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The List: Top 10 Tom Cruise movies

Tom Cruise's 50th birthday on July 3 was overshadowed by the news that he and his wife of five years, Katie Holmes, were divorcing. Mr. Cruise's film credits include "Top Gun", "Days of Thunder" and "Jerry Maguire." His crime thriller "Jack Reacher" will be released in December. The List this week looks at Mr. Cruise's top films.

  • 10. The Firm (1993) - In this John Grisham thriller, Mr. Cruise plays Mitch McDeere, an ambitious young Harvard Law graduate who takes on a lucrative job offer from a Memphis company called Bendini, Lambert & Locke. But the dream turns into a nightmare when McDeere is approached by the FBI and informed that Bendini is a Mafia front targeted for federal investigation. The film also involves a touching a love story and includes a great backup cast including Gene Hackman and Holly Hunter.
  • 9. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) -Mr. Cruise is back in the fourth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise as superspy Ethan Hunt. In this tense action film, Mr. Cruise does some of his own stunts as the character Hunt climbs the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This is Mr. Cruise's top box office film of all time, grossing more than $ 690 million worldwide.
  • 8. Valkyrie (2008) - This film is set in Nazi Germany during World War II, starring Mr. Cruise as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler and enact "Operation Valkyrie," a plot by a group of revolutionary Nazis to wrest control of Germany from Hitler. While Mr. Cruise may lack the gravitas to play a German aristocrat, but he does a good job overall as the real-life German colonel who harbors disgust with the Nazi regime. The message of the film is about the nobility of self sacrifice, even in defeat. The supporting cast is top notch, featuring British veterans Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson.
  • 7. Taps (1981) - While Timothy Hutton and George C. Scott were billed as the marquee stars, this film proved to be Mr. Cruise's breakout role as a psychotic teen in a rebellion at a military academy.
  • 6. Days of Thunder (1990) - In this NASCAR-themed sports melodrama, Mr. Cruise plays a gifted but ignorant driving prodigy named Cole Trickle. This crowd-pleaser is a an irresistible mixture of comic, sentimental and heroic gratification. Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman are expertly tailored for their roles.
  • 5. Rain Man (1988) - This film brought out the darker side of Mr. Cruise, who plays a crass conniver who grows a heart when exposed to his autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman) who has been left a huge inheritance. The film made more than $ 350 million.
  • 4. Jerry Maguire (1996) -Mr. Cruise earned his second Oscar nomination as a sports agent trying to rebuild his career with a single client (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a maverick, showboating wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. Mr. Gooding almost steals the show from Mr. Cruise, whose key assets are sincerity and a priceless smile. Renee Zellweger plays a smitten clerical employee in the film, which collected more than $ 270 million at the box office.
  • 3. Minority Report (2002) - A great experiment of a film. Mr. Cruise collaborated with director Steven Spielberg on this sci-fi film set in 2054. Mr. Cruise is cast as John Anderton, the chief of an experimental "pre-crime" unit that has proved foolproof in stopping intended murders. The movie made more than $ 350 million.
  • 2. A Few Good Men (1992) -Mr. Cruise plays Lt. Daniel Kaffee, an apathetic Navy lawyer whose life changes when he takes on a case involving a military scandal in this courtroom thriller similar to "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial." Mr. Cruise goes up against short-tempered base commandant Col. Nathan R. Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson. Like a matador, the cocky Kaffee lures Jessep to self-destruct. Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon also star in the film.
  • 1. Top Gun (1986) - This film shot Mr. Cruise into stardom. He played cocky Navy pilot Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, who is sent to the Fighter Weapons School, known in the trade as Top Gun, to sharpen his dogfighting skills against the Navy's best pilots. Mitchell has a combative personality and a father whose combat death remains clouded in scandal. It was the hottest film of 1986 and would pull in $ 353 million worldwide. The film also starred Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards.


Keith Lemon quite keen on Kelly Brook

The Celebrity Juice host said: "Kelly's part was going to be a small part, but when she said yes, we made it bigger and my part got bigger too."

It's so unlike Keith to let his tallywacker rule his head...

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The Bachelor UK: Spencer Matthews enjoys his first kiss with dancer Jess... but is knocked back by Tabby

By Emily Sheridan

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It's only the second week of The Bachelor and Spencer Matthews is wasting no time getting to know the contestants.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 23, enjoyed a passionate kissing session in the hot tub with dancer Jessica Quioque, 26, after deciding she had won the photoshoot task.

Later in last night's episode, Spencer also attempted to kiss Billie Piper lookalike Tabby Richards, 24, but she told him he would have to be patient.

Moving in for the kill: Spencer Matthews shares a kiss with

Moving in for the kill: Spencer Matthews shares a kiss with Jessica Quioque in last night's episode of The Bachelor

Getting to know you: Jess kissed Spencer after he presented her with a rose

Getting to know you: Jess kissed Spencer after he presented her with a rose

After eliminating 24 down to 15 in the first episode last week, Spencer had to reduce his list of potential soulmates down to 13.

He split the women into two groups, with the first seven dressing up for a film-themed photoshoot with him.

Russian actress Natalia Savelyeva, 31, managed to scare him off when she told him he was a 'prize' as she dressed up as Julia Roberts' prostitute character from Pretty Woman.

Chaste: Spencer's 'Juliet' Tabby Richards didn't let the reality star kiss her just yet

Chaste: Spencer's 'Juliet' Tabby Richards didn't let the reality star kiss her just yet

Where for art my Juliet? Spencer does his best Romeo impression

Where for art my Juliet? Spencer does his best Romeo impression

He said: 'Natalia referred to me as a prize and I don't think that's the best way to start off a relationship on.'

For the shoot, glamour model Brandy, 25, recreate Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore's pottery scene in Ghost, while Bucks model Renay Louise, 24, wore a pair of seashells over her breasts to become Daryl Hannah in Splash.

Spencer admitted he came very close to kissing Renay during the shoot: 'She's a very sexy girl, she's got a lot of energy, very positive. We were very close to kissing.'

Sexy: Spencer chose Jess after she impressed with their burlesque-themed photoshoot

Sexy: Spencer chose Jess after she impressed with their burlesque-themed photoshoot

He also nearly came close to kissing Tabby during their Romeo & Juliet shoot, as he whispered: 'It's really odd not kissing you,' as they stood nose-to-nose.

But it was Jess who impressed the most during their burlesque shoot, so she was chosen to enjoy the hot tub session with him.

He told her: 'You were the best director by a long way. I like being bossed around.

On the game: Russian actress Natalia Savelyeva, 31, dressed as Julia Roberts' prostitute character in Pretty Woman

On the game: Russian actress Natalia Savelyeva, 31, dressed as Julia Roberts' prostitute character in Pretty Woman

Awkward: Spencer didn't look too comfortable during the shoot with Natalia

Awkward: Spencer didn't look too comfortable during the shoot with Natalia

'You're great and I really like you.'

As they sipped their Prosecco, Spencer presented her with a rose and they started kissing.

After the session, Jess gushed: 'Being the first girl to kiss Spencer I don't want to tell anyone.'

Intimate: Spencer tries to stop himself from kissing Tabby during their Romeo and Juliet shoot

Intimate: Spencer tries to stop himself from kissing Tabby during their Romeo and Juliet shoot

Brave: Bucks model Renay Louise wore a pair of seashells as a bra to recreate Splash

Brave: Bucks model Renay Louise wore a pair of seashells as a bra to recreate Splash

Passion: Renay looked ready to kiss Spencer during the shoot

Passion: Renay looked ready to kiss Spencer during the shoot

The remaining eight women were taken on a catamaran cruise the next day, with beauty queen Aisha Uka admitted she was terrified of being at sea.

Spencer noticed her downbeat mood on the boat and took her aside, where she admitted her father had tragically died at sea in Goa 11 years ago when she was 15.

However, it turned out to be a bonding session as Spencer revealed his older brother Michael had died on Mount Everest when he was 10 years old.

Jealous? The other women watch Spencer and Renay's shoot

Jealous? The other women watch Spencer and Renay's shoot

He said: 'She was really open, honest and candid about past events. I look for someone with that deep-founded honesty.'

He also had a private chat with Mancunian personal assistant Khloe Evans, 21, who was feeling insecure.

He told her: 'I'm not here to just hook up with people. I'd go on holiday... I'm here to find someone I have a connection with.'

Tragic: Aisha Uka told Spencer her father had died at sea when she was 15

Tragic: Aisha Uka told Spencer her father had died at sea when she was 15

Reassurance: Mancunian PA Khloe Evans admitted she was feeling insecure

Reassurance: Mancunian PA Khloe Evans admitted she was feeling insecure

He later enjoyed a private date with Tabby, bringing her on a helicopter ride to a spa where they massaged each other, before enjoying an intimate dinner for two.

Presenting her with a rose during dinner, he said: 'You mean more to me than the other girls.'

When they moved onto the balcony, Spencer asked if he could kiss her: 'I've wanted to kiss you ever since we had that photoshoot.'

Hands on: Spencer shows off his massage skills at the spa

Hands on: Spencer shows off his massage skills at the spa

Romantic dinner for two: Spencer and Tabby dine after their spa session

Romantic dinner for two: Spencer and Tabby dine after their spa session

'Not yet': Tabby declines to kiss Spencer, telling him he'll have to wait

'Not yet': Tabby declines to kiss Spencer, telling him he'll have to wait

However, Tabby was playing hard to get: 'You're not gonna have one yet. You just gotta wait.'

Both Jess and Tabby survived another week, with Spencer eliminating American student Iraida Neira, 25, and London model Jerri, 28.

While Iraida understood, admitting: 'There wasn't any chemistry there from the beginning,' Jerri appeared hurt.

She said: 'If I saw him walking down the street I wouldn't have looked twice at him.'

Goodbye: American student Iraida Neira (left) and model Jerri Lee left after they didn't receive a rose

Goodbye: American student Iraida Neira (left) and model Jerri Lee left after they didn't receive a rose

Goodbye: American student Iraida Neira (left) and model Jerri Lee left after they didn't receive a rose

Waiting game: The contestants wait to hear their fate in the rose ceremony

Waiting game: The contestants wait to hear their fate in the rose ceremony

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Seventeen Magazine Vows Not to Alter Photos


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BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN


Altering photos is not a new practice. But after receiving criticism, Seventeen Magazine promises to give readers the full picture. Here’s HLN with the details.

“Seventeen Magazine is vowing not to change the body or face shape of its models... The magazine’s editor put a pledge in the new issue. She said Seventeen has never photoshopped bodies or faces and it will continue that policy.”

The announcement comes after a petition asking the magazine to stop the practice gained more than 84 thousand signatures in a little over three months. Julia Bluhm, the fourteen-year-old who authored the petition told CNN...

We don’t realize it sometimes when we’re just looking at the magazine and having fun. It can lower your self-esteem.”

The magazine's editors are making this pledge in what they call a “Body Peace Treaty”. Seventeen says it will publish a behind the scenes look into their photo shoots on its Tumblr account. But a blogger for NPR wonders if this will be enough.

“Transparency and the new pledge don't necessarily mean every page in the magazine will be au naturel, because so many pages are filled with ads. The companies doing the advertising aren't making the same no-Photoshop promise...”

But for reporters on Good Day Oklahoma, Seventeen’s pledge is a step in the right direction. 

“I think this is about loving, you know, the crook in your nose, or the gap in your teeth or the freckles that you have, or a scar that you, you know, just loving what you have on your body. Just being real people.”

And Bluhmn isn’t stopping with Seventeen. Her next target is Teen Vogue. New York Magazine says the newest petition already has 10,000 signatures.
 

 

 

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Top clergyman and Sun columnist Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, discusses the diverse line-up of TV talent show Superstar

And the line-up of hopefuls could hardly be more diverse, with a Pakistani and a black contestant among those aiming to be the new stage Messiah.

Here, the Archbishop of York and Sun columnist John Sentamu explains why it doesn't matter what Jesus looks like – it is his message which really counts.

OVER the centuries, since Jesus Christ was on earth walking among men and women, amazing them with his wisdom and his miracles, people have tried to capture what he was like in words, music, paintings and poetry.

But how do you capture the reality of someone who was both human and divine?

And now on our television screens we are about to see a whole line-up of very different individuals vying to put their own interpretation on the character of Jesus.

Of course, when Jesus was alive, growing up as a Jewish boy, physical representations of God were forbidden.

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Superstar ... brand new talent show starts on ITV1 on Saturday night

But the Psalms and the rest of scripture told the story of God's love for his people. Jesus was that love in human form — God with us.

But how can we grasp the reality of such a person?

Medieval painters depicted him in iconic form, faces without expression, but images of great and distant beauty to help people with prayer. Later, painters and sculptors began to interpret what they knew of Jesus by displaying emotion and character in his appearance.

The traditional image of Jesus with a beard and long flowing hair comes from the work of Renaissance painters.

The image on the Turin Shroud, which some believe was the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, has also influenced the conventional bearded image of Jesus.

But as the Hebrew people knew, it is often dangerous to try to capture what God — even God in the person of a human — looks like.

David Grindrod, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mel C and Jason Donovan

Quest for the best ... from left, Superstar's David Grindrod, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mel C and Jason Donovan

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In trying to depict the holiness of Jesus, he is often shown as impossibly distant, or tame and sanitised. In trying to depict the humanity of Jesus, we portray him in our own terms, make him so much like us, and lose the mystery of God in human flesh.

A few years ago, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) produced 35 wonderful pictures of Jesus, called The Christ We Share.

These showed Jesus in the image of all the cultures of the world, and in every mood — angry, laughing, in pain, in gentleness. For Christ is everyman, everywoman, but he is also more than that. Jesus Christ is welcome in all cultures but at home in none, because of cultures' tendency to try to domesticate him.

Now, in TV show Superstar, a new line-up of men from different cultures and backgrounds and of different appearances will make us wonder again about what Jesus the man might have been like.

Painting cannot tell us the complete story, nor can even words.

Superstar wannabes

Superstar wannabes ... from left, Liverpudlian drama teacher Kenny Thompson, 28, Lithuanian singer Jeronimas Milius, 27 and North Shields model/performer Afnan Iftikhar, 23

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As the Apostle John said: "Jesus did many other things as well.

"If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

The musical Jesus Christ Superstar gives us another interpretation of Jesus. But the questions remain.

"Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Who are you? What have you sacrificed? Only want to know, Only want to know, Only want to know, now, Only want to know."

So cries Judas in his anguished song in Jesus Christ Superstar.

He is trying to understand the friend he betrayed, trying to explain his own actions. Throughout the stories of Jesus in the Gospels, there are people asking: "Who is Jesus?" Today, many people are still asking who Jesus is. What sort of a person is he? "He's a man, he's just a man," Mary Magdalene sings.

But is he?

Wannabe Superstars

Born to be King? ... from left, Warrington singer/actor David Hunter, 27, Stoke-on-Trent shop manager Gareth Ridge, 26, and rugby player turned singer Jeff Anderson, 21, of Belfast

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Listen to what he says about himself in John's Gospel. He says: "I am the door of the sheepfold... anyone who comes into the fold through me will be safe through and through." What?

He says: "I am the good shepherd and I lay down my life for the sheep." He says: "God the Father knows me and I know him. The Father loves me because I am willing to die for others and will receive my life back again."

What — is he nuts?

He says he's the door to safety, he says he's a shepherd who will guard his flock with his life, he says he's willing to die for others and thinks he'll come back to life. Even Superman doesn't try this.

And, oh yes, he says he's the Son of God!

How do we find out what he really means? First, we have to listen to the voice of the shepherd.

We have to enter in through the door, then we receive more and better life than we ever dreamed of from the son of God.

Fans of today's stars buy their pictures and their music and copy their fashion and their behaviour. Some even change their faces to look like them. That's what followers of Jesus try to do too — they try to be as like him as possible.

But the change is from within. It's a radical transformation as Jesus forgives us our past sins and gives us new life in the present and hope for the future.

He does for us that which we could not do for ourselves.

Wannbe Superstars

Could it be hymn? ... from left, Danish actor Caspar Phillipson, 41, MIdlands singer/composer Adam Weldon, 44, and London actor/singer John Addison, 31

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Jesus Christ Superstar is a marvellous show with wonderful music. But there is even more to the real Jesus.

If we came face to face with God and asked him: "Who is Jesus Christ?" the answer would go something like this: "Jesus Christ is exactly like me, the God you can't see.

"He is superior to all creation. I was pleased to live fully in him. He died on the cross. He is the first to be raised from death.

"He made it possible for human beings to become friends of God.

"The life he lived is freely given to all who trust in him."

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Jonathan Ansell

Looks familiar ... Jonathan Ansell of G4 fame

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SUPERSTAR may be a new reality show – but some of its stars may look strangely familiar.

On tonight's show viewers will recognise the cherubic face of singer Jonathan Ansell, who shot to fame on The X Factor with opera quartet G4 in 2004.

The baby-faced blond causes a stir when show judge Jason Donovan recognises him – and points out he is already starring in a different musical.

Big-voiced Jonathan, 30 – who came second with G4 in the first ever X Factor, losing out to Steve Brookstein – begs the Aussie singer to let him through and tells the judges: "I'm delighted to have got through and to be here today" before launching into Queen's Somebody To Love.

Jonathan, left, toured the world with G4 and sold thousands of albums before they split in 2007. And his is not the only face reality show fans may recognise.

Several other wannabes – including Ben Forster, John Moses and Afnan Iftikhar – also tried out for the Simon Cowell telly talent contest. And burly rocker Nathan James from BBC1 singing show The Voice also puts in an appearance. Some of the contestants from a variety of countries and backgrounds are pictured on the right.

A source said: "Most of this year's wannabes have a background in music already and you can hardly blame them."

RELIGIOUS leaders from all faiths have thrown their weight behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's new reality show, he insisted last night.

Lord Lloyd-Webber said: "The majority are very, very pro this show. One senior person said, 'I'd walk across my swimming pool to see it' – which I thought was great."

The musicals guru told The Sun he was prepared for any backlash from devout Christians – but suspected there would be little.

He added: "There's nothing in the Bible that says what Jesus looked like.

"The only certainty – and we still can't be 100 per cent sure – is that he wasn't a woman.

"We actually had some women trying out for the show but, rather disappointingly, there wasn't anyone who passionately believed Jesus was a woman.

"They just wanted to meet me and casting director David Grindrod and audition for other shows."

Lord Lloyd-Webber said: "On the show we have the most varied bunch I've ever worked with – they cover every single gamut of ideas.

"We have an Arab boy, a black boy and one who looks a little bit like Jesus from a stained-glass window."

The traditional view of Jesus as a bearded, long-haired Mediterranean is a thing of the past, Lord Lloyd-Webber believes.

He said: "Thirty years ago people would have a more conventional view of what Jesus looked like. Now we're not in the same place and, when a lot of the young look at Superstar, they'll go for the best singer and best charisma.

"The look won't be that important. I have not got the slightest clue where the public will go on this."

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Brooklyn Beckham shows caring side holding hands with mum Victoria

The star's oldest son, 13, looked like he was in charge — leading Posh through the entrance hall at LAX.

His brothers Romeo, nine, and Cruz, seven, walked with dad David, 37 — who was also carrying little Harper Seven on his arm.

Victoria, 38, looked her usual stylish self in a black leather dress and matching tan bag and heels.

But LA Galaxy ace David and his kids went for a casual look of jeans and shirts or T-shirt to board a flight.

Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham

Taking the lead ... Brooklyn pulls mum Victoria through the airport

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Little Harper looked super cute in a white dress and cardigan with little black dots and tiny sandals.

The latest addition to the clan will turn one next Tuesday.

Judging by her face she does not know it yet — but mum and dad are sure to make it a special day.

Harper Seven and David Beckham

Stylish but casual ... Becks in shirt and Harper in adorable sandals

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Harper Seven and David Beckham

Nearly birthday girl ... Harper Seven will turn one on Tuesday

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Andy Murray becomes first British man in Wimbledon final for 74 years


Magic Murray makes history! Andy becomes first British man in Wimbledon final for 74 years after four set victory over Tsonga to set up final showdown with Federer

PUBLISHED: 18:47, 6 July 2012 UPDATED: 19:35, 6 July 2012

Andy Murray became the first British player in 74 years to reach the men's singles final at Wimbledon with a dramatic fourth-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
For two sets it looked like the Scot would have no trouble assigning 1938 runner-up Bunny Austin's name to history, but Tsonga fought back and it was with relief and delight that Murray sealed a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory.
The 25-year-old will face Roger Federer in Sunday's final, looking to win his! first g rand slam title at his fourth attempt and become the first home player to lift the men's singles trophy at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Relief: Andy Murray points to the sky after winning the match
Relief: Andy Murray points to the sky after winning the match
Battle: The fourth set was an epic tussle
Battle: The fourth set was an epic tussle
There was no doubt the Scot went into the match as the favourite having beaten Tsonga in five of their six previous meetings, including in the quarter-finals here two years ago.
The Frenchman, though, has been a consistent improver and beat Federer in the last eight at Wimbledon 12 months ago from two sets down, the first man ever to do so against the Swiss at a grand slam.
Applause: Murray laps up the adulation of the fans
Applause: Murray laps up the adulation of the fans
Tough luck: Murray and Jo-Wilfried Songa in conversation after the match
Tough luck: Murray and Jo-Wilfried Songa in conversation after the match
Murray began confidently and aggressively, and made the best possible s! tart wit h a break in Tsonga's first service game, nailing a backhand down the line.
The Frenchman had started slowly but he began to find his form and forced Murray to save two break points in the fifth game, which he did with aplomb and then fired down two aces to move 4-1 ahead.
Crucial: Andy Murray celebrates winning a vital game
Crucial: Andy Murray celebrates winning a vital game
Good start: Murray got off to a fine opening
Good start: Murray got off to a fine opening

ROGER FEDERER v ANDY MURRAY

7       Head-to-head       8
30               Age               25
Birthplace
Basel, Switzerland     Dunblane, Scotland
6'1"          Height             6'3"
187lbs (85 kg)   Weight    185lbs (84 kg)
1998      Turned Pro      2005 
39/6    This year Won/Lost    26/9
 846/192   Career Won/Lost    349/116
74       Career Titles       22
£46m   Career Prize Money   £13.3m
And he held his advantage to take the set, bringing up set point with a crunching forehand down the line and then clinching it with a simple winner.
At that stage, it was a far cry from the extreme tension of Murray's four-hour win over David Ferrer on Wednesday, let alone his previous semi-finals here against Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal.
Only Tim Henman has ever lost his first four semi-finals at the All England Club, and Murray wanted to keep it that way.
The fourth seed's serve, such a weapon all fortnight, was again proving a reliable ally, and he was also getting plenty of balls back in play off the Tsonga delivery.
The Frenchman's serve had only been broken four times in the tournament before this match, but Murray got his reward for more excellent play in the fifth game of the seco! nd set, moving 3-2 ahead when Tsonga drilled a forehand wide, and once again a single break was enough.
New balls please: Tsonga was hit in a delicate area by a Murray shot
New balls please: Tsonga was hit in a delicate area by a Murray shot
Rally: Murray and Tsonga in action
Rally: Murray and Tsonga in action
The statistics showed just what a superb performance it had been from Murray.
In the first two sets he hit 21 winners and made only four unforced errors, while Tsonga won just two points against serve in the whole of the second set.
It was all too easy, this was a Wimbledon semi-final after all, and victory seemed a little further away when Murray's level dropped for the first time in the second game of the third set and Tsonga broke to love.
The 27-year-old was throwing everything he had at Murray, and, although he missed a chance to move 4-0 ahead, his serve was working very well now and he denied his opponent a break back.
History: Tsonga beat this year's finalist Roger Federer in a thriller last time around
History: Tsonga beat this year's finalist Roger Federer in a thriller last time around
Tumble: Murray reacts to a fall during the match
Tumble: Murray reacts to a fall during the match
Murray had lifted his game again but the damage was already done and Tsonga took the set despite being momentarily felled by a shot from his opponent drilled right into a delicate area.
A shout of 'New balls please' from someone in the crowd caused much mirth, although Tsonga was not laughing.
The start of the fourth set was huge for both players, and it was Murray who made the first move, breaking for a 3-1 lead and moving to within touching distance of the final.
Tsonga was not done yet, though, playing some stunning points to break back immediately.
He was the last Frenchman to beat Murray at a grand slam, in the first round of the Australian Open in 2008 when he went on to reach! his fir st grand slam final.
Onlooker: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears
Onlooker: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears
Oops: Tsonga was making several unforced errors
Oops: Tsonga was making several unforced errors
A second final for Tsonga was still a long way away though, and Murray had two points for a 5-3 lead when his opponent, who had volleyed so well, dumped a regulation ball in the net.
He could not take the chances, though, twice ending up on the grass, first through a slip and then a diving volley that landed wide.
It was a big chance, and Murray knew it. Suddenly he looked tight, and Tsonga brought up two break points of his own.
Packed: Fans crowded on 'Murray Mount'
Packed: Fans crowded on 'Murray Mount'
Thrilled: Fans enjoyed an exciting match
Thrilled: Fans enjoyed an exciting match
The fourth seed was not helped by a poor line call on a bi! g first serve but his opponent charitably blazed two shots over the baseline and again Murray held on.
The winners had dried up, but Murray piled on the pressure with Tsonga serving at 6-5 behind, moving to love-30, and soon he had two match points when the Frenchman netted a volley.
There was a deafening roar inside Centre Court, and Murray looked to have taken his chance with a brilliant forehand return.
Dramatically, it was called out, but HawkEye showed it to be in and the Scot, almost overcome with emotion, looked up at the sky as he took in his achievement.
Comeback: Tsonga refused to give in after a poor start
Comeback: Tsonga refused to give in after a poor start
Blue sky: The roof was opened before the game
Blue sky: The roof was opened before the game

ANDY MURRAY FACTFILE

1987: Born May 15, Dunblane, Scotland.
1999: December - Wins junior Orange Bowl title in Miami.
2004: September - Becomes first British winner of US Open boys' title, beating Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.
2005: March - Becomes youngest British Davis Cup player, aged 17, in match against Israel.
June - Defeats Radek Stepanek to become first Scot to reach third round at Wimbledon. Loses to David Nalbandian.
October - Reaches first ATP final at Thailand Open, losing to Roger Federer.
2006: February 20 - Claims first ATP title by beating Lleyton Hewitt in San Jose.
February 28 - Moves above Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in rankings to become British number one.
April 14 - Splits from coach Mark Petchey.
July 3 - Loses to Marcos Baghdatis in fourth round at Wimbledon.!
July 26 - American Brad Gilbert appointed Murray's new coach.
Strong: Murray played the first two sets superbly
2007: January 22 - Loses five-set thriller to Rafael Nadal in Australian Open fourth round.
February 18 - Defends San Jose title with victory over Ivo Karlovic.
October 28 - Wins St Petersburg Open, beating Fernando Verdasco.
November 14 - Splits with coach Gilbert.
2008:
 January 5 - Beats Stanislas Wawrinka to win Qatar Open.

February 17 - Wins Open 13 tournament in Marseille, beating Mario Ancic.
July 2 - Loses to Nadal in Wimbledon quarter-finals.
August 3 - Defeats Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati to claim first Masters Series title.
August 12 - Suffers first-round defeat by Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei at Beijing Olympics.
September 7 - Beats top seed Nadal in semi-finals of US Open to reach first grand slam final.
September 8 - Beaten 6-2 7-5 6-2 by defending champion Federer in US Open final.
September 21 - Wins his singles matches but Great Britain lose to Austria to be relegated fr! om Davis Cup World Group.
October 19 - Wins Madrid Masters with victory over Gilles Simon.
October 26 - Wins St Petersburg Open, beating Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev.
2009: January 11 - Wins Qatar Open, beating Andy Roddick.
February 15 - Wins ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, beating Nadal.
March - Wins Miami Masters, beating Djokovic.
May 11 - Overtakes Djokovic to become world number three.
June 2 - Loses to Fernando Gonzalez in French Open quarter-finals.
June 14 - Becomes first British player since 1938 to win Queen's Club title, beating James Blake in the final.
July 3 - Reaches first Wimbledon semi-final but loses 6-4 4-6 7-6 7-6 to Roddick.
August 16 - Wins Montreal Masters with victory over Juan Martin Del Potro, and becomes world number two.
November 8 - Wins comeback event in Valencia after wrist injury. Later finishes year at world number four.
Murray waits to hear about the final point
2010: January 31 - Loses 6-3 6-4 7-6 to Federer in Australian Open final.
May 30 -! Beaten by Tomas Berdych in French Open fourth round.
July 2 - Loses Wimbledon semi-final 6-4 7-6 6-4 to Nadal.
July 27 - Splits with coach Miles Maclagan after two and a half years.
August 15 - Beats Nadal and Federer as he defends his Masters title in Toronto.
October 17 - Beats Federer in final to win Shanghai Masters.
November 27 - Loses 7-6 3-6 7-6 to Nadal after more than three hours in a classic semi-final at ATP World Tour Finals in London.
2011: January 30 - Beaten 6-4 6-2 6-3 by Djokovic in Australian Open final.
June 3 - Loses 6-4 7-5 6-4 to eventual champion Nadal in French Open semi-final.
June 13 - Beats Tsonga to win AEGON Championships at Queen's Club.
July 1 - Loses 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 against Nadal in Wimbledon semi-final.
August 21 - Wins Western & Southern Open crown in Cincinnati when world number one Novak Djokovic retires injured when trailing 6-4 3-0.
September 10 - Loses 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2 to Rafael Nadal in US Open semi-final.
September 18 - Helps Great Britain win Davis Cup promotion with a 5-0 victory over Hungary in Glasgow.
Waiting on the call
October 2 - Beats American Donald Young 6-2 6-0 in Thailand Open final.
October 9 - Beats Nadal 3-6 6-2 6-0 to win Japan Open final.
October 16 - Completes hat-trick of tournament victories by beating David Ferrer 7-5 6-4 in Shanghai Masters final, to take him above Federer and to number three in world rankings.
November 22 - Pulls out of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a groin injury. Federer's victory in the tournament takes him back to world number three.
December 31 - Hires eight-time grand slam winner Ivan Lendl as his new coach.
2012: January 27 - Loses 6-3 3-6 6-7 6-1 7-5 to Djokovic in epic Australian Open semi-final lasting four hours and 50 minutes.
June 6 - Murray's French Open run ends in the quarter-finals with defeat by David Ferrer.
July 6 - Reaches Wimbledon final for the first time with 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


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