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Tom Cruise

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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Analysis
4) Song of the Day

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis  é

Watch Tom Cruise in this crazy Oprah moment from a few years ago...


Q1) What does Tom Cruise NOT do in this video?  ???

   a) laugh
   b) jump on the sofa
   c) fall off the sofa
   d) lie on the floor
   e) kneel on the floor
   f) kiss Oprah
   g) shake Oprah
   h) hug Oprah

Q2) Why is Tom so excited?  ???

   a) he is in love
   b) he loves Oprah
   c) he has a new film coming out
   d) he has beaten a disease
   e) he has won an Oscar

Q3) True or False?

  a) Tom hits the floor with his fist ???
   b) Tom is wearing black  ???
   c) Oprah is wearing blue  ???
   d) Tom has a moustache  ???
   e) Tom puts his hands in the air  ???

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast  é

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
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Blog : Podcast 47 : 'Tom Cruise'

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Q1) According to the quotation, the young Tom Cruise...  ???

   a) knew who he really was
   b) didn't know who he really was
   c) loved acting
   d) hated acting
   e) wanted to act for a long time
   f) wanted to stop acting soon

Q2) True or false?

   a) Tom Cruise proposed under the Eiffel Tower in Paris  ???
   b) Cruise is probably high up in the Scientology organisation
   c) I don't like any of his films

Q3) According to the joke, Scientologists can...  ???

   a) always drink wine
   b) sometimes drink wine
   c) never drink wine

3) Today's News Analysis  é

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
doomed from the start she had to get away
loomed large over their relationship seeking sole custody
joined at the hip disillusioned defectors

Listen to and read this news story from the The Sun Newspaper and answer the questions.


Tom Cruise and Scientology leader were inseparable

THESE are the THREE people in the marriage of Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise — the actor, wife Katie Holmes and Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Sources close to Cruise and Katie last night said their romance was doomed from the start because of the Hollywood hero’s intense friendship with Miscavige.

The pair are so close that Miscavige, 52, is mocked as Scientologist Cruise’s “manwife”.

He was the star’s best man when he wed actress Katie five years ago. And he has
loomed large over their relationship ever since.

Cruise and Miscavige — known to the actor as COB, standing for Chairman of the Board — are both diminutive and have been known to wear matching black silk shirts.

The cult chief is said to have showered Cruise with lavish gifts including an AIRCRAFT HANGAR for his private jet and a custom-built luxury coach.

An insider said: “Miscavige and Tom are
joined at the hip. Tom runs every important decision in his life by him.

“Tom really values his opinion and Katie often felt like she came in second place. When it became clear how much influence he had over her husband she knew
she had to get away.”

Katie, 33, fled the couple’s Beverly Hills mansion before filing for divorce in New York on Thursday. She is
seeking sole custody of daughter Suri, six, to “save” her from Scientology.

She sprung a surprise on Cruise, 50, yesterday, after she was given information about Miscavige’s grip on her family by
disillusioned defectors from the sect.

Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) Katie needed to escape  ???
   b) destined not to succeed
   c) unhappy former members  ???
   d) a very close relationship  ???
   e) had a strong influence  ???
   f) wants to look after her exclusively  ???

Q2) True or False?

   a) Tom Cruise doesn't like David Miscavige much.  ???
   b) Neither the Hollywood actor nor the Scientology leader are very tall.  ???
   c) Cruise often asks Miscavige for advice.
   d) Katie left her home very quickly.  ???
   e) The two men don't like the same clothes.  ???
   f) The Scientology 'COB' has given Cruise a lot of presents.  ???

Q3) Grammar & Vocabulary Challenge:

   a) Which of these words from the article are past tense verbs:

 were / close / said / mocked / wed / loomed / known / showered
 built / joined / felt / came /
became / knew / fled / sprung / given / grip    ???

   b) Find four examples of
passive tenses (e.g. was delivered).  ???
   c) What do COB, CEO and MD stand for in business?  ???

4) Today's Song   é

An all time classic if ever there was one! Enjoy Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear The Reaper and good luck with the task!

Watch the video, listen to the song, and do the exercises below...



Don't Fear The Reaper  (lyrics)
(by Blue Oyster Cult)

I've changed all the verbs to the infinitive: sorry!

Listen and try to hear (and then sing!) the correct verb forms...

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

All our times (COME)
Here but now they (GO)
Seasons (NOT FEAR) the reaper
Nor (DO) the wind, the sun or the rain
We can (BE) like they (BE)

(COME ON) baby... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
Baby (TAKE) my hand... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
We'll be able (FLY)... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
Baby I (BE) your man...

Valentine (BE) done
Here but now they (GO)
Romeo and Juliet
(BE) together in eternity...
Romeo and Juliet

40,000 men and women everyday... Like Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday... Redefine happiness
Another 40,000 (COME) everyday...We can (BE) like they (BE)

(COME ON) baby... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
Baby (TAKE) my hand... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
We'll be able (FLY)... (NOT FEAR) the Reaper
Baby I (BE) your man...


Love of two (BE) one
Here but now they (GO)
(COME) the last night of sadness
And it (BE) clear she could (NOT GO ON)
The door (BE) open and the wind (APPEAR)
The candles (BLOW) and then (DISAPPEAR)
The curtains (FLY) and then he (APPEAR)
Saying (NOT BE) afraid

(COME ON) baby... And she (HAVE) no fear
And she (RUN) to him... Then they (START) to (FLY)
They looked backward and said goodbye
She (BECOME) like they (BE)
She (TAKE) his hand
She (BECOME) like they (BE)

(COME ON) baby... (NOT FEAR) the reaper








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