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Actor Cruise gets Berlin go-ahead
Tom Cruise and Joe Carnahan
Cruise gave director Joe Carnahan a Premiere award on Wednesday
Authorities in Berlin have reconsidered their decision not to allow Tom Cruise to film part of Mission: Impossible 3 at the historic Reichstag building.

The actor can shoot some scenes outside the German parliament and on its steps, a spokesman said on Thursday.

However, the interior of the building - including its 40 metre (130 foot) glass and steel dome - remains off-limits.

Cruise visited the Reichstag in April and was reportedly enthusiastic about using it as a location.

Parliament President Wolfgang Thierse had turned down the original request in May.

"The building is not available as a film location and we refuse point blank every request to use it as such," said a spokesman at the time.

However, permission to use the building has now been granted - with strict conditions.

Filming can only take place during the parliamentary recess, with final approval depending on the script.

'New Power'

The Reichstag was opened in 1894 but was heavily bombed during World War II.

It was only reopened as a parliament building in 1999, nine years after Germany was unified.

Cruise was in Hollywood on Wednesday to present an award to Joe Carnahan, the director of Mission: Impossible 3.

Carnahan was one of five new inductees into Premiere magazine's New Power hall of fame.

Cruise has been given permission to film scenes outside the Reichstag
"You might look like my security man and you may not be a virgin, but you are definitely part of the New Power in Hollywood," the 41-year-old actor said as he gave the director the prize.

Cruise offered Carnahan the Mission: Impossible 3 job after executive producing his 2002 crime thriller Narc.

"I feel like I've asked my successful, wealthy, good-looking brother to chaperon my first dance and my date has forgotten I'm in the car," joked Carnahan as he accepted the prize.

Other recipients at the event, held at the Forbidden City restaurant in Los Angeles, included actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson.

Premiere magazine awards its New Power accolade annually to "hot film industry innovators" under the age of 35.

Mission: Impossible 3, released in 2005, begins shooting this summer in Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto and the Belgian city of Antwerp.

Kenneth Branagh will play the villain, with Scarlett Johansson and Carrie-Anne Moss cast in other roles.

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