Tom Cruise in mad rush to finish Mission Impossible in just 3 weeks after Covid chaos

AS super-spy Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise is used to being in a race against time.

But now the A-lister’s reality is reading more like one of his film scripts — after Tom was tasked with, seemingly, the impossible.

Thanks to the endless delays to his seventh Mission: Impossible film, he is now in a battle against the clock to finish the film on time.

Last week, Paramount shut down the production until June 14 due to a Covid outbreak but I’m told there is just 21 days left to get the film in the can. And given how busy Tom’s schedule is, he may not have the time to carry on working on the film.

A source said: “Mission: Impossible has been hit by so many delays, there is now a huge pressure to finish on time.

“Tom and the team are tearing their hair out. Some of the crew are agency contractors and are already booked to move on to new projects.

“Without them, Tom will be left scratching around for replacements. And if that wasn’t enough, he has his own scheduling conflicts.

“Top Gun 2 is released in November, meaning Tom will have to start a schedule of promotional interviews soon. Most of the filming on MI7 is completed but there is one last big scene to be filmed.

“The stunt sees a speeding train being driven over the edge of a cliff and into a quarry. There’s no way it can be rushed. The pressure is really on.”

Tom has made no secret of how difficult making this film has been, given all the restrictions because of the pandemic.

In December, The Sun revealed an audio recording of an expletive-ridden rant at the crew where he warned anyone found breaching Covid guidelines would be sacked.

Now the pressure has been ramped up even more, I dread to think what I’d hear if I was a fly on the wall . . . 

Cheryl's return

CHERYL made a dazzling return to Instagram yesterday following a year’s radio silence.

And the time spent away appears to have done her the world of good.
She looked stunning in this selfie that she shared with fans, showing off her long brunette locks and revealing a pearly white smile.

The former Girls Aloud singer, who will headline London’s Mighty Hoopla festival in September, also posted another picture with her glam team, writing: “We back. All covid tested.”

Cheryl’s celebrity pals were pleased to see her reunited, with Alesha Dxon commenting: “Missed you.”

And her former bandmate Kimberley Walsh added: “There she is.”
Now to see what she has in store for us . . . 

Kylie Minogue

IT was Love At First Sight all over again when I saw this new picture of Kylie Minogue.

The Aussie singer posed in a faux fur coat and heels for new Instagram snaps.

She is back home Down Under but it sounds like their weather is even more unpredictable than ours.

Kylie captioned this picture: “Oh, hi ALL the seasons! Coat on. Coat off. Coat on. Coat off.”

Later this year she will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her eighth studio album Fever – which produced four UK Top Ten hits with Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight, All The Lovers and In Your Eyes.

Speaking about celebrating the record’s success in October, Kylie said: “Fever was just an incredible time for me.”

Mark's popped question

MARK RONSON is engaged to Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer, three months after I revealed they were an item.

The Uptown Funk producer announced the news during a chat with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.

On his Fader podcast Mark said: “I got engaged last weekend. And I remember our first kiss . . .  (Tame Impala album) InnerSpeaker was playing in the background.”

It won’t be the first taste of marriage for either of them. Mark married French actress Josephine De La Baume a decade ago and divorced in 2018.

Mr Robot actress Grace wed musician Tay Strathairn in 2019 but they split five weeks later.

Hopefully they fare better this time around.

Chris does star turn

CHRIS Martin is transported to the future in Coldplay's video for new single Higher Power, as my photos show.

And there’s a good reason – their latest album Music Of The Spheres was inspired by Star Wars.

Chris said: “One day I was watching Star Wars and they had the scene with the Cantina Band and I was like, ‘I wonder what musicians are like across the universe?’ And this led to this whole thing and now here we are.”

In a new chat on The Zach Sang Show, Chris added: “I do know how many more albums we have as a band – which is not that many.”

Say it ain’t so, Chris.

Baby spice milk run

EMMA Bunton has admitted that as a new mum she accidentally started lactating on stage during a Spice Girls show – and had to make a quick exit in a bid to stop it seeping through her designer outfit.

The Wannabe singer said it happened during a Return of the Spice Girls comeback tour in 2007, four months after she gave birth to eldest son Beau.

In an exclusive extract from her book Mama You Got This, she wrote: “I have memories of lactating quite heavily during one of my first performances on that tour, at the Staples Centre in LA.

“It happened during Say You’ll Be There – I was wearing a rose-gold dress with gold lamé that was quite close fitting over my boobs.

“I had to get through a whole other track, Headlines, just hoping nothing was showing.

“As it ended I came running off stage screaming at (her boyfriend) Jade, ‘Babes, get the pads! Get the pads!’ Luckily, gold lamé isn’t very porous and most of the milk had just drizzled down my stomach.

“But anyone looking close enough would definitely have been able to spot wet patches.”

She added: “I hadn’t understood the huge processes my body would be going through after birth and how breastfeeding would require so much energy.

“To try to combine that with an energetic stage tour and sleepless nights was, with the benefit of hindsight, not a great idea. There were a lot of tears and a fair amount of self-recrimination.”

Yesterday she confirmed the group are planning more dates after their second reunion tour in 2019. At least she won’t have that problem next time around.

  • Extracted from Mama You Got This by Emma Bunton (Ebury Press, £16.99)

Lorde's power to shock

CLEAN-CUT singer Lorde looks to have undergone quite the transformation for her next record.

The New Zealander has not released a song in four years – but posted artwork on her website this week which showed her without any trousers on.

Lorde has worked with singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff on the new record, which is called Solar Power.

He helped co-write her last No1 album, Melodrama, from 2017. Alongside the picture, Lorde wrote on the website: “Arriving in 2021 . . .  Patience is a virtue.”

The Glastonbury Experience 2021

IT is going to be another summer without a proper Glastonbury.

But the BBC is offering a minor reprieve by celebrating the event on TV and radio this month.

Dubbed The Glastonbury Experience 2021, it includes a documentary on BBC Two called Live At Worthy Farm: Backstage, which tells the story of how last month’s livestream was put together.

The Beeb’s coverage kicks off on June 25 and continues throughout the weekend with music on TV, iPlayer, radio and its Sounds app.

A channel on its streaming service will play classic performances from the past three decades.

More than 50 sets will be available, including on Sounds, with Radiohead, Kylie and Fela Kuti on offer.

New York for VMAs

MTV’s flagship awards ceremony the Video Music Awards will return to New York and air live from the Barclays Center on September 12.

The channel promises the biggest names in music will perform at the event, following a socially distanced ceremony last year.

The VMAs will also pay tribute to the lives lost in the 9/11 terror attacks, 20 years after they happened.

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