Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible becomes first movie ever allowed to film inside Westminster Abbey


Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible becomes first movie ever allowed to film inside Westminster Abbey

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HIS latest blockbuster Top Gun is still flying high at the box office, smashing records and winning widespread acclaim from fans including William and Kate.

But Tom Cruise is looking to outdo himself once again with his next smash, landing a nod of support from the only organisation even loftier than the future king . . . the Church.


Tom Cruise has approval to film at Westminster Abbey[/caption]

Tom is heading back to London to film his forthcoming Mission: Impossible 8, the latest thriller in the long- running franchise that includes 2011’s Ghost Protocol.

It is expected to raise the bar even further.

And in an extremely rare decision from the Church, Tom has been given exclusive permission to film inside Westminster Abbey — the nation’s most important religious monument.

A film source tells me: “Tom is really on one at the moment in terms of going bigger and better. There are literally no compromises.

“Nothing but the biggest and the best will do.”


Tom Cruise wants the next Mission Impossible film to be bigger than ever[/caption]



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“So when he wanted to film inside a church for the new Mission film, it had to be Westminster Abbey. They turn down almost every request, so it’s an incredible nod to Tom and to the production team to say yes.

“It will make an extraordinary filming location and sets the tone for just how big this film is going to be. The budget is enormous, of course, but the ambitions are even bigger.”

Tom only recently completed work on the as yet unreleased seventh instalment in the Mission franchise, hooking up with co-star Hayley Atwell in the process.

But the movie was beset by delays and hassle thanks to Covid restrictions, which saw sets shut down for a month and Tom stranded in Italy during the early weeks of the pandemic.


Westminster Abbey is not known for accepting movie filming requests[/caption]

A source adds: “The whole crew, Tom and Chris McQuarrie the director, are raring to go. They had so many setbacks on the last film that they just want this one to break the mould and the success of Top Gun 2 has really kicked-started Tom.”

Mission 7, the first in a two-part instalment subtitled Dead Reckoning, will now be released in July next year, having cost almost £300million to make.

But if Top Gun is anything to go by, they will see their cash back in a matter of days.

Here’s hoping this latest movie breaks the mould all over again. It’s what cinema needs right now.

Abba on world voyage

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Abba are carrying on performing thanks to digital holograms[/caption]

ABBA have thrilled fans with their groundbreaking digital stage – and now plan to take it around the world.

Band member Benny Andersson’s son Ludvig, who is producer of the show ABBA Voyage, reveals the plan is to keep the purpose-built venue in East London and build similar overseas.

He said: “Where that would be? I’d like to go places that are maybe not the obvious ones.

“It would be nice to take it to places that aren’t always visited by the big bands.

“The dream would be to have one somewhere in South America, one somewhere in South East Asia, one in North America.

“Who knows? But that’s the plan and we’re working on that already.”

ABBA Voyage opened in May and sees life-like “Abbatars” of band members Benny, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performing a 20-song set.

Ludvig also revealed that while the band were recording the extravaganza, they performed many more of their hits in front of the cameras – so the show will be able to keep changing even after they have died.

In the August issue of Retro Pop magazine, which is out now, Ludvig added: “We did more songs than we knew we were going to use. So there is more material.

“If this keeps running and people keep wanting to come and see it, we are intending to change a song out or update the show, because that’s also fun to do.”

Olivia’s heart stopper


Olivia Rodrigo is dating Netflix star Sebastian Croft[/caption]

OLIVIA RODRIGO has just completed her brilliant sell-out tour of the UK – but could she soon be spending more time here with a British bloke?

The Good 4 U singer linked arms with English actor Sebastian Croft as she left a party on Thursday night, following her show at London’s Eventim Apollo.

He recently shot to fame in Netflix’s teen series Heartstopper and was wearing a T-shirt with Olivia’s face on it as they made their way to a car.

Earlier this year the American singer, who wore a cream minidress for her evening out, was linked to DJ Zack Bia after going on a series of dates. But he appeared to deny they were an item when asked about it last month.

Now that her tour has finished, Olivia is expected to start work on the follow-up to last year’s No1 album Sour.

A few love interests ought to spark some inspiration.

Get twerked up, not worked up

MEGAN THEE STALLION called for calm during her performance at the festival and urged the crowd to stop fighting by saying: “We’re meant to be twerking.”

Halting her set, she added: “Before we keep going, this one little section right here . . . We lit but y’all like rocking each other too much. I don’t like what’s happening. Why are they pushing?

“We are doing hot girl s**t, we ain’t fighting. This is not a dangerous set, it does not call for all that. We’re meant to be twerking.”

Megan took to the stage in Finsbury Park in North London last night and told the crowd: “I need you to give my girls some space to shake their a**e.”

The Hot Girl Summer rapper, who got her biggest cheers when she showed off her own twerking skills, added: “Y’all know I love the motherf***ing UK hotties, every time I come out here, this s**t lit.”

Earlier, singer-songwriter Mahalia had a message for the crowd, saying: “Girls, don’t forget you don’t have to wear a bra.”

Then Love Island’s Antigoni was seen being turned away by security after she tried to get into the pit in front of the main stage for Giveon’s set. Awkward.

Leigh-Anne’s Raye of hope

Raye is lending a hand to Leigh-Anne Pinnock for her new solo album

LEIGH-ANNE PINNOCK has called in fellow chart star Raye to work on her debut album.

The singer-songwriter has written tunes for Beyonce and Ellie Goulding but was in the studio with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne in London on Thursday.

Raye posted this photo of them on Instagram and wrote: “Today was beautiful. I’m so proud of this woman.”

The feeling was mutual, with Leigh-Anne saying: “You are a FORCEEEE. Your talent is so fricken inspiring.”

Raye also wrote the track Told You So for Little Mix’s fifth album, LM5.

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Harry Styles borrowed a hat from a fan to wear on stage[/caption]

HARRY STYLES looked like a right kipper as he performed with a fish on his head.

He joked around on stage in Belgium by taking the hat from a fan and wearing it while singing his hit As It Was on Thursday night.

It’s OK on stage, but he might get some looks if he goes out and a-trout with it on.