Tom Cruise: All the World's a Stage

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Tom Cruise: All the World's A Stage
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Author Iain Johnstone
CountryUnited States
Subject Biography
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
October 1, 2006
Media typePaperback
ISBN 0-340-89921-2

Tom Cruise: All the World's A Stage is an authorized biography of actor Tom Cruise, written by British film critic Iain Johnstone. [1] The book was first published by Hodder & Stoughton in a paperback format and an audiobook in 2006, [2] [3] [4] and then again in a hardcover format on March 1, 2007, [5] and a second paperback release, on May 1, 2007. [6]

Biography Written account of a persons life

A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.

Tom Cruise American actor and producer

Thomas Cruise is an American actor and film producer. He has received several accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for three Academy Awards. Cruise is one of the best-paid actors in the world, and his films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $10.1 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time.

Iain Johnstone is an English author and broadcaster. He attended Crosfields School, Reading, Campbell College, Belfast and Bristol University.



Tom Cruise: All the World's A Stage details some of Cruise's early life, and his role as head of the family after his father left to become "an itinerant hippy in California." [7] The author chronicles Cruise's film career, including his first role in Endless Love in 1981, his breakthrough in Risky Business , and other popular films such as Top Gun , Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible films. [8] He cites Cruise's role as "Frank Mackey" in the film Magnolia as one of his best performances. [9] Johnstone also writes about Cruise's relationships with Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, and the luxurious lifestyle maintained by Cruise and Kidman during their relationship. [7] Johnstone puts Kidman in a sympathetic light regarding their 2001 divorce. [8]

<i>Endless Love</i> (1981 film) 1981 American film by Franco Zeffirelli

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<i>Risky Business</i> 1983 film by Paul Brickman

Risky Business is a 1983 American teen coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by Paul Brickman and starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay. The film covers themes including materialism, loss of innocence, coming of age, and capitalism. Known as Cruise's breakout film, Risky Business was a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $63 million against a $6.2 million budget.

<i>Top Gun</i> 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., and was inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years earlier. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. It also marked the debut of actor Adrian Pasdar. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

The book discusses Cruise's relationship with Scientology, and controversy in the media, including his public criticism of actress Brooke Shields, and his "TV sofa-bouncing." [9] [10] He also discusses the lengthy production of director Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut , noting the fact that Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures allowed representatives from the Church of Scientology to frequent the film sets during production. [7]

Scientology Group of religious beliefs and practices created by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology is a body of religious beliefs and practices invented in May 1952 by American author L. Ron Hubbard (1911–86). Hubbard initially developed a program of ideas called Dianetics, which was distributed through the Dianetics Foundation. The foundation soon entered bankruptcy, and Hubbard lost the rights to his seminal publication Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1952. He then recharacterized the subject as a religion and renamed it Scientology, retaining the terminology, doctrines, the E-meter, and the practice of auditing. Within a year, he regained the rights to Dianetics and retained both subjects under the umbrella of the Church of Scientology.

Brooke Shields American actress and model

Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Shields garnered widespread notoriety in the role, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981).

Stanley Kubrick American filmmaker

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Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the book "an unpretentious model of clarity and humility, simply rounding up the known facts." [9] In his review of the 2006 edition of the book, Bradshaw wrote that Johnstone had presented a neutral overview of events in Cruise's life, and did not offer any strong opinions of his own in the book. [9] He criticized the work for being "incurious about what it is like" to be Tom Cruise. [9] In his review in The Independent , William Cook described the tone of the book as "respectful not reverential". [1] Cook also wrote: "Johnstone's businesslike biog feels as if written at arm's length - but this distance allows him to state some awkward facts about Cruise's Scientology. It's hard to believe he could have been quite so frank in an authorised biography." [1]

<i>The Guardian</i> British national daily newspaper

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and changed its name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, the Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. The trust was created in 1936 to "secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference". The trust was converted into a limited company in 2008, with a constitution written so as to maintain for The Guardian the same protections as were built into the structure of the Scott Trust by its creators. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than distributed to owners or shareholders.

<i>The Independent</i> British online daily newspaper

The Independent is a British online publisher of news that was established in 1986 as a politically independent national morning printed newspaper published in London. Nicknamed the Indy, it began as a broadsheet and changed to tabloid format in 2003. The last printed edition was published on Saturday 26 March 2016, leaving only the online edition.

The book received a critical review in The West Australian , and a review in Australia's The Daily Telegraph thought the book was almost "dull". [10] [11] Christopher Bray of London's The Daily Telegraph also criticized the work, and wrote that the book failed to answer any of the "interesting questions", commenting: "You will read this book in vain for any suggestion that what we think we know of Cruise's real life might be no more than PR smoke and mirrors." [12] In a review in The Spectator , Roger Lewis was critical of the book, and wrote: "The eulogies Johnstone collects are endless." [7] Barbara Chabai of the Winnipeg Free Press also criticized the lack of depth to the work, writing that Johnstone "has simply repackaged facts from Cruise's interviews with other reporters into a neat but unfeeling tome that offers all the depth of an Entertainment Tonight feature." [8] Both The Guardian and the Winnipeg Free Press noted the absence of any discussion or mention of the controversial 2005 episode of South Park which spoofed Cruise, "Trapped in the Closet". [8] [9]

The West Australian, widely known as The West is the only locally edited daily newspaper published in Perth, Western Australia, and is owned by Seven West Media (SWM), as is the state's other major newspaper, The Sunday Times. The West is the second-oldest continuously produced newspaper in Australia, having been published since 1833. The West tends to have conservative leanings, and has mostly supported the Liberal–National Party Coalition. The West is Australia's fourth largest newspaper by circulation, and is the only newspaper in the top 20 not owned by either News Limited or Nine Publishing.

<i>The Daily Telegraph</i> British daily broadsheet newspaper

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<i>The Spectator</i> British weekly conservative magazine on politics, culture, and current affairs

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