everdeen may have survived the Games, but we'll have to see how she fares against Kristen Wiig and her band of crazies — or, rather, ladies — as "The Hunger Games" and "Bridesmaids" lead the 2012 MTV Movie Award nominations with eight apiece, including Movie of the Year.
That's not a typo: The usually dominant "Twilight" series and its 2011 entry, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," nabbed only two nominations (Movie of the Year and Best Kiss), while movies like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," (six noms) "21 Jump Street" (six) and "The Help" (four) fared better and will have more chances at bringing home Golden Popcorn statues.
If you ask a real spook, most mainstream spy movies range from the ludicrous to the eerily realistic.
Or at least, that's what American intelligence veterans told us at the International Spy Museum recently. According to them, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (now out on DVD) falls squarely in the middle: Most of the gadgets -- even those that fail -- are more fact than fiction, and the quick-witted way the team works together gets a thumbs up; but the Kremlin exploding and the climbing of the Burj Khalifa is pure fantasy. After some discussion, it seemed there was one spy film that all of them could agree was tops: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," based on John le Carré's best-selling novel.
As for what doesn't work: any movie that focuses on graphic, widespread violence, maniacal agents or drop-dead-gorgeous vixens. "I've always been upset that most spy movies show spies as deranged assassins out there trying to off the American public!" said Jonna Mendez, former Chief of Disguise, aka "a real-life Q."
Here are five spy movies that the real-life spies found worth watching. Get More »
This week: Tom Cruise is back as IMF agent Ethan Hunt for the fourth and most high-stakes assignment yet in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which takes the intense action from Moscow to Dubai.
Also out on DVD this week are Michael Fassbender and his penis in "Shame," the harrowing post-apocalyptic character study "The Divide" starring Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia, and the haunted house horror film "7 Below" with Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames.
'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'
Box Office: $209 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh
Storyline: Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) go underground after the Kremlin is bombed and the IMF is thought to harbor international terrorists. While trying to clear the agency's name, the rogue group discovers a plot to start a nuclear war and must use all the high-tech gadgets at their disposal to avert global catastrophe.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain 51 minutes of "Impossible Missions," which can be watched either as individual making-of featurettes ("The Sandstorm," "Dubai Car Crash") or as one long documentary.
We Say: This "Mission" -- if you choose to accept it -- is one of the most dizzyingly exciting action films in recent history, especially when Cruise scales the outside of Dubai's Buri Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Another impossible bonus is that this "Mission" stands on its own -- you don't need to watch the previous three movies in the series to enjoy the action.
Box Office: $4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Fresh
Storyline: Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a Manhattan sex addict who shuns intimate relationships with people. He is forced to confront some painful memories when his wayward sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him and his insular life becomes exposed.
Extras! The "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Michael Fassbender" talks in-depth about Brandon's inability to form meaningful relationships.
We Say: This fascinating NC-17 drama by director Steve McQueen got a lot of attention for showcasing Fassbender's penis, which deserves its own screen credit and dressing room; but the film most notably features a brave performance by Fassbender as it explores the dark side of extreme sexual addiction.
Box Office: $22,000
Rotten Tomatoes: 22% Rotten
Storyline: A group of nine tenants (including Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia and Lauren German) in a New York high-rise barricade themselves in the basement to survive a nuclear attack, slowly descending into madness when help never comes.
Extras! Both the unrated DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by the director and actors Biehn, Ventimiglia and Michael Eklund.
We Say: Although it's difficult to watch the tenants physically and psycho-sexually torment each other, the movie features a chillingly believable portrayal of what people become when stress erodes the thin mask of sanity we all wear.
Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Storyline: A group of strangers (including Val Kilmer and Luke Goss) stranded after a tour bus accident must ride out a storm in a Ving Rhames' creepy house, where a little boy murdered his family a century ago.
Extras! There are no bonus features of note on either the DVD or Blu-ray.
We Say: Rhames chews into his chance to play a creepy loner, but this straight-to-video ghost tale is creaky like his haunted house.
Also New This Week:
"Frozen Planet: The Complete Series"
"High Road to China"
"Born to Be Wild"
"Buck Privates" Blu-ray
As a director, Brad Bird has a perfect record. His four films -- "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" -- are all critically acclaimed box-office successes. He's considered one of the greatest animators alive and has two Academy Awards (for Best Animated Feature) to prove it.
It's no surprise that J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise approached him to consider the fourth "Mission: Impossible" installment as his live-action directorial debut. Bird was ready to transition to a film that didn't involve talking animals or years to complete, and against a canvas of international espionage he took his eye for dazzling visuals to the next level -- as when Cruise unforgettably climbs the tallest building in the world.
While promoting the DVD and Blu-ray release of "Ghost Protocol" at the International Spy Museum, Bird spoke to NextMovie about what a dream it was to work on a film whose star is equal parts cheerleader, producer and stuntman. Get More »
After several weeks of low box office attendance, Hollywood got a surprise boost this weekend, with the tiny indie horror film "The Devil Inside" racking up a shocking $34.5 million according to Hollywood.com.
Acquired by Paramount for just $1 million, "The Devil Inside" earned more than twice that amount from midnight release showings on Thursday alone. Despite becoming one of only six films to ever receive a CinemaScore grade of F from viewers, the tally was more than enough to drop returning champ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which earned a strong $20.5 million, into second place.
For a full rundown of the weekend box office chart, head to Hollywood.com.
It may be a new year, but it was the same old story at the box office this weekend as "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" lead the way once again with an estimated $29.6 million according to Hollywood.com.
With no new wide releases at the cineplex over the New Year's weekend, the rest of the box office chart was rounded out by holdovers as well, with "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" coming in second ahead of the family-friendly "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked," which continued to perform strongly despite universally bad reviews.
For full figures and the rest of the box office top five, head over to Hollywood.com.