Tom Cruise To Play An Astronaut; Al Pacino Cashes In On Broadway Play: Biz Break

Tom Cruise AstronautAlso in Thursday morning's round-up of news briefs, Cloud Atlas is being criticized for using "Yellow Face" for white actors. New York salutes the late Andrew Sarris. And an Amy Winehouse play based on her life heads to the stage.

Deal Closed for Tom Cruise-Attached Script Our Name is Adam
In the pic, Cruise will play an astronaut who travels back in time and works with his younger self. Paramount Pictures acquired the T.S. Nowlin script with Skydance Productions on board as partner, Deadline reports.

Al Pacino Making Bank in Broadway Pay Package for Glengarry Glen Rosss
Pacino is receiving a minimum of $125K per week and is entitled to 5% of the profits for the 10-week run of David Mamet's drama now in previews. Pacino plays washed-up huckster Shelley Levene in the play, Deadline reports.

Cloud Atlas Slammed for non-Asian Actors and 'Yellow Face' Makeup
The feature by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Twyker is based on the 2005 David Mitchell novel, which weaves together six story-lines, connecting them through use of the same actors for multiple roles. In one storyline focused in the year 2144 in South Korea, multiple white male actors are given prosthetic makeup to appear Asian. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans blasted the move, THR reports.

Film World Salutes Andrew Sarris
Top figures in the New York film community feted film critic Andrew Sarris who died in June at 83. He is credited for championing "auteur" theory in America. The tribute took place Wednesday at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, TOH reports.

Amy Winehouse Theater Play to Open in Denmark
A play based on the late singer's life will feature music from her two studio albums, Frank and Back to Black. It will be based on material from interviews, speeches, concerts, newspapers, letters and songs. A Winehouse spokesperson said the family has nothing to do with the production, BBC reports.


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