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Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher unveiled (+10 links)

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Entertainment blogger Chris Schulz checks out 10 of the best things you'll see on the web today. Includes the first photo of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

Tom Cruise as rocker Stacee Jaxx in recent film Rock of Ages. Photo / Supplied
Tom Cruise as rocker Stacee Jaxx in recent film Rock of Ages. Photo / Supplied

1. The news caused a stir when it was announced, and now the first photo of Tom Cruise as literary's toughest hard man Jack Reacher (debuting exclusively on Empire's website) is about to do the same. Based on One Shot, the ninth book in Lee Child's mega popular series, the film Jack Reacher is due out on December 28. Jack Bauer could take him, I reckon. (Empire)

2. Okay, so pretty much every horror film cliche - from creepy kids, to a spooky attic and dodgy home videos - is checked off in this new trailer for Sinister. But it sure did give me the creeps. And Ethan Hawke, where have you been? (Apple)

3. Band of Horses are returning with a quickfire new album Dumpster World, due out on September 18. And here's the trailer, which veers between acoustic folky balladeering and indie-rock freak out. Better get your log cabin ready for a listening session. (Hollywood Reporter)

4. Lana Del Rey's new video is a seven-minute, A$AP Rocky-starring romp that mimics key highlights from the last 50 years of American history. It begins with a Marilyn Monroe impersonation, takes in some random crotch grabbing, and ends with an assassination. You have been warned. (Pretty Much Amazing)

5. He hasn't even released his debut album yet, but hyped rapper A$AP Rocky is already the subject of a new documentary. A$VP C4 is due out in August and you can watch the trailer right here. Will it screen in New Zealand? Short answer: No. (Vimio)

6. The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced its official line-up, and word on the street is it's a doozy. My picks include Cabin in the Woods (Boo!), Marley (Woo!), On the Road (Ooo!), V/H/S (Erm...) and Sightseers (Ha!). Check the full list up here or pick up a booklet when you're out and about.

7. If you favour indie-rock bands that include more cowbell in their songs, you'll love the new video from The Shins. It's essentially a live reworking of the album track No Way Down, but I love what they've done with the place. Where was it filmed? Portland, of course. But when did Kimbra join the band? (YouTube)

8. Tommy Ill has a new, free EP out and the first track, Missed Call, not only samples new pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen, it turns her into a man and makes her sound kinda awesome. Download it here. (Twitter)

9. I have a soft spot for cartoon comedy caper Monsters Inc, so I was pretty stoked to see they're making a sequel. Here's the first look at Monsters University, a prequel of sorts that looks really rather good. (YouTube)

10. Alright, you made it to the end. Your reward is Billy Corgan performing two acoustic tracks from the Smashing Pumpkins' ace new album Oceania. Love you Billy. See you in August. (Stereogum)

Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

A subscription to RTR Countdown magazine as a teenager kick started Chris’ inspiration to become an entertainment reporter. After finishing a grad-dip at journalism school, he discovered the magazine no longer existed. So he instead begged for a reviewing job at Rip It Up, then took over a local news website’s entertainment section in 2004 when no one else wanted to do it. It’s as much a surprise to him as it is to those around him that he’s been doing entertainment reporting ever since, utilising his diehard love of popular culture (specifically music, TV, movies and games). His career highlights including interviewing heroes like Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, discussing the best sheep-docking techniques with Courtney Love, and breaking his nose during a Shihad concert. The last thing left on his entertainment reporting bucket list is to ride a rollercoaster with Dave Grohl, something he’s hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

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