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By Michael McKenna
FIRST Tom Cruise lured James Packer toward Scientology and now may have recruited him into acting.
According to Hollywood insiders, the heir to Australia’s biggest fortune is about to make his on-screen debut in Cruise’s latest film The Last Samurai now being shot in New Zealand. Mr Packer, 35, executive chairman of PBL, is said to have been cast as an extra to play one of a small army of Samurai in the film who become casualties of Japan’s modernisation of its fighting force in the late 1800s.
Cruise, who is a producer on the $150 million movie, last week told crew members his “close friend” Mr Packer would be playing one of the ancient warriors.
A New Zealand source said there was a “collective gasp” over Mr Packer’s inclusion in the movie, with the costume department now having to make new Samurai clothes for the towering media chief.
In January, Mr Packer visited the set in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island after arriving in his Falcon 200 executive jet and later staying with Cruise at his rented house.
Mr Packer became friends with Cruise during the actor’s marriage to Nicole Kidman.
In recent months, Mr Packer has been spotted attending seminars at the Church of Scientology in Sydney although it is understood he has since cooled on the church’s teachings.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Tom Cruise and other cast and crew on the star’s latest film have been hit by surprise tax demands from the New Zealand Government.
The bills are asking for tax to be paid on daily living allowances and have angered industry officials in the country.
Cruise is spending four months in New Zealand to film the $100m (£69m) historical epic, The Last Samurai.
Ironically, the bills arrived just a few days after Prime Minister Helen Clark visited the set and posed with Cruise for a photo.
The amount demanded on the bills has not been made clear.
New Zealand has a growing reputation with film-makers partly because of the tax-free incentives for production companies.
New Zealand film industry spokesman David Madigan said: “To impose the tax in the middle of a shoot is just shocking.”
Mr Madigan said daily allowances and living allowances paid to cast and crew had been tax free in the country for at least 25 years.
The tax was not applied to recent high-profile productions such as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The bill affects local production crews and actors plus international actors – including Cruise – but not international crew members.
More than 200 New Zealanders on the production crew receive hundreds of dollars each a week in allowances.
The Inland Revenue has refused to comment on the Samurai film, but said it was “working through tax issues”.
Jane Wrightson, head of the Screen Production and Development Association, said the new tax regime would have an inflationary impact on future film budgets.
In the film, Cruise plays a retired US army captain hired by the mid-19th Century Meiji Emperor of Japan to create a modern Japanese army.
I know they’re pap pictures…, I’m not sure how to feel about those..
…. when Minority Report gets nominated at the 29th Saturn Awards, with a total of 10 nominations, including Best Actor for Tom?
Here are the categories that it has been nominated:
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM, BEST ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST DIRECTION, BEST WRITING, BEST MUSIC, BEST COSTUME, BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS.
You can click here to view the full list of nominees!
More tidbits from Tom making “I Married A Witch”
“Tom Cruise, 40, is considering the starring role in the proposed remake of the 1942 romantic movie comedy “I Married a Witch,” to be directed by Danny DeVito, reports Variety. Coincidentally, Cruise’s ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, 35, is said to be the frontrunner to play Samantha — a lovely married woman who happens to be a witch — in the movie version of the ’60s sitcom, “Bewitched.” Go figure.”
Hollywood witch project
By LOUIS B. HOBSON — Calgary Sun
HOLLYWOOD — Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman may soon find themselves embroiled in a battle of witches.
Kidman has been signed to star in the big-screen version of the 1960s TV series Bewitched as Samantha, a witch who marries a mortal and is thwarted in her attempt to give up her powers and become an ordinary housewife.
Nora Ephron, whose screenplays include When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, is working on the adaptation.
Before their divorce, Cruise and Kidman were planning to star together in a remake of I Married a Witch, a 1942 comedy that inspired Bewitched and featured Fredric March and Veronica Lake as a mortal and the witch he marries.
Both Bewitched and I Married a Witch, to be directed by Danny DeVito, are being prepped for a 2004 release.
Kidman is negotiating to star opposite Brad Pitt in the action comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith, about a bored married couple who discover they’re actually enemy agents that have been assigned to assassinate each other. (More on Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)
Every year Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue brings together a group of actors that it considers the hottest, hippest, or biggest stars in town for a photoshoot that must be a nightmare to organise. Last year, the likes of Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Connolly graced the magazine’s cover and this year it’s the boys’ turn.
As you’d expect of any gathering of Hollywood’s finest, the usual suspects like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks are there. It’s also nice from a purely patriotic standpoint to note that just under a quarter of the line-up is taken up by British stars – namely Hugh Grant, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, even if none of them made the crucial first panel of the three-fold cover.
But we have to ask, what the hell are Don Cheadle and Dennis Quaid doing up there with the big guys? Did someone else drop out at the last minute? And how do you suppose Ben Affleck feels that his best mate Matt Damon got the call, and he didn’t – especially as Daredevil still reigns supreme at the top of the 2003 US box office? Come to think of it – maybe that’s how the two of them got those shiners the other day
From: Empire Online
Cruise Impresses New Zealand Premier
Tue Mar 4, 7:20 PM ET
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand’s often flinty Prime Minister Helen Clark is the latest member of the fan club of Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise (news), local media reported Wednesday.
Clark spent much of Tuesday with Cruise, his girlfriend Penelope Cruz (news) and his two children on the set of the “The Last Samurai” being shot near the city of New Plymouth, 320 kilometers (200 miles) from the capital, Wellington.
The center-left politician also watched footage from the movie inside Cruise’s trailer, then posed with for a photo with the actor.
Clark, 53, later described the Hollywood star as a “very attractive young man.”
“I saw cuts of the film. Taranaki (the region of the filming) people will be pleased to see it on screen,” she said.
“He’s very nice,” Clark said of Cruise.
Clark said New Zealand will enjoy positive spin-offs from the movie. “If a film does well there’s a lot of benefits associated, like tourism,” she said.
Cruise is in New Zealand for four months of location shooting for the NZ$180 million (US$100 million) blockbuster.
“The Last Samurai” is set in 18th century Japan. A Japanese village set has been built, with distant dormant volcano Mt. Taranaki serving as a Mt. Fuji look-alike. About 500 Japanese extras will be flown in for battle scenes.
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