Want to Make a Hit Movie? Show Tom Cruise Running On Screen

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Take note, Hollywood: The farther Tom Cruise runs, the higher his movie ratings get, CNET reports.

To figure this out, the diligent folks over at Rotten Tomatoes timed every instance of Tom Cruise running on screen and assumed a 10 mph speed (about 14.7 feet per second). They then sorted the movies by Cruise's running distance to see if there were any patterns.

And, it turns out, there were. Movies where Tom Cruise runs more than 1000 feet have a higher average critical score (71 percent approval), and they also bring in more money at the box office, with an average international gross of $538 million. There are a few exceptions to that trend, though. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2012), The Mummy (2017), and Vanilla Sky (2001) were all among the top 10 Tom Cruise films in terms of running distance, but they failed to garner more than a 41 percent critic approval rating.

The film enthusiasts at Rotten Tomatoes also found that Cruise runs farthest in his more recent movies. Five of the films in the top 10 were made after 2010, and all but one of them were made after 2000. That's not shocking—consider the popularity of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

In terms of profits, at least, the results aren't too surprising: More running usually means more action, and action movies have a long history of earning big bucks at the box office. What is unexpected, however, is the critical success of Cruise's action films, as critics tend to rank action movies lower than any other genre. But if anything is capable of changing critics' minds about action movies, it's apparently Cruise's limber legs.

Here’s the list of the top 10 movies where Tom Cruise does the most running:

1. Mission: Impossible III (2006) — 3212 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 70 percent critic approval, 69 percent audience approval

2. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) — 3066 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 93 percent critic approval, 76 percent audience approval

3. War of the Worlds (2005) — 1752 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 74 percent critic approval, 42 percent audience approval

4. Minority Report (2002) — 1562 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 91 percent critic approval, 80 percent audience approval

5. The Firm (1993) — 1241 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 74 percent critic approval, 64 percent audience approval

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) — 1065 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 90 percent critic approval, 90 percent audience approval

7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2012) — 1051 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 37 percent critic approval, 42 percent audience approval

8. The Mummy (2017) — 1022 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 15 percent critic approval, 35 percent audience approval

9. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) — 1007 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 93 percent critic approval, 87 percent audience approval

10. Vanilla Sky (2001) — 832 feet

Rotten Tomatoes approval scores: 41 percent critic approval, 72 percent audience approval

[h/t CNET]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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The Office Will Debut Unreleased Footage When It Premieres on Peacock

Get ready for never-before-seen footage of The Office.
Get ready for never-before-seen footage of The Office.

Even though you would expect The Office to already be on Peacock, NBC’s new streaming service, the comedy remains on Netflix … for now. But once it leaves Netflix at the end of the year, we’ll all be getting a major treat when the episodes re-debut on NBC's new platform complete with unreleased footage.

In case you’re unaware, The Office chronicles the lives of a group of unique paper company workers. The series ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013, and featured an ensemble cast helmed by Steve Carell and included the likes of Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Creed Bratton, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, and Ellie Kemper. Many of the actors on The Office have gone on to have impressive careers in the film and TV industry.

The Office unreleased footage

One awesome bonus of The Office leaving Netflix for Peacock is that the streaming service will also be making unreleased footage available for subscribers. While speaking to Bloomberg, Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises chairman Matt Strauss revealed, “We will be reintroducing The Office in a more complete way, incorporating elements that were not part of the original broadcast.”

Getting to see unreleased footage from the Dunder Mifflin gang will definitely be incentive enough to sign up for Peacock when the show moves there in 2021.

When is The Office coming to Peacock?

While The Office is currently on Netflix, it won’t be for long—those streaming rights will expire by the end of the year. Fans will be able to see all of their favorite characters on Peacock in January of 2021, and Peacock will retain the streaming rights to the series for the next five years.