This is an updated version of a post published in August, 2010.
Stating that a rising star is the next…whoever…isn’t something new in Hollywood. They’re always looking for the next big thing because like it or not, the stars we grow up with eventually get old, lose their spark, their charisma, their audience. Over the past few years, one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, has seen somewhat of a dimming of his once bright star. His latest film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is set to open later this week. It will be a telling sign whether Mr. Cruise still has the box-office clout he possessed over the past two decades. A very telling sign.