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Impossible not to

spy posterAre you excited about Melissa McCarthy’s new action comedy Spy?

I am. The critics are. (It’s received a crazy fresh score — for a comedy, no less — on RottenTomatoes.com.)

I’ll bet you are, too.

But I feel we have to give some credit to Tom Cruise, who has starred in some of the big action films that McCarthy and director Paul Feig are lampooning. You may hate his personal life and his religion, but who cares? His films are epic.

Have you seen the trailer for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation?

I’m going.

Fun rerun

edge of tomorrow I didn’t see Edge of Tomorrow when it was in theaters.

I thought the ‘Groundhog Day meets Aliens’ premise sounded interesting — and goodness knows its reviews on RottenTomatoes.com were very fresh — but I just never saw it.

(Based on its box office numbers, several people had the same attack of inertia.)

But now it’s OnDemand, so I finally watched it today.  And it’s good.

The Groundhog Day conceit is handled with a lot of humor, and it doesn’t feel repetitious.  Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt also do a bit of role reversal in this film, with Emily occupying the skilled warrior role and Tom the clueless PR mouthpiece.

It’s nice that Tom can make fun of this action hero self.

Not that he isn’t a pretty fast learner…

You might see yourself here

The best thing I saw at the movie theatre yesterday was an ad during the pre-show.

No offense to the movie.

I really enjoyed Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It had great action, an interesting conceit and an ending that I did not see coming.

But this commercial for Windows Phone made me laugh aloud.

Truth is funny.

Fight club

In yesterday’s Egg, I mentioned I was looking for a fight.

Today, I found one.

I am going to defend — almost a year after it hit theatres — the critical and audience pounding of the action film Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

It’s available on HBO OnDemand right now.  (I assume that means it’s available on Netflix as well.)

I saw it in the theatre last summer and really liked it.  I remember being surprised that the reviews were so lackluster.  A quick visit to RottenTomatoes.com confirmed the movie was 53 percent fresh — not awful, but not great.

What was even more surprising was that the audience felt the same, judging the movie 52 percent fresh.

I’ve already watched it twice OnDemand, and I respectfully disagree.

Tom Cruise is at his action star best in this film, but the action is purposefully over-the-top, making it one of his best comedic performances.  Snaps to Tom for being willing to make fun of a genre that has been his bread and butter.

Cameron Diaz is the perfect foil for Cruise, too.  She has the energy and the presence to match him shot for shot.  Even when she is in damsel in distress mode, she is his equal on-screen.

The movie uses a lot of CGI to make the impossible possible.  Again, I found that as funny as the rest of the comedy in this film.  Maybe 48 percent of the audience members didn’t get the joke.

But you will.  I know it.

And if you don’t…we can just fight about it some more.

Smart foods

Retinal scans.  They’re all the rage in action films.

  • How do you gain access to most high-security labs?  Retinal scan.
  • What unlocks the CONTROL headquarter doors in “Get Smart?”  Retinal scan.
  • Why does Tom Cruise steal eyeballs in “Minority Report?” Retinal scan.


And now retinal scans are coming to a vending machine near you! (Well…if you live outside the United States, that is.)

Massachusetts-based Next Generation Vending and Food Service has begun testing machines that use retinal scans to identify and charge customers for their vending machine purchases.

Kinda creepy, kinda invasive.  Which may be why in the United States, they decided to instead test cash-free machines that link a person’s thumbprint to his or her credit card.

Not sure why that’s less creepy…but it is.  Maybe because we shake hands with people all the time, but it’s rare that we rub eyeballs.  Or let people scan our heads unless it’s medically necessary.

Buying a PayDay doesn’t seem like a medical necessity.  Unless it’s been a really hard day at work.

Cruise control

Today is Tom Cruise’s birthday.  He turns 47.

You may hate his politics, his religion and maybe even some of his movies, but ya gotta admit — the guy has had more than his share of winners:

Risky Business
Top Gun
The Color of Money
Rain Man
A Few Good Men
The Firm
Jerry Maguire
Minority Report
Tropic Thunder

And his latest film belongs on the list as well — “Knight and Day” with Cameron Diaz.

It hasn’t banked the box office of his other action movies — like the “Mission Impossible” series — but it is a ton more fun.  The comedy chops he displayed in “Tropic Thunder” are very much in evidence here, but more subtly used as the story requires.

Cruise and Diaz are a terrific combination — almost a male and female version of each other in energy and screen presence — and the script never lets them or the audience down.  I just wish more people would go see it.

It’s movie fireworks — perfect for the July 4th weekend.


Cruise control

Even if you didn’t watch the “MTV Movie Awards” last Sunday night, you probably got a glimpse of Tom Cruise in the show’s promos.

Didn’t see him?  He was the heavyset, bald guy with the ridiculously large hands chewing Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner a new one.  And during the awards show, he danced with J Lo and didn’t miss a step.

Those lucky enough to see the 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. no doubt recognized producer Les Grossman, the character Cruise created for the film.  Some labeled it as his comeback from the whole Scientology debacle and lower-than-expected box office for “Mission Impossible III” and “Lions for Lambs.”

Well, look out — it was just announced that Les Grossman has been tapped to get his own film!  Cruise and Stiller will produce and Michael Bacall, who wrote the soon-to-be released “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” is on board to pen the script.

I personally am thrilled for Cruise.  If people had rejected his latest endeavors based on his talent alone, that would be one thing.  But the majority of his critics attacked him based on his religious beliefs…and that burns my butt.

I don’t agree with his stance on Scientology.  It sounds like a load of wonk to me.  But I certainly don’t pick and choose films based on the religion — or lack thereof — of the actors in the cast.  And critics shouldn’t slam actors for the same.

I’m just saying.

So, good luck, Tom Cruise.  I hope Les Grossman kicks you-know-what all over you-know-where come the film’s release date.

Crush etiquette

So, you have to wonder if Amy Robach is even the teeniest bit embarrassed.

Yesterday, the “Weekend Today” show anchor married Andrew Shue, best known as heartthrob Billy Campbell on “Melrose Place.”

They met for the first time at a book party last April, but Amy watched “Melrose Place” while she was in college.  Now she is married to one of her old TV show crushes.  Is that weird?

Think back to the actors in television shows who captured your imagination in the past, and then think about meeting them — and marrying them —  now.

Would you even want to?

I had a huge thing for Parker Stevenson, who starred in “The Hardy Boy Mysteries” back in the day, but I certainly don’t harbor any secret fantasy about Parker rounding the corner and sweeping me off my feet.  (I actually think that would be really weird…especially knowing he used to be married to Kirstie Alley.  Icky.)

I also loved Kent McCord, who played a police officer on “Adam 12.”  I just looked up Kent McCord on imdb.com, and he’s still acting, and still good-looking!

And heck — I’ll admit it.  I have a current TV crush on Nathan Fillion, of ABC’s “Castle.”  He’s welcome on my corner here in NYC anytime.

So…I think I just answered my own question.

Congrats, Amy and Andrew.