Reporters' Notebook

This week, our journalists profiled a mega-star, chased terrorists and photographed a nation. Their thoughts:

JESS CAGLE,who covers the movie industry for TIME, wrote this week's story on Tom Cruise, who stars in the new film Minority Report.

"Tell people in Hollywood that you're interviewing Tom Cruise, and you'll get two responses. One is, 'He's the nicest guy in the world.' The other is, 'Is he gay?' Interviewing him last week, the first thing I learned is that he likes to know whom he's dealing with. I was riding in the passenger seat of his Porsche, when he suddenly said, 'You speak Russian, don't you? Someone told me that.' The information was correct. Maybe it was...

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