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I started on newspapers as a sportswriter, covering local high-school teams. That was a long time ago, and I had almost forgotten, until I saw "All the Right Moves," how desperately important every game seemed at the time. When the team members and the fans are all teenagers, and when a school victory reflects in a significant way upon your own feelings of worth, when "We won!" means that we won, a football game can take on aspects of Greek tragedy.

"All the Right Moves" remembers the strength of those feelings, but does not sentimentalize them. The movie stars Tom Cruise (from the current hit " Risky Business ") as a high-school football player in a small Pennsylvania mill town where unemployment is a way of life. His ticket out of town is a football scholarship to a good engineering school.

The high-school football coach ( Craig T. Nelson ) also is looking for a ticket, to an assistant-coaching job in a college. On the night of the big game, these two people get into a position where each one seems to have destroyed the hopes of the other.

The movie plays this conflict against an interesting background. This isn't another high-school movie with pompom girls and funny principals and weirdo chem teachers. The movie gets into the dynamics of the high-school student body and into the tender, complicated relationship between the Cruise character and his girlfriend ( Lea Thompson ). After all the junk high-school movies in which kids chop each other up, seduce the French teacher and visit whorehouses in Mexico, it is so wonderful to see a movie again that remembers that most teenagers are vulnerable, unsure, sincere and fundamentally decent. The kid, his girlfriend and all of their friends have feelings we can recognize as real.

The plot feels real, too, because it centers around those kinds of horrible misunderstandings. and mistakes that we all remember from high school. A lot of teenagers walk around all day feeling guilty, even if they're totally innocent. Get them into a situation that gives them the appearance of guilt and they're in trouble.

And it is so easy to get into trouble when you are old enough to do wrong but too young to move independently to avoid it. A lot of kids who say they were only along for the ride are telling the simple truth. The movie frames the Cruise character in a situation like that, one we can identify with. And then it does an interesting thing. Instead of solving the problem with a plot twist, it solves it through the exercise of genuine human honesty: Two people finally tell each other the truth. This is, of course, an astonishing breakthrough in movies about teenagers, and "All the Right Moves" deserves it.

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All The Right Moves might be the best football movie of the '80s. Maybe one of the top football movies of any decade, outside of Rudy . Oh, and the one about the field-goal-kicking mule. And Tom Cruise 's opus to high school football turns 30 years old this week.

Released Oct. 21, 1983, All The Right Moves follows Stefen Djordjevic (Cruise), a Pennsylvania steel-town high schooler who's gifted both in the classroom and the gridiron. He has an understanding girlfriend (Lea Thompson) and an impatient coach (Craig T. Nelson), and all of them would love to book the next bus outta town for better opportunities. If Stefen could just put a nice showing in the big Walnut Heights game, he'll be set. Knock on wood.

Sadly, the movie has only a 53 percent "fresh" rating at Rottentomatoes.com. It's criticized for being sugar-coated and cliche-ridden, but if you ask me, it's still one of the most honest potrayals of high school football. Here are five things you probably didn't know about the movie.


1. The town of "Ampipe" is fictional (based on the equally fictional American Pipe and Steel Co.), but it's probably based on Ambridge, a real town just northwest of Pittsburgh, which is based on American Bridge Co.

2. The uniforms and team colors of Cruise's team -- the Ampipe Bulldogs -- are the actual uniforms from Ferndale Area High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the film was made.

3. Thompson and Cruise went undercover to high schools to research their roles. Cruise was discovered almost immediately -- he was recognized from the movie Taps . Thompson survived much longer, got asked out on dates and was even caught smoking.

4. The coach of the rival team Walnut Heights was an actual football coach in the area and served as technical consultant on the film.

5. The soundtrack is largely forgettable. The main theme song -- All The Right Moves -- was performed by Jennifer Warnes and Chris Thompson. Warnes is probably best known for Up Where We Belong , her duet with Joe Cocker from An Officer and a Gentleman.


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The countdown is on for the super bowl and for our list of the greatest gridiron films ever, including jerry maguire , brian's song , and yes, obviously rudy.

Clockwise from bottom left: Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images), Sylvester Stallone and Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday (Getty Images), Sean Astin in Rudy (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images), Billy Bob Thornton and Garrett Hedlund in Friday Night Lights (Universal Pictures)

Sure, you can prep for Super Bowl Sunday like everybody else, by stocking up on seven-layer dip, nachos, wings, and overpriced microbrews. Or you can ready yourself the way film fans have been doing it for decades—by digging into Hollywood’s extensive catalog of football movies. Which is where The A.V. Club comes in, by providing you with a handy playbook to guide you through Hollywood’s greatest gridiron offerings. Our list of football films you need to know (and to watch, if you haven’t seen them) includes two titles starring Tom Cruise, a hilarious Adam Sandler comedy, a silent movie classic, and a ’7os TV movie that still makes grown men weep. So before you settle in to watch the actual game—and all those heavily hyped, high-priced commercials—spend some time with these cinematic trips to the end zone.

21 . All the Right Moves (1983)

All the Right Moves , a key early stepping stone in Tom Cruise’s path to stardom, finds the future Top Gun hero in the role of Stefan—the star player on his high school football team in small-town Pennsylvania. When an argument with his coach (Craig T. Nelson) derails his chances of using his football career to get out of this dying town, Stefan must figure out a way to get back in the spotlight. It’s interesting to watch Cruise’s mega-wattage charisma in its nascent stages, as the actor adds real depth to his two-dimensional role. Michael Chapman’s solid direction, and a compelling ensemble led by Nelson, help round out a formative film on Cruise’s CV.

20 . Black Sunday (1977)

Director John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday is arguably the closest sports movie fans will get to seeing “ Die Hard at a football game.” Based on the Thomas Harris ( The Silence Of The Lambs ) novel of the same name, Bruce Dern stars as the psychotic Michael Lander, a Goodyear blimp pilot who plots with a terrorist group for an attack over a Super Bowl stadium that, if successful, will result in the deaths of thousands—including the president of the United States. Jaws ’ Robert Shaw plays the hard-boiled Israeli operative struggling to stop Lander and save his would-be victims from disaster. The late Frankenheimer effortlessly milks this somewhat hard-to-swallow premise for all the nail-biting tension it’s worth, and then some. Black Sunday and Tony Scott’s The Last Boy Scout would make for a great pre-game double-feature.

19 . Invincible (2006)

Football movies don’t get much more “feel good” than Invincible , an underrated 2006 entry starring Mark Wahlberg as (what else?) an underdog football prospect whose perseverance and resilience rivals that of his hometown, Philadelphia. Set in 1976, Wahlberg plays Vince Papale—a former college football player who gets a second chance at the pros with the Eagles and coach Dick Vermeil ( Greg Kinnear ). Wahlberg’s likable portrayal of Papale is full of unflappable determination and bursts of relatable vulnerability. Older than the other rookies, Papale has to fight twice as hard to earn his spot—but he has triple the heart of his competition. The once-and-future Dirk Diggler’s earnest commitment to the material is worth seeing.

18 . The Blind Side (2009)

Based on the 2006 book of the same name and starring Sandra Bullock in her Oscar-winning role, The Blind Side is a tearjerker about real-life football star Michael Oher and his heart-tugging relationship with his adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock), as Michael overcomes his impoverished trappings on his way to the NFL. The film took some justifiable heat for being a “White Savior” drama, but it remains a deep character drama and contains a stirring lead performance by Bullock, who channels every square inch of her considerable talent into one of the greatest performances of her career.

17 . Knute Rockne-All American (1940)

The story of Notre Dame’s most famous football hero (sorry, Rudy), Knute Rockne-All American captures Rockne’s inspiring rise from Norwegian immigrant to the player and coach who put Notre Dame’s football team on the map. Pat O’Brien stars as Rockne, and future President Ronald Reagan plays freshman halfback George “The Gipper” Gipp. All American is the quintessential football movie; the genre arguably wouldn’t exist the way it is today without it.

16 . Heaven Can Wait (1978)

While not a straightforward football movie, Heaven Can Wait certainly has a lot of football in it. The romantic comedy starring Warren Beatty tells the story of Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a quarterback primed to lead his team to Super Bowl stardom when he’s almost killed in an accident. An overeager angel sends Pendleton to heaven anyway. Not ready to die, Pendleton’s soul searches for a new body and a second chance. The film is notable among Beatty’s varied career not just for showcasing his exceptional comedic range, but for filming its ending during halftime of a Los Angeles Rams game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1977. Several real-life NFL players also appear in the movie, including Rams stars Deacon Jones , Les Josephson , and Charlie Cowan.

15 . Paper Lion (1968)

Paper Lion proves, once again, that football and comedy can be an entertaining combination. This 1968 film, based on writer George Plimpton’s 1966 non-fiction book of the same name, casts a pre- M*A*S*H Alan Alda as Plimpton and depicts the author’s tryout for a spot on the Detroit Lions. To paraphrase Roger Ebert in his three-star review: Paper Lion is not a timeless film about the sport, but it is a very funny piece of wish-fulfillment thanks in large part to Lawrence Roman’s witty, crackerjack script and Alda’s unparalleled comedic chops.

14 . The Waterboy (1998)

One of Adam Sandler’s biggest and earliest hits, The Waterboy finds the Saturday Night Live alum playing a water boy for a college football team who eventually gets his chance to leave the sidelines and play on the field. The movie is a predictable and dated affair, and Sandler’s Cajun shtick as the main character is very “YMMV” in terms of tolerance, but The Waterboy is a nostalgic favorite among both ’90s kids and football fanatics.

13 . Horse Feathers (1932)

More than 90 years after its release, the Marx Brothers’ Horse Feathers still (mostly) holds up. This pre-Code comedy is a sharp send-up of higher education and the premium it places on football. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and, yes, even Zeppo established a template that future sports comedies would use for decades: The football team is in a rut, and it’s up to a pair of outside-the-box newcomers—in this case, bootleggers—to turn things around. Fans of Old Hollywood should definitely add this classic to their watchlist.

12 . Concussion (2015)

Concussion , from writer-director Peter Landseman, is an underrated football drama that takes an unflinching look at the physical and mental consequences of playing in the NFL, something the league seems to largely ignore in real life. Will Smith stars as neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, the gifted doctor who discovered that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative disease that affects athletes—especially those in the NFL. Smith’s Omalu is soft-spoken but fiercely persistent as he battles NFL spin doctors and legal complications to force the league to acknowledge the health crisis it actively enables by trying to sweep it under the rug. Concussion takes some dramatic liberties with real-life events, but it’s all in service of providing a riveting chronicle of Dr. Omalu’s work to expose what happens when billionaires care more about their bottom line than the health of their players.

11 . Undefeated (2011)

One of the most engaging and in-depth football documentaries ever, the Academy Award-nominated Undefeated profiles an inner-city high school team’s inspiring pledge to reach their first-ever playoff game. Directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin are given carte blanche access to this likable team of underdogs, and their unobtrusive chronicle of their many ups and downs makes it impossible not to root for these players to see their dream made real. Undefeated emphasizes that it’s the little things—or, rather, the things that may seem of small value to outsiders—that mean the most to those willing to do what it takes to achieve success.

10 . The Longest Yard (1974)

Skip the 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler and go right to the original comedy classic. Headlined by the late, great Burt Reynolds as an ex-football star serving an 18-month stint in a Florida slammer, The Longest Yard follows the inmates’ efforts to win a game against the corrupt warden’s cherry-picked lineup of prison guards. The plot plays it fast and loose but the performances and exceptional, ground-level execution of the game is why The Longest Yard still ranks high on the list of must-see football movies.

9 . Remember The Titans (2000)

Remember The Titans , one of Denzel Washington and producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest winners, is a load-bearing column of sports moviedom. Based on a true story, one centered on the timely topic of racism, director Boaz Yakin’s four-quadrant hit follows a Virginia high school football coach, Herman Boone (Washington), as he works to integrate his team in 1971. Written by the late Gregory Allen Howard (who also co-wrote Michael Mann’s Ali ), the screenplay not only provides the foundation for an exceptional sports movie, it builds upon it with the message that no matter the color of your skin, the most worthwhile path to success is one where we all work together.

8 . North Dallas Forty (1979)

Very loosely based on the real exploits of the 1970s Dallas Cowboys, North Dallas Forty is a harsh satire of the game and a football movie classic. It centers on jaded wide receiver Phil Elliot (Nick Nolte) and his inability to accept, or even work with, the whole “there’s no I in ‘team’” thing. Director Ted Kotcheff doesn’t shy away from the influence that sex, painkillers, and alcohol have on Elliot and his teammates on and off the field, which is part of North Dallas Forty ’s unvarnished charm. Once a world-weary Elliot realizes that both the party and his career may be careening to an end simultaneously, the movie finds ways to make this sobering realization all the more endearing. Unevenly paced but brutally perceptive, North Dallas Forty offers a fascinating (and funny) look at the hard truths and painful realities of being a pro football player.

7 . Jerry Maguire (1996)

Writer-director Cameron Crowe’s biggest box office success, Jerry Maguire is equal parts sports movie and Billy Wilder dramedy. Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire is a slick sports agent struggling with his rediscovered conscience in an industry devoid of one. His romance with his big-hearted secretary, Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger, breaking through in a big way), and his relationship with Dorothy’s son, Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki), helped make the movie a crowd-pleasing hit. While Cruise delivers an all-timer performance, the movie’s real MVP is Cuba Gooding, Jr., who won a much-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell. With a chip on his shoulder almost as big as the deficit in his bank account, Rod is the only client Jerry has left—and Gooding invests this relationship with endless charisma and energy. The way Rod goes from “Show Me the Money!” greed to his tearful, humbling mastery of “the Qwan” by the end of the movie is arguably the film’s greatest achievement.

6 . The Freshman (1925)

Silent cinema star Harold Lloyd plays the titular character in The Freshman , a football comedy that boasts Criterion Collection status. Lloyd plays an eccentric student who, in a storyline that feels like a precursor to The Waterboy , serves as the water boy for his college football team. Our beleaguered hero finds happiness once he accepts who he really is and moves past caring about what his fellow students think.

5 . Brian’s Song (1971)

Brian’s Song   tells the true story of the friendship between Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams), two rookie running backs for the Chicago Bears who are forever changed by Piccolo’s cancer diagnosis. Williams’ Sayers isn’t afraid to be emotional with his teammates about the loss of his friend, making this hit TV movie one of the iconic portrayals of male friendship and the bond it forges. The fact that, in the film and in real life, Piccolo and Sayers were the first interracial roommates in the entire NFL (don’t forget, we’re talking the ‘60s here) only adds to the importance of this classic tearjerker.

4 . Any Given Sunday (1999)

Oliver Stone’s intensity served him well as director and co-writer of this gritty, hard-R, warts-and-all drama about a fictional professional football league. Any Given Sunday takes on some of the uglier aspects of gridiron life, so it’s not a surprise that the NFL wouldn’t allow Stone to use any actual team logos or stadiums. The film features an impressive ensemble headlined by Al Pacino, who plays a respected veteran coach on the downslope of his career and needs a Hail Mary to get his team back on track. With a past-his-prime QB (Dennis Quaid) trying for a comeback that his body can’t handle, Pacino’s Coach D’Amato is forced to turn to hot-shot quarterback Willie Beaman (an exceptional Jamie Foxx). Team owner Cameron Diaz adds considerable spark to the team’s conflict-rich journey and Stone approaches it all with a cynical, kinetic lens. The bone-crunching violence of the football sequences is unlike any we’ve seen before, as Stone takes a “war is hell” approach to one of America’s most popular (and, he argues, morally corrupt) sports.

3 . Friday Night Lights (2004)

The inspiration behind Peter Berg and Jason Katims’ fan-favorite NBC show, Friday Night Lights the movie (directed by Berg) brings a similar blue-collar aesthetic to the big emotional stakes at play in a small Texas town obsessed with high school football. When Permian High School running back James “Boobie” Miles (Derek Luke) suffers a life-altering injury, the inspiring Coach Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) must find his replacement while struggling with the importance that the town of Odessa, Texas, places on every Friday night matchup. For too many Odessa residents, football is either all they have or all they think they deserve. It’s up to Gaines to show them, and his players, that there’s more to life than a perfect spiral and Berg captures the small-town drama therein with an unflinching and, at times, heartwarming, verisimilitude. Future FNL TV cast member Connie Britton also stars.

2 . We Are Marshall (2006)

Based on a true story, We Are Marshall is, refreshingly, less about classic football movie tropes and more focused on how a tragedy impacts both the players and the small community of loyal friends and family that supported them. When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team’s new coach (Matthew McConaughey) and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive and rebuild the team. Directed with a surprising amount of restraint from the usually flashy McG, Marshall is equal parts rousing and heartbreaking—with a grounded, moving performance from McConaughey and a splendid supporting cast that includes Marvel’s Anthony Mackie and Mad Men ’s January Jones.

1 . Rudy (1993)

Rudy is the ultimate underdog story and a quintessential football movie. Based on a true story, the film features a career-best performance from Sean Astin in the title role, and early performances from Vince Vaughn and future Iron Man director Jon Favreau. Rudy grew up in a small town where most people ended up working at the local steel mill, but he wanted to play football at Notre Dame. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But Rudy refused to give up and his drive and can-do spirit won the hearts of moviegoers, whether they loved football or not. The result is one of the all-time great feel-good sports movies.

Movie still has 'All the Right Moves' 30 years later

Beaver County almost had "All The Right Moves."

Aliquippa was among six locations scouted for the 1983 high-school football film, starring a young Tom Cruise, which ultimately chose another regional steel-mill community, Johnstown.

There was a bit of a Beaver County flair in the final product, though, as the film's fictional town was called Ampipe, a nod to Ambridge, while Aliquippa High football coach Don Yanessa had a cameo role as an opposing coach, and served as the film's technical adviser.

Critics were divided on the movie's merits.

"This naive little movie hopes to prove itself the 'Flashdance' of football," sneered Time magazine; "cliche-riddled" sniped TV Guide. Though Robert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times cheered on the film's believable plot and characters, calling it "an astonishing breakthrough in movies about teenagers."

"All the Right Moves" pumped about $5 million into a Johnstown community suffering 25 percent unemployment at the time, though folks there today are quicker to boast about that other locally filmed sports movie, hockey's hallowed "Slap Shot".

Yet 31 years later, "All The Right Moves" holds up relatively well in its portrayal of an economically depressed mill town where Friday night football is a welcomed distraction for the community, and a beacon of hope for top athletes and coaches.

Cruise plays Stefan "Stef" Djordjevic, a star defensive back hoping to earn a college scholarship and a way out of Ampipe. A pass interference call against Stef in a pivotal game helps spark a shouting match between him and his likewise pining-to-leave head coach (a pre-"Coach" Craig T. Nelson), who later kicks him off the team.

No spoiler alerts here, in case you feel like renting the movie again.

Grossing $17 million in theaters, "All The Right Moves" finished at No. 42 in that year's box office, sandwiched between "Valley Girl" and "Krull."

Cruise didn't need "All the Right Moves" to boost his career. Two months before the film's October 1983 debut, he already was dancing in his underwear and into the hearts of young women with his breakout role in "Risky Business".

Nelson had starred in "Poltergeist" a year earlier, though his performance as stubborn Coach Nickerson in "All the Right Moves" helped him six years later land his TV sitcom role as fictional Minnesota State head coach Hayden Fox on ABC's "Coach."

Lea Thompson (Stef's girlfriend Lisa Lietzke) benefited the most from her second-ever movie role, spring-boarding her to the lead female part in 1985 blockbuster "Back to the Future".

"All the Right Moves" marked the third movie appearance by Terry O'Quinn (Freeman Smith), later to find TV fame as the enigmatic John Locke on ABC's "Lost."

Brian, one of Stef's two best friends, was played by Chris Penn, who later had a top support role in "Reservoir Dogs." Penn, the brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, died in 2006 of a heart ailment at age 40.

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Hollywood star  Tom Cruise  and his new girlfriend drew quite a lot of media attention over the past few months. According to multiple sources, the  Top Gun  actor started dating a new partner in December 2023. However, the couple have recently split up a few months into their relationship, according to  Us Weekly .

Let’s take a deeper look at who exactly Tom Cruise’s new girlfriend is.

Who is Tom Cruise dating in 2024?

Stepping into 2024, Tom Cruise was dating Russian model Elsina Khayrova. According to US Weekly, a few sources claim that they met through a mutual friend as they both live in London. After they began dating in December 2023, the couple was seen getting close at a party in London’s Grosvenor Square. However, in February 2024 they split up due to her ex-husband – Dmitry Tsetkov.

Dmitry Tsetkov is an international diamond trader and a Russian oligarch. He and Elsina divorced each other in 2022 after a decade of marriage. They have two children together.

Who is Tom Cruise’s new girlfriend Elsina Khayrova?

Elsina Khayrova is a Russian socialite and model, currently settled in London as a British citizen. She is the daughter of Rinat Khayrova, an ally of Vladimir Putin and a member of his political party. She has two children with her ex-husband Dmitry Tsetkov, whom she divorced in 2022. Recently she started dating Tom Cruise in December 2023, ending their relationship in February 2024.

Elsina and Cruise may have split up due to her ex-husband’s comments, claims Us Weekly. The couple were happy together and were also spotted at parties and events around London. They were careful to avoid being photographed around the city and kept their relationship quite private. However, they unfortunately called it quits, with Tom Cruise going back to living the single life again.

What is Elsina Khayrova’s age?

Elsina Khayrova is 37 years old as of March 2024, making the age gap between Cruise and her around 25 years. There have been quite a few negative comments, especially on social media about their age difference. However, the former couple seemed unaffected by it.

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‘I thought I had been cast in a Tom Cruise film – until I was asked to touch myself on camera’

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On an otherwise unremarkable day in 2019, jobbing actor John Taylor* received an email that would change his life forever.

He did not initially recognise the sender’s name but a quick Google search revealed Doug Liman was a huge Hollywood director, behind blockbusters including The Bourne Identity.

Doug said he was looking for undiscovered talent for his latest movie set in space starring Tom Cruise and John had been recommended by a producer he had previously worked with.

‘It was surreal, exciting, and weird,’ John recalled after receiving the offer; global superstardom, it seemed, was now in touching distance.

But first John needed to get in shape for the physically intense role and was instructed by Doug, and Donna Langley, the chairperson of the film’s producer Universal, to undergo martial arts training.

He was asked to pay $800 (£638) upfront for the teaching which, at the time, ‘didn’t seem like a huge deal’ to John, who had been paying for acting classes. It was another skill to add to his arsenal.

Doug would also call him multiple times a day, for hours on end, and ask him to watch dozens of films back-to-back, from dusk until dawn, and write analyses of the characters.

Doug Liman

Eager to impress, John recalled to the makers of the Apple TV Plus documentary Hollywood Con Queen : ‘The whole time I was waiting for my phone to ring to do whatever they needed.’

But then John’s prescribed preparation took a horrific turn.

He was told Donna wanted to make sure he could perform a specific scene in the film and was made to jump on a Skype call. Her camera was switched off.

Donna asked him to act out chatting up and then kissing a ‘beautiful’ woman. John did as instructed but her feedback was not positive. She said she didn’t feel that he ‘believed’ it.

‘She was right,’ John recalled. ‘It was incredibly awkward and I didn’t believe it and it was uncomfortable and I didn’t want to do it.’

Donna Langley

After an hours-long break for John to ‘loosen up’, they reconvened on Skype and Donna asked him to reenact the scene with his trousers off.

John said he obliged as he was wearing underpants and his waist downwards was not visible on the camera.

But then he was asked to touch himself.

‘And then I snapped,’ John said. ‘I was like, “No, this is ridiculous. This is not OK what you’re doing.”

‘It was the strongest combination of anger and of feeling upset I’ve ever felt – to the point where I was literally shaking. I was completely disrespected.’

Hollywood Con Queen Hargobind Punjabi Tahilramani

When Doug apologised to John for Donna’s behaviour, only to ask for more money minutes later, it dawned on John he had been scammed.

A con artist had been impersonating the Hollywood power players and swindled $5,000 (£3,989) out of him.

After the realisation, John said: ‘[I thought] this is a really horrible person who uses people for sport.’

Donna and Doug had been impersonated by one man, Hargobind Punjabi Tahilramani, also known as the Hollywood Con Queen, whose crimes have been explored in the Apple three-part series.

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Tahilramani had pretended to be multiple Hollywood executives to dupe more than 300 victims out for more than $1m (£797,999) by offering them non-existent film work in Indonesia between 2013 and 2020.

With the help of The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Johnson, who first broke the story, filmmaker Chris Smith, who also directed the Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, has turned the extraordinary case into a gripping documentary.

For the three-part docuseries, Tiger King executive producer Chris even spoke to Tahilramani, who was born in Indonesia but had been living in the UK, via Zoom, as he recounted to Metro.co.uk ahead of its release.

On his first impression of Tahilramani, Chris said: ‘He was very in control of the way that he presented himself and the way that he revealed information.

Chris Smith

‘I think he was attempting to manipulate and control our dialogue and communication.

‘But what makes him so masterful is that it felt very genuine and real. I sympathise with the victims.’

Chris also said that during the making of the Hollywood Con Queen, he had concerns he had been sucked into Tahilramani’s web of manipulation.

He added: ‘By the end of the series, we found ourselves in Indonesia exploring all these things that he wanted us to explore.

‘We realised that maybe we had fallen prey to the same sort of manipulation that his victims have fallen prey to.

Hollywood Con Queen Hargobind Punjabi Tahilramani

‘It was hard to understand always what was real, and there’s part of him that feels very relatable and genuine.

‘But it was trying to disentangle what was real, and what was not real, that was the constant push and pull of the process of trying to make this series.’

What also emerges from the Hollywood Con Queen is that Tahilramani’s motivation was not purely financial.

‘It’s hard to say [what his main aim was],’ Chris, who worked on the documentary for four years, explained.

‘He was living a good life in London and had nice clothes and went to nice restaurants. I don’t think the money was immaterial.

‘But from our perspective, it felt like it wasn’t the primary motivation, it felt like it was more about something else. It was about psychological manipulation, and destroying people’s dreams.

‘I don’t think we can ever fully know.’

Tahilramani was arrested following an FBI investigation on November 25, 2020 in a £60-a-night Aparthotel in  Manchester .

On June 6, 2023 a British judge ruled that he be extradited to the US to face trial for his crimes.

Tahilramani remains in the UK and is fighting extradition.

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Hollywood Con Queen is available to stream on Apple TV Plus from May 8.

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Meryl streep reveals her favorite love scene was with this hollywood legend, admits she ‘didn’t want it to end’.

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Meryl Streep reflected on her famous shampoo scene with Robert Redford in the 1985 movie “Out of Africa.”

In the epic romantic drama, Streep starred as a Danish baroness who falls in love with a big game hunter, played by Redford, while running a coffee plantation in colonial South Africa. 

During a memorable scene from the film, Redford tenderly washes Streep’s hair by a river while reciting lines from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

“It’s a sex scene in a way, because it’s so intimate,” the 74-year-old actress said during a Wednesday conversation at Cannes’ Théâtre Debussy,  per Variety.  

“We’ve seen so many scenes of people f——, but we don’t see that loving touch, that care.”

While speaking at Cannes, Streep recalled that filming the scene initially wasn’t very pleasant.

According to the  UK Metro,  she told the crowd that she and Redford, now 87, were warned by the production to be wary of potentially dangerous wild animals nearby.

Meryl Streep recalled her famous shampoo scene with Robert Redford in "Out of Africa."

“We had lions, but they were imported from California and they were supposedly fine — tame. They were not,” the actress said, per the outlet.

“And the second thing we were told is the animal that kills the most people in Africa is the hippopotamus, if you get between the hippopotamus and the water,” she added.

“So we were shooting in the river and the hippopotamus were right above it. I don’t know if they show that in the movie, I can’t remember, but I was aware of it!”

Streep said that she didn't want the scene to end.

Streep recalled that Redford was worried about their safety and wasn’t washing her hair well at first.

“It wasn’t good,” she admitted.

However, Streep’s longtime hair stylist and makeup artist Roy Hellund jumped in and demonstrated how he typically washed the actress’s hair, which Streep described as “the best part of my day.”

“Redford took the lesson, and he just really got into it, and he was great,” Streep recalled. “By take five I was so in love!’

The actress and Redford played lovers in the 1985 epic romantic drama.

“I didn’t want it to end that day, even in spite of the hippos,” she added.

Directed by Sydney Pollack, “Out of Africa” was based on Karen Blixen’s 1937 autographical book of the same name.

The film was a box office hit and received 11 Academy Award nominations, including a best actress nod for Streep.

“Out of Africa” went on to take home seven Oscars, including best picture and best director for Pollack.

Streep said that her co-star is "very easy to talk to."

During a 1985 interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Streep praised Redford, telling the outlet that she found him “very charming.”

“We really got to know each other after he arrived in Africa,” she said.

“I developed this huge crush on him, which made it easier to do the love story. He’s really wonderful to work with.”

She continued, “He has an unusual quality for a man — he has a very receptive way about him and is an incredibly good listener. That’s an attribute people usually associate with women. So for women, he’s very easy to talk to.”

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The two later teamed up again in the 2007 war thriller “Lions for Lambs,” which also starred Tom Cruise .

On Tuesday, Streep received a two-minute standing ovation when she was presented with an honorary Palme d’Or during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. 

During her conversation at the Théâtre Debussy, the three-time Academy Award winner shared how she had been touched by the warm reception at the Palme d’Or presentation.

Meryl Streep sighted at the open ceremony of Cannes Film Festival, France. 15 May 2024

“I felt just a wave of feeling coming from the audience, and it’s so much bigger than I thought — so many tiers of people, all the way up to the top,” she said.

“Yeah, it was a lot. I live a very quiet life, and really I don’t get any respect at home, so it’s sort of amazing to come into this arena and have that big tidal wave.”

Streep later said that she never set out to make movies that she thought would become box office hits.

“The ones that ended up being blockbusters — ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ — happened when I was 58 and 60, and I never thought they were going to be anything but fun,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter .

“I didn’t know they were going to be big, but I knew that I could get them made.”

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Nikki Glaser , one of the standouts from Netflix’s Tom Brady roast , has revealed that she didn’t get to deliver every joke she had planned during the live comedy event.

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The FGirl Island star said she also cut a joke about CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a progressive degenerative disease affecting many NFL players who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

“It’s really cool all the proceeds are going to CTE research and the NFL’s coordinated effort to cover it up,” Glaser read. “People don’t know, but it costs millions to murder those doctors who know the truth. … These guys really fucking damage their bodies and brains, all for the sake of men hugging each other in a Buffalo Wild Wings.”

The Greatest Roast of All Time: The Roast of Tom Brady , part of the Netflix is a Joke Festival, was hosted by Kevin Hart and Jeff Ross. It featured the former NFL quarterback taking humorous jabs from comedy icons, friends and former teammates, including Glaser, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Segura and more.

Elsewhere during her interview with host Howard Stern, Glaser also shared the one topic that was off-limits for everyone coming onto the stage.

“We all collectively just decided not to involve his kids too much in anything because they didn’t ask for that,” she said. “So, I couldn’t say, ‘Tom, hopefully, we make out at the after party — you can pretend I’m your son,’” referencing a controversial kiss Brady gave his then-11-year-old son Jack during his 2018 Tom vs. Time  docuseries.

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Far and Away (1992)

11. Far and Away

Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men (1992)

12. A Few Good Men

The Firm (1993)

13. The Firm

Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

14. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996)

15. Jerry Maguire

Mission: Impossible (1996)

16. Mission: Impossible

Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, Jason Robards, and Jeremy Blackman in Magnolia (1999)

17. Magnolia

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

18. Eyes Wide Shut

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II (2000)

19. Mission: Impossible II

Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky (2001)

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Tom Cruise in Minority Report (2002)

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Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai (2003)

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War of the Worlds (2005)

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, and Meryl Streep in Lions for Lambs (2007)

25. Lions for Lambs

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26. Tropic Thunder

Tom Cruise in Valkyrie (2008)

27. Valkyrie

Knight and Day (2010)

28. Knight and Day

Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

29. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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30. Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012)

31. Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise in Collateral (2004)

32. Collateral

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

33. Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

34. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

35. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, and Alejandro Edda in American Made (2017)

36. American Made

Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

37. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The Mummy (2017)

38. The Mummy

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    Jerry Maguire: Directed by Cameron Crowe. With Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston. When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.

  22. Tom Cruise

    Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and producer. Regarded as a Hollywood icon, he has received various accolades, including an Honorary Palme d'Or and three Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for four Academy Awards. His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $11.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing box ...

  23. 'I thought I had been cast in in a Tom Cruise film

    An aspiring movie star believed they were starring alongside Tom Cruise in a space film (Picture: Steve Cho Kyewoong/Penta Press/REX/Shutterstock) On an otherwise unremarkable day in 2019, jobbing ...

  24. Meryl Streep's favorite love scene was with Robert Redford, admits she

    Meryl Streep reflected on her famous shampoo scene with Robert Redford in the 1985 movie "Out of Africa." In the epic romantic drama, Streep starred as a Danish baroness who falls in love with ...

  25. Nikki Glaser Reveals Jokes She Cut From Netflix's Tom Brady Roast

    Nikki Glaser Reveals Jokes She Cut From Netflix's Tom Brady Roast. The comedian has been praised on social media for her set during the streamer's live comedy event featuring the football star.

  26. All the Right Moves (1983)

    All the Right Moves. The director wanted Lea Thompson and Tom Cruise to go undercover to remember what high school was like. They went to separate schools, and while Cruise was spotted after just one day because someone recognized him from Taps (1981), Thompson went four days, was asked out by many guys and got caught smoking. Helpful • 126 2.

  27. All Tom Cruise Movies

    3. All the Right Moves. 1983 1h 31m R. 6.0 (20K) Rate. 62 Metascore. An ambitious young football star is trapped in a dying mill town--unless his gridiron skills can win him a way out. Director Michael Chapman Stars Tom Cruise Lea Thompson Craig T. Nelson. 4.